Immediate Benefits of a Camera Inspection

Immediate Benefits of a Camera Inspection

  • Drain Cleaning
  • Plumbing
  • sewer repair
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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

The Risks of Undetected Leaks

The Risks of Undetected Leaks

  • Leak Detection
  • Leak Repair
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Leaky Pipes

Even the smallest leak can quickly turn into a major problem in your home. Most leaks require professional attention just to figure out where they are coming from! If left to worsen, they can cause mold, mildew, structural damage and sky-high utility bills. If you are experiencing any of the following problems in your home, call Stewart Plumbing for leak detection and repair today.

When to Call Stewart Plumbing

  • Mold or mildew. Any amount of mold or mildew is never a good sign. When excess moisture is left accumulate, they can grow at a rapid rate. This can be a health hazard for your home, as it causes asthma symptoms to worsen and other breathing related illnesses to pop up. If you notice spots of mold or mildew on the walls, ceiling, or anywhere else in your home, it’s likely that you have a leak.
  • Wall damage. Leaks can happen almost anywhere in your home, including inside your walls. If you see warped or peeling paint and wallpaper, you probably have a leak behind the wall.
  • Water stains. If your roof is leaking, it may cause dark or discolored patches on your ceilings. Sometimes the color of the stain can also help to determine what caused the leak. Dark brown or copper stains are usually caused by a leaking pipe.
  • Musty odors. If there’s mold in your home, you may be able to smell it before you see it. When something smells musty, it’s a sure sign of excess moisture somewhere. Be mindful of any foul odors. If you suspect you smell something musty, call a plumber.
  • Warped walls and doors. Water damage can be very destructive to the wood in your home. Be sure to check your walls for any curved planks, uneven surfaces, or slight discoloration. Water damage from a leak can cause windows and doors to become warped as well.
  • Excess moisture. Do your walls look sticky, almost like they’re sweating? This is usually the result of a moisture buildup behind the wall.
  • Cracked foundation. Don’t forget that leaks can happen underground as well! If you see cracks in your garage floor, you may have a waterline leak. Leaks under your home can lead to soil erosion, causing parts of the house to settle at a lower level.

How Stewart Plumbing Can Help

Leaks area very time sensitive issue because often be difficult to detect and, if overlooked, may cause severe structural damage to your home. No matter the type of water leak you are facing, we are ready to help. Our leak repair services include:

  • Leak detection.
  • Wall, ceiling, and floor leak damage repairs.
  • Plaster and drywall leak damage repairs
  • Foundation leak repairs.
  • Basement crack repairs.
  • Moisture readings.

Don’t let leaks damage your home any more than they already have. At the first sign, call Stewart Plumbing. 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Six Tips for Getting Your Plumbing Ready for Spring

Six Tips for Getting Your Plumbing Ready for Spring

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If the snow is finally melting, then spring is almost here, and it’s time for some much-needed plumbing maintenance. All the accumulated ice and snow not only wears down your home but potentially buries damages that won’t see the light of day until its above freezing. Your plumbing is no exception, and with the incoming showers, it’s best to be prepared. Nobody wants to trade off frozen plumbing for leaky, busted pipes, and a flooded basement. Luckily, with the right maintenance, you don’t have to.

How You Can Keep Your Home Dry This Spring

Whether you experienced any trouble during the winter season or not, spring can be just as damaging and unpredictable. Water from melted snow can leak into cracks and crevices, resulting in costly water damage. Appliances like your sump pump and water heater may have overworked themselves to keep your home warm and dry. Worst of all is your plumbing, which has just survived the threat of freezing and bursting. The good news is that you can prevent a plumbing catastrophe no matter what time of year, here’s how.

  • Check for leaks. Leaks can happen anywhere, which is why it’s important to thoroughly inspect your pipes and water fixtures. Look around your home. Make sure there is no water dripping out or around the connections, especially when a fixture is not in use. You can often find exposed pipes underneath cabinets or in your basement. Some leaks may be hard to find, but you can usually spot the warning signs. If you find a leaky fixture or pipe, water pooling in places they shouldn’t be, or constantly hear running water, you should contact a plumber immediately.
  • Inspect your sump pump. Your sump pump may have overworked itself this winter to keep your basement flood free, which means it could be due for some maintenance. Make sure to fill the basin to the top with water, your sump pump should start immediately. If it doesn’t, then something is in need of repair. If you remove the basin, there’s a grate at the bottom that needs cleaning. It may also be worthwhile to have a plumber inspect your sump pump, as well as other water appliances.
  • Clean your drains. Clogs are a nuisance for you and your plumbing, and they can happen anytime. It’s always a good idea to consistently clean your drains, as it can not only prevent clogs but bigger plumbing problems. Avoid chemical drain cleaners when cleaning the drains, as the chemicals used can eat away at your pipes and destroy expensive coatings on your sinks and counters. Hot water, dish soap, baking soda, vinegar, and citrus peels are all safe alternatives.
  • Don’t forget your water heater. Besides the sump pump, spring is a good season to tune up your water heater. It’s recommended that you service your water heater every six months to ensure it functions properly. A water heater in need of maintenance, or worse, a damaged water heater, is at risk of bursting and flooding your basement. Make sure to flush the tank of any sediment deposits and debris that could have built up inside. An inspection can also help detect any potential problems before they get serious.
  • Look for any damages. The winter season can be a lot on your home, which is why it’s a good idea to inspect for damages as soon as possible. The extreme cold, ice, and snow could have damaged your home’s exterior and plumbing. Check for any cracks, leaks, or broken connections which could have been caused by a frozen pipe. The longer a broken pipe is left untreated, the worse your plumbing can get, call a plumber right away if your plumbing is damaged.
  • Inspect your basement plumbing. Not all of your plumbing is hidden inside the walls. While you’re busy inspecting your appliances and water fixtures, it’s important not to forget the basement plumbing, as well as what’s underneath your house. Check any exposed pipes for potential damages. If you notice wet spots, pools of water, or smell mold, you most likely have a leak that needs urgent repair.

Prepare for Spring Showers

Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing catastrophe, but they can happen. That’s why proper plumbing maintenance is important, especially as you’re going from one wet season to another. The spring season can be just as tough on your plumbing without the right preparation, so it’s important to prepare before it arrives. Keep your home dry and plumbing happy by scheduling an inspection with a plumber today.

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The Winner of the Stewart Plumbing Oldest and Ugliest Water Heater Contest

The Winner of the Stewart Plumbing Oldest and Ugliest Water Heater Contest

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To kick off this last autumn we introduced a contest that would award the owner of the oldest and ugliest water heater that we replaced a $500 gift card. We changed out many heaters, some ugly, some very ugly; some old, some very old, but we finally had one take the cake! Mrs. Fifer of Cordova, Tn ended up with the winning water heater. Our technician Michael Hawkins met with Mrs. Fifer in November and set her lovely home up with a new heater. Mrs. Fifer’s heater had lived a long life of 25 years before finally giving out. We would also like to make Mrs. Fifer our customer of the month. She was a dream! We had a great experience in her home, and look forward to many years of service with her.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Stewart Gives Back to the Community: Christmas in Hernando Benefit

Stewart Gives Back to the Community: Christmas in Hernando Benefit

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On December 15th , Stewart Plumbing a handful of other local businesses sponsored an event to benefit the Hernando Parks and Recreation Foundation. The event was a formal concert by the Mississippi Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Germantown Symphony Orchestra.

Over 200 tickets were sold, and all proceeds went to the great local cause. The Hernando Parks and Recreation Foundation plans to invigorate the Hernando area with new park facilities, and keep the existing ones updated, safe, and clean. After a very elegant hors d’oeuvres party at the historic Banks Mansion hosted by the Hernando Arts Council, attendees headed to the Hernando Performing Arts center for the concert. The event was kicked off by Les Green sharing a word on behalf of association, as well as thanking the sponsors for their generosity. Mr. Green then introduced the Mississippi Youth Chamber Orchestra led by Peter Whitham who played selections from a repertoire of classical pieces. As they exited the stage to a standing ovation, the set quickly changed to accommodate the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, who played for over an hour with a set of classical pieces, and a set of sing-along holiday pieces.

The event was a success for the Parks and Recreation Foundation, and Stewart Plumbing is proud to have been able to be a contributing part of the event.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Hi-Tech Leak Detection Techniques

Hi-Tech Leak Detection Techniques

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Leaky pipes can be truly disastrous for your Memphis home or business. Leaks can linger undetected for weeks and months at a time, wreaking havoc on both your property and your wallet.  Luckily, Stewart Plumbing has an arsenal of different hi-tech methods in the truck to get your leak found and repaired quickly.

Infrared Detection: This is a highly accurate and expedient method of detecting and locating hard-to-find pipe leaks. When a pipeline leak allows a fluid, such as water, to form an emergent plume, it has a thermal conductance different from the dry soil or excavated material surrounding the pipe. The plumes will show up ‘red’ on the infrared scanner pinpointing the exact leak site(s).

Smoke Testing: Smoke tests force artificial, non-hazardous smoke through your pipelines to find the source of leaks. Pipelines not being tested are blocked at both ends to easier track the leak back to the source. Smoke is then propelled into the pipes with powerful fans. If the pipes are leak-free, no smoke will escape. However, if they are leaking, smoke will escape at the leak sites in the form of small plumes. Our technicians will mark these plumes with small flags or markers to designate which sections of pipes will require replacement or repair.

Acoustic Emission Detection: Liquids escaping from leaks in underground pipelines make soft, yet distinct sounds which can be difficult to track with an unaided ear. Luckily, these almost imperceptible sounds still leave an acoustic “fingerprint” or signal that can successfully be located with acoustic sensors. When a leak does occur, a resulting low frequency acoustic signal is detected, analyzed and ultimately repaired.

Video Detection: One of the most accurate, straightforward methods of pipeline leak detection available today. A small camera is attached to a long tether which is then pulled through your pipeline to check for leaks. This method provides to real time images of your pipes’ interior so that we can visually inspect and track the leak site(s).

If you have water spots on your walls or ceilings, abnormally soft spots in your grass or soil, or an excess of mold and mildew, it’s time to call Stewart Plumbing, your local leak detection experts.

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Winter Plumbing Prep – Avoiding a Winter Meltdown… Or Freeze-up

Winter Plumbing Prep – Avoiding a Winter Meltdown… Or Freeze-up

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Winter plumbing prep can help you avoid a winter meltdown. As the harsh cold of winter approaches, you must ensure everything in your home is in tip-top condition. With harsh weather and rough conditions, it can be a long time until a professional is able to reach your house if a critical failure were to occur during an inopportune time. We often take for granted how steadily our appliance work without any maintenance needed. We go about our day as usual and never really pay these appliances or systems any mind. That is, until a breakdown occurs due to build up damage. Here are a few maintenance tips that you can add to your weekend agenda to prepare your home the right way for those frigid months:

How Winter Plumbing Prep Benefits Homeowners:

When the winter plumbing prep in a home is properly done, the occupants of the structure have little worries about stepping into a cold shower because the hot water heater has stopped working, or the ductwork underneath the home has been damaged or is leaking. Ensuring that the plumbing in a home is properly functioning, reduces the risk of overflowing toilets and illnesses related to contact with raw sewage like Salmonellosis, Hepatitis A, and Hookworm Infection just to name a few. Other benefits afforded to homeowners who do routine maintenance on their plumbing include:

  • Being able to avoid costly repairs related to improper maintenance resulting in plumbing emergencies
  • Avoiding the costs associated with having to replace carpeting, hardwood and laminate flooring, and appliances
  • Extending the longevity of pipes and fixtures
  • Having the peace of mind in knowing that hot water is available to take care of their needs
  • Avoiding the risk of an electrical fire or electrocution
  • Maintaining a safe water supply for drinking, and to take care of other needs
  • Lower electric bills

What Homeowners Can Do:

Homeowners who take the time to weigh the pros and the cons of properly maintaining the pipes and plumbing fixtures in their homes should easily come to the conclusion that it is far better to maintain the integrity of their plumbing systems than it is ignore it. Plumbing emergencies can lead to much larger problems than water damage. Standing water inside of basements, garages and underneath houses threaten and ultimately weaken the foundation of structures. Here are some tips that every homeowner should follow to prepare their home for the winter months.

  • Locate the shut off valve – Every homeowner and the occupants of their home should know where the shut-off valve is located. If there is an emergency like the bursting of a pipe, the valve should be shut off to cut off the water flow. If there is a special tool that is needed to open and close the valve, it should be located in a central place that is easily accessible.
  • Increase water heater temperature – As temperatures drop so do the temperatures of water heaters in homes. Increasing the temperature of water heaters by a few degrees will keep water hot during the coldest of days.
  • Insulate pipes – Insulating pipes that are exposed to the outside or in areas like basements and garages will safeguard them from the elements and help prevent freezing.
  • Run water – In cases of extreme cold running water from every valve to avoid frozen pipes.
  • Stop the flow of outside air – Check for incoming air in attics and crawl spaces and seal them with heat tape.
  • Clear the snow – Remove any snow that collects in areas around water drains
  • Disconnect hoses and drains – Disconnect garden hoses before the winter months begin.
  • Keep numbers handy – Keep numbers to utility companies in a place that is easily accessible in case of an emergency that requires them to have to disconnect water from the main water line.

Pipes and fixtures should be examined by a professional plumbing service at least once a year to check for leaks and to ensure that valves are intact. Other common-sense measures that homeowners can take to ensure that they stay free and clear of plumbing disasters include keeping drains clear of hair grease, and other debris by using an enzyme drain maintenance cleaner at least once a month.

Call Stewart Plumbing today for more information on winter plumbing prep!

By Matt Seidell

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Toilet Replacement Can Improve Your Bathroom and Home Value

How Toilet Replacement Can Improve Your Bathroom and Home Value

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How Toilet Replacement Can Improve Your Bathroom and Home Value

 

It might come as a surprise to homeowners that a toilet replacement can significantly improve your home value. Old toilets are prone to give you more problems than just a slow fill or incomplete flush. Toilets in need of replacement are also prone to break, which is a costly repair, or even worse, leak, which can result in costing hundreds to thousands to repair. A new toilet not only saves you from the frustration of using an old toilet, it saves you the cost and maintenance needed to maintain your old plumbing.

 

How A Toilet Replacement Benefits You

 

A toilet is one of the most used appliances in your home, which generally means it needs more maintenance than other major home appliances. When it comes to cost, sometimes paying for a repair is the most cost effective solution. Over time, however, the costs needed to maintain your toilet can exceed a toilet replacement, and that’s not even including utility bills. Here’s how a toilet replacement can help you.

 

  • You use less water. Toilets account for a significant percentage of your home’s water usage, about 31%. Older toilets, especially anything built and installed before 1994, are inefficient and can cost you high utility bills. By installing a new toilet replacement, you can automatically reduce your home’s water usage by 23 – 46%.
  • You save money. On top of lower utility bills, a toilet replacement saves you the trouble of any ongoing toilet plumbing issues. Frequent clogs and leaks can add up in cost, and a cracked tank or damaged floor seal not only results in a toilet replacement but water damage.
  • You can add some flair to your bathroom. As one of the most visible fixtures to sit in your bathroom, a toilet replacement gives you the option to give a little style to your bathroom. For those planning a renovation, the toilet is a good place to start. Toilets now come in multiple designs, whether you need something small and compact to save space or something flashy to impress your guests.
  • Your home value will increase. Besides the perks of a stylish bathroom, a new toilet can also increase your home value. If you plan to sell your home, visually appealing bathrooms which include appealing toilets, are shown to help homes sell more quickly and for a higher price than homes with a lackluster bathroom.

 

What to Look For in Your Toilet Replacement

 

If it’s time to replace your toilet, you’ll want to make sure you find a toilet that works best for you and your home. Replacing your toilet is something you want to get right the first time, as an improper installation will result in more plumbing problems. The size of your bathroom, budget, and style preferences are all things to consider before buying a new toilet. Here are a few things to consider when replacing your toilet.

 

  • Size. What’s probably most important is the size of the toilet and the space available in your bathroom. It’s crucial to measure the distance between the floor drain and the wall, as well as the toilet’s height. Different sizes can serve different functions. Taller toilets, for example, can be more comfortable, especially for taller people, the elderly, or people with disabilities. Bowl shapes are another thing to consider, elongated bowls provide more comfort while round bowls use less space.
  • Flush performance. Each toilet comes with a flush rating. The flush rating determines how well a toilet can remove waste and resist clogging. Flush ratings can typically be found on the packaging or displayed somewhere in the toilet aisle of your local store. The higher the flush rating, the better.
  • Efficiency. If you want to save money by being energy efficient then it’s important to look for efficient models. Watersense toilets, for example, are one type of toilet that can save you $90 a year on utility costs. Some local water districts will even offer rebates for installing an energy-efficient toilet.

 

Get the Toilet Your Home Deserves

 

Old, malfunctioning toilets are a pain no homeowner should have to put up with. Maintaining an old toilet is costly, so if it’s time for a toilet replacement, it’s important to contact the professionals. A licensed plumber can help determine which toilet works best for you, as well as ensuring your new toilet is properly installed. Don’t wait until the plumbing clogs, give your bathroom some love with a new toilet.

Call Stewart Plumbing Inc for information on toilet replacement!

By Matt Seidell

Stewart Plumbing: Lending a hand in our community

Stewart Plumbing: Lending a hand in our community

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by Travis Thaxton

It was business as usual on a Tuesday morning.

It started off as a very normal service call for Stewart Plumbing. The phone rang and Mrs. Davis told us about a church member who was in need of plumbing and electrical work. She and her husband identified an opportunity to help a neighbor in need, and decided to help out. We were happy to put our technician Chuck on site to address the needs of the customer. It became very clear that the work was far more extensive than anyone planned for, and would be well out of The Davis’ budget. We left a handful of estimates behind, and let Mrs. Davis know to give us a call should they figure out a way to handle the situation.

Thankfully that isn’t where this story ends. Chuck brought the news back to the office and sat down with our owner Tim Stewart and our service manager Mike Robbins, after sharing the story of the home-owner, retired police officer John Franklin, Sr, the decision was clear that this was a perfect opportunity to lend a hand to someone in need by donating the work.

Stewart Plumbing outside Mr. Franklin's home

Stewart Plumbing seeks ways to give back to the community.

Part of the responsibility of having a successful business is to help those who are less fortunate. After a handful of phone calls we were set up to have an install crew on site a few days later. The work would take one full day with two plumbers, and then we would need to return after the city made their inspection for a few hours to hook everything up. This was a great opportunity for our seasoned Master Plumber Scott Everett to work with our newest apprentice Adam McCollough and show him the ropes of gas work in Memphis.

Adam removes a pressure gauge from a gas pipe.

 

After a day full of working on installing new gas piping and connections throughout the home, bringing the gas system up to current city code, reworking the water heater and furnace, pulling a permit with the city, passing the inspection, and returning the next day to prepare the gas system for MLGW to install the meter, we were done and Mr. Franklin was in a position to have his gas turned back on!

Though he has trouble getting around, Mr. Franklin was eager to lend a hand to Scott and Adam and share stories of his time as a police officer in Memphis. He mostly looked forward to getting a nice hot shower. Thank you for your years of police service, Mr. Franklin. We’re so very glad that we could help! A photo from Mr. Franklin’s younger days sat over his piano.

Mr. Franklin

Visit www.StewartPlumbing.com for all of your plumbing service needs.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Why Should You Have a Sewer Camera Inspection in Memphis?

Why Should You Have a Sewer Camera Inspection in Memphis?

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A backup or clog in your sewer line is a very unpleasant situation. It can be felt through the rest of your plumbing, and quickly turn into a serious problem. The experts at Stewart Plumbing understand how troublesome these issues are. They tackle sewer issues with speed and success using a state of the art technology—camera inspection. When you’re experiencing sewer issues in your plumbing, trust the experts at Stewart Plumbing for quality sewer camera inspections in Memphis.

The Importance of Camera Inspections

A camera inspection should be the first service performed on a sewer line experiencing clogs, leaks, or other forms of blockage regardless of how frequent they happen. A camera inspection allows the plumber to actively locate clogs and leaks. Before this technology, it was a guessing game to locate obstructions usually concluding in excessive work, time, and money to excavate entire sewer lines. Today, camera inspections allow timely sewer analysis that is accurate and practical.

Camera inspections save time and money. They help to evaluate the entire health of your sewer line instead of focusing on one aspect alone. For example, a camera inspection will allow a plumber to identify more than one leak, crack, or identify an unknown obstruction such as tree roots. In this way, they can save you from future issues by identifying premature blockages or leaks.

When to Have a Camera Inspection

Since camera inspections help identify the location of clogs and blockages, it’s imperative to utilize this technology when your sewer line is experiencing a backup. But this isn’t the only time a camera inspection is useful, inspections also allow a plumber to view and evaluate the condition of the sewer line and its additional pipes based on its interior and any visible cracks, leaks, or corrosion. This is especially beneficial information when looking into new real estate or attempting to sell your own.

When you’re experiencing a sewer line issue or are interested in the health of your sewer pipes, trust the experts at Stewart Plumbing for quality camera inspection service.

Call Stewart Plumbing today to schedule your first camera inspection and protect the lifespan of your sewer line!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Tankless Water Heating in Memphis

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Tankless Water Heating in Memphis

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If you own a home in Memphis, then you know that replacing your hot water heater is one of those dreaded necessary evils most property owners will eventually have to face. If you’ve haven’t had to yet and you’ve lived in your home for the last 8 to 10 years, your time is coming. Regardless of the reason why you haven’t needed to research water heating options its important to know that there are a lot of great options available to homeowners including tankless water heating.

Tankless water heating in Memphis come in a larger variety, are more energy efficient and more manageably priced than ever before. However those are just a few of the reasons to switch to tankless water heating in Memphis.

You should consider tankless water heating in Memphis because:

1.) It’s hot water “on demand.”

What does “on demand” tankless water heating in Memphis? With tankless heating, all you have to do to have hot water is turn on the faucet is turn it on. And there’s no waiting for the tank to refill after someone takes a shower. Water is heated, as it’s needed.

2.) They use less space.

Water heaters are big and bulky. They take up valuable storage space. Insulation guidelines have recently been increased, which means even larger tanks than before. Tankless water heaters are small enough to mount on walls.

3.) They’ll get you more money.

Buyers want upgrades. They want problem free homes that have energy efficient appliances and are move in ready. When it’s time to sell, having a tankless water heating in your Memphis home will make it stand out from other less-modernized options.

4.) They’ll cost you less money.

Even if you’re not thinking about selling now, you can still take advantage of monetary benefits of having tankless water heating in Memphis. Installing tankless water heating in Memphis is more expensive putting in a water heater with a tank. However, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years need and require less maintenance.  When repairs are needed they are typically less expensive than traditional models as well.

 5.) They’ll cost you less money. Part II.

In a traditional water heater, water is warmed up and stored until someone turns on the dishwasher or other appliance. Think of all the money you spend each night while you are sleeping or while you are at work, keeping water – that is not being used – warm. Having tankless water heating in your Memphis home means having water that is “on demand,” which can result in lower monthly energy bills.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Kitchen Remodeling in Memphis: The latest Trends

Kitchen Remodeling in Memphis: The latest Trends

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Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home. It is the focal point of your family’s daily activity and conversation. Your kitchen’s design says a lot about your home and your family. That’s why so many homeowners are interested in kitchen remodeling! The room that you’re in repeatedly should also be the most enjoyable to be in. If you’re ready to give your home the update it deserves, contact the experts at Stewart Plumbing for the best kitchen remodeling in Memphis!

If you’re interested in kitchen remodeling but unsure of where to start, Stewart Plumbing is here to help guide you through the process step-by-step! Their team of experts will help you: design the look of your kitchen, select new appliances, incorporate new fixtures, acquire permits for big renovations, install plumbing or gas lines, and make sure it all comes together smoothly!

The Latest Trends In Kitchen Remodeling

Unsure of what look is right for your kitchen? It’s a big decision to make and it takes time! However, there are some simple styles that can help you get started.

One design that never goes out of style is the high contrast look. This is the classic, black and white kitchen look that is very popular. With this look, there are lots of subtle ways to add detail that pops, like an apron-front sink, or a soapstone countertop. Very classy!

An appliance becoming very popular right now is an automatic faucet. These faucets are perfect for young children, and busy cooks who need water fast!

Of course, another thing to keep in mind when remodeling your kitchen is storage space. Lots of people make certain renovations to maximize the storage in their home. There are lots of creative ways to do this, so you should consult with a professional for which is best for you!

It’s also important to keep in mind the rest of your home’s décor. There are many ways to incorporate this décor into your kitchen, and can bring the look of your home together in a very charming way.

Don’t settle for less than your kitchen deserves! For expert assistance on kitchen remodeling, call the experts at Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Bathroom Remodeling Advice From Your Memphis Experts

Bathroom Remodeling Advice From Your Memphis Experts

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There can be a number of reasons to consider bathroom remodeling in Memphis. Maybe you just bought a home and want the bathroom to better reflect your taste. Perhaps you’re considering putting your home on the market and want to increase its value by updating the bathroom. Or maybe you want to incorporate universal design to make your home safer and easier to use during your golden years.

Get a Professional’s Advice

Whatever the reason, it’s always a good idea to discuss your remodeling plans with a professional plumber. Even if you’re an experienced DIYer, bathroom remodeling brings certain very specific complications with it that you need to be aware of before you start the job:

  • Know your home’s plumbing system. Before ordering a new toilet, sink or tub, make sure that you know where the pipes run and take measurements to double check how to properly install everything.
  • Know your home’s wiring. If you’re ripping up the floor or breaking down walls, you need to know where the wires run in order to avoid damaging your home’s electricity system.
  • Review local codes and get remodeling permits if necessary. We cannot stress how important this is. If you don’t do this, you might wind up having to take out your newly remodeled bathroom.

If this sounds intimidating, that just illustrates how careful you need to be when remodeling your bathroom. That’s why you’re best advised to consult with a professional plumber before starting. A professional plumber will be able to help you determine what’s possible in your home and how you can most cost-effectively create the bathroom of your dreams.

Have Fun!

With the serious things taken care of, it’s time to simply have fun! Remodeling your bathroom is an opportunity to experiment with styles, colors and textures. There are plenty of inspirational websites out there to help you find ideas, including Houzz.com, hgtv.com and thisoldhouse.com. So take your time and create a bathroom you can enjoy for years to come!

And remember: if you want to be sure the job’s done right, call Stewart Plumbing, your trusted Memphis professionals!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Drain Cleaning Tips for Memphis Homeowners

Drain Cleaning Tips for Memphis Homeowners

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There’s really nothing more aggravating than having a dirty, messy, foul-smelling drain clog in your home. Yet so many homeowner in the Memphis area try to live with drains that leave standing water in the sink or tub, create bad odors in their kitchen or bathroom, and even put their health at risk. Why? Simply because they don’t know how easy it can be to get rid of these unhealthy nuisances with do-it-yourself drain cleaning solutions.

In this week’s blog, we thought we’d put together some DIY drain cleaning tips for Memphis homeowners to help them fix their drain issues once and for all. This season, make drain maintenance a part of your spring cleaning! If you need any help making your home’s plumbing safer, more efficient, and healthier overall, simply call the Memphis drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing to15day!

Top 5 Memphis Drain Cleaning Solutions

Here are some simple drain cleaning methods that any Memphis homeowner can handle on their own. Next time your toilet backs up or your kitchen sink starts bubbling, apply one of the following:

  1. The Good Ol’ Plunger– Every home ought to have a plunger in case of sudden drain back-ups that threaten to overflow wastewater into your living spaces.
  2. Salt Water Solutions– Don’t waste money on expensive chemical drain cleaners that corrode the interiors of your pipes. Instead, use a brine or some very strong salt water to loosen up blockages and eliminate odors. This DIY fix is best for kitchen sinks, and it can even be used to prevent clogs from happening in the first place!
  3. Vinegar & Baking Soda– Remember your 1st grade science fair project? The one where you made a model volcano erupt by mixing vinegar and baking soda together? That same household reaction can also save you a great deal of money on drain repair: just pour a half cup of backing soda down the drain followed by a half cup of vinegar and some boiling hot water. Just don’t overdo it! You don’t want a model volcano in your kitchen sink.
  4. Invest in a Drain Snake– This traditional plumbers tool is actually very simple to use and can be purchased at just about any hardware store.

If you ever run into a drain cleaning problem you can’t solve on your own – such as older pipe material, residue build-up, or corroded drains, never hesitate to call in the Memphis drain cleaning experts at Stewart Plumbing & Drain Cleaning. For fast, efficient, and safe professional drain maintenance, call Stewart and ask about our service partner plans today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Top 5 Benefits of Water Softener Installation in Memphis

Top 5 Benefits of Water Softener Installation in Memphis

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The benefits of installing a state-of-the-art water softening system in your home go way beyond the simple elimination of hard minerals from your water supply. A new water softener offers real savings in the maintenance and replacement of appliances due to wear and tear caused by hard water. Examples of appliances that benefit from ‘soft water’ include water heaters, dishwashers, showers, and washing machines. Softened water will eventually remove lingering hard water deposits in water heating systems and new installations offer a wide range of benefits including:

1. Protects and preserves your skin. Hard water is extremely irritating to your skin. It can cause itchiness and painful dryness. But with a water softener, you can begin enjoying life with smooth, naturally moisturized skin as a result of a daily dose of soft water!

2. Cleaner-than-ever bathrooms and floors! With soft water, cleaning can be easier than ever. Dirt and grime wash away like a dream! In most cases, a water softener can reduce household cleaning time by nearly 50%! What will you do with all that newfound free time?

3. Big-time savings. Equipping your home with a water softener is solid investment these days. Most new water softeners will fully pay for themselves within 7 to 8 months of installation. And a lifetime of unlimited softened water will ultimately save you an incalculable amount on detergents, heating, and appliance operation costs.

4. Decreased lime scale. Hard water is terrible for your plumbing system. Water softeners will eliminate plumbing headaches such as clogged shower heads, lime scale scum build up on your shower doors and bath tub and disgusting hard water build up in your pipes.

5. Water heater operation cost reduction. With clean, pure water flowing through your water heater because of your new water softening system, you will see savings of up to 20-30% on gas, oil and electricity costs.

The benefits of soft water speak for themselves. Don’t hesitate any longer—contact Stewart Plumbing today to learn more today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Pipe Bursting Leak Repair in Memphis

Pipe Bursting Leak Repair in Memphis

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At Stewart Plumbing, we provide custom leak repair methods that recognize each customer’s unique set of challenges. But sometimes a leak cannot be properly repaired without some digging and excavation. And when that happens, we usually bring in our expert pipe bursting team.

Pipe bursting is a trenchless pipe repair technique reserved for especially complicated leaks that have proved resistant to our less intrusive repair methods. The process of pipe bursting shares many of the benefits of standard trenchless leak repair. It’s cheaper and faster than traditional excavation jobs and less disruptive to the job site’s surroundings, whether it’s a peaceful backyard or a bustling commercial area.

How does it work?

Pipe bursting is the forced replacement of a section of your old, leaky pipes with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) of the same or larger diameter. During installation the HDPE destroys the original and installs a new pipe simultaneously. Pipe bursting has several advantages that epoxy/CIPP repair does not:

  • The condition of the original pipe is irrelevant. It is going to be destroyed anyway, so if the situation calls for it, any pipe can be “burst.”
  • You have the option of upgrading the diameter of the replacement pipe so the entire piping system can benefit from increased flow.
  • Brand new HDPE piping is tougher and longer lasting than old piping lined with epoxy/CIPP.

 

Let our expert pipe bursting team take the frustration out of leak repair. We promise an upfront, pragmatic approach to each job and our industry standard repair methods are the result of decades of expertise, combined with a passion for meeting the unique needs and challenges of each and every client. To determine if pipe bursting is the answer to your leak troubles, contact Stewart Plumbing today!

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Water Leak Detection Experts in Memphis

Water Leak Detection Experts in Memphis

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When the pipes in your home spring a water leak, it is critical that you act fast to minimize any damage. First, depending on how bad the leak is, it may be necessary to shut off your home’s main water valve. Once that’s taken care of, it’s time to call the leak detection and repair experts at Stewart Plumbing. The sooner you call, the sooner our technicians can get to work repairing your leak.

Common causes of water leaks:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Faulty installation
  • Accidental line puncture

Our water leak repairs are carried out quickly and effectively, accurately pinpointing the source of the problem and getting the leak fixed fast. Our routine water pipe inspections are also a great way to help prevent water leaks as our technicians are trained to diagnose problems before symptoms appear.

As anyone who has ever dealt with a water leak can attest, they are an extremely time sensitive issue. This is because some are not as noticeable as others and, if overlooked, they have the capacity to cause severe structural damage to your home. No matter the type of water leak you are facing, the experts at Stewart Plumbing are here to help. Our leak repair services include:

  • Leak detection.
  • Wall, ceiling, and floor leak damage repairs.
  • Plaster and drywall leak damage repairs
  • Foundation leak repairs.
  • Basement crack repairs.
  • Moisture readings.

 

Don’t allow a water leak to cause permanent damage to your Memphis home. Call Stewart Plumbing today to learn why we are the most trusted water leak repair company in the area!

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Leak Detection Expert: Slip Lining

Ask a Memphis Leak Detection Expert: Slip Lining

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At Stewart Plumbing, we will track down and repair your pipe leak using advanced electronic techniques. It doesn’t matter how small the leak source may be—our expert technicians will track it down and fix it fast. Compared to more traditional trial-and-error methods of leak detection, these new, advanced techniques allow us to find leaks and repair them while keeping property disruption and destruction to a minimum. When a customer calls us for help because they have discovered a plumbing leak, they are mainly concerned with having that leak repaired as quickly and efficiently as possible, and at a minimum cost.

One of the reasons pipe leaks are so frustrating is that most pipes are in hard-to-reach-locations, often running below floors, gardens, lawns, driveways, or patios. If this sounds similar to your leak issues, Stewart Plumbing may have an alternative to excavating those buried pipes:

  • Slip lining is a trenchless (non-invasive) method of sewer repair by which a new, leak-free pipe interior is installed inside the existing one.
    • Slip lining is completed by installing a smaller, “carrier pipe” into a larger “host pipe,” grouting the annular space between the two pipes, and sealing the ends.
    • When possible, we like to rely on trenchless techniques like slip lining to help keep project costs down while also reducing stress for the homeowner.

If you need leak detection or repair services at your Memphis home, but are concerned about property disruption or destruction? Slip lining may be the answer you have been waiting for. Call Stewart Plumbing today to learn more or schedule an in-home consultation.

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Memphis Plumbing Experts: Water Leak Warning Signs

Memphis Plumbing Experts: Water Leak Warning Signs

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With over 20 years of experience providing plumbing services to the Memphis area, the leak detection experts at Stewart Plumbing understand that when your pipes are leaking, it can be an expensive fix that will only get more costly if ignored. At Stewart Plumbing, we’ve seen it all too many times—the consequences of a neglected leak can lead to serious property damage. Fortunately, there are some common warning signs that can alert you to a pipe leak before it does any permanent damage to your property.

Warning signs of leaky pipes:

  • Soggy carpet or warped floors. When water leaks from your pipes and into your home, it has nowhere to go. Soon that water will absorb into your floor, saturating the flooring, cracking tiles and seeping into expensive carpeting. Don’t wake up to a waterlogged home. Stay alert and call Stewart Plumbing if you notice damp or wet flooring in your home.
  • Musty or moldy odor. Standing water or a waterlogged floor can make your clean, modern home smell more like an old, abandoned cabin. Moldy, musty odors in your home are one of the most common warning signs that you are facing a pipe leak.
  • Mold growth. Pipe leaks commonly progress from the original site into the floors and then into the drywall which soaks up the leaking water like a sponge. If the leak has been allowed to progress this far unchecked, there is a good chance you will find significant mold growth. Wet drywall is an ideal environment for mold to multiply and thrive. Because it is typically hidden behind your walls, mold can be tough to detect. But, it is something that is very important to be mindful of as it can cause serious health problems for you and your family.
  • Foundation destruction. This type of damage is usually only found in ‘worst case scenario’ type jobs in which leaks have been allowed to progress undetected for a significant length of time. If exposed to high levels of accumulated water, your foundation can become seriously compromised. A severe leak left to run its course can eventually cause the foundation to move, rise in different areas of the house or even completely crack in two.
  • Damaged yard and landscaping. If the leak is coming from pipes running under your yard, water could eventually flood your carefully landscaped yard.

Take these warning signs very seriously. If ignored, pipe leaks can and will cause massive amounts of property damage. So don’t hesitate—call Stewart Plumbing today!

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

The Winner of the Stewart Plumbing Oldest and Ugliest Water Heater Contest

The Winner of the Stewart Plumbing Oldest and Ugliest Water Heater Contest

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To kick off this last autumn we introduced a contest that would award the owner of the oldest and ugliest water heater that we replaced a $500 gift card. We changed out many heaters, some ugly, some very ugly; some old, some very old, but we finally had one take the cake! Mrs. Fifer of Cordova, Tn ended up with the winning water heater. Our technician Michael Hawkins met with Mrs. Fifer in November and set her lovely home up with a new heater. Mrs. Fifer’s heater had lived a long life of 25 years before finally giving out. We would also like to make Mrs. Fifer our customer of the month. She was a dream! We had a great experience in her home, and look forward to many years of service with her.

 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Stewart Gives Back to the Community: Christmas in Hernando Benefit

Stewart Gives Back to the Community: Christmas in Hernando Benefit

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On December 15th Stewart Plumbing a handful of other local businesses sponsored an event to benefit the Hernando Parks and Recreation Foundation. The event was a formal concert by the Mississippi Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Germantown Symphony Orchestra. Over 200 tickets were sold, and all proceeds went to the great local cause. The Hernando Parks and Recreation Foundation plans to invigorate the Hernando area with new park facilities, and keep the existing ones updated, safe, and clean. After a very elegant hors d’oeuvres party at the historic Banks Mansion hosted by the Hernando Arts Council, attendees headed to the Hernando Performing Arts center for the concert. The event was kicked off by Les Green sharing a word on behalf of association, as well as thanking the sponsors for their generosity. Mr. Green then introduced the Mississippi Youth Chamber Orchestra led by Peter Whitham who played selections from a repertoire of classical pieces. As they exited the stage to a standing ovation, the set quickly changed to accommodate the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, who played for over an hour with a set of classical pieces, and a set of sing-along holiday pieces. The event was a success for the Parks and Recreation Foundation, and Stewart Plumbing is proud to have been able to be a contributing part of the event.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Hi-Tech Leak Detection Techniques in Memphis

Hi-Tech Leak Detection Techniques in Memphis

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Leaky pipes can be truly disastrous for your Memphis home or business. Leaks can linger undetected for weeks and months at a time, wreaking havoc on both your property and your wallet.  Luckily, Stewart Plumbing has an arsenal of different hi-tech methods in the truck to get your leak found and repaired quickly.

Infrared Detection: This is a highly accurate and expedient method of detecting and locating hard-to-find pipe leaks. When a pipeline leak allows a fluid, such as water, to form an emergent plume, it has a thermal conductance different from the dry soil or excavated material surrounding the pipe. The plumes will show up ‘red’ on the infrared scanner pinpointing the exact leak site(s).

Smoke Testing: Smoke tests force artificial, non-hazardous smoke through your pipelines to find the source of leaks. Pipelines not being tested are blocked at both ends to easier track the leak back to the source. Smoke is then propelled into the pipes with powerful fans. If the pipes are leak-free, no smoke will escape. However, if they are leaking, smoke will escape at the leak sites in the form of small plumes. Our technicians will mark these plumes with small flags or markers to designate which sections of pipes will require replacement or repair.

Acoustic Emission Detection: Liquids escaping from leaks in underground pipelines make soft, yet distinct sounds which can be difficult to track with an unaided ear. Luckily, these almost imperceptible sounds still leave an acoustic “fingerprint” or signal that can successfully be located with acoustic sensors. When a leak does occur, a resulting low frequency acoustic signal is detected, analyzed and ultimately repaired.

Video Detection: One of the most accurate, straightforward methods of pipeline leak detection available today. A small camera is attached to a long tether which is then pulled through your pipeline to check for leaks. This method provides to real time images of your pipes’ interior so that we can visually inspect and track the leak site(s).

If you have water spots on your walls or ceilings, abnormally soft spots in your grass or soil, or an excess of mold and mildew, it’s time to call Stewart Plumbing, your local leak detection experts.

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow