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.

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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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

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.

About Old Faucet Repair

Old Faucet Repair

old faucet repairMost of the time in our houses we have several old faucets that need to be changed. The problem is finding the parts for them could be complicated. Some homeowners think that they can get in their car, go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and find the part right on the shelf. It takes a major research on your side or simply you have an option of hiring an expert.

If you are going to call a plumber to look for those parts and make any kind of plumbing repair, keep in mind that you may get and extra payment depending of the difficulty on finding that special part.

 

Old Faucet Repair  vs  New models

Faucet Repair Service

When you go to the plumbing supply showrooms, they have very beautiful faucets and sinks but in five years there will not be  available parts for the faucet. There is a lot of faucets out there these days, but you want one that has been around a long time. I have been using Moen faucets for years with no complaints, that is just one of the companies that you can buy from. The homeowner nowadays can have some very elaborate bathrooms with very affordable faucets.

 

So when you are buying these nice beautiful faucets remember, brand name and availability of parts, and when counting on an expert plumber contractor, Call Us:

Hardenburgh Plumbing (561) 968-0000

Finding a Plumbing Contractor

Finding a Plumbing Contractor

When you find a Plumbing Contractor certain questions should be asked :

  1. How many years they have been in business?
  2. Do they have a large or small company?.
  3. Does the  contractor have a license with the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.
  4. As a plumber, Does she/he have Liability insurance and Workers Comp?
  5.  Does the Plumbing Company also have an occupational license from the county or local municipality?
Plumbing Contractor Boca Raton

Plumbing Contractor Boca Raton

A Master Plumber or Plumbing Contractor should have about 10 years in the trade. When the size of the company, I have found over the years with large companies have large overhead and it will reflect on the bill. When dealing, with small plumbing company, it seems like you get personalized service. Quality work also seems to be an important factor. Large and small companies all have to be licensed with the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

When selecting a  Contractor, the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation has a 24 hour website to verify if a plumbing contractor is currently licensed. Go to http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/ ,click on verify a license and then choose the option that you prefer. And remember,  Contractors must have Liability insurance and Workers Comp. to operate in the business in the State of Florida.

 HARDENBURGH PLUMBING

(561) 968-0000

 

Video Sewer Inspections, a Peek into the Unknown

Video Sewer Inspections

Palm Beach is home to some of the most beautiful natural habitats in the world. Residents care greatly about the health of themselves and the environment. However, one of the most prevalent dangers to human and environmental health that is often overlooked is raw sewage.

 

 Video Sewer Inspections

 

Sewage systems are a necessary evil in modern society. For so many, the idea of out of sight out of mind causes an unintended negligence to sewage issues of private and commercial properties alike. It is not until a costly and detrimental sewage system malfunction, that the nasty reality of the system resonates in the minds of property owners.

It is important to manage a private sewage system before major issues arise. For properties that own or are in close proximity to private water, symptoms such as algal blooms may be an indication of unseen seepage. Other indications are smells and poor water drainage or regurgitation. Although in many cases, there are no indications of an issue until it has progressed to heightened proportions.

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A Couple of Things About Plumbing Issues

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In dealing with plumbing issues, be mindful that a number of complications can arise. Some of these are simple and straightforward problems, but many others are much more complicated. You should have a basic knowledge of plumbing, so that you will be able to deal with any problem that comes your way.

Septic Tank

Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. This will stop any buildup in your septic tank and prevent any horrible issues. Hiring a professional to pump out your septic tank is costly, but it is far preferable to the damages that could be incurred if the tank becomes backed-up or inoperative.

Garbage Disposal

TIP! You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. Using lemon rinds and cherry pits mixed with dish soap will help keep your garbage disposal operating efficiently and smelling fresh.

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Do not attempt to fix your garbage disposal by reaching in with your hands. Even an un-powered garbage disposal presents significant danger. It’s advised to obtain a diagram, possibly off of the Internet, that depicts your machine in accurate detail.

Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. They can clog your drains once they cool down. This is especially true if you have a garbage disposal, as the fat will cause the blades to run slower and less efficiently. You should dispose of all oils outside of the sink.

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