Replacing Kitchen Sink And Bathroom Sinks?

Are you thinking about upgrading your kitchen sink and faucet or bathroom sinks this year? Replacing faucets and sinks are a quick way to refresh your home. There are things to look out for before its to late. So many times customers call to have there sinks reconnected to find out there is major problems. The problem is if you are getting deeper sinks such as installing granite tops and mounting sinks from underneath you need to  check the height of your drain line. If you are just installing similar sinks in existing cabinets you should have no issues. When going from a sink that mounts from above to a sink that is deeper and mounts from underneath it changes the drain depth. If you don’t have the depth you are in trouble. We see more of a issue with this on kitchen sinks because the disposal actually makes the … 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

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

Redoing Kitchen Plumbing Make Sure You Check This

Kitchens and bathrooms are where people look first when buying a home. Spending money to renovate the kitchen or bathroom is money well spent. It also gives you the best return on investment. So whether you are just changing counter tops or changing cabinets and switching things up, it is always best to call an Orlando plumber to get the low down on what you can and can’t get away with. Time and time again we get customers that call up after and we go out to reconnect the kitchen and it does not work. The drain ends up being too high and you cannot hook up the waste for the kitchen sink; especially with a garbage disposal. How does this happen? Well, if the old sink is set above and is not very deep and you go back with a deeper sink or a under-mount sink, you lose depth. … Continued

What is a Escutcheon?

An escutcheon (pronounced ‘ess-kutch-on’) is the metal bit that hides the hole in the wall that your plumbing pipes through. They can also be called cover plates or flanges as well. Where are some of the places you can find an escutcheon in your home? They can be found in many places in your home, such as around your shower arm (where your shower head attaches too), around pipes for your water heater, under your sinks where your drain and water lines come through the wall, and under your toilet where you shut off your toilet. What is the point of replacing them if they perform no other task aside from looks? Well, if they’re meant to be decorative and cover ugly holes, but instead are rusty or missing, they are not serving their purpose.Escutcheons come in many different sizes and shapes. They also come in many different finishes. They are … Continued

Cast Iron Pipe In your Orlando FL Home? You May Qualify For Class Action Lawsuit

Is your Orlando FL home built in 1975 or earlier? If so, chances are your drain line is cast iron. We have for years known the issues cast iron pipes have and the effects it has on the home and the problems it causes for our Central Florida residents. We can count hundreds of situations where customers have had horrible back ups. This can cause sewage to seep into their homes. Here are some of the issues we have seen with cast iron pipe.Persistent back ups/clogged drains This is caused by scaling inside the pipe which slows the waste down and causes clogs. Also, chunks of the scale can break free from the pipe causing back ups.Broken pipe  We see it all the time, especially on kitchen drains. The cast iron deteriorates at the bottom of the drain and 90 degree bend and causes a clog, causing sewage to leak … Continued

Why Do I Always Have Problems With My Toilet?

Why do I always have problems with my toilet? Toilets can be an Orlando plumbers biggest nightmare. There are so many different varieties, which means different parts, and if you don’t use the right parts for the right job it will cause issues. On top of that, Orlando Florida has the worst water; very high in chlorine and hard water deposits. One of the biggest things we see our customers doing that prematurely causes there toilets to fail is putting hash chemical products in the back tank to help keep their toilet clean. This causes very big problems for the inside workings of the toilet. Why is that you ask? Well, the products main ingredient is chlorine, which prematurely breaks down the gaskets and plastic pieces in your toilet and wears out your toilet flapper quicker than normal which causes it to warp, allowing water to start leaking by, causing you … Continued

Polybutylene How To Spot It And Reasons To Replace And Repipe Your Home.

Polybutylene reasons to replace and repipe your Orlando home. There are many reasons to repipe your home if it has poly piping. But, lets first give an overview of how to spot polybutylene if you own your home or are purchasing a home. Poly pipe is easily recognizable. First thing is to go to a water heater or look under a sink. Look at the water pipes, polybutylene is gray in color and is cramped together, similar to PEX with metal rings. If you see you have poly pipe, it is a good idea to think about a repipe. Here are some reasons why polybutylene should be replaced. Poly has issues with splitting or zippering. The pipe is very thin and tends to split causing plumbing leaks and water damage. Another issue is the fittings. Polybutylene was joined using two types of fittings, plastic and metal. The plastic fittings get … Continued