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Common Water Heater Problems to Watch for

December 11th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are pretty tough systems, compared to a lot of various home appliances. They have to be, in order to cope with the constant strain of providing hot water multiple times a day, 24/7.

Even with regular maintenance, though, you are almost certainly going to have to deal with some kind of problem with your water heater if you own it for long enough. How quickly you identify the problem and get it repaired will determine how much damage to the system is prevented. Have a look at a few common water heater problems below, and the indications that you should call for repairs as soon as possible.

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What Qualifies as a Plumbing Emergency?

November 27th, 2017

pipe-leakPlumbing problems come in a variety of types, some of which are little more than minor annoyances, and some of which are complete disasters waiting to happen. When you have one of those latter problems come up, sometimes you can afford to wait a couple of days for a plumbing appointment. Sometimes you can’t. If you’re not sure whether to try and schedule an appointment for your plumbing issue, or whether you should call for emergency plumbing services as soon as possible, have a look at what qualifies as a plumbing emergency below.

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Watch for These Plumbing Issues This Winter

November 13th, 2017

pipe-leakHeating isn’t the only thing that you need to worry about this winter. You also need to make sure that your plumbing system is ready for any potential issues that might come up. Plumbing systems don’t experience added strain during the winter season, the way heating systems do. Still, there are some issues that you should be on the watch for over the next several months, so you can call a plumber as soon as you notice them. Watch out for the following plumbing issues this winter.

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The Benefits of Scheduling Pipe Inspection

October 30th, 2017

water-lineYou may not think about it that often, but your plumbing system needs your help in order to stay in good operating condition. The system can go for a while without professional services, barring something catastrophic happening. However, sooner or later your plumbing system will develop a problem that needs professional services to fix. In order to know when to schedule professional repairs, it’s a good idea to take some proactive measures. One of the best things you can do is call for pipe inspection.

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The Pros and Cons of Different Drain Cleaning Methods

October 16th, 2017

drain-cleaningRegular drain cleaning is a big part of keeping your drains in top condition. You should be scheduling drain cleaning at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any symptoms that indicate a problem with the pipes. Not all drain cleaning is conducted the same way, though.

There are a number of different techniques used to help keep a drain and sewer system clean, each of which has different pros and cons. It’s up to your plumber which methods to use for your individual situation. Still, it’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with these methods, and why they’re so helpful for keeping your drains running smoothly.

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Possible Causes of Low Water Heater Output

October 2nd, 2017

plumber-wrenchWater heaters are built to last, even under the immense amount of strain that the average system is subjected to. However, being reliable doesn’t mean that the system is immune to developing problems of any kind. Water heaters can be afflicted by issues of various kinds in the same way as any other HVAC or plumbing system.

Like other systems, it’s important that you be able to identify when your water heater is developing issues as soon as possible. The faster you can identify the signs of a problem, and have it repaired, the better off your water heater will be. One common symptom of a problem with the water heater is consistently low output from the system. Read on to find out why your water heater might be low.

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Steps You can Take During a Plumbing Emergency

September 18th, 2017

pipe-leakPlumbing problems are always frustrating. Even a relatively minor issue has the potential to cause quite a bit of damage if left alone. Some plumbing problems need to be addressed more urgently than others, though. If you have a plumbing issue come up that cannot wait for an appointment, you’re going to need emergency plumbing services.

You can take some steps to limit the damage while waiting for your plumber to arrive. Even emergency plumbing services involve commute times, after all, and that means there is still potential for damage between when you call for repairs and when help arrives. Follow our tips below to help mitigate things in the interim.

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Water Line Problems You Should Know About

September 4th, 2017

water-lineWhether you get your water from the city water main, or from a well, you rely on your water line to bring it to you. All water flowing into your home flows through the water line first. If the water line develops a problem, as it sometimes can, it can potentially cause your entire plumbing system to stop working.

That’s why it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the signs that there is a problem developing in your water line. The faster you can have any potential issues repaired, the less damage those issues can do and the better of the system will be. Let’s take a look at some common water line problems, the symptoms they have, and what you can do about it.

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How to Tell if You Need a Water Softener

August 21st, 2017

drainHard water is one of the most common, and damaging, issues to affect plumbing systems across the country. It also happens to be an issue that most homeowners aren’t even aware of. If you have hard water in your plumbing, and you don’t do anything to treat it (like installing a water softener,) you may end up replacing large parts of your system. Let’s have a look at the various indications that you have a hard water issue in your home, and what to do about it.

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How to Tell if You Have a Plumbing Leak

August 7th, 2017

pipe-leakIt can be difficult to tell, at times, whether or not your plumbing system has any leaks in it. Unless you have a major rupture, you’re probably not going to immediately realize when one occurs. If you know what to look for, though, you can identify warning signs and call for repairs before things get too out of hand. Have a look at the following signs that your plumbing system has some leaks that need to be repaired.

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