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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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To Flush or Not to Flush?

Posted by admin on Mar 25, 2018 in Maintenance, Troubleshooting

That is the question!  Even though those flushable wipes say they are flushable, are they?  While cleaning, make-up removing, and baby wipes definitely should not be flushed, even wipes that state they are flushable can take longer to break down and can end up wreaking havoc on your plumbing system.  The additional time it takes them to break apart can lead to clogs, sewer back-ups, city sewer issues, and can require you to pump your septic system more often.  What may seem like a great invention to some, may not be as advantageous for your plumbing system or your bank account!

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