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5 Famous Plumbers in History

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Today’s plumbers are best known for keeping our pipes flowing, our water running, and just generally solving plumbing mishaps.Without plumbers, where would we be?

Without a couple of the plumbers listed below, we probably still be using outhouses, and watching the city streets flood with waste water…yuck! Here is our list of 5 famous plumbers (real or fictional):

#1: Sir John Harrington

Without the invention of the first flush toilet in 1596, by no one other than Sir John Harrington – who continuously thought outside the box long before most homes even had running water – this list of 5 famous plumbers wouldn’t even exist.

#2: Mario & Luigi

Many of us have all grown up with this dynamic duo! Italian plumbers with signature mustaches, Mario in red and Luigi in green, showed up in a game that had the duo investigating sewers in search of Princess Peace – all the while keeping the city safe from flying turtles and mutant sewer kings.

#3: Thomas Crapper

Unfortunately for him that is his real name! In the 1880s, while owning his own plumbing business, Thomas Crapper invented a siphon system that was designed to help empty the cistern. Legend has it that the slang term for a toilet – the crapper – was started by WW1 soldiers that saw “T. Crapper” on toilets.

#4: Harry Patch

Quite possibly known best for his extreme longevity, Henry John Patch (aka Harry Patch), was a British soldier and WWI survivor – a survivor that lived to be 111 years old and who only recently passed in 2009. As a child – age 11 – he was a plumber’s apprentice.

Upon returning from war, Harry began working full-time as a plumber, and eventually went on to own his own company after avoiding being enlisted in WWII by one eligibility year. The number one certainly seems to have been in Harry Patch’s favor, doesn’t it?

#5: Ozzy Osbourne

Before the prince of darkness made a name for himself John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne was – get ready for it – a plumber’s apprentice. No we’re not pulling your chain! The English heavy metal singer and songwriter left school at the age of 15 to work as a plumber. That is until he hit his big break.

Holiday Comfort Tips

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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‘Tis the season! With family and friends arriving, holiday celebrations happening, and large volumes of Christmas cookies baking, the holidays can certainly make for hectic homes.

And, with 15 days until Christmas and 22 days until New Year’s, there is very little time to prepare your home in a manner that ensures your guests feel welcomed and remain comfortable during their entire stay.

This holiday season, our wish for you is that you’ll find the following holiday comfort tips helpful, so that you and your guests can enjoy the holidays without too much added stress.

Tried and True Holiday Comfort Tips

Tip #1: Establish a Cozy Indoor Temperature

With guests coming and going, establishing a cozy indoor temperature may be a bit tricky, but you needn’t worry as it is definitely doable. To keep your home comfortable, without wasting energy, place cozy areas rugs throughout as well as have your heating system serviced by a professional HVAC technician.

Tip #2: Stock the Pantry

Stock your pantry and fridge full of comfort foods for those times when unexpected guests arrive on your doorstep (trust me it’s bound to happen). We recommend having plenty of tortilla chips, salsa, refried beans, pasta, sauce, cheese, sour cream, eggs and mac and cheese on hand for a quick dinner. As much as it is obvious that we should all be following the sensible guidelines from the Health Tree or from a personal nutritionist, we all know that the holidays are meant for a little indulgence at the dinner table.

Tip #3: Spread the Joy

I know this holiday comfort tip may be a little off topic, but it is important to note that no matter how busy we get during the holidays, we should still remember that there are people out there less fortunate than us as well as those that may be struggling with the “holiday blues.”

Spreading the joy of the season with others just by saying “Happy Holidays” has a way of making even the gloomiest of days brighter for both you and the receiver of said greeting. If possible, you can also contribute to a family in need, by contacting your local Salvation Army.

Happy Holidays!

Money Saving Tips for Heating Your Home This Winter

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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In case you didn’t know, it’s November already, which means it’s time for homeowners to start turning on those heaters. It’s also that time of year where people like to take long hot showers and of course, that causes the water heater costs to go into overdrive. In a few weeks’ time, holiday shoppers will be out in droves, looking for the best deal on gifts.

With the wallet pinching that comes with this time of year, we at A-Peoria Plumbing thought what better way was there to help homeowners save money on heating costs, than to provide them with some helpful money saving tips.

Money Saving Tips #1: Regulate Your Thermostat

To save money when heating your home this winter, the first and most important thing you should do is to check what temperature your thermostat is set at, the higher the temperature the more you’ll be shelling out.

According to the Department of Energy, you save up to 10 percent off of your monthly utility bills, just by setting your thermostat to a toasty 70 degrees. These savings can be used for a programmable thermostat in just one month.

Money Saving Tips #2: Insulation is a Home’s Best Defense

Insulation is your home’s best defense against high energy bills. It provides many benefits including minimizing heat transfers in the winter and summer months, provides ventilation, controls moisture and increases comfort.

Bringing your home’s insulation up to code, along with using high R-value rated products, can save you 20 to 30 percent off of your monthly utility bills. To determine the level of insulation you’ll need, use this calculator.

Money Saving Tips #3: Dial Back Your Hot Water Settings

Water heaters, according to the Department of Energy, account for 14 to 25 percent of your home’s monthly utility bills. No wonder considering they come factory set at 140 degrees, hot enough to scald, and run 24/7.

For every 10 degrees you dial back your hot water heater’s temperature, you’ll save 3 to 5 percent, 120 degrees will keep your hot water at a comfortable level during the winter. Insulating it will save you even more.

Money Savings Tips #4: Annual Heater Maintenance and Tune-Up

Ensure your heating system works at peak performance by using Goodman furnace products and having a reputable HVAC service technician provide you with a comprehensive heater maintenance inspection and tune-up once per year before the cold sets in.

Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Fall Plumbing Maintenance TipsThe leaves are beginning to change color, the air is cooling to what we Arizonians consider a mild climate, and the days are getting shorter. That can only mean one thing my friends…fall has officially arrived!

As a result of falls arrival, we know that winter isn’t far behind, which means that now is the perfect time to start prepping your homes’ plumbing for cold days and even colder nights.

Why? Because cold weather can play havoc on your plumbing fixtures, which could potentially cause busted pipes and other major plumbing headaches. Headaches that often cause big bucks to relieve…

So, to our loyal readers, we offer the following plumbing maintenance tips and tricks to ensure you don’t put a major dent in your wallet. As temperatures start dipping this fall, it pays to plan ahead, by following these tips and tricks.

Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Tip #1: Flush the Water Out of Your Plumbing System

To do this, you should first completely turn off your home’s water supply, by either contacting your local water company or doing it yourself (depending on water source). Once the main water supply is turned off, you should proceed to the next step, which is turning on two faucets: one on high and the other on low. Read more here.

Tip #2: Insulate your Pipes

Insulating your pipes with the right insulation materials (look for high R-values) will keep them from getting to cold. Actually, insulating your pipes throughout the fall and winter will also help avoid the need for water heater repair and reduce your electricity bill, especially if you insulate your hot water heater itself and pipes.

Tip #3: Use Anti-Freeze to Protect

I know what you’re thinking but using RV anti-freeze in areas where water tends to linger is actually one of the best things you can do to help keep said water from freezing. Add anti-freeze to these fixtures: toilet, sink, bathtubs or shower stalls. Do not add it to: drinking systems, dish washer or washing machines.

Tip #4: Hire a Professional Plumber

When you’re prepping your home for the winter months ahead, ensuring your plumbing system is protected becomes one of the most important activities you can do as a homeowner. But if you balk at the idea of handling more detailed plumbing work, you may want to consider hiring a reputable emergency plumber Mesa. Read more to seek professional help for new shower doors replacement concerns.

You can find professional and expert plumber in the Concord area at highly affordable prices. Hire them to get the best plumbing services in town and keep your home clean.

Finding a reputable plumber in your area, such as those employed by A-Peoria Plumbing, can save you time and money. It also means that the job will be completed correctly the first time around. For more information, or to schedule service, contact A-Peoria at (623) 979-7223. We offer FREE estimates!

OW! That’s Hot: Anti-Scald Devices Protect Your Family

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Provide Your Family With Peace of Mind;Install Anti-Scald Devices

 

anti-scald devicesGrateful for the warm tub of water, with its steam enveloping the entire room, I quickly sank into the bathtub’s depths. The warm water would be a welcoming relief for my tired and aching muscles.

It wasn’t long before you heard the sounds of my yells…

The water was far too hot – almost on the brink of scalding hot to be exact. To avoid facing 1st, 2nd or even 3rd degree burns; I quickly exited the water. Situations just like this are common – more so than you’ve ever imagined.

In fact, according to the Burn Foundation, over 500,000 scald burns are reported annually in the United States. Those most at risk include children under the age of five and adults over the age of 65.

Preventing Scald Injuries

Hot tap water accounts for seventeen percent of all reported childhood scald hospitalizations. In as little as 1 second, a child can face 3rd degree burns at a water temperature of 156° (2 seconds = 149°, 5 seconds = 140°, 15 seconds = 133°).

Anti-scald devices and techniques is your best form of prevention – even just turning the hot water heater down to 120° degrees (most water heaters are set to 140°) can make all the difference between burning someone and not.

Here are some of the things you can do to prevent burns:

  • Test the water’s temperature by moving your hand back and forth in the water before placing a child into the bath or getting in the bath yourself.
  • Never leave children unattended; not even for a second!
  • Adjust the hot water heater to 120°, rather than its default setting.
  • Install anti-scale devices on all of your faucets and showerheads.

Anti-Scald Devices

Anti-scald devices are typically the safest ways to ensure no one gets accidentally burned. These devices make it nearly impossible to get burned when you immerse yourself in a tub full of water.

Whole house mixing valves can protect your entire home, no matter how many faucets you have. Or you can also install “hot stop” equipped faucets and showerheads for the kitchen and bathroom.

These devices allow you to set a maximum temperature (typically between 100° and 140° degrees; however, we recommend 120° degrees). Once the water reaches your desired temperature, the device will automatically reduce the hot water by replacing some of it with cold water.

While small, these devices sure are powerful. They are also able to protect the bather from being scalded by hot water surges. You know, those moments when someone flushes the toilet and you have to jump away from the water’s spray?

If you’d like more information about having anti-scald devices installed in your home or upgrading your outdated water heater, please feel free to contact the professional plumbers at A-Peoria today: (623) 979-7223.

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Have you ever noticed just how much clutter tends to accumulate in what is often the smallest room of your house?

Think about it.  You have your toilet paper, hairbrushes and stylers, makeup and beauty cleansers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, towels and washcloths, medicine, soap, and – well the list could keep going but I’m going to end it there.

Sure, our daily (sometimes twice daily) beauty routines may require most of this stuff, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it all has to be unorganized.  Here we offer some helpful bathroom organization ideas:

  1. TOSS IT OUT

If it’s not useful or beautiful – toss it out.  Yes, seriously!  The first step in bathroom organization includes ridding yourself (or in this case your bathroom) of excessive clutter.

Let’s start with something simple, shall we?  Checking the expiration dates on your vitamins and medications including prescriptions.  If it’s expired, even by a day, toss it.  These items have a rather short shelf life.

Now…on to something just a wee bit harder for us women.  Our makeup!  All of which has a different built-in expiration date.  According to recommendations by WebMD Magazine you should replace the following at the times specified:

  • Mascara & Eye Liner – 3 to 4 Months
  • Foundation – <1 year
  • Lipstick & Gloss – 6 months to 1 year
  • Powders – 18 months to 2 years

Sorry girls, but when you’re attempting bathroom organization, now is certainly not the time to want to keep the products you’re not using.  And, while you may be surprised to find hidden products during this time, you should toss them too.

  1. JUST SAY NO TO SAMPLES

Do you find yourself often wandering around the mall aimlessly picking up one sample after another?  Then stop it!  Chances are, once you get home, these little samples are just thrown in the drawer and forgotten anyway.

  1. OPT FOR CORDLESS

Whenever possible, try to purchase blow dryers, curling irons and straighteners that have retractable cords.  You’d be simply amazed as to how much room this idea will actually save you.

If retractable isn’t available, always wrap up the cord as neatly as possible when you’re finished, and hang it inside the under-sink cabinet on hooks that attach to the cabinet door. 

  1. CONTROL THE MADNESS

So that even the littlest of items have their own place it’s recommend that you store elastic hair bands, bobby pins, cotton swabs, Q-Tips, etc. in little containers or magnetic storage tins.

For larger items including your hair brush, shampoo and conditioner, body washes, etc. invest in organizational caddies (you can even get them at the Dollar Store).

This way, everything has its own place and everything goes back to that place, which makes it easy to not only contain the clutter, but to also find exactly what you need, when you need it.

  1. HANDY BASKETS

For small bathrooms, add a stand-alone shelf or rack above the toilet where you can store usable items, such as towels and toilet paper, in handy wicker baskets.  You’d be amazed at the selection of baskets available on the market today. Navigate to this website for best bathroom designs.

  1. CABINET UNCLOGGED

Despite our best intentions, the under-sink cabinet in our bathrooms often all too easily becomes an area where everything – and I do mean everything – gets tossed inside and is often left to be forgotten.

Here is where you repeat step 1 above and again toss those items that are simply not be used.  You should additionally refrain from keeping bottles of beauty products that are pretty empty.

For the items you’re keeping, invest in Tupperware shoe box sized containers, and organize these items into piles.  For example; medications go in one container, and hair accessories go in another.  Just remember to label containers.

Common Causes of Clogged Pipes

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

It is a common issue in any household that drains get clogged. Most of the time the culprit of clogged drains are everyday items that when disposed of correctly can save you from backed up smelly kitchen drains or overflowing soiled toilets. These problems can cause you problems and costly water damage restoration process. So, as soon as you noticed that your drains are running slower, it’s worth getting everything checked out by a professional drain unblocking company such as Flo-Well Drainage and Plumbing (more info at flo-well.co.uk).

Don't allow water to go out the drain!

But this inconvenient problem is easily preventable and can save you a lot of heartache by taking simple steps to ensure your pipes flow freely and water is drained correctly. In case you need professional help however there is Adelaide home pipe repair service that can help you. You will find below some common causes of clogged pipes and how to prevent them.

Food

So you think that because you have the toughest and most powerful garbage disposal on the market that you can put pretty much anything down there and it will disappear like magic? Wrong. You would be surprised at the everyday food products that should not be put into your garbage disposal. Vegetables that are stringy or fibrous should never go down the disposal. Vegetables of this material tend to get caught in the motor and will eventually clog your drain and possibly lead to a burnt out disposal motor. You should take care of drains just like you do not to have the clogged dryer vents. Also foods that are high in starch should not be put in your kitchen drain. These foods will swell and stick to the pipes slowing and eventually backing up your drain. This is the same for any greases, fats, or heavy gravies. Its better to put these items in a plastic bag and put them in the trash, as recommended by HOME – GOLDEN RETROFIT.

Hair

Hair is among the top causes of clogged drains in restrooms. The longer the hair the worse for your drain. Hair is notorious for clumping up in pipes and does so at a slower pace therefore allowing it to thicken and harden making removal extremely difficult. The best way to prevent this is to purchase a hair crumb catcher and install it over your drain. Also remember to regularly clean the hair crumb catcher so that doesn’t become clogged as well.

Paper

The only type of paper that should go down your toilet is toilet paper. Refrain from flushing paper towels and feminine products down the toilet. These products are designed for maximum absorption and when they come in contact with water will expand and immediately cause a clogged drain. Other paper products that should stay away from flushing are cotton balls, per-moistened wipes, and scrub pads. On a side note and one that doesn’t qualify as paper but is a common problem in toilets are kids toys. Things like action figures, barbie dolls, and matchbox cars are often found by plumbers unclogging toilets so if you have little ones it might be a good idea to install a child safety mechanism to prevent lifting of the lid. If you need a good technitian to solve this problem, check out Marines Plumbing website.

Soap

Believe it or not soap can actually clog your drains. The most common form of soap known to clog drains is bar soap. This happens when bar soap combines with hard water to form residue that is left behind on pipes. This residue will build up and restrict flow causing slow drainage of basins and tubs. It is recommended switching to liquid soap or using liquid hand sanitizer which requires no rinsing.

If you ever find yourself with a clogged drain do not hesitate to contact the experts at A-Peoria Plumbing. Remember if you have a drain that is continuously clogging, it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

5 Common Plumbing Myths Busted

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Don't allow water to go out the drain!

The following 5 common plumbing myths share one thing in common – no one knows where they started from – let alone who told them.  At A-Peoria, we wanted to take the time to bust these plumbing myths, in order to ensure you save both time and money. These guys know what they’re talking about when it comes to plumbing, because the folks at https://flotechsplumbing.com are highly professional and experienced.

#1 – Lemon Cleans Your Garbage Disposal – Wrong!  While lemon may make your drain smell better, they are in fact, they aren’t very effective at doing the job of actually cleaning it.  In fact, lemon could cause more damage than its worth, by clogging your sink up and corroding your disposal.  As a Dallas plumber, I learned that ice works nicely to polish your disposal and when life gives you lemons don’t throw them down the drain, check tip #4!

#2 – In-Tank Cleaners Can Save You Time – No matter how much we wish it to be true, or how much cleaning manufactures promote it, there is just no magic way of cleaning your toilet.  Often times, these cleaning agents, are just not worth the expense as their main ingredients are harsh on both your bowl and the environment.  A cup of white vinegar every week works just as good, if not better than, these “magic” cleaning agents.

#3 – Running Water while Using the Disposal – I have to admit I am guilty of this one myself!  However, allowing the faucet to run while using the garbage disposal doesn’t help if you’ve already added the waste, as is often the case in most homes (mine included).  Rather than waste water or use it as greywater, you should fill your sink with a 4:1 ration of water to waste, as this allows the separated waste to all too easily flow away. If you with to learn more about greywater, read this WaterCraft WA: What is greywater blog article.

#4 – Water and Soap Works Can Save You Money – Have you ever found yourself attempting to wash your bathroom or kitchen fixtures with just soap and water?  If you answered yes, you couldn’t inevitably be harming your fixtures!  Even the littlest amount of soap can cause your fixtures to corrode over time.  A safer alternative that will save you money, without damaging effects, is to use lemon juice.

#5 – All Plumbers are the Same – Hold on for just a second there!  Just because a plumber says they’re a plumber doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.  The best plumbers you can hire for your money are the ones that are both licensed and certified; such as the one’s found at A-Peoria.  If you chose the first plumber your Google search brings up, you may found yourself spending more time and money calling another for heating pump repairs since the original plumber didn’t fix it properly the first time. If you are struggling to find a reliable plumbing contractor in San Diego, contact THA Heating, Air, and Plumbing Inc.

Installing Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Don't allow water to go out the drain!The conservation of water is important, especially considering the fact that many states including our own are experiencing the conditions brought about by drought, but so is ensuring you are provided with impressive plumbing performance. Making the switch to low-flow plumbing fixtures can deliver both. But that’s not all! Low-flow plumbing fixtures can also save you money on those dreaded monthly energy bills.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) survey of plumbing service in Plano, households that have purchased and installed low-flow plumbing fixtures, can shave approximately 30 percent off of their indoor water use. This savings additionally correlates into a substantial savings on your monthly water, sewer and energy bills.

In Arizona, roughly 25 percent of the water supply is for municipal use, with most of this being directed towards its 6,626,624 residents. According to Arizona’s Department of Water Resources each resident uses roughly 100 gallons per day. That means we’re using 662,622,400 gallons per day! Shocking, isn’t it? For more information on Arizona’s water conservation efforts, please click here.

Over the past few years, installing low-flow plumbing fixtures has become increasingly popular, as they regulate the amount of water being dispensed when a faucet is turned on or when a toilet is flushed. Take for example, shower head adapters that allow you to detect exactly when your shower is ready, without the need to waste water. These shower heads cut flow to a trickle once your shower’s water is warm.

Install Low-Flow Plumbing FixturesWhile installing low-flow shower heads and faucets may be relatively easy for any DIY homeowner, there are other plumbing upgrades including replacing your toilet, which should be left to the professionals at A-Peoria Plumbing. If you would like assistance in selecting the best low-flow plumbing fixtures in order to conserve Arizona’s water for future generations, please feel free to contact us at (623) 979-7223.

Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

happy holidays A-Peoria Plumbing wanted to wish you a very safe and happy Holiday Season! We hope that you get a chance to relax and celebrate with friends and family. We know that having guests visiting or staying at your house means more chances for plumbing problems to arise. Your friends at A-Peoria have done our best to make receiving home plumbing repairs as easy as possible. If an issue does arise, we will gladly help, all you have to do is call us at: 623-979-7223

Or visit us at: A-PEORIA.com