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yard trap plumbing

Take a look at this picture.  Notice the boundary trap shaft. Do you have what looks like this in your yard near the sidewalk?  If your home is more than 50 years old that is likely a whole house yard trap.  These were installed in yards just upstream from your home's sewer connection with the municipality to prevent municipality sewer smell drifting into the home.  Now, all fixtures in homes have p-traps directly below or, like toilets, built into the fixture.  Yard traps can present a maintenence problem, as that is where clogs can often stop, and back-up the sewer in the home.  Check with your plumber.  It may time to remove that yard trap, and replace it with a standard clean-out. 

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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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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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Redwood Teen Challenge, Trinidad

Wayne Maples Plumbing & Heating and MapleService supports Redwood Teen Challenge.  

Redwood Teen Challenge is a faith based drug and alcohol recovery program.  With a success rate of over 70%, it is arguably the most successful recovery program today.  The Teen Challenge men and women spend 1 year in the program.  Teen Challenge is funded by the men and women doing various projects for hire that include painting, yard maintenance, clean up, etc.  Other funding is from charitable donations.  The men and women spend time each day in bible classes, learning about a truly changed life and lifestyle.  Now, Redwood Teen Challenge is building the first treatment facility specifically for Northern California Tribal members in Trinidad, CA.  

Our plumbers from Wayne Maples Plumbing & Heating and MapleService have donated all the plumbing labor and material for the new facility.  We believe in Teen Challenge and are witness to their successful program.

On May 17th, 2013, Redwood Teen Challenge thanked the Maples crew for all their hard work by serving breakfast and singing a song.

Submitted By Dale Maples, Owner

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Sonoma County Water Conservation

What’s the largest water consumer in the average home?  It’s the bathroom, hands down.  Indeed, bathrooms account for more than half of all the water that families use indoors.  So, it makes perfect sense, even WaterSense, to begin water conservation in the bathroom.  Recent advances in plumbing technology and design mean that faucets, showers, and toilets can use significantly less water than standard models while still delivering the rinse, spray, and flush you expect.  Faucets that meet the EPA water saving standard receive the EPA’s “WaterSense” label.  Ask your plumber about EPA “WaterSense” rated faucets.  

Why save water?  Because it’s our most precious natural resource, and because at least two-thirds of the United States have experienced or are bracing for local, or statewide water shortages.  The savings with “WaterSense” add up quickly.  If one in every 10 American homes upgrades a full bathroom with “WaterSense” labeled fixtures, we could save about 74 billion gallons of water nationwide per year.  

Water conservation makes WaterSense.

Submitted by Dale Maples, Owner

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California State License Board (CSLB)

“Check to be sure your Humboldt or Sonoma County plumber is licensed with the California State License Board (CSLB).  It’s equally important to hire a licensed contractor with the classifications relevant to your needs.  Insurance companies will be sure to inquire of the contractor’s license number should a claim be filed due to work performed by a contractor. The insurance provider will also check to be sure the classification(s) are appropriate for the work performed.  At MapleService our license numbers are 767710 for Humboldt County and 917663 for Sonoma County, and has 4 classifications.  MapleService license classifications for Humboldt and Sonoma  County include C36 for plumbing, C4 for boilers/water heating, and C20 for Heating ventilation & AC.  Each MapleService license also includes an “A” designation for general engineering.  The “A” classification is required for extensive trenching/excavation.  Each classification has been earned through extensive work experience, training and testing."   For more information visit www.cslb.ca.gov

Submitted by Dale Maples, co-owner

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