Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog

5 Useful Facts About Plumbing

October 8th, 2018

surprised-woman-with-glassesThere are many interesting facts about plumbing people don’t know. For example, it was Alfred M. Moen who invented the single-handed mixing faucet. Moen came up with the idea after scalding his hands using a standard two-handle faucet. He had finished the project by 1939, but wasn’t able to find a manufacturer until 1947.

Interesting to know. But not something you’ll find helpful with your actual plumbing unless you want to impress houseguests with your knowledge of the origin of the single-handed faucet in the bathroom. We have some more useful facts about your plumbing to help you take care of it and know when to call a professional plumber in Melrose, NM for repairs.

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Things You May Not Know About Your Garbage Disposal

September 23rd, 2018

checkmarks-redThe garbage disposal is a good friend to have in your home kitchen. Maybe better than some of the finest books you can purchase on the culinary arts. You may not think of the sink disposal as a friend, but when you stop to consider the conveniences—and how much more work kitchen clean-up would be without it—you can see why it’s so important to have the disposal around.

The garbage disposal in Clovis, NM is one of our areas of expertise. We install them, replace them, and repair them, so we know quite a bit about their secrets. We’d like to share a few things you may not have known about the garbage disposal. These facts can help you take good care of your kitchen sink disposal and make sure it works for many years to come.

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The Heat Pump Water Heater Difference

September 10th, 2018

hands-under-waterHeating water for use in homes was the same for decades: a metal tank storing hot water, and gas jets or electric heating elements to maintain the water temperature.

But technology has changed, and that’s why we can talk to you today about the heat pump water heater. If you’re currently considering water heaters in Portales, NM for new installation, we hope you’ll find this information useful. Our water heater experts are available to speak to you when you want more details and an assessment of what type of water heating system is the best match for your house.

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Is It Worth It to Remodel a Bathroom?

August 27th, 2018

luxury-bathroomWhen you think about undertaking remodeling projects in your house, is the bathroom one that leaps to mind first? Probably not. Homeowners often gravitate toward “flashier” projects that make the house more attractive for guests. A big kitchen remodel can make a significant difference in a home—or maybe redoing the whole living room to add entertainment space.

The bathroom remodel, however, is a good option to consider. If you’re currently in limbo when it comes to whether you should go ahead and have your bathroom remodeled or put the money into another project, here a few things to consider.

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Are There Health Risks from Old Pipes?

August 13th, 2018

pipe-decayPeople are more concerned today than ever before about the quality of the water that comes to their homes. Municipal water goes through treatment plants to ensure that it is safe to drink, but it’s possible for water to pick up contaminants through ground water seepage on the way to a residential plumbing system. (This is how hardness usually starts in water.) There’s also a concern about old piping and how it can add toxicity to the water supply. You can’t do much about municipal pipes, but what about the pipes in your home? If you live in an older house, you may have outdated and aging pipes—could these create health risks for your household?

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Do I Have a Minor Clog or a Major Sewer Line Problem?

July 30th, 2018

woman-with-plumberWe’d like to tell you that the issue you’re having with your drain is a simple clog and that all you need to do to fix it is to take a plunger, or a basic hand-cranked drain snake, and put in a few minutes of work. Presto! Done.

And sometimes this is the case. But it isn’t always, which is why we must keep you informed of the other possibilities for clogged up drains. There are signs to watch for that will help you figure out if you’ve got a minor clog slowing or stopping your drains—or something bigger like a broken or blocked sewer line. You need to have Clovis, NM drain cleaning service to fix this, or more extensive sewer line repair work.

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Repiping: How Much Your Home Needs

July 16th, 2018

pipes-corrodedPlumbing pipes get old, like anything else in a home. But how fast a pipe gets old, and what happens to it as age starts to catch up to it, is different depending on the pipe material. Throughout the history of indoor plumbing, many different materials have been used to construct the freshwater and wastewater pipes for homes: clay, copper, lead, cast iron, brass, galvanized steel, copper, PVC plastic, PEX plastic, and CPVC plastic. Based on the age of your house, you may have a variety of pipe materials running through the walls, ceilings, and underground—and some of them made need to be repiped for newer material.

The big question: When you call on a plumber in Melrose, NM for repiping, how much repiping do you need?

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Contaminants That May Be in Your Home’s Water

July 2nd, 2018

boy-drinking-waterDo you know what is in the water you and your family drink every day and use to bathe, cook, and clean? Maybe you don’t want to know—but it’s vital for the health of your household to have any harmful contaminants removed.

Below is a list of some of the more common waterborne pollutants that may be traveling through your freshwater plumbing at this moment. As you read these, keep in mind that there are solutions to these problems.

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Ideas for New Sinks in a Kitchen Remodel

June 18th, 2018

sink-basin-kitchenIf you’ve landed on this blog post, it’s likely because you’re looking to make an upgrade in your home’s kitchen. It may be a full plumbing-to-light fixture kitchen remodeling, or it might be only putting in a new sink. But whatever the extent of your remodeling, you’ve got new kitchen sinks on your mind and you want to know what your options are.

And you have plenty of options. Kitchen sinks are not only designed for function but also for décor. Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about what you want from your kitchen sink remodel, either as part of a full kitchen redesign or only a few upgrades.

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Is Hard Water Unhealthy for My Family to Drink?

June 4th, 2018

water-softener-tankWe offer installation of many residential water treatment systems. One we install frequently is the water softener. But when we mention water softeners to homeowners, they often become concerned. They know hard water is “not a good thing,” and their mind first goes to possible health problems. While strongly recommend installing a water softener in Farwell, TX for any home that has hard water problems, this isn’t necessarily because of health concerns.

Let’s take a closer look at hard water, what it does, and if it poses a health risk to your family.

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