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7 Tips For A Plumbing Inspection When Buying A Home

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In the excitement of buying a home, it can be tempting to overlook some aspects of a property’s history, but you should always at least invest in a plumbing inspection before buying to make sure you know what to expect in that arena.

Though it is one of the most important things to consider, many homebuyers go ahead and take the plunge before attending to this crucial step only to realize the consequences of hasty decision making, and that the hazards of a faulty plumbing system can be quite an expensive problem to deal with after the fact.

Water damage and leakage due to aging or deteriorating plumbing can occur unseen for quite some time before the symptoms become apparent, and by that time you could have a really costly mess on your hands. Here are some issues to be aware of regarding your initial plumbing inspection. 

Poorly Installed Pipes

Poorly Installed Pipes

1. Poorly Installed Pipes

The biggest problem with poorly installed pipes is water leakage, and consequently, mold growth. Mold can start to propagate in less than 48 hours, causing all sorts of respiratory health problems. You must keep the humidity level in your home lower than 50% to keep mold issues at bay, and leaky pipes will only exacerbate a mold problem. If you find mold growth you or the current owner needs to do a mold remediation, as this is a danger to all people living on the property.

Another issue that comes with poorly installed pipes are venting issues. If you notice strong sewer odors in the home, toilets that are sputtering or gurgling, or water draining very slowly in the sinks, you could have venting problems. This is due to pipe corrosion or clogged pipes preventing proper airflow. 

2. Leaky Toilets

 If there is water around the base of the toilet(s) then it means obviously there is a problem with leakage. In some cases this is an easy fix, as it could just be due to an aging commode needing some repair. It is recommended that the seals and gaskets be periodically replaced.

But if you notice discoloration and rotting wood around the toilet, then it means that this problem was left to fester and could be that there is a more serious problem waiting to be discovered.  

Blocked Sewer Pipes

3. Outdated Sewage System

 A plumbing system can be sewer or septic. A sewer system runs out to the city’s main line and that is how water waste is managed. A septic system runs into a tank or a field. Each can develop specific problems over time no matter what type of system it is.

Warning signs to watch out for in a septic tank are odors, and water seepage. On the other hand, a water main that is managed by the city can deteriorate in another way, such as tree roots growing into the line, or backups occurring due to the deterioration of the main line. A plumber will often times run a video inspection into the line to check for any potential issues. 

4. Water Heater Issues

A water heater will last about 10-15 years on average, and you can find out how old a water heater is by looking at its model and serial number.

If it is approaching the end of its life, you can factor in another $1,000 to $2,000 to replace it. A water heater can give out at the base and cause major flooding if it is left too long, so it is important to find out its status so you are prepared when the time comes to get a new one. 

 5. Clogged Drains

 In addition to faulty pipes causing clogged drains, a blockage to the main sewer line clog can also cause big problems if not attended to. This is because sewage can backup into the house and cause plumbing appliances not to work properly. Besides causing major damage to your property, clogged drains can also pose some very serious health risks.

You can determine problems in a sewer line by having a professional plumber check the main line for clogs in the main line cleanout. You can also do it yourself, and rent a machine that helps clear the clog, or use a drain snake to do it. 

Lead Pipes

Lead Pipes

 6. Lead Pipes

The problems caused by lead pipes have been all over the news in the last few years. Older homes that have not had the pipes replaced in over 50 years can have issues with lead pipes. Lead can leach into the water supply and cause major health problems for residents exposed to it.

There is no level of safe exposure to lead, and it can be especially detrimental to young children and expectant mothers. You must always have a plumber inspect the pipes to see if they contain lead, because you would most likely incur a major expense in order to replace them. 

 7. Weigh the Costs 

When purchasing a home, there are always pros and cons to consider. For example, the property might be in the perfect location, but need some general repair to become the home of your dreams.

The fact that you may be in for some plumbing rehabilitation is no reason to pass on purchasing a property, because simply being aware of the particular issues you might face will give you peace of mind as you continue your home buying process. 

Final Word

Make sure you inspect all the previous plumbing features and you hire someone with the necessary knowledge to find any hidden problems. A plumbing issue in a new home can turn the new home into a nightmare. 


Sewer Camera Inspection

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Sewer Camera

Sewer Camera

A sewer camera inspection is often used to clear a sewer line blockage, or to determine if a building’s plumbing is functioning as it should be. In this type of inspection, a mini video camera attached to a cable and is inserted into a building’s sewer line to get a reliable view of what is happening in the pipes. If there is an obstruction in the sewer line, then the camera inspection can help locate the point of blockage and give insight on where the best place to dig to fix the pipe would be. 

Sewer Camera Inspection Video

The video camera inspection can extend all the way down plumbing branch lines, which are the labyrinth of pipes that lead from various water lines throughout the building, for example from bathtubs, toilets, and sinks as well as extending into the house’s main sewer line that leads from the house to the municipal sewer line. 

The camera will show video of the inside of the pipes close up and in real time, giving an accurate, high resolution image of their physical condition. Near the municipal line, the camera inspection can also show any damage to the insides of the pipes, perhaps caused by tree roots or general deterioration due to age. Depending on where the problem is occurring, the camera can go from the trap down through the line, before it reaches any obstruction, and sometimes even push through the obstruction to the main line. 

Why Do I Need A Sewer Camera Inspection?

A sewer camera inspection is often necessary when planning a bathroom remodeling project. This is because it is important to make sure the lines can handle the increase in waste water flow through the pipes. In real estate, a sewer camera inspection is a typical order of business when purchasing or selling a home, to make sure the plumbing lines are in good shape. Still, one of the main reasons a sewer camera inspection is prescribed is to fix a sewer blockage.

It is often the thing that is recommended by professional plumbers when all else fails, including plunging, augers, and drain cleaners. In the old days, plumbers would have to make an educated guess on where to dig in order to access the pipe that was blocked, but modern technology now allows for a focused inspection that will inform a professional plumber exactly where to dig to remedy the blockage. 

How Does It Work?

A sewer camera unit is fitted with a transmitter that sends a signal letting the plumber know where exactly in the line the blockage has occurred below ground. At ground level, a locating device is used to detect the transmitted signal. The plumber will then mark the spot with paint or a flag, and then they will dig the sewer trench at this location.

If you are trying to clear out a blockage, and only need one inspection, it’s much more cost effective to hire a professional plumber than to try and do it yourself. Renting the tools to do it is an option if you have a big job, but the issue is that you also have to learn the correct techniques for using this type of specialized equipment, which can take a lot of unnecessary time. 

Can I Do It Myself?

Purchasing the tools needed to do a sewer camera inspection can be upwards of $15,000, so that rarely a feasible option for most people. If you hire an experienced plumber then you only have to pay for the labor and any parts needed.

Plus, you won’t have to deal with the learning curve of executing a sewer line inspection which could just cause you more of a headache in the long run. 

How Much Does The Inspection Cost?

Depending where you are located, a sewer camera inspection usually costs between $125-300 per visit. It is a non-invasive and efficient way to get to the bottom of your plumbing problems. It can also help detect any future plumbing problems that might be on the horizon and give you a chance to attend to them before they potentially cause bigger issues down the line. Getting a sewer camera inspection can do more than just clear out a one time blockage.

It can give you insight into how you can keep your pipes in top shape for years to come.

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Electric Water Heater Installation

How To Install An Electric Water Heater

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Before installing a new water heater, consider whether you may simply need repair on your existing one. A licensed plumber can give you a definitive answer on whether or not you can get more life out of the one you have.

DISCLAIMER: Let A Professional Install Your Electric Water Heater

We recommend that you let a professional do your electric water heater installation. Installing a water heater can be a complex process and only experts should do it. You can get injured in the process.

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DIY Electric Water Heater Installation

So if you are ready to do it yourself, then let’s set up. A water heater will usually last anywhere from 8-12 years, so if it’s been longer than that you most likely should go ahead and replace it.

Another thing to consider is the number of people in your household using hot water.

If there are less people now, you may be able to install a smaller one or larger one depending on your circumstances. Before beginning, make sure you gather all of the necessary tools and read all warnings associated with installation for your particular model.

Let’s Get Started

Disconnect the Old Water Heater Shut off the electricity at the circuit breaker.

Make sure it’s off by using a voltage tester. This is a very important step because you could save your life by double checking if the 240 volt circuit is indeed off. For convenience when installing the new water heater, use tape to notate the wire connections, and then disconnect the wires. Let the Water Run Out Turn on a hot water faucet and let it run until the water is cool. Next, shut off the cold water supply.

This will ensure the tank is emptied of water properly. Attach a garden hose to the to the drain valve located near the bottom of the water heater. Open the valve and let the water run out either down a drain or into buckets. Remove the Old Water Heater Once the tank is completely empty, it’s ready to be removed. Simply remove the discharge pipe from the T&P (Temperature and Pressure) relief valve, and disconnect the water supply lines. Use a hand truck to remove the tank. You may need assistance from another person for this step of heavy lifting. Steps to Installing the New Water Heater

1 Place The Water Heater Higher

Place the new water heater either in a drain pan, or on top of some concrete cinder blocks. This is recommended because if there is a leak or if water pools on your floor where the water heater is located, it won’t damage or ruin it. Make sure it’s level once it’s up off of the floor, and use shims if necessary.

In case of a water heater leak, routing a pipe from the drain pan to a drain could also prevent flooding as well.

2 Get A New T&P Relief Valve

Most water heaters will come with a new T&P relief valve pre-installed, but if yours didn’t, simply screw in the new one at the appropriate location now. It’s very important that you don’t use the old T&P valve. Purchase a new one if your water heater didn’t come with one.

3 Leak Proof

Wrap plumber’s tape around the threads of the nipples on the pipes that protrude from the water heater. There should be 2, a cold water and a hot water pipe. The tapes helps to provide a leak proof seal.

4 Connect To Pipes

Connect the water heater to the pipes that carry cold water into and hot water out of the water heater. You will need to refer to your manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you are connecting them properly. Some models have color coded blue and red tubes for cold and hot water. Find out ahead of time if you will need to use dielectric fittings between the hose fittings to prevent corrosion.

5 Close The Drain Valve

Before filling the new tank up with water, make sure the drain valve on the bottom of the water heater is closed. You can now open the valve on the line that feeds cold water into the hot water heater. Next, open the nearest hot water tap, and slowly turn on the water supply. Check all connections going to the water heater for leaks. If there are any leaks, shut off the water supply again and gently tighten the connections.

6 Make Sure The Tank Is Full

When water runs out of the faucet, the water tank is full. Make sure you let the water run for 2-3 minutes to bleed any air that is trapped inside the lines. Turn off the taps. Remember, the tank must be completely full before proceeding to electrical wiring or the heating element will be destroyed and render the unit nonfunctional.

7 Find The Wires

Locate the metal plate on top of the water heater underneath which you’ll find the wires you need to connect to. Using wire strippers, remove ½ inch of insulation from each of the wires.

8 Connect Wires

Refer back to the tape you used to notate the electrical wire if needed. Connect the wires according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Connect the bare copper or green wire to the ground screw on the water heater and then wire the 2 additional electrical wires to the corresponding ones you marked with the tape. Use wire connectors to twist them together. Replace the metal plate to cover the wiring.

9 Set Thermostat

Set the thermostat on the front of the water heater according to your instructions. 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit is a standard setting used by most households.

It may take a few hours for the water heater to reach that temperature.

10 Turn Electric Water Heater On

Turn on the power to the newly installed water heater at the main electrical panel. THINGS YOU’LL NEED -hand truck -voltage tester -level -drain pan or concrete blocks -plumber’s tape -garden hose -buckets -wire strippers -wire connectors -screwdriver -pliers -wrench WARNINGS -In areas at risk of earthquake damage, the use of seismic straps to secure the water heater may be required.

-Do not reuse the T&P (Temperature and Pressure) relief valve.

You may need to purchase a new one.

Note the stem length that is required for your particular model.

-Always fill the water tank up before turning restoring power, or you will destroy the heating elements in the tank. –

Check your homes water pressure using a pressure gauge and make sure it’s between 50-60 PSI. If you home’s water pressure reading is higher, it puts undo strain and stress on your homes appliances.

-Find out if you live in an area where the use of dielectric fittings need to be incorporated into your water heater installation setup. Your area’s local ordinances will dictate the specifics of how to go about doing this correctly.

So now you know the steps needed for an electric water heater installation. Our expert plumbers can help you install any electric water heater in Miami or South Florida. We have expertise with any type of water heater installation.

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5 Ways to Find a Water Leak in Your Home

5 Ways To Find A Water Leak In Your Home

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As your home ages various repair problems can crop up that need attention, and water leaks are of them. Although not an uncommon issue for homeowners, the difficulty in how to deal with one can vary greatly and it all comes down to finding out just where the leak is occurring. There are some steps you can take to try and locate a water leak yourself before calling a plumber. If you do end up having to call for professional help, any preliminary detective work you do will be quite helpful to them and could save you money on labor costs.

1. Check Your Water Meter


This is probably the single biggest thing that can alert you to a water leak besides a higher than normal water bill. In order to check your water meter, first make sure that no water is being used in your home. Then go outside and locate your water meter and check to see if the leak indicator dial is moving. If it is still moving, there is a chance that you may have a leak. Another option is to take a meter reading, wait a few hours ensuring that you use no water during this period, and then go back and take another meter reading. A change in the reading indicates that you have a leak.

2. Determine if the Leak is Inside or Outside of Your Home

You will need to locate your main water valve and shut it off to find out if the leak is inside or outside. Usually the main water valve is located in your basement, garage, or outside where there is a faucet located. Even if you don’t have a leak, it’s very important to know where this main valve is in case you need to shut off the water in case of a plumbing emergency.

Once you shut it off, go back to your water meter and check to see if the dial is still moving. If it’s still moving and there’s been a change in the readings, then you have a leak outside and will most likely need to call a plumber for further help. If the dial has stopped moving, then the leak is inside the house.

3. Tell Tale Signs of a Leak

If you determine the leak is occurring inside your home, then doing a walk through searching for tell tale signs would be a great first step. Look for water stains and mold on your ceilings and walls and floors. Make a regular habit of opening your cabinets and looking under the sink pipes for warped or discolored areas.

The rubber hoses that connect water your washing machine are also common areas where leaks can occur. Manufacturers recommend changing out your washer hoses once every 5-7 years because of rubber oxidation that breaks down the material. If you notice a moldy or musty odor in certain rooms of your home, this could mean you have a broken pipe in the wall, ceiling or under the floor.

4. The Toilet Test

Toilets can account for up to 30% of your water usage, so making sure they are not leaking can save you big money. A simple way to tell if you have a leak is to add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. Then, wait 10-15 minutes and check the toilet bowl itself. If you notice the food coloring there, then you have a leak that allows water to escape from the tank into the bowl without flushing. To further narrow down the issue, you will want to shut off the water valve to the toilet and open the tank to mark the level of the water with a pencil.

Wait 15 minutes and if the level has gone down, you need to repair your flush valve. If the level has not gone down, you may need to replace your fill valve. Refer to your manufacturer’s instruction on how to proceed with repairs for your particular unit.

5. Call A Plumber

Sometimes no matter what you do, it’s impossible to find that pesky leak in your home. This is a time when you would want to call on a licensed plumber for help. If your home is over 25 years old, then having a plumber come in for an annual inspection is a good idea. It could save you big headaches and thousands of dollars in the long run.

There are so many ways that a leak could occur in your home that having a professional come by with a checklist can save you a lot of time and hassle for the simple fact that a plumber knows just where and what to look for. The cost of their time could pay for itself in the long run if you are able to avoid costly plumbing repairs.

A water leak in your home can lead to water damage. So make sure you do not neglect the problem, because a water restoration job can be a hassle.

Final Word

So now you have an idea on how to find a water leak in your home. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are still having trouble!

Drain Cleaning With A Jetter

Drain Cleaning With A Jetter

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What Is A Jetter And Why Do I Need It?

A sewer jetter is a heavy duty lightweight hose that attaches to a pressure washer to unclog:

  • Main Drains
  • Landscaping drains
  • Sewer lines

The sewer jetter hose can be fed into the main sewer line that is usually located outside of a home or office. There can also be other sewer lines available for cleanout inside the home or office, and most are often located in the basement. When you turn the pressure washer on, the back-firing jets on the sewer jetter nozzle will pull the hose into the drain for you.

So it requires less physical effort on your part than if you were to use an alternative method of cleaning the drain. For example, if you were to use a mechanical drain cleaner.

Once your sewer jetter is ready to go, it will scour through any stubborn debris inside the sewer line. As the water travels deeper into the line, it efficiently sweeps through anything in its path.

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Professional plumbers and independent DIY-ers can make use of a sewer jetter to efficiently clean clogged sewer drains that are located both indoors and outdoors. If you notice that your home has clogged sinks, toilets, drains or showers, then it’s likely that your main sewer line could be clogged. It needs immediate attention to prevent more severe water damage to your home or office.

Another warning sign to look out for is if your toilet tends to backup or if you experience water coming back up through the drains. In these cases, using a sewer jetter to blast through a clogged up main sewer line would be a first course of action. However, you may want to rely on experienced professionals such as plumbers or contractors.

Why Is The Drain Clogged?

Keep in mind that there are many other reasons why your main line could be clogged. Some are preventable and some are not. There could be many reasons your main line is clogged like:

  • tree roots growing into the pipes
  • foreign objects getting trapped in the drain
  • to certain types of thick toilet paper
  • feminine hygiene products could be the source of the clog

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Drain Cleaning With A Jetter in Miami.

When Do I Need To Clean With A Jetter?

If it sounds like your drains or toilets are percolating, or if you see water pooling near your basement drain, you likely have a blockage in your main sewer line. In this case, using a sewer jetter to clear the blockage could be all you need to remedy the problem.

An important thing to keep in mind is to make sure you turn off the main water line before attempting to clear the drain yourself. This can have dire consequences if overlooked.

How To Unclog Main Sewer Line

Sometimes mechanical drain cleaners are used to do the same task of clearing out a main sewer line. But in reality, it can oftentimes be overkill.

A sewer jetter is a great option to unclog a main sewer line because it costs less and can actually unclog the drain faster. It is also suitable for indoor and outdoor use. In addition you can clean up very easily after you finish the job.

Since main sewer lines are sometimes located in the basement, this is a consideration to keep in mind in choosing to use a sewer jetter over a mechanical drain cleaner.

Mechanical drain cleaners can be huge and weigh over 250 pounds. This means that sometimes it’s not practical to use them inside a home or office.

Be Careful And Be Safe

It’s important to follow all safety instructions that come with your pressure washer. If you plan to attach a sewer jetter to it, to get the job done yourself. There are also certain electrical considerations you need to bear in mind to avoid electrical shock.

You may find that you need to utilize certain sewer jetter attachments to account for the type of pressure washer you are using as well.

Professional Jetter

A sewer jetter hose and all attachments can be purchased for under $150. Also, you can store the jetter in the garage for future use.

But if it seems like too daunting of a task, you can always hire a licensed plumber. This way you know you will have your drains cleaned properly.

At Hernandez Plumbing we do drain cleaning with a jetter.

We have helped hundreds of customers clean drain lines in Miami.

We have over 40 years of experience. Contact us to schedule your cleaning!

Clogged Sink

7 Tips To Fix A Clogged Sink

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7 Tips To Fix A Clogged Sink

You may have noticed that your sink is draining more slowly these days, or perhaps standing water takes longer to drain than usual. Plumbing problems can happen to the tidiest of households once in awhile due to hair, gunk or food particles getting trapped in the pipes just below the drain. But don’t feel like you have to resort to using commercial draining agents that can corrode your pipes to fix the problem. There are several sustainable ways to clear those clogged pipes with earth friendly ingredients that you likely already have around the house.

1. A Metal Coathanger

This is often all you need to dig out the gunk that is blocking the drain. It can be a simple yet effective solution that only takes a few minutes. Just unwind a metal coat hanger and straighten it out as best as you can, and push it down the drain until you feel some resistance. At that point, you can hook onto whatever is blocking the path and pull it right out. Continue doing this until you can push the hanger through the pipe. Then run hot water for a minute or two to make sure it has been cleared.

2. The Drain Snake

You can find one of these handy tools at your nearest hardware store. A drain snake is long flexible metal rope used for going deeper into the sewer line to break up debris and allow it to be dislodged. Push it down your drain and turn it until it dislodges the debris. Be gentle and if the snake gets stuck, call a plumber immediately.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Some would say this method sounds too good to be true, but it really works! Simply pour ½ cup of baking soda into the drain, and then follow that with ½ cup of vinegar. Next, cover the drain or close the sink hatch and let it sit for about 30 minutes. The chemical reaction will go to work unclogging the drain. When the time is up, run hot water down the drain. If it’s a particularly stubborn blockage, use a metal coathanger or drain snake to push through the debris.

4. A Plunger

Hopefully everyone has one of these in the bathroom, because it’s useful for unclogging more than just your toilet. You can use it on your bath and sink drain as well. Keep in mind that you can purchase a smaller plunger that is meant for unclogging a sink at your local hardware store. Just block the faucet and intake with wet rags, close the hatch and fill your sink or tub halfway with water. Then plunge the drain several times in quick succession. Once you open the hatch to drain the water, the force of the draining water should help unclog the pipe.

5. Baking Soda and Salt

This concoction causes a chemical reaction that is a good way to dissolve some of the more stubborn blockages. Mix ½ cup of salt with ½ cup of baking soda and pour it down the drain. Wait about 20 minutes and then pour boiling water down to rinse through the blockage.

6. Boiling Water

This is probably the easiest of all the methods. Simply put the kettle on and boil some water. Then pour it down the drain and let the hot water work through the clog. You may need to repeat the process several times.

7. Cleaning the Pipe

Although many dread the idea of DIY plumbing, this particular technique is actually not that difficult. There are a few steps to it, but it’s not rocket science one you know what you are doing. Grab a bucket and place it under your sink to catch any leaks, then use pliers to unscrew the nuts that hold the P-trap (curved pipe under the sink) in place. Make sure the P-trap itself is not clogged and then use a wire coat hanger or drain snake to locate and dislodge the clog in one of the other 2 pipes. Screw the P-trap back in place and you’re all set.

Final Word

The previous tips should have help you get your clogged sink to work again. If all else fails, you can always call a reputable license plumber. At Hernandez Plumbing we have helped hundreds of people take care of your clogged sink in Miami & South Florida.

Top 5 Things To Keep In Mind When Remodeling Your Bathroom Or Kitchen

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The time has finally come to make a change to your home. Before you start a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, we have a few tips for you. Our tips will help anyone, from people remodeling their own home, to investors that are going to flip it once the work is done. Lets face it; no one likes an outdated bathroom or kitchen, awkward layout, or ugly plumbing fixtures. So if you are trying to sell for a profit or if you are planning to keep it, upgrading will always result in a higher listing price. Remodeling can be a good investment anyway you look at it.

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#1 Create the plan

First of all,  create a wish list of things that are important to buy. We recommend visiting your local plumbing supply stores for better service and pricing. Home Depot and Loews can be the same price for lower quality products, so keep that in mind.

With this information create a list in order of importance, so you know what are the must-have things and nice-to-have things. Next you will have to plan a time to start your project, so allow for 2 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the size of the project. Also, make sure you are not being overly optimistic, so don’t plan for a best case scenario. This way you give yourself and the contractors some room if things don’t go according to plan.

Now that you have a plan, you are almost ready to contact the contractor or plumber to get pricing on the labor.

#2 Create a budget

You will have a better idea of what budget you will need to create for the whole project after creating the plan. Now you will know if you want to start from scratch or just make cosmetic changes. Try to work with the same layout and location for your plumbing fixture to save money. Every time you move fixtures, like a toilet or kitchen sink, it will cost you more. Because the plumbing will have to be moved accordingly.

Also make sure you keep a small amount extra for unexpected problems/complications. Although no one wants them, these may happen along the way. If you think they wont happen to you, think again because they happen to everyone.

#3 Make good choices to save money

First figure out how long you are going to keep this home. Are you staying for 1 year, 5 years, 20 years? If you are staying for longer than 5 years, you may want to get top quality fixtures and faucets.

Why should I buy better quality?

Think about how much use you get out of them. You will probably use a kitchen sink faucet about 2 to 6 times per day. The toilet you can come up with that average yourself. If you bought a lower quality kitchen faucet, off brand usually from china, it probably won’t last very long with the amount of use. In return, it will end up costing you minimum $150 to have a plumber come out and fix it every time.


Best brands for remodeling

So if problems happen, $50 savings isn’t much of a savings anymore. Also, you have to realize you can’t use your kitchen or bathroom while they are broken. And obviously this can happen with any fixture or faucets you buy, so make sure you get good quality brands. From our experience, the brands that have worked well for our customers in Miami Florida in the past are:

  • Grohe
  • Moen
  • Kohler

All the previous brands vary in price, but they are made with great materials and have a good warranty. Also, I suggest looking up reviews online and each brand you consider.

#4 Call an expert

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Call a plumber or building contractor that has experience. Calling an expert can save you money because they know how to get the best materials, and professionals to get the work done. Also this can save you from making costly mistakes that can affect you down the line. The last thing you want is a faulty drainage system that backups up constantly. You do not want to have to tear into your newly remolded bathroom or kitchen. Yet this happens to people all the time, and they usually find out months later when the symptoms start occurring more frequently. So make sure to do a background check, check reviews and get multiple quotes for your remodeling. Also, go with your gut feeling on the plumber or contractor. If he is already not answering your phone call from the beginning or showing up late, it may not be a good sign.

#5 Stay in control of the project

Make sure the plumber you choose includes a proper payment schedule. This will help push them to finish parts of the project before they get paid. Usually a amount to commence, one draw after roughing in, one draw after final installation. Once you have started your remodeling project things may get complicated, so its important to keep in mind you may have to pay for things that you weren’t expecting. Also stay in communication with the contractor to see what days he will be coming into work. He may not come everyday, but at least that way you can make sure that the project is progressing according to plan.

If you are looking for more information on hiring a plumber in Miami Florida area please Call us at: (305) 428-3782.

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General Remodeling

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Home Remodeling in Miami FL

Home remodeling projects come in many shapes and sizes. They can range from renovating the bathroom, kitchen, basement, living room, bedrooms, and garage all the way up to undertaking a large-scale renovation. To complete projects like this on-time, within budget, and without taking any shortcuts, it makes sense to hire a local experienced licensed plumbing company in Miami.

Although some new houses adapt easily to remodeling projects, older houses require particular care and attention. Also, the plumbing company you hire should have experience with the updated city codes, increased structural demands, and working with aging plumbing systems. In order for you to take advantage of the full value of your housing investment, it’s critical that any changes are streamlined into the original design of your house instead of looking disjointed and separate.


Kitchen Remodeling

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Kitchen Remodeling in Miami FL

Your kitchen is most likely the center of family life at your home. They are the place where families and friends gather to talk, eat, and share experiences. Kitchens today are designed to be spacious, functional, warm, and inviting.

Kitchen remodeling in Miami, FL may range from very simple to very involved. Your kitchen remodeling project may be as simple as adding new granite countertops, cabinets, tile by design, or fixtures. Our kitchen remodeling team is prepared to handle full kitchen remodels that are as complex as tearing everything down to the studs and rebuilding from there.

Please allow Hernandez Plumbing to provide you with custom quality kitchen design assistance, remodeling project support, and advice along the way. We will perform all of the work required to complete your kitchen remodeling project. The scope of work may include setting your new tile floor and just about any custom quality plumbing detail required to complete your project.

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Bathroom Remodeling

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Bathroom Remodeling in Miami FL

If every castle has a throne, the throne in your castle usually resides in here. The bathroom is the one room in your home that should be exclusively yours. We have found that the best bathrooms seamlessly combine luxury and utility while the options for such grow every day.

Our bathroom remodeling team in Miami is an expert in custom quality projects. The projects range from installing a jet tub or a multi-headed shower with body sprays all the way up to a seven piece master bath with a dressing area. At Hernandez Plumbing, we have the ability to design and build any of your choices that fit within your budget.

Hernandez Plumbing is a full-service home remodeling organization. You can see the process that your project will follow on the Service Division page, but please know that we will handle all of the details of your project including permits, installation, and creating the final touches to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with your bathroom remodeling in Miami, FL project.