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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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Slow Drains? What You Should Do Right Now

March 27th, 2017

water-drain-sinkAnother tedious post-dinner spent rinsing dishes in a sink that won’t seem to drain properly, and you’ve had enough. Or maybe you’re sick and tired of the tub filling up as you’re trying to take a quick shower. Isn’t there something you can do right now to make it easier on yourself?

Today, our plumbers share their tips on what to do about clogged drains, and what they recommend against. Find out if there’s something you can do right now to speed things up, or call our plumbers for your next drain cleaning in New Port Richey, FL.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Sump Pump

March 13th, 2017

flooding-living-room-plumbing-pumpA sump pump is a useful tool for any home prone to flooding. In some areas, frequent home flooding is almost unheard of. But many people in our service area need sump pumps to keep water from filling up the home, especially in the rainier months.

Sump pumps can be reliable for years, however, and then shut down when you need them most. Since these types of pumps only run when activated by water, you might not find out about it until water is filling your crawlspace or seeping into your living area. Yikes!

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Is Your Water Safe to Drink?

February 28th, 2017

water-glass-kitchen-sinkYou do everything you can to protect your family members from harm. That means anything from checking that everyone’s seatbelt is buckled to applying sunscreen to keeping an emergency fund handy. But protecting your loved ones from illness can prove more difficult.

In fact, the water you use every day may contain contaminants you would never want your family members to ingest. Although the municipal water supply is treated before it gets to your home, this might not be good enough to keep out many of the worst pollutants we always want to avoid.

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What Is a Slab Leak and How Can You Detect It?

February 13th, 2017

pipe-leaking-crackYou would certainly be able to spot a plumbing leak if water were pouring out into your kitchen or bursting through a faucet somewhere. However, leaks often don’t make this type of appearance. Your plumbing system is rather intricate, and there are many spots where the pipes are hidden from view, leaving a lot of guesswork when it comes to spotting a leak.

A slab leak is one of the most troublesome of the leaks that can hide unnoticed on your property. The concrete slab foundation of your home has pipes running underneath it that could spring a leak, and you won’t see water gushing onto your property. Instead, you must be able to spot subtle signs of a leak so that you can get the problem resolved quickly.

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Should You Replace Your Older Water Heater?

January 30th, 2017

old-water-heaterNobody wants to spend money on something they don’t really need. So when your water heater starts to age, you probably wait quite some time before considering a replacement. But, of course, no water heater will last forever.

Eventually, that older system is bound to break down—whether corrosion leads to leaking or the components start to put your safety at risk. If you think your water heater may be nearing the end of its life, contact a local technician. For more information, check out our list to see when a water heater replacement may be your best option.

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Does Your Tank Water Heater Need Replacement?

January 16th, 2017

One of the best things about your tank water heater is how durable it is. The steel tank of your water heater is coated with a glass liner to make it resistant to corrosion for longer. Often, tank water heaters don’t need many repairs throughout their lifespans, and they are reliable for so long, that you barely think about it.

However, no system can last forever. At some point in time, your tank water heater will, unfortunately, fail, and you need to be prepared. It’s always better to replace it long before it floods your home or breaks down in the middle of a busy morning, so check our list to see if your water heater may need replacement.

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