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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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Do You Know Where Your Shut-Off Valves Are?

April 17, 2017
Category: Tips, Water Heater

A shut-off valve is an important part of your plumbing system and it’s definitely something you should know the location of. If you’re scratching your head and wondering what a shut-off valve is or where a shut-off valve is located, than be sure to tune in. We’ll walk you through all you need to know […]

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When Should I replace my Water Heater?

September 14, 2016
Category: Water Heater

Your home’s water heater is usually something that isn’t on the list of things to replace until you are standing in a puddle or being hit in the back with icy shower water. Most people take an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to most plumbing issues. Though a water heater that is […]

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