Category Archives: Plumbing Tips

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.

Top Tips for Hiring a Plumber in 2018

With 2017 coming to an end, it won’t be long before you’re ready to tackle a variety of projects in the new year. Of course, even if you don’t have a project planned, you may find yourself searching for the assistance of a professional.

Here are some top tips for hiring a plumber in 2018:

  • Know what you’re looking for. Do you need a plumber to help with a bathroom renovation? How about someone who knows the ins and outs of installing a furnace? You need to have a clear idea of what you’re looking to accomplish.
  • Learn more before making the call. You can use the internet to learn more about a particular company before scheduling a service appointment. This alone will give you peace of mind.
  • Don’t shop on price alone. It goes without saying that you want to get a good deal on the service you require, however, you don’t want to sell yourself short in an attempt to save a few dollars. You must make sure the company you hire has the experience and knowledge necessary to provide the assistance you require.

With these tips guiding you, you’ll find it much easier to hire the right plumber in 2018.

If you’re ready to get help now, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to learn more about your project and provide assistance when you need it the most!

What are Your Top Concerns When Hiring a Plumber?

There may come a point when you realize you have no choice but to hire a plumber. For instance, maybe you need someone to assist you with a bathroom renovation project.

While there is nothing wrong with seeking professional assistance, you may have some concerns about who you hire to complete the job.

Here are some of the most common concerns when hiring a plumber:

  • A lack of experience. It goes without saying that you want to hire someone who has enough experience and knowledge to provide all the help you require. It’s good to check on this before you make a final decision.
  • A lack of time. There is no denying the fact that you’re working on a schedule. In fact, if you have a plumbing emergency, you need someone who can visit your home as quickly as possible.
  • A lack of knowledge. Let’s face it: even if you think you know what’s going on, you may have no idea of just how deep your problem runs. For example, a leaking pipe under your sink may only be the start of your problem. You want a plumber who can dig deeper, ensuring that you get the service you deserve.

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. All of our plumbers have the experience and knowledge you’re looking for. Even better, we know that your time is important. This is why we do whatever it takes to fit into your schedule.

If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Don’t Forget to Follow these Plumbing Safety Tips

When it comes to plumbing safety, there are things you absolutely need to do. Neglecting to take the right steps could put your health and well being in jeopardy.

While there is no guaranteed way to avoid trouble when tackling a plumbing project, here are some safety tips to consider:

  • Protect your eyes at all times. You never know what could go flying when tackling a plumbing project, so make sure you always wear protective eyewear.
  • Turn off power and shut off gas lines before starting your project. This may sound like overkill, but it’s one of the best steps you can take from a safety perspective.
  • Use the right tools (in the right manner). Using the right tool can be the difference between success and failure. Adding to this, using the wrong tool or the right tool in the wrong manner can lead to a serious injury.

These may not be the only plumbing tips you follow, but they can go a long way in keeping you safe.

If you want to take all the guesswork out of the equation, hire a professional plumber who can complete the job for you. Once the job is done, you’ll look back and realize that this was the best decision you could have made.

Why Do Some Homeowners Fail at their Plumbing Project?

As a homeowner, there may come a time when you get the urge to tackle a plumbing project. Maybe you need to install a new toilet. Or maybe you need to relocate a vanity from one side of the bathroom to the other.

However, here’s something you need to remember: some plumbing projects are best left for professionals.

Here are several reasons why homeowners often fail at their plumbing project:

  • Lack of knowledge. Sure, you can read how to do something online, but that doesn’t mean you can actually apply the knowledge.
  • Lack of experience. With some plumbing projects, experience really comes into play. If you haven’t come across a particular situation in the past, it’s difficult to deal with it in the appropriate manner.
  • Using the wrong tools and/or products. With many plumbing projects, the difference between success and failure is using the right tools and products.

So, as you can see, you may be better off avoiding that plumbing project that’s been staring you in the face. Instead, you should consult with a professional who can do the job the right way the first time around.

Lean on a Professional Plumber for these Projects

Are you facing a plumbing project that has you a bit scared? Have you come to the conclusion that it’s best to consult with a professional?

There is no denying the fact that some homeowners enjoy tackling a plumbing project. At the same time, there is often more to this than meets the eye. You need to be careful about what you take on, as one false step could cause you a lot of trouble.

Here are several projects that typically call for a professional plumber:

  • Moving pipes. Do you need to reroute pipes, maybe because you’re taking on a kitchen or bathroom renovation? This calls for an experienced professional.
  • Setting a toilet. This sounds easy enough, until you realize that a simple mistake could lead to a leak that has the potential to cause quite a bit of damage.
  • Plumbing your entire home. You may need to take on this project if your home’s plumbing is outdated and causing you trouble. This is one of the more complex projects, so don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional.

As you can see, there are times when leaning on a professional plumber is the only way to go. Rather than attempt a DIY project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

What to do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

There is nothing worse than the thought of a pipe bursting in your home. While you hope this never happens to you, it could come about when you least expect it.

Here are the steps you need to take if a pipe bursts in your home:

  • Shut off your water at the main water valve
  • If necessary, shut off electricity to your home
  • Assess the damage
  • Call a plumber
  • Begin to remove the water from your home

While this sounds simple enough, it can be difficult to stay on track as panic sets in. After all, you’ll be in a hurry to ensure that your home doesn’t suffer too much damage.

Once a plumber arrives, he or she can assess the situation and tell you what went wrong. Of course, your plumber can also fix the problem to ensure that it doesn’t occur (at least not in the same place) again in the future.

So, there you have it. It’s your hope that a pipe never bursts in your home, but it could happen to you. If it does, don’t hesitate to take these five steps. They’ll go a long way in helping you get back on track!