Don’t Waste Money Heating Water!!!!!

When a home owner sits down and examines their energy bills, they are always surprised to learn that water heating is the second highest energy appliance next to your heating and cooling costs.    We have a few suggestions to help lower your water heating bills.

  • Install fixtures that lower water flow:Faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads mix air with water to deliver  25% to 60 % lower flow rates and does not  decrease water pressure.  Kitchen and bathroom upgrades pay for themselves by lowering water heating costs.
  • Take shorter showers:Get the most savings possible from a low-flow showerhead by taking short showers instead of deep baths. Trimming off just two minutes in the shower every day can save 150 gallons per month if your showerhead has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.
  • Lower the water heater temperature:If you own a traditional tank water heater, it’s most likely set to the default setting of 140 degrees. You can safely lower your temperature to 120 degrees without risking microbial growth in the tank. This can lower water heating costs by 6% to 10%.
  • Insulate the water heater:Newer units come with insulation built in, but older models, lack insulation. You can find special jackets at a home improvement store, but it’s recommended you leave installation to a professional to prevent covering any critical components.
  • Wash laundry in cold water:Use low-temperature detergent to help your clothes get just as clean in cold water. If you must wash certain batches in hot water, such as bedding and towels, rinse in cold.
  • Wash dishes efficiently:Avoid pre-rinsing dishes and only run the dishwasher when it’s full. If you hand wash dishes, plug the sink instead of leaving the tap open just to run.

At Andrews Pluming and Repair our goal is to help our customers in Las Vegas, Nevada stay safe and save money on plumbing all year long Call (702) 301-0707

About Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters have  advantages for  homeowners, especially in the Las Vegas area where water costs can skyrocket, and energy efficiency is so important. Most attractive is the long-term savings. The initial investment in a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, but tankless water heaters will typically last longer—they have a life expectancy of more than 20 years, compared with 10 to 15 years for conventional heaters. They also have easily replaceable parts, which can extend their life by many more years.

Tankless water heaters have lower operating and energy costs, which can offset its higher purchase price. Homeowners in Las Vegas Valley  can recoup some of the initial cost via tax credits for residential energy efficiency and installation costs. There also may be Energy Star incentives and rebates available.

A homeowner wanting to “go green” will be as interested in the energy and water savings as the financial value. The United States Geological Survey Water Science School estimates that the average person uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water per day.

According to Energy.gov, for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24 percent to 34 percent more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters. Even in a home that uses more than twice that—86 gallons per day—a tankless heater can yield an eight percent to 14 percent energy savings. A homeowner can achieve even greater energy savings of 27 percent to 50 percent by installing a tankless water heater at each hot water outlet.

Tank-style water heaters’ efficiency—already lower than a tankless heater—decreases over time due to sediment buildup. As a result, a homeowner pays higher utility bills that continue to increase over the life of the tank heater.

And there’s no need to worry that a home won’t have enough hot water without a storage tank. Even though the tankless water heater is saving energy by not keeping water constantly hot, it will zap water to the right temperature on demand—no more worrying about running out of hot water if there are multiple people showering in a row or if the dishwasher is running, as long as the homeowner has purchased the appropriately sized heater for his or her needs.

The water will also be fresher: Because of the on-demand nature of the heaters, hot water isn’t sitting in a 50-gallon tank for an extended amount of time.

Not to be forgotten is the extra space a tankless heater can give a home or condo. Tankless heaters are generally small and wall mounted, meaning they take up a much smaller footprint than a regular heater, which usually needs its own closet. Models designed for outdoor installation free up even more space.

For more info on Tankless savings call me.

Taking Care of Your Faucets

 

Did you know that you can make your faucets last longer? And they can help conserve huge amounts of water?  It’s true!

 

A faucet is something you turn on and off.  Turn it on, you get water.  Turn it off, the flow of water stops.

 

If only it were that simple.  But faucets all have moving parts, and anything with moving parts is prone to need a repair

 

So what can you do to extend the life of your faucets?  Quite a bit:

  • Treat them gently…when turning water on and off, use normal hand pressure only;
  • New houses often have dirt or metal in the water lines, which can damage faucet washers. So as soon as you notice even a slight drop in pressure on either the hot or cold side of the faucet, take it apart and flush it out.  You may check the aerator first before disassembling your kitchen or bathroom sink faucet.  It’s the little screen on the end of the faucet that unscrews.  Remember… “Righty tighty, Lefty loosy”
  • Clean your chrome, brushed nickel, or oil-rubbed bronze faucets with a soft cloth moistened with mild detergent;
  • Also for lacquered brass faucets, use a mild detergent…for un-lacquered brass faucets, brass creamwill do the job nicely;
  • If the brass lacquer coating on your faucets gets scratched, you can prevent tarnishing by coating the scratch with clear nail polish

 

Eventually, preventive maintenance won’t do the trick.  In fact, a faucet that drips, on average, one drop of water per second can waste up to 100 gallons of water in just a week.

Before you think of buying a replacement bathroom or kitchen faucet, the professionals at Andrews Plumbing and Repair suggest you first have us evaluate it and see what your options are.  Your bathroom or kitchen faucet may be able to be repaired or it may be covered under a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.  If it is we can rebuild it.

Of course, faucets do eventually call the quits, great repair parts or not.  Or, you might simply want a different look in your kitchen or bath.   We also suggest you buy faucets with aerated flow restrictors which incorporate air into the water stream. The result is a bubbling flow that provides excellent rinsing action while reducing water usage.

 

If you have any questions please call Andrews Plumbing and Repair Las Vegas, Nevada (702) 301-0707

The Dangers of Forsaking Early Leak Detection

 

If you notice that your bills for water are higher than usual, you may have a leak.  Sometimes you may see there is mold and mildew in your bathroom, or in your kitchen and laundry room, and possibly there is a musty or damp smell in your home that indicates an issue.

Health, Structural, and Flood Hazards

Not taking care of a leak can pose health, structural, and flood hazards to your home and those living in it.

  • Without finding out where the leak is coming from with leak detection services, mold can begin to form and can cause allergies, headaches, and other respiratory issues.
  • When a leak goes undetected and mold begins to form in your home, the drywall can become damaged. You may need to invest in expensive and extensive home renovations as a result.
  • A leak that remains unfixed and is not caught with leak detection procedures can also eventually contribute to certain areas of the home flooding. This flooding may damage furniture and possession in your home and may even prohibit you from using certain areas of your home due to damage from the leak.

If you suspect your home has a leak, don’t wait to call Andrews Plumbing and Repair in Las Vegas Nevada, 702-301-0707.

Replacing a Bathroom Faucet

If you want to replace your broken or old faucet, installing one is a relatively cheap and easy.  It is one project that can be done via the DIY route, it takes only a few hours to do and it does not cost much.

Before you start, make sure you have chosen the right type of faucet.  There are a few different kinds. You will want to replace the old faucet with a similar kind in order to prevent problems after installation. If you’re unsure what kind you need,  take a picture to bring with you to the store or have a professional take a look.

Once you have the right faucet, it’s time to get to work:

  1. Turn off the water supply. There should be shutoff valves for the hot and cold water right underneath the sink.
  2. Unscrew the drain collar from the drain rim. Making sure everything is clean, then place the house in the center of the middle hole. Screw it in place with the mounting nut. Tighten it up with a basin wrench, but do not over You don’t want to crack the porcelain.
  3. To install the hot and cold valves, loosening the mounting nut on one and removing it. Replace it with the corresponding new valve. Repeat on the other side.
  4. Screw the braided lines to the valves, as well as to the spout. Tighten with a wrench, but don’t over tighten.
  5. Secure the faucet handles onto the valves that you installed in step #3. Make sure the each handles are on the correct valve.
  6. Fit the supply line. If you are using rigid supply lines rather than braided ones, you may have to do some cutting.
  7. Assemble, connect the pop-up drain assembly. You may have to test then adjust it a few times in order to get the right fit when open and closed. Secure the rods in place.
  8. Turn the water back on and check for leaks. Turn on the faucet for a bit to flush out the system before using.

Your sparkling new faucet is installed! And if you run into any problems, give Andrews Plumbing and Repair a shout at (702) 301-0707

How Upgrading Plumbing Fixtures Increases Home Values

A Solid Way to Add Value to Your Home

Homeowners, in Las Vegas, who are putting their property on the market, are looking for ways to make their home more appealing to the buyers and investors. Most people cannot afford to completely remodel a kitchen or bathroom.  Is there a way that you can add value to your home without spending a fortune?

If your kitchen or baths are outdated, consider updating the plumbing fixtures such as faucets, tubs, toilets, sinks, and showers. These are budget-friendly projects that can create a more appealing and “up-to-date” look. In the meantime, you are adding great value to your home.

Here are a few things to consider when updating plumbing fixtures:

  1. Be sure to choose a faucet with the same amount of holes in the deck of the sink as the one that’s being removed.
  2. Keep in mind that there are different styles of faucets to choose from. Find the one that you think would work best in your home and see if it will fit into the sink that you currently have (or consider purchasing a new sink as well). Some faucets have one handle that rotates to choose water temperature and others have (2) separate handles for both hot and cold water. Others even have sprayers integrated into the faucet itself. What would work best in your home?
  3. Does your toilet function well? Is the style/color aged? Should you replace the entire toilet or just the lid? There are many types of toilets on the market today that give us a variety of options in water conservation and style! So if you decide on replacing your toilet, think about what you would like it to offer if you were buying the home.

It only takes a few upgrades in your home to really make a difference in value and style!

If you’re having trouble finding the correct fixtures or would like help installing the ones you’ve already purchased, feel free to give Andrews Plumbing and Repair in Las Vegas Nevada a call!  (702) 301-0707 We would be happy to help!

 

 

Modern Bathrooms and Old Plumbing

Modern Bathrooms and Old Plumbing

Although older homes are charming and cozy, they tend to lack modern systems and structures. As well, these systems tend to become worn, degraded, and damaged over time, and they will need maintenance and modification to bring them up to code. Homeowners will often have to do some upgrades. If your home has a bathroom with old plumbing, and you are preparing to modernize the bathroom with such plumbing fixtures as a new toilet, sink…etc., there are a number of plumbing issues you should consider in order to ensure your renovation project is a success.

Before you start the bathroom modernization project, you need to check the condition of the old plumbing. Examine the flooring and walls around the plumbing fixtures and the fittings and stop-valves to see if there are any leaks. As well, check to see if the old plumbing has shut-off valves that allow you to turn off the water if you need to make repairs. If you don’t have shut-valves, you should install them as part of your bathroom modernization. A plumber will be able to repair or replace damaged pipes and install shut-off valves.

There are other components that are necessary which may not be part of the old plumbing. For instance, if you do not have such mechanisms as a pressure balancing valve, you should have this valve put in because this valve, which is installed in the cold and/or water supply lines to the shower, will stop blistering hot or icy cold spurts of water in the shower when a another faucet is opened or someone flushes the toilet.

Plumbing issues that are under-slab are complex and must be dealt with by a plumber. Under-slab plumbing issues occur in old homes where galvanized pipes were used for plumbing. As well, lead piping is another issue as it is a health hazard. Plumbing companies can remove old pipes and replace them with modern piping. Proper drainage is another concern with old plumbing. After a while, the old pipes can become damaged or clogged. Plumbing companies are able to clean the drain and sewer lines and make any repairs or replacements.

Older homes can be at risk of basement flooding as the technology to prevent basement flooding flood when the ground becomes over-saturated with water may have not existed when the homes were built. For example, plumbers are able to install sump pumps to get rid of excess water in areas that often flood which will help prevent future flooding.

Although old homes have a comfortable and inviting ambiance, often the bathroom plumbing is not that appealing. Old home bathroom plumbing will often have many potential problems. Fixing and upgrading old home bathroom plumbing is not that difficult now that there are new materials, technologies, and plumbing supplies available. However, plumbing is not always easy to repair without the help of a professional plumber. Fortunately, plumbing companies are knowledgeable in dealing with all issues related to plumbing and old homes, and they can provide many services to bring your plumbing up to code. Before you know it, you will have a modern bathroom with modern plumbing.

Do I Have Hard Water? Las Vegas, NV.

Some homeowners do not experience hard water in their homes.  The hardest-hit areas are in the Upper Midwest.  Those who live in a hard water zone, have some of the most annoying plumbing problems of all.

 

Hard water is tap water with an abnormally high mineral count. The reason this is a regional issue is because geographical features like thick limestone layers come into play; when groundwater bubbles up through these layers, it picks up traces of the minerals on its way to the municipal water supply.

 

Minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and even aluminum can give water attributes that make it unpleasant for drinking, unsuitable for washing and damaging to household plumbing. If you suspect you might have hard water, be on the lookout for these telltale signs:

 

 Dishes that are spotty. Hard water makes it difficult to rinse away soap and detergent. So whether you hand-wash your dishes or use a dishwasher, your water hardness will play a role in your rinse cycle. Dishes rinsed in hard water often have chalky streaks and spots — the traces of soap left behind.

 

Soap scum.  It will stick to your tub, tile and shower curtain. Soap scum can accumulate in shower areas with soft water, too, but hard water will cause it to accumulate much faster.

 

Laundry issues. Hard water even makes it hard to rinse laundry detergent out of your clothes, and it can prematurely dull bright colors. Clothes washed in hard water often feel scratchy or stiff.

 

Showers.  You can’t even take a satisfying shower with hard water. The mineral deposits make it difficult to work up a lather, and equally difficult to rinse it away.

 

Drying  skin. Because of the soapy film that hard water leaves behind in the shower, people tend to experience dry skin problems when they shower in homes with hard water problems.

 

Taste Funny. Some of the minerals found in hard water actually have health benefits, but there’s no benefit in the taste department. Hard water tastes and smells metallic, sulfuric or sour.

 

Appliances damage. Those minerals deposits will eventually build up on just about everything they touch, causing damage that can ruin an appliance.  Equipment at risk of hard water damage are hot water heaters, refrigerator ice makers and water dispensers, dishwashers and washing machines.

 

Having hard water issues? If so, your household plumbing could be taking on damage every day.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to Call Andrew’s Plumbing and Repair in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (702) 301-0707

How To Find Your Personal Plumber

How To Find Your Personal Plumber

(actually you already have)

Most people tend to take plumbers for granted, mostly because they aren’t used all the time. This is usually coupled with a very basic misinterpretation of how plumbing works, which leads to a thought process of seen one plumber seen them all, but that couldn’t be more farther from the truth. Just as it is in any other field in life, there are good plumbers and there are bad ones and when you find a good one you should stick with him or her.

A good  service plumber will come with expertise and special tools which aren’t available to the average DIYer (do it yourselfer) . Nothing against DIYers, but even they are quite aware that there are certain things that you need a professional in order to do properly. Besides the fixing of drips and leaks, good plumbers will deal with clogs as well as piping installation and considering how crucial running water is for modern life, well it just goes to show that plumbers should be appreciated a lot more than they usually are.

However once you realize the importance of knowing a good plumber you then understand how important referrals are in the services world, because you might have  found your current plumber through your personal research but it’s more possible that you found it via referrals from your friends and neighbors, and since they considered their services to be good you chose to go with them as well.

But if you recently moved to a new area, new city/state, you won’t have the same access to referrals that you can trust on a personal level, so you’ll have to do some research on your own to find a local plumber. This is where the Internet and other research methods come in like newspaper classified ads or the yellow pages, but let’s face it the Internet is the easiest and most comfortable method of them all.

Obviously you should still make up your own mind in regards to one plumbing service over another.

The majority of consumers tend to talk about their high-quality encounters with varied service men and women, plumbers, handymen and landscapers. You should make use of these critiques in securing your PERSONEL PLUMBER.