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Main Water Shut Off

The main water shut off is a valve that shuts off all water coming into your house from the public utility  (water company), or private supply (your well).  It is important to know where this valve is and just as important to know if it works.      Since most plumbing codes require all fixtures (toilets, faucets, showers, tubs etc.) to have an individual shut off valve, the main water shut off is very rarely used.   Fixture shut offs are important and if there is a leak on a toilet or sink the water can be shut off to that fixture.   The big problem is when there is a leak in the water piping system or when a fixture shut off does not operate properly.   In this case you will need to shut off ALL water coming into the house until the problem can be resolved.


We should all know where the main water shut off is in your house, condo, townhouse or apartment.   In houses there are a few common locations.   A water loop in the garage with a valve is very common.   A pipe coming out of the ground running up to an outdoor hose bib is another common scenario.  In some cases a valve box in the yard with the valve buried is another possible location.   If you happen to have a water softener, filter or other type of water conditioner there will be a valve located at that device which should shut off all water coming into the house.   In attached homes such as condos, townhouses or apartments the main water shut offs can be outside near your unit or at the end of the building in a group.  Another common location in attached buildings are in the laundry room,  closet or kitchen cabinet.

Now that you have located the main water shut off, we must determine if it will work when needed because devices and equipment that are rarely used tend to rarely work as designed and the reason you will need to use this valve is generally an emergency.  ie: water pouring out of the ceiling onto grandma’s antique china cabinet.   Keeping this all in mind, now is the time to test the main water shut off.   Not NOW if you are reading this at 7:00 PM on a Sunday evening, but now meaning a weekday during business hours because then in the event the valve does not work ,  help is only a phone call away.

To be clear,  help is only a phone call away any time night or day, any day of the year with The Pampering Plumber, but why create an emergency when this test can be done at your leisure at a more convenient time for everyone.


If your main water shut off has a round handle, turning it clockwise should shut the water off.  If the valve is a lever type, turning the lever so it is perpendicular to the pipe it is attached to should shut off the water.

No matter what type of valve you have once it is in the off positon opening faucets should only produce residual water which should stop flowing in a few seconds.    Once the water has stopped flowing, shut off the open faucets and wait a few seconds then open a faucet.   If you get a full faucet stream,  even if it slows and stops again, the valve is not holding.   You can repeat this test again and unless opening the faucet produces no water,  there is a problem with the main water shut off.


If your main water shut off does not work,  or if you cannot locate it,  or if you are not comfortable testing it on your own,  simply call The Pampering Plumber at 727-232-8400 or 813-926-0707 and they will help you find it,  test it and if there is  problem they will be right there with any necessary materials and tools to repair or change out the valve.

Why Tankless?

While tankless water heating technology has been in use for decades in Europe and other countries, it is a relative new comer to the United States.   Tankless water heaters, as the name suggests do not rely on having to maintain vast quantities of water, hot.  These heaters take cold water and flash heat it in a matter of seconds to the required temperature.

There are a number of advantages to tankless technology, not the least energy savings.   With a tank type water heater, the heater heats cold water coming into the house to the required temperature.  A tankless heater does this also:  However the similarities end there.


A tank heater must operate occasionally to reheat the water which is naturally cooling.  This occasional operation uses energy, whether electric, gas or oil and is ongoing, even when you are away on vacation or overnight when no one is using hot water.

A tankless heater only operates when a faucet or other fixture is opened and hot water is running, therefore no energy is used when no one is home.


Tankless and tank heaters are rated differently.  Tank heaters are rated by storage capacity and first hour delivery.  Tankless heaters are rated in flow rate, or constant delivery.  A 50 gallon gas tank type heater may deliver 80 gallons (first hour) but will quickly cool off after that as cool water is mixed with the stored hot water inside the heater.   A tankless heater will deliver it’s rated capacity first hour,  second hour or all day if the tap is left open.   Thus many tankless water heater companies use the line “ENDLESS HOT WATER”.


Another advantage of a tankless heater is size.  It takes up a lot of room to store 50 gallons of water.   Tankless heaters hang on a wall and are generally the size of a small carry on type suitcase.   Both tank and tankless heaters are available in gas  (natural or LP) and electric.


Call 727-232-8400 today to have a Pampering Plumber professional can offer a wide variety of units sized for your Tampa tankless water heating needs.

6 Simple Ways to Update Your Bathroom

  1. Cabinet or Vanity Hardware – Changing out your cabinets knobs or handles can make a huge difference in the appearance of your bathroom. You can purchase knobs and cabinet pulls for as little as $0.84 each! Try incorporating your bathroom fixture finish
  2. Bathtub Re-glazing – Bathtubs tend to get worn and lose their glossy finish, but changing them out can be pretty pricey depending on the type. Did you know that you can get them re-finished or re-glazed?  Yup!
  3. Faucets and Fixtures – There are thousands of different brands, finishes, and styles of faucets. Looking to switch from your traditional look to a more contemporary style?  It’s easy to do by simply swapping out your faucets and fixtures!
  4. Matching Accessories – You can match the light fixtures with the mirrors, and the mirrors with the towel bars, and the towel bars with the light switches! Try coordinating them your bathroom faucets.  Maybe choose one accessory to be the main focus, like your mirror!
  5. Paint – This is always the “go-to” simple way to update any room! Typically the bathroom has the least amount of wall space for painting so, it may not take long at all.  Try doing a yellow to bring more brightness and light into the room, since there tends to not be windows in bathrooms.6. Frame your Mirror – Try framing your mirror with some painted wood trim! It’s an easy way to make the mirror your bathroom’s focal point.

Hope you enjoyed these quick tips and ideas!  Have fun spicing up your bathroom and be sure to contact The Pampering Plumber for all of your plumbing needs!  You can reach us as 813-926-0707 or

Hey Tampa! What’s in your Water?

On July 26th, 2017, Tampa Bay’s ABC Action News reported that the EWG (Environmental Working Group) launched a database of what was found in your water supply.  We’ve already learned that Florida is ranked #2 WORST drinking water in America, so why would it have come as such a shock to find out what was in our local water supply?

When I entered my zip code and selected my utility provider, the information provided to me made my jaw drop!  There were 4 contaminants found in my water supply that were harmful and above the health guidelines. I have a reverse osmosis in my home that is used for drinking, cooking and for our pets.  But, I wasn’t entirely sure that it would filter these harmful contaminants in my Tampa water.  I started researching.

Contaminant #1 was Chlorate.  Chlorates are the salts of chloric acid.  It’s noted on the EWG website that chlorates can be especially harmful “during pregnancy and with children”.  It’s also said to hinder the thyroid’s function.  Unfortunately, I found that there are no known filtration devices that filter out Chlorates.  WHAT?!

Contaminant #2 were Radiological contaminants including Radium-226 and Radium-228.  These can increase your chances of cancer as well as affect the development of fetuses.  Good news though!  If you have a reverse osmosis, like me, then you’re covered!  The only way to filter out Radium 226 and 228 is with a reverse osmosis filtration system.

Contaminant #3 were Total trihalomethanes or TTHMs.  This includes chemicals dibromochloromethane, bromodichloromethane, bromoform and chloroform… also cancer-causing contaminants.  These can be filtered by a simple carbon filter, drinking water system.  So, I’m EXTRA covered with my reverse osmosis.

Contaminant #4 was Chromium (hexavalent and total).  Yep… you heard right.  Remember, Erin Brockovitch?  Someone call her and have her check out our Tampa water supply.  Chromium if you didn’t already know, is also a cancer-causing contaminant.  I was extremely comforted to know that, again, I’m in the clear a reverse osmosis is the only way to filter out Chromium.  Phew!

A reverse osmosis will provide you with the purest form of drinking water, delivered right to your point of use faucet.  We have to protect ourselves and protect our family.  Your Tampa water supply is not safe for consumption.  Please take a moment to enter your zip code into the database and see what they found in your water.

EWG’s Tap Water Database

Trust The Pampering Plumber to provide you with the top drinking water filtration systems.  Call today to schedule your consultation at 727-232-8400 or 813-926-0707.


Briana Suojanen


Trust Yourself and Your Water

When it comes to water filtration, in my house – we take it very seriously.  As we all know, we need water to survive.  Without water, we would die in pretty short order.  But, we also know that tainted water or polluted water could make you very sick and potentially kill you.  Consider some of the recent situations in our “advanced” country; the Flint Michigan water crisis whereas the state government knowingly supplied residents with water contaminated with lead.  Recently in Florida, Mosaic Company had a gypsum pile collapse which resulted in millions of gallons radioactive contaminated water leaked into the aquifer.  It took them over a week to even notify authorities.  St. Petersburg, Florida just last year intentionally released raw sewage into Tampa Bay.  How about the boil notices that are issued by municipalities; how long has the pipe been broken before it has been discovered?  Once it is discovered, how long is it before it’s reported?  Once it’s reported, how long is it before you see or hear the report?


Reverse Osmosis is the process of filtering water to its purest form.  The process basically squeezes water molecules through a tightly wound membrane and pre-filters, and store the pure water in a storage tank.  The waste goes down the drain.   The Reverse Osmosis systems reduce most bacteria, cysts, sediment, chemicals, lead, dissolved solids, chlorine taste and odor and more!

When it comes to protection for me and my family, I choose to trust myself and filter my water with a reverse osmosis system sold by The Pampering Plumber, 13128 State Road 54, Odessa, Fl 33556 – 727.232.8400

– Erik Suojanen, CEO

Water Softeners and Filtration in Tampa

As I plumbing contractor, I am pretty well versed in regards to water softeners and filtration.  I am also an owner of and user of equipment.  I am on a well and I have, in this order, two sediment filters, a 45,000 grain water softener for my four bedroom house, and a reverse osmosis system at our kitchen sink.  Our water is normally pretty good, but in a well situation, the water quality has periodic changes depending on rain and other weather situations that might affect the aquifer.   Typically, we will change our sediment filters about once per quarter.  Our Reverse Osmosis filters will be changed about once per year.  The salt in our brine tank has to be replenished about once every three weeks and more often when we have guests and are using more water.


My wife has blonde hair and can immediately tell by her hair color when the iron level changes in our water supply.  How do I know when the iron in the water changes?  Well, just trust me on this one, I know..  Not only do I “find out about it”, I pay for it by way of hair products and salon visits to get the color back to what it should be.  Sometimes a little softener cleaner takes care of the problem, other times, using a salt with an iron inhibitor will solve the problem.  In more severe situations, an iron filter will be added which can get fairly expensive.  In any event, it can be treated so that everyone is happy, and we all know the old saying, “when the mamma is happy, everyone is happy”!  Next week I will touch on the signs of hard water and what it does to skin, clothes, appliances, and literally everything it comes in contact with.  Water is life.  Clean water is clean life.


Erik Suojanen, CEO

Plumbers of Suojanen Ent.

The Pampering Plumber

Taking Care of Your Garbage Disposal: Holiday Edition

It’s that time of year again!  Don’t overwork your garbage disposal or you may cause them to wear out, get clogged, etc. Here’s some tips on what NOT to do with your garbage disposal when entertaining this Holiday season.


Avoid putting any grease or oil down the disposal.  It could solidify inside the drain, causing a potential clog.
Don’t put potato or squash peels down the garbage disposal. They tend to get stuck within the drain and could potentially cause a stoppage or cause your sink to drain very slowly.
Avoid putting rice or pasta down the garbage disposal.  The rice and pasta could potentially expand within the drain.
Don’t put fibrous materials such as celery, corn husks, etc.  They could get stuck around the blade, causing the disposal to jam and potentially wear our your motor.

We all know that it can be chaotic when entertaining in your home for the holiday’s, so make sure you have The Pampering Plumber’s phone number just in case you run into any problems! We service the entire Tampa Bay area and have a professional, highly qualified on call for emergency scenarios 24/7/365. Visit or call 727-232-8400

Understanding PEX Piping


PEX piping is the newest and best plumbing revolution to come about in a long time. Some of our Tampa plumbers might even say it’s the best thing since the flush toilet! Before you go out and buy a bundle, there are some important things you need to know about its use, benefits, and more.

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How To Tell If Your Stack Vent Is Leaking


If you have a leak in your roof that is causing water to come in, you could have a stack vent leak. Water coming in through the roof can be detrimental to your home since it promotes rot, attracts pests, and can damage your interior walls.

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The Difference Between Vent Stacks and Stack Vents


There are many differences between a vent stack and stack vents. To make sure you’re up to code, our Tampa plumbing experts have outlined these differences and the requirements that are essential to meet with each.

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