Most common causes of a dishwasher leak (and repairs)

The convenience of a dishwasher is something you probably give little thought to until something goes wrong. When a dishwasher starts leaking or has other issues, you may need to call in a professional plumber, but there are some small issues you can repair yourself. Start with finding the source of the problem. Continue reading

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How to improve water pressure in the shower

Losing water pressure can be an annoyance, especially if it’s a continuous problem. Simple tasks like washing dishes or showering can take longer than normal as you wait for the soap to rinse away. It’s possible to fix a low water pressure problem, but before you grab a wrench and start a DIY project, consider hiring a professional plumber to discover the root of the problem. Continue reading

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Fill your toolbox with these DIY plumbing tools

There are some plumbing jobs that require attention from the pros. Broken pipes or a clogged sewer line are reasons to call a licensed plumber. But if you’re confident you can handle some smaller jobs, it’s best to be properly equipped. Having the right tools on hand can make a repair much simpler. The most common plumbing tools can handle several different tasks. Continue reading

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How to thaw frozen pipes

Research from Farmers Insurance shows that 63 percent of claims related to frozen pipes occur between December and February. The best way to handle frozen pipes is to prevent them before winter hits, so now is the time to winterize your home to ensure your plumbing is prepared for cold temperatures. Continue reading

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The best toilet paper for your septic tank

Finding the best toilet paper for your septic tank is crucial for a properly running system. Numerous brands claim to make septic-safe toilet tissue, but finding the right product requires going beyond just the label. Continue reading

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5 budget-friendly ways to make your bathroom safer

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the bathroom can be a dangerous place. More than 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms yearly because of bathroom injuries. Of the injuries, 14 percent of those brought into the ER require hospitalization, and 31 percent of the injuries occur to the head and neck area of the body. Continue reading

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3 most common winter plumbing problems

Winter temperatures create certain plumbing problems, most of which you don’t see in other times of the year. Taking steps to winterize your home before frigid temperatures hit will help prevent the need for repairs. We’ll walk through the three most common winter plumbing problems, how to prevent them and repair options you can do yourself. Continue reading

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4 tips to prepare your plumbing for holiday guests

Although it’s great to spend the holidays with family, a house full of guests puts added stress on your plumbing. More showers, runs of the dishwasher and toilet use increase the risk of clogged drains. A little prep work before family and friends arrive will help ensure a plumber free holiday. Continue reading

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What’s the Best Temperature for a Hot Water Heater?

Did you know a hot water heater is a home’s second biggest energy-user, and responsible for about 18% of your monthly energy bill? Checking and adjusting the temperature on your system can help save money and extend the life of your unit.

Before you check your water heater’s current temperature, consider: If you turn your shower water on as hot as it can go, would it be too hot to shower? If so, your heater is likely set too high. Continue reading

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Help! Tree Roots are Invading My Sewer Line

Clogged drains or a leaking toilet may be expected plumbing problems, but invasive tree roots? They can disrupt your underground plumbing, and if the problem isn’t addressed immediately, you might need a major (and expensive) repair job. Continue reading

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