Anatomy of Your Home’s Water Heater

An anatomy, by definition, is a study of a something's internal workings or structure. An anatomy of a water heater, therefore, is a study of how a water heater’s internal functions work. By understanding how your water heater works, you’ll have a better understanding of how to keep it working. The water that enters your home takes a while to get there. It has to travel through the city’s pipes before coming to yours. Depending on the time of year, it’s typically cool or cold until it’s processed through your water heater. Most water heaters are large metal cylinders located in basements or...
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Lowering Your Tampa Water Bill This Summer

Below, are four ways to significantly lower your Tampa water bill this summer: Replace your toilet Your toilet is the single biggest water hog in your home, especially if it’s old. Older toilets can use 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush in an average Tampa household. Toilets account for up to 30% of the overall water usage. If you can reduce the amount of water your toilet uses, then you’ll reduce your water costs substantially. The most effective way to reduce how much water your toilet uses is to invest in a new one. New toilets are much more efficient than their older counterpa...
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Tips on Choosing the Right Faucet

Style is Important, but be practical Choosing a faucet for your Tampa home can be tricky. The variety of styles, materials and finishes-and prices-can be overwhelming. You'll probably live with your new faucet a long time, so you might as well love it. Here are seven things to consider before getting in the checkout line. Looks aren’t everything Most homeowners in Tampa choose a faucet based on looks alone. And that’s a mistake. Looks are important, but you can usually get the look you want without compromising on convenience and long-term dependability. For advice on thos...
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15 Things You Should Never Put Down the Drain

In our 2 decades of serving homeowners & businesses throughout the Tampa region, we have see & dealt with many different things put down Tampa drains. Drains are cunning things; agents of deception. They act as magic portals to rinse our messes away, and once we’ve dispatched something down the sink or toilet, most people rarely think of it again. In reality, there are many things we pour down the drain that can cause mayhem in Tampa household pipes, and in turn can be especially vexing for water ecosystems and their inhabitants. Water treatment facilities can remove many contaminants,...
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3 Common Plumbing Problems of Older Tampa Homes

Older Tampa homes often have a charm that new construction simply can't match. Better yet, smart buyers can often secure great Tampa home deals when investing in an older home. Of course, your thriftiness may end up backfiring if you find yourself saddled with serious structural issues. Aging plumbing systems, in particular, can lead to serious stress and added expenses. Worse still, some aging Tampa plumbing systems can create health risks for you and your family. Unfortunately, many Tampa homeowners simply don't know what kinds of problems to look out for. If you would like to learn...
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DIY Drain Cleaning, Why It’s not a Good Idea

  Everyone in the Tampa Bay Area has experienced it: You turn on the water in your sink, shower, or tub and the water drains very slowly and then begins to back up. After seeing countless commercials for "magical" liquid drain cleaners, the first thought is to get that bottle of thick blue liquid because it’ll get the job done quickly, right? THE BAD NEWS ABOUT LIQUID DRAIN CLEANERS The bad news that companies who make drain cleaners won’t tell you is that these chemicals are harmful to your plumbing. Even when the bottle claims to be “safe on pipes”, they are truly not. Just look ...
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Water Heaters in Tampa Need a Water Softener

Tankless Water Heaters in Tampa are Becoming More Popular The energy a water heater uses in a Tampa home can account for 20% of the total energy bill. This is one of the primary reasons why tankless water heaters have become so popular in the Tampa Bay region. It saves a lot of energy over a traditional tank type water heater because you don't have to constantly heat a 50 to 70 gallon tank of water. The Benefits of Tankless Heaters Tankless heaters have one big advantage over traditional ones—they provide hot water on demand instead of using a storage tank that can only hold a limited amoun...
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Tampa’s Toilet-to-Tap Plan

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's top priority & controversial plan to convert highly-treated wastewater into drinking water has been in the news a lot lately. Pasco County officials, including Commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Ron Oakley, have expressed larger concerns about the water project. The Pinellas delegation, led by St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice, have already strongly opposed this plan for Tampa's drinking water. Pinellas and Pasco members have been pressing Tampa water officials about why Florida’s third-largest city needs to further develop its own water supp...
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More Women are Becoming Plumbers

By the year 2030, in America, approximately 79 million people in the workforce will have reached retirement age. Meanwhile, at the same time, only 41 million new people will be entering the workforce. An even more staggering statistic, three out of every four people in the trades (plumbing included) will retire. This is going to really have an impact on the Tampa Bay region because the area is growing with population and development. All of this infrastructure and development that has been occurring over the last 30 years and continues to occur has to be maintained. The maintenance a...
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How to Solve the Problem of a Smelly, Clogged Drain

One of the most popular questions we have gotten over the years at Cass Plumbing of Tampa Bay is: how can I fix my smelly, slow running or clogged drains? Drains are all over our homes: the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry room, the utility room. In the shower and bathtub, in the floor where the water softener drains.  If you have drains, you will have clogged drains from time to time. Clogged drains are smelly and disgusting, which means your children certainly won’t take care of them, even if they are the ones who caused them. So, what can you do?  You have some home solutions to choose ...
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