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Plumbing Tips to Prepare for Winter

The calendar has turned over to September, and now cooler weather is on the horizon with winter weather looming behind that! This is time of year to get your plumbing in your home ready for the winter months, so here are some tips to keep you from costly emergencies!
1. Put away hoses. This means disconnect, drain and store your hoses in a place where they will be protected from freezing. If any water that didn't drain out freezes, it could ruin your hose!
2. Turn off the spigot. Stores do sell "frost-free" hose bibb, also known as spigots or outdoor faucets. Now is the time to install one if you don't have one. If you don't want to invest in one, make sure that you turn off the inside line that leads to the bibb. If freezing air gets to the water in the line and it's not shut off, you risk getting frozen and then busted pipes!
3. Get any necessary maintenance. Have your sewer checked. Some plumbers offer camera inspections of lines. Getting your water heater ch…
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Stopping Water Damage Before It Starts!

Did you know that you’re 3.5 times more likely to experience water damage than theft in your home?

And water leaks can cause more damage than burglars can. Just imagine a home security system that would not only let you know when there is an intruder, but could also stop that intruder in their tracks — that’s how leakSMART® works when water threatens your home. 
There are 4 main components to the leakSMART® system, and we'll explain those in a little bit. First, how does the system work? The system detects water leaks throughout your home, shuts off the water at the first sign of a leak, alerts you with both audible and visible alarms, and sends you an app notification on your smart device — all in less than 5 seconds. 
The first part of the leakSMART®  system are wireless, waterproof and reusable leakSMART® Sensors that monitor both moisture and temperature and will signal your leakSMART® Hub at the first sign of a leak. These sensors are placed strategically throughout your home ne…

Why Do I Have Low Water Pressure?

Low water pressure in your house can be aggravating. When you are taking a shower, it takes longer to rinse the soap off. When you are washing dishes, it takes forever to fill the sink. Your washing machine will probably never fill up! What can you do?

The first step in fixing the problem is determining its cause. Let’s say that you’ve recently purchased a home with low water pressure. First consult with neighbors to find out whether the issue plagues the entire community. If it does, you can install a water pressure booster, which operates by increasing the pressure of water on its way from the main water line to your kitchen and bathroom fixtures.

In situations where the neighbors have good pressure but you don’t, the culprit may be a water pressure reducing valve. A previous owner may have had a regulator added to limit the force of water diverted from the municipal supply line. Determine whether such a valve exists at your home; if you discover one, ask a plumber to adjust the setti…

Check on Your Water Heater!

Water heaters are something you kind of take for granted...until it stops working. You can picture taking a nice, hot shower when suddenly the water turns ice cold. Kind of made you shudder, didn't it? Checking out your water heater every so often can save you a world of trouble, so here are a few tips.
Check the water heater for signs of leakage, rust or other problems. Look at the hardware and other parts and see if there is any corrosion. Use a bright flashlight to inspect underneath and around the bottom, and/or you can run your hand all around and under the base to see if you feel the water. A typical, tank-type water heater lasts 10-15 years depending on the model, level of maintenance and the kind of water running through it.

Hard water can cause mineral deposits to build up and impede water flow, so it helps to clean off any accumulated materials occasionally. Sediment builds up on the bottom of the hot water heater tank but can be flushed out every so often by releasing a f…

Don't Put It In Your Plumbing!

One of the most common calls plumbers get is to "get rid of this clog." So this blog is here to help you know what not to put down your drains so your pipes will run clean and you won't have to call a plumber!
Your toilet is the last thing you want to have clogged and backed up, so avoid flushing these things: Baby WipesCotton SwabsFeminine Hygiene Products (even if they say they are flushable)Paper Towels and Facial TissuesDiapersMedicationKitty LitterCleaning/Disinfectant WipesYour garbage disposal is something that is so useful, you can sometimes forget that it does have limitations. Many of these things will gum up the gears (or break them), clog your pipes, or stick everything and the rot will cause a horrible smell! These things are a "no go" when using your disposal: Grease & OilRice, Pasta, Anything That SwellsEgg ShellsNon-Edible Food ItemsAnimal BonesHarsh ChemicalsFibrous Vegetables like celery, asparagus, etc.Coffee Grounds This one is controversia…

How Plumbing Problems Can Add Up!

You are just going out to the mailbox on a nice day. You see that your water bill came. As you open it up, you see a number that could absolutely NOT be how much you owe!?!? What happened? Turns out, there are quite a few tiny problems and bad habits that you could have that add up to a lot of water being used (and wasted!).

1. Any tiny drip. Yes, so you have that faucet in the bathroom that drips, but how much water can it really be letting out? You would be surprised. A faucet that drips once a second will release over 5 GALLONS of water every DAY! If you are handy, change the faucet. If not, a plumber can help you with that.

2. Toilet leaks can be silent. Make sure that you have your toilet checked yearly to make sure there are no leaks.

3. Water is vital for your body, but you know what you do when you fill up the glass. You let it run a little bit so that it will get colder. Instead of doing that and wasting water, try filling up a pitcher and put it in your refrigerator so that…

Spring Plumbing Tips

It is finally starting to turn the corner towards warmer weather and sunshine in Ohio. Spring cleaning gets on the minds of many. If that's you, don't forget about taking care of your plumbing too! Taking the time for these tips can save you a lot of hassle in the future!

In the basement:

Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Check your water heater manufacturer 's website for specific instructions concerning your make and model.Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient. Consider going tankless!Make sure flammables are …