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A Brief History of Plumbing

As you know, I’m proud to be a third-generation Austin plumber. Our family has been installing, repairing and maintaining water systems for decades — but the plumbing industry itself has been around a lot longer.

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Water Tank Heaters: Sometimes Old Tech Is the Best Tech

Water heaters have their good points. They last for many years with proper repair and maintenance, and as I mentioned they can supply a large volume of heated water for large homes. But they do force you to keep your burner going continuously, and gas isn’t cheap. Ultimately you must choose the most cost-efficient solution for your specific needs.

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Tankless Water Heaters: What They Are and How to Get One

Tankless water heaters aren’t for everyone, but owners of smaller homes in particular will love paying less for a hot water system that keeps the heat coming no matter how much water the occupants run. Contact us for more info!

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Sewer Pipe Inspection: An Inspection Today Keeps the Roots Away

Do you live in an older Austin neighborhood such as Tarrytown, Allandale, or Hyde Park? If you do, then your sewer lines may date back to the 1930s. Unless they’ve been replaced already, these sewer lines are still relying on the original Orangeburg, Claytile or simple cement pipes installed in my grandfather’s time as a plumber. These materials enjoyed a lot of popularity as sewer piping up through the 1960s – and that’s a problem, because they don’t last. These materials start to disintegrate over time, allowing tree roots to grow right into the pipe and block it up. And then your sewer service fails.

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Honesty in Plumbing: Who Earns Your Trust?

Buyer beware! Roofers, painters, plumbers and other service providers come and go, sometimes without any intention of sticking around after they’ve been paid, or throwing little “surprises” into the final price tag. Some don’t really have professional training, legitimate credentials or an established business history. It makes things tougher for us legitimate Austin plumbers and other professionals, and it really makes things tough for you. But how can you tell an honest plumbing service from a less-honest one?

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Plumbing 911: Dealing with Emergencies

Availability. Emergencies don’t wait for a convenient time. That’s why any plumber offering emergency services must be ready, willing and able to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That sounds like a given, but you’d better make sure before selecting your regular go-to guy for plumbing services. At Steve’s we promise – and deliver – ‘round the clock emergency service.

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Experience Matters

There are plenty of new guys out there in the Austin plumbing industry, and that’s understandable – everybody has to start somewhere. But that doesn’t mean they have to start with you. Letting an inexperienced plumber fix your pipes is like letting a student driver borrow your car – your property might survive, but for how long? Go with a plumbing company that can claim a lifetime’s experience of plumbing in Austin. Call Steve’s!

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Bob Cole from KVET endorses Steve

In 2010, Austin’s popular DJ on KVET Radio began endorsing Steve’s Plumbing Repair. Bob Cole is also the owner of Hill’s Cafe, a historic Austin venue.

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Replacing Old Sewer Lines

If you live in these Austin neighborhoods: Terrytown, Hydepark, and Allendale you probably need to replace your sewer lines. Most of the lines we replace were originally laid in the 30’s, 40’s, and on up into the 60’s. Some of them are made out of Orangeburg, Claytile, or Cement sewer lines and in such a poor condition that tree roots start growing inside them.

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