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Emergency Plumbing Solutions

Although emergency plumbing situations can happen at any time, the winter tends to rear its ugly head with plumbing mishaps due to the freezing temperatures. Knowing how to spot a problem and handle these situations accordingly can help keep things at bay until a professional can show up and address the situation. Below you’ll find some tips/tricks on being prepared for unexpected events. Have an emergency kit consisting of a bucket, heavy duty paper towels or old rags, wrenches, multi-bit screwdrivers, plungers, coat hangers, and tape. These are all common household items, but crucial when addressing most sudden plumbing disasters. It’s not going to be enough to have the supplies, you’re going to need to know ways to handle the situation and recognizing what the problem is. Frozen Pipes: When outside temperatures drop significantly, areas in your home that aren’t insulated also get freezing cold. To help protect against the [...]

By |2019-01-29T15:54:15+00:00February 5th, 2019|Emergencies|0 Comments

Common Plumbing FAQs and Answers

How do I prevent the foul smell coming from my garbage disposal? This is one of the most common plumbing questions. Bad smells coming from within the drain occur from a buildup of food and debris inside the disposal. An easy and inexpensive fix is orange or lemon peels, ice cubes, and dish soap. Place the fruit peels and ice cubes in the disposal, and run for 30-60 seconds. After that, squirt some dish soap in the disposal while it’s still running followed by cold water. This will wash away the debris while leaving your sink smelling fresh. What could be the cause of my recent high water bills? The first thing to check is if your toilet is leaking. Look at the water level within the tank to see if there is water overflowing into the overflow pipe. This pipe is located in the middle of the tank and [...]

By |2018-12-27T14:39:25+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dealing with hard water

Aside from being damaging to your hair and skin, hard water can have lasting effects on your fixtures and appliances. It’s a common issue homeowners and renters face in high sediment places. Water is considered “hard” when it contains high levels of minerals within its makeup, which leaves behind deposits when it is evaporated. Although it is completely healthy for humans to drink and use, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and reduce the overall lifespan of its systems. A few solutions to fix those hard water problems include: Vinegar: Because vinegar is acidic, it will remove the scaly buildup stains caused by hard water minerals. Self-care: Look for soaps or shampoo/conditioners that are formulated for hard water. Soap doesn’t lather up as much with hard water because it reacts with the minerals in the water. This can also cause a buildup on your skin and hair. Rinsing with [...]

By |2018-11-28T00:25:39+00:00December 4th, 2018|Hard Water|0 Comments

Tips on Saving Money

We all know the importance of good plumbing, and how inconvenient it is when something goes wrong. Learning basic knowledge on the do’s and don’ts can help ward off potential repairs that could be easily avoided, reduce the price of your utility bill, and ensure a long life for your household fixtures and appliances. You have the power to prevent costly and time-consuming issues by implementing some of the tips and tricks listed below. Water Heater Maintenance – Have someone periodically check your water heater will ensure that it’s properly working at top performance. Having this checked will also give you the peace of mind that your heater doesn’t have any underlying issues you might be missing that could lead to bigger issues down the road. Investigating Water Pressure Issues – One of the worst things you can possibly do is ignore water pressure problems if they’re noticed. Defects in [...]

By |2018-11-08T20:47:09+00:00November 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Major Plumbing Myths Debunked

Whether we are talking about your toilets or your garbage disposal, there are some myths we need to get straight when it comes to plumbing. This could be the difference between properly working appliances, and costly maintenance to fix your mistakes. Garbage disposals Can Handle It All – Can you put anything and everything down the garbage disposal? This might seem like a convenient way to avoid less food waste in your trash can, but there really is a limit to what can and can’t enter the garbage disposal! Avoid things with a stringy texture (pasta, certain vegetables, etc.), as well as grease and any non-food items. Instead of using lemon peels as a way to freshen up the odor coming from the disposal, use vinegar. Liquids are always a safe bet, and will keep your blades from getting caught or clogged. Fixing a Leaky Faucet Isn’t a Big Deal– [...]

By |2018-10-02T14:26:18+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Guide to how a Hot Water Heater Works

One of the things we often take for granted is water and even more specifically – hot water!  When all is working well, we go the sink or shower and turn the knob, beginning the flow of water. If we selected hot water, water will flow starting at room temperature (this the temperature of the water is in the pipes near the sink or shower) and change to warm and eventually hot, all thanks to our hot water heater.  But what happens if the water never gets hot? If this happens, you may have a problem with your hot water heater. Water comes into your home, business, or school through a water pipe hooked to your city’s water system or through a well, in more rural settings.  Water is typically divided into two pipes to feed your house.  One with “tap water” straight from the city water system or well, [...]

By |2018-09-05T13:24:19+00:00September 5th, 2018|Water Heaters|0 Comments

What is the best water heater for your home?

Searching for new water heaters isn’t always on the top of everyone’s to-do list, but it is an essential for a happy, functioning home. And if you find yourself suddenly needing to replace your hot water heater, it can be stressful! But we have some tips and pointers below to help you find the best type of water heater for your needs!  There are three common water heaters: Conventional/Tank, Tankless, and Hybrid. The conventional water heater has a large tank in which it stores hot water in. When choosing this type of water heater, you’ll want to consider its capacity first... consider how many people are in your household and how much water you tend to use. Typically, these water heaters are available with 20 - 80 gallons tanks. The average family of four may take several showers, wash several loads of laundry, and run the dishwasher a couple times [...]

By |2018-08-06T14:01:26+00:00August 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Comparing Electric and Gas Water heaters

When comparing the differences between electric and gas water heaters, you will want to weigh several factors before making your decision as to which is best for you. Is your home electric only or do you have gas available? If your house does not have a gas line running into it, you will need to price out the cost of having a gas line installed, service connected, etc. While these costs may be significant upfront, if you live in a rural area, the annual cost of operating an electric water heater may soon surpass the upfront costs of having a gas line installed and using a gas water heater.  Another benefit is that a gas water heater can still be used during a power outage (as long as it has a continuous gas pilot light). How many people live in your home and how many gallons will you be using [...]

By |2018-07-13T03:31:50+00:00July 13th, 2018|Water Heaters|0 Comments

Pros of an Instant Hot Water Heater

When shopping for a new water heater, you may want to consider looking into your options for an instant hot water heater, sometimes referred to as a ‘tankless water heater.’  Traditional tank water heaters can have a cheaper price point on the front end of installation or replacement, but their lifetime cost can be more expensive.  Instant hot water heaters typically provide many more benefits than compared to a traditional tank hot water heater. Below are some of the benefits: Hot water supply: Tank water heaters have a limit as to how much hot water they will put out at any given time, as it will depend on the size of the tank you purchase.  However, one of the best features of the instant water heater is that your hot water supply that will never run out.  Want to run the dishwasher while someone is in the shower? No problem. [...]

By |2018-06-08T14:17:40+00:00June 8th, 2018|Water Heaters|0 Comments

What 80s Music and Your Garbage Disposal Have in Common.

If you’ve ever been Rick-Rolled, you know how easy it is to get that bastion of 80’s pop-rock stuck in your head. Today, we’re going to use that ear-worm wonder to help you remember the top eight things you should never put down your garbage disposal. If Rick Astley said he’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up,’ Roto  Rooter says you’re ‘Never Gonna Put This Down’…your garbage disposal. (Sing along!) We’re no strangers to scraps. You know the rules and so do I. That garbage disposal is your best friend But I see that pile of egg shells, and I know how it’s gonna end. I just want to warn you not to do it. Gotta make you understand! Never gonna put bones down Never gonna clog it with grease Never gonna break your blade on fruit pits Never gonna lob coffee grounds Never gonna toss tough veg Never gonna swell [...]