Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunny Savings: Summer Promotions from Pete’s Plumbing

In looking at consumer behavior, Harris Interactive found that during a recession, consumers obviously cut their discretionary spending and that they will not make a purchase if a deal is not available. 

If presented with coupons or special discounts, consumers will look to a company as a value provider. That’s why companies like Pete’s Plumbing recognize the importance of regularly refreshing their discounts and deals in order to reward loyal customers but also to attract new ones.

There is no time like the present to handle some of those plumbing upgrades you have been thinking about – whether they involve adding more energy-efficient eco-plumbing fixtures and equipment or an unplanned repair. Here are some of Pete’s Plumbing special offers good now through the end of July.
Single Savings
There are special current promotions as well as other long-term ways to make sure your plumbing does not eat into your savings:
  • It may seem like the last thing on your mind might be hot water in the middle of a blazing summer, but Pete’s Plumbing recognizes that there is no time like the present to be ready for dependable hot water. That’s why they are offering $100 off the installation of any new 40- or 50-gallon gas or electric water heater unit.
  • Recognizing that those who are retired are often short on disposable income, Pete’s Plumbing offers everyday savings like senior discounts that are always available.
  • Labor discounts of $10 are on offer through July to help with those unexpected plumbing problems that crop up related to your garbage disposal, toilet, sinks, faucets and more.
Group Discounts
Great websites like Groupon have gotten more businesses thinking about ways to group their discounts so more customers mean greater savings for all involved. That’s why Pete’s Plumbing has introduced a great group discount offer good through the end of July.
The Neighborhood Discount Program provides 15% discount for all homeowners that make an appointment if Pete’s Plumbing services two or more homes in the same subdivision on the same day. The 15% discount can be on either repair or installation work.
Get Your Savings On
For those of you living in the following cities, Pete’s Plumbing is here to serve you with some great plumbing repair and plumbing installation savings and even better professional service and plumbing expertise on both traditional and green plumbing fixtures and installations:  Atlanta, Alpharetta, Ball Ground, Berkeley Lake, Buford, Canton, Chamblee, Crabapple, Cumming, Dawsonville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Cobb, Freehome, Marietta, Milton, Mount Bethal, Mountain Park, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Roswell, Sandy Plains, Sandy Springs, Sugar Hill and Woodstock. Get started now on some sizzling summer savings.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Plumbing Problems—No, Really!

You would think that the only season that would wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing would be the cold and cruel winter. 
However, summer doesn’t want to be left out of the game and offers its own unique issues when it comes to your plumbing. This article provides some tips on what could go wrong and what you can do to set it right.

Summer Plumbing Issues
  • Clogged Toilets: With the kids out of school, summer get-togethers, and play dates, the toilet may be getting a workout and may not always perform up to standard.
  • Water Main Breaks: What happens underground is not something you may think about regularly, but once you start to experience low water pressure or you notice water pooling in your yard, this could be a water main break caused by tree roots or simply old pipes.
  • Leaks: Leaks are certainly not a seasonal thing and can happen any time of the year. These could be indoors or outdoors. Leaks could appear around sprinkler heads or swimming pool equipment. Even washing machine hoses and ice maker lines could be culprits.
Summer Plumbing Solutions
Some of these summer plumbing problems are an easy fix while others require a bit more effort:
  • Wire hangers and plungers are useful for getting rid of some toilet clogs.
  • It may be best to shut the water off at the main source to stop further water waste until you can get assistance.
  • Regularly inspect all taps, pipes, and equipment for signs of water leaks. Many can be easily fixed.
Summer Plumbing Help
There are some plumbing problems where it is best to call on professional assistance. Here are some situations where you may need to get the big guns out:
  • Plumbing clogs may be the result of a foreign object or the system is backed up.
  • If you are on a septic system, it is best to get a professional to help with clogs or toilets that are backing up.
  • Water main breaks can only be solved by a professional who has video inspection and leak detector equipment as well as the expertise to know how to fix them.
  • If you suspect you may have leaks in pipes within the interior walls or it involves swimming pool equipment, it is best to get some additional help.
Summer Maintenance and Usage Tips
To avoid some of the above summer plumbing problems, having a regular maintenance schedule can lead to less headaches and even lower repair costs. Here are some quick tips that will be covered in greater detail in future posts:
  • Check all appliances hoses and lines like the refrigerator and washing machine for bulges, cracks, and wear.
  • Have a plumber use video inspection equipment to check sewer lines and other pipes that are not easily reached.
  • If you have a pool, regularly clean the filter to get rid of debris that might otherwise push the filter pressure up and burst pipes.
  • Reduce your water usage. Many of summer’s problems with plumbing are the result of overuse, so cut back on using water to wash debris off that could then clog pipes or washing the car, which could then lead to cleaner build-up and residue that blocks the pipes.
Your Experience
Please share your summer plumbing adventures and solutions with us or be sure to submit a question below that we would be happy to answer.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Put it on Drip: Summer Saving on Outdoor Water Use

When the weather heats up, water becomes a way to cool off for you and for your plants. Suddenly, washing the car and the patio or deck seems like a great idea. 

While all meant for the greater good, the problem is that many common summer activities use up entirely too much water. To help you keep your water use lower, this post offers some great tips about conserving water outdoors.
Outdoor Fun
Swimming and running through sprinklers can still be part of outdoor fun without wasting water. Try these tips:
  • Put solar covers on pools and spas to help minimize water evaporation while heating your pool without using the energy of a pool heater.
  • Check for leaks around pumps, filters, and pipes if you have a pool as well as regularly inspect any auto-fill device that may indicate that there is a leak underground rather than just evaporation from the sun.
  • When kids want to dance in the sprinklers, put a hose device in an area of the lawn that needs the most watering to get some practical use from this fun summer activity.
Outdoor Maintenance
For outdoor maintenance tips, try the ones below as well as more found at Water Use It Wisely:
  • Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance checkup. Conduct an inspection or have a professional check it for you on an annual basis.
  • Use a broom to sweep driveways, patios, walkways and front porches rather than a hose.
  • Regularly check your water meter to see how much water you are using to see how you can change your habits and further reduce water consumption.
  • When cleaning your pool filter or backwashing it, use the water and sand or D.E. from the filter to nourish your garden rather than having it run off into the street.
Outdoor Garden offers a wide array of tips on landscaping and gardening that incorporates a focus on water conservation:
  • Maintain a lawn height of 2 1/2 to 3 inches to keep roots from heat stress and reduce moisture loss from evaporation.    
  • Plant in the spring or fall rather than summer as this helps avoid using extra water.
  • Don’t plant turf in areas that are difficult to water, such as isolated strips next to driveways and sidewalks.                               
  • Aerate clay soils to help the soil retain moisture.
  • Mulch next to trees, plants, and bushes to help the soil retain moisture and discourage weed growth.
  • Collect rain water in a barrel where this practice is allowed as this water can be used to water plants and lawns.
  • Use porous materials for walkways and patios to avoid wasteful water runoff.  Create a garden using Xeriscape™ which is a water conservation method for gardening that includes using plants that are suited to the soil and climate of your local area and applying proper maintenance and irrigation to have a beautiful garden or lawn without the extra gallons of water.
Professional Assistance
If you are looking for more advice, check with your local water authority or seek the professional expertise of your local plumber. Plumbers like those at Pete’s Plumbing offer free water conservation inspections that can help identify indoor and outdoor places and activities that need to be changed to save more water this summer.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer Water Conservation Assistance

According to the 15-county Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, approximately 600 million gallons of water are used every day, which comes from surface water (streams, rivers, and lakes) rather than any major groundwater sources. Water resources must be managed wisely to make sure there is enough for everyone now and for generations to come.

While you may think that businesses use the most water in the local area, the fact is that commercial customers account for 25 percent while the majority of water is consumed by single family (40 percent) and multiple family residences (13 percent). As water conservation in Atlanta, its suburbs, and the entire state continues to be a critical area of focus for homeowners and businesses this summer, there are some great sources of information to help you do your part.

Look and Learn
The city of Atlanta is offering an attractive incentive to help you become more water conscious as well as providing a number of brochures designed to educate you on water conservation:
  • Complete and print the Pledge Card (PDF) and retain card to redeem your FREE Water Conservation Kit, which contains a low-flow showerhead, kitchen & bathroom faucet aerators, flow measurement bag, toilet dye tablets and instructions.
  • The city also offers a number of helpful information sheets, including water assessment guides and tips for commercial building owners and home owners to help cut their water consumption.
Another source for local information for Georgia residents is Conserve Water Georgia, a website committed to educating local businesses and residents on how to care for the state’s finite water supply of potable and non-potable water.

Get Involved
There are a number of things you can do to be a proactive water conservation activist:
  • The local area also provides workshops and events where you can go and learn more about what you can do to get involved in your local community and the state’s efforts to conserve water.
  • Participate in the ongoing toilet rebate program that provides an incentive to homeowners and investors in multifamily buildings to trade in their old inefficient toilets for low-flow toilets that use significantly less water.
Ask Questions and Be Water Smart
Local professional plumbers like those at Pete’s Plumbing are happy to help homeowners and businesses find ways to save more water. If you are unsure of just how much water you are using or what it will involve to replace inefficient bathroom and kitchen plumbing, it is good to check with a professional plumbing company that can offer an assessment and strategy to help you become a good water conservationist.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Don't Be a Water Monster: Summer Water Conservation Tips

With summer fast approaching and the ongoing need to think about making the most out of the water we have available, it’s time to think about some ways to conserve water and make the most out of every drop.

After all, there is just something about the heat that brings out the water monsters in all of us. Even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a special WaterSense program with this seasonal behavioral change in mind. In fact, they’ve calculated that as much as 1,000 gallons a day can be used by the average American homeowner compared to the off-peak average of about 260 gallons per day.

Putting Water Usage on Drip
Recently, one of the top water companies in the nation, American Water, offered some great tips for summer water conservation:
  • The lawn doesn’t need to be watered just for the sake of watering; just do it when it needs to be done. This will save water and encourage stronger and deeper root growth.
  • Water in the early morning to avoid evaporation. Otherwise, your watering is as effective for your garden as simply watering the sidewalk.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose for outdoor cleaning.
  • Wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.
  • Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full. Be sure to use a water-saver cycle if you have this type of feature.
  • Take a short shower rather than a bath. It’s the difference between 70 gallons of water used in a bath and 10 to 25 gallons used during a 5-minute shower.  
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth to save up to 8 gallons of water per day.
  • Regularly check for leaks and have them fixed right away.  
Installing Water Conservation Devices
There are many areas where homeowners and business owners can upgrade or improve to conserve water, including water heaters, toilets, shower heads, faucets and irrigation systems. However, some misconceptions still exist:

Myth #1: You might think you will lose the quality with environmentally friendly fixtures and aerators, including the perception that water pressure is the first to go.
Reality:  Going green no longer means low pressure showers or two flush toilets. Today’s models feature technology and designs that allow the same great quality using a lot less water.

Myth #2: You might also believe the eco fixtures are ugly and utilitarian.
Reality: There are also a wider range of well-known brands that customers trust that now offer designer fixtures to accentuate a wide range of decors

To learn just what type of return on investment you can get for installing eco friendly and green plumbing devices, be sure to use the EPA’s Water Calculator.

Getting Professional Advice
To help customers determine exactly what areas need to be improved, Pete’s Plumbing offers water usage surveys. These surveys are performed by licensed and bonded, expertly trained certified home inspectors and plumbing technicians.

Be sure to confer with your local plumbing professional on what type of water conservation program you can implement for your home or office that can save you money as well as provide a way of keeping more water available for everyone to enjoy this summer and for many to come.