Why Choosing the Right Water Heater Is So Important

If your water heater goes out, you are likely to want it replaced ASAP. After all, you use hot water for cleaning yourself and your home, cooking, and laundry, among other things, but you don’t need to run out and buy the first water heater you see in the hardware store. No, you need to make sure that you’re getting the right water heater for your home and needs.

Gas or electric?

If your current water heater is gas, the space designed for it likely isn’t set up for electricity and visa versa. Usually,you’ll have to get the type of water heater that your home is already set up for, unless you want to switch. If the rest of your home is on electricity and you don’t have any other gas appliances, you might want to have the extra work done to convert the compartment to eliminate that bill. Electric water heaters also cost less to operate. Continue reading “Why Choosing the Right Water Heater Is So Important”

Increase Value for Your Tenants by Adding a Whole Home Water Filtration and Softener

Are you a residential property owner trying to increase your rental income? The best way to be able to raise the rent with the next lease is to make improvements to the home or apartment, including a whole home water filtration system. Here’s how you and your tenants will benefit.

Improves water quality for the whole building

Whether you are working with a house or apartment building, there are water filtration and softening systems available that can handle the demand. Of course, the more units you are supplying water to, the larger (and more expensive) the filtration system will be. But the improved water quality can be a huge selling point for future tenants, especially if they have health or skin conditions that could be affected by hard water. Continue reading “Increase Value for Your Tenants by Adding a Whole Home Water Filtration and Softener”

The Best Drinking Water Filters for Your Kitchen

Did you know that your water might not be safe to drink? All water utilities are required to notify their consumers about boil orders and other water quality issues, but the fact of the matter is that they don’t do a great job making sure that everyone is notified. The notifications might just be on a website or only be sent to you if you sign up.

In addition, there are some water quality issues that some people find unacceptable, even if the water is technically safe to consume. If you want water that tastes great, feels good, and has no odor, a water filter for your home or kitchen could be very helpful. Here are some of the things water filters should have. Continue reading “The Best Drinking Water Filters for Your Kitchen”

What Is Hard Water, and Why Is It a Problem?

Have you heard the term “hard water” and wondered what it was actually referring to? Water hardness is just one of the things that are measured and quantified when looking at water quality. Although hard water is usually safe to drink, it can cause other issues. Here is why hard water could be causing problems in your home.

What is hard water?

When water is considered “hard,” it means that the water has significant amounts of calcium and magnesium, as well as other potential minerals. These minerals occur naturally and are not toxic in reasonable amounts, but a concentration of minerals can cause issues with health and home maintenance. Continue reading “What Is Hard Water, and Why Is It a Problem?”

Sewer Repairs That Can Be Done Without Tearing Up Your Yard

Discovering a sewer line in need of repair can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Sewer problems aren’t just stinky or unsanitary; they are also very expensive. Depending on the type and method of sewer repair, you could incur additional expenses from trenches in your yard. Thankfully, there are some sewer repairs that can be done without tearing up your yard.

Sewer Inspections

A sewer inspection can help your plumber pinpoint the break or leak at its source. These inspections can usually be done by making only a small entry point in the suspected area of breakage. The sewer inspection will allow your plumber to use the least destructive method possible for repair. Continue reading “Sewer Repairs That Can Be Done Without Tearing Up Your Yard”

Signs You Need to Replace Your Sewer Line

Your sewer system is perhaps the most important system in your home. The sewer works with your plumbing to remove waste from your home. A sewer line in disrepair can lead to very expensive and smelly repairs to other areas of your home. It can also lead to the destruction of your lawn.

It is important to get your sewer inspected as soon as you can after noticing symptoms of a sewer problem. While some sewer backups may be the responsibility of the city, for the most part homeowners are responsible for the sewer lines going into their home. Continue reading “Signs You Need to Replace Your Sewer Line”

Top Ways to Decrease Your Water and Sewer Usage

If you’ve had big water bills or if you’re trying to prevent extra wear on an older plumbing system, you might be looking for ways to reduce your family’s water usage. There are actually a lot of little things that you can do that will add up to big results—in the form of a much lower bill. Here are the top ways to reduce your water usage.

Don’t let the water run.

There are a lot of activities that we do where we run water constantly, even though we don’t need it. Do you leave the water on the entire time you brush your teeth? It really doesn’t need to be on unless you’re rinsing your toothbrush. You can also prevent too much water running down the drains by filling a sink with rinse water instead of letting the faucet run while you rinse dishes. If you want to be really diligent, you can turn your shower off while you are soaping up and only turn on while rinsing. Continue reading “Top Ways to Decrease Your Water and Sewer Usage”

Minor Plumbing Issues that Lead to Big Water Bills

Sometimes plumbing issues seem really minor and not worth the time or money to address. After all, a steady drip or the sound of running water may be slightly annoying, but they aren’t a major inconvenience and can easily be ignored. Ignoring these problems can actually cost you a lot of money in excess water bills.

Dripping Faucets

Do you realize that dripping faucets can raise your water usage by as much as 20 liters per day? This is at a rate of one drip per second, and many faucets drip much more often than that. A dripping faucet is also usually fairly easy to repair. The fixture itself may be degraded and need to be replaced, but you might just need to replace a washer or seal. Continue reading “Minor Plumbing Issues that Lead to Big Water Bills”

Why DIY Plumbing Is a Bad idea

If you are like most homeowners, you probably want to do as much work around your house yourself as possible. Not only is doing the work yourself cheaper, it is also much more rewarding. There is something about working on your home with your own two hands that gives you a certain sense of satisfaction.

But that doesn’t mean that everything should be a DIY project. There are certain areas of home maintenance that should be left to the professionals, such as electrical work, HVAC repair, and, of course, plumbing. These contractors are specially trained with certifications that you can’t hope to equal. Mistakes with these systems can be extremely costly, so it is much better to hire a professional. Continue reading “Why DIY Plumbing Is a Bad idea”

The Best Way to Choose a Plumber

Most people don’t think about getting a plumber until they actually need one. While it is ideal to have a plumber lined up just in case of emergencies, most people do not look for a plumber until they run into a problem that they can’t fix themselves. Whether you are planning ahead or looking for emergency services, there are certain things you should check before settling on a professional plumber.

Online Reputation

Regardless of whether a plumber is a small local contractor or part of a regional chain, they are going to have some kind of online presence. Between Google and services like Yelp and Angie’s List, you can easily get reviews of their services and competency. You should also look up their rating at the Better Business Bureau (BBB), where you will be able to see if they have had any formal complaints filed against them. Continue reading “The Best Way to Choose a Plumber”