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Old galvanized metal pipes installed in distant past in older homes can be a time bomb. Useful life span for galvanized water pipe is about this kind of pipe is about 20 years. Pipes buried under ground in moist soil can deteriorate even faster. Customers often complain about low water "pressure". But most of the time this is not the case. Buildup of rust and gunk inside water pipe reduces pipe diameter and restricting water flow.

Galvanized old pipe will fail first on treaded joints.



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New electric water heater.

Now you have option when replacing your old conventional eater heater. Marathon water heaters sold under Reem brand is one of the best option for electric water heater replacement.  blow molded, seamless polybutene tank with no anode rod required for a corrosion free life. It is the most durable tank you can buy, with extraordinary life span and manufacturer warranty.

  • It's the most durable water heater made, with a warranty to match
  • Envirofoam™ insulation is completely free of CFC and HCFC ozone depleting gases. Marathon leads the way in environmental friendly manufacturing, design and operation.
  • Technologically advanced design is clearly differentiated from short lived steel water heaters.Heavy-Duty
  • Tank comes complete with a factory installed vacuum relief valve, ¾" brass tee and ¾" brass nipple for easy, professional installations.
  • Replaceable brass drain valve
  • All wiring run in conduit for easy control wiring
  • High temperature, commercial-grade diptubes for greater durability
  • The filament wound fiberglass outer tank is designed to be more flexible and withstand more pressure than conventional tanks
  • Unique high temperature dip tube is offset from the concave bottom, creating a "whirlpool effect" which helps prevent sediment build-up
  • Every tank includes 4' of pipe insulation for even greater savings.
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Economy in the tank !!! DIY toilet installation on the rise.

toiletredneckve9Signs of pend up demand for major home improvements project are showing up.  

Do it yourself projects so popular in hard times, not always work out right and many of them will be in need of major correction.

Remodelers expecting more economic activity soon. Some delayed and failed remodeling  projects should help remodeling contractors recover from depresion, and give economy a boost.

Remodelers report increased numbers of call with inquiry from home owners looking for estimate on delayed bathroom remodeling.

Besides.... it is getting chili out there and Bubba is already on the phone.

Copper Or PEX Pipe.

With Prices of copper rising worldlwide, PEX pipe become more and more popular with contractor and home owner especially when plumbing rehab or remodeling is in order.

Cross-linked polyethylene, also known as PEX or XLPE made from high densitPEXisGREAT-1y polyethylene. PEX tubing is very popular in radiant heating application. 8-10 year. PEX tubing is manufactured by extrusion in sizes from ¼"-2" diameter to copper tube size, OD controlled (CTS-OD) dimensions. The wall thickness is based on Standard Dimension Ratio 9 (SDR 9) values. It is available in coils and straight lengths.


5 to 8 years ago it was impossible to by pex tube or fittings in South-East. Today PEX become available in most plumbing supply houses and Big Box stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. It is a lot better than CPVC or PVC pipe. There is why:

 

  • You can get full range of adapters and connectors and use in repairs of old water piping. It is great for service and repairs .

 

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In second floor bath there is no need to instal "T" and "L" in ceiling, just run 1/2" from each fixture to crawl space and connect every thing there. (PEX pipe is relatively cheep).

 

  • This way you have less joints in hard to reach places.
Using soldering torch in old dry Houses in difficult to reach spaces creates substantial FIRE hazard. You can start fire inside the wall and not know it till is to late.

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PEX Piping is commonly used in potable water distribution systems. It has been tested in accordance with Federal governing standard and complies with the requirements of ANSI/NSF Standard 61.

Towel Warmers

Warm towel on a chilly winter morning sound like a great idea.   More and more popular bathroom accessory that will provide you with warm toasty towels, ready to dry your delicates.Towel warmer installed in your bathroom will also reduce bathroom moisture, mildew growth and musty smells. Most Tower Warmers on the market are electric and use small amount of power. they use less energy than average household lightbulb, and it can be left on 24 hours a day, Towel warmer

You can use it for hanging delicate, hand washables to dry and makes a wonderful warmer for swim suits, gloves, blankets and clothes.




Lots of calls about mold in bathrooms, basements etc.

IIt was raining a lot lately. Getting quite a bit of calls about mold. High humidity in the air over last few weeks was conducive to mold growth in damp areas w the houses. In the south east of the country average high humidity levels and warm temperatures make mold growth a problem.

Here, moisture control is the key. If mold is shoving up in your bathroom, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water and moisture. Use forced air bathroom vent frequently. Leaky plumbing i our area is the biggest mold producer.  Any leak in plumbing system should be addressed immediately and repaired Clean mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. 

In order to grow, molds produce tiny spores which can be found  in both indoor and outdoor air. mold spores land on a damp areas and begin growing and digesting materials they are growing on. in order to survive molds spores need moist, damp and warm environment.

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Tips to control mold growth in your house:

1. in hot, humid  climates use dehumidifiers and air conditioner to reduce moisture in the air.


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