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How to Remove Rust Stains From Toilets, Tubs, and Sinks
June 17, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

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Rust stains on porcelain or enameled cast-iron sink, toilet, bathtub, or shower pan are common occurrences. They can be caused when a metal object such as shaving cream can is left to sit wet on the surface, but can also be caused by galvanized steel plumbing pipes bleeding rust onto the surfaces or because iron-rich hard water dries onto surfaces.

The good news is that it’s possible to remove bathroom rust stains without a significant amount of time and effort. For the best results, ditch the bleach-based bathroom cleansers—these may actually worsen stubborn stains—and give one of these tried-and-true methods a go.

Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend, in both powder and liquid forms, is an extraordinarily effective method for removing rust stains from bathroom fixtures. Bar Keepers Friend will safely remove rust stains and mineral deposits from all toilet bowls and metallic faucet finishes. And, according to the manufacturer, it may also be used to remove stains from sinks, bathtubs, and shower basins made of stainless steel, porcelain, Corian, fireclay, ceramic, acrylic, copper, glass, enameled cast iron, fiberglass, and solid-surface materials.

According to the product’s material safety data sheet, the ingredients in Bar Keepers Friend include mineral feldspar, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (a common detergent), and oxalic acid. Because it is much less abrasive than cleaners such as Ajax or Comet, Bar Keepers Friend is less likely to scratch surfaces. However, the main active ingredient, oxalic acid, can cause skin or eye irritation, so you should wear gloves and use this product carefully.

Shaw’s Pads

Shaw’s Pads offer a chemical-free, septic tank-friendly approach to rust removal. Equipped with a simple handle and scouring cloth, Shaw’s Pads work on the “elbow grease” principle: simply wet the pad and scrub stains away. Use Shaw’s Pads to remove toilet rings; rust, calcium, and lime buildup; grey, green, and brown water residue; algae and chemical stains on pool tiles; and hard water and well-water residues.

Unlike pumice stone or abrasive cleaners, Shaw’s Pads will not scratch any surface. They do, however, require a bit more effort to remove stubborn stains.

Pumice Stick

Pumice scouring sticks work particularly well for removing rust stains from porcelain. Use pumice sticks to gently scour away mineral deposits, rust, and other stains and scale from sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers. They can be used to remove rust and unwanted paint from metalwork, piping, tile, masonry, and concrete, too. Made from 100 percent natural pumice, a soft volcanic stone, these sticks are safe for dermal contact and use and storage around children and pets.

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Zud Scouring Cleanser

Zud cleanser is another product that employs oxalic acid and a potent combination of abrasives made up of finely ground quartz and pumice to zap rust stains on contact. Available in both liquid and powder form, Zud dissolves rust, mineral stains, hard water deposits, and soap scum. And, according to the manufacturer, it may be used to clean copper, brass, bronze, chromium, iron, pewter, and stainless steel.

Simply squirt or sprinkle Zud directly onto rust stains and brush using a toilet cleaning brush or plastic scouring pad. Then, add water to ensure that the Zud solution covers the entire area. Add more Zud where the solution is missing. After the solution has been set for about 60 to 90 minutes, clean the area with the brush and rinse away the solution.

Zud is a slightly more abrasive cleaner than Bar Keepers Friend but is considerably gentler than Ajax or Comet.

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The Works Limassol

The chief active ingredient in The Works Limeosol is hydrochloric acid, which instantly removes rust, hard water stains, and mineral deposits from appliances, bathroom fixtures, cement, brick, vinyl, siding, fiberglass, PVC, and other materials on contact—no scrubbing required. The Works is tried and true: it’s been around for more than 50 years. And, even though it contains a dangerous chemical, it’s long been a celebrated favorite among homeowners and home service professionals alike. The Works Limeosol is not recommended for use with septic systems, as the chemical will interfere with the biological breakdown of wastes.

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Hotel Plumbing Management: How to Optimise It
June 16, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves
Hotel Plumbing Management: How to Optimise It

Managing a hotel has always been a challenging job. With hundreds of guests using the facilities every day, not nearly half of them consider saving water as they would at their homes. On the other hand, plumbing malfunctions and associated interventions and repair cost you additional money, as the room needs to remain vacant until the work is done. So in order to keep your water bill low and plumbing costs minimal, nothing much remains but to adopt these commercial plumbing management tips.

Install low-flow devices

From inexpensive showerheads and factures to toilets, today many products meet the low flow criteria. Despite the increasing water expenses, hotels are hesitant to make a switch to low-flow fixtures as they fear it will damage their customers’ experience. However, low-flow doesn’t have to mean low-performance. Low-flow devices and appliances don’t affect the water pressure, but simply regulate the amount of water released per unit of time, yet those two sometimes get confused. Low-flow heads and faucets use aerators that disperse the water jet into many tiny streams, so the same ‘volume’ can be achieved with less water.

Use hair catchers

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It’s only natural that your guests would appreciate long, relaxing, spa-like showers and baths after a long journey, but nothing can spoil their enjoyment like the discovery that the shower or bathtub is clogged. Bathroom drain clogs can be caused by soap, toothpaste, even calcium, and another mineral build-up, however, the most notorious contributor is the hair. People naturally lose hair while in the shower, and over time, it builds up in the drains where it combines nicely with soap scum and other sticky matter. Having hair catchers installed on each drain not only prevents loose hair from entering the system but saves the hotel thousands of dollars on drain cleaning services.

Schedule regular drain cleaning

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Instead of waiting for the clog to take place, why don’t include drain cleaning into a regular maintenance routine? Emergency drain cleaning services often include clean-ups that follow overflows and backups. preventive maintenance, on the other hand, includes scheduled hydro-jetting cleaning once every few months, ensuring the drains in your hotel plumbing system are clear and free from clogs. How often you might need this service depends on the size of your hotel, an estimate which an experienced commercial plumber will easily tell.

Consider tempering valves

Managing one of the hotel’s systems always includes taking responsibility for the safety of people who use associated amenities, and plumbing is not an exception. Among hot tap water scalds that require admission to the hospital, over 90% are sustained in the bathroom, resulting primarily from immersion in baths with water heated to unsafe temperatures. Certain pros, as guys behind Hot Water Nurse, for instance, combine the skills of both electrician and plumber and are experts for installing and repairing a range of hot water devices, such as the hot water tempering valve, which acts like a safety device that shields your guests from overheated water that comes directly from your storage tank.

Plan for sewer pipe inspection

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Away from home and daily tribulations, many guests forget the bathroom etiquette, flushing down things they’d never flush at home. And when things go south, pardon the pun, what seems like a local problem might easily affect the drain system of an entire floor. Scheduling a video camera pipe inspection each year not only helps identify potential problems but buys you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the “outgoing” end of your plumbing system works flawlessly.

Hotel plumbing specifics

Plumbing utility demands and hot water use in hotels follow a pattern that is in many ways different from other commercial venues. A conventional hotel can experience a spread out, or a very short peak demand period for hot water. If the majority of guests in a 4,000-room hotel are there for the same convention as regular 8 a.m. meetings, it can create a high utility demand over a short period when those guests are in their bathrooms

Don’t Neglect Tool Maintenance
June 10, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves
When you’re swept up in a busy workday, it can be easy to let tool maintenance fall by the wayside, but it’s worth keeping it a priority

 

Don’t Neglect Tool Maintenance

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Does this sound familiar? It’s the beginning of the workday, and you already feel behind schedule. Or maybe it’s the end of a long shift, and you just want to get home. But it is also what typically leads to tool maintenance getting overlooked.

Tool maintenance is critical to the safe use and longevity of your equipment. Along with minimizing tool wear and tear, proper maintenance can enhance efficiency and make tools easier to control and use. For example, with proper maintenance, sharp cutting tools take less effort to cut, are less likely to bind and will cut more quickly.

To help you keep your tools in prime shape, here are answers to some frequently asked tool maintenance questions:

What are some general tips for keeping tools working longer?

Before using a tool for the first time, read the manual. Then, periodically during the life of the tool, reference the manual for best use practices. Understanding how a tool is supposed to work and what to look for when it isn’t functioning properly can go a long way in enhancing its longevity. You’ll also want to wipe down tools after each use and regularly lubricate any moving parts indicated by the manual.

How often should tools be checked for needed maintenance?

You should always follow the instructions in each tool’s manual for maintenance. However, a good rule of thumb is to inspect and maintain your tool before each use. Additionally, look for chips or dings and other wear and tear that could interfere with operation during use. Pay attention to any changes in operation that could be fixed with some routine maintenance.

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What maintenance is overlooked within some specific categories of plumbing tools?

Jetters: Take time to clean the letter tips. Remove the tips and flush the letter hose of any debris or particles. At RIDGID, we find that many repair returns can be attributed to this issue alone. Also, when storing machines for the winter, ensure water is removed from the entire system. RV anti-freeze can be used to protect the system.

Drum Machines: Ensure that the auto-feed is functioning properly. The feed handle and feed rollers should move freely and not bind.

Sectional Machines: The clutch handle should move freely and should stop cable rotation when released.

Cables: Maintain lubrication on cable couplings so that drain cleaning tools are not lost down the pipe.

Hand Tools: Keep tools clean and free of any grit and keep cutter wheels, pins and rolls lubricated.

How do you decide if maintenance can be handled on your own or if a tool should be sent in for repairs?

Cleaning and lubricating tools can always be done by the user and often replacing worn parts like cutters, dies, etc. can be handled by users as well. The product manual should provide instructions for basic types of tool services. Depending on how comfortable the user is with the necessary steps, they can decide whether to handle the repair themselves or take it to an authorized repair center.

For machines, any electrical issues (ground fault interrupter failure, for example) should be sent to an authorized repair center. Anything else not addressed by the product manual should also be done by an authorized independent service center for the tool. This maintains the integrity of the product.

The secret to long tool life, in short, is: Keep your tools clean, lubed, and drain cleaning machines free of standing water. Follow the manual and keep an eye out for any irregularities. When in doubt, visit an authorized service center.

About the Author

Doug Corlett is the manager of the RIDGID Factory Service Center. RIDGID is a global manufacturer of more than 300 dependable and innovative tools, trusted by professional trades.…

Hudson Plumber Offers Tips When Hiring A Plumbing Company In Florida
June 4, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

A plumber in Hudson Florida is offering Floridians tips on what to look when hiring a plumbing company for their residential plumbing needs so they can get back to living a great life in the Florida sun.

1. Experienced Plumbers on Staff and a Dedication to Quality Customer Service

Today, having access to a trusted and dependable plumber is essential to keeping your home in the best condition possible. As a matter of fact, knowing where to turn when a plumbing problem arrises is important to saving money and preventing water damage. History has shown that the faster a leak is corrected, the better it is in terms of stopping water damage.

Having a Florida plumber that homeowners can depend upon should always be just a call away. This is especially true if there is an after hours emergency. Being able to call in a technician in the middle of the night can save your home from costly damage. While there are a number of plumbing companies that offer this type of service, only a handful deliver when it comes to timely service and fair pricing. One company in particular that has consistently outshined the competition in this regard is KBR Plumbing in Hudson FL. With experienced plumbers on staff and a dedication to quality customer service, this is the the company to call day or night. 

2. A Simply Precautionary Pipe Inspection at Least Every Two Years

From a leaky faucet to a broken main, no job is too big or too small. One important aspect of home plumbing is that of having routine water line inspections. This is a smart way for homeowners to catch problems long before they become much more serious. Expert plumbers are able to find and isolate pipe related issues long before they become a serious leak or line break.

Many professionals in the home maintenance business recommend having a simply precautionary pipe inspection at least every two years or perhaps even annually as a way to protect your home over the short and long term. This inexpensive and simple step is a great way to enjoy peace of mind and to prevent potential serious water damage. Best, of all when you work with a local plumbing pro in this way, you know that you have someone to call if there is ever a major pipe problem. 

3. Inspect the Water Meter to See if the Meter is Running 

A Hudson, Florida plumbing contractor with experienced and reliable technicians should always be just a call away. That said, as a homeowner there are some things that you can do to keep your home safe also. For example, every few months it is good practice to good through your entire home and inspect water lines and connections. Look at all appliances and each water connection to find any drips or leaks. Also check the water main and the water meter.

Look for soggy sections of your yard, which may indicate that a water main is leaking or broken. Inspect the water meter to see if the meter is running excessively even with all water outlets turned off inside and outside the house. This is perhaps one the simplest ways to detect an otherwise undiscovered leak. Look under all cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen to spot any drips or leaks that may have developed since your last visual inspection. 

4. Having Work Completed by a Licensed Technician

Homeowners sometimes choose to attempt a plumbing repair on their own, however this may not always be the best option. As a matter of fact, it could end up costing the homeowner more money if the job is not done correctly. When you hire a plumber Hudson Florida homeowners trust and respect, you know that the work will be done professionally and correctly the first time around. In short, nothing compares to having a pro do the work.

Even a simple leaky faucet, if improperly repaired could spell disaster. When an expert does the work, you have peace of mind and work that comes with a full warranty. That means that if there are any issues with the repair, that someone will be out to check …

How to Detect Plumbing Problems That Commonly Cause Water Damage
May 27, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

How to Detect Plumbing Problems That Commonly Cause Water Damage

 

Water damage in your home is caused by one of two sources – water coming in from the exterior or issues with the plumbing system causing water leakage from the interior. Statistics state that the average water damage claim is around $8,000. Homeowners can avoid these expensive problems by keeping a close eye on certain areas and keeping up with regular maintenance.

Under the Kitchen Sink

You will find supply lines and drain pipes under the kitchen sink. Both of these elements can cause damage when worn out, cracked, or broken, but it is the supply lines that present the greatest danger. Filled with pressurized water, a crack in these pipes can produce a continual stream of water that will soak everything in the area very quickly.

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Checking for potential problems is simple. Touch the pipes for moisture, especially around any elbows and seals. This is often where the plumbing can grow weak or spring a leak. It’s also worthwhile to have a look at the bottom of the cabinetry, watching for discoloration and spongy spots on the laminate. If you can see any of that your plumbing may have already leaked and there is a risk of mold and mildew spreading.

Behind the Toilet

A toilet overflow is one common cause of water damage. When something is blocking the drain and the toilet is flushed or running a backup can easily spill onto the floor damaging walls, framing, and cabinetry. But there is another area of potential danger in your bathroom.

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Behind the toilet, there are supply lines very similar to those found under the kitchen sink. They may be chrome, PVC, stainless steel, or copper. Many are braided for flexibility and the pipe is actually quite short in length. Feel around the connections for any moisture or sweating, as this can be your first clue that a problem exists. Even braided plumbing can burst, crack or split and cause serious damage in the bathroom.

In the Laundry Room

Many newer homes place the laundry appliances in an area that is finished (second-floor laundry rooms, for example). Although this is much more desirable for the appearance and comfort of the room, it spells serious trouble if there is a leak. Large pans that are plumbed in with drainpipes can be placed underneath your washer to avoid problems. Those pans will not be of any help if the plumbing behind your washer breaks, leaking water into the room and potentially through the walls to damage the framing, drywall, and even the electrical.

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Water and leak detection devices are wise things to include in laundry rooms, especially those that are located on the second floor or main floor above a finished basement. Often connected to the main water valve, these detectors will automatically turn off the main valve and stop the flow of water, reducing the total amount of damage incurred. Look for products with a simple design and dependable history to properly protect your laundry room from potential leaks.

Problems in your plumbing system could be the source of major damage to your home and possessions. Look under the kitchen sink, behind the toilet and in the laundry room to discover the common problems. Keep a close eye on these areas in order to catch problems early and consider simple, reliable leak detectors for even better protection. Your home is worth the effort it takes to properly monitor the plumbing for any sign of an issue.

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5 BENEFITS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PLUMBING SERVICE
May 26, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumbing Service

A bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, we understand how tempting it can be to “fix” your own plumbing. However, hiring a professional plumbing service can save you money in the long run and ensure the problem is taken care of once and for all.

If you’re like most people, you probably take your plumbing for granted — until it doesn’t work anymore. Then, getting it fixed becomes an emergency. Without proper plumbing, it’s impossible to clean, cook and bathe. That’s why it’s important to partner with a plumbing company you can trust.

Here are five advantages of hiring our professional plumbers for all your plumbing needs.

  1. Trained and Licensed Plumbers

If you hire an inexperienced plumber to install your new water heater or shower, you could end up with water pressure and temperature problems. Unlicensed plumbers might be cheaper, but you take a big risk in hiring them.

An untrained plumber can actually do a lot more harm than good, leaving you with a headache and, possibly, higher future plumbing bills. Instead, you can rely on our well-trained technicians, who know how to handle a broad spectrum of plumbing issues.

Some of our services include:

Our plumbing service comes with guaranteed quality control. We want you to be happy when we leave. After all, our future business depends on satisfied customers.

  1. The Right Equipment

Few things are more annoying than waiting around for a plumber to show up only to learn they didn’t bring the right tools for the job. So, you have to wait for them to go get the appropriate equipment and return to finally start the job. That rarely happens with a bluefrog Plumbing + Drain technician. We emphasize the need to stock the van with all the equipment needed for the job at hand, and we vet our plumbers to ensure they have the high standards for customer service we expect.

Whether the job requires tube cutters, wrenches, and screwdrivers, or augers and video cameras, we have state-of-the-art equipment or traditional tools that help us get the job done efficiently.

  1. Provides Multiple Services

Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain provides a variety of plumbing services. Each plumber receives comprehensive training. That means you can ask for multiple services to get your plumbing system in order with a single phone call.

Some plumbing companies specialize in one type of service, such as unclogging drains. Our plumbers can install water heaters, showers, faucets, and other hardware, as well as unclog, repair or replace your pipes.

So, if you need a dishwasher or garbage disposal installed, let us know the next time you call us for a plumbing problem. We’ll be happy to help.

  1. Get a Better Outcome

When you hire an experienced plumbing service, you gain access to a team of highly skilled professionals. Our experts have been in the business for many years, if not decades. They know how to deal with plumbing systems in brand new homes but are just as adept in figuring out how to tweak the plumbing in your decades-old home.

If you are renovating your home and need advice on how to marry new plumbing systems to your original piping, we can help. Inexperienced plumbers and motivated DIY homeowners could end up doing more damage than good. Without the proper equipment and protective gear, you could end up with injuries and unhealthy living conditions due to the nature of toxic waste in your pipes.

  1. Emergency Services

When a pipe breaks in the middle of the night or the hot water heater bursts, who are you going to call? We invite you to take advantage of our emergency plumbing services at any time of the day or night.

If you can’t get other plumbers to pick up the phone on the weekend or during holidays, call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. We’ll be there quickly to stabilize your plumbing and clean up unexpected flooding before it damages your flooring, walls, and furnishings.

Our professional plumbers run on a customer-focused model. That means you can rely on our trained, licensed technicians, even if another plumbing company has let you down.

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Four Plumbing Projects to Improve Water Quality in Your Home
May 21, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

Water quality remains a vital issue around the world. Canadians have access to clean, safe water, but there are several plumbing upgrades and home improvement projects that provide your family with good tasting, safe and clean water in a convenient way. Check these out and consider how to enhance your home.

Install a Drinking Water Filter

No matter where your water comes from, municipal supply, or a well, adding a filter helps to improve quality and taste. Modern innovations have made residential water filtration systems even better, moving from simple pitcher filters to in-faucet filters and those incorporated directly into your plumbing. Choose the best type for your family, depending on budget and supply needs.

  • Faucet Filters – these products screw into your existing faucet and act much like the pitcher systems made widely popular by companies like Brita. With a more convenient design, faucet filters allow you to fill your drinking water glass directly from this faucet, with several key contaminants eliminated from the water. Maintenance includes filter changes and typical costs are affordable.
  • Single Stage Filters – a larger, more advanced version of the faucet filter, single-stage water filters are installed at your kitchen sink by a licensed plumber and often come with a drinking water tap for easy visual reference. The filter removes dirt, sediment, and contaminants such as copper, lead, and chlorine. Maintenance includes filter changes and typical costs range from $100 to $300, depending on the brand and installation costs.
  • Reverse Osmosis Filters – the ideal home water filtration system, this design uses carbon filters and various membranes to eliminate nearly all of the contaminants present in our drinking water. The unit is mounted within your plumbing system and may have a separate tap, depending on the brand. Several manufacturers offer reverse osmosis systems, including General Electric, Kohler, and Culligan. Maintenance includes filter changes and typical costs range from $500 and up, based on the brand and installation fees.

Water filters allow for tastier, healthier drinking water but do not have the capability to purify water, in case of contamination after a storm. Always stay on top of your regular maintenance and keep track of filter performance to ensure your family receives the cleanest water possible.

Replace Rusted Plumbing

Old galvanized plumbing rusts, creating a mess in your appliances and resulting in premature wear and damage. Rust in the dishwasher or washing machine is a common sign of this problem. Although rusting pipes may not affect drinking water, this condition often shows up in your hot water, affecting bathing and showering, as well as the washing machine and dishwasher.

Some plumbers recommend installing a filter on the hot water pipe. This could be a temporary solution, but eventually, decay will eat away at your plumbing and a full replacement becomes necessary.

Replace the pipes with copper or high-quality PVC. Your plumber can provide a cost estimate for both options. Any connections made with the aged galvanized plumbing require copper piping and dialectic unions to prevent further corrosion.

Are you planning any other home improvement projects in the near future? Bathroom renovations, kitchen remodels, finishing the basement, replacing trim, or patching up old drywall provide an opportunity to upgrade the existing plumbing before rust becomes a problem. Avoid rust stains on your clothing and dishes by planning to replace older pipes before corrosion sets in.

Install a Water Softener

Water softeners deal with hard water issues naturally present in many areas of Canada. Supplying hot and cold softened water to your plumbing system and appliances, this equipment allows for a more comfortable lifestyle. Hard water creates staining and often makes it difficult to get completely clean during a bath or shower. Your family will appreciate the function and results of a quality water softener.

Water softeners improve efficiency in your home. Soft water heats faster, cutting down on the energy needs of your water heater, and soft water creates less strain on your appliances. Experts state that using soft water in your hot water system cuts down energy usage by at least 20 percent for both electric and gas-powered hot water heaters.

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Where to Start and What to Look For
May 18, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

Chances are if you found this article you’re in the middle of a plumbing situation or emergency and you’re looking for good plumbers to help you out of the bind you’re in… On the other hand, you may also be in a position where you’re just looking to remodel a bathroom or even add a bathroom to your existing structure. Whatever the case you’re going to need a plumber or plumbers and you don’t where to start…

Well first things first, if you’re in the middle of an emergency I strongly recommend you check out this article: How To Hire A Plumber In An Emergency which was written specifically for homeowners who find themselves in the midst of plumbing. There are certain steps you should make sure you take if you leak into your home. One of the first things you want to do in an emergency is turn off the water supply to the leak to stop any further damage from occurring to your home. Shutting off the water supply will also buy you more time, especially if it’s a holiday weekend or the middle of the night, so you can take your time and hire a good plumber during regular hours where you’ll pay regular and not “emergency” rates and save yourself a lot of money in the process. In any event, make sure to check out the above link for how to handle a plumbing emergency.

It’s important to note that there are different types of plumbers with different specialties. The same plumber that fixes a leak at your property probably won’t

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be helping you add a new bathroom to your existing home. Some plumbers specialize in remodeling and addition projects and plumbers specialize in emergency repair situations. Obviously, one of the most important things you can do is decipher what type of plumber you need for your specific project.

Regardless of what type of plumber you’re looking for, there are several tips and steps you can follow to ensure that you do indeed find and hire a good plumber for your specific project. You can find our insider tips and recommendations for finding and hiring a good plumber in your area by following this link: How To Find And Hire Good Plumbers.

Different Types of Plumbers

Regardless of what type of plumber you need it is wise and recommended to look for and hire a plumber that is familiar with the type of work you need to be done. Sounds like common sense but most folks don’t realize that there are different types of plumbing specialties within the plumbing profession. For instance, some plumbers specialize in the installation of new pipes into new residential homes and plumbers specialize in the installation of new plumbing systems into commercial buildings. There are also plumbing contractors that focus on the repair of residential plumbing and plumbers that specialize in the repair of commercial building plumbing systems.

Commercial Plumbing

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Commercial plumbers deal with larger commercial buildings and will typically use blueprints to guide them in their work. Commercial plumbers often deal with custom pipes and fittings that you probably won’t find at the local home improvement store. Commercial plumbers will read blueprints for new buildings and install the plumbing system per instructions. Chances are you probably won’t need commercial plumbers unless you’re involved in commercial real estate.

 

Residential Construction Plumbing

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Plumbers that work in residential plumbing install new plumbing systems into new homes. While the blueprints are not as extensive as you would see in commercial plumbing, a new construction plumber still has to be familiar with how to read blueprints and more importantly be familiar with current local code requirements. The great thing about hiring a plumber with commercial or new residential plumbing experience is that they have experience with how plumbing systems work. These types of plumbers are familiar with “what is behind the wall” and are familiar with how plumbing systems work and that experience can be invaluable.

Service/Repair Plumbers

Most homeowners are most familiar with this type of plumber. When you have a leak or a clogged sink you will often call a service or repair plumber to solve the problem. Service …

A Residential Plumber Contract Agreement; Why and How to Develop Plumber Work Orders and Contracts
May 11, 2021 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

A Residential Plumber Contract Agreement; Why and How to Develop Plumber Work Orders and Contracts

 

Many owners of plumbing projects are not knowledgeable about the differences between terms like “residential plumber contract agreement”, “plumber work orders”, and “plumbing industry standards”. The purpose of this article is to educate and inform businesses and homeowners about these terms. And drive home the importance of a detailed residential plumber contract agreement.

According to a 2006 Global Foresight, Inc. report outlining information on plumbing industry standards, trends, and forecast:

  • Plumbing Industry standards promote safe, healthy, and sustainable work practices on plumbing systems for efficient, effective plumbing problem resolution. (Licensed plumbing professionals are highly skilled and are trained to abide by rigid plumbing industry standards.)
  • Plumbing industry trends include better consumer education that results in increased energy consumption awareness, greater water conservation efforts, and the demand for more multi-purpose, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and products. Including “smart” high-tech plumbing fixtures and products. (I.e. the Japan-oriented “intelligent toilet’ that measures sugar levels in urine, blood pressure, body fat, and weight.)
  • The plumbing industry forecast predicts an upswing in environmentally correct home plumbing product use, like toilets that flush using recycled washing-machine and dishwasher water. And the services of eco-friendly licensed journeyman plumbers; expected to be standard practice by the year 2015.

 

Plumber work orders differ from a residential plumber contract agreement. A plumber work order is for common, non-complex plumbing services; everyday leaks, basic water heater repair, and replacement of U-joints and simple plumbing fixtures like faucets and sprayers.

The primary purpose of a plumber work order is to provide a formal point-of-reference; documentation that a particular service was provided for a certain individual, using specific materials and/or plumbing fixtures, by a licensed plumbing professional, for amount-specific compensation. And that payment for plumbing industry services was either received or billed.

Plumber work orders generally contain the following information: date, name of plumbing industry company and/or licensed plumbing professional with contact information, name of plumbing projects owner with contact information, plumbing projects location, service provided, materials and plumbing fixtures required, material costs, service cost, and payment receipt or billing notation. Note: plumbing projects’ contact information usually includes mailing address, physical address/location, telephone number, and plumbing professional fax/e-mail.

residential plumber contract agreement or any type of plumber contract agreement is for complex or larger plumbing projects. It exceeds basic services outlined in a plumber work order and helps ensure the licensed plumbing professional will perform services according to plumbing industry standards.

A plumber contract agreement should provide a detailed blueprint for each aspect of plumber projects, listing specific expectations, requirements, and plumber contract agreement information. Like plumber work orders, a residential plumber contract agreement is critical for legal footing; for both project owner and licensed journeyman plumber.

Unfortunately, many owners of plumbing projects rely on a verbal plumber contract agreement. Discovering after a problem arises that oral agreements are of little value in a courtroom. Note: this is true even in states where a verbal plumber contract agreement is considered legally binding. Without written proof, a court ruling could swing either way; not necessarily in favor of the person in the right.

Choosing the Right Licensed Journeyman Plumber for Plumbing Projects

Of course, the first step before developing plumber work orders or a residential plumber contract agreement is to select the right licensed journeyman plumber or certified master plumber.

Journeyman plumbers have invested years of classroom education, apprentice program participation, and on-the-job training to become licensed plumbing professionals. Not to mention meeting stringent state-specific plumbing industry testing and license requirements.

A certified master plumber has far exceeded licensed journeyman plumber requirements and is a master at fulfilling plumbing industry standards. A certified master plumber is qualified to instruct and oversee all aspects of commercial and residential plumbing projects large or small. They are adept at developing complex commercial and industrial plumbing work orders, project plans, and blueprints. A certified master plumber can design and install entire plumbing systems – from start to finish.

A good licensed journeyman plumber or certified master plumber is dedicated plumbing professional with an eye for detail. Trained to ensure all plumbing industry standards and state and local building codes …

How To Find & Choose The Best Plumber In Virginia
December 30, 2020 Blog Jeffrey Steeves

Most homeowners would usually be the ones that make the decision on which services they should pick for their home repairs and they would most probably have a hard time choosing just the right one. This is undeniably true when it comes to finding a plumber that can be trusted and cost-effective at the same time. Fortunately, this article is here to help you to know the right way to not only find the right plumber but also to choose the best one among the sea of the so-called professional plumbers available in your area. Let’s get right into this article now to know more.

Browse for Local Plumbers In Virginia Online

The best way to get in touch with a pool of plumbers is by browsing through the internet and doing a quick Google search. In most cases, plumbers would list their services on their website or somewhere in an online directory. There are also some plumbing blogs that you need to check out as well as they would usually provide a lot of beneficial Do-It-Yourself (DIY) information that you can utilize in your house aside from getting their contacts there. Just be sure to choose the one that has been established for quite a long time so that you will be able to take a look at the customer reviews to use as an indicator of the level of the quality of the services provided by them and the plumbing contractors you could be hiring.

Some customer reviews will also give you a hint of the current performance of the company so it’s crucial for you to check out the reviews to learn more about them. All of these factors play an important role in determining whether or not you should be hiring them to work on some of the repairs needed in your home. It’s highly recommended that you pick the ones that have a lot of positive reviews from the customers as they would most probably be the ones that provide high-quality services at a reasonable rate.

Check for Facts, Stats, and Online Reputation for Insights

Be sure to check for the company’s plumbing certifications, licenses, customer ratings, as well as industry reviews to make sure that you are dealing with the right plumber from a reliable plumbing company. A certified plumber that has a license means that they have the latest knowledge that can be used in the plumbing industry and they have agreed to obey the consumers’ laws. These consumers’ laws are there to protect the customers from getting any faulty repairs from a specific repairman such as a plumber. This includes guaranteed refunds, replacements, and compensations for all the losses and damage that has been caused by the repairman.

A good plumber should have a lot of positive reviews and recommendations from their past customers. The prices offered should also be affordable and reasonable depending on the complexity of the plumbing work needed. Apart from that, you might also want to browse for plumbers that provide warranties for their customers as these types of plumbers would usually deliver high-quality services at a reasonable rate. This would also provide you with something that you could hold onto just in case anything goes wrong within the warranty period.

A great example would be this plumber in Warrenton VA with 200+ reviews from customers.

Utilize Your Network and Referrals

The importance of having a good network is extremely important for almost everything in life. The key to having a good network is by connecting with the people around you to build a strong relationship with them. This step is important to make sure that you get the best referrals of the most reliable, cost-effective, and most importantly trusted plumber available in your local area. Your network can be made up of the local people around you such as your friends, family members, relatives as well as your co-workers. In most cases, you would get your high-quality recommendations by asking for some suggestions from any of these people.

It’s not 100% guaranteed that the quality of the services of the plumbers that are recommended by these people are excellent which brings us to the next point. Always …