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When Should You Replace Your Kitchen Sink?

August 22, 2018
Category: Drains, General

Unless you are in the midst of a kitchen renovation, replacing your kitchen sink probably isn’t at the forefront of your mind. However, sometimes unseen issues with the sink may force homeowners to replace it before they have a major, leaking mess on their hands. Let’s look at some reasons why you may want to […]

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Five Tips to Prevent Clogged Drains in Your Home

August 15, 2018
Category: Drains, Tips

Having a clogged drain is never fun, and depending on the extent of the clog, it can be a real pain to get your drain flowing again. But there are several things you can do to help prevent clogs from happening in the first place. The location will have a big impact on the kinds […]

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How Do Plumbing Vents Work?

July 18, 2018
Category: Plumbing Systems

What Are Plumbing Vents? Have you ever noticed long, tube-like structures protruding from the roofs of homes in your neighborhood? Many of us can recall seeing them but have never thought to ask what they are or why they’re there! Vent pipes, also referred to as vent stacks, are plumbing components that exist to regulate […]

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Can a bad water heater cause pressure loss?

May 9, 2018
Category: Water Heater

There are a few warning signs your hot water heater is bad or failing. If you turn the faucet or shower on and see the water flow reduced to a weak drip, look first to your water heater. What Causes a Water Heater to Lose Pressure? Hard water contains minerals like calcium carbonate that, when […]

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What you Need to Know about Boiler Repairs

April 25, 2018
Category: Water Heater

A boiler is a plumbing and heating appliance that heats water for the purposes of bathing/showering, cooking, and heating your home. This appliance uses oil, coal, wood, or natural gas to heat the water. The basic components of a boiler are: Firebox – combustion chamber where fuel meets the air, creating a flame Pressure Gauge […]

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Common Commercial Plumbing Issues

March 14, 2018
Category: Commercial Plumbing

Commercial buildings typically see more traffic than residential homes, and therefore have plumbing systems which see a lot more use. With more frequent use comes more frequent malfunctions, most of which can be easily fixed by your local commercial plumbing professional. Here are some of the most common issues we see with our new commercial […]

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Is my Sump Pump Running too Often?

March 2, 2018
Category: Sump Pump

Having a sump pump in your home is a great way to prevent water from making its way into your home during a hard rain or heavy snow. Occasionally homeowners run into an issue where their sump pump runs too frequently, for no apparent reason. There are several causes of this issue, each stemming from […]

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What is Limescale?

November 22, 2017
Category: Commercial Plumbing, Plumbing Systems

Limescale, also known as calcium scale, is a hard and chalky substance that is off-white in color and can be found primarily on the metallic components of water-operated machinery. Limescale is especially common in pieces of equipment that contain a heating element. It can also be found in the plumbing pipes and pumps in your […]

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Why Won’t My Washing Machine Work?

November 9, 2017
Category: General

It’s Sunday, and you’re ready to start your laundry. The only problem is, your washing machine won’t start, or is creating some very serious problems. This has to be fixed quickly, or else you’ll be taking the family’s laundry to your parents’ house for a few weeks. Instead, finding the issue with your dead washing […]

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Signs You May Need a New Hot Water Heater

June 16, 2017
Category: Water Heater

The hot water heater is one of the most important components in any building. Used in homes and businesses alike, hot water heaters are complex devices that are built to last. However, even the most robust and high-quality model will not last forever. If you think you may need hot water heater replacement, you should […]

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