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Professional -VS- DIY

Taking on home repairs has become more popular in today’s world. We see it done on TV all the time, and often think to ourselves “simple enough”. A leaky faucet, or a clogged bathtub drain may be a simple fix by your average homeowner, but there are plumbing problems that are better suited for the professionals. If you are questioning your ability or feel uncomfortable with the task or tools, your best bet is to call a plumber versus DIY’ing. Some areas where we feel it’s best to leave it to an expert include: Main line backups: If you are noticing water coming up your drains, that’s usually a sign of a major issue. To be sure of what your dealing with, a camera is often recommended to get in there and find the cause. Then, a plan of attack can be mapped out to quickly and efficiently fix the [...]

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

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

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

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

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

Why Is My Toilet Flushing So Darn Noisy?

Your toilet has become noisy and you don’t know why.  Oftentimes, your toilet assembly may only need a thorough cleaning, but there also times when you may need to replace one or more parts. To help troubleshoot the problem, we’ve broken it down into categories to help determine what the problem is. What You Hear: Thumping Referred to as a water hammer, you may hear this noise when the valve closes suddenly at the end of the pipeline, which causes pressure in the pipe. The pressure can cause problems ranging from loud noises when you flush to pipe collapse. Hissing One of the most frequently asked questions is, “What causes that hissing sound in my toilet?” The continuous hiss you hear could be a faulty refill valve. When the valve doesn’t turn off, the hissing sound comes from the high-pressure water that passes through the restricted fill valve as it [...]

By |2017-05-01T17:45:22+00:00May 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments