2017

Important Things To Know About Your Plumbing System

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When you own a home, you want to have a clear understanding of how the plumbing works. This will help you to know how to treat it properly and spot problems. Here are some of the things you should be aware of: Clogs can happen in drains and/or down in the pipes If you experience a clog in one of your sinks, then you want to start by assuming the clog is in the drain since this will be the easiest clog to free up.…

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How To Fix Damaged PVC Pipe

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PVC is a preferred material for plumbing applications, and they generally last a long time, but they occasionally crack or spring a hole. Damage to PVC pipes commonly occurs from nails,  pipe thawing, or accidental drilling.  You should be able to fix the damage without replacing the entire pipe. However, it should be fixed immediate to avoid extensive damage. Follow this step-by-step guide to fix PVC pipe damage.  Prepare to Fix the Pipe…

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Keep Your Hot Water: 3 Issues That Could Affect Your Electric Water Heater

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If you’re like most people, you probably take your water heater for granted. That’s partially because most water heaters are locked away in a cabinet, far removed from the main living quarters of your home. You know it’s working when you get hot water from your faucet. You know it’s got a problem when you don’t get the hot water you need. Unfortunately, if you ignore your water heater until you’re out of hot water, you could be in for some serious trouble, especially if waiting leads to the need for a total replacement.…

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How To Fix A Leaky, Frost-Proof, Outdoor Faucet

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 A frost-proof faucet has a longer stem than standard outdoor faucets, which holds the water deeper in the plumbing lines, keeping it away from the spigot. While they are freeze-proof, you still may find them leaking occasionally. Fixing a frost-proof faucet doesn’t require advanced plumbing skills. Follow these tips for frost-proof faucet repair.  Prepare to Fix the Faucet To fix the frost-proof faucet, gather: work gloves utility knife two pairs of adjustable pliers crescent wrench Phillips screwdriver O-ring (optional) frost-proof valve seat washer plumber’s grease Locate the water supply, which is commonly a shut-off valve on the incoming water supply pipe.…

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Poor HVAC System Airflow? Know How You Can Improve It

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You may be doing all the proper air conditioning maintenance to keep your system maintained, but it will not matter if the duct work has not been cleaned and sealed. All of the cool air can escape from your air ducts, which causes your entire system to have poor airflow and wastes energy on air that never makes it to the intended rooms. That’s why you want to verify that your HVAC system duct work is working properly.…

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How And Why To Do Monthly Plumbing Maintenance

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Whether or not you welcome customers into your offices or store, having plumbing problems can be very bad for business and employee morale. If you have tenants, plumbing problems can send them packing. Identify Issues Right Away Regular plumbing maintenance can keep your pipes pristine and identify potential issues before they spiral out of control. Leaking faucets and pipes, low water pressure, running toilets, and mineral buildup could all be costing you each month on your water bill.…

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Troubleshooting Common Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Issues

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Your reverse osmosis water filter works to filter out bacteria, dissolved minerals, and other contaminants within your home’s water supply by passing the water through a semi-permeable membrane, which has microscopic holes that block out most other substances besides water. However, since reverse osmosis water filters see a huge amount of general usage each day, there are a number of common issues which can eventually manifest themselves. Understanding what these issues are and what you can do to fix them can help you get your home’s plumbing working properly again as soon as possible.…

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4 Signs You Need To Replace Your Water Heater

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Your home’s water heater is one of the central components of your plumbing system. Without a properly functioning water heater, not only will your water using appliances like dishwashers and washing machines no longer function properly, but you will no longer be able to access warm water for showering and cleaning, which can disrupt your everyday life. Fortunately, there are some early warning signs that your water heater is on its last legs that you should watch out for so that you can replace your unit before it completely fails.…

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Clogged Drains Putting A Damper On The Festivities? How To Get Things Moving Again

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There’s nothing worse than trying to deal with a stubborn kitchen clog when you’re in the middle of cooking dinner. That is, unless you have a houseful of guests. Then the problem becomes much worse. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find a plumber on a holiday. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to clear out the problem and get your drains flowing again; although it will take some work.…

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Should You Insulate Your Cold Water Pipes? Three Questions To Ask Yourself When Making This Decision

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Most people insulate their hot water pipes to help keep the water flowing through the pipes as warm as possible. However, when it comes to cold water pipes, you may find yourself wondering whether you should bother insulating them or not. For some households, insulating the cold water pipes makes sense. For others, it may not. If you are trying to decide whether to insulate your cold water pipes, here are three questions to ask yourself that should help you make a decision.…

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