Plumbing Fixtures

fresh showerIf your New Year’s resolution is to save money, then plumbing upgrades for your home is a must! It might seem like a relatively small change, but even swapping out a few old fixtures for high efficiency ones will lead to big savings. Considering water conservation is an important issue here in Texas, eco-friendly plumbing upgrades are also a great to reduce your home’s water usage.

If you’re due for a plumbing upgrade or two you can rely on Rooter-man’s top notch plumbing remodeling service. Our professional plumbers are happy to help you select plumbing upgrades that will improve the look, efficiency, and safety of your home.

Start the New Year off right with these plumbing upgrades!

For your bathroom
With the average person using up to 100 gallons of water each day, the bathroom has a lot of potential for water wasting. Any outdated plumbing fixtures can contribute to this, so now is a good time to install high efficiency bathroom fixtures such as faucets, low flow showerheads, and low flush toilets. These use less than half of the amount of water of their traditional counterparts! For added energy and water savings, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends WaterSense bathroom fixtures, which are even more efficient than other high efficiency models without sacrificing performance or quality.

For your kitchen

Although that leaky faucet is annoying you may not realize exactly how much it’s actually costing you and the environment. Did you know that in a year, leaky faucets can waste enough water for more than 180 showers? Replacing a leaky faucet with a newer, high efficiency model can cut down on your water bill and conserve a lot of water. Some models use as little as 1.5 gallons per minute, which is less than half of what a standard model uses. Swapping out the aerator, or the little screen at the end of your faucet, is also a cheap and easy way to improve its efficiency. And although garbage disposals may not use much energy, an old, dull or damaged one can cause plumbing problems so now might be time for an upgrade.

For the rest of your house

Does your water heater make a lot of noise and performs poorly? It might be time to upgrade! Tankless hot water heaters are well known for their high performance and energy efficiency and are able to supply an unlimited amount of hot water. If water quality is a concern, a whole house water filter can supply each water source in your home with clean, pure water. With flash flooding being a concern for many North Texas homeowners, a battery backup sump pump is one plumbing upgrade you can’t afford to not have!

Let Rooter-Man North Houston Texas rescue you from old and inefficient plumbing fixtures with money and water saving plumbing upgrades! Call us today!

Baby on toiletMany people think anything goes when it comes to flushing things down the toilet. You place it into the bowl, push down the handle, and ta-da it disappears. But our Klein, TX plumbers probably know better than anyone that toilets and plumbing systems in general can actually be quite fickle. The fact of the matter is, if you flush just anything down your toilet, you’re bound to pay the consequences. If you want to avoid toilet problems, sewer backups, and other plumbing system issues, we recommend keeping these items out of the toilet.

10 Items You Should Never Flush Down a Toilet in Klein, TX

  • Paper TowelsCommercial plumbing service is often needed at businesses that have public bathrooms because paper towels wind up getting flushed. Paper towels are too big and thick to be flushed and are highly likely to clog a toilet. If you keep paper towels in your bathroom, be sure there is a wastepaper basket there as well!
  • Cat Litter – It seems reasonable enough to flush your cat’s waste down the toilet, but if it’s covered in cat litter, don’t do it! The litter is designed to clump when it comes into contact with moisture, so it is likely to clump up in your plumbing pipes, causing a clog.
  • “Flushable Wipes” – When plumbers see the word “flushable” on a box of wipes, we cringe. The wipes are simply NOT flushable. The wipes might make it down the toilet, but they must be filtered out eventually which is costing cities worldwide big bucks.
  • Prophylactics– The likelihood of these causing a toilet clog is high and you certainly don’t want one to pop back up into the bowl.
  • Dental Floss – Believe it or not dental floss is not biodegradable, and it has a tendency to bunch up into balls, causing bigger clogs than you might think.
  • Feminine Hygiene Products – The manufacturers are never going to tell you, so we might as well: tampons should not be flushed. Because tampons are absorbent and don’t break down quickly, the city’s waste treatment plant must filter them out and take them to a landfill.
  • Food – Why are people flushing food down the toilet? We don’t know. Make sure the little ones know that the toilet bowl is not the appropriate bowl for their cheerios, because flushing food is a surefire way to clog a toilet.
  • Medicine – Whether new or expired, medications should never be flushed. Hormones and pharmaceuticals get into the water supply and can have a negative effect on the health of local wildlife.
  • Cotton Balls & Swabs – You may think these items are small and harmless, but they have a tendency to gather together in plumbing pipes, causing ugly clogs.
  • Cigarette Butts – Did you know that cigarette butts are one of the most common types of litter found in the ocean? While they might look small and easy to flush, they won’t break down quickly and will release chemicals into the water supply.

Clogged toilets and sewer lines can be messy and inconvenient, but many times these problems can be avoided when you practice good flushing habits. Teach your children what to flush and what not to flush and keep a trashcan handy for the unflushables! For drain clearing or sewer service in Klein, TX, give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call!

Hand Touching Handle In Bath TubBathrooms that we once used over and over without a second thought can become dangerous, anxiety-producing places as we age. For the elderly and people with mobility issues, typical bathrooms just don’t make sense. If you or someone you know is having difficultly navigating your current bathroom, contact our Magnolia plumbers for help creating a safer, easier to use, handicap accessible bathroom. Take a look at some of the possibilities below and consider which options would be the most helpful.

Bathroom Modifications That Help Create a Safer Bathroom

  • Elevated Toilets – A couple of extra inches can make all the difference in the world to someone who struggles to get on and off the toilet. Installing a grab bar on the wall nearby will make using the restroom even easier.
  • Bathroom Grab Bars – When installed correctly, these bars can help steady a person’s body, reducing the instances of falls. Be sure to choose a stainless steel, institutional grade bar. Never use a towel bar as a grab bar because these are not designed to support much weight.
  • Shower Seats – When standing while taking a shower becomes a burden, it’s time to consider installing a shower seat. A shower seat will allow you to sit, relax, and enjoy your shower, and there will be a reduced risk of slipping and falling.
  • Handheld Showers – Handheld showerheads assist people with mobility issues with cleansing. Instead of having to move around in the shower, you can move the shower around you!
  • Walk-in Showers & Bathtubs – These require a lesser amount of motion to enter and exit, thereby reducing the risk of slipping or falling.

As we age, our needs change, and our bathrooms should to. For help installing accessible bathroom fixtures in Magnolia, North Houston, or the surrounding areas, give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call today. We specialize in designing handicap accessible bathrooms around individual needs.

Sink with faucet in clean white modern kitchen (3D Rendering)A kitchen or bathroom remodel is never complete without a new faucet. Whether you’re embarking on a top-to-bottom plumbing remodel or just replacing an old, dripping faucet, you’ll want to make sure that you choose the faucet that’s right for your household.  There are more options out there today than there ever have been before, so making a decision can be a daunting task. Many people just choose the most inexpensive faucet or the one that will look most aesthetically pleasing, but there are actually many things you should consider when selecting a faucet.

Questions to Ask Yourself (or a Plumber) When Choosing a Faucet

  • Which finish would look best in my bathroom or kitchen? Of course you want to choose a finish that you like and that will complement the other features in the room, but take this a step further by choosing a finish that will continue to look good over the years. There are many finishes to choose from including pewter, polished brass, gold plating, stainless steel, chrome, brushed chrome, and powder-coated enamel. Steer away from finishes that are likely to tarnish such as brass.
  • How many faucet handles do I prefer? These days many people are opting to have a single handle that controls both the hot and cold water. But you could also choose two handles mounted with the spout or two handles mounted separately from the spout. Generally, a widespread faucet (with the two handles mounted separately) will cost more money, but some people like the aesthetic appeal.
  • Does the faucet have quality interior components? Even a faucet that is beautiful and stylish on the outside could have cheap, plastic components on the inside. Because your faucet will be turned on and off many times a day, you’ll need it to be durable. You’ll also want to have a good valve inside that will prevent extreme changes in water temperature when you switch from cold to hot water. It is difficult to determine what’s on the inside of a faucet if you are inexperienced with plumbing fixtures. At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we’ve been repairing and installing faucets for many years and can help you sort out the good from the bad.
  • How long is the faucet’s warranty? Some faucets will come with lifetime protection against water leaks. The fact is nothing lasts forever, so the longer the warranty, the better.

Rooter-Man Plumbers would love to use our expertise to help you choose the faucet that is right for your kitchen or bathroom. Take advantage of our years of plumbing service experience and give us a call for faucet replacement. No plumbing job is too big or too small for our dedicated Tomball and North Houston plumbers!

Interior ToiletWhether you hear your toilet running long after it was last flushed or you see water has leaked out of your toilet onto your bathroom floor, it’s time to call in a plumber to help. These types of issues only get worse, so you’ll want to get the toilet repair you need before the situation becomes more serious. Our Conroe plumbers are here to answer some commonly asked questions about toilet problems, so that you can find the solution that’s right for you.

Why won’t my toilet stop running?
If you hear your toilet running at random times when it hasn’t been recently flushed, you may have a worn-out toilet valve. These valves can harden over time, allowing water to leak from the toilet tank into the toilet bowl. This can be a big waste of water and can become a more serious problem if left unrepaired. Usually our Conroe plumbing company is able to swap out the aged parts for new ones, so that you don’t have to purchase a replacement toilet. 

Why is my toilet leaking?
Toilets leak for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the wax ring needs to be replaced. Other times there is a crack in the porcelain or a pipe has rusted and sprung a leak. Our expert plumbers will examine your toilet to determine if it can be repaired or if you need to have a new toilet installed. Toilet leaks can get messy, and they’ll drive up the cost of your water bill, so don’t put off getting a toilet repair.

Rooter-Man Plumbers have been coming to the rescue since 1997, and we know how to do a toilet repair right the first time. If you’re not experienced with toilet repairs, don’t attempt this project alone because it could easily become more trouble than it’s worth. We’re here to help you with any toilet repair, and we can also help you to choose a new toilet if needed. We install all types of toilets including handicap toilets and low-flow toilets.  You can conserve water in Conroe and save money on your water bills by getting toilet and other water leaks fixed right away!

Wasting MoneyIf everyone chose high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, the world would save millions of gallons of precious water a year. Unfortunately, many green plumbing fixtures have gotten a bad rap, and many people are reluctant to purchase them. At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we believe in conserving water in Tomball, North Houston, and the surrounding areas, and we think that dispelling some of the myths about low-flow fixtures will help!

Low-Flow Showerheads in Tomball & North Houston

The biggest myth about low-flow showerheads is that they perform poorly by delivering a weak, inefficient stream of water that will cause your showers to be less enjoyable. This is simply not the case. Utilizing a low-flow showerhead will not alter your water pressure. You’ll still get full water coverage and a strong spray; there will just be less water coming out of the showerhead each minute. You could use 50% less water each time you shower, while still getting clean and enjoying your shower fully!

Low-Flow Toilets in Tomball & North Houston

The myths about low-flow toilets are based in reality—an old reality. The first-generation low-flow toilets of the early 1990s had some problems. They clogged more easily, the bowls needed to be cleaned more frequently, and sometimes a second flush was needed to get rid of all the waste. However, improved technology and design have made these problems a thing of the past. You can expect today’s low-flow toilets to function very well, and you won’t have to worry about needing to double-flush.

When it comes time to replace your toilet or showerhead, consider the facts, not the myths. You can conserve water and save money on your water bills while still having a fully functional plumbing fixture. Go green in 2015 by getting a high-efficiency plumbing fixture installation from Rooter-Man Plumbers!

different tools for renovation in the bathroomMany homeowners choose to get their bathroom remodel done in the fall before the holiday season arrives. They not only want their bathroom to look clean, welcoming, and impressive to their relatives and friends, they also want their bathroom plumbing to function properly during the increased use so that they won’t end up needing a plumbing repair at an inconvenient time. At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we encourage anyone considering a bathroom remodel to get in touch with us now, so that we can get you the renovated bathroom of your dreams before it’s time for entertaining guests!

Which benefits would you desire most in your bathroom remodel?

  • An increase in the value of your home. Potential home buyers always pay close attention to bathrooms and they’ll pay more for a home if a bathroom is already remodeled. Choose quality plumbing fixtures that will stay looking great and last a long time.
  • A decrease in your water bill. Getting rid of leaky, inefficient plumbing fixtures can help you to conserve water. Furthermore, installing high-efficiency bathroom fixtures will help you to save even more. Consider low-flow toilets and showerheads. Our Magnolia plumbers offer a wide variety of green plumbing products and we can help you choose the new plumbing fixtures that will save you the most money in the long run.
  • A bathroom that is easier to use. If someone in your home is disabled or elderly and using the bathroom is a constant struggle, then your bathroom could benefit from bathroom modifications such as a walk-in tub, shower grab bar, handicap toilet, or shower seat. These plumbing fixtures will make your bathroom easier to use and safer.

At Rooter-Man Plumbers we take an individualized approach to bathroom remodeling so that you can enjoy the benefits and features that are most important to you. Give us a call and let us know what you’re looking for in a bathroom remodel!

 

Quality Level MeterWith the economy the way it is these days, homeowners across the nation are doing everything they can to save money. Unfortunately, sometimes, homeowners select low-quality plumbing products or appliances because they seem less expensive. This week, Rooter-Man wanted to explain why we recommend the plumbing products we recommend for our Tomball residents.

First and foremost, it’s important to recognize the difference between quality and price. One set of plumbing fixtures may look less expensive than other; however, the less expensive set may be a lower quality and begin to break down quicker than our recommended products. For example, we recommend Kohler plumbing fixtures for any of our clients looking to upgrade or remodel.

On the other hand, it’s also important to allow our certified technicians to complete the installation for you. We do recommend Kohler products; however, our installation comes with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. This means that if you are not satisfied with the installation, we will work to guarantee your satisfaction. If you install the product yourself, it could end up costing more if the fixtures or appliances do not fit or work correctly.

It’s important to remember that our technicians are certified to work on all makes and models of water heaters, garbage disposals, plumbing fixtures, and more. While we do recommend certain brands, we always keep up on the latest technology and equipment so that we can handle any of your plumbing needs. Our technicians can look over the space you wish to remodel or inspect your appliance and offer several recommendations. Remember, don’t settle for something cheap when you can have something that costs more but lasts for years to come.

Rooter-Man Plumbing installs fixtures and garbage disposals in North Houston TX. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us the truth about love in relationships. Thankfully, these characteristics do not apply to the appliances or fixtures in our homes (though we are grateful to have a roof over our heads and indoor plumbing!). Our minds keep perfect track of every time the garbage disposal failed, or every time that faucet in the bathroom decided to keep leaking or coming loose. Thankfully, Rooter-Man Plumbing has the resources you need to fall in love with your plumbing fixtures again. We proudly offer top of the line garbage disposals and plumbing fixtures with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

The plumbing fixtures we install are the best designed fixtures on the market; they well-crafted and designed to make a lasting impression. We offer a variety of styles, both metals and non-metals that can revitalize any sink in your home. Likewise, the garbage disposals we install are the quietest disposals available. We recommend only the high performing and long lasting garbage disposals to our customers. We believe in the importance of quality service and honest technicians, so you’ll never experience hidden fees or surprise charges. You can also expect for your home and guests to be treated with respect by every member of our staff. We hope that you choose our services and to install one or both of this week’s featured products. We know you will fall in love with them just as much as we have.

Rooter-Man Plumbing values the satisfaction of our customers, so we are very particular about the products we offer and install for our residential and commercial clients. If you have any questions or would like to discuss installation options for your home or business, the plumbers at Rooter-Man Plumbing  have the tools, knowledge, and experience to explain all of your plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance questions. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web.  When you have a problem its Rooter-Man plumbers to the rescue!