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Know the Location of Your Plumbing Shut-Off Valves

October 9th, 2017

valves-pipe-plumbingIn a state known for its hurricanes, disaster preparedness is an important part of owning a home. You have to know how to fortify parts of your home and your roof to prevent major flooding. You must be able to identify safety risks quickly. You need a plan to evacuate your family should a major emergency threaten your home. In all the planning, it’s easy to forget the little things, but our plumbers are here to remind you.

Knowing the location of your plumbing shutoff valves can help to reduce a lot of stress in an emergency, whether or not it’s related to a natural disaster. Today, we want to help you understand the importance of this, where to find the shutoff valves, and how to make a plan for your entire family in case of a plumbing emergency.

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When to Do It Yourself, and When to Call a Plumber

September 25th, 2017

call-plumber-wrench-blueThere are times when you can definitely fix something around the home on your own, with the right tools and know-how. Loose knobs on cabinetry are easily screwed in, torn couch cushions can be patched up with a bit of skill, and WD-40 and duct tape can help you out of a lot of home maintenance issues.

We often encourage DIY-ers to try new things, but there are still some jobs that should be left to the professionals. When it comes to your plumbing, there are many things you can fix or spruce up on your own. We want to make sure you understand when it’s safe to do so, and when you will likely spend less money and reduce the mess and headache by calling in a plumber.

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Learn the Layout of Your Home Plumbing

September 11th, 2017

plumbing-pipes-plansYou don’t have to know the name and position every pipe in your home or how to service them. That’s what our plumbers are here for. However, we do find it important to know the basics of your plumbing system. That way, you’ll be a bit more prepared to tell your plumber what’s gone wrong when you call for repairs, and you can find water shutoff valves in case of emergency,

Read on to learn about just some of the essential components of your plumbing and drain systems, and contact our team with any questions you have.

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How Professional Drain Cleaning Protects Your Plumbing

August 28th, 2017

plumber-drain-auger-bathtubClogged drains are no match for the tools professional plumbers have on hand. You may already know that the drain snakes and other tools a plumber keeps on hand are perhaps the most effective for pulling out the entirety of clogs and getting your plumbing back to normal again. But did you know that professional drain cleaning can help to protect your drains and keep clogs from coming back for longer?

In fact, the tools some of us use now to unclog drains may actually be doing more harm than good. See what we mean in the guide below, and find out how a professional drain cleaning service can keep your drains protected.

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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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