Staley’s provides commercial and residential plumbing service. Our professional plumbers will take ownership of your plumbing challenges from start to finish. As always, you can trust Staley’s employees to wear booties when in your home and clean up their work area. A business or home’s water supply often gets taken for granted. Unless of course, something happens one day and you realize that the hot shower is not available.
Kitchen & Bath Fixtures
Staley’s sells and installs a wide variety of fixtures. Stop into our showroom for ideas. We offer the typical consumer brands, such as American Standard & Kohler, but are particularly proud to offer an American manufacturer of fixtures – Mansfield. Mansfield manufactures sanitary plumbing fixtures – your sinks, toilets, bathtubs, shower bases, whirlpool tubs and more in nearby Ohio. Click here to view their Made in USA catalog of products.
Typical Plumbing Services
Hot Water Heaters
Generally, the size of your heater depends on the amount of bathrooms in your home, the size of your bathtubs, and the amount of people that will be using water. 40 to 50 gallon heaters will typically supply a one bathroom home. As the amount of bathrooms increase, the size of your heater needs to increase. Keep in mind that electric water heaters require more time to heat, and will therefore need a larger tank to store the water, as opposed to gas heaters. If you are noticing that there isn’t enough hot water during your showers and such, you may need to upgrade to a larger tank, or install a second water heater to provide more storage space. Staley’s Plumbing stocks and installs Bradford White water heaters and will service all brands. Call Staley’s to schedule your service or receive a free estimate to upgrade your service.
Conserving Hot Water
In addition, there are some easy tips to conserving energy and saving on cost. Below are a few suggestions:
- Do your best to adjust the thermostat to the lowest temperature.
- Make sure to replace washers on leaking tabs so that water is not being wasted.
- Replace shower heads with “shower saver” heads. They use less water then traditional shower heads.
- Run full loads on washers and dishwashers.
Sump pumps are responsible for pumping excess ground water from the basement to the outside of the home. If you have ever experience water back up in your basement, you know all about how much cleaning is involved and how much damage can be caused. A sump pump is your best defense against this ever happening. Staley’s stocks sump pumps and is available for emergency service.
We install a variety of sump pump depending on the application.
The Guardian emergency backup sump pump uses the pressure from your city water supply to create a vacuum to draw the water out when your power goes out. See the diagram to the right.
Three Day Backup
Zoeller offers a self contained submersible back up pump system with a three year warranty. The two battery, 24 Volt system will run for three days in the event of a power outage.
The main components of a toilet include a tank, a bowl, a handle, a trip lever, a stopper and a ball-cock and flush-valve assembly. All of these components work together to make your toilet flush. Most often, if one of these components fails to work, then the whole process falls apart.
A “running toilet” is a common problem with toilets. However, it can be caused by several things so it’s important to play around with different components to try and figure out what the source of the problem is. Almost always, the source of the problem is a float arm that is not rising to the proper height.
Aside from a running toilet, other common problems include those that are associated with a cracked overflow tube and defective ball-cock valves. Some of the older ball-cock devices are not equipped with an anti-siphon valve. An anti-siphon valve prevents water in the tank from being siphoned back into the freshwater system. By replacing your ball-cock device with a new one you will be sure to get one that contains the newer anti-siphon feature. Stop in to Staley’s to pick up a kit if you want to complete your own repair, or give us a call to take care of you.
Dripping faucets are a common problem. Making the repair should be on the top of your priority list, not only because it causes an annoying sound that echoes through out the night, but also because a faucet that leaks one drip per second wastes almost 20 gallons of water a month. Over time that adds up and you end up paying for it.
It’s important to note that every bathroom sink has two sets of controls; the faucet and the valves below it. If you notice that your faucet is dripping, then there is an easy way to temporarily solve the problem until you have time to make the repair. All you have to do is shut off the valves under the sink and tie a rag around the end of the faucet. Let the rag hang with its end in the sink and make sure the rag completely covers the drain. This will catch the running water and deafen the sound until a repair can be made. Call Staley’s to schedule a service call.
Frozen pipes are a potential concern for many homeowners every winter. To avoid frozen pipes, make sure you keep your heat running at a sufficient level all winter, even if you are not at home. Keeping a little water running in sinks located at outside walls is a great idea during the coldest days.
Additional preventative measures include insulate your pipes and checking for leaks. Insulation is especially necessary if your pipes are below the home and exposed to winds and outdoor temperatures. These pipes definitely need a layer of insulation to keep them protected. This is a really simple solution to potential frozen pipes and it could save you thousands in the long run.
Frozen Pipes Lead To Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes are usually an indication that they will burst soon, especially if they are exposed to freezing temperatures. It will save you a lot of money to detect a leaky pipe before it gets really bad. If you do find a leak, you should temporarily patch the problem with an absorbent cloth, such as a towel or disposable diaper. This should contain the leak for about an hour, if it is leaking slowly. If the leak is coming out fast, you should turn the water off to the house and call Staley’s right away.
Conserving water is a fantastic habit to get into to because it saves water and reduces waste-water treatment costs. Conserving hot water can even save you money on your heating and cooling bills.
Let us start by explaining how conserving water can result in potential cost savings. Basically, it’s a simple process in which all the water that drains away from showers, sinks and toilets ends up in the sewage treatment plant. The more water that the sewage plant has to process, the higher the costs are. So the more water generated by a toilet flush, the brushing of your teeth, washing of your hands, showering, etc., the more waste water ends up at the sewage treatment plant. If you could reduce the amount of water being generated, by perhaps installing a 3.5 gallon toilet instead of a 5 or 7 gallon toilet or even just using water efficient fixtures, you could cut down on the costs of treating the water.
When trying to conserve water, the water meter is your best friend. If you are on a public water system, it should be easy to find your water meter because it will be located either on your property or very close to it. The water meter will tell you how much water you are using and it can help you detect leaks. To read a water meter you need to take the second reading and subtract the first reading from it. The answer will equal how many cubic feet of water you have used. Keep in mind, there are 7.5 gallons of water in one cubic foot of water. It should also help to know that a family of four uses about 1500 gallons of water per day maintaining an average household and a garden.
Water meters can also be used to detect leaks. All you have to do is turn off every plumbing fixture in your house for a couple of hours and take a meter reading. If the reading changes, a leak exists. Keep in mind; you mustn’t forget to shut off the built-in icemaker or the reverse osmosis water filtration system because they turn themselves on automatically.
Bathrooms are the rooms that use the most amount of water. On estimate, toilet use adds up to about 40% of your water use. Furthermore, a leaky toilet will waste 50 gallons of water or more per day regardless of the size.
Tip – If you think your toilet might have a leak, there is an easy way to find out for sure. It’s called the food coloring test! Simply place a few drops of food coloring into the tank and allow the toilet to go unused for about15-20 minutes. When you return to your toilet you should check to see if the water in the toilet bowl has a tint of the food coloring in it. If so, you are the lucky winner of a toilet leak. The leak is usually the result of loose fittings or worn washers. Try installing a new washer or tightening the fittings.
Another way to conserve water is to install low-flow water fixtures. These are especially useful for shower heads. Traditional shower heads allow a flow of seven gallons per minute which for a five-minute shower equals to 35 gallons of water. By switching to a low-flow shower head, using 3.5 gallons per minute, you can reduce the water used in a shower by half. Also, if you are using less hot water, it will reveal itself each month when you get your gas and electric bill.
Lastly, you can conserve water by keeping an eye on the kitchen and laundry situations. Dishwashers and clothes washers use 17 to 35 gallons of water per load so it would be a good idea to run full loads at all times. Also, during the summer, you might want to watch how careless you are with your outdoor water use. Simply washing an automobile can use 100 gallons of water and watering the grass can add up to even more.