Dallas has one of the worse soils for construction and plumbing. The shifting clay soil makes the piping under ground to give up under stress. Also the “hard water” coming from the several lakes in the area will make the pipes of your house in the Dallas metro area to deteriorate at a fast pace. Then you have to dig and get dirty under all that clay in order to fix the problems.
There is an awesome new option available for homeowners in certain areas who are having trouble with their plumbing -in some areas these problems are even more common such as in the Dallas Metro area in Texas- either inside or outside of their home. It is called “Pipe Renewal”. Pipe Renewal allows you to create a brand new pipe inside of your existing pipe with little to NO digging or excavating required!
In the past, whenever a homeowner faced the problem of a damaged or blocked drainage system due to shifting soil in the Dallas Metro area, their only option was to do extensive digging to either replace just the spot of damaged underground pipe, or even more extensive digging to replace the entire pipe.
Then the option of Pipe Bursting became available, – as explained in another of my articles, it is a solution a licensed plumber in Dallas would do- which replaced their old pipe with a new one by bursting their old pipe from the inside out. However this method also required digging large pits in 2 different excavation spots. The digging creates problems as damage WILL occur to grass/lawn/landscaping/flowerbeds if the pipe is underground in the yard. Damage will occur to concrete if the pipe is underneath the foundation, the driveway, the sidewalk or the patio (the concrete must be removed by jackhammer). All of these areas must be repaired and replaced after the plumbing problem is fixed. Of even greater concern is the issue of fill dirt around the repaired or replaced pipe settling and causing the pipe to shift later.
If a problem occurs with the supply pipes inside your home, then in the past, the only option was again, replacing/repairing just the spot of pipe that is a problem, ore replacing the entire pipe. In either case, excavating is required. This excavation will involve cutting into walls, ripping up floors, cutting into the ceiling or using a jackhammer on the foundation. Damaged areas will have to be repaired, repainted, re-tiled, etc.
With Pipe Renewal, little to no digging OR excavating into floors, ceilings and walls is required because of how the solution is performed: A membrane is covered with a safe, non-toxic, epoxy resin and is fed into your existing pipes, usually through an existing clean-out. The membrane is expanded with air like a balloon until it fills the inside of your pipe. At that time, the quick-drying epoxy resin and membrane harden and cure to form a brand new, smooth and seamless pipe.
First, the pipe is dried completely from the inside out by blowing heated air into the pipes. Once they are dry, then the pipes are blasted with a high pressure grime-busting agent that clean the pipes thoroughly. Then the pipes are ready for the epoxy to be applied. When the epoxy dries, you are left with an impenetrable and safe coating that protects and restores your existing pipes to a new condition.
The advantages are numerous for this type of plumbing solution. There is no digging required, so as we mentioned, you have no potential damage to your landscaping, grass, plants, driveway, foundation, sidewalks and/or patio. No mess from excavating giant holes and no jackhammer use. You don’t have to worry about the ground settling from installing new pipes or new sections of pipes. There are no seams in the pipe where leaks can possibly occur. This also is a protection from tree and plant roots entering the seams to get to the moisture inside. The work can be completed very quickly with very minimal, if any, clean up afterward. You have total peace of mind knowing that you have a new pipe. To add to your peace of mind, you will enjoy the best guarantees of all the other drainage system solutions. Imagine a NEW pipe with NO excavating required! This truly is a revolutionary solution. It also is environmentally friendly because your old pipes do not end up filling up a landfill.
When it comes to having a well-balanced, functional home, most people would agree that having good plumbing is nearly at the top of the list for necessities. Being able to wash our clothing, bath & shower, and wash our food allows us figuratively strip away the weight of the world and emerge refreshed and ready for anything that comes our way. Unfortunately, plumbing repair is an inevitable part of owning a home, and it is something that every homeowner must be prepared to handle.
Before you decide to hire someone to tinker with your home’s plumbing, you want to be sure you’re hiring the right company. Here are five ways with which to find a prospective repair company before they come to your home:
1. Service & Repair Turnaround – If you have plumbing issues, you have very few options. Sure, neighborhood laundromats, friendly neighbors, and relatives that live close by can help ease the transition, but there is nothing that says home like being able to have your plumbing working its best. When researching companies, see if you can get either same-day or next-day service if you just have to have things fixed now, but be sure to ask if there is any type of extra fee for this quick service.
2. Amount of Experience Counts – Find out how much experience they actually have repairing various types of plumbing systems. Sometimes repair companies primarily work with certain brands, which can make a big difference. Think, too, about the age of your home and whether your repair person may be knowledgeable of codes & compliance from years past. The answers to these questions will help you choose the right repair company.
3. Warranty on Products and Services – Warranties often let you know whether a company stands by its work and its employees. You don’t expect to see them again soon, but it’s nice to know they’ll take care of you. There is a long-standing myth that warranties are for suckers, but that fact remains that knowing you have a bit of an insurance policy on work done in your home means a little more piece of mind.
4. Repair Cost – If you have the time, try to get a few quotes from a few repair companies. Don’t automatically go for the lowest price, but don’t assume the highest price equal the highest quality. Do your research.
5. Previous Clients – If the company you’re contacting frets about providing references, you would be advised to probably move on to someone else for your repair. Your home is your biggest investment in life, and you want someone providing repairs that has a reputation for being the best at what they do.
Plumbing repair will take the air out of your sails, but be sure to take the time to do some work in finding the right repair company for your needs. You may not need it now, but it makes good sense to be ready for it later.
This year we are celebrating 190 years to the mayor of Houston TX, James Theodore Dudley Wilson. Mr Wilson was a successful businessman and first post-Reconstruction mayor. He was also the mayor who helped bring the first public water system to the city. We can call him the father of plumbing in Houston TX.
Houston Waterworks Company was officially organized April 15, 1879. We are using the benefits of plumbing in Texas for 131 years already, but not everyone knows how distant the history of plumbing in America goes.
Hohokam Indian farmers in Salt River Valley, Arizona were the first recorded engineers in America who built canals for irrigation on their crops. This was around 350 B.C. The native settlers started building these irrigation networks with the use of stone and wooden tools. (Of course, they didn’t have pipes back then!)
The great benefit about it is that the canals they built spanned for many miles connecting to other tribes and villages that shared trade with them and it made water available to people without having to pay for it. It was a big wonder, though, that the Hohokam suddenly became extinct in 1450 and has never re-surfaced again. But still, their invention stayed behind and has been used as an inspiration to modern plumbing in America.
When the early Americans used hollowed wood as pipes, they found it to their liking. Water would just flow through and it was easy to use. They had an abundant supply of trees (wood) that can be used as pipes. The only plumbing problem with wood is that it can cause infestations if it is not properly placed or positioned under the ground. To remedy, the joints were sealed using tar, iron loops and sometimes lead.
With constant innovation, Americans have improved their sewage and drainage systems. Soon after, they called it plumbing and that involved pipes to and from bath houses, privy or toilets and water outlets and drainage.
During the 1800’s, some people would use the “privy” toilets but these water closets were located outside of the homes. Some were disgusted on how eliminating human waste was done as there were passersby who could smell the stink. With that, indoor plumbing has evolved. Soon after, hotels in America started using toilets that were located inside the building, stink-free and totally private from people’s prying eyes.
After that, the public bath houses became a private bathroom, when bathtubs and showers were introduced. Plumbers shifted from wood which caused infestations to lead pipes until the 70’s when lead was considered hazardous to health; by then, pipes were made out of ceramic, metal, concrete, plastic, lead and sometimes fiberglass. For the well to do people, at least one was set up in their homes. Up to this day, these are the positive outcomes of plumbing that we still enjoy and it all started with woods and logs. At least, the trial and error phase didn’t have to happen in our generation.
Now you see how old the plumbing in Huston and America is. The plumbing system became more and more sophisticated and now it is a very complicated system which requires regular maintenance just like every other modern system.
There are a lot of things that you can fix on your own in your house, like a clogged toilet or tub. You can find many articles on this site that will help you fix small plumbing problems. But with some repairs, and more complicated installations finding a certified and reliable contractor will be the best solution.
t is very tough to find an experienced plumbing contractor. Many people just look up directory assistance references and pick out the first name they find in their vicinity. If you want quality service, you may need to dig a little deeper. Plumbing services range from installation to repair and restoration to maintenance, and contractors must be able to offer quality service in all of the aforementioned.
Whether it involves drain cleaning and leak detection services, the work of experienced plumbing professionals should be efficient and meticulous. Experienced plumbers should have their customers understand every issue that is being addressed, as well as the steps to fixing the problem. Before hiring someone for a plumbing job, there are a number of factors that should be considered.
Consistent maintenance of your drainage system is very important. Once a pipe gets clogged, water finds it hard to seep through, and end result could be sink and tub stains. If water remains there for a considerable amount of time, it could give out an unpleasant odor also; it may lead a pipe burst. It is necessary to fix any such problems as soon as possible. You can even opt for emergency plumbing services, if your plumber offers 24-hour assistance.
Before hiring any plumbing contractor you need to check the skill and experience of the company. There are many ways to determine and among them is word of mouth from the people who have had the firsthand experience with the company. Also, check the licenses and credentials of the company in question. Licensed plumbing companies employ skilled and experienced plumbers.
Plumbing contractors are largely responsible for setting up and designing complete plumbing systems from scratch. Make sure you are aware of all your plumbing needs. Know what the job costs and, if necessary, search for an experienced contractor accordingly. Feel free to visit various websites and online communities. Also, feel free to interact with different people in your area for personal reviews.
One of the many aspects of home inspection is checking the plumbing system. Water is indeed very vital for us to live, but water-related problems can be caused by improperly installed plumbing systems. The home inspector will check and test the water supply and distribution within the house, and there are many things that are covered by these.
To start off, the home inspector will first go to the location of the main water valve. Since this is the main shutoff device, this is the best place to check on the plumbing system of the house. After that, the inspector will go to see the water heating equipment, which includes the bracing, combustion air, connections, sources of energy, and venting. He will then verify if there are valves present or not.
The home inspection will then proceed to testing and ensuring that the plumbing fixtures are working. The ways to do this are by flushing toilets, and by running water in faucets, sinks, showers, and tubs. Thus, water supply can be verified in all fixtures by this method. In addition, the drain, vent, and waste systems will also be inspected while testing out the interior water supply.
If there are any fuel storage systems around, these might be described by the home inspector as well. The inspector will also provide descriptions of the drain, main fuel shut-off valve, waste, and water supply. The locations of other valves will also be included in the report as a part of home inspection.
The home inspector will also determine whether the home’s water supply is private or public. Along with this information, he will also include in his report any needed repairs from defects or deficiencies seen when operating two or more fixtures simultaneously. Improperly installed and misidentified hot and cold faucets will also be included in the inspector’s written report.
Other defects in the plumbing system include dysfunctional lavatories, sinks, and tubs. Ceramic cracks, leaks, and tanks that do not operate properly are also considered defectives. Although the home inspector checks a lot of things regarding the plumbing system, he is not required to test washing machines or evaluate the qualities of water heaters, such as their waiting time and life expectancy.
Other things that a home inspection isn’t required of covering are determining the adequacy, flow rate, pressure, quality, temperature, or volume of water, evaluating the code compliance of the water supple with regard to energy conservation, and examining auxiliary components. Inspecting private sewage systems, water storage tanks, and water treatment systems, and evaluating gas storage tanks are also not required.
Water is definitely a key element to survival. It is undeniable that it is an important aspect to daily living, so it is but necessary to have the plumbing system inspected by the home inspector to ensure safety and to foresee any water-related problems. But water can also bring damage to homes, as revealed by a proper and thorough home inspection. Water may keep us alive, but if it is disregarded, water can also be a factor for a damaged and defective home.
With an average daily high of 76.2°F, and over 100 days each year with temperatures above ninety, Texas is one place where most people wouldn’t live without air conditioning. In fact without A/C in the hot, humid, sub-tropical climate of Texas, many of us couldn’t handle the heat at all.
Luckily for Texans (and for you if you’re looking for a good trade to work in) HVAC technicians are on the job to keep them up of the heat. If you live in Texas, and are looking for a career that will keep you in-demand, HVAC training may be for you.
In the lone star state HVAC technicians are always in demand and with the right training you will find that keeping busy in your field is quite simple. An HVAC career in Texas won’t leave you just fixing A/C units however; you’re likely to find many other job choices as well.
The Texas HVAC Technician
With your basic training completed you will be able to find work in many areas of the trade. If fixing air conditioning units isn’t your thing, you will also be qualified to work in other areas of the field as well.
1. Installing and Repairing Air-Conditioning Units: One of the major roles for an HVAC technician, in Texas, is installing and repairing A/C units. This work will vary between working in home install, to working with large commercial installations that require cranes and multiple workers to install.
2. Installing and Repairing Ventilation Units: Along with A/C work the HVAC tech can also find work with ventilation systems. All larger commercial buildings require proper ventilation to meet building and fire codes. As an HVAC technician you will be qualified to install and work with these systems.
3. Installing and Repairing Heating Units: Although it may not seem like a major role, heating units are also important in Texas. With temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing in the winter months, the HVAC tech can also work installing and repairing heating units.
4. Working as a Pipe Fitter: With your HVAC training you may also find work in plumbing or as a pipefitter. The concepts in these types of jobs are learned with your HVAC training and many technicians diversify and work with major plumbing contractors.
5. Working as a Salesperson: With all of those A/C units, heaters, and ventilation units, there is also a need for qualified sales people. In this position the Texas HVAC technician may work for a monthly salary, or in a more lucrative base plus commission type role.
Job Outlook For Years To Come
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor the job outlook for this growing field is excellent for decades to come. Along with the growth in demand for HVAC technicians, wages for qualified techs are also growing. Currently the starting wage in this field is about $42,000/year. As the field grows chances for higher salaries, and more career options are expected to ensue.
If you’re thinking that the cost of that trade school, and its plumbing training, might not be worth the cost of attending, think again.
In the United States the median hourly pay for pipe layers was 13.68 – and that was for the last year the wages were studied – 2004. The wages have gone up some since that time. The lowest ten percent, those just starting out their on-the-job plumbing training, made only 9.19 per hour on average, while the highest 10 percent earned over 25.07.
Whats important to keep in mind about these figures, too, is that these are for all plumbers who, either in the midst of training, or having completed it, work for other plumbing or related companies. Plumbers who work for themselves may earn as much as 130 per hour. Of course, these are generally folks who are paying the overhead costs of the business, and perhaps people who work under them so its not all gravy.
Plumbing employees, once training has been completed, start out with some variation in wages depending on which industry they work in. If they are employed in natural gas distribution, for example, they make the highest hourly wage – 23.86. Those employed in the area of construction of non-residential buildings earn a median U.S. wage of 21.55 per hour. Plumbers working for contractors in the building equipment industry make approximately 19.85 per hour, while those in construction of utility systems earn about 18.29 per hour.
Local government pays the lowest of these categories – 16.30 per hour.
Apprentices, those still taking part in on-the-job plumbing training earn approximately half of the going media wage for experienced plumbers, pipe layers, steam fitters or pipe fitters. As their skills improve their wages increase. After a predetermined waiting period, these plumbing training apprentices receive benefits equal to their experienced co-workers.
The ten best known schools in the United States and Canada that offer plumbing training are Everest Institute in Houston Texas, National Institute of Technology in Long Beach Texas, Wyotech in Fremont, Calif., New England Institute of Technology in Warwick Rhode Island, Pennco Tech in Bristol Pa., Vatterott Colleges with two campuses in Missouri, Vancouver Career College with seven different locations in Canadas British Columbia, Eastwick Colleges in Patterson New Jersey, the online Professional Career Development Institute PCDI and Penn Foster Career School which is also entirely distance learning and Web-based.
At New England Institute of Technology, for example, the plumbing training can lead to either an Associates or Bachelors degree in plumbing technology. Students learn the latest technology in heating and plumbing, pipe fitting, drafting, blueprint reading, draining, vent, waste management, and troubleshooting. Completion of the plumbing training program at NEIT qualified the plumber to work as a pipe fitter, a plumbing contractor, or a water supply technician.
Maintaining a home is not that easy. As a homeowner, you need to check everything inside the house to avoid problems that can affect your family in the future. One of these problems is water leaks. Leaking water can not only damage your home; it also brings with it the threat of toxic mold growth. You do not want this to touch any of your children because this can make them sick.
Why it is often too late when you find out there is a leak? And if it’s already there, the damage is done. You spend hard earned cash on water leak repair and it’s not even funny. The reason for a water leak in your home is plain and simple: you forgot to routinely check your home for plumbing problems. Water is a universal solvent and it seeps through everywhere and anywhere. That is why, as mentioned, it is very important to give time to periodically inspect the insides of your home to avoid this nuisance.
How can you protect your family from this inconvenience? Here are several sources of water leaks common at any home. For your guidance:
1. Kitchen Sinks
2. Washing Machine Hoses
3. Water Heater Hoses
4. Bathroom Sinks and Tiles
5. Shower Heads
6. Toilet Bowl
The kitchen sink is an area always overlooked. Look at the plumbing under the cabinet where the sink is located. Pipes are interjoined to the faucet. If there are problems, then, repair on the faucet is doable.
Another area to watch out for is your laundry room. The hose on your washing machine can create such a huge mess if left unattended. Washing machines used for over 5 years needs to be examined at least once every 6 months for leakage. As equipment grows old, it becomes subject to wear and tear. Even a thin spray of water on your hose can cause a big problem in the future. The same idea goes for the water heater hose. What is your remedy for this? You can either change the hose or put a sealant on the leak – it’s up to you; though replacement is a much better solution.
The bathroom is a fiesta for water leaks. If there are tile cracks, it must be repaired in an instant. Cracks can induce leaking plus molds and mildew can easily grow behind it. The alarming part on this is that even if molds cannot be seen, the bad effects of it are present in the bathroom. It releases toxic spores in the air and can create a potential problem in the air quality inside your home.
The toilet bowl is another factor in water leaks. Check the connections of the piping at least once a month. The toilet and bath is wet most of the time and this makes it prone all the more to water leaks. The only solution is to prevent it from happening by checking it constantly.
Quick tip: Before you start any repair, turn off your main water system to avoid flooding. Good luck!
Come to think of it, everything we have today is due to advancement in technology and scientific discoveries. We are able to watch shows on TV coming from all over the world because there is cable connection. We can talk to other people via the internet and through computer. Another marvel is the cellular phone. We can go on and on but simply put, everything has a beginning. Even the most common of all inventions – the bathtub – something we take for granted, every single one has its own history. Its history started way before plumbing.
We cannot go on for the day without cleansing our body. Hygiene is a basic need. While some don’t see the importance of it, most human beings take a bath “just because”. We were trained by our parents that bathing is an important daily routine and it is! Lucky for us, we in the 21st Century, and everything is available at the click of a button or switch. One thing we don’t even think about is plumbing. There is hot and cold water running from up above when we take a shower or we can turn on our iPod and lie down in the bathtub. So going back, who, how and why?
Earliest discoveries were found in the Greek Islands, particularly in Crete, over four thousand years ago. It was seen in the palace ruins and believed to be the bathing contraption of the Royal family. It resembled the claw foot tub or the earliest known bathtubs during the 1800’s and was made in hard pottery. Length was 5 feet and just enough to accommodate one person.
Nobody really knew who the inventor of bathtub was but in the Ancient Greek time, every wealthy family had one. There was not any plumbing systems connected – no outlets, no drains and that led historians to believe that the tub was filled manually and was cleaned scooping out water afterwards. A rumor started that bathing was immoral and considered perilous to the health. (Backward thinking!) But, as we are in the practice today, the rumor was twisted back to the truth – bathing is imperative and everyone else did the act.
There were American geniuses in the early 19th Century who were intrigued by the purpose of a bathtub. At first, tubs were made of wood until 1873 when J. L. Mott Iron Works envisioned and created the ultimate bathtub, made of cast iron with an enamel interior. Those who cannot afford were welcome to use public tubs which started around 1850’s. These tubs could fit a number of people all at the same time. But as the economy improved and American living became comfortable; people can acquire their own personal bathtub today.
Basically, that is the History of Bathtubs, which as you can see started way before plumbing was invented. It would be nice to know who the first person was that thought about this essential invention. He was probably Greek, but then, records were not kept at that time – so, we are left to give credit on those who had innovative ideas and enhanced the bathtub. At least, they made bathing easier and comfortable for us all.
According to Dallas plumbers, who are among the most experienced in the field of plumbing due to the nature of the plumbing in the Metro area, very tricky soil that moves during the year, expands when it rains and shrinks when in the dry season, stressing the whole house and the plumbing pipes. Also the chemical composition of the water does not help the north Texas plumbing, very loaded with minerals that eventually clog the pipes.
There are simple and easy ways to extend the life of your pipes and other plumbing fixtures. Some of these prevention methods are performed by a qualified plumber, but many of them are steps that you can implement yourself. Taking preventative steps now will lessen plumbing emergencies and help to maintain the healthy water flow in your pipes. But first, you need to understand how your pipes function, know the cause of your plumbing problems and become aware of any plumbing peculiarities unique to your location.
1. Slab leak repair – Slab leaks are commonly caused by holes or cracks in the pipe, loose pipe connections and ruptured pipes. It is discovered only when the damage results in enough water leaking and rising up the cracks to create puddles of water on the ground.
One common cause of leaks and cracks in pipes can be due to the chemical composition of water and its effects on copper. When water flows incessantly through a copper pipe, chemicals in the water react with the copper and weaken the pipe over time. If the water pressure is too high, such as when the diameter of the pipe is too small, this shortens the time period it would normally take for water to corrode the copper pipe.
Another cause for ruptured pipes can be due to foundation shifting. This usually happens as a result of ground moisture. The moisture causes the soil to expand and contract, moving the foundation and the pipes contained within it. This pulls the pipes apart over time and results in leaks. Loose pipe connections due to poor craftsmanship of the pipe or improper installation can also be the culprit.
To prevent all these problems, experienced Dallas Plumbers recommend an application of epoxy inside the pipe. Epoxy is like water proof glue. When hardened, the epoxy turns into a compact solid state. Two objects that are bound by epoxy are bound permanently. Epoxy is so strong that even while underwater the substance can harden and bind objects or seal up holes. Due to the properties of this strong adhesive, it is most often applied to holes and cracks to stop water leaks. Using it on pipes for protection and additional strength is even better. With an epoxy lined copper pipe, the epoxy serves as a protective covering that prevents water from direct contact with the copper thus preventing corrosion. It adds to the durability of the pipe by reinforcing the inner base.
2. Toilet clogs and leaks – The toilet bowl itself is a strong bathroom fixture and is difficult to break under normal conditions of use. So toilet problems would rarely require entire toilet replacement. Internal parts within the tank that get worn out can be bought separately. Though toilet clogs can be easily managed by plumbers, it is sometimes embarrassing to have it done. You also are at the mercy of waiting until the plumber is available to come and fix your problem. Even if you live in an apartment, you still have the same embarrassment to contend with and you still have to wait for the maintenance man to arrive. Meanwhile, it can be very inconvenient to have an inoperative bathroom. So prevention is always the best choice. You can start by keeping the toilet clean. Do not flush hard, solid objects down the toilet. Also, do not flush sanitary napkins, paper towels, Kleenex tissues, cat litter, or anything else other than toilet paper.
3. Kitchen sink clogs – Food, grease, and soap can accumulate and clog the pipes of your sink. This will grow eventually into a bigger problem if not addressed immediately. To prevent gunk from accumulating in the pipes, use strainers over the drain to catch food particles and prevent them from going down with the water. Also, it is important never to pour grease down your drain. Use an empty coffee can to pour your grease into, and then dispose of the can when it becomes full. Grease that is poured down the drain turns into a thick solid of fat that will line your pipes. Over time this will become a clog. From time to time, pour boiling hot water mixed with vinegar down your sink drain to flush it out, wash away grease build up and loosen stuck particles and clumps.
4. Burst Pipes – It can be difficult to identify ahead of time when your pipes are having problems because they’re completely hidden. Often times you are unaware of a problem until the pipe has burst and water is leaking. To get ahead of this dilemma, it helps to pay attention to any unusual sounds your pipes may be producing such as growling, whistling, rattling, and screeching. Any of these would indicate that your pipes need to be examined by a plumber ASAP. Also, any changes in the water flow or water pressure from your faucets can be due to a damaged pipe. Do not wait to call a professional. Any delays can result in much greater problems and costly repairs.