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Help, I Hear Water Running, But Don’t Know Where!

If you are laying in bed and everything is quiet except for a gentle breeze blowing through the trees outside, this is good. If you are laying in bed and everything is quiet, then you hear the sound of water running and no one is using water, this is not good.   How to find a leak The first thing you would want to check yourself, before calling a Sarasota plumber to find your leak, is to check and make sure that none of your toilets are running.  This will save you money. A common cause of the toilet … [Read More]

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Beware, Pig in a Poke, Know What You are Buying!

Pig in a poke, what does that mean?  When I was growing up, it was a common expression referring to not being taken when one was buying something. Today, people are still buying houses that have been vacant and foreclosed on.  They do this do make money.  However, beware of what you want to buy.  Some of the people that fix up a home for resale, only give the house a cosmetic face lift.  So the house you are looking at may have newly painted walls, new flooring, new cabinets, plumbing fixtures,  appliances and mirrors. This all may look … [Read More]

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Septic Systems, An Ounce of Prevention.

An ounce prevention is worth a ton of cure!  Committing a little attention to the care of your system can help to avoid the nightmare of a failing system.  Assuming that your septic system was properly located, designed and installed according to state codes, you are now in the driver’s seat for the care of your system. DO’s: Conserve water to reduce the amount of wastewater that must be treated and disposed of by your system.  Doing laundry over several days will put less stress on your system. Repair any leaking faucets or toilets.  To detect toilet leaks, add … [Read More]

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Snake Stuck In Tub Drain.

It is Thursday evening at your house. You may of lived there over twenty years. You go in the bathroom to take a shower after a hard day at work and everything is normal. Then your spouse goes in to take a shower and you hear them yell that the tub is not draining. Well it worked for you, so certainly your spouse is doing something wrong. Low and behold your spouse was right! The tub is stopped up. Your thinking I can fix this. Why pay a Plumber? Tomorrow, you will just go get a snake and unstop … [Read More]

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Horse Burial “We Care”

LOVE HORSES I find most people love animals.  It really doesn’t matter what kind of animal.  Just yesterday I saw a teenage girl walking her Llamas’ down a paved road.  Of course I slowed my plumbing truck way down,  as to not frighten the animals,  and it just so happened that I had my window down.  The girl thanked me for slowing down.  I got to look at her animals closely and they looked at me.  You could just see their personality shine through their eyes. Most people who own horses, love them.  They are like a second child.  … [Read More]

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Toilet Paper Should Be My Choice, Not My Toilets!

Soft, thick toilet paper, ahh.  Everyone would rather have the softest toilet tissue to use.  But a lot of people can’t use the toilet paper of their choice, because  their toilet won’t flush it down or it stops it up. Toilet paper has been around a long time.  China had it centuries before Europe in 589 AD.  In 1393, an official of the Ming Dynasty recorded that 720,000 sheets of toilet paper were produced for the Imperial Court. Different cultures use different methods for cleaning.  Japan used a special wooden stick called a chugi. Chugi’s were narrow sticks of … [Read More]

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Why is Mold Growing in My Shower?

Black mold in  a shower is something plumbers see more than they want to.  We see it in kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets and laundry rooms.  Usually the mold that is in the cabinets is from a leak that has gone undetected for a period of time.   The mold that grows in showers is sometimes caused by the bathroom not being properly ventilated.  Make sure you have proper ventilation and use a dehumidifier. Molds are fungi.  No one knows how many species of fungi exists, but the CDC estimates tens of thousands to perhaps even three hundred thousand species exists. … [Read More]

My House Main Water Valve Won’t Turn Off.

My house main water valve won’t turn off and I have a flood.  Many a plumber has heard that before.  Wimpy’s Plumbing & Air makes sure that  all of our customers know where to find their house main water valve to their home and that the house main water valve works properly. Exercising the main house water valve from time to time is a great way to not only make sure that it is working, but to ingrain into the brain where it is located. During an emergency, such as a flood, is no time to try to explain … [Read More]

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Mom’s Know Plumbing, More than You Think.

As a local Plumbing Contractor in the Sarasota, Bradenton area for the last forty years, it still amazes me how well educated, moms, house wifes and women in general are, when it comes to their plumbing systems at home.  Mom’s know plumbing, more than you think! Mom’s can tell you more about strange noises in their plumbing system or whether the drain is draining like it should.  They can tell their plumber if the pressure seems low in the shower or the sink.  Mom’s can tell their plumber if a stain in the cabinet is getting bigger or that … [Read More]

A Plumber With Experience!

When people in Sarasota call a plumber, it is usually because they have a plumbing problem and don’t know how to fix it.  They want to rely on a professional plumber to do the job right.  They want a plumber with experience! Customers don’t call and say, send me a helper to fix my plumbing, they want a plumber with experience!  After all, if your going to pay for a plumber, have them send you a man who at least holds a journey man’s plumbing license.  This license means they know the theory of plumbing, how waste and vent … [Read More]