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How Does a Tankless Hot Water Heater Work?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Tankless Hot Water Heater – The New Rage

What Are the Differences Between a Standard Water Heater and a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

As the name implies, the biggest difference is the lack of a large holding tank on a “Tankless Hot Water Heater”.

But There are Several Other, Less Obvious Differences:

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Is There a Difference in a Licensed Plumber?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

What’s the Difference in a Licensed Plumber?

Why All the Fuss Over Whether or Not a Plumber Has a License?

I was asked by a friend of mine, ‘What’s the Difference in a Licensed Plumber and a non-Licensed Plumber?’ It’s actually very simple.
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Why is it Important to use a Licensed Plumber?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Uncle Bob Changed a Faucet Once…
Does That Count?

A Licensed Plumber – Why is That So Important?

These are the type of questions that we are often asked. Today, almost everyone wants to save money where they can. If it’s in your own home and you are capable of doing the work yourself, then it may be legal to do it without a licensed plumber…but just maybe!

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What Can I Do to Prevent Clogged Drains?
Part II

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Clogged Drains Never Happen at
a Convenient Time!

What Can I Do About a Outside Sewer Line Blockage?

Homeowners are responsible for all clogged drains in the sewer line between the house and the connection at the city or utility provider’s main line.
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What Can I Do to Prevent Clogged Drains?
Part I

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Clogged Drains Never Happen at
a Convenient Time!

How Can I Prevent Clogged Drains in My Kitchen?

To prevent clogged drains at your house, do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink.

Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.
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Why Does it Take So Long to Get Running Hot Water?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

How can Getting Hot Water Take This Long?

When you have a sink or lavatory faucet, and you turn the hot water on, the hot water from the water heater tank must actually travel up and then through the water line across the house and back down to displace all the cold water that’s just been sitting idle in that line before it reaches the faucet. The time this takes depends heavily on the total length of the water line itself to each faucet, wherever it’s located.

Is there Any Way to have Instant Hot Water at All the Faucets?

Good News… There is definitely a method!

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Water Heater: Is Your Water Heater Working Right?

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

How Does a Water Heater Actually Work?

Simply stated, a water heater is basically a holding tank for water with a thermostat located on the outside of the tank – usually near the bottom. The cold water supply comes into the water heater (normally at or near the top of the water heater) and a tube inside the tank forces it to the bottom so it makes contact with the thermostat probe or sensor.
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Difference between a master plumber’s license and a journeyman’s plumber’s license

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Besides being able to pull a permit what else is the difference between a master plumber’s license and a journeyman’s plumber’s license.

Master plumber is actually license to own and operate a plumbing business, and actually there are licensed plumbing companies that have a master license which is the m-number and others have a RMP for the responsible master plumber. That means you are licensed with the state, you do have your business name licensed with the state, and you also have your company’s insurance is on file with the State of Texas, so if anybody has any questions they can go online and look at the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiner’s website. They can do a search for a company name. They can do a search for a person’s name or even a license number that will pull that up, and they can actually check and verify that this person is who they say they are. They may hire a handyman to change a faucet or change a toilet but handymen don’t have insurance, and if that guy comes in and he does flood your house, his insurance is probably not going to cover it because he’s not supposed to be doing plumbing work if he does have insurance. The homeowner’s insurance, they may cover it, but they are going to try to subrogate back against this guy, and a lot of time a homeowner left out in the dark where neither insurance company will cover it because this guy wasn’t supposed to be doing it anyway.

Where else would you say that it is required to see that plumber’s license number on advertisements? Door hangers? Websites?

Yes, all of the above. Licensed plumbing companies have to list their plumbing license on every piece of advertisement all the way from business cards to anything you may see in a phone book or in the mail. Along with on their invoices they have to have the master’s number on every invoice or paper that they give to the homeowner, and they have the name and address along with phone number to the Texas State Board of Plumbing examiners, so if the, they want to verify anything about who you are or anything to that matter, all of that information is there for the homeowner as well.

Is it safe to say that a journeyman plumber can do any of the plumbing tasks, and he is licensed to do any of the plumbing tasks that a master plumber can do, the difference is he is not authorized to own a business or pull a permit?

Yes, correct.

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How To Know If the Plumber Has a License

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

What is the best way to know if they are a licensed plumbing company?

Their truck must be marked on both sides with the masters plumbing license, and they have to be in at least two-inch tall letters so that everyone can read it from their house to the street. They purposely make them that size.
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Why should I consider replacing my old water heater?

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Image of the Gas Falme in a Water Heater

Why doesn’t my old water heater work as well as it used to?

My water just doesn’t get very hot anymore…and there’s not much of it. I don’t understand, what’s going on!

It’s actually pretty simple…

Water heater tanks fill up with sediment over a period of time just from heating the water. The sediment collects at the bottom of the tank, so it keeps the water heater from holding as much water and is a lot less efficient. Instead of getting 50 gallons of hot water, you may get 35 gallons of hot water after a period of six or seven years.
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