Finally, spring is in the air. Time to start those spring cleaning and gardening projects. But the wind, rain and cool temperatures may have impacted your water systems. And, here are some areas to check around your home.
There is a range of different techniques you can use to prevent your pipes from freezing and leaking, but one of the simplest and most effective is insulating them. You can do this yourself, although it might be a bit of a long process for a layperson and a specialist contractor may be better-equipped for the task. Our team can do this for you.
Yes! All you have to do is put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. Wait a few minutes and then look in the toilet bowl. If you see that your bowl has the same color, then you’ve got a leak! The scary part is you are probably wasting hundreds of gallons of water each month! Call Gary’s Plumbing and Heating. We can install a low-flow toilet that will not only save you water dollars but will flush better than anything you have ever had in the past!
Dishwashers are to leave some water in the bottom of the unit at the end of each cycle. This is to keep the heating element from burning up. However, if the dishwasher does not empty at all, you’ve got a problem.
A Gary’s plumber can determine if it is a clogged drain line, faulty motor or an electronic issue. Dishwashers are fickle machines and can be very hard to work on. We can help you determine the best course of action.
Conventional water heaters are by far the most common type of water heater in the U.S. today. They range in size from 20 to 80 gallons (or larger) and are fueled by electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil. Called ‘storage’ units, these water heaters transfer heat from a burner or coil to water in an insulated tank. The down side to a conventional water heater is that energy is consumed even when no hot water is being used.
Tankless water heaters do not contain a storage tank like conventional water heaters. A gas burner or electric element heats the water only when there is a demand for hot water.
There are many things to consider when choosing conventional vs. tankless water heating systems. A Gary’s water conditioning specialists can guide you through your options and get the right system for your home that will give years of service and efficient performance.
Yes. In fact, the difference can be damaging to your home and your body. Maybe you have experienced damaged clothing from the laundry, excessive soap consumption, pipe scaling, faucet and fixture deterioration, skin problems, or undesirable tastes or odors from your water. If you have, then you have a water problem. Gary’s can install a soft water system in your home that will not only provide you with soft water for cleaning and bathing, but also solve your problem drinking and cooking water issues. You will feel and taste the difference!
There are several things that could cause low water pressure, including a partially closed or malfunctioning shut off valve, a crimped water line, or deposits that gather in older galvanized pipes. If your neighbors have strong water pressure, the problem is most likely between the water meter and your home. A highly trained Gary’s plumber will be able to identify the problem and explain your options.
Not all the time! The leading cause of a sump pump failure is usually a switching problem. Sometimes the pump can move inside the basin. This movement causes the float that operates the switch to lodge against its side. Debris can also be a factor by interfering with the action of the pump switch. It is important to make sure that your pump switch and float arm assembly move freely. The main thing to remember about sump pumps is that they don’t last forever . . . even if you never use them.
Internal parts wear out and make them virtually useless when you need them most! Our plumbers can test, maintain or replace any brand of sump pump. For flood prone areas and homes that get water seeping in on a regular basis, you may want to consider a sump pump backup system. There are non-electric systems that work off the water pressure in your home and therefore will work in the case of a power failure; we also carry battery backup sump pumps as well.
You may be able to insert an Allen wrench into the bottom of the disposer and "crank" it to help free up a jam. If this doesn’t work, DON’T USE IT! You could cause serious damage to the disposal motor or even your home electrical system. We can usually fix a jammed up garbage disposal. If we can’t, then the unit will probably need to be replaced. Our expert technicians can give you the best advice and make quick work of it to get you grinding again!
Instant Hot Water is a hot water recirculation system that circulates hot water in your home. When you open a fixture the warm water is there. There is no need to run water down the drain waiting for hot water to arrive. Did you know that hot water recirculation systems save water, energy and money; the average family of four wastes up to 17,000 gallons of water per year just waiting for hot water to arrive.
A hot water recirculation system eliminates waste and provides the convenience of instant hot water. They work in existing homes, too! The under-the-sink retrofit systems are designed for existing homes. We can easily adapt a system to your existing plumbing.
Most of the time when you hear a banging faucet it is actually a defective washer allowing the water increased water pressure through the pipes. For the homeowner, sometimes these are easy to fix, sometimes not. Rest assured, it is an easy fix for Gary’s plumbers.
Many homeowners are very capable of handling these kinds of jobs by themselves. Some of the bigger home centers even show you how. However, our experience has shown that some projects are better left to the professionals. Yes, we’ve gotten more than a few calls from customers ‘stuck’ in the middle of a project. Gary’s Plumbing and Heating provides quality installation and upgrades of sinks, toilets, laundry tubs, laundry hook ups, bath tubs, whirlpool tubs, showers, all kinds of faucets, garbage disposals and more. Many of our customers have also discovered that we are the skilled technicians in bath and kitchen remodeling. So, if you have a sink and a faucet to replace or an entire kitchen, your first call should be to Gary’s Plumbing and Heating.
Our dedication to continued training and education in the latest plumbing techniques and tools to do better work for our customers. Our plumbers not only receive technical training but we are the undisputed leaders in customer service training. This means you are guaranteed a courteous, professional and friendly plumber at your door, every time!
Yes! While the problem may seem simple, you may not know everything that a plumber does. A plumber is a highly skilled technician who is able to install and repair pipes and plumbing related fixtures, diagnose clogged drain problems and solves all problems related to water systems in your home. Call a trained Gary's plumbing technician to prevent any further complications!
You’d better go catch it! Sorry, some days we just can’t help ourselves.
This is not only an annoyance, but also a waste of water and money. Leaky toilets can cost almost $100 extra per year on your water bills. If the toilet continues to run into the bowl after the toilet is flushed, it indicates that some part of the mechanism is out of order. Sometimes a little jiggling of the flush valve mechanism solves the problem. Otherwise, you may need to replace the entire mechanism. Contact Gary’s Plumbing and Heating to diagnose the problem!
You should call Gary’s right away! Leaking water heater tanks usually indicate the bottom of the tank has rusted. There are really no good repairs for this problem. You most likely need a new water heater.
If you are without hot water, we consider this an emergency call and will try to fit you in our schedule as soon as possible. Be sure to call us right away and we can research the the model number for you; you may get lucky and find that the product is still under warranty.
When we do change the water heater, our expert technicians will usually advise to install a drip pan under it or a water leak alarm. Earthquake strapping is required by code and highly recommended in this area. We will make sure to have you up to regulation.