DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST

Well pump specialist Nick D. along with Rick K. and Tim S. work on restoring water back to a customer’s home. This particular job had many challenges but the guys kept going. Good job guys.

MAINTAINING YOUR WELL WATER

Suppose you’re a private well owner in Anywhere, USA. Perhaps you’ve moved out to the country to get away from urban sprawl and found yourself the proud owner of a water well for the first time. Or maybe you’ve relied upon a water well most your life. Either way, you probably don’t have an owner’s manual that goes with your well. That seems okay until you need help. It’s at times like those that you’ll wish you knew some basics about water well system maintenance.

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10 THINGS THAT PLUMBERS WISH YOU WOULDN’T DO

Your toilet’s clogged again, and this time it’s all your fault. (Who knew flushable kitty litter wasn’t flushable?) To help you avoid any future clogs, floods or breakdowns, keep reading…

1. You reach for the Drano.

Forget using chemicals to open or clear drains—they rarely get the job all the way done. Plus, not only are the chemicals very harsh and dangerous for you to handle, they can also ruin drain pipes and the equipment used to clear the stoppage. Hint: To prevent blockages in the first place, keep notorious cloggers like grease and hair out of drains.

2. You treat the toilet like a garbage can.

Even if they’re labeled “flushable,” don’t toss feminine hygiene products, personal cleaning wipes, toilet scrubbers, make-up remover pads or cat litter into the toilet. The fact is, they don’t disintegrate quickly enough and can ultimately block the drain pipe.

3. You try to tackle the plumbing problems yourself

Don’t try to diagnose and fix a plumbing problem yourself, or hire a handyman to do plumbing work. Plumbers can find and correct a problem faster than an amateur can, which will save you money in the long run.

4. You have no idea where the main water valve is.

Don’t be in the dark when it comes to knowing the location of the main water valve and every emergency shut off valve in your house.. And while you’re at it, learn how to turn off these valves. It’s easy but if you’d prefer to have pro show you how, many plumbers will check emergency shut-off valves at no charge.

5. You use drop in toilet fresheners.

Ditch the drop-in tank toilet fresheners. You may love the blue water it makes in your toilet bowl, but these tablets often contain chemicals that wear out working parts inside the tank. Plus, as these tablets disintegrate, they can get stuck in the flush valve and prevent the toilet from flushing.

6. You forget to replace the hoses.

Water hoses don’t give any warning before they burst, so avoid a potential flood by changing out rubber hoses on washing machines and dishwashers every five years. When you do replace them, use stainless steel on all water lines, if possible.

7. You don’t have a leak protection system.

Don’t skimp on water leak protection. It only costs a few hundred dollars to get a water leak protection system that offers both an alarm and a main water shut-off should a leak occur in your water heater, dishwasher, sinks and more.

8. Your hot water heater is outdated.

Don’t think your tank water heater will last forever—the average lifespan is 8-12 years. Just like toast tends to fall butter-side down on the floor, your 20-year-old tank will inevitably fail and flood while you are on vacation.

9. You overload the garbage disposal.

Be kind to your garbage disposal: Don’t pour grease into it (the goopy stuff will eventually solidify and clog the drain), and don’t put in fibrous food like celery and artichokes. Also avoid pushing through large amounts of garbage at once. Instead, feed garbage slowly into the disposal with cold running water.

10. You fiddle with the water heater’s pressure valve.

Don’t try to drain your water heater or test the temperature and pressure valve yourself. These need to be done professionally. If the valve is not properly removed, the pressure from the tank can disperse scalding hot water that could cause serious burns as well as property damage.

THE UNIVERSE AND YOUR TOILET

If you t hink back to your eighth-grade science class, you may remember that a fluid is anything that can’t hold a shape. Your car may be fast, but it’s still a solid, not a fluid. But liquids like the petrol in your tank and the coffee in your cup take the shape of whatever they’re poured into. They are fluids. Gases like the air you’re breathing and the CO2 pouring out of your exhaust pipe also take the shape of their containers; they are fluids, too.

The most important characteristic of a fluid is its ability to flow . The atoms in a solid — like an iron beam — are locked rigidly into place like Lego blocks in a Lego castle you (or your kids) built. But the atoms in a fluid can roll and tumble and cascade around each other (like those same Legos in the plastic bin when your kids have torn the castle apart).

It’s that flowing freedom that gives fluid motion its hypnotic quality. Allow yourself to become mesmerized by the flow of a fast-moving river around a bridge trestle and you’ll know what I mean. There is poetry in the massive cascade of waves as the river water pushes past an obstacle. And there is dance in the roiling turbulence that emerges downstream.

But, most importantly, the choreography of matter and motion you’re watching right before your eyes doesn’t care about place and time. What you see before your eyes today is being repeated all across the cosmos.

If you don’t believe me, go flush your toilet.

As soon as you push that handle down on that most personal of household appliances, the universal laws of fluid dynamics kick in. The swirling pattern of water down the toilet drain is an example of what physicists call vortical motion . A vortex occurs whenever a fluid is forced to flow in circles. The polar vortex that made everyone’s life a wintry hell last month originates with the atmosphere (a fluid) driven into circular motion by the Earth’s rotation. But look at the graceful arcs of a spiral galaxy across 10 million light-years of space and you will see the same principles at work on scales so vast it will make your imagination cry uncle! (It takes the water in your toilet about a half-second to complete one rotation; the gas in a spiral galaxy makes the same trip in 200 million years).

From the first moments after the Big Bang, to clouds rolling across the sky, to you staring down into your toilet — it’s all the same. So if you really want to find your inner child and know the secrets of the cosmos at the same time, it’s simple.

All you have to do is flush.

WHAT’S NEW IN SHOWER LUXURY

The Tornado Body Dryer features a full-body length air tube that dries you evenly from head to toes. The Tornado Body Dryer contains over 200 air openings that gently and effectively create a blanket of swirling warm air to envelope and dry your entire body – front, sides and back – no matter which way you stand or sit and face.

– Using a single simple small bracket, the Tornado Body Dryer easily attaches to the wall in the shower or tub. It need not be built into a wall, which can require expensive wall demolition and construction. This also means the Tornado Body Dryer can easily be removed in order to take it to your next home whenever you move from one location to another.

DON’T LET YOUR PLUMBING MOCK YOU!

Don’t let your plumbing get the last laugh on you. Broken or burst pipes can be a pain and even if it’s a tiny leak, need to be repaired right away. Thousands of gallons and hundreds of dollars can be wasted if you don’t act quickly. Give Yelm Plumbing and Pumps a call and let us inspect your plumbing and see if you have any potential problems. Our plumbing inspections are free and there is nothing to buy or sign up for. So stop letting the leak mock you…Give YPP a call

GOING WHERE THE WORK IS

Sometimes a plumbing repair may not be as cut and dry or as simple as one would expect. Recently YPP technician Chris D. was called to a customer’s home to replace their failing water heater. Now most water heaters can be found in the garage or a utility room or maybe it’s own room attached to the house. This water heater was under the home in the crawlspace. While the crawlspace was fairly spacious it did present a few extra challenges to Chris. It’s not always as easy at it looks, especially when you have to watch out for other piping, being careful not to bang your head on the floor joists, and a gaggle of creepy crawly things that might be down there as well with ya, and draining of the old heater and not flooding the crawlspace. In no time at all Chris was able to drain and maneuver the old one out and install a brand new 50 gallon electric “Bradford & White” water heater for his customer. So if you have a “not so ordinary” plumbing job, don’t hesitate to give Yelm Plumbing and Pumps a call. We go where the work takes us.

HIGH WATER BILL GOT YOU PUZZLED??

Have you received a water bill that seems unusually high? Your water bill could be higher than normal for a number of reasons. Here are some ways you can troubleshoot to see why your bill is high:

Your bill includes a graph of your water consumption (in units where 1 unit = 748 gallons of water) for the past 12 months. Does the consumption seem normal compared to the previous billing period or the same billing period last year?

Has the amount of water you’ve been using changed? Have you had houseguests for an extended period of time? On average, a person uses 40-80 gallons of water per day.

During the summer months, watering your lawn more frequently is the most common reason a bill can be high. Running your sprinkler for just one hour can use 400 gallons of water. If you use a hose to water, did you forget to go back out and turn it off?

There could be a leaking faucet or a running toilet in your home. Check for a possible leak by turning off everything in the house and then going out and looking at the water meter. It should not be moving at all. If it is moving, you have a leak somewhere in your house.

Did you fill a swimming pool with a garden hose? Or maybe use a pressure washer to clean the deck and driveway? At four gallons per minute, pressure washing for four hours can use 960 gallons or over a unit of water.

TALK ABOUT PRIVACY

When hiring a plumbing, customers have many choice today. Between the phonebook, internet, and word of mouth, the choices are endless. So how do you know which plumber is right for you? By following some simple steps, you can make sure your plumbing experience is a positive one:

  1. Make sure the plumber you pick is licensed and certified, and the company he works for is licensed, bonded and insured. This is important because if there are any issues down the line, you want a company that isn’t just gonna disappear overnight. (There are a lot of people out there who call themselves plumbers, but aren’t)
  2. Have them give you an estimate in writing. You can find almost anyone to give you a estimate over the phone, but if they are not looking at the job with their own two eyes, how can they give you a realistic price for repair??
  3. Upfront pricing is a good thing. Upfront pricing is exactly that. It’s the price you pay for work to be done whether the tech is there for 1 hour, 1day or 1 week. There are no hidden fees and no lines about it having it cost more due to “unforeseen issues”.
  4. Ask questions. Remember…that plumber is there on YOUR TIME. Ask him/her any and all questions you may have about the job you are hiring them to do. The only stupid question is the one that is never asked.

Following these tips can make your hiring of a plumber less of a chore.

SAY “HELLO” TO THE NEWEST ADDITON TO THE FAMILY

This is the newest addition to the Yelm Plumbing and Pumps family. Our new well pump truck (nicknamed “Big Red”) is up and running and ready to take on the toughest, deepest, most difficult of well pumps. A well pump truck is a vital, and valuable piece of machinery when trying to pull a damaged pump from the well. It allows for a quick and easy removal so that a technician can begin diagnosing the problem. So when your well pump starts acting up…give Yelm Plumbing and Pumps a call.