In order to meet your needs, here are some of the many services we offer:
- Remodels and new construction
- Plumbing inspections
- Water audits
- Slab leak repair
- Faucet and fixture repair and replacement
- Shower valve replacement
- Garbage disposal replacement
- Sewer line replacement
- Gas line installation and repair
- Water softeners and filters
- Tankless water heater installation
- Tank type water heater installation
- Drain cleaning
- Custom showers
- Residential and commercial
Isn’t Green Plumbing really a scam?
In a culture where “green” is the new buzzword, it seems like everything and everybody are now touting their “green-ness”. We believe that many so called green products and services are merely an effort to sell more, without offering any real benefit to the consumer. Green Hippo Plumbing does not deceive our customers about the benefits or downsides of any product in an effort to promote them or make a sale. There are many new products being developed for plumbing applications every day that do meet high efficiency standards without compromising performance. These innovative solutions are the heart of Green Plumbing, and what allow us to say “No, Green Plumbing is not a scam, provided you use a qualified and knowledgeable plumber such as Green Hippo.”
What are the dangers of “going green”?
Beware of charlatans – those who often coin phrases such as “Go green” or “Save the planet” yet have no training or product knowledge to support their claims to “green- ness”. Many high efficiency fixtures, such as tankless heaters, have received a bad reputation primarily due to improper installation by those who have not taken the time to educate themselves on the product. It is worthwhile to find a plumbing company that can properly install and service these exciting new technologies.
What is the goal of Green Plumbing?
The goal of Green Plumbing is to provide real water and energy savings that are sustainable, and result in a satisfied customer. Products must be proved by real world use, not merely statistical engineering calculations. – John Koeller of Koeller & Company
How can Green Plumbing save me money?
Green Plumbing utilizes customer education, as well as proven water and energy saving products that will lower your utility bills when properly implemented. Many products also last longer than their traditional counterpart, thus reducing future replacement costs.
How much money can Green Plumbing save me?
Call Green Hippo Plumbing for a free residential water audit to find out how much money you can save.
What training/experience should a plumber have to do Green Plumbing?
A plumber must be certified by GreenPlumbers USA® which requires completing a regiment of at least five classes, and he must be dedicated to a high level of professionalism and customer service. They should have also taken the time to acquire a working knowledge of green products and techniques and be able to explain them to you, the customer.
What is “Greenwashing” and how do I spot it?
Green-wash – verb: the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service (definition taken from Terra Choice Environmental Marketing) For more information on how to spot greenwashing, please visit: “The Sins of Greenwashing”
What makes a fixture “Green”?
A “green” product is more efficient than its traditional counterpart, while at the same time providing similar or superior performance.
How does a tankless water heater save energy?
Tankless water heaters only heat water as it is needed and in the amount it is needed, thus eliminating energy loss do to water sitting in the tank and continually being re-heated, known as “standby heat loss.”
Can I get a High Efficiency tank-type water heater?
Yes. There are options from a variety of manufacturers that offer tank type heaters that can be up to 96% thermal efficient with an energy factor of .88
Are there any rebates available?
Through 2010 the federal government is offering a rebate program for qualifying tankless heaters. The rebate is 30% of the total cost of the heater (including installation) up to $1500.00. This rebate comes in the form of a tax credit at the end of the year when you file your federal tax return. To find out which heaters qualify, please call us for a consultation. There are also rebates available locally for qualifying heaters, and high efficiency toilets on a first come first serve basis. To find out more about what rebates are available, visit Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Southern California Gas Company
Do High Efficiency toilets really work?
Yes. In fact, many of the 1.28 gallon per flush (gpf) toilets out perform the 1.6 gpf toilets.
What if I don’t believe in Global Warming?
Oddly enough, neither does the Green Hippo. We believe in conservation and the resulting benefits, such as more available water for the surrounding communities in drought conditions, and lower utility bills.
Why should I use Green Hippo Plumbing?
You can feel confident when you call Green Hippo Plumbing that you will be calling a company that believes in educating you about what options are available and helping you make decisions that best meet the needs of you and your family. We are looking forward to talking with you about how Green Plumbing can work for you today.