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Why Is My Dishwasher Not Draining?

Thursday, July 20 2017 12:11 PM
Categorized In General
When you think about all the food and scraps that are put into dishwashers and drains, it's not surprising that things back up once in awhile. Although there are many reasons why a dishwasher is failing to drain, there are a few steps anyone can take to troubleshoot the problem themselves before calling a professional for assistance. Step 1 - Run ... Read Article

What is Sewer Gas?

Wednesday, June 7 2017 10:21 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
Have you ever entered your home to the pungent smell of rotten eggs? If yes, chances are sewer gas is escaping from your home’s drainage system. This combination of toxic and nontoxic gases is produced when waste materials decompose in sewer or septic systems. Hydrogen sulfide is often found in sewer gas, and is responsible for the rotten egg... Read Article

How to Test Your Sump Pump

Wednesday, May 3 2017 9:11 AM
Categorized In Commercial Plumbing
During the rainy spring season, a properly working sump pump can be your basement’s best friend. But like most systems in your home, components can fail or malfunction without warning. Most homeowners discover their pump isn’t working when they need it the most - during a storm. Testing your pump on a regular basis can help avoid costly... Read Article

2017 Spring Plumbing Checklist

Wednesday, April 12 2017 9:28 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
  Spring is officially here! It's time to get the house back in order with some deep cleaning and general maintenance. Including a thorough examination of your home's plumbing system can help resolve any current or potential issues. Review these quick plumbing tips and protect your belongings by practicing prevention.   Indoor Plumbi... Read Article

Why is My Water Pressure Low?

Tuesday, January 24 2017 11:12 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
Low water pressure, or low flow, is a common occurrence in homes. Whether it’s affecting your toilet, sink, or shower, it’s a frustrating problem that can be fixed. It’s important to understand what the main causes of low water pressure are so that you can find the quickest, easiest and least expensive solution. We’ll highli... Read Article

Does Tulsa Chlorinate the Water?

Wednesday, January 11 2017 11:02 AM
Categorized In General
This may not be a subject you’re familiar with, or even worried about, but it may be of concern to your plumbing and your health over time. Tulsa began adding chloramine to the water in 2012, and as expected, it was a controversial topic amongst the city. Chloramine is between 3 to 5 parts chlorine to 1 part ammonia. What is Chlorine? Chlor... Read Article

Hard Water: Problems and Solutions

Wednesday, January 11 2017 8:34 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
Hard water is a common issue among renters and homeowners. While it’s perfectly fine to use for things such as washing the car and watering the yard—hard water can cause subtle issues if used within the home. What is Hard Water? Hard water is water that contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals. Water systems using groundwat... Read Article

Why Does My Water Take so Long to Get Hot?

Wednesday, January 4 2017 8:24 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
Slow hot water, or water that takes a long time to get hot, can be caused by a variety of factors. The solution to slow hot water isn’t always to replace your hot water heater, so check these causes before you start shopping. Pipe Length Even if your hot water heater is right next to your sink or shower, the connecting pipe can be much long... Read Article

What are Tankless Water Heaters?

Monday, January 2 2017 11:17 AM
Categorized In General
Tankless water heaters, or instantaneous water heaters, heat water only when it’s needed. While they may cost more initially, they can last longer than regular water heaters and help save on energy costs. Learning about the different types of tankless water heaters, their benefits and how they work, may be helpful before you decide to make a ... Read Article

How Do You Become a Professional Plumber?

Thursday, December 29 2016 8:29 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
You’re interested in becoming a plumber...smart choice! Even in a slow economy, people need plumbing services. Plumbing is also a highly skilled trade that can’t easily be outsourced or automated.                                       &nb... Read Article

Running a Faucet Keeps Pipes from Freezing - True or False?

Friday, December 23 2016 2:49 PM
Categorized In Commercial Plumbing
We’ve always heard to run a faucet in freezing temperatures to prevent our home’s pipes from freezing, but does it actually work? Leaving a faucet open during freezing cold weather can actually help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting during the winter months. However, there is a right and a wrong way of doing this, plus addi... Read Article

How a New Toilet Can Reduce Your Water Bill

Monday, August 8 2016 1:11 PM
Categorized In General
Did you know that toilets account for nearly 30% of water use in the home? Every single time you flush, you’re spending money on water. Upgrading from an old toilet to a new high-efficiency toilet can help you save money on your water bill while also helping preserve precious water resources. Here’s why. 1. New Toilets Use Far Less ... Read Article

How to Prevent Drain Clogs in Your Home

Thursday, June 16 2016 3:53 PM
Categorized In Drain Cleaning
Kitchen and bathroom drains tend to be “out of sight, out of mind” … until they start running slowly or back up entirely due to clogs. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to help prevent these blockages and keep drains running smoothly. Keep These Clog-Causing Culprits Out of Your Drains Hair – This is a major... Read Article

What Causes Drain Clogs?

Thursday, May 5 2016 3:32 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
Every home will experience clogged drains from time to time. If we understand what causes drain clogs, we have a better chance of prevent them in the future. Here are a few of the most common causes of clogged drains so you can help keep your drains clear from now on. Hair Clogs Stray hair can build up in a drain over time if there isn’t a ... Read Article

3 Signs Your Septic Tank is Full

Tuesday, April 26 2016 11:51 AM
Categorized In Septic Tanks
For homes with septic tanks installed, proper maintenance is key – including knowing when to have the tank serviced and emptied. But how do you know when your tank is full? Here are three tell-tale signs your septic tank is full and needs service. Overpowering Odors It doesn’t take a lot of analysis to administer the smell test. Solid... Read Article

5 Common Commercial Plumbing Issues

Monday, February 1 2016 11:57 AM
Categorized In Commercial Plumbing
Commercial buildings are often older than most residences and will experience consistent maintenance issues as the building ages. The plumbing in these buildings will also degrade with time, so you should be aware of common plumbing issues to be aware of to ensure you aren’t wasting money each month on unnecessary water usage and energy ineff... Read Article

How to Safely Retrieve Something from a Garbage Disposal

Monday, January 25 2016 1:55 PM
Categorized In General
Whether it’s from “helpful” toddlers or just a case of butterfingers, sometimes things wind up in the garbage disposal that don’t belong there. But don’t worry, if you accidentally drop something into your disposer, there are ways to safely get it out. Sometimes you can hear an object rattling around inside, but if ... Read Article

The Science Behind the Plunger

Wednesday, December 23 2015 11:54 AM
Categorized In General
A toilet plunger is something most of us hope we never have to use, and when we do need one, we just want it to work. As much as you might not want to think about it, understanding how a plunger works can make it easier and faster to clear a clog in a sink or toilet. What is a toilet plunger? A plunger consists of a long stick that’s used... Read Article

How to Maintain your Septic Tank System

Monday, December 7 2015 4:54 PM
Categorized In Septic Tanks
If you’ve never owned a septic tank, there’s no need to be intimidated. With proper use, your septic system should only need to be cleaned and inspected every year or two. How Septic Systems Work A septic tank is like a small sewage treatment facility that’s used to treat waste in rural areas where a public sewer system isn&rs... Read Article

How to Maintain a Water Heater

Wednesday, November 18 2015 3:11 PM
Categorized In General
You rely on your water heater every day for hot showers, fresh laundry and clean dishes, and with proper maintenance it can last for around 15 years or more without needing replacement. Here are some tips you can implement right away to help your water heater last for as long as possible. Adjust the Temperature Find the thermostat on your water h... Read Article

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