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.

Can Pumpkins Harm Your Plumbing?

With just a couple of weeks left until Halloween, you may be making plans to go pumpkin picking so that you can bring a few home to use for fall décor, as well as one or two that can be used for carving. At Daniels Plumbing we have some friendly advice for you: Do not put your pumpkin seeds down your drain! If you have a garbage disposal at home, you may be inclined to just toss all of your pumpkin’s remains into it, but be warned – sending any part of your pumpkin(s) down the garbage disposal can result in a plumbing disaster. To avoid a Halloween emergency, all pumpkin guts and seeds should be thrown into your trash can – not down the garbage disposal, not down your kitchen sink’s drain, and certainly not down your toilet either.

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The pumpkin innards or “guts” are slimy, gooey fibers that can cause damage to your garbage disposal and sink drains. In your sink, the fibers from the pumpkin can dry and harden causing a clog in your drain or an unpleasant odor. Additionally, damage can also be caused to your garbage disposal if the fibers become wrapped around the blades. Seeds can also contribute to a drain clog or cause damage to your disposal blades.

Despite your best efforts, if you do wind up with a plumbing concern this Halloween (resulting from a pumpkin or not), know that we at Daniels Plumbing are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help! 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.

Are Your Ready For a New Water Heater?

A quick guide to calling it quits with your antiquated tank water heater.

It’s big. It’s old. Sometimes it grants you hot showers. When is it time to break things off with your tank water heater and take the tankless plunge? Probably sooner, rather than later. Your home’s water heater is probably the most costly component of your plumbing system, and many common water heater problems are actually pretty easy to figure out and repair without the assistance of a plumber. These are some of the signs that your water heater does not need to be repaired, it actually needs to be replaced.

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Age: Most residential water heaters are sold with a 5-year or 10-year warranty, so a new heater should last at least that long. However, if you live in an older home with an aging hot water heater, even common problems could be an indication that it is time to replace it. A hot water heater that is more than 15 or 20 years old and is clanging or knocking, failing to produce hot water, unable to produce hot water consistently, or unable to maintain a constant water temperature has probably reached the end of its life.

How do I determine the age of my water heater?

All water heaters, no matter the brand, must be equipped with a rating plate that lists important data such as the model and serial numbers, manufacturing company’s name, length of warranty, and more. Some manufacturers make it easy to determine the age of your heater by including the month and year built into the first 4 digits of the serial number. Other manufacturers require you to check their date-decoding system online. For example, the Bradford White rating plate incorporates a letter system that represents manufacturing years. The serial number might begin: “YF165…” Using their year/month decoder you can find Y = 2002 and F = June. No matter the brand, the year and month of manufacturing is available to all consumers.

Noise: Noise is always an indicator. If you hear your water heater – loud cracks and pops for instance – it may be an indication that the interaction between the heating elements and the inside heater has mineral build up on them.

Too Many Repairs: It’s only natural that your water heater system is going to require repairs every now and then, even if it’s a fairly young system. However if it is aging, and repair needs are becoming increasingly frequent, then it may make more financial sense to replace the whole thing.

Excess Water: Water seeping or lingering around the water heater means that there’s a leak somewhere. This is usually in the pipes, but it could be on any section of the water heater. While this can sometimes just be an easy fix, it could also be a sign that you need a new water heater altogether.

Rust: Regularly check to make sure your water heater isn’t experiencing any level of corrosion or rust. It’s common for a water heater to collect rust eventually, but rust in certain areas is what you need to watch out for. A good sign that it’s time for a new water heater is when there’s corrosion or rust near the pressure relief and temperature valves. Anywhere near the connections is also an indicator that the water heater needs a replacement.

Call (281) 351-6661 or contact us online for a free water heater inspection or to discuss your options for an affordable and dependable water heater professionally installed anywhere in the Houston area (1960, Spring, The Woodlands, Cypress, Tomball, Magnolia) by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional.

Is a Tankless Water Heater a Smart Investment for Your Home?

Although tankless water heaters can be expensive to install, they pay for themselves over time. When you switch to a tankless water heater, you save on utilities each month. That’s just one reason why more families are switching to tankless water heaters. Let’s take a closer look:

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1. To save money

In today’s economy, who doesn’t want to save money when possible? Again, although tankless water heaters are more costly to set up, they can save you up to 50 percent on your monthly water heating bill. Over time, that certainly adds up!

2. To get more hot water

One of the best things about tankless water heaters is that they offer a virtually endless hot water supply. Tankless water heaters heat water as it flows, so you don’t have to wait for an entire tank to heat up. Imagine not having to wait for water to heat back up after a long shower, load of laundry or dishwasher cycle?

3. To make space

Tankless water heaters typically aren’t much bigger than a large suitcase. If you’re looking to open up the room that stores your water heater, then this is a great choice.

Additionally, tankless water heaters are small – requiring a mere fraction of the space required for a conventional water heater with tank.  This is a great feature if you live in a small home or want to create additional storage space in your garage or attic.

Call (281) 351-6661 or contact us online for a free water heater inspection or to discuss your options for an affordable and dependable hot water heater professionally installed anywhere in Houston by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional.

Call (281) 351-6661 to get a free water heater inspection anywhere in the Houston Metro area.

We will evaluate your water heater’s condition, recommend the best solution, and provide a free quote.  All Daniels Plumbing technicians are licensed plumbers.

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Quick Plumbing Fixes all Homeowners Should Know!

Being a homeowner involves a ton of responsibilities – there’s lawn care, heating and cooling needs, cable and electric, and of course, your plumbing. But it isn’t as easy as just knowing basic information about each; you should also know what to do in the event that anything starts to act up. Specifically looking at the plumbing side of things, below are a few quick fixes we believe all homeowners must know.

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How To Fix A Running Toilet

Running toilets can be a noisy nightmare! To minimize the hissing you hear, first turn off the shut-off valve connected to your toilet. Then, take out the rubber flapper from the flush valve that is found inside the tank and check for any damage. Next, take a look at the float chain and make sure that the float is sitting at the same height of your water level. If it isn’t, adjust it appropriately! Should this fail to solve the problem, you may need to install a new flapper all together.

How To Fix Leaky Shut-Off Valves

Faulty valves can turn into a huge problem for homeowners, so fix them before it’s too late! To start, close off the water supply that leads to the valve that is leaking. Once this is complete, use a wrench to loosen the bonnet nut found on the questionable valve. After, pull the nut back so that you can clearly see the valve’s threaded spindle and wrap some Teflon packaging around it. The last step is to simply tighten the nut back in place and turn the water-supply back on.

How To Clear A Clogged Tub

Clogged bathtub drains can wreak havoc in your home, especially when more than one person needs to get into the bathroom! To solve the problem, completely remove the overflow plate found at the end of the tub, including stoppers and any linkage rods. Then, send a drain snake through the opening, make sure it’s secure, then turn the handle to push it further down the drain. After you’ve done this two or three times, turn on the water to see if there is any improvement – as the water is running, continue to snake out the drain to completely clear the clog.

Why Choose Daniels Plumbing?

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.

It’s Back to School Time in Houston? Is Your Plumbing Ready?

That’s right, the first day of school is right around the corner, and that means earlier wake times, making sure all the homework is done, and of course that morning race to be the first to the bathroom.

Morning and evening routines can be stressful, especially as parents & kids try to get back into the swing of things and back to the hectic routine of rushing around trying to get the kids bathed, dressed in new school clothes and fed breakfast. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is plumbing problems.

With the entire family getting ready for school and work at once, your plumbing system needs to be prepared.  This is not the time for back-ups, low water pressure, no hot water or a faucet leak.

Some easy ideas to be sure your home and plumbing is ready for going back to school:

  • Check your water pressure and be sure it is running at normal pressure.
  • Check your faucets. Are they all functioning properly with no leaks?
  • Set a shower schedule for everyone in the family and stick to it. You may even want to split up the showers between night time showers and morning showers. Plus night time showers are likely less expensive, with utility companies charging off-peak rates in the evening.
  • Inspect your garbage disposal for clogged drains and leaking pipes.
  • Always wash your clothing in full loads.
  • Check your clothes washer and dryer and be sure they are operating at normal capacity with no broken or leaking pipes.
  • Inspect your water heater, to be sure you have hot water for showers as well as the clothes washer and dishwasher.
  • Check your toilet to be sure it is flushing properly. There is nothing worse than a flooded bathroom with an overflowing toilet as you are trying to get out of the house.

These tips are good rules of thumb all year around, but during the back-to-school season it seems we are less aware of them because we are caught up in the need to stay on schedule. Make these tips a priority to keep everyone in your home safe and on time.

Whatever you think you may need, call Daniels Plumbing  for any plumbing improvements you think may make your life easier. Paying attention to the little things now will save you a world of problems in the future.  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.

Keeping Up with Your Water Heater Maintenance

Your water heater may be one of the appliances in your home you take for granted — until it stops working and you wind up in a chilly shower. The hot water heater comes about as close to being maintenance-free as any household appliance. Once it is properly installed and set to the right temperature, very little is required to keep it functioning efficiently for a long time. However, there are a few steps you should take to prevent leaks and to ensure your water heater maintains it’s efficiency.

  1. Make sure that you turn off the heater. It does not matter whether your water heater is gas or electric make sure to turn off the heater the night before. If for some reason you cannot turn off your heater the night before, turn it off at least 30 minutes before you start maintenance.
  2. Inspect the water heater for any leaks. To spot leaks, use a mix of warm water and dish soap. Once you have the solution ready, apply it on the pipes and joints of your water heater while looking out for bubbles. If you see any bubbles after applying the solution, it means that your water heater has leaks.
  3. Make sure to check all the valves. Check the temperature and pressure valves of your water heater before you start maintenance work. Lift the lever slowly until you hear the sound of water flowing into the drain tube.
  4. Make sure to drain the water of your water heater. You can drain the water by closing the incoming water valve and connecting a hose to the drain valve. Once you do the two mentioned tasks, you can let the water from your heater drain. Make sure to open a hot water faucet in your house for proper air circulation.
  5. Once you have drained the water, make sure to remove any buildup that remains. To find any buildup left behind after draining, find the clean hole and use a torch to peer inside. Locate any soot, dust, or sediment that may have accumulated or left behind after draining. Once you find any sediment, soot, or dust, use hot water to remove them.
  6. Once you have removed the buildup, make sure to refill the water heater. Close all of the valves and turn on the water to refill the heater.
  7. Lower the temperature. Reducing the temperature of your water heater helps you conserve energy.

Water heater maintenance is easy, so be sure to perform this routine upkeep to maintain the valve functioning effectively too! If you have other serious troubles throughout this water heater upkeep process we highly suggest you to contact a water heater expert. 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.

Want Endless Hot Water? Invest in a Tankless Water Heater!

There are a number of good reasons why you should invest in a tankless electric water heater for your home. If you are tired of high gas bills, bulky water heater tanks taking up much needed space or the daily family feuds that erupt over someone using up all the hot water then not only do you need a stress free vacation, but also a tankless electric water heater.

Before we begin breaking down the reasons why you need a tankless electric water heater let’s make things a little easier by explaining exactly what it is and how it works. A tankless electric water heater, surprisingly enough, is exactly what it sounds like – a water heating unit that only provides hot water as and when it is required and does not warm or store heated water through the use of a tank. The way tankless electric water heaters work is by activating a set of coils when the unit is turned on. As water moves over these coils it is heated. The temperature set on the control determines how hot the coils should get and how quickly the water moves across the coils.

Now that you know the basics about what tankless electric water heaters are and how they work, let’s look into the reasons that make them a good investment for a home that needs hot water!

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Reason 1: Cost One of the biggest draw cards of investing in a tankless electric water heater is the cost factor. Although some people are concerned over the initial outlay when purchasing a water heater, what needs to be understood is how much will be save on a monthly gas or electric bill. First up, if you are currently using gas to heat your water you can immediately subtract the cost of heating your water from your gas bill when you switch to electric heating. The next big saver is based on the efficiency of tankless electric water heaters. If you use around 41 gallons of hot water per day you will you can expect that a tankless electric water heater will be approximately 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional water heaters. Furthermore, if you install a tankless electric water heater at each hot water outlet you can expect an energy saving of up to 50%.

Reason 2: Effectiveness The next big attraction of a tankless electric water heater is their effectiveness in providing a constant supply of hot water. Although there is an initial delay to receiving the hot water when you turn on the tap, it is only momentary. Once your hot water is flowing, however, you no longer need to be concerned about using up all the hot water before the next person needs it. While this may not seem like a problem in a single person home, for those of you who live in a home of 2 or more people you will appreciate this factor as there will be no more fighting to get to the shower first or getting the blame for being the hot water glutton.

Reason 3: Space When you consider that conventional water heaters generally store between 30 Gal. – 60 Gal. of water, you can’t help wonder where all that water is kept. The answer is simple – a very big tank. The problem with a very big tank is where do you keep it?  No matter where you put your water tank – in a corner, in the attic or in the basement – wouldn’t you rather have the extra floor space? Tankless water heaters do not have a tank, therefore free up a large amount of space for you to use. While we have heard many people complain about their bulky water tanks we have never heard anyone complain about having extra space at their disposal.

These are our top three reasons why you should invest in a tankless electric water heater, however if you would like to find out more about our water heaters please do not hesitate to contact Daniels Plumbing for professional, reliable advice.

Call (281) 351-6661 or contact us online for a free water heater inspection or to discuss your options for an affordable and dependable hot water heater professionally installed anywhere in Houston by a licensed Daniels Plumbing professional.