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Sump Pumps: What are they, and why do we need them?

A sump pump is a small pump that is installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Its job is to ensure that the area under the building stays dry and doesn’t flood. Normally, a sump pump is installed in a constructed sump basin, which allows for water to flow into the basin through draining or by natural water migration through the soil. A large portion of American homes suffer from below-ground wetness, which means homeowners will more than likely deal with a flooded basement at some point. It doesn’t take a lot of water to do a costly amount of damage. Even if your basement isn’t known to flood, the moisture within the basement can lead to mold and create a health hazard for residents. If you live in an area that experiences large amounts of rain or snow, a sump pump is a smart choice for [...]

By |2019-06-20T14:16:12+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is an outside cleanout?

Clogging in your kitchen sink or one of the toilets in your house can be a minor occurrence, because these issues are relatively easy to fix using the tools you already have in your home. Those issues are usually isolated within that specific feature, which won’t cause the rest of your plumbing to malfunction. In certain situations, clogging is coming from the main drain line. This would be a situation where all the fixtures in your home are affected. These are also much more difficult to unclog due to the size of the pipes, accessing the clog, and where the clog might be located within the pipe. To help prevent this disaster, we recommend an outside drain cleanout to keep things working properly and moving through efficiently. This cleanout happens outside of your home, where your main line connects to the public sewage system. This lidded pipe is located at [...]

By |2019-06-04T12:43:17+00:00June 4th, 2019|Cleanout, Drains|0 Comments

Faucets

When purchasing fixtures for your bathrooms or kitchen, you might be wondering how to go about deciding what’s best for you. Faucets can be a bit tricky when it comes to the mass amount of styles, materials, finishes, and most importantly, prices. You want it to look good and match the style of the room, but also ensure you aren’t compromising convenience and long-term usage.  Below are some things to keep in mind and consider when buying a new faucet. Valves – Know your valves! This part of your faucet controls the water flow. There are four types of valves to be aware of, cartridge, compression, ball, and ceramic. We recommend ceramic, as these valves are the most reliable and will keep the faucet from dripping or breaking for a long time. Finish – Like stated above, you want the finish to look good and go with the space it’s [...]

By |2019-05-01T13:29:53+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Faucets|0 Comments

Flushable Wipes

Once reserved for infants and toddlers, adults have been using wet wipes for a cleaner and more sanitary bathroom experience, which is causing millions of dollars in sewer issues each year. These wipes aren’t biodegrading as quickly as toilet paper, which ultimately leads to clogged pipes. It’s easy to clog a toilet with your average three ply toilet paper, so it’s even easier for these wipes to make an unsuccessful venture through your pipes. These wipes routinely fail water industry tests that are created to estimate how well things being flushed will disintegrate, and how long disintegration could take. This is why there is huge difference between being flushable and if something should actually be flushed. Most people who use these are seeing them go down their toilets, then assume they successfully flushed. It’s after they’ve begun the journey through the sewage system that blocks are being created, which is [...]

By |2019-03-22T14:43:23+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Does Water Come Up in the Kitchen Sink?

Regardless of the time or day, there isn’t a plumbing issue quite as inconvenient as a drain that stops doing its job. These instances lead to water and waste being sent back up, causing a messy situation. Below you will find different types of drains these problems may arise in, and what you can do to minimize the overall damage that can be caused. Kitchen Sink: This is the most common occurrence, because people are constantly putting food waste down their kitchen sinks, whether they have a garbage disposal or not. No matter the system, clogs can build up over time. If you begin to notice a slow drain, this is usually the first indicator you’re nearing a clog. If a plunger or drain snake can’t break up the mess, your best bet is to call a professional to ensure the clog is safely and effectively removed. Bathroom Sink and [...]

By |2019-02-21T15:18:10+00:00March 5th, 2019|Drains, Sink Clog|0 Comments

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