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Protect These Body Parts When Tackling a Plumbing Project

While there are many good reasons to contact a professional plumber, there may be times when you decide to tackle a project on your own.

If you go down this path it’s critical that your safety always comes first. Neglecting to take this approach can end up in disaster.

Here are three body parts you absolutely need to protect when taking on any plumbing project:

  • You never know when an object will hit your face, which is why you need to wear eye protection at all times. A good pair of goggles can go a long way in making any plumbing project safer.
  • Depending on the type of project, there’s a good chance it makes sense to wear a pair of gloves. If you don’t, you risk an injury that you don’t want to deal with.
  • There’s a good chance you’ll spend a lot of time on your knees to complete your project. For example, this holds true if you’re working under a sink or next to a toilet. Without knee pads you’ll soon begin to feel the pain.

If you don’t want to take a risk with your health, it’s best to let a professional complete your next plumbing project. We’re always available to take your call and provide the help you require!

Plumbing Planning Tips for a Kitchen Renovation

A kitchen renovation is a big project, but it’s one that will payoff in the long run.

Not only is it enjoyable to live in a home with a new kitchen, but it can greatly increase the value of your home.

With all this in mind, you may be ready to tackle a kitchen renovation. However, before you take the first step, you need to review and understand these plumbing planning tips:

  • Know your layout. The way your kitchen lays out has a lot to do with your approach to plumbing. Where will you put your sink? How about your refrigerator with an icemaker? What about your dishwasher? It’s important to know every detail of your layout before you get started.
  • Buy your fixtures upfront. For example, you should purchase a faucet as soon as possible, as this gives you a better idea of how to set things up in regards to your plumbing and countertop.
  • Get professional help when necessary. You may come to find that you need to make some type of change, such as where a drain is situated. While it may sound simple enough to move this on your own, it’s likely a job for a professional.

So, there you have it. These plumbing planning tips will go a long way in helping you prepare for a kitchen renovation project. And once you’re prepared, nothing will stand between you and your dream kitchen!

Do You Need to Call a Plumber?

Depending on your level of knowledge and experience, you may be comfortable taking on basic plumbing jobs around your home. This can range from unclogging a sink to setting a toilet.

However, you don’t want to tackle a job unless you are 100 percent confident in what you are doing.

Here are several situations in which it makes good sense to call a plumber:

  • You have no clue what’s going on. If you’re unable to diagnose the issue you need to seek professional assistance. From there, you’ll have a better clue of what’s going on and how to address the issue.
  • You can cause more harm than good. With plumbing, one mishap can immediately lead to additional concern. For example, a leaking pipe that’s not properly repaired can cause water damage to your home.
  • You want peace of mind. Even if you have some knowledge, tackling a DIY plumbing project may leave you with unanswered questions. If you want peace of mind, call in a professional plumber who can fix your issue once and for all.

These are not the only situations in which you should consider calling a plumber, but they should give you a better idea of when it makes sense to bring in a pro.

The next time you need help don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home and provide the assistance you require.

Keep These Basic Plumbing Tools In Your Home

Are you the type of person who enjoys taking on DIY projects every now and again? If so, you understand the importance of having access to the right tools.

There are a variety of basic plumbing tools to buy for your home, all of which could come in handy at some point in the future. Here are a few for your consideration:

  • Basic wrench. With a long handle, it’s easy to reach nuts that are hidden in difficult to access areas (such as in a vanity).
  • Closet auger. If a plunger isn’t getting the job done, an auger can come to the rescue.
  • Pipe wrench. Available in a variety of sizes, this is perfect for gripping and turning all types of pipes.
  • Slip joint pliers. You never know when this tool will save the day, such as when removing a nut from a p-trap.

These are far from the only plumbing tools you may require to complete a job in a timely and efficient manner, but they are definitely among the most popular.

Of course, if you have no desire to tackle that next plumbing job, you don’t need any tools. Instead, you can simply call us to visit your home and provide the service you require. And don’t worry, we have all the tools necessary to get the job done right!

Plumbing Safety Hazards: Are You Aware of These?

Taking on any type of plumbing job can be more challenging than it sounds. Adding to this is the fact that your safety could be at risk.

It’s important to become familiar with the top plumbing safety hazards, as this knowledge can help you avoid a serious situation. Here are five hazards to keep in mind when tackling any plumbing job (big or small):

  • Excessive noise. Depending on the types of tools being used, loud noise may come into play. It’s important that you protect your ears, even if the noise will only last for a few minutes.
  • Eye injuries. Eye protection is an absolute must, so invest in a pair of high quality work goggles.
  • Hand tool injuries. You’ll use a variety of tools on a plumbing job, so make sure your keep your hands safe at all times. The best way of doing so is to wear gloves.
  • You never think this is a problem, until you come face to face with mold (which can be located in many parts of a home). Rather than deal with this on your own, it’s best to call in a professional.
  • Electrical shock. When working around water you always need to be aware of electrical hazards.

These are not the only plumbing hazards out there, but they are among the most common.

If you’re concerned about one or more of these, do yourself a favor and contact us. We’ll do the job for you, thus ensuring your safety and well-being!

 

Do Your Pipes Smell Like Sewage?

Any smell that enters your home, regardless of the origin, is enough to drive you crazy. Like most, you’ll search far and wide until you find out what’s going on.

If your pipes smell like sewage, something is wrong. There are a few reasons why this could be happening, so you need to check on everything.

To start, take a closer look at your drain (if this is in your kitchen, for example). If you find food and other debris clogging it up, there’s a good chance this is the cause of your smell.

As bacteria sits in the drain, it is eventually forced upwards into your home. This typically happens when you turn the water on, thus giving you the impression that the water is actually the problem.

Here’s what you should do: fill up a glass of water and take it in another room. At that point, take a strong smell. If it smells like sewage, you have a problem with your water. However, if it doesn’t smell like anything, the problem is your pipes and/or drain (which is more common).

Since it’s not always simple to diagnose a smell coming from your pipes or water, you may need professional assistance. In that case, contact us at your earliest convenience. We can visit your home, pinpoint the issue, and best yet, get rid of the smell once and for all.

How to Choose a Kitchen Faucet

Are you in the process of renovating your entire kitchen? Are you simply interested in swapping out your old faucet for a new one?

It doesn’t matter why you want to install a new kitchen faucet, you need to realize one thing: there are hundreds upon hundreds of styles to choose from.

With all this in mind, you need a plan for comparing faucets with the intention of making a confident decision. Here are some things to consider:

  • You’ll find kitchen faucets for less than $50, as well as those for $500 or more. What are you comfortable spending?
  • Spout height. This is primarily a matter of taste, but you also need to consider what will look best and what will fit in your space.
  • Number of holes in the sink. You don’t want to buy a faucet that requires three holes, when you only have one in place.
  • Pull down or traditional sprayer. Some people like a pull down sprayer, while others prefer a traditional model as they’re most familiar with this style. Again, this is a matter of preference.

With these tips guiding you, you’ll find it much easier to choose a kitchen faucet. From there, you can turn your attention to the installation process.

If you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to provide you with the assistance you require.

Is Your Water Cloudy?

When you turn on your water to brush your teeth or take a bath, do you realize that it’s not as clear as it should be? Does this concern you?

Every once in a while, you may realize that your water is a bit cloudy. While this can be concerning, it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to call your water company.

In most cases, this is the result of miniscule air bubbles in the water. As concerning as it may be at first, if this is the cause you don’t have anything to worry about. It’s harmless.

Note: this typically comes into play when it’s extremely cold outside.

Additionally, water pressure can lead to cloudy water. Once the water escapes the tap, it is no longer under the same amount of pressure. This can result in a cloudy appearance, but it won’t stay this way for long. All you have to do is let your water run for 30 seconds or so, and you’ll soon realize it’s clearing up.

If you have any reason to believe your cloudy water is the result of something more serious, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home, check everything out, and let you know what we see.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

With the cold winter weather in full swing, you may have reason to believe the pipes in your home could be impacted. And by this we mean one thing: frozen pipes that have the potential to burst.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes in your home. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Keep your garage door closed if there are any supply lines running through this part of your home
  • Open vanity and kitchen cabinet doors so warm air can reach the plumbing
  • When it’s extremely cold, set your faucet to continuously drip (a trickle will do just fine)
  • Don’t turn down the heat in your home, even if you are going to be away for an extended period of time
  • Keep a close eye on your pipes, as you’ll want to deal with any leak as quickly as possible

These tips don’t guarantee you will never find yourself dealing with a frozen pipe, but they can definitely work in your favor. If you implement all five of these strategies, you have a much better chance of avoiding disaster this winter.

If something does go wrong, don’t hesitate to contact us as quickly as possible. We can visit your home, assess the situation, and get everything back in working order.

Supply Line Leaks: Don’t Ignore This Problem

A supply line leak may not sound like a big deal – especially if you don’t use the sink often – but ignoring this problem will only lead to more trouble in the future.

Note: if you’re not actively checking, a supply leak in a kitchen cabinet or vanity can go unnoticed for quite some time. Unfortunately, by the time you notice, there may be additional damage.

Here are a few signs that you’re dealing with a supply line leak:

  • Dampness, puddling water, or water stains in the cabinet
  • Signs of moisture on the supply line or surrounding pipes

If you have reason to believe you have a supply line leak, grab a flashlight, turn the water on, and get into position. As the water runs, pay close attention to where the leak is coming from.

From there, you’ll want to mark the leak and take action. For example, if the valve stem is the culprit, you may be able to fix the problem by tightening the packing nut. If that doesn’t work, it may be the valve.

If you’re concerned about making things worse, as opposed to fixing the problem, you’ll want to contact a licensed plumber. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us the moment you find water in your kitchen cabinet or vanity. We’re available to provide immediate assistance.