Plumbing

Water Treatment Extends Life of Fixtures And Appliances

Water Treatment | Plumbing service | Waukesha WI | Schoenwalder Plumbing

This won’t do – a water treatment system to combat hard water is the solution.

Wisconsin is known for “hard water” that benefits from a professional water treatment system. A systematic analysis by an experienced plumbing service leads the way to extending the life of your pipes, fixtures and appliances.

People and Property Benefit from Water Treatment

The quality of your water is a key to your overall health. Without effective water treatment, a host of serious illnesses can be  linked to “bad” water including bacteria, viruses and organic pollutants, chemicals and mineral content.

High-quality water is even more beneficial to household appliances. Installing a whole house treatment system can improve your quality of life and save you money by keeping your appliances running at top efficiency and lasting longer. Consider – A water softener can cut the use of laundry detergent and dishwashing soaps by as much as half. Continue reading

Sump Pump Troubleshooting Avoids Problems

Sump Pump Troubleshooting | Sump Pumps | Waukesha WI | Schoenwalder Plumbing

Basic sump pump troubleshooting begins at the bottom of the basket, where old water and dirt are waiting to cause trouble.

A few minutes spent on sump pump troubleshooting can save hours of grief when the annual rains and spring thaw comes to Waukesha WI.  Reliable sump pumps protect your belongings from basement water damage.

An American Society of Home Inspectors study showed more than 60% of American homes suffer from some kind of water damage, accounting for more than $9 billion dollars in restoration bills. The cost of a failed sump pump can be anywhere from $500 to $10,000 depending upon how long the water is allowed to accumulate and how finished the surrounding basement is.

Periodic sump pump troubleshooting can save furniture, carpets, paneling, tools and appliances. And the cost goes up if you include in the basement water damage the mold and mildew that almost always adds to the mess. Continue reading

Plumbing Facts – Garbage Disposals & Their Myths

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If you can’t chew it don’t put it in garbage disposals in Waukesha WI

Garbage disposals are usually used multiple times each day in most Waukesha WI homes. While years ago this was not the case, today most people cannot imagine cleaning up after a meal without a disposal. More than ever, disposals are standard equipment in a modern kitchen.

Since disposals are used so widely, you would think people would be very aware of how to care and maintain them. In fact, the information passed from homeowner to homeowner is often based on fiction, not fact. Some of the fiction are myths and much of the fiction comes from misinformation published on the internet. At Schoenwalder Plumbing we want to correct some of these misunderstandings and provide some simple tips to help you to care for your disposal correctly. Our primary goal is to help our customers keep their disposals functioning at top efficiency. Continue reading

Water Heater Installation – Choose A Professional

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Professional water heater installation will ensure proper function and extend water heater life

Water heater installation can be a tough job for the average homeowner. While it’s nice to save a few bucks on the installation, as well as learn a few things, cutting corners can cause long term problems.

If water heater installation is done properly, maximum efficiency and proper operation is the end result. Below are some good reasons to let the pros do your installation.

With Water Heaters Size Can Matter

In choosing correct water heaters, a flow rate calculation should be done as well as the temperature rise you will need in your home. Also, identifying the peak hour demand by accounting for the number of people in the home and their usage patterns can influence the water heater you choose. Continue reading

Signs You May Need Sewer Line Repair In Waukesha WI

Sewer Line | Sewer Line Repair | Waukesha WI | Schoenwalder Plumbing

A sewer line repair requires the right equipment and the knowledge to use it – call a professional plumber to repair your sewer line

Sewer line repair problems can be very significant for homeowners. Plumbing problems in general can range from disruptive to disastrous. A sewer line repair, if needed, can help you avoid a disaster or it may be in response to a disaster.

The challenge of sewer line repair is often times you cannot plan for a timely repair. Sometimes things just break and you are left to clean up the mess. However, there are times you can avoid a disaster.

Identifying When Your May Need Sewer Line Repair In Waukesha WI

To help predict when sewer line repair might be needed, keep an eye on the following situations. They are often early warnings of developing sewer line problems. Continue reading

Plumbers Tip – Plumbing Maintenance In Waukesha WI

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If YOU cannot chew it, DO NOT send it down your drain – it’s just common sense for Plumbing

Your plumbing works hard for you every day. And, if you are like most people, you probably take it for granted. And, that means you have reliable plumbing. Think about it, every time you use a sink or a shower or dishwasher, your plumbing performs in Waukesha WI. There is almost never a malfunction that will ruin your day. And that is a good thing!

However, plumbing and all of its connections are no different than other mechanical things. Over time, with use, there will be wear. Usually it shows itself in the form of a slower draining drain. At Schoenwalder Plumbing in Waukesha WI, we understand the frustration of slow drains and other breakdowns – they can ruin your day. So to help avoid a bad day, below are some ideas to help your Waukesha WI plumbing work well. Continue reading

Home Winterization Tips For Waukesha WI

An average of 250,000 families across America suffer from damage caused by water pipes freezing and breaking

Frozen Pipes | Winterization | Waukesha WI | Schoenwalder Plumbing

Proper plumbing winterization helps avoid frozen pipes and water damage

according to State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, payments by all insurance companies in the past decade for those kinds of losses have exceeded $4 billion.

That is a huge expense and a lot of property damage done because of no or improper winterizing.

So, if you are a cabin owner or will have a vacant property this winter (those of you heading south for the winter know who you are), making sure your plumbing is properly winterized is important, to say the least. At Schoenwalder Plumbing we want to be sure your plumbing is prepared to endure frigid Waukesha WI temperatures. Continue reading

Correcting Hard Water Damage To Bathroom Fixtures In WaukeshaWI

Hard Water | Bathroom Fixtures |Waukesha WI | Schoenwalder Plumbing

Hard water can destroy the aesthetics of your bathroom fixtures and their function

Hard water deposits on bathroom fixtures such as showers, faucet heads and bathtubs are ugly to look at and can cause problems in plumbing. No one likes hard crusty formations from hard water.

Soluble minerals in water are responsible for the crusty formations. Most water treatment plants run by cities remove the majority of minerals from water. Unfortunately, they do not remove all of the minerals from water. Because of that, all of the water fixtures in your home will likely get deposits over time. And, fixtures exposed to the highest amount of use, such as bathroom fixtures, can be ruined. Additionally, over time, even the rest of your plumbing is at risk and can eventually grow into a general plumbing problem. Continue reading

Extending Garbage Disposal Life In Waukesha WI

Garbage Disposal | Waukesha WI | Schoenwalder PLumbing

Maintaining your garbage disposal can extend its operating life greatly

A garbage disposal is one of the most under-appreciated appliances in most homes. Most people use their disposal daily. Some people throw almost anything into their disposal.

The reality is, your disposal usually gets very little tender loving care.

However, disposals can develop problems. Some of those problems will diminish their life span. To ensure your disposal continues operating as long as possible, follow the three guidelines below –

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Water Heater Replacement in Waukesha WI

Water Heater| Water Heaters | Waukesha WI | Schoenewalder Plumbing

When your water heater is less efficient or needing regular repairs, a new unit may be in order

A water heater is built to last a number of years ranging from ten to more than twenty years. However, regardless of how well they are cared for, they will fail at some point do to normal wear and tear. When that time comes, replacement is inevitable.

For convenience and planning sake, it is good to know when your water heater is failing so you can identify the process in the beginning to avoid being without hot water. Without planning, it is possible to be caught off guard and be stuck without hot water for multiple days. Below are signals a new water heater should be installed. Continue reading

Eliminate Frozen Pipes By Winterizing Your Home

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Winterizing your home will help eliminate frozen pipes that can burst and cause expensive water damage

With the temperatures beginning to drop, now is a very good time to begin winterizing your home. Residents in Waukesha WI know the temperature will be below freezing for an extended period of time and now is the time to act to avoid frozen pipes and other problems.

Pipe insulation, unhooking hoses, turning water off and other actions will help protect your plumbing during the low winter temperatures. Winterizing your home starts with basic, common sense steps. If it can freeze, move or protect it. Continue reading

Plumbing Protection From Water Softeners In Waukesha WI

Hard water is a very damaging substance if not controlled and treated properly with a water softener in your home.

Water Softeners can protect your home and property, even though it is very unglamorous work horse.

Water Softeners Are Your Homes First Line Of Protection

In Waukesha County water can be very hard water. If left untreated by water softeners, homeowners can experience multiple problems. For example –

• Water Heaters – water softeners are extremely important for the longevity of plumbing equipment. A water softener will protect against what hard water can do to fixtures and equipment like water heaters. A water heater lifespan can be reduced 50% by hard water if not treated with a water softener.

• Fixtures – hard water causes scale to form and will diminish the function and look of your fixtures.

• Energy Bills – hard water causes mineral build-up. The build-up makes you water heater less efficient. Because water heaters are heavy energy users as a result of their function, they can cause spikes in energy usage when not operating at peak efficiency. A water softener will pay for itself in reduced energy expense. Continue reading

Replacement Options For Water Well Pumps in Waukesha

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Constant pressure water well pump systems rely on controller units to manage the water pressure effectively and efficiently

For homeowners and businesses using water well pumps in Waukesha WI, there are two primary options to consider when it comes time to replace worn well pumps.

The choices are pretty straight forward. Standard water well pumps are a choice most people are familiar with. Another water well pump choice gaining popularity is a  newer style known as the Constant Pressure well pump. Both pumps work well; however, a Constant Pressure design offers some advantages. Below are some details – Continue reading

Bathroom Remodeling Studio – Showroom In Waukesha WI

Bathroom Remodeling showroom - Schoenwalder Plumbing - Waukesha WI

Trying products can help you pick the perfect solution for your needs

Bathroom remodeling can be easier than ever before when a complete Kitchen and Bath Design Studio and Showroom is available for your use.

Schoenwalder Plumbing has created the… Continue reading