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Hurricane Matthew

Important Plumbing Elements to Check After a Hurricane

Hurricanes and other major weather disasters can wreak havoc on your home and neighborhood. In addition to downed power lines, uprooted trees, flooded streets, and damaged roofs, there could be many major issues that are not immediately obvious. Problems with your plumbing system are common after major weather events.

After a hurricane, make sure you check the following plumbing elements in your home:

Schedule a Sewer Line Inspection

Sewer lines are located in the ground. Any type of major storm can cause the ground to shift, creating potential problems with the sewer line. If the line becomes detached or ruptured during the storm, you may notice sewer line problems such as difficulty flushing the toilet, water and debris backwashing into your sink or tub, or bad smells coming from your drains. Any number of these issues indicates a sewer line problem that requires professional attention.

Check Gas Lines

High winds, strong precipitation, and debris flying through the air can also damage your gas lines. In the event of a hurricane, always check your gas lines for potential leaks. Signs of a gas leak include smelling rotten eggs or noticing a hissing sound coming from the line. A gas line leak is dangerous because natural gas is flammable and toxic to humans. If you suspect a gas leak, call for a fast repair and inform the gas company right away to keep your family safe.

Keep an Eye Out for Water Leaks

It’s common for leaks to spring up after a hurricane. If the pipes were under stress or if parts of your home were damaged, the pipes could also burst or sustain damage that causes leaks. Inspect your pipes for any potential cracks or leaks. Keep a special eye out for slab leaks, which are located underneath the concrete slab of your home. These water leaks require immediate attention from a professional.

Inspect Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps are designed to move excess water away from your home’s foundation and pump it away from the house. With the intense precipitation that comes with a hurricane, it’s important to make sure your sump pump has done its duty and is still working to protect you during the next storm. If your basement or crawlspace did not flood during the storm, you probably have your sump pump to thank. After the storm, check the sump pump over and ensure there is no damage to the motor or tank. A professional inspection is also a good idea to make sure all your bases are covered.

For further help with your after-hurricane plumbing checklist, call the experts at Henry Plumbing. We can help make sure your plumbing systems are working safely and efficiently after a major weather event. Call 912-352-9827 for an appointment today.

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Signs of Leaky Pipes or a Water Faucet Leak

Leaky Pipes and Drips

It’s not uncommon or necessarily a problem to see a few drops of water leak from a closed faucet.  But if it’s more than a few drops or the faucet is hard to turn off, you may have a problem.  If there are rooms in your house that you don’t go to very often, make a point to check for signs of leaky pipes or moisture about once a month.  

Rust Around Pipes

Rust around pipes is often a sign of corrosion caused by a small leak.

Water Puddles

Even if a sink drips a bit, it should not leave a puddle.  If there is a puddle present, it might be time to call Henry Plumbing.

Higher Water Bill

No one wants to pay a bill that’s higher than necessary.  If your water bill seems to be going up for no reason, there may be leaky pipes somewhere in your home. That can be a good reminder to check around your house for signs of leaks.

Squeaky Faucets

Faucets that make noise when you turn them on or off may be showing signs of damage.  If a faucet is hard to turn off completely, it may be costing your extra money and corroding your sink.

Smells of Mold or Rotten Food

You may smell a leak before you see it.  If there is a moldy or mildewy smell in your home, and you can’t find a source, this may be a sign of a leak somewhere that you can’t see it.

Signs of a Leaking Toilet

Noises

Hearing a bubbling noise or groaning noise coming from the pipes behind or beneath your toilet?  The good news is that it’s probably not a poltergeist.  However, you probably want to call Henry Plumbing to have them check for a toilet leak

Water on the Bathroom Floor

If you see water pooling around the base of your toilet you are probably seeing the early stages of a toilet plumbing problem. This might be a small amount of water where the toilet meets the floor.

Uneven Floor Tile

Sometimes a leaky pipe or toilet leak will cause floors to warp or bumps to appear in bathroom floors. If floor tiles become loose near the toilet or you notice a bump in the bathroom floor this may also be a sign of a plumbing leak.

Mold or Sewer Gas in the Bathroom

If odors in your bathroom seem to linger longer than normal, this may be a sign of a break in a sewage line or other leak in your toilet or bathroom.

We’re Here to Help

Leaky pipes and plumbing fixtures can be annoying, and they can also be destructive.  A leaky pipe or other plumbing fixture can lead to high water bills and can cause corrosion.  If you have noticed water dripping from your faucet in the kitchen, bathroom sink, bathtub, laundry room or elsewhere in your home, call Henry Plumbing.  Henry Plumbing is Savannah’s favorite plumber year after year for over 30 years.

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Natural Gas Water Heaters

Atlanta Light Advantage Dealer

Henry Plumbing Savannah, GA is proud to announce that we are an approved Atlanta Gas Light Advantage Dealer. This means that we can provide comprehensive gas services for your home or residence and offer generous incentives when you switch from an electric to a natural gas water heater.

Residential Properties Get up to $500 Per Appliance When They Switch to Natural Gas

Get up to $500 per appliance when you switch a residence from electric to a natural gas water heater.  Homes using an electric water heater will get up to $400 per appliance when switching to a conventional tank-style natural gas water heater, and up to $500 when switching to a tankless water heater.

These savings come on top of substantial tax breaks for switching to a tankless natural gas water heater.  These tax incentives are only available for switching to a tankless natural gas water heater.  They are not available for an electric water heater or for a conventional tank-style natural gas water heater.

Commercial Properties Can Get Up to $600 Per Appliance

A commercial property can get up to $600 per appliance for switching from any electric water heater to a natural gas water heater.  Changing to a natural gas tankless water heater brings a rebate of up to $600 per appliance. Changing to a conventional tank-style water natural gas water heater brings a rebate of up to $500 per appliance.

About Atlanta Gas and Light

Atlanta Gas and Light is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the Southeast.  They provide natural gas delivery service to more than 1.5 million customers in Georgia.  Atlanta Gas and Light does not sell natural gas directly to customers.  They operate to maintain the infrastructure that delivers the gas to customers of certified natural gas marketers. Click here for a list of marketers who supply natural gas in the Savannah Area.

Tax Credit for Home Improvement

Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Water Heaters

Save money on your home energy expenses and on your taxes by switching to a tankless natural gas water heater. We mentioned saving money on taxes for having a solar water heater in an earlier blog article.  Here are some other ways to save money on your income taxes by making your home more energy efficient.

Energy Efficient Water Heaters

You don’t have to get a solar energy system to get tax discounts in 2016.  Electric and gas water heaters with an Energy Star certification qualify for a tax credit of $300.  The tax credit is effective through December 31, 2016.  In order to be eligible, your Energy Star water heater must be installed between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2016.

What is an Energy Star Qualified Water Heater

You’ve probably seen the Energy Star logo before on all kinds of products.

Energy Star

Energy Star is a program of the US Environmental Protection Agency. It partners with 18,000 private and public sector organizations to inform consumers of products that follow energy-efficient solutions.

Energy Star Qualified water heaters can be gas condensing, heat pump based, gas storage, solar, or tankless water heaters.  According to the Energy Star website, electric storage tank water heaters and even electric tankless water heaters can not earn an Energy Star qualification.  Electric tankless water heaters are more energy efficient than standard water heaters, but not “better enough” to qualify for the Energy Star rating. The best electric tankless water heaters will save you about 8.7% per year.

You can read more about the different types of Energy Star qualified water heaters on the Energy Star Qualified Water Heaters page here.  You can also call Henry Plumbing ask for one of our plumbers to help you select an energy efficient water heater for your home.

How to Get Tax Credit for Your Energy Efficient Water Heater

If you get an Energy Star rated water heater, or you had one installed between 2011 and 2016, you can claim your tax credit by filling out an IRS Form 5695 (don’t they give these forms the best names!).  You can see both the form 5695 and its instructions page here.

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All About Your Garbage Disposal

How Your Garbage Disposal Can Change the World (Seriously!)

Your garbage disposal could help cut down on your household waste.  Students at Rice University in Houston built a system to convert your kitchen waste into garden compost and bio-fuel (gotta love idealistic college students!).  The system hooks up to your regular garbage disposal and separates the food waste from water.  Water goes to the municipal water system, and the food waste is ground up and separated for use in your home garden or available to use as a fuel.  You can learn more about this magic green garbage disposal here on Huff Po or in this video:

Stuff to Never Put in Your Garbage Disposal

  1. Your hand (or anyone else’s)
    This kind of goes without saying, but we thought we should mention it.  If you lose something important, try using a chopstick or a fork to get it out.  If something gets really lodged in there, you might want to give us a call.
  2. Celery and other stringy stuff
    Stringy foods can tangle up the garbage disposal.
  3. Bones
    Bones tend to go round and round and get stuck in the grinding wheel.  Best to put them straight in the garbage.
  4. Nut Shells and Fruit Pits
    These are usually too hard.  Like bones, they are likely to get jammed in the grinding wheel.
  5. Grease
    Grease is not as bad for your  disposal as it is for your pipes.  Grease can congeal in pipes and cause a clog.
  6. Coffee Grounds
    You can put coffee grounds down the  disposal, but it’s best to keep it to no more than a few teaspoons at a time to avoid choking your pipes.

How to get rid of Garbage Disposal Odors

It’s a good idea to grind cut a lemon in to halves and grind each one in your disposal. It well make your kitchen and your garbage disposal smell much better.

A Word on Eggshells

Eggshells can be great for your garbage disposal.  They are easy to grind and can even help sharpen grinder blades.

 

Reliable Plumber in Savannah, GA

Owners of Henry Plumbing

Todd and Tonya Reed
3rd Generation Owners of Henry Plumbing

Proud to Have Earned Our Reputation as the Most Reliable Plumbers in Savannah, GA

Henry Plumbing works hard to be Savannah’s favorite plumber year after year.  We are committed to being the most reliable plumbers in Savannah.  We hold ourselves to the same high ethics as our founders when they established Henry Plumbing in Savannah in 1968.  We have been in Savannah long enough to have earned our reputation as reliable plumbers in Savannah, GA. We have also been in the business long enough to know how to spot an unreliable plumber. We think you should be able to spot one too.

How to Spot an Unreliable Plumber

A lot of us hate calling the plumber out when something goes wrong, and this is especially the case if you don’t have a reliable plumber who can work with you to fix the problems you are experiencing. Of course, there are a couple of plumbers out there who might not always give you the best result and they may even try and overcharge you. If you want to know how to spot unreliable plumbers, simply take a look below.

Working when Unlicensed

If a plumber is unlicensed and uninsured then there is a high chance that they will charge you less but it is important to understand the huge risk you are taking when you hire them. A lot of cities require that you hire a licensed contractor, even if you don’t actually need a permit. That doesn’t mean to say that you can’t have a DIY handyman come and do your jobs for you, but it does mean that when it comes to structural, plumbing and electrical work, you need someone who is trained.

Estimating a Job that Hasn’t Been Seen

Another major problem that people experience is when they hire a plumber, they estimate a job that they haven’t seen. How can someone possibly give you a price when they haven’t seen what work needs to be done? Always remember not to accept a quote unless they have come to you in person and seen it. You will also want to get this in writing if possible because this is the best way for you to make the most out of the situation.

Lowballing

A cheap plumber probably means that there is something wrong, especially if they are seriously undercutting all of your other offers. A lot of plumbers, who aren’t entirely reliable, may give you a low estimate for a job but this won’t cover all of the job. They may charge you for additional labour as well and this can cause even more problems for you at a later date.

Showing Up Without Being Invited

If a so called “plumber” shows up and tries to get you to hire them, don’t. This is otherwise known as a tip-off and it could even be a burglar who is trying to gain access to your home. The elderly are usually the victims of this con. If you are not sure if your plumber is reputable or if you don’t know if they can be trusted or not then do your research and look them up online. This is the best way for you to understand the situation and it could provide you with the insight you need to truly make the best decision.

Bait and Switch

The bait and switch is actually quite a common method when it comes to deceptive practices. A company will advertise their products and then they will switch it out for an inferior version. If you suspect that your company is doing this then do your best to end all contact or look up the various products they are offering you. This is the best way for you to understand what is happening and it could save you an absolute fortune later down the line.

Solar Panel

Tax Credit For Solar Water Heaters In Georgia

Should You Consider a Solar Water Heater?

Solar water heaters might be a great way for your home to save money on electricity.  Georgia is incredibly well known for having plenty of sunlight and some of the best landscape views around. Until recently however, people haven’t really taken advantage of this and the amount of light that is available. Now however, there has been a legislation passed that promotes the installation and even the use of renewable energy in various homes and businesses. If you care deeply about the environment or if you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make sure that your home is energy efficient then this is a major step forward and it is something that you should certainly embrace. In fact, there are now a lot of companies out there who use solar power and as time moves on, there are more and more incentives for you to start using solar powered products. This can include personal tax credits, rebate programs and even net metering as well.

What You Need to Know

So we know now that Georgia is leading the way in terms of renewable energy and now there has never been a better time for you to get started with making your home more energy efficient as well. So what do you need to know about solar powered water heaters? You should note that when you have solar power in your home, that you may be able to access 30% of federal income as a tax credit. This is great for solar equipment that has been put into service before the 1st of Jan, 2017. If you want to find out more about this then you can easily find out some information about the various incentives that are available and how they determine how much money you get back.

According to the latest information, you can claim 25% on income tax credit when it comes to your solar water heating device and this is great if you want to start saving money. On top of this, you will be saving money when it comes to your solar heating as well so there really are so many incentives available and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to get up and running. If you want to find out more about this then all you need to do is contact the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. They can tell you how this state incentive can apply to your own circumstances.

Solar Water Heaters Can Add Value to Your Home

Of course, when you have solar energy products installed, this can also increase the value of your home, and with the new incentives that are available, it really isn’t hard to see why this incentive has already made many homeowners turn green and if you get your solar heater installed before 2017, you really can make your money back if not a little bit more. A lot of people think that solar water heaters aren’t efficient when it comes to heating water but at the end of the day, when you have the right system installed, they are more than efficient and they can pay for themselves after a couple of years and you probably won’t notice a difference in the water in your home as well.

If you want to find out more about this new incentive then all you need to do is contact the Georgia financial authority today to see how they can help you. You can also contact your local solar provider to see what products they have available and to see if they have something that suits your needs and your requirements.

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Should I buy a Tankless water heater?

What to Consider Before You Buy a Tankless Water Heater

Before you decide to by a tankless water heater, keep these things in mind:

  • Demand—should the unit supply water for a single room or the entire home?
  • What type is right—electric models are ideal for some homes but require proper voltage and power supply adding to costs.
  • Location—tankless heaters require a close power source not farther than 50 feet away. Make sure you can supply that distance.
  • Endurance—tankless water heaters last for about 20 years which doubles that of traditional units.

A Bit of Background

Most would agree—nothing is a worse than a cold shower. Fortunately, our water heaters keep us nice and toasty in the shower, bath, and when washing our hands.

If you find yourself in an unintended cold shower, it might be time to shop for a new water heater. The good news is you don’t have to stick to the same brand or type of heater you had previously.

Modern technology is changing virtually every aspect of our lives, including our appliances. Tankless water heaters, for example, offer a unique way to keep your water hot or cool without wasting water and jacking up your home utility bill.

Here’s what you can expect when you purchase a tankless water heater and why going this route is a often a really good idea.

Tankless-Water-HeaterHow a Tankless Water Heater is Different from Traditional

A traditional water heater pumps energy into water being held in its tank. This is the case whether or not it’s being used. Newer tankless water heater designs only heat water when it is needed. The benefit of this is that you’ll reduce money spent on energy bills while reducing your impact on the environment.

Size Matters

Tankless hot water heaters can be used for one room or for large houses. However, as a property owner you’ll need to calculate how many appliances will use water and use that to determine the ideal size for your home. For many, a larger size is needed.

Longer Warranties Reduce Risks

Another major benefit for using tankless water heaters is a longer warranty. Most traditional water heaters have only a six-year warranty and typically only last 10 years. Tankless water heaters tend to last a lot longer and come with a 15-year warranty.

home water heater

How to Choose a Home Water Heater

Before you get started in your search, it helps to know what types of home water heaters there are available:

  • Conventional– These will give you a ready-heated tank of hot water.
  • Tankless– These heaters will heat your home and they don’t need a tank at all.
  • Heat Pump– This will let you move heat from one place to another instead of generating it all at once.
  • Solar– Solar heaters use the sun’s energy to create heat.
  • Tankless and Coil– This will use the home heating system to heat your water for you.

There are plenty of heaters for you to choose from and choosing the right one can be difficult. Consider cost of installation, cost of fuel, and overall cost of ownership (how long it will last, etc.) and the comfort perks each system provides.

The fuel type you use will affect how much you pay overall and it will also tell you how efficient your system is as well. On top of this, you also need to think about the size, because if you want to provide your home with plenty of water then you will want one that is of an ample size or a tankless water heater. If you want to maximise the amount you save then you will also want to take a note of how energy efficient your system is as well. The more energy efficient your heater is, the more likely you will be to save money even when you do use water a lot in your home. If you want to make the next step up from this then consider using a drain-water heat recovery system in conjunction with your purchase.

If you are on a budget then you may want to consider going for a smaller heater but if you go for one that is only just big enough to meet the needs of your home then you could actually be wasting money. The main reason for this is because the heater will need to be working constantly in order to heat your water and this won’t be very energy efficient.  A tankless water heater is often the most efficient option, and offers a virtually unlimited supply of hot water.

Of course, if you have any questions then you can always contact Henry Plumbing. Our trained plumbers are always more than happy to help you find the water heater that gives you the comfort and value you are looking for.

 

Great Reasons to Want a Tankless Water Heater

Rinnai Tankless Water HeaterTankless Hot Water Heaters Use Less Energy

A tankless water heater will use 50% less energy and this could save you hundreds every single year. They also only heat the water when the tap is turned on, so you won’t be heating water that you don’t need and the water that you do need will be heated instantly.

Tankless Water Heaters Never Run Out of Hot Water

Yup.  No more cold showers after some family member has enjoyed the shower of the century or after bath time for all the kids, dog, neighbors, etc.  Tankless water heaters can give virtually unlimited hot water.

Tankless Water Heaters Often Have Longer Warranties

When you invest in a tankless water heater, you’ll find that they can offer you longer warranties and they can save you space as well. This is very beneficial if you want an all-in-one solution that won’t take up extra space and it is also ideal if you don’t want to worry about making repairs later down the line.

A traditional heater will probably come with a warranty for 6 years. A tankless heater on the other hand can last you for over 15 years in terms of the warranty so you can already see how you could reap the benefits of what financial security they can offer you and your home.

Contact Henry Plumbing to See if a Tankless Water Heater is  Good Fit for your Home

There are other factors that you need to take into consideration because not every home can have a tankless system. It depends on the space you have, the system you have installed at the moment and your budget. Contact us at Henry Plumbing if you want to find out whether you home would benefit from a tankless water heater. 912-352-9827

We are proud to carry both Rinnai  Water Heaters and AO Smith Water Heaters

Check out this recent article to learn more about How to Choose the Right Water Heater.