• By Ferrell Johnson
  • 19 Apr, 2017



Welcome to the Little Rock Plumber Blog provided by Associated Plumbers. Topics blogged about below include many plumbing tips and articles from our expert plumbing contractors including resources, specials, news and other updates from our team here at Associated Plumbers.


By Ferrell Johnson 15 Sep, 2017
Lightning: Myths and Facts

Survival Enthusiast,

Surviving in a thunder storm can be an interesting challenge, more so than many think.

While not that many people are necessarily killed each year in a lightning strike, it does happen and it is a dangerous situation.

Needless to say it is no small ordeal being struck by thousands of volts of electricity, but even more dangerous is the lack of knowledge people have on good lightning survival. Today we will separate a few common facts from fiction.

MYTH 1: Always Seek Low Ground

It has often been said that if you are trapped in a thunderstorm you should immediately seek to bring your body to the lowest point, theoretically so the strike can safely pass over you.

Unfortunately this is not always true.

This is based on the assumption that lightning always strikes the highest point, but that's not always the case!

The lightning strikes where it will, and has even been known to strike flat ground, thus your crawling is no guarantee of safety.

MYTH 2: Cars Are Safe Because Of The Rubber Tires

While it is true that your car is often a sufficient shelter this is not because of the tires.

It is believed that because the rubber is an anti-conductor of sorts that the tires offer you protection from the electric current.

The unlikely opposite is actually true, however.

Your car is safe because most of the current will flow through the car's metal flame, and over all structure of the car, which grounds it.

This is important because it tells you it's a bad idea to lean on doors while nature is taking its course.

MYTH 3: Lightning Never Strikes The Same Place Twice

While most people tend to believe this it is actually flamboyantly false.

Not only can lightning strike the same place twice, but it's likely to do so many times.

In most cases lightning will flow into the nearest conduct so watch out for tall structures, especially if they contain metal.

Keep in mind the Empire State Building was once used as a laboratory of lightning of sorts because it so often struck the building.

Lightning can and will strike several times in the same place if it so chooses.

MYTH 4: Hide under a Tree

This is probably one of the more widely dispelled myths of the modern era.

By now most people have a head knowledge that it is unwise to hide under a tree during a thunderstorm.

It bears repeating because there still exists the temptation in the moment to take shelter under mother nature's generously provided shelter.

It still comes with a tremendous risk.

Just ask yourself, is it worth staying dry to bear that risk?

MYTH 5: No Storm, No Problem

Just because it isn't raining and the clouds aren't heavy and low doesn't mean you are in the clear.

Lightning has been known to strike in unlikely places.

Always be on the lookout in areas known for their frequent lightning strikes (such as southern Florida 
during spring and summer).

MYTH 6: Never Touch a Strike Victim

When someone is struck safety is important.

It's also important to get the individual the care they need.

They may require first aid and CPR.

The truth is, the body does not store and conduct electricity.

You are not going to be shocked if you touch the victim to apply first aid.

MYTH 7: If you're inside You're Safe

It is important to take shelter during a storm, but it is no guarantee that you're safe just because you're indoors.

Many people have been struck in the safety of their own homes.

It's important to be in a room that is free of too much metal or other conductors (such as in the shower) and that doesn't have a lot of electronics plugged in.

You should make sure there aren't a lot of windows or other entry points where lightning can tear right through.

Above all, just be safe, and stay informed!

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By Ferrell Johnson 03 Aug, 2017

The health benefits of copper include proper growth of the body, efficient utilization of iron, proper enzymatic reactions, as well as improved health of connective tissues, hair, and eyes. It is also integral for preventing premature aging and increasing energy production. Apart from these, regulated heart rhythm, balanced thyroid glands, reduced symptoms of arthritis, quick wound healing, increased red blood cell formation, and reduced cholesterol are other health benefits of copper.

The health benefits of copper are crucial for an overall healthy existence, as this mineral enables normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins. It cannot be produced within the body and therefore needs to be added from external food sources. It is the third most prevalent mineral in the body and it is mostly carried by the blood plasma protein, Ceruloplasmin. In order to enjoy the health benefits it must be included in the daily diet, as it is used up in daily bodily processes.

Symptoms Of Copper Deficiency
A deficiency of copper can have the following symptoms in human beings:


Low body temperature

Brittle bones


Dilated veins

Low white blood cell count

Uneven heartbeat

Elevated cholesterol levels

Low resistance to infections

Birth defects

Low skin pigmentation

Thyroid disorders

Some of the other symptoms include lethargy, paleness, sores, edema, stunted growth, hair loss, anorexia, diarrhea, bleeding under the skin and dermatitis. In infant boys, inherited copper deficiency of the rare Menkes’ syndrome can happen, where natural absorption of copper becomes impossible. Early medical intervention is essential in such cases.

Important Sources Of Copper
It is present in various food sources including liver, meat, seafood, beans, whole grains, soy flour, wheat bran, almonds, avocados, barley, garlic, nuts, oats, blackstrap molasses, beets and lentils. It also enters the human body through drinking water in copper pipes and by using copper cookware. Oysters are the richest sources. Copper content is lost because of prolonged storage in tin cans and in foods that are high in acid content.

Health Benefits Of Copper
Copper plays many important roles in maintaining a healthy body and some of its benefits include:

Arthritis: The health benefits of copper relate to its anti-inflammatory actions that assist in reducing the symptoms of arthritis. The consumer market is also flooded with copper bracelets as well as other accessories for curing this condition. It can also work as a home remedy for arthritis; store water in a copper container overnight to accumulates copper traces. These are beneficial in strengthening the muscular system, so drink the water when you wake in the morning. You will feel energized and active for the day, because your metabolism will have a good source of this element for its daily processes.

Proper Growth: Copper is essential for normal growth and health. Thus, it is very important to include this mineral in balanced levels in your regular diets. It is also helpful in the protection of the skeletal, nervous and cardiovascular systems. If you suffer from its deficiency, the normal and healthy growth of organs and tissues, as well as their proper oxygenation from an ample red blood cell concentration, would be impossible. Copper deficiencies are seen in many third world countries, and is reflected in the number of birth and growth defects in children of those nations.

Pigmentation of Hair and Eyes: Copper is a vital component of the natural dark pigment, melanin, which imparts coloration to the skin, hair, and eyes. Melanin can be produced by melanocytes only in the presence of the cuproenzyme called tyrosinase, which is derived from it. Intake of its supplements also helps in protecting against graying of the hair, so while it is often overlooked as an antioxidant mineral, it does protect the integrity of those cells and keeps you looking young! It also maintains the color of your eyes, and is essential, along with zinc, to keep your eyes beautifully colored into your old age.

Beef Connective Tissues: Copper is an important nutrient that plays a significant role in the synthesis of hemoglobin, myelin, body pigment melanin and collagen. It helps to protect the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves, and it is also actively involved in the production of elastin, an element of connective tissue that keeps the skin flexible. This also keeps your skin from looking older, by keeping it flexible and less prone to sagging and wrinkles.

Brain Stimulation: Copper is widely known as a brain stimulant, which is why foods rich in this element are often classified as “Brain Food”. However, copper content in the diet has to be in correct proportions, because too much of it is also not healthy for the brain. It has a control function to play in the brain, so the amount of copper supplementation has to be balanced. It has been associated directly with higher thought processes, particularly in relation to the impact of its transporter protein, Atp7a. Studies have shown a direct link between its content within the brain and creative or out of the box thinking, showing that it enables neural pathways to develop in unique ways.

Enzymatic Reactions: Copper is either an element or a cofactor in as many as 50 different enzymes that take part in various biological reactions within the body. These enzymes can function properly only in the presence of it. Without the enzymatic reactions in our various organ systems, our entire metabolism would slow down and the intricate network of reactions and metabolic pathways would cease to function in harmony. This is specifically important in certain brain pathways, particularly those involving dopamine and galactose.

Utilization of Iron and Sugar: Copper helps in the absorption of iron from the intestinal tract and in the release from its primary storage sites like the liver. It also helps in the utilization of sugar in the body. By helping in the absorption of iron from food and other supplemental sources, copper guarantees a healthy red blood cell count and proper oxygenation of different organ systems. Without a proper supply of iron, people suffer from anemia, also known as iron deficiency, which can be a very dangerous condition resulting in fatigue, muscle ache, digestive problems, and general weakness.

Helps Prevent Premature Aging: Copper is a strong antioxidant, which works in the presence of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase to safeguard the cell membranes from free radicals. Superoxide dismutase is one of the strongest antioxidants that work within the body in the fight against free radicals. Free radicals attack many different organ systems, but are specifically well-studied in terms of their effect on aging, including wrinkles, age spots, susceptibility to various types of cancer, macular degeneration, and kidney malfunctions. Having enough copper in your daily diet can keep you looking younger for longer!

Increases Energy Production: Copper is essential for the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate, which is an energy storehouse of the human body. The cuproenzyme, cytochrome c oxidase, affects intracellular energy production. It acts as a catalyst in the reduction of molecular oxygen to water, during which the enzyme produces an electrical gradient used by the mitochondria to synthesize the vital energy-storing molecule, ATP. Therefore, when we have enough of this element in our bodies, we will have enough functional and accessible energy to get through the day without feeling lethargic or tired.

Bactericidal Properties: Studies have shown that copper can destroy or inhibit the growth of bacterial strains such as E Coli. It also boosts the immune system and prevents excess energy from being expended fighting off the infections.

Thyroid Glands: Copper plays an important role in ensuring the proper function of the thyroid gland. However, excess amount is also a major cause of thyroid malfunction, so you need a very balanced level of copper in the blood, or else hormonal activity will be imbalanced, and you can develop symptoms of either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Red Blood Cell Formation: Copper is essential in the production of red blood cells, hemoglobin, and bone matter. This is because it is partially responsible for the efficient uptake of iron from food sources.

Immunity: Copper is a vital part of the healing process and ensures better wound healing. It acts as an extremely good immunity builder, and it also works as a cure for anemia, which will allow your body to both defend itself better and heal itself faster. It is a co-factor in various enzymatic processes that result in endothelial growth, or the healing process of tissue.

Reduces Cholesterol: Research studies have shown that copper can reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and help to increase beneficial cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). This lowers the chances of cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

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By Ferrell Johnson 02 Jun, 2017


With all of today's great benefits and features available, you can turn the ordinary tub or shower into a mini paradise that accurately reflects your personal taste and style. With a little creativity and little planning, transforming that old bathroom into the room of your dreams is easier than ever. Below are some great ideas that can help you get started and launch your new   bathroom renovation   today.

First Things First

Before you move forward it's important to do your homework. What this means in the world of   bathroom remodeling   is making sure that your current plumbing setup can accomodate your grand ideas. The first step you can take is hire a plumbing specialist to come out and do some specs and take measurements. A technician will inspect your pipes and make any adjustments need to be made. You may need to prepare for anything from small small repairs all the way up to a full system replacement. All of this will depend on the age and condition of your plumbing.

Something else to think about is the current dimension and size of your pipes including the fixtures, drains and even the pipes themselves. Other considerations will include redesigning the shower area or replacing the tub itself. Although paradise is just a construction project away, having all the facts and knowing what you're actually getting into will mean the difference between a successful renovation and a complete disaster.

The Right Tub For You

Choosing the right tub ultimately depends on what look you're going for and how you want to feel when you get in. It will also depend on how much room you have for the new installation. Ask yourself the following questions: How often will you be using your tub and for what reasons? What design or style perfectly matches the overall room environment? What colors, tones, or patterns do your prefer? With that in mind, here are some great options:

  • Acrylic:   Acrylic is one of the most affordable options on the market today. It's extremely lightweight and reinforced with a tough fiberglass surface then custom-formed into a mold for the desired area. It is chip and crack resistant, and is easy to maintain and keep up.
  • Cast iron:   Enamel-coated cast iron gives you a class, traditional appeal that homeowners love. Cast iron may be the most durable material in the industry. The need for any maintenance is very minimal. The only downside to a cast iron tub is that it's extremely heavy and additional support on the floor may be needed.
  • Cultured marble:   A moderately affordable choice, cultured marble is made from condensed limestone and polyester then given a gel-coat finish that gives it an attractive edge over other types of tubs. But be careful in choosing these types of tubs, because they will scratch. It's not an ideal choice for children and pets. But despite their delicacy, marble tubs are very popular.
  • Gel-coated fiberglass:   Gel coated fiberglass is extremely lightweight, very affordable, and easy to mold. They can work in any environment regardless of your style. Although they are also susceptible to scratching, they surprisingly hold up rather well.

If you are looking for a professional plumber in the Little Rock area, then please call 501-666-9483 or complete our   online request form .

By Ferrell Johnson 02 Jun, 2017

Replacing a few fixtures in the bathroom of your Little Rock home can go a long way to sprucing things up. Does your bathroom need to be updated? Are the faucets and other small fixtures outdated? Are you tired of looking at and using the same old standard faucet? Do your bathroom fixtures do anything for the style of the bathroom?

There are many changes which can be made to a bathroom. The tub can be replaced, the shower replaced, the toilet replaced, the sink replaced, and all the faucets and small fixtures updated.

As  Little Rock Plumbers , Associated Plumbers often helps homeowners with bathroom  fixture replacement . Some projects are small while others are more extensive. Here are some ideas to improve your bathroom and spruce up your home.

Replacing Large Bathroom Fixtures

In plumbing, a fixture is any object in the home that ties into the plumbing system. This includes bathtubs, showers, and sinks. These are the larger bathroom fixtures that can be replaced to spruce up your Little Rock bathroom.

If you have an old retro-style matching colored sink, tub, and shower, it's time to replace them with something new. Colors like baby blue, mustard, and clam-peach or pink are outdated. They are hard to decorate around unless you're decorating your home true to the era when they were popular.

This is the time to dream a little. Want to replace that old tub with a new whirlpool or Jacuzzi tub? Now is the time. Want a walk-in tub instead of a shower/tub combo? Or do you want a toilet with an oval or oblong seat instead of round?

Replacing Small Bathroom Fixtures & Hardware

The small bathroom fixtures such as faucets, spigots, and shower heads can easily be replaced by your professional plumber. New styles are popping up every day. Currently, the trend is toward mixing metals. The gold colored metals are mixed with the white metals in today's design trends.

You may love a certain type of metal. Why not replace the bathroom fixtures with something that is more functional and beautiful? Some popular small fixture metals are:

  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Gold-plated
  • Chrome
  • Nickel
  • Aluminum
  • Matte or shiny finish
  • Satin sheen

If you would like more ideas or are interested in Bathroom Fixture Replacement Service for your Little Rock home, please call 501-666-9483 or complete our  online request form .

By Ferrell Johnson 02 Jun, 2017


We often do not think about our  Little Rock water heater until something goes wrong with them. Most of us do not even do anything about them even when they do need maintenance. Water heater repairs and installations, along with maintenance, are necessary in keeping up with them. Your local plumber can do the work for you.

When it comes to residential water tanks, you have options. Repairs can often be done by the homeowner, but if you don't possess the experience needed for repairs; you should call in a professional.

Always check to make sure that the water's temperature heat setting is at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You may want to change the settings lower if there are children or the elderly in the home who are more prone to scalding.

Make sure that your hot water tank is insulated. This can actually minimize the energy that it takes to heat water. It will also cut down on your heating bills. Foam pipe insulations sleeves on them will lessen heat loss.

Tankless water heater systems are one of the best out there today. They work by heating flowing water without storing it. Using a strong heating element, they can produce water instantly for washing dishes, tanking baths, and doing the laundry.

Little Rock plumbers  can normally service a hot water tank. That is because plumbers have the equipment and tools to handle jobs of all size. They'll help get you proper installations and repairs as well as finding ones based one:

  • Price
  • Available space in home
  • Efficiency
  • Storage

If your water tank is not producing enough hot water, your problems may be chronic. If you have recently installed a new plumbing component, your tank may not produce the same amount of hot water.

Also-you might need a plumbing service if your tank is producing to hot of water. The temperature may only need turned down but if that's not the case; you're going to need repairs and eventually a replacement if it persists.

No matter what your problems are with your tank, you need to NOT take matters into your own hands and rely solely on a plumbing professional. You'd be surprised at how much they can do for the lifespan of a water tank.

Getting the right  water heater service in Little Rock  can be done by using the services of Associated Plumbers. They have been around since 1947 and offer quality plumbing services. Call them and have your installations and repairs done by the pros.

If you are a looking for water heater plumbing services in the Little Rock area, then please call Associated Plumbers at 501-666-9483 or complete our  online request form .

By Ferrell Johnson 02 Jun, 2017


When it comes to  Sherwood plumbing repairs , there are plumbers who can make your home's plumbing feel more like a home. Living without problems is what we try and achieve. When we ignore problems, our homes become a place of frustration.

Finding a plumber is the hard part. Plumbers are everywhere and they all promise the same thing. Many promise emergency repairs whereas others have their 9-5 plumbing. Either way; taking advantage of it when you need it will help save your plumbing and your fixtures.

Many  Sherwood plumbers are used to the era where tools were not as advanced. Technologies such as drain cleaning and leak detectors are used on most jobs now which have made repairs easier to fix as well as locate.

Residential plumbing repairs are necessary in order for your plumbing to work efficiently. Without repairs; our homes would be in disarray. You need a professional plumber for the following reasons:

  • Upgrading fixtures
  • Renovations
  • Safe work getting done
  • Raising the home's value
  • Enhanced comfort
  • Water conservation

Taking on your own plumbing should be something to consider, but think about this; if you were to mess a project up, you'd actually pay more. Paying more for a repair job makes the repairs twice what you would have paid. And paying someone else to do the repairs will keep you safe.

When you don't have the expertise that a  professional plumbing contractor offers, contact one that's locally owned in your community. Being locally owned; you'll get more of a personal service rather than corporate where you pay more and have less of a desirable experience.

  • Experience
  • Services
  • Referrals
  • Repair schedule

Those should be taken into consideration when hiring a plumber. When considering repairs; make sure that you have taken all factors into consideration. Sometimes repairs lead to unnecessary replacements when the contractor is not researched thoroughly.

Replacements will obviously cost you more money. But investing in a future of problem free plumbing can make your home more energy efficient as you'll cut down on water usage as well as repair costs and replacements.

Don't put your plumbing repairs off. Have your repairs done when you notice the problem signs. These are small indications that you need immediate attention to them or else they will get bigger such as a small pool lying around your water heater.

When you decide that you need to have  Sherwood plumbing repairs done; contact Associated Plumbers. They are the real plumbers in your area who can deliver what you need when you need it.

If you are a looking for professional plumbing repairs in Sherwood, then please call Associated Plumbers at 501-666-9483 or complete our  online request form

By Ferrell Johnson 02 Jun, 2017


When you are renovating the home or just adding upgrades, plumbing fixtures in   Little Rock   are the answer as there are lots of little ways to increase the efficiency and reduce water bills in the home. Your bathroom and kitchen are two areas to start with.

With a bathroom components, you will get the effectiveness you need out of the space. What many of us do not know is that our bathrooms can be fully functional with the right components. Low water pressure, not having enough hot water, and poorly sealed tubs can bring you down.

Your bathroom is one of the most highly trafficked rooms in the home. Adding new plumbing fixtures is a way to inexpensively remodel. New fixtures can cure your space problem and make improvement in the following ways:

  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Faucets
  • Showerheads

Toilets are something that comes with a home. But many toilets are older and if you feel a rocking sensation when sitting down on yours; you may have to think about a   toilet replacement. Modern toilets can flush themselves and are available in all styles.

Kitchen areas are the same as the bath. Many kitchens are older and are in need of new components. Items such as the garbage disposal can be upgraded. Modern garbage disposals are more efficient and safer these days.

Maybe you're relocating your plumbing in a remodel your North Little Rock home. There are plumbers out there who can reinstall your lines. Adding more space to a kitchen means adding new plumbing. Even appliance installations should be considered.

Gas appliances and plumbing ones require professional installation. With a professional, you'll not have to worry about the setup or any hazards that it may deliver during operation. Professionals also get the appliance installation completed on time.

Sinks and faucets   are major components in a bathroom and the kitchen. There are so many technologically advanced options these days; you'll find yourself overwhelmed. New faucets save on water usage, and money.

There are lots of affordable components for the home in today's market. Components such as Kohler and TOTO are popular brands. Finding your plumber of choice will take a little research. Research each local plumber in your area to include:

  • Experience
  • Installation fees
  • Labor

North Little Rock plumbing fixtures   are just waiting to be installed by professionals at Associated Plumbers. They are the premier plumbers who have been in business since 1947. You'll have peace of mind knowing that you're working with the best.

If you are a looking for a plumbing fixtures installation service in North Little Rock, then please call Associated Plumbers at 501-666-9483 or complete our   online request form .

By Ferrell Johnson 02 Jun, 2017


Water heaters   are almost always under stress, and they are very rarely switched off. So there’s no way to predict when a serious problem may occur with your water heater, and unless you pay close attention to the appliance, you may need a replacement when you least expect it.

The plumbers at   Associated Plumbers Inc   recommend that you have the water heater in your Little Rock home tuned up and inspected at least once each year to find any problems that may go unnoticed, and to keep your water heater running efficiently. When you do notice that something is wrong—no matter how small the problem seems—it’s important to call a professional as soon as possible. Even small problems with your water heater can quickly grow out of control.

Still, even if you stay up on the repairs and maintenance, you will eventually need to have your Little Rock home's water heater replaced. And it’s extremely convenient to know that you’ll need that replacement ahead of time. Otherwise, you may not have hot water in your home for up to a week.

You’ll most likely need a professional plumber to let you know whether or not you need to replace your water heater. But there are some warning signs that it can help to look out for:

Your Water Heater’s Age

Most   water heaters   last for about ten years. Of course, that number can vary in either direction based on the maintenance that your water heater regularly receives. Without regular maintenance, the water heater in your Little Rock home could last for as few as five years.

Once your water heater is around five years old, you should start to pay closer attention to it and consider whether or not you need to have it replaced. This is also a great time to think about the last time you had the water heater inspected. The professional plumbers at Associated Plumbers Inc can help you decide whether or not you need a replacement, and we can let you know how much longer you can expect your water heater to last.

Listen for Noises

Any strange or loud noises coming from your water are potential signs that it has serious problems.

These sounds could mean that sediment has built up in your water heater and the components aren’t allowing water through. Sometimes the sediment can be flushed out, and sometimes it’s irreparable. If you hear any buzzing, clicking, humming, or loud pops, call a professional plumber immediately to assess the situation.

Look for Leaks

Leaks in your water heater can often be repaired. But sometimes the leaks can mean you’ll have to have a replacement. Leaks in your Little Rock home's water heater can be indicators of larger problems that can lead to complete breakdown in the near future.

Remember, though:   not every puddle you find around water heater is the result of a leak.

The best thing you can do if you believe you’ve found a leak is to call a professional for an inspection. We’ll help you determine whether you have a leak, where it’s coming from, and the best way to handle the situation.

If you need water heater repairs or a replacement in the Little Rock area, call Associated Plumbers Inc at 501-666-9483 , or fill out our   online request form ..



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By Ferrell Johnson 02 Jun, 2017
By Ferrell Johnson 19 Apr, 2017


Welcome to the Little Rock Plumber Blog provided by Associated Plumbers. Topics blogged about below include many plumbing tips and articles from our expert plumbing contractors including resources, specials, news and other updates from our team here at Associated Plumbers.

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