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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.

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.

How To Ensure A Heat Pump's Maximum Performance

Darren Kincaid - Friday, January 31, 2020
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Your heat pump is an integral component of your heating system. It makes perfect fiscal sense to employ a periodic maintenance plan to ensure the system works optimally. We specialize in providing our clients with periodic maintenance services for their heat pumps. But if you are willing and able to self-help your heat pump maintenance, here are the steps for you to take

  • Air filters must be checked on a monthly basis. It should be thoroughly clean and replaced.
  • Outdoor units must be clear from debris, snow, and ice in the top, sides, bottom and around it.
  • Outdoor coils must be kept clean. Use a degreaser and a hose to remove the dirt between the coils. Make sure to turn off the unit when you do this.
  • To ensure proper airflow and servicing, shrubs must be pruned at least 18 inches from around the unit.
  • Indoor condensate pan and must be flushed and drained in Spring prior to using an AC. This is very important especially when the unit is above or in finished living space. This should be done by a certified HVAC technician.
  • Some units require fan motors to be oiled yearly.
  • Your heat pump must be checked by a professional HVAC technician at least annually.

Some these steps require you to know what you are doing. Coils are sensitive and you can easily damage them if you are not careful. Of course we recommend that you leave this to a professional. When you need trusted certified HVAC technicians in Chesapeake to perform heat pump inspection and repair, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

Hot Tub Gas Line Installation Services

Darren Kincaid - Friday, August 16, 2019
Central Plumbing and Heating in Chesapeake, VA

Central Plumbing and Heating’s hot tub gas line service provides efficient and affordable heating solutions across Chesapeake and the greater Tidewater Virginia area. It is the hot tub heating solution of choice. Just so you know, it works by burning natural gas within a combustion chamber. The solution employs copper coils that are heated and transfer heat directly to the water.

Homeowners prefer gas heating for their hot tubs because it heats water fast and cost efficiently. Natural gas-fueled hot tubs demand less energy because it quickly heats up the pool requiring much less run time than electrical heating systems. Natural gas heating will save you significant money on energy cost over the long term.

If you need professional plumbing service who will properly install pool heater gas line, contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc. Rest assured we provide best services efficiently and professionally. Call us today so we can start your hot tub or pool gas line installation right away.

What is Involved in an Air Conditioning System Tune-Up?

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Central Plumbing and Heating, Chesapeake, VA

Your home air-conditioning system will be working hard this summer. AC technicians highly recommend having getting regular HVAC service in Chesapeake, VA so you wont run into any issues when heat peaks. It gets very uncomfortable when your cooling system quits when your need it the most.

Often, homeowners wonder what is involved in an air-conditioning tune-up, and if it is really necessary. Here are the things that should be included when you choose a reputable heating and cooling company:

  1. Comprehensive cleaning of condenser coils to increase the efficiency of your unit.
  2. Evaluation of the refrigerant level to ensure it is operating optimally.
  3. Full thermostat calibration to verify optimum performance.
  4. Electric Component Inspection to ensure safe system operation.
  5. Ductwork check-up for possible energy loss
  6. Verify blower motor performance and make sure blower belt is in top condition.

These standard checks should be done properly to maximize the efficiency and performance of your central cooling system. Contact Central Plumbing and Heating, Inc for thorough HVAC inspection and servicing.


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