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4-Step Guide For Finding Hidden Minor Water Pipe Leaks In Your Home

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If your water bill has unexpectedly increased by as much as 10 percent for no apparent reason, you may wonder if you have a hidden leak in one your pipes. If so, use the following four-step guide to try to find signs of a possible leak. Step 1:  Draw A Rough Diagram Of Your Home The first step involves preparing for the self-inspection of your home. This is done by drawing a rough diagram of your home where you can mark any potential problem spots you find. Read More»

3 Things To Inquire About When Hiring A Plumber For Yearly Inspections

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Most professionals agree that homeowners should have their plumbing systems inspected once a year to ensure optimal performance and to keep wear and tear to a minimum. Everything from the indoor faucets and drains to the exterior hose nozzles and pipes need some attention every year. Without a yearly inspection, you run the risk of having to face the need for expensive repairs and replacements as time goes on. You’ll need an experienced plumber to rely on for proper inspections, so take the time to compare a few options in your area before committing to a working relationship with any one service provider. Read More»

2 Common Reasons Your Home's Sewer Main Can Fail And How To Remedy It

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As the owner of an older home, you are responsible for any repairs to or replacement of your home’s main sewer line. So, it is important to understand the potential damage that can occur in an aging sewer main. Here are some common causes of a damaged sewer main and options for its replacement. Age Depending on the age of your home, you can have one of several different types of sewer pipe buried in your front yard and connecting to the city’s sewer main. Read More»

5 Things To Know About Drains And Grease

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While you most likely know that grease can be one of the main causes for kitchen clogs, you may not know how complicated the issue of plumbing and grease can be. Below are five things every homeowner should know about drains and grease.  Grease Does Not Only Come From Meat  One of the most common culprits for grease clogs is grease from meat, especially bacon or other meats that release large amounts of grease when fried. Read More»

3 Things To Know About Dual-Flush Toilets

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If you are getting ready to make some updates to your bathrooms and would like to replace your old toilets, you may want to look into dual-flush toilets. These toilets are designed to handle urine and waste in different ways, and they offer several key benefits over traditional types of toilets. As you begin shopping for the right toilets, you might be interested in learning more about dual-flush systems. Here are three things to understand about these particular types of toilets. Read More»

The Audible Guide To Bathroom Plumbing Problems

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It’s easy to see visual plumbing problems in your bathroom like water leaks or standing water in your tub. One of the harder problems to diagnose are random sounds that come from the toilet and bathroom as a whole. By carefully listening to the troubling sounds in your bathroom, you can hone in on what the actual problem is and make it easier for when describing the problem to a plumber. Read More»

Getting To The Root Of Your Plumbing Problems: When Tree Roots Set Up Residence In Your Sewer Pipes

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If you have slow or sluggish pipes, you probably assume that the problem lies in your household drains. After all, nearly everyone knows that grease and food particles can stick to the inside of your drains and create clogs. But that is not the only reason for slow and sluggish drains. Sometimes the problem runs much deeper. The roots of nearby trees can work their way into your sewer pipes and block the flow of water as it leaves your home. Read More»

How To Protect Your Kitchen Sink Plumbing And Garbage Disposal

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Your kitchen sink gets a great deal of use each day as you prepare and clean up after your meals. Because your kitchen sink’s plumbing and garbage disposal can get used and abused, it is important to take care of them. Here are four tips to help protect them and keep them working well. #1 Use Your Disposal for Disposal-Friendly Items If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, it can be easy to get into the mindset that you can dump all leftover food down the disposal to get rid of it. Read More»

Why Frequently Unoccupied Homes Need Hot Water Heater Flushes & How You Can Perform One

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If you own a second home that is frequently unoccupied, then you probably know all too well how things can go wrong when you’re away. Performing preventative maintenance can help keep things running smoothly, but one specific maintenance task you may not have considered is the need to flush the hot water heaters on a regular basis. Below is more information on why hot water heaters need regular flushing, particularly in homes that aren’t occupied, as well as how you can easily flush hot water heaters using a few common tools and materials: Read More»

Drains Perpetually Clogged? Here's What It Could Mean And What You Can Do To Fight Future Clogs

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Old homes are prone to clogs and other issues if they still have their original plumbing. While this can be a nuisance, many homeowners would rather just deal with the occasional clog than pay for plumbing repairs. If your drains have a tendency to misbehave, it might be good to call a company like Doctor Fix-It or learn how to tell between a clog that indicates a bigger problem and a harmless one, and what you can do to fight clogs more easily. Read More»