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This Holiday Season, Protect Your Kitchen Sink Plumbing By…

November 22nd, 2021

family-making-meal-in-kitchenAs you cook your holiday meal this season, please hesitate before throwing certain cooking and food byproducts down your kitchen sink drain, and take a moment to read this blog post.

While garbage disposal systems are of course very convenient and easy to use, many homeowners give them a little more credit than they might deserve. Look, we aren’t against using a garbage disposal–we could write a whole new blog post about the benefits of these systems! But it is possible to overuse them, or trust them a bit too much, especially in the season of extra cooking and extra kitchen use.

This holiday season, we want to help you protect your kitchen sink plumbing by…

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Here’s Why Your Tankless Water Heater Needs Maintenance

November 8th, 2021

tankless-water-heater-on-tiled-wallIf you’ve ever seen a storage-tank water heater, which you probably have, then you know they are big, pretty noticeable, and can even be a bit noisy. In other words, it’s difficult not to pay attention to a traditional water heater, if that’s what you have in your household.

You probably know that it needs maintenance every now and then from a professional plumber. A condition known as scaling can have a negative effect on it, allowing mineral buildup from calcium, magnesium, and iron. These mineral deposits cause problems with temperature, water pressure, and eventually corrosion if left for too long. Therefore, your tank water heater needs occasional flushing.

So, if you install a tankless water heater, does this mean you won’t need maintenance? Negative–you will need to have a tankless system professionally maintained as well. Perhaps not as often, depending on some factors, but much of the maintenance done on tank systems is also needed on their tankless counterparts, due, again, to scaling. Read on to learn more!

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How to Set Your Plumbing System Up for Success

October 25th, 2021

animated-diagram-of-a-pipeThe last almost 2 years now have found us at home more than ever before. As a result, we’re all getting a lot more use out of our home comfort systems, including our plumbing systems. While taking care of your plumbing system is always a good idea, it’s even more pertinent now.

The more use that your water heater, kitchen, and bathroom plumbing gets, the more wear and tear your pipes accumulate. Your plumbing system is very sturdy, and build to last for a good long time, while withstanding heavy usage. Eventually, it can accumulate enough mileage that problems can develop, whether it’s leaks, clogs, or something similar. So how do you set your plumbing system up for success each and every year? Through routine plumbing maintenance. 

Read on to learn more!

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Prevent Toilet Troubles with This Tip

October 11th, 2021

hand-flushing-toiletOne of the most frequent calls that professional plumbers receive is in regards to their bathroom plumbing–maybe they have a clogged bathroom sink drain, or the showerhead won’t stop leaking, or the worst–their toilet has a problem. And usually, it all comes down to one main issue–their toilet won’t stop running. While this doesn’t sound like a major problem, it can actually lead to you wasting hundreds of gallons of water each year. That’s water you are otherwise paying for but not actually using.

So, this is an issue you want to take care of right away, but how do you do so? By calling our plumbers! Read on as we uncover the importance of trusting a professional plumber, and what might have led to this leading toilet trouble to begin with.

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Here Are Some Signs That You Could Benefit from a Whole-Home Water Softener

September 27th, 2021

two-girls-drinking-water-from-glassesIf you’ve never heard the phrase hard water before, it can sound a little ominous. It can certainly create problems! The good news is, hard water is not harmful to ingest. It is, however, harmful to your plumbing system over time.

You see, hard water is water with a high presence of mineral content in it. Namely, we’re talking about calcium, magnesium, and in many cases iron. These are natural minerals, and again, not harmful to you. But the problem is that they create build-up called scaling, and this can impact your plumbing and anything that relies on the water in your home, negatively affecting your quality of life. Read on to learn some of the signs that you could benefit from the installation of a whole-home water softener!

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What Does the Anode Rod Do for Your Water Heater?

September 13th, 2021

water-heaterIf we asked you to name the most important home comfort appliance in your home, what would you name? If you said your water heater, then we’re definitely on the same wavelength! The water heater within your home is a true workhorse. It provides you with the hot water you need to take a shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and so much more. If you’re using a tank water heater, then there is a component that you rely on heavily for this to all happen, even though you’ve likely never heard about it–the anode rod.

No, the anode rod is not a household name, but it really is important for homes outfitted with storage tank type water heaters. It provides an essential function after all. The anode rod doesn’t last the entire lifespan of the water heater though, so it’s important for you to know the condition that yours is in. Read on to learn more!

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These Signs Signal a Plumbing Leak in Your Home

August 16th, 2021

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itThe sometimes tricky thing about plumbing issues is they’re really good at hiding! They often occur behind the walls of your home, and sometimes even under the foundational slab of your property, so they’re often almost undetectable. Some plumbing problems, however, such as a clogged drain or a leaky faucet, are pretty apparent and you don’t really need to know the signs since you can see them clearly.

However, for your hidden pipes, a problem can go unnoticed for quite some time, and do a lot of damage to your property if you aren’t attentive to your pipes. As we mentioned, plumbing problems can be hard to detect. Read on as we uncover some of the signs that you might have a hidden leak in your home so you can catch it early.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

August 2nd, 2021

tank-style-water-heaterWhen it’s been a hot day, or when you finish a tough workout, a cold shower is welcomed. But when you are surprised by icy cold water hitting you when you were relying on a lukewarm shower, it’s a different story. In this former scenario, you probably wouldn’t even give much thought to how your water heater is performing, but the second scenario would make it pretty apparent that something is amiss.

Of course, a lack of hot water is a big sign that your water heater needs to be replaced, but it’s not the only sign, which we’ll explore below. When it comes down to it, whatever is going on with your water heater, if it’s not performing up to par then you want to address it ASAP. Read on as we uncover some key signs that you should probably consider a water heater upgrade soon.

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What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

July 19th, 2021

technicians-hands-working-on-water-linesWhen most folks envision a water heater, they see a big tank, with pipes and water lines coming out of it. What if you take away the tank, though?

Maybe you’re scratching your head–if you’ve never actually seen a tankless system in action, this is understandable. But it’s just what it sounds like! It’s a water heater that does not require the use of a tank holding gallons of hot water. It’s a great piece of technology with a number of benefits.

Read on to learn what these benefits are!

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Symptoms of a Home in Need of Drain Cleaning

July 5th, 2021

drain-with-water-going-downDo you know how to tell when it’s time for a drain cleaning? Better yet, do you know what to do when you need a drain cleaning?

We’re going to share some signs below that indicate it is, in fact, time for you to call a plumber for this service. In the meantime, we want to stress how important it is that you contact a professional when you’re ready for a thorough drain cleaning.

The reason for this is because store-bought drain cleaning solutions are really no solution at all. They can eat away at the lining of your plumbing and even cause worse clogs later on. Instead, you want a pro to come in and either use drain snaking or hydro-jetting tools to relieve the clog and potentially prevent further clogs from forming.

Read on to learn the signs that it’s time to go ahead a call a pro!

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