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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

Should You Replace Your Hot Water Heater Yourself?

Wednesday, October 28 2015 2:51 PM
Categorized In General
Replacing a hot water heater is a big job, and should not be done without a good deal of knowledge and experience in home improvement installations. If your water heater isn’t working, it’s possible you simply need a repair done on the existing water heater. If you’re unsure whether you need a new water heater or a repair, contact... Read Article

Winter Care for Garden Hoses

Tuesday, October 20 2015 4:24 PM
Categorized In General
During the colder winter months you may not think leaving your garden hose connected outside will cause problems, but this is far from the truth. Failing to properly disconnect and store your garden hose each winter can lead to damage to not only your hose, but your pipes as well. After you use your hose there is still water trapped inside the hos... Read Article

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Monday, October 19 2015 3:15 PM
Categorized In Pipe Repair
With winter right around the corner, it’s important to take steps now to prevent your home’s pipes from freezing with the dropping temperatures. Here are some ways you can prevent freezing pipes and avoid costly repairs this winter. Turn Up Your Thermostat You may be worrying about higher energy costs, but by keeping your thermostat h... Read Article

Home Remedies for Minor Drain Clogs

Tuesday, October 13 2015 9:56 AM
Categorized In Drain Cleaning
If you’ve got a slow-running drain, or even one that’s completely clogged, you can usually clear it without resorting to using harsh chemical commercial drain cleaners. There are several ways to get rid of minor drain clogs, using things you probably already have in the kitchen. Partially Clogged Drains If water drains slowly down y... Read Article

Three Ways to Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal

Tuesday, September 15 2015 4:41 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that their garbage disposal can cause seriously stinky odors if they are never cleaned. If you’re noticing a lingering smell in your kitchen despite having cleaned out your refrigerator and taking out the trash, it’s probably time to inspect your garbage disposal as a possible source. Over time sm... Read Article

What is Hydro Jetting?

Friday, September 11 2015 4:21 PM
Categorized In Drain Cleaning
Hydro jetting is a process used by plumbing contractors to clean sewage lines by spraying a blast of water at high pressure (around 4,000 psi) into the lines to remove blockages and build up. This is usually done after a video pipe inspection is done to determine the source of the blockage in the pipe. Even if the problem is tree roots through the... Read Article

Plumbing Problems Caused by Tree Roots

Thursday, September 10 2015 4:47 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
Replacing or repairing a sewer line can be a big, expensive job, and tree roots are one of the most common causes of plumbing problems outside the home. Homeowners are usually responsible for maintaining and repairing the sewer lateral, which is the underground pipe that carries a home’s waste to the city sewer system. Knowing how to detect a... Read Article

The Difference Between Copper and PEX Pipes

Wednesday, August 5 2015 4:14 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
When it comes to replacing pipes in your home, you have two options – copper pipes or PEX (crosslinked polyurethane) pipes. Galvanized pipes that were used in home plumbing systems in the past are generally no longer installed because lead accumulates as the pipes corrode and causes health and environmental concerns. So which should you choo... Read Article

Plumbing Inspection Tips for Home Buyers

Wednesday, July 8 2015 4:32 PM
Categorized In Inspection
If you’re in the market for a new home, the last thing you want is plumbing problems after you move in. That’s why it’s important to have the plumbing thoroughly inspected before closing the deal. A certified home inspector will evaluate the overall viability of your home purchase, but it’s important to review each area your... Read Article

Why Do I Run Out of Hot Water So Fast?

Tuesday, July 7 2015 5:00 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
There are a variety of reasons you’re running out of hot water sooner than you used to. Many of them can be fixed without replacing your hot water heater, so check these items before shopping for a new one. Sediment in the tank Over time, deposits from the minerals in hard water can build up in your hot water tank. These loose, grainy par... Read Article

How Does Trenchless Pipe Repair Work?

Monday, June 8 2015 12:00 PM
Categorized In Pipe Repair
In the days before technological advances allowed for video pipe inspection, plumbers would have to dig up your yard to discover the source of your plumbing problems. Thankfully, these days are over and the process of trenchless pipe repair allows plumbers to fix common plumbing problems in your underground pipes without major excavation while prov... Read Article

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