Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hey Bellingham! Winter is Coming! Protect Your Plumbing!

Halloween is the bookmark in the calendar to winterize your buildings. 
1. Disconnect all garden hoses.
2. Turn off lawn sprinklers.
3. Close up crawlspace vents.
4. Set thermostat to a minimum of 60f.

During Freeze Warnings:
5. Monitor winter weather warnings.
6. At a bathroom faucet, turn on a cold water to the smallest stream possible. WARNING: Make sure the drain is working at the sink. Turn the water off at the end of freeze. I don't like this method, as it wastes water, but it's effective.
7. If your water heater is in the garage, try to keep garage door closed and the garage warm. Water heater blankets aren't recommended by most models.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Ball Plumbing's new helper

This young guy decided to show some initiative and jumped right in. He didn't work out, though, as I caught him sleeping on the job. The job was in Whatcom County near Bellingham, WA.'s city limits.
Bellingham Wa Plumbing Rooster

Friday, October 27, 2017

Warm water toilet

I found this mixing valve at a customer's new-to-her house in North Bellingham, WA. It mixes hot and cold water for the toilet. I've never seen this on a regular toilet and didn't find any reason for it.

It doesn't hurt the toilet, I guess, as bidets are built the same as a toilet? My customer elected to keep it for her own mysterious reasons. No, I didn't ask and don't want to know..lol.

Warm water toilet in N. Bellingham, WA

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New license plate

Here's the truck's new plate. Now I need a new truck to match it.

plumbers plate bellingham wa

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

If you remember these toilet models and colors...

Replaced all the toilets in this Alabama Hill home. Guess it was about time, huh. The center Kohler toilet is as low as it looks. In 1980, the Kohler fill valve for it was $70.00.

plumbers bellingham wa

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Facebook Updated

Actually, the FB page got hacked a while back (2 years) and nobody changed it back. Not the first time, either. I had the phone number and name hijacked at least four times that I know about.

My truck has full logos on all sides. If my truck isn't there, it ain't me.

I never connected FB with customers calling a plumber, anyway. When I need a tradesperson, Google is my first option.

Well, the Facebook page is updated: https://www.facebook.com/Ball-Plumbing-101442759938885/