Category Archives: Plumbing Tips

Why DIY Plumbing is a Bad Idea

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Are you facing a plumbing problem in your home? Are you thinking that now is the best time to tackle the project on your own?

While many homeowners consider the idea of DIY plumbing, most realize that this is a mistake. There are many reasons why this is a bad idea, including the following:

·      Potential water damage. Simply put, water can cause quite a bit of damage to your home. So, if you don’t do the project right, you could face a leak in the future. As a result, there’s a good chance this will cause damage to your home.

·      Wasted time. Since you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, there’s a good chance you’ll waste quite a bit of time trying to figure out which steps to take. Is this something that you want to do?

·      Wasted money. Many people think it costs more money to hire a plumber than to do the job themselves. This is not always the case, as amateurs often waste a lot of money before they find a solution to their problem.

As you can see, tackling a DIY plumbing project is not typically a good idea. Once you realize that professional help is required, reach out to us at your earliest convenience. We’re more than happy to stop by your home and provide you with the assistance you require.

How to Shut Off Your Water in a Hurry

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There may come a time when you need to shut off your water in a hurry. For example, this could be necessary if you’ve recognized a serious leak.

Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to shut off the water to their home or a particular fixture. Furthermore, they begin to panic if they realize they need to make a quick decision.

Here’s the good thing: this is easy to do if you know which steps to take. Consider the following:

·      Shut off the water to a particular fixture. If you need to do this, head for the supply lines and valves located under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

·      Shut off the water supply to your home. Do you know where your main shut off is located? If necessary, you may need to find this and turn off the water to your entire home.

·      Shut off the water supply to your property. If for any reason you don’t have success inside your home, you’ll want to contact your water company to shut off the flow of water at the street.

Obviously, the first step is the easiest to complete. If this doesn’t work, move on to the main shut off valve. Finally, if all else fails, contact your water company for assistance.

Now that you know how to shut off your water in a hurry, you’ll know what to do if you find yourself in a bad spot.

Why is Your Faucet Dripping?

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Is there anything more frustrating than a faucet that won’t stop dripping? Not only does this cost you money on your water bill every month, but the sound alone is enough to drive you crazy.

Unfortunately, there is no single cause for a dripping faucet. Instead, there are many reasons why this could happen. Consider the following:

·      A problem with the O-ring.

·      Worn out washer.

·      Corroded valve seat.

·      Improper installation.

·      Loos parts.

·      A worn out seal.

With so many potential causes, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact problem without removing the faucet and examining the internal parts. While this sounds easy enough, you may not know exactly what you’re looking at.

If you find yourself dealing with a faucet drip, if you don’t know how to solve the issue on your own, it’s time to call a plumber. We’re more than happy to visit your home, diagnose the problem, and fix the leak once and for all.

Feel free to contact us online or via phone. From there, we’ll work with you to schedule an appointment that suits your schedule.

Do These Things if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

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As a homeowner, you never know when a plumbing issue will move to the forefront. While some of these are more serious than others, all of them deserve your immediate attention.

What would you do if a pipe burst in your home? While you hope this never happens to you, you never know what the future will bring. Here are the steps you should take without delay:

·      Turn off the water. Rather than waste time, head for the main water shutoff in your house. This will guarantee that the water stops flowing.

·      Switch off anything that the water has come in contact with, such as a central heating system.

·      Don’t touch any wiring or switches that may have come in contact with the water. Instead, you can cut off the power at the main.

·      Contact a plumber. Not only can a professional determine what went wrong, but they can offer an idea of how to fix the problem.

·      Air out your home. While your plumber can fix your root issue, he may not be able to do much in regards to water damage. For this reason, it’s time to air out your home and decide what to do next. In some cases, all it takes is a bit of time for the impact of the leak to wear off. In other words, there is no guarantee of permanent damage.

A burst pipe can quickly turn into a plumbing disaster, so don’t wait to take the steps above. Along with this, you can contact us right away for emergency service.

Top Signs that it’s Time to Replace Your Dishwasher

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Has the time come to replace your dishwasher? Are you still on the fence as to whether or not you need to make a change?

If this is rolling around your mind, there’s a good chance that you’ll be swapping out your old unit for a new one in the near future.

Here are some of the top signs that it’s time to replace your dishwasher:

·      It leaks. If water is escaping the appliance in any way, shape, or form, it’s time for a change. You don’t want to let this problem linger, as it can cause additional damage.

·      Your dishes aren’t getting clean. Simply put, a dishwasher is meant to clean your dishes. If this isn’t happening, don’t wait to make a change.

·      It doesn’t drain completely. Do you notice a pool of water at the bottom of your dishwasher after the cycle is complete? This typically means you have a problem with your drain.

Although you may not consider this the most exciting home improvement project, a new dishwasher can make your life easier in many ways. When it comes to the installation process, don’t hesitate to call on a professional.

We have many years experience with this type of installation, ensuring that you get exactly what you want and need. Why not contact us to discuss your project? We can have your new dishwasher installed in no time at all!

How to Loosen a Corroded Pipe

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Over time, certain types of pipes have the potential to corrode. For example, this often happens with old metal pipes.

If you find yourself dealing with this issue, you know how difficult it can be to loosen the fitting in order to tackle the task at hand.

Fortunately, there are a variety of tools and products you can rely on. Here are a few tips to consider:

·      Spray lubricant on the outside of the joint. From there, give it five to 10 minutes to do its magic. Soon enough, once enough rust is dissolved, you may be able to complete the task.

·      Use two wrenches. Grip the fitting with one wrench and the pipe it’s attached to with the other. From there, use brute strength to pull them apart. If you want to make life easier, do this after first using a spray lubricant.

·      Tap the fitting lightly with a hammer. This doesn’t mean you should slug the fitting as hard as possible. Instead, in the proper direction, give it a slight tap.

There are times when one of these tricks does the job. There are also times when nothing you do seems to work.

If you find yourself faced with this issue, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our plumbing professionals have run into this issue time and time again, and we’re more than happy to visit your home, inspect the situation, and help you decide what to do next.

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Replacement Toilet

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Sometimes, all your bathroom needs is a new toilet. This one change can do wonders for the appearance of your space, as well as the functionality.

If you find yourself in this position, it’s time to learn more about your options. While you may believe that every toilet is the same, nothing could be further from the truth.

Here are three of the most important factors to consider when choosing a replacement toilet:

1. Style

If you like the style of your current toilet, it goes without saying that you can choose the same type the next time around. However, if you want to mix things up, look into the many different styles that are on the market.

In some cases, all it takes is a slight change to give your room the appearance you’re looking for.

2. Color

All toilets are white, right? Well, not exactly. Not only are there many shades of white, there are other colors to choose from as well.

They may not be as common, but you can buy a toilet in almost any color. From beige to black and everything in between, your color options are nearly unlimited.

3. Install

Although this is pretty much standard across the board, some toilets have special features, such as a top mounted flushing mechanism, that may be different than what you’re used to.

Keep the installation details in mind when choosing a replacement toilet, especially if you plan on doing the job yourself.

When you contact us about our residential plumbing services, you can learn more about your many options for a replacement toilet. Furthermore, we’re more than happy to discuss the installation process and what it entails.

Top Benefits of Replacing Your Toilet

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When it comes to your bathroom, you may realize one thing to be true: it’s time for an upgrade.

Of course, the word upgrade means something different to every homeowner.

In some cases, you may find that you need nothing more than a new toilet. If you aren’t sure that this is the right decision, here are a few of the top benefits of replacing your toilet:

·      Your current toilet is no longer functioning as it should, such as by running when it shouldn’t be.

·      Reduces water usage if you choose a “high efficiency” toilet.

·      Reduces both septic and sewer waste flow.

·      Increased comfort (who doesn’t want this?)

·      Improves the overall appearance of your space.

As you can see, there are many benefits of replacing your old (or broken) toilet with a new unit.

Along with the benefits above, this isn’t a costly project. Once you purchase the toilet, you can contact us for assistance with installation. From there, it won’t be long before you’re enjoying the appearance and functionality of your new toilet.

When was the last time you took a long hard look at your toilet? If it’s been a while, don’t hesitate to do so in the near future. You may realize that it’s time for a change.

How to Fix a Running Toilet Tank

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If you own a home, you know you could face a variety of plumbing and HVAC issues. You hope this never happens, but realize that things come up when you least expect it.

A running toilet tank isn’t the biggest problem you’ll run into, but it can definitely cause you stress. Not only is the constant noise annoying, but the wasted water will cost you quite a bit of money.

Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can take in order to fix a running toilet tank. Inspect these areas first:

·      Float and inlet valve

·      Flapper

Generally speaking, if you pay close attention to these areas, you’ll find the problem. From there, all you have to do is turn off the water, determine what went wrong, and replace the faulty part.

Of course, there’s an issue with all this: no two plumbing issues are the same.

With this in mind, you may find it a challenge to pinpoint the problem and make an immediate repair.

Rather than continue to waste time and money, it may be in your best interest to contact a plumbing professional.

There’s no denying the fact that you can learn to live with a running toilet tank, but this isn’t something you should do. Once the problem is repaired, you’ll feel much better!

Don’t Let Your Home’s Pipes Freeze this Winter

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As the winter weather closes in, you’re staffed with a variety of tasks around your home.

From changing your furnace filter to putting away your patio furniture, there’s a lot on your plate.

Like many, you may be concerned about frozen pipes during the winter months. This is particularly true if you have run into this issue in the past.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Consider the following tips:

·      Keep your garage doors closed. This is important if there are any water supply lines in your garage.

·      Let warm air circulate. Don’t be afraid to open bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors so that warm air can reach the pipes.

·      Keep your thermostat steady. While you may be tempted to lower your thermostat at night, this increases the likelihood of frozen pipes.

·      Don’t go below 55 degrees. Even if you’re going on vacation for an extended period of time, don’t be tempted to turn off your furnace. Instead, it should be set no lower than 55 degrees.

If you do all these things but are still faced with frozen pipes in the months to come, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can stop out, assess the situation, and thaw your pipes in the appropriate manner. From there, we can provide personalized tips on avoiding the situation again in the future.