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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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Do You Know How to Identify a Plumbing Leak?

February 19th, 2018

pipe-leakPlumbing leaks are some of the most common, and damaging, problems that homeowners can deal with. They’re also quite tough to identify and locate without professional training and equipment, oftentimes. This can make it very difficult to determine whether or not you have a leak in time to prevent a lot of the damage that leak can cause.

If you’re not sure whether or not you have a leak in your home, there are a couple of different steps you can take to help you confirm it. These are not as good as having a professional examine your system, but they should at least help you decide whether or not you need to call for professional repairs.

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Indications That It’s Time for Drain Cleaning Services

February 5th, 2018

drain-pipe-replacementWe know, we know. Nobody wants to think about their drains. They just want them to work when needed and stay out of sight and out of mind the rest of the time. The drains may be a small part of your overall plumbing system, but they remain a very important part. If the drains start to have issues, the rest of the plumbing system is going to have issues as well.

The most common problem for drains is clogging, for which the remedy is drain cleaning. Have a look at the following indications that it’s time to schedule drain cleaning services for your system.

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Is it Time for a New Water Heater?

January 22nd, 2018

plumber-wrenchWater heaters can last quite a long time, especially if you take proper care of them. Most of them are built to operate 24/7 in some capacity, after all, and it takes some really sturdy construction to be able to last for years that way. However, no amount of care or maintenance is going to be able to get your water heater to last forever. You need to be able to recognize when your system is coming to the end of its life, so that you can have it replaced before it fails completely. If you’re not sure whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced in the near future, read on for some tips.

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Keep Your Water Line in Good Condition with These Tips

January 8th, 2018

water-lineDo you happen to know what the most important part of your plumbing system is? If you answered anything other than the water line, well, we’re afraid you’re wrong. The water line is a pipe that runs from the city water main, or from your well if you use one, to your home’s plumbing system. All water that enters your home’s plumbing system moves through your water line, which means it’s pretty important for the health of your system to keep the line in good shape. If the water line is suffering, it can dramatically interfere with the operation of the entire plumbing system. Follow the tips below to keep your water line in the best possible condition.

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