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Tank vs Tankless- which water heater is right for your home?

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Help, I need a new hot water heater! Tank vs. Tank-less?

What Type Do of Water Heater Do You Have?

Whether it’s a cold shower that tips you off, or a wet floor in the garage, the timing of a broken hot water heater is never ideal! And in most cases, there’s no notice your hot water heater is giving up at all. But when it does, you have a couple options. If your broken hot water heater was working sufficiently for you before, you can replace it with a similar hot water heater. If this is a floor standing model, this is likely your most cost-efficient option up front.

Regular Water Heaters

Unfortunately, if you had an older hot water heater that ran the course of its life, you may not be able to find that same model anymore. Additionally, if you have had challenges with the older model keeping up with your household’s hot water demand, you could either increase the water storage size or move to a tank that has a higher recovery rate. But keep in mind, if the size of the hot water tank is different than your original tank, you may have to make modifications to the space in which you install the hot water heater, which is an additional cost.  Gas hot water heaters often cost more than electric hot water heaters so keep that in mind and what you already have set up before purchasing a new one.

Tankless Water Heater Options

Your other option is to install a tankless hot water heater.  Despite the higher price point, they’re often more energy efficient and will likely save you money on your electric bill or gas bill long-term. A tankless water heater is an on demand system. It only heats the water once you turn it on. When it is sitting idle there is no energy used.

If sized properly, tankless hot water heaters can heat your whole house. You can place a hot water coil in your air handler. The tankless heater would circulate the hot water through the coil like a radiator on our car to heat your home. They can heat your home’s hot water as well all at once. Very rarely do you run out of hot water with the tankless heaters.

No matter what type of water heater you need, Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing is there to help.  Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010 and we will come out and review options with you on what’s right for you and your home!

 

Are You Ready To Stain Your Deck This Summer?

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

You may be utilizing these long summer days by taking on extra household projects and tackling them yourself. You’ll save money this route and learn new skills, however, it’s always good to be educated and prepared before taking on any project. If you’re considering a revitalized look and feel to your back deck, then consider these simple steps below that will guide you through the process to a beautiful end result! 

  • Clean the deck surface before applying any stain. If there are any marks, dirt on the deck, the stain may not stick to those areas and it could peel. Start by sweeping off your deck, then do a clean wash to remove the extra layer of dirt and marks.
  • Apply cleaner to the deck. You can do this a few different ways – either roll on the cleaner or you can spray on the cleaner. Whichever method you choose, make sure that the wood stays wet while the wood is soaking up the cleaner.
  • After 15 minutes, scrub the wood so that the cleaner is worked into the wood. Use a hose to wash away any remaining residue on the deck surface.

 

Now that the cleaning and prep work is done, it’s time for the fun part of applying the stain!

  • Use a roller or a brush to apply the stain. If you do choose a roller, you may want to follow-up with a brush to ensure that the stain is applied fully and set in.
  • If one coat is not enough, apply a second coat of stain. It’s best to wait at least four hours after the first coat has been applied before layering with a second coat.  And be sure to wait at least 24 hours before walking or placing objects back on the deck to make sure it’s completely dry!

Your outdoor hose is required multiple times throughout the staining process. It’s safe to make sure that your faucets and outdoor water sources are performing optimally. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing  & Electrical and we’ll check all emergency water shut-offs for proper performance and tag main emergency shut-offs. If your emergency shut-off does not work when you need it, there could be big problems. We can also check all your lawn faucets for any leaks that could be wasting your money.

 

Have more questions? Call us —we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical at 800-461-3010 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.

 

Standard vs Comfort Height Toilets

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Whether you’re in a new home or used home, the kind of toilet you use is an important decision. Although it’s a needed appliance, the choices used to be almost non-existent. Today, there are now options on the market as more research has been released showing the importance of finding the right toilet for your needs.

There are benefits and draw backs for each one. Keep in mind a couple things when considering your choices – whichever toilet you choose should allow you to be able to easily rest both feet on the ground. You should also be able to easily get up and sit down.  A significant amount of research concludes that the ideal position for use of a toilet should be a squat position with the hips below the knees. 

 Standard Height Toilets:

  • These are typically the best option for shorter people, as they are only 15 inches above the ground.
  • Standard height toilets come in multiple colors and styles.
  • Depending on the brand, they usually cost more.

Comfort Height Toilets:

  • Because they are 16-19 inches above the ground, this option is ideal for taller people.
  • The extra 2 inches of height is not only beneficial for tall people, but often the choice for elderly and disabled.
  • Comfort height toilets also are available in a variety of colors and styles.
  • They are recognized as ADA (adults with disabilities) compliant.
  • Generally, comfort height toilets are a less expensive option, although the cost difference is marginal.

Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical can help you determine which height works for your family and can also perform dye tests on all your toilets to ensure that there are no water leaks, which equate to money wasting. If your toilets are connected to a septic tank and there’s a water leak, then you could be wasting even more money! Not only can we provide dye tests, but we can also check all faucets in your home and all exposed hot and cold water lines to identify and repair any water leaks in your home.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

Bathroom Makeover for Less

Posted on: December 27th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

On average, a bathroom remodel costs about $9000, but the range can be significant. Here are some ways to update yours without spending too much.

  • imagesChange your sink faucet. Turn off the water supply (valves are typically under the sink). Next, turn on the faucet to relieve any water pressure. Disconnect the supply lines from
    the faucet and the lift rod, and then remove the nuts from under the faucet. Unscrew the slip nut on the P-trap. Put a bucket underneath to catch water. Disconnect the drain flange from the tailpiece. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the new faucet.
  • Change your tub faucet. Again, turn off the water supply. Open the faucet and drain the water. Unscrew the screws that attach the handles. Pull the handle away from the wall to expose the valve. Unscrew the entire stem from the bathroom pipes. You’ll want to take the whole faucet to the store to pick out a new one.
  • Put in some new hardware—a curved, double-rod shower curtain, towel hooks, or cabinet handles can make a big impact.
  • Add in some storage space to reduce clutter. Look for unused areas on the wall or between things.
  • Paint and/or add crown molding.
  • Change your vanity light fixture.
  • Create a new frame for the mirror.

Remember, if you run into any issues with your plumbing or electricity during the renovation, this will add onto the cost. If, however these are things you’re not comfortable with doing yourself, it’s best to hire a professional from the beginning to avoid further complications once you’re in the middle of a project.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Temperatures are dropping and along with the fun the winter can bring, this season can also bring on some big home headaches. As early as this week, temperatures are forecast to fall low enough for pipes to freeze, so now is the time to prepare.

The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those exposed to severe cold, such as sprinkler lines, outdoor hose bibs, pool supply lines, and water supply pipes in unheated indoor areas like basements, crawl spaces and garages.

Before the temperature drops:

  • Drain any water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses.
  • Close the inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.
  • Open the outside hose bibs to let water drain and keep the outside valve open so any water in the pipe can expand.
  • Hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas such as basements, crawl spaces and garages should be insulated.

When the freezing weather is approaching:

  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warmer air circulate around the plumbing.
  • Let the cold water drip — even just a trickle — from the faucet connected to exposed pipes.
  • Don’t lower the thermostat significantly at night or while away from home.

If your pipes do freeze:

  • Keep the faucet open. This will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Use a heating pad, hair dryer, space heater or towels with hot water on the affected pipes. (Make sure to do this safely! Nothing flammable near space heaters, etc.)
  • Call a licensed plumber if you don’t know which pipe is frozen or can’t access it.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Maintaining Your Water Heater

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

water heaterYou do not want your water heater to break down at this time of year — well, any time of year really, but definitely not when you need a hot shower after a cold day! Did you know that water heaters typically last for a decade or more?
If you maintain yours, it can last even longer. So how do you make sure yours is in good condition and when you need a new one?

An easy way to keep you water heater in good working condition and save money every month is to dial the temperature down. (This is also a good safety measure if you have young children that could easy turn the handle on a tub and burn themselves with hot water!) You’ll find a setting dial on your water heater—either a knob on the gas valve or thermostat behind an electric water heater panel. Dial it down to 115 to 120 degrees. This will not only reduce energy used to heat the water, but also protect the tank from overheating.

Test the T&P (temperature and pressure) relief valve. All you have to do is lift up on the lever part way and let it go so it will snap back. You’ll hear the water being released into the drain tube. If it did not do anything, it needs to be replaced.

Every year, conduct a mini flush. Sediment at the bottom of the tank leads to rust and inefficiency. All you have to do is put a bucket under the drain valve near the bottom of the water heater tank and turn the valve counter-clockwise to release a few gallons of water into the bucket. Sometimes you can do a full flush, but that requires more work and shutting down your water heater.

Finally, if your water heater does not heat efficiently and/or constantly needs repair, look for a new one. A new water heater is typically about a thousand dollars, often less.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

1-Ply Toilet Paper versus 2-Ply Toilet Paper from Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Here at Central Carolina Plumbing, we often get questions about what clogs up toilets.  Soon we will have videos to show you about the importance of keeping your toilets and pipes free of non-flushing items.

So what is the big deal about 1-ply vs 2 ply?

At the most basic level, the difference between one-ply versus two-ply or even three-ply toilet tissue is pretty basic.  Each ply of paper adds pulp, and therefore weight and absorbency.  Therefore, the single ply toilet paper would typically not absorb as much moisture or provide the softness of a triple ply paper.  However, recent innovations in toilet paper technology have allowed many of the single ply papers to mimic the characteristics of the double and triple ply papers.

From a plumbing standpoint, the single ply toilet paper offers the best protection for pipes and septic systems.  The bacteria in your septic tank that are responsible to cleaning out debris like toilet paper and waste, are best able to manage the smaller pulp content of single ply paper, as long as users don’t compensate by using more paper.  Research suggests that users use the same amount, regardless of ply, so that by switching to single ply, you can save the environment as well as a your wallet.

Did you know that for the month of June $25 will get you a five point inspection of your plumbing system?  You may know our name, but did you know we’ve been servicing plumbing since 1999?  Here is what we include in this service:

  1. Dye test and check all toilets
  2. Inspect drains and complete a flow analysis
  3. Inspect water supply piping
  4. Test the pressure control system and the expansion control system
  5. Analyze the quality of your water

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Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

What to Flush, What Not to Flush by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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I think we’ve all had that same question at one point in our life – is this really flushable?  So many products now claim to be flushable – baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc. But what should you do to protect your pipes?  Rest assured, we have answers.

First, while many products tout a flushable applicator, or ‘safe’ to flush, or event biodegradable, limit your flushes to simple waste and toilet paper.  Anything else should go in the trash.  If you are concerned about odors, simply sprinkle some baking soda in the trash can liner to help absorb odor.  Particularly strong odors can  be mitigated by disposing of them in the main trashcan outside the home (used diapers, any dog/cat clean up items).  While an occasional accident will happen, don’t make it a practice to flush anything that isn’t necessary.  Not only can it cause a blockage, it may unnecessarily fill up your septic tank too quickly.  Most experts recommend that you don’t even flush facial tissues since it can add to the paper waste and increase water usage.

No feminine hygiene products should ever be flushed down the toilet.  In public waste systems they can build up and cause a blockage, which the homeowner may have to pay to repair.  In private septic tanks, they can quickly fill the tank to capacity.  Baby and cleaning wipes are other products that are frequently flushed.  Remember that while one of these may be OK for the system, regularly flushing either of these can lead to disastrous consequences for your septic tank.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

If you find that you have to replace your water heater, you might want to consider a Tankless model.  These water heaters are efficient because you just heat the water you use rather than storing multiple gallons of water, which can cycle over and over before use.  They are compact units that can be mounted on an exterior wall.

In addition, you are unlikely to run out of hot water, as long as it is sized correctly.  Because they work by heating the water quickly and on demand,  there is very little wasted energy.  Tankless water heaters are more expensive to purchase initially but energy savings will quickly pay for the increased expense.

You will want to make sure to select the correct size because of the nature of how the Tankless water heater works.  Since water is heated on demand, you need to have it sized to fit the size of your needs. Unlike a regular water heater, a Tankless model’s water output is impacted by groundwater temperatures.  A Tankless water heater located in a warm climate will require less capacity than one located in the frozen Canadian tundra.  Use your coldest groundwater temperature to calculate the gallons per minute you’ll need.

Look for an oxygen-depletion sensor that shuts off the water heater if carbon monoxide is detected and a film wrap around the heat exchanger that will shut off the device if it gets too hot. Since Tankless water heater models are still relatively uncommon, consider using manufacturer-trained installers. Some companies extend the warranty if you do.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Call a Professional for Foundation Repairs

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

Do you have a crack in the foundation of your home?  Maybe a crack in your fireplacefoundation stack?  Your foundation is very important in the overall health of your home.  Foundations provide just that – a foundation for the four walls, floor and roof of your home.  So, what should you do if you find a crack?

First, don’t attempt a repair yourself.  Foundation cracks are critical to your home’s structural stability and should only be addressed by a professional.  While it may be tempting to cover over the crack with a  Quik Crete mixture, that does not resolve the problem that leads to the crack, nor does it address the issue that created the crack in the first place.   Instead, you need to determine the reason for the crack and address it.  If it is a leaky pipe, fix the pipe. If it is poorly drained rainwater, consider  re-routing your gutter lines to push water away from the foundation of the home.   If it is poor quality concrete (yes, there are different grades of concrete), consider whether or not you need to re-pour.

Call a foundation professional who can assess the extent of the damage and can recommend remediation solutions.    A qualified foundation professional can tell you what solutions are available to your to fix your problem as well as what solutions might work for the short term until you can enact a long term solution.  While you can spot problems on your own, only a professional can recommend a permanent solution.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!