Performance Plumbing Blog

5 Reasons Your Toilet Might Keep Running

May 9th, 2022

open-toilet-with-low-flow-buttonOne of the most frustrating issues you can face in your home, particularly with your bathroom plumbing, is a toilet that doesn’t stop running, no matter how long you wait. Not only is this annoying to listen to, but it will cost you in wasted water, and therefore wasted money.

A running toilet also means you may not be able to flush your toilet. Of course, you’ll want to call for repairs if you discover this issue, but in the meantime read on to learn 5 reasons this might be happening.

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Why You Might Want to Do a Kitchen Remodel

April 25th, 2022

woman-and-girl-washing-hands-at-kitchen-sinkWe recently wrote about how to achieve a successful kitchen remodel, but what if you’re still deciding if you even want to remodel your kitchen? There are a lot of factors to consider, after all. Do you want everything in the same place as it was? Do you need new plumbing fixtures, or even repiping services? What sort of appliance upgrades should you make?

With so many choices to sift through, it can be overwhelming and could potentially discourage you from getting started. But if you have the right team on your side, a kitchen remodel certainly doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’re here for you to answer any questions you might have, and to help you get started. Read on as we uncover a few reasons why you might want to go ahead and do a kitchen remodel.

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Hard Water: The Problem and the Solution

April 11th, 2022

hands-under-water-coming-from-faucetWhen you imagine all the things that might go wrong with a plumbing system, hard water is probably not one o your concerns, right? After all, things like a clogged toilet, a leaky faucet, or a burst pipe—those things are emergencies… “hard water” doesn’t even make a “top 10” list of worst plumbing problems to have.

But what many homeowners don’t realize is that hard water can be a bigger deal than they really give credit to. Below, we’ve dived into the problem of hard water, as well as what the solution is. Read on to learn more!

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“What’s the Best Way to Clean My Drains?”

March 28th, 2022

drain-with-water-flowing-downWhen homeowners are on the search for the best ways to care for their homes, they typically are on the lookout for DIY tips. This makes sense–oftentimes DIY solutions to just about any home improvement or home care project are going to be more affordable. But when you’re looking at “what’s most affordable” are you just considering the upfront costs, or are you considering the long-term costs?

In case you haven’t already guessed where we’re going with this–sometimes the best way to clean your drains, resolve any home appliance or fixture problem, is to call a professional.

While a superficial clog or mild bad odor may have a DIY fix, which we’ll get into below, for thorough and meaningful drain cleaning, the best thing you can do is call our team for professional drain snaking or hydro jetting services. Read on to learn more!

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How to Achieve a Successful Kitchen Remodel

March 21st, 2022

plumber-helping-homeowner-with-kitchen-sinkPlanning a kitchen remodel–that is, planning a kitchen remodel that will be successful, starts with hiring the right contractors. While a general contractor has basic knowledge of what’s needed for your kitchen remodel, it can be a crapshoot about the sort of subcontractors they choose, and therefore you may end up with electrical and plumbing problems when the job is done.

At Performance Plumbing, we are your local certified, licensed, and experienced plumbing contractor, and we are here to help with all the piping and plumbing appliance needs for your kitchen remodeling in St. Charles, MO. From kitchen sinks and garbage disposals to refrigerator water lines and dishwashers, we handle it all. Read on to learn more about how we can help you achieve a successful kitchen remodel, and when you’re ready, give us a call!

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You Might Have a Plumbing Leak If…

February 28th, 2022

white-pipe-with-blue-clothWe’ve all seen them—those shows or movies that depict a homeowner discovering a leak when a massive rainstorm hits or when they really need to get their living space ready for a gathering. These are scenes that typically involve buckets being placed all throughout the home, or an aggressive stream of water spewing out of a kitchen sink cabinet.

While these scenes are great for dramatic effect, they’re also examples of leaks that weren’t caught until they already caused their damage. The thing is, if you have a leak of any kind in your home, you want to find the problem ASAP. If you’re wondering how, that’s what we are here for! Read on.

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Is Your Sewer Line Suffering?

February 14th, 2022

sewer-manhole-coverNobody likes to think about one particular part of their plumbing system, but the truth is that it’s maybe the most important part of the plumbing system, allowing for wastewater to safely and hygienically leave the property.

That’s right, we’re talking about your sewer line.

Not only can a sewer line problem—like a leak or a clog—be an incredibly frustrating issue, but it can be unhealthy for your home and family, plus just plain gross! Fortunately, though, there are signs you can watch out for that indicate a sewer line in disrepair, and then all you need to do is call on our team for quick and effective repairs.

Read on to learn what these signs are.

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Does Your Tankless Water Heater Need Maintenance?

January 17th, 2022

tankless-water-heater-on-green-tiled-wallWhen it comes to storage tank water heaters—the more “traditional” type of water heater–they can be pretty big, and noticeable, sometimes even a bit noisy depending on where on your property they’re located. In other words, it can be hard not to pay attention to these systems, and you probably do think about the care they need throughout the years.

If you’ve never heard of this problem before, tank water heaters can suffer from something called scaling, which is when mineral buildup forms inside the tank, leading to problems with temperature, water pressure, and potentially even corrosion. Because of this, they need to be professionally maintained and flushed on an annual basis.

What many homeowners don’t realize is that tankless water heaters need maintenance too, and for the same reason!

That’s right… despite their unique setup, much of the maintenance that’s needed for a conventional storage tank water heater is actually needed for a tankless water heater as well. Read on to learn more.

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Signs That It’s Time to Upgrade Your Water Heater

January 3rd, 2022

water-heaterAt the end of a hot day or at the end of a heavy workout, a cool shower sounds great, right? What doesn’t sound so great is being surprised by cool or even icy water hitting you in the shower when you were trying to take a hot one! This is clearly a sign that something is amiss with your water heater, and while it may be a repairable problem, there’s also a chance, depending on other factors, that it might be time for a water heater upgrade.

The lack of hot water, then, is not the only sign that your water heater is starting to fail. But it’s one of a few that should definitely alert you to something being wrong, which means you should give our team a call ASAP. We’ll share some signs below that indicate something is off with your water heater. If you’ve picked up on any of them, it means it’s time to start looking at your replacement options.

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Protect Your Plumbing from Freezing Temps By…

December 20th, 2021

ruptured-pipe-with-iceIf you’ve lived through even one St. Louis winter, then you know just how impossibly chilly it gets! With that decline in temperature comes an unfortunately popular problem–frozen pipes. And, frozen plumbing has the potential to lead to a lot of damage if not properly addressed. The problem isn’t so much the freezing itself, but the thawing. Thawing creates a negative pressure within the pipes, and this is what leads to your pipes bursting.

To protect your plumbing from this unfortunate end, there are a few things you can do. Read on to learn how to protect your plumbing by preventing frozen pipes. And if you discover any problems with your plumbing as winter comes upon us, be sure to contact our professional plumbers!

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