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Should You Keep Faucets Dripping at Night?

December 20, 2019
Category: Seasonal

During the cold winter months, your exposed pipes are susceptible to freezing and bursting. A busted pipe can be very costly to repair and an inconvenience to you and your family. To avoid this, some homeowners turn their faucets to a slow drip at night. Let’s look further into this practice to see if it’s […]

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Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

December 11, 2019
Category: Seasonal

The cold temperatures of the winter months increase the likelihood of pipes freezing. Frozen pipes cause tremendous problems for homeowners including property damage and the inability to access running water. Fixing a frozen pipe can cost you hundreds of dollars, so it’s best to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some […]

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Can You Insulate Your Pipes Before Winter?

November 13, 2019
Category: Seasonal

We’re already in fall, and winter is just around the corner. That means it’s time to bust out the winter clothing, get the sleds out, and stock up on hot chocolate. Unfortunately, it also means your pipes are now at risk of freezing. If you’ve ever had a frozen pipe burst, then you know how […]

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3 Ways to Avoid Burst Pipes this Winter

December 4, 2018
Category: Tips

Cold weather can spell trouble for interior pipes and having a pipe burst in your home is serious business. This event can cause thousands of dollars in damages and can be quite costly to repair. However, prevention is key when it comes to major home repairs and today, we’re going to be looking at some […]

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Prevent Plumbing Disasters in the Winter

November 19, 2018
Category: Tips

Oh, the weather outside might not be too frightful yet, but that just means that it’s time for preventive maintenance. Today we’re going to go over a few of the ways that you can prevent the worst from happening with your plumbing this holiday season. So, grab your notepad and let’s get cracking! Find Your […]

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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

September 4, 2018
Category: General, Tips

Plumbing problems are never something a homeowner looks forward to, but they do happen. Let’s look at what steps should be taken immediately following a plumbing emergency to help minimize the damage. Turn Off the Water First and foremost, turn the water off! If you have a burst pipe, for example, your first step should […]

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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. It must be thorough, and it should address every aspect of your home, […]

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5 Plumbing Disasters to Avoid

January 11, 2017
Category: Tips

Plumbing is one of the hardest home improvement activities to take on, if you do decide to go down this path, be sure you’re aware of some of the potential disasters. Here at Michael Runk, we’ve seen plenty of plumbing disasters and we want to help you avoid these issues yourself. That’s why we’ve put […]

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Tips for Winterizing Your Plumbing Before Leaving for Winter

October 12, 2015
Category: Tips

Are you going somewhere south until the warm weather returns to Maryland? Birds do it, because it makes total sense. Why suffer from the icy winds and burn ridiculous amounts of fuel if you could be sitting on a beach and enjoying not hearing the snow forecasts. But like most “snowbirds” you are probably worried […]

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