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The Future of Plumbing.

Modern plumbing is a part of almost every single person's life now. The future of plumbing. Whether it's to flush something down or wash something, plumbing plays a role in our day to day lives, and we don't even really think about it. Even something as universally used as household plumbing can be improved upon. So what can be expected from future of plumbing as we know it?

Well as most know, water shortages are happening in a few states, like California. Because of these shortages, there have been various water restrictions set in place that vary from state to state, county to county. What this means for future plumbing is that they will become more efficient with the amount of water flowing through them. This may seem like a simple solution that should be in place already, but these pipes need to be engineered to be extremely efficient but not lose any functionality while preserving water. As these pipes are created and manufactured, homes and buildings built after will have these plumbing systems installed and save tons of water.

Along with preserving water, having these more efficient pipes will save with energy costs as well. The NAECA (National Appliance Energy Conservation Act) is going to be soon be updated with the initiative that newly produced water heaters can NOT use as much energy as they used to. The amount of energy that is typically used for water heaters today is roughly 18% of a monthly utility bill. This update to the NAECA will show a significant reduction in that utility cost, and the future of plumbing is to thank for that. Using these efficient plumbing components are the key to getting these levels much lower.

As the future of plumbing becomes more efficient in the means of water and energy usage, the components will also be easier and quicker to install. While plumbing is a great career option, it is a learned skill that involves a lot of learning, and unfortunately, admissions at trade schools have been on the decline. So ultimately, if there aren't many to follow this career - that means the parts and pieces will become easier to understand and work with. This will give more people the option to learn and stick with this trade and also benefit the consumer because it won't leave them in a wet mess for hours on end.

The future of plumbing is a lot more than just a low-flow toilet or sprinkler system on a timer; it's a massive part of our everyday lives. Even when we're not thinking about it, it's always doing something to benefit us. The future is very bright for advancements in our plumbing systems; from saving water to saving time and saving money - it's all uphill from here!

When Liquid Plumber Doesn't Work.

Nothing is worse than that moment of panic when a pipe gets clogged, and liquid plumber doesn't do the job anymore.How to unclog a drain. For some, calling in the professionals is a last ditch effort, and it's all DIY until you can't DIY anymore. The holidays are over, and those drains have seen it all, between guests and family putting extra work on the utilities this season - it's time to clean it all out and start fresh for the new year.

Maybe you're not at that point of clogged messes yet, but you can tell the sink isn't draining as fast, or the toilet isn't flushing quite as quickly as it should. Don't put yourself in that panic of needing a 24-hour plumber bc the pipes waited til the middle of the night to disrupt EVERYTHING. Products like Liquid-Plumr or Drano are made for problems close to the surface, so if you can see a little bit of a clog, then these products could work. But if you're looking down the pipes, even going as far as shining a bright flashlight down it and you're still not seeing the clog? Those store-bought "fix all's" will NOT help you here. If you try to use these store-bought pipe cleaners, they could damage your pipes further or even cause health issues for the person using it (since it's very toxic chemicals being poured down the drain).

Addressing these issues yourself will require you to get a little dirty, and fair warning, what you pull out of those drains could easily make you nauseous if you tend to be squeamish. This is another reason why a professional would be useful since even though it isn't always pleasant, they are at least used to these findings and can stomach it a bit better. U-shaped pipes are messy but an easier fix, just as long as there is a large enough pan or bucket underneath the pipe when taking it apart because there will be spillage. If it's a clog that can be snaked out, this is an easy fix as well because a powerful enough snake can get all that gunk out and clear the pipes up. Plunging is also an option, especially when it comes to toilet issues but sometimes things just get too stuck in the pipes and a plunger accompanied by a new human arm isn't enough.

In this case, it might be best to put this problem into the hands of a professional and watch your worries fade away. You'll have the comfort in knowing the job was done correctly and won't have to worry about messy aftermath. No one likes picking the hair out of the shower drain, but doing so could prevent all this in the end! Otherwise, just contact Kost Plumbing, we can clean out those pipes and make the water flow like new again.

How to tell if my home needs a water purification system?

water purification systemIn an ideal world, we would walk into our kitchen, turn on the faucet, trust the liquid flowing out of it and drink pure, clean water until our heart’s content. Sadly, however, a perfect world is not here yet. We trust our state and local governments to provide us with safe, potable drinking water, but is that really what we’re getting?

The truth is, we cannot just sit back and casually expect safety in our drinking water unless we fully confirm its safety for ourselves. Whether our drinking water from a private or municipal source, the responsibility of ensuring our water’s safety lies with us.

Testing the pH of your water is crucial to maintaining its safety. If your water’s pH level is too low or too high, lead and copper corrosion can contaminate your household plumbing. The safest pH measure for drinking water should be no lower than 6.5 and no higher than 8.5.

At a bare minimum, your water should be tested once a year for coliform bacteria and nitrates since there are serious health risks associated with these contaminants.

Strong chlorine taste or smell, metallic taste, rotten egg smell, or other noticeable tastes or smells are indicative of water that needs to be purified. The value of healthy, safe water for drinking and bathing cannot be stressed enough. We know that the human body can survive for up to three weeks without food, but we’ll only live up to three days without water!  

How to prepare your pipes for the first freeze of winter

frozen pipe floridaWinters can be particularly harsh on your home’s plumbing. Here are some ways to start preparing now and avoid damage when winter arrives:

  1. Wrap your outdoor pipes
    Using heat tape to wrap your outdoor pipes can help prevent them from freezing and bursting. While you’re there, take a look at your entire outdoor system. Clean out your gutters before falling leaves and snow become trapped and cause water damage or leaks.
  2. Get Your Sump Pump Ready
    Your sump pump removes excess water from your basement and crawl spaces and pipes it through your home's wastewater system. It's essential to maintain this appliance by regularly inspecting and cleaning it out before winter arrives. Like other plumbing fixtures, sump pumps can easily freeze up. This can cause it to stop working and can mean significant damage in the event of a sudden thaw. 
  3. Keep your drains flowing freely
    It's always recommended to give your drains a checkup regularly before increased use during the colder months.  Be sure you have necessary drain tools on hand for use in the months ahead including drain snakes, the right wrenches, and a water meter key.
  4. Remember your outdoor faucets
    Remove and store any outdoor hoses. Summertime water left behind in these hoses can freeze and expand, causing the attached faucets to burst. Also, like your indoor faucets, a leaky outdoor faucet, big or spigot, can wreak havoc on your entire plumbing system in the event of a freeze. These faucets are usually directly exposed to the elements, so take an extra hard look for any leaks or damage before, during, and after the winter months. 
  5. Keep your indoor pipes insulated
    The pipes inside your home should be kept well-insulated regardless of the weather outside. Pipes located in colder areas of your home, like your basement, should be maintained at a temperature above freezing. If not, they could freeze and burst or leak after a thaw. Insulating your pipes also help you conserve hot water and reduce your power bill each month. 

How often do my dryer vents need cleaned?

Much like our home’s air ducts, dryer vents are an often forgotten about the task that when ignored can cause serious fire hazards and a buildup of dust, mildew, and humidity. When lint is blown from the dryer into the dryer vent, it begins to build up and may not be adequately pushed through.dryer vent cleaning ocala

With an annual professional dryer vent cleaning services, household humidity, mold, mildew, and dust are reduced, and there is a reduction in the danger from a dryer fire. Your dryer will also run much more efficiently, preventing significant breakdowns and saving you from consuming more energy than you need to.

Your dryer vent system may need to be professionally cleaned if you are finding that you’re running your dryer more than once to dry one load, clothes are hotter than usual at the end of a cycle, the dryer is turning itself off before the end of a cycle, or the flapper on the hood of the vent doesn’t open while clothes are drying.

Cleaning just the lint trap at the end of each cycle isn’t enough. Lint still gets past the trap and into the dryer vent system and can cost time, money and peace of mind in the long run. 

 

What Others Say About Kost Plumbing

Thomas has done numerous jobs for me, and his work is always exceptional. He is very dependable and is willing to go out of his way to make sure the job is done right. In my opinion you could not hire a more professional or honest person.

Barbara A., Ocala, FL

We had Kost Plumbing come out on weeknight when we had no water and he fixed the problem THAT NIGHT! We were amazed at his great work ethic and honest prices that he will be our Plumber for Life!!

Susan J., Ocala, FL

Thank you so much for all the help and support you provided when we had that leak! I couldn't have asked for a better job or price and the fact that you got it fixed so quickly that we were able to keep up our busy schedules without hardly missing a beat was AWESOME!!! Thanks again.

John D., Citra, FL

I do now know where to start, your prices and plumbing expertise are exceptional. I also appreciate your deck building and carpenter skills, not to mention that outstanding kitchen remodel. With your card I do not need anybody's "List" or any "Referral Program". Keep up the good work!

Chuck F., Reddick, FL

Kost's Korner

The Future of Plumbing.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Modern plumbing is a part of almost every single person's life now.  Whether it's to flush something down or wash something, plumbing plays a role in our day to day lives, and we don't even really think about it. Even something as universally used as household plumbing can be improved upon. So what can be expected from future of plumbing as we know it?

Read more...

When Liquid Plumber Doesn't Work.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Nothing is worse than that moment of panic when a pipe gets clogged, and liquid plumber doesn't do the job anymore. For some, calling in the professionals is a last ditch effort, and it's all DIY until you can't DIY anymore. The holidays are over, and those drains have seen it all, between guests and family putting extra work on the utilities this season - it's time to clean it all out and start fresh for the new year.

Read more...