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Save More Water

Have you thought about how to update your present home to save more water?

We have put together some quick water-saving plumbing fixtures that really work and can be installed easily in any home:

  1. Install a “PRV”(pressure-reducing valve) on your main water line. A home will work fine with water pressure in the range of 35psi. However, many homes are unknowingly using water pressure well over 70psi. Have your plumber check your water pressure and, if needed, have a PRV installed and save water as well as your pipes.
  2. Install performance showerheads. Standard showerheads use about 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute), and performance showerheads use about 1.75 gpm. That’s a savings of about 30 percent for all your showering water, and with the new performance pressure head design you’ll probably not even realize you’re saving all that water.
  3. Install a “HET”(high-efficiency toilet) with the Environmental Protection Agency “water sense” label. Over 40 percent of us are still using older toilets that flush with about 3.5 gallons per flush. New high-efficiency toilets use less than 1.3 gpf by using flushing systems like “Class 6″ technology. The EPA “water sense” shows that the HET was tested for maximum flushing power while saving “thousands” of gallons of water a year over older toilets.
  4. Install a re-circulating hot-water system. Just like the hotels, new residential “re-circulating hot-water kits” work with your present hot-water tank to deliver hot water quickly to showers and faucets. Stopping the waste of all that cold water down the drain while waiting for the hot water to kick in will make your morning routine more efficient as well.
  5. Install water-saving faucets. By dropping the gallons used per minute from about 2.2 gpm to about 1.5 gpm, new redesigned faucets are also saving about 30 percent of your faucet water without sacrificing good pressure. Some kitchen faucets also have special built-in filtered-water taps that allow you to make your own bottled water.

If you do even one of these projects, not only will you see your own water and sewer bills go down, but you’ll be able to help out the environment without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Save More Water


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Broken Pipe Repair

When it comes to broken pipe repair, you have to make sure that it is something that you have done sooner, rather than later. Letting something like this go can mean serious damage to not only the inside of the home, but also to the foundation of the home as a whole. Through the use of a plumber, the pipes in your home are easily able to be mended back together, while also allowing them to be newer and better working than the previous ones that you’ve had installed in your home.

When a pipe breaks inside your home, here is what you should do to ensure that further damage is not done to the home while waiting for the plumber to appear.

Steps to Take if You Have a Broken Pipe Repair

There are steps you can take to have the pipe fixed, and to ensure that further damage is not done. However, not many people know what these steps are.

Turn the water off inside the home. Even if you’re unsure of where the leak is coming from, you can prevent further water damage from happening by completely eliminating the water from the home.
Locate the leak, if at all possible. This will make it easier when you hire someone to come out and fix the issue. You can bring them directly to it.
Clean up the water that is currently on the floors, or ceiling, or wherever else there may be dripping water from.
Call Immediate Response Plumbing to come out and fix the issue as soon as you possibly can have them come out. Not only will this allow you to turn your water back on once it is fixed, but you can take care of the issue without it going too far.
Do not go in and try to fix the issue yourself if you’re unsure of what needs to be done. There might also be water left in the pipes that are broken, which can come pouring out if you remove the pipes the wrong way. Wait until the professional arrives to have anything done.

The biggest rule of thumb here is to make sure that the water is turned off completely when you notice that you have a leak. You need to make sure that you’re not making the situation worse when the plumber arrives. They can then sort out the issue for you, so you do not have to.

When you hire a professional, you’re hiring a plumber that understands what it means to fix pipes that have broken. They can not only repair them, but they’re able to replace them if needed. This is something that not just anyone is able to do. Only a professional can do this type of job. Speak with one of our professional plumbers in the San Antonio area to find out how we are able to help you with the broken pipe repairs you’re in need of. It is better to be safe than sorry.


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Quality Plumbing Service

quality plumbing serviceYou Need Quality Plumbing Service

Leaky faucet? Call the plumber. Hot water heater stopped working? Call the plumber. Toilet overflowing? Call the plumber. We always call the plumber when parts break in our houses or businesses. But how do you know if you are getting the highest quality plumbing service? Below, we have laid out the foundation to providing clients with excellent plumbing service.

Professionalism

To start, excellent plumbing service begins with a professional first impression of the plumber and his or her company. Plumbers should actively listen to the needs of clients in order to successfully and completely finish the job properly the first time. Plumbers represent their companies proudly, and should always work hard as if they are being watched by their boss.

Communication

Effective communication with clients is a must for plumbing companies. Specific questions regarding the plumbing service that is required during the visit should be asked. Your plumber should always be there for you. Engaging communication with the client is important to accomplishing this sense of trust. The plumbers should also keep clients updated on the status of the services being performed, such as an estimated time of completion.

Fixed the First Time

When you call the plumber for a simple repair, you only want to have to make that phone call once for a single problem. Companies offering excellent plumbing service get the job done right the first time. These companies consist of experienced plumbers who are able to successfully complete the most challenging jobs in one visit.

Timeliness

Aside from doing the job correctly the first time, doing the job as efficiently as possible is preferred. Do it quick and do it right. Efficiency is key to ensuring a positive plumbing service experience for clients. Plumbers who maximize their work output can also complete more jobs in one day, which is beneficial for them, the company, and the clients being serviced.

Customer Service

The customer always comes first. End of story. If you feel as if your plumber does not put your needs at the top of his or her priorities, then we recommend that you address this issue to the company. If the issue is not resolved, then it would be best to find a new plumbing company. The best plumbing service comes with excellent customer service.

Work Quality

Last, and certainly not least, excellent plumbing companies have high work quality. The little details count here. For example, any piping should be strategically organized to maximize efficiency and appearance. Work sites should always be left clean. The quality of work reflects the quality of the business performing the work. Make sure that your plumbing company is of the highest quality.

Final Thoughts

If you are not experiencing all that has been mentioned above, then you need to find a new plumbing company. As a client, you should be receiving the best services available. Pick a reliable and trustworthy company that gives you peace of mind with your plumbing service. We encourage you to check with the BBB as you will see we have an A+ grade with them.


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New Home Check List

New House Check ListWe’ve learned the hard way that there are some very important things that should be checked before signing the papers to buy a new home. Of course, you’ll have a professional do an inspection and look over the place to make sure the home is termite and flood damage free, but these 9 things fall into a different category; the immediate to-do list, which is something you may not want to be adding to right now.

Even though there will always be cosmetic changes to make to a new home, trying to avoid costly repairs upon first moving in is always wise. Being able to save that money for the dining table of your dreams (or simply for gas and groceries!) is a big deal. Here’s a few things we suggest checking before you sign the papers and inherit all of the previous tenants past problems.

1. Check The Drains: This might sound silly, but we’ve had two homes with the same issues in the last several years. Somewhere between the house and the sewer line, there’s a backup. Usually tree branches or a collapsed pipe, but either way, it’s hard to spot unless you run a load of laundry, fill up the tub and sinks and let them all attempt to drain at the same time.

2. Open All The Windows: Replacing windows isn’t fun and it isn’t cheap either. Open them all to find out if they stick, are stuck or just plain old won’t open.

3. Turn On All The Faucets: Although changing out faucets isn’t exactly rocket science it’s always a pain to lay under a cabinet and reach for the sky with funny tools to get things removed. Just check to make sure they all work before buying to eliminate the back ache.

4. Light A Fire In The Fireplace: Even though chimneys are usually installed by professionals, that doesn’t mean they’re always in pristine shape. Cleaning them is as simple as a phone call to a local chimney sweep, but finding out if all the fireplaces in the home draft correctly is another.

5. Taste The Water: This lesson is always learned the hard way. Even if your city has great water, your pipes might be old enough that they’ll send a little extra something out of the tap and into your glass. Knowing up front if you’ll need to install a whole house filter or invest in a few Brita pitchers is always helpful.

6. Flush The Toilets: Knowing that all the toilets in the home can handle toilet paper is a bonus. Although they’re easy enough to replace or fix, finding ones that flush well are a bonus. If you’re dissatisfied they could issue you money back to make the replacement in order to get you to sign on the dotted line!

7. Open The Electrical Panel: A clean and labeled panel is a happy panel. Something that looks like squirrels got up inside can signal trouble. Look for loose wires or ones that simply don’t connect to anything. It could signal that there’s live wires inside the walls!

8. Turn On The Heat/Air: Knowing that both of these things work prior to actually needing them can be a serious bonus. Check to make sure they blow their respective temperatures in addition to just turning on.

9. Pull The Carpet Back: Before you move in, you’ll want to find out if there’s hardwood floors and also any mold or mildew under the carpets. Look for the lowest side of the room and if possible pull a corner back. Many homeowners will have a section of carpet removed in a closet to allow you to see the condition of the floors below.


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Avoiding Overflow

AVOIDING OVERFLOW

It happens all the time, toilet overflows. When this happen while you are in the house it’s annoying, I know, but not overly damaging. However, once in awhile this happens after you have left the house then come back to an absolute mess. avoiding overflowThere is perhaps nothing a homeowner dreads more than an overflowing toilet. Many toilets are designed to hold all the water in the tank without flooding over. However, this is not the case with all toilets. So, if you are one of those unfortunate enough to have a clogged toilet, then dealing with it immediately is the only option left. However, prevention is always better. If your toilet has already clogged up then you should first clean it up and then think of preventative measures.

* Clogged pipes can often lead to overflow, sometimes that can be quickly alleviated by turning on the cold water elsewhere.

* If you have a tap stuck on or a toilet being slow to drain, turn on another tap to reduce water pressure and slow the flow in the problem area.

Call Immediate Response Plumbing to clear out your clogged pipes. 210-599-3500


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