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How to Keep Your Plumbing System Healthy

February 18th, 2019

family-washing-hands-at-kitchen-sinkThe number one way to keep your plumbing system healthy is by hiring professionals to work on your plumbing system. The standard of which professional plumbers work is in place to ensure that homeowners are left with systems that work as efficiently and effectively as they should for as long as they should. So, if you do find yourself in need of plumbing repairs or want to look into a new plumbing installation, be sure to call on our pros!

A licensed professional plumbing company will know how to do any job with utmost safety. Plus, we are licensed for plumbing work in our area. Keep reading for more benefits of professional plumbing services.

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Tips for Keeping Your Water Heater in Top Shape

February 4th, 2019

water-heaterIf you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think very much about how hard your water heater works for you on a regular basis. But, you should. Your home’s water heater is probably the hardest working system in your entire living space. Most water heaters don’t even ever fully turn off—rather, they operate day and night to provide a standing supply of hot water for whenever you need it. At least, this is the case if you have a storage tank water heater.

Generating all of this hot water understandably puts a lot of wear and tear on the system over the years. Therefore, it’s essential that you take steps to help it last as long as it can. In order to get the best return on investment from your home’s water heater, we encourage you to follow the tips below. And remember, even if you have a tankless water heater, it also needs regular care.

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With More Winter Storms Ahead, is Your Plumbing Protected?

January 21st, 2019

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoDid you know that it only takes a few hours for a pipe to freeze? Most homeowners don’t realize that, and with plenty of cold weather still ahead for us (especially at night), this isn’t something you should just brush off. First, it’s important to know how to prevent such an incident from happening.

However, if you’ve found yourself already facing this winter plumbing problem and it hasn’t let to a plumbing emergency yet, we still urge you to act quickly and contact a professional plumber in St. Charles, MO, so that it doesn’t turn into an emergency!

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Heed These Signs of Plumbing System Problems

January 7th, 2019

white pvc pipe with blue cloth tied around itNobody wants to deal with a plumbing problem. But, they’re sometimes inevitable, and what makes them an even bigger problem is they are often hard to detect without professional equipment, and experience. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, after all. The problems that typically affect this system are subtle to start, which is part of the reason why we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year.

However, you should also familiarize yourself with some of the warning signs that your plumbing system is, in fact, experiencing some sort of problem. This way, on the rare chance that an issue occurs between your plumbing maintenance appointments, you can detect it fairly quickly and contact us right away for repairs.

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Why an Automatic Shutoff Valve is a Good Idea

December 24th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationWe get it—if you can avoid calling for emergency plumbing services, you will. Our professional plumbers in Kirkwood, MO are ready for anything of course, since we understand that plumbing problems don’t tend to obey schedules or calendars, nor do they care that you are sleeping or were just about to leave the house on vacation or to go to work. When you need a burst pipe or gushing broken faucet fixed, we’ll be there.

But, let’s talk prevention! Again, you don’t want to be in a situation where you’re calling up a 24-hour service plumber. We’re sure you’d also enjoy having peace of mind about plumbing problems when you can’t call for a plumber because you don’t even know there’s a problem (i.e. you’re away from home when a fixture breaks, spreading water throughout your home). In a case like this, there’s one very important component that will save you from property damage and unnecessary associated costs—the automatic shutoff valve.

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When to Schedule Repiping Services

December 10th, 2018

copper pipes and plumbing fixturesThroughout the years, there have been many different materials put to use for constructing plumbing pipes. During much of the 20th century, for instance, metals such as galvanized steel (this is steel coated pipes coated with zinc to prevent corrosion) and cast iron were most commonly used in residential settings.

Cast iron was rather quickly found to be ineffective at preventing corrosion, while galvanized steel was replaced around the 1970’s in favor of a more lightweight option—copper. In addition to being lightweight, copper has better corrosion resistance, as does the other two modern types of plumbing pipes you may see: PVC and PEX piping.

Homes today tend to use either one of these plastic pipes or copper exclusively throughout the property. However, if your home is one of the many in our area built prior to the 1980’s, then it may have piping, fixtures, or even elbows and joints made of the outdated material. And if this is the case, by nature there is a very good chance you need repiping. This is a service provided by our professional plumbers in O’Fallon, MO, and could do your home a world of good. But, how much repiping do you need?

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Call for Repairs if You Notice These Plumbing Symptoms

November 26th, 2018

leaking-copper-pipeWithout the right professional experience or plumbing equipment, problems with your plumbing system can definitely be hard to pinpoint. Most of the system is hidden from view, after all, and the issues that usually impact it are subtle to start. This is part of the reason we stress how important it is to schedule routine preventive maintenance with a professional plumber in St. Peters, MO each year.

However, even with maintenance, you may run into a plumbing problem, which is why it’s so vital for homeowners to know what signs to look for that indicate a problem. This way, if something does happen between maintenance appointments, you can get it managed sooner rather than later, which is always a good thing when it comes to plumbing and water damage! So, what symptoms should you watch for?

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When to Call for Drain Cleaning Services

November 12th, 2018

sink-drainingHow often do you think about your home’s plumbing system? Chances are, not a whole lot! Even though this is the case, when something goes wrong, you’ll sure be grateful for a highly trained and experienced plumbing company to come manage the issue.

This is particularly true if the problem is more than something simple like a drippy faucet or a pinhole leak in a visible pipe. Some problems extend deeper than this—literally—into your drain and sewer system. If this portion of your plumbing system isn’t properly cared for, then you could find yourself facing serious issues.

There’s good news, though! It’s easy to care for your drain system. You can do this by scheduling drain cleaning on a routine basis to ensure that your plumbing system is well maintained. Or you can schedule these services as needed, but, how do you know when they’re needed? A couple indicators are:

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Do I Need a New Water Heater?

October 29th, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters can last a good long time, if you take proper care of them. They can’t last forever, though. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to replace it with a new one. It’s best if you identify as early as possible when your water heater is getting close to the end of its life. The earlier you can tell if your water heater is in need of replacement, the earlier you can have it replaced. The best way to tell whether or not your water heater is in need of replacement is to have a technician check out the system for you. If you’re not sure whether to call your technician yet or not, though, check out the following signs.

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How to Prepare Your Plumbing System for Winter

October 15th, 2018

PlumberWinter is coming, and you need to be prepared for it. You’re probably already making sure that your heating system is up to the task of keeping you warm this coming season, and that’s good. What about your plumbing system, though? There are still plenty of ways that your plumbing system could break down over the next few months, which means you should take the time to make sure that it is properly prepared as well. The following are a couple of the best ways that you can ensure your plumbing system stays healthy and reliable throughout the cold season.

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