FAQ

  Why do I have such a foul odor coming from my garbage disposal, and what can I do about it?

First question we always ask the customer is, "have you checked your toilets"? Check the water level to ensure that water is not overflowing the tank by way of the overflow pipe. That's the pipe in the middle of the tank. It has small tubing connected to it. If water is running into the overflow, adjust the fill valve to stop the flow approximately 1 inch below the top of the overflow tube, or to the water level mark stamped on the side of the tank. Then put a drop of food coloring into the tank to test the flush valve mechanism. If the water in the bowl changes color within 10 minutes or so, this is an indication that water is leaking into the toilet bowl and that the ball or flapper needs to be replaced. If you would like us to fix that for you, just give us a call or email us at info@falconplumbingvt.com. F.Y.I.: Water that drips every two seconds will fill four cups every hour, which equals 6 gallons per day. Over a month, this leak is causing 168 gallons of water to be wasted! A leaky toilet flapper wastes even more water! I guess they really do mean it when they say, "little things DO add up".

  Why has my water bill taken a leap in price? We have no leaky faucet or indoor ice rink to groom!

First question we always ask the customer is, "have you checked your toilets"? Check the water level to ensure that water is not overflowing the tank by way of the overflow pipe. That's the pipe in the middle of the tank. It has small tubing connected to it. If water is running into the overflow, adjust the fill valve to stop the flow approximately 1 inch below the top of the overflow tube, or to the water level mark stamped on the side of the tank. Then put a drop of food coloring into the tank to test the flush valve mechanism. If the water in the bowl changes color within 10 minutes or so, this is an indication that water is leaking into the toilet bowl and that the ball or flapper needs to be replaced. If you would like us to fix that for you, just give us a call or email us at info@falconplumbingvt.com. F.Y.I.: Water that drips every two seconds will fill four cups every hour, which equals 6 gallons per day. Over a month, this leak is causing 168 gallons of water to be wasted! A leaky toilet flapper wastes even more water! I guess they really do mean it when they say, "little things DO add up".

  Do we have to buy our own plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, tub or toilets before we call Falcon Plumbing Service to install them?

No. We handle a complete line of fixtures made by leading manufactures like American Standard, Moen, Delta, etc. Check the Products section of our website. You may purchase your own fixtures, but we do not guarantee product that we do not supply.

  I've heard about plumbing and heating maintenance agreements. What are they, and why should I have one?

Think about going two or three years with no maintenance on your vehicle. Certainly not a good idea! One might realize, "If only I would have fixed that small problem when it occurred instead waiting until the vehicle didn't run anymore, it would have been a lot less expensive and much less inconvenient". It's the same thing with your heating and plumbing systems. Think of a maintenance agreement as an insurance policy for preventative measures, or what we like to call it "Peace of Mind". So many times customers would have spent less money and certainly experienced less hassle if they only would have had annual check ups for their systems. That late-night call on a below freezing evening with no heat or hot water will cost you more than if you had just taken steps to prevent the problem in the first place. Falcon Plumbing Service provides that "Peace of Mind" for you. We will check your water pipes, faucet and drain lines for corrosion and leaks. We also inspect and test your water heater and boiler to assure maximum efficiency of operation. We won't only look at the big things, but also the little ones such as the fittings and hoses on your washing machine, dishwasher, garbage disposal and the rubber inserts in your faucets. You may review our Home Inspection Plan for further information.

  To go TANKLESS or Not?

We are excited to be involved with the newest technologies pushing the instantaneous hot water heaters.  If you want to “Go Green,”  a tank less hot water heater is for you.  They will save you money on gas used for heating hot water.  No tank means that you only heat the water you are going to use so there is no wasted money heating water that cools down just “sitting” there.  There are some important considerations that you need to consider when making this leap to being “Green.”  Read on to see if a tank less, instantaneous hot water heater is what is going to fit the needs of your residence.

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first.  There are a few negative aspects of these water heaters that you, the consumer, may not like but are part of the package and can’t be avoided.  First is the gas supply needed to heat a lot of water real fast.  If you have an existing hot water heater that is supplied with propane or natural gas there is a very high probability that the gas pipes supplying the new  instantaneous hot water heater will need to be increased in size.  In technical terms, a normal hot water heater burns around 50,000BTU per hour of heat to heat the tank of hot water.  The tank less hot water heaters have to heat the water much faster and thus can burn over 200,000BTU per hour, or roughly four times the amount.  Many times the gas supply pipes need to be increased all the way back to the meter or propane regulator on the side of the house to account for the increase in gas demand at any given moment.  This can add significantly to the cost to convert from a “standard” hot water heater to an instantaneous one.

Second negative is a thing we call flow rate.  Flow rate is exactly what it sounds like, the rate of flow from the hot water heater.  In order to get a steady flow of consistent hot water from an instantaneous hot water heater the water needs to be in contact with the flame for a certain period of time.  The colder the water is, the longer it has to stay in contact with the flame to get to the desired temperature.  Instantaneous hot water heaters slow the flow rate of the water down according to how cold the water is.  Here in Vermont , and more specifically Chittenden County , most of us receive our water from Lake Champlain .  During five to six months of the year the lake temperature hovers around 40F or below.  At these temperatures the flow rate drops to around 2 gallons per minute, or below in some cases.  Now this is fine for a single source of hot water being used but may be an issue, especially in older homes, if two sources are being used at the same time, such as a shower and kitchen sink.  In these situations someone will have a sudden, or at least pronounced, drop in hot water flow.  This can be rather unsettling if you are the one taking the shower and the hot water keeps fluctuating.  This can be eliminated by adding a second hot water heater, but now you have roughly doubled the cost of the installation and there may not be the return on your dollar that you are hoping for.

Third and last negative is service.  Instantaneous hot water heaters are a relatively high tech piece of equipment that have many parts that can, may and will fail.  When they fail they of course will require a service call to get it running again.  Even the best units can be difficult to service due to the amount of “stuff” they pack into the boxes that house them.  Some calls will be quick, but an equal number of calls can be lengthy resulting in a significant bill at the end.

So enough of the negatives.  There are also many great things about instantaneous hot water heaters.  Let’s give them some very careful considerations as well and then you can decide if it will be a good fit for your residence.

First and certainly foremost positive is the “Green” factor.  These units will save our precious natural resources, specifically natural and propane gas.  There is just so much gas out there and when it’s all used up we had better have a plan B.  Since plan B is still trying to be found, we have to conserve as much of our resources as possible and these are an excellent way to do that.  The units are considerably more efficient than a standard hot water heater and, as a result of the higher efficiency, add far less greenhouse gasses to the environment.  Greenhouse gasses produced by human consumption of fossil fuels, particularly gas, coal, and oil, are contributing to the current global warming crisis that is plaguing our planet.  Any thing we can do to help curb this is certainly worth doing.

Second positive is a direct result of the first.  Using less gas will lower your gas bill.  Since you heat only the water you need at the time, there is no wasted money spent heating water you are not going to use.  This is especially true if you are gone for long periods of time.  Though you can turn a regular hot water heater off to conserve energy, most of us do not.  The cost to keep a hot water heater hot can add up very quickly.  With an instantaneous heater, no gas is used at all while you are away.  Now that is what we call a savings.

Third is space savings.  These units take up a fraction of the space a hot water heater does.  In our shrinking homes, and as we collect more “stuff,”  space can become a real issue.  These units hang on the wall, freeing up a considerable amount of floor space.  They can easily fit inside a closet and even fit inside a cabinet.  In Europe , it is quite common to find them in a kitchen cabinet, covered by a cabinet door.

Another benefit, if you install multiple units close to bathrooms, washing machines, kitchen’s etc., the amount of time it takes to get hot water to the faucet when you first turn it on is cut dramatically.  This will also save on your water bill if you are like most of us and let the water run waiting for the hot water to travel from the hot water heater, normally in the basement, to your faucet.  In some homes, you can use up to two gallons of water just to get hot water to the faucet each time you do this.  Again, this wastes our precious water resources that are just as important, if not more important, than out gas and oil supplies.

Another positive is the use of these in the many camps that are here in Vermont .  These are an excellent way to provide hot water instantly upon arriving to your camp and they winterize very easily as well.  There are a some that mount to the outside of the camp and subsequently don’t need to be vented (good only in warm weather applications).

And then there are the rebates available from the gas companies and government agencies for going green.  Each company and agency offers different incentives to install these, too varied and numerous to inform in this format.  If you do some leg work, however, you may find that there is a significant amount of money saved or “given back” for installing one of these.

Finally, if you are adding an addition such as a mother-in-law appartment or an addition with plumbing to your house, these are an excellent way to supply hot water to the new area.  All you need to do is run a cold water line to the new area and install the instantaneous hot water heater.  If it happens to be an appartment that you are renting, the gas used can be seperatly metered and billed to your tenants.

So in conclusion, in the right situation these water heaters are a great way to “Go Green” and save a few dollars in the process.  There is a negative side to them that needs to be weighed with the positives to determine if they are a good fit for you and your needs.  If you have further questions give us a call or ask one of our trained technicians. We at Falcon Plumbing Service are here to answer all of your plumbing and heating questions and concerns.

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    HOME INDEPENDENCE Products

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If today is your 65th birthday, there is good reason to celebrate, but you would not be alone.  Everyday for the next 18 years about 10,000 people will have their 65th birthday.  That is an amazing figure.

Falcon Plumbing is a close knit family run company.  As we watch our parents and grandparents get older, we cannot help but want to assist them in their journey any way we can.  We aren’t doctors or scientists with a time machine, but we are good plumbers.  What can good plumbers do for an aging society?  We can help you stay right where you are and live happily and independently at home.

As mobility becomes more difficult, basic tasks also become difficult.  Below are some of the products that we sell and install.  Falcon is dedicated to helping you stay independent for as long as possible.

Slip & Fall Prevention

More than 400 people a day go to hospital emergency rooms because of falls in the bathtub alone. To reduce the risk of slipping, add tread strips to your tub or shower floor. Also consider investing in a tub grip or grab bar for support. Tub grips can provide added balance when entering or exiting the tub. In addition, grab bars/tub grips can be installed securely into the wall at any angle. Plus, several of the designer-styled models have new grip features for added safety in finishes such as Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze to ensure a look that’s decorative, not institutional.  Also available are suction grab bars.  These can be conveniently placed in any spot and can also be taken with you to hotels and other away from home destinations.

Walk In Tubs

Walk-in bathtubs are designed for everyone.  You can enjoy warm, fully immersive baths – safely and comfortably.  Muscles will relax, stress will release from your body, joints will loosen and pain will subside.  Walk in baths offer the healing benefits of water therapy to ease common problems such as backaches, sore joints, sore knees, arthritis and ailments associated with obesity.

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Searching for the Right Walk-in Bathtub can become terribly confusing -
See our Frequently Asked Questions below to help you become an Informed Consumer... 

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What do I need to know before buying a walk in tub?
Become informed - learning about tub construction, features and available options can help the process significantly. Be skeptical of Companies that will not discuss pricing over the phone.

Why are walk-in tubs priced so differently?
Pricing often depends on the quality of the tub. An imported tub from China that is bought in bulk can be sold for much less. These tubs may only be a "soaker tub" / a tub with no jets. They advertise a low price but as you add features such as faucets and air jets and hydro jets they will often end up costing more, be of poor quality, and have little to no warranty. Companies with large overhead usually have the most expensive tubs because the have several layers of people that will get paid.

Why can't I get a price over the phone from so many of these companies?
Pricing may be relative to how much the company's salesman thinks he can get. You'll find that many companies will start the price out very high ($17,000 - $25,000) for the tub and installation. The salesman then applies a series of "Discounts" until he gets to the "buy today" best deal price. Be prepared for a sales representative to set up in your home for a lenghty sales pitch that will likely include discount gimmicks and pricing games. They won't give you a price over the phone because the salesman needs to size up his customer, and figure out how much he can get them to pay. We recently found a company offering "Free Installation" - Seriously? We have yet to find any professionally qualified installers to install walk-in bathtubs for Free.

How much should I pay for installation?
Depending on how complicated the installation is you can expect to pay anywhere from $2200 to $5000.

How difficult is installation?
Installation can be a lot more complicated than one may realize. Plumbing, carpentry, and electrical work is required to install most walk in tubs. It is best to leave it to the pros when it comes to installation.

Why do companies want to send a Rep to my house for an appointment?
 It will be necessary for a company representative to visit your home in most cases unless you have hired an experienced professional installer), so that they can measure and prepare a materials list for work involved to install the bathtub. On occasion, a knowledgeable, experienced Company Representative may be able to give a price estimate over the telephone, but will likely request a visit to see the jobsite in person.

There are several different walk in tub sizes - what size is right for me?
This depends on the size of your bathroom, existing tub or shower size, and it may also depend on the size of the walk-in tub user(s).

What is the difference between an "air jet" system and a "water jet" hydrotherapy system for walk-in bathtubs?
An air-jet system will blow warm air into the water creating a light hydrotherapy massage. A water-jet system uses a water pump to produce maggaging streams of water. The water-jet system will produce a more concentrated massage.

Will the jets "hurt" or be uncomfortable?
Most companies jet system come standard with controls and/ or speeds for both the air and water jet systems. This allows the user to increase and decrese the pressure of the water coming out of the water jet system & increase and decrease the air flow pressure as well. Ask a knowledgeable staff member of your walk-in tub company about the jet systems. We've found that the in-home sales person may say whatever it takes to get a check for a sale.

How long does it take for walk in tubs to drain?
It really depends on the existing plumbing. If your current tub drains at a good pace a walk in tub will as well. Usually it will take 2 to 5 minutes for the tub to drain if the tub is installed correctly and existing drain lines operate properly.

How long should it take for a walk-in tub to fill?
Factors that will affect how long it takes are water pressure at your home and the size of the walk-in tub. It can take 2 to 8 minutes for a tub to fill. Many companies offer sizes, but remember to consider the size of a user when considering smaller tubs.

What size water heater do I need for a walk in bathtub?
A properly working 40 gallon tank should be sufficient for a standard sized walk in tub. The oversized walk-in tubs may require a larger size.

Can a walk-in tub be installed in a home that is built on a concrete slab?
Yes

My current tub is surrounded by tile on the walls - can a walk-in bathtub be installed in that space?
Yes, a walk-in tub can be placed right up against the tile or the tile may be removed and either re-tiled. There are several options that can go in place of tile.

My current tub is a combination bathtub and shower (one-piece) - can a walk-in tub be installed in that space?
Yes, after removal of the one-piece combo a walk-in tub can be installed. A wall surround is often put above the tub.

How can I replace my oversized tub (garden tub, jacuzzi style bathtub, extra-large tub) with a walk in bathtub?
Since most walk-in tubs are designed to fit in a variety of spaces, the bigger the space the more options you will have. Shelves on the back and sides are often used to fill any needed areas.

What is the difference between acrylic and fiberglass?

Fiberglass
Fiberglass is made of finely ground glass particles compressed onto a mold in several layers and then bonded together using a resin. Fiberglass is extremely lightweight, inexpensive and durable and does not require any additional reinforcement. To achieve a hard, and durable high-quality finish, a gelcoat is applied to the finished fiberglass mold. The outer layer of marine craft are often made with gelcoated fiberglass and provide excellent resistance to the rigors of heat and water, two things your walk-in tub will have to sustain. The gelcoat is designed to be durable and easy to maintain, and if there is damage, gelcoated fiberglass surfaces can be easily repaired with great success and repairs are permanent and virtually invisible.

Gelcoated for added durability
Inexpensive
Strong and easily repairable

Acrylic
Acrylic is a type of plastic that is heated and then stretched over a mold to achieve the desired size and shape. The vacuum-creation process gives acrylic its strength and scratch-resistant surface, thus making acrylic very durable. This process eliminates pores in the surface, preventing mold, soap scum and hard-water buildup from embedding into the tub and causing it to break apart, rot or leak. Acrylic has a shiny surface that is easy to clean and maintain, its shiny appearance will also not fade. However, the stretching process tends to "thin out" the acrylic reducing its strength and requiring it to need additional support. Ironically fiberglass is widely used as the underlying structural support and strength for the acrylic surface. Look on the back side of an acrylic tub and you will see fiberglass strands reinforcing the acrylic surface.  

    Durable and strong
    Easy to maintain
    Scratch resistant


***  Please note that the above information is a combination of facts and opinions of walkintubreviews.com. We hope to help consumers make informed decisions and realize that there are credible companies in the industry that provide exceptional products and services.

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Buy ONE American Standard Cadet 3 Toilet

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*Sale price applies only for same day same address installation. Normal installation required.

 

To take advantage of this great offer, simply call the office at 802-878-0077 and schedule a time for your installation, make sure to mention this offer!

 

 

    Got Gas? Want Some?

Natural Gas is coming to the Richmond Area!

Falcon Plumbing & Heating Service can help with all of your natural gas needs.  Our technicians are Natural Gas Certified and ready to help with any project you may have. 

Falcon Plumbing is offering $100 US Savings Bond and a Free programmable thermostat with any boiler or forced hot air furnace installation.  Many of the heating systems we install will qualify for VT Efficiency Rebates which could total up to $700!

Natural Gas can be used for...
Boilers
Furnaces
BBQ grills
Cook stoves
Water heaters &
Clothes dryers

Below is some information on how Natural Gas can benefit you and the environment.

Natural gas is an extremely important source of energy for reducing pollution and maintaining a clean and healthy environment. In addition to being a domestically abundant and secure source of energy, the use of natural gas also offers a number of environmental benefits over other sources of energy, particularly other fossil fuels.

Emissions from the Combustion of Natural Gas

Natural gas is the cleanest of all the fossil fuels, as evidenced in the Environmental Protection Agency’s data comparisons in the chart below, which is still current as of 2010. Composed primarily of methane, the main products of the combustion of natural gas are carbon dioxide and water vapor, the same compounds we exhale when we breathe. Coal and oil are composed of much more complex molecules, with a higher carbon ratio and higher nitrogen and sulfur contents. This means that when combusted, coal and oil release higher levels of harmful emissions, including a higher ratio of carbon emissions, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). Coal and fuel oil also release ash particles into the environment, substances that do not burn but instead are carried into the atmosphere and contribute to pollution. The combustion of natural gas, on the other hand, releases very small amounts of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, virtually no ash or particulate matter, and lower levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other reactive hydrocarbons.

Fossil Fuel Emission Levels
- Pounds per Billion Btu of Energy Input

Pollutant

Natural Gas

Oil

Coal

Carbon Dioxide

117,000

164,000

208,000

Carbon Monoxide

40

33

208

Nitrogen Oxides

92

448

457

Sulfur Dioxide

1

1,122

2,591

Particulates

7

84

2,744

Mercury

0.000

0.007

0.016

Source: EIA - Natural Gas Issues and Trends 1998

Natural gas, as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, can be used in many ways to help reduce the emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere. Burning natural gas in the place of other fossil fuels emits fewer harmful pollutants, and an increased reliance on natural gas can potentially reduce the emission of many of these most harmful pollutants.

Pollutants emitted in the United States, particularly from the combustion of fossil fuels, have led to the development of many pressing environmental problems. Natural gas, emitting fewer harmful chemicals into the atmosphere than other fossil fuels, can help to mitigate some of these environmental issues.

    Prepare for Winter and Service your Furnace

News coming soon.  For now feel free to read one of our testimonials.

To all the Falcon Plumbing family and staff, Thank you for attending to all our plumbing needs. My wife and I were just saying the other day when we first moved into our home sixteen years ago we noticed a Falcon plumbing tag on our old furnace and you have been our plumbing service of choice ever since. Most recently we had a new Baxi 380 installed it is so compact and out of the way, mounted on the back wall of our garage. We just love it and it is so efficient and quiet, thank you to Brian and Bryan for recommending it to us. What a difference from our old Heatmaker. The two employee's who installed it were Bryan and Ryan and they were so very professional in everything they did. Whenever I had a question they would answer me and took time to explain things to me so that I understood and were so very friendly. Bryan has been here a couple times when I needed service and he shows that he cares about your problems, he represents Falcon Plumbing very well, as does Ryan. It is so nice to hear Laura's friendly voice when I call about a plumbing problem and whenever I had to leave a voice mail for Brian he would respond to me very soon after I first called. It is so nice of you to treat your customers this way and for us to know that you care about our needs. I would recommend Falcon to anyone who has a plumbing problem. Thank you again for the wonderful service.
 
Jerry & Debbie Parot

    Carbon Monoxide----The Silent Killer

Frequently Asked Questions

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.


Where is CO found?

CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned by breathing it.


What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. High levels of CO inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and death. Unless suspected, CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms.


How does CO poisoning work?



Red blood cells pick up CO quicker than they pick up oxygen. If there is a lot of CO in the air, the body may replace oxygen in blood with CO. This blocks oxygen from getting into the body, which can damage tissues and result in death.  The above image is how CO enters the blood.


Who is at risk from CO poisoning?

All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning. Certain groups — unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems — are more susceptible to its effects. Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Fatality is highest among Americans 65 and older.


How can I prevent CO poisoning from my home appliances?

Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors. Although these heaters don't have a flame, they burn gas and can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.
If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator's cooling unit have an expert service it. An odor from the cooling unit of your gas refrigerator can mean you have a defect in the cooling unit. It could also be giving off CO.
When purchasing gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency, such as the American Gas Association or Underwriters' Laboratories.
Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.


How do I vent my gas appliances properly?

All gas appliances must be vented so that CO will not build up in your home, cabin, or camper.
-Never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn't vented.
-Have your chimney checked or cleaned every year. Chimneys can be blocked by debris. This can cause CO to build up inside your home or cabin.
-Never patch a vent pipe with tape, gum, or something else. This kind of patch can make CO build up in your home, cabin, or camper.
-Horizontal vent pipes to fuel appliances should not be perfectly level. Indoor vent pipes should go up slightly as they go toward outdoors. This helps prevent CO or other gases from leaking if the joints or pipes aren't fitted tightly.


How can I heat my house safely or cook when the power is out?

-Never use a gas range or oven for heating. Using a gas range or oven for heating can cause a build up of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper.
-Never use a charcoal grill or a barbecue grill indoors. Using a grill indoors will cause a build up of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper unless you use it inside a vented fireplace.
-Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal — red, gray, black, or white — gives off CO.
-Never use a portable gas camp stove indoors. Using a gas camp stove indoors can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.
-Never use a generator inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window, door, or vent.


How can I avoid CO poisoning from my vehicle?

Have a mechanic check the exhaust system of my car every year. A small leak in your car's exhaust system can lead to a build up of CO inside the car.
-Never run a car or truck in the garage with the garage door shut. CO can build up quickly while your car or truck is running in a closed garage.
-Never run your car or truck inside a garage that is attached to a house and always open the door to any garage to let in fresh air when running a car or truck inside the garage.
-If you drive a vehicle with a tailgate, when you open the tailgate, you also need to open vents or windows to make sure air is moving through your car. If only the tailgate is open CO from the exhaust will be pulled into the car.

    The Costly Drip


The cost of water varies for U.S. households from town to town; however, on average Americans spend around $2.00 per 1000 gallons of water. This averages out to around $612 on water and sewage per year, not to mention the cost of heating water, which on average adds an additional $230 per year.
The average family of four uses 600 gallons of water a day, 18,000 gallons of water per month, and approximately 216,000 gallons a year and wastes, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets or other household leaks. Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That adds up to lot of water and a huge waste of one of our most precious natural resources!
Homeowners still have to pay for water that is lost through leaking fixtures or pipes, not to mention the energy dollars lost if it is a hot water leak. Even a small drip can waste up to 50-100 gallons of water a week and this small leak can cost you in higher utility bills. You could literally be throwing money down the drain!
You should be aware of signs that you have a leak including a sudden increase in your water bill or a noticeable dampness on your walls or floor. Sometimes, however, you may have a “silent leak” and may not even be aware. These “silent leaks” can go undetected for long periods of time, potentially wasting thousands of gallons of water.
Having a plumber come out to your home to perform a Home Inspection
can help you locate and fix leaks in your home. If you suspect a leak, call a plumber and get it fixed immediately. Leaks cost you money in wasted water, not to mention the potential damage they could cause to your home.
Fix leaks right away; don’t wait until they become expensive problems. Fixing a leaking faucet will not only lower your monthly utility bills, but also prevent further damage to your home while conserving water for future generations. Don’t let your water, and your money, go down the drain... stop that drip now!

    Spring Cleaning For Your Plumbing


Each season brings its own set of household tasks and spring certainly has its share. While it’s okay to do little plumbing jobs around your home, the big plumbing projects are best left to the professionals. If you don’t know what you’re doing, messing around with your plumbing can result in serious damage and expensive repairs, not to mention the possible health hazards to your family.

Below are some “good” spring cleaning tips for the plumbing in your home:


-Clean drains, gutters and downspouts to make sure they are free of debris.
-Check plumbing vent pipes to make sure they are free of birds’ nests.
-If you live in an area where sewers back up into homes, install a backflow valve in the floor drain which will prevent future backups.
-Check to make sure water flows freely from faucets and hose bibs.
-Look for signs of leaks in exposed pipes under sinks.
-Fix leaky faucets and save water (and money)!
-Check your toilets to make sure they don’t have hidden leaks. An easy way to check is through a simple food coloring test. First, remove the tank lid, then flush. Wait for the flapper to drop and the tank to refill, and then add several drops of dark food coloring. Wait 20-30 minutes and if you see any trace of color in the toilet bowl then there is a leak.
-Check toilets tanks and bowls for cracks and leaks.
-Check to make sure all your drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and other debris from clogging the drain lines.
-Check water supply valves under sinks and toilets to make sure they aren’t sticking.
-Check toilets to make sure they flush properly. If your toilet is running you may need to replace worn tank parts. These parts are not only inexpensive but can lower your water bill.
-Check your water heater to make sure the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This prevents scalding and reduces energy usage.
-If you have a water heater over 15 years old, consider replacement. Newer water heaters are more energy efficient and will lower your monthly utilities.
-In infrequently used drains, pour a gallon of water to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering your house.
-Consider having slow floor drains snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.

 

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