Water Efficient Fixtures Will Save Water!

At Andrews Plumbing, we take water conservation seriously, and we work hard to make sure that homes in the area save as much water as possible during the Nevada drought. During this time, you can help out by taking shorter showers and watering your lawn less frequently. But one of the best ways to save water, help the environment, and lower your monthly bills is by switching to water-efficient appliances and fixtures.

If you are looking for a new water-efficient fixture that still fits all of your needs, make sure you meet with a professional and look for fixtures with the EPA’s Water Sense label. Paul Andrews can make sure that you find the perfect unit for your home that still provides the water pressure necessary for flushing, showering, and washing. Andrews Plumbing will also install your fixtures securely; an amateur installation may result in leaks which will defeat the purpose of the fixture in the first place! Here are a few WaterSense fixtures a we can install for you.

  • Showers – The standard showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute, but a WaterSense labeled showerhead should only use two gallons per minute. This means that during a ten minute shower, you’ll save 5 gallons of water, and almost 2,000 gallons in a year.
  • Sink Faucet – A new WaterSense labeled sink may reduce your water flow by up to 30%! According to the EPA, if every home in the U.S. replaced their inefficient faucets, we could reduce water costs by $1.2 billion.
  • Toilets – Federal standards mandate that all toilets installed in a home flush at a rate of 1.6 gallons per flush, a major improvement over those built decades ago, which used about 3.5 gallons. WaterSense labeled toilets reduce this number even more, using no more than 1.28 gallons a flush.

At Andrews Plumbing, we are committed to helping our customers make efficient decisions about their new fixtures. Count on us for plumbing installation in Las Vegas.

Why Are My Pipes Making Noise?

The plumbing in your walls is extremely important and needs to be reliable, but it should be so quiet you don’t even remember that it’s there. However, sometimes plumbing can decide to make its presence known, and does so with a thumping or rattling noise that’s both annoying and worrisome. To help you better understand what’s going on, here are three reasons this rattling noise can happen.

Water Hammer

This banging or rattling noise is often referred to as “water hammer”, and it’s caused by a blocked vent pipe in your plumbing. Water moving through your pipes can create a vacuum, which is normally dispelled by a vent that pokes out through the roof near your faucet or plumbing fixture. However, when the vent is clogged, a vacuum can form, and this vacuum can create the hammering noise.

There’s a fairly easy way you can try to fix this:

  • Shut off your main water supply.
  • Turn on the highest faucet in your house (one that’s the farthest upstairs and furthest away from your main water supply).
  • Turn on the lowest faucet in the house (one in the basement, outside, or located on the first floor closest to your main sewer line).
  • Eventually the water will drain out and stop flowing, allowing air into your pipes. Turn off the low faucet, turn on your main valve, and allow water to re-fill your plumbing until it’s freely flowing through your high faucet again.

High Pressure

High water pressure is also a cause of loud banging and rattling noises in your pipes. If you’re noticing this noise when turning a faucet on or off, this is probably your issue. You should contact a Covina plumbing expert and ask about installing a pressure regulator or reduction valve, which can allow water to flow through your home at a more reasonable speed, which is also much easier on your plumbing and your water-supplied appliances.

Loose Mounts

Vibration or rattling sounds could be a symptom of a loose fitting or mount somewhere in your lines. Inspect all of the pipes in your home, including their fittings like corners and T-joints for any loose fittings. Not only could these be the source of the rattling, but they could also be the cause of a leak that’s doing water damage in your walls.

If you’re experiencing a thumping or rattling in your plumbing, you shouldn’t ignore it! Call Andrews Plumbing to request an inspection or service appointment!

Warning Signs of a Damaged Main Water Line

Main water line replacement comes with accompanying signs. A lot can go wrong with your plumbing, and there are several factors such as time, use, and weather conditions that can wear down your main water line over time. Every day your plumbing endures a lot, and just like the pipes and drains in your house, your sewer’s main water line can clog and break down. No homeowner wants to deal with the stress of damaged plumbing, but it happens, and it’s crucial to know when it’s time to replace your main water line.

The Warning Signs of a Damaged Main Water Line

Taking proper care of your plumbing is a priority, and that includes your main water line. Your main water line is responsible for delivering water in and out of your house. A lot of water continuously flows through it, making it susceptible to damages such as clogs, breaks, and leaks. A damaged main water line, however, can be catastrophic for your home, rendering all your plumbing useless or worse, flooding your home with raw sewage. Luckily most plumbing catastrophes can be avoided with proper maintenance. Some damages are unfortunately caught a little too late, but delaying a replacement can only cause more plumbing problems. Knowing when there is a problem with your main sewer line is a great place to start, and it helps to prevent a future plumbing crisis.

  • Clogged plumbing. One common result of a damaged sewer line is clogged plumbing, which could mean that there is a clog somewhere in the main sewer line. Clogs can be caused by multiple things, an accumulation of waste and other debris, tree roots, a collapsed or aging pipeline. Clogs can be a common plumbing problem, but if they happen often enough, it may be time to replace your main water line.
  • Tree root incursion. What you flush down the drain isn’t the only culprit for a clogged main water line. Tree roots are notorious for creeping into your plumbing and causing some very destructive clogs. A tree is constantly seeking moisture with its roots, and if it’s close enough to the main sewer line, it can squeeze through any joints and connections. Over time those roots will expand until the pipe bursts or collapses. The damage done by tree root incursion warrants a replacement. It usually requires a plumber to not only access where the tree roots have penetrated the pipe but installing new and stronger piping that prevents tree root incursion.
  • Drop in water pressure. A damaged main sewer line can cause your home’s plumbing several different problems, including low water pressure. If disappointing showers starts to become a frequent problem, it might be time to replace your main water line.
  • Contaminated water. Any breaks or leaks in your main water line can allow dirt and debris to flow into your drinking water. Pay close attention the water coming out of your faucet. If you notice any discoloration, strange smells, or a grainy texture, your water could be contaminated. A broken main water line can lead to serious health risks if left untreated.
  • Water pooling in the yard. Little ponds of water and lush patches of grass are both signs of a leaking main water line. The problem could be from other plumbing, but it’s impossible to tell without a plumber to look at it.
  • Odd noises. Hearing noises when you’re running a faucet is normal, but if hear noises when no water is running through your house, it means there’s a leak somewhere either in your house or main water line.
  • High utility bills. A damaged sewer line usually leaks water and that can result in costly utility bills. If you notice your water bills are constantly higher than usual, your main water line may be to be replaced.
  • Pest problems. Damaged sewer lines are an open invitation for pests like roaches and rats that can squeeze into small spaces. If you start to find pests in or around your home, call a plumber immediately, as these pests are a major health hazard.

Nobody Wants Sewage in Their Home

Plumbing problems are bound to happen, but you don’t want to deal with the consequences of a broken main water line. Your plumbing is complicated, and it requires routine maintenance to function properly. Having a licensed plumber annually inspect your main water line and plumbing system can help prevent most problems. Don’t wait until your basement is flooded with sewage, protect your home, and schedule an inspection with a plumber today.

Call Andrews Plumbing today for more information on replacing your main water line!

Add value to your home with plumbing renovations.

Add value to your home with plumbing renovations

Did you know that your local plumber can do more than just fix your toilet or repair your leaky tap? Believe it or not, they can actually assist with adding both style and value to your property … this is done with plumbing renovations. Plumbing renovations can remodel your bathroom, laundry/washroom or kitchen. Regardless of whether you’d like to renovate all, or just one of these rooms, you can have new and improved rooms in a matter of weeks – leaving them looking fabulous and modernised.

One of the most popular rooms to remodel is the bathroom. Because it is one of the most visited areas in the home, you can renovate the room to give a comforting and peaceful vibe. Renovating your bathroom can completely modernise the area, as new fixtures and installation can bring it up to date with new styles. From installing a new bidet to replacing the bathroom vanity or shower, you can have a completely new bathroom design in no time.

Another room that is commonly visited in the house – therefore ideal for renovation – is the kitchen. It is never fun to have to cook or prepare meals in a dull and outdated kitchen – a new kitchen design can make it a much more pleasing room to be in. Replacing old kitchen appliances with new ones is the first step to a new renovation … from replacing the fridge to installing a new dishwasher, there are a number of different ways to modernise the room. New fixtures such as waste disposal units and water filters can have your kitchen resembling newly built ones.

Finally, a local plumber can help renovate your laundry or washroom. Replacing your old washing machine or laundry tub for a new one is a simple way to completely liven the room, as old appliances can make the entire room look and feel old fashioned.

Some renovations will require other subcontractors (such as electricians, builders or painters), and rather than organise these yourself, talk to your plumbing company about project management services. If your plumber can project manage the project, you can sit back, relax and let your renovation work be done for you to your requirements.

Could your home have hidden leaks?

There are several places in homes where plumbing leaks start slowly and work their way up to major repairs due to water damage.  We often don’t think about the areas that we cannot see.  Things like faucets and shower head leaks are easy to spot and fix.  Here are a few common places that plumbing leaks lurk that are not easy to notice.

 

  • Toilets– Most people have at one time or another used the hanging bowl deodorants. A good plumber will tell you not to use these.  These can slip from position and lodge deep in your plumbing system.  Debris and grease can cling to it causing slow drainage and blocks in the lines. Also the chlorine can wear the internal parts of the toilet faster.  If you see gray stains on the flooring around the toilet and they do not come up with scrubbing, you may have a leak below the surface.  Also if the toilet moves back and forth or side to side, even a little, the wax ring seal of the toilet is compromised and is likely to seep.
  • Refrigerators– If you have a built-in icemaker, you have a built-in potential floor mess!  In fact, the wet spots you see on the floor might indicate a crimped icemaker line, and if it’s crimped, it’s just waiting to burst.  Also, anytime you move your refrigerator to clean behind it or for any reason at all, check for water.  If you find any, remember this:  the smaller the water accumulation, the more damaging the problem can be. Slow, steady leaks can eventually rot your wood floor, while big, messy leaks are easier to detect and solve before serious damage ensues.
  • Water Heater– Internal rust and hard water damage.  Fact is most water heaters are designed to last 10 years.  So check yours often, drain it yearly, and make sure there’s a floor drain beneath it.  Also, new water heaters include a safety valve, one that is normally closed.  There’s a pipe attached to the valve that usually discharges to the floor.  If water is leaking from the valve or pipe, the probable cause is a failed safety valve…something you should replace immediately.

Every now and then, turn off all faucets and water-using appliances, and don’t flush your toilets for at least one hour.  Next, record the water meter reading.  If the flow indicator (rotating button) is spinning or the meter reading changes while no water is being used, there’s an excellent chance a water leak is lurking somewhere within your home.

Ultimately, the best way to fix a leak is to find it before the damage occurs!  An excellent way to accomplish that is with a whole-home plumbing checkup.

Plumbing problems and check ups

 

Everybody hates having a plumbing emergency in the middle of the night. We feel a wall of dread and anxiety when we discover a leak in the middle of the night or when we start getting ready for the work. Staring at a toilet that spins and spins yet doesn’t actually flush, or turning on a faucet and hearing churning pipes are just some of the many problems that we can run into if we don’t have a plumbing service stop by and execute some routine maintenance on our homes.

 

Having somebody stop by at least once a year to check up on the condition of all your home’s pipelines is very important. It can help you discover any existing clogs, get rid of any dirt and grime that builds up in them, and ensure that your home will continue to function through the next few months.

 

There are plenty of severe problems that can happen if you don’t take household maintenance seriously. There can be problems with septic systems, pipes, and it can even damage the lines that bring clean water into your home, and that’s exactly what we’re here to prevent.

Call me to set up a check up of your plumbing here in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Andrews Plumbing and Repair (702) 301-0707

 

Do you feed your plumbing Citrus?

Citrus fruits are a very popular scent for cleansers. Especially for the kitchen in your home.  The nice, crisp, clean scent can make a kitchen feel clean and fresh; there are specialized household cleaners that tend to smell like citrus fruits – everything from oven cleaners to drain cleanser. The scent of lemons and oranges has become the universal smell of a clean home.

To try to save some money on cleaning and make their home greener friendly, people have begun using some ‘common sense’ logic. It seems perfectly natural and harmless to throw some leftover pieces of citrus fruits down the drain in order to clean up the musty smell in the drains and the garbage disposal. The acid can eat away at all the gunk while leaving a fresh scent behind. However, this belief is not true and can damage your plumbing system.

Andrews Plumbing and repair services have been around long enough to know that this method of cleaning up your drains is actually very harmful to your home’s pipelines.  We’ve seen the after-effects of shoving one too many citrus fruits down the sink. Lemons, limes, and oranges can leave a great smell, but they do not have the same effect on pipes and drains. The acidity of the fruit is will eventually corrode, rust, and eat away at the metal on the interior of the pipes, while not really doing much to clean up the  dirt and grime.

Sticking to vinegar and hot water will clean and deodorize your pipes.   If this is not working please call Andrews Plumbing and Repair in Las Vegas Nevada (702) 301-0707

8 Thrifty Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

 

Home garbage disposals need regular cleaning. Lots of food particles and residue are left behind and cause the disposal to work harder and smell unpleasant.

What is nice is you have many items in your home already that you can use.  No special or expensive cleaners needed!

First NEVER put your hand in the unit.
Ice cubes – put a few handfuls of ice into the unit, turn it on and run some cold water while the cubes grind.

Ice and rock salt – You can add a cup or so of rock salt to the ice cubes for some extra scrubbing power. Remember to run cold water when you turn the disposal on.

Baking soda and vinegar – A simple mixture of baking soda and vinegar is also a good cleaning method. Sprinkle about a half-cup of baking soda into the disposal, followed by a cup of white or apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture bubble up and sit for five to ten minutes, then turn on the disposal and run water to distribute the mixture throughout the unit.

Citrus – Any type of citrus juice is a good disposal deodorizer. Lime, lemon, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit will all help refresh your sink and system.  Be sure to run hot water during.

Borax – You can also sprinkle a few tablespoons of borax into the disposal, followed by running water.

Hot water and dish soap -This method is helpful if you have noticed an unpleasant odor. Using the sink stopper, plug the disposal drain and add a generous squirt of dish detergent to the sink. Run hot water into the sink until it is at least halfway full. As you release the sink stopper, turn on the disposal and let the entire sink contents drain into the unit while it runs. This method helps fill the disposal with soapy water to reach the upper portions of the unit, which often don’t get cleaned by other methods. It also helps clean the disposal drain line, which can harbor food residue and odors.

Boiling water – Pouring boiling water into the disposal, by itself or following some of these other methods, can help loosen stubborn food particles.

Dish soap and baking soda – It’s also important to clean the drain crevices around the disposal as well as the rubber splashguard around the drain. You can use dish soap or baking soda to do this. Use a dish brush or toothbrush to scrub underneath the splashguard flaps.
These simple cleaning tools will help your kitchen smell great.  Always remember to use caution.

If you need assistance call Andrew’s Plumbing and Repair in Las Vegas Nevada.  I am always here to help.

(702) 301-0707

 

 

Is It Time to replace the Water Heater?

 

If your water heater has stopped working, you may be considering replacing it.

Before you decide to replace your water heater, check to see if it has sediment that may need to be flushed.  Check the heating element to see if it needs replacing.  Also make sure that the thermostat is in good working order.   Check the power and make sure there are no problems with it.  These are normal wear and tear that needs replacing.

These option are less costly than replacing the entire unit.

Many home owners opt to replace the water heater themselves.  But if you are not sure how to proceed, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Andrew’s Plumbing and Repair, Las Vegas NV (702) 301-07

DIY PLUMBING HAZARDS

 

If you decided to DIY plumbing remember, a few things to keep yourself and your family safe.

Plumbers are responsible for doing a lot of different jobs.  Repairing pipes, changing fittings, fixtures, and installing many other household items.  They need to take the right measures to avoid risks, because their job carries a lot more risks than other professions. If you decide to skip hiring a service and tackle a project on your own, here are some things to remember in order to keep you safe and sound:

  1. Chemical hazards. If you have a chemical problem in the home such as asbestos or lead, avoid as much exposure as possible and call Andrews Plumbing and Repair service right away. They will be able to safely handle the situation without running the risk of getting sick
  2. Electrocution. Wet environments can cause an electrical hazard. Because of this, never assume that the electricity is off. Go find the source and shut off all the electricity in the home before proceeding.  Make sure any equipment is secured away from the area.
  3. Be careful of cramped conditions. In the wrong areas, you could start to suffocate from an oxygen deficiency. There are plenty of dangerous chemicals that happen as a result of sewage decomposition that can have lasting effects on your health.
  4. Take a break often. Taking regular breaks while you work will help keep you productive when you do get back on task. It will be healthy for your mind and body so that you get a little bit of rest before taking on more demanding jobs.

 

If you have any questions and are not sure how to proceed please call me first.  Andrews Plumbing and Repair Las Vegas Nevada (702) 301-0707