Show Your Home Some Love – Get Your Plumbing Inspected!

Valentine’s Day is a day of showing love and appreciation for those in your life who you cannot live without. What system in your home takes care of you more than your plumbing and septic systems? You can skip the chocolates and flowers but be sure to give some extra TLC to your plumbing by getting it inspected regularly. How well do you know your plumbing?

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  • Are there small drips that you have been ignoring for a while?
  • Do you have low water pressure?
  • Are the drains slow?
  • Does your toilet run constantly?
  • Are there noises coming from your plumbing pipes?

They all could be indications of larger plumbing issues. If left untreated, these common plumbing problems could lead to more expensive issues with your plumbing later on down the road. The Plumbing Experts at Daniels Plumbing  have some simple tips to give back the love to your home’s plumbing systems.

Stop and Listen. In a busy, noisy home something as simple as listening for a dripping sound coming from your faucet may seem easy to do but can get easily overlooked. Each drop leaking from a dripping faucet quickly adds up to gallons of water wasted. Choose a time when the house is very quiet, such as early in the morning, or late at night. Listen for any dripping noises coming from your sinks. Listen to your toilets to determine if they are running at unusual intervals, like when no one has recently flushed them. Leaking seals in toilets can waste a lot of water since the flow, although very small, is continuous.

Don’t forget to look under vanities and sinks for drips. Use a flashlight to follow the path of exposed pipes, looking for droplets of water that will accumulate at the lower section before dropping off.

Use Less Water. The less wastewater you produce, the less strain on your septic system. Excessive water usage can put an undue strain on your septic system. By reducing your water use, you can extend the life of your drain field and decrease the possibility of system failure.

An ounce of prevention is worth… a pound of cure, or so the saying goes. Make sure to properly dispose of all wastes so they don’t clog your drains. It also saves you and your septic system a lot of headaches. Don’t put these things down the drain (and into your septic system!):

  • Fats or grease
  • Motor oils or fuels
  • Disposable diapers
  • Coffee grounds, egg shells, nut shells
  • Filter tip cigarettes
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons or condoms
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Paints or chemicals

Your plumbing and septic systems deserve love all year long. So make sure to check in on them this Valentine’s Day.

Family owned since 1986, Daniels Plumbing works hard to provide The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Kingwood, and the Houston metro area with professional, high-quality plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

With over 25 years of experience, we work hard to consistently provide you with licensed, master plumbers performing the highest quality work at an affordable price, while providing the best in customer service.

You’ll quickly see that Daniels Plumbing is the most affordable, high quality, plumbing service in the area. Regardless of the size of the project, a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional will show up on time, diagnose the problem, provide a free estimate, and with your approval will get started fixing your problem immediately.

If you are looking for a plumber in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring or surrounding areas call us at (281) 351-6661 or contact us online to get your plumbing problem taken care of quickly. We have 24 hour service 7 days a week and there are no special charges for after- hours calls.

Don’t Fall For These Plumbing Myths!

If you’re experiencing a plumbing problem, where do you go first for information? While you might be able to get answers from friends or on the internet, there are lots of plumbing myths out there that can leave you with more trouble than when you started. In order to keep your pipes and your wallet intact, it’s important to understand what not to do:

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Myth: Don’t Worry About Leaky Faucets

You look at a leaky faucet and see only a couple drops a minute. You assume that everything’s OK and that the problem can wait. What you don’t realize is how much water you’re wasting with that leak. A leak dripping once a second wastes nearly nine gallons a day. In addition, the drips cause the faucet to wear out faster than anticipated, necessitating the need for a replacement.

Myth: Exploding Water Heaters

A properly working water heater should make little to no noise, so if it rumbles or bangs during operation, some may assume that it’s exploding. What those sounds really mean is that the heating element in the water heater is dirty. An experienced plumber can eliminate most of the sediment issues with regular drainage of the water heater.

Myth: Lemon Peels Clean a Garbage Disposal

Lemon peels may help to freshen the smell of your garbage disposal, but they’re too thick for most units, leading to clogs or a burnt-out unit. A better solution is to use white vinegar to improve the smell. For cleaning, use egg shells. In extreme cases, use ice cubes since they’re abrasive but easy to break down.

Myth: It’s Okay to Flush Flushable Wipes

Despite the name, flushable wipes are anything but. They don’t dissolve in water the same way toilet paper does, which means they cause clogs deep in the drainage system. Continued flushing of the wipes may cause the entire system to stop up.

Don’t be fooled for these plumbing myths! If you are looking for a plumber in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring or surrounding areas call us at (281) 351-6661 or contact us online to get your plumbing problem taken care of quickly. We have 24 hour service 7 days a week and there are no special charges for after- hours calls.

Plumbing Tips For Your Superbowl Party

Superbowl 52 is right around the corner. Right now you’re probably making your plans for the big day. If you’re planning on hosting your own party, you probably have your hands-full with getting your home ready and planning out the food you will have. But don’t forget about your pipes during your Superbowl preparations. There are a few steps you can take to ensure that everything runs smoothly, plumbing wise, during your big Superbowl party.

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1. The first and most important step you can take to prevent a Superbowl plumbing disaster is to have a local plumber run a quick maintenance check on your plumbing system. Having your plumbing inspected before the big game is the best way to ensure that everything is working properly and give you some added peace of mind. After all, nothing ruins a Superbowl party like a clogged toilet at half-time.

2. Your toilet will be used heavily during your party and if it tends to give you trouble you might want to switch to thinner toilet paper. 1-ply works best and your guest likely won’t notice or mind the difference for one day.

3. In order to prevent your guests from flushing items like paper towels, “flush-able” wipes (which are horrible for your toilet) and other paper products, you should remove all of these items from your bathroom. Additionally, you may want to remove any smaller objects that are around your toilet, to prevent any accidents.

4. Be wary of what goes in your garbage disposal. Let’s face it, what’s a football party without a ton of delicious and greasy foods? The problem is that your garbage disposal can only handle so much. It is extremely important not to overload it with too much food at one time and avoid pouring grease down your drain.  Wings are a popular Superbowl tradition, but you’ll want to avoid putting chicken bones in your disposal. Additionally, do not put any of the following food items down your garbage disposal at any time; potato peels, celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots, onion skins, pasta, beans or rice.

5. Better safe than sorry. Keep a plunger next to your toilet just in case. And if you experience a really big clog or some other kind of plumbing disaster during your Superbowl party, don’t panic! We’ll still be open for emergency repairs. Call us at at (281) 351-6661 or feel free to check us out online at www.danielsplumbing.com and we’ll get your Superbowl party back on track!

Family owned since 1986, Daniels Plumbing works hard to provide The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Kingwood, and the Houston metro area with professional, high-quality plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

With over 25 years of experience, we work hard to consistently provide you with licensed, master plumbers performing the highest quality work at an affordable price, while providing the best in customer service.

You’ll quickly see that Daniels Plumbing is the most affordable, high quality, plumbing service in the area. Regardless of the size of the project, a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional will show up on time, diagnose the problem, provide a free estimate, and with your approval will get started fixing your problem immediately.

If you are looking for a plumber in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring or surrounding areas call us at (281) 351-6661 or contact us online to get your plumbing problem taken care of quickly. We have 24 hour service 7 days a week and there are no special charges for after- hours calls.

3 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

There are unmistakable signs if your water heater is malfunctioning and you need to call a plumber.  The clearest sign, of course, is a morning shower that’s not as warm, or even much hotter than usual. But there are other tell tale signs to look out for as well. Don’t be like most homeowners who have no idea when their water heater is about to kick the bucket. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way – it can save you the headache of going days without hot water or paying out of pocket for costly repairs. Here are three indicators that your water heater is on the fritz.

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1. Old Age: Water heaters aren’t made to last forever. Most models only have an 8-12 year lifespan so if yours is approaching this range, it might be time to upgrade. Just think about how much more energy-efficient they’ve made products in the last couple of years – you’ll see a drastic increase in savings each year.

2. Rust: Have rusty water coming out of your faucets? While this doesn’t necessarily mean that your water heater is on its way out (rusty water can be a result of rusty pipes), it’s worth testing further. Drain about three buckets of water from the tank and if it’s still rusty after the third, it’s likely that the inside of the tank has rusted.

3. Leaks: Notice water around the base of your water heater? Wipe it dry with a towel and come back to check on it the following day. If there’s water on the floor again it means your tank is leaking and it should be replaced right away.

Whether you have a traditional gas or electric water heater or a tankless water heater, Daniels Plumbing will get your water heater working again quickly and affordably. All Daniels Plumbing technicians are professional licensed plumbers. Call (281) 351-6661 to get a free water heater inspection by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional anywhere in the Houston area.  We will evaluate your water heater’s condition, recommend the best solution, and provide a free quote.  All Daniels Plumbing technicians are licensed professionals.

We are Hiring a Receptionist/Office Assistant

Daniels Plumbing is currently seeking the right individual to fill an immediate need for a receptionist/office assistant to assist our office manager. The ideal candidate has excellent communication and multitasking skills, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.

Duties:
Answering phones and effectively handle telephone inquiries
Schedule service appointments
Dispatch our team to their service appointments
Assist in all other administrative duties

Requirements:
Excellent phone etiquette and customer service skills
Dependable
Organizational skills
Ability to complete daily assignments
Front office experience

We are hiring immediately. Please call the office or email your resume to brooke@danielsplumbing.com

Licensed Plumbers Needed!

Daniels Plumbing is looking to hire full-time Licensed Service Plumbers. If you’re looking for a positive work environment, a friendly staff, great pay, and room to grow, Daniels Plumbing is looking for you.

Benefits
Great quality of life
Flexible scheduling
Great wages
Health Benefits
Retirement Plans
Continuing education
Plenty of room for growth
Assigned service vehicle
Holidays off, Paid Vacations
Company Uniforms
Company Vehicles
Please email us your resume or contact us at 281-351-6661

Family owned since 1986, Daniels Plumbing works hard to provide The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Kingwood, and the Houston metro area with professional, high-quality plumbing services for both residential and commercial clients.

Holiday Plumbing Checklist

There are a few things you can do to prepare your plumbing for the holiday season and reduce the chance that you might need to call Daniels Plumbing  for help. Having extra guests in your home puts extra strain on your plumbing system, but below are a few things you can do beforehand.

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Have a Daniels Plumbing Technician inspect your home before the holiday season

A Daniels Plumbing Technician can inspect your home’s plumbing system before the holiday season starts to catch any problems with the plumbing and be sure that it is ready for the extra use that the holidays will bring. We can test all areas of your plumbing system and also check for leaks and other issues with your plumbing.

Clean your plumbing fixtures

Be sure to clean all of your plumbing fixtures before the holiday season starts including your shower, toilets, tubs, faucets and everything else so that water can flow freely and that the fixtures are ready for use. You can use special stainless steel cleaners to clean your faucets off and make everything look nice for your guests.

Don’t overuse the garbage disposal

You can avoid having to call Daniels Plumbing to replace or fix your garbage disposal if you only use it at a minimum this holiday season. Try to throw as much food away as you can rather than down the sink, and we reccomend only using your garbage disposal to dispose of soft foods that can break down easily.

We recommend using trash cans in all the bathrooms

Make sure that your bathrooms have small trash cans where guests can throw away tissues and wipes rather than down the toilet. This will avoid clogging your toilets. Toilet paper is designed to break up in septic systems, but you should encourage your guests to throw away napkins, facial tissues and other types of paper waste in the trash cans.

There are so many different aspects in a home’s plumbing, which include sinks, toilets, drains, washers, dishwashers, central heating systems. It is a long list and one problem can quickly become a huge, expensive mess. You have to consider all the areas of your home that a local plumber would deal with if they were called out.

Contact us online or call (281) 351-6661 to get a free estimate from a licensed plumbing technician.

Thank you for choosing Daniels Plumbing for your plumbing services in NW Houston including Cypress, Tomball, Spring, The Woodlands, and surrounding areas.

How to Avoid Thanksgiving Plumbing Problems

When you think of the Friday after Thanksgiving, most people think of fun Black Friday bargains. However, each year, the Friday after Thanksgiving turns black and bleak for many due to not-so-fun plumbing emergencies. Nationwide, plumbers get as many as 50 percent more calls over the long weekend following Thanksgiving, compared with any other four-day period throughout the year.

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Most of the additional calls are for clogged drains attached to garbage disposals or toilets. The good news is, many of these problems are preventable. Here are a few tips to help avoid turkey day plumbing problems:

1. Don’t pour fats or cooking oil down the drains.  Be sure to use paper towels to wipe excess grease and oils from pots and pans before washing them, then throw away the paper towels.

2. Run several ice cubes through your garbage disposal. Do this before the big feast to sharpen the blades.

3. Don’t stuff your disposal. Use a steady flow of smaller amounts while running the water to help drain it away.

4. Avoid putting poultry skin, rice, pasta, celery, potato peels, fruit, or eggshells in your garbage disposal. Most disposers cannot sufficiently grind these things.

5. Use cold water when grinding food waste. Hot water will cause grease to move further into the pipe, where it can solidify after cooling.

6. Be sure you run cold water for 15 seconds after the disposal work is finished to carry the waste out of the pipes.

7. Wait 10 minutes between showers so drains have time to work.

8. If small items drop in toilets, don’t flush them down. Retrieve them! Even small items can catch in pipes, then lead to bigger clogs with future flushes.

In many cases, plumbing problems were brewing long before the holidays. So if you have a slow drain, a toilet that wont’t flush completely, or other signs of plumbing issues right now, call us so we can help prevent worse plumbing problems that could put a damper on your holiday.

If you are looking for a plumber in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring or surrounding areas call us at (281) 351-6661 or contact us online to get your plumbing problem taken care of quickly. We have 24 hour service 7 days a week and there are no special charges for after- hours calls.

Plumbing Problems You Should Never Ignore!

Plumbing issues aren’t just annoying or time consuming—they can be costly if not dealt with immediately. Even if you don’t know much about how plumbing works, you still know there’s a lot that can go wrong. A fully functioning plumbing system is critical to your home. No one wants a plumbing problem, and keeping an eye on possible issues should be part of your regular home maintenance plan. While a few small fixes can be put off, some plumbing issues should never be ignored. Here are some plumbing problem you simply can never ignore. If any of these arise do not hesitate to call Daniels Plumbing today:

Running Toilet

A running toilet may seem like a mere annoyance, but it’s actually costing you lots of money and wasting hundreds of gallons of water. In fact, a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water every day! Each day you put off having it fixed is another day you are literally flushing money down the toilet.

Leaky Pipes

While leaky pipes are common in older homes (because they often have galvanized steel pipes), they can happen in any home. If you see wet spots on the ground, ceiling, or under a sink, don’t wait to locate and repair the leak. While tightening the joints may be all that’s needed, if this is a recurring issue, contact Daniels Plumbing. We can take a look and re-pipe where needed.

Leaky Faucet

There’s nothing more annoying than the the “drip, drip, drip” sound of a leaky faucet. While it can be easy to ignore this issue, you should take care of the leak sooner rather than later. The leak will not only waste water and increase your water bill, but it is also a sign that your tap most likely needs to be repaired.

Low Water Pressure

A common issue in older homes, low water pressure can often mean there is a hidden leak somewhere in your home. It could be as simple as getting a new shower head, but having the experts at Daniels Plumbing check things out is always the best course of action. If your water pressure problems are due to a leak, and you can’t readily identify the leak, there’s a potential that water is leaking below your home or behind a wall, which can lead to all kinds of other potentially very expensive damage.

No Hot Water

If you enjoy having warm showers or running the laundry or dishwasher, then you have your water heater to thank.  When it malfunctions or isn’t adjusted properly, cold showers could become your sad reality!  This will continue to be a problem until you call your plumbing service to come inspect the situation.

We recognize that when people need a plumber, it is often a time of stress filled with questions. How much will it cost? Will I be waiting all day for the plumber? How much extra is an after hours call going to cost me? Here at Daniels Plumbing, we strive to take the stress out of calling a plumber. We will come out FOR FREE to take a look at your problem. We’ll give you a courtesy call when the plumber is on the way. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with NO AFTER HOURS FEES!

You have choices when it comes to choosing a plumber, but we’re confident that when you choose Daniels Plumbing, you’ll never need to look for a plumber again.

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Preparing Your Water Heater for Winter

Practically nothing may well be more discouraging than getting up on a cold and wintery day and then realize that the warm water isn’t working and that, unfortunately, you’re in for one very, very cold shower. Fortunately there are a few tips that you can follow to maintain your warm water heater throughout the cold months and throughout the rest associated with the season, assisting to ensure that your particular warm water doesn’t fail you at most inopportune moments.

A hot water heater can be overtaxed by excessive utilization of hot or warm water. As a whole, it is a good idea for your home’s hot or warm water demands to be no greater than 75% of the heater’s capacity. In other words, in the event your family uses 15 gallons of warm water in a cycle, then your heater should have a total capacity of 20 gallons.

Stagnant water in a heater can create buildup that leads to other problems such as noise and odd smells and various colors in the water. It is a great idea to regularly flush out your heater to help keep it running optimally. This could easily prevent sediment along with other buildup issues that can interfere with the optimal running of the unit and can result in major issues into the long run. Don’t forget to carefully research and review any shut down protocols associated with your particular appliance as well as consult with professionals if a flush out is outside your DIY skill set.

Sometimes problems with large household appliances like a water heater are beyond even the absolute most highly skilled homeowner. If your heater is presenting with issues which you cannot address on your own personal, remember to bring in a professional to consult you on your own unit. Small problems like leaks, low water pressure, and more can indicate a bigger problem that can quickly snowball away from control. Don’t stand on your very own pride, and bring into the experts to aid make sure you have got a nice warm shower throughout the winter months. No one would like to get surprised by waking up to cold water in the middle of February. By taking some regular proactive steps to maintain your warm water heater, you can help to guarantee which both you and your family are not left without throughout the coldest times of the season.

Call (281) 351-6661 to get a free water heater inspection by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional anywhere in the Houston area.  We will evaluate your water heater’s condition, recommend the best solution, and provide a free quote.  All Daniels Plumbing technicians are licensed professionals.