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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”

Benefits of Whole Home Water Filtration and Softening Systems

If you are like most Americans, you probably don’t want to drink tap water as it comes from the tap, without filtration. Many people put water filtration systems on their kitchen faucet so that they can drink cleaner, clearer water. However, there are many other reasons that you should filter and soften your water. A whole home water filtration and softening system can be of great benefit to you and your family.

Hard Water Worsens Skin Conditions

It has been scientifically proven that showering or bathing with hard water or chemically treated water can worsen skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. In fact, some people who have sensitive skin but have never had these conditions can develop skin problems with hard water. Many people with psoriasis find that if they move to a new location with softer water, their symptoms completely disappear. Continue reading “Benefits of Whole Home Water Filtration and Softening Systems”

Common Plumbing Issues May Increase with Use

Just like any other system in your home, the more you use your plumbing the more likely problems are to arise. In fact, your plumbing could already have issues, but they may not become apparent until they worsen over time. 

Right now everyone is staying home, and that means that there is more of a demand on your plumbing system than usual. If you have underlying plumbing problems, they could worsen more quickly simply because you are using it more often. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems that may arise during this time. Continue reading “Common Plumbing Issues May Increase with Use”

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”