Green Plumbing | Save the Planet

Water bubble and wavesWhatever your view on ecology, ‘green’ issues or saving the planet, the facts speak for themselves, and that means that we really need to start thinking about conservation and what we can do as individuals to help with that.
If the ‘green’ issues aren’t a strong enough argument for you, think of money saving – the more you can do to conserve energy and water, the lower your utility bills will be.

Water Conservation

Reducing your water usage is an easy way to start on the road to helping the planet, in a lot of cases, you may not even realize that you’re doing your bit, it may not affect your daily life at all. Things like dual flush toilets use approximately 8,000 gallons of water per year, compare that with an older style toilet that can use as much as 30,000 gallons (yes, thirty thousand) of water per year.

Energy Conservation

A tankless water heater is a great way of cutting down on energy usage – only heating the water that you actually want to use at any one time, not heating up a whole tank (that you may or may not use) and then paying further to keep that water hot. Capable of supplying multiple points (kitchen, bathroom and utility faucets for example), it can lower your energy bill by some margin!

Leaks and Drips

If you have a leaky faucet, you could be flushing away your hard earned money; if you had to stand there and throw a nickel into the garbage for each and every drip, you’d soon look at getting it fixed. That is effectively what’s happening.

For further information on how to save the planet (or at least your money), talk to a professional at Reeves Family Plumbing. We will always do our best to give you solid, unbiased advice. Contact us online or call us at 214-989-4906.

Maintaining Your Water Heater

Water HeaterThere are many choices available now for water heating, be that conventional, tankless, heat pump, gas or electric – the list can be expanded further, but if you want to try and avoid having to make that choice prematurely, then keeping your maintenance up to date on your heater will mean an extended life and even the possibility of lower energy bills.

Conventional

You may wonder just how much maintenance can be done for a big tank that stores and heats water, but one of the most common problems is the build-up of scale. Not only will it affect the performance of the heater (leading to increased energy usage) but it will also affect the quality of the water. Regular descaling is relatively easy and quick.

Tankless

A tankless heater will provide hot water on-demand – either at a single point or multi-points. No need for paying to store hot water as with the conventional heaters. To provide such a rapid response rate with the heat, they mainly use a gas burner to heat the water (some other options are available). You should have these serviced as you would your furnace or other heating solutions. Any product that has to run through such a rapid heating and cooling cycle (expansion and contraction) will have added stresses on the system.

Professional Service

Professional maintenance is so much more than giving your appliance a wipe over with a rag; inspection and testing, calibrating and ensuring that everything is as it should be. It is also a good chance to check for early signs of premature wear or failure.

Whatever need you have for an expert plumbing company, Reeves Family Plumbing will satisfy your every demand – we are the best! Contact us online or call us at 214-989-4906 to talk to an expert or to schedule an appointment.

Why You Should Always Choose a Professional Plumber

Plumbing MaintenanceWhatever type of plumbing problem or need that you have, taking advice from an experienced and licensed plumber should always be your first priority. Tackling any type of plumbing work can be tricky, and the consequences of getting it wrong can mean a complete house remodel – water doesn’t stop, it finds every single nook and cranny in its path.

Experience Counts

A professional contractor will always be able to advise you as to the latest techniques, the most modern technology and the easiest & fastest way of repairing or installing your plumbing – lower bills and less disruption are the benefits.

Repairs & Maintenance

Of course, we all hope that our plumbing installations will never give a day’s trouble, but in all honesty, no-one can really guarantee that, all they can guarantee is that they will look after you correctly if it does happen.
On the subject of repairs; should the worst happen and you do have an emergency plumbing disaster, you have the added benefit of your plumber knowing your system, where everything is located and what part of the system does what, this can save an enormous amount of time and damage should it ever need repairing.

Building Codes

There are many different codes that modern plumbing has to adhere to, building regulations are a hot topic and if your property is in breach of them, the consequences can be quite harsh. By entrusting all of your work to a licensed professional, you know that all standards are kept and that your plumbing meets those standards.

Here at Reeves Family Plumbing, we have been in business since 1960, and of course, we keep up to date on all the latest methods, practices and codes. We know what it takes to be the go-to company, why not let us show you!

Call us at 214-989-4906 or contact us online.

Choosing a Home Water Heater

Water Heater InstallationIn days gone by, hot water could have been considered to be a luxury; only the wealthy people would have permanent, fixed water heaters. As manufacturing processes got better and appliances became cheaper, the average homeowner would be able to afford some sort of water heating system.
Of course, we take domestic hot water for granted now, only ever giving it a second thought when it doesn’t arrive at our faucet.

Types

There are quite a few different types or styles of heater; tank, tankless, single point, multi point, electric, gas and geo thermal for a start, but unless you have replaced the heater in your home, your choice is usually dictated by the previous homeowner or construction team of the property. When it comes time to replace it, choose carefully and take professional advice as to what would best suit you and your home.

Requirements

Before deciding on a model, you should think about the hot water requirements of your home and to some extent, your lifestyle. You don’t want to be heating up your water for it to just sit there waiting for your return if you’re away a lot, much better to have an instantaneous heater, only heating what you need and when you need it; further benefit is lower utility bills.

Many different …

… choices, contractors, brands, sizes, types, prices, stockists, installers – the list goes on! Talking through your options with an expert is your best choice, they will be able to give you un-biased advice, suitable for your home.

Here at Reeves Family Plumbing, we know exactly how many choices can be made, not least of all with suppliers and installers; that is why we work hard for your business, to be your go-to choice for all of your plumbing needs. CONTACT US ONLINE or call us at 972-247-3763

 

Prerequisites to Installation of a Home Water Heater

Water Heater InstallationIt goes without saying that we would prefer all of our customers to call us directly if they are considering fitting a new home water heater, after all it is what we do best. But we realize that for many, fitting a new water heater is well within their capabilities.
There are a few things that can help the process though.

Type

Whether it is a tankless heater, storage heater, gas, electric, direct vent … there are many choices to think about.
Taking advice on what should be the best heater for your needs will help to clarify and narrow the selection process.

Size

Of course, no matter what you’re told, size really does matter! Getting the right output for your need is crucial to the completion of a successful job. Going too small will mean you never have enough hot water, going too large can be extremely in-efficient and costly.

Working space

Make sure that you have a good working space, you don’t want to try and fit a water heater if there is barely room manoeuvre; it makes it much easier if you can actually manhandle the heater with room to spare.

Knowledge

Do your research, make sure that you know exactly what to expect, what you’re doing and what tools you need. Getting stuck halfway through the job is not ideal, nor is ‘guessing’ the next part of the installation. If there is any doubt, call a professional.

Timing

Take your time, plan the job and leave yourself plenty of extra time for any problems; you really don’t want to be stuck at 10.30 at night rushing to get the job done.

Professional plumbers train for many years to know what they need to know, we at Reeves Family Plumbing are proud of our skill and experience, if you need help with any aspect of plumbing, call us at 972-247-3763 or CONTACT US ONLINE.    

Five Ways To Maintain A Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater is great for supplying on demand hot water, only heating what you are using, not like the older style tanks where you heat all of the water and then have to keep it hot.
This means that although they are a little more expensive to purchase, they do save you money in the long run; energy bills can be significantly reduced.

But once you have paid out your hard earned dollars, you want to keep it in good condition, so following these tips will help you maximise the life of your heater.

Intake screens

Most tankless water heaters have a screen inside the water inlet connection (just like a washing machine). It is worth checking this for debris and dirt on a regular basis, but make sure you shut off the water before removing the inlet!

Descale

By the very nature of the appliance, scale build up in the heating chamber is inevitable. To maintain efficiency and stop further problems, you should always look to descale the appliance approximately every year.

Pre-sediment filter

If you have a pre-sediment filter fitted to your system, this will also need regular cleaning to ensure good water flow to the heater.

Fix those leaky faucets!

If the leak is big enough, you could be constantly demanding hot water, most tankless systems aren’t rated for continuous use, fix that faucet and stop the system running un-necessarily.

Servicing

Keep your tankless heater well maintained and clean. By keeping a regular eye on it, you’ll soon spot any abnormalities in the function of the heater.

If yo have any questions regarding water heaters, tankless or otherwise, call Reeves Family Plumbing on 972-247-3763 or CONTACT US ONLINE, our team of professionals are always happy to help and share their knowledge.

Water Heater Maintenance

A List of Plumbing Tools That Every Homeowner Must Have

Plumbing ToolsWhile the professional plumbers of Reeves Family Plumbing will be there whenever you need us, there are some plumbing situations that you can handle on your own. There are a few specific plumbing tools you’ll need to do a more efficient job. Make sure you have these tools in your toolbox before your next plumbing problem.

Plunger

No residence should be without some type of plunger. Cup plungers are great for sending clogs through tub and sinks, flange plungers with non-splash ball cups are good for toilets and bellows plungers can be used for all other jobs.

Closet Auger

Closet augers are great for grabbing and breaking up stubborn clogs that your plunger can’t handle. Augers can be used in showers, toilets, tubs, sinks and drain lines.

Basin and Pipe Wrench

Out of all of the plumbing tools that homeowner should have, the basin wrench is one of the best since it’s the only tool that can do what it does, which is loosen and tighten the nuts on your sink faucet. Pipe wrenches are used on threaded pipes, fittings and nuts. One word of caution with the pipe wrench is that it can potentially ruin the finish on your fixture, so use the serrated teeth with caution.

Tongue-and-Groove Pliers

Also called water pump pliers, tongue-and-groove pliers are used to turn, loosen, twist and hold fittings, bolts and frozen parts. It’s best that you buy either a 10-inch or a 12-inch.

Allen Wrench Set or Hex Key

For those times when your garbage disposal is on the fritz, you’ll want to use either a hex key or an Allen wrench set. You’ll recognize these tools by their L-shape and hexagonal heads.

Propane Torch

For those DIY plumbing projects, a propane torch can become your best friend. Specifically, they’re great for sweat copper pipe and fittings. We recommend that you opt for a self-igniting torch head.

For more tips on plumbing tools, or if you have a plumbing problem that your tools just can’t handle, give Reeves Family Plumbing a call at 972-247-3763 .

4 Effective Tips to Lower Your Garbage Disposal Repair Cost

Garbage Disposal RepairAs with most appliances, regular maintenance and responsible usage are essential for reducing the garbage disposal repair cost you will have to pay. At Reeves Family Plumbing, we are always looking for ways to help our customers keep all of their home plumbing systems working at their best. Take a look at this quick list of tips from the Carrollton garbage disposal experts that will keep your unit running smoothly and garbage disposal repair cost to a minimum.

  1. Use Water Generously

Using water every time you run the disposal can help to ensure that food particles are fully ground and completely flushed through the pipes. Once you hear the grinding action of the disposal become a soft whir, turn the unit off, but allow the water to continue to run for another 10 to 20 seconds.

  1. Use Cold Water

While hot water is not necessarily harmful, cold water is usually preferable. Hot water tends to liquefy fats and grease, causing excessive buildup that can lead to blade or motor damage. Using cold water ensures that these substances congeal and pass through the system, rather than creating a clogging hazard.

  1. Avoid Grinding Hard Foods

It can be tempting to use the disposal for everything and anything food related, but items like popcorn kernels, bones, and peach pits can easily blunt blades and become wedged in the machinery. Fibrous items like onion skins and corn husks can also pose a jamming risk when they become wrapped around rotors and blades.

  1. Clean Regularly

Keep in mind that harsh chemicals can damage interior parts, leading to a high garbage disposal repair cost. To clean and deodorize your disposal gently, use a combination of baking soda and vinegar, or combine about a cup of rock salt with ice cubes when sharpening blades.

While good maintenance is a great start, remember that Reeves Family Plumbing is always available to assist with major repairs, replacements, and disposal emergencies. Contact our team today at [phone].

5 DIY Steps for Fixing a Leaky Sink

Fixing a Leaky SinkWhether you have a persistent drip or pooling water, at Reeves Family Plumbing we appreciate how frustrating faucet issues can be. We’ve put together a quick guide to fixing a leaky sink in five easy steps.

  • Turn Off Water

When fixing a leaky sink, the first thing you should do is turn off the supply of water to the faucet, from the main line. This can be done using the knobs beneath the sink.

  • Remove Handles

Next, you will want to remove any decorative pieces of the handle knobs, using a flat-head screwdriver to gently pry them free. Beneath each knob, you will find a screw mounting the handle to the stem. Unscrew each of these and remove the handles completely. A penetrating oil like WD-40 can help to loosen any tight-fitting hardware.

  • Remove Stem

Using a wrench, loosen the packing nut to reveal the stem, and remove both pieces. Depending on your faucet, the stem may either twist free or simply pop off. Check these parts for any damage.

  • Inspect O-Rings

Next, inspect your O-ring as well as the washer seated inside the valve. Poorly seated washers and deteriorating O-rings are frequently the cause of simple leaks. Replace the washer and O-rings, making sure that the new pieces are an exact fit.

  • Reassemble Faucet

Finally, reassemble all pieces in the following order: washer, new O-ring, faucet stem, packing nut, screw, and handle. Open the lines to your faucet and slowly turn the handle knob to verify that the leak has been repaired.

In many cases, these steps are all you will need when fixing a leaky sink. However, sometimes the issue goes beyond a failing O-ring or loose washer, and may even be evidence of a serious underlying complication. Keep in mind that at Reeves Family Plumbing, we’re always happy to help with trickier repairs. For your most persistent plumbing problems in Carrollton, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Contact us today at [phone].

3 Surprising Facts About Commercial Water Heater Sediment

Water Heater MaintenanceWhile all storage water heaters have to contend with the natural buildup of mineral deposits, a commercial water heater has a need for high capacity performance, which can make frequent flushing and careful maintenance especially important. At Reeves Family Plumbing, we know how important a reliable supply of hot water can be for businesses and multifamily homes. Take a look at these three surprising facts about sediment buildup and commercial water heater maintenance.

  1. Leaky Tanks

In both gas and electric water heaters, sediment tends to accumulate on burner plates and heating elements, leading to a significant drop in efficiency. Additionally, sediment that becomes trapped beneath burner plates can lead to excessive temperatures that can warp components and even cause glass linings to melt.

  1. Bacterial Growth

A heater that produces a smell of sulfur or rotten eggs likely has a problem with bacterial growth. Together with sediment accretion, the oxygenation caused by such bacteria can quickly corrode tank linings and eventually cause major damage.

  1. Keeping Temperatures Optimal

While softening agents can help to slow sediment buildup, they can also reduce the life of your anode rod. You should keep in mind that sediment tends to develop rapidly at temperatures exceeding 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintaining a temperature of 130 degrees can help to slow accumulation, while still being hot enough to kill harmful bacteria.

Scheduling Regular Maintenance

Excessive noise, foul odors, and poor heating performance are important signs that your commercial water heater is in need of maintenance in Carrollton. While regular flushing is an important step that you can take to keep sediment in check, our expert technicians can help you to remove buildup completely.

Whether you have a plumbing emergency or you would like to schedule a service appointment, keep in mind that at Reeves Family Plumbing we’re always here to help. Contact us today at [phone].