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What to Do in Emergency Plumbing Situations

In these troubling times, hygiene is more important than ever. That’s why we want to make sure that everyone has working plumbing, especially at this time. Whenever you have a clog or a leak, it is important to take a few important steps before you call a plumber and while you are waiting for them to arrive.

Clogged Drain/BackUps

If you have a drain backing up on you, it is important to not try to do anything about the clog on your own. Try to contain the liquid and matter coming up out of the drain, as any area it touches will need to be completely disinfected before touching or using the surface. Continue reading “What to Do in Emergency Plumbing Situations”

No Toilet Paper? Warning of What Not to Flush

It seems whenever there is a national crisis, panic buying ensues. This month, we have seen a panic buy of toilet paper. If you are one of the unlucky few that is out of toilet paper and can’t find any to buy at a reasonable price, you’re probably using substitutes. Using substitutes for toilet paper is fine, but flushing them is not. Here’s what you need to know.

Wipes Are Never Flushable

Yes, some wipes tout claims of being flushable, but the fact of the matter is that these wipes do not break down. They can cause serious clogs in your drains and sewer line, especially if a smaller clog was already forming. Never flush any kind of adult or baby wipes. Continue reading “No Toilet Paper? Warning of What Not to Flush”

What to Do in Case of a Water Leak

Having a pipe burst, become punctured, or wear a hole can be devastating to your home. If you do not act quickly, broken water pipes and their leaks can cause structural damage to your home. It can also ruin your belongings and home décor. Having a water leak is also dangerous for your family, especially if you have small children in the house.

So in the case of a water leak, you have to act fast. As soon as you notice the leak, you should shut off water to the area. If you don’t have individual shut offs, you’ll need to shut off the water to the house from outside. You may need to get assistance from your water company to do so, but make sure that it is done quickly. Continue reading “What to Do in Case of a Water Leak”

Common Types of Water Heaters

Are you in the market for a new water heater? If your water heater is nearing the end of its life, or if it has already quit working, you’ll need to make sure you get a new one right away. Most people have a standard water heater in their home, but that doesn’t mean it’s what you have to stick to. You can switch to a more efficient water heater if you would like. Here are some of the most common types of water heaters you can choose from.

Standard Tank Water Heaters

The average water heater is a standard tank heater. It has a large tank of water that it keeps heated and ready to use. These can be either gas or electric water heaters, which is one reason they are so common. However, these water heaters have some disadvantages. Namely, you’ll spend extra money heating water long before it ever needs to be used.  Continue reading “Common Types of Water Heaters”

Signs That You Need Sewer Repair

All of the waste water from your toilets and drains goes through one sewer pipe that takes the waste and water to the city’s sewer system. When this sewer line becomes clogged or broken, it can cause a number of things to happen around your home. Here are some signs that you might need sewer repair.

Strange Smells

When there are strange smells throughout your home in areas such as the bathroom and kitchen where there are drains, it is a sign that you may have a sewer backup or clog. These odors occur when the sewer line is not emptying as it should.  Continue reading “Signs That You Need Sewer Repair”

How to Keep Your Drains Clean and Unclogged

Drains do clog from time to time, and it may seem as though there is nothing you can do to ensure that doesn’t happen. Yet there are some things that you can do to keep your drains clean and make it less likely that they will clog. These methods will also help keep your drains free from bad odors. 

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda is a great substance to put down your drains on a regular basis, especially if you have poured something with a foul odor down the drain. Baking soda cleans and completely neutralizes odors so that they don’t come back up out of the drain. Vinegar is another natural substance you can put down your drain to clean it. If you use vinegar and baking soda at the same time, it will cause a foaming chemical reaction that will clean the drain thoroughly. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Drains Clean and Unclogged”

What to Look for in a Sewer Repair Plumber

It happens to the best of homeowners, especially those living in older homes. The sewer line is the pipe that all of your home’s wastewater must travel through to enter the city’s sewer system. If that line becomes clogged, cracked, or otherwise nonfunctioning, it can cause significant problems in your home. None of your plumbing will work correctly if you have a sewer line problem. 

Getting help with your sewer line is important. You need to get a plumber on the job as quickly as possible so that you can use the sinks, toilets, and showers in your home. Being without the ability to flush or drain water can be detrimental to your health and safety, as well as being inconvenient, but you don’t want to rush into hiring the first plumber you find. You need to do your homework and make sure you choose the right plumber for the job. Continue reading “What to Look for in a Sewer Repair Plumber”

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”