March 28, 2016 Plumbing Services Newsletter - Installing Gas Lines

"I sure appreciated how quick and cost effectively you guys took care of my leaking copper pipes under the house this past summer. Highly recommend you to anyone I know who needs plumbing service!"

Andy Krivy, owner of Infinity Signs, Boise, Idaho

Plumbing Maintenance

Ongoing maintenance is key to making sure plumbing works properly throughout the year. Simple inspections and tasks can even prevent more expensive plumbing repairs. Try to implement these tips into seasonal plumbing maintenance checks:
Kitchen and Bathroom:

  • Insert strainers into the drains to prevent debris from creating a clog
  • Check faucets for dripping or leaking
  • Examine the toilet for visible cracks and hidden leaks
  • Make sure the toilet flushes properly and the handle is secure
  • Clean the shower heads and faucets to red them of mineral deposits

Water Heater:

  • Drain water out of the water heater to flush out sediment that could cause corrosion
  • Check the age of the heater and consider water heater replacement, if older than 15 years


  • Inspect the hoses of the dishwasher, ice maker, and washing machine for bulges or leaks
  • Clean the lint trap of the washing machine
  • Check for water leaks with all appliances


  • Clean out gutters and downspouts
  • Test faucets and hose bibs for free-flowing water

During these maintenance checks, if homeowners discover a leak or anything not working properly, they should call All Star Plumbing and Restoration. We specialize in fixing or replacing leaky pipes, replacing toilets, sinks, and water heaters, and can handle any clogs that might be present.




5 Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

Commercial plumbing problems can be disastrous for a business. These problems could leave bathrooms unusable, create water damage, and could ultimately close a business. Fixing a small plumbing issue before it turns into a larger issue can help businesses avoid costly plumbing repairs. Be aware of these five common commercial plumbing problems:

1. Clogged Toilets and Drains

Clogged toilets and drains are pretty common problem in both commercial buildings and residential homes. If a drain or toilet is clogged, the best course of action is to turn off the water to avoid overflow. In commercial buildings, the most common drain clogs are in the kitchen. This is often due to kitchen staff pouring greasy substances down the drain instead of disposing of it in another way. Toilets can often be fixed with plunging, but if that doesn’t do the trick, give All Star Plumbing and Restoration a call.

2. Faucet and Fixture Leaks

Damaged seals, washers, and O-rings can cause fixtures to leak water. Although this doesn’t seem like much to worry about, it can waste gallons of water, increasing the water bill. It could also cause water damage and mold if left alone long enough.

3. Water Heater Issues

When the water is not getting hot enough or is running out too soon, there could be an issue with the water heater. First, check the settings to make sure they are correct. If everything checks out there, it might be time to replace the water heater.

4. Sewer Odors

The U-shaped pipe below the floor drain is designed to be filled with water to block the sewer odors that can make their way into a commercial restroom. If the pipe dries up, those odors will be released. This problem can be easily remedied by adding water or there is a special liquid that can be poured into the drain every few months to help prevent this issue.

5. Toilet Leaks

Not all toilet leaks are noticeable. To check for a toilet leak, apply coloring to the tank of the toilet. If the color can be seen in the bowl within 15 minutes, there is a leak. If this happens, All Star Plumbing and Restoration can solve the problem.

All Star Plumbing and Restoration doesn’t only deal with residential plumbing issues. Businesses or commercial building owners with plumbing problems should contact All Star too. They’ll fix the plumbing problems in no time.



Popular Kitchen Sink Styles

Instead of just being functional, kitchen sinks are now becoming a unique feature in the kitchen. They come in many different styles to suit every kitchen design. Check out some of the more popular styles on the market today:

Vessel Sink

Instead of sitting below the countertop, this sink sits on top of or slightly recessed into the counter. They’ve been popular in bathrooms, and are now making their way to the kitchen. They can be made out of a variety of materials, to complement any kitchen design.

Prep Sink

Having an additional, smaller sink in the kitchen can be handy. It’s an extra place to chop, chill, and more. Prep sinks are often seen on the kitchen island and can turn it into the perfect meal prep or entertainment area.

Farmhouse Sink

Also called an apron sink, the have a rectangular, deep look that is seen in older, rural homes. These are becoming popular in kitchen designs today. They can be single or double basin designs, and can be made of many different materials.

Trough Sinks

These longer sinks make it easier for multiple people to use them. Now there’s room for more children to help with the dishes! These sinks can have two or more faucets as well. A perfect choice for kitchen islands, they can also be used to chill drinks for entertaining.

Seamless Sinks

The seamless sink design features the countertop and sink melded together as one piece. They can be crafted from the same material as the countertop, to further enhance this design quality. They can also be designed for specific needs such as an extra deep basin.

Bought a new kitchen sink? All Star Plumbing and Restoration can install it. Plumbing projects can be tricky, especially if the pipes need to be moved for a different style of sink. A homeowners’ best bet is to call a professional plumber.



Installing Gas Lines for Summer Entertaining

Summer is coming in a couple of months. That means long, warm nights making memories with friends. What better way to enjoy the summer than to sit around a fire pit or have a cookout? By installing gas lines, All Star Plumbing and Restoration can make this even more enjoyable.

Outdoor kitchens and barbeques are a great way to entertain during the warmer months, but need to be fueled. That’s where gas lines can be beneficial. They can connect to these appliances, powering them up and improving efficiency. A permanent gas line also keeps the homeowner from having to haul small propane tanks and avoids the inevitable running out of propane during your cook out.

Fire pits usually require the owner to chop and haul their own wood to be used. Gas fire pits are much more convenient and can be better controlled. Consider installing one before summer hits so the kids can roast s’mores in their own backyard.

If homeowner’s have existing gas lines in need of repair, All Star Plumbing and Restoration can help with that as well. Gas leaks can be very dangerous, so it’s important to call a professional if there is any suspicion of a gas leak.

Don’t attempt to install gas lines by oneself, it can be very dangerous. Contact All Star Plumbing and Restoration a call instead.


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