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August 10, 2010

Champs Plumbing: New Title Sponsor

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Howdy folks! Carson here, I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still around, blogging, meeting with plumbers, doing the family thing, all is well with the Callaways. I wanted to share a bit of information with you all that I’m really excited about. My main blog: Atlanta Plumbers, that many of you know, has recently reached number 1 on Google for the search term Atlanta Plumbers. I’ve been noticed and contacted by a few local companies regarding advertising opportunities on my site and I now have a title advertiser. That company is Champ’s Plumbing and they have plumbing operations in 10 cities across the country. Here are some links to their various locations:

Champs Plumbing Atlanta
Champs Plumbing Houston
Champs Plumbing Dallas
Champs Plumbing Boston
Champs Plumbing San Diego
Champs Plumbing San Jose
Champs Plumbing Sacramento
Champs Plumbing Los Angeles
Champs Plumbing Raleigh
Champs Plumbing Charlotte

I’ve met with a couple of the head honcho’s over there and I must say that they were pretty excited to meet me. It’s nice to be known as both a good plumber and an influential blogger as well. They really wanted to hire me full time to build their internet presence. While this was a new thing to me it did sound intriguing. I may yet consider an expanded role in their company but for now I’m just happy to have a title sponsor for my Atlanta Plumbing blog. There are quite a few other things going on with your friendly neighborhood plumber Carson but that’s pretty much all I have to share at the moment. For those of you who are new to Plumbing Central, let me just say welcome and thanks for stopping by my little corner of cyberspace. As always if any of you all have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me or leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Have a great day and remember to dream big!

August 6, 2010

A Simple Introduction to Plumbing

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Plumbing is a skilled work that involves working with tubing, plumbing fixtures, and pipes for drainage water system and drinking water system. Plumbers are the people who generally repair or install plumbing fixtures, piping systems, and plumbing equipment like water heaters. Plumbing industry plays an important part in every economy due to the need for garbage disposal, clean water, and proper collection of waste water.

Modern day water supply systems use a network of many high pressure pipes and pumps that are produced from brass, copper, plastic, and other non-toxic material. Vent and drain lines are made from cast-iron, plastic, lead, and steel. Water supply plumbing fixtures are not made from lead due to its toxicity. A straight plumbing system is called tube or pipe. Tubes are made from extrusion and pipes are produced from welding or casting. Pipes are thick walled and tubes are thin walled, therefore tubes require some joining methods such as crimping, compression fitting, brazing, and solvent welding.

Other than straight tubes or pipes, plumbing also require other fittings such as elbows, unions, tees, and valves. Some of the basic tools used are water meters, backflow preventers, pumps, water softeners, wrenches, filters, control systems, and gauges. Due to the advancement in technology latest equipment such as hydro jets, video cameras for inspecting leaks and hydraulic pumps make plumbers work easy.

Wrenches that are used for plumbing are of two major types: fixed and adjustable. Pipe wrenches are mainly used to hold pipes and curved surfaces. Pipe vises are used to cut, ream, or thread pipes. Reamers are used to remove burrs that are inside the pipe. Burrs on the outside are removed by flat file. Some of the categories of plumbing are vents, drains, cold and hot water supply, fuel gas piping, septic systems, and surface water drainage. Most plumbing works are regulated by the government to ensure safety and welfare of its people.

May 14, 2010

My Atlanta Plumbers Blog

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Howdy folks, Carson here.  For those of you who don’t know(how could you not if you’ve been following me for a while), I have another site that gives consumer information called Atlanta Plumbers. When I started this site I thought about just helping consumers by giving some useful tips on how to select an honest plumber.  Since I know first hand that not every company or supposed plumber is reputable in this city I wanted to lend my expertise(for free) to  people to assist them in making a good choice when it comes time to hire a plumbing company. I now have lots of ideas on other things that I could do to help people in Atlanta specifically.  I actually want to take my blog a step further and make it into somewhat of a open forum for consumers and local Atlanta plumbing companies to interact. I’ve got some ideas on how this might best work but I would love to hear some of the ideas that you all have.  If you have any thoughts on the idea by all means please leave a comment and let me know what you think. My ideas are somewhat high level at the moment but something like a “plumbing marketplace” are things that I have thought about. Perhaps consumers could come and give a description of their problem and have several pre-screened licensed plumbers bidding directly on the site for the job.  This could be complete with a review system and everything.  Kind of like a more detailed version of a service magic concept except specifically geared at plumbing. Well the idea is still in the very rough stages of development and I can say that in the event that I start to pursue the idea in earnest I will keep you all updated on how things are coming along. Well that’s all the time I have for now folks.  Have a great weekend! -CC

May 3, 2010

What Types of Sewage Ejector Pumps are Available

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There are two basic types of sewage ejector pumps available. Many residences utilize these pumps to move waste water from the home into the main sewer lines. This is often necessary when the home is located at an elevation below the main sewer lines and gravity is not able to remove the waste water from the home.

The first type of ejector sewage pump is the vertical suspended pump. This type of pump is attached to the top of the holding tank. From the pump, a hose or pipe will be ran into the bottom of the well. These types of pumps offer easy access for repairs.

The second type of pump is the submersible sewage ejector pump. These types of pumps are able to be set inside the well completely immersed in the sewage. A series of seals will keep any liquid from reaching the motor. These high-quality pumps can offer many years of dependable service.

Also, with sewage pumps they will either be no clog pumps or grinders. A no clog ejector pump will be able to handle waste which is 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The sewage grinder ejector pump, on the other hand, acts much like a garbage disposal and will break waste up into much smaller pieces before pumping on to the main sewer lines.

A good plumber will always be able to tell you which type of pump is right for your situation. Also, there may be local regulations which require what type of pump may be used in your residence and the size of the pump.

You may be able to install your own sewage ejector pump if you have an extensive knowledge of plumbing. Otherwise, it is wise to hire a professional plumber to do the installation for you. This plumber can also recommend a brand in which they are comfortable installing.

May 2, 2010

What is a Submersible Sewage Pump

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Sewage Pumps have been used for many years to move liquids and semi-liquids from areas of lower elevation to areas of higher elevation. There are many different types of pumps; however, one of the most popular types of pumps is the submersible pump. These types of pumps, such as submersible sewage pumps, are able to be submerged in liquid and still fully function. There are a variety of reasons why a submersible sewage pump is better than a standard pump. Most often, the logistics of using a standard pump will not work. Therefore, a submersible pump must be utilized.

In order for submersible pump to be used, the motor of the pump must be protected from liquids. These motors are often encased in oil inside a plastic or metal housing. In order for the motor to work there must be a system of seals in place for the motor to perform its function and keep liquids from seeping in.

The two most popular types of submersible pumps are single stage pumps and multistage pumps. Simple single stage pumps are typically used for drainage and to move slurry. This would include the submersible sewage pump. More complex multistage pumps are typically used in things like oil wells.

There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing a submersible sewage pump. Four of the main factors to keep in mind are the horsepower of the pump, the discharge size, the maximum discharge pressure, and the maximum expulsion flow. If you are incorporating a submersible pump for residential use it is wise to get the specifications you need from a reliable plumber in order to choose the right submersible pump for your situation.

Submersible pumps play a number of roles in many functions in both residential situations and commercial settings. Submersible pumps can be found in nearly any plumbing supply house.

Common Sewage Pump Problems

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Sewage pumps allow us to build homes in areas where it was once not possible because of the grade. Many municipal sewer lines work because of gravity. At one time, a house could not be built below the sewer because there was no way to get the waste uphill into the main sewer. In today’s world it is quite common for homes to be equipped with a sewage pump to eliminate this problem. However, there are times when these sewage pumps can cause problems. Raw sewage backing up if your sewage pump quits can not only be a headache but can also be a health risk. These problems must be corrected immediately before the plumbing in your household can be used again. The most common problems which cause a sewage pump to stop working is a freeze, clotting, and blocking.

Many sewage pumps are located outside of a home somewhere in the yard. Many parts of the country will experience harsh winters in which the ground will freeze to a certain depth. This frost line must be noted when a sewage pump is installed for a residence. However, there are times when a sewage pump will not be buried deep enough to avoid this freeze. This can cause the waste water in the holding tank of the sewage pump to freeze and not be able to be pumped out. If this is the case, then the tank of the sewage pump will need to be dug up and buried deeper to avoid future freezes.

Clotting is another common problem with sewage pumps. Clotting occurs when a large piece of debris becomes wedged in the pump. This large piece of debris will then start to trap other smaller pieces of debris. In turn, this will lead to finer materials such as dirt and silt to accumulate until the pump is eventually clogged. Clotting may result in the pump starting to run slower and slower. If this is noticed a call to the plumber should be made immediately.

Finally, another common problem can be blocking. This happens when debris or grease accumulates on the float and causes the sewage pump to either continuously run or not run at all. A backup of sewage is usually the first indication that blocking is occurring.

It is always important to call a licensed plumber at the first sign of a problem with your sewage pump, this can often lead to an easy repair and avoid further extensive problems in the future.

March 15, 2010

Master Plumber/Blogger

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Hello world! I would like to take a quick moment to give a big Congratulations to my buddy John, who has a home improvement blog; he and his wife Sherry just welcomed a healthy happy baby boy into the world. Little Michael Anthony weighed in at a stout 9 lbs. 2 oz and was 21 inches long. Yes he was a big one. We gave them our crib so little Michael will have someplace comfortable to sleep when he gets home from the hospital. I’m heading out later today and I’ll be finding a cheap mattress set to place in our guest room now. Now of course my wife wants me to spring for the latest and greatest king size memory foam mattress, but you all know that I don’t like to spend any unnecessary money. Remember this is going into the guest room. You see I feel like the guest room should be comfortable and all but not too comfortable if you know what I mean. I want that to be a place for guests, short term guests. If we make that room too comfortable I am afraid that these guests will turn into something else. So  I think I’ll be sticking with the cheap mattresses.  Wish me luck!
So I got an email the other day from a good buddy of mine who knows quite a bit about blogging and he gave me some great resources on getting myself out there as a blogger. I wanted to share one of those resources with you. You may remember that a while back I mentioned something called a blog carnival. Well at the time I had no idea what that was but after reading that email I know a little more and I thought that I should make a post about it to let some of my readers know about it as well. Now there aren’t a whole lot of plumbing bloggers out there but I have met a few. One guy by the name of Steve has a cool blog called Plumbing Info. Steve’s info is down right excellent and once you read the tips he is giving over there I am sure you will add his blog to your reading list as well. Now I have digressed from my initial point about blog carnivals. So what are they? Well they are kind of like a place for bloggers to network and share resources. There is a cool site that specializes in them; suprise suprise the url: http://www.blogcarinval.com Go and check it out, I’m going to be entering a few of my best posts in the carnival and we’ll see how I come out. I’ll keep you all posted. Well that’s all for today, thanks for reading!

February 22, 2010

Mr. Plumber Review

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Hey folks, I just wanted to let you guys know about one particular post that I think you might enjoy from my main blog. I did a review of the company Mr. Plumber Atlanta and if you have time check it out and let me know what you think. Now this review has gotten me quite a bit of feedback and I wanted to share some of that with you all. One of the most common questions that I have received is about the title. The review is title “Mr Plumber Atlanta Exposed!” Now the main reason that I chose that title was that it is eye-catching. If you read the review you will notice that the majority of the review is favorable to the company and I’m not airing any of their dirty laundry like I am with some of the other companies I review. Now if I were to find any dirt on Mr. Plumber I would certainly share that in the review but based on the information that I had at the time I wrote that review I didn’t have much. I’ll be back later this week with some rock-solid plumbing tips but I just wanted this post to give you guys an excuse for going and checking out my other site. So what are you still doing here? Check it out and let me know what you all think.

February 13, 2010

Plumbing News

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Hey folks, I want to let you guys know that I am going to start new section of this blog that is devoted to plumbing news. I know that lots of you are aspiring plumbers and would love to learn a little bit about the news and changes that are going on in the plumbing universe. You might not think that plumbing changes much but you would be wrong. Plumbing is a constantly evolving industry and I will say that the improvements and advancements that I have personally seen in the plumbing industry have been very impressive. There are always new environmental standards coming out and this has a direct impact on the type of material that plumbers can use. More so than anything it is really just good to stay abreast of what is happening in your field. If for no other reason than to truly be a plumbing expert. I say to lots of people who ask me why I attend plumbing conventions that if you want to dedicate your life to something then you should really dedicate yourself. That means that you should rub shoulders with the power players in your area and for me there is no better place to do that than at some of the major conventions. Now its not necessarily the greatest place to go to meet a girl, but that is not why I am there. I am there to learn, network and have some good old fashioned fun. So stay tuned for the plumbing news section and once it is up and running I expect you folks to tell me what you really think about it. Have a great weekend!

February 10, 2010

Plumbing Bloggers

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Howdy readers! As many of you know I have now become a semi-full time plumbing blogger and I am really enjoying it thus far. Now before you ask what the heck semi-full time means(I don’t even know) I will just say that I blog a few times a week and then try to post lots of useful information on my sites that will help people who are either looking for a plumber or looking to learn how to solve basic home plumbing problems. I’ve been happy to find quite a few other bloggers who are also out there sharing information to the masses on plumbing. Many of these people are like me, either former or current full-time plumbers. One of the best things that I have seen is that lots of local companies have started blogs alongside their main company websites. On these blogs they are helping people by giving basic tips and then giving honest recommendations on when they should call a professional for help. This type of honesty is important for a couple of reasons. One, lots of companies try to take advantage of really simple repairs as opportunities to send apprentice plumbers out without the mandated supervisory licensed plumber. Now honestly, for basic jobs this makes a lot of sense. You don’t need a licensed plumber to clean a u-trap in a bathroom and you certainly don’t need two professional plumbers(1 licensed and 1 unlicensed). The problem is that these jobs are so simple that they really should just be done by the home-owner. When companies equip their potential customers with this type of information it really sends a signal that they are not just out to make a quick buck. This type of honesty is usually rewarded with trust built up with the potential customers in that area which translates into a better company reputation. So I wanted to take a moment and give these folks some kudos for operating honestly and openly.

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