Bottle Filling Stations

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A New Eco-Friendly Twist to Water Fountains

It’s time to rethink what we know about water fountains. Elkay ezH20 provides a bottle filling station that reduces consumer usage of disposable plastic bottles with touchless, sanitary operation that’s three times faster than a standard fountain. It’s easy, fast, and elegant and it’s the future. Hundreds of environmentally friendly campuses and high schools already have these filling stations installed.

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How it Works

The new Elkay Water Bottle Filling Station is easy to use, all you have to do is hold a water bottle under a sensor and let the machine pour the water. It easily accommodates reusable drinking cups or large containers. It comes with an optional 5” LCD monitor screen, system diagnostic for ease of maintenance and enhanced bottle filters, with a 3000 gal capacity. There is an inbuilt refrigeration system that can turn off in times of non-use for energy savings.

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  • Recessed aperture for clean fill with minimal splash.
  • Low energy LED lighting that provides illumination for dark bottles.
  • Electronic sensor activated for touchless sanitary operation.
  • In wall units and outdoor options.
  • Over ten colors to choose from.
  • Combo options.

Visit Elkay’s Website for more information on features and available options.

Benefits

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  1. Environmentally friendly: many disposable water bottles simply get thrown out. For instance: In 2012, only nine percent of the total plastic waste generated was recycled according to the EPA. According to Eco Watch, plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
  2. Saves money since refilling a water bottle is much cheaper than constantly buying bottled water. Case in point, if your were to refill 365 bottles of water in a year with the Bottle Refill station, it would amount to an annual savings of approximately $550! (Check out how much you could potentially save with the Bottled Water Cost Calculator.)
  3. All the water from the filling stations is thoroughly filtered to purify it before consumption, making it safe and tasty drinking water!
  4. Vandal resistant: ideal for high traffic applications such as gyms, educational facilities, hospitals or large office buildings.
  5. Stylish, durable and easy to clean.

For any questions regarding installation of Bottle Filling Stations in your facility, please contact us through our online contact form or call (314) 487-4564.

Plumbing Maintenance Guide for Facility and Property Managers

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It is the facility or property manager’s obligation to ensure that the building is functional and safe for those that work or reside in it. Plumbing can be a huge issue if you are a facility manager overseeing millions of square feet of space, or a property manager of an apartment community with hundreds of units. Prevention is key. That is why we have put together maintenance considerations for managers that can help keep their plumbing in good shape, keep costs low, keep tenants happy and most importantly give them a peace of mind.

High efficiency plumbing fixtures

High efficiency plumbing fixtures are being installed to reduce utility cost, conserve resources and curtail water usage to improve the building’s overall sustainability. To ensure these products deliver the best results, facility engineers should carefully consider the maintenance impact that these products are likely to have.

By understanding the key maintenance obligations for each of these products, managers will be better able to incorporate these considerations into their regular inspections and repair routines. This assists the managers to be proactive, whereby small issues can be resolved before they become major costly headaches.

For any questions regarding maintenance procedures for high efficient plumbing fixtures, feel free to contact our office.

Backflow Preventer Maintenance

Backflow preventers are commonly found in hotels, restaurants, apartment buildings or anywhere that has an irrigation system, hydronic boiler, chemical or detergent injector installed. Backflow preventers once installed should be inspected at least once a year by a licensed professional.  Backflow preventer testing assures you that your building only maintains clean, fresh drinking water, free from contaminants.

Bieg Plumbing  provides backflow testing services to water authorities, factories, major corporations, colleges, municipalities, hospitals and nursing homes, shopping malls, power plants, warehouses, and more throughout the Greater St. Louis area.

Water heating Systems Preventative Plan

Commercial water heaters endure a significant amount of wear and tear over the years. Implementing a routine annual inspection will help your water heater age gracefully with vitality and efficiency. During tune ups, a licensed technician will flush your water to rid it of any sediment build up, inspect all its components and make necessary adjustments. In addition, the technician will also:

  • Test pressure/temperature relief valve

  • Test thermocouple and thermopile or ignition system

  • Inspect and clean burner chamber

  • Inspect anodegm

  • Inspect dirt leg on gas line

  • Test gas pressure

Bathrooms, Kitchens and Outside

Many leaks go undetected especially in large facilities. If you have multiple leaks in a large facility, this can mean thousands of dollars in water costs. A routine inspection can detect problems early and potentially save you costly repair bills. Consider having a licensed plumber inspect the following from time to time:

  • All bathroom, kitchen and shower faucets for proper function and leaks

  • Under all cabinets for leaks

  • Inspect toilets for leaks

  • Inspect inside of toilet tanks for proper function

  • Inspect garbage disposal function and wiring

  • Inspect under dishwasher for leaks

  • Inspect hose bibs for proper function and leaks

  • Inspect sump pump discharge lines

  • Inspect gas lines, riser and meter

In conclusion, a plumbing breakdown can not only ruin your day but can be hazardous to the people that reside or work in it. Bieg Plumbing has been serving facility and property managers since 1960! We are a reliable, local and trusted brand. We are equipped to handle almost any plumbing situation and understand well both the old and modern facilities plumbing systems.

For more information on plumbing maintenance or to schedule for service contact us at (314) 487-4564.

Senior Safety Bathroom Plumbing Tips

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preventing_falls_1Unfortunately, as we get older, some simple tasks such as using the bathroom or a quick hand wash can become more of a hassle, stressful and hazardous. There are many options in the market to assure that the bathroom is safe for a senior who might struggle with mobility or balance issues. Some of these items you can install yourself and others would require a professional plumber.

 

Tubs and Showers

There are many options to making tubs and showers safer for seniors. Here are some options you can consider:

  • Walk in or wheel in tubs and showers

  • Adding a tub chair in the shower

  • Detachable shower head

  • Slip-proof material at the bottom of the tub or shower

  • Handrails or wall mounted grab bars

  • Wall mounted soap and shampoo dispensers helps eliminate falls and slips

If you are having a hard time finding an option that would work well in your bathroom, our professionals here at Bieg Plumbing can help you choose the right one that fits your space.

Toilets

Chair height toilets for seniors are very important for safety, helping them get up and down easier. Average toilet height is 14-15 inches. Adding an extra 1 1/2  to 2 ½ inches will get it up to the “comfort height” a chair provides.

Sinks

  • Design a counter top that allows for wheelchair access

  • Install faucets with lever handles or foot controlled faucets

  • Install a thermostatic shower valve to prevent scalding from hot water

Other Basic Safety Measures

  • Make sure there is proper lighting, bulbs should be changed soon after one goes outs and always keep a nightlight plugged in.

  • Having a phone securely mounted on the wall in case of an emergency for seniors living without personal assistance.

  • Making sure the bathroom door can be opened on both sides should the need arise.

  • Remove or replace rugs. Secure them so that they do not slip or move.

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Contact Bieg Plumbing at (314) 487-4564 for any questions or concerns you may have regarding how to improve bathroom accessibility for a senior.

Dealing with Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line

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The sewer line is a vital part to your property’s plumbing system. It is responsible for carrying waste from your property to the city’s sewer main.  Any dysfunction that causes clogging could mean destruction of your property accompanied by a costly repair bill. In most cases, clogs are caused by impeding tree roots. In this blog, we will discuss the causes of root infestation, how you can prevent it, diagnose it and control future problems caused by tree roots.

 

What causes tree root intrusion in your sewer line?

Search for water and nutrients is a lead cause of root intrusion. Roots are aggressive in their nature to search for water and nutrients. Sewer lines carry water making them a great source of nutrients for the tree. They can grow in tight spaces and easily break the pipes apart to access the water.

Loose soil around the sewer lines after they are installed make it easier for the roots to penetrate through. Any small break or leak in your sewer lines will allow roots to enter the walls of your pipe. Eventually the roots will rapidly grow, blocking your pipes and eventually causing a clog in your system.

Diagnosing Tree Intrusion

Do you live in a heavily wooded area? Are you constantly experiencing plumbing stoppages? If your sewer line is surrounded by a large amount of trees and you are repeatedly experiencing plumbing stoppages, chances are your sewer line might have root intrusion. Hiring a licensed plumber is the sure way of correctly diagnosing the exact reason of your blockage. Through a video camera inspection, the plumber will be able to get an inside view of your sewer lines.

Does the type of pipe you have make you vulnerable to tree roots?

  • Clay pipes: Its fragility and the vulnerability of its joints make them susceptible to root intrusion. Most older homes were fitted with sewer lines made of clay.

  • Cast Iron Sewer Lines: Although they are really strong, corrosion over time in this type of sewer lines can cause weak points that ease root intrusion.

  • ABS or PVC Sewer Lines: ABS or PVC sewer lines are common in newer homes. These type of pipes are the least prone to root intrusion although, any broken joints or cracks on the pipes will increase your chances for roots to enter.

 

Preventing Root Intrusion in Your Sewer Lines

  1. Before planting a tree, know where your sewer line is located. Make sure the roots will have enough room to grow without coming into contact with your pipes.

  2. Trees should not be planted near a sewer line, but some trees have less reports of damaging pipes. I would suggest you do some research before planting any tree that will be close to your sewer pipe.

  3. Know the type of tree you are planting! Trees that grow fast above ground also do so below. As a rule of thumb, avoid planting fast growing trees near a sewer line. To name a few, trees found to be common in sewer line damage include Cottonwood, Aspen, Sweetgum, Norway Maple and Sycamore.

For any sewer line related problems, please contact us at (314) 487-4564

Why Hire A Union Plumber?

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ua_logoWhen you hire union plumbers, you are hiring a safe and highly trained, productive workforce. To become a union licensed plumber, you are required to have undergone a thorough training program, equivalent to a four-year college degree. To ensure that only the best obtain certification!

 

What does it take to get into union plumbing?

  • High school diploma

  • Pass entrance exam that consists of intermediate math, science and English

  • Finish a five year program of both classroom and on-the-job training

  • Pass the state test taken during the final year

 

Six important benefits when you hire union are:

  • Education: The UA provides continuing education even after the 5 year program. This is is one of the main benefits as it assures that the union plumber is up-to-date with all the newest codes and laws. When you hire a union plumber, you are hiring someone who is very knowledgeable about their trade.

  • General Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance: As a union signatory contractor, you are required to be bonded, provide workers comp and general liability.

  • Plumbers and Pipefitters Union employees are committed to the trade. This is just not a stepping stone for another career. This is their livelihood and for the most part their lifelong career.

  • Drug Screening: The association is committed to a drug free work environment. They adhere to a drug screening policy and a drug and rehabilitation policy.

  • Future Leader Training: Unions have increased its efforts to educating its members through offering to pay for college courses. This assists in fueling the pipeline for creating the future industry leaders.

  • Commitment to safety: Union plumbers are the safest you can find! On union job sites, there is an unwavering top-down commitment to safety, by both union members and employers.

Plumbing unions have secured good wages for its members, provided health, pension benefits and safe working environments. Most of all, the union has provided a better quality of life for its members.

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Local plumbers’ unions are governed by a much larger United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. Here in St. Louis, Bieg Plumbing is proud to be in partnership with Local #562, Local 513 and Local 110. When you hire a union plumber, feel assured that your are hiring the BEST qualified person for the job!

Bieg Plumbing, a Union and Bonded Company since 1960!

 

10 Important Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Plumbing

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You don’t have to know everything about plumbing, but it is important to know the basics in order to avoid an even worse situation. At Bieg Plumbing we like to arm our clients with knowledge that can help them avoid a plumbing disaster.

Here is a list of 10 things you should know about your plumbing for your home or business.

  1. Know where the main water source is located and how to shut it in case of an emergency. Usually located close to the meter or sometimes you may have a separate shut-off at the house. It is also important to know how to operate them. When turning the valves on and off, make sure that you do it slowly, because the water pressure may be high and the valves old.

  2. Know how to read your water bill and meter. Verify your water usage along with each bill amount to ascertain if the charges are correct. It’s an easy way to catch leaks in your property as water leaks can cause a lot of water consumption, amounting to huge bills. Don’t hesitate calling the number on your water bill if you need help reading your bill or meter. Your local water company would be more than happy to clarify details in the bill.

  3. Know your water pressure and make sure it is under 80 psi. High water pressure is the number 1 cause of leaks in homes or businesses. You can DIY with a water pressure gauge that runs for less than $20.00, or have your local water company come check it at no charge to you!

  4. Know your sewage system and the location of your clean-out plugs. Is it sewer or septic? A vital step to solving a clog or sewer backup is knowing where your clean-out plugs are located.

  5. Know where to shut off your gas supply. If accessible, know where to shut off the gas for each appliance and also at the supply. That way, if there is only an issue with a specific appliance, you won’t have to shut off the gas supply to the whole building.

  6. Know the shut-off location for the water that goes to your water heater. Water heaters do not last forever. Average water heater lifespan runs about 8-12 years. A water heater problem can leave you without hot water but it doesn’t mean you have to do without any water at all. Knowing where to shut off the water going to your water heater can allow you to still have water for cleaning, cooking or bathroom use.

  7. Regularly check your water heater pressure relief valves for leaks and always have a pan under your water heater. Especially as they age, the chances of your water heater leaking are much higher. Check your relief valve to ensure it is in good working condition and without leaks. In case there is a leak, having a pan underneath can help prevent extensive water damage.

  8. Set back the spigot valve. You should install a frost free hose bib spigot if the pipe runs through a cement foundation. This can prevent freezing during the winter season by allowing you to be able to shut the water off closer to the inside of your home.

  9. Know the location of all your fixture shut off valves.  Every sink and toilet should have a shut-off valve. Knowing where they are can save you extensive damage and still retain water use on other fixtures. NOTE: They should not be used unless it is necessary. Some are not designed for repeated use.

  10. Make a habit of checking for leaky faucets or pipes. Some leaks can go undetected for a long time because the source of the leak is not visible. Here is a great resource by home water works on how to inspect for leaks in and out of your home or business.

 Have a plumbing issue, question or need service?
Contact Bieg Plumbing today at (314) 487-4564.

Serving the St. Louis area since 1960!

Choosing A Reliable Plumbing Company

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Do you need a water heater installed? Have leaky pipes or faucets and not sure what to check for when looking for a reliable plumbing company? Here are six things you should consider when choosing the right plumber for the job.

  1. Licensing – Most basic rule is to ensure the plumbing company is licensed and carries full insurance to protect you and your property. Especially on larger jobs, confirm that the project lead is licensed and that anyone working with him is either a journeyman or licensed apprentice. Bieg Plumbing is always more than happy to provide our licensing or bonding information when requested.
  2. Union or nonunion – When hiring union plumbers, you are hiring the safest, very highly trained and productive workforce. Union plumbers are required to have undergone a thorough training program, equivalent to a four-year college degree.  Don’t get me wrong, there are great plumbers who are not necessarily associated with the UA but with a union plumber, you will keep your peace of mind.
  3. Reputation – Before making any decisions on what plumbing service to hire, find out what customers are saying about the plumbing company. With the help of the internet, it is now quite easy to find feedback on most companies from a variety of sources. Some of these platforms include company website,  Angie’s List, Facebook, Yelp, Google etc.
  4. Availability – Especially if you own a business such as a restaurant or manage rental properties, you know very well that a plumbing emergency cannot wait. Find a plumber who you can rely on and will show up on time.
  5. Quality – Make sure you hire a reputable plumber with a proven record of great workmanship. Most of the time, a plumber with quality work has had many years in the business. There is a reason a company like Bieg Plumbing has been in business since 1960. Reputable companies should last, while disreputable ones usually will fade. But that’s not usually the case. You want to avoid hiring an inexperienced or incompetent plumber that may lead you to have to hire another plumber to correct their mistakes. A faulty water heater installation can cause you major problems in the future, not to mention the added costs.
  6. Price – As with any other service or product, price is always a factor. It is advisable that you gather multiple estimates from different plumbing companies to ensure you get the best deal. Although, the cheapest plumber sometimes isn’t the best person for the job. You also have to consider their reputation, quality of work and whether they have the necessary licenses.

Are you looking for a reliable plumber you can trust? Count on Bieg Plumbing Company! Proudly serving the St. Louis area since 1960! For any plumbing emergencies, please call (314) 487-4564.

How To Prevent Basement Flooding

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With the recent heavy rainfall, every home is at risk of basement flooding. Good news is that you can prevent or at least reduce the risk of this happening to your property.

Causes of Basement Flooding

  1. Blocked connection between your home and main sewer line in the street

  2. Backup of wastewater in the sewer system

  3. Sump pump failure

  4. Crack or leak in your property’s foundation, basement wall or basement window/door

  5. Failure of weeping tiles

  6. Overflowing gutters

  7. Leaking or plugged downspouts

Here are some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of your basement flooding.

  • Before the rainy season starts, ensure your plumbing and drainage system are in good working condition. Remember that homeowners are responsible for the plumbing from the property line to inside the home. You can have a licensed plumber assist to:

    • Locate and assess condition of sewer lateral.

    • Perform a video camera inspection to check the integrity of your sewer laterals.

    • Inspect the condition of backwater valves, backflow preventers and sump pump.

    • Assess and recommend options to reduce flooding.

    • Fix cracks, blockages or any other issues affecting your plumbing system.

  • Install battery-backup sump pump if your area experiences lots of power outages.

  • Avoid creating clogs:

    • Do not flush down the toilet: wipes(including “flushable wipes”), dental floss, condoms or paper towels.

    • Never pour fats or grease down your drain.

  • Seal all window wells, seal cracks or openings on walls.

  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris.

  • Increase green space around your home with native plants and shrubs.

 

What to do in case your basement flooded

  • Do not use your toilet or sinks unless it is absolutely necessary!  Any water collected in your drains might end up in your basement.

  • Shut off electrical power if possible in case there are outlets exposed to the water (note: it will affect your sump pump if you have one).

  • Check for gas odor if you have a gas water heater. The pilot may have been extinguished by the water.

  • Call your insurance company as soon as possible to report the damage caused by the flooding.

  • Be mindful of health and safety when cleaning up your flooded basement. Sewer backups and flood water can expose you to dangerous contaminants.

  • Discard all contaminated items that are of porous nature such as mattresses, cardboards, newspapers etc.

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.

  • If your property is subject to a high risk of flooding, look into a flood alarm that can be installed along with the backflow preventer valve on your main building drain.

Dripping Faucets Cost You Money!

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Although the noise of a dripping faucet can seem as the worst of the problems, each drip should also remind you of how much money you’re wasting down your drain. The EPA estimates that up to 10 percent of all households experience a dripping faucet, accounting to more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year. This does not only cost your wallet but also the environment. Lets not forget that only 1% of the water on the surface is usable for human consumption. Couple that with recent drought cases such as in California, there has never been a time where water has been more valuable.

So how bad can a leaky faucet be?

  • One slow dripping faucet can waste 7-10 gallons of water a day

  • A single leak can cost up to $20 a year

  • A faster dripping faucet can cost you up to $200 in a year

  • All the wasted water could push sewage treatment facilities to capacity, resulting in untreated wastewater that could end up in waterways.

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Sometimes leaking faucets can be overlooked.  Make a habit of regularly checking for leaky faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and seldom used fixtures. One sure way of knowing there might be a leak in one of your faucets or toilet would be a water bill that has suddenly skyrocketed.

Some leaking faucets can be easy DIY projects while some can be quite complicated. Don’t hesitate to call a professional to assist you with your a leaking faucet. Our highly trained plumbers can easily detect the cause of your leak and have your faucet working like new in no time!

For immediate help with a leaky faucet send us an email or call (314) 487-4564. 

Summer Plumbing Tips

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Garden hoses, swimming pools and sprinklers, just to name a few, can really give your plumbing system a workout during the summer.  Here are a few tips that can help prevent common plumbing issues we encounter during the summer and also save you some green.

Sprinkler Systems and Hoses

Early in the season, embedded sprinkler heads should be cleaned and inspected for leaks, clogs or broken sprinkler heads. When mowing the lawn, make sure the sprinkler heads are lowered to prevent damage. Checking the outside faucet and hose for any leaks can prevent damage to your property while also saving you money.

Water Heaters

Summer time means vacation time for many of us. We get a chance to visit friends and relatives, see new places and experience different cultures. If you will be away from your home for several days, turning down your water heater temperature could save you a significant amount in energy costs. Also lowering the temperature during the hottest of the summer days can have an impact on your energy bills.

Garbage Disposal

Wonderful weather in the summer gives way to a lot more parties and cookouts. Be careful of how you dispose off the large amounts of leftovers from these occasions. It would be best to avoid disposing of the following common summer items down your garbage disposal: watermelon or other hard fruits, fibrous vegetables, corn cobs, grease left from grilling, just-add-water foods, pasta or rice. Try running cold water for about 15 seconds before and after using your garbage disposal.

Clogged Toilets

Having kids out of school for the summer can significantly increase the use of your toilets. Taking preventative measures such as teaching your kids what not to flush down the toilet or how to use a modest amount of tissue paper could save you the hassle of a clogged toilet. Most common toilet clogs can be easily cleared with a plunger but if that fails, call in a professional before the problem gets worse!

Washing Machines

More outdoor activities in the summer for families results in more loads of laundry. The increased usage does put additional stress to your washing machine. According to IBHS, the average cost of washing machine damage is around $5,300 and 55% of these problems are from the supply hoses. Also, of all the supply line failures, 78% are on machines less than 11 years old. Make a habit of checking the hoses for leaks, bulges and cracks. We recommend replacing the hoses every three years and making sure your washing machine is at least 4 inches from the wall, to prevent kinking the hose. The dryer lint should also be removed regularly.

Sewer Line Backup

Excessive rain-water after the spring rains are a leading cause of sewer line backups. Additionally, tree roots grow substantially after the rainy season and could find their way to your sewer line to feed on the extra nutrients. Idealy have a professional come inspect your sewer lines before the beginning of the season. Detecting a sewer line problem early could potentially save you money and prevent damage to your property.

Common early warning signs of a sewer backup include: Raw sewage backing up the drains or toilet, gurgling sound coming from the drains.

If you suspect that your sewer line might be having issues, call a professional plumber to inspect the sewer line. Our plumbers are equipped with technologically advanced sewer line cameras that can detect the exact point of your problem in a non-invasive method.