Ways to Save Energy and Water

These days many of us, plumbers included, are looking for ways to save on energy and water bills. Try as you might, it will be difficult to manage when most people don’t know that their water heater takes up %17  of their home’s energy. That is more than all of your other appliances combined. Today, IRC Plumbing is offering these tips and tricks we found  to lower the energy and water consumption of your water heater.Lucien Rizio - IRC Plumbing Vero Beach Water Heater Repair

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“Modify the temperature

Modifying the temperature on your hot water heater is quick and easy to do. According to the Department of Energy setting your hot water heater at 120 or lower can help you save more than $60 a year on your utility bill. You can also turn off your water heater if you are away on vacation to conserve energy.

Add Insulation

Most new hot water heaters are insulated. If you have an older water heater, consider adding an insulation blanket to help reduce heat loss. If your tank feels warm to the touch, this could be an easy and cost effective addition.

Check for leaks

Do a quick check of your sinks, showers, toilets and the hoses outside. Make sure your washers and gaskets are tight. The most common cause of a leaking toilet is often the inexpensive, rubber flapper. Check for wear and replace if needed. Remember plumbers have professional grade products that often last longer than store bought parts.

Consider upgrades

Consider water saving and energy efficient upgrades. Many new faucets, shower heads and toilets are low flow or have water conservation features. These are easy to upgrade on your own or with the help of a professional plumber. There are also new energy efficient options for water heaters.

For more information on ways to save water and energy with your plumbing, go toenergy.gov/articles/askenergysaver-home-water-heating.”

The only exception to these hints is this. Here in Florida, it may be better to leave the water at 125 degrees. We are happy to meet with you and check out your water heater and offer you options.

Lucien Rizio

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Look Around Your Home

What-not-to-do(2)Our homes are something that we take for granted. We rush in, make dinner, rush out to band practice, or football, or soccer, or chorus, to whatever volunteer or entertaining functions we are engaged in. Today, I am going to ask you to stop, look, and listen.

Nobody I know ever wants to spend money on repairs that don’t make their home look prettier, I get that. But if you DON’T spend any money whatsoever on maintenance, you will spend MUCH more on repairs later.

So, take a moment, do both of us a favor before you call me in a panic, with a house full of company, and a water heater that just fell apart, leaking all over your house and leaving you with no hot water and a mess to clean up. If your water heater is in the garage, go out and look at it. Do you have garage junk piled all around it? If you haven’t opened those boxes or don’ t know what’s in the containers, just throw it away and clear the area around the water heater.

Is your water heater sitting directly on the concrete floor of your garage? That is a no no. Look around the water heater. Are there areas that are rusting and calcified, that’s not good either. Does hot water run out before two people get a nice, warm shower? Another no no.

We would rather come out and tell you good news, or prevent a big problem, than to see you stressed and upset at a much bigger problem. So if you don’t follow these suggestions before the Holidays, at least put them on your 2016 TO DO List.

Happy Holidays

Lucien Rizio

 

The Perils of a Bad Water Heater Install

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I see so many bad water heater installs on a weekly basis it is unbelievable that  more people don’t get hurt. There are some basic things to know when you call a plumber and ask what the cost will be to install a certain size heater.

It is important to remember if you hire a plumber based only upon a price quote, you will most probably be asking for trouble. Some of the businesses you call will quote you the cheapest price possible. The work will include NOTHING that is  up to code. They get in, throw the heater in place and get paid, period!

I’m going to educate you on the questions you should be asking and things to know for the future:

  1.  Will the installation of the new water heater be done in accordance with current plumbing codes?
  2. Permits are supposed to be pulled. Some counties are stricter than others but remember it could come back to haunt you if you’re going to sell your house soon.
  3. If the installer who comes to your home  breaks out sharkbite or flex tube fittings, don’t let them touch your heater. Run!! If you aren’t certain what those are, look them up in Google Images.
  4.  Expansion tanks are code but no one uses them due to keeping cost down. If it’s not properly installed, it can void warranty on your new heater. The  expansion tank, if installed properly, will  take off the extra pressure off your pipes and heater as the hot water expands.This will keep your water heater much safer. But, if the expansion tank is not set to the same pressure as your house  it will just fill with water.
  5.  Every water heater should have a pan under it just to keep the moisture from the concrete of the bottom of the heater protected, especially if the water heater is located in the garage. If the heater located within the home the drain pan is required by code and  a drain has to be run outside.
  6.  The ball valve should be replaced no matter what they say. Even if it “seems” fine why not change it and save a call later on.
  7.  The T and P valve can not be run underground like they did in the old days. It needs to be dropped straight in to the pan so if your heater is trying to tell you something is wrong you will see water in the pan and time to call someone.
  8.  If you have cpvc or pex  then the expansion tank needs to be hard piped so the weight of the tank doesn’t break the pipes.
  9. This is VERY Important: Temperature  on new water heaters is factory set 125 degrees. It’s fine to raise it a few degrees above the 125 number,  but never turn it up full blast like I saw today. It will burn kids and the elderly in seconds. Not to mention blow the older copper pipes out.
  10. Make sure your heater is sized right according to your house and family.

These are some of the basic rules. Don’t be afraid to do your homework and ask questions. Always make sure to hire a licensed contractor you might save now but it will cost you in the future.

I hope this little check list helps somebody make a better choice.

Lucien Rizio

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“I.R.C. Plumbing is top notch. Lucien and his crew, which included his two brothers, came out to our home and were hard working, honest and professional. We would highly recommend this family of hard working professionals for all your plumbing needs. If you want a Company that is honest, prompt and reliable, I.R.C. Plumbing is just what you are looking for!!!”

IRC Plumbing’s Response:

Thank you and I promise we will get it you put to rights and within a fair budget. It was great meeting you and your wife. I wish it was under better circumstances and I never like giving bad news. I’m sorry it couldn’t just be fixed.

Lucien Rizio

 

Construction Is Booming

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Here in Brevard & Indian River Counties, all of the General Contractors we work with are busy. They haven’t seen this kind of activity in more than six years and it is so welcome. Throughout the past few years, the talking heads have been saying there is not enough housing to meet the demands of millenials who are finally getting jobs and leaving the nest and this construction boom is proof!

In Florida it is also a case of the retiring baby boomers moving here from other parts of the country. The prices are still much more reasonable than in some other parts of the U.S. and people are looking to lower the cost of living so they can more readily enjoy their retirement.

At IRC Plumbing, we work with contractors in both Brevard County and Indian River County. It is the best part of our job to be in on a home’s plumbing from the very beginning. To help design and to properly install plumbing and fixtures that will work properly for years to come.

If you hear of anyone who is planning to build their own home, or a new office, tell them about IRC Plumbing!

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

Remodels

At IRC Plumbing we work with residential home owners to install new plumbing in older homes, we work with General Contractors to plan and install plumbing in new homes, we work with General Contractors in Indian River County on commercial building projects..you name it, we do it when it comes to plumbing. Continue Reading

Dream Bathroom

We recently put up a post about what goes on behind the walls of a beautiful, dream bathroom. Today we are going to show you another dream bathroom, but we will let you see the finished product this time. From Melbourne, to Sebastian and Vero, we fix broken bathrooms, spiff up older baths, and build dream bathrooms for people who finally get that dream house.

Recently IRC Plumbing completed work on a bathroom in Sebastian. It was a remodel, and they were creating a new master suite. The catch, this dream bathroom is on the THIRD floor.  Nothing like putting a 600 pound tub on the third story of a remodel. There was no master bath here a couple weeks ago and upgraded the hall bath. What a beautiful job with a gorgeous view. Another great job with Tozzolo Brothers Construction.

Let us know how you like it, go to our Facebook Page and leave us a message!!

Lucien Rizio

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Leak Detection

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We talked about having an undetected water leak in your home, and how we can find it quickly using our leak detection device, but what can you do yourself to detect a leak?

  1. If you suspect a leak, the first thing to do is shut off all your faucets, showers, the water valve leading to your washer, and your toilets and check to see if your meter continues to run.
  2.  If you have a well on your property, check to see if it is running constantly.
  3. If you don’t have water gushing into your house, send someone outside to where your meter is located. Flush the toilets one at a time, wait until the tank fills back up, then check to see if the meter is still running.
  4. If water is pouring out, locate the main water shut off for your home and shut that off and call us.

Because water doesn’t always puddle at the source of a leak, if your leak is not one you can find quickly using any of the above methods, IRC plumbing has Leak Detection Equipment which takes the guess work out of finding leaks.

We have been in the plumbing business here in Indian River County for enough years that we can tell where some of the more common sources of leaks will be, but sometimes leaks are sneaky and they occur in less obvious areas. The most difficult leaks to pinpoint can be leaks in your slab. That is why we have made the investment in Leak Detector.

Leak detectors use sound to detect where a leak is coming from. It is actually more complex than that, but you don’t need the details, you just need to know that we know how to read the information that comes from our Leak Detection Equipment in order to diagnose and ultimately repair whatever leaks are causing you problems.

Lucien Rizio

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

Outdoor Shower Installation

As so often happens in the plumbing business, we got a last minute call from  friends at LaPorte Farms. Is just so happened they were hosting an out of state 4H group and needed an outside shower for them.  They gave us very short notice, but Lucien put aside his Father’s Day celebration and got it done.

We always aim to please, if you have plumbing needs just call us @ 772/696/3747

 

Lucien and Vanessa Lynn

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

Leak Detection

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People think the first sign of a leak somewhere in your home is water. That is true sometimes, and other times it is your water bill. If you usually pay $60 per month for water, and this month the bill is $200, then you have a leak!

We had one customer whose water bill spiked like this, with none of the usual puddles appearing around their home. So where was the leak? In this particular instance it was a toilet in their bathroom. It wasn’t making any noise because it was dripping ever so slightly, but it was constant and it caused their water meter to keep running. Because there weren’t any visible signs of a leak, that is the first place we checked. It was a simple and relatively inexpensive leak to fix, and the next month their water bill was back to normal, but it was a good thing they had us check it out or they would have continued to have overly high water bills.

Slab leaks are another one that can be difficult to detect. If you have a slow leak from a pinhole in a pipe, back behind a piece of furniture, they can be difficult to detect, and as the water leaks it can take a pinhole in a pipe and overtime the hole will get bigger, ultimately causing a much larger problem.

If you water bill seems to be rising each month, and you haven’t had extra company or aren’t doing more laundry, it is a good idea to give us a call, and Lucien can use our leak detection equipment to track down that leak for you.

 

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