Go green and save money with low-flow toilets

Did you know that every time you flush your outdated toilet, you’re literally flushing your hard earned money down the drain? With the average person flushing the toilet six times a day that can really add up! If you live in the Houston Capital Region and you’re in the market for installing a new energy saver toilet, you should call us and inquire about a high-efficiency, environmentally friendly, low-flow toilet.

Traditional toilets use approximately 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. For the average family, that can equate to hundreds of gallons of water every day, However, high-efficiency, low-flow toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (with some as little as 1.28). This means that a low-flow toilet can save your household up to 16,500 gallons of water in just one year – conserving not only water, but money as well.
Aside from your sprinkler system, the average household toilet uses more water than any other fixture inside or outside your home.  However, by installing low-flow toilets you can cut over $90 from your average annual water bill. Additionally, some low-flow toilets may qualify you for a tax rebate under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home.

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The Environmental Benefits of a Garbage Disposal

Each year in the United States, nearly 19 million tons of food waste is trucked to landfills. Once there, it quickly decomposes and produces methane, an environmentally harmful greenhouse gas at least 21 times more potent than CO2.

While composting provides one approach to tackling America’s food waste management challenge, it isn’t always practical for today’s busy lifestyle.



Enter InSinkErator®. Our food waste disposers provide a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to transporting leftovers to landfills. Plus, capable wastewater treatment plants can even recycle food scraps into energy and fertilizer.

Durable. Practical. And environmentally responsible. A recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of common ways to dispose of food scraps reported that disposers can help reduce globalwarming potential vs. landfills and in some cases, can even aid in energy production at the wastewater treatment plant.

For more information on the full line of InSinkerator products including service, installation or to receive a free estimate, Call streetdance3.ru

How to unclog your toilet

Toilet, Unclog a ToiletThe best way to unclog a toilet will be wholly dependant on the severity of the clog. For instance, if it is a clog that is caused by too much toilet paper then your best defense is a test of time. Also known as a “soft clog,” these tend to dissipate with time. With the simple force of gravity and the loosening action of water, you may be able to dislodge the blockage within an hour.

If you’re in a hurry, add a few squirts of biodegradable dish soap into your toilet bowl. Let it sit for a few moments and then flush your toilet with hot water to dislodge and unclog your toilet.

How? The dish soap becomes a lubricant that will detach the clog from the sides of the pipes. If the bowl water is close to the rim, then do not proceed with flushing. The bowl is designed to hold only one tank of water so you will run the risk of overflowing.

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5 Steps to Prevent Pipes from Freezing

Preventing frozen pipes is of course much easier than dealing with them after the fact!   When pipes freeze, the water inside expands and the expansion leaves them at risk of bursting. This is of particular concern for those that winter in the warmer climates or are away for an extended amount of time.

Here are some steps to help prevent pipes from freezing during the winter months, especially if you are traveling.

  1. If you are planning to be out of town for an extended period of time, to prevent pipes from freezing be sure to turn off the main shut-off valve to your water supply and drain your faucets. If your home has separate shut-off valves for each outdoor faucet, do not forget to turn each one off as well as the main supply valve.  Remember to turn your hot water heater off before turning of the main water valve however.
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The importance of sewer line inspections before buying a home

Everyone knows that a critical step in buying a home is the home inspection. However, very few people realize the importance of also asking for a sewer line inspection – especially for older homes. Sewer line replacement is a costly endeavor. In fact, the average price of installing a new sewer line  runs anywhere from $5,000  up to $15,000 or more.  Taking the time to work with a reputable plumbing company to conduct a sewer line inspection before you buy a home can save you headaches and a significant amount of money if the inspection indicates the need for replacement.

Perhaps the most common problems affecting sewer lines is when tree roots grow into the lines. Tree roots get into tiny openings within pipes and expand in the sewer line. These roots affix themselves to debris that flows through your pipes, which then results in a sewage build up and often a back up of into your home.  Tree roots can damage your pipes and require a costly excavation to fix the problem.

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Summer Plumbing Tips

  • Summer means more outdoor activities for you and your family which can mean more dirty clothes!  Check your washing machine hoses for cracks or leaks.  Make sure your washing machine is at least four inches from the wall too help prevent hose kinking and damage.  It is recommended that washing machine hoses be replaced every three years.  Remember to remove dryer lint regularly and never leave home with your washer or dryer running!
  • Be careful what you put down your kitchen disposal after your cookout.  Most are not equipped to handle cornhusks, celery, banana peels and other fibrous or stringy foods
  • As the summer heats up in the afternoon, we are prone with those heavy rains showers or thunderstorms.  Excessive rain can get into sewer pipes through cracks and cause the sewer line to back up. You might also experience trouble if tree roots spread underground and crack the pipes. If you see any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain, call a qualified plumber right away.
  • It’s also a good idea to make sure your sump pump is working properly during the summer months.  You may want to consider a back up system if you are concerned about water damage should your current pump stop doing it’s job!

The best defense to ensuring your plumbing is running properly is to schedule an annual maintenance inspection!

Enjoy the summer with your family and friends!

Learn about Household Mold and How to Prevent It.

Kitchen Sink, Kitchen MoldThe best time to learn about the dangers of household mold is now. It can have a long-lasting, detrimental effect on your physical and even mental health. Although a little bleach and water can remove visible mold in the home, it does little to protect you from the unseen dangers.

Household Mold – What is it?

Molds are simple, microscopic organisms that thrive indoor and outdoors in any environment. Molds, which include mushrooms and yeast, are fungi that are necessary to break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. Molds reproduce through tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye. The spores float through the air and may grow rapidly indoors when they land on wet surfaces in your home. Add heat and humidity above 50% and you have mold that proliferates rapidly. Although there are many types of mold, none of them will grow without moisture or water. While toxic mold sounds both terrifying and catchy, it’s not the mold that is toxic but the spores it produces. Molds that include S. chartarum, Fusarium, and Trichoderma release spores that include dangerous substances called mycotoxins. Once they become airborne and you inhale them, they absorb into your skin and intestines. In addition to toxic spores, these molds produce gases that release mycotoxins.

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The Benefits and Proper Uses of a Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a great kitchen appliance that helps you dispose of food remnants that would otherwise have to sit in your kitchen garbage can.  Garbage disposals reduce the amount of food scraps put in the trash, which after a day or so,  begin to emit an unpleasant odor as well as attract a host of bugs and parasites. Read more »

Advantages of copper re-piping

As you likely know, there is a variety of types of piping materials used for plumbing, each with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. However, for over 70 years at streetdance3.ru Plumbing & Heating in Houston, TX, copper piping has been and continues to be the material of choice for plumbing, with more than 80 percent of new homes being built with copper piping. In fact, based on industry studies it is estimated that 94% of professional plumbers use copper piping over other plumbing materials in homes, offices, condominiums, apartments and others. Below are just a few of the advantages of using copper piping for plumbing:

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streetdance3.ru Earns Esteemed 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

streetdance3.ru has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“streetdance3.ru is honored to receive this recognition from Angie’s List as we pride ourselves on delivering friendly, personal and attentive customer service. Our staff places great value on our customer relationships and treats every job or project, no matter the size, with the “Red Carpet Treatment” it deserves.” Andrea Crisafulli Russo, President

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that streetdance3.ru has earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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For over 70 years streetdance3.ru has provided plumbing, heating and air conditioning design, installation, service and scheduled maintenance to our residential and commercial clientele. Founded in 1939, streetdance3.ru now spans three generations combining the pride and craftsmanship expected from a locally owned and operated family business with the resources and knowledge available from a large national company.

With over 60 employees and a fleet of over 40 vehicles, streetdance3.ru is one of the largest mechanical contracting companies in the Capital District. streetdance3.ru has consistently ranked high in consumer satisfaction and has been recognized as “Best Of” by the Times Union for the past six years straight.