Industrial Plumbing

Recently we hooked up  a beautiful $100,000 machine at Tampo Print in Vero Beach. This machine is used for ”  etching metal for Stamping (also known as pressing) . It involves the  process of placing flat sheet metal in either blank or coil form into a stamping press where a tool and die surface forms the metal into a net shape. Stamping includes a variety of sheet-metal forming manufacturing processes, such as punching using a machine press or stamping press, blanking, embossing, bending,  and coining.[1] stamping at factories.” ( Definition from Wikipedia)

I ran the air lines, three water services, 4″ vent through the rough and three drains.  There are plumbers who would scratch their head at this job, but not us, this was easy stuff for us.

We can do anything you need and  the more complex  it is the more we like it!!  We LOVE a challenge!

Tampo Print in Vero Beach is a great company with an awesome staff we enjoyed working with them. American made!!

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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.

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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

Plumbing Someone’s Dream Bathroom

Have you ever wondered, just a little bit, what goes into building someone’s dream bathroom. You know, those one’s you see on Houzz, or HGTV with all the different shower heads, just looking like a little bit of heaven?

We are going to give you a peek at what goes on behind the walls of that dream bathroom. At IRC. we call this a real plumbing job . This shower will be gorgeous when it’s all done, with  6 body sprays with different diverters, plus two normal shower with their own diverters and then a rain head to share on another valve. Lucien got to use his preference, copper piping, which is more expensive and time consuming but nothing compares.

Whether you are a plumber or not, look at the symmetry of these pipes, forget the studs and the other items around them, and just see how beautifully everything is lined up. This is not something we get to do every day .

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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

 

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New Construction – Residential and Commercial – Vero Beach and Sebastian

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL NEW CONSTRUCTION

 

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You need a plumber you can trust.

Whether your plumbing project is residential or commercial new construction, you need a trustworthy plumber who is licensed and insured. Your new construction plumbing project is too important to let just anyone work on your site.

IRC Plumbing is a full service plumbing company with a master plumber ready to work closely with your contractors and designers to meet all of your expectations and ensure your project runs smoothly from start to finish!

Install Your Plumbing Up to Code

We are also available to help with new construction code violations for plumbing systems. We would be happy to brainstorm ways to meet building standards. Additionally, we lend our expertise to projects that start from the ground up to ensure seamless planning and completion from beginning to end. IRC Plumbing also offers remodeling services for commercial bathrooms and kitchens. Whether you need to replace an old pipe or have a larger project in mind, we would be happy to help.

Let us help you with your new construction plumbing service needs:

For commercial or residential plumbing needs, we supply superior installation and professional integrity with every job. IRC Plumbing will ensure that your job is done right the first time – business plumbing repair, residential plumbing repair – no job is too large or too small.

Our  new construction plumbing services are conducted using only the best materials available, and we never cut corners. Our business uses highly effective plumbing tools, combined with extensive experience to competently address your plumbing needs. When you choose IRC Plumbing for your new construction plumbing job, you will be satisfied with our professional plumbers and the quality of work they provide.

We clean up after every job and leave the area where we have worked tidy.

Contact us for all of your new residential or commercial construction projects.

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772-696-3747

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How to avoid a drain cleaning or repair

 

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When in doubt if something should go down the drain, toss it in the trash!

Never pour grease down your drain!  Grease solidifies when it cools and will solidify inside your plumbing and cause blockages.  Collect grease in a spare container, wait for it to solidify, then dispose of it in the trash.

Your garbage disposal is not a turkey, don’t stuff it. Don’t use it as a trashcan.

Always run with cold water before starting the disposal, during disposing and keep it running for a bit after turning off the disposal.  That will allow the ground up food particles to flush through the pipes.

Make sure all food scraps are scraped off plates before rinsing dishes.  Excess waste down the drain/disposal will cause backups. Excess food on dishes going in the the dishwasher can prevent proper drainage and cause smells in your dishwasher.

Keep the area around your sink and disposal clear.  The vibration from the disposal can cause kitchen utensils to slip into the disposal and cause it to stop completely.  This also happens with storage units surrounding the toilet, items can and do fall into toilets and cause major blockages.

Avoid leaving paper towels in bathrooms. If toilet paper supplies run empty, guests may reach for paper towels instead, which can stop up toilets.

Don’t offer to host large gatherings if your sewage system tends to run slow. The volume of additional guests can strain your system and cause bathroom backups. There’s no quicker way to ruin a holiday dinner than having a main line backup in your home.

Here is a list of what not to put down your disposal:

  • Pastas or rice- they expand in the water and can clog your drain.
  • Celery, carrots, corn husks, onion skins, artichokes and other stringy or fibrous vegetables
  • Potatoes or skins- the starches will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick
  • Bones
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds-won’t hurt the disposal, but will accumulate in drain and pipes and cause a blockage.

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If you run into plumbing or drainage  issues , you know who to call!! We will be ready and waiting to take care of all your plumbing needs.  We offer drain cleaning services 24/7.

Our #1 call for a clogged line is due to WIPES WIPES WIPES!!  They are NOT flushable!!

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Water Heater Tips with Coupon

Extending the life of your water heater can be accomplished with a few simple tasks and a quick inspection of your water heater a few times a year.

Electric water heaters typically have an expected life of 10-15 years.  You can usually find the date of manufacture in the first 4 digits of the serial number.

To inspect your water heater, start at the top and look for any signs of leaking, rust, or corrosion. A leaky tank is a red flag.  Leaks are typically caused by corrosion from the inside of the tank.

Check your shut off valve to ensure that is it functioning and not leaking.

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Shut Off Valve

Inspect the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  Check for leaking.

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Drain Valve

It is common for sediment to accumulate at the bottom of your hot water heater. Draining this sediment/debris on a regular basis will help keep your water heater running efficiently.  A build up of sediment can result in a loss of available water, can block the transfer of heat to the water and potentially clog the drain line making it almost impossible to drain. It is a simple process that only requires opening the drain valve and allowing the water to drain until it runs clear, typically after 4 or 5 gallons.  To do that simply connect a garden hose to the drain valve located at the bottom of the tank and open valve.  Remember that with an electric water heater, you must turn the power off, because even a partial drain may expose the upper heating element to the air and permanently damage it!

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Both gas and electric water heaters have a safety device called a pressure relief valve. To check this valve simply lift the metal handle.  There should not be any leaks and water should run through.  In the event that the tank overpressurizes, the relief valve opens and releases the pressure. If the valve doesn’t operate correctly, the tank can overpressurize and explode.

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Pressure Relief Valve

The water heater temperature should be between 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher than 130F increases risk of scalding, especially for children and elderly.  Temperature fluctuations are caused by a faulty component or a mineral/sediment buildup.

Confirm a drain pan is positioned under the tank, especially if on or over the floor of living space.  This will allow a forewarning should your tank develop a leak.

If you need any help with any of these steps or are in need of a new water heater or repair, call us!

IRC Plumbing

772-696-3747

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Tip to check for a toilet leak…

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Is your toilet leaking?

Is the toilet running between flushes?

Is the toilet making annoying dripping sound?

Has your water bill increased significantly?

 

Many times there is a simple fix.  You can check for a toilet valve leak by placing 6 drops of  any color food coloring in the toilet tank.  If the tank is leaking the color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.

A few other possible signs it is time to call us:

 

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If you find you are having any plumbing troubles, you know who to call!

IRC Plumbing Inc.

772-696-DRIP

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Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

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Hole in water line leads to extensive well pump damage.

 

We were called on Friday evening for a house on the Indian River that was having pump issues.  All of the sudden they didn’t have any water to shower for their Friday night out!

Upon first assessment it was found that the pump had been running for an extended period and had gotten too hot and melted the plastic fitting in the pump.   (First problem…we don’t use plastic fitting in pumps for this very reason)

After getting the first pump repaired we noticed the second pump was getting air from somewhere, but how??  That led us to the well…

The homeowner was having their dock/seawall moved.  The worker for that company had accidentally jack hammered a hole in the water line.  The worker then turned off the well and didn’t notify the homeowner of the issue. The worker believed the pipe he had hit was one from an old sprinkler system, yet he turned off the well.   All the while, 2 days, the homeowner was unaware his well had been turned off and he was not aware his well pumps were running continuously trying to pull water.  The homeowner had enough water in his aerator to last him and was never aware his well had been turned off.

A simple 5 minute repair at the moment it happened turned into a 10-12 hour repair on the weekend in excess of $1500.00.

2 burnt out well pumps, a water line full of sand, a weekend full of repairs, 2 missed date nights and an unhappy customer could’ve been avoided easily.

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Hire the best!!  Hire licensed and insured!!  Use IRC Plumbing Inc!!

We are accessible, accountable, honest and fair.  Free Estimates ALWAYS!!!

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After repair.  Small broken area was cause of an expensive repair.

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Water line from well to house.

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Water line from house to well.

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Water softening system with 2 pumps.

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