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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Why Hire Excalibur Plumbing?

    While plumbing is viewed as a “modern” convenience, the majority of people will agree that having good plumbing is a necessity. We need hot water to bathe our babies and children (not to mention ourselves), to sanitize dishes, and wash dirty laundry. Ever taken a shower that won’t drain? There’s something highly unpleasant about showering in three inches of dirty water – nobody likes it. Do we ...
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  • Is Your Plumbing Ready for the Holidays?

    With the arrival of December, we’re reminded that 2015 is coming to a close and the holidays have officially arrived. What does the holiday season mean to you and your family? Does it mean the kids are home for winter break? Or, will your college-aged son or daughter be coming home for the holidays? If you have the whole family over for Christmas, whether it be a day or a week, you want to make ...
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  • What You Should Know About Water Leaks

    We want you to imagine that the dot inside these brackets [*] is the only leak in your home’s plumbing system. By the size of the hole, it may seem like such a small leak isn’t worth tracking down. But, little do you know that that tiny hole can waste over 4,000 gallons of water each month – that’s enough water to take 365 showers! Consider how important water is. We need it, our pets need it, our ...
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  • When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

    As the temperatures drop and as the winter approaches, homeowners start to think about winter-proofing their home. When it comes to winterizing the plumbing, one of the first things that we think about is our hot water heater. Hot water is nice; while earlier generations considered it a luxury, during the fall and winter it’s viewed as a necessity nowadays. We need hot water for showers, bathing ...
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  • Why You May Want a Water Softener

    Over the years, you’ve probably heard about “hard” and “soft” water. Hard water is the less favorable of the two and if it’s in your home, you may want to consider installing a water softener. What is hard water? It simply means that the water that flows into your house is rich in minerals, such as calcium, magnesium carbonate and manganese. While these minerals are natural and not usually ...
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  • How to Drain Water When the Sump Pump Fails

    Sump pumps are critical since they remove the unwanted water that accumulates in the basements of most homes outside of earthquake country. If the sump pump breaks and water backs up, you need to find a solution and fast. You cannot drain sump water into the municipal sewer system, so you have to drain it outside of your home. Keep in mind that the longer water sits, the more damage it will do to ...
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  • Why Does My Toilet Gurgle?

    For some homeowners at irregular intervals, one of their toilets gurgles violently until all of the water has drained out of the bowl. Sometimes, this seems to happen whenever one of the tubs was draining, or when the clothes washing machine would discharge the load of wash water. Why does this happen, and how is the toilet connected to the washer and bathtub? When this happens, often the culprit ...
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  • Tools You Need to Unclog Most Drains

    As a homeowner, you’re going to deal with a clogged drain once in a while, there’s no way getting around that. If you live in a home with toddlers or multiple people, then you’re more susceptible to clogs than single-person households. We’ll show you how to clear stubborn clogs, and this includes ones that occur in the kitchen sink, the shower, bathtub, toilet and floor drain. These old tricks of ...
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  • Top Tips to Keeping Your Garbage Disposal in Good Shape!

    We can all agree that garbage disposals are one of the greatest modern inventions. They’re great for throwing out expired food and getting rid of unwanted leftovers. They also prevent us from having stinky garbage cans before the trash man comes. But, we have a tendency to take our garbage disposals for granted – until it’s too late and the unit becomes clogged or breaks down for good. To extend ...
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  • Should You Insulate Your Water Heater?

    For most homeowners, it is not uncommon to insulate the walls and roofs to keep your home both comfortable and more energy-efficient—however, have you considered insulating your hot water tank? Although maybe not as well-known as the benefits of insulating other parts of your home, the truth of the matter is that you can save significant energy and money by insulating your hot water tank. This is ...
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  • How to Shut Off Water at the Source

    It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: A pipe bursts, a fixture leaks, or an appliance causes a flood, leading to costly damage, repairs and replacements. The best way to stop the damage is to cut off the water at the source. First, we recommend talking a walk around your house and locating all of the shutoff valves in your home, this way you’ll be prepared if a plumbing disaster strikes. If you ...
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  • Signs of a Main Sewer Line Clog

    Most homeowners are aware that the sewer lines transport waste water from their home to the sewer mains that are underground. Beyond this common knowledge, few people give much thought to their sewer lines until they get clogged. If you have a clogged sewer line, bad things can happen. Raw sewage can ooze out of the drains, leading to significant damage to your home, flooring and furnishings, not ...
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  • Common Causes of Clogged Drains

    Almost every homeowner will experience some type of blockage in their drains. With years of experience in the plumbing industry, Excalibur Plumbing has a plumbing team that is fully capable of identifying the culprits of drain clogs and effectively fixing the problem. We have put a list of the most common causes of clogged drains, this way you have a better chance of spotting the tell-tale signs ...
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  • How to Detect a Natural Gas Leak

    Natural gas is the third largest source of energy and almost every home in the United States uses natural gas. As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, it is environmentally friendly. The biggest users of natural gas includes industry, electric utilities, and residential homes. In the home, we use natural gas for stove tops and ovens, fireplaces, outdoor lighting, grilling, heating and of course, ...
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  • Replacing Your Old Kitchen Sink

    If you’re like most people, you, your family and friends spend a great deal of time in the kitchen. The kitchen is where we cook delicious meals, enjoy conversations around the table (or kitchen counter), and build memories. While everyone may come together in the kitchen, it’s the kitchen sink that takes the brunt of the daily chores. That’s because we use the sink to wash produce, prepare meals, ...
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