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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Water Conservation Upgrades

 These days, when rebates are available left and right for water/energy conservation upgrades in your home, everyone is looking for ways to upgrade and save!

Here are a few simple ideas for conserving water in your home!

1.  Take shorter showers. A five minute shower consumes up to 25 gallons of water. Imagine how much water your leisurely 10-15 minute shower would consume! Cutting back on shower time can shave off gallons of wasted water and extra expenses.

2.  Install a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute, compared to a typical showerhead which uses about 6 gallons per minute. Consider your five minute shower. This would be a difference of 17.5 gallons per minute!

3.  Change all faucets to water conservation options. Investing in low-flow faucets can save you up to 500 gallons of water each year and you'll barely notice a difference in your water flow or pressure.

4.  Use the dishwasher. While hand-washing dishes may seem more efficient, running an energy-efficient dishwasher can use less water than washing dishes by hand. You'll save water, energy and can skip the dishpan hands.

5.  Switch to an energy-efficient washing machine. These appliances can use better than 50 percent less water than others and save money on water consumption.

6.  Replace toilets with low-flow models. Using an outdated toilet just helps you flush money down the toilet each day. Lower-flow toilets get the job done and can save a family of four about 16,000 gallons of water each year.

7.  Check for water leaks. Drips in and around the house add up to wasted water and money. Make sure to call GreenTeam right away at the first sign of trouble!

Source: SouthCountyTimes

Sunday, October 23, 2011

DIY Plumbing Don'ts

Many homeowners enjoy taking matters into their own hands when it comes plumbing projects, especially when that means saving some money. However, there are certain projects that should always be left up to the professionals, like GreenTeam Plumbing!

One specific example that has been seen several times is the expansion or modification of a home's water-supply lines or hot-water heating system. These systems are comprised over copper pipes and fitting that need to be soldered together with high heat tools such as a propane torch. If you're not trained with these tools or in this area, this kind of project could easily lead to a flood or a fire - which won't be fun explaining to your spouse or your home insurance agent!

The smallest leak from a project gone bad can lead to lots of money down the drain getting the problem fixed. Always start a project the right way, with the professionals at GreenTeam Plumbing!

Source: PopularMechanics

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Taking "Just In Time" to the next level!

Unlike other companies where a service request has to be submitted and processed over a period of days, we provide a simple service request form right on our website! As soon as your request form is submitted, a service request alert to all of our available crews - which means there is no delay while an administrative department locates a crew!
Our crews receive an alert with your contact information, as well as a map of your location and a description of your issue, and will contact you to confirm they are on their way!

So visit our website at the first sign of trouble and we'll be on our way before you know it! You can also call us, toll free, at 1-877-61GREEN! 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is a fantastic way to use natural resources to your benefit and to conserve water! With the environment constantly changing, we need to learn how to utilize what we have to make it last longer!

By harvesting your rainwater, you can divert and store it for later use in a variety of ways. Captured rainwater is most typically used for landscaping, as the water is free of harmful chemicals and minerals and doesn't have to be treated before use. Stored rainwater is also a great way to provide water for local wildlife.

In some communities, up to 50% of the total water supply is used for landscaping. If each of us began capturing and harvesting rainwater for our needs, the demand on our city and state water supply would drop drastically, saving the state (and ourselves) money and resources. Storing rainwater also reduces run-off, erosion and contamination of our surface water.

The benefits are endless and it just takes one phone call to GreenTeam to get started on YOUR rainwater harvesting project! Give us a call today!

Source: RainwaterHarvesting

Sunday, October 2, 2011

8 Smart Tips for Stopping Leaks!

1. Locate your home’s main water shut-off valve. If there’s ever a plumbing leak, go straight there and turn off the water to the entire house to avoid a flood.

2. Install shut-off valves at individual appliances and fixtures. This allows you to keep water flowing in other areas of the house while the water is shut off for making site-specific repairs.

3. Install a flow sensor that detects plumbing leaks. This will automatically shut off water to the entire house or a specific appliance is a leak is detected.

4. Remove hoses from outdoor spigots in winter. This can help prevent frozen water from cracking the pipes and causing plumbing leaks, or worse, a flood.

5. Add pipe insulation to the plumbing in cold parts of your house. This is especially important in garages, basements, and crawl spaces to avoid frozen pipes (and to shorten the wait for hot water).

6. Don’t use exposed pipes as hanger rods for laundry or to store clothes. This can loosen joints and fasteners and lead to plumbing cracks and leaks.

7. Don’t overload vanities and sink cabinets. Crowding things into your cabinets, can jostle water supply pipes and drains, loosening connections and causing plumbing leaks. Leaks like these are often hard to find until it's too late.

8. Fix problems quickly. Even small leaks can make pipes corrode more quickly, and cause significant water damage or mold. Call GreenTeam while there's still time!

Source: HouseLogic

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Replace Your Pipes at the Right Time

There's always a case when you'll have to replace some type of plumbing pipes in your home.  Assuming there is no emergency at hand, you should think about some of the best times to make these changes.

Replace the pipes that are exposed. 

Homes with plaster walls, wood paneling and other similar features may make it difficult to access the pipes. Consider replacing the pipes that aren't buried in the walls. Replacing pipes in a crawlspace or a utility room is typically a straightforward job for a plumber and could be beneficial to your plumbing setup overall.

Replace pipes when you are renovating!

When you're in the process of remodeling your home, you should take some time to have your plumbing inspected. At this time, when the hard to reach pipes are exposed, call in GreenTeam Plumbing for a check-up! Because you've already exposed the area and will have to have an inspection anyway, save some money and have this process taken care of while your walls are already knocked down!

For more information, visit our website

Source: HouseLogic

Sunday, September 18, 2011

We Offer Green Solutions!

GreenTeam plumbing is on the forefront of the sustainability industry. Our services are all offered with an eye towards long-term environmental impact. We offer services that can help your home go green and save you money!

Of course, the most important part of our service is putting the customer first as we complete your next project.  We offer you:
  • Timely response & project completion
  • Frequent project schedule updates
  • Professionally trained & uniformed technicians
  • All technicians are individually licensed plumbers
  • Flat-rate pricing to prevent billing surprises

When you're ready to make the change to go green in your home, or for any of your plumbing needs, give us a call

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cross Linked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipes

Similar to PVC Pipes, PEX is currently the pipe of choice when plumbing and is widely used because if its durability, affordability and efficiency. These pipes are made from cross-linked polyethylene and are a great alternative to copper because of their resilience in extreme temperatures and ability to withstand chemical corrosion. 

There are three types of PEX pipes depending on the application for the pipe. The three classifications vary by the grade of the material regarding strength and flexibility. They are:

PEX-a - This grade of pipe is designed to withstand high heat and have little or no points of weakness.

PEX-b - This grade of pipe is more vulnerable to chemicals and is not as strong as PEX-a but is stiffer.

PEX-c - These pipes are the weakest of the three grades but are far less expensive and are typically suitable for more domestic uses.

To learn more about PEX pipes, contact us at GreenTeam Plumbing!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Polybutylene Pipes

Polybutylene is a plastic resin that was used in water supply piping from the late 1970's until the mid 1990's. This material is very low cost and easy to install, and was lovingly named "the pipe of the future." It was also used as a substitute for traditional copper piping.

Polybutylene pipes are typically grey or white in color and have a dull finish. During the years these pipes were manufactured, they were installed in about 1 out of every 5 homes built, used mainly for underground water mains and interior water piping.

While these pipes were considered to be very reliable during their time, there has been talk of this piping reacting with chemicals in the water supply, such as chlorine, and causing the pipe to deteriorate and flake off into the water. While there is no scientific evidence of this taking place, it is believed that the structural integrity of the pipes could be compromised should this chemical reaction take place.

For more information on this and other types of plumbing pipes, contact us!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Copper Pipes

Copper pipe, as well as galvanized steel and PVC pipe, is a common pipe for plumbing purposes. Copper pipes are very durable and are likely to last for a very long time. They are easy to work with for installation and can be very versatile to meet many of your plumbing needs. Copper pipe is typically safer in natural disasters and does not give easily weather or bacteria. It is also beneficial price-wise.

Copper Pipe comes in four basic types:

  • Type K - The thickest walls and most frequently used for underground service lines.
  • Type L - Used for interior hot and cold water supply.
  • Type M - The thinnest walls, also used for interior hot and cold water supply.
  • DWV - Used for drain-waste systems and for venting.
When choosing pipes for your in home plumbing systems, copper pipes are a safe way to go. They can guarantee long-term survival and when the time comes for them to be replaced, they can be easily recycled, helping the environment!

For more information on this and other types of pipe, visit our website!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

PVC Pipe

PVC Pipe - or polyvinyl chloride pipe - is made from a combination of plastic and vinyl materials. This type of pips i known for being very durable, long lasting and resistant to damage. It doesn't rust of wear over time and for that reason is commonly used in plumbing systems.

PVC was developed in 1925 by a BF Goodrich employee, but wasn't actually put into use until the late 1930's when it was found to have a very high shock absorption rate, a perfect fit for tire treads. Twenty years later, PVC was produced in solid pip form for its first use in irrigation systems. Since then, it has been a reliable and affordable necessity in the plumbing industry.

PVC Pipe also has many characteristics that make it suitable for many other uses such as:

  • Use in earthquake prone areas as it can withstand rigorous shaking
  • Use by water companies as PVC is resistant to E. coli. 
For more information about PVC pipe, contact us at GreenTeam Plumbing!

Source: WiseGeek

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Plumbing Pipes - Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steep pipers were used frequently in plumbing through the early 60's. This type of pipe tends to corrode and flake over time, so it is not typically called upon in modern construction. However, the typical life expectancy of galvanized steel pipes is 40 years, so there are some establishments that have not yet updated to modern plumbing and these pipes can still be found within their walls. 

Galvanized pipes are created by placing the steel materials into a bath of molten zinc. The two chemicals are bonded together and will never separate, giving these pipes their long lifespan. 

In the late 1900's when this type of pipe was being phased out, copper replaced it as the material of choice. Copper pipes are more resistant to lime scale buildup than galvanized pipes, hence the reason for the replacement.

For more information on this and other types of plumbing pipes contact us at GreenTeam Plumbing!

Source: WiseGeek

Sunday, August 7, 2011

5 Ways to Avoid Clogging Your Drain

Clogged drains can be a real pain! Here are some handy tips to avoid them!
  1. Use a drain screen -
    Hair and soap scum play major roles in clogging your bath and shower drains. Use a drain screen to catch the debris and clean the screen regularly to avoid clogs.
  2. Don't pour grease down the drain -
    When you finish cooking, pour the grease into a glass jar or other container and let the grease harden and scoop out as much as you can into the garbage. If you pour grease down the drain it will harden in your pipes and cause damage that can cost you money!
  3. Don't pour chemicals down the drain -
    Avoid putting any other chemicals down the drain. Even in a laundry room sink, you risk clogging or eroding your pipes so if you must, do so sparingly.
  4. Clean your sink stoppers -
    Pop-up stoppers can accumulate build-up and should be cleaned regularly.
  5. Pour boiling water down the drain -
    Pour boiling water down your drains once a week. Make this a regular part of your cleaning routine to clear the pipes of any scum and build-up. 

For more information, contact us at GreenTeam Plumbing!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How to Choose a Toilet

There is much more to choosing a toilet than simply appearance. The following tips should help!

  • Choose your flush power - higher flush ratings mean better waste removal and clog resistance.
  • Choose your bowl shape - elongated bowls provide more comfort, but round bowls require less space. 
  • Select your toilet height - standard toilets are 15-16 inches in height, those 16-17 inch toilets are becoming more popular and are easier for handicapped individuals to use. 
  • Choose your design -
    • Two-Piece Designs - the tank and the bowl are separate. This design is the most common.
    • One-Piece Designs - the tank and the bowl are fused together. This makes for a nice appearance but can be harder to clean.
    • Wall Mounted Designs - eliminates the need for a toilet base. Easy to clean, but may be more expensive. 
  • Choose your toilet seat, cover and other decorative add-ons!
Remember, for all of your plumbing needs, call GreenTeam!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Water Leak in Your Condo - Who Pays?

When a water leak occurs in your condo, who should pay a professional to determine whether it is coming from an owner's pipe or one that is in a common area - you or the condo board?

You may have to contact your association to find out, as the answer varies by case. The first step is requesting an inspection and contacting your insurance company to determine
The answer may be different for each case. The clear answer is what should be done immediately: Contact your association and request an inspection and contact your insurance company to find out if your policy will cover the cost of a professional inspection.

The next step is locating the source of the leak. Typically, if the source of the leak is within a unit and the owner is not maintaining the property according to association guidelines, the owner will most likely be responsible. If the leak is occurring in a common area such as a pool, the responsibility may fall on the association. 

Wherever responsibility lies, you must contact your homeowner's insurance company immediately. Failure to do so can result in denial of coverage later. Be sure to also notify the condo association immediately and alert them that action needs to be taken immediately. As an extra precaution make sure that all correspondence is in writing and pictures are taken of the damage for your records.

Remember, for any leak, give GreenTeam Plumbing a call!

Source: Sun-Sentinel

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Plumbing Vocabulary - Part 2

Here are just a few more plumbing terms to keep you up-to-date on your plumbing vocabulary!

Useful wordsMeaning
NVQ National Vocational Qualification (abbreviation)
Job applicants will need to have achieved a suitable NVQ at level 2.
Overflow An outlet that allows water to escape (noun)
A dripping overflow is a warning that repair work will need to be carried out.
Pliers A small hand tool (noun)
Pliers are used for holding small objects and bending wire.
Plumber A person who installs and repairs water supply apparatus (noun)
The plumber installed the new central heating system.
Plunger A tool for clearing drains (noun)
Nadia removed the blockage in the toilet by using a plunger.
PPE Personal Protective Equipment (abbreviation) Equipment designed to protect you.
PPE includes items such as helmets or safety goggles.
Pump A device for shifting liquid (noun)
The pump speed was set at maximum.
Radiator A room heating device (noun)
The radiator was cold because it had an airlock.
RIDDOR Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (acronym)
If you witness an accident on site you may be asked to complete a RIDDOR form.
Screwdriver A small hand tool (noun)
A screwdriver is a tool used to turn screws.
Sealant Substance used to seal something (noun)
Sealant was used to form a waterproof seal around the bath.
Solder An alloy for joining metal (noun)
Solder joints are used to make joints in domestic hot water and heating systems.
Spanner A small hand tool (noun)
A spanner is used to turn nuts on bolts.
Specification Written instructions telling you what material to use (noun)
The specifications indicated that a 5 amp fuse was required.
Supplier Someone who provides (noun)
"I will contact the supplier and ask if he has any of these screws in stock."
Thermostat A temperature regulator (noun)
A thermostat was fitted to the radiator in the spare room to save using unnecessary energy.
Torch A small hand-held lamp usually powered by batteries (noun)
The plumber needed a torch in order to properly inspect the tank in the attic.
Ventilation The movement or circulation of fresh air (noun)
Good ventilation is very important when dealing with hazardous materials.
Washer A small disc that keeps a screw or bolt secure to prevent leakage (noun)
The dripping tap was caused by a worn washer.
Waste Contaminated or used water (noun)
Blocked waste pipe in a sink can sometimes be cleared with a plunger.
Wrench A small plumbing tool (noun)
A wrench is a spanner-like tool used for gripping and turning.

And don't hesitate to contact GreenTeam with any and all plumbing related questions or concerns!

Source: Skillwise

Monday, July 11, 2011

Plumbing Vocabulary - Part 1

When dealing with plumbing, knowing what the parts are and what the plumbing terms mean can make a big difference in getting the job done correctly and efficiently!

Here are some key terms and definitions to help!

Useful wordsMeaning
AirlockAn obstruction to the flow of liquid in a pipe (noun)
Airlocks often occur when a radiator is taken off for redecorating and then replaced.
ApplianceDevice or equipment for a specific task (noun)
Washing machines can be found in the electrical appliances department.
BallvalveA valve which responds to changes in fluid pressure (noun)
The ballvalve in the cistern was repaired by replacing the washer.
BlockageAn obstruction (noun)
Nadia removed the blockage in the pipe by using a plunger.
Central heating systemA system designed to heat a building (noun)
The old house was very cold in winter because it did not have a central heating system.
CisternA tank for storing water (noun)
A cistern is usually connected to a toilet.
Combination boilerA boiler that provides both central heating and instant hot water (noun)
Combination boilers are best suited to smaller houses.
ConsumablesItems to be used and then thrown away after use (noun)
Washers and other consumables were kept in the store room.
CorrosionWearing something away (noun)
Leaks in radiators can occur as a result of corrosion.
CylinderA tank for hot water (noun)
Cylinders are usually insulated and supply domestic hot water.
DiameterThe width of something, especially something round or cylindrical (noun)
Josie measured the diameter of the pipe.
DrainageA system that channels away water or sewage (noun)
The bad smell had been caused by a block in the drainage.
EstimateTo give an educated guess or approximation (verb)
The plumber estimated that labour costs would be about £300.
ExpandEnlarge, get bigger (noun)
Plastic pipes expand when hot.
FaultA defect, when something is not working properly (noun)
The washing machine could not be plumbed in because it had an electrical fault.
HacksawA small hand tool (noun)
A hacksaw is used to cut metal.
HSEHealth and Safety Executive (abbreviation)
HSE inspectors have wide powers to assist them enforce safety legislation.
InstallationThe fixing or establishing of something (noun)
The plumbing installation was going to take about two weeks.
InflammableEasily set on fire (adjective)
When using a blowlamp care should be taken to protect inflammable surfaces.
JointsThe place where parts are joined (noun)
If a joint in the pipework develops a leak you will need to make repairs.
LeakAccidental escape of liquid (noun)
The radiator leaked as a result of corrosion.
MeasurementsDimensions, the size of something (noun)
The drawing showed measurements to the exact millimetre.
Millimetre (mm)A unit of metric measure of length (noun)
There are one thousand millimetres in a metre.

Remember, whether the job is big or small, GreenTeam is here to help!

Source: Skillwise

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Importance of Water Audits

One of the many services we offer to both residential and commercial customers is Water Audits.

Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • You can save money!
  • You'll be conserving water!
  • You can learn to conserve without drastically altering your lifestyle!
  • You can pass along this knowledge to your friends and family to help them save and conserve too!
Remember that was usage can vary greatly through the year, especially from warmer to colder months. The American Water Works Association estimates that the average indoor water use per person is 94 gallons per day - not including washing the car or watering the lawn. 

If you are overwhelmed with enormous water bills in your home or office, call GreenTeam Plumbing to perform a Water Audit which can help you conserve water and save money.

Source: Private Land Owner Network

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Anatomy of a Toilet

Everyone should know their way around the toilet, especially when a plumber isn't available. Luckily, GreenTeam is always ready to assist you with all of your plumbing needs.

Just for the sake of knowledge, let's dive right into the parts of a toilet that we may not be familiar with!

1. Flush Valve -The opening between the tank and toilet bowl.
2. Toilet Tank Float Ball - When the toilet is flushed, the float ball drops down, raising the valve plunger in the ballcock assembly and allowing fresh water to flow into the tank.
3. Tank Lift Wires - Lift the tank ball.
4. Toilet Tank Ball - Plugs the flush valve until the toilet is flushed.
5. Toilet Seat Hinge - Attaches the toilet seat to the toilet bowl.
6. Bolt Caps - Cover the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor.
7. Flange Bolts - Secures the toilet to the floor.
8. Wax Ring - Creates a seal between the toilet and the drain in the floor.
9. Angle Valve - A flow control device which helps control fluids that require directional change.
10. Flapper Tank Ball - An alternative to the Tank Ball.
11. Ballcock Assembly - A mechanism used to prevent overflow and blackflow in the tank.
12. Flush Lever and Handle - The mechanism pushed or turned to initiate the flush.

This may seem overwhelming, but don't forget, GreenTeam Plumbing is here to help!

Source: Toiletology

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners!

Moving into a new home comes with great responsibility. As a new homeowner, some of these things come with experience. Here are a few basic plumbing tips to get you started!

1. Have your water heater inspected annually by a licensed plumber, like GreenTeam Plumbing! Your water may feel hot, but that doesn't mean problems aren't lurking behind the scenes. To avoid potential health issues and hardware failure, don't skip that annual water heater check-up!

2. Call GreenTeam to have your tap water tested at least once a year. Harmful bacteria and chemicals can sneak their way in to your water supply, so this is one yearly test you won't want to miss.

3. If you notice puddles forming around your toilet, check for leaks. Ignoring them can lead to severe damage and can cost you more money the longer you put off getting it fixed. Call GreenTeam the moment you suspect a leak!

4. If a severe, uncontrollable leak occurs anywhere in your house, turning of the water main should be the first action you take. Make sure you know where it is located so you don't find yourself under wate in the event of an emergency. Calling GreenTeam should be your second step in resolving the issue!


5. A strong shower head can make or break your shower experience, but remember that too much pressure can wear down your shower fixtures. Call GreenTeam to have your water pressure checked every few months. The recommended pressure level is between 60 and 180 PSI. 

 Remember, for these and all other plumbing issues you experience, call the experts at GreenTeam Plumbing to save the day!

Source: Home ESP

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Backflow Theft Update!

Just mere days after the string of backflow preventer theft hit Oakland Park, the same situation occurred in Coral Springs. On the evening of May 10th, ten backflow systems were broken and stolen.

This was the situation at one location in Coral Springs. You can see the pipes were smashed open in the same fashion as the Oakland Park thefts. Water was flowing freely, creating a small river in the grass and running up water bills for local residents.

Once we were able to get the water flow under control, this temporary fix was put into place while waiting for new parts to arrive. 
For more information on backflow preventer systems and all your plumbing needs, visit our website or call us today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Backflow Preventer Theft Hits Oakland Park, Fl.

Late at night on Friday May 6th, thieves ran rampant in Oakland Park, Florida with the intent of stealing the brass pipes from backflow preventers in the area. With brass selling at roughly $2 per pound, a person can easily make about $30 selling the heavy brass pipes from these systems. 

It appears the pipes were smashed out of place with a hammer or similar device leaving water gushing uncontrollably from the broken system. This was the situation at local businesses and residential areas alike, leaving residents with a high water bill and no protection from contamination in their water supply. 

Unfortunately until the city finds a safer way to contain the backflow preventer systems, city officials believe this won't be the end of the theft. 

Greenteam Plumbing recently completed a blackflow preventer project for a Kidney Dialysis Center in Davie, Florida that underwent the same type of theft. Check out our previous blog post for more information on what we did to install a new system and protect it from theft! 

For more information on the recent string of theft in Oakland Park visit the Sun Sentinel online. 

Source: Sun Sentinel

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Backflow Preventer Project!

A backflow preventer is a machine used to protect water from contamination. Water is normally provided to the pipes in our homes and buildings at a significant pressure. If extreme conditions occur and water pressure drops significantly the pressure in the pipe will be reduced, possibly allowing polluted water from the ground to enter our water supply. This is where the backflow preventer comes in handy, preventing this type of contamination. You can see what an important device this is for our buildings and water supply!

Recently, there has been an increase in backflow preventer theft. They are being stolen from properties and being sold as scrap metal. We have come across such an incident at a Kidney Dialysis facility in Davie, Fl. When we arrived at the location, this is what we found:

We got to work immediately, installing a new backflow preventer for the facility. 

Here you can see the foundation and basic installation of the backflow preventer. 

As an added precaution, we installed a safety cage so the system cannot be disturbed. 

The cage is bolted down with special bolts to ensure this system can't be stolen. 

And finally, we included a strong lock so that only those who are supposed to have access can get to it. 

This is a project Greenteam Plumbing is definitely proud of!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When To Hire A Plumber

It is important to hire a plumber to help save you money in the long run and prevent further damage from occurring.

Here are some possible problems which GreenTeam Plumbing can help you with:

  • Low water pressure throughout the house: This problem can be caused by a number of factors, such as obstructions (rust or debris) in the water lines; low water pressure from the city supply or a well; or even poor supply-line design. 
  • No hot water: Many issues could be happening inside the water heater such as broken heating elements, circuit breakers or blown fuses, faulty thermostats, or a bad overload switch. Or, the hot water tank could be leaking.
  • Replacing a water heater: Think twice before attempting to replace a heater by yourself. Remember, we can carry your new water heater in, hook it up, and make sure that it works properly.
  • Sewer line stoppage: If you can't get the sewer line to stop backing up, you probably have a bad plug in the line that runs out to the main sewer. (Tree roots are often the cause.) 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Water Conservation Tips

Water conservation has become an important practice in all regions across the world, even where water seems abundant.

In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

Call GreenTeam Plumbing today to do your part with one or more of these tips!

  • Check your toilets for leaks!  Put a little bit of food coloring in your tank.  If within 30 minutes, without flushing, the color appears in your bowl, you have a leak which should be repaired immediately!
  • Speaking of toilets...did you know that the average toilet uses 7,000 gallons of water per year?!  Switching to a more efficient toilet can save you up to 5,000 gallons per year!  
  • After checking your toilet, check faucets and pipes for leaks.  A small drip from a worn washer can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day!
  • Having a water saving shower head installed is a great way to cut your water usage in half each time you shower!

Call GreenTeam today and we can help make your home or office green!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

GreenTeam Testimonial

We wanted to share this awesome thank you letter we received about two of our technicians this morning:

"Please convey my thanks to Eric English (and Bill), for a job well done. Bill is very personable and I especially appreciate the timeliness. Eric installed the new main equipment and he did an excellent job of removing the old and making the necessary stability adjustments for the new; all while being very neat, pleasant, professional, and meticulous to detail. Please accept my sincere compliments for hiring such quality people to represent your company. Sincerely, Yeny F."

Thank you, Yeny!

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