Is Basement Waterproofing With It?

January 5, 2021

Basements are notorious for getting damp. While homebuilders take some measures to waterproof basements, problems often later develop that result in water getting in. It’s worthwhile to waterproof your basement because it prevents damage and improves the indoor air quality of your home. Causes of Basement Moisture There are a few main causes of water getting into a basement. These include improper soil and drainage systems, improper slopes, cracks in the basement walls and floor and poorly maintained gutters. When basements become damp, mildew and mold are sure to follow. Drainworks Plumbing & Septic LLC of Columbia,

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What is Hydro Jetting A Sewer Line?

December 4, 2020

You may have heard of hydro jetting in regard to unclogging sewer lines. It can be a safe, effective and less expensive way to clear sewer lines that have become clogged. What Is Hydro Jetting? Hydro jetting uses highly pressurized water to clear sewage drain pipes. They can remove waste, sludge, grease and tree roots from them. This system just uses water, so no chemicals are involved. Before hydro jetting your sewer pipes, the plumber will inspect them using CCTV video. They are looking to make sure the pipe is in

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The Effects of Hard Water on Home Appliances and Plumbing

November 10, 2020

Hard water is the term used for freshwater that contains an excess of minerals, calcium, and magnesium. While it’s not bad for your health, it is for your home’s appliances and plumbing. How Does Water Get Hard? Rainwater doesn’t contain minerals. Water absorbs minerals once it’s in an aquifer. Hardness is measured by the number of milligrams of calcium carbonate per liter of water. Hard water contains 121 to 180 mg/liter. Hard Water and Your Appliances Hard water negatively impacts your water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, and refrigerator. The pipes

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How Often Should My Septic Tank Be Pumped?

October 20, 2020

Septic tanks are an integral part of everyday living for many people. These underground waste management systems work very well most of the time, but they do require a good pumping and clean-out periodically. How often should this be done? The following is a basic rundown of septic tank function as well as some guidance on pumping intervals. How the System Works First, it’s good to understand the basics of your septic tank so you can better picture what’s going on down there and how the periodic pump-out comes into play. These tanks take

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Factors that Lead to Premature Pipe Replacement

September 19, 2020

Although most Americans take it for granted, plumbing is one of modern society’s biggest accomplishments. Toilets, sewers and water treatment plants have given people a consistently clean source of water, not to mention a way to dispose of waste. While it’s a staple a modern life, plumbing isn’t cheap to replace. To keep your home’s plumbing system in good working order and avoid the necessity of replacing pipes sooner than expected, steer clear of the following common mistakes. If It’s Not Human Waste or Toilet Paper, Don’t Flush It It’s quite common for people to flush

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Tips for Dealing With Cloudy Water

August 16, 2020

If the water coming out of your tap is cloudy, there are a few potential causes to explore. It’s probably fine to drink, but there’s a small chance that it’s contaminated. Here’s how to get your tap water clear. Clean the Aerator If cloudy water is coming out of just one faucet, it’s probably the aerator that’s the culprit. Take it off and clean it in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse the aerator thoroughly before screwing it back on. Your Municipal Supply If all of your tap water is

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How to Fix a Drain

July 16, 2020

A drain can quickly clog up due to a variety of reasons. Understanding how to quickly fix a drain is important in saving yourself a lot of time and frustration. Following a few simple tips can unclog your drain without the need for calling a local plumber. Here are three tips to remember if you are trying to fix your drain. 1. Pour Boiling Water One of the easiest ways to unclog a drain is to use boiling water to move the clog. It is always a good idea to remove as much

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Ways to Conserve Water at Home

March 22, 2020

In America, we’re used to having running water readily available and in seemingly endless supply, but the long-running drought in California and water restrictions in western states should tell us otherwise. There is a finite supply of water and though water is a renewable resource the amount of clean drinking water is declining. We can all help out by using less water (and paying less). These seven ways to conserve water at home are very practical and some are surprisingly easy. 1. Turn off faucets How often do you let faucet water

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7 Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet

August 16, 2019

Toilet Clog Ask any plumber and they will tell you that people often flush things down the toilet that really should not be flushed. They’ve cleared enough clogs from toilet drain pipes to know the worst things that people flush. Save yourself the plumbing bill by never flushing any of the following things down your toilet. Wet wipes Baby wipes, wet wipes, and cleaning wipes are often marketed as “flushable” wipes, but many of them are only flushable in the same way that a t-shirt or towel

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