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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 … 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 … 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 … 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.

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How to Tell if it’s Time for a New Toilet

Sure, the hue may be a green from 1978 and you have to jiggle the handle for a complete flush, but the toilet still works, right? However, just because the toilet still functions, doesn’t mean an upgrade isn’t in order. There … Continue reading

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Five things you didn’t know could unclog a drain

Whether it’s Saturday morning or Christmas Eve, plumbing problems are always inconvenient. Calling an emergency plumber during off-hours can result in a hefty bill, so it’s beneficial if you learn some DIY skills. One of the most common plumbing issues is … Continue reading

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How to fix a leaking toilet at the base

Water that leaks from the base of the toilet is likely coming from the toilet bowl, and is often accompanied by an unfavorable odor. If you don’t address the problem immediately, this type of leak can damage your bathroom floor and … Continue reading

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How to drain a hot water heater

When you turn the shower on, it’s likely you anticipate hot water. And you probably don’t give it a second thought until the hot water runs out. Starting your day with a cold shower is a sure reminder of the … Continue reading

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Is my hot water heater broken?

Strange noises coming from the garage? Constantly taking cold showers? We often expect hot water to be readily available when we turn on the faucet or start the washing machine, but when something goes wrong, this luxury we take for granted … Continue reading

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Plumbing maintenance tips for the new homeowner

Owning your own home is rewarding, yet stressful experience. Unlike your apartment days, you can’t make an emergency call to the landlord at 2 a.m. if a pipe bursts, or have the owner cover costs of a broken dishwasher. Repairs … Continue reading

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