Performance Plumbing Blog

How to Ensure a Successful Bathroom Remodel

June 7th, 2021

hands-picturing-bathroomIf you’ve come across this blog post, we’re going to guess that your bathroom doesn’t look the way you would like it to. Maybe it’s not as functional as it could be, or you’re having trouble moving around the space easily. Depending on what your specific needs are, a bathroom remodel can be a great idea! After all, aside from your kitchen, the bathroom areas are the most widely used rooms in the home. Remodeling can give you a beautiful new space to enjoy.

However, there are many considerations to make in order to have a successful bathroom remodeling job done. For instance, you need to consider your plumbing. This is probably a concern of yours, but you might not think of everything. For instance, perhaps you’re considering having a low flow toilet installed to save water and money–but do you know how to properly size that toilet’s rough-in? Or maybe you’re going to install a DIY-shower. Do you know how to properly slope the floor so you don’t have standing water?

Fortunately, our team is here to help so you don’t have to think of any of these things or tackle your remodel on your own! Read on as we uncover a few more things to think about when attempting a successful bathroom remodel.

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What to Consider with your Kitchen Plumbing

May 24th, 2021

kitchenAre you considering remodeling your kitchen? Since they’re often at the center of a home and occupants usually spend a good majority of their time in this area, it makes sense that you want yours to look nice.

But there is much more to a remodeling project than just aesthetics. You want to ensure you’re thinking about functionality, too. That’s what we are here for! When you’re reading to do a kitchen remodel, contact us for your plumbing needs. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few factors for you to consider below to make sure your kitchen remodel goes off without a hitch.

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What’s Water Hammer and Why Does It Matter?

May 10th, 2021

plumber-fixing-pipe-under-sinkHave you ever been alone at home, enjoying some peace and quiet when all of the sudden you hear a metallic clang from seemingly inside the walls? The good news is, it’s probably not ghostly activity or even intruders you’re hearing. It’s most likely something called water hammer, which happens inside your plumber system.

We’re sure “water hammer” may sound a little intimidating, but it’s actually a pretty common occurrence. It’s not a devastating problem to have, but it can create trouble in the pipes if not dealt with soon. Read on as we dive into what water hammer is, what it does, and how to get rid of it.

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Have You Noticed These Signs of Hard Water?

April 26th, 2021

two-techs-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitYou may have heard the term hard water at some point, yet not really understood exactly what it was. That’s okay, we’re here to help! Hard water isn’t something that’s harmful to you or your family, so let’s get that out of the way. It simply describes water with a high level of minerals in it—namely magnesium, calcium, and iron.

While these minerals aren’t harmful for you, they can certainly be a threat to your quality of life through your plumbing system. The minerals turn into deposits, clinging to the lining of your pipes and leading to problems like leaks, blockages, and corrosion. Ultimately hard water can end up being a pretty costly issue—so how do you know if your home has this problem? Read on to learn some of the signs.

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How to Avoid Troublesome Drain Problems

April 12th, 2021

sink-drain-with-water-flowing-downIf we asked you what the #1 most common and annoying plumbing problem is, what would your answer be? Our answer would be a drain clog—that’s what we hear from most of our customers. Just about everyone has dealt with a clogged up or slow drain at some point in their home—and we certainly deal with a lot of drain clogs in the homes we serve.

We’d like to help you avoid this! If we could help you have as few plumbing problems as possible, then we’ve done our job right. Read on as we uncover some of the preventive steps you can start taking today.

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Here’s Why Tankless Water Heaters Need Maintenance Too…

March 29th, 2021

techs-hands-working-on-tankless-systemSince tankless water heaters are so much smaller and have less components than a traditional tank water heater, many homeowners might think theirs doesn’t actually need maintenance, but this actually isn’t the case.

We understand why you might not think that a tankless system needs routine service like this. Tank systems are big, sometimes fairly noisy, and a pretty apparent presence in the home, right? Alternatively, tankless systems are just a small addition to the home. But yes, they do need maintenance, and this service will be pretty close to what a storage tank needs too. Read on to learn why!

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How to Do Drain Cleaning Right

March 15th, 2021

kitchen-sink-drainOne of the most common ways that homeowners treat their clogged or dirty drains is with store-bought chemical drain cleaners. But, this can be a mistake. Actually, it probably will be a mistake.

Hear us out! We get it—this is a quick, affordable method to get the job done quickly. But affordable quick fixes aren’t always the best choice—especially when that choice can lead to costly, urgent problems later one.

Read on as we uncover the best way to do drain cleaning—by calling a professional and forgoing store-bought “solutions.”

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Is Your Water Heater Struggling?

March 1st, 2021

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If there’s any home comfort appliance that doesn’t get enough credit for how much it does for your household, it’s probably your water heater.

These systems are built durably, going under a lot of stress throughout the year—some of them never even turn off for that long, staying on to maintain a steady, standing supply of hot water at all times. However, even the sturdiest system will eventually need repair and even replacement.

There will be times when a water heater malfunctions, and it’s important that you understand when it’s time to call a pro. One of the main signs of a water heater that’s struggling is that you notice a drop in hot water output. If you discover this, it’s time to give us a call. This can happen for a number of reasons, which we’ve covered below:

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Beware These Signs You May Have a Plumbing Leak

February 15th, 2021

leaky-burst-pipeIf we asked you to name a time you saw someone discovering a leak when a rainstorm hit, and the leak was coming from a super obvious location like the middle of the ceiling, you would probably say “in a movie,” or “in a TV show,” right? That’s because this isn’t usually the reality of a leak.

Most plumbing leaks are a lot more subtle than that, and hidden. The problem is, though, that even though they seem subtle, they can do a lot of damage before they become obvious. Instead of having a little hole in your roof to patch up after a rainstorm, you could have thousands of dollars in drywall and flooring to replace after a slab leak or a leak behind a wall.

We don’t say this to panic you, but rather to stress the importance of knowing the warning signs to watch out for that indicate you do in fact have a plumbing leak. Read on to find out what they are!

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Ominous Signs of Sewer Line Trouble

February 1st, 2021

tree-root-in-pipeIf we were to ask you what the most important part of your plumbing system is, what would your answer be? If it’s “my sewer line,” we’d be inclined to agree! After all, it has a big job of removing wastewater from your home and moving it into the municipal sewer system, safely and hygienically away from your home. Sewer lines are typically buried beneath the ground, in the back or front yard, where they’re safe from damage due to inclement weather or wear and tear.

That doesn’t mean they’re indestructible, however. Landscaping like trees and shrubs can grow roots that infiltrate the line, for example. A shift in the soil can create instability and cause your pipes to shift and break, as well.

If any of this does happen, all you have to do is give our team a call! But first, you’d need to know you even have a problem. Keep reading as we go over some of the most common signs of sewer line leaks.

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