Performance Plumbing Blog

What to Know about Your Kitchen Remodel

August 3rd, 2020

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American homes throughout the decades have been built with the kitchen serving as the central focal point, for the most part. For this reason, when folks move into an older home, it’s typically the first thing they want to remodel. That’s great! There are definitely some factors to keep in mind though.

Sure, you’ve considered the outward appearance of your kitchen. But what about the hidden plumbing components? The water line that runs to your dishwasher, the one that runs to your fridge, and of course, your kitchen sink and garbage disposal system? And let’s not forget to mention your gas lines, if you use a gas-powered stove!

As you can see, a kitchen remodel isn’t a job to just jump into without some thought. Fortunately, we’re here to help with the process. 

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Tips for Finding the Right Water Heater

July 20th, 2020

tank-water-heater-in-corner-of-garageWater heaters are one of those things that many homeowners take for granted, even though it’s something that’s used every single day—could you imagine showering without hot water?

When it comes time to replace this system or install one in a newly constructed home, you want to make sure you’re getting one that matches your household’s specific needs, and isn’t going to cost more than necessary to run, right?

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make in this case, then, is whether to go with a traditional storage-tank water heater or do something different and go tankless. But what’s the difference? And is one better than the other? Read on to learn more about both systems. 

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Spotting the Telltale Signs of a Plumbing Problem

July 6th, 2020

plumbers-hands-working-on-pipe-under-sinkIn the best-case scenario, a “plumbing problem” will mean that you have a drippy faucet or a pinhole leak that you may be able to, at least temporarily, fix on your own. Or perhaps you have a superficial clog in a drain that won’t take anything more than a plunger and some good ol’ fashioned “elbow grease” to relieve. In a worst-case scenario though, your plumbing problem will mean that you need repiping.

Repiping is when we replace old or faulty plumbing with new pipes. In many cases, you may only need partial repiping. But if you have an older home and a widespread problem, you may find yourself in need of whole-home repiping. Before investing in this service, you’d, of course, need to know how to recognize the signs that you even have a need for it. That’s what we are here for! Read on to learn some of the telltale signs of a plumbing problem of this caliber.

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How to Properly Clean Your Drains

June 22nd, 2020

plumber-using-drain-snake-in-tubIt’s pretty much inevitable that at some point, you will encounter a clogged drain in your home. What’s your first instinct when this happens? If you’re like many homeowners, it’s likely to reach for a bottle of store-bought chemical drain cleaner.

Please don’t! This is actually the worst thing you can do for the health of your plumbing system. Sure, it may solve the problem, temporarily, but it will only increase the plumbing problems you’ll face later. So how do you properly clean your drains? By calling in a professional plumber. Want to know why? Read on!

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Do Tankless Water Heaters Need Maintenance?

June 8th, 2020

tankless-water-heater-on-wallChances are, you are familiar with the traditional water heater setup—storage tank water heaters are very noticeable, and often even a little noisy. This conventional water heater is found in most homes throughout the country, so many people realize that a tank water heater may need attention from time to time, in the form of system maintenance.

Scaling, after all, which is the buildup of minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron—a.k.a “hard water”—can have a major negative impact on a water heater. The mineral buildup bangs around nosily in the tank, causing problems with water pressure, temperature, and eventually corrosion. Because of this, tank water heaters have to be flushed on occasion. All of this said, what many people don’t realize is that tankless water heaters need maintenance too! So if you have one or are considering purchasing one, this blog post is for you—read on!

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Plumbing Tips when Remodeling Your Kitchen

May 25th, 2020

kitchen-with-couple-standing-in-itWith how much time we’ve spent indoors lately, it’s only natural to think about whether your home is as aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and functional as you would like. You might be considering changing things up with a kitchen remodel, which is a great idea! Of course, it’s important to remember that remodels do take a lot of work, and some of this work will require the help of a professional plumber.

That’s what we are here for! The best way to optimize your kitchen design in a remodel is with your plumbing. Read on as we uncover some plumbing tips to consider when planning and completing your kitchen remodel.

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How to Spot a Hidden Plumbing Leak

May 11th, 2020

plumbing-pipe-with-cloth-tied-on-itWe probably don’t need to tell you that if you have a leaking pipe in your home that’s undetectable to the naked eye, you’ve got a problem on your hands. Other plumbing issues make themselves known pretty quickly—for instance it’s very hard not to recognize a clogged toilet or a leaking faucet. The pipes tucked away in your home—such as in your basement or behind the walls—are less noticeable.

An issue can occur in this section of your plumbing system and go unnoticed for a significant amount of time, doing damage in the meantime. If you aren’t attentive to your plumbing system, you could unintentionally waste a lot of water, and subsequent money. If you suspect you have a leak, the best thing to do is call our team for professional leak detection. But in order to suspect something, you have to know the signs, right? So, what are these signs? Read on!

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Can Hard Water Threaten Your Business?

April 27th, 2020

row-of-sinks-in-commercial-building-bathroomHard water is one of those things that a lot of residents and business owners deal with, even without realizing. The problem is, it slowly degrades the efficiency of a plumbing system until one day limescale buildup either leads to a clog or pipe leaks. This is a bad enough problem in a home, can you imagine it in your business?

There are a couple of things you can and should do to make sure your business or commercial space is properly protected from hard water, even if you aren’t sure you have it. Keep reading to learn more about this common plumbing problem!

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Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home

April 13th, 2020

technicians-hands-working-on-tankless-water-heaterIf there is any home comfort system people take for granted, it’s typically their water heater—even though this is one of the appliances we all rely on the most! When it comes time to replace yours you’ll definitely notice it, but this isn’t a purchase you should rush into.

Whether you are looking to replace or you’re constructing a new home and purchasing your very first water heater, there are considerations to make. For instance, have you heard of tankless water heaters? It may serve you better than the traditional tank water heater by means of efficiency and savings. But that’s not to say traditional storage tanks don’t have their advantages. Read on to learn more.

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Why You Need a Pro for Your Plumbing Services

March 30th, 2020

woman-looking-worried-about-plumbing-problem-under-sinkHomeowners often assume they can just get a general handyman to fix any problem they have—you pay less and they do an effective job, right?

Well, we know this seems like a viable solution to whatever your plumbing issue is, but your experience and the result will not be the same as if you had gone with a professional.

Our professional plumbers have been in the industry for a long time, so we have seen what can happen when homeowners believe in this common misconception. Plumbing isn’t an easy job, and even something that seems simple could actually require special expertise.

It’s vital that you hire a well-trained, licensed, and insured service professional when you need work done. Hiring a handyman might seem like a good way to save money, but hiring the wrong person for the job could actually leave you paying more to fix their mistake.

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