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Carbon Monoxide – A Toxic Relationship

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…

And Carbon Monoxide is the leading cause of unintentional

poisoning deaths in the United States.

We’re plumbers, not poets…

But Valentine’s Day is as good a day as any to remind you, our beloved customers, how to protect yourself and your loved ones against Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Over 400 people in the U.S. die each year and as many as 50,000 people visit emergency rooms across the U.S. with 4,000 of them hospitalized… all due to accidental CO poisoning (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Most of these incidents occur in the winter, often by malfunctioning heating systems. And they CAN be prevented.

Here’s how:

Remember – CO is known as the “invisible killer”. It is odorless, tasteless, and colorless.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following prevention measures:

  • Have your home’s furnace, water heater, and any other gas or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Have working CO detectors in your home, especially near sleeping areas.
  • Take a portable CO detector with you when traveling.
  • Make sure your home’s dryer, furnace, and fireplace are properly vented. The same is important for car tailpipes, that can become clogged with snow.
  • Don’t start the car to warm it in a closed space, or leave it running in the garage, even if the door is open.
  • If your car has a keyless ignition, double-check that you have turned the engine off.
  • If your electricity is out, do NOT use the gas stove, a charcoal grill, or a fuel-powered space heater to warm the area. Keep gas-powered generators or engines at least 20 feet away from the house.

The U.S. Fire Administration put together a list of common carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, which are often mistakenly believed to be the flu.

Low to moderate-level symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

High-level symptoms:

  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of muscular coordination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Death

This valentine’s day, protect your loved ones safe by keeping this toxic gas out of your home.

Preventative maintenance allows a trusted, licensed Warrior plumber to identify any issues before the worst occurs.

Contact Warrior Plumbing and Heating at 443-967-3736 to schedule this critical service today.

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New Year, New Home Resolutions

Happy New Year! If you’re like over half of Americans, you’ve likely already started slacking on your New Year’s Resolutions. But don’t beat yourself up over it…

Because you know what’s easier than giving up Gluten? Or training for a marathon? Or not cursing in front of the kids when you give in and let them make slime at your kitchen table?

Deflecting! Take that unnecessary pressure off of yourself and instead, focus on that home of yours. You know the one with the 15 year old boiler? Or the constant running toilet? Or the sump pump that fails over half the time? Or that bathroom right out of the early 90’s? The one adorning more brushed gold and mauve than your local thrift store.

We have put together a list of five resolutions for your home to start the new year off strong.

# 1 Keep your loved ones safe… Focus on your water heater and boiler

The only time we tend to think about our water heater is when our shower never warms up or water starts to leak out from the utility closet. With freezing temperatures and the ground temperature plummeting, the water entering your home becomes colder. This means that your water heater needs to work harder than usual. With this increased activity, underlying issues can emerge. Faulty parts, sediment build up, or a bad winter storm can wreak havoc on your home’s water heater. Your home’s water heater should be flushed out yearly to avoid build up and prevent damage.

Boilers protect your family from the winter elements and are needed to keep everything within your house at a temperature that it can function properly. But like anything, boilers can fail at the most inopportune moments due to faulty parts, pumps, or electrical components. Tragically, every year, there are injuries and deaths caused by boilers. These can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, or explosion. Boilers should be serviced on an annual basis to ensure they are safe and working at optimum efficiency.

A licensed Warrior plumber will be able to assess your home’s water heater and boiler for faults and ensure they are working properly.

# 2 Ensure your sump pump is in working condition

Maryland winters can beat up our homes with rain, ice, and snow. Flooding can become quite a problem during the winter, especially in the more vulnerable areas of your home like basements and crawlspaces. A sump pump is only activated when it is needed and is meant to pump water out of these vulnerable areas, away from your home, to avoid flooding.

Just like any other system in your home, your sump pump can develop faults. Unlike these other systems, though, it is often not obvious that your sump pump isn’t working properly until it is too late. If you have a sump pump, test it before winter storms arrive. First, be sure it has power and is turned on. Then, pour a bucket of water into it. The pump should turn on and begin to process the water, but you can shut it off and remove the water once you’re sure it’s working properly. Your sump pump should be inspected regularly to ensure it works properly when it’s needed most. Preventative sump pump maintenance allows a trusted, licensed, Warrior plumber to identify any issues before they cause any costly damage to your home.

# 3 Cut down on your water usage

Not everyone may be motivated to save the planet and conserve water, but it’s safe to presume that everyone cares about saving money. Everywhere we turn we find strong arguments and advocacy for saving as much water as we can — to conserve rather than waste. We use it without thinking, and may not realize how much of the finite resource gets used each day and how quickly a small, dripping leak in our faucet turns into a multi-gallon accumulation on our water bill.

It’s easy to scale back on how much water you use on a daily basis. Even simple adjustments such as fixing a leaky faucet or turning the water off when brushing your teeth can save as many as 3,000 gallons of water a year. You’ll start saving the planet while also saving your bank account.

# 4 Make 2020 the year you tackle the long overdue bathroom and kitchen remodel

Are you tired of not having enough counter or cabinet space? Is your tile, flooring, cabinets, or fixtures in need of an upgrade?

Warrior is known for its plumbing and heating expertise but did you know it also has decades of construction experience? With our MD Contractors License, we can manage your home improvement project start to finish, top to bottom, inside and out.

The price tag of a renovation project can certainly limit us from moving forward with our renovation plans. How can you ensure that it is the right investment for you and your home? Putting money back into your home nearly always pays off… especially when you focus on the bathrooms and kitchens. You’ll not only enjoy your new gorgeous 21st century bathroom with more storage and perfect lighting…you’ll also see that it appraises higher when you go to sell or refinance it. While every home owner should ensure that their first priority is making their home significantly sound with routine maintenance, bathroom and kitchen remodels are investments that can add to the value of a home.

# 5 Find a trusted plumber to help you tackle these resolutions

Find a trusted, licensed plumber that can help when it’s needed the most. Warrior Plumbing and Heating is a veteran, family owned and operated business serving the greater Baltimore area. We are 5th generation plumbers (and soon to be 6th) where we strive to serve each of our customers as if they were family. We are there for you 24/7 for any plumbing and heating needs. Just give us a call at 443-967-3736.

Don’t Be Like Cousin Eddie

Don’t be like Cousin Eddie…

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If your home could talk, or if it had opposable thumbs and could write a holiday wish list, below is what it would ask you to have handy, even if you aren’t. 🛠️

  1. Flashlight – because you can’t fix what you can’t see.
  2. Pliers – tighten/loosen with two pairs with pressure going in opposite directions to ensure you don’t snap the pipe or fixture.
  3. Multiuse Screwdriver – big, small, flat, and Phillips.
  4. Garbage disposal key – help loosen jammed objects that sneak in your disposal and cause backups when you can’t run it. Check out our amazing plumber in training, Beckett (age 6) show you exactly how to do this to save you both time and money.
  5. WD-40 – A life saver on those hard to move or older fixtures.
  6. Plunger – because happens!
  7. Adjustable wrench – different size problems call for different size wrenches, so get an adjustable to be safe.
  8.  Basin wrench – this tool can easily grip to loosen and tighten nuts and bolts on piping in hard to reach areas like under your sinks.
  9. Plumbers tape – sometimes you need a tighter seal on pipes in your home. Seal threaded pipes with ease and ensure they won’t leak on you. This tape comes in handy for shower head and water line fixes.
  10. Auger – sometimes a plunger won’t get the job done so if you feel up to it an auger can be a helpful tool.

Otherwise call your trusted Warrior plumber 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.

Baltimore Pipe Leak

The 4 most crucial areas of your home to focus on NOW… before Winter arrives

Winter is coming! No, we are not talking about the white walkers, but rather our unpredictable, brutal Maryland winters. To prepare your home for the season, we have put together this quick guide to winterizing your home.

With some preparation and a plan in place, you can endure this winter season feeling better than you did after watching the finale of Game of Thrones.

Winterizing your home’s plumbing and heating system is a crucial process that prepares your home for inevitable winter weather. With freezing temperatures and snowfall, your home is much more susceptible to damage.

1) Water Heaters

With freezing temperatures and the ground temperature plummeting, the water entering your home becomes colder. This means that your water heater needs to work harder than usual. This is also the time of year when we Marylanders want to pump more hot water into our sinks, tubs, and showers to stay warm. With this increased activity, underlying issues can emerge. Faulty parts, sediment build up, or a bad winter storm can wreak havoc on your home’s water heater.

If you have a gas water heater, it’s important to keep an eye on the pilot, thermocouple, and pilot control valve. In electric water heaters, it’s important to inspect the thermostat and heating elements. A licensed Warrior plumber will be able to assess these parts for faults and ensure they are working properly.

Sediment and other minerals tend to build up on the bottom of water heaters. This causes your water heater to utilize more energy and lose efficiency over time. Your home’s water heater should be flushed out regularly to avoid build up and prevent damage.

2) Sump Pumps

Maryland winters can beat up our homes with rain, ice, and snow. Flooding can become quite a problem during the winter, especially in the more vulnerable areas of your home like basements and crawlspaces. A sump pump is only activated when it is needed and is meant to pump water out of these vulnerable areas, away from your home, to avoid flooding.

Just like any other system in your home, your sump pump can develop faults. Unlike these other systems, though, it is often not obvious that your sump pump isn’t working properly until it is too late. Preventative sump pump maintenance allows your trusted, licensed, Warrior plumber to identify any issues before they cause any costly damage to your home. Your sump pump should be inspected regularly to ensure it works properly when it’s needed most.

3) Boilers

Boilers are like the motor of your home. They not only protect your family from the winter elements, they are needed to keep everything within your house at a temperature that it can function properly. But like anything, boilers can fail at the most inopportune moments due to faulty parts, pumps, or electrical components. Just like your vehicle, boilers should be serviced on an annual basis to ensure they are working at optimum efficiency and properly heating your home.

4) Outside Pipes and Faucets

 It is imperative to winterize your home’s outdoor faucets, pipes, and plumbing well before the first freeze. Ice can form in water supply pipes within your homes walls that lead to exposed outdoor faucets, once temperatures drop below 30 degrees. Water damage from frozen pipes and extend far into the home causing costly, sometimes even catastrophic damage.  (add photo of burst pipe damage)

 A Warrior plumber can ensure that all of your outside faucets are drained of water, disconnected, turned off, and insulated to protect your pipes and faucets from unnecessary damage.

This winter, Warrior Plumbing and Heating has bundled up our most popular (and most crucial) cold weather services to save you hundreds of dollars in preparing your home for the winter season. We are offering water heater* inspections, sump pump inspections, boiler* services, AND outdoor faucet winterizing for a bundled up low price of just $300. Typically, these services cost upwards of $500 – $600.

Keep in mind, this offer ends January 1st. Call 443-967-3736 to bundle up and save when winterizing your home this year.

*Bundle excludes high-efficiency water heaters & boilers. We’d be happy to give you a fair price on a high-efficiency bundle Please give us a call.

Water Heater Installation and Repair in Baltimore

Water Heater Savings

Water Heater repair and installation in BaltimoreThe only time we tend to think about our water heater is when our shower never warms up or water starts to leak out from the utility closet. An important water heater issue to consider is its efficiency which can impact your monthly utility bill significantly.

 

Did You Know?

  • The average US home uses 64 gallons of water daily

  • Gas water heaters can heat water up to twice as fast as electric

  • Water heaters account for between 12% and 20% of your utility bill

 


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Water Heater Tips

 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your water heater is the second-largest (Heating/Air Conditioning is the first) expense in your home. Depending on the type of water heater 12 to 18 percent of your Gas or Electric bill is for hot water.  The average American household utilizes 64 gallons of water per day If you have a teen (or teens) your usage could be double that figure.  At the 64 gallon average, the average home will spend between $400 – 600 on water heating per year. This might not seem like much to some but if you can reduce that cost. (See the energy.gov water heater article)

The U.S. Department of Energy provides several useful tips to save on your home’s water
heating –

  • Turn down the water heater thermostat. Often, hot water heaters come set at 140 degrees. 120 is often a good setting for many households.
  • Shorten the shower. A long hot shower can be a relaxing but can be expensive if every night. Think about limiting
    your bathing time save the long showers for special ocassions .
  • The most efficient way to shower is to do a quick rinse then turn the water off while you soap up. Only turn the water back on when you’re ready to rinse.
  • Replace full-flow with low-flow faucets and showerheads. The fewer gallons you use the lower your utility bill will be.
  • Look at your other appliances which use hot water. Use the hot water settings as needed not as the default. Also, if you have had them for 10 years seriously consider replacing them with new more efficient models.
  • If you didn’t know, using a fully loaded dishwasher is more efficient than hand washing.
  • Leaky faucets add up. A leak as small as one drip per second can add $1.00 to your monthly utility bill.
  • Wrap your hater heater with insulatation. This is an inexpensive option helps your hot water better retain its heat. This uses less energy and reduces your electric or gas bill.
  • The right fit. For storage water heaters make sure you are using the correct tank size for your needs. You need your water heater tank to be large enough to handle the busiest hot water usage time in your household, but not too large or you will be  wasting energy heating water you don’t normally need. Warrior Plumbing and Heating can help calculate how many gallons you need in an hour, and find the model with a matching first-hour rating.
  • Old water heaters need to be upgraded. The efficiency of home appliances is constantly improving, so if you have a water heater that is more than 10 years old you REALLY need to start shopping for a new model. And make sure you are investing in a model with the “Energy Star” rating label.

 


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Time for a New Water Heater?

Here are 5 signs that it’s time!

 

  1. AGE: Most water heaters begin to have problems when they’ve been in regular use for 8 to 10 years.
  2. RUST: Is your hot water less than clear? Or is rust visible on the storage tank or pipe connections?
  3. NOISE: Water Heaters should be relatively noiseless. If you notice rumbling noises increasing in volume it’s time to start shopping.
  4. LEAKS: It pays to pay regular attention to your water heater. Catching a small leak can save you thousands of dollars in property damage.
  5. TEMPERATURE: If your Hot Water is becoming noticeably cooler it may be in need of a new thermostat. If your heater is less than 7 years old that may be a good direction to go but if it’s older than 8 years odds are that more issues will start and you’ll be better off finding a replacement.

Let’s look at some comparisions between common Water Heater types.

 

Standard Storage Water Heater

This is the most common water heater. It consists of a large storage tank filled with water being kept warmed to a set temperature by either gas or electricity.

Cost: $ (low)

Life Expectancy: 10-15 Years

Pros: Lower Purchase Cost

Cons: Standby heat loss -Energy can be wasted as the water stored in the tank is heated to a set temperature, adding to operating cost.

Improvements: Insulation added to the storage tank can reduce heat loss and lower operating costs.


Tankless Water Heater

These are much smaller than storage tanks and mounted to the wall. They heat the water only on demand so there is no tank full of water that is being kept warm 24/7. Tankless water heaters do have limitations and depending on the size of the home and the locations were hot water is required you may need to install multiple units.

Cost: $$

Life Expectancy: 20+ years

Pros: Provides a constant supply of hot water and is 20 – 50% more energy-efficient than storage water heaters, saving a minimum of $ 100 per year.

Cons: A limited flow-rate of hot water can stretch a tankless water heater to its limits. Sometimes the energy savings do not justify the cost of purchase and installation

Optimization: For homes with larger hot water needs additional tankless water heaters can be installed in parallel or with separate connections balancing the hot water load.


Heat Pump 

(Not recommended for colder climates) These water heaters use a combination of electricity and warm air or warmth from the ground. In warm climates, this type of ‘hybrid’ water heater can reduce energy usage of up to 60%. Upfront costs are greater and these can require more space.

Cost: $$

Life Expectancy: 10-15 Years

Pros: 2-3 times more energy-efficient than a standard storage water heater and lower operating costs saving almost $300 per year

 


Solar

Cost: $$$  life Expectancy: 20 Years

Pros: 50% more efficient than gas or electric water heaters

Cons: May require a backup system to handle cloudy days and times of high demand

Optimization: Adding an insulated storage tank that can be installed along with the system.

 


Tankless Coil and Indirect

These water heating systems leverage the heat from a home’s furnace or boiler. The Tankless version uses a heat exchanger to warm cold water on demand. For this to be an effective system the furnace or boiler needs to on throughout the year and therefore only works in cold climates. The Indirect heating system adds a storage tank containing the heat exchanger (from the furnace or boiler). These can be more efficient but still only work best in cold climates.

Cost: $$

Life Expectancy: 10-11 Years

Pros: Lower installation cost

Cons: Inefficient choice for many homes as these work best in warmer climates


Is your Water Heater costing you more money than it should be? Is it heating efficiently? If you are having any issues with your Water Heater or if you’d like us to give it a quick inspection Contact Us. We can service and repair any water heater and also assist with the purchase of a new one.

Contact Warrior Plumbing, Baltimore’s Water Heater Professionals! 

Plumbing Inspections Matter

Plumbing Inspections

Imagine all the various products you use throughout your life. Can you think of one that does not require some sort of regular care or maintenance? From our cars to our appliances even our clothing, all of these require regular care. Without proper care, we will not enjoy optimal performance or lifespan and we may also increase our risk of financial burden or even physical harm. Many aspects of our homes also require maintenance and plumbing is one of the important ones.

 

What’s the Big Deal?

While a Plumbing Inspection may not be high on your list of to-do’s (or even on it) in our often busy lives, a routine inspection can save you time, money, and stress over the long-term.  Routine plumbing inspections can alert you to potential issues that can be addressed early on so that they do not become large (expensive) plumbing emergencies in the future.

Small can become LARGE

Small plumbing problems often go unnoticed or ignored until they become large plumbing emergencies. Some of the signs of common plumbing problems may include: Faucets or toilets that are not working as they should, drastic increases in your water bill, and hot water that does not last as long as it used to or is taking a long time to recharge.

Warrior Plumbing and Heating provides 24/7 services for all of your plumbing emergencies but we want to be there for you and your family to prevent these emergencies BEFORE they occur. We are here to help you maintain the health and efficiency of your home’s plumbing system through a comprehensive inspection.

While the most critical time to have your plumbing system inspected is prior to purchasing a new home, we also highly recommend a yearly inspection. If you have an older home or have large trees on your property (roots can damage or clog pipes and sewer lines) regular inspections are a very good idea.

 

24/7 Emergency Service: 443-967-3736

 

5 Reasons to have a plumbing inspection

1. So that you can know the age and expected lifespan of your pipes and plumbing components. This will allow you to plan for any restoration as needed to minimize mold, water damage, and prevent any future leaks or harmful chemicals from entering into your drinking water.

2. The ability to maintain your home’s value – the condition of your home’s plumbing system plays a big role when valuing property. Having proof that your pipes are well-maintained allows you to negotiate a better price when selling.

3. The opportunity to optimize the lifespan of your plumbing system – any faults in the system will put a strain on the various components of your home’s plumbing and can shorten their lifespan. Keeping them free from faults makes them last longer and keeps money in your wallet.

4. The reduction of risk for plumbing emergencies. Spotting hidden issues before they turn into major emergencies keeps you and your family safe, your home secure and reduces the chance of a large restoration bill.

5. The opportunity to save money by repairing minor leaks before they worsen.

What is a Plumbing Inspection?

During an inspection, our plumbers will examine the following components of your home’s plumbing system to check for any leaks, drainage problems, corrosion, cracks, clogs or other issues.

  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Showers and tubs
  • Supply lines
  • Drains
  • Piping
  • Garbage disposal lines and unit
  • Dishwasher
  • Water heater
  • Washing machine hoses and lines

 

Once our plumbers have completed their inspection, we will provide you with a summary of our findings and discuss possible recommendations to maintain your home’s plumbing system.

To ensure that you and your family are safe from unexpected plumbing emergencies, CONTACT Warrior Plumbing and Heating today to schedule an inspection.

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Get the Lead Out!

If you are living in a property built before 1978 you may be in danger.

“Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem.” CDC.gov

 

Sadly, too many families in Maryland are forced to choose between a home that is affordable and one that is healthy. At Warrior Plumbing and Heating, we believe that a home should be both. As of May 2019, Warrior Plumbing and Heating is certified through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct lead-based paint renovation and repair for a healthy home at an affordable price.

What is LEAD?

According to the EPA, Lead is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust. Lead’s density and ability to absorb vibration protects against harmful radiation. Despite this benefit, Lead can be highly toxic to humans and animals. Lead can be found both inside and outside of the home as deteriorated lead-paint can mix with household dust and soil.

Why is it DANGEROUS?

The toxic nature of lead can cause a range of health problems. Young children are especially vulnerable as their growing bodies are more sensitive to lead’s damaging effects. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs. Lead may also cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness, and irritability. For children, there may be no symptoms at all.

What can be DONE about it?

The EPA recommends that homeowners take the following simple steps to lower the risk of exposure to lead:

  • Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces to prevent paint deterioration

  • Address water damage quickly and completely

  • Keep your home clean and dust-free

  • Clean around painted areas where friction can generate dust, such as doors, windows, and drawers. Wipe these areas with a wet sponge or rag to remove paint chips or dust

  • Use only cold water to prepare food and drinks

  • Flush water outlets used for drinking or food preparation

  • Clean debris out of outlet screens or faucet aerators on a regular basis

  • Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often

  • Teach children to wipe and remove their shoes and wash hands after playing outdoors

  • Ensure that your family members eat well-balanced meals as children with healthy diets absorb less lead.

 

The EPA’s final recommendation for home-owners is to ensure that any home renovation, repairs, or painting are conducted by a lead-safe certified contractor who can follow lead-safe work practices. Warrior Plumbing and Heating is proud to be a lead-safe EPA certified contractor. It is our goal to provide Baltimore, MD family homes with the affordable services needed to keep our families safe and healthy.


 

Related Resources

EPA Lead Information

Mayo Clinic Lead Information

Maryland’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Report

 

 

 

Senior-Friendly Bathroom Remodels by Warrior Plumbing in Baltimore, MD

7 Senior-Friendly Bathroom Ideas

Safer and Easier to use Bathrooms

If you are a Senior or have one living with you, these tips will be helpful in reducing the risk of injuries from falls.

 

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), at least 1 in 4 adults over the age of 65 falls each year.  The National Institute on Aging reports that 80% of all falls in the home occurs in the BATHROOM. Warrior Plumbing, serving Baltimore MD, can make any bathroom safer and easier to use for seniors, handicapped or disabled. If you’d just like handrails installed or a complete remodel, please CONTACT US and we’ll get started on your project right away!

 


7 Tips for Senior-Friendly Bathrooms

 

Walk-in Bathtubs installed in Baltimore 1: BATHTUB

There are many reasons to swap out a standard bathtub with a Walk-In type.  The main reasons are for the safety and convenience of seniors or those with limited mobility. Even with handrails, getting in and out of a standard bathtub can be risky for some people. Walk-in bathtubs are the safest option for unassisted and assisted bathers.

There are many different styles of walk-in bathtubs to choose from and prices have been decreasing as their popularity has grown. In Baltimore, Warrior Plumbing can help you select and install the perfect walk-in bathtub for your needs.

 

Senior Friendly Shower in Baltimore2: SHOWER

People don’t often think that a standard shower can be a safety issue. For some though, having to step over even a small threshold can increase the risk of a dangerous fall. Senior-friendly showers come in many configurations and there are conversion kits available as well.

The components of a senior-friendly (disabled/handicapped) shower can include a beveled threshold (allowing for wheelchair or walker access), a bench, grab bars, handrails, support poles, slip-resistant floor,  hand-held shower spray (accessible from the bench),  anti-scald valve and more.

 

Contact us to find out more about Senior-Friendly Bathrooms 

 

Raised Toilet for Seniors in Baltimore MD3: TOILET

The height of a standard toilet seat is often too low for ease of use by many seniors. This is also the case for anyone with back, hip or knee problems. Having handrails can help, but by replacing the toilet with a raised one is even better.  New raised toilets are not expensive and there are no special installation requirements.

There are many raised seats which can be used with existing toilets. Depending on your needs, this could be the best option. If this bathroom will be used by seniors extensively, or if the home is in a senior living community replacing the toilet with one with a raised seat can be the best option and even add value to the property.

 

4: LIGHTING

Seniors will manage better in bathrooms with even lighting on all surfaces. Bathrooms which only have strong overhead lighting can have shadows making it difficult to navigate or find items. Wall mounted light fixtures can provide an even distribution of light. Also, high-gloss finishes (paint or countertops) should be avoided as these can produce glare which can also be confusing for the visually impaired.

 

5: FLOORING

Smooth floors in bathrooms look elegant but are dangerously slick when wet.  Throw rugs or mats can help but they can also be a tripping risk. The best options for safe bathroom flooring is a slip-resistant and cushioned material the best of which is Rubber. Rubber flooring is available as rolls or tiles but more expensive than other options. The advantages of using Rubber as bathroom flooring is that it is both slip and moisture-resistant and offers the most cushion in case of a fall. But as we mentioned, it is also expensive and there are limited designs as compared to Vinyl or Tile flooring. Slip-resistant Vinyl is a very good option and is much easier on the budget.  Vinyl is easy to maintain, comes in many styles, and offers more cushion than tile in case of a fall.

 

6: HANDRAILS/GRAB BARS

Handrails can make a senior’s life much easier and safer. Having something to hold onto when getting up from the toilet, bath or shower bench allows greater independence for seniors. Outside of the bathroom, anywhere there is a step or incline, a sturdy well-placed handrail will be appreciated by a senior or mobility-challenged person.

7: DECLUTTER

Our last tip is often overlooked when it comes to maintaining a safe environment for seniors. The floor is the most important area when it comes to removing clutter. Trash cans need to be kept under a cabinet,  door stops should not be used, and if there are children in the home, make sure to keep toys off of the floor where seniors will be walking. Also, throw rugs can be a tripping hazard and should be avoided in the senior-friendly home.

 

Contact Warrior NOW if you need a bathroom made Senior-Safe today!

 


 

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Sewer Line Inspection and Repair

When is the last time you had your sewer line inspected?

Most people have had the VERY unpleasant experience of dealing with a blocked sewer line.

Warrior Plumbing has Sewer Line Inspection and Repair Equipment and is ready to come to your Baltimore area property this week. We, of course, offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service but hopefully, you won’t need that (if you do, call us at 443-967-3736)

 

VIDEO INSPECTIONS

Sewer Line Inspections are fast and easy with our video inspection equipment. No more digging up the front yard just to find the problem! We will be able to determine the cause of your slow or clogged drains and then FIX IT FAST!

Video Sewer Pipe Inspection

 

DRAIN CLEANING

Slow drains are just annoying for so many reasons. And the cost of drain cleaner can add up quickly. If your drain keeps stopping up completely you need professional help. Warrior Plumbing has the equipment and expertise to fix your drains quickly and economically.

 

Don’t put it off any longer, contact us to schedule your appointment TODAY! 

TRENCHLESS REPAIR

If your sewer line is in need of repair (or replacement) there are now options that don’t require digging or at least as much digging as before.

Pipe relining, resin injection, and pipe bursting (trenchless pipe replacement) can save the property owner the hassle and cost of trenching the entire length of the affected line.

 

Sewer problems will always be a hassle but if you are in the Baltimore area Warrior Plumbing has you covered!

 

Contact Warrior NOW if you have any questions or concerns related to your Baltimore area sewer line or any plumbing and heating related issues.

 

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Resources for Veterans in MD

Veteran Challenges and Resources

Help for our fellow Vets

Resources for Veterans in MDAs a veteran-owned business, Warrior Plumbing and Heating recognizes and seeks to improve upon the obstacles faced by the estimated 371,000 Veteran brothers and sisters that call Maryland home.

In 2018 Warrior Plumbing introduced the “Help a Warrior” program which provides free plumbing and heating services to Baltimore area Veterans in need.

In early April of this year (2019), Warrior Plumbing and Heating attended the 2019 Year of the Maryland Veteran: Veteran and Military Families Celebration and Resource Fair. This was a community event organized by the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families and Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families. In an effort to celebrate “The Year of the Veteran” proclamation by our MD Governor, the event brought more than 40 government agencies, nonprofits, and veteran service organizations together.

 

The Challenges

Veterans and military families impacted by the traumatic experiences associated with war, face significant challenges that can have long-lasting negative effects.

Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members show signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in JAMA Psychiatry. The three primary mental health concerns that veterans typically encounter when serving in the military include:

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) rates 15 times higher in veterans compared to civilians. PTSD is a mental health condition that may occur after an individual experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. While it is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic event, most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience symptoms may be diagnosed with PTSD.
  • Depression rates five times higher in veterans compared to civilians. Depression is more than just experiencing sadness. Depression does not mean a person is weak, nor is it something that an individual can simply “just get over.” Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning which requires ongoing treatment. 
  • Veterans are also more at risk for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) compared to that of civilians. A TBI is usually the result of a significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems, mood changes, and mood swings.

Returning veterans may come home to families that do not know what they have experienced. They may not be sure how best to help their loved one who is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. As a result, they are often forced to learn ways to reintegrate back into society, as well as navigate the mental health systems on their own.

 

Helpful Resources

The agencies below provide critical services, programs, and employment opportunities for Maryland’s veteran community. Warrior Plumbing and Heating was proud to be a partner with the Veteran Friendly Business’ of Howard County program as one of the many supporting local community efforts and giving back to our veteran community.

 

Veterans in need of support can reach out to a number of Maryland resources:

          • Available 24/7, 365 days a year. Veteran service members and concerned loved ones may dial 1-800-273-8255 and press ‘one’ to receive help.
      1. Veteran Health Administration (VHA)
            • Provides healthcare to eligible Veterans
      1. Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA)
            • Oversees benefit distribution to eligible Veterans
            • Disability payments for injuries/illness sustained while in service
            • GI Bill and other vocational and educational resources
            • Staffed by the DHMH Behavioral Health Administration and a part of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
            • Regional Resource Coordinators are available 24/7 to assist with linking Veterans to resources and are devoted to helping Veterans and their families transition into healthy civilian life
            • Available by dialing 1-877- 770-4801
            • Works to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families in Maryland living with mental health issues. They provide free education and support groups for individuals and their families. We train individuals and families who have been through these experiences to connect as peers to those we serve. They work collaboratively with the VA and other military and veteran-connected organizations, agencies, and networks. Available online at www.namimd.org by dialing their warm line at 877-878-2371. Office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
            • Provide counseling, support, couples and family therapy to eligible Veterans

 

If you are or know, a US Veteran who is struggling in any way, PLEASE use the resources above. There is help for you. And if you are in the Baltimore area and need help with your plumbing or heating but can’t afford it, please apply for our Help a Warrior program.