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Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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  • Summer Plumbing Tips

    If you’re a homeowner, you may assume that your plumbing needs more attention during the late fall and winter months when pipes are more likely to freeze and are getting plenty of use because everyone’s home for the holidays. But believe it or not, you may be putting more stress on your plumbing system during the summer than any other part of the year. Why? Just think, as the temperatures heat up, ...
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  • Water Conservation Tips for Home

    According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water each day. About 70 percent of that water is used inside the home, according to the EPA. If you thought that most of that water was used when you did laundry or the dishes, guess again – it’s being used in the bathroom and the toilet alone uses nearly 30 percent! Since ...
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  • Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

    The way home plumbing systems work is rather simple, but a lot of homeowners don’t know much about plumbing. The truth is, if all homeowners were to learn the basics and a few simple tips, it would go a long way in reducing the costs of repairs and increasing the lifespan of their plumbing. Here are some basic plumbing tips that every homeowner should know. We also recommend sharing this ...
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