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What Makes a Boise Plumbing Professional?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on July 12, 2012

Are Piping Contractor and Plumbing Contractors the same?

We really are living in a time of a lot of blending and multi tasking. It has much to do with the way things are run in our everyday lives.  While it seems that this question should have an easy answer,  it really requires slightly more clarification than you might first think.

Most Plumbers are state approved and ( depending on the State ) required to do a continued education call to keep that approved state. This allows them to do any specialized area of piping they prefer ( Notice the term any Piping ). So Yes a Contractor with highly qualified Plumbers can handle any situation in the pipe field. Which does not leave very much wiggle room for a Piping Contractor ( at least you might think ).

Piping Contractors are undoubtable the most misunderstood and underground specialty profession that can go unseen. Plumbing contractors can often do more complex tasks than a plumber, as well as all of the tasks that a plumber can do. You might find a plumbing contractor working to construct the home’s waste disposal system, installing gas connections and flues, or even working on water heaters. Truly there is a great need for these under estimated professionals. They fit into an industry of unique areas and require a measure of skill to be successful in the field.

So who does it best? Plumbers and Pipers have had a few wrestling matches on who can do what better than who and that keeps the drive in the trade to new ideas and keeps the industry flowing in the direction it needs to go.

The good news is 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing & Remodeling can help you no matter what your plumbing or piping related needs may be! To find out more on the proper plumbing System and what it is made up of  visit our links below or Call 891-1104 for immediate assistance!

Joe Corcoran
2 Thumbs Up Plumbing and Remodeling Services
208-891-1104

New Homeowner Tips: Maintenace

Posted by Boise Home Helper on February 22, 2012
boise home maintenanceBeing a new homeowner is an exciting time in your life; getting your new home in order is without a doubt one of your biggest focuses after the paperwork and moving is done. Getting the furniture in place and decorating, hanging photos, all these things will no doubt create a whirlwind of energy around you as you settle in.

But it shouldn’t stop there – although it may be less thrilling, it is also up to you to have a plan in mind for your new homes routine maintenance in the coming months.Besides the usual cleaning and taking care of things like carpets and dusting there are a number of things you can do to help maintain your home for years of comfort to come.

Here are some good maintenance tips to keep in mind:

• In late summer or early fall give all your systems( air condiditioning, heating, plumbing) a good inspection.

• Be sure to change air filters at least every three months.(maybe more if you are in the more dusty parts of Idaho!)

• Clean the filters and dust screens on any freezers or refridgerators frequently.

• If you have a gas furnace, keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.

• If there is a noise, there could be a problem. Worn washers or loose parts in your faucets can be the source of noisy pipes. It’s good to make sure all washers and parts are tight and in good working order to help reduce vibration that can lead to leaks later on.

• Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust.

• Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure to cut back on pest problems.

• Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. An annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels.

• Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it. Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

These are just a few suggestions. Our experienced home service professionals are more than glad to answer any questions you might have about specific parts of your home. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line here or join us on Facebook to get answers to your home maintenance questions and see what the Boise Builders Group can do for you!

Get Your Home in Boise Ready for Old Man Winter

Posted by Boise Home Helper on December 5, 2011

home winterization in boiseNow is the  time of year to start thinking about preparing your home for winter, because as temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape through the winter.

Here are some good things to think about in getting ready for the long cold winter ahead!

 

 

1) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
  • Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
  • If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
  • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

 

2) Get the Fireplace Ready

  • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
  • If the chimney hasn’t been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
  • Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary.

 

3) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

  • Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency.
  • Drain all garden hoses.
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
  • Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
  • If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.
  • Have any problem areas looked at by a quality Boise Plumber.

 

These things may seem like common knowledge, but you know what they say about an ounce of prevention…

Still have questions or concerns? Take a look at our directory of Boise home service experts to find the right home professional to fit your specific need! All of our members are trusted and experienced service providers for all household needs big or small!

Good Health and Good Plumbing

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 23, 2011

Boise PlumbingGood plumbing is a matter which concerns health. The plumbing system in your home is composed of two separate subsystems. One subsystem brings fresh water in, and the other takes waste water out.

A leakage of polluted water from the house-drainage system is unsanitary and dangerous. Leakage within the house may pollute the habitation and permit food infection through the medium of insects; they may transport disease germs, and thus be a menace to your health.

City ordinances usually define the exact methods and materials used in the home for sewage disposal, they outline the methods by which connections must be made, and specify the installation of waste lines.

Regulations governing the installation of plumbing have been established in many places, many cities have plumbing codes or local ordinances governing plumbing. These regulations have been important in improving living conditions throughout the country. For the safety of your health check the license of any plumber you are considering using. For plumbing tips and coupons please look at http://www.bestboiseplumber.com
Joe Corcoran
2 Thumbs Up Plumbing and Remodeling Services
208-891-1104