Performance Plumbing Blog

Do You Have a Plumbing Leak?

February 17th, 2020

plumber-working-on-sink-plumbingGiven that most of your home’s plumbing system is hidden behind walls or beneath the floor, it can be really hard to detect plumbing leaks—especially since the signs of these leaks are usually subtle to start with!

This is the main reason we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, it’s also a good idea to familiarize yourself and your family with the warning signs that your plumbing system is experiencing problems. On the rare chance that a problem does happen between maintenance visits, this way you can spot it quickly and call for repairs right away.

Read on as we uncover several of the most common signs you have a leak.

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The Importance of Grease Traps: Is Your Restaurant Well Equipped?

February 3rd, 2020

grease-trap-outside-buildingIf you run a restaurant in the St. Louis area, then you undoubtedly have a lot on your plate—pun intended. The good news is, for all your plumbing needs, all you need to do is give our team a call. This is true for your piping needs, as well as things like grease traps.

Grease traps are something a lot of our customers have questions about, and we’re here to answer those questions. If there’s anything we haven’t covered below that you’d like to know more about, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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When You Need Something More than a Simple Clog Removal

January 20th, 2020

plumber-using-drain-snakeWhen you have a drain clog, what do you do? If you’re like many homeowners, you reach for a bottle of store-bought drain cleaner. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea.

There are right ways and wrong ways to remove clogs. If it’s superficial enough, you can probably use a plunger to relieve it. But using chemical drain cleaners can actually destroy your plumbing system, leading to high service costs and frustration on your end. So what do you do, when simple clog removal—like the use of a plunger—isn’t cutting it?

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Is It Time for You to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater?

January 6th, 2020

young-woman-in-shower-looking-surprisedThe time has come—you’ve had your tank water heater for 15, maybe even 20 years, and there is no denying that it’s just not up to the job of effectively and efficiently keeping water inside of it warm. Perhaps you noticed the hot water volume has decreased and family members are going without warm showers—or maybe you even noticed corrosion.

It could even be that you came across this blog post as you’re constructing a new home, and you’re unsure if a tank system or tankless is best for your household.

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place! Read on as we uncover what makes a tankless water heater different, and how you will benefit from those differences.

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“Is Our Backflow Prevention Device That Important?”

December 23rd, 2019

backflow-prevention-deviceIf you’re a commercial business owner or property manager in the greater St. Louis area, then yes, yes your backflow prevention device is really that important.

This device is one that protects the health and safety of residents throughout your community. Regulations do vary on backflow prevention depending on your area, but generally speaking most commercial properties should have a backflow prevention device on their property.

You likely do have one of these systems on your property already, but are you properly caring for it? Keeping the potable water supply safe by doing your part and schedule routing backflow testing is part of your responsibility as a commercial property owner or manager. Read on to learn more!

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How to Know If It’s Time to Call for Water Heater Repairs

December 9th, 2019

tech-serving-water-heaterThere are some appliances in your home you only use seasonally, like your air conditioner or heater. Because of their infrequent use, you probably pay a bit of attention to their care—scheduling maintenance and repairs when needed.

There are other systems, however, that become such an everyday part of life that we take them for granted—your water heater is at the top of this list.

It’s very important to pay attention to signs that your water heater is malfunctioning or aging to a point that replacement is near. Except for the case of an aging water heater that may be beyond help, the sooner you call for water heater repairs, the easier and less costly it will be to actually fix this appliance when it’s having problems. But, what should you watch for?

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Signs It’s Time for a Drain Cleaning

November 25th, 2019

water-running-down-drainHave you ever had a bad hair day? Well, imagine how your pipes feel when they have a bad hair day.

We’re talking about hair in your bathroom shower and sink drains—hair, as well as grease, grime, and other particles can all contribute to dirty and more importantly, clogged drains. Without proper care, problems with your drain system can turn into huge hassles and impact your entire plumbing system. Therefore, it’s important to invest in not only regular annual drain cleaning, but to schedule drain cleaning whenever you suspect you need it.

But, how do you know if you need it? Well, fortunately, there are signs you can watch out for. We’ve outlined them below for you. Read on to find out if now is a good time to schedule your drain cleaning.

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Tips to Protect Your Kitchen Sink This Thanksgiving

November 11th, 2019

friends-cooking-togetherYou may not want to think about it quite yet, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Are you hosting the meal this year? This means you’ll be doing a considerable amount of cooking, then. We can’t give you much advice in the way of culinary skills, but we can tell you how to treat your kitchen sink during this fun and festive holiday.

There are some important things to be aware of when you’re cooking large meals, regardless of whether or not you have a garbage disposal system or not—but you’ll want to be even more careful about your kitchen sink if you do have a disposal system in place. When you need professional plumbing services, we’re the team to call. In the meantime, keep reading to learn about avoiding common holiday hazards.

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Don’t Let the Sound of Knocking Water Heater Haunt Your Home

October 28th, 2019

residential-water-heaterKnock-knock-knock. “The trick-or-treaters aren’t here yet, it’s too early for that, right?”

Knock-knock-knock. “Oh great, my house is haunted!”

While we can’t solve a haunted house, we can tell you that it’s probably not the cause of those knocking sounds you’re hearing. The knocking may be faint, and it could be otherwise easy to ignore if you just assume it’s coming from outside, but the truth is, it’s very likely coming from your water heater.

And no sound coming from your water heater should be ignored, especially not knocking! This type of sound can indicate issues that can accelerate faster, the longer you let it continue. Keep reading to learn more about what this sound may be and what you should do about it.

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“What’s Wrong with My Toilet?”

October 14th, 2019

aerial-view-of-open-toiletOne of the most common calls we get when it comes to plumbing repairs is in regards to a toilet that won’t stop running. It’s annoying to listen to, first off. But also, it’s going to end up costing you significantly in excess water that you aren’t even using. Soon enough this will reflect on your monthly water bill.

Plus if you have a running toilet, it means you have a toilet you can’t flush! Don’t just use the other toilet in your home for now and put off repairs, call us right away so we can determine what’s going on and fix it for you. In the meantime, we’ve shared some insight below as to what might be going on with your toilet.

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