Lutz Plumbing, Inc. Blog

The Problem with Store Bought Drain Cleaners

September 17th, 2018

So, you’ve got a slow drain and the chemical drain cleaner at the store with the bright and punchy logo promises to remove your clogs instantly. While this seemingly quick and easy solution to your problem may be enticing, you should never use store-bought drain cleaners to fix a plumbing issue.

Even if you’re frustrated with your clogged pipes and you think it’s a minor problem, you should hire a professional. Store bought drain cleaners of all types do more harm than good to your plumbing system. Your plumbing system is extensive and intricate, so it needs the eye of a trained professional rather than a product promising magic. At Lutz Plumbing, Inc. we have to right technicians to perform your drain cleaning in Independence, MO.

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Why Pipe Inspection is a Good Idea

September 3rd, 2018

ruined-pipesThe plumbing issues that tend to cause the most damage are the ones that tend to sneak up on you, unfortunately. You might be able to catch warning signs of a problem with your plumbing in time to do something about it, but you probably wouldn’t be able to prevent all of the damage to the system. There are ways to mitigate damage more completely than simply waiting for a problem to present itself, of course. Read on to find out more about pipe inspection, and why you should be scheduling it at least once every year or two.

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3 Signs That You Probably Have a Plumbing Leak

August 20th, 2018

plumber-wrenchWhen it comes to plumbing issues, some problems are hard to miss. When the garbage disposal backs up, the shower takes too long to drain, or the faucet just won’t stop dripping, it interrupts the daily flow of your life and you know there’s an issue.

Occasionally, plumbing problems aren’t so definitive. There are many telltale signs that you might need some work done. Luckily, Lutz Plumbing, Inc. is always ready to send out a plumber in Olathe, KS to help with all your plumbing needs.

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Time to Replace Your Water Heater if It’s Doing These Things

August 6th, 2018

plumber-wrenchWater heaters can last a long time, but they don’t last forever. If your water heater is getting close to the end of its life, it’s a good idea to call for a replacement installation as soon as possible.

You don’t want to suddenly find yourself without a working water heater while you’re taking a shower, for example. If you’re not sure whether or not you need a new water installed in your home, have a look at the signs below.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Drain Cleaning

July 23rd, 2018

drainWhen a drain clogs in your home, you probably don’t think that much about it, right? It’s a pretty minor issue, and fixing it usually just means pouring some drain cleaner down it, right? Wrong! There are definitely good and bad ways to handle drain cleaning issues. If you’re not careful, you can end up making the problem much worse for yourself. The following are some of the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” of drain cleaning.

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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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