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What Are the Biggest Threats to Your Kitchen Plumbing?

October 1st, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.More specifically, we’re referring to your kitchen sink.

Aside from your bathroom plumbing fixtures, your kitchen sink is likely the most used Wake Forest, NC plumbing appliance in your home. Therefore, it’s important that you take proper care of it. This starts by scheduling routine plumbing maintenance once a year, and drain cleaning as needed.

You may still run into the occasional problem in between maintenance sessions, but with that professional inspection, major plumbing problems, like the ones we’re about to highlight below, should be a lot less likely.

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The Importance of Hiring a Professional Plumber

September 17th, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWhen it comes to obtaining the licensing, training, and education it takes to become a professional plumber, there are very specific standards that must be met. These standards are in place to make sure that homeowners’ Carrboro, NC plumbing systems work as efficiently and effectively as they should for as long as they should, and that they do so safely.

So when you find your home in need of plumbing services, you needn’t look any further than our team. But regardless of whether you hire us or not, we really have to encourage you to only trust a pro, and not an amateur or general handyman with no proven reputation. This is because, in addition to the safety and liability guarantees that you can only get from a pro, you can trust in the following factors:

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Is Your Commercial Kitchen Fully Equipped?

September 3rd, 2018

Grease trap, pluming device used to intercept greases and solids in Water Treatment System from Household Hazardous.No, we aren’t talking about cooking utensils and safety gear for kitchen accidents. Though, we certainly hope you’re equipped with all that! Rather, we’re asking if your kitchen is fully equipped with all the plumbing fixtures and components needed for you to run your operation smoothly and hygienically.

You may have seen us mention before on our blog how homeowners should never put FOG (fats, oils and grease) down their kitchen sink drain. But in a restaurant kitchen? You have no choice. There is going to be a high volume of food production and therefore a high volume of FOG, which poses a serious threat. So what can you do?

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Tips for Caring for Your Drains

August 20th, 2018

Water running down the drain - shallow DOFThe thought of living without indoor plumbing, for any modern homeowner, is pretty much inconceivable. Why would anyone want to live that way? We get all the water we need from the various faucets throughout our home and our plumbing appliances are fed water directly. We have a drain and sewer system in place that disposes of all the wastewater in an effective, reliable, and hygienic way.

It’s easy to take this all for granted, and therefore, not pay much attention to what all we put or let go down our drains. This is particularly true in the kitchen. To care for your drains and to get the most longevity out of your plumbing system as possible, we urge you to follow the advice below.

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Does Your Business Need Hydro-Jetting?

August 6th, 2018

plumber performing hydro-jettingNo matter what type of business you run, whether it’s a restaurant where you have extensive kitchen plumbing or a basic office with a bathroom and a sink, you have plumbing needs. Perhaps you try to handle those plumbing needs on your own—if a bathroom sink is clogged you can just pour some liquid drain cleaner down it and call it a day, right?

Well, not so much. These are actually pretty harmful to pipes—which we’ll get into more below—and with much higher stakes than in a residential situation, you want to ensure you are taking the best care you can of your commercial plumbing in Cary, NC. Read on to learn more about how chemical liquid drain cleaners can do more harm than good, and how beneficial hydro-jetting can be for your business.

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Is Your Sewer Line Suffering?

July 23rd, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsWhen you hear the word “plumbing,” chances are you think about visible plumbing fixtures and appliances—your faucets, drains, and perhaps even toilet. This is understandable, as these are components you see every day. But there is one plumbing component you don’t see that warrants some considerable attention, and that’s your sewer line.

While out of sight, your sewer line should never be completely out of mind. If any issues develop with this section of plumbing, you could have a seriously inconvenient and messy problem on your hands. Early detection of sewer line issues is advantageous, so you should be aware of warning signs that something is amiss, which we’ve highlighted below, and be sure that when you do have a problem, you contact a professional plumber in Fuquay Varina, NC.

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Prevent Kitchen Sink Clogs with This One Tip

July 9th, 2018

mother standing over kitchen sink washing food with her young daughterThere’s one tip out there that if every homeowner followed, there’d be a lot fewer calls for clogged drains and drain cleaning. That is, “don’t put FOG down the drain!” FOG is one of the biggest threats there is to your plumbing system, which we’ll get to below.

Of course, when you do need effective and efficient Raleigh, NC drain cleaning, we are the team to call. But, we’d like to help you avoid problems with your kitchen sink to begin with, whether that’s through routine plumbing maintenance (which we recommend you schedule once a year) or alerting you to the dangers of FOG and other common drain clogging culprits.

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Is Your Plumbing Problem an Emergency?

June 25th, 2018

blue cloth tied around pipeComprehensive plumbing companies usually offer emergency services for those times when a plumbing problem just can’t wait. And as much as we may like them too, instances of clogs, leaks, and other plumbing problems don’t often wait for a “convenient” time to hit.

Since your home’s plumbing system is so essential to its operation, it’s likely that you can’t just sit on the problem until you can make an appointment. A reputable emergency plumber in Holly Springs, NC will ensure your plumbing problem gets fixed right away and that your plumbing system is back up to speed in no time.

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Water Heater Installation: Is It Time to Go Tankless?

June 11th, 2018

repair of the gas water heaterWhen it comes to using hot water in your home, you probably don’t think about it very much, even though you do it on a daily and even hourly basis. In other words, most people take their hot water for granted. Water heaters are such a standard part of modern homes, who would give a whole lot of thought to this aspect of their plumbing in Carrboro, NC?

Nevertheless, if you’re using an old and/or inefficient water heater system, then you may be paying more than necessary for it to operate. Water heaters are designed to last a very long time and are extremely durable, but eventually you’ll need to replace yours. If you already have the standard storage tank-type water heater, then you may think you can only replace it with another upgraded version.

This might be the right choice for your home, but we encourage you to consider another option—the tankless water heater.

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Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not the Answer to Clogs!

May 28th, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When you turn on a tap or faucet in your home to discover that water is backing up instead of properly going down the drain, your instinct may be to reach for a bottle of liquid drain cleaner you got from the store down the street. These are marketed toward homeowners and renters looking to quickly clear up a drain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are effective at clearing up drains. In fact, our Wake Forest, NC plumbing experts can tell you—they are not effective at all.

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