Can You Shower and Water the Lawn at the Same Time?

Most homeowners today don’t have to worry about low water pressure or running out of hot water while they’re showering and the washing machine or dishwasher is running at the same time. However, there are some homes that still have old galvanized pipes in them, and if you’ve ever turned on the tap or tried to take a shower while the sprinkler in the yard is running, only to be met with a trickle of water, it might be time to consider copper repiping. At Gladiator in San Jose, we can install new copper pipes in one day and give you the comfort of adequate hot water and water pressure.

Copper Inside and Out

When our technicians arrive at your home, they will create a detailed plan of how they will replace every pipe and fitting. Once that is set, they will remove the old galvanized pipes under your sinks, in your laundry room, and at the hose connections that protrude from the exterior of your house. They can replace supply lines, tap lines, and anywhere that galvanized piping is causing a problem. Your whole house repipe can be completed in one day, and you’ll be able to enjoy a nice hot shower the next morning, even if the sprinkler is running! Copper piping is rated to last for many years, and it’s quite possible that it will last throughout your lifetime and the lifetime of the next person to own your home. With our repiping services, you can stop worrying about low water pressure, discolored water, or dangerous leaks in your home. Contact us today for your Speedy Fast® Quote! out your lifetime and the lifetime of the next person to own your home. With our repiping services, you can stop worrying about low water pressure, discolored water, or dangerous leaks in your home. Contact us today for your Speedy Fast® Quote!

Leave Plenty of Space Around Your Water Heater

As a child, you most likely attended school assemblies on fire prevention and perhaps even visited your local fire station to learn about fire safety. You grew up knowing that plugging too many things into an outlet or extension cord could lead to an electrical fire, or that an unattended stove could lead to a catastrophic fire. But what about your water heater? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2009 and 2013, water heaters accounted for 10 percent of home fires caused by heating equipment.

Preventing Water Heater Fires

If your water heater is located in your laundry room, it’s imperative that clothes and other materials are not left piled around the appliance. Gas water heaters are especially dangerous with combustible materials near them, since the pilot light can easily catch something on fire. It can be a good idea to take masking tape or blue painter’s tape and mark a “safe zone” at least three feet from each side of the water heater. If the appliance is in a utility closet, make sure things like mops, cleaners, and other materials are stored at a safe distance. The other way to prevent potentially damaging fires caused by faulty water heaters is to have the appliance maintained on a regular basis. At Gladiator, we’re always happy to provide San Jose homeowners with exceptional repair and maintenance services. We want you and your family to be safe at all times, and to be free from the worry of a water heater fire. If it’s time to replace your old appliance, we’ll install a new one as soon as possible. Call us today to learn more!

Copper Piping is Worth the Price

Copper Repiping in San JoseAt Gladiator Repipe, we’ve spoken with several San Jose homeowners who were concerned about the cost of installing copper piping in their home. While we understand their concerns, we believe that the durability and longevity of copper outweighs its initial cost. Copper pipes are better at retaining heat, therefore making your hot water heater and other appliances more efficient and decreasing your monthly utility bills. Copper also requires less maintenance and upkeep, so you won’t have to spend money on repairing leaks or ruptures in the future.

Accurate Quotes for Copper Piping

Copper is currently priced at approximately $2.00 to $2.25 per pound, and when we provide you with an estimate for your home repipe, we’ll include every pricing detail in the quote. We don’t want you to worry about hidden fees or undisclosed prices, and we promise fair and honest service from the moment you call. Once the quote has been approved, we will complete your whole house repipe in one day, giving your home the plumbing upgrade it deserves. Our team members work quickly and diligently, and will respect you and your home the entire time. If you’ve looked into having your home repiped with copper in the past, but experienced a bit of sticker shock, call us today and we’ll explain the full benefits and advantages of having copper plumbing in your house. Once you have all the details, we know that you’ll feel comfortable scheduling a home repipe for your property. Contact us today at (408) 649-7290 to find out more!

Make Sure Your Water Heater is Prepared for Earthquakes

While San Jose hasn’t experienced any major earthquakes in a few years, they still pose a serious risk to personal property and home appliances. At Gladiator Repipe, we always secure water heaters during installation, because we want to make sure there are no water leaks, gas line ruptures, or other damages following an earthquake. If your water heater was installed some time ago by a different service provider, chances are that it’s not properly secured. We can come to your home and inspect your appliance for any damage, and reinforce it against damage from future quakes. Older water heaters may have been secured by plumber’s tape or thin plumber’s strapping, and as some homeowners saw during the 1989 and 1994 California quakes, those two materials didn’t hold the appliances in place. We use heavy-duty earthquake strapping to secure the tank, so the next time a tremor or aftershock moves your home, even just a little, the appliance should stay in place. If you’ve noticed that the water heater has shifted over the past few years, we’ll reposition it in its proper place. In order to avoid gas leaks, potential fires, and major flooding, it’s essential to secure your water heater against damage caused by earthquakes. As your preferred choice for water heater installation and maintenance in San Jose, we understand how to do the job right and safeguard your home from catastrophe. If you’re concerned about tremors moving your water heater, or you simply want more information, please contact us right away!

Copper Piping Provides Long-Lasting Plumbing

When indoor plumbing became more commonplace nearly 100 years ago, there were many materials that were used for piping. Cast iron, copper, and galvanized steel were among those materials, and each one offered a strong, viable option for plumbers. However, copper is the only material that has truly stood the test of time, while galvanized and cast iron pipes have begun to rust and break down. At Gladiator Repipe in San Jose, we know that copper provides long-lasting plumbing that will work well for many, many years in your home. Unlike PEX or CPVC piping, copper won’t expand or contract under temperature or pressure changes, and it looks good wherever the piping is exposed, such as in laundry rooms or utility closets. When we start on your whole house repipe, we will make sure each copper pipe is securely positioned and connected, but unlike galvanized pipes, copper doesn’t require as much support or reinforcement behind your walls. Its lightweight and durable construction makes it the ideal choice for new pipes, and your children and grandchildren will enjoy functional and worry-free plumbing 60 to 100 years from now. If you’ve noticed several leaks in your old pipes, or you know that your home hasn’t had a plumbing upgrade since it was built, call us at (408) 649-7290 right away. We can provide copper repiping for your water heater, your washing machine, your kitchen sink, and more. With our one-day copper repipe service, your plumbing can be updated quickly and you’ll enjoy better water pressure and quality!

Deciding Which Water Heater is Best for Your San Jose Home

Updating your home appliances is always a time-consuming endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one as well. At Gladiator Repipe in San Jose, we’re always happy to help homeowners decide on the best water heater, and will gladly explain the benefits of each model and the differences in fuel sources. Three of the most common water heaters you’ll find are electric, natural gas, and liquid propane models. Tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular, but we’ll discuss those at another time. Electric water heaters are often less expensive than gas or propane models, and come in a variety of storage tank sizes. You can find several high-efficiency options, but it’s essential to know if your home is equipped for an electric appliance, or if it’s already piped for a gas or propane model. We’ll look at every option to help you decide, and if you choose a gas or propane water heater, it’s important to keep in mind that it will be a bit more expensive than an electric model, and that you need plenty of space around the appliance. You can’t store things, especially things that are combustible, near your gas water heater. However, they tend to be more energy efficient than their electric counterparts, and can help you save money each month. If you’re looking for a new water heater for your home, contact us today. We’ll help you choose the perfect model for your water needs, and can install your new appliance in no time at all. Contact us at (408) 649-7290!

A Kitchen Remodel is a Great Time for Repiping Your Home

If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you’re probably thinking about replacing the plumbing at the same time. With the refrigerator, sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher all requiring plumbing, it makes sense to upgrade not only your appliances, but your piping as well. At Gladiator Repipe in San Jose, we can provide a whole house repipe for your home, using copper piping to upgrade and improve your plumbing. Your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room will all benefit from new, high-quality pipes. For homeowners who are handling the demolition themselves, it’s important to be aware of where the plumbing is located. You’ve shut off the water to the part of the house you’re working on, and you may have intentions of replacing the piping yourself, but you soon realize that you don’t have the time or expertise to do a sufficient job. When that happens, call us and we’ll be there to repipe your home in no time at all. Once demolition is done and remodeling has begun, you want your new kitchen finished as soon as possible, and with everything torn out and the existing plumbing exposed, we can get in there and replace those old worn out pipes with new copper piping and fittings. When you’re tearing out your old kitchen or bathroom, and have decided that your plumbing needs an upgrade, call us at 408-649-7290. We offer same-day repipe service, and can have everything done in one day. Once we’re finished, you can place your new counters, sinks, and appliances, and enjoy your new space that has exceptional plumbing underneath it all.

Understanding Your Water Heater’s First-Hour Rating

The last time we wrote about water heaters, we covered the appliance’s energy factor and how to understand it. If you’re researching new water heaters for your home, there’s plenty of information to digest, and as plumbing experts in San Jose, Gladiator wants to help you make the best decision. Another factor that’s very important when choosing a water heater is its first-hour rating. The first-hour rating is the amount of hot water that the appliance can supply per hour when the storage tank is full. The rating depends on the tank’s capacity, the fuel source for the appliance, and the size of the burner or element. It’s important to figure out when the peak hours of water demand will be for your household, which will of course include how many people live in your home. No matter what you and your family members are doing – showering, shaving, washing dishes, etc – hot water will be used and you’ll want to make sure there is enough for each task or activity. If your water heater is unable to keep up, you’ll quickly run out of hot water and someone, or perhaps everyone, will be left disappointed. A water heater’s first-hour rating should be labeled on each appliance, and the Gladiator team can help you calculate what your peak water demand hours are, and once you’ve picked an appliance, we’ll install it in no time at all. We understand how to properly install and repair every type of water heater, and can make sure that your entire household has plenty of hot water, no matter what time of day it is. Call today!

Copper Pipes Can Keep Up with Your Water Demand

Everyone that has to get up early for work looks forward to taking a hot shower, making a cup of coffee, and feeling awake before heading out the door. If you’re the first one up in your house, you get the first hot water of the day, but if there are three or four others in the house, you want to make sure that your water heater and supply pipes can keep up with the demand of everyone else taking a shower, making more coffee, and brushing their teeth. With copper pipes, your water will have sufficient pressure and heat to perform all the tasks that are completed in the average household on an average morning. Gladiator Repipe in San Jose can make sure that every person enjoys a hot shower and a hot cup of coffee. Copper is a very common material for water supply pipes in homes, but if your current plumbing consists of old galvanized pipes, you could be experiencing decreased water pressure or seeing discolored water when you turn on the tap. If you find a leak in one of your pipes, it’s best to replace all of them, because if they were installed at the same time (which is most likely), then there’s a good chance that other sections are close to failing and leaking as well. Gladiator can repipe your whole house in no time at all, and everyone that’s looking forward to a hot shower each day won’t be disappointed. Copper ensures that heat is retained as water travels through the pipes, and that pressure isn’t lost as it travels from the water heater to your faucets. Contact us today to learn more!

Understanding Your Water Heater’s Energy Factor

Your water heater’s energy factor (EF) is determined by how much of the fuel from your power source – usually gas or electricity – is converted into usable hot water. The EF includes several factors, such as recovery efficiency, standby losses, and cycling losses. Obviously, the higher the energy factor, the more efficient your water heater will be, helping you save money every month as long as your fuel costs remain consistent. Every heater tank is different, and if you’re considering replacing your old water heater, the experts at Gladiator Repipe in San Jose can help you choose the best option and understand your new appliance’s EF and its contributing factors. The recovery efficiency indicates how well the heat that is produced from your fuel source is transferred to the water in the storage tank. Standby losses indicate how much heat is lost every hour from the water that is stored in the tank, and cycling losses occur when the water circulates through the tank and any inlet or outlet pipes. These factors are important and they, as well as others, should play a part in your decision. We’ll do our part to help you understand them all. If you want to know more about energy factor, heat losses, and other elements that contribute to a water heater’s efficiency, contact us today. You can also consult the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) and read about the industry standards and regulatory updates that have been made over the last few years concerning water heater appliances. When you need water heater repair or installation, we’ll be ready to help!