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Meet Lonnie

Ace Plumbing - Thursday, August 06, 2015

Ace Plumbing has top technicians and plumbers in the Acadiana area, and recently we brought our quality service into the electrical field. Lonnie Breaux recently joined the team as your personal Electrician with more than 18 years of experience in the field. Here are a few interesting facts and electrical advice from Lonnie:

What is your job's toughest component?

Crawling in attics during summertime.

What do you love most about working for Ace?

It feels just like one big family.

What is your biggest achievement either professionally or personally?

Being the father of two daughters.

What advice do you have for people to better maintain their electrical?

Be proactive. Don't let small issues turn into large ones. Be sure to keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors.

What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to fix common electrical problems themselves?

Trying to do it themselves. Electrical work can be very dangerous; if you aren't sure call a professional.

Remember Lonnie's advice: Electrical work can be very dangerous. Don't risk your safety or your home; be sure to contact our knowledgeable and experienced staff, like Lonnie, to be sure your work is done safely and correctly.

 

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5 Signs of Hidden Plumbing Leaks

Ace Plumbing - Thursday, April 30, 2015
The downside to having concealed pipes in a home is that sometimes it makes leaks difficult to notice. A minor leak could transpire into a major issue and cause structural damage if hidden for too long. If you notice these five signs of hidden plumbing leaks, call your plumber immediately.
 

1. Increased Water Bill

If you have been consistent with your water routine, your bill should maintain a consistent range. However, a constant leak will cause your bill to increase. If you want to verify whether or not you have a leak before you call the plumber, you may want to complete the water meter test. However, even if you still are not sure if you have a leak after the test, call your plumber to verify.
 

2. Mold Growth Beyond Shower Walls

Occurrences of mold on walls that are not your shower wall are a sure sign there is resident moisture
lurking behind the wall. Pipes hide in dark places, and a leaking pipe creates a moist area which is a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
 

3. Unusual Smells

If you notice musty or damp smells coming from the walls or floors, but you do not notice any discoloration or see any moisture saturation resulting in mold growth, you may have a very well-hidden leak.
 

4. Discoloration on Walls, Ceiling, Floors

It is good practice to routinely inspect walls, ceilings, and floors for any structural or color changes. If you notice any of these changes, then it is highly likely a constant water leak is causing the problem.
 

5. Leaking Sounds

If you are hearing a constant “hiss” or “drip” coming from toilets, faucets, shower heads, or somewhere in the wall, and it does not stop when you tighten the handle, you definitely have a leak on your hands.
 
If you notice any of these signs in your home, you need to call Ace Plumbing and have a professional plumber properly identify the source of the leak and fix the problem before any more damage occurs.

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Don’t Get Caught in a Money Drain (Hire a Qualified Plumber)

Ace Plumbing - Tuesday, April 28, 2015
It is easy to be enticed by the cheaper option, especially in a slowing economy. However, we often find ourselves regretting the choice because the product doesn’t last nearly as long as its more expensive counterpart. Usually, the next action is purchasing the product that should have been purchased originally and you end up spending even more money in a vain attempt to save it.
 
When we need plumbing maintenance, we may be swayed by the cheaper deal. However, cheaper costs usually mean cheaper quality. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” and in this case that is an unqualified and unlicensed “professional” performing shoddy fixes. This may mean you will end up spending more money for the service you should have originally purchased. Therefore, when researching which plumbing service to hire, consider this quality indicator so you save money in the long run:

Journeyman Plumber vs. Master Plumber

An individual with a Master Plumber’s License garners the best quality of service because this qualification comes with the most experience. Networx.com mentions, “…only master plumbers are allowed to contract journeymen and apprentices to work under them, which can be one component of the difference between them and less skilled plumbing professionals.”
 

It is important to note the qualifications for Journeyman and Master Plumber vary from state to state.

According to the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana, “to qualify for the Journeyman Plumber examination, an applicant must have, at least five (5) years or 8,000 hours full-time experience in the plumbing trade.” To qualify for the Master Plumber examination “an applicant must hold a current Louisiana Journeyman Plumber License … with 5 years’ experience in the plumbing trade.”
 
A Master Plumber is required to be familiar with codes. Hiring an unlicensed plumber or a plumber with little to no experience may cause codes to be unintentionally violated, which could lead to risks for you and your family. Also, you could incur fines as a result of hiring an unlicensed plumber because of improper paperwork. So, the cheaper deal may cause more financial damage.
 

What are Ace’s Certifications?

Ace Plumbing is a certified Master Plumber company and licensed by both the state local governments. So when thinking about saving a buck, consider the unforeseen costs attributed to hiring a cheaper/ less qualified service. Comments (0)

10 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Ace Plumbing - Monday, March 30, 2015
For most people, water is turned on with an effortless push on the faucet, and it is readily available for all needs. It seems almost magical.  It is an act that becomes routine and thoughtless, and as a result, a substantial amount of water can be wasted. In order to conserve water in your home, it is important to be mindful of daily acts leading to inefficient water use.
 
1. Recycle water by using excess water from glasses/cups or from cooking to water plants or to clean instead of putting it down the drain.


2. Wait to do laundry when you are able to run a full load. Same concept applies to a dishwasher.


3. If you wash dishes by hand, do not keep the faucet running. Use one side of the sink for cleaning by filling the basin with water or cleaning liquid and rinse the clean dish with slow-moving water from the faucet in the other basin.


4. Avoid using the toilet to dispose of insects or tissues. Place such items in the trashcan instead of flushing them down toilet to get rid of them.


5. Replace older toilets with high efficiency or low-flow toilets.


6. Be mindful of bath time. Taking a bath uses a considerable amount more water than a ten minute shower if you keep filling the tub to maintain its warmth.


7. While waiting for the water to heat up in the shower, use a bucket to collect the excess water. This water can be recycled for watering plants, flushing toilets, filling dog bowls, cleaning, et cetera.


8. You can spot potential water leaks by keeping an eye on your water bill. A spike may be an indicator you have a leak. Call a plumber to find out the source.


9. Updating faucets and other fixtures for more efficient and water conserving brands can lead to savings on your monthly bill.


10. Insulate hot water pipes to help lessen the time needed to get running water hot.
 
Conserving water can be a simple task. All it takes is mindfulness and breaking a few life-long habits.

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Warning: Your Water Heater Can Explode!

Ace Plumbing - Monday, March 23, 2015
After watching the Myth Busters’ video (click here), it is evident a hot water heater has the potential to become a bomb waiting to employ intense structural damage to a home and potentially cause fatalities. Of course, no one wants this outcome. However, a neglected hot water heater has the capability to do such a thing.

What Causes the Explosive Powers Resting in a Hot Water Heater to Reach its Potential?

Temperature-Pressure Relief Valve

This component of the tank is an integral part for its proper functioning. Excessively hot water in a home, sputtering faucets, or dripping coming from the temperature-pressure relief valve could be indicators pressure is building up in the tank. If you notice any of these, call your plumber to professionally evaluate the status of the water heater and to ensure you and your family’s safety.
 

Gas Leak

You may have a potential explosion on your hands instead of a blasting rocket if there is a gas leak around the water heater. The gas could ignite by the water heater’s ignition flame and a disastrous outcome would arise.

Ways to Prevent an Explosion

Annual maintenance

It is easy to forget about the water heater because it is located in the forgotten corners of a home. However, scheduling annual maintenance with a professional plumber can ensure all components are properly functioning and potential gas leaks are prevented. A professional can also properly repair or replace a water heater if needed. Having a professional complete repairs and installations can save you money in the long run by preventing issues that may be caused by a do-it-yourself installation.
 

Keep an Eye on the Temperature

The water heater’s temperature should be maintained around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water exceeds 120 degrees, scalding water could cause structural damage to the water heater. If you feel the temperature gauge is not reading correctly, call your plumber to evaluate the situation.
 
The key to preventing a bomb or explosion from taking place in your home is not to ignore the water heater and to remember to leave all maintenance to the professionals at Ace Plumbing.

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Meet the Team!

Ace Plumbing - Thursday, January 29, 2015
Ace Plumbing has top technicians and plumbers in the Acadiana area, and Jeremiah White has been part of that excellent team for three and half years. Here are a few interesting facts and plumbing advice from Jeremiah:

What is your job’s toughest component?

Digging deep holes to install backflow preventers. 

What do you love most about working at Ace?

Getting to interact with customers through all aspects of service, from receiving calls, going to customer locations, and following up with calls to see if the customer is satisfied with service. 

What is your biggest achievement either professionally or personally?

Graduating from Bible College in Lafayette.

What advice do you have for people to better maintain plumbing?

Sign up for Ace’s Club. 

What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to fix common plumbing problems themselves?

Calling unqualified people to fix their plumbing problems or trying to fix it themselves.

Remember Jeremiah’s advice: don’t run the risk of further damaging your home or plumbing system by calling unqualified people or by trying to fix it yourself. Save yourself the trouble. Call Ace Plumbing and qualified people like Jeremiah will make sure your needs are professionally and properly assessed.  
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When to Hire a Plumber

Ace Plumbing - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Overlooking a plumbing issue for too long can potentially cause serious ramifications to your wallet and to your home’s structure. Knowing when to hire a plumber can alleviate a substantial amount of headache in the long run. Contact a licensed plumber, if any of the following issues arise:

Toilets Backing Up into Tubs and Shower

This problem is most likely caused by stoppage in the main sewer line. Special knowledge and equipment is needed to properly correct the issue. Only a certified/licensed plumber can efficiently and effectively complete this task. 

Low Water Pressure 

Many factors contribute to creating low pressure throughout a home. Sometimes the cause is in the main line where an obstruction is not allowing the correct amount of water pressure through. Regardless of the issue, a plumber can identify the problem before the obstruction breaks the pipes—leaving you with an even bigger plumbing problem.

Replacing Hot Water Heater

A plumber’s skill and expertise is needed to make sure the new hot water heater is hooked up correctly. An incorrect installation can cause hazards to develop over time that may be unnoticeable. A plumber can properly install and dispose of the old water heater. 

Fixture Replacements and Repairs

It may seem tempting to do these yourself, but fixture replacement and repairs require exact fittings and installation. If not done correctly, plumbing issues can develop over time and cause a significant amount of damage in the long run---for example, leaks. 

Replacing Pipes

Broken pipes will need to be replaced from time to time. A plumber can protect the integrity of your property by doing this job correctly. Hiring a plumber can prevent future damage caused by improper installation.

These are not the only issues that may require an individual to contact a plumber. However, it is important to remember that trying to save a few bucks in the short run by “fixing” a plumbing problem yourself may increase the long-run expenditures caused by improper installation. Also, plumbers are able to see potential plumbing problems in the future. So, contact a certified plumber at Ace when your next plumbing concern arises.

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Meet the Team!

Ace Plumbing - Sunday, December 28, 2014
Have a plumbing emergency? Call Ace and one of our experienced, professional technicians will most likely be able to repair whatever plumbing issues you are having at the moment. These technicians’ skill and expertise can save you from plumbing catastrophes in the long run, or they can put your current plumbing nightmare to an end. 

Meet one of these plumbing technicians, Chris Hall! He may not like snakes or spiders, but he sure knows how to get a plumbing system working again.
 

How long have you been with Ace?

I’ve been an employee for three years.

What is the toughest thing about your job?

I am not a fan of spiders and snakes, which I sometimes encounter during calls.

What do you love most about working at Ace?

Pay day!

What is your biggest achievement, either professionally or personally?

Becoming a father is easily my biggest achievement.

What advice do you have for people to better maintain their plumbing?

My only advice is to not wait until something breaks to fix it. People should change potentially problematic fixtures at first signs of wear and not when the house is currently flooding. 

What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to fix common plumbing problems themselves?

The biggest mistake is when people trust the Internet for all of the answers. 

You may consider taking advice from Chris when you have a plumbing issue: don’t implicitly trust the Internet when finding fixes for your problem. Have an Ace Plumbing professional inspect the issue and you just might get to meet Chris on the job! 

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Be Thankful You Don’t Have These Plumbing Problems

Ace Plumbing - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Dripping faucets, running toilets and occasionally clogged drains are common plumbing problems nearly every homeowner faces. Unfortunately, these relatively easy and inexpensive problems may not be the only situations every homeowner experiences regarding plumbing. A plumbing system has the power to cause serious damage to your home and your bank account. Here are a couple of plumbing problems no one wants to experience:

Leaky Pipe

If a leaking pipe goes unnoticed, water saturation can cause major damage to a home’s integrity. A home’s exposure to water and dampness can lead to mold and the deterioration of structural support. This can lead to not only replacing the pipe, but also to the drywall or other costly structural materials. When factoring in labor and supplies, this problem may cost hundreds of dollars.

Broken or Clogged Drain Pipe

This is rarely a simple fix no matter where the drain pipe is broken: under the house, in a wall, underground. The cost of cleaning the sewage can sometimes be more expensive than the cost of repairing the pipe. This plumbing problem can lead to replacing sheetrock and potentially cause inhabitants of the home to have to relocate due to the sewage cleanup and other structural repairs. A clogged drain pipe can cause unwanted waste to backup into bathtubs and toilets, and if this is not noticed in a timely fashion, you have quite a mess on your hands.  


If any of these problems occur, contact Ace Plumbing to get the job fixed.

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Meet the Team!

Ace Plumbing - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of Ace Plumbing’s skilled technicians is Blaine Melancon. He has been with the company for two and a half years and may be the man who inspects and fixes your plumbing problems. When asked about his career and achievements, here’s what he had to say:

What is the toughest thing about your job?

The toughest thing is waking up to make it to work by 7:00 AM.

What do you love most about working at Ace?

They treat us with love.

What is your biggest achievement either professionally or personally?

My biggest achievement is measured by trying to be a great husband and father of three kids.

What advice do you have for people to better maintain their plumbing?

Call Ace Plumbing!

What is the biggest mistake people make when trying to fix common plumbing problems themselves?

They lack plumbing knowledge.

What causes low water pressure and what can a customer do about it?

STOP!!! Call Ace Plumbing, don’t do anything.

You may consider taking Mr. Melancon’s advice and contact Ace Plumbing when you have any plumbing needs. 


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