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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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How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing This Winter

December 25th, 2017

pipe-leakThere are a lot of different issues that can present a problem for your plumbing system during the winter. One of the most difficult, though, is frozen pipes. As the water in your pipes freezes, it will expand outward.

This will cause the pipe to crack or rupture, causing water damage and obviously harming the efficiency of your plumbing system. This is why it’s so important that you take steps to protect your pipes from the possibility of freezing this winter. Read on for some tips on how to keep your pipes from freezing over the next several months.

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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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