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”

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”

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”

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 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”

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”