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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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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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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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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