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Ancient Plumbers

clock June 25, 2014 03:19 by author Chris Vigna

Does Plumbing Seem Like a Thing of the Past?

When then ancient civilizations invented indoor plumbing, it was only intended to and to bring in clean water through the piping system; However, now our society is incredibly dependent on this system of complex pipes that makes our lives more sanitary and easy.

Unique networks of subterranean tunnels have been discovered all over the world and some date back to a period before Christ, which is truly incredible and might change some of the things that we first believed about our ancestors.  It is truly amazing to see how advanced they were back then and how they knew the importance of plumbing systems in their communities. 

Civilizations like the Mayans and the Romans, all knew about the importance of plumbing and how it could affect their population’s health.  They developed incredible plumbing systems, which served to take clean water into their cities and dirty water away from them.  These systems are still standing today and could even work if water ran through them again. 

Monarchs, during The Tudors period, also knew the importance of plumbing systems and many of their creations have helped modern plumbers to develop systems for our homes.  There are still documents, about the plumbers who worked in the city during those days and some of them were John Date and Nicholas Walrond, who was one of the most successful plumbers of his time.  Some of the records, not only show what parts of the city’s plumbing system each of these plumbers worked on, but also the foods that they were given by the city officials at the time. This proves how important plumbing systems were to our ancestors back then and how important they are to us today. 

It is always nice to remember the great minds who gave us the future of plumbing. If it weren’t for them, who knows what our communities would be like and what our world would of have evolved to.  

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Plumbing Inspection Advice For Home Buyers

clock June 16, 2014 07:59 by author Chris Vigna

6 Things You Should Do Before Buying A House

Buying a new home is a very exciting and busy time where homebuyers can easily become overwhelmed with all there is to do before moving. However, it is extremely important to have the house inspected before purchasing to avoid any unpleasant surprises, especially when dealing with the plumbing system.

Below are six tips for inspecting a home’s plumbing system to insure best quality and no surprises down the road.

Plumbing Inspection Tips:

 

  • 1.       Try to find a home, which does not have problems with plumbing pipes freezing during winter.  This can be a serious problem and if a house does not have many vents, you will be better off!
  • 2.       Before buying a home, you should understand if sewage goes directly to the city’s sewer or if there is a septic tank nearby.  Knowing this can help you to keep things clean around your home and prevent you from flushing unnecessary objects down the drain. 
  • 3.       It is important to check the bathroom and kitchen faucets, as well as every sink, shower and toilet for leaks or any other malfunctions.  Noticing these before you purchase your new home can help to make a wiser decision and save money as well.
  • 4.       Repairing a water heater is more expensive than getting a new one, so make sure that the one already installed is not too old and is working properly.
  • 5.       Be sure to check the water meter for an estimate of how much is used each month. This will give you an idea of how much money will be spent in monthly water bills.
  • 6.   Checking the home’s plumbing pipes for lead, which can be hazardous to our health, can save you future problems. 

Remember these six easy steps before buying your new home!  

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A Plumbing Job Makes The Record Books

clock May 17, 2014 03:30 by author Chris Vigna

You Won’t Believe This Plumbing Job!

Most homeowners worry about calling their plumbers because they fear what the bill is going to be, but the Canadian high Arctic region, has recently gone through probably the most expensive plumbing job in the world.   Even the military was involved in this project! 

The job lasted for ten days and it was all done in a very frozen and dark part of the Arctic region.  The job required tough and laborious 10 meter drilling techniques and some submarine robots, had to be used to survey some of the damage and process below. 

Apparently, the problem was a broken pump, which was finally replaced, after the 10 arduous days of work. The backup pump however, was not replaced, as the team of plumbers decided to wait for warmer temperatures.   

The team had to be transported on Hercules planes, as this was the best way to reach the remote area.  These trips, reached a cost of around $85,000 alone, which is why this job became the most expensive job in the world, related to plumbing and repairing water pumps. 

These types of plumbing jobs prove how far humankind has come and how useful technology has been, towards helping us reach places that people did not use to roam in before.  Jobs like this one also make plumbing look like a more interesting industry and show how important these systems are for our communities. 

Remember that at All About the Pipes, we are always ready to help you with your plumbing needs and will recommend the best plumbing system for your home. If you want to know more about water pumps and what they can do for you, take a look at our hot water recirculation pump article, so you can learn if one of these is right for you. 

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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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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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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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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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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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All About The Pipes Makes An Appearance In: For Your Home

clock January 21, 2014 05:43 by author Chris Vigna

Tips for Kitchen Remodeling

If you enjoy watching television shows about remodeling and improving your home, you will certainly enjoy watching a show called, “For Your Home”. This show is hosted by Vicki Payne, who is well known for her home remodeling shows.

All About the Pipes recently made an appearance in “For Your Home”, during their current season and we helped a happy couple remodel their kitchen, which was the only part of their home that they were not truly satisfied.   The main goal of All About the Pipes and “For Your Home” was to help this couple to finish their kitchen remodeling on time and to save some money while they are at it.     

During this two-part episode, titled “Empty Nesters Get Dream Kitchen”, some plans were analyzed first and then some ideas were established before getting to work.  This helped All About the Pipes, to understand what the homeowners were thinking of and it also helped to get the results that everyone was hoping for. 

Vicki also helped to choose some colors and patterns for the kitchen and they all shared some interesting ideas for homeowners to use in their next remodeling projects.  During the two parts of this series, Chris Vigna and Vicky, discuss different types of sinks, faucets, countertop materials, appliances and tiles.  They also talk about the benefits of certain kitchen design layouts and what would be more convenient for the home being remodeled in the show.   

Some comments were also made about cabinets, structural engineering, lighting and other general kitchen remodeling.  This series of “For Your Home” is really fun to watch and you will learn some great tips, for making your kitchen more comfortable and more attractive too.     

Episodes 2901 and 2902 of this show can now be watched for free at foryourhome.com or in YouTube.  They last for about 26 minutes each and are very helpful and entertaining. You can click the links below as well and you will be redirected to “For Your Home’s” site, so you can watch this amazing kitchen remodeling series with All About the Pipes.

Part One Of The Series

Part Two Of The Series

 

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Cold Weather Can Cause Costly Plumbing Problems

clock January 13, 2014 04:46 by author Chris Vigna

Protect Yourself And Your Home

As we have mentioned in the past the cold and freezing temperatures can really affect your home’s plumbing. These problems can lead to some great repair expenses.  Many people know about opening cabinet doors and letting faucets drip in order to prevent frozen pipes, but there are still many who do not know how to prevent pipe problems caused by cold weather. 

While many people recommend letting your faucets drip when it is very cold, plumbers know that this only works for indoor faucets. Outside plumbing is completely different from indoor plumbing, as the cold temperatures can freeze your pipes.  What really happens with outdoor plumbing is that water freezes so fast it turns into ice cubes and this can cause some severe damages to your pipes. 

According to some experts, spending a few dollars on outdoor faucet covers is one of the best investments that any house owner can make.  These simple methods for protecting your outdoor faucets can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs and they are also very easy to install. 

Plumbers recommend homeowners to inspect their attic pipes and to see if they are well insulated.  Although, many homeowners are now choosing hot water recirculation pumps, having well insulated pipes in your attic can also improve your home’s hot water system, which is very necessary during the cold winter months.

These tips should be enough to protect your home’s plumbing system from freezing when it is really cold, but you should also beware of the hot weather months, which will soon arrive too. Being alert about running water inside your home’s walls or moisture appearing in unexpected places is one of the things that plumbers also recommend homeowners to do.

As soon as the weather starts to heat up, you may start noticing things that are beginning to unfreeze all over your house.  Some pipes may take a few weeks or months to split, which is why inspecting your plumbing system every few months is a very smart choice.    

So as you can see, cold temperatures can really be dangerous for your home’s plumbing and this is why you should always try and prevent these sorts of problems.  Try following some of the tips described here or give All About the Pipes a call and we will be glad to help you solve all of your plumbing system doubts.  

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