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Three Reasons to Use Water Filtration and Softeners

You may think that because your water is filtered and treated before it comes into your home that you don’t really need a water filtration system. However, even if you get your water from a treatment plant, you probably have impurities and chemicals in your water. This can cause problems with drinking water as well as cleaning your body and your home. Here are three reasons to consider getting a water filtration and softening system.

Water Picks Up Impurities

Water very easily picks up bacteria and impurities as it travels from its source to the water treatment plant and again from the treatment plant to your home. Regardless of how carefully the water treatment is managed, your drinking water from your tap is not nearly as healthy as distilled or filtered water. If you drink bottled water because of this, you are spending an unreasonable amount of money on water, as well as adding to the growing problem of plastic waste. Continue reading “Three Reasons to Use Water Filtration and Softeners”

Three Questions to Ask Your Plumber

When you become a homeowner, you take on the responsibility for all of the repairs in your home. This is one reason some people prefer to rent. When you take on these repair projects, it can be helpful to have some professionals to turn to. Plumbers are a professional service that you will have to take advantage of at some point. It is a good idea to have a plumber in mind before any problems occur. Before choosing what plumber to add to your list of emergency contacts, ask them these three important questions.

Are you licensed and insured?

Make sure that the plumber you choose is both licensed and insured. All businesses in the area must have a license to operate. There are also licenses that must be obtained for certain professions, such as plumbers. You will also want to make sure that they have adequate liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance if they will be working on your property. Continue reading “Three Questions to Ask Your Plumber”

Planning Ahead for Plumbing Emergencies

Most people do not plan ahead for emergencies. You already know that if you have a true emergency, you need to call 911. You might have a plan for dealing with natural disasters, especially if you have already lived through one. But most people don’t plan for plumbing emergencies. Nearly every homeowner will cope with a plumbing emergency at least once. Here’s how you can be prepared for any plumbing emergency.

Know Your Shut Offs

Throughout your house, there are manual shutoff valves that you can turn. These control the flow of water to certain areas of your home. You probably have a shut off for the kitchen, one for each bathroom, etc. You will also have a main shut off valve that turns off the water to the entire house. It is important that you know where all of these shut off valves are located and how to get to them. If you have a plumbing emergency such as a leak, shutting off water to the area can save you a lot of money and time from water damage. Continue reading “Planning Ahead for Plumbing Emergencies”

The Importance of Annual Plumbing Inspection and Maintenance

Being a homeowner has a lot of advantages over renting, and it is part of the American Dream. One of the issues that homeowners often have is that they must come up with money for maintenance and repairs throughout the home, and sometimes these repairs can be costly and unplanned. One of the most expensive systems in your home to maintain can be your plumbing. There are ways to minimize your maintenance costs when it comes to your plumbing and water heating systems.

Annual Inspections Catch Problems Early

As with many things in life, catching problems with your plumbing early can prevent extensive repairs in the future. With an annual inspection, we can often identify potential problems with your water heater, pipes, or drains before they turn into costly repairs and replacement. Often, you can save a lot of money on repairs by taking preventative action.

Safety of Water Heaters

Water heaters, whether they run on electricity or gas, can be a hazard if they are not working properly. Carbon monoxide can leak into the home, causing sickness and endangering your family. Water heaters that are not properly maintained or repaired can also lead to substantial leaks, potentially flooding a large area of your home. Annual inspections of your water heater will ensure that it is functioning properly and safely, which gives you peace of mind for the safety of your family and property.

Discount Repairs and Maintenance

With our service plans that include annual plumbing inspections and maintenance, you get priority in scheduling when a problem arises with your plumbing. You will also enjoy discounts on parts and labor for any repairs that need to be made. As a service plan customer, you have the priority and we treat you like family.

If you want to make sure your home is well-maintained and your maintenance costs remain low, contact us today to learn more about becoming a service plan customer. We will be happy to answer all your questions and schedule your annual inspection.

Is Your Water Hard or Soft, and Why Does It Matter?

Water might look like a liquid to the naked eye, but its specific properties and additives can actually make it “hard” or “soft” water. Even if you can’t see or feel the difference, you can certainly recognize the signs and symptoms associated with each. Here’s what you should know about hard and soft water for your own home, and when it might be time to call a plumber for help.

Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Soft water is considered pure because the only ion it contains is sodium. Pure, uncontaminated rainwater, for example, is soft. Unfortunately, our environment has become so polluted that it’s almost impossible to find naturally soft water.

As water travels through waterways and along the ground, it picks up minerals like a magnet. Some minerals most commonly found in water include magnesium, chalk, calcium and lime. When water is so saturated with minerals it is considered hard. Hard water not only provides health concerns when it is used as drinking water, but it also runs the risk of causing damage to a home’s plumbing system. Continue reading “Is Your Water Hard or Soft, and Why Does It Matter?”

Just because Your Sewer Is Out of Sight, It Shouldn’t Be Out of Mind

How much thought do you give to your sewer lines? If you’re like most homeowners, probably not much! Sewer lines stay out of sight, so it’s easy to take their functionality for granted. However, since you rely on your sewer lines to transport wastewater from your home into underground sewer mains, the last thing you want to experience is a sewer line clog that forces raw sewage to come up and out of your drains. Remain alert for signs of a sewer line problem so that you can resolve the issue before it becomes a major expense and inconvenience.

Listen To What Your Plumbing Tells You

Just like the body is interconnected, so is the plumbing in your house. If you are observant, you may notice strange patterns starting to occur when you utilize different components of your plumbing. For example, your drains might start to gurgle after you flush the toilet, or your toilet might start to percolate after you run the washing machine. If these reactions start to happen, you could be facing a clog in your main sewer line or one of the secondary lines. Continue reading “Just because Your Sewer Is Out of Sight, It Shouldn’t Be Out of Mind”

What is Your Water Hiding?

Whether you receive your water from a municipal source or from your own backyard well, it is very important to consider what your water might be hiding. Simply using the water that falls from the faucet isn’t always the best or safest choice, especially if you have hard water. Is your household water hard or soft, and why does it matter?

The Difference Between Hard and Soft Water

Soft water is considered pure because the only ion it contains is sodium. Pure rainwater is soft, but pure rainwater is virtually impossible to find in our polluted environment. Water must travel through waterways and along the ground, picking up other minerals like a magnet. Continue reading “What is Your Water Hiding?”

Replace Chemical Drain Uncloggers with These Better Options

Slow-running and completely stopped-up drains are very common in households, especially those with young children, but chemical-based uncloggers aren’t always the best solution. They are definitely simple and convenient, but they also place a host of dangerous chemicals into the water supply and threaten the integrity of your pipes. Next time you have a clog, give these alternatives a try instead.

Why Avoid Chemical-Based Uncloggers?

First and foremost, the ingredients in these solutions are no friend to the environment. Some of the ingredients are downright toxic. By pouring them down the drain, you are guaranteeing that they end up in rainwater, sewage systems, and eventually rivers, oceans, and streams. Continue reading “Replace Chemical Drain Uncloggers with These Better Options”

Honor Earth Day Every Day with These Simple Water Conservation Ideas

Earth Day itself has come and gone, but the widespread desire to conserve water has not. Countless homeowners and business owners are eager to cut down on their water use to simultaneously support the environment and minimize their utility bills.Thanks to today’s technology, you don’t need to skip showers or eat off dirty dishes to save water. Instead, you can work with a professional plumber to install more efficient plumbing fixtures.

Low-Flush Toilets

It’s sickening to consider how much water is used through toilet flushing each day around the country. A low-flush toilet alleviates this problem by using only 1.3 gallons per flush or less, compared to a standard toilet that uses up to 1.6 gallons per flush. Installing low-flush toilets in your home can save a significant amount of money and water each year.   Continue reading “Honor Earth Day Every Day with These Simple Water Conservation Ideas”

What Happens to the Pipes You Don’t Use Regularly?

You may not think about them frequently, but the pipes in your home serve the essential purpose of delivering water exactly where and when you need it. Chances are that you use the majority of your pipes on a regular basis to take showers, clean the dishes, flush toilets, and water the lawn. However, if you have a sink or tub that isn’t used on a daily or weekly basis, you might be inadvertently leaving those pipes vulnerable to damage from an unlikely source: bugs! Continue reading “What Happens to the Pipes You Don’t Use Regularly?”