PLUMBING TIPS FOR RENTAL PROPERTIES

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 EASY PLUMBING TIPS EVERY LANDLORD SHOULD BE AWARE OF

One of the oldest jokes about being a landlord is that it’d be a breeze if it weren’t for tenants. Tenants are humans and humans do some pretty silly things sometimes. Maybe they don’t know how to properly take care of plumbing? Perhaps because they’re renting so any repairs aren’t their problem to fix? Either way, there are plumbing tips that landlords can use to be proactive and cut down expensive repairs and plumbing equipment replacements.

PLUMBING TIP #1

Always keep the water heaters’ temperature at the factory setting. It’s common for tenants or residents to turn up the thermostat thinking they’ll get more hot water that way. But it’s not more water they receive; it’s just hotter water. Heating the water to a higher temperature causes the water heater to run more, use more energy and shortens the plumbing equipment’s lifespan. More use creates the need for more maintenance and higher energy bills. Shorter lifespans mean landlords will be paying to replace the water heater much sooner than necessary.

PLUMBING TIP #2

Garbage disposals are the second concern for landlords. Disposals need to be checked often to ensure they’re doing their job, especially since there is no telling what tenants put down the disposal. Garbage disposals shouldn’t just chop up food, but also push debris down the drain properly to avoid blockages and back ups. Simple, regular garbage disposal check ups help landlords avoid expensive drain cleaning service and water damage repair under sinks and floors below.

PLUMBING TIP #3

Last of all comes laundry facility plumbing. Rental property laundry rooms see their fair share of usage, much like commercial facilities. Washer drain hoses must be kept clear or they’ll back up and create a huge, costly plumbing repair. Inspect washer valves for signs of wear and tear, deposits and corrosives. When plumbing valves fail, water can gush or drip down the interior of the wall, which damages sheetrock, ceilings below and more.

Visual inspection of plumbing is easy to do and can save landlords a fortune in repairs. Checking slow running drains for blockages can require a commercial plumber’s expertise and equipment. In order to catch plumbing issues before they cause expensive damage be proactive and schedule routine plumbing check ups with a trusted local plumber.

Hiring a Plumber

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PLAY IT SAFE: HIRE FULLY LICENSED PLUMBERS

We know how tempting it can be to hire any old plumber that pops up in the yellow pages or who sends you a Chiefs calendar in the mail.  They promise to fix your plumbing problems for an unbelievable price, especially in an emergency. But don’t choose so quickly. Before hiring any plumber, make sure they are a fully licensed plumber.

Think of all the other professionals you’d never consider hiring without checking their credentials first: teachers, doctors, lawyers, mechanics, etc. A plumber is no different, and a license is proof of training and professionalism in the plumbing world.

In order to be a licensed plumber, someone must pass a test evaluating deep understanding and high level plumbing knowledge. A separate test must be taken for each city in which the plumber will be working. Or he or she can opt for a master plumbing license, which most cities accept. Being a licensed plumber means he or she agrees to abide by city codes; codes put into effect to protect consumers from unsafe work and practices.

Cities like Grandview, Leawood, Independence, Kansas City, Olathe  and Overland Park issue permits ONLY to licensed plumbers. Should a city inspector stop by, and believe us they do, the inspector can shut down a job. At that point, it’s common for an unlicensed plumber to walk away from the job rather than go through the licensing process, leaving you back at square one and possibly down some deposit money. If it was a larger plumbing issue, you’ll go without service for longer than you might have planned.

Unlicensed plumbers aren’t held to city codes or professional standards, which will most likely create big headaches for a business or homeowner down the road. Not only does licensing reflect the plumber’s skill and knowledge, but also his or her dedication to a job done well. A licensed plumber will carry insurance to protect both parties and be bonded. These things don’t come cheaply, and is why some who call themselves plumbers don’t bother.

While at the beginning of their career, many plumbers can work under his or her company-wide plumbing license, sort of as apprentice to a master plumber. United’s plumbers average two to three decades of experience each, so many young plumbers choose to start their careers with us.  Working under the plumbing company’s license does not excuse plumbers from following codes enforced by city licenses however.

The bottom line is, plumbing can be a tricky undertaking and poor work can cause a lot of additional damage to a home or business that goes unnoticed until well after the shoddy plumber is long gone. Unlicensed plumbers don’t tend to last too long, so it’ll be difficult to find him or her again if something does break again or fails to operate even just a few months after it was “fixed” the first time. Be on the safe side. Financially and for peace of mind, only hire a fully licensed plumber for residential or commercial plumbing projects that you’re involved with. Sure, unlicensed plumbers are more affordable. But they cost a lot more in the long run should something go wrong.

Commercial Plumbing Services in Kansas City

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United’s Commercial Plumbing Services

United has helped hundreds of Kansas City companies carry on with business as usual during and after plumbing problems and even through a few catastrophes. A plumbing problem can cause a big hassle for your staff and customers. When there’s a plumbing or drainage emergency, it’s got to fixed immediately or it could hurt your business. Our certified plumbers serve the entire Kansas City metropolitan area, are always on call and have the experience to repair or replace any part of your plumbing system.

Water Softening & Filtration Systems

United services and installs water softening and filtration systems for commercial applications. From a simple office water cooler for drinking to a commercial wide water softening and filtration for treatment purposes, our plumbers have the skill and experience to handle every aspect of water treatment.

Backflow Prevention & Testing

United tests and certifies commercial backflow devices ensuring your system remains compliant with local water authorities or districts. Once testing and certification is complete, we can forward the reports to the water district or authority. To avoid a lapse in paperwork, United can alert you when it’s time for the next inspection.

Water Heater Repair & Replacement

United’s plumbers repair, service and install water heaters from the top manufacturers. Whether it’s a gas, electric, tankless or high efficiency water heater, our plumbers are certified to troubleshoot all issues and make the required repairs. If a new water heater is required, you’ll have a wide variety of new water heaters to choose from that meets your needs and your budget.

Jetting & Camera Inspection

United is ready to tackle your problem drains of any size with the right tools and camera and locate service. For plumbing lines that are a constant problem, a camera will find the blockage or damaged areas. Cameras also pinpoint lines for tie ins when fixtures are added to existing lines.

We have a gas powered trailer jetter capable of jetting a line up to 16” in diameter. We carry the equipment to clean a small sink line all the way up to a main drain line.

Commercial Drain Cleaning

Our plumbers go beyond fixing the surface problem and find the root of the cause using sewage line cameras when necessary so that it doesn’t happen again. If you have a slow drain, we unclog it and then we look for a blocked pipe somewhere. Our plumbers look at the bigger picture of your plumbing system. It’s not just about repair; it’s about damage control that prevents more expensive problems later. The costs associated with drain cleaning decrease with regular scheduled cleaning.

Medical Gas Installations

Our certified plumbers install gas plumbing lines in a variety of medical settings including clinics, hospitals, surgery centers and medical office buildings.

Pool heaters

Our certified plumbers service existing and install new pool heaters to keep your pool warm throughout the winter.

 

 

Kansas City Area Commercial Construction Companies Trust United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

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Kansas City Area Commercial Construction Companies Trust United Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

Some of the most well-known and respected commercial construction companies in Kansas City call on United for their construction projects. After all, they know the integrity and quality of the building’s systems reflect on them, not the subcontractor. As a commercial builder you’ve got to have a company you can count on to do the entire job right.

Our heating and cooling technicians and certified plumbers have earned a reputation throughout Kansas City and the metro for stepping up to challenging projects and meeting tight deadlines–completing each and every one efficiently, on time and on budget.

With a staff that has over 100 combined years in commercial construction and design build fields, United Heating and Cooling is capable of handling a wide variety of projects:

  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Education
  • Retail (spas, banks, etc.)
  • Office Buildings
  • Retirement
  • Communities
  • Multi-story Apartments
  • Churches
  • Warehouses
  • Light Industrial Work

We offer custom design build – we will size your equipment, design your duct work and give you a customized bid, also provide you with a stamped mechanical drawing. We also do plan spec, will take a look at and bid an already stamped mechanical drawing.

United Heating and Cooling has quality control supervisors to check your job throughout, Plus we offer a variety of construction warranties and customized preventative maintenance plans and on call service.

HOW COMMERCIAL PLUMBING PROBLEMS CAN IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS

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Big things like the economy to small things like pesky competitors; there seems to be no end to the things that can impact your business financially. Being able to see what’s coming around the corner helps business be successful for the long run, but unfortunately, commercial plumbing problems aren’t always predictable. Fortunately, a proactive watchful eye can go a long way toward keeping unexpected commercial plumbing repairs in check.

A dripping faucet or leaky plumbing fixtures are easy to ignore. Those drips and leaks don’t appear to be bothering anything and probably don’t increase your water expense too much. Sounds logical enough, but those minor commercial plumbing nuisances do more harm than people think.

Leaky or dripping commercial plumbing faucets do indeed cause water utilities to increase. Depending on the drip’s severity, your business could be billed for hundreds of gallons more water than what’s actually used. Over time, it adds up. On top of higher bills, a dripping faucet, leaky stool or slow running drains can be indicators of more serious commercial plumbing issues.

It’s easy for commercial plumbing molehills to become mountains if not repaired quickly. A blockage in one slowing running drain can continue to grow to the point of serious interior water damage from a burst pipe or water backing up into other areas. And what if it happens Friday night and isn’t caught until Monday morning?  Jetting and camera inspection and commercial drain cleaning can clear any blockages.

Water heaters are another piece of commercial plumbing that do not always receive the amount of attention they deserve. It’s common for commercial water heater to be installed above ceiling tiles, which makes them a victim of “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Water heaters that aren’t maintained properly and regularly can burst and flood everything underneath it.

Keeping a close eye on plumbing fixtures and equipment can help business avert major commercial plumbing problems and repair expense. That way, issues are caught before plumbing equipment or fixtures get the chance to cause serious and expensive damage. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure for commercial plumbing customers.

Commercial Plumbing Problems are No Problem for United

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United replaces commercial plumbing fixtures and specializes in unexpected complicated installations like old pipes, corroded fixtures and more. The last thing you want is water running all over the floor or a leak behind a wall. Save yourself the hassle with United’s certified plumbers. We have decades of experience replacing plumbing fixtures for businesses throughout the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Independence and Lee’s Summit.

Toilet Installation

United offers toilet installation with smart advice on the latest low flow models. Saving gallons per flush can reduce your water bill. Leaking toilet? We repair those too and offer emergency service calls.

Sink Plumbing

A United plumber can walk you through all the options for your commercial sinks. We handle the replacement from removing and discarding the old sink to flawlessly installing the new sink.

Commercial Faucets

United’s plumbers will ensure your new faucet matches the type of sink and will stand up to heavy use. We’ll replace it quickly and quietly while your business goes on as usual. United works with all the following faucets and more…

  • Compression Faucets
  • Disk Faucets
  • Ball Faucets
  • Cartridge Faucets
  • Custom Faucets
  • Bath Valves
  • Shower Valves

Garbage Disposals

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5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFOR E CALLING A LOCAL PLUMBER

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That’s just great. Not only have you spilled coffee on your shirt, but now you’ve got a major plumbing disaster on your hands. Think sewer lines backing up, toilet overflowing and the valve breaks off, etc. If you don’t get a plumber pronto, there’s going to be a lot more ruined than just your day. Think carpet, flooring, sheetrock, ceiling damage, etc.

Unless you have a trusted family member or have a local plumber on speed dial, your first response is probably searching Google. Calling the top or first fewlocal plumber listings on the page is the second thing you doYou know you’re taking a big chance on a plumber you don’t know, but come on! You have water gushing in your home or business!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sometimes that’s the best you can do in an emergency. However, if that local plumber’s work falls short of your expectations, chances are you’ll be on the hunt for another plumber.

Here are five things to know before hiring one:

1. Check license and reviews A license doesn’t guarantee quality and skilling plumbing work. But at minimum, at least you know the plumber has had some training and passed a plumbing skills test. Take the time to read reviews, but don’t base your decision on them. Use reviews to get a general sense of the local plumber’s reputation.

2. Getting a few estimates will help you get your money’s worth The tricky part about comparing estimates is determining what price to pay for quality plumbing work. Remember, if it’s sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The best plumber isn’t going to be the cheapest. Maintaining quality tools, licensing, proper insurance, bonding and the like has its cost and this isn’t where to skimp.

3. Check how the plumber rates on the cleanliness scale Granted, plumbing is a dirty job. But a professional knows this and is always prepared with a fresh shirt in the truck. A plumber who pays attention to appearance will most likely clean up after the job and leave your home clean too.

4. Gauge the level of professionalism This plumber will be working in your home. Maybe when you’re away. Perhaps in your bathroom. Trust your instinct, and if something tells you that they aren’t trustworthy, find someone else. This is your home, and you deserve peace of mind!