Immediate Benefits of a Camera Inspection

Immediate Benefits of a Camera Inspection

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing
  • sewer repair
  • Uncategorized
Sewer pipe repair

Spring and summer cause a wide range of plumbing issues to pop up. Because most of your plumbing is located behind walls or underground, inspections and repairs used to involve extensive cutting into walls or digging into your yard. With the help of a camera inspection, you no longer need to ruin your walls or lawn!

Using this non-invasive tool, plumbers can see directly into your pipes to diagnose the problem without harming your system. Maintaining your plumbing is important, and a camera inspection can help to prevent and treat the following problems in your home.

Problems Camera Inspection Can Detect

  • Tree root damage. Did you know that plumbing problems are often caused by tree roots? Because a majority of your plumbing is located underground, it’s likely that they will come face to face with roots.  Your main sewer line is full of running water. For trees and plants, this is their source of food. In their quest for nourishment,  they may break right into your pipes. This can cause the affected pipes to break or collapse.
  • Old pipes. As your pipes age, they are more susceptible to leaks and breakages. Wear and tear over years of use can weaken and warp your plumbing. A camera inspection will be extremely beneficial in confirming the age and condition of your plumbing.
  • Extreme clogs. Because some clogs are impossible to reach without professional help, and a camera inspection helps your plumber treat the clog efficiently by finding the direct source.
  • Cracked or misaligned pipes. Deep clogs are often caused by a crack in your pipes or a bad connection between them. A camera inspection makes it significantly easier to detect cracks, clogs, and leaks without having to cut into your walls or yard.

How Stewart Plumbing Can Help

Besides the obvious benefit of less destruction while looking for the source of the problem, camera inspection done by Stewart Plumbing will benefit you in the following ways:

  • The ability to locate the exact location of the issue: This helps keep the repair localized and less expensive for the homeowner.
  • Early problem detection: While you may have called us out for a drain clog, while using the camera we can see if your pipes are corroded, have damage or need replacing. This can catch a small problem before it becomes a major leak or repair.
  • Accurate repairs: We no longer have to guess at the cause of your problem. With camera inspection, we will be able to guarantee that the work we did will fix your problem.

Don’t rip open your pipes until you are positive it is necessary. Call in the Stewart Plumbing camera inspection squad today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Clogged Toilet in Memphis

Clogged Toilet in Memphis

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

More Than One Clogged Toilet Could Mean Sewer Line Backup

If there is one plumbing fixture in your home that’s used most often, your toilet is probably it. So, if it gets clogged up to the point where it’s not usable, then you know you have a problem!

There are a number of different causes for your toilet clogging up – too much toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, children’s toys, unauthorized objects like a toothbrush, or tree roots.

If plunging away doesn’t work, and you can’t pull up any toys or gunk with a clothes hanger, then it’s time to call in the professionals.

Stewart Plumbing Toilet Clog Removal

  1. The first step in a successful clog removal is to use a plumber’s snake. The snake helps to get rid of any standing water and gives us proper access to the drain.
  2. Then, out come the drain cameras. The video camera is used to see the severity and location of the clog. It also lets us know exactly what we’re working with so we can get the job done right the first time.
  3. The last step is to use our hydro jets to clean the drain. Hydrojetting involves sending high-pressure water quickly into your drain to remove almost any item that’s clogging it up. The jets break up obstructions into small pieces that can easily wash through the sewer. This process also completely cleans your pipes, leaving them in like-new conditions. For those especially tough clogs, like one made up of tree roots, hydrojetting is the best option.

 

More Than a Toilet Clog

If your toilet suddenly became blocked and you can’t unclog it yourself, it’s possible that you have a bigger problem on your hands.

Check the other drains and toilets in your home. Are your drains running slower than normal? Are your other toilets completely unusable? If the answer is yes, then it’s possible you have a main line clog.

Your main sewer line carries all the waste water out of your home to the city’s main. If it gets backed up, you’ll have sewage backing up into your home. Keep this thought at the back of your mind just in case it ever happens in your home.

Whether it’s a toilet you just can’t unclog, or it’s a main line blockage, Stewart Plumbing can handle it. Give us a call today! 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Stewart Plumbing Partners With Local Companies and MAPA to Ramp Up Plumbing Program at Technical College

Stewart Plumbing Partners With Local Companies and MAPA to Ramp Up Plumbing Program at Technical College

  • Plumbing

Educational Initiative an Effort to Keep Interest in Plumbing Trade Alive

Unfortunately, Tim Stewart of Memphis’ Stewart Plumbing said, there’s not a lot of places down in the south for people to learn trades.

Well, that’s about to change.

Stewart, along with the Memphis Area Plumbing Association (MAPA), is partnering with Moore Tech – a local Memphis technical college – to ramp up the plumbing program.

Moore Tech is a non-profit organization in Memphis and, Stewart said, they want to target local community people and educate them into the trades.

Stewart Plumbing’s Involvement

Stewart said he is a member of MAPA, a 20+ year organization that’s there for the purpose of expanding the plumbing industry in Memphis.

“We’ve come together with leadership from MAPA to put together a program working with a local technical college,” Stewart said.

But, what drew him to get involved with this school in the first place?

“It’s been my passion since day one, when I started this career in plumbing 30 years ago,” Stewart explained,” to launch a functioning apprenticeship program to help train people.”

If he had to do anything for the community, he said, that would be it.

And so, he and other industry leaders, did just that. He said, “We worked together in an effort to partner up with a local community trade school, Moore Tech. It was a natural fit for our association to partner with them for the administration of this plumbing program.”

Currently, Stewart said, his company has one apprentice enrolled in the class. “We’re committed to stick in the course with them and help them succeed with the program and assist them in developing other plumbing programs to benefit the community,” he said.

About the Plumbing Program at Moore Tech

Launched in the fall semester of 2013, Stewart said it’s a 3 year apprenticeship program that’s completed over nine trimesters. This means the students take classes in the fall, spring, and summer.

“Our desire with [Moore Tech] is to provide education through our plumbing association effort,” Stewart said, and to also use this educational initiative as a recruiting opportunity to gain candidates for our industry for future employment.

With a total of 9 students that have entered the program in the first year, Stewart said, “We’ve got good cooperation.”

But Stewart Didn’t Do It Alone

Stewart said he fell in behind the efforts of several hardworking fellow industry leaders that had the same passion for this effort.

These men are Benjie Sneed – the current president of MAPA and owner of National Economy Plumbing Company – Cody Childress with Splash Plumbing Company, Red Leblanc with Red Leblanc Plumbing Company, Harold McDonald with McDonald Plumbing Company and a handful of other industry leaders behind the scenes working to make this a success.

“There was a lot of effort from these men over the years to bring us to where we are today,” Stewart explained, “and I jumped in there with them to assist. Together we worked on this effort really hard last summer [and] I’m excited to be partnered up with this group of industry leaders.”

In addition to those mentioned above, Stewart said the other plumbing shops that are working with Moore Tech and MAPA by sending students are Cobb Plumbing Company and Culpepper Plumbing Company both located in Memphis.

“But,” he said, “we need other plumbing shops to help support this effort.”

All of these companies, Stewart himself included, he said, “Hope to keep the participation level going and keep educating people simply to make our trade better for future generations.”

Long-Term Goals for Moore Tech Program

Stewart said that the main opportunity this program offers the community is, “A resource to educate properly in the plumbing trade for the foreseeable future. The program is designed to take someone with no experience and bring him into the trade, train them, and line them up with employment.

So, what challenges will Stewart and the supporting plumbing companies face?

Well, Stewart said, “Our challenge ahead is to get the participation from our industry and the community. And to increase the speed of that process.”

Stewart said that he and all the others really want to sustain their industry and get young people interested in the trade. To do that, they plan on taking some recruiting efforts through local high schools and vocational schools.

While this plumbing program is still in its infancy, Stewart said, they are working toward getting proper accreditation. That way, there will be some financial assistance through grants and other programs to offset the cost of tuition on the student.

“There’s strength in numbers for the demand of applicants,” he said, “It’s something that we’re working on.”

If you live in the Memphis area and are interested in learning about the plumbing trade, then look no further. Stewart said Moore Tech is, “The only one trade school  that I know of in the area that offers a program of this caliber.”

He continued, “Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of something great for our community and help us get the message out!”

Financial aid is available for those that qualify. To apply, visit the Moore Tech website. And, to inquire about an apprenticeship with Stewart Plumbing or other partnering companies, give Stewart a call today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Signs Your Water Line is Leaking Memphis

Signs Your Water Line is Leaking Memphis

  • Plumbing

A water leak inside your home? Chances are you’re not going to miss this. But a water leak outside your home? That could be a bit harder to detect. Fortunately, there are a number of warning signs to alert you when you have an outdoor water leak on your hands.

  • One of the first places to look for signs of a leak outside your home is actually on your water bill. While most households can’t manage the exact same amount on a water bill every month, there’s a very good chance it usually falls within a certain range. And if you use an excessive amount of water one month for whatever reason, you will likely be aware of it. So if your water bill suddenly jumps for no clear reason, there is reason to believe an outdoor leak may be the culprit.
  • Unexplained puddles or soft, wet ground in your yard can also be a warning that an underground pipe is leaking. Fixing underground pipe leaks is a testing task that requires specialized equipment so if you notice something like this, it is a good idea to call a Stewart Plumbing professional.
  • In some cases, your water line may just be old, defective or poorly installed to begin with. Improper installation or shoddy workmanship can all lead to problems down the road. As frustrating as it is, there is very little you can do besides having your water line repaired or replaced.
  • If your water line has been through a few hard winters, another possible problem is that extreme temperatures have been doing harm to the pipe for some time. Constant exposure to freezing temperatures will take its toll even on the highest-quality pipes, causing them to leak. In many cases, they will need to be replaced.

No matter what caused the problem, though, or how you realize that it exists, it is important to get leaky water lines replaced quickly. Call Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Broken Pipe Repair Memphis

Broken Pipe Repair Memphis

  • Plumbing

Confirm You Have a Leak by Checking for Water Damage Throughout Your Home

Having broken pipes is bad enough, but having it dwell in a hidden location is even worse. Unfortunately, pipes breaking within the walls or under floors is more common than you might think.

As a homeowner, it’s important to know that once you confirm you have a leak, you should shut off the main water valve so no water will be flowing through the pipes. Left alone for an extended period of time can cause some serious damage to your home, and rack up your water bills.

But, before you can take that step to shut off the water, you may need to know how to confirm a water leak or broken pipe in your home. Believe it or not, there are a few ways you can check for these things, even if they are unseen.

Check for Water Leaks and Broken Pipes

  1. Check your water meter box when the water is shut off. If the meter moves, and you know nothing is being used, then water is leaking somewhere in your system.
  2. Check your walls for water damage – bubbled paint, stains, and/or cracks. But don’t let the spot of the water marks or stains fool you. Water could run the entire length of the broken pipe and pool at a different location. However, it’s not your job to know where exactly the problem area is – it’s ours. As long as you know that you have a leak, we can do the rest.
  3. If you find any water damage in the walls, check your basement or crawlspace for puddles of water. where the plumbing pipes run through holes in the floor.
  4. Check out any exposed pipes in your basement or crawl space to see if there’s any corrosion or moisture building up, as that indicates a water leak is not far off. Also look for mildew or rotted mold. The broken pipe is probably right behind that wall.

Once you have confirmed you have a leak – or if you just want to ease your mind – give Stewart Plumbing a call. We have all the tools necessary to find and repair any broken pipe or leak problems you’re having. Call us today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Water Heater Repair Memphis

Water Heater Repair Memphis

  • Plumbing
  • Water Heaters

Leak From the Tank Usually Means Replacement is Necessary

 

If you are having hot water problems in your home, we’re willing to bet the first thing you do is check to see if your water heater is working. You head on over to it’s location and notice a pool of water at the base. Now what?

Well, it certainly explains your temperature problems, but now you have a water heater leak to deal with. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways a water heater can leak. It’s important for you, as a homeowner, to understand the differences because in some cases water heater leaks call for a bit more than a repair.

Water Heater Leak Causes

  1. Temperature and pressure valve: The whole purpose of the temperature and pressure valve is to release water if there is too much pressure in the tank or if the water gets too hot. The water that it releases goes down a tube purposely directed at the floor. But, if you see water pooling at the bottom of your water heater, check the inside of the discharge tube for any moisture. If there is some, you know it’s because the valve is faulty or because there is too much pressure in the tank.
  2. Leak from the tank: This is the most common cause of water heater leaks and, sadly, it does typically result in needing a replacement. When water leaks from the tank, it means that there is something wrong internally. Most often, it’s because sediment has built up to the point of rusting and cracking the tank.
  3. Drain valve: The drain valve, located at the bottom of the tank, is used to remove any built up sediment. If it’s faulty or if it’s not tight enough, it will begin to leak water. This is actually a very fixable problem, only having to replace the single drain valve to get the water heater back to working like normal.

 

Stewart Plumbing will do a thorough check of your unit to determine the cause and go over with you the best course of action for repair. Whether it’s a repair or a replacement, our team promises to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Call us today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Water Softening Memphis

Water Softening Memphis

  • Plumbing

Hard Water vs. Soft Water: What’s the Difference?

There are two types of water that can flow through your residential pipes: soft water and hard water. We know, it seems strange that water can have different “types,” but it can – and the difference is significant!

What is Hard Water?

Water is considered “hard” when it carries an abundance of mineral deposits with it. It is common, and will not be a danger to the health of anyone in your family. However, the health of your pipes are a different story. The longer hard water exists in your pipes, the more those minerals can start to corrode your plumbing. There are many different symptoms of hard water, including the inability to lather, streaks on your drinking glasses, and your clothes not getting fully clean.

What is Soft Water?

Soft water is exactly the opposite – water free of those additional minerals. Soft water is preferred over hard water, because it just feels cleaner. In order to ensure you have soft water in your home, you may need a water softening system.

Benefits of Water Softeners

Water softeners do what it sounds like – soften water by removing all the minerals that make water “hard.” It may not seem like such a big deal, but when you go from having hard to soft water, you will notice a huge difference.

Here’s why:

  1. Your pipes won’t deteriorate as fast. The rust and corrosion that are caused by those mineral deposits speed up the deterioration process and, in turn, can cause damage to other plumbing fixtures like water heaters and dishwashers.
  2. You will get more wear out of your clothes, as soft water keeps them clean, soft, and fresh.
  3. You will have cleaner, more appealing glasses and dishes.
  4. You won’t have itchy or irritated skin after you shower.
  5. You’ll save money! By not having to replace pipes, appliances, clothes, and dishes all the time due to the aftereffects of hard water, you’ll be able to save some money in the long run.

Don’t continue to live with hard water. Call Stewart Plumbing today for more information about how a water softening system will benefit you!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Crawl Space Flooding in Memphis

Crawl Space Flooding in Memphis

  • Plumbing

Your home’s finished crawl space can be a great place to relax; while it is a major investment, it can be a comfortable spot. When a flash flood strikes, your dream crawl space can turn into a nightmare if you don’t have a plan for flood prevention. The plumbing experts at Stewart Plumbing are here to walk you through sump pumps, and how they can prevent crawl space flooding.

A Crucial Line of Defense

One of the most effective ways of defending your crawl space is a sump pump, which is designed to take in water and move it out of your crawl space through a discharge pipe. They are typically installed in a well, or “sump pit,” that acts as the seat for the pump, while also acting as a reservoir. This pit collects the flooding waters that the pump then moves out.

However, in most cases, a crawl space’s main sump pump  are electric. Storms that cause flooding are typically accompanied by lightning, which can knock out the power to your home. Every pump system should have a backup installed, and one of the best backups is a water-powered sump pump.

No matter how intense the storm is outside, a water-powered pump will continue to work by using the water pressure provided by your home’s water supply. This removes the need for an electrical connection or battery connected to your pump. When in full operation, this type of pump can remove more than 1,300 gallons of water per hour.

Not for Minor Leaks

A sump pump is not designed for your average crawl space leak. When a crawl space has a leak, water comes from the walls, cracks or other exposed areas. A sump pump is not designed to gather and remove water from these areas. In order for a pump to work in those conditions, you would need to install a troth or drainage system that would move the water into the basin, where the pump could then remove the water.

Don’t wait until you have a flooded crawl space before taking the time to consider a sump pump. Your local Memphis plumbers at Stewart are ready and waiting to help you install, repair or replace your sump pump, ensuring that you’re fully protected. Call the experts today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Whole House Water Filtration Memphis

Whole House Water Filtration Memphis

  • Plumbing

An Affordable Way to Always Have Clean, Healthy Water

Drinking water is the best way to keep your family healthy and refreshed all year long. But, that will be pretty hard to do if the water coming into your home has a funny taste, or looks anything but appealing to drink. And, why should you have to spend loads of money on bottled water?

The answer is simple: You don’t! With whole house water filtration, you’ll always have clean water to drink, bathe in, and do dishes with. There’s no better way to promote healthy living than with a filtration system.

What Could be Wrong With Your Water?

It’s easy to want to pour a quick glass of water from the tap and be on your way. However, tap water is not always contaminant-free.

  1. City water: Though city water is clear of all bacteria, to make it so, it’s cleaned with chlorine and other chemicals.
  2. Well water: Water coming from your wall is often contaminated with bacteria and sediment.
  3. Hard water: If you have hard water, you are probably noticing that you don’t lather in the shower or that the glasses you drink from have water streaks. That’s all due to the water having excess calcium and magnesium in it.
  4. Soft water: Soft water is preferred over hard water, but that doesn’t mean it comes out of the tap perfectly. Soft water is often conditioned with sodium.

The best way to ensure your water is clean all of the time is to have a whole house water filter installed by our experts here at Stewart Plumbing.

Benefits of Whole House Water Filtration

While always having safe, clean water to drink is a great feature of water filtration, the reality is that you’ll gain so much more.

  1. You’ll be able to install a filter on every household faucet so no matter where you are when you need water, you’ll have it!
  2. You will spend less money on bottled water.
  3. It will be easier to get your family to drink more water.
  4. These systems are affordable and environmentally friendly.

 

Having clean water is essential – so make it happen in your home. Call Stewart Plumbing today to schedule a water filtration installation appointment!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning In Memphis: High Pressure Water Jetting

Drain Cleaning In Memphis: High Pressure Water Jetting

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

Big clogs cause big problems, and if your Memphis home is facing these kinds of problems, you need help from a professional quickly. Clogs can occur because of a number of different reasons: build up from years of use, tree roots, and foreign objects may be disrupting the flow of water and causing your drains to stop all together. Choosing the right tool for the job is imperative to ensure that your drains get cleared properly so that the issue doesn’t return.

When build up from years of constant use is your issue, only a the power of a high pressure jetting system will do.

Snakes are great to break up solid objects and send them flowing down your drain. Gunky build up however can just get pushed around by the physical power of the snake, continuing to be problematic as you continue to use the drain. A high pressure water jetter can clear your pipes in no time, blasting away the gunk and build up.

With a fully trained, local Memphis plumber at the wheel, a high pressure water jetter can beat your build up in no time. The pressure of the water needs to be regulated in order to properly clear out the issue, and every issue is different.

Other major benefits of high pressure water jetting is:

  • Cleaner lines result in less of a chance that clogs returning
  • We can provide a warranty on our work
  • Superior drain cleaning power
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Safe

You can count on Stewart Plumbing to be your local Memphis drain cleaning specialists. Our technicians are fully trained and certified in the industry’s best drain cleaning techniques, and will arrive in a truck fully stocked solve any problem. Rely on Stewart to put the industry’s best drain cleaning technology to work for you home today.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning Memphis: DIY Problems

Drain Cleaning Memphis: DIY Problems

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing

Having a clogged drain can be a major frustration. You may find yourself just staring as that stagnant water slowly goes down your drain. Clogs can cause major disruptions to your day, interrupting even the most basic activities like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. You may start to consider taking on this project yourself by employing store bought chemicals or rented equipment, but this might only make the problem worse. You need a team of experts who can properly identify your issue and create a solution that solves your problem and not just its symptoms. You need a local Memphis crew who will work hard to ensure your satisfaction. you need, Stewart Plumbing.

Here are some of the issues you might encounter when dealing with the do-it-yourself approach:

Store bought chemicals: Chemicals that you buy at a super marketing or home improvement store are meant to fight one kind of drain problem, and one only: gunk. While buildup might be your issue, you won’t truly know what’s going on until you’ve gotten a camera deep into your pipes to find the issue. Sure those chemicals may have let some water through, but if your problem is bigger than that, it will be back.

Using a snake or jetter without training: It can’t be that hard, right? We train our employees in industry best practices for a reason. Operating a snake or jetter is a complicated operation, and failing to do so properly might damage your pipes, the equipment, or worse, you. What started as a minor drain issue might end up costing you huge in pipe replacement and equipment damage costs, so rely on the experience of Stewart to do the job right.

Hiring a second rate plumber: It seems that everyone has “their guy” who can rush in and save the day when it comes to minor plumbing issues. The problem here, is that if your plumber is putting the best technology in the industry to work for you, you’re not getting the full story. Ensure that your plumber is fully trained and certified to use the equipment that can clear out your drains.

Stewart Plumbing is Memphis’ best bet for drain cleaning solutions. Let us put our training, experience, and industry knowledge to work for you by fixing your drain problems right the first time. Our trucks are fully stocked to handle any issue your home might be facing, so call today. We even have emergency service, and we’re ready 24/7 to help you when you need it. Call Stewart today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Ask a Memphis Plumber: Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

  • Plumbing

Memphis can get very cold this time of year, and below freezing temperatures can take you by surprise sometimes. Frozen pipes is an often overlooked yet very serious issue that needs to be taken seriously when the weather starts to get cold. Slow moving water can freeze in place within a pipe, causing a build of water which eventually causes a pipe to burst. This won’t only damage the pipe system, but can cause serious collateral water damage to your home.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to find pipes that risk becoming frozen during a cold snap, and how to lower your risk of damage before the weather takes you by surprise.

Identifying Pipes in Risk of Freezing

Step 1: Know Your Home

It’s time to roll up your sleeves, dive down deep into your basement and learn where each of your pipes begin and end up. This may not always be so obvious as some pipes can be hiding behind walls or otherwise covered up. Learn where each pipe goes and what it is used for, taking note of where it is exposed to the open air. If you need it, call the professionals at Stewart Plumbing to come in and give you a hand. Understanding where pipes are and what they’re used for will help address most home plumbing issues you encounter, including your frozen or burst pipes.

Step 2: Find The Cold

Are there any areas in your basement where it is colder than others? These could be spots near windows, cracks, or exposed areas to the outdoors. Are there pipes near by? Cracks and exposed areas within the home increases the risk for a pipe to freeze if they are exposed to that area. Know these areas well as they will need special protection when it comes to applying any preventative measures.

Step 3: Watch The Weather

You need to know when the weather is going to drop below freezing so you can employ the preventative tips below before you have a problem.

Preventing Pipes From Freezing

Here are some helpful tips to prevent pipes from freezing this winter. Note, you will want to address the issue before the freezing weather hits: remember, it gets much more while you’re asleep, so don’t wake up to burst pipes!

1) Insulate your pipes: This can be effective when it comes to pipes that are in those high risk areas we pointed out earlier. Putting a line of insulation around a pipe will help prevent the water inside from freezing as quickly.

2) Leave the faucet running: Leaving your faucets at a drip will keep the water moving within the pipes, reducing the chance it will freeze. This is a great option if the power goes out: your home will grow colder, increasing the risk of freezing pipes.

3) Re-Route frozen pipes: A trained Memphis plumber can come into your home, help you identify problem areas in your pipes, and re-route or protect the troubled areas to help address the issue.

Don’t Wait For The Cold To Come

Pipes that burst from freezing can spell major problems from your, so be proactive and take action today. Don’t wait until you’re stuck out in the cold, call Stewart Plumbing today to learn more about how you can prevent and address frozen pipes.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: What Should I Know About Frozen Pipe Repair?

Ask a Memphis Plumber: What Should I Know About Frozen Pipe Repair?

  • Plumbing

Frozen pipes are truly one of the worst parts of the winter season. And if the calls coming into the Stewart Plumbing offices the past couple weeks are any indication, a lot of folks in the area have had to deal with them.

Not only do frozen pipes strand your home without working plumbing or access to running water, in some cases frozen pipes can burst! And when they do burst, you could find yourself facing in-home flooding, serious water damage and mold/mildew growth. Getting burst pipes fixed can be costly, so it’s always the smart move to ‘winter-proof’ them before they ever have the chance to freeze.

One cheap and fast way to fix your pipes if they do partially freeze is to simply run warm water through your pipes, even if it’s just at a slow trickle. This can do a lot in terms of preventing a full freeze of your pipes by thawing out interior and exterior ice accumulation.

If your pipes do become fully frozen, try exposing as much of them as possible. This might mean opening kitchen cupboards or a bathroom vanity and exposing those pipes to the warm air circulating inside your house. In many cases, if the freeze isn’t too bad, the house’s normal warmth may be enough to return the pipes to working order.

Stewart Plumbing trucks are stocked with some specialized tools that can be used to fix frozen pipes. One such option is a wrap that goes around the pipe itself and provides adequate insulation or indirect heat to the pipe so that it doesn’t succumb to freezing. For deeper, more severe freezes, we may need to remove sections of the pipe, especially the traps, to gain access further into your plumbing.

Don’t let winter weather get the best of you! Let Stewart Plumbing handle all your frozen pipe issues this winter!    

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Holiday Prep For Your Home Plumbing System

Holiday Prep For Your Home Plumbing System

  • Plumbing

Prepping your home plumbing system for the holidays is not always thought of. Fortunately, there is a great deal that you can do as a homeowner to protect and prepare your plumbing system for its increased usage this holiday season. The following tips can help you get through this joyous time without the added stress, inconvenience and expense of plumbing issues:

  • Dispose of kitchen grease properly. It might seem like a convenient step to take—especially during the busy holiday cooking season—but do not pour any type of grease or cooking oil down your kitchen drain. Doing so can result in clogged pipes as it cools and solidifies. In addition, the grease acts as a magnet for other types of debris by collecting it as it makes its way down your drain. Instead, wait for grease to cool completely before throwing it away in your regular household trash.
  • Break up buildup. As you use your plumbing system, compounds and other types of buildup could occur. Stop them from becoming an issue and break them up by rinsing your sink with extremely hot water on a regular basis.
  • Avoid drain cleaning products. Drain cleaning products might claim to help you prevent plumbing problems by ridding your pipes of buildup and other debris. In reality, though, because the chemicals they use are toxic, damage to your pipes could occur and leave their integrity in question.
  • Only flush the right things. Your plumbing system was designed to have only two items flushed through it — toilet paper and human waste. That’s it. Anything else that is flushed through the system has the potential to cause backups and other problems. For that reason, avoid flushing hair, baby wipes, dental floss, cotton swabs, paper towels and other items down your toilet. Instead, throw these items away in your household trash can.
  • Be prepared. Make it easy for your guests and family members to dispose of items that don’t belong in your plumbing system. Keep a trash can near the toilet to encourage them to dispose of items there instead of throwing them in the toilet. It’s also a good idea to keep a plunger next to the toilet. This makes it quick and convenient to take care of small problems before they can become larger ones.
  • Practice a good maintenance and repair schedule. Like other essential systems in your home, your plumbing system needs regular maintenance. Contact a plumber to give your plumbing system a thorough inspection so that you know it is in top shape for the holidays. If your plumbing system is experiencing clogs and backed up drains, call a plumber for repairs at the first sign of trouble rather than waiting until the problem becomes larger.

By following the above suggestions, your plumbing system should be able to handle the additional demands placed on it without negatively impacting your enjoyment of the holidays.

Call Stewart Plumbing to schedule your home plumbing system inspection today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

10 Money-Saving Plumbing Tips You Can Do This Fall

10 Money-Saving Plumbing Tips You Can Do This Fall

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Plumbing tips found online cannot always be trusted but take it from us we have compiled a list of ten money saving plumbing tips you can do this fall! Most of us forget our homes conceal intricate plumbing systems. We expect our home plumbing to function as designed, without flaw. Yet it is possible to improve home plumbing efficiency with some proactive measures. The tips outlined below just might prevent a nasty problem from rearing its ugly head down the line in the form of a broken plumbing fixture that must be repaired or replaced. Abide by the advice set forth in this article and you will rest easy knowing you’ve done your part to prevent frustrating and costly home plumbing problems. With the holidays right around the corner, some of that saved cash may just be used to make a few smiles happen too!

Why These Plumbing Tips and Tricks Matter

Before digging into the nitty-gritty of home plumbing advice, it is prudent to explain why the average homeowner should take heed of such knowledge. Incorporating the wisdom outlined below has the potential to ward off repairs and replacements, decrease your utility bills and extend the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures and appliances. After all, a home plumbing system that is neglected will eventually decrease in performance across time. You can do your part to prevent time-consuming and expensive plumbing problems by taking matters into your own hands with the relatively minor tricks and tips explained below.

1. Water Heater Maintenance

An annual inspection of your water heater will ensure that it is operating at peak capacity. This maintenance session will also guarantee that the water heater doesn’t have any flaws that could lead to plumbing problems. Furthermore, maintenance gives a water heater aficionado the chance to tune up the unit and ensure everything is in proper working order.

2. Avoiding Liquid Drain Cleaners

Though it is tempting to pour liquid drain cleaners down your drains, doing so could create some plumbing nightmares. Heat is generated due to the fact that the majority of liquid drain cleaners function by generating a chemical reaction within the drain pipe. This heat can cause some nasty damage to the pipe. The chemicals will rest on the clogged area, creating the potential to weaken or even melt the pipe. When in doubt, do not hesitate to call a plumber to rectify the problem.

3. Maintaining Gutters so That They Don’t Lead to Leaking and Flooding

Your gutters matter a great deal when it comes to preventing costly, time-consuming water-related problems. Be sure to maintain and check your gutters on a regular basis to ensure they are completely clear. Clogged gutters are more likely to generate a backlog of water that has the potential to cause flooding and leaks.

4. Insulating Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to save money in the context of home plumbing is to maintain the water heater. Insulate your water heater and you will save a considerable amount of money. Even if the insulation decreases the water heater’s temperature by a few degrees, you will enjoy some nice savings over time. Do not let your water heater reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Insulating a water heater can even be as simple as applying a water-heater blanket. This insulation will allow for minimal energy to be used when warming water each time a faucet is turned on.

5. Investigating and Addressing any Water Pressure Problems

If you notice any water pressure problems, do not neglect them! Water pressure problems can spiral out of control to the point that they devolve into uber-expensive repair or replacement projects that eat into your savings. Have a professional plumber examine your home plumbing’s nuances and allow him to implement the proper solution. This way, you’ll remedy the water pressure issue before it creates an even more serious problem.

6. Investigate and Address Poorly Smelling Drains

If you notice any of your home’s drains emit an odor, don’t let it slide. An odorous drain is a sign that something is wrong with your plumbing. Drainage systems are engineered in a manner that should prevent venting within the home. Perhaps there is an issue with the water trap. Maybe there is a design flaw or a venting problem. Lean on a professional plumber for an accurate diagnosis and repair.

7. Maintain/Tune up Your Washing Machine, Dishwasher, and any Major Plumbing Appliances Before it’s Too Late

Scheduling a tune-up of your washing machine, dishwasher, and other main appliances once a year will greatly reduce the odds of a costly breakdown. These machines become less efficient as time progresses. A tune up will improve their performance, heighten efficiency and possibly even ward off a repair or replacement that busts your budget.

8. Installing Drain “Strainers” in Kitchen Sink Drain and Shower Drain

Strainers aren’t only for pasta. Use strains in your kitchen sink and shower and you’ll prevent a buildup of hair that clogs your drains. No one wants to deal with a clog so be proactive by relying on a strainer that collects hair and other gunk before it can create an extremely frustrating and costly problem.

9. Check Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet can waste a ton of water and consequently, your hard-earned money. Take a look at your toilet flapper to determine if there is a leak. If a leak exists, it will repeatedly spur the fill valve to send water to the tank. You can test the toilet flapper by dropping some food coloring in the tank. Let it rest idle for half an hour. Then check the toilet bowl. If the bowl is colored with the same hue as the food coloring, there is a leak. It might be possible that debris or other sediment has accumulated around the flapper. Dislodge this debris before committing to replacing the toilet flapper.

10. Stop any Leaky Appliances

Leaky appliances create annoying noises and set you back financially. A dripping faucet has the potential to waste upwards of 15 gallons worth of water per day. There is no sense in paying for that water when you get no use from it. Remedying leaky appliances has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars on your annual water bill. Reach out to a professional plumber to fix the leak and you’ll save plenty of money in the long run.

Call Stewart Plumbing Inc today if you need any plumbing tips! 

By Matt Seidell

10 Plumbing Service Tips of the Trade

10 Plumbing Service Tips of the Trade

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Quick, tell us where your emergency shut off valves are! Not sure? No need to panic yet. Your knowledge of your plumbing system may not be dinner table conversation, but getting familiar with your plumbing will definitely help you in an emergency. Understanding the basics of your plumbing can be the difference in a minor or major disaster in the event of a pipe break or sewer problem. Some of your knowledge can also be sure that you don’t need an expert opinion in every instance – but when you do, Stewart is on call for all your plumbing service needs.

 

Why Stewart Plumbing?

Stewart Plumbing has been serving the Memphis community since 1993, giving us more than 20 years of experience that benefits you as a homeowner when you’re looking for trustworthy, talented professionals for your plumbing service needs. From repair and maintenance to installation or consulting on a remodel, Stewart is here to offer you quality service from a company that cares.

  • 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Follow Nexstar Best Practices
  • Unrivaled Customer Service
  • Same-Day Service
  • Licensed Technicians

 

10 Plumbing Service Tips of the Trade

 

  1. Find Your Emergency Shut-Off Valves – Your sink, washing machine, and home all have their own water shut off valve. In the case of an emergency, knowing where to turn will mean the difference in minor versus major clean-up and damage.
  2. Avoid Water Heater Roulette – Your water heater makes up a significant percentage of your electricity usage. Having the right water heater for the job ensures you aren’t using – or abusing – your energy usage. If your water heater is old, its efficiency may also be waning. Upgrades or replacements may benefit you in the long run.
  3. Got a lift station? A lift station pumps waste and runoff from low elevation to a higher elevation. If something goes wrong here, you may be in for some problems. This is not a job for the do-it-yourselfer, however, and a plumbing service professional will need to be called for regular maintenance to prevent breakdowns.
  4. Don’t Put That Down There – Your sink backs up. What’s your first thought? Draino, perhaps, but this could mean a treacherous answer if you don’t know what your pipes are made of. Even heavy duty plastic will not stand up to the acid and you could be eroding your pipes with your choice of cleaner. Always consult with a professional before you pour chemicals down the drain, and watch for signs of poisoning if you keep Draino handy in your home. If you have persistent clogs, you may need professional drain cleaning.
  5. Flush Valves May Be Costing You – If your toilet is running several minutes after you flush, your flush valves may be to blame. Your water bill may reflect a lot of unrecognized water usage – and this is a key area to be aware of. Replacing your flush valves is actually a job you may be able to learn to do yourself.
  6. Investment Mindset – Your older appliances are starting to show their age, sure, but what about their efficiency? You may not be aware how much of your consumption could be saved by replacing older appliances. Upgrading your washing machine or water heater may sound like a pricey cost, but as an investment, it will save you money in the long run and help you conserve energy in the short term.
  7. Get Out On Your Lawn – If you take note of recurring puddles, water spots, drainage, and areas around your faucets, you may notice that you have water leakage. This could be from irrigation and sprinkler systems and can go unnoticed for long periods of time if you’re not looking for it. Having these systems checked by a plumbing professional can ensure you don’t miss a thing.
  8. Take a Count of Your Plungers – You need a plunger for every toilet in your home and another for under your kitchen sink. Having to run for a plunger in the case of a backup can mean costly seconds of overflow or mess. Letting them live behind your toilet means you’ll always have one handy when you need it most.
  9. Vent it Out – Your bathroom needs a vent in order to keep mold from taking advantage of this wet, warm climate. If you don’t have a window, this is a particular necessity to make sure you’re not growing anything unwelcome. Consult a plumbing service professional in the event of remodeling to make sure you’re all set.
  10. Strain Your Drains – Your first line of defense for clogged drains is a strainer, a filter or net of sorts that can be placed in your drains to make sure you’re not calling the plumber for preventable issues. These strainers can catch hair and debris in your shower and food in your sink to make it easy to handle yourself.

 

 Call Stewart Plumbing today for any of your residential or commercial plumbing service needs!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Helpful Tips for Plumbing Maintenance

5 Helpful Tips for Plumbing Maintenance

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Plumbing maintenance is one of the realities of being a responsible homeowner. Sure, while we’d all love to have a perfect plumbing system where clogs and pipe leaks are nothing but a distant memory, problems will arise eventually and it’s important for you to take action before it’s far too late. It doesn’t matter if you’re a new homeowner or you have been living in the same house for years. You need to stay on top of your plumbing needs so you can continue to live comfortably and conveniently. However, for many homeowners out there, maintenance is difficult simply because they’re not overly familiar with the inner workings of their plumbing system. This is especially true of first-time homeowners. When they are in the process of buying the house, they’ll perhaps only consider the state of essential plumbing fixtures like toilets, sinks, and showers. This will prove a major mistake when a plumbing problem occurs months down the road, and the homeowner has overlooked some of the smaller features of their system. This includes features like water main valves, water meters, water pressure regulators, and so much more. Not paying attention to any of them may lead to you paying more on service bills and an inability to discern between minor and major plumbing issues. Before your lack of knowledge on your plumbing system proves your downfall, you need to study up!

Why Should You Call Stewart Plumbing for Plumbing Maintenance

Fortunately, Stewart Plumbing is here to provide high-quality plumbing service to ensure you continue to live in your home stress-free. We can provide a much-needed helping hand in maintaining your system so it works effectively, efficiently, and safely. Our plumbing contractors can provide greater insight. With our service, you will have far greater insight into the inner workings of your plumbing system that will allow you to make an informed decision on whether you need any replacements or upgrades. Since our work will also give you greater insight no how to handle plumbing emergencies, you will be more prepared in the event of a burst pipe and know how to remedy the situation as soon as possible, ensuring you don’t waste a single dollar more on water bills. In fact, you’ll have a better idea of how to handle any plumbing emergency, meaning you will rely less on a plumber. But perhaps best of all, you’re guaranteeing a high level of convenience and efficiency for your family. And, really, when their needs are met, what could possibly make you feel more relaxed?

What Should You Know About Your Plumbing System?

Don’t just limit your understanding of plumbing to toilets and leaky faucets. The next time you conduct plumbing maintenance in your time, please consider these following tips:

  1. Shut off the Water Main Valve: Knowing where your water main valve is located is highly important, as it controls the flow of water in your home. This will prove helpful in an emergency situation. For example, if you experience frozen pipes during the winter that eventually burst, turning the water main valve off will ensure you save gallons of water that otherwise been lost. It’s one of the most vital parts of your plumbing system and every home is required to have one.
  2. Use Cut-Off Valves for Fixtures: In addition to having a way to shut off your entire water supply, you should also know where to locate cut-off valves for toilets, sinks, and showers. Again, this will prove helpful in an emergency situation. For example, if your toilet leaks, you can utilize the cut-off valve to prevent unsanitary water out from splashing onto the surrounding floor.
  3. Invest in a New Water Meter: Several water meters available today on the market that can detect leaks in your home and give you detailed information on your water usage. This will allow you to know if you need to slow down your current water usage so you save money on future water bills. Ask your local plumber to determine if a new water meter would be right for your home.
  4. Check Water Pressure Regulator: Always inspect the water pressure regulator to ensure water pressure levels in your home are safe. This will prove incredibly beneficial when there needs to be a reduction in the water pressure coming into the house. The regulator can successfully prevent the possibility of a pipe leak or an unwelcome surprise when you go to turn on the shower.
  5. Know Where to Locate Gas & Hot Water Valves: You shouldn’t be maintaining your plumbing system just guarantee better efficiency; it’s also about safety. Knowing where the gas & hot water valves are located will ensure you can shut off your flow of these essentials in the event of an emergency, whether it be your hot water is verging on scalding or you suspect there is a gas leak in your home.

Take Pride in Your Home’s Pluming System! Call Stewart Plumbing and Ask About Our Plumbing Maintenance Services Today!

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to learn more on how you can guarantee greater home convenience thanks to our highly effective plumbing maintenance!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Local Plumber Tips to Prepare for the Holidays

Local Plumber Tips to Prepare for the Holidays

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A local plumber will be able to ensure this holiday season remains one filled with peace and joy by eliminating any plumbing problems. At this time of year, you may be excited for gift-giving and spending quality time with your family. However, plumbing problems can detract from any good spirits this holiday season, especially if you do not practice proper maintenance. Even allowing just one clog or leak to persist may the one thing that completely ruins your holiday season. When you are already trying to gear your savings this holiday season toward shopping, it can be massively inconvenient when issues with your plumbing system are costing you a significant amount of money on utility bills. Worse, a problem like a pipe leak can also cost you gallons of water that would have otherwise been used for better purposes. Lingering problems will also damage the efficiency of your plumbing fixtures, making you seek replacement far sooner than you expected. Plus, when you already stressed out enough trying to make holiday plans, plumbing problems will just add one more worry to your growing list of concerns. Though you may not be a licensed plumber with the tools and experience needed to complete full-scale plumbing service, you can still take action in ensuring your holiday season is free of plumbing issues.

Why Should You Call Your Local Plumber at Stewart Plumbing?

If you want to ensure your holiday season remains free of plumbing issues, you should call Stewart Plumbing immediately. We are more than willing to provide service through the holidays to guarantee your total and complete satisfaction. Having a local plumber from Stewart Plumbing take a few simple actions in maintaining your home’s plumbing system can go a long way in ensuring a high level of convenience not just for this holiday season, but for the entire year ahead. We can provide a wide range of services to meet all needs including drain cleaning, leak detection, frozen pipe repair, and so much more. If it means you live happily this season, we’ll go the extra mile. With our help, you can experience greater savings on utility bills, which will come in handy when you’re trying to buy your family gifts. Even better, you will be able to spend more quality time with your family without worrying over when the next plumbing emergency will occur. Plus, if you have guests over the house this year, you can entertain them without worrying over not having working fixtures. We’ll ensure the most essential fixtures in your home are working better than ever!

What Can Go Wrong Without Maintenance?

As we mentioned earlier, not maintaining your plumbing system right before the holidays can lead to a ton of problems. Here are 3 of the most major ones:

  1. Water Damage in Your Home: A pipe leak or leak from one of your plumbing fixtures may lead to wet spots on walls, floors, and ceilings. This water damage will prove costly to fix and may even give rise to mold growth. When you already spending so much this holiday season, spending even more on water damage restoration service can be a real financial setback.
  2. More Stress and Inconvenience: When you consider just how often you rely on fixtures like toilets and sinks, having one of them not work anymore can be a huge inconvenience. It’s also stressful if you plan on having guests over the house and don’t have working plumbing fixtures to accommodate them.
  3. Increase in Expenses: By not addressing slow moving drains or clogged toilets right away, significant damage to your pipes that will require you to spend more money on pipe repair. That means the money you would have otherwise saved on gift shopping, preparing dinners, and more will have to go toward fixing your plumbing system instead.

4 Preparation Tips for the Holidays

While you may not be a licensed, experienced plumber, you can still prepare your plumbing system for holiday festivities by taking note of these 5 tips:

  1. Avoid Drain Cleaning Products: If you experience a drain clog this season, you may just use that that trusty bottle of chemical drain cleaning product to solve the problem. However, these products do more harm than good. The chemical components will actually eat away at your drains and leave you seeking pipe repair sooner than you realize.
  2. Break Up Blockages: Buildup in your drains may be inevitable, but it can be quite easy to remove. All you need to do is run extremely hot water down the drain to clear any source of blockage. The hot water works as lubricant and will loosen any substance sticking to the walls of your drainage pipes.
  3. Be Prepared: If you do plan on having guests over the house this holiday season, you should prepare your bathroom. Make sure to keep a plunger handy in the event of any minor clog so it can be quickly removed. You should also keep a trash can next to the toilet so occupants will have an alternate method of disposal instead throwing any material down the toilet that shouldn’t belong there.
  4. Do Not Throw Grease Down the Drain: If you plan on cooking meals this season using grease or cooking oil, do not throw the excess grease or oil down the drain. It will harden and stick to the walls of your drains, almost becoming impossible to remove. You should instead discard in the regular garbage to avoid a massive clog.

Let A Local Plumber From Stewart Plumbing Help You Enjoy The Holiday Season – Schedule A Plumbing System Check Today

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to avoid a holiday season filled with stress thanks to work from our local plumber!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Easy Toilet Repair Tips

5 Easy Toilet Repair Tips

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Toilet repair is a must this season if your current toilet is giving you trouble. After all, the toilet is the most essential plumbing fixture in your home and one clog can throw off home convenience in a hurry. Not to mention, clogs or overflows can potentially result in unsanitary consequences, especially when your toilet is leaking with water and who knows what else. Making matters even more complicated is that the number of toilets in the average American household is growing, with more homes having more than one toilet. In fact, according to the United States Census Bureau, the numbers of new homes with three or more bathrooms each now outnumber new homes built with one to one and one-half bathrooms by a ratio of nearly ten to one. It can be a major plumbing emergency if you experience clogs in more than one toilet, and certainly bring you more stress than ever before. Many toilets problems will occur due to a homeowner’s own lack of knowledge on how to avoid them. If you currently have no idea how you can stay away from toilet troubles, now is the perfect time to do so, right before the winter begins. Just by calling up your local plumber for advice, you can ensure you avoid the high stress of a clog and focus more on enjoying the season with your family. 

Why You Should Call Stewart Plumbing

If you want your toilet repair done as soon as possible, please call Stewart Plumbing. We can ensure toilet problems are far from your mind this season. Families who frequently deal with clogged or slow toilets are being forced to sacrifice much of the enjoyment they should get from living in the home. But as far as we’re concerned, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can turn your plumbing system around and change it for the better so you’re not worried about a clog or overflow every time someone in your household flushes the toilet. Even if you experience a clog at the last possible moment, you can count on us to provide emergency plumbing repair to save your toilet from a major problem just in time. We will also provide you with a greater understanding of your toilet so you will know what mistakes to avoid with your plumbing in the future. This will guarantee you keep the costs of plumbing repair down a low, and extend the lifespan of your toilet by years.

How Can You Save Money on Toilet Repair?

While most people will simply call a plumber to fix their plumbing woes (and they’re not wrong!), you can also take action on your own time to ensure your toilet avoids clogs and keeps working to the best of its abilities:

  1. Educate Family Members: The small children and adults in alike in your household need to be taught what shouldn’t be thrown down the drain, especially children who may opt to flushing their favorite toy. But adults aren’t immune to mistakes either, and they may make a poor judgement call leading to a major clog. In general, you should inform your family these objects should stay far away from your toilet: paper products, household waste products, or other everyday materials like articles of clothing.
  2. Flush Twice, But Beware: You absolutely should flush twice in a situation where you are unable to get waste down after the first flushing attempt. However, if you need to flush twice more often, it may be indicative of a serious problem with your toilet that requires a video inspection from a licensed plumber at Stewart.
  3. Provide an Alternate Garbage Disposal: One of the easiest ways to prevent inappropriate objects and materials from being placed into the toilet is to provide an alternate disposal option for family members and guests who use your bathroom. The most common solution is to place a small trash can near each toilet in the home, which will ensure any material that shouldn’t go down the drain is properly discarded.
  4. Keep Surfaces Clear: Many clogged toilets also result from accidents where an object is knocked into the toilet accidentally, which is usually a small object from a counter or over-the-toilet shelving like jars, bottles, sponges, and more. When these objects land in the toilet and are flushed accidentally, a clog will occur quite easily, so it’s best to keep these counters and shelves clear to prevent such a situation from occurring.
  5. Learn to Plunge: When you need to flush the toilet repeatedly just to get waste down, you are losing water and hurting the fixture’s efficiency. With that in mind, you should always have a plunger handy for any last-minute drain cleaning needed. In case you weren’t aware how to plunge effectively, these are the steps you should be taking: insert the plunger into the toilet bowl, ensure there is enough water in the bowl to gain suction, position the plunger over the drainage hole, then plunge vigorously until the water levels in the toilet bowl go down. If the water levels do go down, this means you have plunged effectively.

Get Ahead Of The Problem Before It Gets Worse – Schedule A Toilet Repair Today

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you are currently experience problems with your plumbing system so our team can provide high-quality toilet repair!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Money Savings Tips From A Plumbing Contractor At Stewart Plumbing

Money Savings Tips From A Plumbing Contractor At Stewart Plumbing

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A plumbing contractor can lead you down the right path in ensuring you save money on water bills. The average homeowner uses 100 gallons of water per day, which may be a higher average than you think. In fact, homeowners don’t really consider just how much water it costs to wash dishes by hand or wash clothes that aren’t even dirty.  It’s that lack of attention that leaves them paying more on bills than they expected or wanted. If you live with a growing family, this may apply to you, especially when your home’s fixtures need to meet a wider range of plumbing needs. Even if you don’t, essential fixtures like toilets and showers can cost you more gallons of water than you’d expect, especially when you already use them several times a day. Making matters even more complicated is that you simply cannot live in your home without running water. It is an absolute necessity. With that in mind, you may be asking yourself, “So, how do I manage to save money?” Well, the answer to that question may easier than you think. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple actions to change your plumbing system’s efficiency for the better, and you should call your local contractor to learn how to do it.

Calling Stewart Plumbing for High-Quality Service

If you want to improve your home’s plumbing system, please call Stewart Plumbing for high-quality service. As far as we’re concerned, a little bit more knowledge on your plumbing system can go a long in saving you money, so don’t hesitate to speak to a licensed, experienced plumbing contractor from Stewart Plumbing about your plumbing problems. They have the skills and experience necessary to provide insight into your plumbing system, ensuring you know how to avoid common mistakes homeowners make on a regular basis and instead establish high efficiency in your home. You should also talk with our plumbers about upgrading plumbing fixtures throughout your home, so you receive the most water-efficient plumbing possible. Just by making a few upgrades you can save 30% more on bills, while also being more likely to avoid further spending on plumbing repair due to greater fixture efficiency and longer system lifespan. Simply put, if you want to ensure greater comfort in your home, you should always make us your first choice for service.

7 Plumbing Maintenance Tips From Our Plumbing Contractor 

Here are 7 helpful tips that will ensure higher costs on water bills are crossed off your list of worries during the fall and winter:

  1. Save Money on Bathroom Fixtures: Since you already use 41 gallons of water a day on bathroom fixtures, you can reduce that amount by upgrading bathroom fixtures to more efficient toilets, shower heads, and faucets. Though something like a toilet installation will have an upfront cost, you will notice greater water and cost-efficiency over time. You will also save money by shortening shower time down to 5 minutes or less.
  2. Upgrade Dishwashers: You can also save money by upgrading dishwashers, which will save you more than 30% compared to your older, current model and 80% compared to washing dishes by hand. If you have no choice but to wash dishes by hand, however, do not allow the water to run.
  3. Upgrade Washing Machines: You can upgrade washing machines to save 50% more water compared to your current model. You should also avoid washing clothes that aren’t dirty, wear clothes more than once, and reuse towels more than once to save water.
  4. Invest in Radiant Heating Systems: Newer radiant heating systems use less water and save money on bills since they can recirculate water back into your home. Since they also lose less heat through ducts and windows, they tend to be more efficient compared to baseboard heaters.
  5. Consider Reusing Storm Water: This may sound odd at first, but you may want to consider a rain storm your next big way to save water. You can reuse storm water for your own purposes by collecting it with a rooftop drum.
  6. Consider Reusing Greywater: Your water supply in general should be recycled from daily water usage, including any water from showers, faucets, and water from your laundry. You should invest in a sanitary pipe, keeping the water separated from city potable water pipes and running it to your toilet. This method will save you 7,000 gallons of city-supplied potable water per year.
  7. Save Water While Taking Care of Your Lawn: If you love taking care of your lawn, you need to know 55% of your water is used outdoors, which may be more than you realize. You can lower that percentage by installing a more efficient drip system that waters the base of the plants instead of simply dousing it. Your sprinkler system will cause water to evaporate or blow away, but you can also prevent this by investing in low-maintenance landscaping.

If You Want To Save Money On Your Water Bill, Call And Talk To A Plumbing Contractor Today

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to avoid high costs on water bills thanks to our plumbing contractor!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Pipe Repair Warning Signs To Look Out For

Pipe Repair Warning Signs To Look Out For

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Pipe repair is the plumbing service you need this fall if you suspect leaky pipes and want to ensure you save money on utility bills, and prevent the water damage from getting worse. However, knowing when the time is right for service may prove difficult. Since pipes are not immediately visible to the eye, and since many homeowners will take pipes for granted, problems with pipes can often go unnoticed. This means a serious issue may be forming in your pipes right now, and you may have no idea. Pipe problems will eventually present themselves in a number of unpleasant ways around the house. Your plumbing fixtures may suffer from low water pressure, your water supply may be hazardous, and you may even begin to notice dampness on the walls and floors of your home. These troubles can build up one right after the other, snowballing into a huge mess that will leave you unable to live in your home. But while these headaches can distract from any of your fun plans this fall, identifying the signs telling you to call for pipe repair is not impossible. In fact, sometimes all you really need to do is take a closer look around the house so you know to call for service immediately.

How Can Stewart Plumbing Help You?

Fortunately, when you do decide the time is right for repair, Stewart Plumbing will always be available to provide service. Our repairs are fast and durable, so you are not spending another moment this fall with faulty pipes. We have a team of plumbers available who offer dedicated customer service that will always go above and beyond to keep you satisfied. We can take a closer look at the inner workings of your home’s piping, assessing what areas need improvement and making quick fixes to any area of concern. Even if it is just a matter of a few tiny leaks, we can make repairs to ensure your pipes continue to work at their best. If we find your pipes are well beyond repair, we can replace them with modern piping ready to withstand anything. Once you work with us, you are guaranteed to relax so much easier this fall.

10 Warning Signs That Indicate You Need To Schedule A Pipe Repair Service

Though you may think identifying problems with your pipes will be too difficult, please take note of any of these 10 easy-to-spot signs around your home:

  1. Corroded Pipes: You may be able to see pipes outside of the house or in some other locations like the basement, which allows you the chance to inspect them for any signs of corrosion. Corrosion may be significant enough to detract from a pipe’s durability, costing you more money on repair. 
  2. Rusty Spots: In addition to rust on pipes, homeowners are sometimes going to see rust spots in odd places throughout their home. This is especially true if your pipes are older. Calling for repair as soon as possible before you experience any significant damage.
  3. Multiple Leaks: You may have to call for emergency plumbing repair if you are experiencing multiple leaks coming from all angles of your plumbing system. This is a sign of a serious problem that needs to be fixed immediately.
  4. Unexplained Dampness: Noticing random water stains on the walls and floors?  Many unexplained pipe leaks occur simply due to the homeowner not being aware of the age of their pipes.
  5. Strange Noises: Be alert of any loud and unsettling noises from your pipes. You may even hear sounds of a blockage coming from your pipes, which may indicate you also need drain cleaning.
  6. You Have Older Pipes: Pipes made out of material like polybutylene, clay, or cast iron are outdated and may be on the verge of crumbling to pieces. Call Stewart to upgrade as soon as possible.
  7. Low Water Pressure: Once your pipes stop working, you may notice you won’t have enough water pressure to take a shower or wash dishes. This may be a sign of pipe failure, and you need to call for repair to stop it in its tracks.
  8. Murky Water: Water quality may take a hit once your pipes malfunction. If you are noticing a murkiness to your water supply without it ever going away, it’s time to call for repair before you put your family’s well-being at risk.
  9. Extensive Physical Damage: Even the smallest physical damage can lead to some serious problems with your pipes, so don’t allow any tiny cracks or holes within the system go unfixed. You should definitely call for repair when these problems are interfering with your pipes’ performance.
  10. You Live In an Older Home: If your home was built before 1960, you may want to consider having a professional inspect your pipes. There is a good chance you still have the piping of the original property, making it more likely to experience issues.

Stop The Problems Associated With Leaky Pipes Before They Get Worse – Schedule Your Pipe Repair Service Today

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you are looking to save money on utility bills and we’ll send of our plumbers your way to conduct pipe repair!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Helpful Tips for Drain Cleaning This Fall

Helpful Tips for Drain Cleaning This Fall

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Drain cleaning should come before any fun activities this fall. Carving a jack-o-lantern or going on a haunted hayride will be secondary if the state of your plumbing system is threatened by clogs forming on the horizon. Even if you begin to sense the slightest problems with your drains, it is certainly worth an inspection or else it can grow into something much more serious. The consequences of neglecting your plumbing needs this season are nothing to take lightly. You will be forced to pay more on plumbing bills, be unable to use toilets and sinks to their fullest extent, and even risk plumbing fixture replacement. With troubles like this, you cannot afford to put off fixing drain problems at a much later date. You need to act immediately and save your plumbing system so you can enjoy life this fall without worrying when a clog will arrive.

Calling Stewart for Top-Notch Service

When you need help in eliminating clogs, please call Stewart Plumbing for high-quality drain cleaning. We can ensure your kitchen and bath drains are working to the best of their abilities without being interrupted by clogs. Sometimes all it takes is one quick look at your drains to determine if cleaning is necessary. From there, our team can provide excellent service that will see clogs eliminated in a hurry, such as water jetting. Calling us for a drain cleaning service is highly important if you live in a large home where many people are using fixtures at once, leaving you at a higher risk of experiencing clogs. But we don’t just limit ourselves to a particular house. We want all homeowners across the Memphis and north Mississippi area to experience our high-quality service, so that’s why our plumbers are able to adapt their service for any and all plumbing needs.

Follow These Drain Cleaning Tips 

If you expect to have a reliable plumbing system this season, you should know that even taking a few small steps can greatly reduce spending on your bills, lower the risk of unsanitary consequences like overflowing toilets, and improve fixture performance. You may not be an experienced plumber from Stewart, but you can still play a role in maintaining your drains by following these tips:

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar: If you ever had to make a grade school volcano project, you will know the mixture of baking soda and vinegar will create a fizzy, eruptive effect. The same can hold true for your drain clogs. One cup of vinegar and a ½ cup of baking soda poured down the drain will eliminate clogs by pushing them up and out.
  • Boiling Hot Water: Pour boiling hot water down the drain periodically to loosen up any materials sticking to drainage walls. This will make it much easier to scoop out any sources of blockage when you go to clean out the drain.
  • Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners: It may be tempting to use chemical drain cleaner when you are looking to eliminate a clog immediately. However, chemical drain cleaners are to be avoided, as they can wind up bringing even more damage to your plumbing system.
  • Consider Installing a Strainer: Your kitchen and bathroom sinks will be less likely to experience clogs if you install strainers to keep material like food, hair, and soap out. Though these strainers will also become blocked, you can clean them out periodically so they continue to work at their best.
  • Bent Wire Hangers: Have a wire coat hanger you are not using? Then it may prove helpful with drain cleaning. A bent wire hanger will clean out any smaller particles in your drains that other cleaning tools will miss, although do be careful not to scratch or damage the pipe.

Bonus Tips for Soft and Hard Clogs!

The most common types of drain clogs can be broken up into two groups: soft and hard. Soft clogs are usually found in bathroom sinks that rarely compact the drain, usually made of material like soap and hair. You can generally fix them following these tips:

  • Use a standard plunger to pull the clog up out of the sink or to push it on through the drain pipe.
  • Use a long, stiff brush made to fit down into the drain, snag the clog material and pull it back up and out.
  • Use a plastic strip with serrated edges, made to remove clogs, by being inserted into the drain and pulling out the material.
  • If the homeowner is not intimidated by plumbing work, they can disconnect the P-trap below the bathroom sink and remove the clog lodged there.

Hard clogs generally involve food and grease sticking to drainage pipes. This will compact the drain due to it forming into a hard mass. In case you experience this type of clog, here is what you should do:

  • Try using a standard plunger briefly to release a fresh clog. Do not do this for too long or too forcefully as it can damage the plumbing pipes and make them come apart.
  • For clogged toilets, pour dish detergent down the drain
  • Use a plumbing drain snake to break up the clog and clear the drain. However, be careful to not poke holes in any older, corroded drainage pipes.

Don’t Let Clogged Drains Sneak Up On You – Schedule A Drain Cleaning Service Today

Call Stewart Plumbing today if you want to live conveniently and comfortably this fall thanks to our drain cleaning!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How a Sewer Camera in Hernando, MS Can Make Repair Easier

How a Sewer Camera in Hernando, MS Can Make Repair Easier

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Here’s the major difficulty with identifying sewer problems—you can’t see them, or at least not so upfront. While there are some indicators around the house you can identify, including wet spots on your landscape and slowly draining fixtures, many sewer problems will persist without you having any idea as to what’s going on. That means jeopardy for your entire plumbing system, but fortunately all hope is not lost thanks to the assistance of a sewer camera in Hernando, MS.

At Stewart Plumbing, we can provide you with sewer service that will see us insert a small camera down your sewer line to give you an in-depth look into the inner workings of your plumbing system. A sewer camera in Hernando, MS does an incredible job in identifying where and how sewer problems originate, allowing to devise a clear path for repair. In fact, it makes the entire repair process go by so much faster, meaning your sewer system will be restored in no time at all!

3 Ways a Sewer Camera in Hernando, MS Can Help You

As far as we’re concerned, sewer repair shouldn’t have to be time-consuming, especially not with a sewer camera that can provide you:

  1. Greater Understanding of Your Plumbing System: Your plumbing system shouldn’t have to be this unforeseen, mysterious force. Fortunately, a sewer camera can uncover that mystery somewhat and allow you to see your plumbing in a whole new light. You’ll know what can make it stop in its tracks so you’ll know what steps to take to avoid any future trouble.
  2. A Clearer Path for Repair: Since a sewer camera can reveal what exactly is preventing your sewer line from working at its best, our team of experienced plumbers will have a better sense of what repairs need to be made. Making sewer repairs without a clear, determined path will only lead to more problems, so a sewer camera proves a helpful tool in ensuring repairs are done correctly.
  3. Quicker, More Effective Repair: Sewer repair would be a long, drawn-out process if it weren’t for a sewer camera serving as a guide. Since the camera can help develop a clear path for repair as soon as possible, you’ll notice the repair process go by so much faster. In addition, repairs will be so much more precise in eliminating the problem, especially when you consider it can also pick up specific details otherwise missed.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to learn more on how a sewer camera in Hernando, MS can help make the sewer repair process so much easier.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

What To Do When You Experience a Broken Pipe in Hernando, MS 

What To Do When You Experience a Broken Pipe in Hernando, MS 

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A broken pipe in Hernando, MS can cause serious damage to your property and isn’t something to take lightly. But with Stewart Plumbing on your side, there’s no need to panic. Stewart Plumbing started as a one man plumbing business but has since grown to be one of the most trusted plumbing companies in the area. They have a reputation of genuinely caring about satisfying customers, and they do everything they can to help homeowners maintain functional and efficient plumbing systems. If you experience a broken pipe in Hernando, MS, all you have to do is follow these four steps.

Turn Off the Water

A broken pipe will continue to expel mass amounts of water until the water is shut off. The sooner you can get to the water shut off valve, the better. You’ll find the shut off valve on the water main, and if you’re not exactly sure where that is, check under the kitchen sink or wherever your main service pipe is.

Drain The Pipe

Once you shut off the water, there will still be water left in your pipes. To keep it from spilling out into your home, you’ll need to drain the pipes. Start by running the cold water on all faucets and flush each toilet at least once. Turn the hot water heater off and then switch the faucets to run hot water. Once water stops flowing out of the faucets, your pipes will be clear and the leak will stop.

Find The Break

Locating the break in the pipe isn’t always as easy as it sounds, but following the trail of water is a good way to start. Once you find the break, assess the damage. Did the pipe completely burst, or is it only cracked? Consider where on your property the break is located, and inspect the surrounding length of pipe for additional damage.

Call The Pros

Once you’ve contained the leak and measured the damage, it’s time to call in a professional plumber. A plumbing contractor will be able to tell you why the pipe burst in the first place, and they’ll offer an effective solution. Knowing what to do will depend on the plumber’s training and experience, and repairing a broken pipe in Hernando, MS is never something to try on your own.

Stewart Plumbing is one of the most trusted names in Mississippi plumbing. They know a broken pipe in Hernando, MS is enough to bring your life to a halt, but their services are always fast and reliable. Call them today to schedule an appointment with their team of qualified plumbers.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Can You Unclog a Tub Drain in Hernando, MS?

How Can You Unclog a Tub Drain in Hernando, MS?

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You may not think much about that tub drain in Hernando, MS, except maybe when you actually want to take a bath and find that the drain is totally clogged. Your nightly showers and baths may prove so much more difficult with a clogged tub drain, especially when water levels in the tub itself show no signs of slowing down. It’s one of those situations that needs to be righted immediately or else it can result in something much worse for your plumbing system.

But what can you do? And how can you stop clogs in your tub drain once and for all? Allow Stewart Plumbing to provide advice. We’ve been working on drains of all types for years, so we have more than enough experience in knowing exactly needs to be done to keep a tub drain in Hernando, MS clog-free!

Maintenance Tips for a Tub Drain in Hernando, MS

The next time you find yourself stuck with a clogged tub drain, please take the following actions to ensure that clog is removed in a hurry:

  • Use a toilet plunger. While a toilet plunger may obviously be specifically created for tubs, it can still work just as well in eliminating clogs. First, fill up the tub with a few inches of water, which will help the plunger get suction. Then proceed to plunge up to 10 times until the water goes down, which is evidence the clog has been eliminated.
  • Clean out strainers. Though strainers are effective in keeping out any source of clogging like hair and soap, they themselves may become clogged. Clean them of any substances so they can continue to do their job.
  • Pour boiling hot water down your tub drain to loosen up any source of clogging. In addition, ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar can be poured down the drain, which will have eruptive effect that will send the source of the clog up and out of the drain.
  • Use a drain snake. A snake is a long, narrow tool that can easily fit into your drains to scoop out any source of clogging. It can be incredibly effective in removing anything a plunger wouldn’t be able to get.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to learn more on how you can maintain your tub drain in Hernando, MS!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Summer Tips for Residential Plumbing in Hernando, MS

5 Summer Tips for Residential Plumbing in Hernando, MS

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Summer is officially here and with the thermometer on the rise, you’re probably focused on maintaining your air conditioning to stay cool. But don’t simply allow your residential plumbing in Hernando, MS to go unattended! Drain clogs, leaky faucets, and water heating problems are just as common this time of year as they are for any other. Having a steady flow of cool air may be the most important thing in the world to you at the moment, but that’s only a seasonal worry. You need working plumbing fixtures at any time of the year.

Stewart Plumbing is here to help you with residential plumbing in Hernando, MS by offering maintenance service not just for this summer, but year-round 24/7. We don’t want to see your summer marred with plumbing problems, which is why our plumbers are always available to provide you with service that fixes problems before they worsen. No leak or clog will go unnoticed under the watchful eye of our licensed professionals!

How Can You Maintain Residential Plumbing in Hernando, MS?

In addition to our plumbing services, you can also take action by taking the following steps to ensure your home isn’t met with a plumbing disaster this season:

  • Avoid putting any grease or cooking oil down your drains at all costs. Grease and oil can eventually harden and make passage through your drains downright impossible. Instead, store grease or cooking oil leftover your last meal in a storage bag before discarding it in the regular garbage.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater. Not only will this prevent water from verging on scalding, it also won’t force your water heater to work so hard to produce hot water, thus lowering your energy consumption.
  • Inspect all plumbing fixtures in your home for leaks. If you notice walls and floors are dampening without much explanation, you should call a professional to determine the root of the cause before it costs you money on water bills and water damage.
  • Drain a few gallons of water from your water heater to remove any traces of sediment. Sediment usually builds up on the bottom of your water heater and can force the tank to make loud, banging noises.
  • If you plan going away for vacation this summer, shut off the main valve in your home before catching your flight. If there are any leaks at all in your plumbing system, this will at least prevent you from wasting any more water.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today for residential plumbing in Hernando, MS that improves the performance of toilets, sinks, showers, and more!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Toilet Repair in Hernando, MS: Look Out for These Warning Signs!

Toilet Repair in Hernando, MS: Look Out for These Warning Signs!

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Your toilet is the most essential plumbing fixture in your home. Come on, admit it: without a working toilet, would you be able to live in your home comfortably or, really, at all? When you first notice something is wrong it, the correct response is to not simply ignore it and continue with your everyday activities. You need to call for toilet repair in Hernando, MS immediately. No hesitation, no stalling, no excuses—you need to call for repair as soon as possible or else the level of sanitation in your home will plummet beyond belief.

Stewart Plumbing is here to provide you with toilet repair in Hernando, MS when you need it the most. We totally understand how important a toilet can be to life in your home, which is why we won’t waste a moment in getting it fixed. Though our team has encountered their fair share of plumbing nightmares over the years, we always find a way to pull through to provide you with the best, most durable repair service that keeps your toilet working better than ever.

When Should You Call for Toilet Repair in Hernando, MS?

So you may be asking yourself, “Well, when should I call for toilet repair?” In that case, be on the lookout for warning signs including:

  • Phantom Flushing: Are you hearing running water refilling in your toilet despite the fact that nobody flushed it? This phenomenon is known as phantom flushing. It sounds like something paranormal, but the reality is that it’s the result of a broken flapper seat. Call our technicians to replace the flapper seat with one that’s more durable and won’t allow for any unwarranted refills.
  • Overflows: This is a pretty obvious sign that you need to call for help. It’s probably the most urgent type of toilet repair, as allowing it to continue a few moments longer can prove to be a huge health hazard. If overflowing is a reoccurrence, you need to call a professional for inspection who can determine the root of a problem.
  • Weak Flushes: If your toilet isn’t flushing as strongly as it once did, it may have something to do with the holes underneath the rim of the bowl clogging. This is what is known as a weak flush. Our team of plumbers can apply different clog removal techniques to ensure your toilet is flushing effectively.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you need toilet repair in Hernando, MS, especially after noticing any of these signs!

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Reasons to Call for Water Leak Repair in Hernando, MS This Summer

3 Reasons to Call for Water Leak Repair in Hernando, MS This Summer

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Drip, drop, drip, drop, drip, drop—you hear that? That’s the sound of a water leak in your home. What are you going to do about it? Will you simply just allow it to persist or will you call for professional water leak repair in Hernando, MS? The answer here should always be the latter. You can’t allow leaks continue in your home any longer, or else you may waste money on water bills and lose access to your most essential plumbing fixtures.

Stewart Plumbing should be your first choice for water leak repair in Hernando, MS if you find a leak in your plumbing system. We can provide service as soon as possible that stops leaks before they turn into your worst nightmare. If you recently spotted a leak in your home, calling us for service now will ensure your summer is leak-free. Our team of plumbers can work so quickly that it will be like you never experienced a leak in your home at all.

Water Leak Repair in Hernando, MS: Why Should You Call?

The difficulty with water leaks is that most them usually aren’t visible to the eye, mainly because your piping is most likely located under floors and between walls. Homeowners will instead have to rely on signs like dampened walls, mold growth, or high costs on water bills to detect leaks. Call for our services now, so you can experience:

  • Greater Money Savings: Higher costs on water bills getting you down? They’ll only get worse if you allow leaks to persist in your home. You could lose up thousands of gallons of water on a leak if you don’t call for professional treatment. Our water leak repair in Hernando, MS will fortunately keep the costs of water bills down to a minimum. You can enjoy higher quality plumbing and still keep more money in your pocket.
  • Reduced Property Damage: When water leaks are running rampant on your home, it may result in water damage that can be costly to clean up. Water leaks can cause damper walls, mold growth, and even stained ceilings. It can single-handedly bring down your property value. Our services will help keep your home looking better than ever, with quick repair that gets rid of leaks before they turn your home into a place much less desirable to live.
  • Better Peace of Mind: When there’s a leak in your home and you can’t seem to locate it, you may experience higher levels of stress. But as far as we’re concerned here at Stewart Plumbing, you shouldn’t have to worry about leaks every time you turn on your plumbing fixtures. Our services will keep you at a better peace of mind.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you need water leak repair in Hernando, MS that will take care of your plumbing problems quickly and effectively.

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Reasons to Install Water Softening in Hernando, MS

3 Reasons to Install Water Softening in Hernando, MS

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Hard water is commonly found in 85% of water in the United States. If that overwhelming number doesn’t convince you to do something about it, then we don’t know what else could. Hard water contains higher levels of minerals like magnesium and calcium that can result in some long-term consequences in your home. These include: rougher laundry, spottier dishware, skin and eye irritation, reduced water pressure, and perhaps worst of all, damage to your plumbing fixtures. In other words, if you think hard water is somehow an easy problem to deal with, you need to change your mind and consider water softening in Hernando, MS.

The team at Stewart Plumbing can help keep your water supply soft and your family safe. We have a wide selection of water softening systems for you to choose from. One of our main goals is to see you with clean water for all purposes including drinking, showering, dish washing, laundry, and so much more. Our water softening systems will play a huge role in keeping you healthy. If you’re beginning to suspect hard water is on the verge of wreaking havoc in your home, you need to call for our services immediately.

How Can Water Softening in Hernando, MS Help You?

If you call us for water treatment services now, you can be provided with a water softening system that improve life in your home in all sorts of ways, including:

  • Improved Water Pressure: If you take a shower with hard water, you may not necessarily feel that level of water pressure that would otherwise make a shower feel so relaxing. Decreased water pressure can also prevent you from washing dishes and laundry effectively, leaving any tough stains go unremoved. Water softening can help improve water pressure not only for greater comfort, but for greater convenience in your everyday activities.
  • Cleaner Skin and Hair: Comfort won’t be the only thing sacrificed when you shower with hard water. Cleanliness will take a hit too. You may be scratching a bit more after every shower you take with hard water, as exposure may lead to skin irritation. You need showers that make you feel clean and fresh. Water softening will help make your skin and hair feel so much cleaner after each and every shower.
  • Extended Fixture Lifespan: If you allow hard water to persist long enough, it may result in serious pipe or water heater damage that will see you spend a hefty sum of money on repair and replacement. You may see yourself having to replace fixtures years before than you would have otherwise. Of course, this will take a toll on your savings and if you want to prevent losing money, calling Stewart Plumbing to install water softening is one way to do it.

If any of these benefits appeal to you, contact Stewart Plumbing today for water softening in Hernando, MS that will kick hard water to curb and ensure your water supply is healthier than ever!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Can You Maintain Kitchen and Bath Drains in Hernando, MS?

How Can You Maintain Kitchen and Bath Drains in Hernando, MS?

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A clogged drain is more than an inconvenience. If left too long, clogs have the potential to cause major plumbing issues. Maintaining functional kitchen and bath drains in Hernando, MS is an important task that should be at the top of every homeowner’s priority list. Stewart Plumbing has proudly provided Mississippi home and business owners with quality plumbing service for the past 22 years. They’re experts at cleaning drains and removing clogs, but they also want to help their clients avoid clogs altogether. Here are three ways you can protect your kitchen and bath drains in Hernando, MS.

  • Use a Drain Strainer: It’s easy for things like hair, food particles, and other small objects to slip down your drain without you knowing. Every time this happens, you’re one step closer to a clog. A drain strainer will keep solids from entering the drain and causing issues with your plumbing system. In addition to using a drain strainer, take extra care to what you dump in the sink. Avoid scraping dinner plates directly into the kitchen sink and be mindful of things like jewelry and pills that could easily slip off the counter and get washed down the drain.
  • Properly Dispose of Grease: Grease build-up is one of the top causes of kitchen sink clogs. Grease coats the interior of pipes, and as it accumulates, the diameter of the pipe gets smaller and smaller. The flow of water will become restricted and eventually blocked. Never pour cooking oil or grease down the drain. Instead, let it cool and pour it into an old milk jug. Throw it away or donate it to the Alternative Fuel Foundation.
  • Use Hotter Than Hot Water: Hot water melts away grease and helps keep pipes clean and clear. You want the water to be as hot as possible, so turn your faucet on as hot as it goes. Leave the water running for a few minutes and imagine those grease deposits simply melting away. Doing this once a week is an easy way to prevent future clogs in both your bathroom and kitchen.

Stewart Plumbing knows all the tricks to unclogging kitchen and bath drains in Hernando, MS. If you’re already dealing with a nasty clog, let their trained plumbers use their professional equipment and expert knowledge to clear it for you. Call them today to schedule an appointment.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Signs You Need Sewer Replacement in Memphis, TN

3 Signs You Need Sewer Replacement in Memphis, TN

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You probably don’t think about your sewer line all that often, and that’s understandable. The majority of people, as long as things are working properly, would rather not concern themselves with the goings-on of their sewage system. But if you’ve begun to notice a few things that seem off about your system’s performance, it may be time to take a closer look — because not addressing minor issues now could lead to major problems somewhere down the line. To ensure that your home’s plumbing is up and running properly, have a look at these 3 signs you might need sewer replacement in Memphis, TN.

  1. Your main line keeps backing up: If you’re dealing with a system that backs up more than once every year, you may just want to consider having the line dug up and replaced outright — because it may have permanent damage. The underlying cause of this could be one of a number of different things. For example, tree roots from your yard may have actually penetrated your pipes in their search for water, which is a serious problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
  1. You notice sewage odors or puddles in your yard: Few smells are more immediately unpleasant than the smell of raw sewage, which is why you may want to call a plumber as soon as possible if you’re catching a whiff of it. Worse yet, leaks can also cause dirty water to rise to the surface of your yard, a surefire sign that something is seriously wrong and that some pipes are going to need to be replaced.
  1. Your drain seems to be emptying a lot more slowly than usual: Because all your drains are connected to the same sewer line, it’s crucial to pay attention to the speed at which they drain across your home. If you notice that they’re all draining more slowly than you’re used to, there’s probably a clog or leak somewhere that needs to be taken care of — and the draining will only get slower if left unattended.

Sewage isn’t something you like to have on the brain often, but it’s a crucial part of maintaining the comfort and sanitation of your home. If you begin to notice signs that there’s something wrong with your sewer, the worst thing you can do is ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Instead, call Stewart Plumbing, the most trusted name in sewer replacement in Memphis, TN, and wave farewell to your sewage woes.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Plumbing Repair in Memphis, TN: 5 Important Tips for Homeowners

Plumbing Repair in Memphis, TN: 5 Important Tips for Homeowners

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Perhaps you’ve heard of the expression, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” While there are several areas of your life where this saying proves true, all too often it’s used as a way to cover up any underlying problems, namely with your plumbing system. If your plumbing system is broken, it does need to be fixed immediately. Plumbing fixtures like toilets and sinks are highly essential to your everyday life and when they’re not working, it can really throw off how you function in your home on a daily basis.

Stewart Plumbing is here to provide you with plumbing repair in Memphis, TN that works to get rid of your plumbing problems so you can enjoy this spring to its fullest. We handle any repair thrown our way, ranging from faucet leaks to full-scale sewer service. No matter what you need, you can always count on us to provide service that keeps your interests front and center. We will make you 100% satisfied with your plumbing system so you can live the rest of the spring in style.

Plumbing Repair Tips for Homeowners

In addition to receiving our services this spring, please take the following actions to ensure your plumbing system is ready to go:

  1. Make Sure Toilet is Flushing: A common indicator of toilet problems is when your toilet begins to flush slowly or doesn’t flush at all. The key here is to test the handle. If the toilet handle needs to be held down or jiggled in order to operate properly, it’s a sign you have old parts in need of replacement, which are fortunately inexpensive.
  2. Install a Backflow Valve: If you live in an area where sewer backup is a common occurrence, installing backflow prevention will keep your water healthy to use. A backflow valve can also prevent contaminated water from damaging your plumbing fixtures.
  3. Drain Water Heater Tank: The spring season is the perfect time to drain your water heater tank. The water inside the tank may soon become affected by corrosion caused by a buildup of sediment, which can result in loud, banging noises and damage to the actual tank.
  4. Pipe Leak Detection: If you want to save money on water bills this season, detecting pipe leaks in your home is one of the best ways to do it. You can identify pipe leaks with the following signs: damp walls and floors, stained ceilings, higher water bills, musty odors, etc. From there, call a professional at Stewart who can provide you proper leak repair.
  5. Consider Sump Pump Installation: Memphis has seen some bad flooding over the course of its history, so you need to install a sump pump in your home to protect it from any heavy rainfall that may occur thus season. A sump pump can also help lower your home’s chances of experiencing water damage.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you need plumbing repair in Memphis, TN that will ensure your spring remains problem-free.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

3 Signs You Need Garbage Disposal Repair in Southaven, MS

3 Signs You Need Garbage Disposal Repair in Southaven, MS

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Garbage disposal repair in Southaven, MS is an important step in maintaining a high level of convenience in your home. When you’re looking to discard food particles and other waste, your garbage disposal can work to chop it all up. But even though it can perform at a high level of quality for years, your garbage disposal will reach a point where it needs to be repaired to ensure it keeps working to your liking.  Otherwise, you suddenly have one less place to get rid of any waste.

Stewart Plumbing is here to provide you with garbage disposal repair in Southaven, MS that will keep your garbage disposal working to the best of its abilities. Besides, when your garbage disposal isn’t working, you need to hire a professional to do the job. It’s unwise to hire an unlicensed handyman to conduct garbage disposal repair as you may be only risking further damage to the disposal to the point where you may need to replace it entirely. Instead, refer to one of our fully trained plumbers and we can provide repairs to make your disposal work better than ever.

When Should You Call for Garbage Disposal Repair?

If you notice any of these 3 signs, please don’t skip a beat and call Stewart for garbage disposal repair immediately:

  1. Dull Blades: After years of chopping up waste to bits, the blades of your disposal are bound to start weakening and become dull to the point where they are rendered ineffective. This problem can only result in a higher chance of clogs due to the blades’ inability to chop up larger food particles, which will only cost you more on repair in the future. Once you suspect your blades are dulling, please call a professional for inspection.
  2. Humming Noises: Your disposal runs on a motor to spin its internal blades. It may make some noise when you turn it on. However, a louder, humming noise is certainly not what you want to hear and indicates there is a problem with the motor that needs to be fixed. The humming can overheat the motor and damage its operational parts.
  3. No Power: This sign indicates big trouble. If your garbage disposal is failing to turn on, you definitely need repair immediately. Power failure may indicate faulty electrical connections, either due wiring problems or circuit breaker trips. Either way, it needs professional attention right away.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today for garbage disposal repair in Southaven, MS especially after noticing these 3 signs!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Can Water Filtration in Memphis Improve Life in Your Home?

How Can Water Filtration in Memphis Improve Life in Your Home?

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Wells leading to underground aquifers supply most of the water to Memphis. Although this water is high in quality and relatively clean, water filtration in Memphis has many benefits to improving life at home. That’s because various impurities, compounds, and lifeforms exist naturally in water.

For example, the water may be pure but lead from residential and utility pipes can leach into it. The only way to know if there’s lead is to test for it. Run the tap if it hasn’t been turned on for a few hours, when this compound most often accumulates. Various types of filters can remove lead as well, including distillation and reverse osmosis filters.

In addition to lead-free water, having a filter at home has many other benefits.

Decontamination

Many types of filters remove bacteria and viruses, including cryptosporidium, E. coli, and salmonella. Water filtration in Memphis can actually keep you from getting sick. These organisms occur throughout nature and can be present in any water. The only sure bet on getting rid of them is to have a filter at the tap source.

Nitrates, pesticides, and in some cases radium or radon can leak into water supplies. Filters can remove these and give you peace of mind. Some compounds are known to have health effects if you are exposed to them over time. An affordable home filter can keep these out of your drinking water.

Better Quality

Home water filtration is also known to improve taste. Tap water may have chorine that is used to kill microbes before it gets to your home. Chlorine also has a lasting effect and even kills bacteria and viruses in pipes. Having a filter at the water’s destination point can rid it of that compound and its less than desirable taste.

Other Benefits of Home Water Filtration

Filtered water at home certainly improves water quality and health. Without chlorine, you can avoid the toxic effects it can have on the skin and lungs. Filtration can also protect appliances. Iron, for example, can create rusty stains around appliances and a filter can reduce these and the rotten egg smell that can go along with them.

In addition, some filters can soften water. You’ll see less residue buildup around the home. They also remove impurities so you’ll have softer hair and skin, plus you’re washing machine may yield cleaner clothes. At the very least, a water filter takes out the dirt and sediment so you don’t have to see these coming out of the faucet, into your hair, or in your drinking glass.

Better tasting water, lower lead levels, and fewer disease-causing microbes are reasons water filtration in Memphis improves life in your home. Naturally occurring and man-introduced contaminants are present in utility water everywhere. To ensure you don’t have to contend with these, get the best water filtration in Memphis today by contacting Stewart Plumbing!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Questions to Ask Before Kitchen Remodeling in Southaven MS

5 Questions to Ask Before Kitchen Remodeling in Southaven MS

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Perhaps you recently took a good look at the plumbing fixtures in your kitchen and said, “Things really need a change!” And if true, you should consider kitchen remodeling in Southaven MS for your home. After all, the plumbing fixtures in your kitchen are some of the most essential in your entire home and when they stop working, it can really throw your everyday life into a state of chaos! You need new toilets, showers, and sinks so your family can live comfortably all year long!

Stewart Plumbing is more than happy to help you with the entire process. We should be your number-one service for all things kitchen remodeling in Southaven, MS. We’ve got a team of plumbers who will gladly help you determine what sort of remodeling would be best for your kitchen and though remodeling may seem like a time-consuming endeavor, you’re guarantee we’ll move quickly in respects to your time and home!

What Should You Ask Before Kitchen Remodeling in Southaven, MS?

We truly understand how important it can be to make sure everything is done right without any headaches or frustration. Instead of rushing into the remodeling process, ask yourself these important questions:

  1. What is your budget? Sure, you may want to remodel your kitchen, but you need to consider the overall scope of your budget before you actually do anything. The average costs of kitchen remodeling hover around $17,000. That may sound like a lot of money to you, so it’s important to develop a strategy in how you’ll be able to pay for remodeling in a way that won’t leave your savings worse for wear.
  2. What fixtures should you upgrade? Kitchen remodeling may be important, but the last thing you want is to waste money on upgrading fixtures that don’t even need to be upgraded. For example, the faucet to your bathroom sink may be in desperate need of an overhaul, but your shower may continue to work normally. Don’t simply just remodel it all; remodel only what is necessary.
  3. How can you save energy? Your plumbing fixtures may wind up using more energy and sending your monthly energy costs skyrocketing in cost. Before remodeling begins Think of the way new plumbing fixtures can save you money on energy bills before you install. New faucets, sinks, and showers can also thousands of gallons of water from being wasted.
  4. How long can you go without a kitchen? Kitchen remodeling in Southaven, MS is a time-consuming process that will see you with access to a kitchen for an extended period of time. Considering the average person will rely on their kitchen and bathroom many times a day, the remodeling process may make life difficult for a short time.
  5. Who is this remodeling benefiting? Above all else, it comes down to the needs of yourself and others in your household. If you live in a home with a large family, then an upgrade in sinks and showers are what you need to keep life comfortable in your home.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want kitchen remodeling in Southaven, MS, especially after asking yourself these 5 questions!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

4 Money-Saving Tips from Our Emergency Plumbing Service in Memphis

4 Money-Saving Tips from Our Emergency Plumbing Service in Memphis

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Think of all the ways you’re spending money this winter. In addition to your usual expenses, you’re probably spending money on trying to keep you and your family warm, especially when it comes to trying to maintain your heating system. However, in the process of trying to keep warm air in the home, many homeowners forget to pay attention to their plumbing needs as well.

However, Stewart Plumbing is here to help you avoid plenty of plumbing problems this winter, thanks to our emergency plumbing service in Memphis. We want to see you with the most effective yet cost-efficient plumbing this season, which is why our team of plumbers will gladly provide you with 24/7 service. We are available all winter long, so never be afraid to call us at any time when you want cost-efficient plumbing in your home!

How Can You Save Money This Winter?

Drain clogs, frozen pipes, and leaky faucets are just a few of the plumbing nightmares you’ll experience this winter if you don’t take the steps necessary to avoid disaster. Here are a few tips from our emergency plumbing service in Memphis:

  1. Install a Backflow Valve: Installing a back flow valve may have an upfront cost, but it will save you from plenty of trouble in the long term. A backflow valve will keep water supply clean and will save you plenty of money on trying to keep your water clean in the future.
  2. Water Heater Replacement: If your water heater is older than 15 years, you need to consider water heater replacement to avoid wasting even more money on energy costs. An older, faultier water heater will eventually send those energy and repairs up to unmanageable highs.
  3. Check for Leaks: Check for any leaks or cracks in any of your plumbing fixtures so you’ll know to call for professional service immediately. Unfortunately, many homeowners will allow leaks to persist and they wind up costing themselves plenty of money on monthly water bills. Don’t add a layer of financial stress to your winter and get leaks fixed before they worsen.
  4. Turn down Water Heater Temperature: There will be a natural urge to rely on hot water as much as possible this season, especially if temperatures reach record lows. However, your water heater should not be set anywhere above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep your water heater from using energy to heat up water and prevent water from verging on scalding.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you need more advice and of course, call us when you need emergency plumbing service in Memphis!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Winter Tips for Plumbing Maintenance in Memphis

5 Winter Tips for Plumbing Maintenance in Memphis

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While sledding and snowman building can be fun, the wintertime see its own particular hardships and headaches. Having to scrape a firm layer of frost off your car in the morning in one thing, and even just climbing out of your warm bed to greet the cold air is another. But while the focus may be on staying warm, you may also be presented with another headache in the form of plumbing problems. It may your leaky faucets, toilet overflows, and sink clogs that may cause the biggest headache of the season!

Stewart Plumbing is here to provide you some helpful wintertime tips for plumbing maintenance in Memphis! While many people this season are focused on staying warm, we can’t stress enough how important it can be to take care of your plumbing. A season without heating is inconvenient, but a lack of working plumbing fixtures on top of that can really make life in your home difficult.

How Can You Maintain Your Plumbing This Winter?

The plumbers at Stewart Plumbing are here to help you with any of your plumbing needs this winter but in the meantime, there are several things you can do to ensure your plumbing is ready to withstand all the snow storms, ice, and strong winds ahead. Take a look at these 5 maintenance tips:

  1. Avoid Drain Clogs: Once a week, pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain. It will push any potential sources of clogs out and lower the chance of future clogs. Who knew simple household items could prove so effective in drain cleaning?
  2. Keep Grease Away from Fixtures: While hot and greasy food may sound tasty at this time of year, avoid leaving grease or oil anywhere near plumbing fixture. Cooking grease can actually harden in drains and make them near impenetrable.
  3. Turn Down Water Heater Temperature: Your first instinct after a long winter’s day of snow shoveling may be to jump into a hot, relaxing shower. However, water heating will make up 14 to 25 percent of your monthly heating bills. Keep water heater temperature below 125 degrees Fahrenheit to keep energy costs down and, more importantly, avoid burning.
  4. Schedule Showers Evenly: If more than one person in your household needs to take a shower, wait 10 minutes between each shower to give your water heater a rest. Did you know you will only use 20 to 40 gallons of water on a 4-minute shower?
  5. Run Plumbing Fixtures: The best way to keep pipes from freezing or bursting is by running water at regular intervals from every valve in your home. Make sure water is warmer as well, as this will further reduce the chances of you going through the pain of getting frozen pipes fixed.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today for plumbing maintenance in Memphis and of course, follow these maintenance tips!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Water Filtration in Memphis: What is Contaminating Your Water?

Water Filtration in Memphis: What is Contaminating Your Water?

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It seems like the go-to solution to avoiding to contaminated water these days is stocking up on bottled water. There are two problems with this: it’s not cost-efficient, and those plastic water bottles won’t be too nice on your local landfill. The fact of the matter is that all drinking water contains naturally occurring contaminants. After all, water is bound to pick up contaminants when it is passing through streams, rocks, and soil. Not all of these contaminants will have an impact on your health, but the danger of becoming ill from drinking water is still present.

The perfect solution to all of your contamination problems is by calling up Stewart Plumbing for water filtration in Memphis. We offer a wide range of filtration solutions including filters on faucets and appliances so you’ll have clean water for the whole family. The well-being of our customers is our top concern, and the quality of drinking water can play a large part in the quality of living in your home. We can ensure you’ll have clean water for drinking, washing dishes, cooking food, doing laundry, and more!

Common Drinking Water Contaminants

Before you take your next sip of tap water, take a look at the following contaminants that can often seep into your water supply and make it undrinkable:

  • Magnesium: Along with calcium, magnesium can lead to the creation of hard water, which can result in skin and eye irritation if it comes into human contact. Significant consumption of magnesium can have a laxative effect on the human body and also contain higher elements of lime scale.
  • Calcium: A healthy intake of calcium, primarily in dairy products, can lead to stronger bones and teeth. But when it comes to your water supply, it’s often a sign of hard water that can skin and eye irritation, spotty dishware, rougher clothes after laundry.
  • Aluminum: Though low levels of aluminum will have no real impact on your health, there are far greater long-term effects if aluminum levels are high enough. It’s been often reported that significant levels of aluminum consumption are linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s later in life.
  • Lithium: Lithium can natural occur in many water sources across the country. A scary fact, considering the effects of drinking water contaminated with lithium are threatening. Consumption of lithium can lead to vomiting and kidney damage!
  • Dirt: Yes, even actual dirt can contaminate your water. Of course, this will make your water taste horrible and certainly not what you want when you need to take a shower. There’s also no telling how many additional contaminants is carrying with it.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want to learn more about water filtration in Memphis to keep these common contaminants and more out!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask Our Memphis Plumber: How Can You Save Water This Winter?

Ask Our Memphis Plumber: How Can You Save Water This Winter?

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Though heating costs always take a big bite out of your household budget in the winter, these water saving tips from your Memphis plumber can help balance things out a bit.

Water Saving Tips From Your Memphis Plumber

Unless you get your water from a well on your own property, the amount of money you spend during the cold months can rise. The reason for this is simple: when it’s cold out, it takes longer for water to heat up. Plus, many of us like to take looong, hot showers. Even if it’s only a matter of 30 seconds to wait for the water to be warm enough to comfortably wash your hands or bathe, when you add up all of the times you use hot water, the cumulative amount of water your household uses is significant. In order to save water, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Take shorter showers. (Yes, we know you want to take longer ones, but just think of that water bill!)
  • Don’t let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face.
  • Insulate your pipes. That way, they won’t freeze and burst. Plus, it’ll reduce the time needed to heat the water.
  • Use a low-flow showerhead.
  • Install aerators on all faucets.
  • Only use the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load.
  • When washing dishes by hand, let the water gather in the sink instead of letting the water run.
  • Regularly check for signs of pipe leaks such as damp spots on the floor or along the walls.
  • Repair or replace broken faucets, toilets and other fixtures.

Call Your Memphis Plumber for Repairs

If you’re faced with a broken toilet, leaky faucet or burst pipe, call Stewart Plumbing right away. We understand how important it is for you to keep your water bills low, and of course, minimize any water damage caused by leaks. Plus, we can give you even more tips on how to reduce your household’s water usage. So don’t wait: call Stewart Plumbing right away.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Can Bathroom Remodeling in Memphis Improve Your Home Value?

How Can Bathroom Remodeling in Memphis Improve Your Home Value?

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Make 2016 the year you increase your home’s value: invest in bathroom remodeling in Memphis!

How Bathroom Remodeling in Memphis Can Increase Your Home’s Value

Whether the idea of remodeling your bathroom makes you grab your tablet to browse ideas on Houzz or makes you break out in cold sweats thinking of the costs and inconvenience, there’s one thing that’s for sure: giving your bathroom a facelift can significantly increase your home’s value. Here’s why:

A bathroom is typically an important selling point when you put your home on the market. Buyers want bathrooms that are nice to look at, comfortably laid out and furnished with quality materials. If they see a bathroom that hasn’t been upgraded since the 1970s, chances are they’ll either try to drive the price of the home down… or pass on the property altogether.

So if you’re ready to take your bathroom to the next level, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Don’t embark on any remodeling without talking to a trusted realtor. Before you decide what to change, you need to get a professional opinion on what makes sense for your home. For example, if you live in a suburb where home are generally in the $500,000 to $550,000 range, you can go for top quality materials and designer lighting. But if your home is in a less wealthy area and the neighboring homes are valued at $200,000 max, you need to ask yourself if investing in top of the line materials is realistic. After all, despite the fact that the actual material value of your home increases, people looking to buy in your area won’t have the budget you’re aiming for. And those that do have that budget are more likely to look in an area where all of the homes are more expensive.
  • Always hire a reputable plumber for bathroom remodeling. That way, you know all of the work is up to code, which will protect you from losses later. It’s best to involve your plumber from the very beginning of the project, so he or she can help you plan according to your realtor’s recommendations and budget.

For more information about bathroom remodeling in Memphis, call Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow