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Why Hire a Licensed Plumber for your Water Filtration Needs?

Many people think of Tampa plumbers as expensive laborers who simply do a dirty job.  Truth be told, plumbing is very technical and requires ongoing continued education.  Plumbing is expensive.  Responsible contractors have to have good, well-maintained equipment.  They need to carry all the proper insurances and they need to provide ongoing training programs.  Most of all, they need to have good, dependable people who care about the job that they do.  All of these things are expensive.  But, how valuable is your time and your family’s health?  Plumbers protect the health in society.   This is why it is so important to make sure you are dealing with a licensed contractor.  Especially when dealing with water filtration and purification.  Saving money is always good, but if it is potentially compromising your health, is the few dollars you might save worth the risk?

In Florida, one can install water filtration equipment, legally, by simply acquiring an occupational license.  It requires no real training by the government, yet the government requires a licensed plumbing contractor to install a water heater.  Makes no sense right?  Water that is ingested requires no training or proven expertise and anyone can install it.  Plumbing contractors must pass a very difficult test to obtain a license and they must have proven years of experience to even take the test.  A water filtration installer simply requires the $25.00 it costs for the occupational license, a few tools, and basic transportation to and from the point of installation.

Consider reverse osmosis and water softening for a moment.  Both systems require a drain that typically ties into the home drainage system.  If the system is not installed properly, cross contamination is very likely.  Cross contamination is the siphoning of sewer water into the potable water supply.  It introduces sewer water into your drinking and bathing water.  This is much more common than you might think.

Consider all the factors when deciding on any home service like water filtration.  If you want someone who will do the job properly, show up on time, and treat your home as they would their own, call professionals at The Pampering Plumber.   We have been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1990.  We know what we are doing and we will be here when you need us.  More than 60,000 customers would attest to that.

Pure Water: Reverse Osmosis

A Reverse Osmosis drinking water system that removes total dissolved solids (TDS). It works by pushing the water through a semipermeable membrane that acts as a filter and is stored in a tank. This membrane allows only water to pass through, leaving any impurities and dissolved solids behind.   It removes particles as little as .001 microns. That is about the size of a human hair split a hundred times!

Advantages of Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water

  • Tastes and smells better – Water bottle companies such as Aquafina and Dasani use reverse osmosis water treatment in their products.
  • Safer – It filters out many different contaminants, bacteria and viruses that could be sitting within your pipes or coming from your water supplier.
  • No Electricity needed – It uses the water pressure to pump through the different filters and membrane and doesn’t have to plug into an outlet.
  • Cost Savings – You’ll no longer need to purchase water bottles and can get your drinking water straight from the faucet at your kitchen sink!
  • Easy to Maintain – Depending on usage, you only have to replace the filters once a year and the membrane, two years.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Did you know that it takes over 17 million barrels of oil to keep up with American’s water bottle demand? That’s enough to keep 1.3 million cars fueled for an ENTIRE YEAR! (source: Ban the Bottle)

Reverse Osmosis Process on a Wider Scale

The reverse osmosis process is used in desalination plants to help make salt water safe for consumption. The military uses a form of the process to filter virtually any body of water. Another interesting production process that uses a reverse osmosis is maple syrup production. (source: Wikipedia)

Where Can You Get a Reverse Osmosis System for Your Home?

Call your local licensed Tampa plumbing company, like The Pampering Plumber at 727-232-8400 or visit It’s strongly recommended to go through a licensed plumbing contractor since they are dealing with your drinking water and cross-contamination is a possibility if not installed properly.

Tips for Avoiding Stoppages


Have you ever come home to sewage bubbling up in your shower drain? It’s not the ideal plumbing scenario to come home to. Here are some pointers and tips for dealing with your sewer drain plumbing stoppages in Tampa.

What NOT to Flush

There are some household items that you may think are okay to flush down your toilet, but they’re not! Paper towels, Feminine products and believe it or not, the “flushable” wipes sold at your local grocery store. In fact, these “flushable” wipes have been wreaking some havoc in city and county sewer systems and one of the leading causes of stoppages in Tampa, because they don’t break up like toilet paper does. They are made from a more fibrous material that doesn’t break-apart as easily.

Don’t use your Garbage Disposal as a “Catch-all”

Grease or oils should be collected in a sealed container and disposed of in your trash. If dumped down the sink drain or in the garbage disposal, grease and oil can solidify in your drain, causing a build-up and a potential stoppage. Potato peels are generally okay to toss down the garbage disposal, but can build up in the drain after time or if you’re putting large batches in there at once. Rice, grains and pastas shouldn’t be put down the garbage disposal either. These items can still expand within the drain, causing a slow drain and/or potential stoppage.

Tree Root Destruction

Tampa oak trees are a common factor of plumbing stoppages, when their roots grow and break into your sewer line, they cause a barrier within the pipe, stopping any toilet paper and waste from going down into your septic or sewer. If roots are the obstruction in your sewer line, it’s best to get it taken care of right away. The portion of pipe that the roots intruded generally needs to be replaced or rerouted away from the trees.

If you have a constant reoccurring stoppage happening in your home, it may be beneficial to have a camera run down your sewer line to be sure that there isn’t any underlying issues. Call your local Tampa plumbing company, The Pampering Plumber to schedule for your sewer drain cleaning or sewer line camera job at 727-232-8400 or visit

2015 NAECA Water Heater Efficiency Standards

As of April 16th, 2015, there are new energy efficiency requirements per the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). They call for all water heaters, including residential electric, gas, tankless, and oil water heaters to have a higher energy factor rating. (The higher the energy factor, the higher the efficiency of the unit). These new energy efficiency standards were put in place in an effort to alleviate the strain on the national power grid. These changes are projected to eliminate enough emissions that are equivalent to 33.8 million automobiles!

What Homeowners Need to Know

  • This means saving more money! Water Heating costs account for approximately 17% of your total home energy use.
  • The newer models (electric and gas) will differ slightly in size (Approximately 2 inches taller and wider) If space is limited, this may mean your newer water heater will need to be moved to a different location or you may need to change to a smaller sized unit.
  • There will no longer be residential electric water heaters over 55 gallons available. Any water heater over 55 gallons are required to be “hybrid” water heaters. These hybrid water heaters utilize a heat pump to increase efficiency.
  • All residential gas water heaters over 55 gallons are required to have a condensing water heater type design.
  • These more efficient water heaters require additional parts during production which will increase the costs of new units. But, the idea is that the increase will pay for itself with the amount you’ll be saving in utility cost
  • Be sure to hire a licensed and insured Tampa plumbing company. They know all about the new requirements and are able to provide you with your best options.



For more information contact your #1 Tampa Plumber, The Pampering Plumber at 727-232-8400



Awarded Angie’s List Tampa Super Service Award

Awarded Angie’s List Tampa Plumbing Super Service Award for the 7th Year in a Row!

We always say “Don’t listen to us, listen to what our customers have to say about us!” and this proves it yet again!  We always strive to be the BEST plumbing company in the Tampa Bay area and that’s because quality of work and customer service is #1!  The Pampering Plumber has won the Angie’s List Tampa Plumbing Super Service Award for the 7th consecutive year!  That’s no easy feat, but here’s how we do it.13ANG0007_SuperServiceLogo_Final_LessGradient-2200px

Customer Satisfaction is #1

We survey every customer because we want to continue finding ways to improve so, we can continue providing the BEST customer service in Tampa Bay.  All of our plumbing staff goes through an extensive screening and background check prior to entering any one’s home.  The service plumbers wear blue booties and use red carpets for their tools to protect your flooring and your home.  (We also leave you with a little gift showing our appreciation!)


Giving Back to our Tampa Customers

We understand that a plumbing company is not generally someone you would want to call, since Tampa plumbing issues generally mean dollar signs.  So, The Pampering Plumber developed a program that gives back to our Tampa customers by offering our “1in10″ program!  This 1in10 program means every 10th Water Heater and Water Softener that we install is FREE!  Visit our website or our Facebook page to view our previous winners.  We’ve had over 100 Tampa residents win!

Read our reviews on Angie’s List, Facebook, Google+, and Yelp! If you’ve used our plumbing services before, review us on one of these sites and you’ll be entered to win a monthly prize.

Call us today for your Tampa plumbing service or repair and you won’t regret it!

Top 10 Reasons Why You NEED A Water Softener

Ten Reasons Why You NEED a Water Softener:

(It’s all about eliminating calcium and magnesium build-up)

  1. Eliminates spots on dishes and glassware
  2. Extends the life of appliances and fixtures
  3. Extends life of water heater and makes it more efficient
  4. Softer and Smoother Hair
  5. Clothing lasts much longer
  6. Save $$ on detergents and soaps
  7. Eliminates soap scum on bathtubs and shower doors
  8. Softer and Smoother Skin
  9. Clothing colors stay brighter
  10.  There must be something to it,  100% of fine dining restaurants have softeners!

Not to mention, every 10th Water Heater and Water Softener that the Pampering Plumber sells and installs in the Tampa Bay area is FREE!  Visit the website or call 727-232-8400 for details.softener1in10

Plumbing Checklist To Prepare for Your Next Bathroom Renovation


While upgrading your bathroom is not nearly as expensive or extensive as many other home improvement projects, there are many details to figure out before you can get started. Your favorite Tampa plumbing company recommends putting together a list of what you need to do and may have already done. It will make the remodeling process all that much easier and your life a lot less stressful!

How To Make Your Bathroom Remodel Painless

As obvious as it sounds, you need to first set a budget for this project. While you may have quite a bit of money lying around, it is never a good idea to commit to things like this on a whim or leave the costs open-ended.

Having a clear idea on paper of what you want to spend as well as where you want these funds allocated is absolutely crucial. If you are unsure of what to expect or include, you can always give our Tampa plumbers a call for advice. We have worked on many of these bathroom and kitchen remodeling jobs and can provide a rough estimate for all plumbing-related expenditures.

Unless you have the experience needed to tackle the remodel on your own, you are going to need to hire a contractor, and the amount you spend in labor costs is tied directly to the time it takes to complete the project. Do not go in with unrealistic expectations; small and simple jobs typically take a few days if nothing out of the ordinary arises, while large-scale projects may easily take a couple of weeks or more.

Whatever you do, do not buy any new appliances until you have first precisely measured the size of the bathroom, located the existing Tampa plumbing lines, and gauged the dimensions of the current fixtures.

With your dreams of a fully remodeled bath space on the horizon, the last thing you want to think about is getting the necessary paperwork in order. However, without a qualified building, electrical, and Tampa plumbing permit, that renovation will not be going anywhere anytime soon! The same goes for lead and asbestos testing, two additional requirements we recommend getting out of the way early.

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Alternative Materials for Line Piping


If you live in an older house, your plumbing lines may need to be replaced sooner than you think. Depending on the type of material used for your water and sewage pipes, leaks can and will occur over time. These may develop gradually or come on unexpectedly, particularly if you live in a region prone to cold winter temperatures.

Since the last thing anyone needs is a burst pipe in the middle of the freezing season, it would serve you well to contact a licensed Tampa plumber to carry out a full service system inspection.

This is not to say by any means that your existing lines are in immediate jeopardy – they very well may have decades of life left. The point is that the only way to know this for sure is to have a detailed assessment completed. Most Tampa plumbers charge between $75-$100 for this service, which is far cheaper than having to replace a damaged water line!

Are Your Tampa Plumbing Lines on the Line?

It is important to note that water supply lines typically do not last as long as drain pipes, mainly due to the fact that they are under a much higher degree of pressure on a consistent basis. These lines are also much more likely to cause significant damage where leaks are concerned.

The three primary materials used in these kind of lines are brass, copper, and galvanized steel. The former two can last upwards of 70 years in some instances, while steel usually has a high-end lifespan of 50 years, though some have been known to break down within a couple of decades. Cast iron was the original material used in residential drainage systems, and it can last upwards of a century in ideal conditions. However, since most of the existing homes that feature this metal are just as old, upgrading to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is often necessary.

The two Tampa plumbing line materials to be wary of are polybutylene and lead. They are prone to damage and are hazardous. Call us if you suspect you have these types of pipes.

To extend the longevity of your water and sewage pipes, you need to take care of them properly, and that means addressing any defects (no matter how small) the moment they are discovered. Give us a call at The Pampering Plumber to learn more about our Tampa plumbing services, including maintenance, installations and repairs.

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PEX vs Copper Piping: Which Is the Better Option?

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Do your Tampa plumbing lines need to be re-piped? If so, you have probably already begun researching which material is the best to upgrade to. A few options are available, and they each have distinct pros and cons, but the most popular of these are PEX and copper tubing.

Time To Upgrade the Pipes

Galvanized steel and cast iron dominated the market years ago, but due to having a number of disadvantages when compared to modern products, they are no longer of significant value. Very few existing homes today still feature these types of Tampa plumbing pipes, and for those that do, it will not be long before they need to be replaced. So, how do you choose between copper and PEX, and which one is best for your home’s needs?

PEX Piping

PEX is known best and identified very easily by its bright colors. Blue and red are used for cold and hot water lines, respectively, but making it easy to distinguish which lines are which is hardly the only benefit PEX offers. This material is highly flexible and durable, and it can easily withstand extreme temperatures.

Additionally, these lines allow water to flow faster, they are highly eco-friendly, and they can cause a marked reduction in your utility expenses. The best part of all is their permanence. After being installed, PEX lines never need to be replaced. For all of these reasons, it is one of copper’s biggest competitors, and given its cheaper cost and widespread availability, we imagine more and more Tampa plumbers will be using it on the job.

Copper Piping

Copper has been used in residential and commercial plumbing systems for a very long time, and it is just as reliable today as it was back then. The key benefits provided by this metal are its natural resistance to corrosion, its extreme durability, its lengthy lifespan (100 years is the average), and that it will not burn in the event of a fire.

It does cost more to install these plumbing lines since copper costs more than PEX. As long as you get a 50-year manufacturers’ warranty on these pipes, you are going to make a sound investment.

The Pampering Plumber has years of experience installing each of these materials, so do not hesitate to get in touch if you are thinking about upgrading!

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Understanding Copper Piping


For more than three quarters of a century, copper has been the material of choice for Tampa plumbing lines for a number of very important reasons. It is hardly a surprise that a staggering 95 percent of existing homes are outfitted with copper tubing, or that in all-new residential construction, it is still used 80 percent of the time.

Copper: The Water Line Winner

There are indeed a few notable alternatives, some of which do offer excellent benefits, but copper has long been the favorite. One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that since copper tube has been around for so long, it passes almost every local plumbing code.

Copper is one of the few water line materials that is not synthetic. This metal is eco-friendly and guarantees long-lasting durability. Issues with pipe crumbling or cracking and corrosion are nearly non-existent with copper tubes.

Another major advantage copper has over competing products is that it is both light and strong. It can be easily installed with costly support brackets/systems, and it will not sag when stretched out across lengthy water line runs. This comes in very handy for commercial and industrial Tampa plumbing systems and can easily save building owners thousands in extra expenses, depending on the size and scope of the installation.

Of further benefit is copper’s strong, leak-proof joints. You do not have to worry about the pipes breaking down or suffering from premature wear; this cannot be said for all plumbing line products. Once installed, there is rarely a need for any follow-up maintenance.

Copper tubing beats the competition by far with respect to uncompromised reliability and performance. Perhaps the best thing to keep in mind is that you can enjoy all of these benefits without paying much more than you would for alternative materials.

Your trusted Tampa plumbers stress the importance of long-term costs and savings. With copper, you are getting the best bang for your buck. It is also one of the safest plumbing materials you can use, and that is no small matter.

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