Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. Blog : Archive for May, 2017

Time to Get a New Water Heater? Here’s How You Can Tell

Monday, May 29th, 2017

water-heaterYou never want to get caught without hot water for your home. It can mean going without showers and baths, and it also will bring a halt to a number of basic, everyday chores. In fact, you’ll never realize just how much you rely on your water heater through the average day… until you suddenly don’t have a working water heater!

The best way to prevent a busted water heater and a major emergency is to know ahead of time the system is starting to fail. You’ll then be able to contact our water heater professionals and arrange to have a new system installed.

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Piping Materials the Modern Professionals Use

Monday, May 15th, 2017

cut-pvc-pipesPipes are what most people think of when they hear the word “plumbing.” This makes sense. Pipes are the essential part of what plumbing is, the transportation of water, sewage, and gas from one place to another.

Since piping has a long history, there have been many different materials used to construct it, such as clay pipes back in the Bronze Age. (Clay, although better than Bronze Age era clay, was also common through the first half of the 20th century.) The piping materials used up to 1970 were usually cast iron, galvanized steel, and lead. These have fallen from favor, especially lead because of the toxicity it can add to fresh water. These materials are also prone to corrosion, which is why older homes often need to have water and sewer line replacements.

The modern plumber has superior piping materials available. Below are some of the materials we use for working on piping in Cincinnati, OH and the surrounding areas:

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Do You Need Backflow Prevention Service?

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Backflow is when water flows in the wrong direction through a plumbing system: instead of freshwater flowing to the wastewater system, wastewater flows into the freshwater system. This can occur because of either an increase in pressure on the wastewater side or a drop in pressure on the freshwater side. For example, a common cause of backflow is a massive drain of freshwater from fire hydrants or emergency sprinklers due to a fire.

Backflow is dangerous because it allows contaminant-filled water loaded with dangerous bacteria to enter the water used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. For this reason, most businesses as well as some residential buildings have backflow prevention devices installed. The check valve in the backflow preventer stops water from moving the wrong direction.

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How Do Whole-House Water Filtration Systems Work?

Monday, May 1st, 2017

water-from-faucetIf the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the words water filtration is a pitcher with a water filter cartridge in it, you should know there are much more effective ways to provide clean water to your house. A simple water pitcher can do some good, but it certainly doesn’t help your whole home, and there are many impurities that may escape it. Point-of-use filters attached to individual faucets have the same drawbacks.

The best alternative is for a whole-house water filtration system installation in Cincinnati, OH with our water treatment specialists. They’re glad to speak to you and go over the various options available to provide you with cleaner water for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

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