3 Plumbing Tips to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Plumbing Tips to Keep Pipes from FreezingA Texas winter can be a cold, harsh time for your pipes. If you are a Dallas homeowner then you understand the importance of keeping your pipes warm.

If there is excess water in your pipes when a cold front hits your home, then you are at the risk of the water freezing, expanding, and then blowing your pipes out, making them in need of repair and replacement.

We know that this type of a problem is an inconvenience to your family, and that is why we have put together these top three ways to help prevent your pipes from freezing over.

1. Add Insulation to the Pipes

Just looking at your Dallas home you can see that there are most likely pipes that are placed in areas that do not have proper insulation. These pipes can be found in basements, attics, or in the backyard of a home. Extra insulation in these areas could be a simple step that prevents your pipes from freezing.

Get yourself out to a local hardware store and grab fitted foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that can be fit around the exposed pipe. If you are really nervous about the cold and your pipe situation, then insulating throughout the house is also a great extra preventative step. Remember, if you can’t figure out the best method for insulating your pipes, your local Dallas plumber can help you solve your problem.

When the temperature drops below 30 degrees, aside from added insulation to pipes along the outside walls of a home, it’s also additional good practice to leave a small drip of water.

2. Keep the Heat Running

During the holidays we typically find ourselves traveling to see family members in different parts of the country. If you plan on leaving for an extended amount of time leave your heat running. It doesn’t have to be on at full blast and you won’t be wasting a lot of money.

By keeping the temperature set at least above 50 degrees Fahrenheit you will be able to provide enough heat to your property to keep your pipes warm and prevent any pipe leaks or burst due to freezing water inside.

3. Prop Open the Doors Inside

Many pipes in the home are often located in cabinets under a sink. Even if you have already added extra insulation to these pipes there is an extra step that you can take. By keeping the interior doors open when the temperature drops, the heat provided to the rest of the house will automatically keep your pipes warm as well. Keeping all of the interior doors open circulates the warm air throughout at home and prevents any winter plumbing repairs that could possibly pop up.

Plumbing Dynamics Keeps Your Pipes Maintained

If you are concerned about the upcoming winter season, Plumbing Dynamics has the tools and expertise to come out to your home and check your plumbing before the cold-fronts come in. Give us a call today and find out why we are the Dallas team that is dedicated to bringing our customers the better side of the plumbing experience. We are a licensed, trained team that is prepared to handle any plumbing repairs that you need taken care of.

Top 3 Signs That Your Water Heater is Going Out

3 Signs Your Water Heater is GoingAll households rely on water heaters to function properly. From using hot water to cleaning dishes, to enjoying a hot bath or shower, a hot water heater is something that is extremely important to the average American lifestyle.

Even though hot water is something we all cherish, the functionality of our tankless water heater and standard water heater is something most don’t pay attention to until the hot water has run out and it is far too late for your device and you will need to call out a Carrollton plumber.

Here are some of the top warning signs that your system is running out and it may be time to go tankless.

Check the Age

Sometimes regardless of how well you maintain your water heater, you may just be out of luck due to old age. The best way to find the age of your water heater is to check the serial number of your water heater.

The serial number of your water heater can usually be found on the manufacturer’s sticker on the device. If you can’t find this information your local plumber will be able to assist you. Generally, after 10 years, your water heater should be due for a replacement.

Strange Noises from Your Water Heater

Much like your car engine, if your water heater begins to make strange noises and rumblings, that is a sure sign that something is off with your unit and it may be time to call a Carrollton plumber.

An aging water heater will build up sediment on the bottom of its tank. Once this is heated up by the water heater, the sediment will harden. This means that not only will your water heater be making unwanted noises, but it will be significantly less efficient.

Rusty WaterRusty Water Comes from Broken Water Heaters

Rusty water coming from you water heater is a sign that your water heater is rusting from the inside. Once this occurs, you are one step closer to water leaking from the tank. You may want to have your plumber test your water heater for large amounts of rusty water. This is to ensure that the water heater and not the pipes are your problem.

Ready to Avoid Problems and Get a Tankless Water Heater? Call Your Carrollton Plumber!

Plumbing Dynamics has been serving residential and commercial Carrollton clients for years. Our expertise and licensed team will be able to help you get through any of your water heater issues. If you are in the market for a tankless water heater or water heater repair, give us a call today and find out how we can get your hot water running again.

Plumbing Checklist for a Successful Fall

Plumbing Fall ChecklistTemperatures are beginning to drop here in Texas, and with the cooler weather means higher use of heating appliances and hot water. While we gladly enjoy the use of our hot water heater this fall and winter season, we also need to keep in mind that there are some maintenance steps that homeowners should perform in the fall to make sure that your water heater and other plumbing systems make it through the winter smoothly.

Plumbing Dynamics understands how frustrating it can be for your pipes to freeze up in the cold weather or to have another system like your sump pump give out. Here are five of our tips for preparing your plumbing to survive a cold winter.

1. Flush Your Water Heater

During the cooler weather, most homeowners know that their water heater begins to work overtime in order to provide hot showers and other essentials. If you let the water in your tank just rest during the summer you run the risk of corrosion and your water heater malfunctioning over the cool seasons.

We suggest attaching a hose to your water heater and releasing several gallons of the old water into your nearest drain. This way you can remove any sediment that has built up over time and let your water heater start off fresh this fall.

2. Examine Your FaucetsCheck leaking faucets

Check your faucets for any leaks. The cooler seasons are prime time for leaks to start to spring up. Getting these issues resolved by your local Carrollton plumber before the air gets too cool can help you save money on more expensive fixes in the future.

3. Check out Your Sump Pump

When your sump pump is exposed to extreme cold conditions like we sometimes have in Carrollton, they can freeze and therefore, stop operating. Your sump pump should be cleaned annually and examined by your local Carrollton plumber in order to ensure that it does not require any repairs.

Your sump pump is used to get rid of water that would take over your basement or first floor of a home. Having this system malfunction during the winter could spell out bad news for you as a homeowner.

4. Insulate Pipes

One of the biggest mistakes that people seem to do every year is forgetting to insulate their pipes and disconnect their hoses. Water freezes easily in the winter. Frozen water in your pipes allows expansion that can quickly lead to a burst pipe that could be in the house or buried deep in your backyard.

These expensive fixes can be prevented by insulating your pipes with materials that can be purchased at a local hardware store, and by disconnecting your hoses. Hose disconnection prevents any excess water from leaking into your pipes and then freezing.

This step may seem tedious, but 30 dollars’ worth of pipe insulation is a lot less trouble than a lengthy more severe fix that could occur if you fail to perform this step on our checklist.

Need More Help? Give Plumbing Dynamics a Call!

We are Carrollton plumbers that are dedicated to our community and the efficiency in which we approach our craft. If you are a new homeowner or just need help understanding the things you need to do to prepare your plumbing for winter, give Plumbing Dynamics a call today. We will be happy to come out and help you complete these tasks in the friendly, affordable process that we live by.

5 Ways History Molded the Modern Licensed Plumber

Roman Aqueducts Influenced Modern Plumbing

Homeowners expect proper plumbing to be a part of their home when they purchase one. The thought of being without pipes that push out hot water is unfathomable. When things go wrong with modern plumbing, we are so used to just picking up the phone and calling a local licensed plumber to come out and fix the problem.

The next time your shower starts to leak or your pipes begin to creak, before getting stressed out and calling a Carrollton plumber in a panic, remember that you still have it easy. Plumbing is one of our many luxuries, but history has taken many strides to get us where we are today.

 

5. Crete Gets the Credit

In 1700 BC, the citizens of Crete were the first to be concerned with how to dispose of their waste in a proper fashion. During this time period, plumbers created an elaborate sewage system that was used for disposal and drainage. Not only was this sewer line the first of its kind, but the Cretes were also responsible for the first flushing toilet.

 

4. Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

312 BC saw the rise of Rome’s use of aqueducts to carry fresh water into the city. These aqueducts carried 1.2 billion liters of water a day, 57 miles away from their source. Our pipe systems that we use today stem from this.

 

3. Plumb Like an EgyptianEgyptian Pyramids Also had Plumbing

We all know that the Egyptians were a savvy group of individuals that were ages ahead of their time when it came to creativity. Archaeologists discovered that the Egyptians had built copper pipes and developed elaborate bathrooms and sewer lines inside of the pyramids. Modern licensed plumbers today, still rely on copper pipes to get the job done right.

 

2. Water Safety in England

Keeping plumbing healthy for community members became especially important for England during the 1850s. At this time there was a contaminated water well that resulted in a Cholera outbreak that impacted water drinkers in the area. Sadly, this event occurred shortly after the National Public Health Act was passed in the nation. This Act included water safety methods that were adapted globally by surrounding countries. Modern plumbers help prevent issues like this from happening to Dallas home.

 

1. National Association Pushes the Licensed Plumber into the Future

1883 brought America the first National Association of Master Plumbers. From here on out, water tanks were formed, the modern toilet was created (including the flushometer valve), and the first drinking water treatment systems were built in Massachusetts.

 

Carrollton Plumbers Perfecting an Age-Old Craft

Plumbing Dynamics is a Texas-based company that provides expert plumbing services for Carrollton, Lewisville, North Dallas, Flower Mound, Frisco, and The Colony. If you are experiencing problems with your sewer line, shower head, or hose bib, give us a call today and find out what makes us the best plumbing contractors in the Lone Star State.

 

 

 

4 Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

Nobody can say that having your tank water heater fail is a good time.  It’s a situation that every homeowner dreads; they come home from work, walk through the door, only to find that the area around your tank water heater is flooded due to a burst.  Not only do you now have to call a plumber to deal with a broken appliance that you use daily, but you have to worry about the damage that the burst and flooded water have caused to your home.

As professional Carrollton plumbers, we at Plumbing Dynamics understand your plight, and are here to show you the advantages of a tankless water heater installation in your home.

Carrollton Tankless Water Heater InstallationTankless water heater Vs. Tank in your Carrollton Home

When making the decision to go with a tankless water heater installation, it is important to understand the basic differences between the traditional appliance and the possible new direction you can go with your home hot water production.

A traditional water heater generally stores around 30 – 50 gallons of water in the tank that is pre-heated and used whenever someone performs a task that requires the use of hot water.  After water is depleted, the tank is re-filled and the process begins all over again.  On the other hand, a tankless water heater obviously does not hold any water in the system itself, but uses home electricity or gas to heat up cool water at the moment of use.

Save Money with Tankless HeaterSaving Money is Always Great

With your tankless water heater installation, be prepared to enjoy the savings that come with ditching your traditional tank of an appliance. One of the advantages of tankless water heaters is that they can last homeowners up to 20 years, and most come with at least a 12-year warranty.  This alone save you money on having to call a plumber because you no longer have the worry of your water heater bursting.

You will also notice reduced heating costs and see monthly savings of up to 40 percent of your gas or electric bill, depending on which source you are using for your heater.  The energy savings is the elimination of the added cost of keeping 40-50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank.  Yes, the cost of installation and the product alone is typically a higher cost than a tank heater, but the long-term savings alone make up for the initial payments.

 

Promote a Green and Clean Carrollton Household

Many homeowners are concerned with the sustainability of their appliances, so utilizing this type of system in the home puts you one step closer to maintaining an eco-friendly home.  Also, without water being stored in a tank days on end, you eliminate the worry of your family using water from a tank that has possibly accumulated rust over the years.

Through the installation of a tankless system, not only are you being eco-friendly, but you will never running out of of hot water, as there is continuous supply of hot water.  This is beneficial for families with teens all showering in the morning, and eliminates the urgency of not be the last one in the shower.  Running out of hot water during showers is a typical reason for customers to reach out to local Carrollton plumbers for tankless installation.

Carrollton Plumbers Perform Tankless Water Heater Installations

The expert plumbers at Plumbing Dynamics are prepared to answer any questions you may have about tankless water heater installation.  We have been serving the Dallas Metroplex for more than 25 years and have experience with all of your plumbing needs.  Contact us today to find out how we can answer any of your plumbing questions.

Ancient Plumbing Systems of Yesteryear

ancient plumbing

Since we’re a plumbing company, we’re interested in all things pertaining to what we do, even the historical aspects of it. Crude forms of plumbing have existed for thousands of years and luckily by the time we started our plumbing repair company, plumbing standards had improved greatly. We’re sharing an interesting look back into the history of plumbing through the ages. Some of it might actually surprise you!

The First Known Plumbing System

Most people associate ancient plumbing with the Greeks or Romans, and while they certainly had an impressive infrastructure for plumbing, they weren’t the first to use plumbing systems. Archaeologists believe that the ancient Egyptian ruler Menes, built irrigation systems and canals around 3000 B.C. to supply his kingdom with water. Archaeologists also discovered water pipes in India dating back to the same era. These plumbing advancements were most likely purposed for ensuring a successful crop every year.

Egyptian Plumbing Systems

Fast forward a few years later, Egyptians were installing copper pipes inside the pyramids for dead pharaohs to have irrigation as well as indoor plumbing. It was a commonly held belief by most Egyptians that pharaohs in the afterlife would need those things. Their plumbing systems would have crudely functioned like commercial plumbing systems now.

Underground Plumbing Advancements

Around the year 1500 B.C., the people of Crete invented sewage and drainage systems that were placed underground. This advancement not only provided a way to dispose of unwanted waste, but it also provided a healthier environment for those living at the time. While modern day plumbing services might be horrified at the conditions of the sewer lines and drainage systems, for the time, it was an incredible feat.

Plumbing in Rome

The Roman Empire is well known for it’s plumbing advancements. They built public bath houses, underground sewage systems, aqueducts, and even installed bronze pipes to carry water. Many of these bath houses and even public toilets still exist today. Some homes even had residential plumbing to boast of!

Enjoy Updated Plumbing from Plumbing Dynamics

Luckily for you, plumbing has come a long way since ancient Rome. If you’re building a new home or building, or need plumbing repairs done, get in touch with us! We offer competitive prices with high quality services to all of our customers.

How to Save on Plumbing Remodeling Costs

Planning to remodel the bathroom or kitchen? We all have visions in our heads of remodeling rooms in the house, and these rooms are no exception – we imagine perhaps a new vanity and countertop in the bathroom, a new shower, new lighting, new paint on the walls, a new mirror, maybe even a new toilet.

dallas bathroom remodel plumber

Before you get too carried away, however, there is the little matter of cost to think about. According to one source, the average cost to remodel a bathroom today runs almost $16,000. So, if you are still thinking about that remodel, here are a few tips on how to save some money.

You may want to think about hiring a designer or architect to help you. If you need to stick to a budget, they can be a big help. If you work with a professional to come up with a plan for the bathroom or kitchen, you can be reasonably sure that your design, budget and time allotted for the project are on the mark. Hiring a professional probably will end up saving you money overall.

And make sure you have all of your ducks lined up before you begin the actual renovation. That means making decisions about what you want to replace and buying what you need. One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is buying products during the renovation, which can cause delays and other problems, driving up the price.

  1. Leave the plumbing alone.

In other words, use the piping that you already have. Don’t try to move the toilet or the tub, for example, because that will really drive up the cost. It costs about $5,000 to move just one plumbing fixture.

The same is true for kitchen remodeling – use the piping that you have. Just as with the bathroom, it will run you around $5,000 if you move an appliance like a sink or dishwasher.

  1. Keep the toilet.

Again, replacing an entire toilet can really add up with those installation costs. What you might want to do instead is just replace the seat and the lid, which can really improve the look of your toilet without having to buy a new one.

  1. Look for used items.

You can find some really great fittings, shelving, cabinets, faucets, etc.  if you look hard enough. Check out antique stores, flea markets, resellers, and auctions. You can salvage and redo items such as tubs, light fixtures and even sinks.

If you’re looking to remodel or upgrade your kitchen or bathroom(s), call Plumbing Dynamics: we have a successful track record when it comes to remodeling projects. Give us a call at 214-929-3431.

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Letter to a New Homeowner: The 4 Things You MUST Know About Your Home

Dear New Homeowner:

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