January 11th, 2018 Comments Off on How to Choose a Plumber

How to Choose a Plumber

If you’re jumping from one website to another looking for just the right plumber, perhaps we can simplify the process for you.

Ultimately, there are 5 main things you want to be assured of.  Once you achieve that goal, you’ll have exactly the right fit.  Here’s what we suggest you focus on as you continue your search:

Emergency Service

Plumbing problems are fond of ignoring the clock. In other words, they don’t care that most plumbers work a normal business day, and then go home.  Instead, a plumbing problem can happen at any time, which is why you need a plumber that offers 24/7 emergency service for all those times you really need it.

The Right Experience

Not all plumbers do all the same work.  Some, for example, specialize in drain cleaning and don’t offer much else.  Well, that’s great if you have a clogged drain, but not if you need your water heater replaced. The point is, if you have a specific need, look for someone who is qualified for the work at hand and, if you so desire, has references to back up their claims.

Customer Guarantees

Bottom line, what can you count on once a plumber shows up at your front door?  A guaranteed upfront price?  How about a customer satisfaction guarantee? Don’t wait until the work is done before finding out.

Reliable Reputation

Many companies are not BBB accredited, but that doesn’t mean they’re not capable of stellar work. And yet, in a world filled with so much uncertainty, wouldn’t you feel better if your company was highly rated by the Better Business Bureau and other organizations you know and trust?

Licensed & Insured

Certain kinds of plumbing can be performed ONLY by a licensed plumber…that’s the law.  And yet, a license is much more than a piece of paper.  It’s a reflection of many years of rigorous training and hands-on experience, all on your behalf.  As for having the proper insurance coverages, accidents can and do happen. So be sure your home and family are covered should one take place in your home.

Here at Norhio Plumbing, we invite your closest scrutiny. We rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, offer all the home plumbing services you need, and have decades of experience to our credit.  For the plumbing you need, when you need it, contact Norhio Plumbing…with confidence.

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December 7th, 2017 Comments Off on How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

If you’re concerned about water pipes freezing in unheated areas of your home, like your basement or garage, then it’s time to do something about it. And, as you’re about to see, it doesn’t take much to prevent pipe freezing and bursting and the watery mess that normally follows such an event:

  • Don’t turn your thermostat below 55 degrees, even when going away on vacation.
  • If you have water pipes inside cabinets – especially on outside facing walls – open those cabinets before retiring for the evening so the heat from your home can help keep those pipes nice and warm.
  • For added protection, all unheated water pipes should be covered in foam insulation or electrical heating tape, and that includes inside your basement, garage, crawl spaces, and any other unheated area of your home. Also, you might want to consider insulating the inside of your garage door or replacing yours with a pre-insulated model.
  • Close all windows near water pipes and cover or close open-air vents to block freezing wind drafts.
  • When the outdoor temperature dips below freezing, it’s a good idea to turn on one bathroom or kitchen faucet to a slow trickle to prevent water inside your pipes from freezing.
  • You also should caulk any holes or cracks that exist near pipes. This should be done on both interior and exterior walls. Doing so can help keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

If you have any questions about frozen pipe prevention or want some help to protect your home from damage, contact your local plumbing professionals at Norhio Plumbing today.

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October 17th, 2017 Comments Off on Why You Need a Back-up Sump Pump

Why You Need a Back-up Sump Pump

Basement flooding can occur at any time, especially if you live in a neighborhood known for wet basement problems.

If you live in that type of “danger zone,” you’re left with two basic choices: leave well enough alone and hope for the best, or take steps now to ensure your basement doesn’t become a soggy mess.

If you prefer the latter choice, then you’ll want to learn more about arming your basement with a sump pump and back-up sump pump – a formidable one-two combination.

More often than not, a main sump pump can pump out all the water that finds its way into your basement:  But what happens if you lose power or your sump pump simply breaks down? Remember: main sump pumps need electricity to operate.

That’s why Norhio Plumbing recommends supporting your main pump with a back-up sump pump. There are two kinds of back-up pumps: battery powered and water powered.  Both are excellent products and will continue to pump water out of your basement until your main sump pump either has been repaired or electrical power is restored.  Some models, in fact, can run for days at a time, so even if you’re away from home, you can enjoy the added confidence that comes from being fully prepared.’

To learn more about how to prevent basement flooding, contact Norhio Plumbing  today. In addition to sump pump installation, we offer maintenance and repair services, too, for all makes and models.

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September 24th, 2017 Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Summer always seems to end so abruptly, doesn’t it? One day we’ve got our toes in the sand, and the next we’re putting on sweat shirts and sending our kids off to school. And before you know it, the bright green leaves that once adorned neighborhood trees will cover our lawns in a crisp toffee-colored blanket.

Which makes early fall the perfect time to make indoor and outdoor preparations for the cold months ahead. After all, winter can be tough enough without having to confront problems that easily could have been prevented.

Fall Outdoor Preparation

  • Clean off and put away lawn furniture, summer sports equipment, toys, and your grill. Or, at least keep the grill covered until you’re ready for a tasty off-season barbecue.
  • Harvest the last of your summer garden and clear away dead vegetation.
  • Clean or service your outdoor tools and equipment. Drain the oil from your gas- powered lawn mower.
  • Remove window air conditioners and store them a safe distance away from corrosive materials such as chlorine and ice melt.
  • Close and secure the family pool for the season. Check the cover for damage and replace if necessary.

Tips for Extra Indoor Warmth

  • Vacuum your heat vents and clean or replace the air filtration and furnace filters.
  • Set your ceiling fan to run counter clockwise (in reverse) so it pushes warm air down toward the floor instead of allowing it to settle near the ceiling.
  • Inspect your wood burning stove or fireplace, and call a professional to properly clean your chimney.
  • Check your windows and doors for cracks and seal them to keep warm air in and cold air out.

Protection Against the Elements

  • Make sure your gutters are clear and downspouts are positioned away from your home. Install extensions if necessary.
  • Seal walkway and driveway cracks to prevent further damage, but lessen the risk of slips and fall.
  • Cut tree limbs, branches and shrubbery away from your home to protect the siding, gutters, and roof, and to keep pests and wildlife from entering.
  • Clean out the garage and shed to make room for lawn furniture, water hoses, and toys.
  • Shut off the water valves to your outside faucets and store away your hoses until spring.

Fall is also a great time for a whole-house plumbing inspection, a specialty of the house here at Norhio Plumbing. Annual preventative maintenance helps prevent repair problems, helps your equipment last longer, and provides added safety for your home and family as our inspection includes searching for signs of hidden water leaks, uninsulated pipes, and possible gas leaks from your water heater. Contact us for service today, especially if it’s been a year or more since preventive maintenance was last provided.

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September 9th, 2017 Comments Off on Steam Shower Benefits

Steam Shower Benefits

If you’ve ever had a bathroom make-over, you know that the improvements you make tend to be equal parts functional, added beauty, and added luxury.

Well, we’d like to suggest an inclusion in your upcoming bath remodeling project that fits two of those categories: greater functionality and luxury. And, depending on the model you choose, a new steam shower can add a nice touch of beauty to your new bathroom surroundings.

Here are a few specific ways a new steam shower can benefit you:

Circulatory System
Just like aerobic exercise, each time you take a steam shower it stimulates your heart rate. When your heart pumps faster, your circulation improves.  Over time, you also can look forward to the sustained improvement of your circulatory system.

Respiratory System
As you inhale the warm, humid air a steam shower emits, your breathing passages begin to clear up. And that can spell significant relief for those with any type of upper respiratory problem, including bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and others. Steam showers can also help speed up recovery time.

Muscular-Skeletal System
If you engage in a significant amount of manual labor or exercise, you know just how tight and sore your muscles can become. But once you let the power of a steam shower envelop you, many of those aches and pains will melt away, thus allowing you to cut back on pain meds.

Immune System
A steam shower has roughly the same effect on your body as a fever – but in a good and healthy way.  As your body heats up, your immune system works harder to help you remain disease free.

A steady dose of steam showers also can result in healthier-looking skin, and the benefits don’t stop there. To learn if your bathroom project is well-suited for the addition of a steam shower and more about all the amazing benefits it can provide, contact Norhio Plumbing today: your local plumbing professionals.

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August 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Green Laundry Made Simple

Green Laundry Made Simple

No, you don’t need to ditch your all-too-convenient washer and dryer. Then again, chances are you wouldn’t even be looking at this blog if you weren’t interested in additional ways to conserve energy and water. So, let’s have it, shall we?

Best case scenario, your washing machine is eclipsed only by your heating and cooling systems in home energy consumption. Washing machines also consume large amounts of water. It’s only natural, therefore, to consider how to enjoy clean clothes, bedding and towels while using less energy and water. Here are several tried and true methods to consider:

Get yourself a clothes line. Hang your clothes outside to dry, weather permitting. Or, when the weather doesn’t, use an indoor drying rack. The latter might not be the solution for every load, but can be a great asset for smaller loads.

Wear clothes multiple times. We’re not suggesting that you lower your clean clothing standards, just pointing out that not everything you or your family wears needs to be washed after just one use.

Rinse your clothes in cold water.  Energy Star states that nearly 90% of the energy needed to run a load of clothes is consumed in the task of heating the water. By rinsing your clothes in cold water, you can reduce energy consumption in a big way.

Only wash full loads. Filling up your washing machine with water requires energy, and energy is wasted every time you wash less than a full load of clothes.

Clean the dryer lint filter after every load. A lint-free filter improves air circulation and speeds up the drying process.

Check your dryer exhaust. If your exhaust vent isn’t shut tight, outside air will infiltrate, thus forcing your dryer to work harder, and that means greater energy consumption.

Here’s another way to reduce water and energy consumption at home: make your next water heater a tankless system. That’s right, by getting rid of the storage tank system that keeps your water heated 24/7, you’ll conserve large amounts of electricity. You’ll use less water, too, as tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, meaning no more waiting for it to turn hot. And let’s not forget the added storage space you’ll gain by switching to a tankless system, as tankless system heat exchangers are wall-mounted and can be installed just about anywhere, including inside a closet.

To learn more about tankless water heaters, and how to conserve greater amounts of energy and water, contact your friends in the business today: Norhio Plumbing.

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August 14th, 2017 Comments Off on Why You Should Drink Less Bottled Water

Why You Should Drink Less Bottled Water

We all use bottled water at one time or another to satisfy our need for “clean and fresh”. And that’s true whether at home or on the go.

But legions of people across the land overdo it, thus creating an ecological menace.  Consider these very real and alarming statistics:

  • Plastic bottles take 700 years to begin composting
  • 90% of the cost of bottled water is due to the bottle itself
  • 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled
  • 38 million plastic bottles go to the dump per year in America from bottled water (not including soda)
  • 24 million gallons of oil are needed to produce a billion plastic bottles

Anytime bottled water is your only clean water solution, please recycle.  But for just about every other clean water need, a home water filtration system is the better choicer.  These are the two types we most often recommend and install:

  • Point-of-use (also called “under sink”) water filters remove lead and other impurities as you draw water from your faucet.  The water tank and filter are installed under your sink, and we have different size tanks to accommodate your average daily consumption.  Each point-of-use system comes with its own dedicated faucet, and we offer multiple styles and options to suit your décor and personal taste.
  • Whole-house water filters provide clean, purified water from every water source in your home, including your washing machine, dishwasher, faucets, shower, and all the rest.  This is the solution for people who want clean, soft, and filtered water – no substitutions, please!

More Benefits of Filtered Water.

  • Water filters greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine byproducts from drinking water.
  • Water filters provide the healthiest water for children’s developing immune systems.
  • Water filters provide the last line of defense between the body and the over 2,100 known toxins that may be present in drinking water.

And, of course, you’ll save money on bottled water, about 40% of which is nothing more than tap water. Plus, did you know that about 90% of the cost to manufacture bottled water is for the bottle?

To learn more about your water filtration options and which type of system is best for your family’s needs and budget, contact Norhio Plumbing today. We’re your local water filtration specialists.

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July 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Enjoy Unlimited Hot Water with a Tankless Water Heater

Enjoy Unlimited Hot Water with a Tankless Water Heater

If you’re ready to replace your water heater, you have more options than ever. And that’s literally true thanks to new technologies and a relatively new government mandate for greater energy efficiency.

For purposes of this blog, let’s assume you have either an electric or gas storage tank water heater. Most people still do, but there’s an up and comer that’s making steady games in hopes of one day taking over first place: gas tankless water heaters.


Here’s what they offer that storage tank water heaters don’t:

  • With the right size system, you can enjoy an unlimited supply of hot water.
  • A system lifespan up to 20 years vs. 10-12 years for storage tank models.
  • With a tankless system, you won’t grow old waiting for your water to get hot. And that’s just one way a tankless system can help lower your energy costs.
  • Your current storage tank heats water 24/7 so it’s ready when you need it. A tankless system, by contrast, provides hot water “on demand” without the constant need to keep the water heated. Thus, even greater energy savings.

Here’s something else you’re bound to like about a tankless water heater: added storage space. Maybe not a ton but, in some households, every little bit counts. A tankless heat exchanger is roughly the size of a briefcase and is wall-mounted, and that’s where the added storage space comes from.

So, if you’re tired of rationing your hot water supply to ensure everyone has enough, contact Norhio Plumbing for more information about your several new water heater options, including a gas tankless system. It’s a smart and longer-lasting solution.

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June 30th, 2017 Comments Off on How to Unclog a Shower Drain

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

The easiest way to tell if you have a partially clogged shower drain is to look down. Not now, of course, but while you’re taking a shower. Because if the water isn’t draining as fast as it’s pouring all over you and, instead, is rising up to and beyond your ankles, there’s a clog.

Before it gets any worse, you should take a few minutes to try and clear it on your own, but only if you have plastic or latex gloves available to protect you from the bacteria that has formed on the mass of hair, soap residue, shampoo, and what have you that’s causing the clog.

And now, let’s get started:

• Use a plunger: The best kind of plunger for clearing a shower clog is not the kind you use in the toilet but a flat-bottom plunger with either a long or short handle. If there’s not already some water in the tub, pour some so you’ll get added pressure when you begin plunging. You’ll also want to remove the drain cover and plug any overflow holes in your tub with a rag to permit proper airflow. Once all that’s lined up, plunge away and hope for the best.

• Use a bent hanger: If you can see the clog with the drain cover removed, or the clog comes into view after some vigorous plunging, go ahead and scoop it out with a bent wire coat hanger. Just be careful not to push the clog further down the drain.

• Use a plumber’s snake: If you can’t see the clog, your next best bet is to try a snake. Push it dow the drain until you feel the clog, and then wind the handle to break up and remove the clog.

• Use a liquid drain clearing solution: If none of the above methods work, you can try pouring a liquid solution down your drain to break up the clog. Once the solution has settled, pour a tea kettle fun of boiling water down after it. Don’t have an enzyme-based drain cleaner at home? You can substitute a half cup each of baking soda and distilled with vinegar. Let that combination sit for about 30 minutes, and then give it the hot water treatment.

If nothing you’re doing is getting the job done, we can and will once you contact Norhio Plumbing for service. We’re your local service providers for every home plumbing need.

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June 15th, 2017 Comments Off on Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

For the most part, plumbing problems are front and center when they occur, and hard to ignore. Then again, that’s not always the case as certain obvious warning signs are ignored until the problem has grown worse and taking action is no longer an option.

If, for example, you lose hot water, you’re going to call a plumber right away to get the problem fixed. Should you come home one day to a flooded basement, that’s a situation you’ll jump all over. But what about those warning signs that don’t immediately inconvenience you? As a rule of thumb, you’re always better off reporting any abnormal behavior from your plumbing as soon as you notice it.  Here are a few good examples:  

Water stains

Water stains on a wall or ceiling could indicate a hidden water leak. If left unattended, that same leak also could lead to mold and mildew build-up along with structural damage.

Water behind your refrigerator

Whenever you pull your fridge away from the wall to clean behind it, check the floor and molding for any signs of water, the kind that can come from a leak in the water supply line. It’s not the amount of the water or the size of a water stain that matters. It’s whether or not water has leaked under the floor and into your floorboards and perhaps onto a ceiling below or electrical wiring.

Leaky faucet

There’s nothing more annoying than the steady “drip, drip, drip” of a leaky faucet. While it can be easy to ignore, at least for a while, early action is again recommended to help prevent too much wasted water and a big spike in your water bill.

Continuous sound of running toilet

Have you ever had a toilet that sounds like it’s running non-stop, even though you know better? It suggests that an internal part has malfunctioned needs to be repaired or replaced to help stop the waste of water and get your toilet functioning properly again.

For plumbing issues large and small, consider Norhio Plumbing your go-to team of professional plumbers – ready and able to get the job done to your complete satisfaction, and always with a guaranteed upfront price quote. Contact us today or any time for service.

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