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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 … 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 … 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.

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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 … 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 … 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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