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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.

Kitchen Remodel Services in Baltimore

Reasons to Remodel

Spring is here Baltimore!

Kitchen Remodel service in BaltimoreThe weather is warming, the trees are budding and the flowers blooming. Nature has awoken and is starting to show off its colors and fragrances. Warrior can help you show off a little yourself by remodeling that kitchen and/or bathroom.

Earlier this year, Houzz.com conducted a survey of people who had recently remodeled their kitchen. We are showing the top 6 reasons why people chose to do the remodel:

 

  1. They just could not stand their kitchen any longer 34%
  2. They finally had the budget available to pay for it 33%
  3. They had bought a new home and wanted to personalize the kitchen 29%
  4. The kitchen had deteriorated to the degree it was not safe 17%
  5. They were inspired to make changes 9%
  6. Needed to adapt to recent changes in family/lifestyle 9%

Need a little more motivation to Remodel?

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Bathroom Remodel Services in Baltimore

Beyond having a kitchen and or bathroom that you will be proud of, there are financial reasons that also make remodeling a good idea.

When you look at how much value is added to your home when you remodel, it makes a lot more sense.

 

CostvsValue.com provides this information for the Baltimore area.

 

Mid-range Bathroom Remodel

Average Cost: $20,749 – Increase in Value: $11,858 – Cost Recouped: 57.9%

 

Upscale  Bathroom Remodel

Average Cost: $64,786 – Increase in Value: $34,087  – Cost Recouped: 52.6%

 

Minor  Kitchen Remodel (Mid-range)

Average Cost: $22,607 –  Increase in Value: $16,639 – Cost Recouped: 73.6%

 

Major Kitchen Remodel (Mid-range)

Average Cost: $66,266 –  Increase in Value: $40,406 – Cost Recouped: 61%

 

Major Kitchen Remodel (Upscale)

Average Cost: $131,866 – Increase in Value: $70,684 – Cost Recouped: 53.6%

 

Baltimore Kitchen Remodel by Warrior PlumbingLooking at these figures you see that a Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel on average rewards you with an increase in home value equal to over 50% of your remodel cost. That basically means you’re getting your remodel at less than half price! 

 

To find out more about Warrior Plumbing’s Home Improvement and Remodeling Services CONTACT US NOW

 

Check out our recent REVIEWS

 

Warrior Plumbing brings DECADES of Plumbing, Heating and Construction services to Baltimore.  We are licensed in Maryland and a veteran-owned company.

Warrior Plumbing does your job right, on budget and on time!

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Time for that Remodel!

Make your Dream Kitchen or Bathroom a REALITY!

 

Kitchen Remodel

  • Are you tired of not having enough counter or cabinet space?
  • Have you dreamed of knocking out that wall and maybe adding an Island?
  • Is your tile, flooring, cabinets or fixtures in need of an upgrade?
  • How about converting that boring glass slider to beautiful french doors? 

 

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.

 

Why Remodel?

There are a lot of very good reasons to remodel your home. Here’s just a few.

  1. Increase the VALUE of your home. You will not only enjoy your new kitchen and/or bathroom when you go to sell your home it will appraise higher.
  2. Improve traffic flow. Open up that ‘one-butt’ kitchen. Whether you want to entertain larger parties or if you have a growing family, adding more space for bodies to move around makes everyone happy!
  3. Decrease your Utility Bills. Are your kitchen appliances more than 10 years old? You are wasting money on needlessly high utility bills. New appliances are much more energy efficient.
  4. Expand your Storage Space. Kitchen or Bathroom we seem to have more and more items that need a place. Cabinets, closets/pantries, shelves, and counter space can be increased and really helps to stay organized.
  5. Protect your Health.  Regular high levels of moisture and humidity in Bathrooms create conditions perfect for the growth of mold and mildew. Under bathtubs, behind the tile, under vanities, behind baseboards, anywhere even a small amount of moisture can collect has the potential for mold and mildew growth. Remodeling the bathroom allows for any problems to be discovered and dealt with. The remodel can include improved ventilation, pre-treatment for problem areas and the use of mold/mildew resistant materials.
  6. Style and Comfort. How do you feel when you walk into a nice new or recently renovated home? The fresh paint, flooring, lighting, layout, decor etc. are so nice and you wish that you could live in a home like that. Now imagine if when you walked into your own home and felt the same way. A new kitchen and/or bathroom can give you that feeling and for much much less than the cost of a new home!

 

 

WARRIOR VS DYI

A lot of homeowners feel they can save money by doing a remodel themselves. There are plenty of small improvements that can be done by the homeowner. Painting, installing new switch and wall plates, replacing old faucets and door locksets. All of these can be done by a competent handyman. But if all or part of the work requires skills or tools beyond average capabilities, and if a subcontractor will need to be hired you should use qualified help.

 

Here are a few reasons to use Warrior as your Remodel Contractor

EXPERIENCE: Unless the homeowner has experience with carpentry, plumbing, electrical etc., there is a good chance the work won’t be done correctly. When this happens the cost of the job and the time required to complete can increase dramatically. Warrior will make sure the job is DONE RIGHT the first time!

SAFETY: If your remodel involves electrical work, by doing it yourself you are not just putting your life at risk but also your home. When it comes to plumbing, if you are installing new fixtures which have in-wall connections, any leaks could go unnoticed. This could lead to mold, wood rot, and even structural failure. The homeowner will be stuck with the repair bill. With Warrior handling the job you will be confident that the electrical and plumbing are being handled professionally.

HOME VALUE: You can use the best available materials but if the work is done poorly you could wind up with a home worth less than before you started.

 


Make your Dream Remodel and Reality!

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Help a Warrior Program helping Baltimore area Veterans

Help A Warrior Program

Warrior Plumbing and Heating is helping Baltimore area Veterans

Help a Warrior Program serving Baltimore VeteransThis past December we were honored to provide plumbing services for Charles B. who served as a  Combat Engineer for the US Army.

Charles had problems with low water pressure in his home. We replaced a very old pressure reducing valve and no more low-pressure for Charles!

Here’s what Charles had to say when we were finished.

I was very proud of the (Warrior Plumbing) company in the way they treated a veteran. Your company made me feel very special and you were very professional and did a very good job. I am so glad that I found out about your program. Keep up the good work helping veterans. Thank you very much, Mr. Charles F. Black Sr.,   SGT. In the United State Army.

We have a simple application form available on our website and either Veterans or people who know Veterans can apply. We will confirm that the Veteran was honorably discharged (DD214 Certificate) and that they are in financial need. Read more…


New Services Coming this Month!

Warrior Plumbing is in the process of upgrading its drain cleaning services with the purchase of a new Sewer Machine. This can clear sewer lines of any size quickly and we have video inspection capability to easily determine if the line is damaged in any way.

Warrior Plumbing is also getting its Contractors License! We will be able to manage your construction projects and use subcontractors that we know are professional and honest.


Warrior Plumbing’s Latest Reviews

Joshua Ratner  February 4,  2019

“I have always had good experiences with Warrior; they are honest about what things will cost, what they think is worth repairing or addressing and have been quick to come out in emergencies and reliable for minor repairs and maintenance. I recommend them to friends often!”

Sabrina Mercado   February 7, 2019

“Amazing service! They were so polite and helpful. I had a frozen pipe on the weekend and they came within hours. Reasonably priced and very professional. Would recommend 100%.”

Lena Peel  February 5, 2019

“Warrior Plumbing and Heating is second to none- from their professionalism to their overall knowledge and experience. Brent was able to answer all of my questions! I’m so happy to have used their services and will highly recommend them to all of my friends and family. Thank you for a job well done!”

See more reviews on Google


Remodeling this Spring?

We specialize in Bath and Kitchen Remodels. Contact us to find out more!

Warrior Plumbing and Heating is Baltimore’s Honest and Trusted Plumbers

We are happy to fix your leaky faucet or replace your boiler. We work on all property types, new construction and remodels. There is no job too big or small for Warrior Plumbing and Heating!

Tips on how to prevent Frozen Pipes this winter

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Prevent Frozen Pipes, Tips from Warrior Plumbing Baltimore, MD

Frozen Pipes are No Joke!

When the temperature DROPS, Frozen Pipes become the GREATEST risk of damage to property. 

 


DID YOU KNOW?

 -that almost 40% of all frozen pipe failure happen in basements?

-The average cost of having a pipe burst is $5000.00

-A 1/8th inch crack spews 250 gallons PER DAY!


 

Baby, it’s COLD OUTSIDE!

During this cold-snap you can save yourself not only a huge hassle but also a costly one if you keep your pipes from freezing.

Here are some tips on how you can PREVENT Frozen Pipes.

 

1: Lower your Water Heater temperature. The higher your temperature the more pressure it creates. Check and see what yours is set at and if it’s higher than 140 degrees drop it down as low as 120.

2: Seal ALL openings in your exterior walls that allow cold air inside.

3: Check interior walls where utilities enter the house and caulk or insulate any openings were cold air is detected.

4: Pipes in unheated areas (Attic/Basement/Storage Closet) should be insulated and for areas that experience harsh winters (Hello Baltimore!) you might as well insulate all accessible pipes.

5: Keep the thermostat set to at least 55 degrees

6: Shut valves on exterior hose bibs, or faucets and drain the lines completely. Keep the spigots open to prevent pressure build up.

7: Water Leak Detectors can be a smart investment. Not only can they save you from having to deal with restoration and repair costs they can also LOWER your home insurance premium (check with your insurance carrier).

 


 

And JUST IN CASE…

Frozen Pipe Procedures

 

If the pipe is NOT BROKEN: Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, space heater or electric lamp. Focus the heating where the pipe comes in from the wall. Monitor the process regularly and once water flows from the faucet you are done. DO NOT use OPEN FLAME to thaw your pipes. This is a catastrophe in the making and, well, just DON’T DO IT! Call the plumber not the Fire Department.

No Water? Hopefully, you will have only one frozen pipe to deal with BUT if you are not getting water from any faucet and your pipes are not frosted over you may have a problem outside of your home with your main water line either into or out from your water meter. Here in Baltimore, you can check to see if there are any water main breaks that may be affecting you: Baltimore City Water Main Repair Map

If you have a pipe burst

1: SHUT your water main and water heater valves off

2: If you are in the Baltimore, MD area CALL US. (if you are not in our service area contact your local plumber immediately).

Email and Passwords Hacked

STAYING SAFE ONLINE

Time to Update your PASSWORDS!

Yesterday it was reported that a single file containing 773 MILLION emails along with 21 MILLION passwords was posted on a popular hacker forum.

We know that this is not related to plumbing and heating or to our websites, however, when our incredible IT staff alerted us to this we knew that we had to let our Warrior Plumbing family and friends know.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Make sure that you check EVERY PASSWORD you use, especially if you use the same one for multiple sites (which is a very BAD practice). The data includes many hacks for over the years so be sure and check old email addresses and passwords.

1: Use this link to check if any of your email addresses are on the list.

2: Use this link to check if any of your passwords are on the list.

If your email and passwords are on the list CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS IMMEDIATELY!

To see the original article Click Here

HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO STAY SAFE ONLINE

Be Aware of Phishing Scams

That most loathsome of tactics — phishing — is when cybercriminals try to trick, intimidate, or pressure you through social engineering into unwittingly doing what they want. A phishing email may tell you (falsely) that there’s something wrong with your credit card account. It will direct you to click a link, which takes you to a phony website built to resemble your credit card company. The scammers stand by with bated breath, hoping the ruse is working and that you’ll now enter your password. Once you do, they have it.

Phishing scams can try to ensnare you through phone calls too. Be leery of any robocall you get claiming to be about your credit card account. Notice the recorded greeting doesn’t specify which credit card it’s calling about. It’s a sort of test to see if you hang up right away or if they’ve got you “hooked.” If you stay on the line, you will be connected to a real person who will do what they can to wheedle as much sensitive data out of you as possible, including your passwords.

Follow These Simple Password Rules

ALWAYS Use Different Passwords for Different Accounts

It can be tempting to use the same password for every account, so we don’t forget our passwords. However, this makes it easier for hackers to break into a multitude of accounts. Diversify your passwords by using a different password for every account.

Use Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication can help keep accounts and data safe from hackers. This highly effective safety precaution measure requires you to input a PIN that gets sent to you via an email, SMS or app. Consequently, two-factor authentication protects from stolen passwords and prevents an external person from accessing systems and accounts.

Use a Password Manager

More and more businesses and professionals are using password managers as a means of practicing high levels of security and to help keep their sanity. With password managers, you only need to remember one password, as the password manager stores and even create passwords for your different accounts, automatically signing you in when you log on. There are several free ones online.

Create A Strong Password

Strong passwords make it significantly more difficult for hackers to crack and break into systems. Strong passwords are considered over 8 characters in length and comprise of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Don’t Change Them So Dang Often

Don’t change passwords too often. Passwords are hard. They should be! But it’s better to go through the trouble of making one good one, and sticking with it, then to expect to be able to turn over that many special characters more often than you do the pages on a wall calendar.

Avoid Bunching Numbers and Symbols Together

One good password practice that often goes overlooked it to spread numbers and symbols throughout the password instead of bunching them together, which makes it easier for the password to be hacked.

Steer Clear from the Obvious

Having an ‘obvious’ password, such as 12345 or password1, makes it easy for hackers to compromise. Instead, come up with unique passwords that steer clear of personal information, like your date of birth or child’s name.

Test Your Password

Ensure your password is strong by putting it through an online testing tool. Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center has a password testing tool to help businesses and individuals come up with passwords that are less likely to be hacked.

Refrain from Using Dictionary Words

Sophisticated hackers have programs that search through tens of thousands of dictionary words. Help prevent your business from being the victim of a dictionary attack program by avoiding using dictionary words. Instead, opt for random passwords.


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Thank you,

The Warrior Family


Winter Plumbing Tips for Baltimore

Winterize Your Plumbing

Winter Plumbing Tips for BaltimoreThese 6 Easy Tips will help your plumbing make it through the cold.

If we are having a few days (or more) with temps staying below 26 degrees you will want to protect your pipes from freezing.

This may be old hat for you seasoned folks but a refresher is always good! For those of you who are new to the responsibilities of a home here are some things you can do to AVOID plumbing headaches this winter.

1: DON’T turn your heat OFF. If you are leaving for a few days or more and are trying to save a couple of dollars you may wind up costing yourself thousands! You can turn the heat down to 50F but any lower and you risk coming home to frozen pipes and a flooded basement.

2: Keep your cabinet doors OPEN where there are pipes (like under your sinks). When it gets cold we layer on the warm clothes, your pipes are (for all practical purposes) NAKED and without insulation, they rely on the heat in your home to keep them warm.

3: Keep garage doors (or any other exterior doors) CLOSED especially if there are exposed pipes in those spaces.

4: Holes and Cracks. Check where your pipes come into the home through walls or floors (or ceilings) and see if cold air is coming in too. If So… Grab a can of INSULATING SPRAY FOAM (Home Depot/Lowe’s and most hardware stores carry for $5-$10) and thoroughly seal around the pipes. Also, every year you should check your basement and attic for areas allowing cold air to enter. Depending on the size of the are you may be able to use caulk or the foam spray.

5: Attics and Basements. Temperatures in these areas of the home can get cold during winter months. Most homes already have any pipes insulated but if you are not sure about yours, CHECK NOW! Attics and Basements are generally not heated to the same degree (GET IT??) as the rest of the house so this is a critical issue. Your local hardware store should carry a few types of pipe insulation which comes in 6′ lengths at $2 and up.

6: Sump Pump. Check you sump pump for proper drainage. If your discharge line freezes you risk burning out your pump. It is NOT recommended that you use antifreeze but you can wrap any exposed section of pipe with heat tape.

7: Outside Faucets (I thought you said there were only 6 tips?! Warrior Plumbing and Heating ALWAYS delivers MORE!). Remove any hoses from outside faucets and hose bibs and if they have their own water valve shut it off and drain the lines.

 

Frozen Pipe Procedures

Hopefully you won’t have to deal with this but just in case…

If the pipe is NOT BROKEN: Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, space heater or electric lamp. Focus the heating where the pipe comes in from the wall. Monitor the process regularly and once water flows from the faucet you are done. DO NOT use OPEN FLAME to thaw your pipes. This is a catastrophe in the making and, well, just DON’T DO IT! Call the plumber not the Fire Department.

No Water? Hopefully, you will have only one frozen pipe to deal with BUT if you are not getting water from any faucet and your pipes are not frosted over you may have a problem outside of your home with your main water line either into or out from your water meter. Here in Baltimore, you can check to see if there are any water main breaks that may be affecting you: Baltimore City Water Main Repair Map

If your pipe has burst

1: SHUT your main water valve and water heater valve off

2: If you are in the Baltimore MD area CALL US. (if you are not in our service area contact your plumber immediately).

Boiler Safety

Boiler Inspection, Repair, Installation in Baltimore, MTragically every year there are injuries and deaths caused by boilers. These can be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, fire or explosion. Boiler Safety should be a priority for home and business owners

A properly maintained boiler (12 years old or less) is the BEST defense against the possibility of this happening to you or your loved ones.

If your boiler is 15 years or older you should be making plans to replace it. Increased maintenance and repair costs in addition to higher heating costs (due to older boiler’s inefficiency) should make the decision an easy one.

No matter what type of boiler you have, just like your car, it needs regular maintenance in order to perform well.

 

Boiler Safety: Repair or Replace?

Here are a few symptoms of an ailing boiler.

AGE: Most boilers can last 15 years with proper maintenance. If your boiler is 15 years or older and not giving you any of the problems we list below, great! We just recommend that you begin shopping for a replacement and maybe put it in your budget for next fall. It is SO much better to NOT have your old boiler suddenly fail in cold weather… and remember that newer models being more efficient will lower your utility bills.

COSTS: Do a quick audit of your winter energy bills over the last 3 years. If you are seeing a steady rise in your costs it could well be that your boiler is losing its efficiency. Schedule a boiler inspection with us and we will let you know if your best option is to repair or replace.

LEAKS: Once a boiler starts leaking it’s a good indication that the unit is weakening or damaged. Leaks will most likely increase and if not addressed could lead to a sudden failure.

REPAIRS: Older boilers (like cars) can increasingly need repairs. These may be minor and not be too expensive but can add up over time. Not all boilers are created equal. Some can provide years of service needing only minor repairs but eventually, they all need replacing.

THERMOSTAT: Has your heating been increasingly inconsistent? Are certain rooms too hot while others are too cold? Do you find that you have to get up often to adjust the temperature to stay comfortable? If so, you may need to simply replace your thermostat, or if your thermostat is fine you’ll need to have your boiler inspected.

YELLOW FLAME: Your boiler flames need to be BLUE. Any other color than Blue means the gas is not burning completely. That is not only inefficient but DANGEROUS as it means that carbon monoxide is being released into your home. In small amounts, this gas can cause dull headaches, laziness, nausea, shortness of breath, confusion and blurred vision. In larger amounts, this odorless, colorless gas becomes a Silent Killer which devastates families every year.

IF YOU HAVE YELLOW (ORANGE or GREEN) FLAMES ON ANY OF YOUR GAS APPLIANCES SHUT THEM OFF. 

Call a certified plumber (if you are in the Baltimore MD area contact us!) and have the appliance inspected before continued usage. Please Don’t Risk harming yourself or your loved ones! 

 

Schedule You Boiler Inspection Now

 

 

5 Star Rated Baltimore Plumbing

5 Star Reviews

Warrior Plumbing and Heating Reviews

We love helping Baltimore area residents and business owners with their plumbing and heating needs. Our goal is to always deliver professional high-quality work at a reasonable cost. More and more we are seeing feedback from our clients that shows we are succeeding.

Below you will see our online reviews from last month (July 2018) taken from both Google and Facebook. We are so happy with our satisfied clients and that we are being able to fulfill our company Mission Statement: We at Warrior Plumbing believe in providing excellent plumbing services through our dedication to Honesty, Integrity, and Respect. But most of all we believe in giving back to the Combat Wounded Veteran Community. When you choose Warrior you choose to support wounded veterans in your community.

 

H. Snyder

a week ago   5 Stars
“This was an easy review to write about Brent Goldsmith and his team. We discovered a water line break at our residence when we returned home one evening. We called Brent and he scheduled an appointment the next day, as he considered this an emergency. He came out promptly, diagnosed the problem, turned off the water and provided an estimate for repair that evening with a start date. This repair required coordination with an excavation company familiar with this problem that would not destroy the lawn or driveway.
The repair was made as described. The team was prompt, courteous and professional. Brent and Warrior Plumbing and Heating are a wonderful company to work with.
Brent was instrumental in the filing of our insurance claim, which resulted in a substantial percentage of the costs being reimbursed by the insurance company. We highly recommend Warrior Plumbing and Heating.”

Christina Enoch

a week ago 5 Stars
“Fast and reliable!”

JCL INVESTMENTS

a week ago 5 Stars
“Brent and his crew has done exceptional work for us. We manage many properties all over the Baltimore Metro Area and they were always detailed, attentive, prompt, and most importantly do things correctly. Quality A+ work! Highly recommend them.”

Cherie Marvel

2 weeks ago  5 Stars
“Competent, punctual, quick turnaround time, communicative with scheduling. Reasonable rates.”

Mark Whitaker

2 weeks ago   5 Stars
Brent and his team were great to work with on building our new shower. Responsive, friendly, and quality work!

Sue Heether

3 weeks ago  5 Stars
I called Warrior on a recommendation from a neighbor for a plumber. I had a small job the needed repair on the exterior of my house. They answered and though it was not an emergency we’re here in an hour. They introduced themselves and went to work. The work was well done and they were kind and energetic. I will use them again and again. So glad I asked a neighbor.”

Suzanne Cefalu

a month ago 5 Stars
“Brent just installed new faucets in our home and he did a stellar job! He was quick and efficient! If you need plumbing work done, I would highly recommend Warrior!”

Laura Young

a month ago 5 Stars
“Great service! Called and received same day repair, even though we’re a hike from their location. Quick and professional work, with very reasonable pricing. Thank you very much!”

Pam Williams reviewed Warrior Plumbing and Heating, Inc. — 5 star

July 13 at 8:14 AM

 

 

10 Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer Plumbing Tips that can save you both Time and Money!

 

Summer Time Plumbing TipsSummertime is Vacation Time! We get outdoors, go swimming, play baseball, ride bikes, visit with friends and do all the fun things we like to do while we have nice weather.

With the kids out of school and family and friends over for parties there can be a significant increase in traffic in your home. More flushes of the toilet, more clothes to wash and dishes to clean. The water hose is used more in the summer to clean cars, fill pools, water flowers and sprinkle the lawn. More showers tend to be taken during the warm and active summer months.

Plumbing issues can range from simple to complex:

  • Clogged toilet, garbage disposal or drain
  • Lowering water pressure
  • Constantly running toilet
  • Leaky faucets or spigots (often need an O-ring)
  • Loose toilet, sink or other fixture
  • Pipes to outside not sealed sufficiently
  • Water heater performance decline
  • Pipes cracking or bursting
  • Clogged pipes

Preventing most common plumbing problems is easy! If you find that you have uncommon problems is when you CONTACT US!
Here are a few things you can do over a short amount of time and can save you from taking time (and money) away from your summer activities.

 

1: Leak Detection

Toilet repair and maintenanceSummer is the best time to check for leaks, since a long winter can have an impact on plumbing that we can’t even see, and you want a chance during warm weather to take care of any issues before it gets cold again.

Individually inspect the plumbing inside and outside your home. Check all of your faucets, pipes under the sink, shower heads, bathtub spigots, drinking water line behind your refrigerator, water softener connections, hot water heater, outdoor spigots, service tup, lawn or irrigation sprinklers, pool and/or spa, etc. Look for rust, corrosion, leaks, broken or bent parts or other signs of trouble. Use a flashlight to see underneath cabinets and in dark corners.

Water Heater: Check the water heater for signs of leakage, rust or other problems. Look at the hardware and other parts and see if there is any corrosion. Use a bright flashlight to inspect underneath and around the bottom, and/or you can run your hand all around and under the base to see if you feel the water. A typical, tank-type water heater lasts 10-15 years depending on the model, level of maintenance and the kind of water running through it.

Water Heater Leak Repair

Hard water can cause mineral deposits to build up and impede water flow, so it helps to clean off any accumulated materials occasionally. Sediment builds up on the bottom of the hot water heater tank but can be flushed out every so often by releasing a few gallons of water from the bottom of the tank. It is also possible to change the anode rods in a tank water heater as a means of maintenance or service. If you are constantly running out of hot water and you find it’s time for a replacement, consider moving to the next-largest tank and/or having a heat-on-demand system.

If summer means you will leave the house for a short- or long-term vacation, you can either turn off or adjust your water heater to save money. Why pay to heat water you won’t be there to use? Most water heaters have a switch or dial toward the bottom that might have a setting that says “vacation” or “low,” and nearly any model can be turned off. Also, if summertime at your house means everyone wants a shower not quite as hot as during the cool seasons, you can bump down the temperature of the hot water heater a few degrees and save money on electricity or whatever fuels the heater.

Water Heater Operation

For the overall system: If you suspect a leak but can’t see one, there are a few ways you can test the water system in your home. Pick a time when nobody will be home for at least 15 minutes, if not an hour or two, and a time when nothing that uses water needs to be running. Before you leave the house, check the water meter and jot down the numbers. If the numbers are the same when you return after a while, there probably aren’t any unseen leaks. If the numbers change, it can indicate a problem. Another way is to track the gallons and other usage statistics provided on your water bill.

 

 


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2: Check Your Pressure

Check your home's Water Pressure

With all the activity that your shower, washer and other utilities will see in a summer season, it’s even more important to maintain good water pressure. You can check and measure the household water pressure with a store-bought gauge that you attach to an outside spigot. Generally, the household standard is 40-45 pounds per square inch and should not exceed 60 psi.

Between your home and the main water line is a pressure regulator to keep the high-pressure water supply from bursting into your home. A typical regulator is preset for 50 psi. You, your water company or we can adjust the regulator if, for some reason, it’s the culprit for water pressure that’s too high or too low. If you elect to do it yourself, you should have a partner at the spigot to test the pressure as you adjust it. If you’re trying to increase the pressure, you don’t want to go too far with it, or you risk damage to your water utilities and appliances.

There is also the less precise testing trick of turning on the bathtub and kitchen spigots at the same time to see if the water runs more slowly in either place. That can be an indication that a pressure problem exists. If you determine your water pressure is low, consult your local water utility and ask if they’re doing any work in the area or have had complaints about low pressure. Often, there is a project or other temporary effect that causes the drop, and it returns to normal after a period of time.

 

3: Sprinkler Systems

Check for Plumbing Leaks

Sprinkler systems are notorious for leaks. If you can inspect (and clean) your sprinkler heads periodically you will probably be able to spot problems early on. Sprinkler heads that are not working correctly may just be clogged but if they are rusted or damaged they can be replaced. Make sure you take the old one to the hardware store to make sure you replace it correctly.  If you are replacing it online it can be tricky so know the brand, model and size if possible.

Some sprinkler systems may have a rain sensor already, and you can add one to the others. This helps avoid the silly scenario of having your sprinklers running during or right after a big rain storm.

 

 


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4: Main Water Valve

Main Water Valve inspection and repair

It is always good to know where the main water shutoff to your home is located and how to use it. Some homes have a shutoff valve within the structure, such as the basement, garage or utility closet. Others have one outside in the yard or near the water main in the street, curb or sidewalk. You can also consult a plumber during your next call and ask them to show you where it is.

The main valve typically looks like a wheel with spokes that you turn to the right or a lever that you turn until it’s perpendicular with the pipe it’s connected to. You can always turn it off and then go try to run water somewhere. If the water does not run, you were successful in shutting off the main valve.

Should anything happen with any of your water-using appliances or areas of the home, you want to be able to stop the water so you can deal with the emergency. If you leave home for any length of time, like for summer vacation, the best insurance you can have against water mishaps and flooding while you’re gone is to turn the water off at the main valve before you leave.

Plumbing runs through the walls and under the house and can cause costly damage if a pipe or part of a utility springs a leak or bursts while you’re gone. If the main valve is open, the water will continue to spew, but not if the main valve is shut. Another reason some people want or need to turn it off is to protect against water theft.

If you have some utility that requires you to leave the main valve open, such as a swimming pool or sprinkler, then it’s a good idea to just have someone check occasionally and make sure nothing goes awry inside the house.

You can also cut off the supply to most of your water-using appliances somewhere at the individual appliance. At the toilet, it’s usually a lever or faucet handle behind it near the wall and the same with the washing machine. Most sinks have a valve in the water line, which is usually underneath in the cabinet, near the wall.

 

5: Clog Prevention

Repair Clogged or Slow DrainsLearn the cause of any slow drain or weak flush issues during warm weather, and prepare for routine clogs with plungers and even an inexpensive three-foot auger for when the plunger doesn’t work. The auger should be used carefully, so as not to crack the vitreous china of the toilet, but it or the plunger will handle most normal clogs. If they don’t, you probably need a professional to snake or inspect it and find the problem.

If your toilets flush slowly, or you’ve seen grey water gurgle into the tub during or after a heavy rain, that is probably a cause to call a professional for an inspection. Tree roots are drawn to the nutrients in septic or sewer lines and can grow into them and cause trouble.

Cracks can also develop in the pipes that will allow water in and prevent the pipe from doing its job. The worst-case scenario is the sewer or septic pipe backing up into the bathtub, and sometimes other drains. It’s a scenario nobody wants to envision, but can happen and smells very badly if and when it does.

Prevent Drain ClogsMost parents feel happy when their child gets past the diaper stage and takes to the potty. Many experts suggest that the training should continue for small kids, so they know how much toilet paper to use, and to reinforce the lesson as they begin summer vacation. It helps for them to know little things, like the difference between facial tissue and toilet paper, and how one goes in the trash can and the other goes in the toilet. Naturally, parents teach their kids not to put any foreign objects down the toilet, but there are toilet lid locks to help until a child has outgrown that temptation.

For kitchen sinks, many times the clog forms in the U-shaped part of the pipe beneath the sink. You can try a pitcher or pan of very hot water to get the clog moving and then try a clog-clearing chemical product after you read its warning label and directions. If you first turn the water off, either the main valve or just that sink, you can unscrew the p-trap and sometimes clear the clog manually, since that u-shaped part is often where kitchen sink clogs form.

For bathroom sinks and some bathtubs, beware of hair clogs either just inside the drain or further down the line. Sometimes, you can clear the ones near the top by hand or with a firm grip on a big pair of tweezers. You can also try a drain-clearing product before calling a plumber — just be sure you read the product label and find one that matches your needs.

 

6: Test that Pump

If you have a sump pump, test it before summer 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. Testing the sump pump helps ensure that you’re ready for summer thunderstorms and any extra water they send your way.

Many people who don’t live in a flood-prone area mistakenly believe they don’t need a sump pump, but the general rule is this: If any part of your home is below the ground level, you probably need a sump pump. A sump pump sits in a pit in the lowest part of your home, usually the basement or crawl space, and prevents water from flooding it. It pumps water out of the low spot and through a discharge pipe to the outside. At a cost of about $300 to $500 each, a sump pump is a lot less expensive than cleaning up a flooded basement.

 


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7: Save Water and Money

Dripping FaucetsNot everyone may be motivated to save the planet and conserve water, but it’s safe to presume that everyone cares about saving money.

A leaky faucet, for example, dripping hot water at a rate of one drip per second, can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water in one year, as well as waste up to $35 in electricity or natural gas charges. The EPA estimates that household leaks can collectively waste more than one trillion gallons of water annually. 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.

 

8: Guard the Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal CareSummer brings lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, but not all of them are good for your kitchen garbage disposal. A sink-side container comes in handy for things that could start a compost pile instead of possibly giving your garbage disposal trouble. Avoid foods that are stringy, such as celery, banana peels, and corn husk, as well as hard melon rinds, chicken skin or meat fat and vegetation from carrots or other produce.

These and other bulky, starchy or tough items can form clogs and get wound around the blade. Grease and oil are not good for the garbage disposal or your home environment for summer. Oily substances tend to stick to the inside of your pipes, solidify and leave a gunk that not only attracts roaches but also bulky materials that build up and form clogs. You can absorb oils with paper towels and throw the paper towels away to avoid pouring it down the drain or garbage disposal.

It helps to think of your disposal as a convenient place to catch crumbs and bits that come off plates — not so much to consume large amounts of material. You can aid the disposal by (a) Using cold water in it as a rule, and (b) Starting to run the cold water about 15 seconds before sending in the food waste. If the garbage disposal starts to develop an odor, you can try running some citrus peel through it, along with cold water and a few drops of dish soap if you like.

Even those who don’t have a disposal should be conscious of what’s going down the drain. Avoid pouring oil, grease or juices heavy with it either, down the drain, and try to prevent bits of food from reaching the drainpipe. You can buy inexpensive sink strainers to place in the drain to catch anything that comes off your plates or other dishes.

 

9: Watch the Washer

Clothes Washer Hose RecommendationWhile some people would swear that winter generates more laundry, since we might wear several layers, summertime brings a deluge of dirt and, as a result, laundry, too. Kids play outside and go to the pool. We get dirty in the yard and garden as well as with other projects. Guests visit and need linens. Everyone gets dirty and sweaty, then showers and changes clothes, and all of it generates more work for the washer.

Start summer with a springtime inspection of the washer and all its parts. Pull it away from the wall and check the connections and appearance of the hoses. Are there bulges or cracks? Do you see water, mold, mildew or other evidence that something is getting wet either constantly or occasionally? You should replace any hoses that are cracked or look distressed, and you can consider a stainless steel hose since it is stronger and lasts longer than rubber ones.

 

 

10. Sweaty Pipes

A little condensation on pipes, faucet heads, and other plumbing components is normal when the cold water is running or has just run through them. The moisture results from the cool water causing the room-temperature or warmer pipes to react and temporarily produce condensation. Usually, the droplets and condensation stop after you finish with the cold water.

If it is constantly present though, you probably have a problem such as a leaky faucet, running toilet or improper main valve adjustment. And if the normal condensation worries or bugs you, there are insulated wrapping products available that will prevent the moisture from forming at all.

 

Year-Round Plumbing Maintenance Tips 

  • Replace whatever kind of stoppers or cushions are on the bottom of your toilet seat to keep it from slamming into the china bowl.
  • In places where you have hard water and mineral deposits, use hot, soapy water or a decalcifying solution occasionally to remove the deposits and buildup on shower heads, bathroom spigots, spray nozzles, faucet washers and washing machine fixtures to keep the water running freely through them.
  • Maintain a nice finish on the kitchen and other sinks and surfaces with regular cleanings using products that specifically say “non-abrasive.” Avoid permanent stains by not leaving certain items in the sink, like citrus and other fruit or juices, coffee, tea and tomato-based sauces, among other substances.
  • Provide a lined trash can in each bathroom to avoid any unwanted situations and prevent any foreign objects from getting flushed down the toilet.
  • Keep a toilet plunger in sight near each toilet and make sure family members know how to use it. If you buy them, be sure you’re getting a plunger for toilets, which have a higher, rounded hood and extended flange than plungers for sinks or other uses. You need at least enough water in the toilet to cover the plunger, and can add some if needed.
  • Don’t ignore odors, because they’re not normal. A quality, correctly operating plumbing system runs without odor, so any unpleasant smells indicate a problem. Sewer gases, for example, can cause headaches and minor discomfort. Common culprits in stinky situations are leaks or cracks in the traps or vent piping of a septic or sewage system, bad seals, a defect or a failed component.
  • Don’t stand for standing water in the yard, basement or anywhere in the house. It indicates a problem that you’ll want to resolve because it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and insects like disease-bearing, pesky mosquitoes. Watch the grass for any spots that are soggy or greener and fuller than others, as that can indicate an underground leak either in a water line or the septic system.

 

Have a Wonderful Summer!

Whether you are winding summer up or down, you can count on Warrior Plumbing and Heating to meet all of your plumbing needs. We will help with everything from emergency calls and clogs to inspections and small or large maintenance items. Our Video inspection of your water and sewer lines will put you at ease so you don’t have to wonder if there are any cracks, buildups, leaks or other problems hidden from view.

 

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