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  • Are Tankless Water Heaters Better?

    If you’re in the market for a new water heater or if you’re just trying to make your home as energy-efficient as possible, you may be wondering if tankless water heaters are better than traditional models. Really, there are pros and cons to a tankless unit so the decision is not black and white – it’s more of an individual one. For starters, let’s analyze the benefits of a tankless water heater: ...
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  • Is it Safe to Flush Medications?

    If you’re like most people, you have a history of flushing various substances down the toilet, such as tissues, cotton balls, dirty mop water, matches, cigarette butts, and maybe even unused medications. However, in recent years people have become more aware that there are a lot of things that should never be flushed down the toilet because of clogging and contaminating our water supply. One issue ...
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  • Converting Your Electric Stove to Gas

    Do you prefer electric or gas stoves? Most people have a preference and contractors and experts will attest that homeowners tend to agree that gas stoves beat electric stoves any day. That’s because gas stoves cook more evenly and they cost less to operate. While this does not mean that electric stoves are dying, they are less popular than gas stoves. In our experience as plumbers, it comes down ...
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  • What is a Slab Leak?

    If there’s one problem homeowners don’t want, it’s a slab leak. Slab leaks are right up there with flooded basements, a hazardous mold infestation, and tree roots taking over the entire main line. But what is a slab leak exactly? In simple terms, it refers to a leak in the water pipes located below your home’s foundation. You know, the concrete slab that your home was built on. A slab leak can ...
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  • Craziest Things Flushed Down Toilets

    Toilets – the only things that should be flushed down them are toilet paper and human waste, but that doesn’t stop millions of people from using them as these amazing trash cans that flush unwanted items away to some mysterious place, never to be seen from again. A lot of people look at toilets as clean trash cans that can literally flush their worries away. No need to empty the trash can. No need ...
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  • Signs of a Water Leak Behind a Wall

    When plumbing fails, it can lead to costly leaks , water damage, flooding, and mold that is hazardous to your health. One plumbing failure that is cause for concern is a plumbing leak behind a wall. “Wouldn’t I hear a plumbing leak behind a wall?” Believe it or not, the likelihood of you hearing a water leak behind a wall is slim because leaks are usually silent. “If leaks behind walls are silent, ...
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  • How Often Should I Clean My Shower Drain?

    Do you have a slow shower or bathtub drain that’s driving you crazy? Does the dirty water bother you while you’re taking a shower or draining the bathtub? If so, it’s time to clean the pesky drain out, but do yourself a favor and don’t run to the nearest home improvement store to buy a harsh drain cleaner. These chemicals are not only bad for your pipes, they’re bad to breathe and they’re bad for ...
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  • Moving Fixtures in a Bathroom Remodel

    Remodeling the bathroom can be a fun and exciting way to update an older home or to prepare a house to go on the market. A bathroom remodel can improve the room’s aesthetic appeal, its functionality, and design. If a bathroom is outdated and it’s been 20 or more years since its had a facelift, a remodel can make all the difference – it may even increase the value of your home. But the question is, ...
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  • Plumbing: To Do or Not to Do Yourself?

    Do you enjoy home renovation shows like Fixer Upper , Property Brothers , Love It or List It , and Flip or Flop ? We have to admit; these home renovation shows can be addicting. And between renovation shows and YouTube, homeowners can feel like they can fix anything. But the truth of the matter is – some projects should be handled by a pro. With so many amazing home renovation shows stunning ...
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  • Plumbing Issues with Older Homes

    Are you considering buying an older home? If so, we understand. Older homes can be solid. They can come with more acreage, they can be charming and have so much character. Before you enter into that real estate contract, it’s important for you to be aware of the plumbing challenges in older homes. You don’t want to buy an older home blindly, only to realize that you bought a money pit. If the ...
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  • Preventing a Frozen Pipe Disaster

    Most of the year, we don’t have to worry about our pipes bursting, but in the cold winter months, that’s a different story. When water freezes inside of a pipe, the water expands and as a result, it puts too much pressure on the pipe until it cracks and bursts. If you ever accidentally left a can of soda pop in the freezer, or if you’ve ever left a can of soda in your car overnight when ...
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  • Plumbing Tips for Holiday Guests

    Now that we are deep in the middle of the holiday season, it’s time to cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, enjoy the Christmas lights, cook up delicious holiday feasts and most importantly, take a break from our busy lives and spend more time with the ones we love. After all, the holidays are a great time for everyone to come together. What about you, will you be entertaining for the ...
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  • 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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