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Blog Posts in 2017

  • 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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  • 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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