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One of the main problems plumbers deal with are leaks. Often, the leak can be stopped by the homeowner while help arrives in order to reduce damage. Do you know where the leak is coming from? find the nearest shut off valve. –if it’s a fixture like a sink or toilet,…

REMEMBER – YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL 911 Natural gas is odorless, the sulfuric/rotten egg smell is actually added by the Gas Company to warn customers of a potential leak. if you smell something, call. Gas can interact with electrical systems or flames and cause explosions, so it is important to…

Flushing a sump crock is either really rewarding or really disgusting, depending on your proclivities. But it is not hard, and it can save you real aggravation down the line. Here’s a brief step-by-step on how to flush the gunk out of your sump crock and keep it running for…

Losing pressure in your shower? water spraying everywhere? it could be due to clogged nozzles! there are a few simple ways to help restore your shower to peak condition. —rub the nozzles most shower heads have flexible rubber nozzles. gently rub or scrub the nozzles to loosen mineral buildup. a…

It’s good to point out mistakes. these kinds of code issues rarely occur in new houses, as they’re carefully inspected throughout the installation process. Most of these issues arrive in renovations. However, nobody is perfect, so here are some things to look out for! http://www.inspection-perfection.com/uploads/1/1/2/4/11243167/most_common_mistakes.pdf  

How many cleaning products do you have under your sink or in your broom closet? Often the only two ingredients you need are vinegar and baking soda! it does wonders for grout, caulk, and pretty much anywhere you need spot treatment. Some finishes, like Chrome and Stainless, require a little TLC. We thought, who…

Modern toilets are much more energy efficient, using the smallest amount of water possible to discard our waste. Sometimes, this smaller quantity of water is insufficient to fully clear the bowl, or get it down the pipes properly. here are a few tips of how to avoid clogs. Flush more!…

There are three types of plungers: The Cup Plunger: the cup plunger is your average, everyday plunger often featured on television. it is NOT a toilet plunger. it is great for sinks, tubs and wash basins, basically anything with a flat surface.   The Flange Plunger:   the flange plunger is…

For plunger selection, please see my previous post on Plunger options: Types of Plungers General Plunger Tips: Never Use a Plunger in Tandem with Drain Cleaning Chemicals. The plunging action will inevitably splatter dangerous chemicals onto your skin or clothing.  In fact, we do not recommend the use of drain cleaning…

A Plumber’s most common call is for a clogged drain. whether in the bathroom or the kitchen, lots of things build up inside a drain and cause it to slow down. One common remedy, heavily advertised, is liquid drain cleaner. Regardless of the brand, I highly recommend you avoid this product….

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