Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for August, 2014

The Very First Labor Day Celebration

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at Butter Plumbing wishes your family a happy end of summer.

Plumbing FAQ What Is Water Hammer?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

You turn off the faucet in the bathtub after filling it up with hot water. Suddenly, you hear a loud and abrupt banging sound from inside the walls, as if someone slammed a stone hammer against the pipes.

What was that?

It’s known as “water hammer,” and although people often use those words to refer to any banging noise that emanated from plumbing, the term actually describes a specific condition inside the pipes. It’s not a positive sound, either: when you encounter water hammer in your plumbing, call for professional plumbers to find the source and fix it before the effects damage your plumbing.

For fast plumbing service in Paradise, NV from plumbers with experience, call Butter Plumbing. We’ve served the Las Vegas Valley with quality plumbing services for more than 15 years.

Water Hammer: Why It Happens, and Why You Need To Stop It

Water hammer occurs because of a pressure wave from water in plumbing that stop abruptly when a tap closes off a pipe. The shockwave this produces creates the distinct sound of a hammer striking the pipes. Water hammer can occur at sinks, showers, and tubs, but is also common with appliances like washing machines and laundry machines.

You don’t encounter water hammer normally. This is because plumbing contains air chambers to absorb the shockwaves from water when demand abruptly cuts off. When the noise of water hammer starts, it means that these cushions of air have becomes water-logged and will need to be drained of the excess. This often occurs because of build-up of scale or chemicals in the air chambers which keeps the water from draining out of them. A professional plumber can help you restore the air chambers to prevent water hammer.

Water hammer is more harmful than creating an unpleasant noise. It can lead to damage to the plumbing. The force of the shockwaves can cause pipe fittings to fall off and even burst pipes. The lack of air chambers means that the water pressure inside the plumbing has nothing to cushion it, and this will lead to a pressure spike, which is a source of numerous problems in plumbing, leading to leaks and damage to appliances.

Professional plumbers are familiar with the various causes of water hammer and will have no trouble tracking down the source and restoring the air cushions for your plumbing. Don’t shrug off water hammer as just an inconvenient sound: call up plumbers to eliminate the problem.

You can reach the team at Butter Plumbing in Paradise, NV any time of the day or night if you need help eliminating water hammer or any other trouble in your plumbing.

The 2 Major Reasons for Drain Repair

Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

The drains in your home are easy to take for granted. On a daily basis, they move large amounts of wastewater from bathroom and kitchen sinks down into the sewer line that leads to the municipal sewer system. The majority of time, the drains will not provide you with any problems. But eventually, even with the best maintenance and care, the drains will start to suffer from wear and age, leading to the need for professional repair work.

There are two basic reasons that you may require drain repair in Paradise, NV. You should always delegate the repairs to professionals, since amateur work on drains can lead to leaking and the need for even more expensive repairs. Don’t try to handle the work yourself or hand it off to someone who doesn’t have proper licensing. Instead, contact the experienced plumbing staff at Butter Plumbing. We have more than 15 years of service in the Las Vegas Valley delivery quality plumbing repairs that keep our customers coming back to us.

The 2 causes of drain repairs

  1. Leaks: Leaking is a common problem with older drainpipes that are made from galvanized steel. However, leaks can occur with newer material such as plastic pipes and copper if the plumbing has experienced an increase in water pressure. You may not immediately notice leaking if it is occurring in a part of the drainpipe hidden in the walls or floors. Watch for signs of water damage (discoloration on building material, warped boards) and increases in humidity that will warn you that you may have leaking drains.
  2. Clogs: No problem for plumbing is more ubiquitous than a clogged drainpipe. Even the best maintained plumbing system can suffer from a clog. You can help lessen the chance of clogging by keeping covers over the drains and avoiding pouring substances like liquid grease, fat, and oil down them. Should you encounter clogging that you cannot eliminate using a standard sink plunger, contact a plumber to handle the problem with a motorized drain snake or hydro-jetting. (Do not use chemical drain cleaners to solve the problem, since they can damage the interior of a drainpipe and lead the problem #1 above.)

Although professional drain maintenance can never guarantee that you won’t run into drain repair issues, it will reduce the chance of repair needs occurring and help keep your plumbing system in the best condition possible. Contact Butter Plumbing to sign up for regular drain maintenance that will inspect your home’s plumbing to see if there are any issues developing that may need repairs. We are available 24 hours a day for emergency drain repair in Paradise, NV.

Hydro-Jetting: What It Is, Why It’s Good for Your Plumbing

Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Cleaning clogged and dirty drains is one of the basic jobs that professional plumbers perform. However, they don’t handle drain cleaning using acidic chemicals like those you can purchase at a grocery or hardware store. These so-called “drain cleaners” are highly toxic and can cause serious damage to the inside of drainpipes. Professional plumbers instead make use of other equipment, such as motorized drain snakes, cameras mounted on fiber-optic cables, and hydro-jetters.

This last tool is one of the most important available to a plumber. Hydro-jetting will not only clear out the toughest clogs, it will also provide a drainpipe with a thorough cleaning that will prevent future clogs as well as high water pressure.

For the well-being of your pipes, call the experts at Butter Plumbing to handle trouble with your drains. We use hydro-jetting and all the best equipment to keep your plumbing in the best shape possible. Call us to schedule our Centennial Plumbing services.

Hydro-jetting

Hydro-jetting is the principle of using a scalding hot stream of water shot out of a nozzle at high pressure to scour debris from a drain. Without using chemicals, brushes, or wires, a hydro-jet can break apart thick clogs and remove heavy organic build-up from along the inside of a drain, providing a thorough power washing. Your drains won’t sustain any damage, and will come out as clean as if they were new.

A hydro-jet is motorized—usually powered by electricity—to place water under high pressure and high temperature. It then blasts the water through a long hose that the plumber sends down into the drain pipe. The water comes out a nozzle at the end; there are a variety of nozzle types that a plumber can use to direct the spray for the effect needed to best clean a drain. Depending on the equipment, the water can exit the nozzle at pressures from 7,000 psi to 60,000 psi. (The latter extreme is usually only necessary for industrial equipment. Your plumber will know the right psi of hydro-jetting to keep your pipes from sustaining damage.)

Because high-pressure water can be dangerous, using a hydro-jetter requires professional training. Plumbers wear protective gear, such as heavy aprons, gloves, and eye-protection while performing hydro-jetting. Never attempt to use a hydro-jet on your own! Always call for experienced plumbers to do the job.

The next time you experience drain troubles, whether from a troublesome clog or an increase in water pressure, rely on Butter Plumbing in Centennial, NV to handle the problem. If a hydro-jet will solve the problem, our skilled plumber can take care of it, fast and right.