Do you need help from a Dallas plumber?
We offer plumbing services in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas!
Masters Services (972) 877-4650, is excited to announce that we now offer plumbing
services by our experienced Master Plumber, Joshua Wilkerson. We service the greater Dallas Fort Worth Area, and we can get our Dallas plumber to come out and assess your plumbing problem ASAP!
What set’s our plumbers apart?
Our plumbers are all overseen by our licensed Master Plumber. This means that they have had multiple years of hands on, on the job training and are able to fix ANY plumbing issue you may have. They are highly trained and experienced, so you don’t have to worry about having an apprentice or someone in training coming out to your location, unsure or inexperienced. Our plumbers know what they are doing and will get to the root of your plumbing problem, fast. Leaky faucets, clogged toilets, faulty water heaters, burst pipes our experienced plumbers handle it all. We also offer free initial estimates.
Did you know that our Dallas Plumber also services gas log fireplaces?
As a chimney service company, often we see people with a faulty gas line or problems with their gas line upon gas fireplace inspection. This normally would be a problem for most chimney companies, because you need a plumber to handle any gas line problems that happen directly outside of the firebox. In the past, if you have had a chimney company tell you they are unable to help you with your gas fireplace, because you needed to hire a Plumber then look no further! You can use us for your chimney service needs and plumber related gas line/chimney updates!
Do you know how to determine your B.T.U.?
When you add or replace a gas appliance it is important to know the B.T.U. load of your home appliances. A plumber will be able to help to determine if you need to upgrade or change lines, fittings and other devices. Pipe size and BTU load are important when you are installing a device with a large required intake.
BTU is an acronym for British thermal unit and is the measurement of energy it takes to heat or cool a pound of water by one degree F°. Every appliance that uses gas in your home operates using BTU as a measure of the power that the device requires. When a plumber installs a gas line he or she has to make sure that the line is big enough to deliver the amount of gas into your home to meet the BTU requirements of your home. The bigger the home, the more BTU’s it takes to heat or cool your home.
The plumber can determine how big the line needs to be to deliver the proper amount of gas to your appliances. These calculations are based on the length the load is traveling, the size and the needs of other appliances that are sharing the line. When your plumber is ready to install a new fireplace, range or tankless water heater the original line may need to be adjusted or replaced to accommodate the required BTU’s for your appliances.
If you’re a scientifically minded individual the method for figuring out the BTU load of your heater is thus:
ΔT = change in temperature defined as final temperature minus the initial temperature
Let’s say that the starting temperature of the water is 60° and you want the temperature in your tank to be 120° then the equation would look like this:
(320 lb)(120°F - 60 °F) = 19,200 BTU or (c*m) (ΔT)=Q
*By the way one pound of water equals approximately 8.33 pounds per gallon which if you are in the mood, can help you figure out the mass of your water tank!
For example a normal hot water heater uses somewhere near 40,000 BTU’s and a Tankless hot water heater can use much more somewhere in the neighborhood of 175,000 BTU’s. This means that you may need to have your gas line resized by a licensed plumber to accommodate the needed flow.
Appliances being added to a gas line such as grills, fire pits, and heaters may cause other appliances to malfunction or behave improperly. If you would like to add a line or a device to an existing line a licensed plumber will be happy to assist in making sure that your pipes are the right size, your meter can handle the required volume and that everything is properly installed. A master plumber is certainly able to determine the BTU load for your home and help you to make informed and responsible decisions regarding you gas lines and consumption.
Growing up with no indoor plumbing.
One of our customer service staff, Mike, grew up in rural Alaska and when we asked him what he felt was the most important plumbing service offered this is what he had to say.
”Growing up in Glennallen, Alaska I prayed for plumbing on the homestead that I was raised on. I grew up using an outhouse which is altogether not the most pleasant thing in the world! However my mother did her best to make it as nice as possible. Until I was about eleven we didn’t have reliable plumbing, especially in the winter when it was just too cold to keep the pipes from being frozen. We would make sure that the drain was clear and that the pipes were all empty my grandfather set up a system so that we could blow out the pipes with a compressor to displace the water in order to winterize the house when it came time to prepare for the winter freeze. “
”Some nights, I would forget to stoke the fire in the middle of the night and the room would be cold enough that I could see my breath when I woke up. This was especially distressful because I would get into so much trouble if the downstairs bathroom was frozen. It was one of my normal chores for the evening (to keep the fire going). After growing up, I now have a more than healthy appreciation for indoor plumbing and the time it takes to make sure that it works!”
”For a while it was one of my dreaded responsibilities to get water for our baths… I had to go fetch the water from the creek with a five gallon bucket, bring it up the hill pour it into a giant roasting pan to warm it up on the stove to take a bath. Then when we were done with the bath we would use the water from the tub or the big pan to flush the toilet that we could use in the summer when there was no chance of the pipes freezing. That was backbreaking work and especially grueling when you’re a little guy. I wished my dad was a plumber on multiple occasions. Cold trips outside in the middle of the night get very old very quickly!”
”I think I was 12 years old when we finally started building our new house… It had a holding tank for water from the well that I helped to dig and a well-insulated crawl space which finally allowed us to be able to take showers and use our plumbing all year long. I can’t express my gratitude for indoor plumbing and I wish everyone had the kind of appreciation for the simple gift of running water that I have developed. It may sound silly but I am more than happy to pay a plumber to ensure that my water and septic system are working properly. Sometimes it is a simple thing that you learn to never take for granted indoor plumbing is definitely one for me!”
Reflections on plumbing a homestead…
”I helped my grandfather build two of the three homes that we have in Alaska. He was not a professional plumber by any means but if he set his mind to a task he would make sure that it was done right. He is a carpenter by trade and a master at that! When we first started building the home that my grandmother lives in one of the key ingredients was to have indoor plumbing and a way to flush the toilet if it were -60° outside (which happens quite often during the winter where I grew up).”
”I can assume that because of the time that she spent in the wilderness of Alaska, trapping, hunting, fishing, mining for gold and copper, and not once since she moved to Alaska from New Mexico did she have a home that had both running water and a septic system; that it was supremely important for the home that she would have for her senior years would have decent and good working plumbing. In order for this to take place, we had to have a well. Papa learned how to witch for water a long time ago, I think from his father who was actually a plumber and home builder. If you don’t know what that is it is otherwise known as dowsing for water.“
”After finding a spot with his willow from the property, he told us to start diggin’. After about 20 feet sure enough there was a spring that started bubbling up and filled the well we had just dug. After laying some pipe through the ground to the house we piped into the plumbing of the house and set up a pump shed and heater for the well. Plumbing a well in the tundra can be tricky as the permafrost can wreak havoc on pipes!”
”We also created a septic system to make sure that the outhouse was a thing of the past for my grandma. I can’t tell you how delighted she was when we were finished with the well and the septic. It has been a good long while since we’ve had to use an outdoor toilet at grandma’s house and thanks to the plumbing that we had installed she is much happier and can stay cozy inside.”
”I can tell you now that I am super glad that grandma is happy and that we had gotten the experience to do it so that when my mother’s house was finished we had the skill and know how to finish her plumbing. We don’t have a frozen crawl space anymore either, so the pipes won’t freeze in the depths of the winter. It is refreshing to be able to come inside from the cold and take a hot shower to warm up after playing in the snow and ice! Oh, I can’t even come close to telling you how handy heat tape is either, to keep some outdoor fixtures from freezing!”
Low water pressure can cause trouble in many places!
Low water pressure is often aggravating to deal with. A plumber can help to determine if your water pressure is sufficient by doing a water pressure test. If the low pressure is isolated to one fixture in your home, it is probably better to focus on that particular fixture to resolve the problem. For example, I had hard water buildup in the shower head that was preventing proper flow through the head. This was easily remedied when I detached my shower head and soaked it in CLR (Calcium Lime and Rust remover). Now it works like a charm.
Bathroom faucets, kitchen faucets and washing machines all can benefit from a cleaning, something that you can easily do. The aerator in the faucets often needs to be cleaned of water deposit buildup as well as the screens for these. When you can’t find an easy solution for the water pressure in a situation it may be in your best interest to call a master plumber to help you determine what the issue may be.
For low pressure in toilets the fill valve might need to be replaced to make sure that it is filling at normal speed to capacity. You can certainly hire a plumber for this bit of work!
The types of piping used in plumbing vary depending on the need and the use. There are several different kinds which include;
Each of these different pipes have their own functions which in turn keep your home or office fully functioning.
Five common problems that plumbers are usually called for include;
Clogged Drains - The most commonly clogged drains are kitchen sink drains. To help prevent clogged drains avoid putting greasy substances in the drain and have plumber install a garbage disposal.
Sewage Odors - All drain fixtures in modern plumbing are required to have a trap. This is the U-shaped pipe that you can see under the sink or built into the porcelain of your toilet. These traps help to catch jewelry and other objects from being lost down the drain but they also stop sewer gasses from entering your home and stinking up the place. They work because they hold water at the bend of the shape and block the gas from entering. These sometimes need to be replaced and if they dry out they no longer work as designed.
Leaky Faucets - A leaky faucet can usually be repaired by a plumber replacing a washer. However, if left unrepaired, it can waste up to and sometimes more than three thousand gallons of water per year. If your leak is a hot water leak, you can see significant changes in utility bills as well. Leaky faucets in the shower, bathroom or kitchen are often caused by a displaced or worn out washer. In these cases it can be a supremely easy fix to get the water to stop leaking from your faucet. In many cases you may have a “cartridge faucet”. These are newer faucets that include a knob or dial for both hot and cold water that turn independently of one another. The faucet includes a “cartridge” - an insert that spins and acts as a valve to turn water on or off. When you have a leak in one of these faucets it can be a matter of a simple replacement.
Silent Leaks - "Silent" toilet leaks occur when water does not appear to be running but is still being released from the tank. To find a silent leak, apply a drop of coloring to the toilet tank. If you notice a change in color in the bowl of your toilet after a few minutes you’ve a leak! You probably want to call a Dallas plumber to help stop the leak as it can waste thousands of gallons of water in a year.
A bit about drain cleaners
One of the main ingredients in drain cleaners is quite corrosive to most everything but steel, iron and plastic. It can actually eat glass! If you are using a drain cleaner (which I don’t recommend) make sure that your glassware is well away from the drain to be cleaned or you may just end up etching your glass (a nice rosy splash pattern on your new wine glasses is not in-vogue).
The main ingredient in most drain cleaners is sodium hydroxide – a base (aka Lye) that can easily eat through plant and vegetable matter, you can imagine what it can do to pipes! If it will eat your skin it can probably eat a pipe easily enough. Kind of yucky but there it is.
Some people like to use an alternative to chemical drain cleaners… one such mixture that you can make at home and perhaps teach your kids at the same time is simply baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice. Just like you used to create for the 3rd grade science experiment when everyone made paper machè volcanoes, this is actually a quite feasible solution for weak drain clogs. This is a more eco and pipe friendly way to unclog a simple clog. Follow it up with some really hot water.
There are even some enzymatic cleaners that you can find that use a combination of naturally occurring bacteria and enzymes to help to keep your pipes clear. A plunger or mechanical drain snake, along with a little elbow grease, can often free up clogs as well or better than a chemical or liquid alternative.
The dreaded frozen pipe!
BRRRRRR… Sometimes you might need to thaw a frozen pipe, especially an exposed outdoor pipe. Growing up in Alaska gave me a good head start on people who live in warmer climes! I’ve had to, in some circumstances, thaw the pipe. If you have exposed piping that has been frozen through, first you should check it for bulges or breaks where the ice expanding has warped the copper or other piping material. Now depending on the material you might have a couple of options before having to call a plumber to replace the pipes that may or may not have burst while you were not paying attention, on vacation or while the heater went out.
Sometimes you unfortunately may just have to turn off the water so that no more damage can be done, however when the situation arises you may be able to save the outside spigots, or other lines you have running outside of your home. While you may need to call a plumber later, the benefits of having saved some lines might be well worth the money and time it takes to repair or replace them.
You should always turn on your faucet so that the warmer water works toward your goal and forces ice as it melts toward the opening of the faucet as you thaw the line in that same direction. I’ve used a professional hairdryer with good heat to do this before with no ill effects to the line. Though, unfortunately the same couldn’t be said of my roommate’s’ attitude about said hair dryer. The better tool for the line is a heat gun though, they are often used to shrink wrap things so be very careful cause they get HOT and if you are working on a plastic line or near vinyl siding you can easily damage both the line and the siding if you get too close!
If there is a space to put something like a cookie sheet between the line and the wall it makes for a good heat reflector for any pipe you might be trying to de-ice. For under sink thawing when you have a cabinet to contain the warmth you can use a small electric fan heater to good extent.
My favorite though, for something that tends to get cold enough to freeze frequently is a coil of electric tape. It’s a flat electrical tape that can easily wrap around whatever surface you are trying to keep warm and does an admirable job doing so. Most come with a thermostat that you can set and leave plugged in so that it only comes on when the temperature drops low enough ensuring that your pipes don’t actually freeze.
Clogged Toilets - Clogged toilets can usually be fixed with a plunger. However, when plunging the toilet is not enough, a plumber’s drain auger or sewer snake will be able to overcome the blockage or clog.
If you are doing any sink and pipe repairs remember to use a sealant on any threaded bits that you are using. Apply plumbers tape or putty to the male threaded pipe and you should be able to create a more reliable seal that won’t give you problems later down the line. This can also be an important step when stopping leaks from happening in and around new fixtures – or even old ones; sometimes they have not been sealed properly or are simply old and may be worn and should be replaced.
Generally, these repairs can be done lickety-split and shouldn’t take much of your time out of your day! When you are looking at a house full of these small repairs or replacements, you can find yourself spending all day getting the job done. You may at this point, be up to calling a plumber for installs, repairs and troubleshooting, saving yourself from the headache and hassle.
Masters Services is proud to say that we hire only “master plumbers.”
What is a “Master Plumber? ” - Many like to ask what is the difference between a Master Plumber and a plumber? Well, a Master Plumber has demonstrated a mastery of the trade of plumbing. This is shown through working in the field for many years, (lengthy work experience and apprenticeships) and is often certified in multiple areas of plumbing, is able to train new plumbers in the field, and has the knowledge and experience to oversee large plumbing pro-jects. t Master Plumbers can confidently say that they can take on virtually ANY plumbing problem they are presented with due to their ultimate high level of training and multiple years (and often decades) of experience.
What is a “non master” plumber? - A “non master” plumber is normally someone who also fixes common plumbing problems. The difference here between a plumber and Master Plumber is in their experience and training. A regular plumbers training can vary greatly - You may end up hiring a plumber who has 1 year of experience. You may hire a plumber who has to check with his superior who has trained him for questions. A regular plumber may still even be in a training or apprenticeship program. And although everyone has to start somewhere, Masters Services is proud to say that we only offer services from a trained Master Plumber, this takes the guess work and worry out of the plumbing services that we offer.
Are you Remodeling your home?
Chances are, you will need a plumber to help with some common plumbing procedures.
When you are ready to remodel your home, most often, this requires drastically changing the set up of your plumbing system to allow more ease for remodeling related activities such as cleaning to be done. Besides from modifying the plumbing set up to make your home remodeling easier, Masters Services Plumbers can come to your home, assess your property, and let you know whether or not the current set up CAN be remodeled, or if any type of remodeling is possible to be done in the future. It is a good idea to get a professional plumber to come take a look to tell you what you are working with. This will help to provide you with an accurate estimate as to how much your home remodeling will truly cost. Often, homeowners forget to in-volve the plumbing in their number crunching, and come to find that plumbing work does need to be done eventually. Why not call and set up an appointment with a Masters Service plumber today, to find out.
Do you have an out of service gas log fireplace? Are there issues with the gas line?
Do you have an old gas line that used to work, that was hooked up to a gas fireplace? Is it no longer in use because it has stopped working or you were having problems with it? Now is a great time to get your gas line looked at/inspected. Our company not only offers a Master Plumber to deal with any plumbing and gas line issues outside of the fireplace, but we also offer chimney technician services. So you can get your gas line back and running, and get your gas fireplace working in time for the fall. Often, a chimney company will come out to your location and let you know that there is nothing they can do to help you until you hire a plumber. We won’t do this to you!! We already have a plumber who can come by and give you a free estimate. So you can kill two birds with one stone and make your life a little easier.
Masters Services has been open for almost 17 years. We are A plus rated on the better business bureau, and a proud member of Angie’s list. If you have any plumbing questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment for a plumber in the greater Dallas Fort Worth area, you can call our office at 972 877 4650. We will most likely be able to set you up with a same day or next day plumbing appointment. This is crucial because time is of the essence with most common plumbing problems! Each day you wait your water bill or energy bill tacks on money from their being a leaky faucet or a faulty water heater.
Even famous people need plumbing!
“My singing voice is somewhere between a drunken apology and a plumbing problem.” – Colin Firth
“Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is.” – Spencer Tracy
“I mean, just because you’re a musician doesn’t mean all your ideas are about music. So every once in a while I get an idea about plumbing, I get an idea about city government, and they just come the way they come.” – Jerry Garcia
“Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he’d be a plumber or a bookkeeper or a salesman.” – Bela Lugosi
Did you know that there was a Chinese Han Dynasty king who was found to have a stone toilet in his tomb when it was unearthed? Being made of stone it was probably the most comfortable of devices.
Call Masters Services today, at (972) 877-4650 to set up an appointment with our experienced Dallas plumber. We are completely family owned and operated, and have been open for almost 17 years. We have an A plus rating on the better business bureau, and our plumbers will arrive in a logo’d truck, in uniform, with a professional and courteous atti-tude.