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

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

Plumbing: Dishwasher Care What To Do..

Dishwashers are time savers. Load up the washer, put soap in the dispenser, close the door and turn it on. As simple as that. But did you know that using a dishwasher actually saves water and energy opposed to hand washing? Hand washing not only wastes more water, it also uses more hot water costing more in electric as well. So with saving you time and money we should all take care of our appliances. Here are some things that you can do to make your dishwasher last longer and keep its performance up.Check rubber seals, if they develop cracks this can cause water leakage and can damage cabinets and floors.Check the bottom of the dishwasher for food debris. Not only can this cause the dishwasher to not drain well, it can also cause bad odor. So check the screen at the bottom of your unit. This will prevent calling … Continued

How Much Should I Pay For A Garbage Disposal

So your cooking dinner and go to dispose of some waste in the garbage disposal to find out it is completely broken and not grinding food. Then you look in the cabinet and notice water dripping from the bottom of the disposal. This is a tell tail sign your garbage disposal is shot and needs to be replaced. So, how much should a garbage disposal cost? There are so many options and it can be quite confusing for the average homeowner, but here are some things to look for. Make sure your Orlando plumber uses at least a 1/2 horse power disposal. Anything less will not last and does not breakdown the food very well. Usually 1/2 horse power is plenty but if you are a avid cook and use the disposal a lot you might want to invest in a higher horse power. It may cost more in the short … Continued

Things To Look Out For When Redoing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Things to look out for when redoing your kitchen. Redoing your kitchen cabinets and counter tops can be very exciting picking out cabinets and counter colors. Most of the time, the plumbing is not even thought about except for the sink and faucet. Most customers think it’s just a matter of swapping out real quick. This is true in some cases, but not most cases. It really depends on what type of sink was there before. For example, if you had a standard sink set from the top on a standard counter top and you are replacing it with a deep under mount sink chances are the drain line is not going to work. The solution is to contact a Orlando plumber. If you plan on redoing your kitchen it’s best to lower your drain line before the cabinets go in. The worst is going out to reconnect a kitchen sink … Continued

Installing New Faucets Most Expensive Is Not Always The Best

When installing new faucets, the most expensive is not always the best. Most people think buying an expensive faucet must be good, but that is not always the case. The problem with expensive faucets is the fact that when they need to be repaired, the parts sometimes are hard to find and can take time to get to in order to repair the faucet or shower faucet. This is sometimes not good if the faucet is leaking pretty badly and needs to be repaired quickly. Cheap faucets also are not always good either for the same reasons, and the quality of the valve or faucet can be poor and need to be replaced instead of repairing the faucet because of the low quality. The best faucet to pick when having your Oviedo plumber install is a well known name such as Moen, Delta or Kohler. All these name brands are … Continued