Charlotte Gas Logs Installation Q & A

Charlotte Gas Logs Installation Q & A

Are you thinking about a Charlotte gas logs installation? Gas logs deliver the coziness of a roaring fire without the mess and hassle of clean up. They’re also less expensive than burning real wood in the long run. Want to learn more about Charlotte gas logs? Read on!

Can Burning Charlotte Gas Logs Save You Money?

Here in Charlotte, we usually don’t deal with bitterly cold temperatures. A typical gas logs system costs approximately a dollar an hour to burn. If you install a blower (fan) with your gas logs, this can be enough to heat a good portion of your house. This can be significantly cheaper than running your furnace, and is much prettier.

Burning real wood will cost you more than a dollar per hour and will not put out nearly as much heat (most of it goes right up the chimney). Most people who switch from burning real wood in their chimneys to installing gas logs realize a savings of over $100 in heating costs during that first year alone – this adds up as the years pass. For these reasons, installing gas logs can not only add ambiance, but also save you money, especially if your gas logs are located in a part of your home where your family likes to gather.

 Reasons to Install Gas Logs

Gas logs are becoming more popular in Charlotte because they are:

  • Convenient – easy to turn on and off, with no mess. No wait time after you turn it off, no need to make sure the fire is all the way out or the ashes are properly disposed of. No cleaning, no build up in the chimney, and no need to protect your home from embers or sparks
  • Energy efficient
  •  Cost efficient
  • Easy to use. No need to buy, haul or store firewood. No dealing with splinters, wood chips, bugs or snakes in the woodpile.
  • Healthier enjoyment of a fire. Gas logs emit 35-40% less pollution than burning real wood. People with allergies notice a difference right away. The environment will thank you for cutting down on carbon emissions.

 Charlotte Gas Log Installation Experts

Are you thinking about installing gas logs in an existing fireplace? Many people don’t realize that plumbers are also gas line experts. You can read about our experience with gas line and gas log installation here.  Give us a call at 704-269-1066 or contact us using our online contact form and we’ll get you a quote on beautiful gas logs. We’ll help you choose the right gas logs for your home and get you set up right.

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Five Reasons ER Plumbing is Prepared to Handle Big Commercial Plumbing Jobs

ER Plumbing specializes in getting you up and running quickly and safely. That’s why it’s our motto. And you don’t have to have a residential plumbing system to retain our services – we can also manage BIG commercial jobs!

Some of the most common emergencies are our specialties. These are five reasons why you should call ER Plumbing for your next water or sewage needs.

  1. Water heaters: regardless of size, we are water heater experts. Repair, upgrades, or installation – we can do it all.
  2. Detection and repair of leaks: with all of our own leak detection equipment, we make finding and fixing leaks a quick and easy process.
  3. Clearing and unclogging industrial drains: no matter how bad the clog, we’ve got you covered. Chemical cleaners can be toxic and dangerous, and they run the risk of damaging your pipes. We’re skilled in managing drain clearing safely and effectively.
  4. Restroom repairs: no one wants to deal with a backed up sewage line or flooded toilets. We’re not afraid to get dirty, and clean it up quickly!
  5. Flood management and restoration: when a leak springs and water starts pooling up, don’t panic. We can find the problem, patch it up and clear out the standing water as soon as possible.

We have a reputation of being the go-to commercial plumbing service for Charlotte. Past clients have included big name brands like Coca-Cola, Costco, and the City of Charlotte. Our commercial services have helped apartment complexes, restaurants, hotels, and businesses. Whether it’s basic installation or emergency repair, our skilled technicians have your business covered.

We’ve repaired water and sewer lines underneath parking lots and in parking garages. With our own equipment on hand, be they backhoes or ditchwitch machines, we’re ready to tackle your biggest emergencies immediately. Our trucks are fully stocked and we’re available 24/7 so call ER Plumbing today for all of your commercial needs at 704.266.1069!

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Charlotte Plumber’s Advice: Safest Ways to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If your pipes do freeze this winter, you could be trapped without water for hours, even days. In addition to being inconvenient, pipes are also extremely susceptible to bursting when frozen. In order to prevent serious damage, you should attempt to thaw your pipes as soon as possible.

Firstly, your pipes are likely frozen when there’s very little or no water coming out even though the faucet is on. As soon as you note the frozen pipe, you should begin your attempts to thaw it.

  1. Turn off the entire water supply or the supply to the pipe in question so the pressure won’t build. Also leave the faucet that isn’t working on. These two precautions will reduce the risk of costly damage.
  2. Find the pipe that is frozen or blocked. It will generally be on an exterior wall or any exposed area such as a crawlspace, attic or basement. If the pipe is fractured or bulging, it is likely primed to burst. You should call an emergency plumber immediately. If there is no physical damage, it’s time to defrost.
  3. If the pipe is behind a wall, you can turn up the thermostat and wait for the thaw. Or you can hook up a lamp to warm the area. Infrared lights work best because they don’t warm the air, just the pipes behind the wall. If the pipe is exposed, you can heat it with a hairdryer. It’s important to defrost from the faucet backwards; it will enable the water to drain out as it melts. Another option is electrical heat tape, which can be wrapped around the pipe and then heated to a specific temperature in order to defrost.

If you have a certain pipe that freezes each winter, it’s best to take some precautionary steps in order to prevent possible damage. Insulation is a good strategy to protect exposed pipes. For pipes that are trapped in walls, there’s not much you can do but leave the faucet dripping overnight. The flow of water will help prevent freezing. Electrical heat tape is also a preventative measure for problem pipes – the thermostat can be set so the pipe will never get cold enough to freeze.

If all else fails and your pipes remain frozen, or even burst, call ER Plumbing immediately at 704.266.1069! As one of the best residential Charlotte plumbers, ER is able to handle your winter plumbing needs!

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Curious About Hybrid Hot Water Heaters?

Have you heard about the latest water heaters on the market? Learn more about hybrid water heaters from this helpful infographic below.

If you need a Charlotte water heater, call ER Plumbing Services at 704-269-1066 to learn about all your options. We carry A.O.Smith water heaters as well as a few other brands, and we can help you determine what the best option is for your household.

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Why the 2015 Changes in Water Heater Size Will Matter to You

As 2014 comes to a close, homeowners need to educate themselves about the 2015 changes in water heater size. Why? Because this change in size is going to affect any homeowners who need water heaters installed in attics, crawl space, or underneath a furnace unit in a condo.

The following video does a pretty good job of showing how the change will affect installations, but the bottom line is this: if your current water heater is installed in a tight space, or two more inches height and width will make it impossible to install a new water heater in the existing space, you are going to have problems related to that installation that may be both costly and time-consuming.

Click here to view video about 2015 water heater changes.

An Explanation of What the 2015 Changes Are

If you will need to replace your hot water heater in the new year, there has been a recent change in how heaters are to be manufactured and installed. The Department of Energy has introduced new regulations regarding the way hot water heaters use energy, whether they’re gas, oil or electric.

In an effort to conserve the energy used in your home, heaters will be more energy efficient (which means they will do more work with the same or less energy – and decrease your power bills in the process!). Though an excellent idea, these new regulations will likely cause homeowners some stress. Across the board, no matter how your heater is powered, all new models will be significantly larger than before, and slightly more expensive. They will also require more professional maintenance over time, due to their more complex design.

How the 2015 Changes Will Affect You

Practically, this means that if your gas heater is housed in the attic, crawl space or under a furnace in a condo, it will be challenging if not impossible to replace it with a new model. You would have to tear out walls, widen doorways, or make other significant changes to your home in order to install it.

This means you could get stuck without hot water for several days if different trades are involved and coordinating those trades becomes tough to handle due to the tight space.  In many cases, a tankless heater may become the only option, and even that requires other trades and is hard to achieve the day they of, especially when homeowners are desperate to get hot water. Imagine what this could mean if your water heater goes out in February, and you have no hot water for several days!

But don’t lose hope! There are solutions to make the transition to a larger heater a more painless process. The simplest answer is to make the investment in a tankless heater. Prior to the new regulations, tankless heaters were among the most expensive on the market. While they are still pricey, they will provide the least amount of stress during installation and maintenance, giving you far more value over time. They are far smaller and less impactful on your space, they are more energy efficient overall, and they never run out of hot water. You also won’t need to widen a space in order to install the tankless water heater.

Another solution is to proactively replace your water heater before it gives out. Most water heaters last 10-15 years. If your water heater is getting old and is in a tight space, you’ll want to think about replacing it before it stops working so you can work with the plumber to find a solution before you run out of hot water.

How Charlotte Plumbers Can Help 

However, no matter which heater you choose, it will need to be professionally installed. That’s where ER Plumbing comes in – our professionals have already been trained on the new regulations and how to assess your space and install your new heater. Call your Charlotte plumber at 704.266.1069 to schedule your consultation today!

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: Best Ways to Insulate Exposed Pipes

When winter sets in, it’s time to protect your pipes. No one wants to deal with burst pipes or serious water damage, and with a few precautionary measures, you won’t have to!

  1. Clean up – insulating material won’t stick to dirty pipes so the first thing you need to do is clean your exposed pipes thoroughly. A cloth rag and a light cleaner will serve your purpose well; just try not to use anything caustic like bleach. Ensure that all of the visible grease and dirt are removed and then wait for the pipes to dry.
  2. Pick your materials – hardware stores sell many types of insulation, but the fiberglass or foil types tend to work very well and enable easy installation since they can be wound around the pipes and slightly overlapped.
  3. Wrap it up – completely wrap and cover all of your freshly cleaned pipes. Don’t leave any part exposed, including bends and corners. If you’re using foil, double wrap with duct tape. If you’re using fiberglass, wrap plastic wrap on top to prevent condensation from dripping.

There are some extra things to consider when insulating your pipes. Instead of a foil or fiberglass wrap, you may choose a tubular sleeve set up. These are pre-insulated, form fitted foam sleeves that can be cut and adjusted to fit your pipes. They can be a bit pricier and a bit more challenging to put together, but they can be worth it if you don’t want to wrap lots of pipe. Also, you must pay special attention to corners. Whether you’re using foil or fiberglass wrapping, if you don’t adequately cover the corners they are likely to let cold or condensation in.

However, if all of this sounds a bit overwhelming then it’s time to call ER Plumbing! We are equipped to insulate your pipes for winter quickly and effectively. Just call 704.266.1069 today to schedule your appointment!

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Call ER Plumbing for Community Clubhouse Winterization

In the summer, you love your local neighborhood pool and clubhouse. It’s a meeting place and a spot to enjoy neighbors and friends. But when the colder months roll around, it’s all too easy to forget about the clubhouse til spring. However, much like your homes, a community clubhouse needs to be prepared for the season – especially because it may be largely unoccupied and therefore susceptible to damage that may go unnoticed for weeks or months.

You should speak to your Homeowners Organizations immediately about winterizing your clubhouse. Pool bathrooms or changing room pipes should either be insulated or blown out – ideally both. The water main should be turned off, as should individual fixtures.

If there is a fountain or water feature, a professional will be able to appropriately drain and configure it to survive winter. Additionally, interior spaces should be heated to a minimum of 55 degrees so as not to let pipes behind walls freeze. Many clubhouses also have sprinkler/irrigation systems to keep landscaping looking fresh. These systems also need to be blown out and prepared for winter weather.

While this all may sound like a straightforward task, it is best to hire a professional to attend to your community winterizing needs. As people who specialize in a wide array of commercial and residential plumbing and basic winterizing needs, ER Plumbing is equipped to take care of your entire clubhouse and ensure a safe winter. Our tried and true winterization checklist will get everything done quickly, correctly, and safely every time. Call ER Plumbing today at 704.266.1069 to schedule a consultation for your clubhouse – before the first freeze!

 

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Charlotte Water Conservation Tips

Charlotte Water Conservation Tips

People always talk about conserving water and protecting the environment, but for many it isn’t clear why this is the case. After all, isn’t water a naturally occurring resource that recycles itself in nature through evaporation and precipitation? This may be true, but there are lots of other reasons to conserve the water we use in our lives.

Though it may seem limitless, only 3% of the water on Earth is fresh (unsalted) and suitable for human consumption. However, of that 3%, the majority is frozen in the icecaps and glaciers on our planet. The rest is trapped underground in aquifers and the water table – largely inaccessible unless it seeps to the surface via springs or wells that are tapped deep into the ground. Three percent quickly becomes .3% of fresh, aboveground water – the kind that populates rivers, lakes and swamps. That’s just .3% of Earth’s life-bestowing water to tend to seven billion humans and billions more animals and organisms!

 

When you begin to examine how that fresh, useable water is used by humans, conservation becomes key. Consider the water that flows into your home. It doesn’t come directly out of a lake or river – it’s treated, processed and transported to you. By reducing the amount of water you use in your home, you are effectively contributing to the reduction of the amount of water being treated. That reduces freshwater consumption in general, sure, but it also reduces some of the pollution and energy usage that occurs at a water treatment plant. If everyone limited their use, it would make a huge difference given the fact that an area’s supply of that freshwater is far more finite than you might think, especially as population increases.

 

Some simple ways to reduce your water consumption (saving you money and the environment’s health, too!) are:

 

  • Install a low flow showerhead in bathrooms – this can reduce consumption by four gallons per minute. You can even buy ones that have “pause” functions so you don’t have to turn the whole shower off to save water while you wash or shave.
  • Low flow toilets are extremely effective at saving water as well – up to 60% less water is used per flush after you install.
  • Don’t run the water if you wash dishes by hand – fill one side of the sink with soapy water for washing and rinse everything at once on the other side of the sink when you’re done.
  • Garden in the fall when temperatures are cooler and you don’t need to water as much. Plant succulent plants that don’t require tons of water and use mulch when landscaping to retain more moisture.
  • Throw away or compost waste items in the kitchen to avoid using the disposal and running extra water.

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: List of What You Should Never Pour Down Your Drain

Charlotte Plumber Advice: List of What You Should Never Pour Down Your Drain

Grease

Many home cooked meals will leave grease behind. Grease comes from products like lard, butter, margarine, oil, meat fats, and vegetable oils (think Crisco). Though it’s in liquid form when you’re done cooking, grease will solidify as it cools. When you pour it down your drain, it will typically solidify as it reaches your cooler pipes. This can cause clogs, backups or other expensive damage.

Instead of going right to the drain with cooking grease, it’s best to pour it into a sealable, disposable container and throw it in the trash once it is solid. Some people even make use of a “grease bottle” if they cook with grease often – adding to it regularly and tossing it when it’s full.

If you still feel the need to dispose of small amounts of occasional grease in the sink, it’s best to run very hot water for a minute before, during and after. Adding a healthy amount of Dawn soap to the mix is a good idea as well.

Food

Garbage disposals may seem like the catchall answer for kitchen cleanup, but even they have their limits. There are some common items that you may be trying to work through your disposal that are causing clogs, smells or damage to the disposal itself.

Vegetable Matter

Whether you’re peeling, slicing or chopping, it’s safest to dispose of vegetable waste in the garbage instead of the disposal. The worst offenders are peels and celery. They’re small and slippery and don’t always get completely chopped up in the disposal. They can then coat the insides of the pipes and smell as they decompose. Celery is especially bad because the strands can twist up in the blades of the disposal and damage the machinery.

Egg Shells

The worst parts of making that amazing omelet or frittata in the morning are the slimy eggshells that you have to deal with. It may seem tempting to toss these down the disposal and hear the satisfying crunch but don’t! The tiny pieces of shell will coat the pipes and reek as they break down.

Chicken Skin

A no brainer, but consider the hassle of cutting skin off chicken in the first place. Then imagine your poor garbage disposal trying to get rid of it. It will stick in the blades and on the pipes and smell awful as it rots.

In Case of Sink Emergency… Call a Charlotte Plumber for Help!

If you’ve accidentally clogged up the drain or damaged your disposal, don’t hesitate to call ER Plumbing Services day or night at 704-269-1066. We are available 24/7 to assess, fix, and clean whatever has caused your kitchen sink grief, so use our online contact form to get immediate help.

 

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: How to Unclog a Drain

Charlotte Plumber Advice: How to Unclog a Drain 

Even though indoor plumbing is a huge societal advancement in history, it’s not a perfect system. We are very hard on our drains and pipes – really everything we do that isn’t simply pouring liquid down them has the potential to clog them up and cause damage and inconvenience. Hair, food, personal care products, lint and laundry byproducts, and cleaning byproducts are all things that end up in the drains and give us grief.

First Line of Defense: Prevent Clogged Drains

The first thing you should aim to do is prevent clogs in the first place. Be mindful of what goes into you kitchen sink and garbage disposal. Use the trashcan as much as possible – chances are it’s better off in a landfill than in your drain. In showers and bathroom sinks, place wire mesh traps in the drains. They may be a little gross to empty regularly but they will save you clogged drains and plumbing costs later on. If you do begin to notice a drain starting to clog up in your home, don’t jump right to caustic chemical pipe cleaners. If it doesn’t break up the clog immediately, it can linger and pool, making it dangerous to plunge or for a professional to clear out. Try lots of boiling water and mild Dawn dish soap first, or a basic plunger. If you’re not successful, it’s time to get more serious.

Unclog Drains Like A Pro

If a few attempts with a plunger don’t seem to do the trick, start with a 99-cent Zip in sink drains. For stubborn drains and uncooperative toilets, you can graduate to a flexible snake. Always wear goggles and keep sanitizing cleaning supplies on hand – it can get messy. Beware of using professional grade plumbing equipment like hydrojetters and high power snakes on your own. Though they are available for purchase in many hardware stores, they require training and experience to operate and the consequences on improper use can be disastrous – personal injury and bad pipe damage are high on the list.

Need a Charlotte Plumber to Unclog That Drain?

If your drains will still not come unclogged after these simple solutions, it’s time to call in a pro at 704-269-1066. If you live in the Charlotte area ER Plumbing Services will be happy to come take care of your drain problems anytime, day or night. We’ll leave your drains clean, clear and functional so you can get on with enjoying the benefits of indoor plumbing! Use our online contact form for immediate service.

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