HomeLife Warranty Protection Offers Tips on Maintaining Hot Water Heater

In Business on March 30, 2017 at 11:58 am

HomeLife Warranty ProtectionFor many people, their hot water heater isn’t even a blip on the radar until there are problems. However, according to HomeLife Warranty Protection representatives, an hour once a year can prevent a host of problems including the dreaded cold shower. Today, we speak with HomeLife Warranty Protection about why flushing the hot water heater is important and get a few DIY tips.

Q: Thank you for taking time out to speak with us today. We would like to discuss hot water heater maintenance.

HomeLife Warranty Protection: That is, unfortunately, a task that is all too often forgotten.

Q: Why is that?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: The hot water heater is a silent workhorse that labors in the shadows providing hot water for the entire house. As they say, out of sight, out of mind.

Q: Until the shower is suddenly ice cold…

HomeLife Warranty Protection: That’s usually when people realize there’s a problem. But, many hot water heater issues can be prevented with a simple maintenance procedure once or twice a year, depending on where you live.

Q: Really?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Yes, and it’s a simple as screwing in a water hose and opening a valve. Flushing your hot water heater helps eliminate calcium and sediment deposits in the tank.

Q: What kind of problems can arise from these minerals?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Hard water – that which contains enough calcium to leave sediment – can significantly reduce a hot water heater’s efficiency and even cause it to break down prematurely.

Q: How does it do that?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Deposits collect at the bottom of the tank and insulate the heating element, meaning the water doesn’t get as warm as it should and it has to work harder to maintain its temperature.

Q: Oh, that doesn’t sound good. But is it really is easy as connecting a garden hose?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Yes, it is. Hot water heaters have a small threaded spout toward the bottom. Typically, it is the same size as a common water hose. You simply turn the main water supply off, attach the hose, and turn the knob. The water will drain over the course of an hour or so.

Q: And that’s it?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: It’s a good idea to turn the water back on to allow fresh water to flush away any remaining deposits while you still have the drain valve open.

Q: How do you refill the tank?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Once you’ve turned the water back on and closed the valve, the tank will refill.

Q: Can you drain the hot water heater if the water is hot?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: A functional hot water heater should be turned off overnight to prevent injuries.

Q: And this is recommended even for new units?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Yes, it is especially important for new units so that the homeowner can get the longest time possible out of their investment. Hot water heaters are not cheap!

Q: That sounds easy enough, but what if I’m not comfortable doing it myself?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Any reputable plumber should offer hot water heater draining service.

Q: If the hot water heater isn’t flushed regularly, does that affect its warranty?

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Since this is a standard maintenance requirement, not flushing it may very well void its warranty – both from the manufacturer and through HomeLife Warranty Protection.

Q: That makes sense. It’s kind of like changing the oil in a car.

HomeLife Warranty Protection: That’s exactly right.

Q: Again, we appreciate your time today, you’ve given our readers some things to think about and a new chore for the weekend.

HomeLife Warranty Protection: Any time.

Morgan Exteriors Moves Indoors to Offer Area’s Best Bathroom Remodeling

In Bathroom Remodeling on March 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Morgan ExteriorsMorgan Exteriors, Inc. has been sprucing up the outside of homes in and around Tampa for the last 50 years. Recently, to the delight of homeowners throughout Hillsborough County, the company added a new service. Today, we speak with representatives from Morgan Exteriors about the company’s new bathroom remodeling options.

Q: Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to chat with us today.

Morgan Exteriors: Always a pleasure.

Q: We understand that Morgan Exteriors has recently expanded to offer indoor remodeling services?

Morgan Exteriors: That’s true, but not just any type of remodeling. We have partnered with Bath Planet.

Q: What is Bath Planet?

Morgan Exteriors: Bath Planet is a bathroom remodeling company headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois.

Q: Why choose Bath Planet?

Morgan Exteriors: By customer demand, we knew we needed to break the barrier from exterior services to offer a more dynamic line of remodeling services. After months of research, we determined Bath Planet’s products lived up to our customers’ expectations.

Q: What is unique about Bath Planet of Tampa?

Morgan Exteriors: Bath Planet of Tampa, a division of Morgan Exteriors, offers products that are made in the USA and installed by a skilled team of factory-trained technicians.

Q: So not just anyone can install Bath Planet products? They aren’t available in big box stores?

Morgan Exteriors: No to both questions. Bath Planet products are only available through an authorized dealer. There are made of a nonporous acrylic that is considerably thicker and more durable than what you would find at your local hardware store.

Q: So the installation technicians undergo special training?

Morgan Exteriors: Absolutely. Our employees – and we only use employees, never subcontractors – must be trained in Bath Planet’s proprietary removal and installation techniques. This increases efficiency and ensures a flawless installation.

Q: Let’s talk style. What color options are available?

Morgan Exteriors: One thing that really impresses us about Bath Planet’s lineup of colors and patterns is its diversity. This allows us to offer everything from basic white to luxury stone color schemes.

Q: How many types of bath and shower are available?

Morgan Exteriors: Bath Planets of Tampa provides a massive selection of colors and styles from which to choose. Each bathtub or shower system is measured and heat formed specifically for that bathroom.

Q: They do not sound like “off-the-shelf” products…

Morgan Exteriors: Not at all, that’s why our products come with a lifetime limited warranty.

Q: That’s pretty impressive.

Morgan Exteriors: We thought so, too. Something else unique about Bath Planet is that its products have been tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute and have been awarded the privilege to bear the Good Housekeeping Seal.

Q: Switching gears, how difficult is acrylic to keep clean?

Morgan Exteriors: It’s a lot easier than you might think. Our nonporous acrylic surfaces really only need to be wiped down occasionally with a soft, clean cloth. More in-depth cleanings can be achieved by using a mild, non-abrasive cleaning solution.

Q: So no harsh chemicals?

Morgan Exteriors: No, that’s one of the best part about Bath Planet’s tubs, showers, and wall surrounds.

Q: Does Bath Planet of Tampa offer walk-in tubs?

Morgan Exteriors: We offer the nation’s best and most comfortable, fully jetted walk-in bathtubs. Each comes complete with a safety seat and safety grab bars.

Q: Thank you for all of that information. Before we close, can you provide our readers with Bath Planet of Tampa’s contact information?

Morgan Exteriors: Sure! A Bath Planet specialist can be reached by calling our main number at 813-931-4663.

Bath Planet Recaps Product Line

In Bathroom Remodeling on March 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Bath PlanetBath Planet’s parent company BCI Acrylic Inc. has been producing high quality bathroom products since 1999. Over the years, the company has added a number of innovative designs and products to its lineup. Today, we talk with Bath Planet design consultants who explain the many bathroom solutions available nationwide.

Presentation Solutions: Thank you for joining us. Could you tell us a little about Bath Planet for our readers who may not be familiar with the company?

Bath Planet: Certainly! We are a bathroom remodeling company specializing in acrylic bath and shower systems.

Presentation Solutions: What are the benefits of choosing a replacement tub as opposed to painting over an existing unit?

Bath Planet: Re-glazing is barely a temporary fix. These do-it-yourself paints don’t usually last and can wind up making the bathroom look worse in the long run, meaning the homeowner eventually replaces the tub anyway.

Presentation Solutions: Tell us about step-through inserts…

Bath Planet: Inserts are an affordable way to turn your bathtub into an easily accessible walk-in shower.

Presentation Solutions:  Speaking of showers, we understand it’s possible to convert an existing tub area into an expansive and functional shower, is that right?

Bath Planet: That’s absolutely correct. Our tub-to-shower conversions can transform a bathtub in as little as a day. They are a great option for those with mobility limitations.

Presentation Solutions: Bath Planet offers additional accessibility products as well, correct?

Bath Planet: That’s right. Our walk-in tubs are one example. Walk-in bathtubs have high sidewalls and feature a built in seat and relaxing jets.

Presentation Solutions: How are these different from step through inserts?

Bath Planet: Step-through inserts are not designed to hold water. Walk-in tubs, however, are sealed tight, allowing homeowners with limited mobility the freedom to continue taking baths independently.

Presentation Solutions: What about walls?

Bath Planet: We have a huge variety of bath and shower surrounds to match our bathroom solution products.

Presentation Solutions: And textures? Are homeowners limited to smooth walls or faux 4 x 4 tiles?

Bath Planet: While we do offer both of those as an option, currently, we have 10 different wall patterns and 19 unique colors available.

Presentation Solutions: That sounds like Bath Planet remodels are very customizable…

Bath Planet: They are; in fact, most of our bath and shower products are built for the specific bathroom we’re working in. We also have a catalog of accessories to enhance the finished look.

Presentation Solutions: You mean you don’t just pull a product off a warehouse shelf?

Bath Planet: No, BCI Acrylics manufactures most of what we sell and molds a custom acrylic bath or shower based on precise measurements and specifications that are taken by our design consultants.

Presentation Solutions: That sounds very different from the products available at most hardware stores.

Bath Planet: It is, yes. The main difference being that our products are made from a much thicker acrylic and are installed by professional and certified technicians.

Presentation Solutions: That certainly explains Bath Planet’s amazing warranty. Can you summarize that for our audience?

Bath Planet: We offer a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects. And, we are backed by Good Housekeeping, which offers customers an additional two-year limited warranty.

Presentation Solutions: How can our readers find out more?

Bath Planet: Our website,, is full of useful information including current specials and a photo gallery showcasing our products and services.