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SMART Plumbing Tips
11 Jun 2018
The Benefits of Copper Pipes
If you’re looking to install new water lines for a home, Copper pipes are the recommended material. Copper has a proven reputation for its great longevity, durability, and reliability, easily rendering galvanized water pipes obsolete and having some benefits over CPVC plastic pipes, its main competition. Due to their high resistance to corrosion, Copper pipes have a long life expectancy – an average of 50-70 years as opposed to galvanized pipes which can last about 40 years before severe rusting sets in. Copper pipes are very tolerant of heat, able to withstand temperatures 5 times higher than CPVC before the risk of melting and are much more sturdy and resistant to cracking. An added benefit of copper pipes is that, when it’s time to replace, they are also sustainable. Quality copper products and pipes can easily be recycled from even old, worn copper, as opposed to downcycled as many plastics must be. While Copper does have many benefits, CPVC water pipes ARE considerably less expensive and are conveniently easy to assemble and break apart. CPVC also never rusts, being completely immune to metal electrolysis. Ultimately the better pipe material comes down to your budget and home’s needs. Give us a […]
Stubborn Clog Preventing Your Plumbing From Draining?
SMART Fact Friday – by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Stubborn clog preventing your plumbing from draining? For do-it-yourself rookies, a humble plunger might be all you need to make short work of a simple clog! First, make sure you have the correct plunger for the job: a cup plunger is actually for sink/tubs, a flange plunger will better fit the toilet. Press the plunger against the clogged drain, making sure the cup is fully submerged under a good layer of water. Press gently down, forcing air into the drain and rhythmically push and pull, careful not to break the plunger’s seal over the drain. The alternating suction of the water will dislodge the obstruction and allow the fixture to drain normally when finished. For sinks and tubs, it’s also a good idea to remove any strainer, drain seal or hair clot from the immediate entrance to the drain for maximum plunging effect. Also, NEVER plunge while drain cleaners are being used – many cleaners use powerful chemicals such as lye that dissolves clogs, but will also cause irritation or burns if splashed onto skin or eyes. If plunging is not enough and your clog persists, feel free to contact your local […]
SMART Fact Friday: The Most Common Toilet Clogs
SMART Fact Friday – by SMART Plumbing Hawaii We asked our SMART Plumbers, and by far one of the most troublesome and common toilet clogs they encounter will be Baby Wipes. Often marketed as “flushable,” these child necessities are actually better off in a waste bin than in your drains. While it may seem logical to flush baby wipes, they are made of tough fabric that can snag on the inside of pipes, especially old, rusty ones, which can lead to some very stubborn clogs. Other sanitation wipes also apply, such as disinfectant wipes and make-up removers. Worse still, unlike toilet paper which are designed to disintegrate in the septic tank, wipes are too tough to break down. Mixed with oils and waste in the drains, the wipes become nigh-unbreakable knots and can cause nasty obstructions in the sewer system. For major city municipal sewage systems like in New York, the repairs for removing wipes from their treatment machines can rack up MILLIONS of dollars in damages. Avoid flushing your wipes whenever possible, especially if you have an older home. Wipes are often too tough to unclog with just a plunger and will often demand a plumber’s assistance in the worst […]
SMART Fact Friday: What Water Heater Is Best For You
SMART Fact Friday – by SMART Plumbing Hawaii Looking for a new Water Heater? Buy the heater that best suits your needs and budget! Here’s a brief rundown of some different heaters’ qualities: – Electric Heater: Very easy to install and maintain, and the tank itself is cheaper than others. However, as the cost of electricity is typically higher than gas fuel, the Electric Heater’s overall energy bill can be a bit more expensive in some areas. – Gas Heater: Requires a lot more work to install, needing proper ventilation for safe exhaust disposal, adequate air supply, and regular system upkeep. However, Gas Heaters heat their water much more quickly than their electric counterparts, making them ideal for larger families. There are two types of gas-based heaters: propane and natural gas. Generally, propane is the more expensive fuel. – On-Demand Electric Heater: While significantly more expensive to purchase and install than tanks, the Electric On-Demand heaters are by far the most efficient energy-wise, as they heat only when immediately needed and at the fastest speed. They also last significantly longer than other heaters with minimal maintenance needed. – On-Demand Gas Heater: Like their tank counterparts, On-Demand Gas Heaters are very […]
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Anyone who has faced a busted pipe or broken toilet will tell you that real plumbers are heroes. Great plumbing and a well-maintained system can add considerable value to one’s property. With that in mind, we competently and promptly service a variety of plumbing appliances including water heaters, dishwashers, garbage disposals, sinks, faucets, showers and tubs. We can even unclog drains, fix leaks and service pumps and pressure tank systems. We hire the smartest, strongest plumbers who have solid problem-solving skills to relieve you of the heaviest tasks. We’re conscientious, respect our customers and are ready to take on a new challenge for you. Gabriel Androyna, our Chief Technician started his plumbing career in 2006 as an apprentice in Arizona under the tutelage of Michael Cabinnis of Plumbing Solutions Inc., from there he moved to Hawaii in 2011 and began working for Clean Sewer Lines Inc., he earned his Journeyman Plumber License in 2015 and obtained his plumbing Contractor’s license in 2016. Taking control of his destiny, he and his wife, RosaLei (LEI), decided to venture out on their own and serve the community through the business they created, SMART Plumbing Hawaii. Together they designed a system where people can […]
154 Waianuenue Ave Hilo, HI 96720
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