Water Heater Replacement Boca Raton, Fl

Water Heater Replacement Boca Raton, Fl

Water Heater Replacement and Installation Boca Raton, Fl

Water Heater Replacement Boca Raton, Fl

Water Heater Replacement

It’s a good idea, that you have your water heater check from a certified plumber to make sure there is no potential leaks. When a water heater becomes greater than 10 years old the chances of leaking are greater.

A water heater can leak and flood your house very easily. Flooding can cause mold damage if it’s not taking care of 24 hours after the flood.

 

Water heaters can be gas propane or electric. But as the years go by the tank can weaken depending on certain conditions. So it’s good idea to inspect the water heater before such a tragedy happens. When you’re uncertain of how to do the inspection please call a local plumbing contractor.

Water Heater Replacement and Installation

Water Heater Replacement and Installation

If the water heater has rust surrounding the bottom of the tank and the condition is rough it’s a good idea to replace the water heater. Sometimes you can actually see this rust leaking around the seams of the tank. This is another indication that replacement is necessary to avoid a flooding problem. Also when a tank is leaking it can have water flowing over an electrical connection which can activate electricity through the water leaking on the floor which could make a life threatening situation.

In some cases the outer skin of the water heater has no visual corrosion but the inside tank itself is leaking. The water has a tendency to leak from the very bottom. Keep in mind that when a water heater is as old as 10 years or more the energy efficient factor would be much greater with a new water heater.

Sometimes when you’re replacing a water heater the new law that has been passed about water heaters have to have a higher energy rating than the previous water heaters. The water heaters manufactured after 2015 of January need to have a higher energy rating. The energy rating is achieved by more insulation surrounding the tank.

The tank diameter could be larger than an inch and a half greater than the old tank which can make installation a nightmare. So what this means is that a person that had a 40 gallon water heater probably will need to settle for a 30 gallon water heater because the restrictions of the space needed to install the water heater.

Water heaters can be a virtual timebomb in condominium associations because the water heaters are located under the air handler in the apartment. The space under the air handler is so confined that being able to cut the water heater out is not a pleasant one, so the installation of water heater is prolonged for a longer period of time. Until the tank is in danger of bursting at any moment. The tank can bust open with any harsh movements.

Another nightmare of installing a water heater in a condominium association is if the shut off valve is holding correctly. A lot of the older condos have gate valves which are old and corroded and need to be replaced with a ball valve so that turning the water off is an easy operation.

If you have any questions about changing your water heater please call Hardenburgh plumbing at 561-968-0000.

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Toilet Repairs Service Boca Raton, Fl

Toilet Repairs Service Boca Raton

When the toilets have problems with running and leaking it’s a real plumbing mess. If this happens you can call a local plumber that will assist you in trying to resolve your  toilet repairs service.

The toilet has a lot of different things that can cause problems. The first one is the flapper valve, the flapper valve controls the water going into the bowl from the tank.

Now many companies have different types of flapper valves so you should know what kind of toilet you have to get the right parts.

Toilet Repairs Service Boca Raton, Fl

Toilet Repairs Service Boca Raton, Fl

There are different places that you can go to buy a flapper valve. In most large cities like Boca Raton there are different types plumbing supply houses that stock brands that they carry for parts. Some plumbing supply houses may have your part they may not have your part or they have to order it.

The next thing on your list would be the ballcock. The ballcock controls the water supply to the amount of water in the tank using a float ball to open and close the supply. When the toilet is running into the overflow tube, the ballcock needs to be replaced. Other situations that occur with the toilet is the handle for the toilet flushing mechanism is broken the to the handle needs to be replaced. When replacing a flapper valve with a new one and it still does not work then the Douglas valve needs to be replaced.

The Douglas valve is the overflow tube that leads to a plastic seat that flapper valve seats to close the water from draining out of the tank. When the Douglas valve needs to be replaced, the tank needs to be removed from the base. The new Douglas valve will be installed after removing the old and a gasket between the Douglas valve and the tank will be installed.

A new gasket will be installed between the tank and the base. When completing the job of installing the Douglas valve new tank bolts will be installed between the tank in the base. The washers should be placed on both sides of the tank and bowl watertight conditions.

Most Boca Raton plumbers have complete rebuild kits on their truck so it is better to rebuild the complete toilet at one time. The supply line is the line that goes from the angle valve to the commode and over years of service they can start to leak.

The new supply lines that they have today are made of braided steel. These types of supply lines last a very long time. If water is found on the floor around the toilet, the homeowner should take his hand and wipe underneath the tank and around the supply line to locate the source of the leak. When a toilet is leaking around the base there’s a good chance that the toilet needs to be regrout and a wax ring should be installed to make sure this would not happen again.

Toilets can cost anywhere is from $4000-$89 it’s depending on the taste of the homeowner. It’s important that the availability of the parts can be gotten at a nearby plumbing supply house. Most supply houses carry Kohler American Standard and toto. Sometimes the cost of these toilets to repair them cost more than the getting a new toilet.

If you need toilet repairs service  call Hardenburgh Plumbing (561) 968-0000. .

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Bathroom-Shower Remodeling Service Boca Raton, Fl

Bathroom-Shower Remodeling  Boca Raton

Many people who live in Boca Raton have come from other places in the country to retire. In Boca Raton there is a large majority of the people in the area that are retired, because of the beautiful weather that we have.

When senior citizens get older sometimes having a bathtub is not the best idea. Senior citizens have to get around the best way they can, but things can happen a slip in the fall the bathtub. The best idea is to have a plan before they are unable to get around so well. A lot of people who are seniors and they want to keep the house that they live in usually decide to make it accessible and easier to do daily functions.

Removing the Bathtub and Installing a Shower

The first thing that comes in mind is removing the bathtub and installing a shower. And the shower you can install a chair to set while taking a shower. Also you can install grab bars to maintain your balance. When the homeowner does the conversion it helps a lot to maintain their independence. A local plumbing contractor would be more than glad to give you an estimate on converting the bathtub to the shower.

Bathroom-Shower Remodeling Boca Raton

Bathroom-Shower Remodeling Boca Raton

The old bathtub needs to be removed and the shower drain must be installed. When removing the old bathtub about 10 inches of tile around the tub needs to be removed. The drain in the bathtub must be unscrewed and removed to remove the tub. If the bathtub is made of cast-iron the tub can be removed breaking with a sledgehammer.

The project of removing the tub and installing a shower is about a two day project with a plumber. The tile contractor usually takes another 2 to 3 days to finish the job. When the job is completed, the senior citizen will be able to not worry so much about falling in the top.

Now let’s get back to finishing the project. After removing the old bathtub the area must be cleaned of all the broken tiles and dirt. A curb needs to be constructed with pressure-treated wood so that rotting does not occur. The shower curb is about 4 inches high.

The neoprene shower pan material will be folded in all four corners and overlapped with the curb. Neoprene is a rubberized pan that goes under the shower tiles to protect the water from penetrating into the wall. Then new wonder board, which is the board that tile is placed on when it is installed. Before installing the pan, the shower drain needs to be installed.

The average shower drain is 2 inch but a bathtub drain is inch and a half. The contractor will have to install 2 inch piping so that a trap for the shower can be installed in the floor usually in the center of the shower. After the shower drain is installed the neoprene pan can be installed. It is very important to keep in mind that the shower and should be tested to make sure there are no leaks.

Bathroom-Shower Remodeling -Testing the Shower Pan

The method of testing the shower pan is with a 2 inch test ball to be inserted in the drain for a period of 24 hours before the tile can be installed. A project of this nature needs to be inspected by the Boca Raton plumbing department of the city. The inspector will require the contractor who is overseeing the project to get a permit from Boca Raton city. This is for the protection of our homeowner.

After the shower can have been installed then we raise the bathtub valve to the height for the shower to be usable. When selecting a shower valve that is simple to repair and durable, a plumbing contractor’s favorite choice of valve would be Moen.

For the senior citizens the Moen pos-temp valve would work much easier than to handles. The movement of the valve is much better because of little restriction. Senior citizens with arthritis in her hands would find this to be much easier to handle.

In the process if homeowner would like the plumbing contractor to install a handheld shower, so that the homeowner sits in a chair in the shower it’s much easier to wash with. When the tile contractor installs the tiles on the wall it is important to tell that you would like to have several grab bars around the shower area to support getting in and out of the shower safely.

Hardenburgh plumbing  561-968-0000.

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Wells and Pumps Installation Services Palm Beach Area

Wells and Pumps Installation Services Palm Beach County

Wells and Pumps Installation Services

A well is a pipe that goes down into the aquifer to produce water for a place. An aquifer is a flow of water underneath the ground which flows through rocks.

Wells and Pumps Installation Services

Wells and Pumps Installation Services

The well is pounded down into the ground about 100 feet where there is a rock formation and water is pulled , rock formation protects the water source from sand and debris.

The piping system is made up of galvanized pipe with couplings and at the bottom of the pipe a drive shoe is pounded into the rock formation. The drive shoe is a coupling constructed sharp side and a threaded side for this purpose. Also the piping will have a PVC pipe lining to protect the well from corrosion in the years to come.

Well Installation Services : Galvanized or PVC?

Over the years galvanized pipe has a tendency to rust but the PVC will keep the well intact for many years to come. At the top of the well head which is a tee fitting there is stainless steel screen inserted in the Tee to prevent debris from the well from jamming the check valve.

A check valve is a brass or plastic valve which holds the water in the plumbing system intact when the jet pump is not running. If debris gets into the check valve then all the water will drain from the pump and tank back into the well. Most people have problems when the pump loses the prime and this scenario is one that is the major culprit in this problem.

The jet pump average from three-quarter horsepower to two horse power depending on the demand with how many bathrooms and other things. Some water filtration systems can actually reduce the pressure in a house so larger jet pumps are needed to handle this problem.

Many years ago and pump systems were installed, galvanized tanks were used with air volume controls on the tank. But now tank have an airbag inside where air volume controls are not needed. The pump fills up to a certain pressure then turns off when the tank is full. When the tank gets low the pressure switch will turn on the pump to fill the tank back up. The pressure switch is located on the side of the pump. The purpose of the pressure switch is when the water gets full in the tank the pump will shut off and when it gets low it turns out. In a basic water filter system there is a water softener.

The water softener prevents the calcium entering into your house and causing water stains on your glasses and damages the water heater and appliances in your kitchen. A water softener needs salt to be dumped in the softener every 30 days. This will prevent calcium from entering your home. Another element of the water filtration system is an iron filter. The reason for having an iron filter is to keep iron deposits from building in your home appliances and fixtures.

A simple method to check and see if there is iron deposits in your water.

Take the lid of the toilet and look inside if the toilet tank has a rust color on the porcelain inside the tank. Then iron is coming into your house. The types of iron filters are green sand and prolix filters. If your house water as a rotten egg smell it has sulfur and bacteria in the well.

The only way to get rid of the bacteria is to injected with a slight solution of chlorine or peroxide with an injection pump and a neutralization tank. These water filter systems need to be understood by the homeowner and able to do simple maintenance to keep the units in operational condition.

There are companies that provide salt and maintenance on the systems once a month so the homeowner would not need to worry about the maintenance.

Wells and Pumps Installation Services Palm Beach County

Wells and Pumps Installation Services Palm Beach County

Hardenburgh plumbing is a licensed certified well contractor in the state of Florida and a licensed plumbing contractor as well.

If the homeowner  needs Wells and Pumps Installation Services Hardenburgh plumbing would more glad to answer any questions or schedule a service call the phone number is 561-968-0000 . .

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Plumbing Repipe Services

Repipe Plumbing Service Boca Raton

Unknown Plumbing Danger

Do you need a repipe plumbing service from polybutylene to pex pipe? Polybutylene pipe has been around for over 40 years. It was supposed to replace copper which was very costly at the time. When builders first realized that there was replacement for copper pipe it was really an amazing thing.

In the 1970s new advances in plumbing were made available. PVC replaced cast-iron plumbing which was used for sanitary systems and residential and commercial usage. Still today PVC is used for sanitary and irrigation systems for the home.

Polybutylene pipe came out about the same time. It was flexible it was cheaper and  labor costs were a lot less. During the early 70s copper was used a lot, the labor was more expensive because every solder joint needed to be done correctly so there would be no leaks. Polybutylene pipe was developed in California in the early 1970s the idea is to use plastic tubing and connected to a push fitting and then compress a copper ring around the joint to conceal the plastic pipe.

 

repipe plumbing service Boca Raton

Plumbing Repipe Service

Polybutylene was discontinued in the mid-90s because of manufacturing defects. The defects were identified as the rings got older they would have a tendency to split causing large leaks in homes which met flooding.

Repipe Plumbing Service with Pex Pipe

Pex pipe, is something of the same order but the materials have lasted a long time and presently no problems have occurred.

Repipe Plumbing Service

Repipe Plumbing Service

When a homeowner is getting ready to purchase a house he must ask if the house has any polybutylene pipe anywhere. There has been cases where the inspector who supposed to protect the homeowner from unknown problems in the house have said that there is no polybutylene and there really was. The sale of the house went through and a few years later the nightmare begins with leaks in the wall in the ceiling and in the floor.

This problem with polybutylene has been so bad that some insurance companies will not ensure home unless the pipe has been completely removed and replaced with something acceptable.

How do you find out if you have polybutylene pipe in your house?

The first thing you can do is to check the water heater is the piping in the back wall seems to be loose, and your house was built in the 1980s there’s a good chance it could be in your house.

The second way is to check in the attic to see if you can see great piping running in the ceiling polybutylene is gray in color and flexible so you can’t miss it. It is very important that you do try to remove the piping before the nightmare occurs.

Nowadays you can replace the pipe with Pex pipe or cpvc they work well and there is no complaints because it has been used for many years. The homeowner will ask the insurance company if they can help you with the cost of replacing the polybutylene pipe, the reason would be that it would eliminate future floods in the house which could cost them thousands of dollars to mitigate the water and repair costs of new construction.

If the homeowner would like Hardenburgh Plumbing to give a free inspection of their home to check for polybutylene pipe and needs a repipe plumbing service please call us at any time so we can provide the appointment to help you, call us : (561) 968-0000

 

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Handyman and Plumbing Contractor. Fix Plumbing

Handyman vs Plumbing Contractor

fix plumbing in Boca RatonA handyman is a person that repairs walls, installs doorknobs and little painting, a person that do minor repairs and renovations. Some of us remember when the handyman retired man in his 50s or 60s with a great personality that could fix plumbing things, but he always knew his limitations when he encountered a major work.

A Contractor is required to do any plumbing service, electrical work  or any work that requires a permit, he/she comes to the house, and fix plumbing problems. But today these handyman do you plumbing, electrical and air-conditioning. Handy men today, advertise and state they can fix plumbing and everything.

Homeowners invite them in their house trusting on  their plumbing skills  because their vehicles are actually advertising  license and insurance.

 

Fix Plumbing and Electrical Work

Plumber fix plumbing

Installing a water heater a handyman has all the necessary tools to do the job, the homeowner is impressed with his capabilities. Someone a little more educated about building and zoning laws knows that a handyman cannot install a water heater. If an accident like a fire occurs because of the wiring on the water heater was not installed correctly. The insurance company will ask the homeowner if the work was done by a professional plumber. The insurance inspector will ask for the receipt the plumber had provided after the work was done and if you not have any kind of invoice ,the fire that occurred in the house will not be covered.

When you’re homeowner, it is very important to make sure that the person you do work with is licensed and insured. When there’s a cheap deal there can be a long time expense and beware of fancy handyman.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations your for your protection homeowner. When a person applies for a contractors license in the state of Florida. The applicant has to prove his financial responsibility and his experience to qualify to be a licensed contractor. The State of Florida has rigid requirements to protect the homeowner from fraudulent conduct. The test for the contractor’s license is conducted in two parts financial and trade knowledge.

I hope this blog was informative and helpful for the homeowners protection. When looking for a plumber in Boca Raton to fix plumbing problems,F Look up the keywords Boca plumber or Boca Raton plumber.

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About Plumbing Cleanout

GENERAL IDEA OF YOUR CLEANOUTS

When your drains are flooding in the toilet, the bathtub and the shower, you call a plumber to come to your house, he probably will ask you : Do you know where the cleanout is located in the house? And you will think : What is he talking about?. Well, a cleanout is located in the front side or back of the house on the main drain. The purpose of the cleanout is allow an entrance to the drainage system to snake out the main drain and remove clog problems.

cleanout installation service

Main drain stoppages can be the cause of many things, tree roots, broken pipes or just plain old rages the homeowners have a lot of beautiful landscaping surrounding their house and think, this big ugly pipe could be seen in their landscaped yard is completely unheard.

Drain Cleaning Service

Vent Stack

Keep in mind that if there is no cleanout the plumber would probably go to the top of the roof. When the plumber is at the top of the roof, the snake would be inserted into the vent stack. The vent stack is the opening in the drain system to let air in so the drain system will work properly. Anytime someone goes to the top of the roof there is a possibility of damaging the roof tiles or even falling off the roof. So when the plumber is there ask if it’s possible to install a cleanout in a way which is not noticeable.

The plumber would probably be able to install a cleanout by digging up sewer main cut the pipe and install the two-way cleanout with a valve box on the top. Many older houses has cast-iron pipe a lot of the newer houses have PVC. Many projects start in houses when installing a cleanout. Hardenburgh plumbing tries to inform the consumer with ideas to improve the plumbing at home.

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Plumbing Contractors.Plumbing Permits

Plumbing Contractors. Plumbing Permits

When  Plumbing Contractors tells the homeowner that they’re going to need permits for this job, the homeowner feels that this is going to be a big  drawn-out project, it is no necessary true, the homeowner might need to take off from work in some way to sign a paper or produce ownership documentation, but it is required to comply with local building codes.

Plumbing Contractors Boca Raton

Some Contractors would prefer not to do permits because of losing time with the inspection process. With that in mind a lot of projects and municipalities don’t get permits, but permits is a good thing because the work you’re having done is going to need inspections and Inspectors – employed by municipalities -will be there to safeguard the homeowner from faulty work.

If the Plumbing Contractors are not inclined to pull permits, there might  be for a reason. For example:

  • The Worker Compensation may be expired.
  • The liability insurance can be expired.
  •  The licensing from the state may not be updated.

So all these instances catch faulty contractors from engaging in a contract with the homeowners, and end up with not acceptable products used in their project. You can and verify a license at Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

Now if you have a Plumbing Contractor who pulls a lot of permits the process is a walk in the park. During the time of hurricane Andrew, many people were being cheated of their money with such under the law so-called contractors. The insurance money was plentiful and people came from all over the country to Miami-Dade County in 1992. Every con man in the United States was seeking their fortune in conning every man that he met. Miami-Dade County building and zoning, was facing an emergency of unknown portion.

When the homeowner decides to sell their house the inspection team will check all the work has been done on the house for years to safeguard the buyer. If all the work on the home was done with permits this will help the sale of the house because everything is safe. Sure it takes a little more time and some Plumbing Contractors may charge a little more to process the permits  but in the long run it is well worth and it is for your own safeguard.

If you have any questions about this matter please call me Ted Hardenburgh at Hardenburgh Plumbing ( 561) 968-0000 or hardenburghplumbing@gmail.com. Homeowners can use in Internet the keywords Boca plumber or Boca Raton plumber when looking for a Plumbing Contractor in Boca area.

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Methods of Plumbing Leak Detection

Plumbing Leak Detection

Before a plumber comes to your house you should check for yourself to see if you really have a plumbing leak detection problem.

  • Do you hear any unusual noises like water running in your home?
  • Do you see any water saturation on the wall in your house?
  • When you’re walking barefoot in your house do you feel the floor feeling unusually hot?
  • Have you checked the toilets and sinks for unusual leaks?
  • Have you going outside to check the water meter if it’s running faster?

If you do not understand how the water meter works your Water Utilities Department will  explain its operation. Palm Beach County sewer and water will be more than glad to help you with any problem you have. When you definitely know that you have a leak, then it is time to call a plumber. Ask the plumber what kind of equipment and method he’s going to use to locate your leaks.

Plumbing Leak Detection Boca Raton

leak detection equipment

Plumbing Leak Detection. Equipment and Methods.

Plumbing contractor will want to know what kind of piping is in the house, copper or cpvc. The plumber may also ask you what year was the house built. Most of the older houses use copper in this case the plumber will need to locate the piping in the floor.

A pipe locator is needed to do so, the pipe locator will send an electric current through the piping to find its underground location. When the piping is found the plumber will make a line on the floor to detect its location. When it’s location is marked, an ultrasound listening device will be used to pinpoint the leak.

. Another method is injecting hydrogen into the plumbing system and use a sniffing system to detect the location of the leak.

Another question you may want to ask yourself if the house is 40 years old and you’ve had several leaks repaired before it’s time to re-pipe your house. When I homeowners is looking in the Internet for a contractor good keywords are plumbing leak detection Wellington. Hardenburgh Plumbing can provide you with complete plumbing leak detection service Call Us: (561) 968-0000

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Water Shut Off Valve. Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing Emergency Safeguards for Your Home

The purpose of this blog is to give to the homeowners some idea how to turn the water off to their house, If there was a plumbing emergency some of  they would have no idea where to shut the water valve off. Houses in Palm Beach can vary in age from 100 years old to six months old. So, What happens if you have a  pipe burst in the house? to prevent major flooding is better to know where the water shut off valve is located.

 Plumbing Emergency Boca Raton

A broken pipe can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Water can spread within minutes throughout the house causing mold problems and water damage problems. Every home in Palm Beach County has a water meter.

If you have no idea of where your water meter is located then call Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department for the location, customer service telephone number ( 561)740-4600 option 3.

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Meter Water Key

Once you know  the location then you will need a meter water key that can be found at plumbing supply house in Palm Beach County.  The cost of meter water key range from $25 to $80 depending on the material. Keep the meter water key in a location where you have quick access for a plumbing emergency. The meter box cover will open with the use of a screwdriver.

Every fixture in your house has a main shut off valve, it can be a gate valve or a ball valve.

Gates valves vs Ball Valves. Plumbing Emergency.

Plumbing Emergency Repair in Boca RatonOver the years people have used gate valves but as time goes by they have a tendency to break. Many times the plumber will completely avoid turning the valve off to a house because valve will break. So if the plumber is there doing a minor repair ask him what will it cost to replace the gate valve. There is a lot of Chinese  ball  and gate valves on the market these days that are plain junk. When you’re installing valves in your house get good quality valves like Nibco. Most plumbing supply houses have in stock Nibco valves.

 

Water Heater Ball Valve Benefits

The water heater is another good location to have a ball valve that shuts the cold supply to the water heater. When the cold supply is turned off the homeowner must remember turn the power supply off as well. The power supply is located in the circuit breaker panel labeled water heater or WH. This will prevent the flow of hot water in your house.

Another plumbing emergency problem that can rise from nowhere is a leaky water heater. A leaky water heater can be a major problem for the homeowner. So if a good ball valve is installed the water can be closed from the water heater supply. Then the necessary repairs by the plumber can be done in a timely manner. But until he comes you will be able to flush the toilets in the house because of the ball valve on the water heater. But keep in mind, that single handle faucets if used can backflow into the hot side and leak back into the water heater so only use the toilets.

 

Many times people have plumbing emergency problems in their house. If there are any questions about plumbing issues please Call Us : ( 561) 968 – 0000 or email us at hardenburghplumbing@gmail.com .When finding plumbers in Internet  use Boca plumber or Boca Raton plumber.

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