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Why You Need A Backflow Prevention System Installed Onto Your Home's Water Pipes

Darren Kincaid - Monday, June 29, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc - Backflow Prevention System

The backflow prevention system is installed within your home’s water piping ensures that water streams in one direction only. The backflow preventer ensures that your drinking water will not get contaminated by back-flowing water.

Water coming from the main supply line going to your home supposed to stream in one direction only, however, because of pressure changes inside the pipe, the water can reverse flow and stream back into the source. Backflow can take place when the pressure is lost due to a break in the main pipeline or when a hydrant is turned on. Since the pressure absent to push the water going to your home, it tends to stream in reverse back to the source pipeline. At this rate, public drinking supply can be contaminated with chemical substances like fertilizers, human excretions, soaps and chlorine.

This is where the role of a backflow prevention system comes in. It works like a one-way gate that enables water from the main public water pipeline to stream into the residence's piping line but blocks water in case it tries to stream backward. The backflow preventer is highly-recommended to residences with a well or irrigation system. The device should be installed in the water meter so wastewater will not contaminate incoming water.

To learn more about the backflow prevention system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We install, inspect, and repair all types of backflow prevention systems.

Utility Natural Gas Line Installation For Safe and Hassle-Free BBQ Sessions

Darren Kincaid - Monday, June 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

When the weather starts to rage with scorching heat, you know summer is here. And what's great about summer besides warmer weather is the aroma of fresh, grilled meat swirling into the air. If you are thinking of having your own BBQ party with your family at home, having a natural gas line for BBQ or other grilling purposes offers a convenient way to do it. After all, BBQ sesh should be hassle-free to make the experience enjoyable.

Rather than making your propane source a matter of concern when it suddenly run out while you are grilling, a utility natural gas line will ensure you a continuous stream of fuel. Apart from that, it is also easy to operate, just simply switch on the valve, light the grill and you are all set.

Moreover, using natural gas for your barbeque is more economical than using propane. It offers significant savings overtime, needless to say the hassle of filling or swapping the tank.

Furthermore, natural gas is lighter than air so it ascends. While propane is heavier and so it accumulates when it is utilized. This means natural gas is safer to use than propane. You no longer have to be worried about accumulated gas accidents. Natural gas produces fewer toxins that is emitted in the air and in the food you cook with it.

If you need to install a natural gas line for your barbecue in Chesapeake, VA, have a professional plumber to do it. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Environmentally Friendly Plumbing Solutions

Darren Kincaid - Friday, May 29, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

It is important to ensure that your plumbing system is energy efficient that will help tremendously in reducing energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint. The best place to start is in your home. There are many environmentally friendly plumbing solutions in your home that with the right plumbing structure and with proper pipes of the right material will improve water the pressure that automatically minimizes leakage and waste. However, it is good to know that there are many ways that will be beneficial to you and your family as well.

There are plumbing solutions that help reduces the amount of energy you use as well. Like using more efficient water heaters, tankless water heaters and insulating pipes are all ways of doing this. The resulting savings in energy usage will benefit the environment and your bank account. Also, pipe insulators give the highest potential to reduce heat loss. If the plumbing structure has insulation to keep the heat in, your home uses less energy to heat the water hence insulating your pipes is very effective. Further, using the right faucet accessories such as aerators are high-performing, water-efficient fixtures that will help save water, energy and money. Ensure that every product for plumbing used will meet the criteria for efficiency and performance on saving water and still provides adequate flow.

With the right plumbing solution, it will help homeowners reduce energy consumption, save water, and create a healthier home. This final benefit is as important for your family’s health and that of the environment. By filtering the water coming into your home, you get healthier drinking water, eliminate the toxins in the water you bathe in, extend the life of the clothes you wash, and protect the environment by reducing the toxicity of the wastewater that leaves your home through your drains. Lastly, reducing water usage is not just good for the environment, it helps save you money on your water bill too.

For more tips on plumbing, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Professional Plumbers Provide Customer with Quality Craftmanship

Darren Kincaid - Friday, May 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Plumbing requires extensive training and focus in order to properly protect one’s home. Many residents have learned the hard way that self-helping plumbing issues end of in a costly disaster. What may seem like a minor problem can graduate to a major problem in no time at all.

Trusting the professional plumbing team here at Chesapeake’s Central Plumbing and Heating gives an enormous advantage since we provide a detailed and thorough diagnostic analysis that includes an explanation of all the fixtures and hidden pipes. This service is greatly beneficial to help the residents in determining the cause of any problem they will encounter later. A qualified plumber will maintain this report in their records and refer to them whenever they are contacted for any repair. All plumbing problems need an expert to work on them as the water system lines are complexly arranged. Like a leaky pipeline, for example, a professional plumber will not only help homeowners save the time and efforts they will need to put into these repairs but also give the most efficient maintenance.

Moreover, it is recommended to hire an expert for all your plumbing issues as they will be able to work around the delicately installed pipelines and faucets ensuring no structural damage. You are assured that these problems are fixed to last for the longest duration and do not appear again after a few days. A plumber will also guide you if you have a deteriorating water pipes network that needs replacement such recommendations to save you from sudden malfunctions and extra costs. It is because plumbers are always updated with the latest parts and products in the market as such they will help you in finding the most advanced fixtures to relieve you from any plumbing issues in the near future.

For more tips on plumbing services, contact Central Plumbing and Heating.

Chronic Clogged Pipe Calls For A Professional Plumber

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, April 30, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

logged pipes will not just cause water to pool on your tub, but much worse, it will also increase the water pressure internally. This will lead pipes to crack or even burst. You need to tap a certified plumber when you encounter the following issues:

  • When drains are significantly blocked. Pipes tend to reverse and overflow when drain pipes are clogged. Water will leak through holes in caulking, pipe threads, and finally penetrates your home. Blockage in the tub will result in water damage in rooms beneath the bathroom.
  • When there's a significant water seepage that can cause premature wear and tear of the walls and disintegrates wood. Know that this also provides a favorable environment for mold growth. In addition, it can invite pesky insects that are damaging to the home structure.
  • When overflow channels of your tub or sink fail. Some cheap sinks and tubs can be worn out easily and cause permanent water damage that are not noticeable until the defect becomes worst-case.

Although homeowners can use a plunger to deal with simple blockages, a persistent clog that can't be cleared by a simple plunger may need the help of a certified plumber. If you are living near Chesapeake, VA and you encountered a complex plumbing issue, don't hesitate to contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Tips on Hot Water System Maintenance and Repairs

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Your water heating system, if not properly maintained, will eventually deteriorate and breakdown much sooner than average. Fortunately, water heater maintenance can help keep the system working efficiently and extends its life as well.

Gas water heaters has an average life of 8-12 years, whereas electric heaters can last up to 15 years. This greatly depends on the frequency of use and whether the device's upkeep is regularly carried out.

The following are tips on how to tend your water heating system and situations when to call for a professional help.

Flush The Tank

You must flush the tank at least once or twice a year. The water is heated inside the tank before it reaches the shower and faucets. It serves as a storage of gallons of water in which sediments can also remain and accumulate.

When you flush the tank, turn off first the power source and water supply. Insert a hose until it reaches the drain valve and position the other end to an area where you can safely drain the hot water.

To start the water flow out of the tank, open the pressure and drain valves. Connect back the water source to the heating system again when the tank is totally empty. You may now turn on the hot water faucet and wait until the water starts to flow. Turn on the water heater after the water starts to flow out from the faucet.

Check The Pressure Valve

Your water heating system’s pressure valve is an essential component of water heater maintenance.

Checking the valve is easy, however it may also considered dangerous as you will be handling a scalding hot water. Make sure to be careful when you perform your inspection, but you can hire a professional plumber to do the inspection for you which is ideal and more safe.

Begin the inspection process by putting off the power source to the system. (If you are using a gas system, switch off the gas, as this will shutdown the system’s pilot light.) Then, put off the cold water inlet that is going to the system.

Place a huge bucket beneath the pressure relief valve. This bucket will serve as a container for the water that leaves the system. Release the trip valve and let it be filled with 1 to 2 cups of water.

Listen for a flow of air coming out of the system together with some water and vapor. If you don't notice it, you might need to replace the pressure valve.

Change The Anode Rods

Anode rods help minimize corrosion within your tank.

If the system’s tank is empty while the power has been cut off from the system, it requires replacing. A certified plumber can easily perform this task.

Corroded anodes in the system can accelerate the tank’s decay and can be unsafe to everybody in the house if it leads the system to breakdown while being used.

Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc is expert in hot water systems maintenance and repairs. Contact us to schedule a hot water system maintenance and servicing.

Zoning HVAC System Improves Home Comfort and Energy Efficiency

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Chesapeake, VA

Comfort and energy efficiency are the two primary consideration when heating or cooling your home. A zoning HVAC system can help improve your forced air HVAC system's performance to achieve both benefits.

Zoning HVAC system process includes the installation of ventilation duct dampers and a main control board with various thermostat setting to regulate the temperature of each zone.

How Zoning System Works?

Fundamentally, zoning system split up the house into different temperature zones that can calibrated individually.

It’s a simple concept but requires a certified HVAC professional to evaluate the existing system structure you have in your home as well as the comfort issues and needs in order to engineer a zoning system that will deliver maximum comfort and energy efficiency.

Zoning System enables you to provide more heat or cool to areas of the home that further needs it. For instance, the room that is facing the sunlight at daytime requires more cooling, the zoning system lets you cool this room without forcing the AC to work harder just to keep the sections of the house cool at the same temperature.

Usually, people tend to close the air vents off in rooms that are not used or a spot that is getting overly warm or cold in contrast to other section of the home. When you close the vent ducts, it will result to back flow and air pressure issues within the HVAC system. This strain will have negative effects to the life span of your heat pump or AC.

Conversely, zoning system lets you set the temperature in each section of your house separately. The dampers are installed in the appropriate spots of the ventilation system as to where it will not cause a back flow issue. Furthermore, the main control panel will control the dampers whenever you need them so you don’t have to close the ventilation ducts.

Zoning HVAC system will no longer let you sacrifice comfort just to achieve a lower energy cost. With zoning system, you can control the temperature of each room and make it comfortable while maximizing your energy savings.

For more information about Zoning HVAC system, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Compromised Indoor Air Quality Could Worsen Covid-19

Darren Kincaid - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Chesapeake, VA

High air pollution aggravates the symptoms of patients with asthma, related respiratory disease, and yes, even COVID-19. The current “pollution” threat for the next few weeks is pollen. Thus, it is important that homeowners should take prudent action to maximize indoor air quality.

Poor quality indoor air can cause the worst of respiratory conditions, pneumonia. Most COVID-19 patients die from this complication. It has been observed that the fatalities are usually older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. However, even without a pandemic, higher rates of lung disease including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been linked to living with air pollution. During the 2003 SARS epidemic, researchers observed a correlation between low air quality and regions with high fatalities.

Compromised indoor air quality can trigger lung diseases and it can worsen existing health conditions. Let's protect our family members who are susceptible to severe cases of COVID-19 and other serious lung diseases. If you need a professional solution to improve the indoor air quality of your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality in Spring

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, February 29, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Spring is almost here! We all love the idea of warmer weather and blooming flowers. On the other hand, the start of allergy season is a matter of serious concern among folks that suffer from sniffles and wheezes all due to pollens and other allergens. Bear in mind that a compromised indoor air quality can also trigger this condition.

In order to help those who are suffering from chronic allergies get through the spring season, we provide ways to improve your indoor air quality:

  • Take a bath – Pollen and other allergens may adhere to skin, hair, and clothing. Bathe daily especially when you arrive home from outside and place used clothes in the laundry right away. Doing this will mitigate the chances of contaminants being released into the air inside your home.
  • Have a filtration system for your ductwork – Although ducts have built-in filters, reinforcing your ductwork with additional high quality filters and an air cleaning system can prevent harmful particles from penetrating your home through the HVAC system.
  • Clean filters regularly – Routine cleaning of the AC filters is important especially for households with members who are suffering from chronic allergies. It is recommended to clean the filters at least once every 2 months during the pollen season. While once every 6 months can suffice for other times of the year.
  • Keep your home clean – Spring cleaning must be done frequently to get rid of dust, dander, pollen, and other contaminants inside your home. Do deep cleanings at least once a week. Replace curtains, change bed linens, and vacuum carpets weekly to eliminate contaminants affecting indoor air quality.
  • Clean ducts before spring arrives – Have the ductwork cleaned prior allergy season to reduce pollutants to hurl into your home. This will clear dirt buildup in them, which may include mold and mildew, rodent droppings, and other similar contaminants.

If you need professional solution to improve the indoor air quality of your home, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We can help you mitigate pollutants inside your home.

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Furnace System Performing at Its Best

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, February 15, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

This blog post is offered as a public service to remind all of you that your HVAC system needs regular and recurring maintenance to prolong the life and the performance of your systems. We know for a fact that HVAC systems are the most neglected of the homeowner’s major support systems. We hope that you wisely turn to the professionals like us here at Central Plumbing and Heating to guarantee that you secure proper maintenance and maximize the lifespan of your systems. But if you choose to go it alone, the following are furnace maintenance tips that will help you maximize the performance of your heating system throughout winter.

1. Hire a professional tune-up - Again, always your best choice. Schedule a professional tune-up bi-annually. Certified technicians will check the unit for any operational issues and will carry out the upkeep procedure such as cleaning in order to prevent it from malfunctioning in the future, improve its efficiency and ensure that the system is operating safely.

2. Clean the Filters Regularly - A dirty filter is a usual cause of issues and efficiency problems.

The filter must be checked, cleaned or changed monthly.

3. Test the CO detectors - CO detector serves as a warning device that detects a carbon monoxide leak which can be life-threatening. CO detectors must be tested to ensure they are working properly. Also, make sure that the batteries are new during the heating season.

4. Let air registers breathe - The furnace may find it difficult to heat your home evenly when any of the air registers are blocked off. Make sure they are open and remove any obstructions.

5. Inspect the pilot light in older furnaces - Make sure an older furnace with a pilot light is burning bright blue. In case you notice a different color, it indicates inefficient burning and you may need to contact your trusted HVAC technician to check the issue.

6. Outdoor exhaust pipes must be blocked - Gas furnaces that are highly efficient have exhaust pipes that lead outside the home and close the ground. In order to ensure it operates safely and efficiently, make sure pipes are not blocked.

7. Keep the area around the system clear - Clear the area around the furnace so it is easy to access during inspection, maintenance or repairs.

For more furnace maintenance tips, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.


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