2016

  • 3 Tips To Prevent Kitchen Clogs

    You probably don't spend a ton of time thinking about your house's plumbing system, but that can change in a hurry as soon as a clog develops in your kitchen sink. Kitchen clogs can often be avoided if the homeowner just remembers to use a little common sense. Make sure you and your family keep the following tips in mind and you can hopefully avoid having to call a plumber to fix a major clog in your kitchen.
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  • Plumbing Issues To Watch For When Looking At A New Home

    Are you looking into moving to a new home? Are you wondering how you can tell if a potential new dwelling has or will soon have plumbing issues? If you're not a licensed plumber, it can be difficult to tell whether or not there will be issues in the future. Fortunately, there are a few signs that you can check for when you're being shown the new place. Here are some things to watch out for:
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  • It's Gonna Get Cold: 3 Reasons You Need To Have Your Heater Serviced Before Winter Arrives

    Winter is just around the corner. Before you know it, you're going to be firing up your furnace again. Before you do, it's important that you have it serviced. Proper maintenance will help extend the life of your furnace and prevent problems. Here are just three of the reasons you should have your furnace inspected and serviced before the cold weather arrives. Ensures Energy Efficiency A clean furnace is an energy efficient furnace.
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  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Replacing Your Metal Plumbing With PVC

    If you have an older home with metal plumbing that is breaking down, then one of the things you may have been considering is replacing your old pipes with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plumbing. PVC pipes have been used for drains and outlets in home for decades with generally good results. They have a many advantages, but also they also have some disadvantages. If you're thinking of changing some or all of your plumbing to PVC, here are some pros and cons about this type of plumbing.
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  • Is Your Sink Drain Still Leaking? Replace The Plumbers Putty In Your Sink Drain With Silicone.

    If your sink drain still leaks after replacing everything that can be replaced, you should try switching from plumbers putty that is designed to seal the space between your drain cup and your sink with silicone. Although silicone smells terrible until it is sufficiently cured, and is not as malleable and easy to work with as plumbers putty, it can provide a tighter seal and not deteriorate over time as quickly as plumbers putty.
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  • 4 Signs You May Have A Foundation Slab Leak

    If your home was built on a concrete slab and a plumbing pipe bursts or leaks below the slab, this can lead to major issues for your home and its foundation. The sooner a slab leak can be detected, the more the damages can be minimized. Still, because slab leaks aren't usually obvious until they become serious, there are some "red flags" all homeowners with concrete slab foundations should be aware of.
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  • What Causes Condensation On Your Pipes In The Summer?

    Condensation can be disturbing to homeowners seeking to protect their pipes and property. In summer, condensation can be a relatively common problem in some homes. Knowing what causes condensation and how you can avoid it can help you take care of your plumbing, and ultimately, your home.  What causes condensation on your pipes in summer? When hot, humid air touches a cold surface (like a cold water pipe), the cold temperature of the pipe causes the warm air to cool.
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  • Understanding The Basics Of Expansion Tank Installation

    One of the hazards that can threaten your home's hot water system is the expansion that happens as water is heated. If your home's hot water system uses a standard hot water tank, that type of storage system can put you at risk of pressure buildup that may damage the tank and the plumbing lines. You can reduce this risk by providing an outlet for that expanded water to go. Here's a look at the basics of installing an expansion tank in your hot water system.
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  • Water Heaters: TPR Valve Tips To Help Reduce Risks Of Scalding

    Most water heating systems are closed systems. As a result, when a heater's temperature increases to an abnormally high level, thermal expansion takes place, something that then increases the risks of water heater explosions. This is where a TPR (Temperature/Pressure Relief) valve usually comes in handy. The TPR valve usually provides an opening that allows the extra volume of water to escape. It therefore relieves the water heating system of the extra pressure resulting from thermal expansion hence reducing the risks of water heater explosion – something that might expose your loved ones to risks of scalding.
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  • Two Tips to Help Keep Pesky Plumbing Clogs Away

    Plumbing clogs are typically something you don't think about until they happen. You're flushing the toilet, and all of a sudden you hear a gurgling sound that lets you know that the basin bowl has not cleared. Or maybe you're running water in the sink only to find that none of it will drain out. That's why it's so important to practice good maintenance activities that can help you avoid clogs in the first place.
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