Lutz Plumbing, Inc. Blog

How to Make Your Garbage Disposal Last Longer

July 9th, 2018

kitchen-sinkMost people take their garbage disposals for granted, and it can definitely seem like the system can handle anything. Unfortunately, that’s just not true. Garbage disposals are just as prone to breakdowns as anything else, which means that they will live shorter and more expensive lives if not properly cared for. Most people take decent care of their garbage disposals, but there are still some things that everyone should know about how to properly care for these systems.

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Why Water Softening is Important

June 25th, 2018

ruined-pipesHey, you know what’s really important? Water softening! No, that’s not going to be all we write in this blog. This isn’t Twitter, and we have more than 240 characters to convince you why it’s important. Isn’t long-form prose great for the exchange of thoughtful discourse and ideas?

Anyway, we aren’t kidding. Water softening is actually very important for homes across the country, though not all of them. Specifically, it’s a big deal for homes that happen to be located in geographic regions where there is a lot of hard water. Let’s go over hard water, limescale, water softening, and why you should care about any and all of it.

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Plumbing Problems That can Wreak Havoc if You’re Not Careful

June 11th, 2018

underwater-roomPlumbing problems can cause all sorts of damage if they aren’t caught early and dealt with properly. Unfortunately, it can be especially difficult to catch plumbing problems early enough. Most of the system is hidden from view, and issues tend not to develop symptoms until they’ve already started affecting other parts of the home.

The best way to catch plumbing problems before they have the chance to cause damage is to schedule annual plumbing maintenance and inspection services. In between those appointments, though, you should still keep an eye out for issues that may develop. Have a look at some of the following plumbing problems to be especially careful of.

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Got a Plumbing Emergency? Follow These Steps

May 28th, 2018

Ruptured-PipePlumbing systems can generally be divided into two different categories: emergencies and problems that can wait for an appointment. For the purposes of this blog post, we’re going to ignore problems of the eldritch and otherworldly variety, like tentacles coming from a portal to another dimension located in your drain. Although, to be honest, that sounds like kind of an emergency. Not one we’re going to talk about here, though. Anyway, plumbing emergencies!

When a plumbing emergency happens, the number one thing you need to do is keep calm. If you panic, you’re just going to make things worse. So, if you have a burst pipe spewing water into your hallways or some other kind of plumbing emergency, keep calm and follow the steps below to get it taken care of as quickly as possible.

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When to Install a Water Treatment System

May 14th, 2018

water-softenerMost people in this country probably don’t think they even need water treatment. Unless you happen to live in an area with water quality so bad that it’s become national news multiple times, you likely think that the water that comes out of the faucets in your home is just fine. Well, you might be surprised as far as that goes.

We’re not saying your water is poisonous or radioactive or anything. Most cities put their water supply through a pretty extensive treatment process before piping it into residents’ homes. The problem is, though, that no city has a perfect water treatment process. There will always be some level of contaminant that makes it into your home’s plumbing supply. Even if it’s not enough to prove life threatening, contaminants in your water supply can still have adverse effects on your health and comfort. The following are some of the most common ways to tell if you should install a water treatment system.

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Sewer Problems You Should Know About

April 30th, 2018

pipeWhen it comes to plumbing health, a lot of homeowners tend to focus on maintaining their freshwater plumbing. That is, when the topic comes up at all. While it’s certainly important to keep your home’s plumbing system in good shape, you should also make sure that the drain and sewer system remains healthy as well.

Sewer issues can cause wide-ranging problems for the rest of your home, some of them quite serious. So, have a look at the sewer issues below, and what you should do to prevent them.

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How Often Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

April 16th, 2018

drain-pipe-replacementWe’re going to go out on a limb, here, and assume that you don’t think about the drains in your home very much. That’s okay. Most people don’t. The drains aren’t exactly the most attention-grabbing part of the home, or even the home’s plumbing system. Still, they serve a vital role in the plumbing system and need to be kept healthy. One of the best ways to make sure that your drains keep functioning properly is to schedule drain cleaning services. Read on for some prime indications that it’s time to schedule drain cleaning services.

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How to Keep Your Water Heater Functioning Properly

April 2nd, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are pretty hardy systems, but they’re not invincible. If they aren’t properly taken care of, they can have their lifespans shortened by a number of years. If you want to protect your investment in your water heater for as long as possible, there are a number of steps you need to follow. Read on to find out more about how to keep your water heater healthy for the foreseeable future.

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Have a Look at Why It’s a Good Idea to Have a Sump Pump

March 19th, 2018

Sump-PumpFlooding is a pretty common disaster around the country, but it’s also a very misunderstood one. Many homeowners think flooding is a threat only when the water level rises by several feet. While severe flooding like that is indeed something to be reckoned with, it’s not necessary for things to be that bad to cause immense water damage to a home.

A much more common form of flooding is due to water seeping into basements and crawlspaces during more mild storms. The water finds its way into the space, but it collects there instead of flowing out. You can imagine how much damage even a few inches of water in a space like your basement could do, especially if it houses systems like your heater and air conditioner. It’s areas like these that could benefit from installing a sump pump.

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Tank or Tankless? The Great Water Heater Conundrum!

March 5th, 2018

Tankless-Water-HeaterOkay, so your old water heater finally gave up the ghost (or is close enough as to make no difference) and you find yourself in need of a new system. What do you go for? Well, there are actually a few different kinds of water heater types available on the market, some of which appeal to a wider group of homeowners than others.

The two that we’re going to focus on in this post, though, are the broadest categories. Let’s take a look at tank and tankless water heaters, the pros and cons of each, and which you might want to install in your home.

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