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Keep Your Pipes in Good Condition With These Tips

April 9th, 2018

kitchen-plumbingPlumbing pipes are selected mainly for their longevity and resistance to issues. Copper piping, which has been the standard in most areas across the country for half a century, can last for decades under the right circumstances. If you want to get as many years as possible out of your plumbing pipes, though, you’re going to need to take certain steps to keep them healthy. Let’s go over some of those steps now.

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Sump Pump Maintenance, and Why It’s Important

March 26th, 2018

Backup-Sump-PumpSpring is a great time of year for many things, and a horrible time of year for others. Not to put a damper on the season (har har) but spring means storms. Those storms can cause all kinds of water damage to your home if you don’t know how to protect it.

Now, if you have a vulnerable part of your home, chances are you already have a sump pump installed in it. To be frank, we can’t imagine why you’d be reading a blog on sump pump maintenance if you didn’t already have a sump pump that needed maintaining. Anyway, if you haven’t already had your sump pump professionally checked out, now is definitely the time to do it.

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Why You Absolutely Shouldn’t Use Store Bought Drain Cleaners

March 12th, 2018

ruined-pipesEver have a drain clog on you? Of course you have. We all have. Clogged drains, whether it’s the shower, or the sink, are always frustrating to deal with. Unfortunately, they’re also often resolved in the worst possible fashion by homeowners who think they’re going about it the right way.

Most homeowners use store bought drain cleaners to quickly get rid of whatever it is that is preventing their drains from draining. This is a horrible thing for the health of a drain system, yet it’s the most common way to deal with it. Let’s have a look at why exactly it’s such a bad idea to use store-bought drain cleaners on your drains, and what you should do instead.

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How Tell if You Have a Plumbing Leak Before Calling for Repairs

February 26th, 2018

burst-pipePlumbing leaks are one of the biggest pains for homeowners when it comes to their plumbing systems. They come in a variety of sizes, can afflict many different locations, and are caused by a number of different factors. The one constant with plumbing leaks, however, is that they can cause quite a bit of damage if they are left alone for long enough. That’s why it’s a good idea to have them found and fixed as early as possible.

Professional maintenance and inspection appointments are pretty good about finding and repairing plumbing leaks before they have a chance to get really bad. Still, if you know what to look for you can confirm whether or not your plumbing system has any leaks before calling for repairs.

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Do I Need a Sump Pump?

February 12th, 2018

Backup-Sump-PumpFor those who don’t live in particularly wet areas, the concept of flooding is only really threatening when it’s submerging houses and turning freeways into rivers. We know better, though. The water level doesn’t need to be twenty feet high to cause immense damage to the home.

In fact, only a little bit of water damage in the right place can cost thousands of dollars to repair. That’s why so many people make use of sump pumps to keep the more vulnerable areas of the home safe. If you’re not sure whether or not you could benefit from using a sump pump, read on.

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Signs That You Need to Install a New Water Heater

January 29th, 2018

water-heater-installationWater heaters can last quite a while if you take proper care of them, but they can’t last forever. No matter how well you manage your water heater’s health, though, eventually you’re going to need to install a new one.

You probably don’t want to wait until your water heater breaks down entirely before installing a new one, as it will only prolong the time you spend without access to hot water. Have a look at some of the following signs that your water heater is failing, so that you can install a new one as soon as possible.

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How to Stave Off Garbage Disposal Destruction

January 15th, 2018

kitchen-plumbingGarbage disposals are designed to be able to cope with a lot. However, if you don’t treat your garbage disposal properly, you will have to replace it much sooner than you would have otherwise. Fortunately, our experts have outlined a few great tips for keeping your garbage disposal up and running for as long as possible. Read on to learn how to protect your garbage disposal investment.

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Make Sure You Schedule Drain Cleaning to Keep Your Drains Functioning Properly

January 1st, 2018

Drain-SnakingThere are a lot of things that you should be doing to keep your plumbing system in good shape, one of which is having your drains cleaned on a regular basis. The drains may not demand a lot of attention compared to other parts of your home, but they’re still very important. If the drains are in bad shape, the rest of your plumbing system will pay the price. Have a look at some of the indications that it’s time to have professional drain cleaning done on your system.

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Which Water Heater Type is Best for You?

December 18th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are built to last, but they don’t last forever. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to replace your current water heater with a new one. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of options available on the market.

Each water heater type has its own pros and cons, so it’s important to consider which is best for you before you decide. Have a look at three of the most popular water heater types below, and the advantages that each could offer you were you to install it.

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

December 4th, 2017

burst-pipeYou probably have a lot on your mind during the fall and winter seasons, what with the holidays and getting ready for the end of the year. We hate to add to your mental load, but there is one other thing that you should probably take steps to deal with this winter: frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are common in areas of the home where the pipes are not properly insulated, such as those serving outdoor faucets or under the kitchen sink.

As the water in the pipe freezes, it expands outwards, putting immense pressure on the pipe walls. This can eventually cause the pipe to crack and rupture, causing water damage and often leading to pipe replacement. So, it’s important that you make sure to lessen the chance of your home’s pipes freezing as much as possible this winter. Learn how below.

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