Michael Runk Blog

Fall Homeowner Maintenance Tips

October 12, 2017
Category: General, Tips

As the air grows colder and the leaves begin to change, it’s time to start considering how you’re going to be maintaining your home. Fall home maintenance is vital, because it’s the last bit of preparation you’re going to do before winter.…

 


Water Conservation in the Home

September 8, 2017
Category: General, Tips

Being conscious of our individual impact on the environment is becoming increasingly important, and it starts with you and your home. Water conservation isn’t a difficult task, as long as you are equipped with the right knowledge and tools to be successful.…

 


Shut Off your Water Before a Vacation

August 11, 2017
Category: General, Tips

A lot of planning goes into preparing for a vacation. You’re likely extra cautious and make numerous checks to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything, whether it be a toothbrush or turning off the coffee maker. You probably also set your thermostat to a schedule, or make sure it is off or on an appropriate setting so energy is not wasted while no one is in the home.…

 


7 Most Common Plumbing Issues in Maryland

August 4, 2017
Category: General, Tips

If you’re a homeowner in Maryland, you’re bound to have to call upon the services of a plumber at least once in your lifetime. To help you prepare for the inevitable, here are 7 of the most common plumbing issues we see as a residential plumber in Maryland.…

 


What to Do if your House Springs a Leak

July 27, 2017
Category: General, Tips

You may not be able to see it, but beneath your walls and floors lies an intricate system of piping that carries water throughout your home. When one of these pipes fails, you’ll likely find yourself with a water leak. Tending to a leak as soon as symptoms appear may be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major home repair.…

 


Can I Move My Washer and Dryer?

July 21, 2017
Category: General, Tips

If you’re in the process of evaluating how you can remodel your basement and are wondering if it’s possible to relocate your washer or dryer, the simple answer is yes you can. The real question will be in the details of the move, which can make it a bit more complicated.…

 


How to Use a Plunger

July 7, 2017
Category: General, Tips

The plunger is a common household item and is seemingly a very straight-forward piece of plumbing technology, but there is more to this tool than you might think! Let’s learn how to properly use a plunger and go over the basic Dos and Don’ts of plunging: The Proper Way to Plunge Wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from dirt and bacteria.…

 


Why Does My Garbage Disposal Stink?

June 9, 2017
Category: Drains, Tips

Unpleasant smells in your kitchen can have you and your family avoiding this room at all costs. If the smell is coming from your sink, it most likely won’t go away on its own. Let’s learn about what can cause a smelly sink and simple ways to fix it!…

 


Be Sure to Have Savings for Household Emergencies

May 18, 2017
Category: General, Tips

Do you and your family have savings for household emergencies set aside? Let’s take a look at the most common emergencies that occur in the home that are bound to come with extensive repair costs. Common Costly Household Emergencies Water Heater There is very little to no notice given when your water heater goes up.…

 


How do you Unclog a Toilet?

May 12, 2017
Category: Tips

A clogged toilet is an unwelcome inevitability of using the bathroom. No matter the reason for why your toilet is clogged and won’t flush, there are two main methods you can use to unclog your toilet. Here is a little more on the only two methods you should use to unclog a toilet.…

 


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