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Nashville, TN

by: BARTLEY BURNETTE

JACK WARD & SONS PLUMBING

(615) 227-2811

Nashville, TN – Do It Yourself Drip Irrigation System Installation

Installing your own drip irrigation system probably isn’t something you might have thought about doing yourself before. As complicated as it may seem, it is actually not so difficult that you could not do it from home! Of course, you will want to make sure you take all the necessary precautions while working to keep your equipment, plumbing, and self safe, so we have provided this article to help give you the best possible chance at performing this DIY job.

Here are the materials you will need for this job:

– Complete drip-irrigation system, including tubing, fittings, connectors, and hardware. You are most likely to find this at your local hardware store.
– 1 1/2-inch-diameter PVC pipe
– Metal staples that will be used to secure the tubing.

These are the tools you will need for this job:

– Flat-blade shovel to scrape away gravel.
– Small sledgehammer to tap in longer staples.
– Utility knife for cutting plastic tubing.
– End nippers to pinch crimp connectors closed.

Once you have obtained all the necessary materials and tools, these steps outline the process of how to go about installing a drip irrigation system for your home.

1. Using the flat-blade shovel, remove the gravel from the yard and form shallow trenches. Do not cut through the black plastic below! Excavate the trenches from the existing main water line across the yard, going around every shrub and tree.
3. Connect an electric solenoid valve to each zone of the main water line.
4. Attach a pipe with a backflow preventer to each of the solenoids.
5. Add another length of pipe and then install a pressure-reducing valve.
6. Open the valve and flush out any dirt and debris from the main water line.
7. If necessary, dig below any concrete walkways or driveways and push a length of 1 1/2-inch-diameter PVC pipe underneath the sidewalk.
8. Feed the main feeder line from the valves through the PVC pipe and along the inside of the trenches.
9. Hold the tubing in place with metal staples spaced 24 inches apart. Use a small sledgehammer to tap in the long staples.
10. Use a utility knife to cut through the main feeder line.
11. Push a three-way barbed T-fitting into the cut end of the feeder line. Secure the line with a metal crimp clamp.
12. Attach the other end of the feeder line to the opposite side of the three-way fitting.
13. Connect a feeder line that extends out to the nearest tree or shrub onto the final barbed end of the three-way fitting.
14. Trim the end of the feeder line to length, then push on a 90-degree elbow. Secure the elbow with a crimp clamp.
15. Connect a length of flexible, drip-irrigation tubing onto the elbow.
16. Lay the tubing into the trench, diverting it around each tree and shrub.
17. Secure the tubing with staples spaced 24 inches apart.
18. For larger trees, install two irrigation lines.
19. Run a feeder line alongside the perimeter of the area that needs irrigation (such as a walkway or planter bed), then add drip-irrigation lines to water each nearby plant form.
20. Punch the emitter into the 1/2-inch-diameter feeder line, then attach one 1/4-inch-diameter drip-irrigation line for each shrub.
21. Installing an electronic smart controller in the garage will allow you to program your new system for optimum water usage and financial savings.
22. Installing a sensor on the house roof that detects air temperature and rainfall will determine when to turn the sprinkler system on and off.
23. Back fill the trenches with gravel, recreating any landscape aesthetics that were altered during the job.
24. Blow out the sprinkler system with air, then turn on the water.

Once these steps are complete, you should have a brand new irrigation system that you can marvel over just as much as the lush landscaping you will have. What’s even better is that all the labor you put into creating the system will pay off for all of the saved energy, both physical and resource wise, that you’ll save as the irrigation system is put to work.

If you would like a professional to take care of the work for you, ensure that the job is done with 100% accuracy, or if you have other, more complicated plumbing systems you would like installed, give your local plumbing professional Jack Ward & Sons a call today at (615) 227-2811.

Nashville, TN – Caulking In Your Bathroom Done Right

So the caulk in your bathroom is wearing down or looking a little rough? Fear not, we have the right steps you should take to replace the old caulk and put some new stuff in. Caulking may not seem important, but it is a vital step in preventing moisture build up and mold growth in your home.

Below are the steps you take in replacing or adding caulk to your bathtub, shower or sink:

1. Start by closing the pop-up drain in the tub and covering the entire tub with a drop cloth to protect it from scratches, residue, etc.
2. Take the razor blade and carefully pry the old caulking off the tub. Keep the angle of the blade as low as possible and watch the caulking to see if it’s being cut. If any of the caulking is left over on the tub, the new caulking won’t stick.
3. Repeat this process on the other side of the caulking where it meets the tile.
4. Once the caulking has been cut, pull it away from the tub and tile. Use the razor blade as a guide wherever the caulking is still stuck.
5. Repeat this process in the corners of the shower stall. A corner grooving tool might work better than the razor blade here.
6. Add some rubbing alcohol to a rag and clean off the surfaces where the old caulking used to be. Have a fan running or open the window to keep the room well ventilated while using the rubbing alcohol.
7. Add painter’s tape about 1/2” from the corners where the caulking will go on both the wall side and the tub side.
8. Cut the tip of the caulking and place it in the gun.
9. Apply the caulking in between the painter’s tape lines. Keep the gun perpendicular to the surface being caulked and keep moving. Keep hitting the trigger as you go along to ensure a steady amount of caulking is coming out.
10. Once you reach a corner, trace back over the caulking lines with your finger.
11. Repeat this process for all the corners that need to be caulked.
12. Remove all the painter’s tape while the caulking is still wet.
13. Let the caulking dry for 30 minutes before using the shower again. After that, the caulking will need 24 hours to cure, so don’t touch the caulking until then.

For caulking around a bathtub, it is recommended to use 100% silicone material. To remove any existing caulking, it is advised to use whichever tool is the most comfortable, and that has a flat enough blade to get behind the caulking without scratching it. These types of scrapers and blades can be found at nearly any home improvement store.

If the caulking in your bathroom is worn or damaged, but the problem may lie in a poor installation of the shower or tub itself, you may want to call your local plumber for help with resolving the underlying issue. A professional team of plumbers, like those at Jack Ward & Sons Co., can easily evaluate your plumbing fixtures and determine the best course of action to take to make sure all of your bathroom is on the up and up. Give us a call at (615) 227-2811, today!

 

Nashville, TN – When It’s Important To Call A Plumber

You don’t want to be knee high in water before you finally get the hint that you need to call the plumber. Obviously, if you can fix the problem by taking a plunger to the toilet or dropping some drain cleaner in the sink, then you don’t need to call the plumber. But, there are some tell tale signs that will indicate you need help.

1.     Water when there is no water

Hearing water running in your pipes when nobody is running water is an indicator that there is a leak or that water is being backed up. A pretty obvious sign is if there are wet or brown spots on walls, ceilings, floors, and if the spot is warm then you know it more than likely a leak in the hot water line.

You could also check your water meter. If it’s spinning when no water is in use then turn off the valve to the water heater to see if the noise and meter stop, If it does, then that means you found the culprit!

Now, water running in your toilet might just mean that you need to replace a warn or damaged flapper (easy enough). But hissing sounds means that the internal tank components are warn, more than likely, and you might be best off doing a total replacement.

2.     Gurgle Sounds

The first sign of a clogged drain is hearing gurgling when you are running laundry, using the toilet, or using the dishwasher. The gurgling sound happens when your system is trying to find air. It is imperative to turn the water off if you hear the gurgling when you are running the washing machine, dishwasher, or running the shower/bath. Your system could back up into the house if you do not act soon enough.

3.     Slow-to-Drain Water

If your toilet, sink, or tub is taking longer than usual to drain, and is still not draining after you’ve used drain products, then this could be an indicator that you need to get a plumber in on the job. There is potential to create more damage to your system if you try too hard to get out a clog.

4.     Low Water Pressure

Buildup of debris in the faucet’s aerator can cause low pressure in kitchen and bathroom sink, and in this case the problem can be fixed by un-screwing the aerator, cleaning off the debris and screwing it back onto the faucet. If this simple fix does not help, then the problem could be more serious than debris in your faucets. Problems might include: an eroded waterline, water leak in the system, fractured pipe, etc. Don’t try to fix these issues yourself, call the pros!

5.     Stinky Smells

If you are suddenly hit with a bad odor and there is no cause, then you could have a backup problem from your main pipe. You need to call a plumber immediately or it could mean your home’s foundation is a stake.

6.     Frozen Pipes

If your pipes are frozen in the dead of Winter after you’ve already taken matters into your own hands to defrost them, and water pressure is still low then you could have cracks or fractured pipes on your hands. A full burst could also be in store when trying to remedy frozen pipes yourself. Obvious problem signs include water no longer running, strange clanking sounds, sewage smell, or visible frost or moisture on exposed pipes.

If you run into any of these problems and are in the Nashville area, give Jack Ward and Sons Plumbing Co a call at (615) 227-2811.

 

Nashville, TN – Effects Of Faulty Plumbing On Your Electric Bill

There are many factors to look at when it comes to your electric bill, but one thing is for sure: your plumbing and water usage do have a big part to play in how high it can climb. If you’ve noticed a significant increase in the amount you owe for electricity, take a moment to reflect on what the weather has been like, possible leaks, and water efficiency. One or some of these options are likely to increase your electric bill for a few months, which can be a nuisance and a hefty burden.

Weather

The weather can have a big impact on your electric bill. Adjusting the thermostat very frequently or raising the temperature to warmer temperatures can be costly. If you’re avoiding paying for your home to be heated, only to be driven into a nice warm shower, you aren’t achieving many savings!

Hot Water Leaks

Bad valves- Water leaking from the hot water heater is the most common plumbing failures that ride up electricity bills. If you see a spike in your bill for one to two months in a row, then this is likely the cause! The temperature and pressure release valves should be the first place that you look- it is located at the top of your water heater, or close to it. If your water heater is on the older side, you’ll notice water where the pipe terminates near the ground if, in fact, your water heater is leaking. Now, this is usually a pretty easy fix, but if it’s not fixed, it’s technically the same as letting your water heater run for 24 hours! SAFETY TIP: Never plug or cap a pressure relief valve, temperature valve, or drainpipe – Get it replaced!

Corrosion- Over time, sediment and mineral build up can lead to corrosion, which in turn leads to leaking at the bottom of your water heater. If your water heater hasn’t been cleaned, then it might be a good idea to drain it and clean it out, and then annually thereafter.

Wear and tear- Inlet and outlet connections, along with typical wearing down of your hot water heater, happens over time. The issue is simple to solve if one finds that they have a leak in this area—the connections could just need to be tightened with a wrench. If a faulty pipe is found, then it will need to be replaced, which may involve a little more work.

Sinks/faucets- Water dripping from the hot water side of your faucets may be pretty easy to find and will pose a problem to that increasing electric bill. Also, check under the sinks for leaking shut off and supply lines.

Under the slab- Leaks under the concrete slab of your home usually show up as a warm spot on the floor. This type of leak requires a professional to determine how to best go about the fix. Consider Jack Ward & Sons Co. for a recommendation!

Water Efficiency

If in fact it is not winter or you don’t have a leak, then consider the amount of water being used for various tasks. Maybe the dishwasher is being loaded when there are only a few dishes, or more frequently than normal. Perhaps you are taking more showers, or spending lengthy amounts of time in the shower. More dirty laundry can lead to frequent washer/dryer use. Excessive watering of the lawn to get it back to being that luscious green you remember it to be. Whatever the case may be, plumbing problems can surely be the cause and it never hurts to be too thorough.

To sum it all up, if you are finding that you are having a hefty electric bill and are confused as to what the source may be, go check that plumbing system of yours. If you come to find that you have a plumbing problem that may be hard for you to fix, and are located in the Nashville area, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call at 615-227-2811

 

Nashville, TN – Detecting a Sewer Line Clog Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing

You’ve got a big problem on your hands when your home’s main sewer is clogged, but it will be an even bigger problem if you don’t take care of it as soon as you detect it. All of your home’s water is intended to go nowhere but down, but when the water is blocked or clogged, for whatever reason, it can come up through your interior drains, creating a disastrous mess and doing costly damage to your home and pocket books.

Here are a few things that might queue you to get help right away if you suspect a main sewer line clog!

Noticing slow draining with multiple drains could indicate a problem. It’s not going to be your clogged toilet that signals an alarm in your brain, it’s going to be when your bathtub is draining slower than normal, when your toilet and sink are suddenly slow to drain or are backing up.

When nonsense things are happening with your drains, get ready to investigate!

Like we said, when water doesn’t have the option to go down, but instead goes back up into your home, investigate for a main line clog. Some key indicators include:

  • Toilet bubbling or water level in toilet rises when you run the water in the sink closest to the toilet for a minute.
  • When water backs up into your bathtub or shower drains when you flush the toilet.
  • The toilet overflows or water backs up into the tub or shower when you use your washing machine.
  • Do you smell a horrendous odor coming from your drains? Your drains will smell of raw sewage if your main line is clogged. Even if you have stinky diapers in the garbage, or someone just had an accident—it’s not a pleasant smell and you can’t miss it.

Clearing a main sewer line clog is risky business and requires a professional plumber who can safely clear out the drain for you. Make sure that your drain get cleared as soon as possible to avoid extra costs or damage!

If you’re looking to clear a problem with your pipes and drains, and live in the Nashville area, don’t hesitate to give Jack Ward & Sons call 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.