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09/06/2017 11:43 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

 

 

We live in Houston. We work in Houston. We love Houston. We are Houston.

There isn’t much to say about Hurricane Harvey that hasn’t already been said. The devastating impact left us in shock and heartbreak, but now we are ready to help Houston rebuild and repair.

Through solidarity, perseverance and time, Houston will heal. We will pass this challenging chapter stronger than ever before. While so so many are still recovering from this hurricane, know that we are praying for all of you.

 

For those of you returning to your homes (and/or businesses), here are some important plumbing tips to keep in mind:

 

1) Water heater:  If your water heater is on ground level, be sure to make sure the pilot gas light is working properly, because the gas valve or igniter may be corroded.

2) Sanitary Sewer drains: If your home or neighborhood was flooded with at least 2 feet of water, check to ensure that your home’s sanitary sewer system is working properly, because storm water may have entered your sanitary sewer system through cracks or separations that were present on the sanitary sewer system pipes before the storm. The surge of storm water could have infiltrated the pipes and cause the sanitary sewer system to backup into your home.

3) Domestic water system: It’s a good idea to have your main water supply line (that runs from the city main beneath the street to your house) checked for leaks that may have occurred. This is especially for homes located on busy streets, because it is not uncommon for motorists to drive up on yards when streets are flooded, which could then break or crack the house’s main water supply line.

 

If you’re unsure how to do any of the above-mentioned tips, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to help you.

 

 

If you need any plumbing or piping assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. #HoustonStrong

 

 

 

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07/07/2017 11:42 AM Posted by: Vic Caso


TDT Plumbing is excited to announce that we are the first LeadSmart provider in Texas, as well as one of the ePIPE providers chosen to rollout the nationwide LeadSmart launch.

What is LeadSmart?

LeadSmart is the first program of its kind that will revolutionize the way homes and buildings test their water for lead and reduce the lead levels to safe levels. The initial roll out of the program is being done in Southern California, Houston, Florida and in the DC markets. We are proud to be a part of the first program to help eradicate lead contributors from the American water supply system inside and outside of buildings. This unique program is for residential homes and all types of commercial and government buildings, from schools to hospitals to office buildings.

 

The LeadSmart Process

Detect:  Our certified testers use U.S. EPA-approved equipment and methods to test water coming from the tap on-site. Lead or copper levels are read in minutes, so we can provide our customers with real-time data about their water. Then, based on the test results, we conduct a thorough review and analysis of the potable water supply piping system and fixtures on the property.

Recommendations & Remedy: Should lead levels exceed the EPA guidelines for lead (15 ppb), we identify lead contributors, which include lead solder (often used with copper pipes), galvanized steel pipes, bronze fittings, brass fittings, lead fittings, lead fixtures and lead flux.  The solution can range from simply replacing non-compliant lead fixtures, fittings, etc., to applying the patented ePIPE epoxy barrier coating process to the potable water piping system.

Certification: We provide a LeadSmart Certificate of Compliance when the home or building is tested in compliance to current EPA guidelines for lead (15 ppb or less).

Insured Protection For You: LeadSmart testing services are backed by an industry-first $1 Million Errors and Omissions Insurance program.

 

Our Special Promotion for Residential Customers:

We care about our community and our customer’s water quality.  That’s why we are offering a discount on lead testing and LeadSmart certification for our residential customers when they choose a whole-house ePIPE restoration. Normally a $400 value, we are offering this service for only $200 for a limited time! Contact us soon and mention this promotion to learn more.

 

Our Special Promotion for Commercial Customers:

For a limited time, we are offering FREE lead testing and LeadSmart certification to all commercial (non-residential) properties when they choose the ePIPE restoration process for that property. Take advantage of this limited-time offer by calling us as soon as possible and mentioning this promotion.

 

 

 

Please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about LeadSmart, our limited-time offers or how we can help solve your piping challenges!

Vic Caso                                                                 

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088

 


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04/21/2017 01:55 PM Posted by: Vic Caso

 Green plumbing tips for Earth day 2017

 

Elon Musk might have his sights set on colonizing Mars, but for all of us who plan to live our lives on Earth, we all should do what we can to protect it.

At TDT Plumbing, we respect our planet’s natural resources by using eco-friendly technologies and offering green plumbing services.

The more people and businesses incorporate these types of green plumbing advancements, the more we can reduce our overall water use and carbon footprint, ultimately helping to alleviate environmental concerns.

Want to do your part to conserve water? Looking for green plumbing tips? These following four technologies are our favorite green plumbing solutions:

 

 

Epoxy Barrier Coatings

Repiping (tearing out failing pipes and replacing them with new pipes) is as eco-friendly as throwing trash in a storm drain. We are the central United States’ largest and most experienced epoxy barrier coating team, providing the world-leading patented ePIPE technology for water and pressurized pipe systems to our residential, commercial, industrial, offshore, municipal and government clients. This special type of pipe lining process, less expensive than traditional repipes, uses in-place technology to blow epoxy through a cleaned pipe system or pipe line, which then cures to create a thin yet extremely durable barrier coating inside the pipes. The ePIPE method greatly extends the useful life of the pipes system and serves as effective long-term protection against leaks, lead leaching, corrosion buildup, rusty water and other common problems. If you are a lover of green plumbing solutions, ePIPE is for you. Learn more about ePIPE and watch our videos to see the process in action.

 

CIPP

Cured-In-Place pipe is a no-dig pipe restoration technology that uses in-place processes to put a new, strong and seamless liner inside existing pipes without having to remove the pipes. Similar to the above-mentioned ePIPE epoxy coating technology, CIPP is used on various types of drain and vent pipe systems, whether they are vertical or horizontal. This is the most cost-effective, least disruptive and eco-friendly way to vastly improve drain system functionality, as well as prevent common drain system problems, including leaks, clogs and root intrusion. Learn more about CIPP and see the process in action by watching our videos.

 

Dual Flush Toilets

Save water by switching to one of the most common green plumbing systems: dual flush toilets. Two flushing mechanisms offer different flush options, which lowers water use and lowers water bills.  Dual flush toilets have been found to save a homeowner up to an estimated $99 per year. We provide and install dual flush toilets with intuitive designs, making your home or building more eco-conscious. Please contact us if interested in a quote!

 

Tankless Water Heaters

These innovative water heaters use gas or electricity to warm the water as it passes through. They lack a storage tank, which means this system takes up less space and is less of an eye-sore. The many benefits include on-demand hot water, less water used, less energy used and lower utilities bills, as a result. Whether you’re looking for a green plumbing solution for your water heater, a way to save money or assurance for always-present hot water, tankless water heaters could be a great addition to your home or building. We provide and install several types of tankless water heaters, so please contact us if interested in a quote!

 

 

If you still have questions, please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help!

Vic Caso

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088


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03/20/2017 10:47 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

This week is Fix A Leak Week, making it the most opportune time to provide some very helpful information about various types of plumbing leaks. It’s estimated that 10 percent of American homes have leaks and approximately 1/6 of the U.S.’s clean water supply is leaked through its distribution system. The EPA has calculated that enough water to annually supply 11 million households’ is leaked each year!

Harris County uses the most water in the state of Texas, doubling Dallas, in second place. A 2013 Houston Chronicle article revealed that more than 15 percent of Houston’s water supply was wasted due to leaks. Wasted water, whether it’s from leaking pipes or leaking fixtures (such as faucets or running toilets), is not only an issue of water consumption, but a financial issue, as well. Water leaks can increase your home’s water bill by 10 percent or more. And leaks to underground sewer lines can taint the surrounding soil and water supply, making them an extremely dangerous environmental issue.

 

 

Signs your home or office has a water or drain pipe leak:

  • Increase in water bill
  • Blistering wallpaper or paint on walls
  • Mold or mildew
  • Musty smell
  • Stained wall or ceiling
  • Low water pressure
  • Strange sounds in bathrooms or near pipes
  • Cracks or heaves in the foundation
  • Potholes or sink holes
  • Wet spot in yard
  • Sewer odors
  • Slow drains

Click here to learn more about some of these signs.

If your home or place of work is experiencing any of these problems, please contact us immediately!

 

Pipe leaks can be extremely destructive and expensive, so long-term repair or rehabilitation options will provide the most benefits, as well as a ROI on the investment. We have had clients who have spent thousands of dollars per year on small Band-Aid-type fixes for leaking pipes, only to have the problems continuously occur and drain their wallet. However, the below solutions, all of which we offer, are the most common and effective pipe system repair services.

 

Begin with leak detection services

 

Even if there are physical signs of a leak, it is important to check the entire piping system for more leaks. We are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can find the location(s) of pressurized or non-pressurized pipe leaks. Our leak detection services include pneumatic and hydrostatic pressure tests, video inspections and other diagnostic tools that can trace and inspect the interior of pipes. Finding leaks or warning signs of eroding pipes can help prevent catastrophes in the future.

 

Repipes, the traditional fix

 

Repiping is a process that involves tearing out the aging pipes and replacing them with brand new pipes. This method is ideal when the pipes are exposed, if only part of the pipe system needs to be repaired or if other repair options are not attainable. Disadvantages of a repipe project include that the project is lengthy, messy, disruptive and creates additional expenses.

 

Reroutes can be less expensive and invasive than repipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reroutes are chosen when a repipe is not feasible or desired. Since repipes are usually destructive (and often quite expensive), reroutes are a less destructive option, because a reroute project means that the failing pipe system is left in-place and then new pipes are installed, often through the attic, outside or in less invasive places.

 

Pipe lining technologies are the least destructive and invasive solutions

 

All metal pipes eventually corrode or erode and ultimately fail. A metal pipe system can begin to show signs of failures, such as leaks or discolored water, in as little as two years after being installed.  The best way to prevent failures and greatly extend the useful life of the pipe system is to invest in a pipe lining technology. Pipe lining is performed on the existing pipes in-place, which requires little to no destruction to the property, little to no disruption and very fast project turnaround time. Pipe lining also protects clean water from leached metal toxins, discolored water, low water pressure, clogged drains, root intrusion and other common problems.

 

Each property is unique, therefore not all repair options may be feasible. TDT Plumbing’s expert team will skillfully investigate the failing pipe system, then list possible courses of action. Let us help you. Please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help!

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088

 

 

 

 


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02/15/2017 11:08 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

Discolored water is a common plumbing problem that often scares people. But let me give you a reason to breathe a sigh of relief: Just because your tap water isn’t clear, doesn’t mean that it’s harmful. However, it does mean that something is wrong with the domestic water system.

(And remember, lead in your water supply IS harmful!)

It’s important for all adults to take notice of our tap water’s color, smell and taste, as well as other details of our water pipe systems, especially if you own your home.

So if not all discolored water is dangerous, what does the discolored water mean? And how can you tell if your water is dangerous for consumption? We break it down for you:

 

 

 

Yellow or Semi-Red Water – If your tap water is clear at first but then changes to yellow or rusty color when it stands, then there is ferrous iron in the water, which means the iron that is leaching into the water has not rusted or oxidized yet. This is not harmful to our health, but note that this type of iron cannot be filtered out of your water.

Rusty Reddish Water– This color water means that ferric iron (oxidized iron, also known as rust) is leaching into your tap water. While this is not toxic, it is not easily filtered out and can stain sinks, bathtubs, etc.

Greenish Blue Water (dangerous) – If you’re seeing this color water, find out if your water pipes are copper or if you water system has brass fittings. If so, this water discoloration is a result of copper leaching and the water is dangerous for consumption. Please contact a plumbing company, like us, immediately. 

Green Water (dangerous)– Seeing green water means algae buildup has occurred in your plumbing system. Please contact a plumbing service company, like us, to correct the issue.

Black Water (could be dangerous)– This could be from manganese, which is harmless, or it could be from mold or mildew. Therefore, it’s best for you to call a plumbing company, like us, to check it out.

Pink Water – Your local water authority may have accidently added too much potassium permanganate to the water supply if the water looks pink. However, it is not harmful to human’s health.

Purple Water (dangerous)- A harmful amount of potassium permanganate was probably added to the water supply to cause it to turn purple. It’s best for you to inform the water authority about it immediately.

White or Cloudy Water– This mean extra air is trapped in or moving through the water. If you put some of the cloudy tap water into a glass. Bubbles should rise and the cloudiness should dissipate.

Clear Water (could be dangerous)– Lead does not have a taste or smell and it cannot always be seen in drinking water. That clear, clean-looking water coming out of your tap water may have dangerous levels of lead in it and the only way to know for sure is to have your tap water tested.

 

More info about Rusty Water:

Iron can get into the water supply due to iron being in the soil or if the pipe system contains iron. Iron in plumbing systems deteriorates over time due to the chemistry from the water and oxygen. The natural by-product of corroding iron is rust, which breaks off in the pipes and goes to the tap, causing the water to be discolored and usually revealing a rusty color. Keep in mind that the EPA says iron in water is not toxic and does not have a direct impact on health.

 

 

So now what?

If you’re located in southeast Texas, please give us a call or send us an email with your concerns or questions. We’d love to help!

Sometimes discolored water problems have easy fixes and sometimes they don’t. The best way to alleviate or prevent discolored water (as well as pinhole leaks, under slab leaks, low water pressure, bring lead leaching into compliance and other problems) is to protect your galvanized or copper water system with a safe (tested and certified to NSF Standard 61), internal pipe epoxy barrier coating. The patented ePIPE epoxy barrier coating is a cost-effective and better value alternative to a whole house repipe. Learn more about ePIPE by clicking here.

 

DISCLAIMER: The information in this blog post is to be used as a reference or guide to learning more about water discoloration. It is not intended to be used for diagnosing plumbing problems or whether one should drink or not drink the water.  Water discoloration is a symptom of something wrong with the pipes or water supply. We advise anyone who has discolored water at their home or place of work to contact a local plumbing company or TDT Plumbing for assistance and more information.

 

Please feel free to contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help!

Vic Caso

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088

 

 

 


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