plumbing school

Should I Go to Plumbing School?

Is Being a Plumber/Heating Tech a Good Career Choice?

I was on my way to a customer call just last week. It was quite a ways from our shop, as we will travel almost anywhere in the Pittsburgh area to help people out. So, since I would be on the road for a while, I began thinking a little bit about my own past. I pondered when & why I decided to go into the plumbing and heating business. And I thought about the amazing choice I made in going to plumbing school in the first place.

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Hot Water Tank is Leaking

My Hot Water Tank Is Leaking! What To Do?

The Call

I received a potential customer call the other day. The person on the other end of the line said that their hot water tank is leaking. She was in her 20s and a new homeowner. She had never encountered problem before, so we began to simply talk through it. At first, she seemed to be a bit nervous, and I could detect a touch of panic in their voice. I automatically assumed due to that anxious tone, that the leak was not a little one. After talking a bit with the homeowner and she had calmed down, we began to get at the source of the problem.

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leak through kitchen ceiling

Leak through Kitchen Ceiling

Just a few weeks ago, I was standing in the kitchen of a prospective customer who was interested in putting in some mini-ductless units this spring, when all of a sudden I felt some water drops on my head!  Both the homeowner and I looked up at the ceiling above, only to see (much to the dismay of the homeowner) a water spot on the kitchen ceiling.  And unfortunately, it did look to be damp.

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reverse osmosis system

Reverse Osmosis System for removing dissolved minerals

Last summer, we were actually reviewing a reverse osmosis (RO) install for a prospective new customer and had a call from an existing customer who was requesting a quote for the same kind of system, and rather quickly!  The customer seemed to be in a little bit of a hurry for having his RO install done very soon.  Having had a somewhat long-standing relationship with this homeowner, Hugh asked why the hurry and said that he’d be able to take care of it within the next day or two; that is since he had three other AC jobs lined up before this, given the 90+ degree heat in recent days.  The homeowner answered by saying his young teenage daughter had just met a new friend that recently moved into their neighborhood, and that they had an RO system in their home.  His daughter said the water tasted so, so much better, and she could not understand why their own water did not taste so good!

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Mini-ductless units Mini-Ductless HVAC System

Mini-ductless units for efficient additional cooling

Mini-ductless units – do you have rooms this winter that were really cold in January?  Last summer, did you have to freeze in the family room on the first floor so you bedroom on the second-floor was cool enough to sleep in?  Do you have a window air conditioner that wakes you up as it cycles on and off in the middle of the night?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then the mini-ductless system might be your answer.

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Tankless water heaters

Is it time for a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters – you have heard about them I am sure, but what are the advantages that are offered by the tankless water heater and when should you consider them.   This week, we are beginning a series of stories from our customers.  These stores are real-life situations and the solution we recommended to them and why.

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full-service plumbing

Full-Service Plumbing – what should they be able to do?

Many of you may ask, what is “full-service plumbing” these days; that is since there are quite a few folks that take on plumbing tasks themselves now.  With the onset of a substantial number of “do it yourself”, one might think that the number of full-service plumbing companies may have decreased.

On the contrary, it appears that more plumbing companies than ever seem to be popping up.

As more and more families are now earning two incomes, the number of new homes being built has increased.  Therefore, the need for more plumbers has increased, including the need for commercial plumbing.  More businesses are being created and existing businesses are expanding with the increase in personal income and spending.

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leaky pipes

How to fix leaky pipes

We all have leaky pipes at one time or another in our lifetimes.  And while this subject appears to be general in nature (“leaky pipes”), it’s actually more specific than you might think.  Note that the vast majority of water supply line piping in homes now is made out of copper.

If you find one of your water supply line pipes leaking, the first thing you will want to do is to attempt to stop the leak until you can have the pipe permanently repaired or replaced.

And hopefully, the leaking pipe in question is exposed where you have access to it, like under a sink or up in your basement ceiling for instance.  If not, you may have to do a little work to uncover the pipe, such as removing a section of drywall or plaster, or even a section of floor or ceiling.

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How do I save water?

“Affordable plumbing”?  How to save water ….

Most people are always looking for ways to save money! How can you save water and thereby save money in the new year?

One way to save money in your household is by conserving your water usage.  This can be done in many ways without impacting your lifestyle.

One way to reduce water usage in your household is to upgrade to energy-efficient and low flow appliances, faucets, toilets, and showerheads.  Most of you might not agree with the low flow shower head idea, but you might be surprised.  If you try using a low flow showerhead, and you don’t like it, you can always go back to your original shower head.  It’s worth a “shot”!  Right?

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Water heater

Water Heater Tankless or conventional?

It seems that most folks only have their water heater replaced in a so-called emergency situation; that is, when they all of a sudden, don’t have hot water.  This situation can be easily avoided.  Even if you think you don’t need a new water heater right now, chances are you will within the next few years.  Tank type water heaters tend to last somewhere between 7 and 15 years.  If yours is in this age range, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it, so that you don’t wake up one morning without any hot water.

A telltale sign that your water heater needs to be replaced is a slow drip underneath, usually showing up as a trail of rusty water.  This means that the steel tank has rusted through.  If you spot a drip, plan to replace the water heater right away.  Don’t wait until the leak gets worse putting you in that “emergency situation”.

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