Top 10 Money-Saving Plumbing Tips

This week we present a Top 10 List! This list will give you some great ideas to care for your plumbing and potentially save thousands of dollars in the long-term. Take a look and let us know what you think, or if you have any ideas we should add! Thanks for reading!

Top 10 Plumbing Money Saving Ideas

  1. Find a reliable, trustworthy company for when you need a plumber. It is great to be able to call on the same people that know your family and home when you have an issue, so you can be sure to have the service you deserve. We have one we can suggest!
  2. Make sure your company is licensed and insured. Always expect the unexpected! If you need to rely on your company for the safety of your family or the well-being of your home, make sure they are accountable and appropriately screened by your state.
  3. Check all plumbing fixtures for visible leaks once a season. Temperature changes and overall use can affect your fixtures.
  4. If your water pressure is very high, get it checked by a plumber. High water pressurecan cause permanent damage to your existing fixtures and appliances. It can cause leaks as well!
  5. Don’t put anything down your kitchen sink drain intentionally, even if you have a garbage disposal! The garbage disposal is great for the occasional scrap that may fall down the drain. When in doubt, throw it out(or compost)!
  6. Fix any running toilets or dripping faucets as they occur. These “small” issues can lead to an unexpected high water bill or damage the fixture further over time, leading to replacement being necessary.
  7. Know the life expectancy of common plumbing in your home, so you aren’t as surprised when something needs repaired or replaced. The average water heater lasts 10-12 years, garbage disposal 8-12 years, sump pump 5-7 years. Check your plumbing once a year or have a professional check it (part of our Membership Program)!
  8.  We DO NOT recommend using chemicals such as Draino or Liquid Plumr in a clogged or slow drain. These chemicals tend to lubricate the clog instead of clear it, causing it to be more difficult to clear in the long run. They also can splash back towards a plumber if they come to clear the drain, causing potential vision loss! We recommend a great product called Bio-Clean, that we sell in-house. It is a NATURAL alternative to those chemicals and is a GREAT preventative for drain clogs and waste matter in pipes.
  9. DO NOT put foreign objects in your toilet and flush. Your toilet is only made to handle waste matter and toilet paper. Objects such as hair, feminine products, cigarettes, or even wipes billed as “flushable” can cause a clogged toilet, which can then become a costly clogged main sewer line. Teach family and friends that at your house, it’s waste and paper only!
  10. If you made it to the end of our list, congratulations! You are ready to save money and take care of your plumbing. Our final bit of advice when it comes to plumbing and saving money is to check the shut off valves in your home once a year to ensure they turn easily and function as they should in case you need to turn water off in an emergency. These valves are located under sinks, behind your toilet, and there is a main shut off valve to your whole house. If you don’t know where the main valve is, be sure to ask a plumber to show you next time they are in your home! If a shut off valve needs to be replaced, don’t hesitate and call a professional to take care of it. If the valve fails when you need it, it could cause costly damage and/or mold.
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Get the Job Done!

This week we’d love to tell you about a great feature we offer: financing! Do you have a plumbing job you have been putting off due to cost?  Do you need an essential plumbing repair or replacement but you’re waiting for the cash to be on-hand?

At DB’s Plumbing and Drain, we offer fantastic financing from a reputable company for any job, no matter how big or small.  We even offer a 0% interest option! The company that provides our financing is a third party, and they take care of the approval process and everything having to do with your finances, including payments.

The best part of this feature is the convenience.  When our technician is onsite at your home, they will present the financing options we offer and show you what your payments would be. You can then apply via the tablet and hear back in moments, with minimal hassle or time taken out of your day. You can also APPLY ONLINE via our website! Just click here, choose the option you’re interested in, and apply.

Once you agree to the financing option, the work will be completed right away, and we will take care of your plumbing needs. You can then make your payments through the provider’s online portal.

We want our customers to know we offer this option for every job, and we encourage you to consider it in the future should you need it. There’s no reason to go without necessary repairs and maintenance in your home.

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Employee of the Month Spotlight: Shane

We are going to take the time to highlight one of our employees every month. This month, we have chosen Shane!  Shane is a great tech who works hard to get the job done. He has creative solutions for plumbing needs in both residential and commercial and has a lot of experience in different plumbing situations. We also joke that Shane has every tool you can think of, more so than any of the rest of us!! If you see him at your home, feel free to congratulate him on employee of the month! Here is a short interview with Shane!

Q– Before working at DB’s Plumbing and Drain, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A- “Truck’n America. I washed trailers, swept, and helped with installs. I’ve always loved large equipment and big trucks so working there was awesome!”

Q– If you could switch your job with anyone else within DB’s Plumbing and Drain, whose job would you want?

A- “I honestly wouldn’t switch with anyone. I like my job and my position in the company.”

Q- What is your favorite part about being a plumber?

A- “I like that there’s something different every day and I get to solve people’s problems. The job changes over time and you really do learn all the time, which keeps my job interesting.”

Q– How do you define success?

A- “Quality work and building a good name for yourself, both in business and personally.”

We hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Shane! We sincerely value your business and the honor of serving you in your home. If you have any plumbing concerns, please contact us!

**FOOD DRIVE 2018**

We have over 50 cans collected for the 1stweek of our food drive! PLEASE come by our shop, donate what you can, and if it’s 5+ items receive a $50 gift card that never expires. It really is that easy! We would love to see you and we need help reaching our goal of 500 ITEMS. We WILL NOT get there without you, so don’t hesitate and come by! We are located right by Potomac Mills behind Target so we are on your way to your errands. COME SEE US TODAY!!

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First Annual Food Drive!

We are happy to announce DB’s Plumbing and Drain’s first annual food drive! There is a real need in the community we live, work, and raise our children in for access to food. We are proud to call Prince William County our home and we want to contribute, and encourage our neighbors to contribute, as much as we can to our community. This is a time of year when food pantries are in need, let’s make that difference!

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When:
March 1st – March 31st, 2018

Where:
2615 Morse Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22192. We are located on the left side of the business park. We have a large American flag by our door.

Who We are Donating to:

Our local community at The Salvation Army Food Pantry, Woodbridge, VA 22192

What We’re Collecting:

  1. Canned food
  2. Dry pasta
  3. Toilet paper
  4. Tooth paste
  5. Unexpired non-perishable items

How to Participate:

  1. Come by our office with 5 or more non-perishables. Bonus: Meet Our Team!
  2. On a scheduled job, give 5 or more items to your technician. It’s that easy!
  3. Participants in the food drive will be rewarded with a $50 DB’s Plumbing and Drain gift certificate that NEVER EXPIRES!
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Introducing Jackie!

Please join us in welcoming our newest employee, Jackie! She is our newest customer service representative and will be assisting you with appointments, questions you may have and any/all customer service needs you may have. She’ll be answering your calls and helping you get on our schedule. Jackie comes to us with experience from a large veterinary hospital in the area and is well versed in the area of meeting client’s needs.

Jackie is an animal lover who hopes to live on a farm one day. She is in college, has a fun personality, and hopes to be a veterinary technician one day. Feel free to call or come by and welcome Jackie to our Team!

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Employee of the Month Spotlight: Tommy

We are going to take the time to highlight one of our employees every month. This month, we have chosen Tommy!  Tommy is our lead technician, with many years of experience. He is a great ally to our other technicians as he can answer most questions they have in the field, and he is a favorite among our customers. Tommy has the most 5 star reviews of any of our employees!! If you see him soon, feel free to congratulate him on employee of the month! Here is a short interview with Tommy!


Q– Before working at DB’s Plumbing and Drain, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A- “I worked at a bike shop for a short time. BMX. Some of my co-workers and customers may be surprised by that! Other than that, I’ve mostly done plumbing.”

Q– If you could switch your job with anyone else within DB’s Plumbing and Drain, whose job would you want?

A- “Buddy, our shop dog. He has the best position in the office, and the easiest job other than mine.” 🙂

Q- What is your favorite part about being a plumber?
A- “I think I’m pretty decent at it. And being able to troubleshoot and solve problems for our customers.”

Q– How do you define success?

A- “ ‘The accomplishment of one’s goals.’  -Merriam Webster. Also being good-ish at my job.”

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Plumbing Words

In our field, there are quite a few terms that are used to describe common household plumbing that may not be known to the average homeowner. Today we are going to go over a few, so you can be more knowledgeable about your home. Knowledge is Power!

Hose Bib– One of the most common plumbing calls is a leaking or non-functioning hose bib. The hose bib is the place where a hose connects to the outside of your home. It is described by customers as an outdoor faucet, an outdoor spigot (which is also correct!), and the “outside hose connection thingie”, among many other terms. We can repair and replace existing hose bibs, and install frost-free hose bibs that help to prevent freezing in the winter.  Since the hose bib is connected to the plumbing inside your home, it is necessary to have access inside and outside to get the job done.

Stoppage– When you call in, you may hear us refer to your drain clog, pipe clog, or fixture clog as a stoppage. This is a blanket term that covers anything that may be preventing water from free-flowing through your plumbing. Common stoppages can be hair in a drain, certain foods in a garbage disposal, or wipes flushed down a toilet. To fix a stoppage, we have various methods depending on the job, including snaking and jetting.

Shut Off Valves– Shut off valves are found throughout your home anywhere where water may need to be turned on and off. This includes sinks, toilets, and the main one in your home that can turn all of your water on and off.  These are a great tool for home owners, as you can turn off water from a leak and prevent damage to your home until you can get a plumber to fix the issue. There are many types off shut off valves, which are basically named after the direction they go in and how they are connected (straight stops, angle stops, 3 way stops). There are also ball valves and gate valves, which refers to how they shut off.

These are just a few of the terms we regularly use here at DB’s Plumbing & Drain. If any of them were new to you, hopefully the next time you call a plumber you will feel more confident about making the call.

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We Offer Financing!

This week we’d love to tell you about a great feature we offer: financing! Do you have a plumbing job you have been putting off due to cost?  Do you need an essential plumbing repair or replacement but you’re waiting for the cash to be on-hand?

At DB’s Plumbing and Drain, we offer fantastic financing from a reputable company for any job, no matter how big or small.  We even offer a 0% interest option! The company that provides our financing is a third party, and they take care of the approval process and everything having to do with your finances, including payments.

The best part of this feature is the convenience.  When our technician is onsite at your home, they will present the financing options we offer and show you what your payments would be. You can then apply via the tablet and hear back in moments, with minimal hassle or time taken out of your day.

Once you agree to the financing option, the work will be completed right on the spot, and we will take care of your plumbing needs. You can then make your payments through the provider’s online portal.

We want our customers to know we offer this option for every job, and we encourage you to consider it in the future should you need it. There’s no reason to go without necessary repairs and maintenance in your home.

We sincerely value your business and we give thanks for the honor of serving you in your home.  If you have any plumbing concerns, please contact us!

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Whole-House Shut Off Valve: Where It is and How to Use It!

This week we would like to share a very important tip about your home: how to turn off your water. The past two weeks have been a busy time for us and all the plumbing industry as there have been an overwhelming number of burst pipes due to extremely low prolonged temperatures.  This has lead to many emergencies, where customers are experiencing water shooting throughout their house, pouring down walls, and streaming through ceilings. In some instances, they are unable to locate the source as the water continues to do expensive damage to their home.

The BEST way a home owner can protect themselves from flooding, costly water damage, and the formation of mold is to know that they CAN and SHOULD turn the water off to their home in the event of a leak. Several customers were unsure as to how to turn off their water, and we would love to change that!

Every home is equipped with a whole-house shut off valve. This controls all the incoming water to your home, and is typically simple to use. We recommend you locate yours, and tell your family where it is and how to use it (even your well-behaved kids)!!  Knowing the location of this valve and how to use it is vital to your family to protect your home and provide peace of mind in the event of a flooding emergency. Typically, these valves are located in your basement or an area of your home that has your water heater or other major plumbing. This could also be a utility room or a laundry room. If the valve is not easily accessible, we recommend you move unnecessary items or keep a step stool near it if need be for easy access.

The valve itself is typically either a ball valve or a gate valve. Both should be easy to turn, and follow the old adage of “right-y, tight-y, left-y, loose-y”. Theball valve has a small ball on the inside that is rotated when you turn the handle. It allows water to flow freely when turned to the left, and causes the ball to block the flow of water when turned to the right. This type of valve is the easiest to turn and the easiest to judge as to whether the water is on or off. Gate valves, on the other hand, have a small device in them that acts like a gate and goes up and down as you turn it. They can be susceptible to corroding over time, and are harder to open and close. If left somewhere between the open and close position, gate valves vibrate and can be damaged.

For these reasons, we always recommend a ball valve for your main shut off valve. Check yours out today, and if it is hard to turn or doesn’t turn at all give us a call before you need it and it doesn’t turn!

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Employee of the Month Spotlight: Jennifer

We are going to take the time to highlight one of our employees every month. This month, we have chosen Jennifer!  Jennifer is a great VP, who motivates us all with her determination and positivity. She takes care of our office family, just as she takes care of her own. She handles much of the behind-the-scenes in the office, and is a fantastic asset to our team. Here is a short interview with Jennifer!

Q– Before working at DB’s Plumbing and Drain, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

A- “When I was in the Air Force, I worked at the Combined Air Operations Center in Italy during the Kosovo Campaign in 1999. We worked 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week. I got to witness some pretty cool stuff, that I can’t talk about.”

Q– If you could switch your job with anyone else within DB’s Plumbing and Drain, whose job would you want?

A- “I would want to switch with David. He gets to go out and meet our customers face-to-face and gets to do some plumbing, as well!”

Q- What is your favorite part about being a small business owner?

A- “My favorite part of being a small business owner is providing jobs and benefits to people in our community. It’s a really good feeling. Knowing our employees and celebrating their successes with them is great. We also can build close relationships with our customers, and being small allows us to do that.”

Q– How do you define success?

A- “Making a measurable and attainable goal and achieving it. This is both personal and business.”

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