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Stop! Who's Installing Your Water Heater?

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Water Heater Installation by Licensed Plumber

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Heater Installation or Repair

Every day, I start my morning off by enjoying a cup of coffee and reading through my emails and scrolling through social media (don’t lie, you do the same). News, friend’s posts, funny stuff, world travel, latest gossip and local group pages. The local handy man group pages always have people looking for plumbers, and thankfully our community is lucky enough to have several licensed plumbers in the area. When the post is recent, I try my best to answer questions or offer my number for advice. What I’m shocked by, is when people need a water heater installed or repaired, I see non-licensed plumbers offering to install or repair it. Do people not know that only a licensed plumber can install or repair a water heater?

A water heater is the most dangerous appliance in a building.

In most ordinances homeowners are allowed to install their own water heaters, but if you’re hiring a contractor it has to be a licensed plumber that installs your water heater. Yes you have the internet to walk you step by step on how to install a water heater. Youtube videos, group pages, forums, and so on. Do you have all the tools needed? Did you connect the right pipes? Temperature Relief valve? Gas line? Dielectric Unions? After spending all Saturday afternoon going back and forth calling Johnny down the street asking for advice, you finally decide to call your local licensed plumber. Frustrated you explain to your licensed plumber what’s going on. If only you would have listened to your wife and called the plumber in the first place (Never admit she was right).

When a water heater is installed correctly, you could go back to enjoying hot showers and having hot water on demand. But, if improperly done, it could be your worst nightmare. If a water heater explodes, it could cause your entire house to blow up. The explosion can be compared to many sticks of dynamite. It’s not worth risking your family’s life or your neighbors. Plus, I don’t know if your home insurance will cover the accident. It’s not worth it. Let your licensed plumber do the job.

Your time is precious, think of all the things you could be doing instead of installing a water heater:

  •               Taking a nap
  •               Watching March Madness
  •               Reading blog posts
  •               Exercising
  •               Enjoying a drink
  •               Learning a new language
  •               Cooking
  •               Eating
  •               Playing with your kids
  •               Shopping for stuff you don’t need on the internet
  •               Tagging your spouse in everything you want for your birthday that you don’t  need
  •               Texting your friends
  •               Mowing the lawn
  •               Finally working on things around the house that you’ve been putting off
  •               Pretending to do work in the garage while drinking a beer
  •               Watching funny videos
  •               Catching up with work

In conclusion, if you want to install your own water heater, we wish you all the best. If hiring someone to install your new water heater or repairing your old one, it must be a licensed plumber. Give us a call if you have any questions. We are always here to help. 

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What To Do When Insulation Gets Wet

Rona Regan

Learn How to Treat Water Damage on the Different Types of Insulation

If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest longer than a month, you know we get a lot of rain. Not, of course, as much as is painted by Hollywood in movies like “Sleepless in Seattle” or “The Killing”. However, the fall and winter months unleash a low, misty cloud-bank that keeps us all inside and snug in our black, gray, or dark blue jackets.

While the steady rainfall is also what we’ve got to thank for our lush, beautiful landscape, it also brings challenges as well — the most obvious being that all this damp weather makes it difficult to keep this moisture out of our homes and insulation.

So, what should you do when you notice that your insulation is wet? Well, that will depend on the type of insulation you’re dealing with. Now that we’re heading into our wet, fall weather yet again, it’s time to arm yourself with the knowledge gleaned from home insulation experts that can enable you to protect your home from the issues caused by damp insulation.

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What To Do About Wet Spray Foam Insulation:

Aren’t you the lucky one! Closed-cell spray foam insulation repels water and provides a moisture barrier. This means the water won’t have penetrated the insulation itself and it should simply evaporate from the surface.

Clean up is fairly easy. Use an old towel to dry the spray foam to the best of your ability and place a fan nearby to dry out any water that you may have missed. Because spray foam insulation offers an airtight seal, the wooden structure behind should be dry as well, but just in case, you should take a peek yourself or have a professional come in to check it out. If water is getting between the wood and your spray foam insulation, it can begin causing wood rot, mold, and reduced insulation abilities.

What To Do About Wet Fiberglass Insulation:

Don’t fret — things could be worse! Fiberglass insulation is made from spun glass fibers. It won’t absorb water and, when a dousing does occur, the water won’t cause any major structural damage to the insulation.

However, water that has accumulated inside the fiberglass insulation will dramatically reduce the functionality of the insulation. Water conducts temperatures very easily, so when the warm air of your home presses against the insulation, the water will transfer that energy right outside. Additionally, the density of fiberglass insulation makes it difficult for the water to evaporate (usually only a problem when the insulation has been thoroughly wetted, in which case full replacement may be recommended). This means that moisture can lead to damage in the wood around the insulation.

So, your job is to help your insulation dry out. A dehumidifier and a few fans will often do the trick. Place them inside your attic or crawl space to help the area dry out. If possible, lift out the fiberglass bats that have been affected and place them in the sun or in a warm, dry area to let the water inside evaporate, then relay them. Please remember, if you do handle the insulation, do so only with gloves, long sleeves and pants, protective eyewear, and a breathing mask. Fiberglass fibers should not come into direct contact with your skin, eyes, or lungs.

Check up on your insulation over the next few weeks. If you start noticing a musty smell, it’s a sure sign that your insulation has been contaminated by the water. When this occurs, you’ll likely need to replace some or all of the insulation. This is most likely to happen after a flood, or if you’ve had pests in your home such as mice or rats.

What To Do About Wet Cellulose Insulation:

While cellulose insulation is for the win when it comes to being an eco-friendly or ‘green’ option, it’s not the best performer when it gets wet. Cellulose insulation is made from plant fibers, such as recycled newspapers. These fibers wick up moisture like a sponge. If your water damage is minimal, you may be able to simply have the affected area of cellulose insulation removed and (possibly) dried.

If your leak was significant, large areas of your insulation are likely affected. Unfortunately, cellulose is a great conductor of water and offers nutrients for mold and mildew. Usually, wet cellulose insulation will develop mold within a few days to a couple of weeks, which will require a total replacement of the insulation.

There is the possibility of removing and successfully drying cellulose batting, for those homeowners who have a large enough dry space for the batts to lay while they dry (this can take up to 10 days or more). If successful, the area in which they were laying can be thoroughly cleaned to prevent mold growth (and dried), and the bats can be laid down again.

What To Do About Wet Cotton Insulation:

As you might imagine, cotton insulation is prone to collecting moisture. Often made from recycled blue jeans or other plant fibers, cotton insulation will easily and rapidly absorb moisture. Thankfully, it is easier to dry out than other types of insulation, such as cellulose.

If you’ve only got a small area that’s been damaged, remove the insulation at least a foot further out than the visible wet area. Then, place the bat in the sun or in a warm dry place. Once dried, it can be replaced. Be sure to frequently check the area for any additional moisture or signs that mold growth is starting to develop.

Also, it’s important to know that if cotton insulation is subjected to repeated water exposure, it’s insular abilities often begin to decrease and the chemicals used to deter pests and slow the burn rate in the event of fire may have leached out.

If your cotton insulation has been saturated, such as in the event of a flood, all affected insulation will need to be replaced. It is possible that some insulation might be salvageable, but you would run the risk of introducing mold or moisture into your brand new insulation. Any cotton insulation that has mold growth should be scrapped.

What To Do About Wet Foam Board Insulation:

You’re in luck! Foam board insulation, like spray foam insulation, is water repellent and an unlikely host for mold or mildew growth. It is important to make sure you keep your foam board insulation dry, however, as well as the areas surrounding it. Because foam board is impermeable to water, it can create a seal that traps moisture in an area of the home, such as in a wall cavity. The wooden beams and drywall or sheetrock are not water resistant — they will be damaged and require replacement.

If you’ve noticed your foam board insulation has condensation or moisture on it, thoroughly dry the area with a towel. If there is any chance that moisture could have gotten behind the foam board, have a professional inspect the area to make sure you catch any water damage before it becomes a serious problem.

Home Insulation Options and Installation

Have a type of insulation that we didn’t mention here or are curious to learn more about getting new insulation installed in your home? We’d recommend contacting a reputable local business that specializes in insulation installation for attics, crawl spaces, and other areas of your home. They’ll be able to provide insight on the types of insulation best used for your home, the R-value of each option, and quotes for installation.

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Points To Ponder While Opting For House Renovation Plumbing

Rona Regan

Points to Ponder While Opting for House Renovation Plumbing

House renovation can get more than scary if it is not done with thorough preparation and careful planning. All those DIY projects available online now a day may not give you expected results when done single-handedly. In the end, you will realize it would have been better if you had considered expert’s advice in the matter that is as big as house renovations. Bathroom, kitchen and living room are the most essential parts of your beautiful house that need special touch and personal care to achieve a dream-come-true design.

However, most of the time bathroom is often gets a blind eye from homeowners who tend to give much importance to enhancing the look and feel of living room. They are forgetting that house renovation plumbing is the job that eventually adds elegance and charisma to your house. Fixing up a bathroom, they don’t consider, is not just some makeover effort. A lot of thinking and practical feasibility go into creating the perfect shape of your bathroom especially if you are a first timer.

Here we have compiled some of the significant points of how to approach the idea of bathroom renovations that entail meticulous side of plumbing endeavors.

Plan for the long-term future

Budget and time are the most important aspects of any home renovation project. So before you set eyes on a specific bathroom design, you need to do your research in advance. To begin with, you need to know what exactly you want out of the entire project and determine what areas of your house need plumbing efforts.

Knowing what you want will help you avoid all the impractical ideas and keep overall cost of house renovation plumbing to an optimal level. Blueprints will come in handy to find out all about water flow system in your house. If things get complicated, you may ask a professional plumber to figure it out for you.

Bathroom features you desire

Some bathroom features are not suitable for homeowners living a unique lifestyle. For instance, you may need a bigger water heater if you have installed more accessories with multiple water outlets like a big soaking tub and multi-head shower.

Having people who use wheelchair to move around again generates special needs for you. You can increase the accessibility of bathroom for them and optimize it to their limited mobility. Tub not used for a long time can be removed to place a pleasant shower, creating more bathroom space.

Here comes the plumbing project

There are certain things that only strike your mind when the project of house renovation plumbing begins such as budget flexibility, labor cost, materials and scope of work expanding a little more than predicted.

To optimize your expenses on the plumbing project, you should reserve minimum 10% of your overall budget to meet unknown design implementations. Certain structural changes and creativity will eat a little more of your budget slice, which will not be regrettable considering the fact that renovation plumbing initiative is executed to last for 30-50 years.

How a licensed plumber is your fruitful resort

If your house hails from the classic era of 50’s or 60’s, you should better think of changing the old plumbing. Old pipes might have degraded or eroded, which increases the chance of subtle damages, blockages or water leaks.

No matter how knowledgeable you are with plumbing process and tools, you can’t still do what a licensed plumber can for your house. They can:

·       Save you a lot of money by performing precise techniques

·       Do more than just sealing, patching and drilling

·       Use their tools skillfully, giving you exact solution

·       Diagnose the problem efficiently with minimal disruption

·       Handle the whole plumbing with fast turnaround time

·       Recommend you modern house renovation plumbing ideas

Quote it right

Low-price bid may sound tempting, but in the end as you go along the path of home renovation, you will realize it might turn out to be a pricy deal. If the existing plumbing problems are not fixed by low-cost plumber, you will have to be prepared to pay more for complicated renovation situations.

After all, there is also the factor of time to consider. If plumbing takes two or more revisions and much efforts are wasted in focusing on just one aspect of renovation, you will end up not being able to perfect other equally essential elements of grand house renovation.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional Plumber?

Rona Regan

Why You Should Hire a Professional Plumber?

Plumbing is one of the most vital activities that ensure healthy and safe living environment at our homes. It is important to ensure that the entire plumbing work is executed carefully, so that any leakage of gas or water in the house is prevented. Once every few years, every homeowner needs a plumbing service to make sure that everything in their homes is working fine. A clogged or choked drainage system will end up pulling dirt into your kitchen or bathroom. Naturally, it is essential to take care of the water and drainage pipes in your home. Many people want to handle plumbing on their own. However, it is better to call the professional plumber for the following reasons.

Detailed Diagnostics

A plumbing professional will provide you with extremely detailed diagnostic reports about home plumbing systems. There can be plenty of issues hidden to the eye. A pro can easily spot the root cause of the problems, and check the entire plumbing system to look for any underlying issues such as:

  • Clogged drains or pipes
  • High water pressure
  • Cracks in pipe surfaces

This can help you to avoid any later issues, involving big expenses, in the future.

Supply of clean water

Given that tubing and pipes do not last for all times, damages and leaks can be replaced with superior materials and upgraded components. You will find the upgrades complying with the local building codes and regulations. A professional plumber will replace your frozen and damaged pipes and make sure that your drinking water is not contaminated.

Property protection

There can be risks of property damages from breaking of pipes. Plumbing professionals will help your property and its belongings, and reduce risks of damages. They can also minimize the risks of unnecessary expenses. They also have tools and equipment of professional-grade, which can take care of plumbing requirements much better than plungers can or wrenches bought from stores can do.

Professional Training

Professionals come with a lot of training and experience. They know the easiest and newest ways of handling plumbing requirements. There are reduced risks of errors. Professionals spend every day working on home plumbing. They are called up for most types of installation, repair and replacement jobs. This explains why they can work much faster and take care of the plumbing jobs. Skilled professionals can quickly finish the work and save you a lot of time and money. You will not have to worry about a poorly done plumbing job.

Cost Benefits

It is also less expensive to hire a plumbing professional, than calling up amateurs or handling the tasks on your own. When you attempt to repair a broken or plumbing faucet or pipe, you are always at the risk of greater plumbing problems – which might eventually need you to call professionals anyway. The bigger the mistake, the greater will be the expense. By calling experts straightaway, you can save many unnecessary expenses.

Emergency Plumbing Services

With a professional, you can also get emergency services. Once you enlist the services of a plumber, you will be given a direct contact number. In case of emergencies, you can directly get in touch with your plumber and get the problems resolved quickly. He can offer services like:

  • Repairing water leaks
  • Setting up new pipes
  • Installing dishwashers
  • Replacing the old pipes

This will ensure that everything is taken care of efficiently and with minimal risks of damage. The water bill from a mess or leak in the pipes can be very expensive, and you can avoid the unnecessary costs with the assistance of a qualified emergency plumbing professional.

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