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A Plumber or a Landscaper?

Posted by admin on May 4, 2019 in Troubleshooting, Water Lines

Who to call?  A plumber or a landscaper?  A landscaper is going to be able to help you with anything related to your sprinkler system excluding your hose bibs and yard hydrants.  You want to call a landscaper for a zone that doesn’t open or a broken sprinkler head.  If you have a problem with your hose bib or any of the other plumbing unrelated to your landscape, call a plumber.  A landscaper is not licensed to work on your home’s plumbing.  Both work with pipes and water, but they each have their own area of expertise.

 
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Emergency Water Leak?

Posted by admin on Mar 24, 2019 in Maintenance, Troubleshooting

Is it the middle of the night and you notice a pipe just burst?  Is your toilet overflowing, and you don’t know how to get it to stop?  Everyone should know how to turn off the water when these things happen.  For something as simple as an overflowing toilet, there is a shut-off at the base on the wall that can be turned to shut off the water flow until you can clear the clog yourself or get someone to come repair it for you.  For larger emergencies such as a burst pipe, you should shut the water off to your home.  The water valve to your house is not located in the same location for every home.  You will need to find out if it is in your crawl space, in your flowerbed, or in your garage.  While you can always call your local fire department in an emergency, it’s the best course of action to learn these things before you need them!

 
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Why Is Your Water Heater Tripping?

Posted by admin on Mar 10, 2019 in Troubleshooting, Water Heaters

Is your water heater tripping its reset button?  If you push the red button to reset it and it happens again, it is time to call a plumber.  There are a few reasons this could be happening.  One, one or both of your thermostats could have gone out.  This could result in the water becoming dangerously hot.  Two, the elements could be bad.  At least with failed elements, the water cannot get hot enough to scald anyone.  It could also be bad wiring causing an issue and excessive heating.   If your reset button continues to trip, call a plumber and get to the bottom of it.

 
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Are You Hiring the Right Plumber?

Posted by admin on Jan 20, 2019 in Troubleshooting

All plumbers are not created equal.  When you are hiring a plumber, you need to think about what it is you are trying to accomplish.  Some plumbers have only been trained in new construction.  They may not know how to take apart a faucet, repair a water heater, or perform other service work on your home’s plumbing.  Handyman often know even less, and you may end up paying twice when the first person, or two, does not have the knowledge required to repair your problem.  Finally, always make sure that the plumbing company you hire has the proper licenses and insurance required.  Don’t wait to ask until after they have accidentally flooded your home.

 
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Watch for These Signs

Posted by admin on Aug 26, 2018 in Troubleshooting

Our sewer lines the majority of the time are out of sight and out of mind.  We rarely think of them until a problem arises, but there are signs that can help us catch a problem before it turns into a catastrophe.  Be on the lookout for strange gurgling sounds in your toilet, drains moving slowly without evidence of a clog, multiple clogs at once in different plumbing fixtures, patches of grass in your yard that are inexplicably greener than the rest of the yard, and unpleasant smells coming from your yard or basement.  If you experience any or all of these symptoms, have your system inspected promptly.  If there is an issue with your sewer line, the sooner it is repaired, the better.

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