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  • How Often Should I Clean My Shower Drain?

    Do you have a slow shower or bathtub drain that’s driving you crazy? Does the dirty water bother you while you’re taking a shower or draining the bathtub? If so, it’s time to clean the pesky drain out, but do yourself a favor and don’t run to the nearest home improvement store to buy a harsh drain cleaner. These chemicals are not only bad for your pipes, they’re bad to breathe and they’re bad for ...
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  • Moving Fixtures in a Bathroom Remodel

    Remodeling the bathroom can be a fun and exciting way to update an older home or to prepare a house to go on the market. A bathroom remodel can improve the room’s aesthetic appeal, its functionality, and design. If a bathroom is outdated and it’s been 20 or more years since its had a facelift, a remodel can make all the difference – it may even increase the value of your home. But the question is, ...
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  • Plumbing: To Do or Not to Do Yourself?

    Do you enjoy home renovation shows like Fixer Upper , Property Brothers , Love It or List It , and Flip or Flop ? We have to admit; these home renovation shows can be addicting. And between renovation shows and YouTube, homeowners can feel like they can fix anything. But the truth of the matter is – some projects should be handled by a pro. With so many amazing home renovation shows stunning ...
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  • Plumbing Issues with Older Homes

    Are you considering buying an older home? If so, we understand. Older homes can be solid. They can come with more acreage, they can be charming and have so much character. Before you enter into that real estate contract, it’s important for you to be aware of the plumbing challenges in older homes. You don’t want to buy an older home blindly, only to realize that you bought a money pit. If the ...
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  • Preventing a Frozen Pipe Disaster

    Most of the year, we don’t have to worry about our pipes bursting, but in the cold winter months, that’s a different story. When water freezes inside of a pipe, the water expands and as a result, it puts too much pressure on the pipe until it cracks and bursts. If you ever accidentally left a can of soda pop in the freezer, or if you’ve ever left a can of soda in your car overnight when ...
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  • Plumbing Tips for Holiday Guests

    Now that we are deep in the middle of the holiday season, it’s time to cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, enjoy the Christmas lights, cook up delicious holiday feasts and most importantly, take a break from our busy lives and spend more time with the ones we love. After all, the holidays are a great time for everyone to come together. What about you, will you be entertaining for the ...
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  • Remodeling Your Bathroom?

    Are you redecorating or remodeling your bathroom? If so, you have a few things to consider when it comes to your existing fixtures. To create the bathroom makeover that sticks within your budget, you’ll need to ask yourself, “What do I want to trash and what do I treasure?” If you’re ready to perform a bathroom makeover and you’re trying to decide what’s going to stay and what’s going to go, ...
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  • Being Smart About Water

    With so much water in lakes, oceans and in polar ice caps, it seems like the Earth has an abundant supply of water, but that’s hardly the case. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “less than 1 percent is available for human use.” This is because much of the water is salt water or it’s too inaccessible for us to use easily and affordably. Water is extremely important; it’s life. ...
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  • Preparing Your Plumbing for the Winter

    Ever noticed how plumbing emergencies seem to happen at the most inconvenient times? For example, the garbage disposal will call it quits on Thanksgiving when you’re throwing a dinner for twenty people. Or, the basement will flood when you’re out-of-town. Sometimes, the “timing” of such emergencies is not coincidental – it happens because certain seasons or seasonal events tend to put additional ...
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  • Leaky Faucets Waste Water!

    According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency , “Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down drips during Fix a Leak Week.” The EPA asks people to mark their calendars for its tenth annual Fix a Leak Week, which goes from March 19 through March 25, 2018. Even though Fix a Leak Week is months away, homeowners can ...
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  • Why Insulate Hot Water Pipes?

    Now that the weather is getting cooler, it’s time to start thinking about our furnaces, hot water heaters and hot water pipes. If you’re one of those home owners who like to maximize energy savings, you may be wondering, “Will it help if I insulate my hot water pipes? Will it save money?” According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Insulating your hot water pipes reduces heat loss and can raise ...
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  • When to Replace a Hot Water Heater

    With the fall just around the corner, soon things are going to be cooling down. While some of us will be welcoming the cooler weather, the one thing we don’t want during the fall and winter months is only cold water running through our homes! We can all pretty much agree that warm, if not hot water is important for doing laundry, washing dishes, and of course, taking comfortable showers and baths. ...
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  • How to Save Money on a Plumber

    As a homeowner, you’re well-aware that each year, it’s going to cost you money to maintain your home. From the yard, to the insulation, to the flooring, the windows, the HVAC system, the gutters, the plumbing and everything in between, the house has to be maintained for energy-efficiency and cost savings. If you fail to maintain your home, things will break down and they’ll either need to be ...
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  • Preparing Your Home for Sale

    If you’re planning on putting your house on the market in the near future, first you want to see what can be done to improve its appearance. After all, when it comes to selling your house, you want it to make a great first impression. Some of these things may include new carpet, a visit from the gardener, new appliances, and new plumbing fixtures – the “obvious” things. Beyond the obvious ...
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  • What Causes Noisy Faucets?

    When it comes to owning a home, there are certain things that shouldn’t be overly noisy – the dishwasher, the washing machine, the heating and cooling system, the garbage disposal , the garage door, and of course the faucets. With all of these, a loud banging sound is cause for concern. Are you having issues with your faucets? Are they banging and grumbling when you turn on the water? Do you hear ...
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