From the team

What every homeowner should know before a leak occurs:

May 13, 2017

In case of an emergency, do you know where your water shut off valves are. You should have one on the wall behind your toilet, underneath your bathroom and kitchen sinks, behind your refrigerator, at your washing machine, at your water heater and any other fixture that has water going to it. The best types of valves are ¼ turn ball valves, meaning you only have to turn them 90o to shut the water off.

If you develop a leak on a pipe before the shut off valve, do you know where the main water shut off valve to your house is? Most people have one near the front of their house, usually within a couple feet of an outside faucet. If you do not have a working shut off valve, I recommend having one installed. You can turn the water off at the street as a last resort, but will need a special key to turn it off. They are available at your local hardware store for about $15.00. Money well spent if your house is ever flooding!

If you can’t get the water turned off, call your city water department and they will send someone to turn it off. You can also call 911 and they will send the fire department to turn it off. In most cities, this service is free. Check with your city to verify whether or not there is a charge to come out and shut the water off.

If you have any questions or would like a plumber to check all you shut off valves for proper operation, please give us a call at 469-969-6436.

What you should do before you head off on vacation:

June 2, 2017

Summer is upon us and we want everyone to have a fun, safe and relaxing summer! While water can provide hours of enjoyment, it can also be one of the most destructive forces of nature. Be sure and inspect your plumbing before you leave for vacation so you can minimize the chances of returning home to a disaster.

Check your washing machine hoses. If you notice cracks, a leak or corrosion, they should be replaced immediately. Rubber hoses should be replaced with stainless steel braided supply lines.

Visually inspect your water heater. If you notice any rust or corrosion, have it thoroughly inspected by a licensed plumber. Water heaters typically last 8-10 years and it may be time to replace it.

Visually inspect all toilet and faucet supply lines also. Plastic supply lines should be replaced with stainless steel braided supply lines.

Avoid returning to a smelly kitchen by running some ice cubes and cold water through your garbage disposal. This will push any food down the drain so it can be washed away.

If you’re going to be gone for several weeks, consider turning off shut off valves for each plumbing fixture, the main water supply to your house or have emergency water shut off valves installed at your water heater, washing machine and other appliances. If a leak develops, it will shut the water off to the appliance, preventing major damage.

It’s also a good idea to have a someone check on things while you are gone. Stop your newspaper and put a hold on your mail. You might consider putting some lights on a timer also. If you have pets, please make sure they are properly cared for in your absence. In case of an emergency, make sure and leave a good contact number for you… and your plumber!

To have your plumbing system inspected prior to your departure, email us at amundsonplumbing@gmail.com or give us a call at 469-969-6436.  

Do you know how old your water heater is or when it was serviced last?

June 9, 2017

The average life of a water heater in the Dallas area is 8-10 years. However, the life of your water heater can depend on multiple factors such as proper installation, proper venting and the type of water you have. Hard, soft, etc. Water temperature is also a factor. The hotter you keep your water, the quicker the heater can wear out.

If your water heater doesn’t make as much hot water as it used to, sediment could be building up in your tank or the diptube could be deteriorating. The diptube carries the cold water to the bottom of the heater. As it deteriorates, water is deposited higher up in the tank, thus cooling the temperature of the water you draw from. It’s also possible that any number of other replaceable parts could have quit working.

Most water heaters have a steel tank with a porcelain enamel (glass) lining. An anode rod is installed to draw harmful particles away from the water heater tank itself and focus the corrosion on the anode rod, thus prolonging the life of the tank. If you notice brown or orange water, the anode rod has deteriorated to the point that the glass lining is also deteriorating and the tank is beginning to rust. You should replace it before it starts leaking.

If your water heater goes out unexpectedly, it can cause water damage to your whole house. To prevent this, we recommend your water heater be kept up to code and a Flood Stop or WAGS (Water and Gas Shutoff) Valve be installed. A pan is not required in every instance, but installing one, and running a proper drain to the exterior of your home, can prevent costly damage.

Having your water heater serviced annually can prolong the life of the heater and alert you to possible failure before it’s too late. While some maintenance can be performed by you, the homeowner, we recommend having a professional perform the maintenance as they are trained and more likely to spot a potential problem and address it before it becomes a major problem.

Our knowledgeable plumbers can inspect your water heater and tell you the age. Knowing the age allows you to prepare for replacement on your terms and not after it has gone out, leaving you without hot water or worse. Have a question? Want to schedule an appointment? Email me at amundsonplumbing@gmail.com or call 469-969-6436.  

Grilling season is here!

June 12, 2017

If you need your new grill hooked up in time for Father's day, give us a call at 469-969-6436 or email me amundsonplumbing@gmail.com.


Please remember these grilling safety tips to keep your family safe and enjoy your time together.

1.Gas and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.

2. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

3. Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

4. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

5. Never leave your grill unattended.


For more information on grilling safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association page on grill safety. http://www.nfpa.org/…/wildfir…/grilling/grilling-safety-tips

Garbage Disposals don’t have to stink!

June 15, 2017

Try one of these simple ways to clean and freshen your garbage disposal:


Ice cubes:  You've probably heard that putting ice cubes in the garbage disposal will help to eliminate smells and sharpen the blades. Not all brands have blades, some disposals use impellers to push food waste against a ring of shredder teeth that shreds the food like a cheese grater. While ice cubes can be used to clean the disposal grinding components, ice will usually melt before it cleans the grind chamber completely.

Citrus Fruit: If your garbage disposal has a foul odor, you can help to neutralize it by grinding lemons or oranges. Cut the fruit into wedges, turn the disposal on and put the wedges down one at a time along with a steady stream of cool water. The fruit rinds will help to clean the grind components while the citrus scent will provide a fresh smell.

Clean the removable baffle: Garbage disposals are equipped with a baffle that can be easily removed and cleaned. The baffle sits in the collar of the disposal. Pull it out and toss it in the dishwasher the next time you run it. Just remember to reinstall it prior to using your disposal.


Plus 7 things you should never put down your garbage disposal: 

1. Bones: They continue to spin around and around and will eventually have to be removed by hand. 

2. Celery: The stringy fibers will get wrapped around the blades and cause it to jam. The same can be said for asparagus and corn husks.  

3. Coffee grounds: They will create a buildup of sludgy, sediment that will clog your disposal and kitchen sink drain.  

4. Peach or avocado pits: If you have ever tried to cut through one, you know it just won’t grind up in the disposal.  

5. Grease: If the grease makes it past your disposal, it will most definitely solidify and clog up your drain pipes.  

6. Pasta or rice: Pasta and rice will continue to swell and clog the disposal and drain pipes.  

7. Potatoes: These starchy vegetables will stick to the sides and create big a mess.   


A note from the plumber: Have you ever had your disposal jam or quit working? Disposals have a built-in safety feature that will automatically shut off the disposal if it gets clogged or you run it too long. Make sure the switch is in the off position and press the reset button. If it won’t stay in (retracted), wait 10 minutes and press it again. Turn on the cold water and flip the switch to the on position. It should be working again. 


Still not working? Give us a call at 469-969-6436 or email me at amundsonplumbing@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

The Fourth of July is almost here!

June 23, 2017


While not plumbing related, we want our customers to have a fun, safe fourth of July. Please visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org/  before you head out to enjoy the festivities.


Interesting facts: 

What is the fourth of July all about? On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States.

  

What day of the week was the 4th of July in 1776? July 4, 1776, was a Thursday. On that day in history, the American colonies declared independence from Great Britain and its monarch, King George III.   


Why do they use fireworks on the 4th of July? Because John Adams wanted us to. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777. Thank you John Adams!


Remember, fireworks are banned inside the city limits! 

Want to skip paying a utility bill this month?

July 4th, 2017

At Amundson Plumbing, we rarely hear a customer complain that their water pressure is too high. People usually call us because their water pressure is too low.  Everyone wants to get as much water as possible from their faucets. So why would consider having a pressure reducing valve installed? Here are several reasons that a PRV may be a good idea.


Water pressure that is too high, over 80psi, can put undue stress on your plumbing system. Higher water pressure can cause faucet and toilet parts to fail prematurely, wear out appliances faster and in some cases, it can even cause a pipe to burst. Reducing your water pressure will also help reduce your water usage. Reducing your water usage will save you money on your water bill, gas and/or electric bill because you are heating up less water and help the environment all at the same time.


What is even better is that some cities will help cover the cost. The City of Plano for example, will issue a rebate for 50% of the prv, associated parts and installation costs. The rebate will be in the form of a credit to your water bill and who doesn’t want to skip paying a water bill or two?


To have your water pressure checked and receive an estimate, if necessary, for the installation of a pressure reducing valve, give us a call at 469-969-6436 or email me at amundsonplumbing@gmail.com.

Rewarding attendance and attitude!

October 5th, 2017

Many companies offer commission or bonuses to their employees based on sales figures. We feel that rewarding someone based on sales, introduces the thought of upselling or over charging customers so that the employee can take home a bigger paycheck.


At Amundson Plumbing, we would rather reward an employee for their attendance and great attitude. We strive to build our team with people who enjoy working with homeowners and business maintenance personnel to solve your plumbing issues in the most efficient and cost-effective way. We want to earn your business the old fashion way. With honestly, integrity and quality workmanship at a fair price. If you are looking for a plumbing company who values you as a customer, a company who knows we would not be here without you, then please give us the chance to earn your business.


We can be reached by phone at 469-969-6436 or by emailing amundsonplumbing@gmail.com.

Avoid plumbing emergencies during your holiday celebration:

November 9th, 2017

Just because it says flushable, doesn't mean it should be flushed. Defend your drains and protect our water supply. For more on this subject, including and a list of items you should never put down your drains, visit: http://www.defendyourdrains.com/ 

Brought to you by the City of Dallas water utilities division.


Looking to reduce your home energy bills?

February 7, 2016

Looking to reduce your home energy bills? Want to improve the comfort level of your home and sleep in peace knowing your home is safe and healthy be correcting pre-existing conditions? You can increase the longevity of your home, enhance the market valve and decrease your home’s carbon foot print! Visit energy.gov to learn how to perform your own energy audit! 

https://energy.gov/energysaver/home-energy-audits/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits

Did you know...

February 13, 2018  

Did you know the City of Richardson has a Volunteer Assistance Program? Do you or anyone you know, need help maintaining the exterior of your home? If you can demonstrate a hardship such as age, disability or financial reasons they might be able to help. For more information, click on the link below. 


http://www.cor.net/departments/community-services/community-programs/volunteer-assistance-program


The City of Allen wants to help!

February 15, 2018

Did you know The City of Allen has a Home Improvement Rebate Program? They want to make it easier for you to afford upgrades that will help you conserve water. See below for the rebates currently available to Allen residents.

https://cityofallen.org/969/H2Ome-Improvement-Rebate-Program


Irrigation: A rebate of 50% of the cost up to a maximum of $125 for installation of qualifying SMART irrigation technology equipment is available.
See the Rebate Application for more information.

*Must be by installed by a licensed irrigator.


Pressure reducing valves: A rebate of 50% of the cost up to $125 is available to eligible residents who install a PRV to reduce the pressure to their home to a set amount. Eligible homes must have a water pressure over 80psi according to the city map. See the PRV Rebate Application for more information.

*Only a licensed plumber that is registered in the City of Allen can install a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) for your home.


Rain & freeze sensors: A rebate of up to $50 is available for installing a rain and freeze sensor on your established irrigation system that was installed prior to November 1, 2004. For more information, see the Rain and Freeze Sensor Rebate Application.


Rain barrels: A rebate of up to $25 each for up to two rain barrels is available. A rain barrel is a handy way to store free rain water from your roof to water your plants on a dry day. See the Rain Barrel Rebate Application for more information.


Toilets: Allen residents can receive 50% of the cost up to $100 for replacing an existing high volume toilet with a new WaterSense labeled toilet. Product Search. Getting rid of that old water wasting toilet saves you money! For more information, see the Low Flow Toilet Rebate Application.


Washing Machines: A rebate of 50% of the cost up to $75, $100 or $125 depending on the tier rating, to residents that purchase qualifying water efficient clothes washer.  A water efficient clothes washer can yield 35-55% water savings! See the Washing Machine Rebate Application for more information.


Contact us at 469-969-6436 today for a free, no obligation quote.

*Free quotes provided via phone or email only