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”

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”