How much does a leaky faucet cost?

Let's say your Tampa home has a leaky faucet in it. It's just ten drips per minute, right? How much is that leaky faucet (or leaking shower head) costing you in water bills each month? Tampa leak detection experts weigh in on this question using a simple water drip calculation (found here). Doing the math of the cost of a dripping faucet The volume suggested by the USGS water drip calculator: .25 milliliter (ml) for every faucet or shower head. By these measures, the following is true: One gallon = 15,140 drips makes up 1 gallon of water One liter = 4,000 drips makes up 1 liter of wa...
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Common Plumbing Fails Done by DIY’rs

A couple of weeks ago, Dave Cass Sr celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife. Want to know one of his secrets to a long, successful marriage? Be aware of your strengths, but more importantly, hire an expert when you are unsure of what you are doing. Often, plumbing fixes look simple and easy. However, when things go wrong with plumbing, it can end up costing you 10 times the cost of calling a plumber at the beginning. Water damage can destroy a home and end up costing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Cass Plumbing has been serving the Tampa Bay region for close to...
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Do You Need a Water Filter?

Do you get your drinking water from an unfiltered tap in your household? That's not very safe for you and your family. Do you buy your drinking water from the store in the form of water cooler containers, gallon jugs, or individual bottles? That is wasteful & costs you a lot of money over time. Cass Plumbing suggests filtering your home’s water. Filtration Removes Sediment Most tap water contains sediment like dirt, silt, clay, and other debris. Usually, the amount of sediment in tap water won’t usually pose any sort of health risk. However, this is what usually causes your wat...
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Top 5 High Efficient Plumbing Upgrades

Increased home efficiency has become a hot topic in the past few years throughout the Tampa region, as ecological responsibility takes the forefront of home design considerations. If you’ve been looking to upgrade your Tampa home’s plumbing to something more efficient, you should know that there are many different options out there. We’ve put together this guide of 5 plumbing upgrades that can increase your plumbing efficiency and increase the value of your home. Low-Flow Shower Heads Low-flow shower heads are a great way to save water while still enjoying a leisurely shower. Designed for ...
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Plumbing Challenges in Older Tampa Homes

Before you purchase an older Tampa home it is a good idea to understand the common plumbing challenges you may discover. Pipes, sewers and drains can require expensive renovations before they will be reliable. Replacing old water pipes and drains in a 1,500 square foot home with two bathrooms can run between $4,000 and $20,000, depending upon how difficult it is to reach the old plumbing in walls and floors. Before you buy a home, it is wise to have a professional plumber evaluate the condition of the existing plumbing. You will be charged a fee for this so ask for a price quote before they be...
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Signs Your Garbage Disposal is About to Go Out

Is your garbage disposal about it die? A garbage disposal is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen and is too often taken for granite because it is used so much. But when your garbage disposal goes out, it is a massive inconvenience. Don't get caught by surprise. Below, are signs that your garbage disposal is about to go out. It Always Restarts Resetting the garbage disposal is a pain in the neck. It’s one of those tasks that you should only need to do every few months. If you find that you need to do it several times a week, then your garbage disposal needs to be replaced. ...
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8 Signs that you may need sewer line repair

The average homeowner in Tampa pays between $600 to $1,200 per year on their home insurance policy. There is one major problem that a standard homeowners policy just won’t cover, and that's sewer line backups. The main cause of most sewage backups is due to a damaged sewer line. While many sewer line issues are preventable, you may not be aware always of the problem. Below, are 8 different tell-tale signs that it’s time to schedule a sewer line repair appointment to keep your home safe from damage. 1. THERE ARE STRANGE SMELLS AROUND YOUR HOME Sewage has a very distinct smell. But when ...
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The temperature you set your water heater is important

The water heater in most Tampa homes is around 18% to 20% of the total energy bill. If you set it too high, you’re going to pay a lot more each month on your monthly energy bill. But if you set the temperature too low, it’s possible that you are going to have water that isn’t hot enough. A water heater set too low is not only uncomfortable, but it might cause bacteria to grow in the tank in the tank. This sets up the goldilocks effect. You should never set your water heater below 120 degrees fahrenheit, because diseases & bacteria often develop when there’s stagnant water in your water hea...
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a Case for Cass

Usually, on our weekly blog, we try to bring you plumbing related stories, do's & dont's, and tips & tricks on the Tampa plumbing industry. This week, we are going to switch things up a bit. This week, we are going to make a "Case for Cass"! Recently, a large plumbing survey was conducted. The survey asked heads of households: How often do you call a plumber into your home for plumbing services?   The results were: 8% reported that they contact a plumber for their services more than once a year 16% said they contact a plumber once a year 24% contact a plumber once ev...
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5 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Tampa Plumbing

In Tampa, we love our pets. We also love when our plumbing works correctly. We don’t love when our pets prevent our plumbing from working. It doesn’t sound like a common problem… but you’d be surprised how often we at Cass Plumbing see issues caused by pets, but could have been prevented. Over one-third of Tampa homeowners have either a cat or a dog and pet-related plumbing problems are common concerns. How can you keep your plumbing safe from (and for) Fido and Fluffy? Easily! Check out these five useful tips to help you pet-proof your home’s plumbing. Incorporating these best prac...
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