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  • Homeowners’ Tip: Removing Bathtub/Shower Soap Scum

    Homeowners’ Tip:

    Removing Bathtub and Shower Soap Scum

    There is nothing worse than spending hours cleaning your bathroom, and you look at your shower or bathtub and still see a soapy residue ring around it! Sometimes this task never seems done, and it feels impossible to ever get clean again. Here is a helpful tip to getting rid of that eyesore and letting your bathroom sparkle like it’s supposed to and all just using a grapefruit and salt!

    Ingredients Include:

    • Grapefruits (1-3) depending on shower/tub size
    • Salt – coarse salt (like Epsom salt) will be best during scrubbing


    1. Rinse bathtub or shower with water
    2. Sprinkle salt around the tub scum and on the area needing cleaning
    3. Cut up a grapefruit into quarters and top a slice with salt
      Squeeze and scrub! Use the grapefruit as a scrubber over the salt and clean along the tub ring, in the corners of the shower or any other areas needing cleaning
    4. Rinse and repeat if necessary

    This method works particularly well with rustic tubs and older bathrooms. Citrus and salt are a proven cleaner, and soap scum won’t stand a chance against it, and it smells amazing! Have you tried this method? Let us know at @SavageandSon!

    Here are some other helpful homeowner’s tips!

    If you’re ever experiencing a plumbing emergency or problem, give us a call, and one of our trusted technicians will be there to help you! Call us at (775) 828-4193!

    Posted: 05/26/19 by

    Planning Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel: Big Box Versus Showroom

    Planning Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel:

    Big Box Versus Showroom

    If you are planning or already in the process of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom remodel, you are expectedly doing your due diligence and shopping around to make sure you are getting the best possible option within your budget. Frequently, we get caught up on the price because it’s what the budget allows, which is understandable, but it’s also essential to think about years down the road to make sure you are making an investment that will last. The quality of the product and its longevity is equally as important as the price. While researching, you will sometimes find that big box stores will have bathroom and kitchen fixture options at a lower cost than in a Plumbing Product Showroom, such as ours. But there are differences with the showroom product model and the big box model, and more differences than meets the eye. In fact, sometimes you will find the same fixture with the same product code but at a different cost. Here are a few reasons why:

    Product Quality

    At the big box stores, the product may look the same, the box may look the same, even have the same model number, but the part numbers could be different, so it’s possible to sell at a lower price. A cheaper price usually means that the parts are made of plastic instead of brass. Sometimes it’s a noticeable weight difference by even turning on a faucet and feeling how it turns on and off. These fixtures will be supporting a constant flow of water and will need the durability to last longer than just the foreseeable future. All of our products sold in our Showroom have a metal finish versus painted plastic, better internal brass fittings instead of plastic fittings, and better quality cartridges and wall supply lines that are stronger for leak prevention versus the thinner versions. Appliances with metal parts are best for the fixtures behind the wall; the stuff that’s behind the walls does the real work. Good quality products will decrease your cost of use and save you money over time. Install a product that is built and made to last, as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.

    Showroom Perks

    Chances are you haven’t run into a professional plumber at a big box store too often, and this decision is challenging to make without expert advice. You can schedule an appointment in our Showroom and have the reserved time to speak about your project while actual plumbers are walking around the building. You can make this decision with people who have expert knowledge about the operation of the product, space where it will be installed, and the confidence that everything flows the correct way. After making a few house calls, you start to see what works and what doesn’t work.

    During your Showroom appointment, you will get personalized service and guidance during these exciting yet decision-filled times, while someone is genuinely listening to your needs for your project. Visiting our Showroom will be just as convenient as a big box store, and could arguably be more comfortable because you have reserved time for just your project and have the opportunity to explore the products that will best fit the look and function of your space. In our Showroom, we offer a level of expertise and product variety that none of the big box stores can match and our years of experience will provide you with a level of knowledge that is unmatched.

    Whether you are a DIY’er and plan to install this yourself or you want Savage and Son to be your one-stop-shop, you will get the best quality products that will fit in your short term and long term budgets.

    Product Warranty

    Purchasing the product through a Plumbing Product Showroom will get you the full manufacturer’s warranty, which is a huge value in itself. Most of the cheaper versions will have a shorter warranty, and it will be through the store/retailer versus the manufacturer. By purchasing the product in a Plumbing Showroom will get the full manufacturer’s warranty for the product purchased and it is simple to warranty the maintenance, repair or replacement if the product should ever need it down the road.

    PLUS, if you have Savage and Son install the fixture, you will have a warranty for both the product and the installation of the product! Some like to install themselves, and some are very capable, however being in the business of plumbing repair, we see many issues and service calls for the people who have installed the product themselves and unfortunately if it was installed themselves only the product itself is under warranty. We are here to be your plumbing expert before, during, and after your project.

    You can take your chances at purchasing from a big box store knowing the risk of replacing it at a full cost down the road or you can make your purchase through our Showroom, have us install it and feel confident knowing that you have a good quality fixture, built to last and secured with a warranty for the future. Projects can get expensive, but we recommend looking to cut costs and save money in other areas of the project, if possible. We want to do it once and do it right.

    Make your appointment with Kelly here or by calling (775) 828-4193 to visit our 2,500 square foot Showroom located at 3101 Yori Avenue, Reno and start feeling at ease with your future decisions. Our goal is to make all of your bathroom and kitchen dreams a reality.

    Posted: 05/20/19 by

    Showroom Product Spotlight: Kohler Verdera Mirror

    “Mirror Mirror on the wall, turn up lights 40% for makeup, and ready my news.” Yes, this could be your reality with the Kohler Verdera Voice Light Mirror where you can integrate your voice assistant to your light mirror and add ease to your morning routine.

    Are you looking to upgrade your bathroom? This could be just that little extra touch you were hoping for, make an appointment with our showroom representative to start planning your dream bathroom today.

    Learn more here: https://savageandson.com/showroom/

    Posted: 05/03/19 by

    We’re Hiring! Warehouse Associate/Delivery Driver

    We’re Hiring!

    We are seeking qualified applicants for an additional Warehouse Associate/Delivery Driver and a Fab Shop Expediter!

    Please see below and please share with friends and family and have them apply HERE!


    Posted: 05/02/19 by

    Caughlin Rancher Cover Story – Pipe Dreams

    Len Savage, President and Pete Savage, Vice President had the pleasure to sit down with the Caughlin Rancher to talk about the business, family history and their love for Reno. Read the article here:

    Posted: 04/26/19 by

    Homeowners’ Tip: Helpful Steps to Removing Toilet Clogs Without a Plunger

    Helpful Steps to Removing Toilet Clogs

    There is nothing worse than walking into a bathroom and seeing that your toilet is clogged. Your immediate thought is “great, I hope this fixes quickly!” Lucky for you, we’ve got your back and we are here to support you when you are in need of repairs or even to just to provide you with some helpful tips (aside from plunging) to try before you need to call us.

    1. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight, then try flushing again. Sometimes this is all you’ll need to do to fix the issue, but be ready for the water to overflow if this doesn’t solve the problem
    2. You can also add some hot or boiling water to your bowl and try flushing to correct a clog or event add some dish soap to the toilet bowl and flush.  

    Clogs are not fun and can be time consuming if you actually have a larger issue. Try these helpful homeowner’s tips and see if that does the job and if those don’t solve the problem, give us a call and one of our trusted technicians will be there to help you! (775) 828-4193


    Posted: 03/29/19 by

    Meet Our New Showroom Sales Representative and Your Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel Resource

    Meet Kelly, our new Showroom Sales Representative! Kelly joins the Savage and Son family with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and has spent most of her career in working in design. She is here to serve as a resource for your kitchen or bathroom remodels and will help you navigate our showroom and the options available for your project.

    We are proud to offer our customers with this service in our showroom space to help you determine the best plumbing fixtures for your redesign. If you are getting overwhelmed with options in your online searching and planning, we are here for you. We can help you decide the best plumbing fixtures for your style, whether it be a traditional, modern, contemporary, farmhouse, or if you are just looking for better accessibility!

    If you are in the process of your remodel or even planning one for the future, we want to create ease in a potentially stressful situation. This is an exciting time and you deserve to have something fresh and an exciting new look in your house! Your kitchen and bathroom are typically where most of your time is spent, and we want to provide you with an personable approach to this process and offer you expert plumbing advice, from the experts that matter.

    Whether you are a confident DIY’er and install-it-yourself type of person or if we do the installation for you, each purchase made in our showroom is backed with a warranty. Kelly, our Showroom Sales Representative will be here as your resource by giving you options that will fit your existing remodel plans and helping you create your new and improved space.

    Book your appointment by calling 828-4193 or by emailing kellyv@savageandson.com


    Learn more about our Showroom here:


    Posted: 03/21/19 by

    Commercial Project Update: Nick Poulakidas Elementary School

    The construction of the Nick Poulakidas Elementary School is well underway. Here is a virtual tour of what the school is planned to look like when it opens its doors to students this August. We are excited to be a part of this project! 

    Virtual Tour

    Commercial Project Timelapse of Nick Poulakidas Elementary School

    You can find out more information about the project and stay up to date on the progress with this awesome time-lapse by visiting Washoe County School District website here: http://www.wcsdbuilding.com/elementary-school-south-meadows/

    We will be posting updates here in our blog to keep you updated with what we are up to as this project progresses, stay tuned!

    Posted: 03/20/19 by

    Homeowners’ Tip: How to Clean your Dishwasher

    The dishwasher, something you don’t usually have on your shortlist of cleaning chores and is often forgotten. But it is one of the easiest cleaning tasks to do in your kitchen and the best part is, you can multitask and get other items on your todo list done. Here are some helpful tips to washing away grease and grime and removing musty odors.

    • Start with an empty dishwasher
    • Inspect the drain and make sure it is clear of any food/waste
    • Run your garbage disposal before starting the dishwasher, and the dishwasher drains into the same pipe as your sink, so you will want to make sure that drain is clear
    • Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. The vinegar loosens up food particles, soap scum and grease that builds up on the dishwasher’s walls and racks and then it gets washed down the drain.
    • Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle.
    • Always make sure that you keep the drain beneath the lower rack clear and check it after each cycle while unloading your clean dishes. Keep the drain clean and clear to avoid any unfortunate smells or clogged drainage and keep your dishwasher operating to its maximum potential.
    • You can maintain the freshness in between washing cycles by spraying the inside of your dishwasher with white vinegar.

    If issues persist, give us a call at (775) 828-4193, and we would be happy to assist with your repair service or help you look into remodeling or upgrading.

    Posted: 02/27/19 by

    Homeowners’ Tip: Removing Water Stains

    Removing Water Stains

    Hard water stains can collect over time and can often be found in and around your shower head. Here is a DIY tip for removing the unsightly water stains from your bathroom fixture.

    1. Fill a plastic bag with distilled vinegar and place it around your shower head.
    2. Using a rubber band, tie the bag to the shower head and leave it in place for a few hours.
    3. Once you remove the bag of vinegar, the stains can easily be wiped away with a cloth.

    If you are in need of a new shower fixtures, our showroom has many options on display and  our showroom and interior design expert is available to to help you decide what will work best for your space!

    Give us a call at (775) 828-4193!


    Posted: 02/14/19 by

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    We love reading reviews about our staff and how they helped our customers solve a problem! Helping people in our community, that's what it's all about! Reading this recent review from our customer, Linda makes us so proud!

    "If I could give this company six or seven stars, I would rate them that highly.
    Over several years the company has done a variety of plumbing jobs for me, ranging from simple toilet issues and leaking spigots to more complex repair of shower leaks, installation of redirection of new tubing, and installation of new fixtures, and installation of a new water filter system under my kitchen sink that was far superior to the old one. I had one emergency on a Sunday evening, a clogged kitchen sink and disposal. In every instance, whether a scheduled appointment or an emergency, Savage has been an excellent company to work with - competent, professional, and courteous, and pleasant. Dave, the supervisor, has been very helpful, when I was selecting new fixtures and a new valve for my master bath shower. Similarly, Kathleen, who handles scheduling, has been very attentive to my needs, listens carefully, and tries to get the best technician for my particular problem. Tom and Mel are two technicians whom I can recommend without reservation. In short, I trust this company and its technicians to know what they are doing, to be totally honest with me about my legitimate plumbing needs, and to make excellent referrals to companies that provide associated services that fall outside the plumbing arena."
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