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Best Methods for Cleaning Bath Fixtures

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Gleaming bath and sink fixtures make the bathroom attractive and inviting. You can only enjoy shiny faucets free of water spots and soap scum when you properly maintain and clean them. In order to have shiny fixtures in the bathroom, follow these cleaning bath fixture tips.

Avoid Damage by Using Gentle Products

Chrome is a soft metal that scratches easily. Make sure your bath fixtures stay sparkly by avoiding harsh chemical cleaners and abrasive, rough or sharp cleaning tools. When cleaning bath fixtures, avoid using anything but soft sponges or cleaning cloths.

Along the same lines, avoid using harsh chemical cleaning products on chrome, including scouring powder. If you use a commercial cleaner, it should say that it’s safe to use on chrome and other bath fixture metals. If it doesn’t, don’t use it.

But fear not! There are several safe and easy options for cleaning bathroom fixtures that you can easily prepare from ingredients in your kitchen.

Dish Soap and Water

Simply add a squirt of a mild soap to a bowl of warm water. Use a soft cloth or nonabrasive sponge and clean the fixtures well, rinsing with warm water. Use an old, soft toothbrush to clean any crevices that are hard to get to with the cloth or sponge. Rinse the fixtures well with warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Vinegar and Water

Vinegar is stronger than soap and water and a good choice when there are more stubborn stains and soap scum on the fixtures. Vinegar is acidic, so the acids help remove stains and scum. Mix the vinegar at a one-to-one ratio— one part vinegar to one part water. If you’re going to be cleaning the fixtures in a standard-sized bathroom, one cup vinegar and one cup water should make a sufficient amount.

Apply the solution to the fixtures with a nonabrasive sponge or soft cloth. Use a soft toothbrush for out-of-the way areas. If the fixtures are especially stained, drape a vinegar-water soaked cleaning cloth over the stained areas and let it sit for 15 minutes prior to gently scrubbing. Rinse well with warm water and dry the fixtures with a soft cloth.

Maintain Bath Fixtures

Cleaning bath fixtures on a regular basis and keeping them dry goes a long way toward ensuring that they stay shiny and make your whole bathroom gleam. Wash the bath fixtures weekly and keep a soft cloth nearby to wipe them down after every use.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today!

The Pink Plumber Dedicated to Affordable Service

Friday, December 30th, 2016

At the Pink Plumber, we realize that affordable service is a top priority for our clients. That’s why our plumbing technicians are careful to ensure that they keep costs as low as possible. We appreciate your business and do our best to ensure that our plumbing services fit into your budget.

The service experience of Scott and Alicia O. of Alpharetta highlighted here illustrates how our plumbers do their utmost to provide affordable, expert service. Here is an accounting of Scott and Alicia’s recent Pink Plumber service.

“Today the pink plumber sent Jim out to my house, and I couldn’t be more pleased with their service. Jim showed up right on time and with a great attitude. I had two toilets with issues and needed to replace the kitchen faucet. After the initial inspection, Jim prepared me for worst and best case scenario. I am pleased to say he kept saying, “flange looks great and doesn’t need to be replaced.” And so on where the final costs were at the low end of the estimate. I was very impressed with the attention to detail Jim displayed. Everything is installed and working top-notch. I would recommend this company and Jim to anyone! And knowing a portion of the money will be donated to fight breast cancer makes me feel even better.”

We are aware at The Pink Plumber that while plumbing emergencies and service needs are necessary, the costs can put a kink in your budget. After all, our plumbers are “regular folks” just like you! For that reason, we do our best to perform jobs that are as cost effective as possible, without ever compromising service or attention to detail. It may take some thought, but our technicians are trained to take their time in looking for innovative and effective ways to save you money on all of your plumbing repairs and service needs.

Although we believe in being budget conscious, we are careful to always provide the absolute best solution to your plumbing concerns. We will never skimp on quality, but always offer the very best in service and required parts. That way you can be assured that our work stands the test of time.

If you require an Atlanta plumber dedicated to making your plumbing repair experience as cost effective as possible, contact the Pink Plumber today for expert, affordable service. We’re always happy to answer any questions about possible costs of our many plumbing services.

Volunteering for Breast Cancer at 2016 It’s the Journey

Friday, December 9th, 2016

As Duke University basketball coach Michael William Krzyzewski once said, “People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.”

At this year’s It’s the Journey Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, several Pink Plumber employees had the privilege of discovering how true Krzyzewski’s words are. They volunteered for the popular event that raises funds for breast cancer screening, diagnostics, treatment, research, support services and genetic counseling and testing in Georgia.

“Five of our plumbers at The Pink Plumber took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer at this year’s It’s the Journey,” says Frank Lancaster, one of The Pink Plumber employees to donate his time to the cause. “We set up a display table and offered pink carry bags, beaded necklaces and even rubber ducks.”

As Pink Plumber volunteers discovered at the event, the experience is an invigorating and inspiring one, notes Lancaster, who has volunteered for three years. “There is a definite feeling of excitement when you volunteer. In some ways, the experience is a little overwhelming, due to the fact that the event is not only an event—it’s a movement—but it’s a good feeling.”

Lancaster, like all of The Pink Plumber employees, volunteers at It’s the Journey with the aim of doing his part to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. “The reason I volunteer is simple,” he says. “I wholeheartedly enjoy what I do as a career and therefore I feel it’s imperative to fight this disease whenever and however possible.”

Started in 2002, the It’s the Journey Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is an annual fundraiser that attracts participants from far and wide. The money raised goes toward funding breast cancer research and treatment.

This year, the Pink Plumber acted as a B’Rest Stop Sponsor. These stops are designed to give fatigued walkers a chance to rest and refuel.

“Volunteering at such an important event to fight breast cancer was truly uplifting and encouraging,” says Lancaster. “At the event, I was amazed and inspired to see so many different participants from all walks of life standing tall in one accord and putting the disease on notice that it will be eradicated!”

At the Pink Plumber, we have experts on hand to tackle all of your plumbing needs. For answers to your questions and high-quality service, contact the Pink Plumber today.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Pink Plumber

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

As we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month here at the Pink Plumber, we give thanks for the daily, year-round opportunities we have to donate to the fight against breast cancer. With every job we complete, a portion goes to the cause. We are truly grateful for all the customers that make this possible.

Started in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industry’s pharmaceutical division, this month-long dedication began with the goal of promoting the use of mammography as a potentially life-saving test. Over the years, the goals expanded to increase awareness of this life-threatening disease and work towards a cure.

The Power of Local
While National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is internationally recognized today, at the Pink Plumber, we are dedicated to contributing to the cause at a grassroots, local level. That’s why we donate to the Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta. We also give back to local organizations such as It’s the Journey, which produces the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer held annually in Atlanta.

This year the Pink Plumber will volunteer as a B’Rest Stop during the 2-Day Walk. We’ll be on hand to assist walkers in any way we can, including offering beverages and snacks, so they can re-hydrate and restore themselves, and rest a bit, if needed.

“Many people are drawn to participate in the 2-Day walk, because of the power of local,” notes Kim Goff, Executive Director of It’s The Journey, Inc. “Volunteers and donors like the fact that the funds raised here stay in Georgia,” she says. “With some charitable organizations, when you make your donation, you’re not sure where the money will end up. At It’s the Journey, we’re very transparent about the fact that the funds help locally.”

Pink Plumber Contributions
When it comes to keeping things local while donating to the fight against breast cancer, Goff commends the Pink Plumber. “In addition to sponsoring a B-Rest Stop at the 2-Day Walk and sending in volunteers, the Pink Plumber came into our offices five years ago and put in plumbing so that we could have water, including a kitchen, and we are very grateful for that.”

According to Goff, the Pink Plumber understands the power of local and how every donation counts.

“When you donate locally, the funds don’t have to go far to make a difference, and even little donations add up,” says Goff. “Some people, like busy moms, may not have time to volunteer or donate directly, but just by selecting a service provider like the Pink Plumber that donates a portion of the proceeds to the cause, that busy mom can make a big difference. The Pink Plumber has created an easy, no-brainer way for people to contribute.”

We have experts to handle all of your plumbing needs. For answers to your questions and high-quality service, contact the Pink Plumber today.

Join Pink Plumber at It’s the Journey

Monday, September 19th, 2016

At the Pink Plumber, we’re proud to do our part in the fight against breast cancer. In addition to donating a percentage of every job to the cause, we participate in community events that raise funds and awareness about the disease, such as the It’s the Journey Atlanta 2 Day Walk to be held this year October 15-16.

The It’s the Journey breast cancer walk is a popular event that attracts participants from near and far. We at the Pink Plumber encourage you to volunteer and join us in supporting this event. Here are several benefits to volunteering.

It’s Fun
Experiencing the great outdoors while you contribute to the greater good is a blast. In addition to meeting new friends, the volunteer opportunities at It’s the Journey’s 2 Day Walk are varied and offer something for everyone. This year at the walk, the Pink Plumber is serving as a B’Rest Stop to serve the needs of walkers during the event. We invite you to help us make this year’s 2 Day Walk one of the most enjoyable ever.

You’ll Feel Good
Joining like-minded individuals dedicated to making the world a better place is a satisfying experience. Knowing that your efforts, whether they were walking or providing services to walkers during the event, may save lives, is sure to make you feel great.

Lending a Hand Boosts Your Health
Volunteering can give you a healthier body. According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, volunteering leads to better health. A study they conducted found that individuals who gave of their time tended to be healthier, physically and mentally. They discovered that volunteers had a greater functional ability and lower rates of depression than those who don’t volunteer. At the 2 Day Walk, you’ll have the opportunity to stretch yourself physically and mentally.

Volunteering Increases Your Skills and Experience
Lending a hand and your experience is bound to increase your abilities and knowledge. Whether you’re volunteering your efforts in your field of expertise or a new area, you are likely to walk away with some newfound knowledge. The opportunity also gives you a chance to work on skills that you may want to develop further, such as leadership or customer service.

When you hire the Pink Plumber to handle your plumbing needs, keep in mind that a portion of every job goes to our fight against Breast Cancer. For service and answers to your plumbing questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

National Cancer Survivors Day

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

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By Stacy Simon

With more than 15.5 million cancer survivors alive today in the US, chances are that you or someone you know has faced cancer.
Each June, cancer survivors celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, sponsored by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. The event, which includes hundreds of life-affirming gatherings across the US, is a time to celebrate life – and if you’re a cancer survivor, it’s also a good time to reflect on what you could be doing to be even healthier.

Survivorship: During and After Treatment
Whether you’re still in treatment or long since finished, be sure you’re doing everything you can to safeguard your health.

  1. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
    • Avoid weight gain during cancer treatment, whether you are at a healthy weight or overweight.
    • If you’re overweight or obese, talk to your health care provider about safely losing weight after you recover from treatment.
  2. Be physically active.
    • Studies show that exercise is safe during cancer treatment, and can improve many aspects of health, including muscle strength, balance, fatigue, and depression.
    • Physical activity after diagnosis is linked to living longer and a reduced risk of cancer returning among people living with breast, colorectal, prostate, and ovarian cancer – among other forms of the disease.
  3. Eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
    • The most health benefits are associated with a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish, and low in refined grains, red meat (beef, pork, and lamb) and processed meat (hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage, and some deli meats), desserts, high-fat dairy products, and fried foods.
    • Studies show that taking vitamins, herbs, and other nutritional supplements often do not help cancer patients live longer, and may even shorten life. Before taking any supplement, discuss it with your healthcare provider.
  4. Get recommended cancer screenings.
    • Cancer survivors should go to all the follow-up visits their cancer care team recommends, to make sure cancer hasn’t come back.
    • Survivors can also get other cancers. They should follow the same testing schedule for their age and gender as the general population.
  5. Create a survivorship care plan.
    • Ask your cancer care team to give you a thorough record of the treatments you had and any follow-up they recommend.
    • Understand which provider – oncologist, primary care doctor, or other specialist – should be in charge of cancer-related and other medical care. If you don’t know, ask.
  6. Take care of your emotional health.
    • Spend time with family and friends, and doing things you like.
    • Focus on your spiritual side, whether that means participating in organized religion, communing with nature, meditating, creating art, or whatever speaks to you.
    • Join a support group in your local area or online (such as Cancer Survivors Network) or speak to a mental health care professional.

    Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff (American Cancer Society)

The Pink Plumber Offers More Than Just Plumbing Services—They Give Back For A Good Cause

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Sure, The Pink Plumber is widely known to provide some of the best plumbing, service and repairs in the industry. But, what you may not have noticed right away is that they are strong advocates for breast cancer research. A portion of all of their profits goes toward fighting against the disease. A recent customer, Donna K, had a lot of positive things to say about The Pink Plumber and her experience with our company. Here’s her story.

What was the main reason for contacting us? “I needed some repairs done on my two upstairs toilets. They were both flushing slowly, and one of the toilets kept running around the clock. My husband is a good handyman and he tried to fix them, but unfortunately they kept giving us issues. That was when I knew it was time to call in the pros! I chose The Pink Plumber because my neighbors have raved about them and their exceptional service.”

Here at The Pink Plumber, we strive ourselves as providing some of the best customer service in the industry. What was your first opinion of us when you spoke with us? “When I first called, your receptionist was extremely friendly and was very concerned about what our plumbing problems were all about. She asked several questions and gathered a lot of information about our plumbing issue. She quickly put together an appointment time for us for later that day. I was shocked that we could get help so quickly, but The Pink Plumber definitely pulled through.”

“The first thing I noticed when the tech, Jack R. arrived, was that he pulled up in a pink truck.” says Donna. “Of course, my first reaction was that as a woman, I was attracted to this company because of the beautiful pink colors. I quickly found out from Jack that they are pro-breast cancer research and donate part of their earnings to breast cancer research and awareness. This really hit home for me, because a close family member of mine is battling the disease.”

What do you want others to know about us, Donna? “I really want to express to others who are looking for a plumbing expert to call you guys first. You are affordable and you were able to tackle my underlying plumbing issue the same day. Now, our toilets and our entire septic drain is running and flowing better than ever.”

If you’re faced with any plumbing issue, big or small, call The Pink Plumber today and schedule a consultation right away!

The Fight Against Breast Cancer Continues

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

The fight against breast cancer has been a long road with uphill battles, and one that many individuals have traveled through the years. From Hollywood stars and famous athletes to businesses everyday people, the pink ribbon continues to symbolize the support of people battling the disease, survivors, supporting patients recovering from its effects, as well as bringing continuing awareness to others and ongoing cancer research.

Ribbons have played a significant role in bringing attention to events, dedications and other worthy causes. The yellow ribbon came about in 1979 in support of veterans who were in hostage situations or actively serving in faraway places. Tying a yellow ribbon around a tree was a visual reminder that loved ones were not yet home but not forgotten. Years later, a red ribbon was brought to the forefront when worn by an actor at the annual Tony Awards. The red ribbon symbolizes passion and represents those affected by AIDS.

Since the mid-1980s, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® has incorporated the color pink in its branding. In 1990 in Washington, D.C., the Komen National Race for the Cure ® saw the beginning of the first breast cancer survivor program. The emblem at that time was a black and white button. Later that same year, as the survivor program grew and developed, pink became the official color for the Komen group.

In 2007, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation formally changed its name to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure ®. Along with the official name change, a new logo was created for the foundation’s brand image. The Pink Running Ribbon made its debut at that time and continues to be their symbol for the fight against breast cancer.

The Pink Plumber, too, has begun its support of the fight against breast cancer. The pink service trucks and the creative “P” in their company logo is a reference to that pink ribbon known around the world. Every time a Pink Plumber technician takes to the highway, it is a reminder to passersby of the need to raise breast cancer awareness and support research in finding the cure.

The support of people who have been affected by breast cancer doesn’t stop at the visual aspect of the pink trucks — a portion of every job is also donated towards the fight against breast cancer. If you need the professional services of a qualified plumber for maintenance or repairs, keep in mind that when calling on the Pink Plumber, you, too, will be helping to fight the battle against breast cancer.

The Pink Plumber offers a variety of services to keep your home or business in tip-top condition. The company has qualified and experienced technicians to cover septic service, sewer repair, water heater maintenance and repair, tankless water heaters, toilet repair, rooter services, drain cleaning, pipe refitting, leaks and more.

We have experts on hand to handle your needs. For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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Common water heater problems and ways to fix them

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Water heaters are the silent workhorses of every households. They work around the clock to provide heated water at your beckon call. Common water heater problems can cause the unit to malfunction, producing only warm water or worse.

The two most common types of water heaters used in residential housing are electric or gas operated units. Being aware of the signs that lead to water heater failure can alert you to a potential problem and avoid being left out in the cold.

The symptoms of a malfunctioning electric water heater can vary between the mild and extreme.

No Hot Water

  • Broken or malfunctioning heating elements.
  • Incorrect thermostat setting or faulty thermostat.
  • An interruption of power to the appliance (tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse).

Rust Colored Water

  • The sacrificial anode rod has failed, causing the tank to rust.
  • Glass lined water heater tank is experiencing excessive corrosion. This can also lead to unexpected leaks or ruptures.

Leaking or Pooling Water

  • Faulty plumbing connections.
  • Leaking heating element gasket due to under or over tightening.
  • Water heater storage tank has excessive corrosion and has failed or ruptured.
  • T&P valve is faulty, stuck open, overheating or open due to excessive pressure inside the tank.

Water is Too Hot

  • Heating element thermostat is set too high. Most water heaters are factory pre-set to 120 degrees Farenheit.

Water is Luke Warm or Amount Inefficient

  • Crossed plumbing lines — hot water line connected to cold tank inlet and vice versa — due to improper installation.
  • Water heater is too small to handle hot water demand.
  • Faulty upper or lower heating element.
  • Faulty dip tube.

Smells of Rotten Eggs

  • The water heater tank contains sediment laden with bacteria. As the bacteria die and decay, they create smelly, hydrogen gases that are passed through your plumbing.

High Pitched Whining Noise

  • Heating elements have a larger than normal amount of scale buildup.

Popping or Rumbling Sounds

  • Excessive amounts of sediment laying in the tank cause the bottom to overheat and boil instead of heat the water.

Common water heater problems for gas appliances experience similar problems as electric powered units do. However, for the sake of not being repetitive, only those problems relevant to gas water heaters are listed below.

No Hot Water

  • Pilot light is off causing the thermocouple feature to prevent gas delivery.

Inadequate Amounts of Hot Water

  • Thermostat failure.
  • Obstructed flue or vent.
  • Defective thermostat.
  • Faulty dip tube.

Pilot Light will not light

  • Bad gas valve
  • Faulty thermocouple

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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New Bathtub Installation Steps

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Over time, even the sturdiest of bathtubs need replacing. After years of use, a bathtub can become stained, chipped, or scratched, which causes it to look worn. If you have plans to sell your home in the future, consider how bathtub looks. A visually unappealing bathroom can devalue the selling price of your home.

To have a successful bathtub installation, several things are necessary. You will need adequate time to start and complete the project. You will also need to hire a licensed plumber with appropriate tools and plumbing experience in order to do the job without causing damage to floors, walls, and water lines.

Traditional Bathtub Installation Considerations

The most important step in selecting a new bathtub is determining the amount of room you have to work with. Unless major renovations are part of the project, the size of the old tub usually dictates the size of your new tub.

Measure both the width and length of the bathtub area to know if installing a different size or type of tub is possible. In most cases, you will be limited to the same-size tub currently installed. The size of your bathroom door also needs to be considered. When choosing a different bathtub, consider whether the opening to the bathroom door needs to be enlarged before the tub can fit through.

If a complete bathroom renovation is the plan, gather all the information, including size specifications for all the fixtures. Knowing how much room you have and the size of each fixture allows you to lay out a floor plan according to the available square footage.

Other Types of Bathtub Installation

If you are installing a whirlpool tub for the first time, it’s important that the measurements of the bathroom are large enough to accommodate the tub. A motor is also required for these types of nontraditional bathtubs. Additional electrical lines and outlets may be necessary if the area currently has no properly sized circuits available. An electrician will be required to run the appropriate electrical lines. Installation also includes

  • fitting the new bathtub into place,
  • adjusting and sizing the drain hole,
  • fitting the tub and fixtures,
  • tying into a dedicated circuit to accommodate the tub’s motor mechanism, and
  • providing an access panel.

Permits

Remodeling and renovation home improvement projects—as well as room additions, add-ons, or new structures—require the proper permit from the city or county. Before hiring a licensed plumber to install a new bathtub, contact the local department in your area for specific requirements for your project.

If a permit is required, an inspection by a city official may be necessary to sign off on the work. This validation ensures the plumbing and any electrical work has been completed according to city code requirements.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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