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Stains on Tile and How to Remove Them
Why Is There Water Stains on my Tub and Tile?
The staining on your tiles and tub is a result of abundant minerals that are present in your water supply. While the water is treated locally at your cities water treatment facility, a small amount of minerals still pass through, and are part of the water you consume and utilize in your home each day.
If you notice a significant amount of staining, you can take action to limit and reduce the discoloring.
What is the Cause of the Staining?
The main reason for the stains that you see in your tub and all over the tiles is from minerals that become trapped inside your hot water heater tank. Those minerals stick to the sides and the pipes within the tank, and come in contact with standing water that can be still for hours or days at a time.
If you do not use the water frequently, the minerals soak into that water and cause a rusty color. That is what turns the tiles and the tub a dirty brownish color when the water repeatedly comes in contact with it.
Can I prevent This in the Future?
Absolutely this can be prevented. The easiest way is to call your local plumbing repair company and ask about have a water treatment system installed. These units treats all the water that enters the home, providing you clean water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing clothing.
The second solution is by flushing the water that is inside the water heater on a regular basis to remove all those contaminants from coming in contact with the water. Flushing the tank involves running a hose from the tank to the curb, and letting all the water out before refilling.
How Can I Remove These Hard Water Stains?
To remove those stains from the tub and tile, avoid any abrasive cleaning solutions or sponges. They will only scratch the fine surfaces and leave marks you will not be able to remove. The best solution you can use is a straight vinegar, soaked in a soft sponge.
Wipe the area with the vinegar and allow the solution to soak into the surface before wiping clean. For stubborn stains, apply the cleaning solution a few times until you see the coloring begin to fade. These stubborn stains may take some work, but eventually they will come clean with a little elbow grease and some persistence.
Trying to get rid of those awful stains in your Vista home? Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 today and see how we can help!
The History of the Toilet
The Paperwork Behind the Term
There are many euphemisms for going to the bathroom. On ships, toilets are called “heads.” Originally, wooden boards with holes in them hung over the sides of ships. These were placed at the head of the ship.
“Going to spend a penny,” was an old saying which originated from pubic lavatories costing a penny to use. “Gotta go see a man about a horse,” was a discreet way of excusing oneself to use the restroom. “Taking a crap,” or “making a deposit,” are all terms used for one and the same.
Today, “going to the toilet” may be a crass way to say you must relieve yourself. But, to the French of the 17th century, “using the toilet,” or “toilette,” the French term, meant a dressing table – a place to freshen up. If a woman was at her toilet, she was preparing for an appearance. By the 19th century, the term, toilet, became the name of a room, but didn’t necessarily mean a place to flush.
Although flushing toilets have been around since the 16th century, many homes did not have them until the late 19th century. Inside toilets were a luxury then. Most working homes, especially in the country, had an outhouse which consisted of an enclosure with one to three holes in a board. Corn cobs, newspaper, or a catalog served as toilet paper.
For the more sophisticated, chamber pots – beautifully painted porcelain bowls – kept their place discreetly underneath one’s bed or in an inconspicuous room where people could relieve themselves rather than go outside. Earth closets, a box of granulated clay over a pan, were also popular for waste disposal in the 19th century. When a lever was pulled, clay dispersed over the contents.
Invention of the Flushing Toilet
It wasn’t until the early 20th century that flushing lavatories replaced the earth closets and chamber pots. Sir John Harrington invented a flushing lavatory with a cistern in 1596, but the idea was ridiculed and dismissed. By the late 1770s, others made better designs which were patented.
Thomas Crapper, (1837-1910), an English sanitary engineer who served for royalty, has been attributed as the person who invented the modern toilet.
This is a myth. However, the name of T. Crapper Brass & Co., Ld., was engraved on many of the new flushing toilets, (called water closets) all over England.
World War I veterans, seeing the name, naturally associated it with the modern-day toilet, and called it the “crapper.” It cannot be proven that the colloquialism, “crap” came from that, but who knows?
The first pedestal toilet bowl was made in 1884. It was formed of porcelain and decorated or painted.
Today in the 21st century, we have every kind of toilet imaginable: portable potties, waterless bowls, tank on a bowl, one piece toilets, toilets that have no flush, up-flush, and dual flush.
About any style or color can be purchased to grace the place you sit upon your throne. Just make sure the “paperwork” is complete on your end.
If you live in the Vista area, and are having toilet troubles, Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 and find out how you can get your toilet back!
The 5 Most Common Clogs in Toilets
Flushing certain items down the toilet can be far more troublesome than just an occasional clog.
Not only are you going to cause expensive problems for the plumbing lines down the line, but you are also wasting more water each time you flush the toilet.
In addition, your local water treatment plant was designed to only treat certain items, and certain things being flushed could lead to significant blockages that can disrupt the water treatment process.
Here are the five most common clogs in toilets, and things you should never flush down the bowl.
1. Sanitary Napkins and Tampons
If you want to know the item that causes the most clogs in the toilet, it is tampons and sanitary napkins. The cotton in these items can easily get snagged in any cracks, imperfections, or tree roots that may have penetrated the plumbing lines.
After only a few flushes, the clog gets bigger as more items stick to the napkin and tampon. If the clog occurs further down the line, it can be very expensive to have a plumbing repair company remove the debris.
2. The Cigarette Butt
Cigarettes should always be thrown in the trash, never down the toilet. Many people rather than put out the cigarette, simply drop in the toilet to put out the flame, then flush it down.
The components of the cigarette will never break down, and once they form a clog in your pipes by attaching to other items stuck to the side of the pipe, you will have a serious clog that needs professional attention.
3. Dental Floss
Dental floss can be a serious problem when flushed down the toilet. Just like cotton, the string easily attaches to imperfections inside the pipe, then attracts other items to it as they are flushed. Because the floss will never break down, it only accumulates more debris until the line is completely clogged.
4. Paper Towels
After cleaning the bathroom with paper towels, throw them in the trash and not the toilet. One paper towel can easily get trapped in the tight turns of the plumbing system and turn a small clog into a very big and expensive problem.
5. The Dryer Sheet
Don’t be fooled by the lightweight nature of the dryer sheet, not only will it not break down in the water, it is full of toxic chemicals that make it to the treatment facility.
They can easily get stuck on anything in your pipes, and will quickly lead to a serious clog. Throw these in the trash and not the toilet.
Problems with the clogged toilet in your Vista home? Don’t panic, just Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222, and we’ll take care of business.
Popular Plumbing Myths Debunked
Put lemons in your disposal to make it smell good. You can clean bathroom fixtures with hand soap. Pipes don’t need to be cleaned because they have water running through them.
Do any of these statements sound familiar? These are some of the biggest urban legends in plumbing and they could be costing you serious money in the form of replacements and repairs down the line.
Keep reading to find out why all of this advice is wrong and what you can do to keep your home’s plumbing in top shape.
When Life Gives You Lemons
It’s an old adage that putting lemons into a garbage disposer is a good way to get it smelling good. While this is only partially true, since the lemon scent isn’t going anywhere, this is actually a horrible idea. Lemons contain citric acid that corrodes metals without mercy.
If you keep putting lemons into your disposer on purpose, you will erode the blades over time, necessitating a replacement. Instead, toss some ice cubes in your disposer to clean the blades. It has the same effect as a rock tumbler and will polish the blades.
Soap is for Skin Only
Most people believe that bathroom fixtures don’t need any special attention because they are made for bathrooms in the first place, but this is just plain wrong. This is because cheaper soaps have a low pH, meaning they contain more acid.
This makes them capable of corroding even stainless steel, and manufacturers will not replace a bathroom fixture in this case. They view it as neglect on the part of the owner. The simplest thing to do is just grab a clean cloth and wipe off your bathroom fixtures after use.
Even Super Mario Knows This One
If water is running through a pipe, then that means it’s clean, right? Wrong. Pipes need to be cleaned on occasion to remove sediment from that same water, as well as any foreign matter that hasn’t gone all the way through your pipes.
If your pipes curve anywhere, and they almost certainly do, debris can collect in the pipe’s elbow and clog the pipe over time.
This is usually due to hair, solidified fat and grease, tree roots that have worked their way into a crack in the pipe or foreign objects dropped down a drain. If this happens, you may need to call in a professional for assistance.
Don’t let the myths get to you in your Vista home. Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 today, and overcome these plumbing myths!
Top 10 Ways To Beautify Your Bathroom
If you feel like your bathroom is drab and boring, it might be time to make some updates.
There are many simple and relatively easy ways to revitalize your bathroom and create a beautiful spa-like retreat.
From changing your bathroom fixtures to installing a new bathtub, the possibilities really are endless. Take a look as we have outlined some of the most popular suggestions for beautifying your bathroom.
Swap Your Faucet
Bathroom fixtures are generally easy to replace, especially with the help of a professional plumber. Not to mention the plethora of styles and designs each brand has to offer. There are literally hundreds of possibilities when choosing a faucet. Be sure to consult a plumber if you have any questions.
Change The Sink
If swapping out the bathroom faucet doesn’t quite do the trick, you may consider a new sink. There are plenty of new and innovative options that provide a sleek, modern design.
Time For A New Toilet
Like us, toilets are conforming to a greener and environmentally conscious society. There are plenty of eco-friendly and water saving toilets on the market. Not only are these new toilets environmentally friendly, they often boast sleek and stylish designs.
Replace Your Tub
Remove your old, bulky bathtub and replace it with a new model. You may also consider a claw foot style bath tub instead. These boast timeless elegance and a spa-like feel.
Upgrade Your Shower
Consider hiring a plumber to install a custom tiled shower. Not only are these generally more spacious but their design is usually breathtaking and serene. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation every time you step in the shower.
Install A Specialized Shower Head
Waterfall rain shower heads are all the rage these days. They are made by nearly every major brand and are known for their strong water pressure which provides an in-shower massage experience.
Upgrade Your Vanity
It’s easy for vanities to look old and outdated, especially as deign themes change. Consider upgrading your vanity to give your bathroom a clean and updated look.
Maximize Your Space
We know some bathrooms aren’t very big. As a way to maximize your space, install a pedestal style sink to avoid a bulky vanity.
Go Vintage In Your Design Theme
There are beautiful fixtures and bathroom accessories that emulate a simpler time. Contact your plumber to find out how these elements can be used in your bathroom.
Change Your Layout
Sometimes our bathrooms really aren’t laid out properly to accommodate our day to day activities.
Contact a plumber to review your bathrooms current layout. Changing and moving things around might be the answer to beautifying your space.
Whatever you decide to do in your bathroom, if you use one of the suggestions above you’re sure to be pleased with your new space.
Your Vista home deserves a beautiful bathroom. Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 for a remodel you can be proud of!
What are the Top 10 Plumbing Fixture Brands
Recommend What You Would Personally Use
Plumbing fixtures absolutely need to be built to last. Much as it might be tempting, this is not the place where you want to cut corners and look for savings.
These fixtures are generally built to last and are expensive to replace. Better off to go with the best right from the outset.
Having said that, when plumbers recommend a fixture, they are putting their reputations on the line. Reputation is professional currency for most all plumbers.
Recommending products other than those that have been tried and tested, have proven competency and are the leaders in their category can be a bit self-destructive.
Doing research and going with the best is reputation preservation and engenders future business in the coveted form of referrals.
The fixture companies preferred by many plumbers are American Standard, Swanstone, Clarion, Armstrong, Danze, Kohler, Delta, Sterling, Toto, and Grohe, not necessarily in this order. These are some of the oldest and best in this space.
Any company can say they are the best but ultimately professionals and consumers using these products build consensus. These companies have built enormous positive consensus. Delta, Moen, Grohe and Kohler are consistently rated the highest in residential kitchen sink faucet market and Danze occupies the number one spot in commercial faucets.
Toto and Kohler are some of the highest ranked for bathroom faucets. Mansfield, American Standard and Toto are leaders in toilets and Sterling, Swanstone and Clarion are some of the leaders in showers and bases.
Many of these fixture manufacturers are ranked at the top across all categories. A plumber can safely recommend top fixtures as they can rely on empirical, industry-wide evidence of their reliability.
Bathrooms and Kitchens Sell Homes
Any home improvement show will drive this home because it is true. Every other room in the house is a box waiting to be decorated.
The kitchen and bathroom are all about the plumbing, fixtures and, in the case of the kitchen, appliances. This is where money should be spent.
There is nothing quite as gratifying as a hot shower, falling from a rain shower head with great water pressure. Spending on these fixtures will never lead you astray.
Partner with your plumber and think very long-term when replacing or doing a rehabilitation project. Consider that you will want to use that shower, those faucets and those sinks for many years to come.
It is probably one of the few investments that will warrant excellent daily returns!
If you’re in need of plumbing fixtures in your Vista home, these are recommended the best! Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 for installation.
3 Most Dangerous Household Plumbing Mistakes
While there are many plumbing projects homeowners can easily accomplish without professional help, several should not be attempted because they can be quite dangerous.
Too many times a homeowner will take on a plumbing project because it seems simple on the surface, only to later find that this project can have seriously dangerous consequences.
Before considering any of these three most dangerous household plumbing mistakes, call a licensed professional plumber for help.
Overusing Chemical Drain Cleaners
The first thing that many homeowners do at the first sign of a clog is to pour some liquid drain cleaners down the drain.
Although they are advertised to quickly eliminate the clog and restore the flow of water, overusing these products comes with many dangerous results. Continued usage will deteriorate the strength of the pipes, causing them to age prematurely.
The fumes of those chemicals are toxic, and if the clog is not cleared, a toxic plume fills the interior air of the home, toxic the small pets and children.
Consistent clogs in the pipes is an indication of a more serious problem, one that a professional plumbing company can restore safely and efficiently.
Extending Hot Water Pipes
Whether you are renovating a kitchen or moving a hot water heater, there will come time when you need to cut and extend the hot water pipes in order to restore the flow of water. This is not a job that should be left to those without the proper training.
This is not a simply cut and connect project, the cutting of copper pipes and reconnecting them involves using a blow torch. Unless you have adequate welding experience, you run the risk of not making a sealed connection and causing a serious leak in your home behind the walls when completed.
Joining Mismatched Pipes
Joining two different pipes might not seem like a serious issue to the average weekend warrior, but ask a professional plumber about all the serious dangers this mistake can cause.
If you’re attempting to join a copper pipe to a galvanized pipe without the use of a dielectric union, the union will leak in the near future.
Leaks behind walls or in warmer locations can lead to deadly black mold growth. Never attempt to connect two mismatched pipes.
Your local plumbing professional can help connect these pipes in a safe manner that will not result in any leaks.
Don’t get mixed up in a serious plumbing issue in your Vista home. Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 today, and have the professionals clean up that mess.
How To Make Your Home Energy Efficient This Spring
All the talk about going green in recent years has many people looking for ways to conserve energy and keep our planet healthy.
Being environmentally friendly and living a green lifestyle can do more than just improve the world around you, it can also save you money.
Many energy saving tips will ultimately lower your heat, electricity and even water bills. Here are a few quick ways you can get started making your home more efficient this spring.
Keeping Your Home Cool
As temperatures rise this spring into summer, we all look for ways to keep our homes cooler. When running your air conditioning, be sure all doors and windows are tightly secured to avoid losing cool air to the outside.
You should also close blinds, drapes and curtains that face the sun during the warmest parts of the day. Your air conditioning will have to work much harder if it’s fighting the sun all day.
Lowering Your Heat & Electricity Costs
Be sure to use CFL or LED bulbs throughout your home. These are proven to reduce energy costs every month and you’ll start seeing these savings immediately.
Use timers and motion detecting fixtures for outdoor lighting, as they will save money by turning on only when needed. Unplug battery chargers and small appliances when they are not in use.
Some of these devices are drawing small amounts of power constantly, whether you are using them or not. Make sure your hot water pipes are not leaking, as these will drain both water and money over time.
You can also insulate those pipes to lower energy bills. Installing an energy efficient water heater or even a solar powered water heater will give you immediate savings over an older less efficient model.
Reducing Your Water Usage
Install aerating, low-flow faucets and shower-heads to reduce the amount of water waste.
Cutting your shower times in half and leaving the water off while brushing your teeth can save you gallons of water every day.
Be sure you are washing full loads in both your washing machine and dishwasher. This cuts down on the number of loads you’ll need to do, therefore use less water.
Simple tips like these will make your home more energy efficient, saving you money every single month. Why not start today?
Interested in going green? Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 to make your Vista home more energy efficient today.
Spring Plumbing Tips: Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Your Plumbing
Spring Cleaning is typically associated with just dusting and cleaning out rooms around the house.
However you can’t forget about the cleaning and maintenance of your plumbing as well, so call your local professional plumber and get your cleaning done today!
1) Clean Your Bath Tub Drains Out
Getting all the hair and dirt out of your drain will keep from having to possibly break into your walls to clean out a clog in your pipes later.
2) Have Any Mineral Deposits Removed from Your Shower Head
This will allow for good flow. A plumbing professional can help you decide if it should be cleaned or if it is clogged enough to replace.
3) Evaluate Your Pipes
If you have cracks or breaks in your pipes, it can lead to big problems. You’d rather find a small crack today than your basement full of sewage down the road. This is a also a great time to check the water pressure throughout your house for any problems.
4) Create an Emergency Water Plan with Your Professional
This will include finding the shutoff valve, seeing if things are placed that could fall into and cause problems with your toilet, and other steps you can take to minimize in case of a water emergency, including who to call in different situations.
5) Check Your Sewer Lines for Problems
This is an especially great thing to do in the spring as tree roots can often times get wrapped up and cause breaks in these underground lines.
As you can see many of these issues can cause major problems down the road that will cost you thousands if not tens of thousands depending on the issue. This is why cutting corners is not an option.
Don’t try and do it yourself or just find a friend who will do it on the cheap. You very well could end up being the poster child for the person who could have done it right but is paying big now for not doing so. Spend a little today and save big down the road!
Spring is upon us, which means time to start your cleaning list for your Vista home. Give 1-800-Anytime a Call at (760) 477-2222, and get assistance on your Spring list!
What are Some of the Dangers of Chemical Drain Cleaning Solutions?
When many homeowners experience a clog in their plumbing systems, the simple solution is to run to the local grocery store and grab a bottle of chemical drain cleaner.
These solutions are advertised as a simple and inexpensive alternative to hiring a professional plumber, and are supposed to clear the drain soon after being poured into the pipes.
The problem is that many times these chemical cleaners do not work, and they actually are more dangerous than most homeowners are even aware of. Consider these three reasons to avoid using liquid drain cleaners and hire a professional plumber to clear the clog.
Deterioration of the Pipes
When a significant clog is stopping the flow of water in the pipes, pouring liquid drain cleaner into the pipes is not the answer. These solutions contain toxic ingredients, and if the clog is too severe, those chemicals will remain trapped in the pipes where they slowly begin to deteriorate the pipe from the inside.
The longer and more frequently you use these solutions, the weaker the pipes are becoming. The end result is that not only didn’t you clear the clog, you are lessening the life span of the plumbing system, resulting in more frequent pipe replacement.
Toxic Fumes in the House
When you pour that liquid drain cleaner into the pipes, if the clog is not immediately removed, the toxic fumes from those chemicals will slowly work their way back up the pipes to the drain. Once back at the drain, these deadly toxic fumes will contaminate the indoor air quality.
This is extremely dangerous for small children and pets, and anyone suffering with respiratory issues. The air quality will quickly become dangerous, and can lead to a huge variety of illnesses if exposed to the toxic fumes for prolonged periods of time.
Contaminating the Water Supply
For the same reasons you are told not to pour pint and dangerous chemicals down your sink, you should consider that the drain cleaners are just as bad. They contain many more toxins than items you are instructed to never put in the drain.
These chemicals can find their way to the water supply, and if not treated properly at the water treatment facilities can pose a threat to the environment.
These chemicals used in large volume pose a threat to those exposed to the water and to the local ground water supply.
Are your pipes all clogged up in your Vista home? If you’re having trouble, give 1-800-Anytime a Call at (760) 477-2222, so we can get down to the root of the problem.
10 Ways to Upgrade the Look and Feel of Your Bathroom
If you are like many others, you may easily spend a considerable amount of time in the bathroom each day bathing, grooming and more. You want this space to look great and to be functional for all of your needs.
You may also want it to be a stylish area of your home that you can show off when others visit your home. Remodeling the space is a necessity if you want to improve your home in these different ways, and these are some great ideas to think about as you make your upgrades.
Add Luxurious Faucets and Fixtures
First, think about upgrading your faucets and fixtures. These may be smaller features in your room, but they are nonetheless eye catching.
A rainfall shower head, for example, can add a touch of luxury and can make your shower time more enjoyable. A cascading faucet in the bathtub can be equally beneficial.
There are several luxurious sink faucets to consider as well. A plumber can help you to install the faucets and fixtures that you select for your space.
Install Upgraded Tubs and Showers
While you want to focus on the faucets and fixtures, you also want to pay attention to the tub and shower. You can replace an older, smaller tub with a whirlpool tub.
A claw-style bathtub can be equally sophisticated and can have a different effect on your space. You can enlarge your shower area and perhaps even add a bench seat or a second shower head.
Choose Stylish Sinks
A plumber may also help you to install a stylish new sink. There are numerous sink styles available for you to consider, and each can have a different impact on your space. For example, a bowl-style sink can be a modern addition to your space, but there are different materials available.
These include hammered copper, porcelain, glass and others. There are also basin-style sinks and under-mount sinks. Each will have a different look, and your plumbing company can install the sink that you decide to purchase.
Plumbing features are among the most visible and noticeable features in a bathroom, and these are features that you do not want to install on your own.
Instead, you can choose the fixtures that you want to install by searching through all of the beautiful options, and you can contract with a professional plumber for assistance with the installation of your preferred features.
Let our team help you design the bathroom of your dreams. Call 1-800-Anytime at (760) 477-2222 for exceptional service in the Vista area.
Hydrojetting: Discuss 5 Benefits of Hydrojetting
Plumbing problems are the bane of the residential homeowner. Clogs, cracks and leaks can lead to even bigger issues that can end up costing a small fortune to repair.
Preventative maintenance and alternative repair methods such as hydrojetting can save a considerable amount of time and money.
However, any solution must be performed by a highly trained and professional plumber to ensure that it works properly and doesn’t cause additional damage. This is especially true when considering hydrojetting to clear out a clog or blockage.
What is Hydrojetting and How Does It Work?
Hydrojetting is a method for clearing mild to extreme blockages or clogs in the lines of a residential or commercial plumbing system.
Essentially, it is a highly pressurized blast of water designed to clear out common types of debris like hair, food particles, grease and even tree roots.
Most hydrojetting processes involve the use of water sprayed at up to 4000 psi (pounds per square inch). This is powerful enough to cut through solid obstructions and dislodge debris build-up.
What Are the 5 Main Benefits of Hydrojetting?
- Easy to Implement
- Proven Effective
When Should I Use Hydrojetting?
Before deciding on a hydrojet solution, it’s vital that a plumbing professional performs a video inspection of the pipes. This inspection is important for several reasons.
First and foremost, inspecting the lines will allow the plumber to locate where the main blockage or clog lies and how best to get rid of it.
In certain situations, a traditional snake tool may be required before the hydrojetting in order to fully remove the problem.
This is the main reason why a video inspection is so important before making a final decision.
Secondly, a full inspection of the plumbing system will show where any line breaks, cracks or leaks are located. It will also show any areas that could lead to future problems.
This is important because while hydrojetting is a great solution for clogs, it cannot fix broken pipes or large leaks.
Regardless of the overall problem, a professional plumber should do a full system inspection before suggesting a course of action. In some cases, a hydrojetting solution may cause more problems than it solves.
If you suspect build-up in your lines, don’t hesitate to schedule hydrojetting services. Call (760) 477-2222 and let 1-800-Anytime clear the pipes of your Vista home.
Plumbing Inspections: What Are the Benefits of Plumbing Inspections
As a potential homeowner, it seems as though you’ve been doing nothing but scheduling inspections. These inspections add one more level of stress to buying a new residence, and it would seem that all of these inspectors could take a look at more than one issue for you.
But the reality is that all of these individual inspections are in the best interest of you, the future owner. And one of the most important of these inspections concerns the home’s plumbing system.
Why Buyers Shouldn’t Be DIY Inspectors
There are lots of reasons why it’s a bad idea for potential homeowners to act as their own pre-purchase building inspectors. One is being erroneously misled by emotions and enthusiasm. The other is lack of expertise.
It’s very easy to be tricked into overlooking problems by new paint and fancy fixtures, and this is especially true with plumbing.
According to Archicentre, a watchdog service for Australian architects, 30% of the homes that it inspects have major plumbing problems. And this just isn’t a Down Under problem.
Many American buyers are too dazzled by plumbing cosmetic surgery or don’t ask the right questions about plumbing systems before signing on the dotted line.
Why Buyers Should Use A Professional Plumbing Inspector
Not all professional building inspectors are qualified to inspect plumbing systems. A potential buyer absolutely should engage one who is, as the money saved can be in the tens of thousands. Such an inspector can:
- check roofs and gutters for leaks, vegetative growth, renovations, and blocked access points
- look for bad or incorrectly installed floor and wall tiling
- check hot water heater and radiators and all building piping
- check all sinks, toilets, and traps for leaks and drainage issues
- conduct video inspections of sewer lines
As a New Home Owner, What Can Be Done Before Moving Into a New House?
Even if a home gets an “A+” from all inspectors and the deal is about to be sealed, a buyer should take extra steps to avoid future nasty plumbing surprises.
They should examine the warranties on all existing plumbing system equipment, to determine when professional maintenance and replacement is needed.
They should obtain diagrams of the home’s plumbing systems (which should indicate what and when work was done).
And they should make sure that even minor leaks are corrected, hot water heaters are blanketed, and pipes are appropriately insulated, to insure that their dream home is energy efficient and damage free for years to come.
By getting these plumbing inspections in your Vista home, will save you time and money. Call 1-800-Anytime today at (760) 477-2222, and see what plumbing inspections you need today!
Drain Cleaning: What Are the Benefits of Annual Drain Cleaning?
Stops Slow Drains
Slow drains are a result of buildup in the pipes. This buildup slows water which causes a backup and the water drains more slowly.
Slow drains can easily be eliminated with professional annual drain cleaning. Professional plumbers have unique tools that aren’t available to the average homeowner.
Their skills and equipment keep the time and cost quite reasonable. Having clean drains means no more showers with a few inches of water around your ankles. Keeping drains clean is one of the best ways to keep drains running smoothly and keep pipes clear of build up.
Great Smelling Bathrooms and Kitchens
Have you ever wondered where a smell originated, only to find it is coming from a drain? Homeowners take risks with their pipes and plumbing by using low quality cleansers from the grocery. This could damage the pipes and corrode fixtures creating a much bigger problem. The best solution is annual drain cleaning.
This will eliminate the bacteria that can grow in drains and plumbing. It will keep odors at bay. In addition, professional plumbers have experience with all types of sink materials and fixtures so they can be sure to take great care of any kind in your home.
Their knowledge and expertise can make sure none of the problems that grocery store cleaners will happen in your the home. Take the time to set up your appointment now.
Reduces Likelihood of an Emergency Plumbing Visit
Annual drain cleaning leads to cleaner drains and a professional plumber seeing each drain in action. Their expertise will help identify any problem areas before an emergency situation arises.
They can find leaks or pipes which could fail leaving water everywhere. Professional plumbers can also identify fixtures that may be about to fail.
There isn’t a more affordable way to get a plumber in to look at all the drains in a home; no one wants to call a plumber at 3:00am on a Sunday.
By taking the time to arrange annual cleaning homeowners can save money by avoiding an emergency call to the plumber. This is worth the expense.
Unclog that drain with the experts at 1-800-Anytime, just Call (760) 477-2222, we offer the best drain cleaning services in the Vista area.
DIY Gone Wrong
It is always a great idea to save money wherever possible. This often means that people will attempt to fix or repair things that perhaps should be left to the services of a professional.
One of the most common DIY projects that people attempt is plumbing. Taking on plumbing issues without the knowledge of a plumber can be a costly and extremely damaging decision.
Replacing Gaskets or Other Components
When all of the components and connections are considered, it is extremely easy for a novice to overlook an issue with leakage. There may be a gasket that is not properly fitted or sealed and may cause a slow leak.
An unskilled person attempting to install a gasket or other water system device may not notice this issue and as a result they will end up with a leaky sink in the future. This leakage may cause irreversible damage in areas that are not easily recognized from the surface. A skilled plumber will recognize these issues.
Replacing Old Piping
A professional installer has the knowledge to recognize problems such as rotting pipes, improperly installed pipes, or current safety and health code infractions. A plumber will have the experience and knowledge to quickly and efficiently recognize and adjust for these unique plumbing issues.
Improperly installed pipes can leak and cause mold to grow which can make the occupants of the dwelling very sick. These leaks can also lead to structural damage to the property which will need to be addressed at the expense of the owner.
Professional plumbers know the intricacies of their field including the materials available to use as well as the materials that can or can not be used for each specific installation. There are instances where an existing water line is very old and has to be custom fitted. This may include such things as sweating the pipes or creating the new piping needed.
Improper use of the tools required may result in issues including starting a fire. Qualified plumbers know exactly how to converge and seal old and new lines to create the necessary hook-ups.
Plumbing issues rank high on the list of DIY projects that can potentially be done wrong. One small missed detail when installing plumbing fixtures and lines can cost a large amount of money in the future when a plumber will be essential to repair and replace broken and damaged materials.
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