by Bruccola | Jul 19, 2017 | Plumbing and Drain Cleaning in San Antonio
Summer Plumbing Tips
The heat is on! Summer’s rising temperatures often coincide with an increase of water usage, both indoors and outdoors. It’s estimated that a family’s water usage can increase by 25%-50% during the warmest months of the year. We are always looking for ways to save some money, so these helpful tips will give your plumbing and water bill a little break:
by Bruccola | Jul 7, 2017 | Plumbing and Drain Cleaning in San Antonio
Are you a homeowner that’s frustrated because your water isn’t getting hot? I know I can’t stand it if I don’t have hot water or if it barely stays warm. When you turn on the tap water, you want the water to get hot quickly, and if it’s not, something may have malfunctioned and could need repair. Here are some possible causes to why your water is not getting hot.
If you have a gas-powered water heater, the burner unit below the tank has gas jets that will light and transfer heat to the water in the tank. If the burner is dirty or begins to corrode, it will have a hard time igniting.
Broken Heating Element
If you have an electric water heater, the heating elements inside the tank can break and lead to a loss of hot water. Sometimes, your water will slowly start to cool down and this could be because the element has burned out. If the second element fails, you’ll be left with only cold water. If the heating element is not burned out, it may just have flipped off because of a tripped circuit or a blown fuse, so check the fuse box as well.
Faulty Gas Control Valve
If the gas control valve isn’t working properly, it will cut off the gas supply to the burner won’t be able to get to the water to warm up.Eventually, the gas jets will not be able to turn on and the water in the tank will not heat.
The pilot light will ignite your water heater’s burner and if it goes out, there is nothing to heat the water. You can see if the pilot light is out by removing the cover of the water heater and inspecting the light. Your water heater will usually have directions on how to relight it. Once it’s on, you’ll need to wait about 30 minutes to let the burners heat up the water. If you have done this a few times and the light keeps going out, you should contact a plumbing professional to get it looked at.
If your water is still warm, but not as hot as it normally is, this could also indicate a problem with your tank. Lukewarm water should not be ignored, especially if it continues this way for a long period of time. Contact our team of plumbing professionals at Immediate Response Plumbing if the water in your home is not heating up properly.
by Bruccola | Jun 30, 2017 | Plumbing and Drain Cleaning in San Antonio
Don’t you hate it when you get a clogged sink. Ugh I know I do. How do you handle it? I know some pour hot water down the drain…but that does nothing. Use a hanger? Hmmm….Use Drain-O?? Well it may or may not work. The best bet will be to use a sink plunger.
While most of us associate plungers with the toilet, they’re great for unclogging drains all around your house – provided you know what you’re doing, of course.
First, choose the right type. Plungers are not a one-size-fits-all tool, as you need the right one for the job. As opposed to a protruding flange plunger, the classic flat-on-the-bottom plunger is meant for sinks. Since sinks are flat on the bottom, so too should the plunger you use. That way, you can create a tight seal, which is needed in order for a plunger to work properly.
Even if you know how to use a plunger for your sink, you may still find that the drain remains clogged. Fear not if this happens to you, as it’s a common occurrence. Instead of taking the whole sink apart to remove the clog, simply call Immediate Response Plumbing for help. A professional plumber has the knowledge and special set of skills needed to handle especially jobs. When plungers aren’t up to the task, luckily a professional plumber is just a phone call away. 210-599-3500
by Bruccola | Oct 10, 2016 | Plumbing and Drain Cleaning in San Antonio
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
by Bruccola | Oct 5, 2016 | Plumbing and Drain Cleaning in San Antonio
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.
by Bruccola | Aug 15, 2016 | Plumbing and Drain Cleaning in San Antonio
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.