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10Jul, 2017

DIY Remodeling: Know When to Bring in the Pros

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There’s no need to check DIY home remodeling statistics to validate the industry’s growth. Just visit a Home Depot, Lowe’s or other major home improvement store on the weekend. It’s bustling. But let’s look anyway. According to recent statistics, the global DIY market is expected to hit $43.7 billion in sales by 2018, up from $31.9 billion in 2013. That’s a lot of homeowners making improvements themselves. If you’re considering a DIY remodeling project, you need to understand which projects provide the most bang for your buck–and when to call […]
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22Jun, 2017

Common DIY Plumbing Fixes

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Is your toolbox equipped with tools that seal and unclog minor plumbing problems? You will need them at some point, and it’s common for issues to evolve slowly. In fact, slow drains in toilet are early warning signs that something is wrong, and small pipe leaks over time weaken the wood under tiles on your bathroom floor. Having simple easy-to-use tools and kits handy for quick fixes can save money on your water bill and other plumbing expenses. We’ve compiled some fixes you can do on your own. Plumbing Symptoms […]
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12May, 2017

Having Issues With Your Outdoor Plumbing Systems?

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During the winter it’s common to nestle into our warm homes and focus on indoor fixtures like faucets, toilets, and showers because indoor plumbing systems are used daily. However, outdoor pipes and water pumps are exposed to harsh winter elements, creating an opportunity for exposed pipes to crack and burst, which can lead to flooding. They need to be monitored to avoid expensive repairs. Where should you start? Check outdoor piping systems Pool: Plumbing systems in pools are complex. It’s a good idea to learn about water flow and the […]
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29Mar, 2017

Pipes Backing Up? Tree Roots Could Be to Blame

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If there’s a problem with your plumbing, your house will let you know. Slow dripping, a congested shower head and gurgling toilets are just a few signs of interference. And the root of the problem could be pipe corrosion or the trees in your yard. Your trees likely have deep roots that are drawn to the warm vapor and moisture released through the cracks and joints in your pipes. The minerals flushing through pipelines attract the roots, which wrap themselves around the pipe and exert pressure, damaging it and blocking […]
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1Feb, 2017

Choosing Piping for Your New Construction: Copper or Plastic?

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In the past, the most important decisions you made regarding new home construction or renovation centered around lighting fixtures, hardwood flooring, and bathroom tiles — the cosmetic features of the home. However, homeowners are increasingly more concerned about the components of the house that are hidden from sight, particularly the pipes. As consumers and builders become more aware of quality, budget and green building, they’re now exploring the pros and cons of the various types of pipes used in construction. Here are some of the attributes related to the two […]
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14Nov, 2016

Residential Plumbing Tips

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8 plumbing questions to answer before your next remodel If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom, you’re in good company. The number of people remodeling is on the rise after the real estate market recovery; and, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, US families are spending, on average, $16,000, per bathroom, to do it. With that kind of money on the line, it’s important not to make expensive remodeling mistakes.  In nearly every case, those mistakes come from failing to think through your plumbing needs, or buying the […]
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10Oct, 2016

Fall is a Great Time to Prep Home Plumbing for Winter

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A frozen or burst pipe can be a huge headache for homeowners, and because winter temperatures can change drastically from day to day, now’s the time to make sure you’re ready for a sudden cold snap. Check out our tips for protecting your home from winter plumbing woes: Remove sediment Older water pipes may accumulate sediment, and usually, the first sign of that problem is weak water pressure. If water can’t move freely through pipes in the winter, pipes might freeze, so have your water lines professionally cleaned if you […]
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5Aug, 2016

Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Restaurant Owners

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A busy restaurant may serve hundreds of customers in a single evening, and during dinner rush, a sudden plumbing failure can be disastrous. Backups in the public restrooms or kitchen drains may force you to close prematurely, until the problem can be repaired. Fortunately, following a regular maintenance schedule can prevent many common plumbing emergencies. Grease trap maintenance Most commercial kitchens have grease traps that prevent grease from clogging drains and sewer lines. These traps must be cleaned regularly – ideally, they should be thoroughly emptied and cleaned every few […]
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30Jun, 2016

Do You Need a Sump Pump?

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In many parts of Indiana, homes are far enough from bodies of water that homeowners don’t worry about flooding. However, according to FloodSmart.gov, the website for the National Flood Insurance Program, everyone lives in a flood zone, and people who live outside known high-risk flood zones account for more than 20 percent of flood insurance claims. Homes with basements and crawlspaces may flood when the surrounding earth is highly saturated. A sump pump can prevent flooding by drawing excess moisture from the soil and shedding it safely away from your […]
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Sink Drain
3Jun, 2016

Slow Drains: Minor Annoyance or Big Problem?

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The humble household drain is a marvel of modern engineering, but homeowners might not truly appreciate its convenience until it begins malfunctioning. The first signs that a drain needs some attention include soap residue around bathtub drains, an oily kitchen sink or a wet spot around the laundry room floor drain. Slow drains, of course, can become clogged drains, but when you diagnose and treat the cause of slow drains early, you may be able to avoid extensive repairs. Causes of Slow Tub Drains Hair and soap residue work in […]
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