Why Your Sewer Check Valve is More Important Than You Think

If you live in an area where flooding is more common, you may experience a situation where sewage in the sewer lines backs up through drain pipes and into your home because of flooding. [Read more…]

How Does a Plumbing Vent Work?

In plumbing, a vent – or, more precisely a drain-waste-vent – helps to remove sewage and grey water from a building or home. The vent also helps to regulate air pressure in the plumbing pipes to ensure that the water flows unimpeded through them. [Read more…]

Your “My Basement/First Floor Just Flooded!” Survival Guide

Maybe the noise comes in the middle of the night: you hear a whoosh loud enough that it wakes you. Or perhaps you actually hear a pipe burst – or at least the gush of water that emanates from it.

Or, as happened to one family we know, you’re sitting at your kitchen table when all of a sudden the cats rush headlong into the kitchen. You wonder what spooked them and as you walk into the living room, you feel it instantly – soggy wet carpet! [Read more…]

How to Recover from a Broken Sewage Pipe

First of all, if your sewer pipe recently broke, we feel for you. We really do! The mess can be little short of dreadful. (The smell! The “Ewwwwwww!!!!” factor!) And the amount of work that will be involved to repair the pipe and clean up the mess is going to take some time. [Read more…]

Costliest Plumbing Problems

Did a sewer pipe burst under your home? That’s probably one of the most expensive plumbing problems to fix, running you anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 to repair, but that’s only for the pipe itself. Cleaning up your basement/foundation, possibly having your frontyard/driveway excavated for the repair job, cleaning up the mess, etc. can see you singing the blues to the tune of $10,000 (or even more). [Read more…]

What You Don’t Know About Your Home’s Plumbing CAN Hurt You

Do you know if your home has galvanized pipes? Do you?

Well you should go check. (It’s OK; we’ll wait here.)

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5 Things to Do While Waiting for the Plumber

So you’re having trouble with your plumbing. It’s trouble you can’t fix on your own, so you (wisely) opted not to even try and called the plumber instead.

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How a Plumber Can Save Your Home from Disaster

Small plumbing problems have a habit of becoming large – and costly – plumbing problems if the small problem isn’t discovered and fixed.

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Detecting Sewer Line Leaks

Groundwater that’s risen due to this spring’s heavy rains could cause water in your saturated soil to push into your home’s foundation slab (whether the slab is under your basement flooring or under your home’s first floor). That type of pressure could cause your pipes to rupture or leak.

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6 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About a Home’s Plumbing

As a homeowner, you owe it to your family’s health and safety, as well as your pocketbook, to learn as much as you can about your home’s plumbing system.

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