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Bradford White’s advanced AeroTherm® Series heat pump water heaters

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Ultimate efficiency. Smarter control.

Bradford White's AeroTherm® Series heat pump water heaters are designed with advanced technology to maximize efficiency and provide reliable hot water for your home. By utilizing heat pump technology, these water heaters can significantly reduce energy consumption compared to traditional electric water heaters, leading to lower utility bills and environmental benefits.

The AeroTherm® Series offers a range of features aimed at optimizing energy efficiency while still delivering ample hot water for your household needs. Whether it's for daily showers, laundry, or dishwashing, these water heaters are up to the task while keeping energy usage in check.

Investing in an AeroTherm® heat pump water heater from Bradford White not only helps you save money on energy costs but also reduces your carbon footprint, contributing to a more sustainable future. Plus, with Bradford White's reputation for reliability and durability, you can trust that your hot water needs will be met efficiently and effectively for years to come.

How does it work?

The AeroTherm® Series from Bradford White harnesses the power of heat pump technology to heat water more efficiently by extracting warmth from the surrounding air. This innovative approach not only reduces energy consumption but also translates into tangible savings on your monthly utility bills.

By pulling heat from the air, even in colder environments, AeroTherm® units can maintain consistent hot water temperatures while operating with remarkable efficiency. This means that over time, the energy savings accrued from using an AeroTherm® heat pump water heater can offset the initial investment, essentially paying for itself through lower energy costs.

Advanced Technology

Choosing the AeroTherm® Series allows you to enjoy the benefits of advanced technology while contributing to a more sustainable and cost-effective home environment. With each month's energy savings, you'll appreciate the decision to leverage heat pump technology for your water heating needs.

Reduce your energy bill

The AeroTherm® ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump water heater, can save you hundreds of dollars a year compared to standard electric water heaters.

Reduce your carbon footprint

With their reduced energy consumption, AeroTherm® heat pump water heaters contribute to lower carbon emissions, making them an environmentally friendly choice.

Get added Protection

Includes Vitraglas® tank lining for added durability plus Microban® antimicrobial product protection to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface of the tank lining.

Versatility

These water heaters can operate in various climates and conditions, making them suitable for a wide range of residential and commercial applications.

Smart Features

Some models come equipped with advanced features such as programmable settings, vacation modes, and even Wi-Fi connectivity for remote monitoring and control, allowing for greater convenience and control over your hot water system.

Reliability

Bradford White is known for manufacturing high-quality, durable water heaters, and their AeroTherm® Series is no exception. With proper maintenance, these units can provide reliable hot water for years to come.

Quiet Operation

Unlike traditional electric water heaters, which can be noisy during operation, AeroTherm® heat pump water heaters operate quietly, making them suitable for installation in residential spaces without causing disruption.

Overall, Bradford White's AeroTherm® Series offers a combination of energy efficiency, cost savings, environmental friendliness, and advanced features, making them a compelling choice for those looking to upgrade their water heating system.

For more information about Bradford White's AeroTherm® Series, or any other plumbing product or concern, Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400!

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HALO Ultra PLUS Reverse Osmosis with Alkalinity Booster

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Ultimate Reliability, Ultimate Purity, Zero Electricity

At Professional Plumbing & Design, we understand the critical importance of clean water for your home or business. That's why we trust Halo Water Treatment, a leader in water quality solutions, to offer a range of innovative products designed to enhance your water supply. With cutting-edge filtration technology, Halo's systems effectively remove impurities and contaminants, ensuring safe and clean water for all your needs. Whether you're looking to improve water quality for health reasons, protect your plumbing, or simply enjoy better-tasting water, Halo Water Treatment has the right solution for you.

Not only are Halo's products efficient and reliable, but they are also environmentally conscious. By promoting water conservation and reducing waste, Halo Water Treatment aligns with our commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. When you choose Halo Water Treatment through Professional Plumbing & Design, you can expect exceptional customer service every step of the way. We are dedicated to providing you with high-quality water solutions that meet your needs while supporting a healthier planet.

Ultimate Drinking Water Quality with Alkalinity Booster

The HALO Ultra PLUS Reverse Osmosis with Alkalinity Booster is an advanced water purification system designed to provide the highest quality drinking water. This system combines the proven effectiveness of reverse osmosis technology with an alkalinity booster to enhance the water's pH level. Here are the key features and benefits:

Key Features

Advanced Reverse Osmosis Filtration:

  • Multi-Stage Filtration: Effectively removes a wide range of contaminants, including chlorine, lead, arsenic, fluoride, nitrates, and more.
  • High Efficiency: Delivers clean, purified water by passing it through multiple filtration stages, ensuring thorough contaminant removal.

Alkalinity Booster:

  • Balanced pH Levels: Adds essential minerals back into the water, increasing its alkalinity and improving taste.
  • Health Benefits: Alkaline water is believed to offer various health benefits, including better hydration and antioxidant properties.

Eco-Friendly Design:

  • Water Conservation: Designed to minimize water waste during the filtration process, making it an environmentally responsible choice.
  • Sustainable Materials: Constructed with eco-friendly materials to reduce environmental impact.

Ease of Use:

  • User-Friendly Installation: Easy to install under most kitchen sinks.
  • Low Maintenance: Long-lasting filters reduce the need for frequent replacements, and the system is designed for easy filter changes.

Enhanced Water Quality:

  • Improved Taste and Odor: Provides clean, fresh-tasting water by removing unpleasant tastes and odors caused by contaminants.
  • Crystal Clear Water: Ensures the clarity of your drinking water, making it more appealing and refreshing.

Benefits

  • Healthier Drinking Water: The combination of reverse osmosis and alkalinity boosting ensures that your water is not only free from harmful contaminants but also rich in beneficial minerals.
  • Cost Savings: By providing high-quality drinking water at home, you can reduce the need to purchase bottled water, leading to long-term cost savings.
  • Environmental Impact: Reduces plastic waste from bottled water and conserves water resources, supporting sustainable living practices.

When you choose the HALO Ultra PLUS Reverse Osmosis with Alkalinity Booster through Professional Plumbing & Design, you benefit from our commitment to exceptional customer service. By investing in the HALO Ultra PLUS Reverse Osmosis with Alkalinity Booster, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your drinking water is safe, clean, and enriched with essential minerals.

For more information about the HALO Ultra PLUS Reverse Osmosis with Alkalinity Booster, or any other plumbing product or concern, Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400!

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H2 ZERO ULTIMATE Whole House Filtration & Conditioning

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The Halo H2 Zero Ultimate is a premier product in the water quality industry, offered by Halo, a leading provider of water quality solutions.

This whole-house filtration and water conditioning system addresses a wide range of water quality concerns, ensuring clean and conditioned water throughout your home. By integrating advanced filtration technologies, the H2 Zero Ultimate effectively removes impurities, enhances water taste, and protects plumbing systems from scale and corrosion. Its comprehensive design makes it a reliable choice for maintaining optimal water quality.

The H2 Zero Ultimate stands out from traditional filtration systems by delivering superior performance and efficiency. Its innovative design enables it to effectively eliminate a wide range of harmful substances, including chlorine, lead, bacteria, and more. This ensures that your water is of the highest quality, giving you peace of mind about the safety and purity of your home's water supply. The advanced technology incorporated in the H2 Zero Ultimate not only enhances the taste and clarity of your water but also safeguards your plumbing and appliances, making it a comprehensive solution for all your water quality needs.

The H2 Zero Ultimate not only prioritizes water quality but also promotes sustainability and eco-friendly practices. By reducing water waste and conserving resources, this system aligns with a commitment to environmental responsibility and energy efficiency. Its design ensures efficient operation, minimizing the environmental impact while providing your household with high-quality water. This focus on sustainability makes the H2 Zero Ultimate a responsible choice for eco-conscious consumers looking to enhance their water quality without compromising environmental values.

Trust Halo Water Treatment and Professional Plumbing & Design for top-of-the-line solutions that make a lasting impact.

The Halo H2 Zero Ultimate: Zero Electricity, Zero Backwash, Zero Maintenance. 10-Year Warranty

Whole house filtration & conditioning All in one tank. 

With the H2 Zero Ultimate enjoy highly filtered and conditioned water throughout the home using no electricity.

For more information about The Halo H2 Zero Ultimate, or any other plumbing product or concern, Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400!

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Putting Lemons in Your Disposal to Help it Smell Fresh, Is it a Good Idea?

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No one enjoys the odor of rotting food rising from their sink and garbage disposal.

Over half of Americans (58 percent) believe that putting lemons through a garbage disposal will make it smell better. However, this home remedy could have unexpected consequences for your sink drain.

A garbage disposal may chop a lemon peel into very small pieces. However, those lemon peels and pieces will eventually end up in your kitchen drain line, causing it to clog and back up. While lemon juice (no peels) will help to alleviate stale food odors, with repeated use, the acidity of the fruit can eventually damage the metal inside of your machine.

A good way to prevent a clogged and smelly garbage disposal is to rinse the disposal well after each use. This will keep it clean and smelling fresh. You can also run water with a small amount of bleach to thoroughly clean the disposal and avoid odors and grime buildup.

Avoid garbage disposal problems by Joining Our Pro Club!

Our Pro Club members get front-of-the-line service, 10% discounts & 2-year guarantees on all repairs and replacements, and FREE annual safety inspections so we catch small plumbing issues before they become big problems. Best of all, their monthly investment of just $4.95 is accrued and can be applied to any future service so it’s basically FREE to join the club.

To schedule service, or for more information about our Pro Club, Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400.

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Tankless Water Heaters

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Tired of seeing your FPL bill go up and up and up?

Tankless water heaters offer an endless supply of hot water, so you never have to take a cold shower and, by instantly heating only the water you need, when you need it, these suitcase-sized units save more than just space - they save energy, which means you save money!

With traditional, tank-style water heaters, you’re filling a 50-gallon storage tank, then paying to keep all that water hot, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, whether you’re using it or not. That accounts for about 15% of your electric bill, or $400 to $600/year for the average household.

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand or instant water heaters, generate hot water only when you need it, for as long as you need it, making them 24% to 34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tankless water heaters also last more than 20 years on average, that’s twice as long as a “storage” water heater, so you’re saving money in the long run too! Plus, there’s no risk of a catastrophic water leak because there’s no tank to fail, and they cost a lot less than a solar water heater.

So what’s the downside?

In the past, installation of these units was complicated and costly, but recent design improvements have made it easier than ever to switch from a conventional, “storage” water heater to an energy-saving tankless model. Many of the top manufacturers even offer tankless units that will work with existing 1/2-inch gas lines, making retrofit installations faster and cheaper than before.

Older tankless units also had trouble keeping a steady flow of hot water, but newer models have addressed this by adding a recirculation pump that ensures that the water comes out hot from the very beginning and stays hot for as long as it is running, so you no longer have to worry about that. One Rinnai® unit can deliver over 240 gallons of hot water in one hour with no recovery time!

If your water heater is more than 10 years old, consider switching to a compact, ultra-efficient tankless water heater; the recent changes in technology and design have made them a great option!

For more information about tankless water heaters, or any other plumbing product or concern, Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400 or visit our website at www.proplumbingdesign.com.

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VFW Post 3233

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Tokens of appreciation like these letters from our friends at VFW Post 3233 really help put us in the Holiday Spirit!

Thank you Remi and Peter for the kind words and we look forward to providing top-notch plumbing services for years to come!

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Microplastics and “Forever Chemicals” in Florida Drinking Water

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In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) which authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set health-protective standards for more than 90 contaminants found in tap water.

The problem is that the list of regulated chemicals has not been updated since the act was last amended in 1996 and the acceptable levels for many of the contaminants that are regulated are higher than what scientific studies conducted in the intervening years have found to be safe.

Short for “per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances”, PFAS, the family of fluorinated chemicals that sprang from Teflon, includes thousands of commonly used nonstick, stain-repellent, and waterproof compounds found in everyday items including popcorn bags, fast food wrappers, and single-use food containers. These highly toxic compounds have come to be known as “forever chemicals” because they build up in our bodies and never breakdown in the environment.

A study conducted by scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and published in 2020 estimated that more than 200 million Americans may be drinking PFAS-tainted water and the number of communities confirmed to be contaminated continues to grow. Very small doses of PFAS have been linked to cancer, reproductive and immune system harm, and other diseases.

Another Contaminant of Emerging Concern (CECs) is microplastics (tiny plastic particles less than five millimeters in diameter). Barely visible to the naked eye, these tiny particles (which also include PFAS) come from water bottles, fishing gear, plastic bags, synthetic clothing or any other plastic-containing item that ends up in the ocean, breaks down into smaller pieces, and lodges into our seafood.

A recent study from USF St. Petersburg and Eckerd College (https://www.usf.edu/magazine/2019-winter/university/) estimates that the waters of Tampa Bay contain four billion particles of microplastics. Since particles are similar in size to plankton, filter feeders such as oysters, clams, many fish and some birds ingest microplastics, allowing them to enter the food chain.

With the ability to filter particles as small as 0.001 microns, reverse osmosis filters like the Halo RO 5 are the most effective for removing microplastics. This 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis (RO) System Plus PH Balancer removes Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Copper, Fluoride, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Radium 226/228, Selenium, Trivalent Chromium, Turbidity, PFO, PFA and TDS.

If you are concerned about your drinking water, and you should be, call the professionals at 941-355-5400. Professional Plumbing & Design carries only the best Water Filtration Systems from top manufacturers like Halo Water Systems, Aqua-Pure®, Everpure®, Watts®, Cuno®, 3M, and Nuvo H2O™.

If you think this doesn’t apply to you, visit ewg.org/tapwater (click “Continue to site”, if you don’t want to receive a copy of their Guide to Avoiding PFAS Chemicals) then enter your zip code and click on your water utility to see which contaminants exceed current health guidelines and by how much.

This screen capture of the contaminants detected in the utility that services the area where Professional Plumbing & Design is located will hit close to home with readers in the Sarasota area.

Contaminants Detected

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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1st Sign: Your Water Heater Is Too Old

And how old is too old you ask? You really should replace electric water heaters after 10 years and gas water heaters after 8. But what if you don’t know how old your water heater is? Well, the year and month of production is on the serial number, but it’s not always obvious.

In the case of Bradford White Water Heaters, one of our favorites, the first two characters of the serial number represent the year and month of manufacture, but it’s coded as follows. Other brands, use different codes, but a quick online search will help you solve the puzzle.

BWWH Serial Number

2nd Sign: The Tank is Rusted

If hot water comes out of the faucet rusty or you see rust around the water inlet or pressure relief valve on the water heater, there’s a good chance the inside of the tank is rusted. Rusty water, in and of itself, isn’t great, it’s also a harbinger of leaks which means you’ll need to replace your water heater soon.

3rd Sign: The Water Heater is Making Noise

Like rust, noise is never a great sign. More often than not, the cause of the noise is sediment buildup. With continued use, sediment collects at the bottom of the tank. If you are not flushing the tank regularly (at least once a year), the sediment will harden, making the water heater inefficient.

Water heaters with sediment buildup have to work harder to heat the same amount of water so they consume more energy and the increased wear and tear will inevitably shorten its lifespan. If the water heater is still making noise after it’s flushed, you probably need a new water heater.

4th Sign: There’s Water Around the Water Heater

Over time, your water heater goes through thousands of heating cycles. The constant expansion and contraction of the metal will eventually compromise the integrity of the tank. Leaks can also be caused by problems with the connectors and fittings or the pressure relief valve.

Even a small amount of water can damage floors, subfloors and walls, and it can quickly turn into a much bigger problem like flooding or mold. If your water heater is leaking, turn off the water and the electric or gas that power it, and call your plumber as soon as possible.

5th Sign: The Water Heater Isn’t Heating Water

If your water isn’t getting hot enough (or if it’s getting too hot), you may need to adjust the thermostat (the thermostat should be set somewhere between 120 and 140 degrees) – this one isn’t a big deal.

If you’re not getting any hot water, you could have a broken heating element. You’ll need a plumber for this one, but you probably don’t need a new water heater, unless it’s an older unit.

If your family has grown or your demands for hot water have increased recently– you probably need a water heater that is better suited for your current needs.

Professional Plumbing & Design has been offering residential and commercial plumbing services to customers in Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, and Venice, since 1985.

Our Pro Club members get front-of-the-line service, 10% discounts & 2-year guarantees on all repairs and replacements, and FREE annual safety inspections so we catch small plumbing issues before they become big problems. Best of all, their monthly investment of just $4.95 is accrued and can be applied to any future service so it’s basically FREE to join the club.

To schedule service or for more information about our Pro Club, Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400.

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Don’t Shower During a Lightning Storm!

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Ever been told you shouldn’t shower during a lightning storm?

You probably figured it was just and old wives’ tale like the one about chewing gum staying in your stomach for 7 years if you swallow it or the one about waiting 30 minutes after eating before jumping in the pool, but it turns out that you probably should avoid a lot of water-related activities (indoors or out) during a lightning storm.

Most of us will automatically head indoors during a lightning storm. The National Weather Service has even coined the phrase “When thunder roars, go indoors.”, but did you know that, roughly, one third of all lightning-strike injuries occur indoors?

To protect yourself indoors, avoid lying on or leaning against concrete floors and walls as lightning can travel through metal wires or bars in concrete, avoid plugged in electronics or corded phones (cordless and mobile phones are fine), and avoid contact with water as lightning can travel through plumbing.

In fact, the CDC’s Lighting Safety page warns us not to “bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm” and, in a recent story out of Oklahoma, we learn that we should probably add “using the toilet” to the list of water-related activities to avoid.

According to the Okmulgee Fire Department in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, a toilet bowl was destroyed when a lightning bolt struck the roof of an apartment complex and traveled inside. Thankfully, the unit was vacant, but it was set to be rented out the very next day!

The odds of being struck by lightning are less than 1 in a million, but it does strike about 300 people per year in the United States and about 10% of those who are struck die, so don’t increase your chances, especially if you live in Florida, the “lightning capital” of the country, with more than 2,000 lightning injuries over the past 50 years.

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Friendliest Catch 2021

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Honored to once again sponsor the Friendliest Catch and maintain the tradition set by Professional Plumbing & Design co-founder, Ted Wittman, who up until the last tournament volunteered his time and boat to take special needs children and adults out on Sarasota Bay for a day of fishing followed by a picnic and awards ceremony at the Sarasota Outboard Club.

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Boats On The Block 2021

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Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at the Boats On The Block Party Downtown Sarasota! Click https://bit.ly/2UbfBCt to see all the pictures from Friday night and stay tuned for pictures of tomorrow's Friendliest Catch catch and release tournament!

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Suncoast Summer Fest Boats On The Block

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Join us for the return of the Suncoast Summer Fest Boats On The Block Downtown Sarasota Block Party on Friday June 25 from 6:00 to 10:00.

See our powerboat (again) at the Van Wezel Pits Fanzone on Saturday June 26 from 10:00 to 5:00, and watch us race on Sunday June 27 at 1:00 (Race 3 #Superstock). Visit https://p1offshore.com/race-schedule/86543 for the full schedule of events!

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JAMFEST FOR VETERANS

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Professional Plumbing & Design is proud to be the GOLD SPONSOR for JAMFEST FOR VETERANS benefiting Heroes Welcome Home, a home ownership and housing assistance charity serving U.S. Veterans throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Join us for live music performed by local bands, food trucks and vendors, biker events and prizes, and much more.

Local bands rocking together for a cause:

3:00 PM - Black Thorn Rose

4:00 PM - Part Time Genius

5:00 PM - Nobody’s Fool

6:00 PM - Otis on Top

7:00 PM - Jack’d Up

8:00 PM - The Collective

General Admission: $10.00

VIP Tickets: $75.00

Visit https://bit.ly/2Nuhd7t for tickets.

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Is your plumber on commission?

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Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for plumbing companies to pay their technicians a commission.

Some companies even set sales goals or minimum bill requirements their technicians must meet - even if it means selling you products and services you don’t need.

At Professional Plumbing & Design, we understand that commissions incentivize technicians to upsell customers, rendering their professional advice, shall we say, less than trustworthy…

Let’s face it, the average homeowner doesn’t know very much about plumbing, so they rely on the plumber (or whatever contractor they hire) to provide honest advice. If your plumber’s paycheck depends on the size of your invoice, you can be sure they’re going to try to upsell you.

Professional Plumbing & Design has been family owned and operated since 1985.

We are not a franchise and our plumbers, many of whom carry Master Plumber and Journeyman Plumber licenses, are not on commission. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured, we offer upfront pricing, and we stand behind every job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Professional Plumbing & Design has stood the test of time because we are committed to providing best service, at the best price, with the utmost fairness and honesty - every customer, every time!
That is what our customers expect from us and that is what we expect from everyone in the company.

If you’re in need of a plumbing contractor in Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto or Venice – Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400.

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Maintaining Plumbing and Related Appliances

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By: Matt Wittman, President of Professional Plumbing & Design, Inc.

From the Tips & Tricks Issue (September 2020) of Community Magazine,
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Maintaining water heaters, pipes and water supplies helps avoid costly flood damage. Units with cast iron drains should be on a regular cleaning schedule.

Inside homes and condominium units, make sure all water supplies to fixtures, faucets and appliances (dishwasher, ice maker, washing machine, toilets and faucets) are of the braided stainless-steel type with metal connections. Replace all non-braided stainless-steel supplies with metal connections; even braided supplies with plastic connections have shown to be possible leak or flood points. These supplies are under constant water pressure day and night and can fail at any time.

Water heaters should be replaced at least every 10 years unless they have a longer warranty. Most associations require this replacement to avoid flooding damage to other units. There can also be flood stop-valves installed at the water heater that will shut off the water to the water heater if it leaks. Taking leak detection a step further, there are whole house I unit leak detection systems that will shut the water off to the entire house I unit if any leak is detected.

When it comes to multi-story or single-story units with cast iron drains, they should be maintained by regular cleaning (cable cleaning, high speed milling and jet cleaning). In multi-story buildings, the kitchen stacks and the underground drains should be cleaned at least every five years to remove grease and other build up. Single-story units should also clean the underground drains according to the same schedule.

If your multi-story building is older and the cast iron drains have already begun to crack, break and leak, then it would not be worth spending the money to clean pipes that need to be replaced or lined. This also applies for underground cast iron drains in multi-story or single-story units. The old cast iron drains under the slab can be in just as bad shape as the ones above the slab, but you don't see them leaking. As a rule of thumb, replace pipes you can easily get to (behind drywall walls and ceilings) and line pipes you can't easily get to (under concrete slabs and in block walls).

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Protect Yourself from Common Summer Plumbing Problems

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Summer is officially here and that means the beaches are full, boats are on the water, and summer plumbing woes are in full bloom, but these easy-to-follow tips can help you avoid unnecessary headaches because – you just don’t need another problem right now…

Clogged Garbage Disposals

With so many of us doing a lot more cooking these days, garbage disposals are working overtime. To keep your garbage disposal running smoothly, be sure to run cold water down the drain for 15 seconds before AND after, and check out our recent blog to learn what NOT to put down the garbage disposal

Washing Machine Issues

With more outdoor activities like hiking, going to the beach and, let’s face it, sweating - summertime is laundry time. Avoid washing machine issues by making sure the washing machine is at least 4” from the wall so the hoses don't get kinked, replace the hoses every 3 years, and check them at least once a year to ensure they aren't leaking, cracking or bulging.

Leaky Faucets

All faucets eventually wear out and, with all the extra hand washing, this already common problem is sure to be particularly pertinent this year. Don’t ignore the drip, drip, drip - just one leaky faucet, leaking once every 2 seconds, is equal to 2.85 gallons of wasted water per day!

Clogged Toilets

With kids home from school since mid-March, this summer classic made an early appearance for many this year. The best way to avoid toilet clogs is to not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. Keeping a wastebasket in every bathroom will help you avoid the temptation.

Sewer Line Backups

Summer storms and heavy rains can lead to sewer backups and invading roots from summer growth can crack pipes. If your plumbing smells, it could be a sign that sewer gas is leaking into your home. Our video inspection equipment can save you time & money by identifying the source of the problem, without unnecessary digging, so we can fix it without delay.

One surefire way to protect yourself from these or any plumbing problem is to join our Pro Club.

Pro Club members get front-of-the-line service, yearly safety inspections, 10% discounts and 2-year guarantees on all repairs and replacements and, best of all, it's all free!

Front of the Line Service

Pro Club members go to the top of our appointment list whenever they need services.

Yearly Safety Inspections

Once a year, one of our certified technicians will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system to ensure that everything is working properly and there are no potential plumbing hazards and, if you have any service done at the time of your inspection, you don’t pay a trip charge.

Discounts and Extended Guarantees

Pro Club members get 10% off plus a 2-year guarantee on all repairs and replacements.

Free Membership

Your monthly investment of just $4.95 accrues until you’re ready to use it so the front-of-the-line services, safety inspections, 10% discount, and 2-year guarantees are all free and, if you pay in advance, you lock in the low monthly price you got when you became a Pro Club member.

Let’s say you have a safety inspection this year and everything is A-OK. Next year, you’re still looking really good. On year 3, we discover that your garbage disposal is leaking or you’re ready to upgrade your toilet, but you have a $178.20 credit on your account so there is little or no out-of-pocket cost for your new garbage disposal or toilet. You can use your $59.40 credit every year or you can accrue it until you’re ready to use it, but the money is always yours - you just can't lose!

Click here to download the Pro-Club Application. Or call the us at 941-355-5400

Professional Plumbing & Design has been offering Residential and Commercial Plumbing services to Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Bradenton, Palmetto, and Venice since 1985.
If you need a plumbing contractor, or if you have any questions, call the professionals at 941-355-5400.

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Can you trust Angie's List?

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Angie’s List offers “FREE access to ‘top-rated pros’, exclusive online deals and more than 12 million verified reviews from real people” so how can you go wrong with a recommendation from Angie’s List?

Well, for starters, only advertisers are described as “top-rated pros” and they’re listed ahead of other contractors. They’re also given special treatment when it comes to negative reviews and, when a consumer asks for a recommendation – they’re only given the names of advertisers.

In fact, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) warns “If you use Angie’s List, ignore their recommended companies.” CFA recommends that “When possible, consumers should rely on nonprofit organizations that evaluate businesses and are not funded by the companies they are evaluating.”, but Angie’s List isn’t a great deal for advertisers either…

When consumers are sent 4 or 5 recommendations, they tend to choose the lowest priced option. On top of that, advertisers are encouraged to offer discounted prices and onsite search results seem to favor businesses that offer coupons. For this reason, established contractors who are unwilling to sacrifice quality in order to offer bargain prices avoid Angie’s List.

Angie’s List started out as a subscription-based service in 1995. In 2017, IAC bought the company, merged it with Home Advisor, and switched it to an advertising-based model that gives preference to their “top-rated pros”, otherwise known as their advertisers. Since the merger, Angie’s List has been flooded with Better Business Bureau complaints from their customers – again, their advertisers.

IAC owns over 150 brands and operates Vimeo and Dotdash, among others. They have majority ownership of Match Group, which includes Tinder, Match, PlentyOfFish, OkCupid and Hinge, as well as ANGI Homeservices, which includes HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and Handy.

Read the Forbes article on Angie's List

If you need a Plumber, these simple guidelines will help you find the best contractor for the job:

1. Consider only licensed plumbers who carry liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
2. Find out how long the company has been in business. When it comes to plumbers, the longer they’ve been around the better…
3. Is it a drug-free workplace and do all employees go through high-level background checks?
4. Does the company have an excellent reputation in town?
5. Check the companies reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp and other referral sites.
6. Ask friends, family and neighbors for their recommendation.

Or, if you’re lucky enough to be in Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto or Venice, you can just Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400.

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Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Smoothly this Holiday Season!

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The holidays are upon us and, for many of us, that means BIG family meals…

When it’s working properly, a garbage disposal reduces the amount of waste your family generates and it makes kitchen cleanup faster and easier, but how do you keep it from breaking or backing up when you have a house full of people and it’s working overtime?

Running cold water down the drain for 15 seconds before AND after you run the disposal will help flush the waste into the main sewer and prevent backups, but the most important thing to know is what NOT to put down the garbage disposal.

First of all, NEVER, ever put grease or cooking oils down the garbage disposal (or any drain). Once cooled, pour most of the grease into a container that you can recycle and blot the remaining grease with paper towels before washing the pan in the sink.

Other items to avoid putting down the garbage disposal are:

  • Stringy or Fibrous Fruits & Vegetables - Corn husks, banana peels, potato peels, pumpkin guts, asparagus and celery stalks can all wrap around the blades of your disposal.
  • Egg Shells & Onion Skins – The thin membrane on the inside of egg shells and onion skins can also wrap around the garbage disposal blades.
  • Pasta, Rice & Oatmeal – These items expand when they come in contact with water and they can create a very stubborn clog.
  • Fruit Pits – Keep peach pits, cherry pits, avocado pits, and any other pit out of the garbage disposal.
  • Nuts – A few nuts won’t kill your disposal, but handfuls will line your blades with a nut-buttery mess that everything else will stick to.
  • Coffee Grounds – Over time, coffee grounds accumulate and clog your drain.
  • Bones & Shells – Bones, especially big ones, can cause irreparable damage to your disposal. The same goes for oyster, crab, lobster shells, and the like. Conversely, shrimp shells can catch in the drain so don’t put those down the garbage disposal either.
  • Harsh Chemicals or Paint – Don’t put any harsh chemicals that can harm your drains down the disposal and paint can cling to the disposal or pipes.

If you’re looking to sharpen your garbage disposal blades, putting ice down the disposal is a great way.

And, if you’re looking to make everything smell great, put some orange or lemon peels down the drain – lime peels are more fibrous so you should avoid putting those down the drain too.

If you do run into trouble with your disposal, or you have any other plumbing problems, don’t let them ruin your holiday, just Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400.

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35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

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Our favorite time of year is almost here! Mark your calendars for the 35th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix on Sunday July 7 and don't miss the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular on the 4th & the Downtown Block Party on the 5th.

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Fed up with your water? Be like Fred.

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Call The Professionals at 941-355-5400 to find out how the Enviro Water Products Pro-Combo Whole-House Water Filtration & Salt-Free Water Softening system can protect your family, your home, and the environment!

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