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Laws For Higher Quality Plumbing Fixtures

clock April 18, 2014 04:20 by author Chris Vigna

Improving The Quality Of Your Plumbing Fixtures

Some states of the US are now implanting some laws and regulations, so that plumbing fixtures can have better quality and serve their purpose as they should.  Colorado is one of the states that are working towards having better standards by 2016 and it is only a matter of time until this becomes a common practice in other places of the country. 

The plumbing industry, is always trying to provide higher quality services and products to their customers and by the time that these standards become a law, most plumbers have already made those practices a habit and have no problem meeting the state’s demands. 

An example of such laws is Senate Bill 14-103, which prohibits the sale of plumbing fixtures that are not based on the federal Water Sense standards.  Water Sense certification, is about using less water, without losing any of the performance and benefits.  Toilets are now using at least 1.2 gallons of water less per flush, than they used to and this is why these sorts of bills and laws, are necessary these days. 

This bill was just recently passed and it is still under review by some legislators and the policy team.  Some stores in different communities are already selling some of the products that are recommended by this bill and they say that people actually like them.   “There are people who are actually looking for this stuff.  I don’t know that they need rules to convince them of that,” said Spencer William, who is one of these plumbing stores managers.  

Overall, these requirements and laws help to protect our environment by saving some water, they help to build better communities, they bring higher quality products for consumers and they also promote the plumbing industry.  If we all help to promote these kinds of laws, it will be simple for our politicians to make a decision about them and it will also benefit everyone in the long run. 

It is always important to choose high quality plumbing fixtures, because they can really make a difference in your home and the world.   Don’t forget to read some of our past articles, so that you can learn a little more about plumbing and what All About the Pipes can do for you.

 

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No More Tubs in the Bathroom

clock April 13, 2014 03:25 by author Chris Vigna

In the past, new homeowners would think mostly about installing a tub in at least one of their bathrooms, but today, it seems as this tendency has dropped and now more people are looking to install showers, instead of the old comfy tub.  There are many beliefs on why this is happening, but basically it involves saving water, saving space and saving money. 

According to some experts in the plumbing and bathroom industries, people are not choosing bathtubs for their homes anymore and there are other trending options, which are rapidly becoming a standard in many places.  Overhead showers are now more popular these days and people are preferring to use the space where a bathtub would go, to have a larger bathroom, a small closet space or even a very large shower. 

Bathtubs needs a lot of water to be filled and this means that you will spend more on water every month, if you take regular baths in your tub.  Showers do not require that much water and they are also easier to clean and allow you to clean yourself, in a shorter period of time. 

People are also choosing shower designs, which make their bathrooms more spacious and require less space.  These shower designs are now easily available in the market and their prices have dropped a lot, which is why they are now being used in more homes around the country. 

Floating vanities, are also being chosen over traditional bathroom vanities these days and they are also helping people to have a little more free space in their homes.  Toilets that have in wall carriers and tanks are a very popular option these days and they certainly look great in any bathroom. 

Just as everything in this world, bathroom traditions are changing and it will only be a matter of time, until these popular items, become obsolete and people are choosing others instead.  Whether you still prefer bathtubs or not, showers are certainly a smart decision to have in your home, as environmental awareness increases and we now know how important it is to save our water. 

At All About the Pipes, we can recommend what is best for your home and we can also help with the installation of your new bathroom.  Feel free to read through our website, so you can find out more about our services, our experience and what we can do for you.  

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Fixing Your Home’s Plumbing Problems Before Putting it on the Market

clock April 6, 2014 07:22 by author Chris Vigna

How To Get More Money For Your Home, By Fixing Your Plumbing Problems

If you are currently thinking about or trying to sell your home, it would be a very smart idea to get all of its plumbing problems fixed, as this can benefit you in many ways.  While some people may think let’s just leave those problems to the future owners or why should we spend any money on repairing this home if we are selling? The truth is that fixing your home’s plumbing before selling it will add value to your home and make you feel even better about the sale. 

If an inspector notices these problems before you sell your home, it could cost you even more in penalties and having to work with professionals that they recommend.  You may also end up making less money on your house if you do not fix your plumbing problems before selling it, because some buyers will notice them and reduce their offering price, as they will have to pay for those repairs and they may overestimate the price. 

Not fixing your home’s plumbing issues before selling it, could also lead you to have to wait more for a buyer to be convinced, as some will notice these problems and start wondering what other problems your home might come with. 

Some types of financing institutions will also require the home to be inspected prior to authorizing the loan to your home’s buyer, which means that if they find any type of plumbing problems, they may not authorize the loan and you will not be able to make that sale.    

 Home sellers or real estate agents, will sometimes have plumber contacts and  other professionals to help you out with these problems, but if you are selling your home on your own, it would be smart to start contacting professional plumbers, so they can inspect your home  and see if it requires any plumbing repairs before it is sold.

At All About the Pipes, we encourage our clients to inspect their plumbing systems several times a year, as this can help to identify plumbing problems at an early stage and save some money and time. Most of the time, plumbing repairs take only a matter of hours.

Feel free to browse through our website, to find our services and how we can help you to get your home ready for sale.    

  

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Plumbing- With a Feminine Touch

clock March 31, 2014 09:21 by author Chris Vigna

Survey Results Prove Girls Should Become Plumbers

Some campaigns are now being launched in order to encourage girls to become plumbers. Some surveys have proved that many people would rather have a woman working in their house, than a man. 

WaterSafe, recently conducted a poll of 2000 consumers and their results showed that at least two out of five North West homeowners would rather have a female plumber going into their home instead of a male plumber.

Around 50% of the people, who participated in the poll stated that they would feel a lot safer with a woman doing their plumbing jobs and that they would not be patronized by them.  Although this survey proved that many people would rather have a female plumber, than a male plumber, the poll also proved that homeowners are more interested in the plumber’s experience, than in their sex.

At least two thirds of the people who participated in this poll also believe that although plumbing is more of a man’s job, they would like to see more women in this industry and that they know that they would also provide high quality services.      

At least one third of the women who were interviewed stated that if they had the chance, they would think about getting involved in the plumbing industry and that it sounded like an interesting thing for them to do.  This was certainly something unexpected, as not many people would imagine that some women are interested in becoming plumbers. 

Around a quarter of the women interviewed in this poll, stated that they would prefer a job in a typical female industry, like teaching, office based jobs and health jobs.  It is obvious that more women are becoming involved in those industries, which were thought for men only in the past. 

Not only are some women doing an excellent job in these industries, but some have already surpassed some men and are creating even more opportunities for women around the world.  Hopefully, more women will join the plumbing industry in the near future, so they can help homeowners and help this industry to grow as well.  

 

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Smart Water Heaters Can Help You To Save Energy

clock March 21, 2014 05:49 by author Chris Vigna

High Efficiency in Smart Water Heaters

There are now many projects out there, which are focusing on making home appliances more energy efficient and some of the newest smart water heaters are doing just that.  Technology is now making it easier for homeowners to control these new appliances.

While many may think that these new water heaters are very complicated and will have a lot of features to set, the truth is that they only have a simple device, which allows homeowners to remotely control their water heater from almost anywhere in the planet.  

This allows homeowners to turn off their water heater when they are not home and to turn it on a few minutes before they arrive back home.  Those homes, which are now getting some or all of their energy from solar panels or wind turbines, can really benefit from smart water heater technology, as this will allow them to stop their water heater from using energy saved in their battery banks when there is not much sun or wind. 

Experts have already developed some energy efficiency plans, which help people to understand how long they need to have their water heaters working and when is the best time of the day, to turn them off.  With these types of plans, anyone can know when the best time to keep their water heater working is and if for some reason, you are not in your home to turn it off in down times, you can now do so remotely. 

Some of these smart water heaters can even be set up to shut down at a certain time and to start working just before you get home.  This allows people with not much knowledge of technology, to make their water heater more energy efficient without having to worry about shutting it down remotely at different times of the day. 

At the moment, experts believe that this is one of the future instruments for all households and that in a short period of time, more people will look into purchasing some of these accessories for their water heaters or simply buy one that already has it installed.   

If you live alone or are out of your home during most of the day, one of these energy saving water heaters is an excellent idea for you and it would be wise to consider installing one.  

 

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World Plumbing Day

clock March 15, 2014 17:24 by author Chris Vigna

March 11th was World Plumbing Day

The World’s Plumbing Day was just this last Tuesday and as it does every year, it helped to raise awareness about the importance of good quality plumbing systems and what plumbers do to contribute to our communities.  World Plumbing Day was established by the United Nations and in 2014 they focused on how plumbing is an essential part of our health. 

Plumbing is a profession of extreme importance to our society and although not many people are interested in it or want to work as a plumber, it really does impact the entire world.  Not knowing much about plumbing and how these systems work can lead to some bad management in some households and thus affect an entire community.  This is one of the main reasons the United Nations wanted to create World Plumbing Day to help raise awareness about the importance of these systems in our homes. 

Water treatment, water supply, drainage and sanitation systems, sewage treatment, flood management, ventilation systems, water heating and sewage recycling are all encompassed in the plumbing profession.  There are also many other things involved in the plumbing industry, which is why it is so important for all of us.  A day like this one is meant to help the general public to learn more about plumbing systems, how to follow some safety measures and how not to affect the systems in any way.

At All About the Pipes, we focus on working with the latest plumbing technologies and always deliver a high quality job to our clients.  We worry about human health and want to promote the World Plumbing Day, as it will help communities all over the world to learn more about the plumbing industry and the services that are offered by professional plumbers like us. 

 

 

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Is Installing A High Pressure Toilet In Your Home A Good Idea?

clock February 28, 2014 08:10 by author Chris Vigna

Pressure assisted toilet or toilets with a high water pressure are mostly used for commercial purposes and in some businesses, but every now and then some people decide to install some of these in their homes and the question is, are these types of toilets a good idea for you home?

There are many benefits that come from having one of these pressure-assisted toilets in your home, but there are also some downsides, like the noise they make.

A pressure assisted toilet sounds like those toilets that you find at restaurants, airports and other businesses.  This type of noise can be very uncomfortable at home, as the walls and sizes of our rooms are usually smaller than those of businesses and this means the sound of your toilet will be heard in almost every room of your house.

This is why you must think twice about installing one of these toilets in your home. It can be really uncomfortable to be sleeping at night or concentrating on something and hearing the toilet flush a few rooms away.   

Another reason why people decide not to install one of these toilets in their homes is that they may explode! Yes you read right, assisted pressure toilets may explode as their functioning causes the bowl to become pressurized as the water is flowing in.  If too much pressure is stored in the bowl, the toilet’s tank or top may explode and this could not only be hazardous to your home, but it could also be very dangerous for people standing nearby or those who are flushing the toilet.  

There are good reasons for having a pressure assisted toilet installed in your home too, but most families believe that a normal toilet is enough for them. Some of the advantages of these toilets are: 

  • ·         They cause fewer clogs than standard gravity toilets do.
  • ·         Their tank-inside-tank design does not buildup condensation during humid weather.
  • ·         They have less moving parts, so they are less likely to break or need repairs. 
  • ·         Their ability to flush with high water pressure allows older homes and plumbing systems to push waste more efficiently and easily. 
  • ·         They are now more eco-friendly gravity toilets.

As you can see, deciding to install a pressure assisted toilet in your home may be a tough decision, but whatever you decide will surely be best for you.  Feel free to read some of our other blog posts, to learn more about plumbing and improving your home.  You can also contact us at All About the Pipes. 

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New Trick To Clean Your Drains

clock February 23, 2014 08:43 by author Chris Vigna

Some people do not know about the benefits of using vinegar and baking soda together to clean some parts of your home, but the fact is that this combination can really help to clean your home’s drains. 

There are some apartments and homes, which require constant drain inspection and cleaning to prevent flooding and other plumbing emergencies, yet sometimes it may be difficult for some of us to do this.  By simply using some baking soda and vinegar, you could prevent your drains from clogging, thus saving you from a lot of problems. 

Vinegar and baking soda are also an eco-friendly way to clean your drains.  Using this combination to clean your drains does not require any elbow grease or a plumber, as they are very easy to apply and they do most of the work on their own. 

To prepare the mixture, first pour a bowl of hot water, down the drain that is giving you problems or that you want to clean.  You will then need to dump around ½ c. of baking soda into the drain and let it sit with the hot water for a few minutes. 

After a little while, pour in a mixture of 1 c. vinegar, with 1 c. of very hot water and let it sit over the baking soda for a few minutes too.  Using a drain plug to cover the reaction that this mixture will create will prevent you from having to clean up a mess.  After leaving the mixture to sit for around five minutes, you should flush or turn on the water, so that the mixture is flushed and your drains are cleaned.   

Hot water and baking soda help to loosen up some of the grimy sludge, which can be found at the bottom of your drains.  When the vinegar is added, an explosion occurs and this causes the sludge to be jolted right off your drains. 

While this is an excellent technique for keeping your drains cleaned and unclogged, it does not work all of the time and this is when you should consider giving All About the Pipes a call.  We are drain cleaning experts and also specialize in solving any type of plumbing emergency. 

You can read our previous blog posts and find out more useful plumbing tips for you to apply in your home and to learn more about what we do at All About the Pipes! 

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Tips For Buying A Water Heater

clock February 12, 2014 10:22 by author Chris Vigna

Water heaters are essential for living a comfortable life. After having one installed in your home for several years, it may be time to upgrade and find a new one. There are plenty of water heaters to choose from but we will help you select the best models for your home.

Now a ‘days, it is not only about choosing the water heater that can provide the most hot water for your home but, about choosing a water heater, which is energy efficient and will help you save money.  This will involve looking at different water heater models and determining which will be the best fit for your home. 

Types Of Water Heater For Your Home

 

  • ·         Conventional Storage Water Heaters – These are very common and they help by having a water tank with hot water throughout the day. 
  • ·         Tank-less Water Heater – These types of water heaters will provide hot water on demand and do not have a water tank for storage. 
  • ·         Heat Pump Water Heaters – These types of water heaters allow you to transfer heated water from one place to another instead of heating all of your home’s water. 
  • ·         Solar Water Heaters – These types of water heaters use the energy from the sun to heat up the water in your home, which means you will not spend a lot on energy bills every month. 
  • ·         Indirect and Tank-less Coil Water Heaters – These types of water heaters make use of your home’s space heating system to heat your home’s water.  

 

Other Criteria To Consider:

You should also consider fuel type, cost, availability, size and energy efficiency of the water heaters that you are thinking of buying for your home, as this will help you to get the best model and get the hot water that you need.

Reducing your hot water use is also one of the things that you need to consider, so you can choose the best water heater for your home and not exceed your energy bill budget.  Exploring other water heating strategies, such as drain-water heat recovery, will also help you to choose the best water heating system for your home.       

We are sure that these tips will help you to find the best water heater model for your home and if you have any more doubts, feel free to read through some of our previous blog posts or contact us to find more.     

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The Importance of Having a Plumber’s Emergency Kit

clock February 6, 2014 04:40 by author Chris Vigna

Plumbing emergencies can happen at any time and there may be days when your local plumber cannot get to your home right away.  Knowing more about plumbing and having your own plumbing emergency kit will surely help you to control things until your plumber arrives. 

Your Own Plumbing Emergency Kit:

 

  • ·         A five gallon bucket – If you do not have a tool box or do not want to spend some money on one, you can always use a five gallon bucket to keep all your tools in one place.  A bucket will also be easy to move around and have it close by when you need it the most.
  • ·         Regular plunger and force cup – If you need to unclog something, having these tools available will help you a lot. 
  • ·         A variety of wrenches – These come in handy for plumbing projects.
  • ·         A multi-bit screwdriver – This will require less tools for your emergency kit and will help you a lot too. 
  • ·         Several Allen keys – These are also extremely handy in plumbing emergencies. 
  • ·         Duct tape – This will allow you to cover leaks momentarily. 
  • ·         Blind caps – These are useful for fixing some valves that need repairing. 
  • ·         Heavy-duty paper towels – These are extremely useful for cleaning up water or other messes.  

 

So if you want to be well prepared and not suffer when those home threatening plumbing emergencies occur, consider building your own emergency kit for these occasions and you will see how you can prevent some problems from becoming even tougher to solve.

Please feel free to read through some of our previous blog posts, so you can learn a little more about plumbing and what we do at All About the Pipes.   We are always working towards improving our services and the products that we offer our clients, so keep on visiting our website or sign up for our free newsletter, so we can keep you up to date.   

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