Steps to Flushing Your Water Heater

September 17, 2021

Flushing your water heater will help to make sure that it reaches its lifespan and beyond. You should flush out your water heater at least every couple of years. It’s easy to do once you learn how to do it. Shut Off Gas and Electricity Your first step when flushing your water heater is to turn off the gas and power. Shutting off the gas, if you have a gas water heater, will ensure that there is no gas in the line so that the water heater does not leak or have heat buildup.

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Causes of Low Water Pressure

August 2, 2021

If you notice that you have low water pressure, you will want to find out what is causing it immediately. Low water pressure will keep you from taking showers, using your appliances, and more. Several things can cause the water pressure to be low. Some of them are an easy fix, while other problems will require you to call out a professional plumber. Checking the Main Valve There will typically be two shut-off valves that control the water going into your home. If your water pressure is low and you have had some work done

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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

July 26, 2021

There’s nothing much worse than coming home to a burst pipe or a leak from an unknown location. Water sitting on your floor can make you feel full of panic and uncertainty. Stop and take a deep breath. Everything is going to be OK. Don’t panic, and follow these simple steps. You’ll be well on your way to a solution and a clean, dry home. 1. Call For Help Plumbing emergencies shouldn’t be tackled by anyone who isn’t well-trained. Instead, you should give an emergency plumber a call as soon as

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How Often Should Plumbing Be Updated?

June 28, 2021

Most plumbing has a decently long lifespan, but even the best plumbing will eventually need to be replaced. If you notice any of these signs, you might want to consider updating your plumbing. Your Pipes Have Reached the End of Their Lifespan Once your pipes reach a certain age, they are at risk for leaks, corrosion, and other major issues. The lifespan for a pipe will depend on its material: Galvanized steel: 20 years Brass: 40 years Copper: 50 years Cast iron: 75 years PVC: Indefinitely

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Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Effective on Clogs?

May 10, 2021

Chemical drain cleaners appear prominently on store shelves. When homeowners find their drains clogged, they might buy these products. Do chemical drain cleaners work effectively, though? Drain cleaners may work well with some clogs, but significant drawbacks exist with their use. Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Often Not Enough Chemical drain cleaners could work reasonably well against minor organic clogs inside a drain. Organic matter, such as hair clumps, soap scum, and the like, would likely dissolve once exposed to appropriate chemicals. However, the clog could be so severe that the cleaner doesn’t appear to work.

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How to Save on Your Water Bill

April 5, 2021

Most homeowners use several gallons of water, which can add a lot to their home’s monthly bill. It’s wise to use less water to reduce high monthly water bills, and it’s not as complicated as you might think. You can reduce your water bills and impact the environment positively with these simple water-saving tips. Install Low-Flow Toilets Converting your current toilet or installing low-flow ones can significantly minimize water usage in your home. Alternatively, you can add weights to the toilet tank if you think buying new toilets is costly. Hire an experienced plumber to help

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What to Do About Frozen Pipes

March 9, 2021

When it gets extremely cold outside, the pipes that supply water to your home can freeze. It’s important to thaw them quickly, but you’ll want to do so in the right way to prevent damage. Locate the Pipe Cold water not coming out of a faucet is a sign you have a frozen pipe. If you have one frozen pipe, you may also have other ones. If it’s an exposed pipe, you might see the frozen section. It may have frost on it, or the section may be a slight bulge.

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5 Benefits of Grinder Pumps

February 11, 2021

We have all seen images of the flushable wipe monstrosities causing sewage backups in New York City. No amount of warnings has been able to eliminate the use of so-called flushable products, so the sewage industry has searched for alternative answers to this problem. The grinder pump is one such solution that also comes with some added benefits. 1. Turning Flushable Into a Fact When determining what is or is not flushable, manufacturers relied on modern sewer engineering without considering that most sewage systems are anything but modern. The grinder pump solves this problem by

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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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