If your faucet just won’t stop dripping, we’d be happy to help. Call us at 813-676-9046. Book an appointment tpday at Ben Franklin Plumbibg.com
Have you ever had your water quality tested? In this episode, Tyler tells us why water quality is so important to you and your family. Contact Ben Franklin Plumbing to receive a complimentary home water quality test.
We’re in the business of making customers happy. That’s really all that matters to us.
Recently, we had a technician call management with a concern for a customer. This particular customer didn’t have the income to take care of the plumbing problems in her home. He asked if there was anything our team could do to help.
We put a group together, including the managers, and went out to her home on our personal time. We got all of her drains back in working order. It made her really happy, which made us really happy. She’s now a customer for life.
Not only does she continue to use Benjamin Franklin for her plumbing needs, she tells everyone about us! We’re not just out there to do a job. Our main goal is to make sure customers are 100% satisfied.
We’re here to make a difference. And that’s really what sets us apart from the rest.
If you’ve dropped your wedding ring down you the sink drain, stop everything (including the water!) and listen to this podcast.
Your disposal and drains take a beating during the holiday season. In this podcast, Tyler gives us a few tips to make sure your plumbing system stays healthy this year.
Is it time to replace your water heater? Find out more about our water heater services.
The best way to avoid a major water heater issue is regular maintenance. In this podcast, James tells us why it’s so important and when we should thinking about replacing our water heaters.
Yearly maintenance is the best way to extend the life of your water heater. The Ben Franklin Society Maintenance Program membership includes a water heater tune-up annually.
During that tune-up, we’ll flush your water heater to clean out all the sediment that builds up in the bottom. That will help the heater work more efficiently throughout the year.
We’ll also check what’s called your anode rod, which basically sacrifices itself for the life of the heater. If you keep the anode rod in good shape, water will have something to attack other than the tank itself.
The average lifespan of a water heater is eight to twelve years. Like anything else in your plumbing system, it depends on the type of water flowing through it. If you have soft water that’s filtered and free of chemicals and minerals, it’s going to last longer.
Water heaters are steel tanks with a glass lining, but as they heat and cool repeatedly, the glass breaks up and water gets to the steel. Eventually they just rust out. Especially if your water heater’s inside your attic or a closet, it’s wise to replace it around the 8-10 year mark. If it fails, you could be dealing with a flooding issue.
When it comes time to replace your water heater, we offer several options. Whether you’re interested in energy efficiency or you need hot water for a family of ten, we can help you find a system that’s right for you. Call the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing at 813-676-9046.
The holidays are a busy time of year for our drains. It’s important to do whatever we can to make sure our plumbing systems make it through the season without any issues.
Friends and family that are visiting might not realize the kind of care your garbage disposal requires. It’s best to advise them to scrape their plates off in the trash, rather than dumping the whole thing down the disposal.
If you do end up putting foods like peels and rice down the drain, be sure to plug the sink, fill it with water, and pull the plug as you turn on the disposal. The added pressure helps the food get down the drain a little better.
We see a lot of pipes and water heaters spring leaks in the cold weather, due to expansion and contraction. Proper maintenance is the key to avoiding those leaks.
During regular maintenance, we’ll flush your water heater, and do a complete check of the elements. We’ll inspect your faucets, fixtures, garbage disposals, and thermostats. We make sure your entire plumbing system is ready for the season.
Enjoy your holidays without any plumbing problems by scheduling maintenance from Ben Franklin Plumbing at 813-676-9046.
Tropical storm or the rain bands associated with hurricanes can damage your plumbing. Here are the precautions you should take to prevent plumbing issues:
Clear Slow or Backed up Drains
Make sure you do not have any sewer drain backups or slow drains prior to the storm. As the saying goes, it is the straw that breaks the camel’s back – Heavy rain will cause an even larger backup in your home.
You can test to see if your drains are working by pouring water through them and seeing how long it will take to drain. If your drains take longer than a few seconds to drain, try using a product like BioBen to clear and maintain the drain. If you are experiencing any drain backup it is best to call prior to the storm. Routine maintenance to keep your sewer main line clean by an experienced plumber is key.
Prepare BEFORE the Storm
Clear any debris around your home, including gutters. That debris eventually finds its way into the public sewer and can cause a backup for the neighborhood. Stinky stank!
Have stock a supply of 3-7 days of drinking water per person. You should also fill a tub up with water prior to the storm. If the water level is low, use a bucket of water to help flush your toilet. You can also use the water for other non-sterilized household tasks.
When Water is Restored After a Shut Off
When a water source is shut off or the pressure levels drop below 20psi, a water boil advisory is issued. When this happens the water becomes contaminated and bacteria will begin to grow. If you have a Water Boil Advisory, follow your local municipal for directions on your water usage.
When the water is turned back on:
- Run water for 5 minutes through direct connections which will release any trapped air in the system. You may experience a loud hammering sound that should stop as all the air trapped in the pipe is released.
- Run a water softener through one cycle of regeneration which will help remove the chloramine that the city adds to kill bacteria when they shut the water off.
- Run drinking fountains for 1 minute
- Dispose 3 batches from your ice cube maker
- Run all faucets/cold lines for 1 minute
After the storm passes inspect your property. Check to see if any shrubs or tree roots have shifted that could cause potential damage to underground pipes. If you experience any sewer backup from the storm, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing immediately at 866-867-5309. We are here waiting to address any pre or post storm drain issues.