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Friday, 08 June 2012 15:54

Why Postponing Plumbing Repairs Will Cost You More in the Long Run

Good Reasons Why Not to Delay a Plumbing Repair

If you are like most people, you find yourself putting off those dreaded chores for “later.”  Many times, however, delaying a repair to your plumbing could end up costing you.  

When times are tough, many of us tend to postpone repairs of any sort until we can scrape together enough cash. For myself, I have a terrible habit of postponing a visit by the plumber until I feel there's enough work to warrant a service call. At $90 a pop, I really hate to call him out for just a leaky flapper valve and a slow drip in the sink.

The problem with postponing a plumbing visit is that those negligible problems can add up to big bucks in the long run. Here's just a few of the things that can go expensively wrong when a homeowner postpones plumbing repairs.

Leaky toilets and sinks use incredible amounts of water. Did you know a leaky toilet wastes up to 23,000 gallons of water in a month? That volume of water has an incredible impact on both the water bill and sewer costs.  With the average cost of water at $1.50 per 1000 gallons, a leaky toilet will increase a monthly water bill by $34.50 and a sewer bill by 10% or more. And what about a leaky hot water faucet? Even a tiny drip can boost your power bill by as much as 25%. At these kind of prices, you'll be money ahead calling in a plumber sooner rather than later.

Friday, 01 June 2012 17:53

How to Use a Drain Snake

If you have a clogged drain, you know what a pain it is to try and use a plunger to clear it.  Usually you end up with water splashing everywhere, tired arms and little progress.  Well, you can clear the drain with a drain snake relatively easy.  Here is an article we recently read that helps a home owner clean out their drain with a drain snake.  Good luck!

A drain snake can be a do-it-yourself solution to a professional level problem. A clogged drain inevitably happens in every home. When it does, you have a few options for clearing a clog. You can use a plunger (the least expensive option and proper first choice), you can try pouring chemicals down the drain (not good for the environment and potentially dangerous to anyone working on the drain), you can call a plumber (and deal with a bill for a hundred dollars or more), or you can use a drain snake to clear it yourself (at a first time cost of about $25).

What is a Drain Snake?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:06

DIY Shower Valve Replacement Gone Wrong

In this economy, DIY plumbing seems like the best way to save money on plumbing repairs for a lot of do-it-yourself extraordinaires who want to try their hands at fixing leaky faucets and dripping showerheads.

Buying a shower valve, turning off the water to the house, installing the new part, and turning the water back on appear to be fairly simple tasks, but small repairs sometimes are not so simple.

A typical homeowner embarking on a DIY mission to fix a shower valve would most likely begin at a hardware store, scouring the shelves for the parts he or she thinks they need.

The next steps, turning off the water to the house and executing the actual fix, are rarely accomplished on the first try by novice DIYers. Operating tools with the dexterity and accuracy that are needed for plumbing repairs does not come naturally to most do-it-yourselfers without much plumbing experience.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:55

Clog Prevention Tip: Be Grease Aware

Families these days are eating healthier diets with less fried foods and fatty meats.  Yet many people don’t realize we must remain diligent in preventing fats, oils and grease discharges down our drains.  Cooking fats, oil and grease (FOG) are leading causes of clogged drains, back-ups, and sewage spills.  Keeping FOG out of your drains will keep the plumber away, save you money, prevent embarrassing backups, and inconvenient messy cleanups.

So where’s the grease? How can we trim the fat from our sewers and keep our pipes running smoothly?

Below is a list of many typical pipe-clogging foods to avoid washing down drains:

Maintaining the Plumbing in the Bathroom
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 15:22

The toilet will usually tell you when something is wrong. It will run continually or flush inefficiently. If this is the case, you can clear the clog, replace the parts so that it flushes better or contact a plumber for some help.  However, there are some things you can do to avoid problems so you don’t have to make repairs.

First of all, do not put anything into the toilet except toilet paper.  Wipes, sanitary napkins, paper towels or anything heavier than toilet paper can clog the pipes.  Young children often try to flush toys and other objects.  To prevent this, consider getting a toilet lock.  Not only will it be better for your pipes it will also be safer for small children who can fall head first into a toilet. Also, keep a small trash can near the toilet to provide a place for those items that should not be flushed.