Month: September 2021

If you haven’t gone home in a long time and haven’t had the opportunity to turn on the plumbing, the water inside will remain stagnant. Most homeowners aren’t aware that this is a problem. However, if the water inside the plumbing remains stagnant for a long time, it could become a breeding ground for fungus, bacteria, and other problems. It’s important to speak with a plumber in Irving, TX before you rely on the plumbing to provide you with healthy tap water.

In this article, we will look at three problems that are commonly associated with water stagnation in plumbing. If you notice that the water in your plumbing has remained stagnant for quite some time, one of the best things that you can do is to call a plumbing professional for a water quality test. The test will determine whether there are any harmful contaminants present in the water. It’ll also tell the plumber whether your plumbing needs to be treated or not.

How Long Is Too Long?

First and foremost, most people do not know how long is too long. For example, is it okay to leave your house empty for a week? Or, is it only a problem if the water remains stagnant in the plumbing for over a month?

The answer to this question is that this depends. In general, we recommend that you call a plumber just to confirm that everything is okay if you have been away from home for several weeks. You can also contact a plumber when you get home and ask them what they recommend. If there has been an increase in infections in your area, the plumbing professional may recommend that you get your plumbing system checked out. If not, they may recommend that you do nothing at all.

#1. Bacteria

If the water inside your plumbing remains stagnant for too long, it becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and diseases. In general, it takes most bacteria and diseases anywhere from several weeks to several months to completely take over the water inside your plumbing system. Whether any bacteria will be able to grow will also depend on whether there are any disinfectant residuals in the plumbing supply, as well as the water heater temperature set point and other factors. It also depends on whether your plumbing has been infected with any bacteria in the past. If it has, your chances of dealing with a bacterial infection will increase.

One of the most common bacteria that you need to be wary of is the Legionella bacteria. This type of bacteria can easily thrive in scale, biofilm and sediment. It can cause Legionnaire’s Disease and is one of the most difficult bacteria to eliminate completely. The plumber will need to disinfect the entire plumbing system. This can be quite a time-consuming and lengthy process. You might need to move into a hotel while the plumber deals with the issue.

#2. Mold

As you already know, mold can grow everywhere and it particularly loves humid environments. As a result, it is likely to grow near stagnant water. When it comes to mold, the amount of time that the water can be stagnant will vary. Some homeowners have claimed that they had to deal with mold after leaving the water inside the plumbing stagnant for only several days. Other people claim that they only need to worry about this problem if they have left the plumbing water stagnant for over a month.

Once again, many factors play into whether this will be a concern for you or not. Some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration include season and weather variables. In general, if there is mold contamination, you’ll be able to smell something musty in your home that doesn’t seem to ever go away. The plumber may need to do some extensive cleaning in order to get rid of the mold for good. After all, mold is one of the most stubborn contaminants to eliminate since the spores can survive just about everywhere.

#3. Lead and Copper

Last but not least, you also need to worry about minerals, like lead and copper. It’s easy for both lead and copper to leak into stagnant water. This type of contamination can take only several hours, if not days, weeks, or months. It really depends on the type of materials that your plumbing system is made of. It also depends on whether the plumbing has any type of protective coating over it.

In some cases, the contamination may be so minimal that you won’t really need to worry about it although you should ideally replace your plumbing with new ones. In these situations, we will usually recommend that you go for a whole-house repiping. Although it’s rather pricey, it is the best option. Once you’ve repiped your entire home, you won’t have to worry about it anymore.

Call Us for a Water Quality Test

Many homeowners are not aware at all that water stagnation is a huge problem. As a result, they may continue to drink the tap water at home. This can cause them to have an increased risk of various diseases and ailments. If you are concerned about the condition of your plumbing system as well as your home’s water quality, contact a plumber in Irving, TX as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for a reputable company, you cannot go wrong with Tioga Contractors. Over the years, we have built a reputation for being an honest company with great values. Not only do we place our customers as our top priority, but we also offer some of the best prices around. You can trust us to provide you with honest, transparent advice at all times. We will never upsell or undersell you. More importantly, we stand behind our work!

To learn more about your plumbing or to speak with a plumber, give us a call today. We’d be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

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Are there things you should do before a hot water repair and afterward that will help you protect your appliances, water quality, health? Most water heater repairs don’t take a long time so it’s fairly easy to stay clean while the hot water’s down, but there are some things you can do to prepare for the disruption and ways to protect against less than perfect water in your hot water pipes right after the repair. Our Tioga Contractors team of plumbers in Irving, TX can give you the information you need as part of your water heater service, but it’s always good to be aware of plumbing-related issues that might affect you and your family, even in less significant ways. For example, whenever you have work done on your plumbing, you should make sure to run some water and flush out your pipes, including the lines to your washing machine.

Material in the Water Can Affect Your Clothes and Dish Washing

Any time plumbers work on your pipes, whether it’s for water heater repair or other reasons, there can be material from the repair that briefly enters the water flow and comes out of your faucets. It makes sense to let that exit before you start using your water for food, drink, and washing. Your water heater repair may also disturb sediment from hard water or rust from corrosion that flows through your pipes briefly and could stain clothes in the washer. Our plumbers can give you more information on getting started after a water heater servicing or water heater replacement. They’re always glad to keep you informed about the work that we’re doing and what you can expect when we’re done with your water heater repair.

Sediment from Your Water Heater

Both tank-based and tankless water heaters can accumulate sediment near the heating element, material that’s a condensed form of the minerals naturally found in your water. The minerals in hard water can also lead to faster corrosion of your water heater’s tank, and countering that is one of the jobs that the anode rod does. When we perform water heater repairs and maintenance, we usually check the anode rod to make sure that it is still in place and doing its job, since it does so sacrificially and eventually disappears as it releases material into the water. Another way to deal with corrosion from hard water is to install a water softener unit in your home’s water supply, which can improve your washing and general pipe life as well, and even make your shampoo work better. Ask plumbers or customer service people for more information about water softening, which is not a bad idea in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Make Sure You Know How Hot Is Hot

If you’ve been used to living with lukewarm hot water, your water heater repair that brings it back to full temperature of 120 degrees F or so can be a surprise at first. You’re used to being able to just step into the shower or wash your hands without checking to avoid scalding, since the temperature was always low. This is a good time to remind yourself and make sure others in your home, especially children and elderly who may not feel the temperature and react, realize that your system is back to full functioning after the water heater repair. This also means that your appliances will be using hot water, cleaning and sanitizing as they are supposed to. If you’ve been taking extra measures because you knew the water wasn’t hot enough, especially in hand washing dishes, you can recalculate now and see if those measures are necessary. Some people, especially left-handed folks, may have gotten in the habit of using the hot faucet out of convenience, and that’s not going to work as well anymore.

Preparing for Repairs to Your Water Heater

Depending on the work that the plumbers are performing, they may shut off the home’s water supply entirely or you may simply be without water pressure on the hot water lines. It can be easy to leave faucets open accidentally if they’re not supplying hot water, and then have them gushing forth when the water pressure is restored. Hopefully, that would just waste water until you realize it’s flowing, but if you have any kind of drain issues, you’ll have another plumbing-related mess to clean up, so be careful. If you’re going to need hot water during the time your system is off, for health related issues such as hand washing or warming baby formula, make sure you have alternative methods such as hand sanitizer for hands, and an electric tea kettle for hot water.

Access to Your Water Heater

In many basements, the water heater is tucked in a corner and storage has accumulated around it. Your plumbers will need access, but there are also other reasons to make some room. Since tank-based water heaters can leak or even burst if they fail due to corrosion, it’s better if items aren’t stored too close to the unit. The pressure and temperature relief valve also discharges water if needed to prevent further trouble, and that can cause water damage to nearby storage as well. One way to make use of your space and take precautions as well is to make sure you store in plastic tubs, not cardboard boxes, and to use pallets or other methods to keep valuable materials a few inches off the floor. This also helps if any other plumbing or water table related issues cause water to run across your floor. While we’re thinking about that, is your basement drain in good shape? We can check it for you.

Professional Water Heater Repair in Irving, TX

The plumbers at Tioga Contractors in Irving, TX are experts at tank-based and tankless water heater repair and replacement. Our annual maintenance keeps your unit in good shape and prolongs its service life. Call us for quick service.

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A drain cleaning service is an important part of your Bedford, TX home maintenance, especially if you have an active family and your plumbing’s always in use. It’s a way to make up for occasional items flushed that shouldn’t have been, accumulation of materials like grease and oil that tend to help clogs form, and materials like food and cat litter that can expand and block or partially block pipes, leading to problems multiplying throughout your drain pipes. Drain cleaning service is also how the deeper clogs and blockages get cleared, so when you do have a sink or toilet backup, it’s usually not a big deal. If it’s been years since your last drain cleaning service, or perhaps you’ve never had one, what can you expect? Does it take more time to deep clean your drain pipes than it does to provide an annual refresher? Are there any concerns that could arise that you’re already worrying about? Here are some tips on getting started or restarted with this valuable plumbing maintenance service, keeping your pipes clean, and reducing your overall plumbing costs and concerns.

What Drain Cleaning Does That Individual Clog Removal Doesn’t

Routine clog removal typically breaks through material that has accumulated or removes an object that was blocking the pipe such as a plastic toy. Once that is accomplished, the water will resume flowing down the drain and the clog is cleared. There may still be material clinging to the sides of the pipe or other clogs forming in the secondary and mainline pipes that could encourage additional clogs to form in the future, which is why repeat clog removal visits are not uncommon. Drain cleaning is a deeper cleaning that works to clear the pipes and remove attached material that provides convenient places for new material to gather and clogs to re-form over time. In some cases, clog removal for a toilet that isn’t flushing or a sink that’s gurgling and not draining doesn’t need to actually remove any drain pipe clog at all, as the source of the problem can be elsewhere. For the toilet, it may be a toilet jet obstructed by mineral deposits, and for the sink, it might be an obstructed plumbing vent on the roof. Once these issues are addressed and the water flowing down the drain, that single job is accomplished.

Techniques Used in Whole House Drain Cleaning Service

Our service includes a combination of methods to break up and remove clogs and extract large items if necessary, including snakes, augers, and other similar tools of varying sizes. Our objective is to break free any material that’s adhering to pipe walls, and flush it out with running water or, best of all, with high-pressure hydro jet power. We inspect the condition of the pipes as part of the service because corroded pipes tend to cause more material to cling to them after they’re cleaned, and because the hydro jet tool is so powerful, pipes need to be in good shape to be subjected to the high-pressure spray.

About How Long a Typical Drain Cleaning Service Takes

The time required for servicing drains depends on how many drains are being serviced, but it’s typically less than three hours. Our team takes extra care to leave your home nice and clean, as well as your pipes. Note that the use of drain cleaning chemicals can complicate the drain cleaning process, especially when we use powerful water sprays.

Is a Long-Neglected Drain System Much Harder to Clean?

With the tools we have, especially hydro jetting, we can break apart clogs and remove stuck items using mechanical methods and power-spray what’s left to clear the pipes and material such as fats that may be lining the pipes. It doesn’t take much longer in most cases to clear pipes with lots of material, although if the pipe’s flow is severely limited, we’ll have to break through whatever is causing that first before other material can easily be removed.

Does Drain Cleaning Prevent or Reduce Future Clogs?

After a drain cleaning service, the insides of your pipes are basically smooth and unlikely to gather material to start forming new clogs. It’s always possible that large objects and products like sanitary napkins and cleaning wipes will gather in drains, especially traps and joints, but that can be avoided by not flushing problematic items or foods. Even if there are clogs from items flushed or sent down the drain, removing them from nearby locations where they get stuck is usually all that’s required, not deep clog clearing into the main line because all of that has been cleaned. Drain cleaning can save a lot of time and trouble with emergency plumbing calls.

Can Drain Cleaning Service Providers Clean Sewer Lines Too?

Definitely. Sewer line cleaning uses much of the same cleaning techniques, especially hydro jetting and video inspection. Often, the only problem with a sewer line is an accumulation of material that hasn’t degraded or flowed down the city sewer line and has remained and formed an ever-growing clog. Once the clog is cleared, backups into the home and other drain problems related to a slow sewer line are usually taken care of.

Professional Drain Cleaning Service in Bedford, TX

Tioga Contractors, providers of expert residential and commercial plumbing services in Bedford, TX, offer expert drain cleaning services that help to bring your drains back to clean and easy flowing. Though you can’t see them except using our video camera, you have a nice set of clean drain pipes in your home. From that point, any further clogs are usually easy to extract or clear, and you may be surprised how much better your sinks drain and toilets flush once the pipes they lead to are clear. For all your plumbing services including drain cleaning and more, trust our team of experienced professional plumbers. Call our customer service team and schedule service today.

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Most of us couldn’t accomplish too much without electricity. We need light and power to maintain our homes and businesses. You can’t cook without a stove or see in the dark without lights. Electricity is a need. This is why it’s important to entrust the care, maintenance, and repair of all of your electrical components to a credible company. Bedford, TX residents can count on us to take care of all of their electrical issues. We take pride in providing top-notch electrical service to the local community.

Excellence in Customer Service

Our customers and their satisfaction are our first priority. We are honored to be chosen time after time by our existing customers. We are also honored to be chosen by new customers. Our work is our calling card. From our capable customer service staff to our servicemen, we leave no stone unturned. We also show up when you need us most, regardless of whether it’s 3 AM or Christmas Eve. We’re there when you need us most. We show up on time, work efficiently, and resolve your issues to restore your comfort. You see, you matter, and it’s our job to do all that we can to show our local family that we care and that second to none electrical service is your right. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee is us putting our money where our mouth is. We continuously work hard to make sure that we’re your favorite Bedford, TX electricians.

What We Do…

Big or small, our team of skilled electricians have the experience and know how to solve your electrical issues. We can tackle electrical wiring of all types. We can also install lighting and ceiling fans as well. Not only that, but we can replace electrical outlets and switches, as well as repair AC and heat circuits. We do it all. We can take care of all of your TV and phone jacks, replace fuses and breakers, and set up or fix appliance hookups. The best service is what we continually offer to our local family. We can perform electrical repairs both inside and outside your home or business. We can install landscape and outdoor lighting and overhead and underground service. Furthermore, we also do a pretty good job when it comes to Electrical Remodeling and Additions. You name it, we do it. Trust all of your electrical needs to our team.

We Make It Happen in Your Home…

Local homeowners can trust the care and maintenance of their electrical service to our team. We can perform code corrections, service upgrades, and rewire electrical circuits if needed. You may have an emergency power outage in your home, and we will show up and get the lights back on. You may blow a circuit and need us to replace or repair your circuit box. Likewise, you may need an upgrade to your current circuit box. Regardless of the need, we’re here to take care of it and make sure you’re back in the light. Big or small…we do it all when it comes to electrical needs for our local family.

Commercial and Industrial Service

We take care of all of our local residents. Our commercial and industrial customers can benefit from our services too. We can perform ground up construction, remodels, and additions. Our electrical service includes security lighting, seasonal lighting, wiring for your lease space, power quality/UPS, and motor controls, to list a few. We also perform electrical service for design and build projects, emergency power services, and service upgrades. We are proud to send our troubleshooting specialists to your business to get the job done right.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Our team of expert electricians are well versed in the latest technologies. We take pride in adapting quickly to new technology, new tools, and industry knowledge. It’s our job to stay on top or in the know when it comes to electrical service. Our team of qualified electricians possesses both actual skill and experience, as well as superior cutting edge training. Our service trucks are stocked with the latest, most cutting edge tools. We show up at your home or business ready to solve your electrical issues, both big and small. We answer questions, make recommendations, and make sure that you’re happy with the plan of action and outcome. Furthermore, we guarantee our work. Your satisfaction is our guarantee. We want you to be happy with the entire process. Excellent electrical service is our never ending goal when it comes to our local community. We offer never ending service to the local community through prompt, emergency service, round-the-clock, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We’re here for you.

Our Legacy…

Our company, Tioga Contractors, has a legacy of excellence that has endured for more than sixty years. Also, our expert electricians pride themselves on honoring our company’s core values and look for ways to demonstrate these values every chance they get. At the heart of all of our comprehensive electrical service to our Bedford, TX community, we want our customers to trust us because of our honesty and transparency. Respect and responsibility are also at the helm of all the services we offer and provide. However, we understand that all of these values can’t and don’t shine if they aren’t embedded in our core of open and honest communication between our customers and ourselves. We put the same skill and dedication into changing a fuse as we do performing a complete electrical rewiring of your home or business. Big or small, we do it all, and we do it with pride and care. We take pride in providing the best electrical service to our local family.

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When renovating your Arlington, TX, home, there are several factors you may want to consider, including budget and design style. Most homeowners forget to make electrical upgrades when building or remodeling their homes.

As you all know, the electrical system may not last forever, and the older they get, the more repairs and safety hazards you may have to deal with. In U.S homes, electric failures and defective wiring cause about 51,000 fires annually, resulting in more than 500 deaths and over 1400 injuries.

Therefore if you’re planning to renovate your home, you should work with a trusted electrician to make the necessary upgrades you may need. Whether your home is old or you have a failing electrical system, you need to update them.

Also, old electrical wiring may not handle your power demands and could be adding to monthly energy bills. Switching to new upgrades can lower utility bills and save you some money on repairs. Protect your family and have the comfort you need by having an electrical service make the following updates in your home.

Electrical Rewiring

Home remodeling offers involve bringing down current walls, and that may need electrical rewiring. Also, when updating your home, you may want to have more rooms or partitions in certain areas.

If that’s the case, your old wiring may not accommodate such changes. Therefore, you can take advantage of the opportunity to have a professional rewire your home’s electrical system.

Also, old wiring can put your family and property at risk of an electrical fire. Faulty wires tend to overheat when you draw excess power from them. Exposed electrical wires behind the walls can also start fires or cause electric shocks. In such cases, an electrician can inspect the condition of the wiring system and make new upgrades during home renovations.

Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are important devices to protect your valuable appliance from unexpected power surges. A power surge happens when there is an excessive increase in voltage.

You may experience this when there are severe storms, faulty wires, or electrical overloads. Whatever the reason, if it’s strong enough, it can damage your expensive electronics and household appliances.

Even if small, they can still cause damage if they happen more often. Therefore, if your home has a surge protector or needs one, installing them could be good to protect such electronics during power surges.

If you have a surge protector, you should talk to competent electricians to install a new one. Even if your home has surge protection, you should unplug your electronics when there is lightning.

Electrical Panel Upgrades

Older homes did not require more power compared to modern homes. Most homeowners in Arlington, TX, have dishwashers, microwaves, ovens, and refrigerators, which use more energy.

Although manufacturers claim that modern appliances are energy efficient, they consume more energy than older models. A faulty electrical panel may not handle the power demands of modern appliances and may even cause fires.

Therefore, when remodeling your home, you should work with an electrical service to update your old electrical panel to handle the power needs of such appliances. By doing so, you may not have to worry about safety hazards or power surges.

Outlets and Receptacles

When upgrading your electrical system, you should also change your receptacles. Such devices need the work of certified electricians to ensure they are safe and efficient. You may like how an outlet looks on the wall, but ensure it’s working as it should be.

High-energy appliances such as dryers and washers have different receptacle models because they require more energy. That’s why they need specialized models that can handle their power needs.

Therefore, when renovating your home, ensure you work with experienced electricians to get appropriate outlets for your household appliances and electronics.

Also, during home renovation, consider your family size and power demands. You should add more outlets in your kitchen, children’s rooms, or home office if you have a big family.

Smart Home Features

When renovating your home, you may want to add some features to make your home more convenient. Electricians have invented new technologies that make life easier. With this smart home technology, you can control some household appliances using your phone or computer while at home or the workplace.

These features allow you to access what you want by touching a button or commanding them. You should seek help from a licensed electrical company to make such upgrades to have a more convenient and efficient home.

You can have a remote-controlled refrigerator that can remind you of the foodstuffs you need to buy. Additional features you may consider include sensors, remote-controlled blinds, video surveillance cameras, and smoke alarms.

Switch to LED Lighting

The type of lighting may affect the overall aesthetics of your home. Switching to LED lighting can be a good idea if you wish to increase your home’s beauty. Such lights give brighter lighting and run cooler.

They also consume less power compared to standard light bulbs. In addition, LED technologies have developed smart bulbs that produce warmer colors that compliment skin tones.

LED lights that resemble incandescent bulbs are also available. If you’re making home renovations, ask electricians to install LED lights so you can save some money on electricity bills.

Charging Stations

In the current world, nearly everyone owns a device that needs the power to operate. Insufficient charging spots can be inconvenient and may even lead to fights since everyone wants to charge either a phone, laptop, or headphones. Therefore, when renovating your home, it would be wise to set up a charging station.

You should hire experienced electricians to install outlets that can accommodate the power demands of your devices. Having a specific charging station can free up outlets for other purposes and assembles all devices in one place without having them in multiple rooms.

Get Professional Electrical Services Today

If you’re thinking of upgrading your electrical system, work with an electrician at Tioga Contractors. We serve residential and commercial customers in Arlington, TX, and surrounding areas.

Our technicians’ services include electrical wiring, outlets, and switches replacement, and lighting installation. We also offer emergency electrical services. If you ever need help, give us a call.

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In today’s modern world, people have come to rely on electricity. When the electricity goes off, people often do not know what to do with themselves. There are many appliances that do not work without electricity and these appliances bring people comfort and entertainment. If your electricity goes out then it can be caused by a variety of reasons thus it is best to hire electrical contractors to assist you in these matters. Tioga Contractors in Arlington, TX would like to inform you of five different problems that electrical contractors face so that you know when it is time to hire an electrical contractor.

1. Power Dips

Your electrical system is connected to various other systems in your house. Your electrical system should be able to handle quite a few appliances without trouble. If the appliance is faulty or damaged then it can cause dips in the power. Power dips are categorized by lights that go dim and bright again. This can happen once the appliance is turned on or this can continue to happen as the device stays on. The dimming of the lights is caused by the appliance drawing too much electricity. Electrical contractors will look at your power grid to make sure that nothing is amiss before finding the faulty appliance. Faulty appliances often have to be replaced but in some cases, they can be repaired. Your electrical service provider will be able to suggest places where your faulty appliances can be repaired.

2. Frequent Electrical Surges

An electrical surge occurs when there is a massive increase in the voltage of the electricity that is fed into your house. This spike in voltage can damage your appliances because they are not designed to be able to handle voltage above a certain point. Sometimes power surges can be caused by a storm, damaged power lines, or a house that has poor electrical wiring. Power surges can damage electronic devices beyond repair and replacing them regularly is very costly. If you are experiencing electrical surges then it is best to contact local electrical contractors to take a look at your home to determine the cause of these surges. They might install surge protectors on your outlets that will protect your appliances or they will have to fix the wiring within your home.

3. Breakers That Trip Often

Circuit breakers are installed onto your distribution board to help protect your home against irregular currents or appliances that use too much electricity. Your circuit breaker will shut off the main supply of energy to your house when an irregularity is spotted. This is to help prevent electrical fires from starting and to protect the rest of the electrical system from damage. If you notice that your circuit breaker is tripping more often than usual then Tioga Contractors in Arlington, TX would recommend that you hire electrical contractors. Your circuit breaker might be faulty and you would require a new one or some of your wiring might be faulty and will need to be replaced. It is always best to hire a contractor when it comes to anything electrical-related. Electricity is powerful and one mistake can kill you or leave you disfigured.

4. Uncovered Junction Boxes

The junction box in your house has a bunch of wires that are connected to each other as well as various areas of your house. In order to prevent electrical shocks, your junction box should have a cover. The cover will prevent children from getting close to the dangerous wires. You will have to contact electrical contractors to have a replace the cover for you. While they do that, they can also inspect the junction box to make sure that all the connections are functional and in good condition. Even though an uncovered junction box does not seem like a big problem. A covered junction box can prevent electrical fires and shocks to your loved ones.

5. Overloaded Circuit Panel

Your circuit panel or distribution board in your home is only able to accommodate a certain amount of appliances and electronic devices. If you are using too many appliances then your electrical system cannot handle the demand which causes the circuit breaker to trip often to avoid damages to your electrical system. A quick solution would be to unplug all the appliances that are not being used. If the problem persists then it is best to hire an electrical contractor because there might be a much larger problem that you are unaware of. Another problem is that some people think that installing more circuit breakers than required will increase the safety of their system. Using a tandem breaker in one slot instead of two single pole breakers is a code violation. That is why it is important to hire electrical contractors that are trained and have the needed experience to carry out electrical repairs according to the safety standards. This is also why you should not attempt electrical repairs yourself. It can lead to many code violations that will put the safety of your family and home at risk.

Now that you know which problems electrical contractors face, you will be able to identify them in your home and determine that it is best to call a professional. Leaving it up to a professional will save you a lot of time and effort. If you hire Tioga Contractors then you be hiring the best electrical contractors that provide a wide variety of services for any and all of your electrical needs. You will not have to look around to find a great service provider which is convenient.

Contact Tioga Contractors in Arlington, TX today to schedule an appointment.

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Your home’s plumbing infrastructure is an integral part of daily life in Irving, TX. It has such an important role in our lives that plumbing can be an opportunity to achieve many positive goals. An experienced plumber can offer advice and help you update, repair, or replace plumbing components. These improvements may raise the value of your home, facilitate efficient use of water, or enhance your home’s appearance. Sometimes upgrades can even make daily life more convenient and let you complete household tasks more easily.

An experienced plumber can do much more than maintenance and repairs. They can provide suggestions to modify plumbing to meet your household’s needs more effectively and find innovative solutions to challenging situations. Plumbers can also handle maintenance and repairs for homes using natural gas. Homeowners should attend to plumbing maintenance as an important aspect of caring for one’s home. If you haven’t thought about plumbing for a while, your home may benefit from an inspection by a professional plumber.

Hot Water Heaters

Hot water heaters are a frequent subject of plumbing service calls. Although a temporary lack of hot water doesn’t sound like a big deal, many of us aren’t very good judges of our hot water usage. A malfunctioning hot water heater seems much more significant when it happens. It’s not uncommon to frequently reach for the hot water tap without thinking about it just to be reminded that nothing is coming out of the faucet.

Cold showers may be nice sometimes, but they aren’t very pleasant when they become necessary instead of an occasional choice. Dishwashers and washing machines also use hot water. Skipping certain tasks until the hot water heater is repaired or replaced is a practical solution, but dirty dishes and laundry can pile up very quickly. Putting off routine tasks may lead to time-consuming efforts to catch up.

Minimize or avoid a hot water drought by consulting a plumber at the first sign of trouble. Potential signs of hot water heater problems include poor hot water pressure, discolored or foul-smelling water, rusty patches on the heater, broken thermostats, or lukewarm water temperature. You may see moisture pooling around the water heater or notice strange sounds, and gas-powered units may have a problem with the pilot light or circuit breaker.

Traditional water heater models last approximately 10 to 15 years. Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand units, can last up to 20 years. Talk to your plumber about possible replacement options when you know your water heater is nearing the end of its functional lifetime.

Water Lines

Proper maintenance can help you get the most out of your home’s plumbing, but various materials have different expected lifespans. The location and function of each fixture or component also contribute to wear and tear that eventually degrades materials. Water supply pipes are under continuous pressure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be replaced frequently. The average lifespan for supply pipes is 70 to 80 years for copper, 80 to 100 years for brass, and 80 to 100 years for galvanized steel.

It’s always best to have a plumber replace old pipes. Incorrect installation could put new pipes at risk of cracking or breaking long before deteriorating is expected. Amateur installation can also interfere with water pressure and prevent sufficient quantities of water from reaching every plumbing fixture in the home.

Drain lines eventually need to be replaced too, especially if they’ve been subjected to tree root intrusion or frequent adverse weather events in Irving, TX. Plastic PVC drain lines last between 25 to 40 years, while cast iron lasts between 80 to 100 years.

It’s usually possible to repair faulty water faucets, but it may be better to replace them if leaks and other problems occur frequently. Faucet lines can also be replaced with new models to improve water use efficiency or more convenient operation. Many bathroom remodeling projects also include new faucets. Garbage disposals also require maintenance and last about 15 years.


Washing machines are one of the most common causes of leaks resulting in water damage. Your washing machine supply hoses should be replaced every three years, but damaged hoses may need to be replaced more often. Watch out for cracks, unraveling, or kinks in your hoses. A rusted or leaky hose should be addressed immediately. Turn off the water supply and call a plumber right away. Bubbling hoses indicate excessive pressure, and this is an even more urgent problem. Significant flooding may occur when that pressure forces its way out.

Toilets contain a variety of components that work together. If any component isn’t functioning properly, it can affect every other part of the toilet as well. The average lifespan for wax seals in toilet plumbing is about 20 to 30 years. Levers, valves, flappers, and various fittings may only last 4 to 5 years. There are no recommended guidelines for the handle, so it only needs to be replaced if it isn’t working right.

Not many homes have well pumps in comparison to homes with treated water. However, a well pump is essential for households that rely on private wells for their water. A well pump may last up to 12 to 15 years with proper maintenance and care, but constant heavy use may reduce functional lifespan. Make sure your well pump is always repaired or serviced by a reputable professional plumber.

Call Tioga Contractors for any plumbing issues in Irving, TX. You can schedule an appointment for specific repairs or request an inspection to make sure everything is working properly. The trained technicians at Tioga can also help you decide whether a faulty appliance or fixture should be repaired or replaced.

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Common plumbing issues, such as clogged drains, running toilets, and leaky faucets, are nothing to be too concerned about. These things happen and are usually easy to fix with the help of a plumber. The real issues come from plumbing disasters. Plumbing disasters can cause serious damage to your home and cost a lot to repair. In case of a plumbing disaster, you should contact an emergency plumbing professional for urgent service. The best way to avoid plumbing disasters is preventive plumbing maintenance.

Like all plumbing systems, there are many components that are needed in order to work efficiently. All of these components need to be maintained by a trained and licensed professional, with the occasional repair in order to extend the lifespan and keep it in good condition for longer. If you live in the Hurst, TX, area and are in need of preventive plumbing maintenance or emergency repair, contact the staff at Tioga Contractors to schedule service today.

The Importance of Preventive Maintenance

To understand the importance of preventive maintenance, it is best to understand what preventive maintenance entails and how it affects your plumbing system.

Preventive plumbing system maintenance is the act of proactively maintaining your plumbing appliances and fixtures, in order to prevent common and serious plumbing malfunctions. Preventive maintenance also includes the cleaning out and removal of debris in order to prevent issues from occurring. Preventive plumbing maintenance typically involves inspection, repairs, and drain cleaning services. Other aspects of your plumbing system may also be cleaned, including the water heater, which needs to be flushed periodically. Preventive maintenance measures should be completed at least once or twice a year. The number of annual visits your professional plumber should make to maintain your plumbing system is based on how old it is and how well it is being maintained.

Preventive maintenance care from a professional can extend the lifespan of your plumbing system and its fixtures, it can also prevent plumbing disasters from occurring in the future. Hiring a plumber for reoccurring service will also make it much easier to get help in case of a plumbing emergency or common plumbing malfunction. The best way to avoid plumbing emergencies in the future is by hiring a preventive maintenance plumbing service for reoccurring services. There are things you can do or not do in order to prevent plumbing system emergencies as well.

Plumbing Emergencies and How to Prevent Them

Pay Attention

Small plumbing malfunctions can easily turn into large malfunctions if you do not address them. All plumbing malfunctions should be addressed by a professional plumber for several reasons. One of those reasons being underlying causes. A simple plumbing issue may seem easy to fix, only to return due to an underlying cause. A professional will also be able to care for your plumbing fixtures and appliances properly and accurately.

Some plumbing malfunctions show warning signs before they occur, if you notice the warning signs before had, you can avoid them completely, by simply making a call to the right plumber. If you live in or around the Hurst, TX, area, and are in need of professional plumbing service, contact the staff at Tioga Contractors for all of your plumbing service needs.

Water Heater Malfunctions

The water heater is by far, one of the most important and expensive plumbing appliances in the home. It provides instant hot water, and makes it easier to clean, bath, and even cook. Water heaters can last anywhere from 9 to 12 years on average, however, there are many instances when water heaters can last for decades. This can be achieved with proper water heater appliance care techniques and tactics.

There are so many different types of water heater malfunctions you can experience. Water heater malfunctions include, but are not limited to:

  • No Hot Water Production
  • Leakage
  • Rotted Tank
  • No Power
  • Gase Line Leak

In order to properly maintain your water heater, a plumber will have to inspect it periodically. If any issues are found, your professional plumber will either have it replaced or repaired, depending on the type of malfunction you are experiencing with your water heating appliance. Another aspect of water heater inspection and maintenance involves the flushing of the appliance. The water heater must be flushed periodically in order to prevent and reduce the amount of sediment buildup over time.

Sediment builds up is a common occurrence in water heater appliances. This is why flushing is necessary. Over time, as the minerals and sediment are heated in the water, they can get trapped in the tank and begin coming together, which creates large particles of debris, that can cause damage to your water heater tank, as well as leaks.

Burst Pipes

Busted pipes are huge plumbing disasters that require emergency plumbing service. With the help of a preventive plumbing maintenance professional, you can avoid this emergency mishap. If you are experiencing a busted pipe or other serious plumbing malfunction, contact your local, professional plumber right away. Busted pipes can cause serious damage to your property and waste a lot of water.

To avoid a busted pipe situation, it is important to hire a qualified professional for preventive maintenance plumbing services. Preventive maintenance and plumbing repair services can help you avoid this serious plumbing malfunction in a myriad of ways. Professional drain cleaning service is one of them. Using over-the-counter chemical drain cleaners can damage your pipes and cause erosion.

Another way a preventive maintenance plumbing professional can help you prevent plumbing disasters is by insulating the pipe. Busted pipes often occur due to the pipes expanding and retracting in the winter and summer months, by insulating your pipes, they stay warm all the time and helps reduce the chances of them being frozen during the colder seasons.

To prevent busted pipes, it is also important you watch what goes down your drains and toilets. Flushing un-flushables down the toilet can result in some serious and avoidable plumbing issues.


The best way to avoid serious plumbing malfunctions is by paying attention and providing proper plumbing system care. To properly care for your plumbing system, you’ll need the help of a professional and reputable plumber. If you live in or around the Hurst, TX, area, contact the staff at Tioga Contractors for all of your plumbing service needs.

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The importance of your home’s plumbing system cannot be overemphasized. In addition to ensuring that your house has an adequate supply of clean water at the right temperature and pressure, it also ensures that the wastewater is efficiently drained out to keep your house clean and hygienic. However, it is worth noting that your plumbing system is quite sensitive, and therefore, when a plumbing issue is not fixed promptly, it can have serious consequences. For example, if there are leaks along your waterline, they can cause a drop in water pressure and even lead to severe structural damages to your property. As such, you need to call a professional plumber as soon as you realize that your plumbing system has an anomaly.

Although there are many plumbing services providers in and around Bedford, TX, picking the right one to help you with all your plumbing needs is not easy. This is because most of them lack the necessary experience and technical capacity to offer satisfactory plumbing services. Here is a checklist that you can rely on to ensure that you settle for a dependable plumber for any plumbing installation or repair work in your house or business.

Is Your Plumber Licensed?

Given the technical nature of every plumbing work, a good plumbing company needs a specific set of skills to solve different plumbing issues. Therefore, they need to be adequately trained for the job. It is only after receiving the necessary training that plumbing professionals can get their licenses. While this may sound obvious, there are many professionals out there who are not licensed. Unfortunately, when you hire an unlicensed plumbing company, you will essentially be working with a quack. Therefore, before you hire a plumbing professional, you need to be satisfied that they have been adequately licensed by the local authorities.

Is Your Plumber Insured?

Insurance is another important credential of a professional plumbing services provider. This is because there are a lot of things that can go wrong during a plumbing installation or repair job. For instance, someone could get hurt or and your house might sustain extensive damages. If your plumbing professional is not insuring, you might end up incurring the cost of treating the injured person or even fixing the damages to your property. On the other hand, if your plumbing professional is properly insured, you can rest assured that you are shielded from the cost of injuries or property damages that might occur when a plumber is working within your property. Therefore, for you to choose the right plumbing company to hire, you need to find out if they are insured.

Is Your Plumber Experienced?

As mentioned above, plumbing is quite a technical job, and therefore, the longer a person has been doing it, the more plumbing challenges they have been exposed to, and the easier it is for them to diagnose and fix the plumbing issue at hand. Therefore, if you make the mistake of hiring an amateur, you will be risking wasting more money and time on an issue that might be relatively simpler for a more experienced plumbing company. Therefore, when you are looking for a plumbing professional, you need to insist on finding someone who has been in the industry for more than a few years. This will ensure that you have someone who properly understands what needs to be done to fix any plumbing issue in your home.

Does Your Plumber Respond Swiftly?

Some plumbing issues will need to be fixed as soon as they have been spotted. For instance, if your water heater is broken, it can put your family’s safety at risk, in addition to causing serious inconvenience. Besides, if your toilet is clogged, it can make your bathroom virtually unusable. Therefore, when such plumbing issues occur, you need to call a plumbing professional immediately. However, not all plumbing companies offer 24/7 plumbing services, and most of those who provide them do not respond as swiftly you would expect. But the truth is that you don’t want to spend hours in a smelly house waiting for a plumbing professional to help you fix a blocked toilet. Therefore, in addition to ensuring that your plumbing company offers 24/7 plumbing services, you need to ascertain that they have a relatively shorter response time.

Does Your Plumber Offer a Warranty?

Some plumbing issues can be quite costly to fix. Therefore, once you have called a plumbing company to fix them today, you do not want to make the same call over the same issues a few days or weeks down the line. Therefore, you need to find a plumbing professional offering high-quality services. The problem is that even quacks claim to offer quality plumbing services. The difference is that plumbing professionals are usually willing to back their claims of quality with their own money. In other words, professionals offer warranty for qualified plumbing services to ensure that clients are protected against the cost of poor workmanship. Therefore, before you settle for any particular plumbing professional, you have to be satisfied with the terms of their warranty agreement.

The Bottom Line

Overall, it is apparent that although there are many plumbing companies in Bedford, TX, picking the right one is not necessarily easy. Therefore, if you need a plumbing professional for whatever reason, you need to do your due diligence to avoid wasting your money by hiring a quack. The checklist above should help you ensure that you settle for the best plumbing professionals around. If you are looking for a dependable plumber in Bedford, TX, Tioga Contractors is your best bet. We are the leading plumbing contractor around, and our reputation is indisputable. We have also been in the industry for more than a few years, and our track record speaks for itself. Feel free to contact us today for more information about our company and the plumbing services with are best known for.

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