All About TDS Testing

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All About TDS Testing

As a homeowner living in Florida, it’s probable that you have heard at least one of your neighbors talking about having a Tampa plumbing service perform a “TDS” test on their water. TDS testing is the most common way to test for water quality, but few homeowners actually know what it’s all about. Click here to read more »

Pampering Plumber Offers Commercial Plumbing

Plumbing problems are certainly inconvenient and annoying, but they can be much more than that. Some plumbing problems, even a relatively simple one such as a slow undetected leak, can end up costing a lot of money, not to mention wasting a precious resource.

Other plumbing problems can have more serious consequences. Corroded pipes or backed-up sewer pipes are potential health hazards that can threaten the well-being of your family.

You can imagine how much more complex and dire a plumbing problem can be when it occurs in a commercial setting such as a multi-family building or a large business establishment like a shopping mall. As a leading commercial plumber in Tampa, we believe in being proactive when it comes to providing plumbing services to our residential customers, but more so to our commercial clients. Click here to read more »

Remodeling on the Rise

With a booming economy, an increasing number of homeowners are now able to tackle remodeling projects that once seemed impossible. The housing market is alive and well, which means people are getting ready to dive into seasonal renovation projects.

If you are planning on putting some money into your home and want to make it real-estate worthy, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help maximize your investment. A lot of people tend to naturally gravitate towards cosmetic upgrades, and this is completely understandable. Buyers like houses that are up to date and that feature modern amenities. However, if your home’s “guts” are not up to par, then it will likely stay on the market far longer than you want it to. Click here to read more »

The Importance of a Licensed Plumber

We’ve all got that dad, uncle or friend who considers themselves a DIY expert — we all know that guy. The second you have any issue with your home, they’re on the phone, telling you that it’d be easy for them to fix whatever problem you have. Our Tampa plumbing experts know it’s tempting to let them take care of your plumbing issues, but we strongly discourage that. You should always hire a fully licensed plumber to take care of any plumbing concern or issue you have. Click here to read more »

Resolving Low Water Pressure Issues at Home

There are few things more annoying than needing to rush out of your house for an important business meeting or returning from a long workout at the gym only to jump in the shower and stand under a trickle of water instead of the refreshing surge that you have come to expect. Barring any construction or repair work that your municipality is carrying out in your area, below are a few things you can do to resolve low water pressure in your house.

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How Hard Water Can Affect Your Florida Home

Hard water impurities, typically consisting of calcium and magnesium, leave deposits as they travel throughout a house. The deposits are left not only inside the pipes, but on everything the water touches including shower heads, sinks, bathtubs and faucets.

Household appliances such as dishwashers, hot water heaters and washing machines also end up having a deposit of calcium, magnesium and other impurities over time.

What Hard Water Does

As the impurities build up, appliances work less efficiently, use up more energy and break down sooner. You also end up consuming more detergent, fabric softener, dish-washing liquid, shampoo etc. to counter the effects of the impurities in the water.

Plumbing fixtures clog and fail; everything that we wash with hard water (such as cars, shower doors, china) ends up with a scale-like substance, a residue that is left when the water has evaporated. Click here to read more »

Make Sure Your Garbage Disposal is Functioning Properly

Garbage disposals are the workhorses of the modern kitchen. They take a ridiculous amount of solid waste that would normally clog your sink and pulverize it into a fine liquid that can easily pass through your drain. Having a garbage disposal that operates correctly is essential to having a kitchen—and there can be trouble if yours isn’t. How can be sure your garbage disposal is functioning properly? Our Tampa plumbers recommend performing simple maintenance like regular cleaning and removing items that do not belong.

Clean It Regularly

Your disposal may be a powerful chopping machine, but it can also fill with solid debris and sludge that can slow it down or keep it from being able to properly grind your waste. Our Tampa plumbing experts encourage you to give your disposal a good cleaning on a regular basis by placing two cups of ice in the disposal, pouring a cup of rock salt over the ice and running the unit while cold water is on until the ice breaks up. Cut-up citrus peels or vinegar can also work in the place of rock salt. Click here to read more »

Using Open Cut or Trench Sewer Line Repair Methods

It is a known fact that exposure to the organisms and germs in sewage can pose serious risks to your health and impact the environment. This is why when your sewer pipe system breaks in Tampa, The Pampering Plumber highly recommends repairing the sewer line as quickly as possible because raw sewage that is not cleaned up promptly can lead to a build-up of many harmful microorganisms.

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Update your Bathroom with a New Faucet

Is your bathroom in need of some pizazz?  Are you ready to do away with those old, outdated faucets? Changing out your faucets can make a dramatic difference in your bathroom, giving it modern appeal. Your Pampering Plumber plumbing service in Tampa can offer you an array of design choices to choose from.

Design and Style

There are many different faucet designs available to choose from. Some give a more old-fashioned, vintage look, while others are sleek and modern or elegant in design. Pampering Plumber can point you to the right showroom where you can view all of your options. While keeping in mind your personal taste and lifestyle, as well as other design choices in your bathroom, you’ll be able to check out an array of products in the supplier’s showrooms.  With the helpful suggestions from Pampering Plumber, you are sure to find a faucet that fits your home’s style perfectly. Click here to read more »

Energy Efficient Water Heating Solutions

Imagine a system of having fuel pumped to your car constantly to keep the tank full.  Instead of filling up once a week, it just automatically stays full.  It doesn’t cost you any less, but you only pay for it once a month when you get the bill.  In effect, that’s what your water heater is.  It’s an appliance that is tied in to the fuel pump.  It costs quite a bit, but it’s mixed in with the other fuel consuming items in your home.  When you get the bill, it’s all inclusive so you really don’t know how much fuel each appliance or fixture is using.

If you did have to add the fuel source to your heater, say once a week as in a car, you would find that it would cost the typical four person household about $15.00 per week to fill up the water heater…  It’s a little more noticeable now, isn’t it?

Now imagine buying a car that will basically pay for itself in the first 3.5 years, and then it never has to be refueled again for as long as the car lasts.  Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?  That’s what a solar water heater is.  And it can last for 20-25 years…

We are here in the sunshine state folks; the land of FREE HOT WATER FROM THE SUN.   The Tampa Bay area should be known for this and we are the plumbers that can provide you with this plumbing service.  It’s not very complicated at all.  In fact, it’s pretty simple technology.  This is not solar photovoltaic, its solar thermal.   Even if you did decide at some point to power your home with solar photovoltaic, you would still have a solar thermal hot water heating system.  It would not make sense to power an electric water heater with power generated from solar photovoltaic so buying a Solar Water Heating System now makes all the sense in the world.  Solar photovoltaic is still very expense.  Solar thermal hot water heating systems are nowhere near the cost of a solar photovoltaic power generating system.  With all of the incentives available, now is the time to buy.

There are many other water heating systems available that will save you money as well, but none of them make as much financial sense as a Solar Domestic Hot Water Heating System.   Consider a Solar Domestic Hot Water Heating System now.  It’s the law!  Well, not really…  But it should be…

Erik Suojanen

Why Energy Efficient Water Heating Solutions?

Solar 1410 Typical

  • 30% Federal Tax Credit
  • $500.00 State Rebate
  • $450.00 Progress Energy Credit
  • Save approximately $720.00 per year with family of four
  • 10 Year Limited Lifetime on panel
  • 6 Years on tank
  • 2 Years on Installation
  • Systems known to last 25 years or more
  • Saves as much carbon in a year as taking a small car off the road
  • Pays for itself in about 3-4 years depending on usage
  • Equate to an IRA with a guaranteed 23% ROI based on this scenario
  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Increases the value of the home

Rheem HP-50 Heat Pump Typical

  • 30% Federal Tax Credit
  • Save approximately $350.00 per year
  • 10 year warranty
  • 2 years on installation
  • Exchanges heat from air to water – produces cool air and dehumidifies in process
  • Pays for itself in about 4-6 years depending on usage
  • Equate to an IRA with a guaranteed 15% ROI based on this scenario
  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Increases the value of the home

Rheem Marathon Heater Typical

  • Save approximately $250.00 per year
  • Lifetime warranty – 15 years on ownership transfer
  • 2 years on installation
  • 5 degree overnight heat loss
  • Polybutene tank impervious to rust and corrosion
  • Envirofoam insulation helps reduce energy consumption
  • No need for sacrificial anode rod
  • Pays for itself in 6-7 years depending on usage
  • Never have to buy another water heater
  • Equate to an IRA with a guaranteed 13% based on this scenario
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Increases the value of the home

Takagi Tankless NG/LP Water Heater w/outside vent kit

  • TECO $525 cash back for electric to gas conversion
  • $300.00 State Rebate
  • 30% Federal Tax Credit up to $1500.00
  • Save approximately $355.00 per year
  • Parts warranty 5 years/Heat Exchanger 10 years
  • 2 years on installation
  • Heats only the water you use
  • Typical lifespan 12 – 16 years
  • No pilot light – electronic ignition
  • Uses much less space – mounts on wall
  • Equate to an IRA with a guaranteed 21% based on this scenario and the TECO cash back.
  • Pays for itself in 2-3 years depending on usage (assuming TECO cash back, Rebate, and credit)
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Increases the value of your home

Airgenerate A7 AirTap Water Heater Heat Pump

  • 30% Federal Tax Credit
  • Save approximately $350.00 per year
  • 1 year parts and labor.  2nd & 3rd year parts only
  • Retro to existing heater
  • 1 year on installation
  • Exchanges heat from air to water – produces cool air and dehumidifies in process
  • Pays for itself in about 2-3 years depending on usage
  • Equate to an IRA with a guaranteed 25% ROI based on this scenario
  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Increases the value of the home

Supergreen Technologies Electric Tankless Heater Model THWG 4000

  • Save approximately $300.00 per year on average
  • 3 Year replacement warranty
  • 1 year installation warranty
  • Quartz tube coated elements
  • Actual health and water conditioning benefits
  • Only requires 1-40 amp breaker
  • 4 GPM maximum flow rate
  • Can be used to supplement storage tank
  • Equate to 18% ROI based on this scenario
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Excellent for one person household, 1 bath apartment or condo.