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Here’s How Hard Water Could Damage Your Plumbing

December 4th, 2017

showerhead-close-upIf you’re unfamiliar with the term “hard water” as it pertains to water quality in a home, you may worry about the potential health effects it could cause. Hard water is incredibly common in home—affecting roughly ¾ of households in the United States. Luckily, it’s very unlikely for the minerals in your water—like calcium—which cause hard water to have any ill health effects.

However, the effect on some plumbing systems can be nearly devastating. You might find yourself replacing anything from the showerhead to the pipes sooner than you expected. Learn more about how hard water can affect your plumbing, and consider a whole-house water softener today.

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Is Your Drinking Water Really Safe?

November 20th, 2017

water-glass-kitchen-sinkMany people trust that any water treated by the local municipal treatment system is safe to drink. After all, it goes through a fairly rigorous testing, filtration, and treatment process. However, there are contaminants that can get through the pipes or that may be missed by municipal treatment.

Many people object to some of the chemicals added during this process. In addition, the city’s water supply is allowed a small amount of contamination. Small percentages of lead and other pollutants may be allowable when the city’s water is tested. So how do you know if your water is really safe to drink?

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4 Things to Know about Your Garbage Disposal

November 7th, 2017

vegetable-sinkOne of the greatest plumbing innovations to make its way into homes in the last half-century is the garbage disposal. Cooking and cleaning is no worry. No longer do you have to scrape all the leftover food onto your plate in the garbage can and hope no crumbs make their way into the sink. The disposal will take care of everything! At least, that’s what you may think.

We’re here to clear up some common misconceptions and make sure you understand how your disposal works so that you know what can and cannot go into the kitchen sink drains. For the most part, a garbage disposal is a useful tool, but there are some things we think any homeowner should know in order to avoid trouble.

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What to Do If Your Wedding Ring Gets Stuck in the Sink

October 23rd, 2017

drain-trap-handSince you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve got an urgent situation happening right now. Your wedding ring (or another important tiny item) has fallen into the bathroom or kitchen drain, and you’ve got a lot of questions. The main question, of course: how will you get it back? You may also worry that you’ll never be able to retrieve the ring. Is it now making its way to the city’s septic system? Will you ever see it again?

Thankfully, there’s a good chance you’ll see your precious memento again. Chances are that your ring is stuck in the drain trap, the curvy part underneath the sink that, often, is not too difficult to access. If you don’t feel confident addressing the situation on your own, we strongly recommend calling in a professional plumber. Continental Plumbing Services, LLC is happy to help with any drain cleaning you may need!

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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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