BuyIng Guide For DIY Plumbing Repairs

Trying to do some plumbing repairs around the home to save some money over the holidays? Every year around this time, we see customers trying to save some money on plumbing repairs. Most people will wind up calling an Orlando plumber in the end out of frustration to make or finish the repair. When we get the calls from customers that try to do the repairs on their own, we cringe because in most cases the customer makes the problem worse. There are, however, some cases where we have gone on jobs and the customer does a great job. They just used the wrong materials. Here are some things to look at when buying materials.Water line repairs:   When repairing water lines, it is very Important to know the type of pipe you are repairing. Older homes have copper while newer homes have CPVC. But, you also have PEX and … Continued

What To Do When You Have A Leaking Water Heater

What do you do when you have a leaking water heater? A water heater is a big part of our daily lives. Whether it is taking a shower, bath or washing dishes having hot water is a must! So when your hot water heater stops working, it is a big problem. What causes your hot water heater to stop working?  One of the biggest reasons is a leaking water heater. Most heaters last on average 10 years. Some heaters may last longer, some shorter; it just depends on the water condition and the maintenance on the water heater. What should you do in the event you walk into your garage and find water around your water heater. Before you call an Orlando plumbing company, here are some things to check if you have water around your heater.Check the pipes going into the top of the heater. Make sure there are no … Continued

Buying A New Plumbing Fixture? Buying Guide What To Look For

Are you looking to update your plumbing fixture or fixtures? There are many things to look for when installing a new plumbing fixture. Whether it is a faucet, shower or toilet, there are so many to choose from. So what are some things for you, the consumer, to look for?  Below are some common items that we install and the most important things to look for.Toilets:  When buying a toilet, there are so many options. Toilets range from $80.00 and up. Buying the cheapest is not always the best, but neither is buying the most expensive. When looking at a toilet, look at the flush rating. Most toilets have a rating from 1-10. If the toilet is rated closer to one it is going to have a weaker flush. The closer to ten it will flush great. This is important because with a weaker flush, you will have constant clogs.Faucets: … Continued

A Few Tips From Your Orlando Plumber For The Holidays

Many homeowners are stressed out this time of year. Don’t add to that stress, here are some tips from your Orlando plumber that will help you. Maybe it will save you from calling a plumbing company over the holiday and save you some money.When cooking this holiday season try to prevent dumping oil or grease down your kitchen drain. This has the potential to cause clogs and backups in your kitchen sink. Even grease from pans or roasting trays should be dumped in the trash and not down the sink. The problem is that the grease and oil harden and get sticky causing a blockage in the line.If your kitchen sink is draining slow, pour boiling water down the drain. If the drain is not completely blocked this can melt the fat and in many cases clear the clog.Make sure you tell all of your house guests not to flush … Continued

Do’s And Don’ts Of Holidays And Your Plumbing

 It’s that time of the year already, can you believe it! The holidays are fast approaching. Which means our plumbing systems get more usage and can sometimes become overwhelmed. Whether it’s the extra usage in the kitchen from preparing holiday meals. To the extra house guests we often get this time of year. This can not only be a added stress to you but also your home. Especially if your home is a older home or is on a septic system. So here are some holiday do’s and don’ts:Don’ts:    Don’t use your garbage disposal like a trash compactor. This is the biggest thing we see during the holidays. Especially older homes there drains are usually smaller in size and can’t handle the food waste. The biggest thing is don’t neglect your homes plumbing if there is a small plumbing issues get it resolved before it turns into something bigger.DO’S: … Continued

Finding A Go To Orlando Plumber

There are so many plumbers in the Orlando area. So how can you as the consumer find your go too Orlando plumber. There are a few ways to do this.Ask friends or neighbors:  Most have used a plumber before even if its was a bad experience its good to know so you can make your own decision. Whether that’s to call them or rule them out. Online:  With most everyone shopping online today try a Google search. Research a particular Orlando plumber. Check out there online reputation. How are there reviews? Don’t just rely on one site compare Google, Angies List, Yelp and other sites see if the companies reviews are consistent. Don’t rule out a plumber because they have some bad reviews. Instead see how they respond to negative reviews. Look at the amount of good and bad reviews. Compare apples to apples. Some sites screen customer feedback more then … Continued

Update On French Drains And Orlando Plumbers

We get at least 2-3 calls per day with customers asking about French Drains and if we install them. In the Orlando Florida area we have many areas where the ground is very saturated due to high water tables. When we get our afternoon rain it can often cause flooding in grassy areas. This can be quite aggravating in our backyards and cause insect infestation. French drains are the best solution to this problem. A French Drain is usually a black corrugated pipe that has holes in it with fabric wrapped around the pipe. It can also be installed with area drains that exit or drain into a low area in the yard or out onto the street. It is installed underground and the pipe itself is surrounded by rock as this allows the water to enter the pipe without the dirt clogging the holes in the pipe. So, the big … Continued

Orlando Repipes And Why We Don’t Use Copper Pipe

Orlando repipes and why we don’t use copper pipes. We at Drain Genie Plumbing do quite a bit of repipes in the Orlando Area. We get a lot of questions from our customers. One question we get a lot is why we do not use copper pipe to repipe in Orlando. Well, there are quite a few reasons. The first reason is it just does not last. The majority of our repipes are caused by copper pipe failure. Copper pipe failure can happen anywhere in the piping system (in wall or under the slab). It usually starts with a small stream of water spraying through a hole and the hole will get bigger and bigger the longer the leak is active.  The next reason is cost and labor. The cost for copper pipe and fittings is very expensive.  Copper comes in three thicknesses…M, L and K. M type copper is … Continued

Weird Bathroom Facts

We as Orlando plumbers have seen a lot doing service work. Here are some weird bathroom facts you may not know. We use the bathroom a lot. The average person spends roughly 3 years of there life on the toilet. Most people use the bathroom six to 8 times a day. Which is about 2500 times a year. That sure is a lot! So make sure that your taking care of your plumbing and flushing only toilet paper down the drain. Not doing so can lead to having unwanted clogs.Did you know that 75% of people use a mobile device while going to the bathroom. That includes texting. Yuck can’t people wait till they are done! This also includes shopping, talking or just surfing the web. I hope people wash there hands.There are so many people on there phones in the bathroom. Did you know over 7 million people drop there … Continued

Buying, Updating Or Repairing A Plumbing Fixture?

Buying, updating, or repairing a plumbing fixture? Most people think that they can go to any big box store and just purchase any name brand parts or fixtures to work with the plumbing they have in their homes. This is far from the case. We run into this a lot; a customer has parts, but they are the wrong parts. So, today we will go over the do’s and don’ts if you are updating or repairing a plumbing fixture.Updating A Plumbing Fixture :  If you are totally replacing a fixture, it really does not matter what the name brand is, because it is a complete replacement. However, if you are updating the tub and shower trim and not the actual valve, you need to find out who the manufacture is and what the model is. You cannot put a Moen trim kit on a Delta shower valve. We see it … Continued