Performance Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘St. Louis’

Prevent Toilet Troubles with This Tip

Monday, October 11th, 2021

hand-flushing-toiletOne of the most frequent calls that professional plumbers receive is in regards to their bathroom plumbing–maybe they have a clogged bathroom sink drain, or the showerhead won’t stop leaking, or the worst–their toilet has a problem. And usually, it all comes down to one main issue–their toilet won’t stop running. While this doesn’t sound like a major problem, it can actually lead to you wasting hundreds of gallons of water each year. That’s water you are otherwise paying for but not actually using.

So, this is an issue you want to take care of right away, but how do you do so? By calling our plumbers! Read on as we uncover the importance of trusting a professional plumber, and what might have led to this leading toilet trouble to begin with.

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Here Are Some Signs That You Could Benefit from a Whole-Home Water Softener

Monday, September 27th, 2021

two-girls-drinking-water-from-glassesIf you’ve never heard the phrase hard water before, it can sound a little ominous. It can certainly create problems! The good news is, hard water is not harmful to ingest. It is, however, harmful to your plumbing system over time.

You see, hard water is water with a high presence of mineral content in it. Namely, we’re talking about calcium, magnesium, and in many cases iron. These are natural minerals, and again, not harmful to you. But the problem is that they create build-up called scaling, and this can impact your plumbing and anything that relies on the water in your home, negatively affecting your quality of life. Read on to learn some of the signs that you could benefit from the installation of a whole-home water softener!

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What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, July 19th, 2021

technicians-hands-working-on-water-linesWhen most folks envision a water heater, they see a big tank, with pipes and water lines coming out of it. What if you take away the tank, though?

Maybe you’re scratching your head–if you’ve never actually seen a tankless system in action, this is understandable. But it’s just what it sounds like! It’s a water heater that does not require the use of a tank holding gallons of hot water. It’s a great piece of technology with a number of benefits.

Read on to learn what these benefits are!

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Symptoms of a Home in Need of Drain Cleaning

Monday, July 5th, 2021

drain-with-water-going-downDo you know how to tell when it’s time for a drain cleaning? Better yet, do you know what to do when you need a drain cleaning?

We’re going to share some signs below that indicate it is, in fact, time for you to call a plumber for this service. In the meantime, we want to stress how important it is that you contact a professional when you’re ready for a thorough drain cleaning.

The reason for this is because store-bought drain cleaning solutions are really no solution at all. They can eat away at the lining of your plumbing and even cause worse clogs later on. Instead, you want a pro to come in and either use drain snaking or hydro-jetting tools to relieve the clog and potentially prevent further clogs from forming.

Read on to learn the signs that it’s time to go ahead a call a pro!

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Have You Noticed These Signs of Hard Water?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Ominous Signs of Sewer Line Trouble

Monday, 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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What’s Wrong with Store Bought Drain Cleaning Solutions?

Monday, January 18th, 2021

water-rushing-down-sink-drainIf you’re like many homeowners, when you discover that you have a clog, your first instinct is probably to reach for that bottle of chemical, store-bought drain cleaning “solution” that you got at the grocery store.

The problem with this is… you’re probably doing more harm than good.

That’s right, these chemical solutions can actually hurt your drains and the rest of your plumbing system. While they may temporarily clear out the affected pipe, they do so at a considerable cost—one that most homeowners don’t realize they’re paying.

Read on to learn more about what you’re doing to your plumbing system when you use store-bought remedies and what you can do instead.

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Should You Upgrade to a Higher Efficiency Water Heater?

Monday, January 4th, 2021

pipes-and-water-heater-tankYour water heater is probably the most underrated appliance in your home. Think about it—you use it every day, but do you really think about it every day? Chances are, the answer to that is no. That is, no, until something goes wrong with it.

The fact of the matter is, no water heater lasts forever. But the good news is, if yours is getting ready to fail, upgrading to a new, higher efficiency model is only going to benefit you! Today’s water heaters are much more efficient than those of even 5-10 years ago, which means that when you replace yours, you’ll start saving energy and subsequently start saving money each month.

But, how do you know it’s actually time to replace this system? Many homeowners, after all, wait until it’s too late to upgrade theirs—meaning their water heater completely breaks down and they’re left without hot water for days. This doesn’t have to be your story! Read on as we uncover the signs that it’s time for you to make the upgrade.

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How You Can Boost Water Heater Efficiency

Monday, December 21st, 2020

water-coming-out-of-faucet-creating-steamThese days, with homeowners spending a lot more time in their living spaces than ever before, it’s easy to understand why home comfort has become a bit of a buzzword. Home comfort means a lot of things—having the right HVAC systems in place, addressing any indoor air quality issues you might have, and maintaining your plumbing system. A big part of that plumbing system? Your water heater!

Water heaters are one of the unsung heroes of any home. They’re an appliance we use every day and yet you likely take it for granted. Due to this, you may actually be using your water heater inefficiently, and paying more than you should have to in order to use it. The good news is, there are ways to boost your water heater efficiency. Read on as we uncover some of them!

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