Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Deep Freeze: Winter Plumbing Techniques

Winter is right around the corner, and now is the time to protect your pipes from damage. Spending the time to protect your plumbing pipes this winter will result in hundreds of dollars in savings from needless plumbing repair costs. Do a careful interior and exterior inspection of your home and business to make sure you are covered this winter.

Preventing Frozen Pipes:
  • Detach outdoor garden hoses and shut-off values to pipes leading to any outdoor spigots.
  • Insulate outdoor water pipes that will be exposed to freezing temperatures and wind. Quality insulation wrap is available at your local hardware store and outlet center.
  • Unused hot water lines can freeze as well as cold. Inspect your hot water lines to ensure your pipes are protected.
  • Drain water pipes that will not be in use before severe cold weather hits.
  • Remember to wrap any water pipes in un-insulated garages and barns.
 Preventing Clogged Drains:  
  • Additional buildup and clogging of cooking grease and oil can occur during colder periods. Avoid putting that cooking grease and oil into your garage disposer.
  • Never put foods like carrots, potato skins, banana peels, and other stringy and fibrous food into your disposer. Your garbage disposer is not able to fully grind these materials and they can easily clog your sink drain causing a massive backup.
  • Remember to run cold water down your drain for about 15 to 20 seconds before and after using your garbage disposer to flush out any waste.
  • The holidays can put additional stress on your plumbing. Extra guests mean additional showers, toilet flushing, and cooking. Prepare ahead and clean out P-traps and look for hair and other debris around drains that may pose a problem and lead to a plumbing disaster. 
Eliminate Drafts:
  •  Prevent cold air from reaching your pipes. Look in crawl spaces, garages, attics, and cabinets for cold air that may contribute to freezing your pipes.
  • If you are aware of potential problems from un-insulated pipes, consider placing a small space heater a safe distance away to prevent freezing.

Pete’s Plumbing at Your Service
The steps you take today to protect your pipes against freezing will pay large dividends in the future. If after taking all these precautions you find yourself still facing a plumbing emergency, give us a call and our highly-trained staff of professional plumbers will be there to take care of the problem.  

Monday, December 19, 2011

Take Advantage of the Incredible Rebates Offered by the State and Federal Government

Tax credits offered by the state of Georgia and the federal government make updating your home more affordable than ever. These tax incentives give you substantial tax credits on your tax return and increase the amount of your refund. Credits are available on an array of energy-efficient appliances, biomass stoves, insulation, metal and asphalt roofing, non-solar water heaters, and windows and doors.

Federal Tax Credits   
The energy star program through the federal government offers incentives for homeowners on their existing and principal residence to upgrade their property with energy-efficient fixtures. The tax credit is 10% of the cost of the upgrade up to $500 or they offer specific amounts ranging from $50 to $300. Credits are available on the following items:
  • Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Water Heaters (non-solar)
  • Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
  • Windows and Doors
  • Biomass Stoves
 Theses tax credits offer substantial offsets on the cost to upgrade your home’s fixtures. Additional tax credits are available on new energy-star appliances as well. Look for the energy-star label when you are considering your next home appliance purchase. Extra incentives are available on specific washers, dryers, refrigerators, ceiling fans, and more through-out the year.

Visit the Energy Star website at to discover special seasonal products and models that are available for sales tax exemptions, rebates, and credits.

Georgia State Tax Credits    
The state of Georgia offers a multitude of rebates and incentives to assist homeowners with upgrading their home’s fixtures. Different counties offer different programs. One Georgia rebate program offers rebates of up to $1,500 on energy-efficient water heating equipment and up to $ 2,000 on other energy-efficiency measures. Additional rebates are available on:
  • Caulking and Weather-Stripping
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Windows and Doors
  •  Building insulation
  • Duct/Air Sealing
Visit the city of Atlanta’s website at for complete details about their rebate program.

The state of Georgia also offers grants on energy-efficient fixtures for commercial properties. One non-profit grant supplies up to $ 25,000 for water heaters, solar water heaters, programmable thermostats, furnaces, boilers, and more for non-profit schools and institutions. Complete details on this program and qualifying information can be found online at
City of Decatur
The city of Decatur offers a local rebate program on windows, doors, building insulation, and caulking for residential homeowners. This rebate amount is up to $1,000. Full details of this rebate program can be found at

Great Ways to Save
Superior rebates can found on energy-efficient fixtures and appliances. New rebate programs can become available at anytime. When you are in the market to upgrade your home, check out the above sites or visit to learn about rebate programs in your city or county.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Pete’s Plumbing’s New Venture: Facebook Fan Pages

Here, at Pete’s Plumbing, we believe it is important to stay on top of the latest products, special offers, and innovations that come along, so we can pass this knowledge and savings on to you. Our customers are our lifeline and the reason we have enjoyed such success over the last five decades.

Staying in touch with our customers is vital, so that is why we have partnered with Flyline Search Marketing to develop a set of custom Facebook Fan Pages. Now, more than ever, it is important to interface with our customers and, Facebook gives us one more opportunity to connect.

Ways to Reach You
We are excited about this latest chapter in the Pete’s Plumbing story. We believe strongly in our commitment to customer relations, and this venture is our latest stop at connecting with our customer. We value the personal relationships we have developed over the years with our customers. Our repeat clients show our commitment to establishing and maintaining a strong bond within the community.

Getting to Know You
Our Facebook wall will allow us to connect daily to our customers. We are at the forefront of deals and bargains and we always pass these savings on to you. We will be able to communicate directly to you and offer daily tips or specials that save you time and money. Another great feature is we will be able to receive feedback and comments from our customers so we can continually improve our service.

Making the Cut: Referrals
People unfamiliar with our reputation of quality and customer commitment will learn from our returning customers their experiences with us. The ability to interact with each other will give potential customers the opportunity to learn about how we operate. Additionally, as this site grows, stronger and deeper bonds will be created and our customers can learn about different techniques and tips to save them money.

Reach Out and Touch Someone
Our Facebook site gives our customers a complete set of information regarding our services and products. We give detailed descriptions of our residential plumbing services, our commercial plumbing services, and our commitment to “green” eco-friendly plumbing practices.

Make that Connection Today 
You can friend us on Facebook at to learn all about our exciting new development. We look forward to talking to you and receiving your input. Our commitment to customer care is as strong today as it was 50 years ago. Pete’s Plumbing has embraced this new technology and is excited about this new venture. Check us out! We'd love to hear from you!

Monday, December 5, 2011

One Sweet Deal for December

Let Pete’s Plumbing keep you covered with a free upgrade to an eight-year warranty when you buy a Rheem Pro 50-gallon gas hot water heater. That is right, Pete’s Plumbing has you covered when you purchase a new Rheem Pro 50-gallon gas hot water heater this December.

This added peace of mind will instill confidence when you make your next gas hot water purchase. If you are considering purchasing a new unit this winter, now is the time to take advantage of this super deal. An extension of two years on your gas hot water heater increases your buying power and savings on your next purchase. Don’t delay--give Pete’s Plumbing a call today at 770.442.3934 to begin saving.    

Rheem Pro 50 Gas Hot Water Heater
The advantages are endless when you replace your old gas hot water heater with an energy-efficient unit from Rheem. This brand of gas hot water heater is considered to be the industry leader in quality and dependability. These units are loaded with features designed to save you money and provide with safe and reliable hot water. 

The Rheem Pro 50 Gas Hot Water Heater is loaded with these standard features:
  • An EverKleen built-in system that reduces sediment build-up, increases hot water production, and lowers your fuel costs;
  • An innovative air filtration system that blocks the flame arrestor from clogging from dust, oil, and lint;
  • A pressure relief value, temperature control, and brass drain value that are standard equipment;
  • Rates .62 on the energy rating scale, making the Rheem Pro 50 a highly-efficient unit; and
  • An Air/Fuel shut-off device designed for maximum protection.
These are just some of the features on a Rheem Pro 50 gallon hot water heater. The advantages to replacing your tired unit with Rheem are numerous.

Reaping Your Rewards
Give us a call today to schedule the replacement of your old gas hot water heater with an energy-efficient model from Rheem. Our high-skilled team is ready to replace your old gas water heater with a new model that will save you money and give you added peace of mind with an eight-year warranty.

Your free warranty upgrade coupon can be found on our Pete’s Plumbing home page. Click on our Products tab and look under our Special Offers section. Download your coupon to receive your bargain today and, while you are there, be sure to look for other exclusive Pete’s Plumbing specials to save on all of your plumbing needs.