Made my day

What a wonderful way to start a summer Friday! I came into the office to find this wonderful text message on our company cell phone.

I cannot say enough how tremendously impressed I was with Steve – his diagnostic ability was top notch. 

He not only figured out what the problem was, & fixed it properly, but was very careful & thorough in my next trouble spot. His patient inspection showed an unusual problem which he also diagnosed, was able to explain to me, & also fixed completely. 

To put the icing on the cake, he understood my Sr. Citizen situation & helped me with that as well. It seems his father is also a top long-time plumber with your great Bear’s company. 

I hope this dynasty continues for many more generations. Texas should be proud!

-K.F.

Happy Friday everyone – Hope you have a happy and blessed weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dryer vent

Do you know what is in your dryer vent?  I am sure you all clean out the vent in your dryer.  Have you ever cleaned out the compartment with the lent tray out?  I found jewelry in mine.  That got me thinking.  If the filter does not catch it all and leaves that much in the base of the dryer.  Surly there is more lent in the vent that leads to the outside.  So I decided to investigate this on my own.  I sure do hope I can get it all back together before Bear gets home : )

Frightening facts from a 2008-2010 report by the US Fire Administration.

  • An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.
  • Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
  • Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
  • Fifty-four percent of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings were confined to the object of origin.

Recently I saw a post on Facebook where a homeowner cleaned their dryer vent that was run to the roof.  Bear said this is a very bad design and a big fire hazard.  The amount of lent the homeowner pulled out was crazy.  If your home vent is through the roof you may be able to reroute it directly to the outside horizontally rather than vertically.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Don’t let slime clog your line!

Have your AC drain line maintained. You don’t want your house to flood while you are on vacation.

$195.00 with proper access – Includes treating line with bleach, blowing out primary AC drain and auguring lavatory drain.

$350.00 without proper access – Includes installing new ball valve, new tee, treating line with bleach, blowing out primary AC drain and auguring lavatory drain.

Maintenance by Bear’s Plumbing 281-350-2327 – offer good through September 30, 2017

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Help I Can’t Stop the Water!!!!!

Many times we receive calls from customers in a panic.  Water is pouring out!!!!  Our first question, have you turned the water off to the sink, toilet or even the whole house.  So many times we receive the reply…how do I do that?

I decided to show you.

1. How to turn off the water to your sink.  Do you see the two valves in this picture.  One is for the hot water and one is for the cold water.  So if only one side is leaking you should be able to turn off that specific valve.  Some valves are quarter turn and some you have to turn several times to shut off.  To turn the water off you turn the valve to the right until it stops.  Do not force it, these valves are not used often and will sometimes get frozen and wont work no matter what you do.  If this happens, the best solution is to replace them.

20170221_143130

2. How to turn off the water to your toilet.  The valve in this picture is the water supply line to your toilet.  If your tank is leaking or toilet running you can turn the water off, however if the bowl and tank are full of water those will continue to leak until the water is drained.  You follow the same steps as above to turn off water to a toilet.

Toilet Supply line

Toilet Supply line

3. How to turn off the water to your house.  The valve to the right of this outside pipe is where your water comes into your house.  You can turn this valve off and it will stop all water from flowing into your home to all of your fixtures.

house-shut-off-vavle

4. How to turn off the water to your water heater.  The valve in this picture when shut off will turn the water flowing into your water heater off.  However, if your water heater is leaking a the base of the water heater, all water inside the tank (40 – 50 gallons) will continue to drain until the tank is empty.  If you find yourself in this situation and the pan is not draining you can hook up a water hose to the base of the water heater and run the hose to a bathtub or outside of your home.

5. Where is my cleanout? – The sewer cleanout is located outside of your home.  It could be in a front flower bed as shown in the image below.  It could be in the back yard or any side of your home.  Really depends on how the plumber routed the plumbing for your house.  This is a very important access hole for a plumber to use to unstop sewer lines when needed.

cleanout

 

Every home is different.  Some homes are older and some are newer.  In older homes you may want to install a shut off valve because way back when they were not always installed.  So if any of your valves or cleanouts do not look like those listed above, not to worry we can help.  Some customers don’t know where their clean outs are and we have been able to help locate them.  We have even encountered customers whose homes were remodeled and the cleanouts were never relocated and the new slab was poured right on top of them.

Posted in Kitchen Sink, Toilet, Water heater, Water Pipes | Leave a comment

Exciting Things are happening at Bear’s Plumbing!!!

weve-movedYes!!! We have moved to Farmette Meadows in Spring, TX.  Our new address is 18903 Tomato St. Spring, TX  77379  also known as Klein Texas.

It is hard to believe and super exciting that on December 18, 2014 we moved into our first storefront and now this month January 9, 2017 we moved into our new office building.  Looking towards the future with my best friend is exciting and scary all at the same time.  Bear is an amazing man, besides putting up with me, he is admired and respected in the industry and community.  I married an honest hard working man who I adore watching work.  It is a blessing to work side by side with him at this company that we have built together.

What a crazy time to move during freezing weather!  So many people having issues with broken pipes & sprinkler system PVB damage.  We are excited to continue serving our Spring, The Woodlands, Cypress, & Tomball residents.

We are still getting settled into the new place, I am sure it will take some more time.  We can still be reached at 281-350-BEAR.  

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Don’t get burned

Don’t get burned by waiting too long to replace your water heater. Water heaters should be replaced at 10 years old. It’s recommended to check them out between 8 and 10 years. If your water heater looks like this you’ve waited too long.  20161214_140133

If you built your home new and have never had your heater checked you could be asking for big trouble.

Call Bears Plumbing today for a professional honest and fair opinion!!  281-350-BEAR   Check out our website for pricing http://www.bearsplumbing.net

 

 

 

Posted in Water heater | Leave a comment

I love bathtubs!!

imagejpeg_0_1478700796784-2By definition a bathtub is a large container for holding water in which a person may bathe. I think of the dual purpose of the bathtub.  The calming serenity of a hot bath is good for the soul and our health, not to mention the cleanliness factor.

When I see the finished product for some of our customers I am so proud of our technicians. These bathtubs are amazing!!20161031_145609_1478700782495_1478700816500-2

Cleanliness and relaxation go back to the 1800’s. These bathtubs in the The Breakers in Newport, RI had two options. There were four faucets on several of the bathtubs in several of the many bathrooms in this mansion. One for Fresh water and one for Salt Water!! I found this amazing. It was considered good for your skin and your health even back in the 1800s.  Taking time to slow down and take a bath in and of itself is good for your health. In the fast pace of today’s world, the simple act of bathing can help reduce the stress in your life.20161023_11193120161023_111644

If any of these tubs spark an interest in remodeling your home bathroom give us a call 281-350-BEAR. Bear’s Plumbing would be glad to help get you on the road to a new relaxing tub.  http://www.bearsplumbing.net

Posted in Bath tub | Leave a comment