Performance Plumbing Blog

How to Choose the Right Water Heater (for Your Home)

August 19th, 2019

tank-water-heaterIf we were to name an appliance you probably take the most for granted, what would it be? Assuming you got the hint in the title of this blog post, you know that it’s your water heater.

Water heaters are those systems that we all use every day, and we honestly don’t think much about them, until something goes wrong, that is. But choosing the right water heater for your specific home and needs can make a huge difference in efficiency, and therefore a difference in water bills.

Interested in learning more? Read on!

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Signs You Have a Plumbing Problem

August 5th, 2019

plumber-working-on-pipe-under-sinkWithout access to the right professional equipment (and experience), it can be very difficult to detect a plumbing problem. After all, most of your plumbing system is hidden from sight, and the problems that usually impact it are subtle to start out with.

This is a big part of the reason we recommend you schedule preventive plumbing maintenance on an annual basis. But, even that doesn’t mean a problem can’t happen between maintenance sessions. Beware the symptoms we’ve listed below, and should you notice any of them in your home, be sure to give our plumbers a call right away.

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Drain Cleaning: Are You Doing It Right?

July 22nd, 2019

plumber-unclogging-drain-with-drain-snakeThe short answer to this is, if you’re using store-bought, chemical-based drain cleaners to relieve clogs, then no, you’re not doing it right.

Using these chemical “solutions” is no solution at all and can actually do more harm than good to the health of your plumbing system. Sure, it may solve the problem in the short term, however, it will only exacerbate the problems you’ll face later.

Read on to learn more about why you shouldn’t use store-bought chemical drain cleaners, and how to clean drains the right way.

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Beware These Potential Tankless Water Heater Woes

July 8th, 2019

woman-looking-surprised-and-concernedThe tankless water heater has become a preferred choice for many homeowners today. They keep up with the demand of the majority of households in our area—so long as they are properly sized for your home. They also help you cut down on energy bills, and won’t “run out” of hot water in the way that standard storage tank water heaters do.

Another very big benefit of choosing a tankless system for your water heating needs is that they typically require far fewer repairs over their lifetime than storage tank water heaters. This doesn’t mean yours will never need any repairs, however. Any type of water heater can encounter operational issues that require the assistance of a professional to fix. We’ll take a look at some potential water heater malfunctions below.

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How to Optimize Your Kitchen Design in a Remodel

June 24th, 2019

beautiful-kitchenAs we progress into summer, it’s a great time of the year to start on home remodeling projects. It’s important to remember, of course, that remodels take a lot of work, and some of this work may require the assistance of an experienced professional.

This is especially true when that remodel includes something like your kitchen, which in addition to beautiful cabinetry and new flooring you also have your plumbing to consider. And to address the title of this blog post, the best way to optimize your kitchen design in a remodel is with your plumbing! What do we mean? Read on!

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Do You Detect a Plumbing Leak?

June 10th, 2019

woman-looking-surprised-holding-glasses-on-face::drip, drip, drip::

This is the sound of a rather obvious plumbing leak, probably coming from somewhere like your kitchen or bathroom sink. In the middle of the night, when you’re trying to sleep—but all you can concentrate on is that noise.

This is one of those cases where you clearly know you have a plumbing leak. There is no detection needed. You can call a plumber and ideally have it repaired right away as it’s likely a loose valve failing to shut off the water flow.

Not all plumbing leaks are so… “visible,” though. Given that the majority of your plumbing system is hidden behind walls or beneath the slab of your home’s foundation, you could actually be suffering from plumbing leaks you don’t even know about until it’s too late and you have an emergency on your hands.

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How Hard Water Impacts Your Plumbing and Quality of Life

May 27th, 2019

bathroom-sink-faucet-turned-onYou’ve likely heard of hard water before, but do you know what it is?

This is what occurs when there is a high level of minerals in your tap water—namely magnesium, calcium, and potentially iron as well. These minerals are not unhealthy to ingest, so that’s not a concern. However, they can definitely have a negative impact on your plumbing, and subsequently your quality of life!

With the right plumber in St. Charles, MO, we can assess your water treatment needs, whether it is installing a water softener or determining what other problems might exist with proper water quality testing. Since today we’re focusing on hard water, we’ve outlined below some of the signs you should watch out for that indicate your home is suffering from this issue.

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3 Things to Avoid in a Bathroom Remodel

May 13th, 2019

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Remodeling any part of your home can and should be an exciting project, increasing the utility and aesthetics of the room you choose. This is a great time of year to plan such an undertaking, since weather rarely becomes a factor—unlike winter when snow and cold complicate matters.

When it comes to a bathroom remodel, proper planning with a trained plumber and contractor is vital regardless of what season it is. This lets you get a good idea of what’s possible, and spells out the specifics well before you start spending serious money on your project.

While there are clearly going to be very big similarities, every bathroom is different, and this can impact the overall goals of your bathroom remodel. Your plumbing contractor can help you nail down the details for your specific needs. There are a few general guidelines and common mistakes to think about that will help you in the planning stages. We’ve outlined them below.

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Deciding What to Keep and What to Lose in a Kitchen Plumbing Remodel

April 29th, 2019

mother-and-daughter-in-kitchenThe kitchen is often called “the heart of the home” in just about any home. Maybe you sit at your kitchen island to enjoy a cup of coffee or two each morning before going to work. Maybe your family gathers around the kitchen table each evening and has conversations about your day. Regardless of your relationship with your kitchen, you deserve to have a room that suits your unique tastes and preferences.

That said, if the kitchen isn’t the one you necessarily wanted when you bought your home, you may be looking to remodel. If this is the case, there are a lot of considerations for you to make.

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When You Should Upgrade Your Water Heater

April 15th, 2019

water heaterA water heater that is routinely maintained once a year and receives prompt repairs can last a long time. In fact, you’ve probably had the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home, right?

Well, while this longevity is impressive, all good things must eventually come to an end. Eventually, you’ll need to replace the water heater at some point in the future, when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. You may think you can get by with just a repair, but at some point not even that will help and you’ll be forced to upgrade your water heater.

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