Finding the Right Plumber

How to Find the Right Plumber

We sat down with Brandon Thompson of Thompson Plumbing Co. to answer a few questions about finding and vetting the right plumber for the job.

In a perfect world, you’ll have a plumber already searched and decided before an urgent plumbing problem happens. In truth, plumbing issues usually find us by surprise. Whenever you require an emergency plumber, getting a good one is important. Knowing what to watch out for will assist you make a fast decision, and more so will help ensure the work is done right the first time.

Get Recommendations

You can find a few ways through which you can get a good plumber. Recommendations from your neighbors and friends or your property agent are ideal. You’ll discover how the plumber operates and can confirm that he’s done great work previously. In case you don’t have somebody who can provide you good suggestions, search plumbers nearby you via the internet. Without somebody you trust to confirm the plumbers’ job, you’ll have to do a small legwork. Even when you require a plumber immediately, take thirty minutes to educate yourself on each and every one you find.

What to Search for when looking for a Cartersville Plumber:

• Just like with any other service provider, you should only seek the services of a licensed plumbing technician. Without having a license, the plumber’s qualifications are unverifiable, and in all likelihood, they will show the same degree of attention to your work as he did to his company.
• Verify that the plumbing service has insurance. To become licensed, a plumbing firm must obtain insurance cover. An uninsured firm can file suit you if they gets injured while doing work at your home.
• Do they give guarantees on their job? It is a sector standard to confirm parts and labor. Be careful of any pluming company that doesn’t offer any kind of guarantee.
• Find out if the firm has any professional affiliations or awards as this point to a firm that only has been in field for long but has done a commendable job of it throughout that time.
• Call the firm and pay attention to whoever answers the call. A reputable firm will be easy to get hold of and also will have an assistant answering a call for him if he is not able to answer his mobile phone.
• Find client reviews of each firm on their website to confirm the quality of the service and their job. Yelp.com is a good source of client reviews. It’s also an excellent great idea to visit a more reputable source such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) before making a decision. Keep in mind, no one’s perfect hence few negative reviews should not be a deal breaker. Never the less, if the bulk of the reviews are negative or the few negative ones are terrifyingly negative, keep looking.
Whether you`re setting up yourself for potential problems, reacting to an emergency, or searching for new plumbing set up in your property, take time to study plumbing technicians before you decide on one. Often, you will get what you pay for with a Cartersville Plumber but cost is not the ideal way to assess a plumbers credentials. Be as detailed as time permits, and have it done right.

The Dirty Truth About Septic Systems

Contributing Author: Jason Evans

About Jason:

Jason is the the co-owner of Any Time Septic Services, they provide complete septic tank pumping services. With over 15 years experience there isn’t much Jason hasn’t seen.

We all enjoy the benefits of modern, running water; but what happens after we flush the toilet? For most of us, there isn’t much to worry about. We turn the faucet on, the water goes down the drain and city sewer. There’s not much to worry about or to maintain, the sewer is just there doing its job. However, for those of us living in areas that don’t have municipal sewers, there is another option; the septic system.
A septic system is a viable alternative to having municipal sewers, and it has its advantages. For one, a septic system can be placed almost anywhere, on any type of property, not just where city sewers are available. A septic system is also a more environmentally friendly choice, putting water directly back into the ground as opposed to sending it to a water treatment plant.
But how does it work? We know how municipal water is treated, how about if we have a septic system? A septic system can be divided into three main sections: the inlet, the septic tank, and the leech field. Waste and water flows into the tank from the inlet where it sits and gets processed. The water flow naturally moves the treated waste to the other end of the tank, out into the leech fields, where it is absorbed into the earth. Each physical part of the system is vital to the health of a septic system. And when we say health of a septic system, we mean the actual health of it.AnyTime Septic Services
Septic tanks rely on microorganisms and natural bacteria in the septic tank to break down waste products, if the balance of healthy bacteria is off, the performance of your septic system will suffer, or even require job, costly repairs. Above that the health of a septic system is more dependent on what is not put in it. The good, helpful bacteria in a septic tank needs organic waste to continue to do its job, when foreign substances get introduced into the system, you can count on problems.
The bacteria physically cannot break down oils or animal fats, so any cooking by products that make it into the tank will kill the bacteria and possibly float into the leech field where a costly clog will occur. Aside from cooking by products, a healthy septic system’s largest danger is arguably cleaning products. Most cleaning products that contain bleach or ammonia will certainly be detrimental to a septic system. Killing the bacteria in a septic tank, even if only some of it, means waste will not be processed quickly enough, leaving large bits of waste that can cause incredible damage to the system.
A septic system is a fantastic alternative to municipal sewers, they make it possible to enjoy modern accommodations where infrastructure hasn’t allowed it yet. However, despite the simplicity of the system, it is indeed a complex ecosystem that requires care and maintenance. If you’re ever in need of an Atlanta Septic Tank Pumping service, call AnyTime Septic.

Simple Toilet Fixes

Contributing Author: Brandon Thompson

About Brandon:

Brandon is a Cartersville Plumber with over 20 years of experience and his Master License, Brandon enjoys teaching others about home improvement and maintenance.

I don’t know how many times I have walked down the plumbing section in home depot and some poor guy or girl is standing there trying to figure out how to repair their toilet. There are only a few things that can go wrong with your toilet. You get plug it, but that is for another article. It could be leaking. There are leaks from a number of places.

The wax seal: Often the toilet will either have water on the floor or through the floor to the ceiling below. To fix this you need to get a new wax ring and t-bolts. Turn off the supply water, flush it, sponge out as much water as you can from the tank and from the bowl, loosen the t-bolts off, loosen off the supply tube, lift the toilet off the floor, turning it upside down beside you, scrape off the old wax seal from it and from the floor, remove the old t-bolts, put in new t-bolts, and wax ring, set toilet down on top of the flange, press gently to the floor allowing the wax to create a seal, tighten t-bolts, go from one bolt to the other 5 ¼ turns each, DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN, hook up the supply tube, turn on water, flush toilet, check for leaks.

The connection from the tank to the bowl: In this case you might need a new spud washer and tank bolts. Or in some cases this happens and the tank or bowl has cracked over time. The first thing you need to do is find where the leak is coming from. Does it leak all the time or only when the toilet is flushed? If it leaks all the time the tank may be cracked. These are quite often hairline cracks, try and wipe dry the tank, then feel with your hands where the water is coming from. Sometimes it might be condensation as well, if this is the case you will need to line your tank with a Styrofoam insulation, you can buy this at your hardware store. If you find water is coming from a small crack you will need a new toilet, if it is newer you might be able to get the matching tank still.

To change the spud washer and tank bolts you will need to shut off the supply water, and flush the toilet. Now loosen the bolts under the tank that connect to the bowl, usually two sometimes three. Loosen the supply tube and remove. Remove the tank and remove the washer the is at the bottom of the tank, normally a rubber type washer with a spongy feeling. Replace with a new one and put the tank back on the bowl. Tighten the new tank bolts in place, again alternating to keep the tank even. Now too tight or you will crack the tank or the bowl. Put the supply tube back into place and turn on the water. Check for leaks, tighten slightly if there is some. You are done! That’s another $150.00 you just saved yourself.

Leaking inside the toilet from the tank to the bowl: This is a very common toilet repair, this is just the seal from inside the tank. Called the flapper. American Standard has their own kind of flapper, but the rest are the same. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait an hour or two. If there is food coloring in the bowl you know you have a leaky flapper. Buy a universal flapper from the hardware store. Turn off the water, and remove the old flapper. The rubber may be giving off a black film, this will stain your floor so make sure to wrap it up right away. To remove the flapper, take the chain off the lever, and remove the flapper from the two hooks at the bottom of the overflow tube. These hooks are rubber and attached to the flapper. Now install the new one, and turn on the water. Flush the toilet. If the toilet does not flush well you will need to adjust the chain length from the lever to the flapper. Then flush again and you are done!

Leaking inside the toilet by flowing over the overflow tube:

The second most common toilet repair. If the water is flowing over the overflow tube, or if it is running from the fill valve tube to the overflow tube you need a new fill valve. Fill valves come in two styles, one with the big float ball and arm, the other with the float on the valve itself. Both are interchangeable with each other. Buy a new fill valve. Turn off the water, and disconnect the supply tube. Flush it and sponge out the water in the tank. Loosen the nut under the fill valve on the outside of the tank. Remove the old fill valve. When installing the new one check the height of the fill valve. If you bought the type with the float on the valve you can raise this by twisting the valve. Don’t go too high or you will have to start over. Now put the valve into the hole at the bottom of the tank, tighten on the nut on the outside of the tank. Put on the supply tube, and turn on the water. Check for leaks, if need be tight the nut a bit more, being careful not to over tighten. Take the tube that comes with the new valve and connect from the valve to the overflow tube with the connector in the package. This allows the bowl to fill after you flush so that sewer gases do not come up out of the sewer.

I hope you enjoyed!
Brandon Thompson,
Thompson Plumbing Co

Soldering and Brazing

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Contributing Author:

Brandon Thompson

Thompson Plumbing Co

Soldering and brazing are essentially the same practice, but the only difference is the temperature of the flame used. The American Welding Society deems soldering as a joining process that takes place under 840 degrees Fahrenheit, and brazing as a joining process using a heat of 840 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Nonetheless, most soldering is done between the temperatures of 350 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit, and brazing is usually done between 1100 and 1500 degrees.

Choosing between soldering and brazing depends on the conditions of the welding job as well as the requirements of the governing construction codes. Solder joints are used for systems that are as hot as 250 degrees Fahrenheit, while brazed joints are adequate when a system’s temperature is as high as 350 degrees or where greater joint resiliency is necessary.

There is another essential detail to consider when choosing between soldered and brazed joints. Although brazed joints are ideal for systems requiring greater joint strength, the rated pressure of a brazed system can often be less than that of a soldered system due to the greater degree of heat used in its process.

Too many people use inefficient or downright irresponsible techniques when installing their copper tube and fittings. Although soldering and brazing are the most common methods used for joints and fittings, they are the least understood methods as well. A mistake in soldering and brazing copper tubing will inevitably lead to faulty joints and leaking lines. There are many possible errors that can lead to improper installation, including:

– Improper joint preparation prior to soldering

– Lack of proper support and/or hanging during soldering or brazing

– Improper heat control and heat distribution through the entire joining process

– Improper application of solder or brazing filler metal to the joint

– Inadequate amount of filler metal applied to the joint

– Sudden shock cooling and/or wiping the molten filler metal following soldering or brazing

– Pre-tinning of joints prior to assembly and soldering

Soldering and brazing are easily the most important technique in plumbing and has been for quite some time. If a plumber cannot braze or solder, they cannot run common copper water lines, make any joints or connections.  It is recommended that any home owner looking to learn to do basic plumbing and repair work learn to solder and braze. Soldering and brazing are essentially simple household operations, however it is easy to overlook or forget to complete particular steps in the process. It is by paying attention to these tedious steps that will make the difference between a joint that is strong and one that will be faulty.