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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Should I Fix the Plumbing Myself?

    When it comes to household maintenance, some things you can safely do yourself and some things you can do yourself or hire a professional. But then there are projects that definitely need a professional’s expertise . For instance, you can mow your own lawn or you can hire a gardener. While you can retile your bathroom floor, you probably won’t be replacing your roof by yourself. Homeowners are ...
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  • Plumbing for Your Home Remodel

    Do you live in a home with an outdated kitchen or bathroom? Or, have you been bitten by the remodeling bug, and you’re ready to make some cosmetic changes to one of these rooms? Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be very exciting. At last, you can create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams, making your home one of your favorite places to be. When you’re replacing a kitchen or bathroom ...
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  • How to Find a Plumbing Leak

    Plumbing leaks are not good. When ignored, they can lead to thousands of gallons of water lost and they can lead to costly damage. Some leaks are easy to locate, for example, if they’re under the bathroom sink or coming from your shower head, while others will take some detective work. Do you see a strange wet spot on your ceiling? Is there a pool of water around your dishwasher? Or, is your ...
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  • Cleaning Out Your Sump Pump

    If you have a basement in your home and you happen to live in an area with a high-ground water level, there’s a good chance that you have a sump pump in your basement. Sump pumps are handy devices that remove water from basements to prevent flooding and costly damage. If your basement has been renovated into a home gym, a “man cave,” or a family room where the whole family can watch television, ...
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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, which produces methane gas. Once you grind up food in the disposal, the scraps move much easier ...
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  • Don't Underestimate the Power of the Plunger!

    It’s one of the most common but not often talked about household tools…the plunger. Where’s yours? Is it in the garage, the basement, or tucked away in the laundry room? If you think you own one but you have yet to use it, you likely have one of those newer toilets, which are great because they are less prone to clogging. Then again, if you happen to have toddlers, a big family or a kid that ...
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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 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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