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landscape protection and a sewer line install

Need to replace that old, clay sewer line but your concerned about protecting your lanscaping?  Alot of the time  a trenchless sewer line can be installed and your yard will be saved the large trench in the yard.  There are times, however, when a trenchless line is not a possible option.  When that happens you need the right equipment.  Many companies have very small excavators that dig straight and precise trenches, without creating a large footprint.  When you choose a plumbing company for your new sewer line, be sure they are prepared for all circumstances.  Especially protecting your landscape.  See the photo. Like we were never there.   

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Plumbing tip January 2015: Stop that running toilet

Plumbing Tip: January 2015, Stop that running toilet

1. Identify the float ball and float arm inside the tank.  This is the mechanism that shuts off the water.  Once it floats to the correct level it will activate the shut-off.

2. With tank lid off, and while the toilet is filling after a flush, observe to make sure the float is reaching the proper height.  If not, the toilet will continue to run, as the water will fall down the overflow tube.

3. If your float is not reaching the correct height, simply bend the float arm down. Do this near the middle of the arm.  This will allow the float arm to travel a bit further, and reach the shut-off point.

4. Flush the toilet and observe to see if the bend did the job.

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Here's a tip that can keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh and clean.

Do you ever get a "whiff" of your kitchen drian?  It can kinda make you plug your nose.  Here's our plumbing tip for December 2014 to help keep your kitchen drain smelling fresh and clean. 

1. Peel yourself an orange.

2. Once peeled, send your orange peels down the disposal.

3. Your drains will smell fresh and clean.

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Shower drain cleaning made easy

Here's a great tip for a simple shower drain cleaning.  Shower drain clogs are usually a result of hair in the drain, and it will stop up the drain like a cork.  Here's what you can do.   You'll need to remove the screws and drain cover, then:

1. Take a simple screw driver (flat preferred), and an old toothbrush.  Tape them together as shown.  Be liberal with the tape, as you want it to hold.

2. Place the toothbrush end down the drain until it stops as shown.  This is likely where the hair has collected, at the "U" in the trap.

3. Turn the screwdriver slowly, counter or clockwise.  Serveral turns.  The hair will be caught in the brush brissles.

4. Slowly pull the screwdriver out.  The hair will come out attached to the brush. 

5. Drain clean.  Money saved.

6. Save the tool, you'll need again. 

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sewer problem location accuracy

Locating sewer drain problems is not for the faint of heart. Especially when traversing through a well kept landscape.  You need more than just a sewer camera with a location device attached.  You need 3 things.  First the locating equipment.  Second, a trained expert to interpret the located problem.  Finally, you need trained experts to excavate and make the repair with pinpoint accuracey.  Thus, saving the beautiful landscape.  Like we were never there.!

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New water heater efficiency requirements are coming

Water heaters are changing.  Again.  That is to say that efficiency requirements for storage water heaters are increasing.  For the most part, standard storage heaters from 40 - 50 gallons will remain the same, as they already meet the minimum efficiency.  However, anything above 50 gallons will require increased effiency.  As usual, that will result in a price increase.  Even more, water heater manufacturers will use the new requirement to increase the price of all water heaters.  Even those that already meet the efficiency standard.  I've been told to expect a 15% increase by April 16th, 2015.  For a standard install that will be an increase of $150 approximately.  So, if you're water heater is near the end of it's life, consider a replacement before April 16th, 2015.  Of note, all tankless water heaters already meet the efficiency standards.  And, provide endless hot water. 

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Safe trenching

Have you heard to term "call before you dig" ?  If you're a plumbing service provider this term should be familiar.  Very familiar!  If you're a property owner ask your plumber if he/she is familiar with the term.  If not, it's time to find another plumber.  USA is an organization that provides services to locate and mark underground utilities.  These underground utilities can include natural gas lines, electrical lines, telecommunication lines, etc. Marking underground utilities lets the plumber know where the lines are located.  Knowing a location helps the plumber avoid and not damage these lines during a repair.  So, ask you plumber if he/she "calls before they dig".  The picture included shows a natural gas line that was marked via a USA mark and locate.  Our plumber knew the location, and left it untouched and safe. 

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sewer video inspection experts

Sewer video inspection equipment can determine the exact location of a sewer line break, or problem area.  The video monitor shows the situation on the screen, and receives a transmitted signal that locates the area from the surface.  With that, a trained plumber can interpret both and determine 

the appropriate repair or replacement.

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