Letter to a New Homeowner: The 4 Things You MUST Know About Your Home

Dear New Homeowner:

Congratulations on owning your own home! May you have many enjoyable years living in it. Yet as a new homeowner, there are certain things you need to know. One of those things is your plumbing system. Like most of the systems in your home, you probably don’t pay much attention to it until something goes wrong. [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…]

Tankless Water Heaters

What is a tankless water heater? As the name implies, these devices heat the water without a tank. They use a heating element to heat the water directly as the fluid runs through it. As a result, these devices can provide hot water only as it is needed, and there is no energy loss from keeping the water in a tank hot. [Read more…]

How to Replace a Sink Trap

That curved section of pipe under your sink is called a P-trap. It’s called a trap because that is what it is designed to do – trap unpleasant gases by retaining water in the curvy part, preventing the gases from going any further. But, unfortunately, the pipe traps other things as well – hair, soap, and dirt. [Read more…]

Top Five Questions to Ask a Commercial Plumbing Contractor

If you have a small or large business, and are considering a construction project, you will probably spend a good deal of time with an architect and construction company. One thing you may overlook, however, is the plumbing contractor, or you may simply decide to let the construction people handle it and bring in a subcontractor. [Read more…]

Spot the Warning Signs of an Aging Plumbing System

Generally, the things to look for that can give you some indication of the condition and age of your pipes are your water quality, tiny leaks and corrosion. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your pipes because, although they can be expensive to replace, it can be even more expensive to fix broken pipes and to do repairs from water damage. [Read more…]

Most Expensive Commercial Plumbing Repairs

Just as with a home, when you own a business you need to keep on top of your plumbing system maintenance to prevent any major problems. And as with a home, some of the biggest problems plumbers encounter at businesses result from a lack of maintenance, when little problems are neglected and grow into big ones. Here are some of the major problems plumbers see at commercial establishments. [Read more…]

Detecting Hidden Water Leaks in Your Home

You cannot see them. You may not even realize they are there. But they could be costing you a lot of water and a lot of money. They are hidden leaks. They could be in pipes you cannot see, in a toilet that you do not notice, even in a hose outside. [Read more…]

3 Reasons to Have a Plumber Check Your Home Today

Having a plumber inspect your home is something you may not give a lot of thought to. But it is important nonetheless. Inspections could spot problems before they turn into something major, saving you a lot of money. Why else should you have your home inspected? Here are a three more reasons. [Read more…]

Moving Beyond Basic Plumbing Repair Skills

You know how to replace a faucet’s washer like nobody’s business. You can stop a running toilet in its tracks. You can open up the drain under the bathroom sink with élan. In other words, when it comes to basic plumbing repair skills: you got this! [Read more…]