How to Prevent Your Pipes from Bursting (Video)

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Plumber Longview TX, Plumbers Longview TX, Water Heater Installation Longview TX, Water Leak Repair Service Longview TX | 0 comments

 Low temperatures greatly increase the risk of water a pipe bursting. Broken pipes caused by cold weather can cause significant property damage. Always protect your pipes, especially in unheated interior spaces like basements and attics. Interior water damage can cost you thousands of dollars to repair after the fact. For the best protection and peace of mind, apply the following tips to defeat the cold. Investigate Pipe Insulation Options: Pipe Insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per linear foot at the hardware store Keep Garage Doors Closed: Keeping the cold away from water supply lines in the garage helps to protect pipes. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors: This allows warm air to circulate and around the plumbing. Let the cold water drip from a faucet: Even a trickle of water through the tap can prevent cold pipes from freezing solid. Keep the thermostat set at a fixed temperature: Avoid turning the thermostat down at night even if it saves you a few bucks. Add insulation in the long term: Insulating attics, basements, and crawl spaces help maintain a safe temperature for pipes. If you have frozen or busted pipes, make sure to: Turn on the faucet Apply heat until the full water pressure is restored. Remember that an extra expense or effort often outweighs a hefty repair bill. For more information on protecting or repairing pipes, call the experts at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview,...

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How to Test for a Gas Leak

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Gas Leak Longview TX, Gas Leak Repair Service Longview TX | 0 comments

Natural gas is one of the safest, most efficient, and useful sources of available energy. More than half of US households use natural gas daily to perform a variety of important tasks. That said, an improperly installed or maintained gas line can be extremely hazardous if left untreated. Gas leaks are not something to put off or take lightly. Allowing a gas leak to linger can make your home dangerously toxic, potentially flammable, and in the worst of cases, result in an explosion. If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home, turn off the pilot light or gas meter immediately. Then, contact a professional. Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX has help hundreds of homeowners track down and repair gas leaks before those leaks had the opportunity to cause real damage. While gas leak repair should always be left to the professionals, for your safety and the safety of others, you should systematically review the following list which highlights the most common indications of a potentially dangerous leak: Hissing or Whistling Sound: Listen for subtle noise near the gas pipe, while remaining completely still and quiet. This may indicate a leak. However, be careful when pinpointing the exact source of the sound. It can be difficult to rely exclusively on this sound when determining whether or not a leak exists. Potent Oder: Even though gas is naturally odorless, suppliers add a potent rotten egg odor to alert occupants of a potentially dangerous leak. Smelling an overwhelming scent similar to rotten eggs or sulfur in your home can indicate the presence of a leak. Visible Gas line Damage: If your gas line or connection is visible, try to locate a point where the hose may have broken or worn down enough to cause a leak. Change in Flame Color: A gas stove burner should generally produce a blue flame that indicates enough oxygen in the air for the gas to combust. An orange or red flame, even after the stove is lit, can be problematic. Trouble With Indoor Plants: If indoor plants are struggling to grow, continually wilting or dying, a gas leak may be the culprit. Any of these common signs of a gas leak requires the immediate support of a professional that can work to safely resolve the issue. Never take chances when it comes to a gas leak. For more information on gas line repairs, leak-tests, or re-piping jobs, make sure to contact the experts at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview,...

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How to Find a Hidden Water Leak in Your Home

Posted by on Feb 4, 2020 in Leak Repair Service Longview TX, Plumber Longview TX | 0 comments

 Early detection of a water leak on your property can significantly cut repair costs. In our years serving the communities in and around Longview, TX, we’ve seen too many homes experience thousands of dollars worth of damage, either because a leak went unnoticed or because a homeowner didn’t think the leak was a big deal. In fact, it’s always a big deal, and there are simple steps you can take to try to detect a leak if you believe you may have one. View today’s video for a quick and simple tricks. Immediately contact your Longview, TX plumber if you notice the following signs of a house leak. Check your water meter. Shut off all water in your home, and watch the activity on the meter. The visible movement on the meter can indicate the size of a potential leak. Verify your usage. If a family of 4 is using more than 12000 gallons of water per month. That may indicate a potential leak somewhere in the plumbing system. Monitor your water bill. A leak often means your bill is rising without an increase in use. Make sure to compare bills from month to month. Use food coloring. Add a small amount of food coloring into your toilet tank. Wait a few minutes, and see if color flows from the tank to the bowl of the toilet. Check outside. Oftentimes, a dated irrigation system or hose can be the source of a leak. Consider calling a plumbing professional to investigate. Use common sense. Make a practice of being extra vigilant. Regularly check inside cabinets or basins for any signs of mold or leakage. If you suspect a leak or notice one or more of the following signs, contact a plumbing expert at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX. We specialize in Leak Repair and all other plumbing services. Give us a call or visit our website...

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Pros and Cons of a Gas Pool Heater

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Plumber Longview TX, Plumbers Longview TX, Water Heater Installation Longview TX, Water Heater Installer Longview TX | 0 comments

In-ground pools are an amazingly convenient and beneficial investment, as long as they are well functioning and usable. A natural gas-powered heater is one of the most common and potentially profitable pool features worth investigating. The water temperature of your pool can significantly drop during the winter months, or even cold evenings. Unless you are keen on swimming in brisk water, a heater may be worth investigating. Like any major investment, installing an in-ground gas-powered pool heater certainly presents a range of pros and cons that you should be fully aware of before making a decision. Rapid Heating: Natural gas pool heaters are significantly more powerful than electric or solar pump heaters. If you want your pool to heat up as quickly as possible, natural-gas heaters are the best and most efficient option. Rapid heating is especially handy if you don’t use your pool regularly. Not to mention the freedom it allows when welcoming guests or throwing an unplanned pool party, independent of weather and climate conditions. Purchase Price: Purchasing and installing a natural gas-powered pool heater can be less expensive than competing electric, solar, or heat pumps. That said, gas heaters come in a wide variety of sizes and models that can cost anywhere from $900 to $2500. Electric and solar pumps can reach much higher prices, running anywhere from $2000 to $4000. Be that as it may, depending on the use, operational costs linked with gas-powered pumps can make them less cost-effective in the long run. Energy Cost: It’s essential to assess and consider all costs, including the price of running a gas-powered heater compared to other industry alternatives. Natural gas heaters are generally more expensive to operate, however, this depends on the fluctuating market price of electricity, compared to gas at the moment. Solar heat is certainly the most energy-efficient option, next to heat pumps which, utilize existing warm air to heat the water. Lifespan: Natural gas heaters are durable, however, in the long run, they tend to accumulate more wear and tear than other heating options. They typically last five or more years, requiring some minor maintenance along the way. That said, the lifespan of a gas heater depends on average use, weather conditions, and the desired temperature of the water inside your pool. Heat pumps and electric pumps tend to last 8-10 years, while solar can last up to 20 years in comparison. Hopefully, understanding these different variables and elements will help you better understand whether or not installing a gas-powered pool heater is the best option for you. That said, it’s always important to consult the pool and plumbing experts before the fact. For more information on installing or choosing the most suitable water-heating option for your property, contact us a Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX...

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Must Haves for Every Outdoor Kitchen in Longview, TX

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in Home Renovation, Plumber Longview TX, Plumbers Longview TX | 0 comments

 As you may already know, outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular. However, choosing what features to install and where isn’t always easy. From grills to sinks to outdoor seating, there is no shortage of decisions to make. If you’re interested in redesigning your backyard space, Or installing a new outdoor kitchen, the following tips and tricks should come in handy. First, plan the different zones of the kitchen. Cold areas, hot areas,  wet areas, and dry areas should work and fit together.  Consider potential exposure to the elements. Select materials and equipment designed to withstand the outdoor elements. Create a kitchen layout with access to essential utilities.  Keep in mind access to the necessary gas, water, and electrical hookups. Carefully consider the overall aesthetic design. An outdoor kitchen should complement the home’s architecture and landscape. Decide on a functional and connected kitchen layout. Avoid isolating the cooking, lounging, and serving areas from each other. Create a comfortable outdoor entertaining area. If your budget allows for it, install heaters, shade, and rain shelter. Plan for outdoor entertainment features. Plan to install speakers or a multimedia system beforehand. Lastly, factor the use of light into the design. At the end of the day, remember to make the project personal. Understanding your needs, the available budget, and equipment is crucial. For more information or a plumbing estimate, contact Bird Dog Plumbing...

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Is It Better to Have One or Two Sinks in the Bathroom?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Home Renovation, Plumber Longview TX, Plumbers Longview TX | 0 comments

Whether you are designing a new bathroom from the ground up or remodeling an existing space, it’s essential to consider what style and size of vanity best fit your needs. With an expansive array of available vanity designs, it can be difficult to determine the most suitable and affordable option for you. The key to installing the most functional and visually appealing centerpiece in your bathroom often depends on your preference of sink style, and the amount of storage space/countertop surface area you need. With that in mind, the following guide should help to highlight the important pros and cons to consider when installing a bathroom vanity. With more than 13 years of professional plumbing experience, the Bird Dog Plumbing experts know a thing or two about bathroom remodels. A single sink bathroom vanity includes a cabinet and sink, normally extending anywhere from 16 to 70 inches in length. Single vanity sinks come in both freestanding and mounted styles. They are normally easier to install, fit nicely in small bathrooms, and provide ample storage space. On top of that, installing a single sink and faucet lowers the overall cost of the project. On the other hand, installing a single vanity limits the amount of available sink and counter space for more than one person. Sharing a master bathroom sink can be awkward and bothersome for all parties, even with enough storage space underneath. A double bathroom vanity includes two sinks installed into one larger cabinet. Having two sinks means that more than one person is capable of using the bathroom at the same time. The ability to use your sink and counter space whenever you want is hugely beneficial, especially during busy hours in the morning and at night. Not to mention, two sinks, more counter space, and cabinet storage significantly help to eliminate overall bathroom clutter. On the other hand, a double vanity may increase the price of remodeling and take up more physical space, which may make the bathroom feel cramped and small. Before you make a final decision, keep the following things in mind. Scale: Just because your bathroom space allows you to install a double vanity doesn’t mean it’s the best choice. Make sure to choose a vanity that will complement the bathroom layout, not overwhelm and crowd the space. Remember to leave enough room to move around with ease. Cost: Be sure to establish a reasonable budget and understanding of the costs associated with installing each vanity style. Design: Do enough research to understand what styles you like. Assure that the vanity style complements the style of your bathroom and home. Convenience: The convenience of a double sink vanity means that no one has to fight over the sink or disrupt someone else’s routine. Selling Power: Remember that whatever upgrade you decide on has the potential to increase the selling value of your home. For more information or to get a professional opinion/quote on installing a new bathroom vanity today, contact us at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, Texas. Our residential and commercial plumbing specialists will be more than happy to serve your plumbing...

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How to Make the Most of a Small Bathroom

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Plumber Longview TX | 0 comments

 Small and  poorly located bathrooms can be painfully difficult to design and use.  Choosing functional and appealing bathroom features in a small space is vital. Here at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX, we have over 15 years of experience. At times, restrictive building codes and guidelines can derail your plans. Despite the challenges, installing a small bathroom, when needed, is a great investment. The following renovation tips will help you bypass frustrating roadblocks and challenges along the way. Install a corner or trough sink. This will ease the flow of traffic in and out. Choose to install a shower curtain. This will help to save what space you have to use inside the bathroom. Mount the vanity. This will help the bathroom appear larger and free up floor space. Use large scale patterns. These patterns make the bathroom look large and spacious. Skip the shower door. Consider installing a shower curtain or a glass panel to free up space. Expand the mirror. Having a large mirror creates space for more than one person. Mount the towel bar. Install a towel bar on the wall or glass shower panel. Install a vanity with storage shelves. Vanity storage helps the bathroom stay neat and tidy. For more information on plumbing or bathroom renovations. Contact Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX...

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The Advantages of Having a Laundry Room Sink

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Plumber Longview TX, Plumbers Longview TX | 0 comments

s a homeowner, it’s common to assess the value and utility of different features within your home. The bulk of homes include or accommodate installing features like washers, dryers, bathtubs, and showers. When it comes to the laundry room, however, the advantage of installing a utility sink depends on your personal preferences and particular situation. At Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX, we’ve seen all kinds. For some people, installing a utility sink in the laundry room is a no-brainer. However, many others are unaware of the potential benefits that adding a utility sink can offer.   If you plan to renovate or upgrade the laundry room in your Longview, TX home, consider the following advantages of adding a utility sink before you begin the project.  Trapping Lint and Hair. The ability to drain your washing machine directly into the laundry room sink helps to filter out hair, fabric, and lint. Laundry sinks may be equipped with wide sink strainers which are designed to catch hair and lint that otherwise accumulate in the sewer line, potentially creating flow issues. If adding a laundry sink to your home in Longview, a professional plumber can advise on whether a wide sink strainer is recommended for your system. Pre-soaking & Hand-Washing. A laundry room sink affords a space to soak particularly stained or dirty clothes that require special attention and care. It additionally provides a convenient location to hand-wash delicate clothing items. Using buckets of water, small sinks, or bathtubs can be a painfully time-consuming alternative compared to a utility sink. Washing Pets. Many pet owners know that bathing their pets in the bathtub can be a difficult and messy task. Washing your pet in the bathroom often requires not only cleaning your pet but the bathroom area as a whole. The difference with a laundry room sink is it doesn’t need to be spotless all the time. It can quickly be wiped down and cleaned when needed.  Houseplant Care. Houseplants often require frequent watering and cleaning, the same way they would outdoors. The laundry room sink is an ideal space to temporarily store, water, and care for your indoor plants. In a utility sink, you don’t need to worry about plant debris or dirt, like you would when using the bathtub to water plants.  DIY projects. At-home art and DIY projects like dying or bleaching clothes can be unpredictably messy and damaging. Even hair dye can leave stains and marks on the sink, shower, or bath fixtures. Using the laundry room sink for these activities is the best way to avoid unwanted stains and damage.  A laundry room sink can be an extremely valuable addition to any home, as long as it’s put to good use.  Having a dedicated space to clean anything from dirty shoes to household items to sports gear to BBQ equipment is extremely handy. For more information on installing a laundry room sink or utility room renovation, contact Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX...

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5 Benefits of Whirlpool Tubs

Posted by on Sep 17, 2019 in Plumber Longview TX | 0 comments

Do you need time to relax for yourself? Imagine the feeling of climbing into a warm whirlpool tub at the end of a long day. If you’ve never experienced this luxury, you’re truly missing out.There are countless reasons why installing a whirlpool bathtub can change your life. Consider the following advantages of installing a whirlpool tub today: Offers an at-home massage. Having a whirlpool tub means you can get a massage whenever you want. Provides spacious room to soak. Forget cramming. Whirlpool tubs are built to comfortably fit an adult. Relieves emotional stress. A private space to relax and easily escape reduces day-to-day stress. Relaxes sore muscles. A whirlpool water jet system is a great way to relieve muscle tension. Improves Circulation. Running warm water increases the flow of blood and oxygen through the body. Releases Toxins. Soaking in a hot detox bath is a great way to rid your body of harmful chemicals. Increased level of sanitation. Having a personal tub helps you avoid bacteria which collects in public spas. Increased level of privacy. Having a personal whirlpool tub means you can enjoy it any way you like. If you decide it’s time to install your very own whirlpool tub. Contact the experts today at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview,...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Bathroom Remodel

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Plumber Longview TX, Plumbers Longview TX | 0 comments

A professionally remodeled bathroom can be a luxurious addition to any home. The process, however, can be painstakingly expensive and timely if done incorrectly.  When the time comes to start a dream bathroom remodel, make sure to contact the experts at Bird Dog Plumbing in Longview, TX. Until that time, consider the following Do’s and Don’ts of bathroom renovations: Have a Realistic Budget. The bathroom is a significant and frequently used space, so before planning a major renovation, establish a budget. Establish a firm and mutual understanding of the costs associated with installing items like a new shower or toilet. In certain cases, establish a budget for unexpected repairs and potentially unnoticed water damage. An experienced Bird Dog plumbing specialist will do their best to explore the area and provide an accurate quote or estimation of the associated costs. Choose the right toilet. If you haven’t already, familiarize yourself with the different brands and models of toilets. There are plenty of different brands and toilet types which offer different levels of water consumption and performance. Some of the best residential toilet brands on the market include TOTO, Kohler, and American Standard. After deciding on a suitable brand and model of toilet, consider its placement. It’s never a bad idea to partially conceal the fixture behind a half wall or piece of furniture. Decide on the best surfaces for space. Carefully ponder your choice of tile, countertop, sink, and flooring. Consider the price, color, size, and durability of the material, whether that be marble, granite, quartz, porcelain, or natural stone. Decide on the most sensible material that best suits your interests and needs. Don’t skimp on the shower. The shower is an essential part of the bathroom space. Depending on the size of the area, determine the right number and style of showerheads you want to install. Try your best to align the fixture finish to the color or style of the bathroom as a whole. The decisions you make here will be significant and long-lasting, so go all out. Think about water efficiency. In recent years, toilets, showerheads, and sinks have all become increasingly water-efficient. To save money in the long run, research and install the best low-flow appliances. Replacing older, inefficient toilets, showerheads, and sinks can save thousands of gallons of water and more than hundreds of dollars per year. Of course, this is not a complete list. There are countless variables to consider when tackling a professionally remodeled bathroom. For more information or to get a quote today, contact the Bird Dog Plumbing experts in Longview, TX. Call 903-225-2272 or visit...

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