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Nashville, TN

by: BARTLEY BURNETTE

JACK WARD & SONS PLUMBING

(615) 227-2811

Nashville, TN – Preparing Your Plumbing When Selling Your Home

There are several good reasons to make sure all of your plumbing and fixtures look good and are in good working order before putting your home up for sale. When potential buyers come to look at your home, they are likely to turn on faucets and flush toilets “just to see”. This is no time to make a bad impression with grungy old fixtures, leaks or stained sinks. Before showing your home, you should make sure that all faucets and knobs are clean and shiny. If needed, buy new ones. They don’t need to be expensive.

An inexpensive but shiny and obviously brand new fixture will make a far better impression than an expensive but old and stained one. Another good reason to look after these items before putting your home up for sale is the likelihood of a home inspection prior to closing. Most savvy buyers will insist on allowing an independent contractor to perform a home inspection before closing. The inspector will be checking for leaks, pressure and making sure any appliances included with the home are in good working order. If the inspector finds any problems in these areas, it could easily cause a delay in closing.

Of course, even if your plumbing appears clean, you must address any leaks, vulnerabilities, or damaged fixtures before you sell your home. Enlist a professional plumbing service like Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. to conduct a thorough inspection of your property and perform any necessary repairs beforehand. A professional can prevent water damage or other issues that could jeopardize your sale, as well as generally ensure the property is ready for purchase. Give us a call today at (615) 227-2811.

Nashville, TN – How To DIY Copper Piping Soldering

Have you recently installed a shut off valve or had to intervene into any of your other copper piping to make a change in the structure of your plumbing recently? After making your cuts and implementing the valve or other piece you needed installed, you will then have to close up the pipes back up. If not done correctly, you will have a host of problems on your hands. This fact can make soldering an intimidating thing, let alone how complicated it seems to begin with. In this article we will explain how to solder your copper pipes easily and effectively for maximum and long lasting results.

Follow These 3 Easy Steps For Soldering Copper Piping

The first step is the preparation, and is the most crucial for ending up with a leak free job. Neglecting a proper setup or half investing in it will more than likely cause them to leak and cause damage to your property. The second step is the soldering process itself, which will be explained in more detail below. Step three is to finalize the joint, which is no less important than the other steps. Before we delve into how to complete each step, be sure to take a look at the list of tools you will need below.

The number one thing you will need to do the job is a torch that could easily enough be found at your local hardware store. You will need some fuel to run the torch- primarily propane or MAP gas. Next you will need a lighter for the torch, if it does not have one built in, which could be a dedicated igniter piece or a simple cigarette lighter would do. Sandpaper or emery cloth and a wire brush is essential for cleaning the pipe and fittings. Soldering flux or paste is necessary for preventing oxidation, and the solder itself can be purchased either with lead or without lead depending on whether or not you are soldering a potable water line.

First off, you need to clean the parts of the pipes that will be joined together. Taking the sandpaper or emery cloth, sand the relevant portions until there are no spottings left. Next the fitting needs to be cleaned and roughed up for sanding with a wire brush. Next up, apply the flux or paste to both surfaces that will be torched. Now the pipes can be assembled and ready for the soldering action.

When soldering, the main approach you want to take is to heat the portion of the pipes where you want your solder material to be pulled towards. Always heat the joint from the bottom up, as this helps it to heat faster and allows for the solder to travel without the resistance from cold metal. While you’re heating, continue to test your solder, seeing if it gets pulled in. Once it is hot enough, run a bead around the joint to get full coverage you need and you’re done.

Lastly, you will now simply need to allow it time to cool slowly so it does not break from a rapid temperature change. You may have been given the tip to use flux to clean up the joint while its still very hot. This is important not to do, as it will also cause a breakage. Once the solder has solidified, you need to wipe off any excess flux, as it has the potential to eat up your pipe over time. That is the final step, and your soldering jobs is finished!

We congratulate you on a DIY plumbing job well done. If things didn’t go as you had hoped, though, you can always give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call at (615) 227-2811 and schedule a plumbing evaluation. Our team of professionals will come take a look at your situation to determine how we can best help remedy your plumbing woes, including copper soldering and many other kinds of pipework.

Nashville, TN – DIY Aquarium Plumbing Installation Tips

Family looking at fish tank imagery for aquarium plumbing installationIf you’re like many other people in quarantine, your head is probably starting to swim with ideas of the environment around you in your home. The energy you would normally invest in your workplace and the ambition that carries you through your weeks is most likely driving you crazy with a slower pace. Any of the DIY ideas that have been lingering around are now front and center, since there are no more excuses about not having the time! If one of your better ideas involved installing a custom aquarium, you might belong to a lesser group of the other people in quarantine, but who is to say you can’t follow the advice in this article for DIY aquarium plumbing installation tips to help with creating that beautiful display you have been imagining.

The first order of business is to determine how to go about getting the water from your sump into your display tank. There are several variables to consider here to make sure the job is done right, and the job we know that needs to be done is going to be plumbing. Now when it comes to the plumbing of an aquarium, there are two different methods you can use. (Of course there is a third method of doing it however you want, but we do not guarantee the results!) There is soft way and a hard way, and this article today will outline the soft way for this particular project.

Soft plumbing is a lot like its name implies. It is done primarily with soft, flexible tubing that is used to connect the components of your plumbing together. The tubes are mostly made of a strong silicone or vinyl material. Flexible pipes like these give your project the ability to have an adaptable placement and the freedom of movement you would not get with hard plumbing. It also makes for a faster job, seeing as cutting and connecting the tubes between fittings is much quicker and easier.

Some cons of soft plumbing do exist, and they are also important to consider before your project. Soft materials like silicone and vinyl tubing can kink if not maneuvered properly and impede the flow of water. Another possibility is for tubing to cause the fittings to pop-up. Lastly, vinyl tubing in particular has a tendency to crack with age. Aside from silicone and vinyl tubing, you may want to consider the option of braided nylon tubing, which can also be a little difficult to work with. Be sure to weigh these positives and negatives to determine which solution you think is best for your project.

Next, we are going to look at how to work with the barb fittings. Both of our types of soft tubing will be pushed over the barb fittings. In order to make these connections, you will need to size the barb fitting to the size that matches the tubing. For example, if you are using a 1 inch silicone or vinyl tube, you will need to use a 1 inch barb fitting. Be sure that you push the tube completely onto the barb until it comes completely against the backside of the fitting. If you are having trouble, use a heat gun or a blow drier on the end of the tube to make it more pliable!

Choosing to add a hose clamp at this stage will add even more protection to your soft plumbing will help keep it secure. Moving forward without a hose clamp may only work in the short term, ad the tubing can bottom out from the barb. These hose clamps will be exposed to enough moisture to rust over time, so be sure to use titanium hose clamps. Plastic alligator clamps also work great around reef tanks as well as other underwater connections.

These tips are designed to make your DIY aquarium installation easier and more simple to accomplish. If you are not experienced with aqariums but still would like to enjoy a custom installed tank in your home, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811. We will help install any plumbing fixture in your home safely and properly to keep your home safe from any property damage and the fixture working right.

Nashville, TN – Tips for Passing A Plumbing Inspection

Most of us can remember sitting in our desks at school and watching the front of the classroom as the teacher rose from their desk. We knew it was the day they handed back our grade from the test we took earlier that week. Some of us had high hopes and confidence in our good outcome, and some of us felt like we wanted to sink into the floor because we knew what the red ink would say. While a plumbing inspection might not carry the same weight it would in school (seeing as how you most likely would have to come home and answer for your poor grade to your parents), a failed plumbing inspection will impact your pocketbook as an adult. Today we will talk about 5 tips to boost your success for passing a plumbing inspection.

1. Check the size of your washing machine drain pipes.

If your washing machine has been plumbed with one and a half inch pipes, you will have already occurred a violation. This is because the new plumbing code calls for a minimum of two inch piping. Additionally, be sure that your stand pipe is between 18 and 30 inches in height and about 6 to 18 inches off the floor.

2. Do all your main stacks have a clean-out?

If you have enclosed your main stack using a regular coupling or other solution, it will mean a “no go” for your plumbing inspection pass. A clean out or Y is required by code, and don’t forget to position it so as to make it as accessible as possible for access with a snaking machine!

3. Make sure to measure your bathrooms!

The code calls for certain spacing dimensions in the bathroom as well. Toilet flanges must have a clearance of a minimum of 15 inches on each side.

4. Plumbing vents, too high or too low?

If a plumbing vent is installed below the flood level of a fixture, a blockage could rise sewage up into the vent causing permanent damage. Plumbing vents should be tied in 6 inches above all fixtures, and if there is no fixture, then 42 inches off of the ground.

5. Stop banging pipes with the updated methods. Installing shock absorbers designed for the job are called for by the code in the place of older methods which use a capped 18 inch pipe.

Hopefully by following these tips today you will have much success at passing a plumbing inspection at your home or business. If you would like to make sure that all your bases are covered, give Jack Ward & Sons Co. a call at (615) 227-2811 today and let us help prepare your home. We will make sure all of your plumbing is up to code and safe and effective for your family.

Nashville, TN – Are Flushable Wipes Really Septic Safe?

Package of wipes imagery for are flushable wipes really septic safeSocial Distancing. Quarantine. In many homes across the world, there are now whole families shutting in for this long haul of a critical safety measure. We at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. hope this has meant the best for you and your family, spending priceless time with loved ones and getting back to the basics, board games anyone? However, your home itself may not be singing the same tune. The strain on the systems in your home are most likely running overtime with the large increase of usage, such as your plumbing system. More showers, baths, flushes, and loads of laundry means a lot more water, detergents, and waste are being eliminated from the home through all of the piping. The topic of today’s post is meant to inform those of you at home that utilize a septic system to be careful of what you are flushing in such high amounts, most specifically, flushable wipes.

If your home has a septic tank, you may be aware (or at least we hope you are!) that they require special care and maintenance to keep running and doing their job. It is even recommended to have it pumped or cleaned about every three years! So what have your septic senses told you as you have examined a bag of flushable wipes? If they said “They’re too good to be true!” then we say you we’re right. Perhaps you are looking for a more clean alternative for yourself, or have your work cut out for you with a potty training child, and want to increase your convenience of use. The truth is, not all claims are as they appear when it comes to selling a product.

Are Flushable Wipes Really Septic Safe?

Flushable wipes will break down in your system, yes. Unlike regular wipes or other materials used for wiping, they can eventually become a part of the septic’s system of muck and grime that helps it work right. However, that process takes quite some time to do, and increase the amount of flushable wipes being used by many more members of a family for a prolonged period of time- well that can spell disaster. The truth is, these wipes have a higher chance in this situation to cause a clog on their way down the toilet or backing up a septic tank then they do achieving the picture-perfect outcome promised on the packaging. A backed up septic tank isn’t pretty, but rather…smelly.

Now flushable wipes aren’t the bane of your septic’s existence, there are a host of other materials that can also cause trouble. Tossing these items in the trash bin instead of flushing them down will leave you with the benefits of using them, sparing your septic some issues, and your wallet of the costly repairs and cleanings that it would take to fix the problems:

  • Certain food items like eggshells and nutshells or coffee grounds
  • Fats, oils, and greases
  • Scrubbing pads for cleaning toilets, etc.
  • Paper products like paper towels or napkins (even cloth ones)
  • Other materials like hair or dental floss
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton swabs or cotton balls
  • Any kind of plastic
  • Diapers, both cloth, disposable, and “flushable”
  • Pharmaeuticals and medicines

So, now that you have that pile of flushable wipes you made sure to stock up on when all of the toilet paper disappeared, what are you going to do with it all? Here are some ideas for ways to put those wipes to work, just be sure they end up in the garbage can!

  • Dusting house plants and certain kinds of furniture
  • Cleaning scuff marks from surfaces
  • Removing makeup
  • Cleaning up tracked mud
  • Wiping mess from children’s faces and hands

It is inevitable that even while you’re being cautions that plumbing problems will happen (think a three year old child with a lego sculpture), and when they do, we will be a phone call away to help perform an array of plumbing repairs. Give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing Co. a call today at (615) 227-2811 to schedule a FREE evaluation of your plumbing system or address any immediate issues you might be experiencing!

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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.