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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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

 

 

 

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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

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Fair pricing

valuepriceHome repairs can get expensive.  If you are like us, we try to do as much around the house as we can on our own.  I learned this from my mom.  She could fix anything!  If she couldn’t, the last resort was to call a professional.  I could count on 1 hand the times we had a service man in our home.  A Plumber and an AC repair man.  These professionals were not called unless she had tried everything she could think of.

One time stands out specifically:  we had a clogged toilet.  Mom tried plunging it.  That didn’t work.  Then she went to the hardware store and bought a hand auger.  That didn’t’ work.  So, she had to break down and call a plumber.  We had to wait a day or so before we could get on their schedule.  Sometimes, we have to call someone to help.  Being frugal you have to try on your own first, I get that.  That is what I learned from my mom.

In the fast pace world we live in today, we don’t always have the time to try for hours and hours to fix something.  We need it fixed and we want a great price.  I hear the sayings crossing your minds about any service repair company….

  • That company is expensive!
  • I want it cheap!
  • I am looking for a good deal.
  • My personal favorite is Bear’s.  I want to give everyone a fair price!

honestyintegrity“A fair price for our customers and a fair price for me,” is what Bear says.  We have said it before; we don’t want salesmen working for us, we want repair men who look out for our customers wellbeing.  When you call us out to look at your clogged toilet, have us check your water heater, not to sell you a new one but to be proactive.  If your water heater is over 8 years old it’s getting close to needing a new one.

When you are comparing prices and shopping around, make sure to compare apples to apples.  Another thing to keep in mind when getting estimates is to make sure you are dealing with a licensed and insured business.  Handymen are great, however most often they do not carry insurance or license to protect you the customer.

We believe in our pricing and know it is fair.  That is why you will find prices listed on our website.  Show me another company that is doing that!

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Slime in the pipes not the ice machine

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Friends, family and customers – I can’t tell you how much I have thought about this situation this week. How to get the word out to all of you to prevent this from happening to you.  Every year during the summer I try to post something to warn you guys so that the disastrous does not happen to you.  Unfortunately, it happened this week to one of our customers.  I got the call and you could hear the frustration and a little fear in her voice. She proceeded to tell me they just got back from a weeklong vacation and she thought the upstairs smelled musty, but did not investigate.  Then an hour later her child told her “mom the hall and bathroom are wet upstairs”.  Then she noticed in the kitchen the ceiling was wet and starting to fall.  The insurance company and restoration company had to be called.  This is the worst of the worst for this AC condensate situation we deal with every summer.

The damage could be small or in this case pretty darn bad. Carpet, hardwood floor, vanity, ceiling, dry wall all kinds of damage can happen from a stopped up AC line.  Recently I have started to use the comparison to the late and famous Houstonian Marvin Zindler MarvinSindler—-Slime in the ice machine.

This same type of slime is what builds up and eventually clogs up your sink drain that is tied into your AC unit. The condensate from the AC drips to this drain.  The ice cold condensate travels through the hot pipes of the attic and walls festering and growing into your very own science project in your pipes.  Eventually growing to completely stop up the drain.  Does the AC stop?….Do you turn off the AC to stop the water from building up?  Unfortunately, the answer in the heat of the summer in Spring, TX is NO!!

How can you prevent this? Poor bleach down the AC drain line, generally there should be a tee installed on the drain to do this, in your attic once a month starting in May through September.  It could save you thousands of dollars in repairs from damage if flooding occurs.  If you do not have access to the line in this way don’t hesitate to give us a call and we can install one for you.

Another thing you can do is check those upstairs bathroom lavatory sinks to see how quickly or slowly they are draining. If they are draining slow give us a call to unstop them before it is too late.

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