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Monday, August 31, 2015

Professional Plumbing Services - Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass

Professional Plumbing Services - Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass
Call our office today - 541 500 1787 - for fast, friendly #plumbing services at your home or business.

From Ashland To Grants Pass, including Medford, Jacksonville, Talent and all the cities in-between in Rogue Valley, our licensed plumbers provide punctual and speedy service. We are highly trained, licensed, and qualified to fix any plumbing problem or provide any plumbing service; such as water leak repair, gas piping, frozen pipes, sump pumps, water heaters, water heater flush, faucets, and more!

When you need plumbing service and repair you can trust, count on Spartan Plumbing services to put your mind at ease and provide affordable plumbing diagnostics and solutions that work in your home or business. We offer plumbing repair, service, maintenance, installation, replacement, sales, and more for residential and commercial properties in Southern Oregon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What makes noisey water pipes? Five precautions to take.

What makes noisey water pipes? Five precautions to take.
It's a researched fact that sound is louder and travels faster in water than air.

There are several causes of noise within a water system, including disturbed water as it flows through a pipe, faulty valves, or friction. For example, the rougher the internal surface of a pipe, and the greater the number of joints and the more acute angles within a system; the higher the likelihood there is noise coming from the pipes.

Five precautions that will help reduce noise in water pipe lines.

#1 Use a pipe with a smooth internal surface such as copper or plastic.

#2 Avoid unnecessary joins. Ensure all cut ends are de-burred prior to completing connections.

#3 Long radius bends are preferable to manufactured bends when changing direction. If the radius of the bend is not less than five times the diameter of pipe, the flow will not reduce.

#4 Pipes are to be sized correctly to ensure that when water is drawn off, the rate of flow is below the maximum velocity for the pipe (which is generally 3m/sec).

#5 Humming or screaming noises may be caused by a screw-down tap when the jumper spins. the edge of a worn washer may become serrated, causing the jumper to spin and the stem within the jumpers’s spindle creates the noise.

Call our office today - 541 500 1787 - for fast, friendly #plumbing services at your home or business.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Plumbing: 5 tips to saving water in your shower

Plumbing: 5 tips to saving water in your shower
Many people in developed countries opt to shower instead of bathing, in order to preserve water.

What Consumes More Water: Bath or Shower?

While the average bath uses between 35-50 gallons of water, a 10-minute shower using a low-flow shower head only uses only 25 gallons. The average shower head delivers approximately 5 gallons (19 litres) per minute, which equals 50 gallons per person per shower. Of course, at that rate, you might as well take a bath.

These figures leave a dilemma, because a shower is so much faster than running a tub, but if you’re going to use it, you may as well preserve the bath water. How do you save water in the shower?

5 Tips for Saving Water in the Shower

Here are some of the top tips for saving water in the shower from Spartan Plumbing.

1. Inspect your pipes and faucets for leaks

Of course, this applies to the whole home and not just the shower. Large leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water, while even a small drip caused by a worn shower faucet washer can waste up to 20 gallons a day.

2. Install water-preserving fixtures and equipment

As a homeowner, you will find water-saving water restrictors or low-flow showerheads easy to install. Low-flow shower heads use less than 2.5 gallons per minute.

3. Install a converter

Shower converters can be installed on existing showerheads. These handy gadgets automatically pause running water once it gets warm.

4. Install an aerator

All showers and in fact, all household faucets, should have aerators fitted. Not only is it the best method of conserving water, but it is also the most cost-effective.

5. Don’t wait for the water to get hot

By insulating your pipes, you will get hot water much faster than when you have to wait for the water to get hot. Insulating your hot water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation is both inexpensive and easy.

Call Spartan Plumbing, 541-500-1787, and learn how we can help you setup your  #plumbing to conserve water.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Plumbing questions and answers

Plumbing questions and answers
Two common #plumbing questions we have fielded over the years.

4) Lemon peels will make my sink smell good.

While this will work, we don't suggest you do it unless you have a very powerful garbage disposal. Try this instead, a homemade mixture of vinegar and a bit of baking soda. Once it is completely dissolved, pour it down the drain to keep it fresh smelling.

5) Flushable wipes can be flushed down the toilet.

This is difficult to answer because it may be true. But, we don't believe this product was design as a "flushable" item. At different jobs we have seen this to cause major clogging issues. It is true they are more biodegradable than say a wet sock, but not much better. Flushable wipes have the potential to back up your entire system. Overall, don't flush wipes, to avoid drain issues.

Call our office today - 541 500 1787 - for fast, friendly plumbing services at your home or business.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Plumbing Myths: 3 mysteries debunked

Plumbing Myths
 1. Plunging the toilet will clear any blockage in your toilet
In a modern family home, especially one with small children, you can often find an array of items that have found their way into the toilet bowl unexpectedly. People often make the mistake of plunging these items and end up making the blockage worse by further pushing the object in to the pipe or even into the toilet trap seal. A better option is to try and hook the item out by hand or using strong wire hook.

2. Keeping the water running whilst the garbage disposal is being used will help the waste travel smoothly down the drain
When using a garbage disposal unit, most homeowners believe that almost anything can pass through the system, so long as the tap is running water freely. This is certainly not the case, as food items such as hard fruit rinds, eggshells, banana peels and even sticky spaghetti can cause damage to the disposal blades and cause a blockage. If you still wish to dispose of your left-overs this way, you should break up the food into very small pieces before you proceed.

3. Home plumbing systems are self-maintaining
Out of all of the common plumbing myths, this is probably the one that will cause you the most problems in the future. The notion that your home plumbing system is self-maintaining is completely false. As a homeowner, you should routinely inspect and maintain your sinks, faucets, toilets and pipes and make sure that any sign of damage should be addressed immediately. Remember, prevention is better than cure
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Plumbing Myths - true or false

Plumbing Myths - true or false
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#1 Placing a brick in the back of your toilet bowl will save water and/or money.

Sounds like a plausible idea. But, bricks will do more damage than good in your toilet.  Bricks belong on houses or sidewalks or pretty fireplaces, not in the toilet! Putting a brick in your toilet may break your flapper, causing you to have to flush twice, thus wasting water. Since water is corrosive, bricks will break apart or crumble - deteriorate over time. Leave them out of your toilet tank to reduce water costs.

#2  Hot grease is liquid and therefore it's okay to put it down the sink

Again, sounds like a good idea but not really in your best plumbing interests. Your best strategy is to wipe out the grease with a paper towel and put it in the garbage can. Or, put grease in freezer until it becomes a solid, and then place it in the trash. Hot grease can coat your pipes, and when it dries it causes a real mess, like a burst pipe or worse.

Spartan Plumbing offers quality #plumbing services and remodeling in your  #homeimprovement project. We also do new #construction plumbing or subcontracting work.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Plumbing: resolving sink stoppages

Plumbing: resolving sink stoppages
Plumbers get more calls to open clogged drains than for any other service. Many such calls could be prevented by greater care in the use of drains. The most-used drain is the one in the kitchen sink and that is the drain most often clogged.

Preventing this situation can be done by carefully watching what is emptied into the sink drain and by the regular use of a safe biodegradable waste digester. Your plumber can give you more information on these products.

Sink stoppages are usually caused by liquid fats, emulsified by warm dishwater and carried through the pipes. The water cools as it proceeds to the main sewer and leaves the fatty deposits along the way. A film of grease forms on the pipe wall, then another and another. Coffee grounds and bits of food add to this accumulation layer until the pipe becomes impassible.

Pour excess grease into a tin can and throw it out with the garbage, not down the sink drain. When using a food disposer, always let sufficient cold water run to carry the particles down and into the main line to prevent buildup in the smaller waste lines.

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In the event of a stoppage, you should have a "plumber's friend," or plunger - a large rubber suction cup with a wooden handle. Cup it tightly over the drain and plunge it vigorously several times. If it is a double drain sink, make sure you seal the other drain, so water will not splash out into the other bowl or on you. Drain piping can also be cleaned by removing the J-bend on the trap below the fixture. First place adhesive tape around the packing nut or wrap the wrench jaws with cloth to prevent scratching the metal surface. If plastic piping is in place, do not grip the nuts too tightly with the wrench, as they can crack easily.

Place a bucket directly under the pipe to catch any dripping from the open pipe. Pull out the clogging material with a piece of wire or small hand-turned cable. If you take the trap off, have some new gaskets ready to slip into the joints.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Plumbing: Two Plumbing Myths About Your Home

 Two Plumbing Mthys About Your Home
The professional plumbers of Medford's own Spartan Plumbing provide a wide range of services for customers. Not only are the employees professional, but they care about their customers and their homes as well. They never leave a mess behind when a job is finished and they keep customers up-to-date with every step of the way of the project.

#1 Water heaters are about to explode if you hear a loud gurgling, rumbling noise.

Most likely not. Stay calm. The sediment from hard water is probably being moved around inside your water heater near the burner on the bottom which is causing loud noises. The noise is really air popping because it cannot rise to the top, due to the sentiment blocking the way. Have a professional plumber come out and drain and flush your water heater on a regular basis.

6) A slow leaking faucet is not a problem.

Not True! Anytime there is a dripping that won’t stop you are increasing your water bill, wasting water, and causing wear and tear on your faucet and plumbing fixtures. If you can’t fix a leak yourself, call in a professional plumber. The longer you put off fixing the leak, the worse (more costly) the solution may become.

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