Monthly Archives: July 2014

Pipe Jetting

What You Need to Know About Pipe Jetting

Small plumbing problems around the house are usually easy for most homeowners to understand, or even rectify themselves. But for some tasks, only a professional plumber will have the skills and equipment necessary to return all your home’s crucial pipes back to operational.Pipe Jetting

For instance, when sewer lines become plugged up with roots and other junk, a pipe jetting could be the best option and one that should only be executed by a qualified plumber. The Unclog Blog explains that when pipe jetting, a plumber will blast as much as 3,500 pounds per square inch into a dysfunctional pipe to clear blockages. The process is also sometimes referred to as hydro jetting, and functions as the middle ground between a plumber’s snake and more expensive, elaborate procedures like pipe replacement. For instance, a pipe jetting could be the ticket if a plumber’s snake can’t finish a job, but if roots have had time to do irreparable damage to pipes, jetting might not be of much use.

If applying 3,500 pounds of pressure sounds pricey, you might be surprised to find out it’s not at all the most expensive plumbing procedure out there. Home Renovation Guide points out that jetting can often be cheaper than a major cleaning of the entire system.

Roots have an easier time than you may think making their way into pipes. As it turns out, if any sewer pipes under trees are cracked, roots will eagerly grow into the water source. Roots, of course, are predisposed to seek out water, oxygen and nutrients, which sewer pipes are loaded with. Significant clogging can ensue if roots are given enough time to expand into their new territory.

Because homeowners and plumbers lack X-ray vision, there usually isn’t a way to tell if roots are growing into underground pipes just by looking at the surface. But Pain in the Drain points to a few hints that a jetting might be in the cards. These include drains that seem to flow perpetually slowly, and toilets that make gurgling noises. But the best way to ensure your sewer pipes aren’t in danger of tree root clogs would be consulting your local plumber for an annual inspection during the summer when roots grow their fastest.

http://www.paininthedrain.com/roots/

http://www.homerenovationguide.com/articles/217-7-lessons-every-homeowner-should-learn-about-plumbing

http://www.theunclogblog.com/2013/01/what-is-hydro-jetting.html

Toilet Plunger Invention

South Korean Inventor Tries to Top the Plunger

When you’re unlucky enough to find a clogged toilet in your home, your best options are reaching for a plunger, or calling an expert plumber to resolve the issue. But multiple sources report that in the not-too-distant future, a plastic sheet could be the solution for clogged pipes

Toilet Plunger Invention

Photo courtesy of Elite Daily

in the john.

As demonstrated in a YouTube video that’s already racked up more than 3 million views, South Korean Seung-il Kim applied the same science that made the plunger a household staple for unclogging pipes to a new product. It’s either called the “Pungtu” or “Pung-too,” depending on which source you believe, but we’re fairly certain the pronunciation is the same with either spelling.

The process is fairly simple – the Pungtu sticks to the rim of a clogged toilet bowl. After a flush, the device captures the resulting air pressure, and the user pushes down on the Pungtu. This action is repeated until the pipes once again flow freely.

Some people find using a plunger distasteful, and Kim had those cleanliness-minded folks in mind when he imagined the Pungtu.

“I wondered if there was a better way,” Kim said to ABC News. “It’s the same principle as a plunger – using pressure – but it creates a lot more pressure than a plunger.”

Kim told the source that he invested four years of time and thought into perfecting his brainchild. Apparently, finding a type of glue that could withstand the air pressure while remaining stuck to porcelain took about two years of research. Three Pungtu sheets costs the equivalent of $24, and the inventor said international companies have expressed interest in distributing his creation.

But according to NPR, the Pungtu might have its drawbacks. A pair of Canadian vloggers residing in South Korea told the source that the adhesive failed during one of their attempts to test the product. Furthermore, as far as they know, the contraption has yet to become available at any South Korean retailers. So it could be quite a while before we see the Pungtu in the U.S., presuming it ever makes it across the Pacific at all.

Should disaster strike in your bathroom, for the time being, you’re stuck with the potentially messy but usually effective plunger. Failing that, you’ll have to call a plumber and Captain Plumbing is the perfect choice.

Sources:

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/toilet-unclogger-greatest-plumbing-invention-plunger/story?id=24074057

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/04/318542635/a-new-way-to-unclog-a-toilet-at-your-own-risk

video URL – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw9abgNDF4Q

Eco-Friendly

Making Mother Earth Happy With Thoughtful Plumbing and Water Conservation

For those who worry about the long-term sustainability of this planet we’re all living on, there’s more you can do besides buying a pricey hybrid car and organic vegetables. There are steps you can take – and a few that involve your plumbing utilities – to cut down on water and energy expenditure. Here, are a few ideas.Eco-Friendly
 
Don’t Take Too Many Baths
 
A long, luxurious bath may hit the spot now and again, especially if you’re the sort of person who requires a relaxation ritual. But to maintain personal cleanliness, bathing might be a gratuitous use of water. According to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a bath can eat up as much as 15 more gallons of water than a quick shower. Other steps the agency recommends include spending less than 15 minutes in the shower, and adding a low-flow shower head to your arsenal of bathroom décor.
 
Be Selective about Sink Water
 
After a shower, some people will flip on their sink faucets and keep them running throughout a teeth brushing or shaving routine. This is a sure fire way to waste plenty of water. While shaving off the stubble that accumulates during the night, men should fill the sink halfway and shut off the faucets. A half-full sink should be plenty to cover most facial shaving needs. And of course, there’s no reason to keep blasting water away into your sink while brushing your teeth.
 
Keep up with your dishes
 
Some water saving techniques could also help undermine household hassles, like the piling of filthy dishes in the sink, for instance. The Austin Water Utility recommends washing dishes immediately after they’re used, at which point, scraps of food are easy to remove without using any water at all.
 
Install a Solar Water Heater
 
Somewhat surprisingly, it seems solar water heaters could be a feasible way to conserve money and resources, whether you live in sunny Utah, or Antarctica. The U.S. Department of Energy says solar water heaters can function regardless of the surrounding climates, and could save you a lot of money. Nobody’s going to send you a bill for sunlight, after all. However, there are a handful of other cost efficiency factors to consider, as well as community codes and regulations, so you might want to check with your local plumber before going ahead with a solar heater.
 
http://austintexas.gov/department/save-water-while-washing-dishes
 
http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/water-heating
 
http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/index.cfm/consumer-information/consumer-topics/energy-and-water-conservation-tips/

Water softener

Water Softeners Won’t Make Life Harder

Keeping up with your household chores is a big enough pain without having to deal with hard water smudges left behind on your clothes and dishes. But not even an expert plumber can magically remove the greater-than-average mineral content from the soil in areas like Utah. What a plumber can do is install devices that make mineral-dense water in the home gentler, Water softenerand less likely to cause stains.

You can drink as much hard water as you feel like – it’s not considered harmful for your health. But it can lead to all sorts of home maintenance issues. These can include obstructed hot water flows, less-than optimal lathering which makes soap and detergent less effective, and of course, gray marks smeared on virtually anything that might come out of your dishwasher.

Worse yet, hard water marks can be tremendously difficult to remove. Evidentially, that holds true for parts of the country with very different climates. Recently, a blogger for Wisconsin-based CBS affiliate WISC reported on hard water problems in her new apartment – namely, a toilet bowl ringed with unsightly stains. After a hearty scrubbing proved futile, she attempted an alternative remedy that involved pouring vinegar and borax into the toilet bowl, and allowing the concoction to stand for 20 minutes. As was the case with traditional cleaning methods, the trick almost completely failed to rid her toilet bowl of smudges. She wrote that she was able to reconcile the situation in her mind by thinking that her toilet isn’t actually dirty. Hard water just makes it look that way.

The Vermont Department of Health has done its own investigations into hard water. The agency explains that water softeners deploy salt into a home’s water supply to offset the presence of calcium and magnesium. Obviously, some of us have to closely monitor sodium intake due to health concerns, so pumping salt into drinking water might not be a good idea for everyone. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to install a softener that bypasses a home’s drinking water. It’s been said that a bit of extra minerals in drinking water might actually be good for you. If you’re cleaning with soft water and drinking hard water, you could be getting the best of both worlds.
There are many types of water softeners: manual, automatic, semi-automatic, and others, so ask your local plumber which style suits your home the best.

Sources:
http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/water/hardness.aspx
http://www.channel3000.com/wisc/blogs/diy-deconstructed/hard-water-stains-definitely-arent-easy-to-get-rid-of/26816488

Plumbing Maintenance

Avoid Garbage Disposal Drain Cleaning Problems And Other Hassles During Summer

It’s all too easy to neglect certain aspects of plumbing maintenance during a blistering July or August heat wave, and not without good reason. If there is clearly no reason to worry about frozen pipes, why sweat over potential wear and tear? But many qualified plumbers would attest to the contrary. Plenty of common summertime occurrences can damage garbage Plumbing Maintenancedisposals, toilets, heating pipes, and even the infrastructure of an entire home.
But don’t stress out. Summer-oriented plumbing problems aren’t too tricky to avert, and it’s not always necessary to call in the professionals if minor misfortune strikes.
 
For instance, there is no telling what kind of obtrusive objects might find their way into a garbage disposal during a cookout, or for that matter, any type of big summer blowout. Of course, many byproducts from meats and fruits can clog up a garbage disposal at any time of year, but extra vigilance could be necessary during a social gathering.
 
Even if a disposal is functional, it could get smelly if it’s being used more than usual. Plumbing Now advises readers to keep small lemon wedges encased in frozen vinegar cubes handy in your freezer. A handful of vinegar and lemon ice cubes, once chopped up in a garbage disposal, should leave your sink smelling respectable once again.
 
“Sweating” cold water pipes can cause less-obvious, but potentially more harmful, hot weather phenomena. Of course, it goes without saying that pipes can’t literally sweat, only attract moisture from warmer air while cold water flows through them. InspectAPedia explains that leaks can exasperate condensation on pipes and toilets, so be on the lookout.
Soggy utilities might not seem like a big deal by themselves, but excessive moisture can damage surrounding walls and ceilings, and even nearby electrical systems if left unchecked. The source states that dehumidifiers might provide a viable solution, but the best preventive option is insulating your pipes.
 
However, condensation on pipes isn’t as much of an issue in areas where the air is very dry. So if you live in Utah, for example, you might be off the hook for “sweaty” pipes.
 
Other helpful tips include significantly turning down your water heater if you’re planning on being out of town for a few weeks. Otherwise, you’ll be spending energy on water you’re not around to use.
 
Sources:
http://inspectapedia.com/plumbing/Condensation_Plumbing.htm
http://plumbingnow.com/summer-tips-how-to-clean-your-garbage-disposal-washing-machine-and-drain/

Rinnai_water_heaters-300x256

Saving Money and Resources With Tankless Water Heaters

These days, environmentally-conscious homeowners all over the country are on the lookout for ways to conserve natural resources. Water is no exception. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household wastes as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year, Tankless Water Heatersand the amount floats closer to 12,000 gallons in especially leaky homes. On a national scale, U.S. citizens are said to throw away a combined total of 1 trillion gallons annually.

But as eager as many people might be to help out Mother Earth, the prospect of saving a few dollars in the process could make them more willing. Individuals who want to cut down on their energy use and utility bills may consider installing a tankless water heater, which an affordable plumbing company should be happy to help out with.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), tankless water heaters work by raising water temperature directly via electricity or gas, and redirecting cold water when a tap for hot is switched on. This eliminates those always-annoying waits for shower water to heat up sufficiently, while conserving the cold water that’s wasted in the time it takes your bathroom to get nice and steamy.

The government agency notes that tankless heaters have the potential to use 35 percent less energy than conventional water heating apparatuses, particularly in homes that don’t use much more than 40 gallons of hot water per day. While they require a larger initial investment, tankless water heaters typically last 20 years before needing to be replaced – twice as long as conventional heaters.

However, those interested in setting their home up with one of these devices should keep a few potential downsides in mind. The DOE states that tankless heaters may struggle to keep up if more than one water outlet is in use at a time. For example, if a person was running a hot shower and a dishwasher simultaneously. Purchasing and utilizing multiple tankless heaters is suggested as one possible solution for that issue.

One might assume that plumbers would oppose measures consumers could take to make their homes’ various pipes and conduits more efficient, and less in need of expensive repairs. However, that does not appear to be the case. Recently, the Navien corporation, itself a manufacturer of tankless water heaters, tipped its collective hat to Plumbing Manufactures International for championing water-conserving, environmentally friendly legislation.

Sources:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/naviens-tankless-water-heaters-address-water-conservation-concerns-262758791.html

http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tankless-or-demand-type-water-heaters

http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/fixleak.html

baner_4

Call Us (801) 352-7257

Captain Plumbing is here to service all of your plumbing needs
No job too large or small. We are open 24 hours a day to
make sure your plumbing is always flowing. With our licensed and
insured technicians you will be satisfied with our service to you.

“Call the Captain Anytime!”

faucets

Call Us (801) 352-7257

Captain Plumbing is here to service all of your plumbing needs.
No job too large or small. We are open 24 hours a day to
make sure your plumbing is always flowing. With our licensed and
insured technicians you will be satisfied with our service to you.

“Call the Captain Anytime!”

faucets

Call Us (801) 352-7257

Captain Plumbing is here to service all of your plumbing needs
No job too large or small. We are open 24 hours a day to
make sure your plumbing is always flowing. With our licensed and
insured technicians you will be satisfied with our service to you.

“Call the Captain Anytime!”