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The weather is nice and what better way to freshen up your home than a bathroom or kitchen remodel! When people think of remodeling their kitchen or bathroom, they usually assume that they need a full remodel and that it will be pricey. This isn't always the case.

Little updates such as installing an ice maker or replacing your toilet can count as part of a remodel project. The experts at Badgerland Plumbing will assist you every step of the way during your next bathroom or kitchen remodel.

We offer many plumbing remodeling services such as garbage disposal installation and repair, gas range or stove inspections, faucet / sink installs and repairs, as well as shower and bathtub leak inspections and repairs.

Whatever the case may be, our professional plumbers will help get the ball rolling on your next remodeling project, whether it is residential or commercial! Call us today to schedule a service or ask about quotes (262) 305-7101.

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Badgerland Plumbing is welcoming March with a Plumbing Special! Receive $20 Off any regularly priced plumbing service call! This offer is for new customers ONLY.

Spring cleaning is coming up fast, so why not schedule to finally fix that leaky faucet or get that tub drain unclogged! Let the master plumbers at Badgerland Plumbing clean out your plumbing fixtures and help you get ready for spring.

To schedule an appointment call us today at (262) 305-7101 and mention the March Plumbing Special!
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Spring is right around the corner and Badgerland Plumbing is providing you with these "spring cleaning" and maintenance tips to get your plumbing fixtures ready for warmer weather.

KITCHEN/BATHROOMS
- Check all faucets for drips and leaks.
- Check that all drains have strainers to prevent from clogging
- Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add food coloring to the tank, if the color appears in the bowl that means you have a leak.
- Make sure your toilet(s) flush properly. If you need to hold or jiggle the handle then it's time to replace parts. Call a master plumber to help! (262) 305-7101 - Mineral deposits build up around the shower head, clean every few months. Soak the shower head in vinegar overnight then scrub with an old toothbrush to clean.
- Exercise the water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.

APPLIANCES
- Check the temperature on your water heater. It should be no higher than 120 degrees to prevent scalding.
- Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion which causes sediment build-up. Refer to the manufacturer's guide or website for specific instructions.
- If your water heater is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it since newer models are more energy efficient. (The first four numbers of the serial number represents the month and year).
- Remove any flammables that are stored near the water heater or furnace.
- Check supply hoses from dishwasher, washing machine and ice maker for bulges and leaks. Replace any hoses showing signs of weakness or that are older than 10 years. Use stainless steel hoses whenever possible since they are less prone to bursting.
- Clean out the washing machine lint trap and place a wire trap over the end of the hose that drains the washer.

GENERAL
- Flush out all infrequently used drains. Pour a gallon of water into each drain to prevent odors from entering your home. If any drains are slow, they should be snaked to ensure there are no clogs.
- Check all exposed pipes for any leaks.
- Ensure your sump pump is working properly. Pour water into the sump pit. If the pump is working correctly it should turn on quickly, remove the water and shut off without any problems.
- Inspect for slow leaks. Take a reading on your water meter before bed, then take another reading the next morning. If no water is used and the reading has changed, you have a leak that needs to be repaired.
- Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you've had sewage back-up into your home. The valve will prevent future backups.
- Install flood alarms. These alarms alert you when they come in contact with water meaning there is a potential flood or leak.

OUTSIDE
- Clean out all yard drains, gutters and downspouts.
- Check for blockages in plumbing vent pipes such as birds nests.
- Check your outdoor faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If there is dripping or leaking, a pipe may have frozen and cracked and needs to be replaced.

If you have questions about any of these spring cleaning tips, or if you would like to schedule a service, please call us at (262) 305-7101 today!

If you find the water in your home with an odor or a bitter tastes, it may be time to consider installing a whole-house water filtration system.

Whole house filtration systems filter out sediments as water enters your home. Filters in these systems reduce soil, silt, rust, sand and other sediments that may be lingering in your tap water. Reduce particles, imbalances and contaminants that sit in your water as well with these filtration systems.

Along with filtering water, many benefits come from having a whole-home system such as softer skin and hair, better tasting and fresher water from the tap, and fewer odors. Some filtration systems are easy to install and require no draining or electricity.

With many options of manufacturers, types of systems, sizes and more, its important to research the different choices of whole-home water filtration systems before you make a purchase. If you need help weighing the options or would like a professional opinion on a filtration system, talk to the master plumbers at Badgerland Plumbing today!

When trying to save energy, your water heater is what makes it the hardest. Most homes have a conventional storage-type water heater, or tank water heater which works constantly to keep water hot and ready when you need it. As the water sits inside the tank, it naturally cools down which is known as "standby heat loss". This then makes the burner or heating element kick on to warm up the sitting water, which in turn creates a repeating cycle that is constant. Although it may seem like a losing battle, here are a few tips to help trim your water heating costs.

1.) Turn down your tank's thermostat: Most water heaters are preset at 140 degrees, but the Energy Department recommends that most households lower them to 120 degrees. For every 10 degrees you turn your tank down, you can save 3-5% on your bill. To turn down your water heater, be sure to measure the temperature of the water coming from the faucet which is furthest from the tank; don't trust the thermostat on the tank itself. Mark off what the temperature was on your water heater's thermostat and then turn it down to what you think is 120 degrees, wait at least two hours and check the temperature of the water from the same faucet as before. It will take a few attempts to get it right at 120 degrees, but keep going until it's right! Mark that section on your thermostat for future reference.

2.) Use less hot water: One obvious way to save energy is to just use less hot water. If you install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, you can cut your hot water consumption by 25-60%! These fixtures cost about $10-20 and the plumbers at Badgerland Plumbing will travel to your location to install them for you! Also, be sure to use the "economy" setting on your dishwasher, and stop using the pre-wash setting. Most dishwashers can handle dirty dishes so the pre-wash function isn't necessary.

3.) Drain the sediment: Water heaters naturally build up sediment which reduces the efficiency of the tank. Draining the tank will help in energy saving, plus it is a simple task. Make sure you turn off the water and power to your water heater. On a gas unit, set the burner to "pilot". Connect a hose to the spigot at the base of the tank and point the other end of the hose at your floor drain. Carefully lift the tank's pressure relief valve and turn on the tank's spigot. Water should begin to flow out of the tank. It is said by manufacturers to drain the tank one to two times a year, but it's recommended to drain less water more often. This would mean draining only a quart of water every three months.

4.) Insulate exposed hot-water pipes: If you insulate your hot water pipes, the water will arrive at the faucet 2-4 degrees warmer, decreasing waiting and running time at the faucet. Insulate your pipes with self-sealing sleeves which can come in 6-ft sections that cost about $3. If you need help insulating your pipes, be sure to call us at (262) 305-7101! Some pipes in the basement are easy to target, but other pipes may be located in crawl spaces or within walls.

5.) Insulate your hot water tank: Finally, insulate your water heater. If you have an older unit that is located in an unheated space such as a basement or garage, wrapping it within an insulating blanket is a cheap and effective way to reduce costs. Most newer models of water heaters already come insulated, to find out if yours is insulated check the label to see if it has an R-value of at least 24. If this isn't the case, then you should insulate your tank. This can cut heat loss by 25-45%. When wrapping your tank, be sure to not block the thermostat on an electric water heater or the air inlet and exhaust on a gas unit. Also, don't try to wrap an already insulated tank. This won't save anymore energy or money, but it can block critical components and create a hazardous situation. Check with your manufacturer before insulating.

Have you experienced a few clogged drains? Nothing is more frustrating than a clogged drain which is the most common plumbing problem we see. Grease build-up in kitchen sink drains trap food particles that eventually clog the drain. Hair and soap are usually at fault in bathroom drains. Here are a few tips to prevent your drains from clogging.

- Do not pour grease down any sink. Store it in a container (glass, aluminum, metal) until it is cooled down then dispose. Grease hardens as it cools and traps food particles if poured down a drain.

- Do not wash coffee grounds down the sink. Be sure to throw them into the trash.

- If you have brass, steel or cast-iron traps and drain pipes, be cautious when using chemical cleaners. Some chemicals can corrode metal pipes. Cleaners containing sodium hydroxide or sodium nitrate can be safe and effective.

- Clean your floor drain strainers. Some tubs, showers and basement floor drains have strainers that are just below the drain opening. These strainers can easily be removed and cleaned to clear out any debris.

- Clean your pop-up stoppers in your sink and tub regularly. Lift out these stoppers and rinse them off weekly.

- Every few months be sure to clean the spring or rocker arm that sits behind the overflow plate on your tub. Hair can accumulate on this arm or spring and cause clogging.

- When on your roof cleaning out downspouts or gutters, flush the drain-waste and vent systems. Just run water from a hose into all vents, giving them a few minutes of full flow.

- Keep sewer pipes from your home free of tree roots. If roots are a big problem in your yard, you may need to call a professional annually to clear those pipes. An electric auger is used to cut out the roots.

As always, if you have a plumbing emergency or are in need of a plumbing service, be sure to call Badgerland Plumbing at (262) 305-7101.

Last week we talked about prevention and precautions to take so your pipes don't freeze or burst. But what if it's too late and a pipe has been frozen and finally burst? The first thing you want to do is stay calm. A fast response can make a huge difference when it comes to plumbing problems.

If you stumble upon a frozen pipe that has burst, you first want to shut off the water. This will keep more water from traveling through that pipe and leaking out. Be sure to move an items that have gotten wet or frozen to a warm and dry location.

Remove as much water from the area as you can with a sump pump or a wet-dry vacuum. Place fans and a dehumidifier in the area to keep things drying out.

This is where you can call a professional to finish the job for you. The section of the pipe that burst needs to be cut out and replaced with a new section of pipe.

To prevent another pipe burst, make sure you insulate your pipes with pipe wrap or add more insulation to the walls around your pipes.

If a pipe bursts in your home or business, contact one of our master plumbers by calling (262)305-7101 right away!

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Badgerland Plumbing offers accessibility and safety solutions for the challenges that face senior citizens and people with disabilities in the Milwaukee area. Our goal is to help you live your life to the fullest through the creation of an environment that lets you live safely, comfortably and independently in your home for years to come!

There is no ADA accessibility and safety project too big or small for our highly trained and experienced team of plumbers and remodeling specialists. In the past, our ADA accessibility and safety projects throughout Milwaukee have included the installation of barrier-free showers, walk-in tubs, comfort height toilets, hands-free flush valves, hands-free faucets, grab bars, full-length bathroom mirrors, general safety products and adaptive technology. Our experience working with seniors and people with unique needs allows us to create spaces to help improve your quality of life.

We now offer, install and maintain TherapyTubs! These baths are perfect for anyone who suffers from arthritis and joint discomfort. The massage power of TherapyTubs will sooth your aches and pains in a natural way. Click the link below to learn more about TherapyTubs!

Check out our ADA Accessibility Plumbing page at: http://www.badgerlandplumbing.com/ada-plumbing.html

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Winter is here which means cold nights and brisk mornings. Now is a great time to look into Tankless or Instant Water Heaters. Are you sick of paying to keep your water heater running 24/7? Is your water not getting hot enough?

There's no need to worry with a tankless water heater. Rather than running and heating up water all day and all year long, these water heaters only use energy to heat up the water as you need it. This means a drop in energy usage right away.

Size is another great factor to consider. Standard tank-type water heaters take up a large amount of space and are bulky. Tankless water heaters are considerably smaller and actually hang on the wall.

Our plumbers all have the knowledge and experience to install tankless water heaters. And if they ever need repairing, we can also fix them! Contact us today to talk about tankless water heaters or if you need help repairing your standard water heater.

(262) 305-7101 or go to our site at: http://www.badgerlandplumbing.com/residential-plumbing/water-heater-repair-replacement.html

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Do you have a commercial property, such as a tavern, restaurant, hair salon or office building, and are in need of plumbing work? Look no further than Badgerland Plumbing to get the job done in a professional and timely manner.

The master plumbers of Badgerland Plumbing have been providing commercial plumbing throughout Slinger, Hartford, West Bend, Germantown, Brookfield, Milwaukee and the surrounding areas for more than 15 years. Our commercial plumbers are ready to take your problem and show you a professional solution. All of our plumbers are licensed, courteous and presentable. We offer free estimates for every project and provide guarantees on all of our work.

At Badgerland Plumbing, our work ethic is fair and honest. We will provide you with a fast and punctual response to both emergency and non-emergency problems. We will provide straightforward pricing and offer multiple payment options. We accept cash, check, credit card and even PayPal. Our staff is professional and knowledgeable. Finally, all of our commercial plumbing services are backed by a guarantee.

Talk to one of our licensed commercial plumbers today at (262) 305-7101 or schedule a service call on our site here: http://www.badgerlandplumbing.com/contact.html
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