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Whether your kitchen drain is clogged beyond belief, you woke up with no hot water, or you want to finally add that bathroom - we can help. At Andy's Plumbing, we know that unexpected plumbing issues can cause stress and worry about your home or rental property. We are here to help!

Call Blaine at Andy's Plumbing today: 619-606-7134

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Leaks Can Run, but They Can't Hide

Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA's annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16 through 22, 2020—but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.
Checking for Leaks

Annual household leaks waste 1 trillion gallons nationwide, equal to water use in 11 million plus homes.The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
To check for leaks in your home, you first need to determine whether you're wasting water and then identify the source of the leak. Here are some tips for finding leaks:
  • Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
  • WaterSense partners have guides and videos that you might find helpful in finding and fixing leaks.

Change 3 Angle Stops, Get 1 Free!
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WELL FIRST, WHAT ARE ANGLE STOP VALVES?
Also called compression valves, angle stop valves are the emergency shutoff valves located under each water-using appliance and fixture in your home.
They are used for two reasons:
  1. If you are upgrading fixtures or need to make a repair to a single appliance or fixture in your home that requires water, instead of having to turn the water off to your entire home, you can simply use the angle stop valve to turn off the water to just that single appliance or fixture alone.
  2. If your appliance or fixture springs a leak or even completely bursts, turning the emergency shutoff valve to that appliance or fixture will help keep you from hefty water damage until the proper repairs are made.

SO WHY DO MY ANGLE STOP VALVES NEED TO BE REPLACED?
Well, there are many reasons why a repair man or a plumber may recommend that your angle stop valves need to be replaced.  The first is pretty straightforward; If he notices a leak around the shutoff valve, this is a tell-tale sign of an outdated angle stop valve and it NEEDS TO BE REPLACED before it completely bursts and causes major water damage inside your home.

MY ANGLE STOP VALVE IS NOT LEAKING, SO WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE REPLACED?
Well, just as in the previous case, it is most generally due to outdated parts.  Older angle stop valves, normally called 1-piece angle stop valves, were never designed to last.  After 8-10 years OR EVEN JUST ONE USE AFTER INSTALLATION, the compression part of the valve, that actually stops the water, tends to fail.  This leaves your home vulnerable to future leaks and completely broken or burst shutoff valves (which of course often occur in the middle of the night or when you’re not home and able to catch it).  For that reason, repair men and plumbers often refuse to even touch these older 1-piece angle stop valves.
Instead, they normally recommend replacing these valves with a dual angle stop valve or quarter-turn shutoff valve with stainless steel, no burst, supply lines.  These newer model quarter-turn shutoff valves are MADE TO LAST, so there is no fear of any leaks or broken shutoff valves when you’re not home.
So don’t wait any longer and get your angle stop valves replaced today!  Most plumbing companies even provide a pretty good discounted rate if you decide to change out ALL of your angle stop valves at once, so don’t forget to ask!

POWDER ROOM - MAKE THE MOST OF SMALL SPACES


Powder rooms prove that you don’t need size to have style. Your small bathroom is the perfect setting for dramatic special effects that will wow you and your house guests.
By making the most of a small space you can indulge in luxurious materials and bold colors that you may not think to use elsewhere. From dramatic wallpaper to luscious rugs and ambient lighting, the options are endless.

TIPS FOR CREATING THE PERFECT POWDER ROOM

  • Give your space a more open look by using a pedestal sink 
  • Try using a sink that sits on a column for your powder room sink which will use less floor space.
  • Maximize space by using a one-piece toilet for your powder room toilet and store bathroom supplies in other closets or bathrooms.
  • Add a tall, thin and frame-less mirror to your powder room to visually extend the space
  • Vivid wallpaper and dark colors help make small spaces cozy 
  • be sure to leave the ceiling white for a more dimensional touch.
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