How a Leaky Faucet can Cost You Significantly

Monday, November 7th, 2016

A leaky faucet may seem like nothing more than a minor annoyance, especially if it’s only a few drips at a time. If you ignore it for long enough, though, you’ll quickly find that it’s anything but minor. A leaky faucet can cost you hundreds of dollars, and waste thousands of gallons of water. Read on to find out more. (more…)

Steps to Take During a Plumbing Emergency

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Plumbing emergencies have the potential to cause quite a bit of damage in a very short amount of time. The temptation to panic in situations like those can be quite strong, but it’s important that you resist that temptation. Instead, you should follow the steps below to help mitigate the damage until a plumber can arrive to help you. Let’s take a look at what you can do to deal with a plumbing emergency. (more…)

How to Stop Your Toilet from Overflowing

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Toilet overflows happen to all of us, every now and again, and it’s very tempting to panic when they do. It’s never fun to suddenly have a plumbing appliance malfunction on you, especially one that can have some very damaging, not to mention unsanitary, consequences. Fortunately, there are a couple of immediate steps you can take to prevent your toilet from overflowing while you wait for your plumber. Read on to find out more. (more…)

The Benefits of Hybrid Water Heaters

Monday, August 15th, 2016

When talking about the pros and cons of different water heater types, the conversation is often restricted to tank vs tankless water heaters. Both of those water heater types have their advantages, but they also have plenty of disadvantages as well. Tank water heaters are on all the time, which wastes a lot of energy on an annual basis. Tankless water heaters have to warm up before they can start distributing hot water, causing a delay between when you call for hot water and when you receive it. Fortunately, there’s a way to get the best of both worlds with none of the disadvantages. Read on to find out more about hybrid water heaters. (more…)

How Often Should I Schedule Plumbing Maintenance?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Preventive maintenance offers a wide range of benefits for all kinds of home systems. When it comes to plumbing systems, though, maintenance is less of a benefit and more of a necessity. If you want to make sure that your plumbing system stays in the best possible shape for as many years as possible, you should make sure that it gets preventive maintenance on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at why plumbing maintenance is so important, and how often you should schedule it. (more…)

3 Water Heater Problems to Watch Out For

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

As one of your major appliances, the water heater is responsible for much of the comfort of your home. While we all take hot water and automatic dish and clothes washing for granted these days, it’s important to realize where that essential amenity comes from. All water heaters will experience problems from time to time, even those that have meticulously maintained. Keep an eye out for the following 3 signs that you might have a water heater problem:

1. Not Enough Hot Water

Everyone loves a nice cold shower, right? Bathing and showering are two of the activities that rely upon hot water, and so you’ll probably notice a problem in the bathroom first. If it’s a relatively minor and gradual loss of hot water, and your system is relatively new, then you probably just need a flush or tune-up. But if your system is over 10 years old, and you’re losing hot water capacity as a steady clip, then you might be looking at replacement.

2. Strange Noise from Your Water Heater

Your water heater does not boil water. Obviously, that would be extremely dangerous to you and your family. So, if it sounds like it’s “boiling”, then it needs to be serviced. That sound is often related to excessive sediment built-up inside the tank. If there are other apparently inexplicable sounds, or it sounds as though your water heater is turning on and off, then have it checked out.

3. Rise in Bills

Another common problem related to water heaters is an unexpected increase in the cost of producing hot water. Because it accounts for such a large proportion of your gas and/or electricity expenses, you’ll want to make sure to keep an eye out for any sudden increases.

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How to Prolong the Life of Your Plumbing System

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Plumbing systems are designed to last quite a long time, but that doesn’t mean they can be completely neglected and expected to operate just fine. If you want to make sure that your plumbing system lasts as long as possible, and gives you the best return on your investment, you’re going to need to take certain proactive steps. Read on to find out how to prolong the life of your plumbing system. (more…)

If You Want Your Garbage Disposal to Last, Avoid Doing This

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Garbage disposals seem like hardy, near-invincible systems, and homeowners tend to treat them as such. However, your garbage disposal can have its lifespan severely shortened by certain common practices, which you may be frequently and unknowingly engaging in. If you want your garbage disposal to last as long as possible, there are certain things that you avoid exposing it to. Read on to find out more about how to make your garbage disposal last. (more…)

How to Protect Against Pinhole Leaks

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Leaks are a very common problem for plumbing systems across the country. One of the problems with combating leaks in a plumbing system is how difficult it is to detect them in the first place. Most of the average plumbing system is hidden from view, and leaks tend to be quite small. In fact, one of the most dangerous types of leaks is the pinhole leak, which is only large enough to leak a couple of drops of water at a time. Let’s take a closer look at pinhole leaks, and how you can detect them early. (more…)

Should I be Worried About Lead in My Water?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The revelation that the water supply in Flint, MI is contaminated with toxic levels of lead has led several experts around the country to accuse other municipalities of similar conditions. While it’s true that a number of cities do have higher levels of toxic materials in their water than they should, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re at risk. If you really want to make sure that your home is kept safe from any toxic materials in the city water supply, though, there are a few steps you can take. Let’s take a look at those steps now. (more…)