Plumbing Basics



Maintaining My Plumbing

The average household plumbing system represents an investment of about fifteen percent of the value of the house. No part of the house is more important. Nothing in the house is used more often. A smoothly functioning plumbing system is a pin to health and adds to the convenience of modern living. With an ounce of prevention, it will go a long way toward keeping your home’s plumbing in top working order – and you’ll avoid costly repairs!

Faucets and Sinks

Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day! Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid wasting water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes. Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow. Water Heater Before doing any maintenance on your water heater yourself, be sure to shut off the power, and read your owner’s manual. At least once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician. The technician will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage, and the anode rods for corrosion.


Toilet leaks can be wasteful and expensive. At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank. Clogs Avoid using caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage them. Contact a professional to do so.

Garbage Disposal

You can extend the life of your garbage disposal by: Using plenty of cold water when running it Making sure you avoid over loading it

Where does On It Plumbing Travel To?

When it comes to taking care of your plumbing needs On It Plumbing travels to the entire Big Island and beyond when needed.  We are regularly in Kona, Waimea, Hilo and Pahoa.  We also travel to other Islands Trip Charges May apply.



Well Pumps , Catchment Systems



Big Island Well Pump and Catchment Specialists.

Yes, On It Plumbing does well pumps and Catchments too. 

Do you Just do pumps you might ask?

No, we can take care of your entire system from the pump to the pressure switch and pressure tanks from one end of the Big Island to the other.  There are also new lines of pumps that we can install that are a constant pressure pump so that you don't have to have a pressure tank.  Variable Frequency Drive pumps are also another option.  If you have any questions regarding your well system from deep in the ground to the inside of your home, give us a call and we will get one of our specialists out to your home or office and get your problems solved and your questions answered.



Why Preventative Maintenance



Preventative Maintenance....

I know you hear many commercials and everyone tries to sell it to you.  Is it worth it?  In short , YES.  Whether it is your Plumbing or Air Conditioning system preventative maintenance IS important.  It keeps your home running smoothly, and helps identify leaks and issues before they turn into big ticket items that cost you lots of money?  When was the last time you were in your crawlspace?  Is there water leaking down there?  Ductwork that has fallen apart?  Mold and Mildew growing? 

That is one of the many items we find when we do preventative maintenance.  For more detailed information on Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Preventative Maintenance take a look at each individual page that talks specifically about what is done on those services.



Drain Cleaning



Drains are one thing we all take for granted – until there’s a clog. Whether it’s your kitchen sink, bathtub, toilet or laundry line, the smallest of clogs lead to the biggest of problems.  Whether it is tree roots plugging up the drains or just a buildup of grease and other stuff like soap scum, hair etc.  Some things that people don't consider when their whole house has a main line clog is that sometimes it can be the neighbors tree roots growing into their sewer piping through a crack in the pipe that is latching onto everything until finally, its plugged...  Once identified this issue can be permanently fixed.  On It Plumbing also repairs and installs lift stations, septic tank piping, sewage pump stations and pump stations that remove ground water from your crawlspace or basement.  No clog,  plug or problem is too big or small.

That’s why On It Plumbing offers drain cleaning technicians. We offer the latest in drain cleaning technology to solve even the worst of clogs caused by grease, debris and sludge. We also offer video camera inspections of sewer lines to get to the root of the problem with as little mess – and hassle – as possible.

Does On It Plumbing Come to my area you might ask?

On It Plumbing travels and services the entire Big Island, from clogged Drains in Hilo and Pahoa, to plugged Sewer lines in Kona and Waimea, Kitchen sink drains and plugged garbage disposers in Keaau and Volcano.  We even get the hair out of that slow draining Lavatory sink in your bathroom in Kau. (trip charges may apply)



Water Heaters



How a Water Heater Works?

Water heaters are not really all that mysterious. A water heater heats water on a continual basis, whether you are using hot water or not. When you draw off hot water, cold water enters the tank to replace the hot water drawn out. When the thermostat senses the water temperature has dropped below the hold level, it initiates the heating element(s) in an electric water heater or the burner in a gas model. Even if you don’t use hot water, the temperature in the tank will fall and so the water will be reheated to bring it back up to the desired temperature. Because of this wasted energy, it is advisable to turn down the thermostat when away for extended periods of time, such as when you are on vacation.

Which Water Heater is Better: Gas or Electric?

Gas and electric water heaters are about equally common. An advantage of electric is that they don’t require venting of the combustion gases as in a gas model. However, electric heaters may be more expensive to operate and generally don’t heat cold water as quickly as gas models can. However, your choice may be dictated by what type of unit you are replacing. Often, changing from one energy source to another can be prohibitively expensive.

Tank versus Tankless

While tank-type heaters are the norm in the United States, a tankless heater is sometimes the better choice. Tankless heaters (also known as instantaneous or demand water heaters) heat the water as it is called for at the tap. Tankless heaters usually cost two to three times as much as comparable tank-types. But tankless heaters, being smaller, can fit into spots where you’d never get a tank.

Do You Need A New Water Heater?

Are you having water heater issues?  Does your water heater need new Heating Elements?  Does your water heater need to be replaced all together?  Is the Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve leaking on your water heater or maybe you need a pressure tank on your water heater?  On it Plumbing does it all when it comes to water heater whether they have a tank or are tankless.  Give us a holler and we will get your hot water going again so you can enjoy that nice hot bath or shower you have been missing!


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