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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)

When to Hire a Plumber

Daniel Kedinger - 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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Spot Major Plumbing Problems Before They Happen

Daniel Kedinger - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Many components of a home’s plumbing system are out of sight. Therefore, it is easy for a major plumbing problem to go unnoticed until it creates noticeable damage. Knowing when to call Ace Plumbing is key to preventing major damage to your plumbing system or your home’s structure.  If you spot any of the following issues in your home, contact Ace to inspect the situation. 

Corroded Pipes

Leaks will eventually happen in old, corroded pipes. As the materials making up the pipe corrode and breakdown, tiny holes will appear in the pipe. Get Ace to inspect your home’s pipes and replace old pipes in order to prevent future leaks. 

Septic Tank 

Replacing a septic tank is extremely costly to your wallet and to your property. In order to prevent replacing your entire septic tank, schedule a regular septic tank pump. Pumping the tank will get rid of accumulated waste and potentially prevent tank failure. 

Backed Up Toilet

A backed up toilet may indicate a sewer line is obstructed or damaged. Video sewer pipe inspections can identify the problem. 

Low Water Pressure

A drop in water pressure can be caused by a variety of things. One of the less serious reasons may be that the shut-off valve is closed. However, more serious issues like blockage or leaks can contribute to low water pressure. It is best to contact Ace to determine the reason behind the drop in pressure.


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What is Backflow and What Does It Mean for You?

Daniel Kedinger - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

In any pipeline or plumbing system, backflow is the flow of water in the reverse direction. This is quite a problematic situation, since the water is traveling in a direction it was not intended to go. Drinking water will most likely become contaminated and overall water quality will be rendered unusable. Backflow can occur in any cross-connected plumbing system and is caused by pressure fluctuations between the potable water system and the non-potable source. To put it simply, a cross-connection is a connection between a potable and non-potable water supply. Common cross-connections are garbage disposals, toilets, hoses, swimming pools, fountains, and irrigation systems.  


There are two main causes for backflow: back-siphonage and back-pressure.

  1. Back-siphonage takes place when the end of any opening to a pipe or water source is submerged beyond the maximum overflow. If water is running while the opening is submerged, the contaminated water can be pulled back through the inlet and into the water system.
  2. Back-pressure occurs when a cross-connection produces greater pressure than the potable water system’s pressure. The cross-connection’s greater pressure can cause water to flow into the potable water system. 

Possible Effects of Backflow:

  1. Toilet odors and vapors entering your drinking water
  2. Insecticides in your drinking water due to insecticide hose attachment
  3. Chemicals and other contaminants from a pool entering your drinking water
  4. Dangerous or fatal illnesses from drinking polluted water

How to Prevent Backflow?

Contact Ace Plumbing, a certified backflow preventer and installer, to properly assess your plumbing needs. They can install the correct backflow preventer to protect you and the quality of your drinking water.  It is important to note water contamination caused by backflow can occur over the course of years, going unnoticed until serious health effects arise. Installing a backflow preventer will keep your water clean and make it go with the flow.


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