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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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3 Warning Signs That Indicate You Need Water Heater Repairs

July 24th, 2017

water-heater-repairsWater heaters are pretty solid systems, far less prone to developing issues than the average heater or air conditioner. Resistant and immune are two different things, though, and just because your water heater is resistant to problems, that does not mean that it will never have them. Most of the issues that are likely to afflict your water heater will begin subtly and slowly. You will probably not notice them until they start to cause further problems for the system, which makes quick action that much more important. Have a look at three major warning signs that you need to have a professional repair your water heater as soon as you can.

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Install a Water Filtration System if You Notice These Symptoms

July 10th, 2017

water-handsIf you get your water from the city in which you live, then you probably know that the supply passes through a treatment plant before it gets to you. How effective city water treatment is varies depending on the city. Regardless of where you live, though, you should know that no city water treatment is 100% effective. There will always be a chance that trace elements of harmful materials will make it into your home’s water supply. It’s in your best interest to take extra steps to address these harmful water contaminants, as they can cause all kinds of problems for both you and your plumbing system. Have a look at these signs that you need to install a water filtration system in your home.

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Signs You Need to Schedule Drain Cleaning Services

June 26th, 2017

drain-cleaningYour drain and sewer system is one of the most important parts of your home’s plumbing. If the drain system is not properly maintained, it can cause serious issues for the entire plumbing system. Fortunately, it’s actually pretty easy to keep your drain system in good shape. All you need to do is make sure that you schedule drain cleaning services on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need to schedule drain cleaning services for your system.

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Replace Your Water Heater if it Fits These Criteria

June 12th, 2017

water-heater-installationWater heaters are designed to cope with a lot. Considering how much strain the average system is put under on a regular basis, it’s easy to see why. The average household uses hot water multiple times a day, every day, all year-round. Many water heater systems never fully turn off. Instead, they operate at all times to maintain a standing supply of hot water.

If you are careful to schedule regular preventive maintenance and prompt repairs, you can get many good years out of your water heater. No system can last forever, though. It’s important that you know the signs that it’s time to replace your old water heater. You don’t want to be blindsided by having it suddenly break down on you. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can tell that it’s time to replace your current water heater.

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