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  • Why It's Bad to Pour Grease Down the Drain

    A lot of people are in the habit of pouring cooking grease down the drain. Some of them do it without knowing that it can lead to expensive repairs, while others know it’s bad, but they do it anyway. You might remember your mother or father telling you not to pour the ground beef grease down the drain. As an adult, perhaps you follow this advice 9 out of 10 times, or perhaps you forgot to heed ...
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  • Should I Check the Plumbing Before Buying a Home?

    If you are buying your first home, or upgrading to your second home, there’s a good chance that this is going to be the biggest investment of your life. Whether you’re dropping $100K or $300K on a home, you don’t want that dream home to turn into a “money pit.” When you fall in love with a home, you may automatically notice the fresh paint and new carpets, the granite kitchen counters, or the new ...
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  • Energy-Efficiency: Water Heating

    Are you building a new home? Are you remodeling an existing property? Or, are you on the market for a new water heater? No matter which of these circumstances applies to you, it’s very important to take “energy-efficiency” into account when you’re investing in your old or new home. Since it’s currently the winter (or another season depending on when you’re reading this), our customers are thinking ...
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  • Repairing Natural Gas Leaks

    Ask any home builder or realtor and they will readily tell you that “natural gas is the way to go.” Compared to electric alternatives (electric heat, electric stoves, electric dryers), natural gas is more efficient and affordable hands down. Natural gas appliances are favored because they are more affordable than their electric counterparts, and they’re more reliable too. How are they more ...
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  • Plumbing Leaks and Mold

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold is everywhere. It’s in the air and it’s on many different surfaces. Of course, the one place you DON’T want mold is inside your home, especially if you have small children, or someone in your family has asthma, or someone in your household experience bad reactions when exposed to mold. Mold can certainly affect people’s ...
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  • Is it Time for a New Toilet?

    If you’re like a lot of people, the toilet in your home may have received very little thought since you moved in. After all, you’re probably more focused on the water pressure in the home, the temperature of the water, and whether or not your kitchen and bathroom drains are draining properly. Then, one day you notice that your toilet just isn’t acting right. Perhaps it’s leaking, perhaps it’s ...
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  • My Washer is Leaking, Should I Replace It?

    You’re doing laundry one day when you notice that the machine leaks when the water drains after rinsing or washing clothes. Does this mean that your washing machine is broken and you need to replace it? If the water only leaks out during the above cycles, it’s probably not a damaged water supply hose, which tends to drip water nonstop. There’s a good chance that you do not need to run out and plop ...
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  • Benefits of Switching from Electric to Gas

    If you’re a homeowner, you want to save money in every way that you can. One of the best ways to cut energy bills is to switch from an electric appliance to an energy-efficient, natural gas appliance instead. These days, consumers have options between electric and natural gas appliances. While the market for gas-powered water heaters and dryers declined since 2003, according to 2013 figures from ...
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  • Should I Turn Up My Water Heater in the Winter?

    Now that it’s getting colder and winter is approaching, you may have noticed that something’s up with the temperature of your water. Perhaps you have to wait 2 to 4 minutes for the shower water to get warm, and even then it doesn’t seem to get hot enough. Or, perhaps this hasn’t happened yet, but you know that around Thanksgiving, you’ll begin having difficulty getting hot water out of your ...
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  • What Causes Bathroom Drains to Clog?

    Your bathroom is sparkling clean, but while you’re shaving or washing your face in the bathroom sink, the water isn’t draining. Or, you’re grabbing your child a towel and they say, “The water won’t go down the drain!” In both scenarios, you’re not happy. Now you have to deal with a slimy, dirty, mess, or risk having to continue your daily bathing rituals from that day forward in dirty, stinky ...
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  • How Low-Flow Toilets Work

    Since the siphon-flush toilet was first invented in the mid-19th century, these ingenious devices have for the most part used the same method to flush: by using about 7 gallons of water per a flush. But, everything changed in the 1990s when major droughts, such as in California led to water conservation laws, which led to the design of the gasp, “low-flow” toilet. Around the mid-1990s, flushing ...
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  • Locating the Main Shutoff Valve

    Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, there is one thing you should know and that is where your home’s main shutoff valve is located. In case there is a plumbing emergency , you’ll know where to go to turn off the main water supply to your home. Armed with this information, you can stop a perilous flood dead in its tracks, preventing further damage, and possibly saving thousands in costly damage ...
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  • How Do Solar Water Heaters Work?

    Now that fall is approaching, hot water will soon be on your priority list. Traditionally, homeowners would be able to choose between a gas and an electric water heater, but these days we have “solar” options as well. You’re familiar with solar panels that are placed on roof tops, but you may have not been aware that some of those solar panels that you see may be generating hot water for inside ...
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  • What Not to Put Down the Garbage Disposal

    Garbage disposal units are wonderful, they make washing dirty dishes and tidying up the kitchen convenient. Beyond that, they are good for the environment. You may not have realized it, but garbage disposals use very little water, and they reduce the food waste that travels to our nation’s landfills and produces methane gas. Once you grind up food in the disposal, the scraps move much easier down ...
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  • Plumbing Advice for Everyone

    If you were a renter in the past, you knew that if there was a plumbing problem or emergency , all you had to do was place a call to the landlord or property manager and it would all be taken care of. Once you become a homeowner, the climate changes a bit. Suddenly, you want to do everything you can to maintain your home’s indoor plumbing system so it will last as long as possible, and hopefully ...
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