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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.

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!

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.

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

bathroom organization

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.

  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

Don't allow water to go out the drain!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. 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.

#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, 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.

#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

Respect your Garbage Disposal

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

avoid-garbage-disposal-problemsOne of the more common calls that most plumbers get is to repair broken or clogged garbage disposals. But with a little care and proper maintenance, garbage disposal problems are easily avoided.

Colepepper plumbing is a local san diego plumbing company, and they were kind of enough to let us borrow their time to discuss this issue in particular. They told us how incorrect use of a garbage disposal can lead to issues with, as well plumbing in general. A lot of times people just employ the garbage disposal as per common knowledge, but actually sometimes that can be considered misuse.

The main problem with a garbage disposal is the temptation to just shove any food scraps left over down the drain. But there are definitely certain food types that should not be discarded through the garbage disposal. Here are a few items we suggest putting in the trash as opposed to the sink:

  • Any fibrous material like corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, certain vegetables, and artichokes. Fibers from these can tangle and jam the garbage disposal motor and block drains.
  • Potato peels should be put in the trash. The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick if put into a garbage disposal.
  • Expandable foods, such as pasta and rice, should not be put into your garbage disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs.
  • Large bones should be avoided. While small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc create a scouring action that cleans the garbage disposal’s walls, large bones will simply damage the blades and create greater problems.
  • Avoid putting coffee grounds down the drain.
  • Grease or fat should never be poured into the garbage disposal. Grease and fat will eventually congeal and cause greater problems for your disposal and drains.

If you should experience problems with a clogged or jammed garbage disposal, give the professional plumbers at A-Peoria a call. NEVER put your hand or tools into a garbage disposal unless it is disconnected from its power source.