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Nashville, TN

Residential Plumbing News


Nashville, TN



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Nashville, TN – The Best Plumbing Tools For A Job Well Done

Some of you that are looking to begin your DIY plumbing adventures may question whether or not you are setting out with the best tools to have for the job. In today’s post, Jack Ward & Sons will give you some tips and pointers for what some of the most important tools are that you will want to have handy.

For starters, the best tool you can have for any job is a peace of mind. Once you move into a new house, a great idea is to have someone go down into the basement, or wherever it is that they would find the main water shut-off valve, and put a tag on the valve itself to label where it can be found in a hurry as well as be easily identified by others. In the event that you see any water coming out of a wall that shouldn’t be coming out, someone needs to turn the handle to the off position so you stop the flow of water. You don’t want to be looking for where the shut off valve is in the event of an emergency. Once this is established, and you have a quick route for this solution, you can know that you have a solution to just about any emergency leaking that you could encounter in your home.

Aside from this very effective preventative measure, you will want to put together your basic plumbing toolkit. A great piece to start with is with a basic set of water pump pliers. They should last you for years and come in a variety of all kinds of shapes and sizes. Be sure that you get them big enough to do the job. A pair of pliers with a large enough adjustment on it will help you get a good enough amount of tightness as you close down on it to get torque on the pipe. They are larger than your regular household pliers you might be more apt to find in your kitchen or junk drawers.

Another pair of pliers that is handy to have are pliers without the teeth on them. If you come across a brass fitting you need to remove, you don’t want the teeth on the pliers scratching through the brass as you turn the pliers. A handy screwdriver in your collection with some Phillips heads that are not worn out is also important to have. Another plumbing tool that is appropriate for stopping blockages is a plunger. In the event that a plunger can’t do the trick, using a tool called a closet auger may work. Unlike a plunger that uses suction to pull blockages through, a closet auger sends an arm through the trap and plumbing of the fixture to clear the blockage.

One last thing to remember is that having the phone number of a reliable local plumbing contractor is yet another tool to have that can help in some of the biggest plumbing emergencies. No matter your toolkit, some situations may get out of hand, and no matter the time of day, having a local professional you can count on can be crucial to avoiding the damage that comes with large accidents or mishaps. Give Jack Ward & Sons a call at (615) 227-2811 for helping solve your plumbing troubles.

Nashville, TN – Plumbing Layout During Residential Foundation Construction

A homeowner from a more rural area of Nashville, Tennessee gave us a call with a request to lay down some plumbing for a future pole barn house on their property. They requested our services to ensure a professional job was done in order to preserve the quality of the plumbing. The homeowner wanted to build a pole barn house on their property that would last generations and maintain a solid plumbing structure for the lifetime of his family.

After scheduling a date to break ground and ordering the necessary materials for the larger size job, a team of our experts arrived at the location and began to assess the job site on the property. The first order of business was to establish the plumbing layout. The holes were dug according to the plumbing layout in preparation for the plumbing that would be inserted there. The drain lines were then dug to accommodate the layout of the plumbing fixtures such as the sinks and toilets in the building. Once the location for the septic tank was delineated, the spot was dug out and the piping was laid according to the previously dug lines.

Some spots along the lines required that some smaller pipe sizes were chosen to avoid large rock obstacles. Others required vertical step placements to accommodate the sudden unavoidable slopes in the ground. The lines were held to levels as the final adjustments and gluing were made to ensure that the entirety of the plumbing would be level with the ground of the future building.

Each fixture was accounted for and all of the elements of a proper plumbing job was addressed. Once the plumbing layout was completed, dug, piping placed, and measurements made, it was time to call it a day. (After just a couple of days of previous work!) The homeowner was glad about the final result and had been in on the project as it was being completed, helping with plenty of the installations along the way. We felt that the job was performed more tailored to the outcome the homeowner was looking for with the amount of input and involvement he had on the project. All that was left was for the homeowner to have the concrete slab poured and begin construction on the structure itself.

If you are looking to build another home on your property, give Jack Ward & Sons a call today at (615) 431-8695 to help you lay a strong plumbing layout to accompany your new foundation.

Nashville, TN – 5 Shower Cleaning Hacks To Get The Most Out Of Your Newly Fixed …

We as plumbers are also people that also use plumbing fixtures in our homes, so we understand that not everyone is always thinking about the piping and other intricacies of how plumbing fixtures work. Sometimes, we just want to take a hot shower, and when our showers are working correctly that is much easier to enjoy than if it was not. If your shower is working in tip top shape, then our article today might just help you get the most out of your shower the next time you go to use it.

Here are some great shower cleaning hacks to get things sparkling clean with little effort!

  1. To clean tiles, combine equal parts hot water, dish soap, and white vinegar. Stir to combine. Pour into a dish wand with a scrubber head attachment and go to work on the walls of your tile shower. The grime will come right off!
  2. To remove bath mat stains, combine 2 parts baking soda to 1 part lemon juice. With a glove on over your hand, stir the mixture with your fingers until it forms a paste. Spread the paste on the stains on the bath mat to scrub them away. Pour white vinegar to cover the mat and let dry. Simply wipe away, rinse, and you’re done!
  3. To prevent mildew on your shower curtain, combine ½ cup salt with 1 gallon of water. Soak for at least 1 hour. Repeat monthly so the curtain stays mildew free.
  4. To prevent mildew from growing on the tiles, use car rain repellent. Spray on the shower walls and polish with a cloth.
  5. To clean shower glass, use a magic eraser and squeegee dry. Nothing to it!

These tips will help you to get a shiny clean shower that feels as if it were brand new. We believe these tips will help you enjoy using your plumbing fixture even more now that it is working properly. Maintaining your plumbing fixtures also helps prevent issues later on down the road.

If your shower has been experiencing problems when in use, give Jack Ward & Sons a call today at (615) 227-2811. Schedule an evaluation with us and we will take a look to get a better idea of what kind of help you may need. We can also admire what a great DIY job you’ve done with the tile cleaning tips you read about!

Nashville, TN – Common Plumbing Joint Types And How To Repair When They Leak

This post will cover how to fix some of the most common plumbing leaks you might be facing in your home or business. Before we cover the type of leaks you might have, a very relevant and influential topic that accompanies the origins of your leaks are the joints of the plumbing fixtures that are coming to leak.

Joints, in the plumbing world, refer to the parts that connect pieces of plumbing together whether or not they are made of like or unlike materials. One of the most common plumbing joint is the IPS joint. IPS stands for Iron Pipe Size. An IPS joint that is made of brass, otherwise known as a “nipple”, would typically be found in water distribution systems for you home. If you are experiencing a leak the nipple, and the pipe is not damaged, dented, or otherwise destroyed, you can seal the leak using Teflon tape. Applying the tape to the threads of the pipe helps to seal up the connection between the pipes to prevent water from leaking. Another material that can be used is “pipe dope” or pipe thread sealant, applied similarly like the tape using s brush tip applicator from the container of sealant.

Another common type of joint you might see in your plumbing system is a compression joint. A compression joint is a mechanical joint, meaning that it takes a good amount of pressure when tightening together for the ferrule (a small brass ring like piece that fits to the pipe by way of being secured by a tightened nut) to get a strong enough grasp on the pipe to do its job. Once applied tight enough, it basically acts as part of the pipe itself. If the ferrule or nut is compromised badly enough from damage, there can be a leak. Once a compression joint is tightened to the pipe, it remains in place until it is
loosened, then at which point it needs to be removed as it becomes unusable. If you find your compression joint is leaking, it may be time to cut the pipe to apply a new one.

Lastly, another common type of joint you might see in your home’s plumbing is called a soldered joint. The joint of these pipes looks like a bend in the line, or an elbow. Any leaks in a joint like this mean that either the joint itself was soldered poorly, or there is a substantial amount of age corrosion in the joint. In order to fix a leak at this joint, you may have to replace the joint itself and perform a satisfactory sealing job.

The three previous types of piping and common leak problems for homeowners from these pipes are easy enough to prevent or repair. No matter if you use a special kind of tape or new pieces for the joint, they can be repaired easily enough considering they are not corroded or broken in any major way. If you are not the DIY type, or would like to make sure that the pipes are professionally repaired to avoid any problems in the near future, give Jack Ward & Sons a call today at (615)-227-2811. Schedule a plumbing evaluation and we will make sure your plumbing is back up and running in no time!

Nashville, TN – Why Does My House Smell Like A Sewer? How Traps Become Empty

Plumbing can be tricky for most common homeowners to really understand. After all, most of the pipes and mechanism and the like are sealed away behind the walls of our home or encased inside of the plumbing fixture itself away from view. Now even when they are not, making sense of the twists and turns of the pipes can be overwhelming, especially for larger jobs. Today we are going to talk about one important plumbing mechanism in particular, the “trap”.

Every single plumbing fixture has a trap, like your sinks and toilets for example. This trap creates a water seal that prevents sewer gases from coming up out of your pipes and into your bathroom, kitchen, or any room that has access to plumbing fixtures. When the trap is empty, the sewer gases are free to enter the home and give off unpleasant, foul odors. If you are experiencing these smells, your trap may have been emptied!

There are several reasons why your trap could have emptied that we will explain below:

1. If the plumbing for your fixture does not have access to a vent, a route that allows for air to be pulled through with the water that is being flushed or drained from your fixture, then the trap may become depleted. Think of how easily a water bottle drains when there is a hole, or a vent, in the other end of the bottle in contrast to how difficult the water bottle drains and “glugs” when there is no vent. The water will find air somewhere along the line even if it has to pull it from another fixture (such as a toilet) on the same line it is traveling, and oftentimes pulls the water out of the trap for that fixture along with it.

2. Another culprit of an empty trap can be oscillation. This refers to when there is very windy weather outside your home that affects the venting of your plumbing. When the winds get strong enough, it can push into your pipes, reversing the flow of the pipes, and push up into your plumbing fixtures. This pressure causes the water in the trap to bounce and when the water begins to bounce high enough, it can leak back and down the drain pipe. Enough water leaking out of the trap creates a gap that allows for the passage of sewer gases.

3. Last on this list is evaporation. If the conditions of your home are dry enough, and the length of the time the fixtures go unused are long enough (think family vacation), the water can steadily evaporate into the home until the level is low enough for the trap to keep the sewer gases at bay.

These are the most common reasons for why your trap may have emptied and your home has begun to smell peculiar. If you need help restoring the working order of your pipes or getting your traps replenished, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing a call today at (615)-227-2811.


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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.

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BIO: Bartley Burnette is the grandson of Jack Ward. He has worked at Jack Ward & Sons for his entire career. Bartley’s uncle, Tommy Ward, purchased the family business from Jack securing the second generation of local plumbers. Tommy ran the company for some time and trained Mr. Burnette in the plumbing trade.