Author: Evan Graybill

Tips to Clear Your Clogged Drain

If you have a clogged drain and it smells like sewage, you know it’s a problem. It is important to take care of this issue quickly, because not only is the smell unpleasant, but the cause of the clog could be damaging to your plumbing system. Also, if you are smelling sewer, then there is a chance you’re inhaling dangerous gas. The good news is that it can be relatively simple to clear your drain with natural solutions. For a more stubborn clog, call our team at JG Graybill for help! Here are some tips on how to eliminate a smelly stopped-up drain in your home. 

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Stop Leaking Pipes For Good!

Discovering that one of your pipes is leaking is never fun. Maybe you have noticed a puddle of water outside when it’s not raining, or worse off, one in your house. Maybe you just heard a drip, or noticed that the water pressure has declined. There are several ways to find out if your pipes are leaking, and depending on the severity and cause of the leak, you may be able to repair it yourself. Today we will share common causes of pipes leaking, and how to know if you should attempt to fix it on your own, or call in a professional plumber. 

Why Are My Pipes Leaking?

There are many causes of leaky pipes in a home or backyard. Once you locate and confirm the leaking pipe, you can then try to figure out what caused the pipe to leak. Some leaks are due to a bad connection, or disintegrating pipe. The interior walls of an old galvanized pipe may begin to rust and decay causing small holes or breaks in the pipe walls. This can cause the pipe to become vulnerable, and the slightest disruption can cause the pipe to burst at any moment. 

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How To Fix A Leaky Faucet For Good

A leaky faucet can be more than just an annoyance, it can also be quite costly. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a single leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year. Fortunately, fixing a leaky faucet is not always as difficult as it may seem. Let’s take a look at how you can fix this common plumbing issue for good in 3 simple steps. Remember, it’s always recommended to call in a professional if you have any doubt or questions. Small expenses can become big ones if leaks aren’t handled properly. 

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How to Choose Energy-Saving Water Heaters

Have you been considering Energy Star water heaters? With the ever-increasing costs of utilities, many homeowners are looking for ways to save on their energy bills. One way to do this is to invest in an energy-saving water heater. There are a few things you should keep in mind when you’re shopping for a new water heater though, so that you can be sure you’re getting the best possible deal. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to choose an energy-saving water heater for your home. We will also share how you can potentially get the IRS tax credit when you upgrade your water heater to an Energy Star unit. 

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J.G. Graybill Plumbing, Inc is excited to announce that they will be acquiring ZIMCO Plumbing on November 1, 2022. This acquisition will add ZIMCO’s owner and experienced professional plumber Bill Zimmerman to the team. With this addition, J.G. Graybill will be able to better serve their customers in the Manheim, Pa area. For more information about this acquisition or J.G. Graybill, please contact us at (717) 768-3276. Thank you for your continued support!

How do I know if It’s time to call in a professional plumber?

A clogged toilet is one of the most frustrating things that can happen in your home. You’ve tried everything! Plunging, boiling water, even Drain-O, but nothing seems to be working. The toilet is still backing up, and you’re starting to feel hopeless. Before you reach for the phone to call a professional plumber, there are a few things you should know.

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7 Steps to find out why you’re not getting hot water

Water heaters are an essential part of any home, and when they go out, it can be a huge inconvenience. No one likes taking cold showers, especially not in the fall or winter! Before you call a plumber, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the problem. In today’s blog post, we’ll walk you through some of the most common water heater problems and what you can do to fix them. This article is mostly referring to tank water heaters, although some of these steps can apply to tankless as well.

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 Learn the Parts, Processes & Proper Maintenance

If you have an HVAC unit, you probably have lots of questions about how to properly maintain it so you don’t end up with expensive repairs down the road. Understanding your HVAC system can help optimize the results you get from your heater and air conditioner. When you understand the parts, processes and proper maintenance of your system, you will be able to reduce stress and live more comfortably.

What is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Your HVAC is designed to keep you comfortable all year round and to keep your home ventilated with air from outside. There are a lot of moving parts necessary to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. Today we will look at the basics and the simplified process used to heat and cool your home. We will share some tips to maintain the health and performance of your system as well. Continue reading

Is installing a reverse osmosis water filter worth it?

Reverse osmosis water is gaining in popularity, but is getting a water filtration system installed in your home really worth it? Why not just drink bottled water? Today we are going to break down all the benefits and potential downfalls of getting your home set up on a reverse osmosis water filtration system. We will also answer the top questions about how having a reverse osmosis filtration system installed in your home may be a much better time, health and cost efficient option. 

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A hot water heater provides both energy and cost savings over the life of the appliances. There are 2 types, which is right for your home? If you are due for a water heater replacement and are looking for ways to save money on your utility bills, either a heat pump water heater or a gas tankless water heater may be a good option for you.

Whenever it is time to replace any appliance in your home, energy efficiency is usually high on your list of items to consider.  Heat pump water heaters get high marks for energy efficiency.  They use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly.  This makes them more efficient than conventional electric water heaters, and that efficiency translates into savings on your electric bill.

Most homeowners who have heat pumps use them to heat and cool their homes.  But a heat pump can also be used to heat water, either as a self-contained water heating system or as a combination water heating and space conditioning system.

How heat pump water heaters work

Heat pump water heaters get their efficiency by drawing existing heat from the air surrounding them.  They then transfer that heat—at a higher

temperature—to heat water in a storage tank.  You can purchase a stand-alone heat pump water heating system as an integrated unit with a built-

in water storage tank and backup resistance heating elements.  Or, you can also retrofit a heat pump to work with an existing conventional storage water heater.

The place in your home that houses this unit is an important consideration for this type of heater.  You will want to make sure that it is installed in an area that maintains a temperature in the 40-90 degree (F) range, and that there is adequate air space (at least 1,000 cubic feet) around the waterheater.  Heat pump water heaters do not operate efficiently in cold space since they tend to cool the space they are in.  A furnace room, or any other space with excess heat, is an ideal location for this water heater installation.

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