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Do You Need Professional Drain Cleaning?

Monday, January 27th, 2020

plumber-cleaning-drain-with-drain-snakeThe holidays may be over but they could still have their lingering effects, and no, we don’t mean on your credit card bill.

We’re talking about your plumbing! If you hosted any big meals this past holiday season, you likely made a lot of use of your kitchen sink and garbage disposal system. As such, you may have a buildup of FOG (fats, oils, and grease) and other food items.

Kitchens aren’t the only victim of the holidays, either, when it comes to your plumbing system. Visiting guests means excessive use of your bathrooms as well, where clogs are just as likely.

But how do you know if you need professional drain cleaning? Read on as we uncover some of the signs.

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Frozen Pipes: What to Do to Prevent and Treat Them

Monday, December 30th, 2019

frozen-pipe-with-iciclesWe won’t go as far as saying frozen pipes are inevitable, but if you don’t take the proper steps to prevent against them then they may very well be inevitable. Unfortunately, they can cause quite a bit of damage if they’re not dealt with the right way. This is because as the water in the pipes thaw, a negative pressure buildup occurs, putting pressure on the walls of the pipe and leading to cracks or even burst pipes.

To protect your plumbing from freezing in this way, there are a few steps you can follow. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to prevent this in the first place, and be sure to contact our team if you do wind up with damaged plumbing.

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How to Test Your Sump Pump

Monday, November 18th, 2019

sump-pump-systemCan you believe that in some parts of the country, people have no idea what a sump pump even is? You practically have to know here—if your home is ever in a position that flooding is likely, the sump pump will be what saves your property, and your wallet.

There’s no denying that an expertly installed and well-maintained sump pump is necessary for our homes, and with winter coming, we are approaching the time of the year where they’re often needed. Is your sump pump ready to work if needed?

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This Holiday Season, Care for Your Kitchen Plumbing the Right Way

Monday, November 4th, 2019

plumber-working-on-kitchen-sink-faucetCan you believe that the holiday season is right around the corner? There are so many things for you to start thinking about as November begins—will you be taking any vacations? Did you have your heater maintained yet so it’s ready to get you through the chilly temperatures? Are you hosting Thanksgiving or any other holiday parties this year?

This last one is what we’re going to talk about today. Hosting holiday parties can be a whole lot of fun, but they can also be a whole lot of trouble if you aren’t properly prepared. Part of that preparation is ensuring you avoid certain plumbing problems that are pretty common this time of the year. Keep reading to learn more.

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Store-Bought Drain Cleaning Solutions Cost More Than You Think

Monday, July 15th, 2019

animated-drain-with-arrows-showing-direction-of-water-flow“Wait, what?” you might be wondering. Store-bought chemical drain cleaners cost nothing at all! That’s why you buy them in the first place—they’re affordable and easy solutions to drain clogs, right?

Well, sure… but we’re talking about a different kind of cost. The cost of using these cheap alternatives to professional drain cleaning is much higher than you might realize, by way of plumbing repairs and potentially even whole-home repiping if you use them for too long.

Did this get your attention? Read on!

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What to Do When You Have a Plumbing Emergency

Monday, July 1st, 2019

worried-homeowner-mopping-up-water-from-floorWe’re sure you’d agree that no plumbing problem happens at a convenient time—so to you, any plumbing problem may seem like an emergency. So, you want to work with a plumber that offers emergency services!

Fortunately, you can call us when you do have an emergency—we’re here for your plumbing needs whenever you need them. Sure there are some instances in which your plumbing problem isn’t actually an emergency, but for times of crisis, we’re here.

But what do you do while you wait for your plumber to get to your home? Surely you shouldn’t just sit there and watch water cascade through your kitchen or seep through your carpet in the case of a slab leak. Read on for what you should do when you’re facing a plumbing emergency.

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Common Plumbing Mistakes: Are You Wasting Water?

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-leakWasted water—it’s not something many homeowners give a lot of thought to. But what if we told you that you may be spending considerably more than you should have to on your utility bills because of that wasted water? Then would you want to change your water use habits?

The good news is, you probably don’t need to change your day-to-day habits much to make a significant difference. The even better news is that we have some solutions available for you that are guaranteed to help in this water-saving and subsequently money-saving endeavor.

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How Do You Test a Sump Pump?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

sump-pump-installed-in-basementSump pumps are a staple device in many homes across the country, but especially in our area. They help prevent water damage due to flowing from storms and plumbing mishaps, and go to work automatically, as they gather excess water in a pit (the sump) and then pump it out into either the wastewater system or a well.

People often don’t think of massive home flooding as an issue, until it happens to them. Sump pumps absolutely have their place and your crawlspace and your basement can suffer from severe flooding that a simple drainage system won’t be able to handle. Water in your basement can result in severe property damage such as rotting wood and so on. It also raises the humidity in your home and promotes the development of mold and mildew, If you don’t already have a sump pump in place, we absolutely recommend having one installed.

If you do already have a sump pump in place, we encourage you to test it this spring to ensure it’s ready for whatever the next few months might bring weather-wise.

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How Can Video Pipe Inspection Save Your Sewer Lines?

Monday, April 8th, 2019

plumber-looking-at-screen-using-video-pipe-inspectionLet’s talk about your sewer lines. This is one of the most important parts of modern plumbing, and yet not a lot of homeowners think about it very much. We wouldn’t really expect you to, to be honest. However, never thinking about your sewer lines put you at risk of problems you may never think about either.

There’s a part of routine plumbing maintenance that’s become more popular in recent years, and that is video pipe inspection. Video pipe inspection involves the use of a video camera to inspect your pipes, and then we take the appropriate measures afterward to determine what can be done to resolve any problems we may find. Ultimately, a professional video pipe inspection could save your sewer lines, and save you a major headache. But how?

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Why You Should Only Trust a Pro for Your Drain Cleaning Needs

Monday, March 11th, 2019

plumber-using-drain-snakeDrain clogs are one of those unfortunate things that just about every homeowner has to deal with at some point. But they are also one of those drain issues that most people deal with incorrectly. When a drain clog forms in the average home, it is instinct to reach for some type of store-bought drain cleaning solution to manage the problem. This is actually not a great way to deal with it, which we’ll get into more below.

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