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4 Plumbing Tips You Didn’t Know

4 Plumbing Tips You Didn’t Know

And how to use them to save hundreds each year!

Water is a resource that we can’t live without, and one that will take your lunch money faster than your 4th grade bully. With heaping bills and repairs, those two showers a day can feel like they cost you an arm and a leg.

So how do we cut these costs down? Follow these 4 tips and start saving a few extra hundred in your pocket.

  1. Wash clothes in Cold water
    90% of the energy used in washing clothes comes from heating the water up! Washing your clothes on cold will usually only cost around 3 cents per load!To see estimates on how much different temperature loads cost, check this site out!
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/washing-machine-energy-use-zmaz92zshe.aspx#axzz34Kxt60vU 
  2. Shut off the water/water heater for your road trip!
    Are you leaving the house for a week long trip? Going to see family? Or just taking a trip to get away for a while? A good tip to save money (and stay safe from an unattended leak, should one arise), is to turn off the water heater and main supply before you leave.Always remember to turn the water heater off before the main valve, and don’t keep the main supply off more than a few weeks! For more info check this pdf out!
    http://www.epud.org/Files/VacationTips.pdf 
  3. Deal with hard water option 1: flushing the water heater
    Hard water is the build-up of sediment in your water heater and pipes. Don’t worry, it’s NOT hazardous to your health, but It IS to your wallet.Hard water makes it more difficult for your appliances to perform and can be an expensive issue requiring repairs and maintenance.There are two options to deal with hard water. The first is Flushing your water heater. This is free and for the intermediate level handy man. For instructions on how to do this, check out this link!
    http://www.wikihow.com/Flush-a-Water-Heater

     

  4. Deal with hard water option 2: EasyWater system
    EasyWater is a cost efficient kinetic energy system that quickly eliminates sediment build-up, and prevents it in the future!It has a one time cost, and one time installation, and will not only clean your water heater, but the pipes throughout your home. For more info, check out this link!
    http://www.easywater.com/ 

With these Tips in mind and in use, you’ll see significant changes in your water bill, and thickness of your wallet! Have a tip to add, or success story to share? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

 

-Extra Thrifty Link-

If you are really dedicated to saving, check out this Do-It-Yourself hack to use the clean water in your toilet before it’s flushed, to save extra money!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Hack-a-Toilet-for-free-water./

 

-Trusted Plumber Link-

If there’s a repair or service you don’t think you can do on your own, don’t hesitate to contact a professional:

http://henryplumbingco.com/

Henry Plumbing is a family owned business in Greater Savannah Georgia, trusted for over 40 years to bring quality service at extremely competitive rates!

 

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What is a Plumbing Emergency?

At Henry Plumbing we take all of your plumbing needs very seriously and want to make sure that all of your problems are addressed as quickly as possible.  This guide is a way to help have a better understanding of what is a plumbing emergency and what problems might be able to wait for normal business hours.

We are always here to help, and want to make sure you have the greatest possible peace of mind even when something has gone wrong with your plumbing.  If you are unsure if your plumbing situation is an emergency or not, the tips below may help you decide.

What plumbing emergency requires a 24-hour plumbing service immediately?

  • Frozen pipes that could potentially burst and cause other issues in the home such as drywall damage
  • No running water due to water well issues or underground pipe line damage
  • No hot water flowing into the house in the wintertime
  • Sewage backing up into the house through drainage systems
  • Overflowing toilets that do not stop even after you shut of the water source
  • A construction worker accidentally nails through piping causing leaks
  • Complete water system failure
  • Contaminated water flowing into the house
  • Water coming through the ceilings or drywalls

What plumbing problems can wait for a local plumbing service?

  • Broken toilet handle
  • Slightly leaky toilet or pipe line
  • Dripping faucet
  • Broken faucet handle
  • Clogged toilets and sink drains
  • High water usage problems
  • Low water pressure

 

Tankless Water Heater

How to Choose a New Water Heater

There’s a lot to think about when you are choosing a new water heater for your home.  Here are four major factors to consider:

Fuel type

Based on the availability and cost, you should consider what fuel type will work best for your needs. Natural gas and electricity are two of the most common fuel types, but water heaters can also run on oil, geothermal energy, propane and solar power.

Capacity

Ask your plumber to help you determine how much hot water you will need for your family.  A water heater that is too small might mean that someone is stuck taking cold showers.   A water heater that is too big could leave you spending money heating water that you don’t need.

When choosing a storage water heater, the goal is to match your home’s peak hot water demand to the “first hour rating” listed on the new equipment’s Energy Guide label. Different sizing techniques are required if you choose a solar or tankless water heater.

Energy Efficiency

When choosing a water heater you want to think about both the initial cost of a water heater and the long term operating costs.  Lower operational costs over a lifetime can make a larger upfront investment worthwhile. Compare the energy factor (EF) of different water heaters to help you make the best choice, or ask your plumber for help.

Many people are switching to tankless water heaters instead of immediately deciding on a storage water heater. They can be more energy efficient and may be just what you’re looking for.

Total Cost of Ownership

To make your selection easier, calculate the annual operating cost of various water heaters to find out which model will save you the most money in the long run. Remember, more energy efficient models usually have higher initial price tags, but significant savings every month can help the unit pay for itself in time. Plus, units that have a longer projected lifespan save you money by delaying future replacements.

For more information about tankless and conventional water heaters, make sure to check out our Water Heaters Page.

 

How do I get rid of mold around toilet?

Bathrooms provide a damp, dark and isolated environment that mold thrives in. So what causes mold in the bathroom? The lack of ventilation in a bathroom causes moisture to linger and this encourages the growth of mold. Damp cellulose material like rugs and paper products also provide a great atmosphere. How do you get rid of mold? You first have to find all of it to make sure that no traces are left behind after removal. Finding mold is not always easy because some may be hidden. Check for it under the sink, in crawl spaces and between the bathroom tiles.

Getting rid of mold is difficult especially if the infestation is large. Use hot water mixed with soap and baking soda to remove mold. Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent and it usually removes most of the mold. Mix a teaspoon of liquid soap with a cup of baking soda. Pour in enough hot water to end up with a paste. For a fresh smelling mixture, you can add a few drops of citrus or lavender. Use this paste to clean the mold around your toilet and use a brush to scrub it off.

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White vinegar can also be used for removing mold. Put some undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it onto all moldy surfaces. After one hour, clean the area using hot water and dry it to prevent reappearance of mold. White vinegar can also be used to keep mold at bay. It is exceptionally effective in preventing its growth. Since vinegar is a natural substance, it is highly recommended for mold removal and prevention.

white vinegar mold removal  spray bottle

 

You can also try a mixture of borax and water. Most people prefer to use borax since it is cheap and easily available. To create an effective cleaning agent, mix one gallon of water with a cup of borax. Scrub the mold around your toilet with a brush and use the borax solution sparingly. When cleaning, you should be careful to prevent spreading the spores to un-infested areas. After you are done removing the mold, wipe the area to keep it dry and spray it with vinegar to avoid another outbreak. Before cleaning any moldy surface, you should use a HEPA filtered vacuum to remove the spores. This prevents the spreading of mold to other areas of the bathroom.

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discolored water tub

Do I need a plumber if discolored water comes out of my pipes?

Do I need a plumber if discolored water comes out of my pipes?

Whether you live in a new or old house or apartment sometimes there is something other than clear water coming out of your faucet. If you have discolored water coming from your pipes there are many different possible reasons. Do you need a plumber, or is it a quick fix? There are a few clues to help you to narrow down the problem and determine if you should call in extra help.

 

Is it hot or cold discolored water?

Turn you tap on high first on hot then on cold independently.

If just the discolored water is hot water that will lead to the source being the hot water heater.

If discolored hot and cold water, then the intake pipe or house pipes are the source.

 

Options when discolored water is coming from your pipes.

Many areas have an extension office to bring a water sample and have it tested.

If you have a private well call a plumber or well service to come and chlorinate your well.

Public water handled through a public municipality, contacted them to check to improve the water quality, if possible.

 

When you need to call a plumber?

When you have old pipes made of galvanized or iron pipes call a professional plumber to check the pipes for rust, leaks and efficiency.

When your hot water is the culprit of foul smelling or discolored water, call a plumber to replace the hot water heater.

Any discoloration of your water coming from your pipes that you have been unable to repair you should consult with a plumber to locate the source of the problem.

Sometimes there is an easy fix to clear the discolored water coming from your pipes. Other times a consultation or checkup of your plumbing system, hot water heater and well (if there is one). When in doubt a call to your plumber does not hurt. It is always better safe than sorry. Your plumber may be able to offer a simple and inexpensive remedy for discolored water. Remember discolored water is a symptom and a plumber is the professional to lead you in the right direction.

My toilet keeps running. Can I fix this without a commercial plumber?

Your toilet is a pretty important feature in your house and for the most part, it does what it needs to do without much trouble. But sometimes wear and tear catches up to the most reliable of home amenities. Over time, minerals build up and parts begin to corrode leading to one very common problem- your toilet keeps running. While it might seem difficult, most issues like this can be fixed easily, without a commercial plumber.

Most of the time this is a very easy issue to fix but first you have to diagnose the problem. Toilets are pretty universal in components. In the tank you have

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  • a flapper (a rubber piece that fits over a hole)
  • a lever that lifts up with you push the handle down,
  • a chain that attaches the lever to the flapper
  • a float–or ball–that measures the amount of water in the tank
  • and an overflow tube

 

To diagnose the issue, you will need to lift the cover off the tank, and flush. Watch to see if the chain gets tangled or the flapper fits into the hole snugly. If the flapper doesn’t set well, the tank will leak, running up your water bill and making an annoying noise.

Replacing the flapper is very easy if you can shut off the water. Most toilets can be shut off at a valve in the pipe that leads to the tank; others you might have to turn off the main water valve.

Once the water is turned off, flush the toilet to drain the tank. Once the tank is empty you can examine the flapper. Sometimes it just needs a cleaning, but if it looks worn or cracked, it will need to be replaced.  Note the size and shape of the flapper, or simply remove it by slipping it off the clips. Find a new flapper at a hardware store that looks the same size or purchase a universal one. Slip the flapper back on the clips–making sure that the flapper seats correctly–before turning the water back on.

While this fixes most problems, sometimes the floater or ball will need to be changed. Over time the float can develop leaks that cause the float to sit lower than normal. If you have the time and tools, this can easily be done yourself. If not, a commercial plumber is a very viable option!

If you are unsure on how to proceed or just plain don’t want to, call Henry Plumbing.

Water heater conditioner

What is “hard water” and why is it a problem for water heaters?

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is the build up of two compounds; Magnesium and Calcium, in your water heater and other appliances.

Don’t worry, these mineral ions are actually healthy to have in our water.  Sometimes they can build up and leave unsightly marks or even damage your pipes.

What Causes Hard Water Buildups?

Hard water buildups are caused by a number of things:

  • temperature
  • pressure change
  • turbulence

Over time, scaly hard water buildups can  block up  your plumbing, and contribute to repair costs throughout the year.

How do I prevent “hard water” in my water heaters?

The best way to prevent hard water from accumulating is getting your hands on an Easy Water No-Salt Conditioner. This product uses no dangerous chemicals to break up the scale, but instead sends a series of frequencies through the main pipeline, keeping the mineral ions from being able to form into crystals!


 The Easy Water No-Salt Conditioner can save you money in the following ways:

faucet

a clean faucet is a happy faucet

Fewer Replacements:

  • Water Heaters
    Water heaters die quickly when hard water builds up. The EasyWater No-Salt Conditioner keeps build-up from forming, extending the life of water heaters new and old!
  • Fewer Fixture Replacements
    The No-Salt Conditioner keeps valves operating smoothly, and faucets and aerators delivering a consistent flow.
  • Fewer Appliance Replacements
    Is your customer’s old dishwasher or washing machine full of scale? Recommend the No-Salt Conditioner to keep the new appliances and fixtures in great shape!

 

bathroom remodel

keep your remodel safe!

Protection and Prevention:

  • New Kitchen / Bathroom Remodels
    A high-ticket investment in a kitchen or bath remodel should be protected. The No-Salt Conditioner is one way we have found to be successful in keeping bathtubs and fixtures from damage from “hard water”
  • Newly Built properties
    Some newly built homes and neighborhoods come with No-Salt Conditioner already installed.   If it is not installed before you move it, you can ask for  No-Salt Conditioner from Henry Plumbing.

 In addition to keeping the minerals from forming crystals, the Easy Water No-Salt Conditioner keeps the water flowing clearly, dissolving the existing scale over time!

 

Owners of Henry Plumbing

How to Choose a Plumber

Many people don’t concern themselves with finding a reputable plumber. More often than not, this is because most people don’t think about hiring a plumber at all until they have to deal with a plumbing emergency. However, the last thing you want to do is hire someone that ends up doing a poor job repairing your plumbing, which could eventually just lead to yet another plumbing emergency. The following are a few tips to help you find a reputable plumber that will do high quality work:

  • Ask friends and family – The easiest way to find a good plumber is by asking friends or family members for a recommendation. If they can’t recommend a good plumber, they could possibly tell you what plumbers to avoid.
  • Ask your real estate agent – The real estate agent who helped you purchase your home might be able to recommend a plumber as well as any other subcontractors that are needed.
  • Ask a builder or contractor – Contractors deal with plumbers on a regular basis due to the nature of their work. If you know a builder or contractor, they may be able to inform you about several different plumbers, how much they will cost and the quality of their work.
  • Ask for a license number – When speaking to a plumber, make sure to ask for their plumber’s license number. You’ll want to make sure that they are fully licensed to work within your city.
  • Ask about service warranties – To avoid hiring someone who will do a shoddy job repairing your problem, ask about service warranties. Plumbers that won’t guarantee their work for a period that is acceptable to you should probably be avoided. You don’t want to pay to have the same problem fixed twice, after all. Good plumbers stand behind their work and will provide a service warranty, which means that if their repairs fail, they will come re-fix the problem for free.
  • Compare estimates – Don’t just call a random plumber and hire them on the spot. Ask for an estimate on the work you need done, then call around in order to compare estimates. This isn’t always possible, especially if the problem has occurred in a ceiling or within a closed wall. In this case, ask for a worst-case scenario estimate.

Be sure to keep these tips in mind when looking for a good plumber in your area.

Is my shower leaking?

Is my bathtub leaking? / Is my shower leaking?

Often a tub and shower leak can be as simple as, caulking needing to be replaced.  Here are some things you can do yourself to check if your tub is leaking and even repair it yourself.

Leaks from a weak caulk seal

Often times a weak caulk seal is to blame.  Here are some places to check:

  1. Check and see if there are any cracks in there tile
  2. Is there is a surround that connects to the tub. Check the  caulk seal there.
  3. Check around faceplate of tub and shower valve.

The caulk seal can wear off after years and can be a real culprit for leaks.  These are simple easy fixes that homeowners can try on their own or we can re caulk for them.

Leaks around the tub valve

Sometimes there are leaks found on the tub and shower valve itself.  In these situations you will probably need to call us (912-352-9827).  If there is access from behind the tub and shower valve, we usually go in there.  We will have to cut a small section of sheet rock and see if the valve can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.  If replacement is needed then it can take up to 4 hours to install new valve and trim.

Leaks Around the Shower Base or Drain

If the shower base or drain is leaking you should really call us (912-352-9827). We determine leaks around the shower base or drain  by filling the tub up with water and plugging the drain.  If tub and shower is located on the floor above, the ceiling will have to be cut to determine if it is the drain or the base.  Once determined we can make to necessary repairs.

Plumbers to install gas lines in Savannah

Did You Know that Plumbers are the Ones Who Install Gas Lines for Grills?

While many plumbers specialize in water pipe installations, there is more to this profession than just making sure water properly flows through pipes in homes and businesses. Natural gas installations in the house are also handled by plumbers. With the warmer months approaching, more people will be purchasing gas grills. Gas grills involve installing gas lines that may need professional servicing.

Gas Line Installation

Connecting a gas grill to a gas line comes with several benefits, for example reduced cost and safer environment. With a gas grill in hand, the first step would be connecting it to the natural gas line. The services of plumbers come in handy at this point. First, the plumber will determine whether the grill is compatible with the line, and if not, he or she would recommend the best brand in the market that is compatible. The plumber may also advise if it is possible to convert the grill for compatibility.

Once the gas grill installation is set, one would expect it to run error-free for as long as possible. However, the system is exposed to many conditions such as heat, freezing, and floods, which may cause wear and tear to the gas line. Due to these various conditions, a gas grill may experience several problems that warrant the continued support of plumbers. For example, the grill may fail to light or heat unevenly.

Gas Line Maintenance

A new gas grill installation comes with several safety hazards that a homeowner must to consider. Plumbers should regularly check hose lines for cracks and breaks. Secondly, all heating sources should be as far as possible from the gas grill system. In case the grill produces strong propane odors, it advisable to ask for professional help from plumbers before use.This could indicate that there is a gas leak.

Homeowners should avoid connecting new gas grills to the natural line by themselves. Gas grill manufacturers advise homeowners to use the support of insured and licensed plumbers for installation and maintenance. This is not only safe for the dwellers, but also ensures property owners adhere to city codes.