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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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My Washing Machine Won’t Drain

If your washing machine won’t drain, the problem is most likely in the drain hose or the pump. Since the washing machine is filling up with water, you can rest assured that the motor is working correctly. And if your washing machine spins or runs through a cycle, then you can be sure that the belt is OK. Since the washer fills and spins, the problem is probably the drain hose. Be certain that the hose isn’t crimped or kinked. Lift the washing machine lid and examine the tab that rests under the lid. This tab connects to a switch …

Three Common Plumbing Disasters To Avoid

The words “plumbing” and “disaster” should never be uttered in the same sentence. This holds true no matter if you are doing your own plumbing work or decide to hire a professional. Either way, if you have encounter a plumbing disaster it means two things: damage to your property and money out of your pocket. Here are 3 plumbing disasters you never want to encounter: 1. A backed up toilet overflowing onto your bathroom floor. Can you imagine the mess and stench that this leaves behind? Unfortunately, this happens more times than it should. One thing is for sure: if …

The Pitfalls of Working Without a Contract: A True Personal Story

Considering working with a friendly contractor sans a contract? Think again. Contracts are extremely important in all working relationships, whether you are working with a friend or a new professional. They protect both parties from potential conflict, and ensure that the project is completed successfully and everyone is happy. Still need convincing? Hear a personal account of our partner Thumb and Hammer’s experience working without a contract. Several years ago, I discovered some structural damage to an exterior wall. I hired a contractor that was recommended to me by my real estate agent and I was satisfied with his work. …

Clogged Drain

Many homeowners today prefer to fix minor clogs themselves. However, a clogged drain can become a challenge. Most times, for simple clogs, a plunger does the job. Second line of defense is usually a liquid drain cleaner, which is not very effective. However, a clog can be more involved and extensive. If you continue to plunge a clogged drain and use a drain cleaner with no relief, you may actually cause damage to your pipes. Without knowing the source of the problem, you will not find a solution. A clogged drain can result from tree branches, ancient piping, debris, or …

I Have A Whining Faucet. What Should I Do?

A whining sound coming from a faucet is usually caused by a loose washer. If there is not a loose washer, the problem is caused by air and the air needs to be pushed out of the pipes. Turn on the water faucet. While it’s on, turn off the main water valve. When the main water valve is turned back on, any air in the pipe will have been flushed out. If the whining continues the problem might lie with the valves under the sink. To check this, turn the main water off and take the valves apart, check for …

The Shower Head Is Leaking When Off

When a shower head is leaking, even with the faucets off, it’s an annoying and possibly expensive situation. In most cases, the washer needs to be replaced. However, there are usually two other causes of a leaky shower head. The pipe connecting to the head may be the cause of the leak, or the holes in the shower head are clogged. To discover the problem, unscrew the shower head and removing it from the shower. Make sure to protect the part of the shower head that connects to the pipe. Remove the face of the shower head and change the …

Plumbing Camera Inspection

Video camera inspection is plumbing technology that takes the guesswork out of hard to see plumbing problems. Homeowners are saved thousands of dollars when professional plumbers use these cameras. With this technology, plumbers can pinpoint problems without tearing out walls, floors, and ceilings. In some cases, a video camera inspection can help the plumber determine how to fix the problem while viewing it on the camera. By using this equipment, plumbers cut down on searching time and labor cost and have more control over repairs. Not only does the plumber see the problem, the homeowner is able to see the …

Keeping Your Holidays Clog Free

This situation can be very confusing. During the Holidays we enjoy visits from our friends, family and even Santa Claus. Although you love your friendly plumber, we don’t enjoy having emergency plumbing house calls. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your Holiday parties and pipes running smoothly: 1. Keep drains free of cooking oil and grease. Scrape food and grease from plates into the trash Pour off cooking grease from pans and bake ware into a can. Let it cool before placing it in the trash. Collect turkey frying oil and take it to the local household …

Why Is My Toilet Sweating?

A sweating toilet bowl can cause mildew and mold growth in your bathroom. Toilet bowls sweat because the air around the toilet is considerably warmer than the temperature of the toilet water. This creates condensation and causes the toilet to sweat. You can purchase an anti-sweat toilet kit to insulate the tank and reduce condensation. The kits are inexpensive, easy to install, and are very effective. Liners are applied with an adhesive to the inside of the tank. They are nearly permanent, and will require some effort to remove. Most anti-sweat toilet kits are universally sized to fit the dimensions …