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Have a Plumbing Emergency? Here’s What to Do

June 10th, 2019

concerned-woman-looking-at-leak-under-sinkThere are probably plenty of plumbers out there who do a great job but don’t offer emergency services. The thing is, however, a truly comprehensive plumber understands that plumbing problems rarely happen at a convenient time—meaning they don’t always happen “within business hours” (wouldn’t that be nice?). Because your plumbing system is so vital to the functionality of your home, you might not be able to just sit on the problem until you can schedule an appointment.

But what exactly should you do? How do you know when a plumbing problem warrants an emergency call? This depends largely on the specific situation you’re dealing with. For instance, a small leak or drip from a single faucet, while annoying, isn’t an emergency. However, if there’s a burst pipe causing water to spread across your kitchen floor, this is clearly a different situation. Regardless of what kind of plumbing problem you have, here are a few things you can do until a plumber gets to your home.

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Need a Plumbing Fix? Hire a Pro!

May 27th, 2019

plumber-working-on-kitchen-sink-faucetWhen you need a plumbing fix, there’s a pretty good chance you need it fast. Therefore, you’re likely tempted to contact the first person you can find who will do the job for the cheapest price. So, should you just go with a general handyman, whose services you would pay less for?

We know this seems like a quick fix, but the experience you have with this person simply won’t be the same as if you’d gone with a pro. Our plumbers have been in the business for years, and we know what can happen when homeowners choose an amateur to complete work in their home. Even something as simple as unclogging a drain can turn into a much bigger problem if not handled correctly. Keep reading to learn more about why it’s important to only work with a pro, and how to determine if you are working with a pro.

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Would Your Home Benefit from a Direct Vent Water Heater?

May 13th, 2019

hand-turning-on-faucet-of-water-heaterThere are a number of options to consider when choosing your next water heater installation. For instance, do you want gas or electric? If you’ve already been using a gas-powered water heater, or if your home came with an electric water heater already in place, you’d probably like to go the gas route to save money on operational costs each month.

Next, you will choose either a tank or tankless water heater. But wait, there’s one more option! A direct vent water heater. This isn’t a well-known system, relatively speaking, but it’s a very efficient and safe water heating system.

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What to Do about a Running Toilet

April 29th, 2019

toilet-in-bathroomThe short answer to this would be “call a plumber.” But we don’t expect you to accept this at face value—we’ve gone into more detail below on what exactly might be causing this problem, and what can be done about it.

A running toilet is a nuisance to listen to, and can also cost you significantly in excess water you aren’t using—something that will reflect on your monthly water bills. A running toilet also means you have an inability to flush. Be sure to call for system repairs as soon as you notice this problem. In the meantime, read on for a further explanation.

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The Best Way to Prevent Drain Problems in Your Business

April 15th, 2019

bathroom-sinks-in-commercial-buildingWhether you run a commercial kitchen or own a business that has a small kitchen in it in addition to bathrooms, there is one system in your building that needs the right kind of attention and care—and that’s your plumbing system. Let’s say you have a problem with one of the drains in your building. At home, you’d just go out and get a bottle of drain cleaner, pour it down, and call it a day, right?

Well, the best way to prevent drain problems in your business is by not employing this same tactic there. The thing is, these store-bought, cheap, chemical drain cleaners are not the right solution for home drains or for your business. Keep reading to learn why, and to learn about professional drain cleaning methods.

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What’s an Anode Rod and What Does It Do?

April 1st, 2019

water-heater-tankIf we asked you to name the most important appliance in your home, what would it be? We’d argue to say that it’s your water heater. After all, your water heater is one of the only systems in your home that gets used every single day—it works hard to provide you with the hot water you need to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and more. And if you’re using a storage tank water heater, there is one component, in particular, that is integral in allowing this to all happen seamlessly—the anode rod.

This isn’t exactly a household name, but the anode rod is very important in all households with a storage tank water heater. It provides an essential function in protecting your tank water heater from harm. The anode rod doesn’t last the lifetime of the water heater, though, so it’s important you know the condition of yours.

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One Possible Water Line Problem to Be Aware of

March 18th, 2019

burst-pipe-with-water-leakingThere are a plethora of things that can affect the various components of your plumbing system, from a faucet leak to tree root infiltration in your sewer line. But there’s one issue, in particular, that’s especially important to be aware of, and that’s a decline in water pressure coming into your home.

The thing is, when your water pressure suffers, so to do your showers, your dishes, and any daily task that requires a pressurized stream of water. If you’ve discovered the problem of low water pressure in your home, it’s time to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Read on, for guidance.

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Beware These Potential Plumbing Emergencies

March 4th, 2019

homeowner-with-plunger-by-toiletPerhaps the best way to keep your mind at ease about your home’s plumbing system is to have an emergency plumber’s number ready for whenever you might need it. Knowing you can reach out to a trusted, licensed professional if a disaster strikes your home’s plumbing system is one of those things you’ll hope you will never need but will be glad to have it if you do!

Remember, no matter what type of plumbing problem you have, whether an emergency or not, you should not attempt to repair it on your own. It’s particularly crucial that you leave emergency service to the pros, who can act fast and get the job done right. Our team has dealt with many plumbing emergencies throughout the years, and we’ve put together a guideline of some of the more common ones you might run into, below.

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What to Do When Your Drains Stop Up

February 18th, 2019

family-washing-hands-at-kitchen-sinkOne of the most frustrating issues for a homeowner to deal with is when a fixture or sink won’t drain properly. You could be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth when suddenly you notice your bathroom sink is backing up with water. Or you could be taking a shower when it turns into something that resembles a bath instead.

Chances are, you’ll look for a quick solution, such as chemical, store-bought drain cleaners. But we encourage you to contact our professionals instead.

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Need a New Water Heater?

February 4th, 2019

water-heaterWhen it comes to purchasing any major appliance or piece of equipment for your home, there are a lot of decisions to make, not the least of which is what model of the appliance to get. The water heater is no exception. Sure, if you already have a storage tank water heater, it would be easy to just get another one and call it a day.

But this isn’t your only option. Today’s water heater choices keep efficiency in mind, and while a tank water heater may be the way to go, you’d do well to consider a tankless or direct vent model before making your purchase. Keep reading to learn more!

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