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When Does a Toilet Need to Be Replaced?

August 14th, 2017

toilet-open-buttonsIt’s not something that you will have a lot of major problems with over the years. The main issue a toilet has is the occasional clog, something you can typically dislodge with a plunger. And repairing any part of the flushing mechanism is not usually a costly endeavor.

Toilets are made to be durable, thank goodness, but there will come a time when this, like any plumbing fixture, needs a bit of work. General problems with your toilet, from leaks to aesthetic issues, may leave you wondering: will this vital part of my home need replacement soon? Today, we help you understand when it’s best to replace a toilet and when a repair will do just fine.

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4 Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

July 31st, 2017

plumber-tools-sinkSome plumbing problems you cannot ignore. If water is flooding your home or sewage is coming out through your drains, you’re going to need a plumber ASAP. That’s why we offer 24/7 plumbing services…but you wouldn’t want a plumber there in the middle of the night for a tiny leak or clog.

It’s easy to pass off some plumbing problems as just minor inconveniences. We see a lot of preventable plumbing disasters happen because of this, though, and we’re here to tell you that some plumbing problems shouldn’t be ignored. No matter how minor they may seem, call in a plumber when you notice any of these plumbing problems in order to prevent water damage and water waste.

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What Can You Do in a Plumbing Emergency?

July 17th, 2017

flooding-living-room-plumbing-pumpA leaky sink faucet or a running toilet typically are not considered emergencies. Barring anything unusual happening, these issues can wait until morning or another day, during normal business hours at a time that is convenient for you and your plumber.

However, there are some issues that really cannot wait: if water starts to flood your home or damage the walls, if you cannot use a vital component of your plumbing system, if you have no clean water.

You might need a plumber at any time, since your pipes and drains and fixtures are not on the clock. You’ll also need to know how to get the problem under control while you wait. Here’s our advice.

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Should You Add a Water Treatment System to Your Plumbing?

July 3rd, 2017

water-glass-kitchen-sinkWater goes through a treatment process before it reaches your home, if you get it from the municipal supply. This includes steps like chlorination to help sterilize the water, which, to some people, means you can trust the water right from the tap. Others, wary of drinking water that comes from the city’s pipes, use filtered pitchers, sink filters, or refrigerator filters to get clean water.

Another option that’s gaining popularity is the use of a whole-house water treatment system. Today, find out if this is the right choice for your home, and why you might decide to have all of the water in your home treated by a professionally installed system.

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Why You’ll Need a Plumber for a Bathroom or Kitchen Remodel

June 19th, 2017

plumber-at-sinkDo-it-yourself work is all the rage these days. It’s great to feel like you’ve built or repaired something all on your own. Besides, it’s easy to access YouTube videos or Pinterest tutorials to help you with a wide variety of projects, not to mention self-help books, instruction manuals, and all types of help for anything from gardening to building a table to turning recycled bottles into jewelry.

We know there are self-help books and online tutorials available for your plumbing system as well, and they may be helpful for fixing a leaky sink or a running toilet. But if you’re taking on a renovation in your bathroom or kitchen, you’re going to need a hand.

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Repair or Replace: Dealing with Water Heater Troubles

June 5th, 2017

hot-water-shower-steamEven in a climate as warm as ours, access to hot water is important throughout the year. Rinsing dishes without hot water simply isn’t the same. It’s downright brutal! And of course, a complete lack of hot water would make for a somewhat daunting shower experience. Not to mention that you use hot water to run the dishwasher, wash clothes, and much more.

Still, water heaters do not come cheap. If you lose hot water, you might start to worry that your water heater will need replacement. Sometimes, this is the best—if not the only—option. So can your water heater be repaired?

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What’s the Deal with Hard Water?

May 22nd, 2017

water-hand-sinkWhen plumbers use the term “hard water,” they’re not talking about ice. Hard water is a common problem in homes across the US, and it’s something many of us are dealing with—whether we know it or not. Hard water affects how well your clothes get cleaned, how your hair feels, and when you’ll need to replace your pipes.

So what exactly is hard water and how can you get rid of it? Whether you’ve only come across the term recently or you’ve struggled with hard water for years, we’ve got some answers for you.

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Common Problems with Plumbing Pipes to Watch Out For

May 8th, 2017

Dripping-Water-imageThe pipes in your home serve an important purpose, but you’re still probably glad you cannot see them. Keeping the pipes hidden from view has aesthetic value, as plumbing pipes wouldn’t really add to your décor, and it’s nice to make use of all that extra space in the walls and around the structure of the home. However, this does present a problem.

With the plumbing pipes hidden from view, you cannot really see when something is wrong with them, such as a water leak, but some problems would be hard to spot anyway. You’ll have to look for some other signs of plumbing trouble, or schedule a plumbing inspection, to know when your pipes are in jeopardy. Look out for these common piping problems!

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How Video Pipe Inspection Protects Your Sewer Pipes

April 24th, 2017

inside-pipe-waterOne of the most important developments of the modern age was the network of pipes that make up your sewage system. The sewer system provides sanitation and convenience, but it can also cause a lot of stress when your sewer pipes back up.

If you’re dealing with major blockage or potential leaks in the sewer line, it’s important to call in a plumber as soon as you can. And the best plumbers in New Port Richey, FL use video pipe inspection before cleaning or repairing the pipes (and afterwards!). Read on to find out more about video pipe inspection and how it benefits your sewer line.

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Why Is Your Water Heater Leaking?

April 10th, 2017

water-heater-repair-technician-plumberA leaky water heater often leads homeowners to jump to conclusions. Many people assume that a leaky water heater needs replacement, and, unfortunately, they may be right. However, you might just need to replace a small part of the water heater—for a much lower price—or the tank may only need some routine maintenance to perform properly.

So will you need to replace your leaking water heater? That depends. Take a look at where your water heater is leaking from, and our plumbers will help guide you to an answer.

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