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Tips for Keeping Your Water Line in Good Condition

May 22nd, 2017

water-lineThere are two pipes that are absolutely vital for your home’s plumbing system to operate properly. These are the sewer line and the water line. All water that flows into your home’s plumbing system moves through the water line, while the sewer line removes wastewater to either the septic tank or the city sewer main. Since the entirety of your plumbing system relies on the water line to keep operating, it’s a good idea to make sure that it stays in good condition. Follow these tips to make sure that your water line stays healthy for as long as possible.

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Signs You Need Drain Cleaning

May 8th, 2017

ruined-pipesThere are a lot of various systems that run throughout your home, which you use on a daily basis, without even thinking about them. Your drain and sewer system is one of those. The drains in your home are vital for keeping your plumbing system operating properly. It’s also often neglected, since it doesn’t demand a lot of attention when it’s working properly. If you want to avoid the many problems that neglecting your drains can cause, it’s a good idea to have them cleaned on a fairly regular basis. If you’re not sure whether or not your drains need cleaning, have a look at the warning signs below.

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How to Keep Your Water Heater in Good Condition

April 24th, 2017

tank-water-heater-repairAssuming ideal conditions, the average water heater can last between 10 and 15 years. That’s quite a while, if you think about it, and a good return on your investment. However, that doesn’t mean that your water heater will actually last that long. At least, not if you don’t take certain steps to keep it in good shape for as long as possible. If you want to get the most out of your water heater, and extend its effective lifespan, follow our tips below.

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Be Careful of These Common Plumbing Problems

April 10th, 2017

Plumbing problems are some of the worst that a home can deal with, both in terms of how they occur and how much damage they can do. Much of your plumbing system is hidden from view, which means that when problems happen they tend to go unnoticed. That is, until they cause some sort of catastrophic damage that demands a lot more attention.

By then, though, it’s far too late to commence with timely repairs. The best way to make sure that you aren’t caught off-guard by plumbing issues is to make sure that you know what warning signs to look for. That way, you can have the problem repaired faster and keep your system in better condition.

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What to do During a Plumbing Emergency

March 27th, 2017

plumbing-emergency-what-to-doIf you have water welling up from under your floor, or from behind a wall, it can be tempting to panic. However, the most important thing you can do during a plumbing emergency is to remain calm and act quickly. If you know what to do, you can limit the damage by a significant amount while you wait for your plumber to show up.

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Should I Install a Tankless Water Heater?

March 13th, 2017

Do us a favor, okay? Close your eyes and think of a water heater for a second. Chances are, the image your mind generates when you do that is of a tank water heater. That is, a large storage tank system that stays operating day and night to maintain a standing supply of hot water. While there are plenty of reasons to install a storage tank water heater in your home, you don’t have to go with that type of system if you don’t want to. There are other kinds of water heater types available on the market, including tankless water heaters. You should have a look at those, as well, to see if they might meet your needs better.

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The Various Methods Used in Pipe Inspection

February 27th, 2017

When was the last time you physically examined your drain or sewer pipes? Probably not any time recently, right? Most people don’t make a habit of digging up their sewer system to make sure that it’s in good condition. That’s why pipe inspection is used. Pipe inspection is a vital part of keeping your drain and sewer system in good condition, because it allows you to identify problems with your pipes. Without it, your only feasible option for repairing issues would be to wait for them to manifest obvious symptoms before taking action. That would give the problems much more time to develop, which would mean more repair costs.

There are a wide range of different pipe inspection methods used across the country today, each of which is useful in a different set of circumstances. Which method is used is up to the plumber handling your system, of course, but it’s still a good idea to know a bit about how they work.

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Drain Snaking Vs. Hydro Jetting

February 13th, 2017

As you hopefully already know, store-bought drain cleaners are a terrible way to deal with clogs in your pipes. Professional drain cleaning services are the best way to deal with waste buildup or other obstructions in your drain and sewer systems.

For you, that means that the entire process consists of phoning a plumber you trust and letting them handle it for you. Just because you won’t personally be handling the equipment, though, doesn’t mean that you would not benefit from knowing a bit more about the techniques involved. There are two primary methods used for most drain cleaning procedures: hydro jetting and drain snaking. Each of these methods has their own set of advantages, and are useful in different drain situations. Let’s go over a few of the pros and cons of each.

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Choosing the Right Water Heater Type for You

January 30th, 2017

For a fair few decades in the 20th century, the only option for residential water heating was to go with a tank water heater. In fact, that style of water heater was so ubiquitous that it’s probably the first thing you think of when you think about water heaters. That water heater type is still the most popular type in the country, but it’s no longer the only option when you look for a new water heater to install. The most common alternative to tank water heaters is to install a tankless model, which offers its own unique set of advantages.

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What Can Cause Drains to Smell Bad?

January 16th, 2017

It is probably not news to you to hear that plumbing fixtures can sometimes emit foul odors. Just because it may be a common problem does not mean that it is a problem you should ignore or simply put up with, though. If you want to resolve issues with smelly drains, there are a number of options to consider.

You should also know what might cause smelly drains to develop in the first place, so that you can make any changes possible to avoid the problem in the future. Read on for some more information about why the drains in your home may begin to smell bad. As always, remember to schedule your plumbing services in Bloomington, IL with our team.

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