Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s Traditions Explained

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

2014 is almost upon us, and with the coming of the New Year, we thought we’d take a brief look at some of the more popular traditions associated with this holiday. It’s been around for at least 4,000 years: as long as we’ve figured out how long it takes for the seasons to come and go. Here’s a quick discussion about some of our more modern traditions and where they started:

  • Auld Lang Syne. The famous song began in Scotland, where it was published by Robert Burns in 1796.  He claims he initially heard it sung by an elderly resident of his hometown, which suggests it has traditional folk origins even before that. It became even more popular when big band leader, Guy Lombardo, started playing it every New Year’s Eve, starting in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
  • The Dropping of the Ball in Times Square. The tradition of dropping the ball in Times Square started in 1907. It was made out of iron and wood with light bulbs located on the surface, and the ball originally “dropped” over the offices of the New York Times at One Times Square. Dick Clark famously broadcast the event every year from 1972, until his death in 2012.
  • The Rose Parade. The Tournament of Roses Parade has been held in Pasadena every year since 1890; taking advantage of California’s warm weather to present a parade of floats, bands and horses. A football game was eventually added to the festivities in 1902, when Michigan dominated Stanford’s team by a score of 49-0
  • Baby New Year. The use of a baby to signify the New Year dates back to Ancient Greece, where it symbolized the rebirth of Dionysus (the God of wine and parties). Early Christians initially resisted the pagan elements of the story, but soon came to adopt it since it matched the traditional Christmas symbol of baby Jesus in the manger. Today, people of all faiths and traditions refer to the New Year as a baby, representing new beginnings.

Whatever traditions you choose to celebrate, we here at Butter Plumbing wish you the very safest and happiest of New Years. May 2014 bring you nothing but the best!

Longer Days Ahead: Why Winter Solstice Is a Reason to Celebrate

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

Holiday greetings from all of us at Butter Plumbing!

December is a time of celebrations across the globe, despite the cold weather that affects much of the countries in the Northern Hemisphere. In fact, the cold weather is one of the reasons that it is so important for people to embrace celebrations of light, color, food, and warm drinks—what better way to cheer up during a time of short days and low temperatures?

There is another reason to feel joy at the end of December, regardless of your religion or culture: an astronomical event called winter solstice.

Four astronomical markers divide the seasons on planet Earth: two solstices and two equinoxes. Equinox (a combination of the Latin words for “equal” and for “night”) is the point in Earth’s orbit when its axis is parallel to the Sun. Solstice (from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still”) is the point in orbit where the Earth’s axial tilt points toward the Sun. During the equinoxes, which occur at the start of spring (vernal equinox) and fall (autumnal equinox), the periods of day and night are the same length. During the solstices, which occur at the start of summer (June solstice) and winter (winter solstice), either day or night is at its longest period. June solstice is the longest day of the year; winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year.

Occurring on the 20th or the 21st of the month (this year it falls on the 21st), winter solstice marks the official beginning of winter, but also the point at which the days start to grow longer once more. The sun, which has dropped lower in the sky since the June solstice (June 20-21) and reaches its lowest point above the horizon on noon on winter solstice, once again begins to rise.

From the earliest human prehistory, people have recognized the winter solstice as an important event in their lives. When winter survival was difficult for early human societies, the sight of the sun beginning to rise in the sky once more was a symbol of hope and a reason to celebrate.

(All of the above applies to the Northern Hemisphere of Earth. The equinoxes and solstices flip in the Southern Hemisphere. For example, in Australia, Christmas is a summer holiday.)

However you commemorate and observe this time of year, we hope you and your family have a joyful and safe season!

Reasons to Consider Plumbing Pipe Installation

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

Your home’s plumbing system is an integral part of your daily life. You use it to clean, to bathe, and to cook. Your plumbing pipes are a vital part of the plumbing system as they provide a network of supply and waste water movement into and out of the house. They need to be made out of durable materials and to be installed properly so that they work for years to come. New plumbing pipes need to be installed and serviced by a professional plumber so that they function both effectively and efficiently. There are numerous reasons to consider plumbing pipe installation. Call Butter Plumbing today to learn more about your plumbing installation options in Las Vegas.

  • New home construction. Whether you’re building a mansion or a cottage, you’re going to need an excellent plumbing system. The most important feature of that system is the pipes themselves, which not only need to be of high quality, but also appropriately connected, sloped as necessary, and connected to the fixtures, faucets, plumbed appliances, and sewer and water lines so that they give you years of excellent performance. Make sure that you hire a reputable professional plumber to take care of this all-important step in the building of your new home. Mistakes early on can come back to haunt you.
  • Whole-house repiping. If you find that you have multiple leaks throughout the house or that your plumbing pipes are very old, then you may need to consider whole-house repiping. This is a major investment of your resources, but it may be necessary eventually. We can help you with a careful assessment of your entire system to figure out the best course of action.
  • Bathroom or kitchen remodeling. The bathroom and kitchen are two of the most important rooms of the house, and they are also the two that are often singled out for remodeling. We can work with your contractor to repipe your bathroom or kitchen, as well as supply any showers, bathtubs, faucets, or sinks that you need.

Call Butter Plumbing today for professional plumbing installation services in Las Vegas.

 

How to Select a New Water Heater

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Butter Plumbing

Are you satisfied with your water heater? Are you sick and tired of frequent breakdowns and repairs? Are you moving into a new home and need a water heater ASAP? A new water heater is probably not the first thing you want to spend your hard-earned dollar on, but it is a necessary feature of any home, and one that should always be done in consultation with a professional. Today’s market is flooded with potential candidates, from conventional tank models to tankless and solar water heaters. We have a range of system types and sizes, and we can definitely find one that works for your home. In today’s post, we’d like to guide you through the selection of a new water heater for your home.

  • Get a pro. While we can appreciate the do-it-yourself enthusiasm of many of our customers, it’s important to hire a professional for your water heater installation. At every stage in the process, you’ll need to draw on the professional experience of a plumber to decide what size your water heater should be, what kind you should invest in to supply hot water to your home, as well as the actual installation itself, which is relatively straightforward for a professional, but potentially hazardous and wasteful for the amateur.
  • Know your size. A professional plumber can give you an accurate sense of what size of water heater you will need, depending on your hot water needs. Knowing this information is incredibly important to ensuring that your new equipment will be both effective and efficient. A water heater that is improperly sized may not work well and it may actually raise your energy bills much higher than they should.
  • Tank or tankless? You don’t have to settle for a conventional tank water heater anymore, unless you want to. Tankless water heaters are highly effective and much more energy efficient because they do not have to keep gallons upon gallons of your heater water at a constant temperature. We also offer solar water heaters.

Call Butter Plumbing today for all of your water heater needs! Whether you need yours installed from scratch or your existing model swapped out, our Las Vegas water heater installation and replacement specialists can help.