Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for November, 2013

Thanksgiving, 2013: The Presidential Turkey Pardon

Monday, November 25th, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

Thanksgiving began in 1621, but didn’t become a national holiday until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared it in hopes of bringing a divided nation together. We have many Thanksgiving traditions in this country, from turkey at the meal to the annual Cowboys and Lions games on television. But one of the most beloved is the annual Presidential turkey pardon, in which the U.S. President “pardons” a turkey to life in a petting zoo rather than ending up as someone’s main course. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, we thought you’d like to know a little more about the history of this fascinating tradition.

Farmers have sent turkeys to the White House as far back as the 1800s, hoping to have the honor of providing the President’s annual meal. There have been scattered stories of individual turkeys being “pardoned” throughout that time, including one in which President Lincoln’s son Tad successfully convinced the president to spare a bird intended for the family’s Christmas dinner.

Starting in 1947, the National Turkey Federation became the official supplier of the President’s Thanksgiving birds. The White House arranged for an annual photo op that year with the President receiving the turkey in the Rose Garden. Sadly, there was no pardon as yet; those birds all ended up on the Presidential table.

The push for an official pardon picked up steam in 1963, when President Kennedy ask that the bird be spared just a few days before his assassination. President Nixon opted to send each of the birds he received to a nearby petting zoo after the photo op, though there was no formal pardon attached.

But it wasn’t until 1989 that the pardon became official. On November 14 of that year, President George H. W. Bush made the announcement, and sent the bird to a Virginia game preserve to live the rest of its life out in cranberry-and-stuffing-free bliss. Since then, every President has held an annual pardoning ceremony, with the lucky turkey spared the axe and sent off to live in peace. Since 2005, the pardoned birds have gone to Disneyland in Anaheim, California where they have lived as part of a petting zoo exhibit in Frontierland.

No matter what traditions you enjoy this holiday, or who you enjoy them with, all of us here wish you a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving weekend.

Common Signs that You Need Professional Plumbing Repair

Monday, November 18th, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

Does your plumbing system fail to meet your expectations? Does it often clog or leak? Are you concerned about how long it will last? At Butter Plumbing, we know how frustrating plumbing problems can be. Fortunately, there are professionals who are trained to handle these problems effectively and quickly. While we don’t expect you to wield more than a plunger, there are some signs to keep an eye out for that could help you identify a problem and refer it to a professional. Let us take care of anything that might be an issue. Call us today.

Here are some signs that you might need a professional Las Vegas plumber to come have a look at your home:

  • Decreased water pressure. Every home’s hot and cold water supply lines are pressurized so that your faucets and fixtures deliver sufficient water when you turn the tap on. If you notice that your home has decreased water pressure, then it could be an indication that you have a hidden leak in the water line underground, or perhaps somewhere within the home. Whether you get your water from a well or from a municipal source, it’s important to make sure that you have adequate pressure.
  • Inadequate hot water. Does your shower go cold? It can be incredibly frustrating when your hot water runs out. Whether you are running the dishwasher or washing your whites, hot water deficiency is a major issue. Your water heater is one of the most important parts of your plumbing system and should be regularly maintained. Inadequate hot water is nearly always a sure sign that your water heater has broken down or is otherwise incapacitated. You may just have a buildup of sediment or scale, or there could be a minor thermostat issue.
  • Strange sound. If you find that your pipes are banging when you turn on the tap, or that your water heater makes a strange sound at times, then you may want to have a professional investigate.

Call Butter Plumbing today for professional plumbing repair services in Las Vegas. We arrive at your home quickly and can handle any problem, large or small.

Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning

Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

Do your drains no longer function as they should? Is there a smell wafting up from your plumbing system? Have you never had your drains cleaned? Your wastewater disposal system is just as important as the pipes that supply your fixtures, faucets and plumbed appliances. It keeps your home clean and hygienic at all times and it’s a great way to restore the effectiveness of your entire plumbing system. There are numerous benefits to professional drain cleaning. Let’s take a look a few in today’s blog post. You can depend on the experts at Butter Plumbing for all of your drain cleaning needs.

  • Effectiveness. It’s not hard to see that keeping your drainpipes clean is good for your plumbing system. Over time, your wastewater disposal system can accumulate a significant amount of debris. From hair to grease, soap scum to organic waste, they endure substantial wear and tear in the long-term. Drain cleaning improves the effectiveness of your plumbing system by removing any accumulations that can block the flow of wastewater. When you drainpipes become clogged, whether completely or partially, it can lead to serious problems down the road.
  • System longevity. Like any other part of your home, cleaning your drainpipes is a way of staying ahead of problems and increasing the longevity of your plumbing system as a whole. Anything that you can do to make sure that your drains work exactly as they should is a good thing. Drain cleaning by a professional plumber is the best way to get the most from your wastewater disposal system for years to come.
  • Safe cleaning. Professional drain cleaning ensures not only that your drainpipes are cleaned thoroughly, but also that they are cleaned safely. This is critical as using harsh chemicals bought at the hardware store can actually do serious damage to your drainpipes, causing them to corrode from the inside and leak over time. Our drain cleaning is safe and effective.

If you feel as though your drains are underperforming or they cannot handle your wastewater, then you may need to have them inspected by a professional. Call Butter Plumbing today to learn more about our professional drain cleaning in Las Vegas.

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom Plumbing

Monday, November 4th, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

Your bathroom is probably the most plumbed room in the entire home. It is certainly one of the most used parts of the home. Your toilet alone can account for nearly one-third of the average family’s water consumption. It’s incredibly important that your bathroom be functional, efficient, as well as aesthetically pleasing. Whether during your morning routine or after a long day of work, you expect your bathroom to be comfortable and convenience. There are some excellent bathroom plumbing upgrades that you can take advantage of. In today’s post, we would like to review a few of these.

  • Low-flow toilet. Because of how much water your toilet actually consumes on a daily basis and throughout the year, it’s important to make sure that yours works efficiently. A low flow toilet can use less than half the amount of water as that of an older, conventional toilet. This can amount to serious savings in the long-term. The best part is that you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort in order to become more energy efficient. There are a number of different system types and sizes available on the market today.
  • Shower. Another bathroom plumbing upgrade that you may want to take advantage of is a new shower. Whatever type of shower you have, it’s an incredibly important part of your daily life, as it’s responsible for getting ready in the morning or relaxing after physical activity. We offer various types of showers and bathtubs for installation or replacement. While you may want to have your shower stay in the same place, we can also help you move the shower location within the same room.
  • Sink. Another upgrade to consider is your bathroom sink. There is no substitute for having a reliable bathroom sink in the home, and there are a number of stylish and budget-conscious options on the market today. We can help you select a model that works well for your home.

Call Butter Plumbing today if you’re interested to learn more about the various bathroom plumbing upgrades in Las Vegas you can take advantage of.