When to call a plumber

Let’s be honest, no one wants to call a plumber. Nowadays, the introduction of How-Tos on YouTube and throughout various online mediums makes us feel as though we’re certified plumbers ourselves. There’s no job we can’t handle if we have the right instructional video on our computer. However, if you attempt to fix a problem on your own, you may find that you are making the situation worse!

Not all plumbing projects are ideal for the do-it-yourselfer. Here are a few tips to help you understand when it’s best to call in a professional plumber:

When permits are required

Moving existing plumbing, bathroom remodeling, or adding a new gas line for your BBQ all require permits. It’s important to have a professional plumber there who knows the process and building codes to ensure the inspection goes through.

Water heater work

It’s not recommended to work on your own water heater. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, which can make the process dangerous. Trust repairs and service maintenance to a professional.

Shower valve replacement

Don’t let online blogs and tutorials fool you, replacing a shower valve is complex and time consuming for an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Trust an expert to help you choose the right valve and replace it without damaging the shower walls.

Basically, when a permit or extensive work is required it’s more cost effective and less frustrating to contact a professional plumber to handle the task. The plumbers at Metro-Rooter are certified, professional, timely, and affordable – why waste your weekend when you have us?

Save on Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens are one of the most updated rooms in the home. In fact, it is recommended by real estate professionals that you update your kitchen every ten years. However, that’s no low-cost expense. The average kitchen remodel can cost anything between $40,000 to $50,000 and more. The initial cost may seem overwhelming but a kitchen remodel does have its benefits. The return on investment is 80-95% on resale. So, now that you understand the importance of a kitchen remodel, it’s time to budget it out. It might seem impossible to renovate your kitchen while keeping a strict budget in mind, but it is possible and we’ll show you how. Continue reading

Prep Your Plumbing for Winter

It’s that time of the year again – Jack Frost is moving into Jacksonville, Florida, but is your home ready? Prepare your plumbing for the cold weather before a frozen pipe or plumbing emergency ruins your holidays.

Winter weather requires a different kind of plumbing maintenance. It’s important to create a plumbing checklist to make sure nothing is missed.

To help you create the optimal plumbing checklist for your home, we’ve put together a few checkpoints of our own to assist you: Continue reading

What Makes a Great Plumber

It seems to be a daunting task for homeowners everywhere. With so many choices in plumbers, how do you know which one is right for you? There are five tips to find the right  plumbing technician to ensure your budget and your home remain intact throughout the process.

  1. Honest and Clear Communication: You deserve direct and honest communication to understand where the problems in your plumbing lie. Do not trust a plumber who throws too much technical jargon at you in order to confuse you and make you think you need an upgrade or service that you don’t need. It’s your home so ensure you understand all facets of the process.
  2. Cleanliness: It’s important that your plumber treats your home with the respect it deserves.
  3. Professional Uniform: While looks are not everything, it’s important that you feel comfortable with a plumber that it’s in your home. Look for visible company logos on uniforms to ensure you’re dealing with a reputable company.
  4. On-Time Guarantee: One of the biggest complaints from consumers is timeliness. If you receive a window of time to receive plumbing services, it’s important that your plumber respects that.
  5. Upfront Pricing: As a homeowner, you should never allow a plumber to begin work before he/she gives you a clear, upfront quote of the project and parts.

How to Choose Your Next Toilet

When you choose a toilet for your bathroom, it’s not as simple as size and visual appeal. You must consider design, theme, and functionality as well. There’s so much to choosing the right toilet for your home, that it may seem a daunting task. Fortunately, the professionals at Metro-Rooter can help you with your choice!

An elongated toilet is a popular choice among many homeowners but when your bathroom’s space is limited, a round bowl may be more appropriate. A round bowl can also save you some cost since it is cheaper than the elongated version. The height of your toilet should also be comfortable enough for anybody who is going to use it.

When you have finally made a choice about the look and style of your toilet, leave the installation up to the professionals at Metro-Rooter.


How to Nip That Plumbing Drip

It’s not just annoying, it’s expensive and a plumbing nightmare. It’s that drip you hear coming from any and all faucets in your home. Just how expensive is that small drip coming from your sink?

It may not seem like much but even the smallest drip can add up to gallons after time. Think of it this way: if your faucet drips once every second every day, all day then it would only take 4.5 hours to reach one gallon of water. On an average day, you would waste 5 gallons of water or more shockingly 2,082 gallons per year. Now multiply that if you have more than one leaky faucet in your home. This is an average estimate of the amount of water a leaky faucet may produce. To get more specifics on your home, check out this free, leaky faucet drip calculator.

What to Do When You Have a Leaky Faucet

Although the Internet has made it seem like it’s easy for you to fix leaky faucets on your own, it may not be that simple. Continue reading

Four Going Green Plumbing Trends

Today’s hot topics are all about the conservation of our natural resources, including water.  Many people are incorporating green features in their new home design from the kitchen to the yard and the bathroom. Here are four Going Green plumbing trends that you should consider installing in your home:

Lead-Free Faucets
Join the safest trend in replacing your old faucets with lead-free ones. If you don’t, you could be consuming distasteful and harmful lead on a daily basis.

Solar Hot Water
Since most traditional solar hot water collectors are being replaced with less expensive plastic models, water warmed naturally by the sun is becoming more of a real possibility for most homeowners.

WaterSense Homes Continue reading

Debunking Home Plumbing Myths

Wrench, Home Plumbing MythsIt’s those “tried and true” pieces of wisdom that have been passed on from your grandmother’s mother’s mother to you. When it comes to those quick-fixes around the home, we’ve all made the mistake of trying something that we’ve seen on the Internet or heard of from a neighbor – those  tidbits are oversimplified, or in most cases, just plain wrong.

Put Lemons in Your Disposal to Make It Smell Fresh
When life gives you lemons, resist putting them down the disposal. You might give your kitchen that sweet, fresh aroma for a little while but eventually the citric acid from lemons corrodes the metal inside your disposal.

Instead, use ice to polish your disposal from the inside out. It works much like a rock tumbler polishing rocks. Don’t let the noise scare you, it’s loud but it works. Continue reading

What Is Hard Water?

Water Drops, Hard WaterIf you’re a homeowner, then you’ve heard the term “hard water.” You might be familiar with the potential problems it may cause or signs to watch for to indicate hard water. However, do you really understand what hard water is and how it can affect your home plumbing?

As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves small amounts of minerals, then holds them in a solution. The two most common minerals that are dissolved in the water are calcium and magnesium. When there is an excessive concentration of both, the water is considered to be hard. Essentially, the higher the levels, the harder the water.

To help determine accurate levels, water analysts have developed a table to measure and compare water hardness. In this table, levels of calcium and magnesium are measured in “grains per gallon” (gpg). Again, the higher the gpg, the harder the water.

Here are a few measurements to help you better understand this often ambiguous definition: