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Plumbing De-winterizing Tips

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Just as the last snowflake melts into oblivion and spring saying hello on the rounded bend, NDI Plumbing’s experts strongly advise that homes must be carefully de-winterized to guarantee safety of its plumbing and fixtures. Charging of plumbing system, it must be noted, can only be done when proper winterizing efforts are in place. Though the idea of checking faucets and pipelines sound easy at first glance, learning how experts like NDI technicians do it will be a great help.

Begin scouring your yard for any signs of defect. Assess gutter, drains and spouts for any issues that can lead into plumbing leaks or damages as well as toxic mold growth. Fallen leaves, twigs, branches, snow dirt, and other debris can clog gutters and drains causing water to backflow. Make sure also to also have your outside pipeline check for signs of freezing or cracks.

Spring time brings in more rain than sunshine as such making sure that your sump pump is working will guarantee zero incidence of flooding. This is often found in basements or crawlspaces that are hard to reach. Try flushing it with buckets of water and when you notice signs of backflow, contact a professional NDI plumber immediately.

Check thoroughly for signs of leaks and freezing as well as debris and residue clogging on filters. Check your toilet’s flushing mechanism as well as ease in turning on or off of water supply valve. Shower heads must also be cleared and to guarantee topnotch results, let professionals handle the job.

When you suspect a leak in either kitchen sink or toilet and bathroom fixtures, reach out to NDI Plumbing’s emergency assistance. Leaks are indicative of much serious condition lurking behind your facilities. When not addressed immediately, it can corrode fixtures and waste away precious water.

When contemplating a fix or a complete replacement, proper assessment must be done. Never rely on instinct and unskilled eyes. Seek out professionals like NDI Plumbing technicians to do it for you.

De-winterizing your home’s plumbing systems should be done accordingly to prevent any flooding or devastating issues from cropping up. When it comes to this, the help of a reliable professional who knows precisely how to charge back your plumbing facilities to life by meticulously flushing out anti-freeze and other chemicals used during winterization efforts is a must. Reaching out to credible NDI Plumbing experts will help guarantee safe restart of your plumbing fixtures and devices to aid in another round of daily usage.

Call NDI Plumbing Inc today! 775-745-8791

Garbage Disposal Care

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Here are some quick tips on Garbage Disposal Care:

A garbage disposal unit or waste disposal unit is a device, usually electrically powered, installed under a kitchen sink between the sink’s drain and the trap which shreds food waste into pieces small enough—generally less than 2 mm (0.079 in)—to pass through plumbing.[1]

Garbage disposal units are widely used in North American households, but far less commonly used elsewhere. In Canada, they are commonly called garburators.

Garbage disposals are hardly ever thought about ….. until they stop working, start giving off strange smells or sound like a blender filled with foreign metal objects.

A garbage disposal is basically a hefty motor attached to an impeller that pulverizes food until it is small enough to pass into the drain pipe as you run water into the unit. Garbage disposals are usually very reliable but many older older ones tend to have problems, if they have not been used in a while.

The switch is the biggest problem that causes the unit to not operate any longer. You usually will find out you have a problem when scraps from your last meal, snack, etc are too big to go down the drain and cause that nasty smell.

Quick Tips:

If it is smelling sour, cut up a lemon and dump it into the unit to help clean off whatever it is that is causing the odor. In fact, once a month or so, it doesn’t hurt to cycle the unit, to be sure it doesn’t seize up again.

You should also avoid putting in onions, carrots, celery and banana peels which do not break up well in the disposal. You should always keep a cover on the garbage disposal opening to avoid dropping unwanted items in the garbage disposal.



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Wishing Everyone A Merry Christmas!!

From All of Us at NDI Plumbing Inc.

Is your plumbing ready for Christmas??

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Plumbing problems often arrive with the holiday season’s parade of parties, lavish family meals and out-of-town visitors. Busy kitchens mean more grease and food waste to drag down the kitchen drain and disposer, and house guests equal extra showers, baths and toilet flushes that can strain systems that are already partially clogged.

This makes for a busy season for plumbing pros, and on the day after Christmas alone, they can see their business can jump up to anywhere between 20% and 40% over a normal day. People get so caught up in the holiday madness that it’s no wonder they don’t think about the stress put on their pipes and the plumbing problems that can occur. But by taking a few precautions, homeowners can prevent stop-ups and visits from their local plumber.

In the kitchen:

  • Avoid pouring fats or cooking oils down the drain, as they solidify in pipes and cause clogs. Instead, prevent plumbing problems by wiping grease from pots and pans with paper towels, and depositing the paper towels in the trash.
  • Never place stringy, fibrous waste into your garbage disposer (poultry skins, celery, pumpkin pulp, fruit and potato peels), as it can’t sufficiently grind these items and they’ll end up clogging your drain.
  • Run cold water for 15 seconds before and after using the disposer to flush waste down the main sewer line.
  • Make sure the disposer is running when you put food debris into it instead of waiting until it’s full before turning it on.
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off times during the day to conserve water temperature and pressure for your guests.

In the bathroom:

  • Prevent plumbing problems by planning ahead and spreading showers throughout the day, and waiting 10 minutes between showers so that slow drains have time to do their job and your water heater has a chance to recover.
  • Turn up your water heater to increase its capacity to meet holiday house guest demand; to avoid scalding, don’t exceed 125 degrees.
  • Provide a trash bin so that the toilet isn’t used as a garbage can.
  • Never flush cotton balls or swabs, hair, facial scrub pads or similar items down the toilet, as they don’t dissolve and are responsible for most clogs.

Call NDI Plumbing today to schedule a service call so you enjoy all of your Christmas traditions without any plumbing problems! 775-745-8791

Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips!

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Thanksgiving – The Busiest Time of Year for Plumbers

The Thanksgiving Holiday Season is typically the busiest time of the the year for residential plumbers and it makes perfect sense when you think about it. The intensity of cooking, eating and disposing of such large amounts of food over a short period of time combined with visiting friends and relatives using showers, toilets and washing machines takes its toll on everything from kitchen sinks to main sewer lines. Thanksgiving is the perfect setting for a plumbing disaster to take place.

Kitchen clogs and garbage disposals may be the top two reasons plumbers stay so busy over Thanksgiving, but the problems and issues caused by houses full of guests testing the limits of showers, toilets and washing machines aren’t far behind. Thanksgiving also means most customers classify their plumbing, sewage, and drainage related problems as “emergencies” and want them addressed immediately if not sooner. They expect dependable, quality, timely service and fair prices every day, including Holidays and that’s exactly what NDI Plumbing Inc has been delivering to its Reno/Sparks customers for over 8 years.

Here are some common sense tips for spending more time with your family and less time with your plumber this Thanksgiving:

1. If you’re hosting the family feast, have your drains and plumbing checked out weeks in advance to avoid Thanksgiving Day catastrophes.

2. Never pour fats or cooking oils down drains. They solidify in pipes and drains and create clogs. Instead, use paper towels to wipe grease from pots and pans then throw the towels in the trash.

3. Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. You might not think these foods are dangerous to drains, but they are. Poultry skins, potato peels, celery and fruit etc…cannot be sufficiently broken down and can cause clogs.

4. Make sure the disposal is running when you put food into it and don’t wait until it’s full before turning it on. Run lots of water as you use the garbage disposal and keep the water running for a short time after you turn it off.

5. Using garbage and trash cans instead of kitchen sinks, drains and garbage disposals prolongs the life of your appliances and significantly reduces the chances of your Thanksgiving being adversely affected by clogged or backed-up plumbing.

6. Never flush any part of your Thanksgiving meal down the toilet. In addition, never flush cotton balls, swabs, hair or facial scrub pads down the toilet because they don’t dissolve and can cause clogs.

7. Advise overnight guests and family members to wait at least 10 minutes between showers so the additional hair and waste moving through your plumbing has an adequate amount of time to disperse and dispose of itself without clogging or backing up your pipes.


BRRR It’s Cold Time to Winterize!!

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Winterizing Your Home Checklist

  • As winter approaches, it is time to turn our attention to what we can do to insure the safe operation of our heating appliances as well as look at ways to help conserve energy. Here are a few tips that can help insure a safe, warm and efficient winter in your home.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather stripping and caulk. Even small leaks can add as much as 10% to your heating bill.
  • Cleaning gutters is a chore no one looks forward to, but an excessive buildup of leaves and other debris can cause water to seep back into your home, resulting in unwanted water damage. As winter approaches, it is a good time to inspect and clean your gutters to insure their optimum performance during the wet, cold winter months.
  • Have your furnace inspected by a professional to insure it will operate properly when needed, and change the filter. A dirty filter will cut down on the overall efficiency of your HVAC system.
  • Check your fireplace to insure it will operate safely and properly — this might include contacting a chimney sweep if it has not been cleaned recently.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If you do not already have them, it is recommended that they be installed. Remember to check the batteries and to replace them if necessary.
  • Remember to drain outdoor hoses, faucets and sprinkler systems to help prevent pipes from bursting. If you have unprotected pipes in your attic, it is a good idea to wrap them to help prevent a rupture of those pipes as well. You may want to consider a programmable thermostat.
  • Current models allow you to set your heat to allow the home to be warm while you are awake and allow for lower temperatures while you are asleep or away from home during the day.


Have you noticed your water bill rising??

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Lately we’ve been getting a lot of calls from customers complaining about high water bills. Here are some ways to find out if you have a leak!!


There are several ways to find out if your water bills are higher than they need to be.

*Check faucets for dripping water. Fix a leaky faucet promptly. Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or leaks.

*Periodically check your toilets for leaks:

  • Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank – not the bowl. A couple of tablespoons of instant coffee or Kool-Aid will work too.
  • Check the toilet after about thirty minutes. If the water in the bowl has some of the color in it, the tank is leaking and the stopper and valve seat may need to be replaced.

*Check for underground leaks or undetected leaks in the home:

  • Turn off the main water valve inside your home and then go outside and check your water meter. If it is still turning you may have an underground leak.
  • Alternatively, write down the numbers on your water meter at the beginning of a period when your home is going to be unoccupied for a few hours. Check the meter when you return; if the numbers have changed, they may be a leak somewhere inside the home.

If you follow these steps and believe you have a leak call 775-745-8791 today to get an appointment scheduled!!!

Are you warm enough yet??

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Warm floors aren’t a thing of the past, but they seem to be a trend of the future. Radiant heating systems, which are currently considered a luxury to the average individual, might soon become a necessity as the popularity of such systems continue to flourish.

Experts agree radiant heat is one of the best ways to heat a home on a number of levels. When energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, environmental cleanliness and conservation come into play, radiant heating systems can do it all.

A number of heating alternatives are referred to as radiant heating solutions, which heat a room from the bottom up without blowing hot air into a room or burning any oil or gas. Depending on the individual needs of the home or building owner, installation consists of cables, mats or mesh heating elements for top comfort.

Under-floor heating can be installed under virtually any floor covering, and are easily placed under new construction, remodeled floors or by simply replacing old floor coverings. Tiled, hardwood and carpeted floors are ideal places for radiant heating systems, no matter the size of the room or level of the building.

As the cost of natural resources like fossil fuels skyrocketing in recent years, forced air natural gas systems are becoming more of a burden than a comfort. Many environmentally-conscious, cost-conscious and comfort-conscious home owners are turning to more efficient heating methods. With radiant heating systems available in electric and hyrdronic forms, consumers have more options than ever before.

Unlike other heating systems, radiant heating systems produce a clean, quiet and all-around uniform heat that transforms cold floors and furniture into heat-omitting objects.

While such systems vary from hydronic, hot water heat emissions to electricity, low-voltage electronic heat seems to be the most popular, efficient product.

However, considering the type of energy available in relation to cost is an important part of the decision-making process. In some areas, electricity is less expensive than gas, oil or propane. While in other places, solar heat might be the most viable source. Also, the type of floor construction being done will play a role in what heating system to purchase.

Notably, a heat loss calculation of the building will result in more efficient heating using less time and energy, as well as installing the correct size of a heating system for individual needs.

In addition to radiant heating systems for floors are those for roof deicing, driveways and walkways.

Equally inexpensive and simple to operate with a temperature sensor or easy on/off button, concrete and asphalt systems don’t ruin the landscape in place, while roof deicing systems are simply installed over the ice and water shield already in place.

While such systems are currently popular in the Eastern United States, the demand is rising across the country. Even in warmer locations, tile or hardwood floors are often very cold to the touch. Radiant heating systems eliminate that discomfort, replacing it with warmth, coziness and relaxation.

Between the built-in safety computer that measures and monitors the system operation and no required maintenance, low-voltage radiant heating systems eliminate winter heating maintenance with reliable, consistent warmth.

Plus, the energy efficiency of radiant heat that draws on 100 percent of the energy it creates allows for comfort without manual temperature adjustment. And due to the fact that radiant heat is stored inside the floor, warmth is easily maintained throughout the day and night.

As radiant heat continues its steady increase in popularity, cold feet may just become a thing of the past.


Water Saving Tips!!!

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Water Conservation not only will help save water, it will also save you money.

Did you know you can save….

3 gallons By turning the water off each time you brush your teeth.

7 gallons a day By fixing a leaky faucet right away

75-200 gallons per week By running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher

20-25 gallons By taking a shower instead of a bath

200-300 gallons per month By keeping a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking in order to not have to run the tap until the water gets cold enough to drink

1,000 gallons a month By installing a flow restrictor in a shower (will cut water use by as much as two-thirds

1,500-2,000 gallons a day By fixing a pin hole leaks (with 60 lbs. of pressure) right away

Energy Saving Tips For Your Home!

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We contribute in this cause in many different ways possible. One could start by saving energy in their homes. Not only does this help save and protect Earth and its environment, but it also saves us a lot of money. Here are some energy saving tips that will help us save more money while still enjoying the comfort and usefulness of our appliances:

For those who are living near the equator, experiencing days of hot sunny weather, you can start saving energy by closing your curtains and blinds as this will keep the temperature of the house cool. Through this, the need for air conditioning or fan is lessened. Also, when you have fans in your kitchen or bathroom, turn it off to prevent the pulling of coolness or heat from the room. For the exterior of the house, one might want to consider planting trees since it provides a good source of shade cooling with no energy consumption at all. Not only that, but trees also protects the house from winds and drafts.

There are available portable air conditioners that you can buy that is less expensive compared to other cooling appliances while still giving the same cooling effect with less expense and energy consumption. Consider choosing a cooling appliance that fits the size of your room. You might be buying a large unit too big for a small room-large electricity bill. There are a lot of cooling options you may want to consider.

Another energy saving tip is about efficient plumbing. Through properly maintained plumbing system, one can save a lot of money and energy without buying other gadgets and appliances. To save energy on your current plumbing at home, start by marking your calendar for regular maintenance at least every 3 months. Also, immediately react and repair things at the first sign of leakage such as dripping faucets. If you are to wait for the leak to be repaired, the damage might get bigger and more difficult to fix. For those who have a water heater or boiler installed in their homes, which is as expensive as air conditioners, inspect all visible connections around the water heater since this is where most problems start to occur.

For your shower, there are a lot of energy-efficient showerhead that conserves much energy without water pressure effects. Replace as soon as possible fixtures with leaks since dripping taps can waste as much as 9000 liters of water each year.

For saving energy with your lighting, consider using compact fluorescent light bulbs. This fluorescent light bulb consumes less electricity and would usually last ten times more than incandescent bulbs. Regular cleaning of your light fixtures allows maximum light output and prevents the buildup of dust. There are also a lot of lighting devices that help lessen and control the consumption of energy such as motion sensors, automatic timers, and dimmers. Another lighting appliance that helps improve light focus without the additional expense on electricity bill is a halogen lamp. It is like an incandescent lamp but with a special reflector. This is a perfect lighting to be used for the outdoor such as gardens and pathways. The light output of a halogen lamp is the same as a regular incandescent lamp but uses up less 40 percent of energy.