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The Top 5 Most (In)Famous Plumbers in History

Empires rise and fall on good plumbing. A proper plumber can get any job done. A bad plumber can get you dead. Make sure to thoroughly research the next Pipe Fitter you invite into your home and, at all costs, you should avoid Five infamous plumbers: Infamous Plumber #5 – John Gotti Plumbing supply salesman John Gotti was convicted on multiple counts of murder, extortion, tax evasion and racketeering. At his 1992 trial, Gotti was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences and stood revealed as the boss of the Gambino Crime Family. This marked the end of Gotti’s plumbing career. …

A Small Leak Can Mean Big Problems

In the plumbing world a small leak is a serious problem. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not feel the same way. They are under the impression that a small problem like this will take care of itself; this is not usually the case. How can such a small leak turn into such a big problem? Well, here are three ways: 1. Over time a small leak will eat away at the floor, walls, and pretty much anything else it comes in contact with. This will not happen overnight, but over the course of several months standing water which is constantly added …

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4 Steps for Finding the Right Plumber

Are you in desperate need of a plumber? Do you want to hire the right person for the job, but you’re worried that you could get scammed? If so, you need to follow the right steps to ensure that nothing goes wrong. Here are four steps to follow when searching for a plumber:

WANTED: Clog Busters!!

Uncle Sam Says…Protect your environment. It’s the right thing to do. Do your part for our Country and environment to keep sewers flowing and fat-free: –Scrape food and grease from plates into the trash – garbage disposals don’t remove grease. –Place a strainer in your sink drains. –Pour off cooking grease from pans and bakeware into a resealable can. Let it cool before placing it in the trash. –Collect turkey frying oil and take it to the local household collection facility for free. The tallow company picks it up and recycles it. For more tips on how to stop The …

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Top 10 Home Plumbing Myths That Cost You Money

Everybody knows it: it’s ‘conventional wisdom,’ passed down generation to generation. It applies to anything and everything and unfortunately, in many cases, it’s oversimplified or just plain wrong. The conventional wisdom in plumbing is no different; there are many myths. Freshen your drain with lemon? Run water with the garbage disposal? Good ideas? Find out as we explore the top 10 plumbing myths that cost you money!

Protect Your Septic System: Grey Water Can Do It!

Are you tired of costly septic system maintenance? Are you looking for ways to economize your household budget, better protect the environment and reduce septic system load? A greywater system is your answer. This is cutting-edge technology designed to safely recycle water from inside the home for reuse outside the home, taking pressure off septic systems. Read on to learn how greywater saves you money and water. No more worrying about the need to increase or replace stressed septic systems. No more burnt landscaping because of drought-inspired water restrictions. Greywater is simple-to-use and provides ample water to keep the garden …

Why a New Water Meter Won’t Save You Money

When you get a high water bill, it’s natural to think that you need to install a new water meter. This is a common thought among homeowners. But, the thought might not be accurate because your water meter doesn’t always correlate to your water use or your bill. Water bills can also include waste water collection, water distribution fees, taxes, and some periodic charges. For this reason, your water meter won’t correlate exactly to your bill. Plus, asking for a new water meter is definitely a mistake if you’re looking to save money. As water meters age, they register less …

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Tankless Water Heater Maintenance and Specs

The tankless water heater is an ingenious, home water heating innovation that has been on the market for a number of years now and is becoming increasingly popular with consumers due to its long term energy and cost saving potential. A tankless water heater looks and operates very differently from a traditional storage water heater, so everyday maintenance can sometimes be a challenge for the unfamiliar homeowner. A tankless water heater heats water directly as it passes through its internal piping; it does not rely on a 20-80 gallon water storage tank like traditional models and is able to eliminate …

Little Known Tips for Hiring a Plumber

Hiring a plumber for any job, big or small, can make even the most confident consumer shrivel with fear. The fact of the matter is that hiring a plumber is not always as easy as it sounds. You may think that everything is okay just to learn that you either spent too much money, or hired the wrong person for the job. The following tips may not be well known, but they can help you hire the right plumber for the job: 1. Group together all of your repairs so the plumber only has to visit your home one time. …

DIY Plumbing Mistakes Can Cause $1000s in Damage

Are you the type of homeowner who thinks he can fix anything and everything? Do you make it a habit of repairing any plumbing mishaps in your home? If so, and you don’t know what you are doing, you may end up causing thousands of dollars in damage before you know what hit you. Hopefully, this will make you think twice before grabbing your wrench next time! Of course, there are some plumbing jobs that you can try on your own without any risk. For instance, a leaky faucet is a small job that you may want to tackle before …