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    What Is High Pressure Water Jetting?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When a pipe in your home is seriously clogged, it is important to ensure that the obstruction is thoroughly removed. Often, a drain snake is used to remove the particles and debris that are causing the clogged pipe. However, this clog removal method is ineffective at totally clearing pipe clogs. High pressure water jetting offers the most effective clog removal available. With a high pressure water jetting service, your plumber will use a specially fitted hose and nozzle to spray highly pressurized water through the pipe. This stream of water will completely clear any blockage and buildup that is causing the clog.

    If you are experiencing a clogged or slow drain, contact Mike Douglass Plumbing right away. Our Florida plumbing experts will clear your drain and ensure that your home’s plumbing is in great working condition. To make an appointment for plumbing service in your home, call us at (888) 651-7289. 

    How a Sump Pump Can Help Prevent Costly Flood Damage in Your Home

    Last updated 9 months ago

    When the ground around your home becomes saturated with water due to heavy precipitation or drastic changes in weather, your basement and foundation are at risk of flooding. By installing a sump pump in the basement crawlspace of your home, you will ensure that your basement remains dry. Here is a look at how sump pumps work, and how a sump pump can help prevent costly flood damage in your home:

    Water Activation
    A sump pump is usually installed in the lowest level of a home’s basement. During installation, the pump is placed in a specially dug hole called a sump pit. When excess amounts of water enter the basement area, they will flow into the sump pit. The presence of water will activate a pressure sensor, which will turn the sump pump on. Once activated, the sump pump will begin pumping water out of the pit and away from the basement.

    Centrifugal Pumping
    The sump pump delivers water out of the home using a centrifugal pump. When the sump pump is activated by the presence of water, a motor inside the pump is turned on. This motor causes water inside the pump to spin. The centrifugal force created by this spinning action pushes water out of the pump. The water is directed through a pipe to a drainage field.

    Submersible or Pedestal Pumps
    There are two types of sump pumps that you can install in your home. Submersible pumps are submerged in the water that flows into the sump pit. Pedestal pumps, by contrast, are installed on top of a long pedestal so that they are above the water line in the pit.

    To help protect your home from flood damage, contact Mike Douglass Plumbing to have a sump pump installed in your basement. Our master plumbers in Florida offer our customers a full range of plumbing service and repairs. For more information about the advantages of installing a sump pump in your home, call us at (888) 651-7289. 

    A Look Inside Tankless Water Heater Technology

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Tankless water heaters provide your home with instantaneous hot water on demand. Unlike than conventional hot water heaters, which store hot water in a tank, tankless water heaters create hot water as it flows through your home’s plumbing system. These amazing devices are energy saving, cost effective, and will ensure that you home is always supplied with hot water. Here is a look inside tankless water heater technology:

    Flowing Water
    To generate hot water, a tankless water heater heats water as it flows through your home. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water begins flowing through your pipes. Before the water reaches your water faucet or fixture, it travels through the tankless water heater. By heating water on demand, a tankless water heater ensures that you have the right amount of hot water, whenever you need it.

    Heat Exchanger
    In order to heat cold water before it reaches your faucet, a tankless water heater is equipped with a powerful heating device, called a heat exchanger. Depending on what type of tankless water heater you have in your home, your heat exchanger may rely on electric coils or a natural gas flame to heat your water. As the water flows through the heat exchanger, it is heated to your desired temperature.

    Flow Rate
    On average, a tankless water heater is able to deliver between two and five gallons of hot water per minute. In order to meet the particular demands of your home hot water use, you can adjust the flow rate of your tankless heater. Typically, a gasoline tankless heater will have a higher average flow rate than an electric heater.

    To learn more about the technology behind tankless water heaters, contact Mike Douglass Plumbing. We specialize in installing tankless heaters, and our friendly team will ensure that you have a fantastic experience when we work on your plumbing. For more information about the full range of top quality plumbing services we offer the Venice, Florida area, call us at (888) 651-7289. 

    Do You Need a Sump Pump in Your Home?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    A sump pump manages the exterior water that flows into the basement of your home. If your home is at a higher risk of flooding due to water run off, you should have a sump pump installed. For a closer look at sump pump technology, watch this video from US Inspect.

    If your home is at risk of experiencing flood damage due to water runoff, the master plumbers at Mike Douglass Plumbing can install a top quality sump pump. We offer a full range of plumbing services, and we will ensure that your home’s basement is protected from flood damage. To learn more about the services offered by our Florida plumbing specialists, call us at (888) 651-7289. 

    Determining the Lifespan of Your Water Heater

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Your water heater has likely remained out of sight and out of mind for years. Although water heaters last about a decade, you will notice signs when it’s time to replace your unit.

    Indications that your water heater might need replacement include a lack of hot water or significantly less hot water than you previously enjoyed. Leaks or pooling water around the base of your unit also signal that it could be time to replace your water heater. You can learn more symptoms of a failing water heater by watching this video.

    If you’re having hot water troubles, contact Mike Douglass Plumbing at (888) 651-7289. We are available 24/7 to address all your plumbing, sewer, and AC needs in southwest Florida. You can learn more about your home’s plumbing needs, including how to choose the right water heater for your needs by clicking through our blog.

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