Water Expands When If Freezes

All I keep thinking of is Bill Nye the Science Guy – What happens when water freezes?

Glass shatters….Pipes burst

My husband is so smart (My Daughter said don’t let dad hear you say that HAHAHA!!) he called it.  He said once the sun comes out the houses are going to warm up and the pipes are going to start bursting.

Pipes are bursting all over Spring, even ours.

 We are doing our best to get customers scheduled.  Please be safe out there.  The weather is going to drop again tonight.  If you have not wrapped those pipes and you don’t have a leak, count your blessings.  Help a neighbor out if you can. 

Fill the bathtub with water if you can so that you can flush your toilet later and shut the water off to your house if you have an active leak.

If you can get on a list for a plumbing company that is the best thing to do unless you can fix it yourself.  Plumbing companies are doing all they can to help customers as quickly as they can.

Merry Christmas!

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Brrrr It’s Going To Be Cold

Going out of town for the Christmas Holiday and worried about the inclement weather we are preparing for.

1.       Turn off the water to your home at the street

2.       Open a bathtub hot and cold water to empty the water from the pipes.  Keep in mind sometimes the pipes in your attic and walls could look like spaghetti and you will not be able to get all of the water out. 

3.       If you have a tankless water heater on the exterior of the house do not turn the water off to it.  If it does not have water running to it, it will burn up when its self-circulating pump kicks on because of the cold temperature.  Built in safety feature when it freezes to circulate water so that it will not freeze.

4.       Tankless heater in your home will not kick on unless you turn hot water on.  They stay in a sleeping state until water is requested.  You do not need to do anything to the unit itself.

5.         All tank type & tankless water heaters can be left on.  This includes gas & electric.

If you are watching the weather for this week please make sure to wrap your exterior pipes. Here is a post from 2014 & 2021 I wrote for preparing for a freeze. Baby its cold outside……

Here is a video that can also be helpful Preparing for a freeze

Stay warm and Our team is here when you need us – 281-350-BEAR(2327)

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We love working in the cooler weather

If you have noticed that your water is not as hot as it used to be, it could be an aging water heater.  The plumbing in your home is not always screaming at you when something is going out.  We wish all our customers were in that situation.  So, if you notice the small hints that you could have a plumbing issue don’t delay and get a licensed professional out to investigate.

Working inside our outside, we are happy!

The team here at Bear’s Plumbing loves working this time of year.  The fall just seems to make everyone happy.  We are a team of happy plumbers and want to share that happiness with all our customers. 

One way to improve your water heater’s efficiency is to have it flushed annually.  However,  if your water heater is older than 8 years old we do not recommend flushing it, as it could cause a potential leak. 

Over time, minerals like magnesium and calcium build up in your water heater’s tank. These minerals eventually settle at the bottom of the tank and harden, forming sediment. When sediment settles in your tank, it can force the system to work unnecessarily harder to heat your water. Eventually, that extra work forces pressure to build up in the tank, causing overheating and even ruptures. You can easily drain water heater sediment by fully draining your tank and flushing it out with cold water at least once per year, (up to 3 times if you have hard water) for optimal efficiency.

Removing sediments will help your heater run much more efficiently and prevent the more costly repairs that can occur as a result of their buildup. Flushing your water heater is a relatively simple project that you can do yourself if you have the right tools. You can also hire a professional to do it and we at Bear’s Plumbing would be glad to help you.

When you’re ready, call the happy plumber aka Bear aka Bear’s Plumbing at 281-350-2327

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Protecting your home

Plumbers have been protecting the nation for decades. New things are invented and patented every year to protect you & your home. We have been helping our customers extend the life of their water heaters for years. We recently received a flyer from the manufacture of the Scale RX.

I couldn’t wait to share this image with you!

The image is the result of a case study. Which shows proven performance of the Scale RX.

ScaleRx has been shown in tests conducted by IAPMO R&T to prevent 76% of limescale deposits. In side-by-side comparison testing it was four times more effective than the leading electronic scale reduction device.

In June 2019, two gas tank 40 gallon water heaters were installed by the same contractor in two residential homes in Houston, TX.

After 1 year, the heater without Scale RX produced nearly 1 liter of scale deposits, while the heater with ScaleRx produced zero scale deposits.

I don’t know about you, but that is gross!!

Scale Rx is an Ion polarization scale reduction system. It protects water heaters from limescale build-up and keeps them running efficiently. ScaleRx requires no power supply, batteries, chemicals, or filters. It is maintenance-free.

ScaleRx uses a patented turbulent galvanic polarization system to disrupt the formation of calcite crystals. After passing through ScaleRx, calcium carbonate crystalizes as aragonite, which doesn’t stick to plumbing components.

The ScaleRx works with tank and tankless water heater. If you have hard water you need Scale Rx.

Call Bear’s Plumbing today to schedule the installation of the ScaleRx. We can also get you scheduled for an annual flush of your tank or tankless water heater. We have systems in place to send you a reminder two days before your recurring annual appointment. Providing excellent customer service and quality workmanship is of the utmost importance to our team.

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How important is air conditioning in Texas?

Parents of college age kids, this article is for you. I assume most have gone back to school. So what do college students and air conditioning have to do with each other. Let me explain. I have written a few articles in the past about the AC condensate drain line. We are seeing an increase in these service calls not to mention the number of hits my blog is receiving on this topic. Almost all houses in the Spring and surrounding area use their air conditioner, right? How do you stop your daughter or son’s sink from backing up if the AC drain line is connected to it? 1. you unstop it or 2. TURN OFF YOUR AC! I am sur you are thinking are you serious or is this lady crazy!. Well yes I am. : ) haha a little of both. If your AC is off the line will not back up. I know that is not the answer for ever, but it can buy you some time.

We moved my daughter in to college a few weeks ago. The good Lord was looking out for us. We moved our two youngest kids to the same college 4 days apart from each other. The night after we moved her in my son was moving his boxes downstairs in preparation to load my car. He heard water dripping. Then he screamed DAD!! water is running running all over the floor in his sisters bathroom! Sure enough that line that I had written about time and time again was happening to the plumber himself! I did not make it in time to get a picture of the water running all over the counter and onto the floor.

In my daughters defense, she had told my husband for about a month that her lavatory sink was draining slowly…..and we failed to address it. It could have been so much worse. Unfortutnaly for some of our customers it has been worse. Water damage for a running air conditioner with no one home can be as bad as a bathtub overflowing onto the floor if left unattended.

Parents – check on those sinks that are not used very often. Preventative measures can go a long way in these situations. You can buy tablets to put in the ac drain pain or put a cup of bleach down it. You can put bleach down your Childs drain at least once a month and sometimes twice a month in the summer.

If you have an empty restroom in your home another thing to be mindful of is to make sure the p-traps are full of water.

  • Flush the toilets ever so often
  • run the lavatory faucets
  • run the bathtub
  • run the shower

This will make sure that p-trap stays full. This will eliminate sewer gas smell and pesky sewer flies from escaping into your home.

Empty nesters, I am in your shoes. Hang in there, I’ve been told this chapter is an even better one. I have a very special friend who has changed the name from empty nesting to re-feathering. Hope this post was helpful. If so I would love to see your comments or suggestions. We are all in this together.

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The plumber you can count on.

Bear has been plumbing since he was a senior at Klein High School in Spring, Texas. Our time in the plumbing industry has been at times trying but overall we couldn’t be happier and prouder of the team we currently have. These individuals take pride in their work and we hear it from our customers on a daily basis with words of gratitude both online and over the phone.

We want Bear’s Plumbing to be a great place to work and connect with our employees and our customers. We first opened our doors in 2005 and going into our 18th year of business we have been able to proudly keep our values solid. Our faith in God is number one. Our families are next in line, we have made the commitment to our employees that their time with their families is important to us. We are a service business that is 8-5 Monday through Friday. Of coarse we work late from time to time. The balance between work and family must be maintained. Our team deserves the weekends and time off to decompress. Summer time is hot in Texas, it can take its toll on our team so rest is of the utmost importance.

When our community was hurting in the freeze of February 2021 we worked overtime to help. During the pandemic of 2020 our team was an essential business there to help once again. Going into this hot summer we will be here to help our customers with all their plumbing needs residential and commercial.

Thank you Jose, William, Stevie, James, David, Thomas, Colby & Ana Maria. You guys are the dream team.

The team

Our team is ready to help, just give us a call 281-350-BEAR (2327)

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The year 2021

The Freeze of 2021

Ever start something and realize you never clicked save, or publish, or well you know had a total brain fart? Well this is that post…..Looking back at 2020 and so far 2021 a lot has happened.

Plumbing in the Texas area was a trade that was unfathomable. I had heard stories from my husband of the freeze in the 80’s. It truly was something we never anticipated after the pandemic shut down almost the entire united states. The snowmegedan of 2021 proved to be a test for businesses. There were several factors that helped our small family business.

First – We have a rock star team and a fantastic leader, my husband – Bear. Our technicians worked tirelessly day after day until late night hours and continued to show up day after day, week after week. We processed over 2,000 phone calls. We returned every single voicemail call that was left. We responded to countless emails.

Time and time again we had customers tell us THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANSWERING THE PHONE OR CALLING BACK – that no one that they had called would answer the phone, return a phone call or even show up when they made an appointment.

Second – We made the decision at the end of 2019 to start using a system to manage our customers, schedules, and dispatch. This was a game changer for us. We never would have been able to respond to all of the customers we had.

As I said in the first paragraph I started writing this sometime in 2021 and never completed it. If you are watching the weather for this week please make sure to wrap your exterior pipes. Here is a post from 2014 I wrote for preparing for a freeze. Baby its cold outside……

Here is a video that can also be helpful Preparing for a freeze

Stay warm and Our team is here when you need us – 281-350-BEAR(2327)

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Thank you

I know it has ben a while since I have posted to my blog.  These are trying times and we wanted you, our customers to know we appreciate you.  We were here at the beginning of pandemic, and we are still here today.  You have a choice of who you call for your home and business plumbing needs.  We want to thank you for using our family owned and operated service company.    If you have any questions regarding your pluming needs please always feel free to call and we can work with you over the phone to discuss scheduling, pricing and even how to.     281-350-BEAR(2327)


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Another day last week…

So last week I posted my husbands very first Facebook video, this week I am sharing my very first video.  Man this was hard, not gonna lie.  Totally out of my comfort zone, but I think it is important to be real.  I have been involved in so many bible studies over the years and being real is so very important.  In a world full of perfect social media posts it is hard to know what is real and true.  I totally respect the companies that have made commercials, statements and videos on what they are trying to do for their employees, customers and community.  Yes we are an essential business as mandated by the government, but we have been that since indoor plumbing was created.  Keeping fresh water and waste water separate has been our number one mission since the creation of the plumber.  I recently received and email that got me thinking.  Plumbing is not easy, there are long hours, heavy equipment, heavy labor, & a whole list of  gross things that trigger our gag reflex.

To be a plumber, you have to be made for the trade.  You have to be strong, smart, patient and persistent.  Plumbing is so much more than a trade. It’s a craft! Parallel lines and metallic shimmer, plumbing installations are extremely technical works of art!  From propress to solder. Pipe to fixture. Repair to remodel. We respect the skill, craftsmanship and artistry, not to mention a whole lotta math; that go into every plumbing job.

My family, the 8 families we employee and I thank you for supporting our business.

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One day last week

One day last week my husband, who also happens to be my favorite plumber in the whole wide world and my favorite person for that matter made his first Facebook video.   You can watch it below.  Some words that have never been used in years past that are now used hundreds of times a day unprecedented, distancing, self quarantine to list just a few don’t even begin to paint the picture of our world today.  Essential business is another one of the terms used over the last two weeks not just in our community but across the globe.  We truly are living through some difficult and scary times.  I pray you and your families are well, safe in your homes.  We are here if you have any plumbing needs.  We have always wanted to take care of our employees by not running our business 24×7.  We are a family business who puts God first and family second.  It is important for our employees to have time with their families.  However, my husband and I started answering the phones after hours and on the weekends.  If you find your self in need of emergency pluming repair please don’t hesitate to call 281-350-2327.  We are here if you need us.  Stay safe and God bless!


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