Which Water Heater Type is Better: Tank or Tankless?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

For many years, the only real option for residential water heaters was the tank variety. These systems use large storage tanks to keep a large supply of hot water ready at all times. With the advent of tankless water heaters, though, homeowners have started asking us which water heater type is objectively “better.” The truth is that the type of water heater that will serve you best will depend on your individual situation. However, we can still go over the general pros and cons of each water heater type. (more…)

Beware of Pitted Corrosion

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Prior to the 1960’s, most of the plumbing pipes in a home were made of iron or lead. While the pipes lasted quite a long time, they had other issues that made them less than ideal for use in the home. Iron pipes were incredibly susceptible to rust, which often lead to leaks and pipe ruptures. Lead, meanwhile, simply poisoned the water that flowed through it. So, in the ‘60’s the primary plumbing material became copper. Copper is resistant to rust, and doesn’t bleed into the water that flows through it. However, it isn’t invincible. Read on to find out more about pitted corrosion, and what it can do to your pipes. (more…)

Where Does Hard Water Come From?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Hard water is a huge threat to your plumbing system, as you’ve probably gleaned from other posts on this blog. We’ve gone into pretty great detail about the damage hard water can do to your system, but we haven’t extensively covered where hard water comes from. Let’s take a look at what creates hard water, and by extension lime scale. (more…)

When to get Your Sewer Line Cleaned

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Your sewer line connects your home to the municipal sewer main. Without it, your home wouldn’t be able to properly dispose of all the liquid waste that it generates. Despite its importance, the sewer line often doesn’t get the professional attention it needs in order to operate correctly. That’s because homeowners tend to forget that their sewer lines need professional attention at all. If you want to know how best to take care of your sewer line, read on. (more…)

Signs That You Need Water Softening

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Water softening is the primary method for dealing with hard water issues in a home. Hard water is water with an above average mineral content. It is quite common in areas across the country, and can cause quite a few problems with a home’s plumbing system. Since so much of your home’s plumbing is hidden from you, however, you’re going to have to keep an eye out for certain signs if you want to catch a hard water problem early. Let’s take a look at some of those signs now. (more…)