Plumbing Central

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!

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May 23, 2010

Plumbing Resources to Check Out

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Howdy folks. Ok time for some shameless self promotion. I’ve been promoting myself as a blogger now for about 6 months and I have started to make some friends out there in the blogging community. For th most part these people are all really cool. I wanted to share with you all a few sites of some of my new found friends. The first site is called A Bar Home Improvement. They have lots of great information on their site and I would highly encourage you to check out one post in particular called: Plumbing Tips from and Alpharetta Plumber. I’m sure you all can figure out who the Alpharetta plumber in question is on that post 🙂 Yes, for some reason I just think that the information presented in that article is just dead on.

Now let’s give you a few other posts on other sites that are worth your time to check out. If you are in need of Plumbing Advice from the Atlanta Plumbing Expert, then I would suggest that you march right over to Bringing Your Dreams Home. Now I’m sure by now you all are getting the picture here. This is information that I’ve written on other sites and I want you all to go and read that info and let me know what you think. Go ahead and leave a comment on my friend’s sites to let them know how valuable you think the information is  as well and what a huge benefit it is to have it on their site 🙂 I’m sure they will appreciate the visit. I know as a pretty new blogger I always love to check my comments and see that people have actually read all of the stuff that I put out. I know that my friends will likely feel the same way about people coming to their sites.

Now I do of course always try to warn people of getting ripped off by some unscrupulous plumber or plumbing company. So in the article How Plumbers in Atlanta Rip Off Customers, I shared some information for my buddies over at Great Home Improvement Tips. Now this was basically a call to arms for consumers here in the metro Atlanta area. Since I’m sure you’ve heard me talking about this way too much as it is I’ll just leave it at that for this post.

Lastly I want you to go check out one more post on A Bar Home Improvement called Plumbing Tips from a Marietta Plumber. The good folks over at A Bar seem to just love sharing my advice with their readers. While you are over there please make sure to check out some of their other posts on related home improvement topics. The writers over there really know the home improvement industry and good advice is always hard to come by.

Alright folks that’s it for today, once you have checked out a few of those posts be sure to come back and let me know what you think and share your opinion with the rest of the community.

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

The Master Plumber License

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Howdy folks, I wanted to take a quick moment to write a little post for those aspiring plumbers out there or those of you all who are considering a career in plumbing. Now I would like to first say that if you are going to pursue this career then you should absolutely commit to becoming a professional in every sense of the word. At the bare minimum this would require that you obtain a full plumbing license in the state where you wish to work. Why is this important? Well for a lot of reasons actually. Many states have laws that explicitly prohibit non-licensees from advertising or performing certain types of plumbing work. The last thing you want to do is to simply try to make an honest living only to find out that in the process of doing so you are violating state law. This puts you at risk for serious fines and even potential jail time. While the enforcement of these laws is often limited it is always best to be safe when it comes to your livelihood and your freedom. Now in addition to complying with local laws it is also important that you take the time to really learn your craft inside and out. I remember when I started working for a local plumbing company right after I had received my full master plumber license, I was working with a guy who had been in the business over 20 years. Now of course I was in my early 20’s but I had a few years of experience as well and I had just studied my butt off to pass the state licensing exam. Now I bring up this story because on more than one occasion I saw the guy I was working with perform work that was not according to the state specs and guidelines. I had to actually as a new plumber go back and correct this guy’s work. This obviously created somewhat of a tense situation since he was the old hand at this and I was just the young kid on the block. However, over time he realized that he had been doing things incorrectly and when I explained to him why they needed to be changed he eventually came around to seeing things my way. Now I tell this story to make the point that had I not been licensed I would have never known the difference. The guy I was working with was not a licensed master plumber even though he had been in the business over 20 years and was really a very knowledgeable and experienced plumber. He was not a handyman or some guy who was trying to cut corners. He was just doing things the way he always had and it just turned out that a few of those ways were wrong. This is just one example of why it is really actually essential that a plumber take the time to get licensed. This post is getting a little wordy now so I think I will cut it off here but I will continue this discussion in an upcoming post. Thanks for reading!

April 17, 2010

Repairing A Pin Hole Leak in A PVC Elbow Pipe

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Needless to say that even the smallest leak in a pipe can cause damaging effects when not addressed immediately. In fact, a small hole on a PVC elbow can progress to a bigger one when you continue ignoring the problem. Unsightly water stains, flooding, and wood rot can all start from a simple pinhole leak in your pipe. Fortunately, there are easy and simple ways to protect your home from the potential dangers of pipe leaks. In particular, this article will thoroughly discuss how to repair a pin-hole leak in a PVC elbow-shaped pipe.

Before anything else, you have to gather all the materials needed, which will most likely include the following:

  • PVC primer and glue
  • Epoxy
  • Caulky gun or epoxy dispenser
  • Spare PVC pipe
  • Heat gun
  • Protective gloves

After preparing the materials, you can now start with the actual leak repair. The first thing to do is to locate the source of the pipe leak, which in this case is the PVC elbow. Turn off the main water valve to impede the flow of water. This is very important to alleviate the damaged PVC elbow pipe from water pressure. Drain the remaining water on the pipe and let it dry before you start repairing the hole.

Next, fill the pinhole with a PVC primer and then followed by the PVC glue. You may also opt to use plumbing adhesives that already combine the primer and glue in one solution, such as the Gorilla PVC glue. Remember that when working with chemical adhesives, it is vital to wear protective gloves.

Apply an epoxy glue stick unto the leaking pinhole with the use of a caulk gun or epoxy dispenser. Allow the epoxy glue to dry before turning on the main water valve. After that, open the water connection and check if there is still any sign of leaks. If the leaking problem persists, you might need to replace the damaged PVC elbow pipe with a new one.

April 13, 2010

Don’t Get Taken When Hiring a Plumber

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Invariably, there will come a time when the need arises for a professional plumber. Many homeowners can handle the bulk of their plumbing needs themselves. However, many homeowners have neither the knowledge or desire to complete these plumbing projects themselves. When this occurs, a professional plumber must be called to complete the work for them. Many people do not like to hire service professionals because they’re not sure how to go about the entire process. Those home-owners who keep a home warranty can often lean on the warranty company to help, however, the rest of us must do it the old fashioned way. The process of hiring a plumber can be boiled down to asking for referrals, getting estimates, and demanding a warranty.

The best way to find a plumber who will not take advantage of you is to use one who is used by others you know. Ask friends and family if they know of a good plumber that they have used or perhaps a friend of theirs has used. Many very good plumbers receive the bulk of their work through referrals. They know that pleasing a customer will lead to more customers and cut down on their advertising costs. Plumbers who receive a lot of referrals strive for customer satisfaction.

Also, when looking for a plumber to complete a job you should always get at least three estimates. Do not simply go with the lowest estimate. The plumber who provides the lowest estimate may actually do very good work; however, many times to achieve a lower bid plumbers will cut corners to reduce overhead. Even if the plumber you would like to hire is the most expensive you may be able to use the other bids to negotiate a lower price.

Finally, no matter whether it is plumbing or any other job around your home you should always ask for a warranty. If a plumber is not receptive to the idea of warrantying their work, you may need to move on to another plumber. A good plumber should always stand behind their work and guarantee your satisfaction.

April 7, 2010

Multimeter Usage

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Howdy readers! How has the wordpress community been doing? I’ve been busy lately with a few of my other blogs but I didn’t want to neglect my wordpress readership.  So here we are with another plumbing/home improvement tip.  Now as a home service professional there are some basic things that any and everyone should know regardless of their individual specialty areas. One of those things in how to use a multimeter. Now these devices are used in many lines of home service and repair including electrical, plumbing, hvac, and others. Needless to say its something that is important to feel comfortable using. As I was cruising around Youtube I found a nice video that I wanted to share with you all.  Check it out:

This should equip you with the basics on using a multimeter. As always if you folks have any questions just drop me a comment. Also if you have any material that you would like to see covered on this blog you can let me know as well. I try to cover things that I think can be somewhat universally useful but if you all tell me that you want to know more about trenchless sewer line repair or more hard-core plumbing topics I’ll be glad to write on those as well.  Let me know what you are interested in learning and I will be more than willing to do my best to help teach. OK, that’s it for today folks, until next time, its your neighborhood Atlanta plumber, Carson signing off.

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 25, 2010

Venting a Pipe

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Howdy readers! I’m back with another plumbing tip for you would-be plumbers out there that I know you are going to love. By now you all know my affinity for video tutorials and today’s tip is going to be no different. I found a great video on the father of video sites: Youtube.com So without giving you some big lead-in to the video let me just go straight to the goods. Here you go:

Now there are a variety of plumbing applications where you will need to vent a pipe but I’m not going to get into too much detail on those in this post. I just wanted to share this information with you and in the coming posts we’ll discuss the various plumbing repairs that would call for pipe venting.

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!

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