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5 Ways to Conserve Water 

Out of all the utility bills you pay every month, water usage can really sneak up on you and make for an unpleasant surprise once your invoice rolls in. Outwardly cheap, superficially abundant and very much a necessary part of daily life, some of us tend to use a little more water than we really need. This equals money we not only didn’t want to spend, but money we never needed to spend.

There are a number of ways to cut down on your water use, which any plumber in Rochester NY will tell you are a worthwhile investment of your time. Of all the ways to cut down on your use, we found five that can effectively reduce your utilities bill and ultimately give you some extra cash to spend on things you’ll actually enjoy.

Save Water At The Tap

Think about how often you actually wet your toothbrush every morning versus how long you leave the sink running. How about how difficult it is to lather up in the shower with the water running?

Whenever using water is unnecessary for what you’re doing, turn off the faucet. Sure, even though the shower is washing off all your body wash before you can lather up, the warmth feels awesome. We’ll agree with you, yes, the ambient sound when you’re brushing your teeth makes for some great background noise. However, that tune will soon change when you realize a running faucet wastes around two gallons of water per minute.

Check Your Plumbing For Leaks

If you’re looking to go broke, a leaky faucet or pipe is a great way to waste your money. According to WaterSense, your average household wastes around 10,000 gallons of water annually. Even a small problem, like a leaky sink, can waste 3,000 gallons a year.

Upgrade Your Plumbing

In an effort to reduce water waste, the EPA set specific standards for high efficiency faucets and shower heads to ensure as little water is wasted as possible. However, if your home is fitted with older fittings made before this legislation, you could be wasting a lot of money unnecessarily.

Fortunately, these upgrades are usually fairly inexpensive and even the cheapest models are required to meet the standards for use set by the EPA.

Convert Your Toilet To ‘Low-Flush’

If MacGyver was a plumber in a past life, he likely would have invented this concept. By displacing some of the water in your toilet tank with a weighted water bottle, you can reduce the amount of water your toilet uses per flush. While you do sacrifice some flushing power, this can ultimately save you up to a liter of water per flush (or whatever size bottle you decide to use.).

Use Your Plumbing Less

Many times during the day, we use some functions of our devices not out of necessity, but out of habit. We do laundry every few days, we flush every time (even if we only took a leak) and we spend a good portion of our day unwinding in the shower, even if we don’t smell terrible.

By finding little changes in your habits to make, you can ultimately save a lot of water every year. Though it may outwardly seem disgusting, your sacrifice today could net you a wonderful night out on the town as a reward later.

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How your faulty running toilet may be costing you a small fortune

Water bills ain’t cheap, and they aren’t getting any cheaper. Naturally, to save some of their hard-earned cash, your average consumer would want to reduce their water usage any way they can.
In some areas, this could be an easy task. Not running the sink constantly and buying appliances that use less water could always be advisable, however, these may not even be close to being the source of your financial woes. A basic bathroom fixture, a run-of-the-mill toilet today will typically use between 1.28 to 2 gallons of water per flush. While this adds up over time, this is still far less than the amount of water a faulty toilet can use. Perpetually cycling water through its tank, a constantly running toilet’s water usage can stack up in a big way, using up to a gallon of water every minute. In Washington D.C. recently, officials said homes with dysfunctional toilets could waste more than 1,400 gallons per day.
Any plumber in Rochester NY can tell you that, though the typical charge for water in the city is around 3/10 of a cent per gallon ($3.38 for every 1,000 gallons from the municipal water supply), a running toilet can really rack up your water costs. At a rate of 1,400 gallons daily, that’s around $4.73 per day out of your pocket. If left unchecked for a month, you can say goodbye to around $142.00 of hard-earned pay.
Over a year? Just over $1,700, money that could have gone to something much more useful than unused toilet water.

So What Do I Do About It?

Luckily, it’s actually super easy to solve this problem all by yourself. To diagnose the issue, watch the action of the mechanism inside the tank and observe the process as you flush. A flapper, a cover to a hole in the base of the tank controlled by a chain, lifts, letting water flow out. A common cause of constantly running water is the flapper being stuck open, allowing water to continue to flow.
When checking to see if the seal is open, be sure to see the chain isn’t jammed on a part of the mechanism, as this could prevent failure to close. The flapper could also be misaligned with its hinges, which can interfere with its ability to seal water out.
If the refill valve (what fills the tank) keeps running, it may mean your water level is low. Reduced water in the tank usually means the valve was not adjusted correctly, turning it on to see if it’s not set at full.
The float, or what keeps everything in position, could also be at fault. If misaligned with the rest of the system, water could leak out of the tank, even with a brand new flapper installed.
If the ball valve and assembly have accumulated limescale (or any other substance, for some reason), cleaning the parts could be a logical next step to keep everything in working order. After that, check the plastic fill valve, as a pinched one can really mess with the entire process. Though the valve itself isn’t supposed to stop water completely, if it’s inundated the valve may have to be replaced completely.
If all else fails, replacement of some components may be necessary. A flapper is typically the reason behind most constantly running toilets, and is usually the main reason the water keeps flowing, however, as with most cohesive units, if one part fails, the whole system fails.

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How To Choose The Right Plumber

With dozens of different options to choose from throughout the city, finding a plumber in Rochester NY is a fairly simple task. Finding the right man for the job, however, can be a totally different story.
With different levels of experience, varying pricing methods and unpredictable proximities to your home, some may feel a compromise in service needs to be made to find a good match. While this may or may not be the case, it is important to ask the appropriate questions to ensure the person you hire is going to do a satisfactory job.

Why Does It Matter Who Is Doing The Job? Aren’t All Plumbers Trained The Same Way?

In New York State, a municipality-issued plumbing license is required before any journeyman or master plumber can begin operating legally. Before that, it’s a given that they will have worked 2-5 years under a master plumber as an apprentice. While this is a benefit to the average consumer, a number of things need to be kept in mind.
A plumber is working to fix an investment you made. Therefore, making sure they are approaching the job with all the care your project deserves is vital. After all, a botched job can often lead to even greater expenses on your behalf down the road. To figure out how they typically operate, ask for references. Positive reviews are never a bad thing, and enough of them could be enough to give them work without question.
Of course, asking for references and proof of licensing is not all there is to it, especially when your average Rochestarian has so many options. For finding the best possible man for the job, you’re going to need to do some research on your own.

So How Do I Know Who’s Worth Hiring?

Making sure they’re qualified to do the job is easy. Making sure their business is run legitimately is another story entirely.
You want to be sure that the person you’re hiring has been in the business for quite some time. When calling them, be sure to ask about how many years’ experience they have/how long their business has been in operation. A reputable business typically stays around for quite some time, and can be a good indicator of a satisfied client base. If you have worked with any other home repair specialists, ask them about the person you’re looking to hire. Odds are they’ve made some connections over the years and may be able to speak for your plumber’s ability.
Like shopping for insurance, cars, or just about anything else, always compare quotes. Keep in mind that in plumbing, while the lowest price often looks attractive, it may not mean the best parts were used or extreme care was taken. If a plumber with similar services asks for a higher price, find out why. Quality should always trump cost, and if you’re getting exactly what you paid for, paying a bit extra may prove to be the best decision.

How Do I Figure Out The Best Price?

Big jobs are the only thing you should be getting a quote over the phone for. For smaller jobs, an accurate quote can only be given if the plumber is in front of the job. Once they’ve assessed the cost of the job, hold them to it, making sure they only do what they initially said they were going to do and for the specified cost. And finally, check out their guarantee. This could be an indicator to the confidence your plumber puts in their work.



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Winterizing Your Tankless Water Heater

A Brief Explanation For Cold Weather Durability

It’s no secret that when winter rolls around, Rochester is a cold place to live. And when the thermostat starts falling, your home is going to need to prepare more than just stockpiling blankets and firewood. For many homeowners across the region, one of the key preparations needing to be made before settling in is winterizing their tankless water heater.

Why Is Winterization So Important?

Many warranties for hot water heaters may not include coverage for damages related to cold weather. Because of this, failure to properly prepare your unit can result in less cash in your wallet and more headaches than you can handle.

Luckily enough, winterization of a tankless water heater is a simple ordeal, most commonly requiring all water to be emptied from the pipes inside of the heater. Water allowed to sit in your pipes can freeze, backing up the heater and causing damage or mechanical failure.

Despite the apparent simplicity of winterization, there are several other steps needing to be taken to ensure your heater stays intact.

Step 1: Cut the Power to the Heater, Waiting Until the Water Inside Cools

This may be an obvious step; however it is important to not set yourself up for any unnecessary injuries. Heaters can be powered by electricity or gas, so ensure all precautions are taken to stay safe on the job. In addition, keep in mind the water inside the heater’s inner workings will be extremely hot, so make sure the water is at a manageable temperature before working with it.

Step 2: Shut Off the Main Water Supply

Since there’s no reservoir for the unit, the water is going to keep coming until you shut it off. Instructions for where the heater’s shut off switch is can typically be found in the device’s owner’s manual.

Step 3: Open the Hot and Cold Water Taps On The Unit

This will not only drain all of the water out of the heater’s inner workings, but release a majority of the pressure that will have built up inside the unit. After this is done, disconnect the incoming and outgoing hoses and pipes and set them aside, allowing them to dry out completely.

Step 4: Remove the Water Filter

Commonly referred to as the inlet water filter, its location can be found inside of your heating unit's owner’s manual. Once you’ve done this, turn an air compressor onto the water filter’s connection. The blowing air should help to rid the heater of any remaining water.

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Why Replace Your Water Heater, When You May Be Able To Repair Instead?

For example, you are a homeowner in Victor NY. Hot water creates amazing ease and comfort in your home. It is pleasant and gratifying to bathe, to shower, to wash dishes and to do laundry in warm water. Therefore, any problems with the water heater should be diagnosed and corrected as soon as possible. In fact, many conventional water heaters are typically simple to inspect for problems. For instance, the problems in a conventional heater may include sticking valves, broken thermostats, failure of burners or heating elements, tripping of circuit breakers for the electric heaters, and flicking out of pilot light on the gas water heaters. When these problems are recognized, a decision should be made as soon as possible, as to whether to repair or replace the water heater.

The decision to replace a water heater is usually huge and apparently too costly. Therefore, many people often opt for repair, which is apparently less expensive. Nonetheless, replacing a faulty water heater can be cost-effective in the long run. So, why replace your water heater, when you may be able to repair instead? Replacement should be the best option when a water heater has served you for several years. For example, if a water heater has served you for ten years, water minerals will have reacted with the steel elements and corroded the tank. As a result the heater will become less energy-efficient and faulty. When such a water heater leaks, it is more prudent to replace it than to repair it.

Replacing an old water heater will inject more energy efficiency into your home and allow you to save lots of money on energy bills. Nowadays, manufacturers inject foam insulation between water heater tanks and their outer shells, resulting in enhanced heat retention. Therefore, new water heater models with new glass liners reduce the corrosion of tanks and enhance their durability. Indeed, paying an average of $500-1500 to buy and install a new water storage unit comes with high energy efficiency and up to 20 percent savings on the costs of energy.

You need to replace a water heater unit that is unreliable. There is no need repairing a unit that is not dependable if you are sure that the repair will not improve it. Indeed, replacing such a unit will bring amazing reliability immediately, and allow you to avoid the inconvenience and discomfort associated with the failures of the old water heater. Similarly, if the cost of repairing a water heater is at least 50 percent of buying a new one, then there is no need to conduct the repair. Instead, you will only pay at least half the cost of a new water heater and procure a more efficient model for your domestic needs.

Water heaters should be replaced when replacement parts are either too hard to find or too expensive to purchase. Remember, the harder it is to find parts for the water heater, the longer it will always take you to restore normal supply of hot water in your home. Equally, if a water heater has been repaired more than three times, it is time to replace it. Multiple repairs are indications of diminishing efficiency and heater unreliability, and the sooner you replace such a heater the better. Are you living in Victor NY and is considering a repair or replacement of your water heater? Consult the experts for prudent advice.

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PRIDE PLUMBING Victor NY & Irondequoit NY – NEW LOCATIONS

In continuing our commitment to excellence, Pride Plumbing is now opening two new locations. We will be opening our doors on East Main Street in Victor as well as Titus Avenue in Irondequoit.

Call our new locations and see how our fully stocked vans and professional plumbing service make for a great combination!
Pride Plumbing of Victor
10 East Main St, Suite 104
Victor
NY 14564

Pride Plumbing of Irondequoit
563 Titus Ave, Suite G,
Rochester,
NY 14617

Four Do-It-Yourself Tips for Toilet Flushing Problems

Are you currently experiencing a toilet flushing problem? There are different factors that could be responsible for weak or poor flushing. Toilets become inoperable from tree roots, foreign objects, full septic tanks or calcium build up in the toilet opening. Before you call a plumber, here are a few tips you may find useful to deal with a toilet that will not flush properly.

Toilet Flushing Tip #1: Bring Out the Plunger

Typically, toilet flushing problems do not just develop overnight. They are the result of a gradual process. When water levels in the toilet rise after flushing but drain very slowly or not at all, it usually means there is something blocking the drain flow. Try plunging the toilet to see if you can dislodge the clog. If the plunger is unable to remove the blockage, put on a glove and put your hand into the toilet bowl bottom. If you feel grit in the opening, it is likely that you have calcium build-up. Get a bottle of CLR or Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover, pour it into the toilet, and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, flush and check whether the toilet is operating correctly. If not, move to tip #2.

Toilet Tip #2: Buy a Snake

If the above procedure fails to produce the desired result, you may want to head to your local hardware store for a five-foot snake or auger. These plumbing tools are fairly inexpensive and easy to operate. Use the auger to remove obstructions in the toilet’s main line. If the plumbing snake does not clear the line, then you’ll need to try a cleaner for the main line.

Toilet Tip #3: Try a Main Line Cleaner

When you are unable to resolve slow draining or clogged toilets, you will probably need to move on to a main line cleaner to remove obstructions that are further in the pipes than a household plumber’s snake will reach. If you suspect tree roots are the problem, you may first need to use a root killer or move on to consulting with a professional plumber.

Toilet Tip #4: Call a Plumber

If all the previous suggestions fail to help your toilet flush properly, then your only recourse is to contact the professionals. It’s great to handle do-it-yourself projects around the house and yard, but larger plumbing issues usually require an expert.

Pride Plumbing can handle any tough clogs or blockages that household treatments just won’t resolve. Give us a call today for quick and friendly service for your property’s plumbing system.

Root Killer for Clogged Sewer Pipes?

When planting those nice trees around your home years ago, you probably didn’t think of the impact they might have on your plumbing system. After years of growth, however, those same trees develop roots that could potentially grow under your slab foundation and create all kinds of clogs and stoppages.

In fact, tree roots can significantly damage your property. Roots grow into main sewer pipes and create clogs that can affect the entire home. Many homeowners don’t learn about the issue until they experience clogged toilets or slow drains. What’s even more interesting is that trees may no longer grow on your property, but the root system still exists underground with the possibility of affecting the plumbing system for several years after tree removal.

If you need to deal with potential tree root problems, you may want to consider root killers.

Tree Root Killer and Your Sewer Lines

The likelihood of clogged sewer lines from tree roots depends on different variables. One of the most important factors is the age of your home. Older homes are at greater risk of clogged sewer lines from roots. If your home is one of these, you should know that drought is a great enemy of your sewer pipes. Roots can invade your pipes in search of water during prolonged periods of little or no rain.

Before rushing to treat the issue with root killer, it is important to identify the cause of your clogged pipes. While you may be able to inspect pipes yourself, some situations may require a professional inspection to determine if roots are the cause of clogged toilets and drains.

Eliminating Plumbing Clogs with a Root Killer

Once you confirm the pipe invaders are tree roots, proceed with root killer application. Plumbing supply and hardware stores typically sell the chemical, and all that’s needed is to pour it in the toilet or drain so it can get to work killing roots that are clogging the sewer lines.

Chemicals such as root killer are very hazardous to humans and the environment. If you plan to use root killer yourself, observe the usage safety instructions. Avoid the chemical if you are aware that your sewer pipe leads to a body of water as it can drastically affect animal life and the environment.

Consulting a Professional Plumber

As previously stated, it is essential that you find out if tree roots are responsible for your sewer issues before using root killing chemicals. Professional plumbers are better able to determine the cause of your clogged sewer pipes and to make recommendations about effective solutions for the issue.

For some homes, you may need professional root removal or sewer line replacement. If you need a diagnosis about clogged toilets or sewer lines, give us here at Pride Plumbing a call to schedule an appointment today.

What to Do with Toilet Running Issues

Plumbing emergencies like a toilet running constantly or overflowing can really make a mess of your bathroom. Fixing a running toilet isn’t always easy for homeowners to accomplish on their own. While some people don’t mind trying to solve toilet issues themselves, others will defer to the recommendations of professional plumbers.

Before making the decision to do-it-yourself or call a plumber, take a look at the toilet yourself to figure out just what’s causing the problem. Minor repair is easy to do and will prevent the need for a complete toilet replacement in most situations.

Causes of Toilet Running Problems

Often, problems with the flapper will result in toilet tanks that do not fill with water completely. Common causes for flapper failure are due to:

  • Improper catching of chain
  • Flapper wedge not opening completely
  • Incorrect flapper alignment
  • Stuck flapper
  • Water filling intermittently

When the tank is not filling with water properly, a slow leak may also be the cause. You can easily perform your own test to confirm whether there is a leak by placing food dye in the tank. After waiting an hour without flushing the toilet, check the bowl. If dye is present in the bowl, there is definitely a leak in the toilet system.

Do-it-Yourself Flapper Fixes

For stuck flappers, try your hand at adjusting the flapper to keep the toilet from running constantly. Some homeowners will simply jiggle the toilet handle to stop the running toilet. If the water ceases to run after jiggling the handle, it is highly likely that you need to replace the tank chain and flapper mechanism. For toilets that only fill intermittently, you may need to clean any mineral buildup to determine if cleaning the tank will correct the problem.

Maintenance Keeps Toilets Running Correctly

Smooth operation of your toilet requires periodic maintenance to ensure that everything is operating properly. If you’ve tried to adjust the flapper or replace the chain and/or flapper, and the toilet is still running, then you will want to call a plumber as soon as possible.

Excess water from a toilet running issue in your home can quickly drive up water bills and eventually lead to even greater damage in the internal working of your toilet system. Give Pride Plumbing of Rochester a call for help with your running toilet or any other plumbing issue today at (585) 271-7150

Three Sources of Plumbing Repair Parts

Are you in need of repair parts for your plumbing project? Owners of older homes often experience challenges when it comes to replacing hard-to-find parts. Some plumbing fixtures can be difficult to find, particularly vintage and specialty parts not commonly found in major hardware store chains.

If you own a newer home, you may want to keep the same brand as your previous fixtures. So if your suburban beauty features Moen faucets for all sinks, then you probably want to stick with the same exact styles and models when they need replacement. Homes more than 30 years old frequently have parts that sometimes take a little more time to locate.

Fortunately, there are a few options when it comes to locating just the right repair parts for your home or office building. When sink or tub faucets, shower heads, toilets or traps need repair, pay a visit to your local hardware store or thrift store. When all else fails, a licensed plumbing company can usually offer you options.

Local Hardware Stores

The big box hardware stores have an assortment of plumbing supplies for do-it-yourself homeowners. Their faucets, sinks, toilets and water heaters are produced by major plumbing manufacturers and feature the latest plumbing technology in a wide range of prices. Where property owners may experience difficulties is in trying to replace plumbing parts for an older home. Sizes and styles of vintage fixtures differ greatly from modern parts.

Thrift Shops

Although probably not a large source of plumbing supplies, some thrift shops will have plumbing parts from personal or estate donations. These fixtures may be just the right fit for your 50-year to 100-year-old home remodel. Shopping in thrift and consignment shops is not a quick fix to supplying your plumbing part needs, but if you have time and patience, you sometimes can pick up parts that just aren’t often seen in today’s modern construction.

Plumbing Companies

Licensed plumbers often keep a supply of plumbing fixtures in their warehouses, and if they don’t have it, they often will special order for their customers. Whether you need parts from well-known manufacturers or specialty parts not found on store shelves, plumbing companies can be an excellent resource.

Here at Pride Plumbing, we offer a warehouse full of thousands of repair parts to meet all your needs – whether modern, vintage or in between. Give us a call to speak with one of our friendly technicians about the right fixture for your needs.



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