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Ways to Update Your Plumbing & Save Money

Ways to Update Your Plumbing & Save Money

In the areas of Brandon, Riverview, Valrico, and nearby Florida cities, many of the homes and businesses are newer construction, but if you have an older home or commercial property, chances are that you could have some outdated plumbing that may be costing you money every month.

Here are some ways to update your plumbing and lower your water bill each month, including water-saving toilets, low-flow showerheads, and more.


Water-Saving Toilets Are Beneficial for Residences & Businesses

Water saving feature installed on home toilet in Riverview, FL.

Toilets use around 30 percent of water in a home, while many older commercial toilets use more than 2-4 times the amount of water recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal standards. Replacing old home and business toilets with newer, WaterSense toilets can contribute to a substantial amount of water being saved each month.

For example, a 10-story office building that houses around 10,000 occupants could end up saving about $10,000...

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How Not to Clog Your Toilet

How Not to Clog Your Toilet

We've all been there—the toilet flushes and all of a sudden, water begins to fill up the bowl and overflow onto the floor, causing you to panic and reach for the plunger in an attempt to stop the water flowing out of the toilet. A toilet clog can be a major or minor inconvenience, depending on how bad it is and the underlying cause. 

Here are some ways you can work to avoid your toilet clogging in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and surrounding Florida communities.


Don't Use Excess Toilet Paper

One of the more common toilet clogging issues we see is when people use excess toilet paper. Yes, toilet paper does dissolve in water, but it's not instantaneous. Try to limit toilet paper use to what you really only need, and if you do need to use more, it's advised to flush once, use more paper, and then flush the toilet once more. This at least distributes the toilet paper more evenly and doesn't cause a clog in the pipes.\

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Signs Your Well Pump Is Going Bad

Signs Your Well Pump Is Going Bad

Well pumps are very important for your home, as they supply your house with fresh, clean water on demand. When your well pump starts to go bad, it can cause some major issues for you and your home’s inhabitants.

From fluctuations in water pressure to an abnormally high electric bill, here are some signs your well pump is going bad in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and the surrounding areas.


Fluctuations in Water Pressure

One of the most common indicators of a failing well pump is fluctuation in water pressure. Water pressure issues can result from a number of factors, including scaling inside your pipes from hard water, bacterial buildup, low water levels at the well, or a pressure tank issue. Often bacteria can clog the pipes leading to the pressure switch, which causes fluctuations in water pressure and eventually leads to low or non-existent water flow. A faulty motor can also cause pressure fluctuations. To restore balanced water pressure, your ...

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When Is it Best to Install a Tankless Water Heater

When Is it Best to Install a Tankless Water Heater

Waking up to find that you don’t have hot water, or worse, a leak coming from your water heater, is not a great way to start your day. Water heater repairs can take a lot of time, and may even lead to a total replacement if you have an older water heater.

When you do replace your water heater, there are options to consider, such as installing a new traditional water heater or choosing to go with a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters do have several advantages, but it’s best to consult with a professional plumber before making that choice.

Here is some more information on tankless water heaters and when it is best to install them in homes in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and nearby Florida areas.


Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters in Homes

Tankless water heaters have some advantages over a traditional water heater. Generally, they use less energy to provide your home with hot water. A traditional water heater constantly keeps...

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Which Type of Water Filtration System Fits With Your Home

Which Type of Water Filtration System Fits With Your Home

Making sure your home has clean, purified water is very important. In our area of Florida, hard water issues can make taking showers unpleasant and can pose serious health risks to you and your loved ones. Installing a water filtration system for your home is a great way to resolve hard water issues and ensure your home has clean, healthy water.

If you live in Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, and the surrounding areas, here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the best filtration system for your home.


Point of Use Water Filtration System

Point of use filtration systems are great for single sinks like this kitchen sink of a home in Brandon, FL.

Point of use water filtration system is great for homeowners wanting a less expensive and convenient way to filter drinking water from the faucet. This filtration system uses reverse osmosis to deliver superior water filtration from the convenience of your tap. Reverse osmosis filtration systems force water through semi-permeable membranes that filter water at a molecular level, removing harmful minerals such...

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