November 15 2015 0comment
water heater 101

Water Heaters 101

There are two types of conventional water heaters, gas and electric. An electric water heater can be used almost anywhere. A gas water heater is most likely to be installed in a home that already uses gas for another appliance such as a furnace or stove. It is likely if you are replacing a water […]

November 15 2015 0comment
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What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Its job is to help keep the area under the building dry and to prevent it from flood­ing. Usually, sump pumps are installed in specially constructed sump pits. Water flows into the sump pit through drains or by […]

November 13 2015 0comment
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Water Heater Life Expectancy

The average water heater life expectancy has diminished over the last several years. Thirty years ago you could expect a new water heater to last at least twenty years. Even without regular maintenance. How long will your water heater last if you purchase one today? Tank failure is the only reason to trash a unit. […]

November 12 2015 0comment
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Re-piping Materials

If you’re faced with repiping your home because of a water leak, you’ll be presented with two piping options: copper or PEX. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons for each type. Copper Copper tubing has been the longtime standard for plumbing and requires a certain skillset for sweating (soldering) pipes and fittings together. […]

November 11 2015 0comment
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Energy Saving Tips

You can lower your water heating costs by using and wasting less hot water in your home. To conserve hot water, you can fix leaks, install low-flow fixtures, and purchase an energy-efficient dishwasher and clothes washer. FIX LEAKS You can significantly reduce hot water use by simply repairing leaks in fixtures — faucets and showerheads […]

November 09 2015 0comment
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Lead In Plumbing

With all the new about the Lead levels in the Flint water supply, I thought it would be a good time to discuss lead and it introduction into our water supply and systems. Numerous elements and minerals are present in our drinking water. Some occur naturally. Others enter or leach into the water on the […]

November 08 2015 0comment
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Odor from Plumbing?

Plumbing Smells Smells are a good indication that something is amiss. Use your senses and do some investigating. If this is something you are not comfortable with or cannot find then you should call a plumber. When it comes to plumbing smells it is always best to be safe, so don’t ignore something just because […]

November 05 2015 0comment
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Copper, PVC or Galvanized Pipe?

Some people pull their hair out trying to decide which pipes to buy for their indoor plumbing projects. In order to make it easier for you to decide, you need to know what material indoor plumbing pipes are made of. The three most common kinds of indoor pipes are listed as follows: Copper, Galvanized, PVC. […]

November 01 2015 0comment
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Why Do PVC & CPVC Pipes Occasionally Fail

PVC and CPVC pipes and fittings are excellent products and have been used successfully for decades. There is a low failure rate and the use of PVC/CPVC materials offer significant advantages over metal piping materials including ease of installation and very low failure rates. However, as with all plumbing products including metal piping, occasionally a pipe or fitting […]