Shower Drain Plumbing

We’ve had a couple of friends ask recently about how to properly connect the plumbing when installing a new shower in your basement.  While we have given them very informative details on how to do so, we also found this video which is very helpful for the at home do-it-yourselfer!

I’m New – How Do I “Get Found?”

Having been in the plumbing and plumbing supply business for many, many moons, we hear this question A LOT!

I’m new – How do I “get found?”

Well, that my friends is a multi-faceted question with a multi-faceted answer!  Having been doing this for so long now – at least 254 years – just kidding – no really… We have seen everything under the sun.  Just about any gimmicky way to get people to see your business name has come under our nose, and believe me…we’ve even used a few of them ourselves.

Today, the times have changed.  People smell a gimmick a mile away (all female cast Ghostbusters?) and tend to turn away towards things that feel more authentic.  My under 30 kids use the word “authentic” like they’ve invented it…  Dad, I’m just looking for an authentic community to be a part of…  Dad, this just lacks authenticity…  Yada, yada, yada.  Local, relevant, and authentic.  That is what they want.

The internet has certainly pushed us here.  Things are easier to find than ever before…and then those damn marketers have to move in on the internet and make everything harder to find than ever before.  You’ve got to watch a dozen ads and skim past a million pages of junk to find what is “authentic.”  I digress.

Anyhow, for those of us plumbers out here just trying to make a name for ourselves, the internet can be a treasure trove of new business, or it can be a desolate wasteland.  The trick is figuring out how to stay on top of it all (or pay someone who does).  The other day, we came across a pretty nifty tool that we think will help small business owners immensely…not just plumbers.  For the sake of our audience though, I believe this applies really well to us!  I haven’t quite figured out all of the mechanics of it yet – probably have to hire my kid to do this for me, but we found this company down south of us in Springfield that we mentioned a couple of times that seems to be doing something right.  They have put together what we think is called a My Map.  It is a Google product I guess, and it allows you to create a map using the Google Maps tool.  You can put your information on the map and then it is live for other people to see.

We are going to be playing with this, to see how we can use it for our business, but you can begin to easily see how beneficial something like this can be for a plumbing service.

Take a gander:  Water Heater Repair Springfield MO Google My Map.  Zoom in on it.  Look at the elements over to the left.  He’s got driving directions from different cities around the region.  He’s got little points where he is set up in the local neighborhoods.  I’m not exactly sure why yet, but we are going to get to the bottom of it.  There’s got to be a point to it, and I bet that it has something to do with being local, being relevant, and being authentic…  Until next time…

Maintain Your Septic System

Maintain Your Septic System.  It Will Benefit Both You and Your Community

All the water you use whether it be for washing your hands, taking a shower, or flushing the toilet goes through the septic system. The main job of this complex system is to both contain and dispose of wastewater that is going out of your household– an immensely important task. However, the constant work that the system goes through to make sure waste is properly disposed of can pose a great stress that can lead to an eventual system failure and an unwanted accumulation of waste products. Therefore, it is important for homeowners to properly maintain their septic systems to avoid future damages and health risks.

Plumber Fixing Pipe

What Can Happen if I Neglect my Septic System?

Neglecting to care for the system can lead to an eventual accumulation of waste product that has not been properly decomposed, and most likely an overflow of that waste into the surroundings. A damaged septic system or one that is heavily backed up can cause wastewater to seep out into surrounding soil or water reserves, carrying along with it millions of microbes and potential diseases. This of course poses a huge health risk both for occupants in the area and severely hurts the integrity of the environment. Breaks also have a huge financial impact as it lowers the value of your property dramatically.  The cost of repairing this is also an immense burden as it can go as high as $10,000.

What are Some Signs that Damage has Occurred?

  1. Distinct, foul odors in or around your property
  2. Seeing surfacing sewage or water near the drain field
  3. Slow draining or backups

So How Can I Prevent This?

The simplest way is by having the system inspected and pumped as needed every two to three years. Smaller homes or homes that have an exceptionally large usage of water should opt to have it inspected annually. The pumping helps to get rid of any undecomposed solids that are left in the septic system and ensures that it works at top efficiency.

Also, be mindful of your water usage, as higher than average use can shorten the lifespan of your system.

On top of frequent inspections by a good plumber, homeowners should never use septic tank additives or chemicals as these will slowly degrade and shorten the lifespan of the system.

Speaking of a good plumber, we found the best plumber in Ozark MO for septic system service!  These guys are doing a fantastic job in their area, so if you live there and need to have your septic system repaired or schedule a maintenance call, give them a call.  I think they can do anything with your septic system other than pump it out.

Final Thoughts

Failing to care for your septic system not only puts you at risk, but also endangers the lives of those living in your community. Though the process of having your septic tanks checked and pumped costs on average $300 to $450, it is a worthwhile investment to help prevent any future headaches of having to spend thousands of dollars in repairs.

Finding The Best Plumber In Your Area

Finding The Best Plumber in Your Area

On to the next bit of advice we can offer you.

Have you ever encountered a plumbing issue and tried to get around it yourself? You might have gotten lucky the first time you fixed a leaking pipe, but you are probably also aware it’s not going to cut it for the long term. Regardless of where you live – be it an apartment or a house – if you have a kitchen, laundry facility or bathroom, you are susceptible to problems. If you’re a homeowner, you may even be looking to remodel a kitchen or bathroom. You will inevitably wind up needing a decent plumber in your area, but where are you going to find one?
You can’t go wrong with a local plumber that works exclusively for a particular area. A local plumber operates within your area, so that means instant response time, and reduced prices as he or she likely knows the owners of their go-to local hardware store, and has to stay competitive with larger companies.
Locating a plumber isn’t rocket science. In the Yellow Pages era, we used to just open the book up and find out, but today the process of finding the best plumber is much different.

Try not to hire this plumber!
Try not to hire this plumber!

The Internet
The first place most people turn to nowadays is Google. As you know, this generation consists of people looking for about anything they need on search engines. You could just type up “-area name- Plumber” and you will end up pulling multiple listings for your area, and then all you need to do is dial the number. Not only is it easier, but you will also come across reviews to make a rather sound decision.

Ask Your Neighbors/Friends
One of the top ways to find a good plumber is through your family and friends. You would most likely not run into problems because a family-friendly recommendation is something you can rely on. However, that is not a foolproof guarantee–just because your friend used a particular plumber and had great experience does not mean you will have the same experience.   Our example:  My sister lives in Springfield, MO and I asked her who the best plumber in springfield mo was…because apparently they had tried them all!  They recently had had a series of interconnected plumbing issues and went thru several plumbers trying to get the problem fixed – each one more boneheaded than the last.  However, the last company that they called (4th one by the way) ended up being able to take care of their problem and for a fraction of the cost of the competitors.  Okay, on to the rest of the information!

Better Business Bureau
They are quite helpful when it comes to finding plumbers in your area. Although a non-profit organization, they are well marketed and branded, so most people are in the know of the BBB and that they resolve any issues between consumers and businesses. They also grant recognition for companies willing to partner up with them. This recognition lets a company display the BBB logo on the ads, window decals or places within public view. The BBB isn’t where you can find reviews of other customers, but you should be able to see if there is any complaint against the local plumber, and take decision accordingly.

Make sure to have multiple choices. No one likes being stuck with a worthless company that does not seem to do much of anything, let alone the project they have at hand. Hence, reviews and referrals from trusted ones come in handy here.
However, if you can’t find reviews for a particular plumber company, one thing you can do is simply ask to talk with one of their old clients. If they seem unwilling to cooperate with this simple request, then they are likely a company you wouldn’t hear good things about.

I hope this post helps you out with the local plumbing company you are looking for.

Welcome to Yves’ Plumbing Market

Welcome friends!  We’ve launched this new site and are looking forward to getting our name out there a bit more, sharing the wealth of knowledge we’ve gained over the last 20 years, and making recommendations of plumbers that we trust in the region.

One of the things that we will frequently do is share articles (nuggets of knowledge) that we’ve asked our employees to all take part in helping write.  We thought that would be a neat approach so that you are getting information from many different perspectives, not just one.

To start off, we put together some information on different kinds of services that are offered by plumbers:

If you don’t have a plumber, you are putting your plumbing system at great risk of damage to your home or business. You never know when there will be a sudden and severe problem with your plumbing, making the services provided by plumbers essential to keeping your plumbing system in good working condition.

Plumbers have the education, experience, training, and tools to perform a broad range of plumbing services. Also, they often offer homeowners tips on how they can manage and care for their plumbing system on a daily and weekly basis such as thoroughly rinsing our sinks, adding bacterial additives to the drains, inserting drain traps, etc. Because the services offered by plumbers are wide ranging, it is important to know these services in case you are in need of a plumber. Below is a list of different services offered by plumbers who are fully certified:

Home Plumbing

Plumbers are experts in inspecting, diagnosing, and repairing all parts of the plumbing network in a home. Such repair services they provide include; fixing slow flowing drain, clearing stubborn clogs, fixing worn, cracked, and burst pipes, thawing frozen pipes in difficult to access spots, raining water pressure, resolving backed up sewer lines, pumping septic tanks, clearing roots and vegetation from leach fields, installing septic tanks, fixing garbage disposals, repairing or replacing plumbing fixtures such as faucets, shower heads, sinks, drains, and toilets, and servicing floor drains and grease traps. They can even install plumbing networks for homes being built and the plumbing for new rooms such as the bathroom. They can also service gas lines, water meters, water pump, and hot water tanks.

Commercial Plumbing

Plumbers are trained in servicing commercial plumbing networks. They have the equipment and tools to service a vast commercial plumbing network system. They have video inspection tools where they send a video camera through the pipes to identify a blockage, buildup of debris, and look for damage. They have such plumbing technology as hydro-scrub services, auto injection systems, and backflow prevention equipment. They can service a commercial building in a timely, thorough, and efficient manner, so a disruption in business is minimized. Some plumbers specialize in commercial plumbing while others will work with both commercial and home plumbing networks. They can quickly and efficiently identify problems and make the appropriate repair, and they will also provide such products as natural bacterial enzyme additives, grease eating bacteria, and urinal cleaners.

The services provided by plumbers are vital to both homeowners and commercial business owners. They offer emergency services, advice on caring for a plumbing system, and they have the equipment and tools to perform a repair. With the exemption of the services of a plumber, your plumbing system is at risk of damage causing costly repairs. A plumber is an expert in making sure your plumbing is accurately maintained. If you do not have a plumber, consider looking into getting a plumber so you will benefit from the comprehensive services these experts provide homeowners and businesses.

In summary, what makes plumbers so great is that whatever the problem – bathroom, kitchen, and shower plumbing or even heater repair- they will fix it completely and efficiently. They are quick, and the quality of the job is excellent. Any plumber you hire should be a professional and well trained in their job.


We at Yves’ Plumbing Market hope that this page will be a positive tool that you find benefit in.  Give us a call if you have any questions!

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