Types of Water Purification Systems

Water purification systems are most commonly used in areas where homeowners rely on well water and are not hooked up to a municipal water system. However, these days, more households are concerned about the quality of the water flowing through their faucets from municipal sources and look for ways to make it healthier. Instead of attaching OTC filters to every tap in your house, it makes sense to invest in a whole-house water filtration system. At Atlas Butler, we are well-versed in the type of water filtration systems currently on the market and the ones we work with the most involve reverse osmosis and ion exchange, the latter more commonly known as “water softening.”

With reverse osmosis, water passes through a semipermeable membrane (RO membrane) that removes contaminants from the water to purify it. The membranes have a 2–3-year lifespan and remove solids, heavy metals, and bacteria from the water flow. The downside is that they don’t remove chlorine, so you will also need to add a carbon filter. You will also need a separate tank to store the purified water.

“Hard water” is named due to the presence of excessive magnesium and calcium in the water, which can lead to build-up and corrosion in your plumbing system, including your hot water tank. These minerals can also reduce the effectiveness of dishwashing and laundry detergents, as well as body washes and soaps. In ionization, the hard water flows through a resin exchange tank where it is treated with sodium. The sodium makes the water “soft.”

Atlas Butler Can Help Purify Your Water

Both types of purification systems require professional installation and maintenance for optimal performance and longevity. The services pros at Atlas Butler can assess your household water situation and make the best recommendation for a water purification system. You can contact us at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment. For other plumbing needs or emergencies, our phones are answered 24/7/365. We look forward to serving your plumbing needs.

2022-05-31T14:16:52-04:00May 6th, 2022|Around the House|

How to Solve a Crazy High Water Bill

Have you recently suffered sticker shock when reviewing your water bill?  And it isn’t the heat of the summer? You don’t have any noticeable leaks in your house? What could be happening is that you have leaks outside of your home. Underground water leaks can have many causes; broken or cracked pipes, tree roots infiltrating the water lines, old worn-out pipes, and more. In these cases, you need to locate the leak and have it repaired. If not, excess water can cause erosion, foundation damage, and other major (and costly) headaches. If you are concerned about a steep water bill and don’t know what’s going on, your best bet is to contact the experts at Atlas Butler to assess your property for an underground water leak.

Some signs that you have an underground water leak include:

  • Water puddling in spots in your yard
  • Low water pressure
  • Moisture on the walls, floor, or concrete slab
  • Dank, musty odor
  • Moisture or cracks in your walls

Call the Leak Detection Pros

The service pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing use the LeakTronics electronic leak detection system. This specialized equipment can determine where the leaks are in your yard and around your foundation. We will also take a look at all the water fixtures inside your house to make sure they aren’t contributing to the problem. If you suspect you have an underground leak somewhere on your property, call us at 614-681-2167 and we’ll schedule a technician to come out and assess the situation and offer a solution. You can contact us 24/7/365 for any type of plumbing emergency. Our fleet is fully stocked with parts and ready to solve your plumbing problems.

2022-05-31T14:09:58-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Around the House|

The Necessity of a Sump Pump

Why a Sump Pump is So Important

A sump pump is one of those appliances in your home that work quietly behind the scenes until it doesn’t!

During early spring, Ohio, along with the rest of the Midwest can experience heavy rains, which can mean flooded basements. Water in the basement can lead to a number of problems, such as destruction of personal property, foundation damage, and mold growth. Installing a sump pump can keep excess water from accumulating in your basement and prevent water damage, and some insurance companies may give you a discount on your homeowner’s coverage if you use one. If your sump pump is on its last leg, the team at Atlas Butler Plumbing can help you choose the best model for your home.

A sump pump is installed in the lowest part of the basement and rainwater collects in a sump basin. Once the water level rises, it activates the float, which turns the sump pump on. The sump pump expels the water from the sump basin, out of a drainage pipe and safely away from your house. After the sump pump has done its job, it shuts off automatically. Sump pumps are operated by electricity, but many models come with a battery-powered backup should your home lose electricity during a storm.

Sump Pump Installation

In the long run, installing a new sump pump is a smart investment when you compare the cost of the pump and installation to what you would pay to repair water damage to your home. Our plumbing pros can install a new model that can handle the volume of water that your house will attract and if it fits your budget, we can install a unit that is powered by a battery backup to keep the water pumping.

Atlas Butler Plumbing can handle the job

Contact Atlas Butler at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our phones are answered by a live person. Atlas Butler has proudly been serving the Columbus area for more than 100 years (and counting!)

Schedule now and save 10% on a new sump pump installation.

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2022-04-22T15:21:30-04:00April 12th, 2022|Around the House, Maintenance|

Pros & Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Is a tankless water heater right for you?

If you need to replace or upgrade your water heater, consider a tankless model. There are many benefits to going tankless, but the biggest benefit is Tankless water heaters provide an “on-demand” hot water supply. As cold water flows through the system, it is heated by gas or electricity until the tap is shut off. These heaters save space and cost less than a traditional water heater with a tank. Be prepared to spend more upfront for purchase and installation, but when used as directed, a tankless water heater will pay off in terms of your water and fuel bills. Before you made any decision, here are some of the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.

Tankless Water Heater Pros:

  1. Takes up less space than traditional water heater tanks
  2. Constant supply of hot water
  3. Energy efficiency and potentially lower energy bills

Tankless Water Heater Cons:

  1. Will not function during power outages (both gas and electric models)
  2. Limited hot water capacity under certain conditions (multiple users at one time)
  3. More expensive than traditional tank models
  4. Gas models require ventilation, which may require remodeling

Call Atlas Butler Plumbing

Tired of running out of hot water? A tankless water heater may be the solution. If you need to replace your existing water heater or are considering migrating to a tankless water heater, consult with the service pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing. Our sales team will help you determine which type of water heater is best for your home and family. We install Navien water heaters that are available in both electric and gas. Call us at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment. We have Central Ohio’s largest fleet of plumbing service vehicles and 24-hour access to parts and supplies, so your job is completed on time.

2022-04-22T14:50:51-04:00March 21st, 2022|Around the House, Hot Water Tanks|

Why You Should Use a Licensed Plumber

It looks so easy online and on TV. A couple installs a new kitchen faucet on Saturday morning and by evening, they are entertaining in the open-plan kitchen while the water flows quietly from the elegant tap. You try the same thing, and you get a flooded kitchen. What happens next? You end up calling a licensed plumber to come out, repair the damage, and reinstall the faucet. In the end, you’ve spent twice as much money as if you’d had a plumber do the job from the beginning.

Having a licensed professional handle your home’s plumbing needs is assurance that the job will be done correctly the first time. Note the word, licensed. In Ohio, to become a licensed plumber, applicants must pass a background check, pass an exam, have at minimum five years’ work experience, not have a criminal record that would prohibit licensure, and carry a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance. Plumbers need to understand not only plumbing basics, but also general contracting, and be experienced in working with hazardous properties such as natural gas and underground utilities.

Work by unlicensed plumbers is not guaranteed and should they have an accident while on your premises or damage your home, you would liable for any damages to your property. Most home insurance policies won’t cover damage caused by unlicensed workers. One of the benefits of working with a licensed plumber is that many of them are bonded. You don’t want somebody working in your home who doesn’t know what they’re doing. It’s too risky and any money you think you’d save would probably be spent correcting mistakes or on home repair.

Atlas Butler Plumbers are Licensed and Experienced

The plumbers at Atlas Butler are licensed and undergo rigorous training and continuing education. We have a large crew of certified plumbers in Central Ohio who have 24-hour access to parts and supplies. We also have a property protection guarantee where we take care to keep your house as clean as possible while we are working. We will repair or replace any damaged items to your satisfaction. Atlas Butler never uses subcontractors and all of our plumbers are our employees. We have proudly served our customers for more than 100 years. Why trust your home to anybody else? For your plumbing needs, call Atlas Butler today at 614-681-2183.

2022-03-21T09:34:07-04:00February 25th, 2022|Maintenance|

Common Winter Plumbing Emergencies

Dealing with Winter Plumbing Emergencies

Few people enjoy winter and with good reason. While snow may be pretty to look at, ice and frigid temperatures are hard on home plumbing systems. Your faucets and pipes need extra attention during cold-weather months to stave off problems like frozen pipes and backed-up sinks. The service pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing have some advice to homeowners to keep their plumbing system in optimal condition during harsh winter weather.

Frozen pipes

Frozen pipes can be a disaster. The frozen water expands the pipes and they can burst, which can cause considerable damage to your home. One way to prevent this catastrophe is to drip your faucets when the temperatures plunge. Another tip is to open the cabinets beneath the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. This allows the warm air from the house to circulate around the pipes to prevent freezing.

Water heater failure

Having the hot water go out when you’re in the shower or just put in a load of laundry is inconvenient, to say the least. Your water heater will give you some signs when it’s about to go bad. First of all, listen for strange noises coming from the water heater. This can be a sign of sediment build-up. Other clues include brownish, rust-colored, and unpleasant-smelling water. In this case, you need to call a plumber to inspect the water heater. If the tank is leaking, the best solution is to replace the water heater completely.

Clogged drains

Clogged drains can happen any time of the year but can be especially problematic during the winter when plumbers are booked up dealing with frozen pipes and other weather-related issues. Treat your garbage disposal with care. NEVER put eggshells or coffee grounds down the disposal. Eggshells do not sharpen the blades. As well, don’t throw pasta, rice, or vegetable and fruit peels down the sink. Citrus peel doesn’t deodorize the unit and can cause a lot of damage. A good rule of “thumb” is actually the palm of your hand. If you can’t close your fist around the waste, it’s too big to put in the garbage disposal. Another tip: use LOTS of water in the disposal, before and after turning it on.

We provide service for Plumbing Emergencies All Year

If you face any of these plumbing problems, rest assured. The service pros at Atlas Butler are available 24/7/365, including weekends and holidays. There are never any overtime or after-hours additional charges. We will do everything we can to get your system up and running as quickly and painlessly as possible. Call us at 614-681-2183.

2022-03-21T09:34:17-04:00January 31st, 2022|Maintenance|

Reasons Why Your Toilet Won’t Flush

Dealing With A Broken Toilet

If you’re having people over, whether it’s for a holiday gathering or to watch the playoffs, the last thing you need is a toilet that won’t flush. Not only is it embarrassing, but annoying. The good news is that this problem can usually be easily fixed. However, if all of your DIY attempts fail, then reach out to the plumbers at Atlas Butler. In most cases, we will arrive the same day you call for service and our phone is answered by a live person 24/7.

Here are some of the most common reasons why your toilet won’t flush.

Clogs

Clogs can result from putting too much toilet paper in the bowl or trying to flush objects like disposable diapers or feminine hygiene products. In other cases, it could be that a child tried to flush toys or other items down the toilet. See if you can fish out whatever is causing the clog from the toilet and you can also try using a plunger. Here are some things you should never flush down the toilet.

Water Levels in the Tank

The toilet tank should fill up to within one inch below the top of the overflow valve. It could be that the water valve was shut off. Turn the valve back on and see if that tank will fill up to the recommended level.

Flapper Needs Replaced

When the toilet is flushed, the flapper opens to allow water from the tank to rush into the bowl. If the flapper is cracked or warped, it won’t be able to close properly and the tank can’t refill. Flappers are inexpensive and you can easily replace them yourself.

Tangled Chain

The lift chain raises and lowers the flapper when you flush the toilet. Sometimes, the chain can wrap around itself so it doesn’t have enough length to operate the flapper. You can straighten out the chain and everything should work just fine. If the chain has other damage, it should be replaced.

If none of these solutions work, then give Atlas Butler a call at 614-681-2183. We have served Central Ohio for more than 100 years, and you can count on us to get your toilet flushing properly right away.

2022-04-22T14:46:43-04:00January 18th, 2022|Around the House, Maintenance, Toilets|

Benefits of a Water Filtration System

Water Softeners & Filtration

Nothing tastes better than a glass of cold water on a hot summer day. Well, before you take a gulp, take a moment and thank your municipal water department for providing clear, safe water. However, the chemicals that go into purifying potable water can do a lot of harm to your plumbing.

Additives such as chlorine can cause build-up in your pipes and fixtures like your sinks, which in turn, can cause problems like slow and backed-up drains. One way to avoid these problems is to add a water filtration system to your home’s plumbing system. The addition of a water softener can filter out harsh chemicals and minerals at the source and keep them from building up in your pipes and appliances.

If you’ve been considering a water filtration system, call Atlas Butler. We’ll come out to your house and help your figure out the best solution to your hard water problems. Call us at 614-681-2183.

2022-04-22T14:46:49-04:00August 15th, 2021|Around the House, Plumbing Vlogs|

Preparing Downspouts for Winter

Those colorful autumn leaves may be great to look at, but you won’t remember them so fondly during the winter months, when they’ve clogged up your gutters and downspouts. Winters in Ohio are harsh enough and you don’t need problems with frozen downspouts to add to the misery. If your downspouts are clogged with leaves and other debris, water from rain and melting snow can refreeze in the downspouts which will cause them to expand. This can cause the downspouts and gutters to pull away from the house. Clogged gutters can also contribute to the formation of ice dams, which is that thick layer of ice that forms around the edge of the roof and eaves of the house. The icicles might be pretty, but the constant freeze-refreeze cycle can cause roof damage and moisture can even seep further into the house, weakening and staining ceilings. During warmer weather, stagnant water along with damp and decaying leaves and debris in the gutters will trap moisture, which can lead to dry rot.

Even if your gutters are in good shape, they are useless if the downspouts are clogged. Leaves and other refuse can get lodged in the downspouts which will prevent water from flowing through to either the ground or into underground pipes. You also need to pay close attention to the elbow joints (the area where the gutter joins the downspout), which are particularly susceptible to clogs or ice. Another thing to check is to make sure that water from the downspouts flows away from your house. Otherwise, standing water can cause serious foundations problems.

If you are concerned about the state of your gutters and downspouts, call the pros at Atlas Butler. We can come out and inspect your guttering system to see what steps you need to take to prepare for winter.

You can also clean your downspouts yourself. You need a ladder, hose, spray nozzle and plumber’s snake.

  1. Remove any visible debris from the top of the downspout.
  2. Insert the hose into the top of the downspout and spray a forceful jet of water downwards. This will help loosen the clog.
  3. If the clog persist, insert the plumber’s snake and start cranking.
  4. Keep repeating the process until the clog is completely broken up.

Frankly, doing this one time will probably be enough. That’s where Atlas Butler comes in. We service downspout drains and can offer solutions to prevent the clogs in the first place. There are filtration systems that you can use that will prevent leaves and other waste matter from getting lodged in the gutters and downspouts. There are also thermal systems to use during the winter that will break the freeze-thaw cycle and prevent ice dams. Whatever the problem, Atlas Butler has a solution.

 

2022-04-22T14:47:22-04:00July 11th, 2021|Maintenance|

Keeping Your Drain Traps Clear

Many clogged bathroom drains are due to a build-up of hair. A quick way to tell is if the drain in the sink or shower is draining slowly or is completely backed up. If the water eventually dissipates, then you probably have a hair clog. One easy solution is to get a Zip-It tool, which is a thin serrated plastic strip that you poke down your drain, which you can find online or in a big box or hardware store. (They also go by names like “Hair Weasel.”) The plastic teeth on the strip will catch the hair and you can easily pull it out and dispose of it. However, if the Zip-It didn’t work or you suspect a more serious problem, then contact the service pros at Atlas Butler. We can take a look and see if your drains need to be snaked or rooted or if there is a more serious problem like damaged pipes or tree root obstruction. We are available 24/7; call us at 614-681-2183.

2022-04-22T14:47:31-04:00July 10th, 2021|Around the House, Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|
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