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» Water Heater Alert!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Now is the time to change your water heater!

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If your water heater is in excess of 6 years (or nearing it), you may want to consider changing the heater sooner than later. If in doubt, schedule us to come evaluate your heater and provide a comprehensive free home plumbing evaluation at no charge.


The new 2015 DOE (Department of Energy) Final Rule energy efficiency mandates (effective April 16th, 2015) require higher Energy Factor (EF) rating on virtually all residential gas, electric, oil and tankless water heaters.

It is rumored that water heater manufacturers are no longer manufacturing heaters that do not comply with the new mandates.

How are water heaters affected by the new changes?

The cost of the new compliant waters heater is projected to double.

Water heaters will increase in diameter to accommodate additional insulation required to better improve efficiency.

How does this impact homeowners?

Aside from rising costs for materials and the cost to comply with increasingly more stringent code requirements, existing homes with limited closet space will be faced with even further financial burdens.

It is purported that the new heaters will not fit in many existing enclosures. This will leave the homeowner with several options; all of which increase the installation expense.

Option I – Go Tankless

Tankless water heaters have become very good options. Many of the problems associated with tankless heaters have been resolved. Manufacturers have developed products that make retrofitting significantly less expensive. When space is limited, a tankless heater is a very good solution.

Option II – Relocation

Relocating a water heater is no small task. When pursued, water heaters are commonly relocated to the garage.

Regardless of the location, the water and drain lines(to include the T&P and/or the drain) need to be routed to accommodate the new heater. For gas heaters, a new vent system and gas outlet must be installed.  Electric heaters will need to have an electrical service installed.

Option III – Downsize and Equip

It is purported that the new 40 gallon heaters will be either the same diameter as current 50 gallon heaters or negligibly larger. Manufacturers are expected to offer a booster pump which will increase the output of 40 gallon heaters significantly. With the added output, consumers will notice little to no difference in the performance of the heater compared to that of the larger tank unit.


If your water heater is in excess of 6 years (or nearing it), changing your water heater now may result in significant savings should you wait and need to replace it later. Should you elect to take action and replace your heater, we strongly recommend that you understand the maintenance requirements of the heater to maximize its value.

Call 877.999.1979 now to save $100.00 off the installation of any single conventional or tankless water heater with the above attached coupon.

» Plumber in Houston Shows How to Heat Efficiently

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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With winter approaching, you may be worrying about a high electric bill. Consider cutting the cost of your utility bill in half by using these energy-efficient heating tips from your plumber in Houston!

Install a thermostat timer – 
Programmable thermostat timers automatically raise and lower the temperature throughout the day depending on when you are home. Investing in one of these can save about $180 on your utility bills per year!

Make sure the air filter is clean – Air filters can easily fill with dust and debris, especially during allergy seasons in the summer and winter. A dirty filter slows airflow causing your system to work harder to pump out the air. We recommend changing your filter every three months to keep your system operating at the maximum efficiency!

Adjust temperature based on who’s coming – People naturally generate heat and a large number of people in your home can  drastically warm the room temperature! So to keep your system from over-working and turn the heat down if you’re expecting company. Also, lower the temperature if you don’t expect to be home for an extended period.

Perform regular heater tune ups- Regular maintenance help keep your heater safely running at maximum efficiency. This goes for your water heater also! We are available 24 hours a day to help you with any water heater problems that may arise this winter.

Use these energy-efficient tips from your local plumber in Houston to help your family stay warm and while keeping the bills low this winter!


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» How Green Plumbing Can Help Your Lawn

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

How Green Plumbing Can Help Your Lawn


Many homeowners take pride in their lawn, but few know what it really needs. In fact, many unknowingly hurt their lawn. See below to learn what your lawn needs and how a few simple green plumbing practices can keep it healthy all year long! 

Water Less and at NightWhen the time comes to water your lawn, remember that it only takes about half a gallon of water to properly irrigate one square foot of your lawn. Also, you can optimize this amount by watering at night. When the ground is hot, such as in the middle of the day, a big percentage of the water will evaporate once it hits your lawn. So, watering when the ground is cool ensures the grass receives the benefit of every last drop.

Xeriscape to Reduce Water Usage – Now that the weather is cooling down, consider landscaping your yard to include plants that are native to your area. This technique, called xeriscaping, is the best way to use less water and save money while keeping your yard alive all year! If you want to add more color with flowers, add perennial blooms that are equipped to survive harsh seasons.

Use Mulch – By simply sweeping the grass clippings back into your lawn after mowing, also known as mulching, you’ll make certain that your lawn maintains healthy levels of nutrients. That’s right! Contrary to popular belief, these useful clippings add precious nitrogen and help your lawn conserve moisture.

Do you use your green plumbing thumb to save water and money while keeping your lawn in shape? Share your tips with us on Facebook!


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» Austin Plumber’s Quick Shower Makeover

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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Tired of staring at the same old bathroom, but you don’t have time to redo the entire space? Follow our Austin plumber‘s guide to a quick shower makeover and reinvent your bathroom in a snap!

Change the Decor – If you only have time to change one thing in your bathroom, make it the shower curtain. You will easily get the biggest bang for your buck with this item. Start by matching the colors that already adorn the space, but take this opportunity to incorporate a new pattern, such as stripes. If you want to make the space more tranquil, consider a solid-color curtain with some texture throughout.

Decorate the Glass – If you don’t have a curtain, you can still add pizzazz to your shower. Purchase fun decals from your local craft store! You can create fun sayings or even utilize shapes from the theme of your decor. For example, if you have a nautical theme, use anchor or sailboat decals.

Upgrade Your Experience – If you can’t remember when you purchased your shower head, it may be time to upgrade. There have been great advances in water-saving technology in the past decade. It’s easy to get a great deal on an efficient upgrade that will save you money in the future. With so many options on the market, ensure you get right one by using our shower head buyer’s guide!

If you follow these simple tips, you can quickly change the feel of your bathroom. Now that the space looks better, make sure it’s working efficiently and call your local Austin plumber at 512.928.0467 if you have any signs of plumbing problems!


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» Tulsa Plumbing Shares 5 Uses for Vinegar

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

5 uses for vinegar Tulsa Plumbing


Need a quick fix for your small plumbing problem? No need to reach for hazardous chemicals! White wine vinegar will do the trick. This handy ingredient can be used for more than just food, it can help keep your plumbing in tip-top shape! Check out these five ways our Tulsa plumbing team recommends using vinegar to help your plumbing:

1. Clearing Drains

Did you know that white wine vinegar can unclog drains? Pour a half cup of baking soda, then 1 cup of vinegar down the drain. You’ll see some foam, but don’t be alarmed. This means that the baking soda is working to break up the clog. Turn the faucet on to rinse the drain and your fixture should now be clog free!

2. Unclogging Shower Heads

Shower heads can clog over time from hard water deposits. To prevent the noise and inefficiency that can result from a clogged shower head, mix a bowl of hot water and a half cup of white wine vinegar. Allow the shower head to soak in the mixture for 10 minutes. If you have trouble removing the fixture, simply pour the solution into a bag and secure it around the shower head. Finally, let it sit for an hour. After the hour is up, your shower should be working like new!

3. Removing Smells

Have an undesirable smell coming from your garbage disposal? A small clog may be the culprit. Consider using white wine vinegar to naturally clear the drain of anything that may be causing the smell. Begin by heating 4 cups of vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. Next, pour half of the mixture directly down the drain. Rinse with cold water, then pour the remaining warm vinegar.

4.  Cleaning Rust from Tools

For efficient plumbing, you need a good tool set. Rusty tools are hard to work with and won’t help in a plumbing crisis. To prevent this, soak your rusted tools in vinegar for a couple days. Finally, wipe them down and you’ll find that your tools will be ready for any emergency!

5. Ridding Toilet Hard Water Stains

Stains from hard-water residue are difficult to remove. However, the magic duo of baking soda and white wine vinegar can rid the toilet of these unsightly marks. Begin by pouring 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl. After about a minute, pour in 1 cup of baking soda and 2 more cups of vinegar. Leave the mixture to work its magic for 10 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush. Just like that, you’ve given your toilet new life!

If any of these methods don’t work or you continue to run into trouble, don’t wait! You may have a bigger plumbing problem. Contact your local Tulsa plumbing team today!


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» 24 Hour Plumbers in Austin Show How to Reuse Your Pumpkin

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

24 hour plumber in Austin pumpkin recycling

Cue the Psycho movie music! Stringy pumpkin pulp is a sink’s worst nightmare! When creating the perfect pumpkin carving, take a minute to think about what you’ll do with the gooey insides that you must clean out! The consistency, as well as how quickly it can harden, makes this the ideal glue for other clog-causing particles. Many plumbers would suggest throwing away the excess parts of the pumpkin, however, our 24 hour plumbers in Austin would like to see our homeowners prevent an emergency while reusing the green pumpkin seeds and pulp.

What it does:

As the pumpkin goes down your sink, it sticks to the piping and existing particles in the line, very quickly making them worse. If it hardens in your pipes, you have an even bigger problem. It’s very difficult to remove dried pumpkin from your counter, however it’s even harder to remove once it’s infiltrated your plumbing system.


It’s become a tradition at many of our homes to roast the leftover pumpkin seeds. It’s so easy and it makes a great snack to put in kids lunches or to take to work!

  1. Before the pulp has time to dry, pick out the seeds. You can leave some pulp on them to give it extra flavor.
  2. Arrange the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat each one in the oil.
  3. Lightly sprinkle the seeds with salt and bake them at 325 F for about 10 minutes. Try adding cinnamon or cayenne pepper to create a fun flavor.
  4. Then, stir the seeds and continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  5. Finally, let them cool and store in an air-tight container for later enjoyment!

Store the pulp and use it to make anything from pies and cakes, to shakes!


Many cities offer a pumpkin recycling service. For instance, Austin’s Cunningham Elementary is allowing the public to drop off old jack-o’-lanterns November 2 to help compost their PEAS farm. You can also use the leftover pumpkin for your own compost, or throw uncontaminated pieces in your yard to feed local wildlife.

If you run into any plumbing problems, day or night, don’t hesitate to call the Go-To Guys at your local 24 hour plumbers in Austin!


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» Houston TX Plumbers Share How to Prevent Clogs in Old Homes

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

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Old homes can have their advantages, such as character, family memories and remnants of architectural history. The disadvantages however, are somewhat problematic. One of the most common plumbing problems in old homes are clogs, so see how to prevent them with tips from our Houston TX plumbers.

Hair Doesn’t Belong There – Down the drain that is! Hair doesn’t disintegrate easily or quickly. So, if you have a lot of it stuck in your pipes, it can be costly to remove. We recommend installing drain covers on showers and sinks. This also prevents other clog-causing items from falling down the drain.

Mind the Drain – Having a garbage disposal does not mean that you’re able to throw anything down the drain. There isn’t a system around that’s equipped to take the sort of things that we see in kitchen sinks! Take care to dispose of items, such as vegetable peels and onions, in the trash not the garbage disposal. The same thing goes for grease and grains which can expand and stick to the pipes.

Old homes have a special place in many people’s hearts, but in order to keep its plumbing system working efficiently, you may have to do a little extra maintenance. If you run into any problems in your old home’s plumbing system, don’t hesitate to contact our Houston TX plumbers today!



» Houston Plumber’s Tips to Keep Your Bathroom Spotless

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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Ever notice that as soon as you do a deep bathroom clean, you have to do another? Consider keeping the clean you work so hard for! Follow these daily or weekly tasks that our plumber in Houston suggests to keep your bathroom looking spotless between deep-cleaning sessions.

Wipe Down – Take a few minutes to wipe down the sink, toilet and tub. This prevents soap scum and water spots from building up on each fixture. Make sure to also wipe door knobs, faucets and cabinet handles to keep the space looking like new.

Clean While You Use – If you get a little toothpaste on the sink, wipe it up before your done. A few untidy spots can quickly turn into a big mess, so cleaning as you go can greatly reduce the amount of elbow grease you have to exert later.

Shine is Key – We know from experience, that the shiny surfaces in your bathroom go the furthest in making your space look clean and tidy. Take a few minutes each week to wipe down mirrors and windows in your bathroom and you will be left with a truly spotless place.

Cleaners Can Help – If the label doesn’t warn against it, consider leaving the cleaning product on the fixture for a few hours. This allows the cleaner to seep into the mess and it will be easier for you to wipe it away.

Clean the Wastebasket- When you empty your trashcan, wipe down the outside of the bucket as well. Paying attention to this often ignored item in the bathroom also goes a long way to make the bathroom look cleaner.

Do More than Sweep – It’s a constant battle to keep floors looking clean, but add spot scrubbing to the list to keep the tough areas looking good between thorough cleanings. Research the best way to keep your type of floor clean, but if you have grout, focus on keeping that looking it’s best. The cleaner this detail appears, the cleaner your space will too!

Remember that every little bit helps. The more time you spend with the upkeep of your bathroom cleaning, the less effort you have to spend during your deep cleaning sessions.

Now that your bathroom is spotless, remember to contact the Go-To Guys at our plumber in Houston if you ever run into any pesky plumbing problems!


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» 24 Hour Plumber Shares How to Fix a Disposal Jam

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

24 hour plumber fix disposal jam

We love making house calls and helping you with your plumbing problems, but we also understand that sometimes you may want to save a little money. A jammed garbage disposal is generally something that you can fix on your own. Follow the steps below as our 24 hour plumber guides you on how to fix a pesky garbage disposal jam:

First, turn off the power by shutting of the breaker or unplugging the unit. Then, locate a hex-shaped opening on the bottom of your disposal. Use the garbage disposal wrench in your toolkit to move this in a circular motion. This helps dislodge the item that is creating the jam. If this doesn’t free the item, you may have to replace the unit. Make sure to call your local plumber to help you make the best decision.

However if this does work, once you feel that the jam is free, use a flashlight to see the blockage in the sink’s drain. Then, use tongs or pliers to remove the item. Do not put your fingers down the drain to get the blockage out. This could cause severe injury and we suggest taking extreme care with this step.

When you have removed the object, turn on the power to the unit and test it to make sure it’s working. If so, give yourself a pat on the back! If not, you may need to replace the unit completely.

A simple plumbing procedure always has the chance of becoming an emergency, so make sure to contact your local 24 hour plumber anytime day or night if you need help!

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» Technology Trends for Bathroom Plumbing Remodels 2013

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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Who doesn’t love a good remodel? Who doesn’t love technology trends? When you can combine the two, you have a match made in heaven! See a list of our favorite technology trends for bathroom plumbing remodels in 2013:

Steam Showers- You can easily turn your bathroom into a spa getaway with a relaxing steam shower. Steam is also great for your skin, so it’s also healthy!

Remote Control – There’s nothing wrong with making your bathroom experience a little more fun! For that, we suggest installing a remote-controlled TV or stereo.

Touchless Faucets – There are generally many germs on faucet handles, even in your home! Consider staying germ free by installing the latest technology and upgrade to touchless faucets!

Multi- head showers- Shown above, this trend adds a touch of luxury to your bathroom. They look great and offer functionality by spraying from all angles.

Heated Floor- No one likes a cold floor in the bathroom, so why suffer? Use this great technology to keep your feet warm, while also heating the entire room! 

Quiet-Close Toilet Seats- We all remember the days when you would constantly hear a toilet seat slamming. So, it’s no wonder that this technology is fast becoming popular.

What are a few of your favorite technology trends for bathroom plumbing remodels in 2013? Let us know on Twitter!


Photo Credit: Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt

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