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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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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Leaving for vacation? Put your water heater on “Vacation Mode”

What Is Vacation Mode On Your Water Heater? Vacation mode is a water heater setting that enables water heater users to reduce a water heater’s energy consumption, while powering it with just enough energy to prevent frozen pipes. Luckily, you live in the Tampa region and should not have to worry about pipes freezing. If you'll be away for more than three days, turn your water heater down or turn it off. For an electric water heater: Turn the temperature dial down or turn it off at thecircuit breaker panel. For a natural gas water heater: Turn it down to "low" or to "vacation mode." Why You S...
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Effective Test For Money Leaking Toilet

In the Tampa Bay region, water prices have consistently trended upward over the past eight years, and experts don’t expect this to change anytime soon. Tampa water rates are going up because of infrastructure neglect. Water is expensive, a leaking toilet is a constant drain that never stops. If not fixed properly, it can add up to a lot of money over time.One major problem with a leaking toilet is that you might have a leak and not even know it. In this week's blog we are going to show you a quick and effective way to test for a leaking toilet. FIRST: Carefully remove the toilet tank co...
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Common Items Found in Drains That Should Never Be There

Dumping household waste down the drain seems so easy, but do you know how much damage it can cause to your drain and sewer system? It’s convenient to pour that bacon grease down the sink after you cook breakfast, but even the smallest amount can cause major plumbing issues. Improper disposal of waste in your toilet or sink can result in clogs, backed up drains, or other plumbing malfunctions. Plumbing systems have their limits, and even though these boundaries are often pushed on a daily basis, they aren’t indestructible. In order to prevent issues with your plumbing, here are a few items that...
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11 REASONS TO INSTALL A HOME WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

Clean water is important to your health for drinking, showering, and cooking your food. Most people throughout the Tampa Bay region drink chlorine-treated water that still contains many harmful chemicals and other contaminants. Water, just like the air you breathe is crucial to maintain life. Every person needs to have enough water each day for the body to function effectively, since over 70 percent of the human body is made up of water. It is ironic that only a small percentage of water is healthy to drink, considering that two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Likewise, w...
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Top 10 Dumb Factors People Do that Ruin The Plumbing system

Top 10 Dumb Factors People Do that Ruin The Plumbing system Right here’s a few of the ways we ensure plumbing professionals never ever lack work. If you’re seeking a professional change and desire something with rock-solid future, you may think about ending up being a plumber who makes home service calls. This  is based on 2 realities: 1) folks will certainly constantly require  a good working plumbing system– or especially a plumbing system that works– and, 2) people will certainly consistently do stupid points that quit their plumbing system from functioning. The service side of plumbing o...
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