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Water Conservation 101

Here's the best water conservation tip.  Repair or replace at risk water piping or water distribution systems.  No amount of water conservation measures can overcome a leaking or burst domestic water pipe.  If you have a home built before 1965, and your water distribution system has not been replaced,  it is likely to be aged galvanized steel pipe.  That's the exact system that could deplete all your conservation efforts.  In this extended dry spell initiate real conservation.  Have your water distribtution system inspected by a real plumber.  Then, if necessary, replace and CONSERVE!

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June 2015 plumbing tip. Drain clog first line of Defense

The strainer is your first line of defense for keeping your drains clog free.  A large majority of residential drain clogs are due to hair getting into the drain.  The stainer, as pictured here, will do a pretty good job of capturing the hair before it enters the drain.  These strainers. for tubs and showers can be purchased for around a $1 at your local hardware store.  Even cheaper, your plumber will likely have a few laying around in his/her van.  If you ask, he or she will likely give you one for free.  A cheap investment that prevents having to clear the drain.  If you do need to clear the drain, see our plumbing tip blog from November 11th,  2014, "shower drain cleaning made easy"

 

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Plumbing tip May 2015

Here's our plumbing tip for May 2015.

Unclog you p-trap yourself.  All sinks have a p-trap.  That is, it's literally shaped like a P, and it traps sewer gas.  Water remains in the U shape, creating a "water-tight" block that the sewer gas cannot penetrate.  So, the sewer gas is "trapped" in the pipe.  It's also where hair freqeuntly gathers, and clogs the drain.  Clearing the p-trap is simple:

1. With a channel locking wrench and a a bucket in hand, locate the p-trap

2. Place the bucket under the trap to collect the standing water in the trap

3. Use the channel locks (pliers) to loosen and remove the trap "U" joint

4. Remove debri

5. Put back together

Drain cleared. 

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Radiant Heat and endless hot water

Radiant heat is the most comfortable heat.  Typically, it is installed as a warm floor.  Hot water is heated via a boiler, and circulates through the floor, heating the floor.  Then, the floor radiates the heat upward, warming the home.  For advanced efficiency, add an indirect-fired water heater to heat the domestic water.  Matching a high efficient boiler with an indirect-fired water heater will deliver virtually limitless hot water for bathing, laundry, dishwashing and cooking at a lower operating cost compared to most other alternatives.  When installed as a combination unit, you'll have the most efficient and comfortable heat.  And hot water at twice the peak flow of a tankless.  The photo here shows the boiler and indirect water heater installed in combination. A recent install by Wayne Maples Plumbing & Heating. Win! Win!

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