WHAT KINDS OF TOOLS ARE USED FOR LEAK DETECTION?

WHAT KINDS OF TOOLS ARE USED FOR LEAK DETECTION?

March 27, 2015

When plumbing leaks are shown on television, the leaks are usually highly visible: water spurts from an accessible pipe, etc. While the leak in your business space may be spurting, there is a very good chance it won’t be visible until it has become a serious problem. Why? The vast majority of your commercial plumbing resides behind walls, under floors and in ceilings; as such, until water penetrates the dry wall or plaster, or puddles on the floor, you may not notice anything. Additionally, locating one leak doesn’t always mean you’ve pinpointed the entire problem. This is why hiring experts for your commercial leak detection is so important. When you hire the experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., for commercial leak detection, they bring years of experience, coupled with the latest tools, to every job. This means our plumbing specialists will find your leak(s), assess what has to be fixed and repair the problems in a timely, efficient manner with as little intrusion as possible. First, let’s take a look at some of the signs that can indicate you may have a leak.

SIGNS OF A LEAK

Here are some signs that can indicate a leak has developed somewhere on your commercial property:

  • Wet spots on drywall or plaster
  • Dripping through walls or ceilings
  • Puddling on floors
  • The sound of constant, unseen dripping
  • The sound of running water
  • Mold development in places it shouldn’t be
  • Significant decrease in water pressure
  • Unexplainable high water bills

So what kinds of tools are used to find leaks? These are a few that your plumber may use:

  • Specialized audio equipment – a leak will make noise, even a small leak, so one of the ways professional plumbers find leaks is to use very sensitive audio equipment to listen for the sounds.
  • Visual aid equipment – a great visual aid many professional plumbers use is a fiber optic camera. This type of tool is a long, snaking cable that has a camera on the end of it that sends back real-time video images of the inside of the pipes. This allows the plumber to see exactly how bad the leak is and where it is located.
  • Infrared scanning – infrared scanning detects areas of moisture by registering temperature. Areas that are wet will be cooler and will appear as such on the infrared scan.

As you can see, some pretty sophisticated equipment is used to detect leaks, and these tools require training and expertise.

If you need leak detection for your commercial property in Fort Lee, call the plumbing experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today!

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TANK VS. TANKLESS: WHICH IS BEST FOR ME?

March 20, 2015

Tankless water heaters have gained tremendous popularity over the last few years, but being popular doesn’t mean a tankless water heater is the best fit for every home. If you’ve been engaging in the tank vs. tankless water heater debate around your Oradell home, the experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., are here to help. Deciding which type of water heater for you will depend on some factors, but it’s always advisable to also work with an expert during the process of choosing. As such, if you are ready for a new water heater, call us today and schedule an appointment.

TANKLESS WATER HEATER

One of the most-oft asked questions about tankless water heaters is: how do they provide hot water without a tank? The answer is relatively simple: at the core of tankless water heaters is a heat exchanger. When you open a hot water tap, the cold water valve attached to your tankless heater also opens and cold water flows into the heat exchanger. Using natural gas or electricity, the heat exchanger warms up coils, then transfers this heat to the water. Once the water reaches the right temperature, it flows to your open hot water tap. While the process sounds involved, it really only takes a few second. One thing to keep in mind regarding tankless water heaters is that the initial costs are typically higher than those of a storage tank hot water heater.

BENEFITS OF TANKLESS WATER HEATERS

  • Very energy efficient
  • Provide endless hot water
  • Have a long lifespan (about 20 years)

STORAGE TANK WATER HEATERS

Storage tank water heaters have been around for years and are usually what homeowners picture when the words “hot water heater” are uttered. Today’s tank water heaters are the most efficient they’ve ever been, and with new regulations coming into effect in April 2015, their energy efficiency is going to increase even more. Storage tank water heaters use gas or electricity to heat water; the hot water rises to the top of the tank for use while the cool water stays at the bottom. When hot water from the top is used, the burner cycles on and heats more water as needed. One of the drawbacks of storage tank water heaters is that they can lose energy through standby heat loss, something the new mandates are addressing.

BENEFITS OF TANK WATER HEATERS

  • Lower initial costs
  • Wide variety of sizes
  • Easier to install

Still have questions about which type of water tank is best for your home in Oradell? Call the specialists at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today!

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WHY YOUR PLUMBING MAY NEED AN UPGRADE WITH A KITCHEN OR BATHROOM REMODEL

March 13, 2015

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom is an exciting endeavor, but the remodel doesn’t happen without a lot of work, and part of this work may involve upgrading your plumbing along with the remodel. But when you hire a professional from BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., for remodeling, you won’t have to worry if your plumbing in Passaic County, NJ also needs remodeling. This is because our remodeling experts bring years of design, planning and experience to each job, and you can count on our professional plumbers to install your newly-remodeled plumbing quickly, efficiently and correctly.

REASONS PLUMBING MAY NEED UPGRADING

There are a few common reasons why it may be necessary to remodel your plumbing system:

Age

Plumbing pipes can be 40-50 years old, and when they reach this age, they are prone to corrosion and other problems that can affect how they work. Additionally, if any of the pipes are lead, they have to be replaced by law.

Corrosion/Rust

Once rust takes hold of something, it is very hard to stop it. If it’s found that the plumbing in the area you are remodeling is seriously corroded, it will need to be replaced. Sometimes certain sections can be replaced, but if the corrosion is widespread, it will be necessary to replace all the plumbing that has rusted.

Remodel Requires Moving the Existing Plumbing

Many remodels make better use of space, and sometimes this means moving the plumbing around to accommodate the new design of the room. As such, it may be necessary to upgrade plumbing so that the move can happen as needed and so that your existing plumbing matches any new plumbing that is installed.

Your new remodel isn’t just about improving looks and comfort, it is also about improving function – and having an efficient, well-planned and correctly installed plumbing system is a big part of that functionality.

If you are ready for a new kitchen or bath remodel, and think your plumbing in Passaic County, NJ may need remodeling, too, call the people you can trust: BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

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WHY PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION IS IMPORTANT FOR THE DEPENDABILITY OF YOUR COMMERCIAL WATER HEATER

March 6, 2015

Your business needs to have hot water in order to operate, so when it comes to the installation of your commercial water heater in Teaneck, NJ, do you really want to risk using an amateur for the job? You also want to make sure that your commercial water heater is big enough to handle your business’s daily hot water needs while also staying as energy efficient as possible. Using a trained commercial professional, like the ones at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., can help you find the right commercial water heater for your business, and install, maintain and repair it as necessary. Call us today and speak to one of our commercial water heater experts!

TYPES OF WATER HEATERS

In today’s market, there are a number of different types of water heaters you can install, including different types fuels. So, one of the first things you want to determine with your hot water specialist is what fuel type is best to use for your commercial water heater. The most common fuels used are natural gas and electric (you can also include propane in there), but some of this will depend on what you have easy access to – not all properties can access natural gas. Once you determine the fuel type you are going to use, you have a choice as to use a tank or tankless water heater. There are positives and negatives to both, and all pros and cons should be reviewed with your hot water heater specialist before making a decision. Some benefits of a tank water heater include lower initial costs and easy installation; benefits of a tankless water heater include excellent energy efficiency and endless hot water. Negatives of a tank water heater include standby heat loss, which can be significant, and more costly operation; for a tankless water heater, installation can be more complicated, particularly for gas-powered tankless systems.

ALWAYS WORK WITH AN EXPERT

Working with a trained expert means you’ll be working with someone who can help you analyze both initial and future costs, and which system(s) can best meet your commercial needs.

The commercial experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., are here to help with your commercial water heater installation in Teaneck, so call us today!

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