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How to Know When It’s Time for a New Water Heater

Posted on: September 4, 2018

Conventional tank-style water heaters have a lifespan of around 10 years. Depending on the amount of use and whether or not it has been properly maintained, it could last significantly longer, or need replacement much sooner. So how do you know when it’s time to replace the water heater or whether you should continue making […]

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Save Money With Energy Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

Posted on: August 23, 2018

Reducing water usage around the home not only helps to conserve and protect our critical water supply, it also saves energy, reducing your utility bill. Conserving water saves energy by reducing the cost of water treatment, heating water and running appliances that use water. In fact, according to the EPA, if every U.S. home had […]

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5 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Posted on: August 14, 2018

Performing plumbing projects around the home can be a satisfying way to improve your home and save a little money. However, before tackling those plumbing projects it’s important to understand the potential pitfalls to stay safe and avoid damaging your home. 1. Chemical Drain Cleaners When a drain becomes clogged the first thing many homeowners […]

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Low Flow Toilet Solutions That Save Water With Each Flush

Posted on: August 9, 2018

Looking for ways to reduce your water bill? Toilets are one of the most water-intensive plumbing devices in the home, using as much as 7 gallons of water with each flush. By comparison a low-flow toilet uses just 1.6 gallons. If you aren’t ready to replace all your toilets with low-flow toilets quite yet, but […]

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Protect Your Family From Hot Water Scalding

Posted on: August 7, 2018

Hot water scalds account for 20% of all burns and every year more that 2,000 U.S. children are treated for scalding. Scalding can also lead to secondary injuries such as heart attacks, falls, and broken bones, particularly among the elderly. Most scalding accidents occur in the kitchen and bathroom, and the vast majority are avoidable. […]

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Identifying and Fixing the Causes of Low Water Pressure in the Home

Posted on: July 30, 2018

The causes of low water pressure in the home are many, and the cure can range from simple point source fixes to more complex water supply upgrades. The following are some helpful tips to diagnose and fix some of the most common causes of reduced water flow in the home. Obstructed Faucet Aerators Hard water […]

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Aging In Place – Accessible Plumbing Design

Posted on: July 19, 2018

As we age our kitchen and bathrooms can become less convenient and more hazardous. Slippery floors, hard to reach faucets and cabinets, poor lighting – all can create real challenges as we age. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep our homes safe and comfortable with plumbing fixtures that adapt to our needs rather the […]

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The Benefits of a Water Heater Expansion Tank

Posted on: July 12, 2018

Because water expands when heated, excess pressure inside a water heater tank needs to escape. In the past, the pressure would force water in the tank to drain back out into the water supply where it came from. Today, the water main is designed to prevent the backwards flow of water, known as backflow, by […]

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Plumbing System Odors – Getting Rid of Smells Inside the Home

Posted on: July 10, 2018

A home’s plumbing system is designed to keep odors from building up inside the home. When you smell persistent odors it could be the sign of plumbing system problems. Here are some things to look for. Bathroom Plumbing Odors If you have a foul odor when flushing the toilet it could be caused by a […]

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Water Heater Leaking? Here’s What To Do

Posted on: July 6, 2018

A leaking water heater can range from a small, barely noticeable drip to a full-blown flood. Either way, the damage to your home and property can be expensive; ranging from damage to walls and floors, to unhealthy mold and mildew. If you see water accumulating near your water heater, it may not actually be coming […]

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