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Academy Disc Plumbing & Repair
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Plumbing Contractor of the year 2012 and 2013 for two years running
Plumbing Contractor of the year 2012 and 2013 for two years running

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Plumbing Day To Day
When we get a call for an estimate on a large project for plumbing in Okc we always let the customer know up front that we don’t do free estimates except for over the phone. They will understand that if your a plumber in Okc then you are usually booked up for at least a week and some times longer than that. So if they want our Okc plumbers to visit the job site and figure a fairly close estimate that we have to charge a service call for the estimate. Although if they like the price our Oklahoma City plumber gave them and they want us to start on the job while we are there. We won’t charge them for the estimate. It stands to reason if we don’t have to make another trip to do the work then it saves us our time and money and we will pass this savings on to our customers. Like a plumbing job we did the other day. We sent our Okc plumber to the job site to give an estimate on a leak in the basement. When they arrived they diagnosed the leak. It was on their main drain stack. The four inch cast iron pipe where the stack came from upstairs all the down to where it went through the floor in the basement. Which is a concrete slab. The leak was actually on the drain stack right were it enters the concrete slab floor. This meant our plumbers would have to break out the concrete slab and follow the four inch cast iron drain line until they found good pipe again that wasn’t rotted out to tie onto. Our plumbers gave the customer the estimate and they agreed on the price and said to proceed with the plumbing repair. Now an estimate like this is always a rough estimate for the basic reason we cannot see under the concrete slab floor and would not be able to say how far we will have to break out the concrete slab floor to repair the old rusted out cast iron piping. We can always run a camera in and some times you can see the issue but they are not always 100% accurate and there is an additional charge of three hundred dollars just to run the camera so we try to let the customer know up front that it would probably be an expense they should not incur. Since we have to bust out the concrete anyway. (Most other plumbers in Oklahoma City will tell the customer they need to run the camera to see the issue so they can just go ahead and charge the three hundred more dollars). At this point our plumbers will usually leave one plumber on the job to start breaking up the old concrete slab floor and cutting the old cast iron pipping out of the way so they can replace it with new PVC. This no easy task. The cast iron pipe has be cut with either a cast iron cutter or diamond saw blades. The cast iron cutters consist of what looks like a motorcycle chain with cutter blades attached to it and a ratcheting handle that will wrap around the cast iron piping and clamp on to it. Then you use the ratcheting handle to slowly ratchet down the chain and cutters until it snaps off the pipe. Usually leaving a nice clean cut. You also have to be very careful with the old pipe. Cast iron cutters are most definitely the easiest way to cut the cast iron pipe but if the pipe is to old you could end up crushing or cracking the pipe on down the line. Then you will end up cutting out more pipe trying to fix what you broke and it could turn into a real problem. Sometimes you can not use the cast iron cutters because they are fairly large and the won’t fit into all of the areas you are trying to cut and repair. This is when you have to use the diamond saw blades. They are very expensive and require a lot more time to cut. It is a lot more work and extremely hard to cut the cast iron with the diamond blades. It will basically wear your tail out quick. Then when we get a good clean cut we will usually tie on to the cast iron piping with a no hub fitting on each end of the pipe and run new PVC in between. The no hub fitting consist of a rubber connector with a stainless steel sleeve to go around it. The stainless steel sleeve is held tight with two large hose clamps and it makes a very strong connection compared to a rubber cantex adapter which is rubber with a hose clamp on each end to hold it place. Its a good connection but a no hub is a better connection by far. After the repair is done and all connections are  tested for leaks we will then repack the dirt and sand above it. (This very important to make sure the concrete does not crack in the future). Mix the new concrete. Usually using sackcrete or ready mix concrete. Trying to mix it as dry as possible (This will allow for a quicker finishing time) and then pour the wet concrete back into the hole over the repacked sand. Trying to fill in any voids. Level out the concrete and float it down smooth with a hand float. Then it has to dry more until you can trowel it. Troweling is the last part of the finish job and makes it as smooth as the old concrete it is poured next to. All we have to do now is clean up our mess, load up our tools which I might add are covered with concrete so you have to wash them immediately or it is on there for good. That is it. It just has to dry over night before being walked on. In the end we will always try to keep our customers 100% satisfied.
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If Your Probe Is Dirty
When your first waking up in the morning and taking a hot shower it would be a luxury to most of us. Something we can really enjoy and appreciate.  But when you have an old water heater, it won’t necessarily be the hot shower you were looking forward to then sometimes it will be way to hot and most of our customers will believe their water heaters are worn out or it is time to purchase a new water heater. Most of the time this is far from the real truth of the matter. The real truth is that you will have to go through some risk to get to the heart of the problem. There can be several contributing factors that are causing the fluctuation of the temperature and they both will have the evidence of completely different symptoms.  If your water is hot but it does not last for very long the problem could very well be your cold water inlet dip tube.  When the cold water inlet receives water in through the dip tube it will continue down the dip tube to the very bottom of the water heater. This causes the incoming cold water to go straight to the bottom where the burner is.  If your dip tube degrades and comes apart they do this when they are very old. Instead it goes in the top of the tank. Even though the water heater is full of hot water it will just travel across the top of the tank and come out the hot water outlet. It will be lukewarm at best. Even though the water heater is completely full of hot water. Now if you are having problems with the water always being a different temperature and the temperature is always colder when you haven’t been using it much. Then when you start using the hot water and the temperature starts to get hotter. This usually will mean that your hard water is leaving heavy deposits on the water heater probe. The gas water heaters have a probe that extends into the tank. This is the thermometer for the water heater so it can tell how hot or cold the water is and know when to turn on or off.  If your probe gets heavy deposits building up on it, it can not detect the temperature correctly and will result in the fluctuation of the water temperature.  If your tank is not being used, the water will slowly cool but the probe will not detect this as quickly as it should. This will result in the first time it is being used after sitting idle the water will be lukewarm. This will also happen if you are not home for a while.  if you turn the water on it sends it straight to the bottom and it will cause the probe to cool and light the burner. Then when you use it for the first time the water is not hot but as more water is used the water will heat up and it seams like it is working again This is when it starts to get frustrating. When the probe tells the water heater to turn on, the probe is still not working correctly and the water being heated can become way to hot.  This can cause the T and P valve to open and do its safety feature and relieve some of the pressure building up inside of the tank. When you are having different temperatures of water coming out of the tank a lot of people will turn up the tank. This will cause more problems or cause a dangerous situation and can compound the problem.  That is when you should call one of our plumbers in Okc to repair the issue with the water heater. At this point you will need to access the situation with the Okc plumber and decide if you water heater is to old to put money into the problem or if you need to have your Oklahoma City plumbers replace the old worn out tank.  It could add to your expenses if you were to have the plumber replace the gas valve and have the water heater go completely out after spending money on the old tank.  If your water heater is really old It is more then likely worth going ahead and buying a new one.  When they are that old it is not worth trying to save money when it could go out and flood your house.
 
 
 


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