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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.

Softening Hard Water

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
water hardness in the U.S., softening hard water, soft water, hard water

Credit: USGS

Not all water is created equal! Some areas (as you can see by the map above) are more prone to hard water – approximately 85 percent of the water in the Untied States – whereas others experience the feel of soft water. The quality of your water all boils down to the amount of minerals per gallon of water.

Water Basics

Hard water: According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, water is defined as being slightly hard when the levels of calcium and magnesium bicarbonates exceed 1 to 3.5 grains per gallon, which occurs naturally. While not unsafe, it is important to note that Arizona’s hardness levels often exceed 20 grains per gallon.

Soft water: Many Arizonian’s don’t know what soft water systems feels like; that’s a given. However, softened water contains fewer or no extra minerals per gallon of water. Residents in areas without soft water can use water treatment devices to remove excess minerals to produce soft water.

The Hard Facts

Soft water all the way, right? While soft water definitely has some advantages over hard water, including being better on your expensive appliances and even more expensive clothing, it may not be as tasty as hard water. Soft water may also leave you feeling like you haven’t rinsed off entirely after a relaxing hot shower.

Hard water carries with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Read more about its pros and cons. Hard water can make cleaning and bathing agents less effective, can cause mineral deposits to develop on your pots and pans, as well as aid in the buildup of shower scum. From a health perspective, however, the calcium minerals in hard water are good for your health.

Softening Hard Water

Considering that we live, bathe, cook and clean in an area prone to not only hard water, but very hard water, it’s only natural to want to reduce water hardness by investing in a good quality water softening tank. Water softening typically involves the use of an ion exchange process, which exchanges your hard water for soft.

For more information on high-quality water softeners, please be sure to contact your local plumbing professionals at A-Peoria today.

Plumbing Fixtures That Fit Your Décor Style

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Plumbing FixturesDo you remember when you could walk into your local home improvement or hardware store and quickly select a new plumbing fixture from a minuscule selection? Yeah, well those days are long gone.

Today, plumbing fixtures include a wide assortment of metals, faucet and showerhead types, control options and colors. Whether your style preferences are contemporary or modern; there is a style that fits your décor style. And thanks to modern ways, you can simply call the new home construction in Naples FL and get it done without getting your hands dirty or wasting your time.

From kitchen faucets that respond to your every move, to showerheads that cascade water like a waterfall, to space-saving toilets, to water filtration faucets and everything in between there is something for everyone and every budget. As a leading plumbing company in Greenville South Carolina, we’ve installed them all and never ceased to be amazed at the newest intelligent designs and technical capabilities.

However, with such a wide selection of plumbing fixtures on the market today, it is easy to get caught up in the battle of finding the perfect fixture. A fixture that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Consider the following two tips, which were compiled after much research, when choosing plumbing fixtures to incorporate into your home’s decor. And, remember, if you have any questions to call A-Peoria at 623-979-7223.

#1 – Know Your Décor Style

Deciding which types of fixtures you can incorporate into your home’s décor is the first thing you should do. Whether your kitchen or bathroom is modern, classic or traditional, your plumbing fixtures should have similar details. If you are remodeling your bathroom here are some ideal surfaces for bathrooms.

Horizontal styling along with chrome or nickel finishes are representative of modern designs, whereas, simple and clean styling is representative of more traditional designs.

#2 – Know Your Budget

With such a wide selection of fixtures available, many of which can be quite pricy, it pays to know and stick to a budget. Shop around for prices rather than just purchasing the first one you see.

If you are on a tight budget, you should check to see if there are in plumbing warehouses within your area, or search online stores (they often have a nice selection of plumbing fixtures at affordable prices).

We’d love to hear what type of plumbing fixtures our readers love. Do you prefer ones that make a bold statement all their own or those that blend in quite nicely with your existing décor?

Plumbing: Past and Present

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

plumbing; past and presentWith the passage of time, comes inevitable change – whether that change is good or bad nobody knows. Yet in the case of plumbing, especially considering in ancient times there was no plumbing, change has been proven to be a very good thing.

Plumbing Timeline

1500 B.C. – Elaborate sewage systems are created by the people of Crete. This included an early rendition of the flushing toilet – can you imagine life without this?

52 A.D. – 220 miles of water channels, aqueducts and pipes are used to deliver water to homes, public wells and baths throughout Europe.

1596 – Sir John Harrington (who just so happened to be Queen Elizabeth’s godson) designs the first flushing toilet, calling it a “prive in perfection.”

1810 – The English Regency shower is invented. Bathers could pump water through a nozzle and into an overhead basin, over and again, for the purpose of showering.

1829 – The Tremont Hotel, which was located in Boston, opens its doors to guest and offers indoor plumbing.

1833 – The White House gets running water! But just on the first floor – the second floor goes without until President Pierce takes office some 20 years later.

1860s – Running water becomes more prevalent, due to Louis Pasteur’s discovery of the perils of bacteria. Large cast iron sinks start making their way into homes.

1885 – Chicago becomes the first city to provide a comprehensive sewage system, although residents were still left without an indoor bathing facility.

1891 – The modern toilet is born thanks, in large part, to Thomas Crapper’s (yes, seriously) patent of a valve-and-siphon design.

1954 – Alex Manoogian envisions and develops the first single-handle washerless ball valve faucet – and Delta™ is born.

1961 – Mr. Bubble is introduced to the American people by Gold Seal Co.; affordable bubble baths become a recreational activity.

1970s – A high-arc kitchen faucet complete with hardware is developed by Delta and becomes part of the interior design conversation.

2005 – Delta introduces us to the first high-flow showerhead that features a water saving technology called H2 Okinetic.

2008 – Delta debuts Touch2O® Technology, which allows users the opportunity to activate their faucet with tap of a wrist.

Have a plumbing related question? Contact A-Peoria Plumbing at (623) 979-7223.

We want to hear from you – our readers: What are your thoughts on the future of plumbing? Feel free to share your input in our comments section below.

Protect Your Health: Test Your Drinking Water for Contaminants!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

drinking water, water qualityWater!  It comprises more than 70% of an adult’s human body and nearly 80% of an infants’.  You need it to live, and in fact, can’t live without it for more than a week whereas you can live without food for a month.

Hopefully, if you’re healthy – and you wish to remain that way – you’re drinking over 2 liters of water per day.  But do you know what type of contaminants, if any, may be lurking within that water?

Understanding Your Water Quality

In Phoenix more than 1.5 million people, within a 540 square-mile radius, are supplied with drinking water from the city itself.  Of which, approximately 95% comes from area lakes and rivers, and the other 5% from groundwater.

All water prior to being delivered to residents goes through a mandated 4-step water treatment process.  A process that has been designed to ensure the highest quality drinking water!  This process includes:

Step 1 – Screening and Presedimentation

Step 2 – Coagulation, Flocculation and Sedimentation

Step 3 – Filtration

Step 4 – Disinfection

But is it safe?  The City of Phoenix, per the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, currently tests their water for more than 100 various contaminants.

But is it safe?  YES!  In fact, each May, the City of Phoenix posts to the web a Water Quality Report that contains pertinent information regarding just how safe your drinking water really is.

Still Suspect Unsafe Drinking Water?

If you suspect your drinking water is unsafe to consume – whether you’re having issues with its taste, odor, color or hardiness – you have several options that are fairly easy and inexpensive to do.

The easiest of which is to have your drinking water, regardless of where it came from, tested for specific contaminants.  Specifically those that have the potential to adversely affect your health including the following contaminates’:

  • Disease Causing Bacteria
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Hydrogen Sulphide
  • Lead

You can do this by having a professional plumber test the water for you or purchasing a cheap do-it-yourself water quality test kit at your local home improvement store.  You can also opt to purchase a water filter that attaches directly to your kitchen faucet.

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.

AC repair vs. AC replacement

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

air conditioner repair and maintenanceSummer in Arizona can be brutal!  With temperatures averaging a high of 110° degrees outside; we rely on our air conditioning units to provide us with refreshing coolness as we enter our homes.  However, if your air conditioning unit is old, or is suffering from one problem after another it may no longer be doing a very good job of cooling your home. If you need someone to come out and fix your air conditioner then call Blake & Sons Heating and Air.

This is when we at A-Peoria commonly encounter homeowner’s that are unsure as to whether or not they should pay to repair their air conditioner or replace it.  Quite honestly, it’s tough to know when it’s time to replace an old air conditioner, or if it will function again with a simple repair.  Here are some things we suggest you consider when contemplating AC repair vs. AC replacement:

How old is the unit? – If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, chances are that a simple repair is all you’ll need to get it working optimally once again.  If the unit has been seriously damaged, or if it’s older than 10 years, you may want to consider replacing it with a high efficiency model.

Does it require constant repair? – Are you calling a professional air conditioning repair company more often than not?  Then it may be time to consider AC replacement.   This type of equipment can only handle so many repairs before they go belly up. AirPros will find ways for you to save your hard-earned cash through smooth running AC installs and repairs.

Are your energy bills higher than they should be? – As an air conditioner ages, it uses less and less bluon refrigerant, than a newer model would.  This can lead to it becoming more inefficient as time goes on.  If your energy bills have recently started creeping up for no apparent reason it may be time for an AC replacement.

If you’re trying to decide between AC repair vs. AC replacement , or you’ve already weighed your options, please feel free to give the air conditioning repair and replacement experts at A-Peoria a call at (623) 979-7223(623) 979-7223. We can answer all of your questions and provide you with quality on-time support.Air Conditioning Repair and Install Peoria, AZ

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.

Service & Maintain Your Air Conditioning Unit

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

With Spring fast approaching, there has never been a better time than now to service and maintain your air conditioning unit.  By properly maintaining your air conditioner you will not only save money by eliminating unnecessary AC repair costs, but you will also be provided with the assurance you require that when Arizona temperatures reach  a sizzling 120°, your unit will work efficiently  in ensuring you and your family’s comfort is met.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact A-Peoria today!

During Arizona’s allergy season, which usually occurs between now and April, the level of dust and pollen within the air we breathe (both indoors and outdoors) is usually at its peak.  It is during this time that we highly recommend cleaning-out your air conditioner’s coils and compressor, in order to eliminate any debris that may have collected, therefore ensuring you’re not breathing in contaminated air.  There is a fantastic article posted by the experts at Bluon energy that deatils how you can do this yourself, although most people do not feel at ease working on their AC unit themselves. If you do not, we suggest calling a proffesional whose work will be guaranteed. This service also helps prevent you from having to replace the entire unit before its time.

Its astonishing how often air conditioning systems fail when put to the test in the middle of yet another Arizona summer, people hire the Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning services every time this happens.

 

 

That’s why it’s so important to service your unit, at minimum once a year, rather than waiting in the heat for a technician to arrive and repair it.  Like with virtually all electrical products within your home or business, the best way to maintain your air conditioning unit’s energy efficiency, while extending its lifespan, is to call the professionals at A-Peoria for our 17-point inspection which includes:

  1. Check refrigerant levels
  2. Check for proper airflow
  3. Check filter performance & cleanliness
  4. Check outdoor fan motor’s bearings
  5. Measure capacitors for proper charge
  6. Lubricate motors as needed
  7. Calibrate thermostat
  8. Measure compressor amp draws
  9. Check temperature differentials
  10. 10. Secure loose panels
  11. Inspect disconnect box
  12. Monitor for proper operation
  13. Take superheat measurements
  14. Tighten contractor connections
  15. Inspect unit’s duct connections
  16. Check control wiring
  17. Check insulation on copper line sets