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Benefits of a Navien Tankless Water Heater

Are you sick of taking cold showers? Have you had it with high water bills? Are you tired of your water heater taking up too much space in your basement? Are you worried about the negative effect your traditional water heater is having on the environment? You will find that a tankless water heater has incredible benefits and is more than likely the solution to all these problems.

We are confident that you will notice the following benefits when using a Navien tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters take up less space. It’s true. We have found that our tankless water heaters occupy 80% less space than traditional 50-gallon tank-type water heaters. When you choose the tankless water heater, you don’t have to worry about not having enough space in your basement for storage anymore.

They allow for hotter water. You read that right. Say goodbye to dreaded, cold showers when you invest in the Navien tankless water heater. Its primary condensing stainless-steel heat exchangers recover ex…
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How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

You woke up to find that you have frozen pipes... now what do you do?! Frozen pipes aren't all that uncommon during the winter months but that doesn't mean they are any less stressful. Outside of preventative measures, there are a few things you can do to help speed up the thawing process.

The first step can be a little tricky, you'll need to locate where the freeze is actually at. The most effective way to do this is to test each faucet. If no water or a very small amount trickles out, chances are the pipe leading to that spot is frozen. A majority of the time if one pipe is frozen, there are others also affected. If you are able to see pipes, like in the basement or under sinks, you may be able to identify it that way as well. Frozen plumbing will oftentimes result in a white frost and bludge at the problem area. If you are able to access the frozen area, you're in luck and have easier thawing options. 
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Little Known Plumbing Facts

We use plumbing every single day, oftentimes in more way than one. Despite the importance and prominence of modern plumbing in our lives, many people don't know very much about it. Prestige Plumbing strives to educate our clients on plumbing, how it works, and the best ways to care for your residential and commercial plumbing. Are you interested in knowing more about your plumbing? If you answered yes, here are a few little known facts about modern plumbing.

1. If you have a leaky faucet that drips just twice an hour, in one week you will have wasted OVER one gallon of water.

2. There is a long time saying that if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, water will flow the opposite direction of here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is false! Water is free moving and can flow in either direction wherever it is in the world.

3. Standardized plumbing can be traced back to around 3,000 B.C. to the Indus River Valley civilizations.

4. The flushing toilet wasn't invented until 1596 by …

Why Does My Home Have Low Water Pressure?

Water pressure is the strength at which water is pushed out from your faucets and showerheads. The water pressure psi should be somewhere between 40 and 45 psi and should not exceed 60 psi. Most pressure regulators are adjusted by turning the screw on top of the adjuster. Dealing with an unusually low water pressure can affect daily tasks like showering and washing dishes. A lighter flow can be quite annoying, especially if you have tried to make a pressure adjustment. There may be an underlying cause if you are noticing extended periods of dropping water pressure.

One of the most commonly fixed culprits is a leak somewhere along the line. Even a small leak can cause a sudden drop in pressure since not all the available water is making it to the tap in use. If you think you have a potential leak, you can check around your home and basement for sudden wet spots. If you aren't seeing any new moisture but are still concerned you can turn off all taps in the home, record the water me…

Basement Flood Prevention

A flooded basement is one of the most common home emergencies, and many homeowners have said it's one of the most unexpected. Many times a flooded basement can cause issues with other home appliances, like the water heater, furnace, and potentially washer and dryer sets. Protecting your home from flooding risk is an investment that saves you a lot of stress later on. Understanding a few quick home flood prevention tasks can go a long way. 
If you live in an area prone to heavy or prolonged rain, installing a sump pump is a great starting place. Automatic sump pumps protect your home as soon as water is detected. The pumps act as a drain and are angled in a low spot so water runs freely to them. When water enters the pump, it will push it out of the basement and away from the foundation of your home. We offer sump pump battery backups at Prestige Plumbing so you can relax knowing your home in protected even if the power goes out. 
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Tree Roots and Plumbing

Did you know that tree roots have a high growth rate during the early weeks of fall? The sudden growth of roots can lead to plumbing issues when roots find their way into plumbing pipes. Most home water waste lines pass through front or back yards where trees and bushes roots can find cracks and cause major blockages. If you notice sudden changes in shower drainage or toilet flushing, you should consider the risk of tree doing plumbing damage.

Slow draining or gurgling while water is going down are two of the most noticeable signs. Many times a homeowner will opt for a quick pipe snake to but the clog, but if the problem continues you should have a more explorative look from a professional plumbing contractor the specializes in video drain inspections, like Prestige Plumbing.

While sinkholes are a little less common, spots in your yard that seem to be sinking or extra wet can be a good way to identify the spot the problem area. When a tree root begins to damage a pipe, water will see…

Common Plumbing Questions

We here at Prestige Plumbing understand how frustrating plumbing repairs and issues within your home or business can be. Sometimes they aren't as severe as they initially seem to be. Plumbing something that every home has, but not every homeowner fully understands. We're here to help clear up some questions we hear a lot when working in our customer's homes.

1. What should I do if my faucet is leaking?
Often times we hear, " Well I tried to tighten the faucet and knobs, but it is still leaking." Most of the time a leak comes from a worn-out internal seal. Once we have the faucet apart we have a better understanding of if more than just a seal or two needs replaced.

2. My drain is clogged, how can I fix it myself next time?
Prestige Plumbing really recommends having a professional deal with a moderate to severe clog. Drain cleaners can damage your plumbing, and a professional can fully clear the clog quickly and completely. There are a lot of different reasons an…