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  • What Size Water Heater Do I Need?

    Are you in the market for a new hot water heater ? Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling an old one, or simply replacing an old unit that’s seen better days, you may be wondering which size water heater is best for your needs. It’s not unusual for people to have questions about the size of a new unit when they are moving into a bigger home, replacing an old unit that was inadequate, or ...
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  • How a Simple Leak Can Cause Major Damage

    If you’ve been a renter most of your adult life, you may have not put much thought into your home’s indoor plumbing. But once you become a homeowner, you become painfully aware of every little cost because the home repairs all add up! A simple little water leak is one of those “seemingly minor” issues that you need to tackle as soon as you become aware of it. Because, if a little leak is ignored, ...
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  • Advantages of a Water Softener

    When water inside a home is “hard” it will cause white or gray deposits when heats up. If you have a dishwasher and you have hard water , you may have noticed that pesky film on the dishes that just won’t seem to wash off. In fact, you may have been afraid to use the dishes out of fear the film is hazardous for your health. Generally, hard water is known for creating a film on dishes, white scale ...
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  • Is Toilet Water Safe for My Pets?

    Just about every dog or cat who is inside will go to the toilet for water. For us humans, this is an odd, unsanitary behavior, but for the average pet, it’s perfectly normal. As pet owners, we can’t help but scratch our heads and wonder, “Why on Earth would my pet want to drink out of the toilet?” This leads many veterinarians to respond with, “Well, when was the last time you gave your pet’s ...
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  • Maintenance Can Help Avoid Sewer Line Backups

    If you’re like most homeowners, certain maintenance issues are at the top of your mind – mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, checking the HVAC system bi-annually, making sure the roof is up to par, cleaning the chimney once a year, cleaning the pool, etc. But guess what? A large number of homeowners completely forget to clean their sewer lines. In fact, homeowners are in the habit of ...
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  • Is My Lawn Irrigation System Connected to My Home Water Supply?

    Now that it’s the summertime, everybody’s thinking about watering their lawns and keeping them nice and green until the fall arrives. If you’re a new home owner, the “source” of water for lawn irrigation systems may have never occurred to you, but now that you’re a homeowner, it’s definitely of interest. If you’re landscaping your yard or getting sod for a “new build,” you’ll certainly be ...
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  • What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

    Think you can escape a plumbing emergency ? Think again. Just about everyone will deal with a plumbing emergency in their lifetime, whether they’re renters or homeowners. So, it’s not a matter of “if” you’ll have a plumbing emergency, it’s a matter of “when.” If you move into an older home with outdated plumbing – beware! With older homes, you never know when a plumbing emergency will strike. But ...
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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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