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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.


Got a swimming pool??

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Pool Equipment Repair & Replacement

The qualified technicians at NDI Plumbing Inc. have the skills and experience to handle all of your pool equipment needs. Whether you need repairs or replacements for any of your home pool equipment, our service technicians will take care of it with proficiency and the best customer care in the Reno/Sparks area.  We also offer routine maintenance and annual inspections for your pool and help extend the life of your pool equipment. Call us today for any of your home pool equipment needs.

Pool Equipment Repair

When you need repairs for any of your home pool equipment, you’ll want to call us as soon as you notice a problem. Our certified plumbers will address the issue and take care of any repairs before it becomes a major problem. The pumps and electrical equipment that keep your pool clean and safe are delicate systems that need proper care and immediate attention if they aren’t working properly. We take the safety of our customers seriously, and our certified plumbers will make sure that you get the most timely and professional repair services.

Pool Equipment Replacement

Regular maintenance and repair services for your pool equipment will help extend the life of the entire system keeping the chemicals in your pool at normal and safe levels. In addition to maintaining chemical balances in the pool’s water supply, replacing any electrical equipment will also ensure the safe operation of your pool. You can also save on energy bills and repair costs if you replace any pool equipment that no longer operates at efficient performance levels. Call us if you have any questions about replacing or upgrading your pool equipment, and we’ll be happy to discuss all of our products and replacement services with you.

Pool Inspections

Like any plumbing system, routine maintenance for the pumps and other pool equipment for residential pools and spas can keep your equipment running efficiently and safely. Scheduling annual home pool equipment inspections will also help extend the life of your pool equipment and all of its components. Our qualified plumbing professionals will thoroughly inspect your pool equipment for any leaks or safety hazards. We will also make any needed repairs on your home pool equipment, and give you an honest assessment about whether or not you need to replace any parts. Call today to schedule your yearly pool equipment inspection.

Pool Equipment Service Experts

From emergency repairs to yearly inspections, our qualified plumbing experts have the knowledge and skills to take care of your home pool equipment needs. We offer only the highest quality pool equipment products and replacement parts. Our plumbers are dedicated to providing the best customer service in the Reno, Sparks area, and we will take care of your service needs with superior craftsmanship. Our detailed home pool inspections will ensure your safety and help your pool equipment last longer. Call NDI Plumbing Inc. today for the best pool equipment services in the business.

HELP!! My Toilet is Overflowing!!!!

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“Help!! My toilet is overflowing onto the floor and it just won’t stop! I tried shutting the water off underneath the toilet and it helped a little, but it still keeps flowing. I’m up to my ankles in sewage! What do I do?”

You have no idea how many times we at NDI Plumbing Inc. have received that phone call from frantic homeowners! If your toilet starts to back up and overflow, don’t panic. The important thing is to get the overflow under control and to identify the source of the problem. That means keeping a cool head and taking an analytical approach.

First off, whenever your toilet overflows, it is a good idea to turn off the water to the toilet because it eliminates any more water from being used until the problem is fixed. The shut off is beneath the bowl, usually on the left side.

Did the overflow begin when you flushed the toilet? When your toilet overflows right after you flush it’s usually a sign that the toilet itself has a blockage. If it turns out that the clog is in the toilet itself, you could try using a toilet plunger to move the blockage through the toilet. That may be all you need to rectify the situation. Give it a few plunges to see if clears the clog. If not, don’t continue — it will probably just make things worse. Call a plumbing and drain professional; they can unclog the toilet quickly, inexpensively and safely.

What if your toilet keeps overflowing even when you haven’t flushed it? Usually this means the clog is in a drain pipe, possibly your main drain pipe or sewer line. If this is the case, when you run water from any fixture such as a shower, the water will back up from the main drain pipe and come out of your toilet bowl because it is the lowest point in your drain system. Of course, this makes it seem like the toilet is the problem, when in fact it’s your main drain pipe or sewer line that isn’t letting water go down. If you stop using water at other fixtures, the toilet will stop overflowing.

If it appears that your main drain or sewer might be clogged, call a drain cleaning professional as soon as possible. Powerful drain clearing equipment is required to unblock a main drain.

If you have a private septic system, the problem may be that your septic tank is full and is causing your main drain to back up into your home. If your septic tank has not been pumped within the last eighteen months, you should have it done to see if this is the cause of your problem. Even if you discover the problem was not in the septic tank, taking care of past due maintenance on your septic system is money well spent.

It’s also very possible that the problem is not on your end. If you are on a town sewer system it is possible that the city sewer is blocked and sewage from your home and or your neighbors’ homes is backing up into your home. Check with your neighbors to see if they are having any problem with their main drains. If they are, be sure to call your town sewer department. If your neighbors or town say they are having problems, your town will take care of unclogging the sewer pipe. If raw sewage has backed into your home, you can call a professional cleaning company to handle the clean up and properly sanitize your home.

Contact NDI Plumbing Inc.

With over 30 years of service experience, we have helped thousands of homeowners in the Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Fallon, and Carson City areas with their plumbing needs. Our team of plumbing professionals consists of some of the most experienced and most qualified plumbers working today in the Reno/Sparks area. These are top-notch plumbing technicians who can accurately diagnose and quickly fix any and all plumbing problems. Plumbing emergencies are our specialty!

Tip of the Day 5-16-2012

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What are outdoor misting systems?

Outdoor misting systems provide a way for you to cool your outdoor environment. Misting systems can be installed to cool your patio, deck or pool area. Misting systems are also used in greenhouses for both humidity and temperature control. While homeowners can create their own outdoor cooling systems, hiring a professional contractor will provide the best results.

Misting systems cool the air in a way that is similar to swamp coolers without the use of a blower. Water is sent through nozzles at a high pressure creating a fine mist. As the water moves through the air, it begins the evaporation process. The heat in the air is the energy that is used and as the energy is consumed in evaporation, the surrounding air cools.

Fans can be added to the systems to increase the cooling effect. Misting systems can be operated by standard switches or remote controls. They can also be connected to timers that will turn the system on and off at pre-selected intervals. Having a misting system installed provides homeowners with a low cost way to enjoy the outdoors and remain cool. The systems cool the air quickly and are environmentally friendly while increasing comfort with additional humidity in drier areas.

Misting systems do work best in areas with lower humidity levels. However, they are effective even in environments that are more humid. These types of outdoor cooling systems can frequently be found at restaurants with outdoor dining areas and large fairs or festivals. They are not expensive to install, maintain or operate which makes them an excellent choice for low cost cooling.

Plumbing Tip 4-25-2012

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Hose bibs are found on the outside of almost every home and tend to get a lot of regular use. Hose bibs (sometimes called outdoor taps or water spigots) are basic valves, which control the flow of water. There are many types of valves, such as ball and gate valves, but the hose bib makes use of a globe valve. It operates very simply.

In the valve, a rubber or neoprene washer is attached to a handle, which when screwed down, covers the opening to the supply and the water is shut off. Because of the durability of the valve, the flow of water can also be manipulated, making hose bibs more similar to faucets than ball or gate valves.

With time, however, and because of the hose bib’s outdoor location, the metal can rust and the rubber washer inside will deteriorate. This will be cause for a replacement. NDI Plumbing Inc. always have hose bibs on-hand and carry with them the experience needed to fix them. Give us a call today at  (775) 745-8791 to schedule service!

It’s Almost Time to De-Winterize Your Home! 4-3-2012

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Hello everyone just a reminder that it’s almost that time of year for de-winterization of your home! What is the difference between winterize and de-winterize??

Winterize – To prepare a homes plumbing system for colder winter months.

De-Winterize – To “charge” the plumbing system for everyday use.-

So call NDI Plumbing Inc. today to schedule your appointment to de-winterize your home and get ready for Summer!!! 775-745-8791