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The summer countdown is on! That means cookouts, picnics, and lots of gatherings in the backyard. It also means some of the plumbing in your home will get much more use than normal. During his recent visit to Life.Style.Live!, Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, shared quick tips to prevent plumbing challenges in your home this summer. Watch the video and read more tips below.
Planning a vacation? Find the location of your water shutoff
Also known as the main water valve, the water shutoff valve can help you rest a little easier when away from home. It turns off the water in your entire home. Turning off the main water supply protects your property if there is a plumbing failure while you are on vacation. You cannot predict when a pipe will burst – and it is not unusual for homeowners to return home to discover significant damage from an unexpected plumbing emergency. Look for the main water shutoff valve in your basement or outside close to your property.
Know the dos and don’ts of your garbage disposal
Large gatherings are popular in summer, which makes the garbage disposal a convenient appliance to dump leftover food. Some food does not dissolve in your pipes, causing a clogged drain. Foods to avoid tossing in the garbage disposal are: Eggshells, pasta, rice, grease, oils, and fats. Foods that work well in your garbage disposal are: Cooked meats, ice, veggie and fruit scraps.
Lower the temperature on your water heater
It’s summer. You want hot water, not HOT HOT water. Lowering the temperature in summer could reduce your energy bill. The thermostat on a gas or tankless water heater is usually on the front. Changing the temperature on an electric water heater will require a professional plumber to adjust.
Inspect your washer hoses for cracks
Make sure your washer is prepared for the massive amount of laundry this summer. Washer hoses last for less than five years. Pull the washer away from the wall and check the hoses. Replace those that appear cracked. Lance recommends stainless steel washer hoses that are much more durable than rubber.
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Home buying? Consider a plumbing inspection
When buying a home, we often consider location, style, and yard size, but what about plumbing? The last thing any homeowner wants is to purchase a home and find out later that thousands of dollars in repairs are needed to fix plumbing issues. This is especially important when shopping for an older home. Having a licensed plumber inspect the home prior to purchase could help with decision-making if you are struggling between multiple choices and empower you in negotiations as you finalize an offer.
Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, explains more about the value of a plumbing inspection before signing on the dotted line to buy a new home.
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Earth Day: Tips to reduce water use in your home
It's Earth Day, a special day to remind us about what we can do to protect our planet. One way to protect the planet for future generations is by using water efficiently. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides recommendations on what we can do to preserve our nation's water resources. Among the recommendations are:
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WATCH: Solutions for a clogged drain
Most homeowners will experience a clogged drain. There's just no way around it. Some simple fixes could address the issue. Often a licensed plumber is needed for a permanent solution. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, explained some of the reasons why drains get clogged during a recent visit to Life.Style.Live! He also detailed how plumbers attack the problem. Watch here.
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WATCH: Signs you need a drain clearing
Do you hear gurgling sounds coming from your drain, or experience water moving slowly out of your shower or bathtub? These are signs of a drain issue that needs immediate attention. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, visited Indy Now Live to discuss what the issue could be and how to fix it. Watch the video here.
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WATCH: Going tankless...Here's what you need to know
Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity with homeowners. According to Coherent Market Insights, the global tankless water heater market is estimated to experience a 5.7 percent growth rate by 2027.
Unlike a storage-tank water heater, going tankless can be a smart choice for your home and wallet. Water heater usage is the second largest expense for your home, so research is critical to finding the best solution for the needs of your home and family. Here are a few facts about tankless water heaters to make your decision easier.
WATCH: Lance, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, and TJ, sales supervisor, share tips on Life.Style.Live! on WISH-TV.
A tankless water heater carries a bigger price tag than storage but pays for itself over time in energy efficiency, maintenance, and durability. Purchasing a tankless water heater can earn you a tax deduction or a rebate from your utility company. Moreover, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years compared to 7-10 for storage which saves you money long-term for a replacement.
Hot water on demand
This is the best reason for many homeowners to say yes to going tankless. Endless hot water is ready when you want it. Storage water tanks keep gallons of hot water ready for whenever you need it but can run out. That can be challenging when your home has guests for the holidays or if everyone in the house decides to take a long bath on the same day. When the tank is empty, the last one in the shower or bath will have to wait for the water to warm up again or deal with cold water.
You don’t have to wait for hot water with a tankless. It heats instantly and gives you hot water for as long as you need it. No cold water surprises in the shower.
Once a plumber installs your tankless water heater, very little maintenance is required, as long as good water quality is maintained. Because it is tankless, it minimizes common risks related to storage water heaters such as leaks and sediment buildup. This generation of tankless water heaters includes wi-fi technology to adjust temperature away from home.
Who should consider a tankless water heater?
A tankless water heater is for those who desire endless hot water, have space concerns, or want a more efficient product.
Do I need a gas or electric line to install a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters work with electric, natural gas, or propane.
What brand does L.D. Smith Plumbing recommend?
We are a proud supplier of Navien tankless water heaters. Recognized for its sophisticated engineering and robust design, Navien is one of the fastest-growing companies in the home comfort sector and a leader in providing condensing tankless water heaters.
Is a consultation needed prior to installation?
We highly recommend a consultation to inspect the location of your current water heater and help you determine if a tankless water heater is the best solution for your home.
Will my older home accommodate a tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters work well in most homes – old and new. Again, we highly recommend a consultation with a member of our team to confirm if a tankless water heater is the best solution for your home.
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Winter plumbing tips for your home
Winter is here. As temperatures dip, the greater the possibility for frozen pipes. Lance recently appeared on Life.Style.Live! to share tips to keep your home protected.
When outside temperatures hit below 20 degrees, pipes become vulnerable to freezing. Left unprotected, pipes can burst as they thaw and cause significant damage to your property such as flooding. Lance's tips are:
1. Insulate your pipes
Exposed pipes in basements, crawl spaces and attics are susceptible to freezing if there’s no heat source in those areas. Items to use are pipe insulation and to make sure that area has a heat source. It’s also a good idea to check these pipes periodically to ensure pipes are still covered.
2. Seal cracks
Seal cracks near pipes where there are openings to allow cold air can also reduce the possibility of freezing pipes. Most of these openings can be found near dryer vents and electrical wiring, and crawl space vents. Caulk or insulation works to seal these openings, as well as expandable spray foam.
3. Let faucets drip
When freezing temperatures are expected, turn on your water faucet to a drip. Constantly keeping a small flow in the line will greatly reduce the chances of the line freezing.
4. IMPORTANT: Know the location of your water shutoff.
If pipes are frozen, you want to know the location of your main shutoff to turn the water off right away. Also, I would recommend turning off the main shutoff when away from the home for long periods of time.
Winter in Indianapolis can be unpredictable. The experts at L.D. Smith Plumbing are available 24/7 for everyday plumbing problems including frozen pipes. Request an appointment for your plumbing repair.
WATCH: Lance shares fall plumbing tips on Indy Style
As you prepare for pumpkin picking, leaf raking, and all things fall, add a quick plumbing check to your to-do list. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, visited the TV show Indy Style to share plumbing a few plumbing tips for fall. Fall is a great time to check your pipes, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures to ensure your home is ready to handle the cold weather ahead.
Check your water heater
If it’s older than 10 years old, now is the time to consider a replacement to guarantee warm
water. For energy savings, set the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.
Disconnect outdoor water hose
This prevents freezing pipes and damage to your plumbing in the winter months.
Schedule major sewer line or drain repairs
No one wants to replace sewer pipes in winter. It’s no fun. Temperatures affect your sewer
pipes. Even if you have a small crack in your pipe right now, freezing temperatures can create a
bigger problem if not treated such as a flooded home or blockage. If there are any concerns
about sewer line, schedule an inspection to find leaks or cracks and treat those issues to ensure
your pipes are winter-ready.
Make it easy to access your shut off valve
This is very important for homeowners, especially if you have winter vacation plans. The shut-off
valve turns off water flow to your home preventing significant damage to your home in case
there is a hard freeze or flooding while you are away. Make sure you know the exact location of
your shut-off valve and have a plan for how to access it if there is heavy snow.
Check all pipes
Inspect all pipes in your home to make sure they are in a conditioned area and crawl space
vents are closed. Also, make sure no siding or insulation has been removed or damaged that
would allow cold air in.
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Ten great years because of YOU
To all my loyal customers:
Ten years has come so fast. I can’t believe it was just yesterday that I was in a tiny, one-car garage near Butler University, not knowing how I was going to make my mortgage payment the next month. I started on this journey probably a little sooner than I should have but felt a change was needed in the industry and simply couldn’t wait any longer.
Many of you have been with me from the beginning despite our small size and relatively unknown name in the Indianapolis area. From the very beginning, you trusted us with the large "dirty” jobs and remain loyal customers today. For my newer customers, I am so grateful to you as well for giving us a chance, and I don’t think you will be disappointed that you did. I look forward to still having you and thanking you 10 years from now.
As this journey is only about halfway there in my overall vision, thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart, for choosing L.D. Smith Plumbing to handle your plumbing needs. Thank you for trusting us to provide quality service at a fair price without the gimmicks. Your support has enabled both myself and my employees to achieve our goals and the company to continue to grow into a wonderful workplace. Without you….NONE of this would be possible.