Garbage Disposal Installation

Houston garbage disposal installation can be done professionally by Nick’s Plumbing in Houston and the Houston Heights. Whether you are upgrading, replacing broken one or installing a brand new garbage disposal, we can help!
When it comes to garbage disposal installation, you need to have a professional do the work for you, ensuring everything is hooked up safely and properly, ready for everyday use. Nick’s Plumbing cares about treating customers ethically and repairing or replacing your garbage disposals at a fair and affordable price.

New Garbage Disposal

If you are in the market for a new garbage disposal we carry the most popular models on the market, call and talk to us about our complete inventory of garbage disposals. We offer a 12 year warranty on most new garbage disposals installed.
We bring top quality and value to every garbage disposal installation job we do.Our main concern is your satisfaction. Nick’s Plumbing has been installing new garbage disposals in Houston and the Houston Heights area since 1979. Call Nick’s Plumbing today to schedule your garbage disposal installation.

Garbage Disposal Repair

Are you looking for garbage disposal repair in the Houston and Houston Heights area? Call Nick’s Plumbing for immediate service.

Garbage Disposal Repair Services

Garbage disposal repair is one of the most common reasons someone will need a plumber. Garbage disposals are a great thing to have in your kitchen; you probably use it every day and don’t even think about it. But garbage disposals are a commonly misused kitchen appliance. For example, garbage disposals are not designed to handle large amounts of waste and you’d be surprised how much stuff people jam in there thinking that the disposal will just make it disappear! If your garbage disposal needs repair, you’re noticing one of the following problems:

  • Slow draining
  • Sink not draining at all
  • Garbage disposal not turning on
  • Garbage disposal jammed
  • Loud noise or shuddering when disposal is on

Nick’s Plumbing has been repairing garbage disposals since 1979, meaning there is probably not a garbage disposal problem that we have not seen. Our knowledgeable plumbers can find the root cause of your garbage disposal problem and repair it quickly so you can get back to normal. If we find that your old and worn out garbage disposal is beyond repair, we will also recommend the best new garbage disposal for your needs and offer it at a fair price. We offer garbage disposal repair and garbage disposal installation done right the first time to save you time and money. Call Nick’s Plumbing today to schedule your garbage disposal repair.

Heights area since 1979. Call Nick’s Plumbing today to schedule your garbage disposal installation.

Protecting Pipes from Freezing Weather in Houston

In Houston, October to November is a good time for checking that the house will get through a tough winter. The foliage is dying down, and it is easier to see if there are any shrubs hanging onto your house. Brick and siding lasts longer without clinging vines or roots.  Houston winters are unpredictable in knowing when the sub-freezing temperatures will be here, you haven’t a moment to lose to take steps to ensure your plumping pipes will be insulated against the sub-freezing temperatures. Because frozen water increases in size, a frozen plumbing pipe is in danger of cracking or breaking. Not only might your water flow be decreased or shut off when a pipe freezes, but after the thaw which will happen in Houston off and on all winder, you will develop a potentially very damaging plumbing leak as water pours out from the gap in the tube.

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Fox News Features Plumbing expert Richard Saad, President of Nick’s Plumbing on topic of Protecting Pipes from Freezing Weather: MyFoxHOUSTON.comFor people who will be away this winter for extended time traveling, or people who have unused upper stories in the home, it is specially important to have a plumber come out and winterize the home. In order to cut back on the fuel costs, most people lower the thermostat in unused rooms. This makes plumbing pipes in those areas particularly vulnerable to crystalizing. Just imagine returning from a vacation and discovering your precious carpets ravaged by a large flood brought on by a burst plumbing pipe and you can understand the paramountcy of winterizing the plumbing your dwelling. The positive news is, most all purpose plumbing companies provide a a pre-winter pipe protection plan, which can be specifically tailored to your home plumbing requirements. although every household and each situation is different, this is what a licensed plumbing company will do for you. Plumbing companies will begin by putting insulation all over exposed plumbing pipes, particularly pipes along outside walls, which are the ones most likely to bring cold air to flow into the domicile. homeowners who will be away for a long period of time most often set their thermometers at 40 degrees.

Now here’s the real preparation. When winterizing the plumbing of a domicile for homeowners who will be out of town for most of the winter, the plumbing company will drain all the plumbing pipes in the abode. To accomplish this,, they will shut the power to the water heater and boiler, and shut off the gas flow to gas powered heaters. Next they will pour anti-freeze into the pipes, to protect them from bursting, even in the most frigid conditions. the plumber will add anti-freeze to the toilets as well. When winterizing the plumbing of dwellings with unoccupieid upper stories, a plumbing company can install, as needed, shut off valves to the plumbing pipes that bring water to the upstairs. For easy use, the plumber will change the valves from gate valves to ball valves, which require a simple 1/4 turn to close the water flow.

Every type of exposed plumbing pipe must be insulated, whether it is made of plastic or metal, as both types are vulnerable to freezing and breaking. Often galvanized pipes that break are the hardest to fix.

The cost for plumbing winterization varies from area to area and domicile to domicile, but it is cash well worth spending. Recent winters in Houston have been very unpredictable from warm to the most frigid on record over the longest time occurring in the last few years. Preparing your plumbing pipes for winter brings with it the security of knowing that your plumbing pipes will be safe all winter.

Guide To Water Leak Detection In Your Home

As was amply demonstrated by record breaking drought in Texas last year including the greater Houston area, low level rainfall in our area can result in a record number of water leaks for the city and for private businesses and homes.  As Houston continues to expand the replenishment of water supply is critical and we will likely see more hard measures as last year during the drought where under the city’s water conservation plan residents were ordered to find and fix all detectable leaks within 72 hours of discovering them, or face a $150 fine.

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Therefore, we should make our best efforts to watch out for water leaks in our homes, no matter how small those leaks might be to prevent from needing to take emergency measures if it should become worse the ground shifting during drought or to be caught and fined by the city.

Although some water leaks are so slow that they are not detectable, some known leaks are being ignored by some homeowners. This is due to ignorance to the fact that small leaks around Houston that keep on leaking would add up into thousands of gallons a year. Imagine if all homeowners had that same attitude?

Moreover, water leaks not only contribute to an potential water shortages during droughts, but also cause damage to some parts of the house’s structure. Damages to the house structural elements could cause the house to deteriorate faster, collapse, and cause injuries to its occupants.

Water leak detection can either be done by periodically checking the areas and components of the house’s plumbing system or by installing a commercially available water leak detection device.

There are mainly two types of water leak detection system:

1. Passive Leak Detection Systems – are usually stand-alone battery-operated devices that produce alarm sounds when its moisture sensor becomes wet, these alarms enable the homeowner to locate exactly where the water leaks are and do the necessary repairs. Since these are battery-dependent devices, its battery should be checked regularly.

2. Active Leak Detection Systems – also sounds an alarm when it detect water leaks, and will automatically stop the water flow. It may use a moisture sensor or a flow sensor in monitoring any water leaks. There are two types of active leak detection system:

a. Individual appliance systems – monitors leaks from a single appliance and automatically shuts off water supply to such appliance should leaks be detected.

b. Whole house systems – monitors leaks in the whole house and shuts off the main water supply to the house should leaks be detected. A whole house system is composed of several moisture sensors which sends signal to control the valve via a radio signal or by means of wiring connections.

Every house is unique and has a special situation to determine what type of water leak system is applicable. Some simple systems may be installed by the homeowner, but complex systems should be done by a qualified plumber.

If you don’t have a water leak detection system device installed in your house, you can always check your house periodically for any water leaks, unless of course if you already hear those water dripping sound. Water leaks usually happen in areas where the water-consuming appliance and plumbing fixtures are located. Among the most obvious areas to look for water leaks are:

1. Bathroom & toilet area (check for leaks on showerhead, faucet, and water heating system)
2. Kitchen (check for leaks on faucet, dishwasher, water heating system)
3. Laundry room (check for leaks on faucet, clothes washer)
4. Garage and basement area (check on evaporator cooler, hot water system)
5. Lawn (check on turf, low water use garden, irrigation system)
6. Pool and spa
7. Patio
8. Water meter

Detecting water leaks through the sight and sound may seem an easy task. This may be true in fast and big leaks, but slow and small leaks, it could be impossible to detect without the aid of a water leak detection device. Here are some tips in monitoring the house for possible water leaks.

1. Water is leaking in your toilet when water is moving from the tank to the bowl when nobody is flushing it.

2. When your toilet is flushing itself when nobody is near the toilet.

3. Another method of detecting water leak in the toilet is to place food color in the tank, should you see the color in the bowl after a few minutes then you can conclude that there is a leak.

4. Since most water pipes are embedded in the walls and floors, we can only know if there are leaks when you see discoloration on a wall, ceiling, and carpet.

5. Detecting water leaks in sprinkling system is the same with spotting leaks on concealed piping systems.

6. One such practical way to know whether you have water leaks in your house is to monitor your water bill. Should you have higher water bill with the same usual consumption, you could seek a professional plumber or check it out with your local utility company.

Water leaks only worsen through time; it would be wise for you to deal with it as early as possible. Early detection and repair shall save you money and prevent damage to your house. If you ignore it, you are only postponing something you should do anyway.

Handy Tips for Saving Money on your Water Bill

Now that Houston is entering the summer months, once again we seem to be repeating last years tendency to be on rather dry.  Already some parts of Houston are starting impose water restrictions. It’s a good time to consider if you may be using more water than you thought! Inspect your last few water bills. Did you know that the average family of four can use anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 gallons of water per month?  That comes to 127,000 gallons of water a year!  Your habits typically dictates the amount of water used. The largest daily user of water in the home is the toilet.

A simple standard toilet flush uses 3.5 gallons of water each time adding up to around 7,000 gallons annually!  However if you have a running toilet, it can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month! There are all sorts of water hogs in the home (including you) that could be raising that water and sewage utility bill through the roof! In following a few water conservation tips, you could enjoy a much lower bill. Use these tips as a starting point to begin thinking about how you can better conserve water this summer:

1. Replace all the dripping faucets in your home as you could be wasting 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of water a year by allowing those slow drips to continue. Sometimes all it takes is replacing the rubber gaskets into the faucet handle.

2. Consider installing aerators that allow for flow restriction to reduce the output of water from your faucets.

3. Do not operate your dishwasher or washing machine with anything less than full capacity. You are wasting water running them only half full.

4. Check for toilet tank leaks and replace sticky flushing handles that allow the water to run in the bowl. To test for leaks, put some dark food coloring in the tank. If you notice any color in the bowl within 20 minutes, you know there is a leak somewhere.

5. The inner parts of the toilet tank may become corroded or require replacing as they wear out. Parts are quite inexpensive and easy to replace on your own. You should make it a habit to replace them every few years.

6. Consider installing a low flow showerhead as this can save you some gallons of water each month. Or, you can take shorter showers.

7. Conserve your water by recycling it. If you take a shower, bring a bucket into the shower with you to capture the excess and then use it to water flowers, mopping floors or any other applicable chore around your home. The same principle applies for leftover water from boiling pasta or washing dishes.

8. Because taking baths uses up to 20 gallons more water than showers, consider reducing your bathtub trips and shower instead.

9. Install rain barrels outdoors to capture rainwater during one of Houston’s afternoon thunderstorms and use it to water the garden, flower beds or container plants. Of course, take precautions to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This will reduce the need to use the garden hose and thereby reduce your water bill.

If you incorporate many water saving techniques and still feel you should have a lower water bill, consider contacting your city or municipality that handles water and sewage maintenance. Some city departments offer inspections of the home for free or at a nominal fee where a worker comes out to identify the sources of possible leaks that could be driving your water bill up. By doing what you can to reduce water consumption, you are helping save the environment. Nick’s Plumbing is of course the expert in water leak detection, so your welcome to give us a call for prompt service.

Home Plumbing Systems: Understanding Your Pipes

When you hear the word plumbing, what comes to mind?  You might think of you bathrooms, your toilets, maybe the shower, sinks and perhaps the dishwasher or the disposal. In reality, there are several types of plumbing systems, each different. Each responsible for kind of water and/or gas inflow or outflow.

As a homeowner, it pays many times over to become knowledgeable about the basics of plumbing systems. For those that rent and rather not deal with the landlord if avoidable this is a great idea also.

With a solid foundation of knowledge, you can take care of easy to fix plumbing issues while knowing when you should call a professional. Also, you are much less likely to fall prey to plumber that overcharges you or does work that isn’t really required when you have a good understanding of plumbing systems.

The following is a start on the information you should know about plumbing systems so you can understand yours.

Your potable water supply is the first type of plumbing. This plumbing system provides your with tap water, toilet water, the washing machine water and the water in the dishwasher. In fact all of the running water in your home. Depending on where you live, the source of the water in the potable water system varies. Most likely potable water comes from a regional water treatment facility that supplies water to homes and businesses. More rural areas often have water coming from wells. Your potable water system in both cases is connected underground to the water source. Through a main pipe line which typically in Houston is a quarter inch connects as it emerges from the ground to a main shutoff valve just before it enters your house walls or runs underneath the floor (common in Houston’s older homes). Delivering water as needed this is the most important type of plumbing in your home.

Next, the second type of plumbing is the plumbing drainage venting system. While the potable water supply plumbing delivers clean water into your home, the plumbing drainage venting system removes the waste away from your home. The drainage venting system includes the outgoing pipes from your drains in your sinks, showers, garbage disposal and from your toilet flush system. This plumbing system feeds into the sewer system maintained by your city. In more rural areas onsite septic systems are necessary. Homeowners face most commonly back up problems with these pipe systems and these issues very often require professionals to properly repair.

No Plumber Needed: Fixing a Clogged Toilet

Uh-oh, not again, the toilet is clogged.

The flush doesn’t sound right and you get that sinking feeling. You turn and see the water is just not going down or the water is all gone and not refilling. Worse, there is a clump of toilet paper. It can be very annoying to deal with a clogged toilet. Somehow it seems to happen exactly when you are expecting company.

At least usually this is not a job that requires your plumber’s expertise. Knowing a few tricks and techniques can make fixing a clogged toilet relatively easy.

To begin with, here is what you DO NOT want to do. The toilet won’t magically repair itself so don’t keep flushing!!!! You’ll only add more water to the bowl and risk making the situation far worse because of spillage of unsanitary water. In some cases that water will slowly drain back out, however when it doesn’t your repair job will be that trickier not to become very distastefully messy.

Stop when see the toilet is clogged and first put on rubber gloves. Lay down on the floow some old newspaper or rags or towels you are willing to part with. If the toilet overflows, you definitely don’t want the spillage to spread quickly across your bare floor and worse leak outside the bathroom tile to carpet or wood floors.

The second step is to grab a bucket of cold water and pour it down the drain. Stand up tall to pour it from your chest level so the cold water has some force behind it. Definitely you want to keep checking so as not to pour too fast if the water is not helping push out the clog. Don’t continue pouring if you reach halfway up the bowl just in case you must use a plunger. Using a plunger with bowl over half full will pretty much guarantee you will splash the contents everywhere.

If the bucket trick doesn’t work, it’s time to turn off the water supply to toilet and grab your plunger. For the plunger to work effectively, it needs to be underwater. Add some cold water if there is not enough so that the plunger is submerged. Making sure the plunger covers the hole properly to get a seal you can try a gentler technique that is less likely to splatter. Very slowly press down the plunger and then forcibly pull up to create a suction force. Repeating this several time is often sufficient to dislodge the clog and cause the toilet to flush. If not then you can try a rapid pumping of the plunger back and forth. Finally if not working you can give it a few firm fast downward pumps though this is more likely to generate some splatter so be careful. Often one of these plunger tricks will work right away and the water in the bowel will flush out.

If after all this, you still have a clog, sometimes a combination plan is necessary. Fill the bucket with some hot water and dump that into the bowl. Don’t use boiling water as you as some splatter could scald you. Next, apply a few squirts of liquid hand dishwashing detergent. Hopefully your guests are not about to arrive as at this point as you will need to allow it to sit giving the soap solution time to break up the blockage. After some time has passed, use the plunging tricks again.

Alternating these processes will sometimes break up a really tough clog. If you are very unlucky and these tricks fail, the final trick you have in your arsenal is a chemical drain cleaner. This also will take time to work so hopefully your house has a second bathroom for your guests.

Should this final solution fail, there is possibly a more serious issue occuring than your typical clog and it’s prudent at this time to call the pros like at Nick’s Plumbing. Unless your situation is because of a more serious issue your home’s drainage system, just about every clogged toilet can be fixed by you using the techniques described here without the professionals. However, we are there to help if you need us!