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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Facts About Cleaning Drains

    If you’re a new homeowner, soon you’ll realize that cleaning your drains is a normal part of your home maintenance routine. Just as you need to mow the lawn, water your plants, change the air filters in your HVAC system, clean the carpets, and dust the blinds, your drains need to be cleaned periodically too. In our experience, most people have learned how to work a plunger ; some of them have also ...
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  • Where is the Shut-Off Valve?

    Whether you own your home, or you’re renting, you cannot avoid the fact that if a plumbing emergency strikes, you’re the one that has to act fast and respond to it. If you don’t know much about indoor plumbing, there is one piece of information that you must have: It’s how to shut off the water. Otherwise, you could face serious costly water damage to your flooring, furnishings, and other personal ...
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  • Top Reasons to Replace a Toilet

    Whether your toilet is “too tall” or “too short,” wobbly, or leaky, or has another issue, there may be some valid reasons to upgrade to a newer, more energy-efficient model. Since toilets are reasonably affordable compared to other household appliances and fixtures , it may be worth it for you to replace your home’s old toilet. Here are the main reasons why people replace their toilets: Comfort: ...
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  • Avoiding Grease Clogs

    You can probably remember being told not to pour grease down the kitchen sink drain when you were a kid; most people have such memories. However, those childhood warnings haven’t stopped adults and children alike from pouring cooking grease down the kitchen sink. At Excalibur Plumbing, we get calls every week from people who have a clogged kitchen sink due to cooking grease that has accumulated ...
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  • Should You Consider a Tankless Water Heater?

    You’ve heard about tankless hot water heaters and how they supply an endless flow of hot water. You never have to worry about the water turning cold after a teenager drains the tank; you don’t have to worry about coordinating showers when out-of-town guests visit your house, and you no longer have to “time” the dishwasher around everybody’s showers. With a tankless water heater, you get more ...
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  • How Water Softeners Preserve Plumbing Pipes

    If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you want to do everything you can to maintain your home. From cleaning the carpets twice a year, to cleaning out the chimney, flushing sediment from your water heater, to sealing the windows and cracks, and installing energy-efficient appliances, you’re doing everything you can to take care of your home and save money. Is there anything else you can do to take ...
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  • Spring Cleaning Your Plumbing!

    The spring has finally arrived. For many of the locals living in Cedar Park and Leander, spring is their favorite season because it’s not too hot or too cold. With the April showers and spring flowers, we are not only enjoying the warmer weather, but we’re giving our homes some much-needed TLC. Now that spring is in the air, it’s time for the annual spring cleaning. Often, this means getting the ...
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  • Plumbing for New Construction in Leander, TX

    Are you building a new home or remodeling an existing one? Or, are you remodeling a new space for your small business? In each of these scenarios, it’s important to hire a professional plumber who you can trust. Whenever you are dealing with installing new pipes, moving fixtures, such as sinks and toilets, and replacing old plumbing pipes, you want to have an experienced plumbing company on your ...
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  • Why Do Water Heaters Leak?

    Have you noticed that your water heater is leaking? At first, you may not think it’s a big deal, but if left ignored, it can escalate into a major problem. Even a minor leak can damage the walls, floors, and subfloors. While a small leak may go virtually unnoticed, don’t forget that it can be a sign of a much bigger problem. In the worst-case scenario, your water heater could completely fail on ...
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  • Plumbing Advice for Landlords

    As professional Leander and Cedar Park plumbers, we frequently deal with homeowners, but we also deal with renters and to be honest, we’ve noticed a difference between the two. While this isn’t absolute in all cases, homeowners tend to be more conscious of their plumbing and most of all maintaining it than renters. While some renters are great, a lot of them have never owned a home before, and ...
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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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