Monday, October 24, 2011

Tweet, Tweet: Pete’s Plumbing on Twitter

If you haven’t heard, we are now on Twitter. Every day, we try to tweet a special, tip, or useful information our customers can use to save money and time.

Some of our useful and informative tweets include:

  • $799 for 50-gallon Water Heater. As low as $699 for a 40 gallon unit. Call for details or to schedule an appointment 770-442-3934. 
  • Start thinking about winterizing your plumbing fixtures before the temperatures reach the freezing point. We offer winterizing services.
  • When you check prices on water heaters, be sure to ask about the price of the water heater and the expansion tank. You likely will need both.
  • Sept Water Heater Special! $100 off installation of any new 40 or 50 gal. gas/electric water heater unit! Call 770-442-3934 for an appt.
  • Pete's offers a neighborhood discount plan! If we service 2 or more homes in the same subdivision same day, both save!

Now that’s some great information! There is a wealth of information out there to save our customers on all their plumbing issues. We focus on deals to improve efficiency and increase your savings on utility bills. Our tips are designed to inform and enlighten. We offer great deals and specials every day and, with Twitter, we are able to let you know quickly when a great bargain is available.  

How Many Tweets Does It Take? 
At Pete’s Plumbing, we continually strive to serve our customers. Partnering with Twitter is just another way we stay connected to our customers and show our commitment to quality service.
We currently have over 870 followers and are growing daily. Tweeter has revolutionized the way we stay connected to our customers.

Now, anytime a special is available, we are immediately able to pass those deals on to you. The same is true with energy saving tips. We keep our finger on the pulse of energy savings and as soon as we learn of a new innovation, we immediately pass it on to our customers.

Twitter Keeps Us Connected
Twitter builds relationships. We are able to send our followers short blips of valuable information at any time. We can continually feed our followers information of an exciting new product, inform them of a super sale, or offer them tips on winterizing their homes and pipes.

Join us today on Twitter and become one of our followers who receive quality information and tips. We’ll Tweet you there!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Stopping Plumbing Trouble in its Tracks

Home plumbing disasters can cost you time and money. Avoid these common mistakes to save your pocketbook and your sanity.

Know What Lurks Behind Your Walls: Be aware of the location and direction of travel of your pipes before you start any home improvement project. Nailing or drilling into a wall without knowing the location of your plumbing can spell serious disaster. If you happen to hit a pipe with a nail or screw, you will have to tear out a section of drywall, replace the damaged piece of pipe, and patch the wall. This is an expensive lesson that you simply do not want to learn.  

Copper to Galvanized Steel: Plumbing problems and leaks can occur when you connect copper to galvanized steel. They may be problem-free for years or you might spot a leak immediately. Either way, the best way to avoid leaks between copper to galvanized steel connections is to use a plumbing fitting called a dielectric union. A dielectric union separates the cooper from the galvanized steel, thus avoiding potential leaks.    

Familiarize Yourself With Your Local Building Codes: Be informed. Pick up a copy of the International Plumbing Code or the Uniform Plumbing Code and keep it for reference. Another excellent resource is Code Check. They provide up-to-date building code information to ensure you are always in compliance with local building codes.

Never Over-Tighten: Over-tightening fittings is just as bad as under-tightening them. You will strip the threads and cause leaks by applying to much torque. Don’t do it!
 Always Perform a Leak Test: One of the most important things you can do is perform a leak test on water pipes and gas lines. With water lines, let the water run and check connections for leaks. For gas lines, mix together a soapy detergent and spray on the connection. You can also purchase a bubble-creating leak detector. With both applications, look for bubbles as these will indicate you have a leak and need to seek professional help.

Septic Systems: A properly maintained septic system can last for years. Damage can occur when they are not properly pumped at regular intervals or if harsh chemicals are allowed to enter the system. Avoid these problems by having your system pumped professionally by a reputable plumbing professional. The same is true with chemicals and additives. Septic systems are designed to work without the aid of artificial additives. Naturally occurring bacteria works to breakdown solids. Introducing additives or chemicals can interfere with this process. 

Proper Connections: When connecting gas lines, it is best to ensure you are using the proper connections. It is also a good idea to follow the manufacture’s recommendations to make certain you have installed the gas line properly. You can purchase universal connection kits that have multiple adapters. 

Other Plumbing Dilemmas
If you have these or other plumbing problems and are not sure what to do or you do not feel confident in handling them, there is nothing wrong with calling your friendly neighborhood plumber to have a look and see if they can help you get your plumbing back in the flow of things.

What other plumbing problems have you had that you are not sure what to do? Leave your question or explanation below and we’ll see if we can help you!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Making the Most of a Precious Resource: Tips on Saving Water

Each year different parts of the country experience drought-like conditions. Every time this happens it drives home the point that water conservation should be a lifelong habit. If we alter our habits slightly we can achieve significant water savings.

Water is a precious resource that is limited. The steps we take now to reduce our water usage will ensure the water supply for future generations.

Little Tips that Make a World of Difference
As you move through your daily routine, keep these water conservation tips in mind. 
  •  Never let the water run while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. This is simply water down the drain. Shut the water off and use it only to rinse.  
  • Check for leaks. Inspect faucets, toilets, and sprinkler systems for leaks that silently rob water supplies.
  •  Invest in a high-efficiency front loading washer. You will significantly decrease your water usage with each load.
  • Be certain your dishwasher is fully loaded before running a cycle.
  • Invest in new low-flow faucets around the house.
  • It pays to install a low-flush toilet. You will recoup your cost quickly.

Outdoor Water-Saving Tips
  •  Shut off your sprinkler system and all the water running inside your house. Now inspect your meter. If your meter is moving, this could mean there is a leak somewhere. If you are unable to detect the leaks source, call a professional. They will be able to pinpoint the leak.   
  • Look for overflow water when watering your landscaping. There is no need to water the driveway or sidewalk. Adjust sprinkler heads and watering times to avoid water this runoff. 
  •  Take your car to your local car wash. Do the same with your boat or motorcycle.
  • For those of you that enjoy washing the car at home, invest in a shut-off value for your hose. Be sure to shut off the water when you are washing the car.  
  • Visit your local hardware store and invest in mulch to use around plants. Using mulch decreases water evaporation and cuts water usage.
  • Cooler weather calls for an adjustment to your lawn watering schedule. Decrease your water times and frequencies.
  • Clean out your rain-gutters or install new ones to catch runoff water. Repurpose rainwater for house plants and other landscaping.  
Becoming Water-Conscious
Being conscious of your water usage will increase your knowledge and show you different techniques for saving water. You are the last line of defense in water conservation. These simple techniques will save you money each month and help reduce the effects of drought conditions. 

A plumber can also provide a water conservation inspection to help you with suggestions on daily habits as well as changes to your plumbing system and devices. Be sure to share your own tips for saving water below so that others can take advantage of your smart ideas!

Monday, October 3, 2011

An Eco-Friendly Kitchen and Bath

Your thoughts may be already turning to 2012 and the ways you can make your kitchen and bath more environmentally friendly. The benefits of going green are numerous. You just don’t help the environment. In many instances, you will reduce your overall energy and fuel costs. This savings will be realized every month and reduce the upfront cost of retrofitting your house. Now, let’s get started!

Sparkling Clear Water
We all want clean and delicious tasting water right out of the tap. Everpure offers a commercial- grade, filtered water system that attaches directly to your kitchen faucet. Everpure’s MicroPure® technology delivers drinking water that has reduced levels of contaminants. 
High-Efficiency Toilets
Investing in a new toilet will save you money everyday. High-efficiency toilets use 20% less than even low-flush toilets.  Many local governments offer rebates when you retrofit your bathroom with high-efficiency or low-flush toilets. Take advantage of these rebates to protect our natural resources and reduce your monthly water bill.

Unsuspecting Water Bandits 
Old toilets are the usual suspects when pointing the finger at high water usage, but we forget about old faucets. Older faucets have higher flow rates which increase our water usage without us even realizing it. In 1998, a new standard was created that required new bathroom faucets to use 2.2 gallons per minute at 60 psi. Replacing your old faucet would meet this requirement and reduce your overall water usage.

Going Waterless
Using a waterless urinal is not something most residential customers consider. But, if you have a home with boys in it, having a waterless urinal installed could dramatically alter your water savings. There are stylish units available that be retrofitted into most bathrooms with the appropriate amount of space. A typical residential customer with one male in the residence can hope to save up to 1,700 gallons a year. These are all great to think about for a commercial property.

Instant Hot and Cold Water Devices
Under-the-sink hot and cold water models can alter the way you live. Installing an instant hot water system at your kitchen sink to use for coffee, tea, or cooking will save water and reduce your water bill.   

DIY or Professional Assistance
Many of these eco-friendly ways to improve your kitchen and bath can be performed by the homeowner. If you would prefer to leave these modifications to the pros, call a plumber, and they will be happy to assist you in installing green products for the home and bath.