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Common Problems with a Tank Water Heater

September 16th, 2019

No water heater is perfect. When they have issues, it’s important to get the right professional on the job to make sure you and your family have hot water for the years to come. However, sometimes it can be hard to know what exactly is going on with your water heating system. These are complicated machines that perform a simple service—to give you hot water—which often can scramble the brain of anyone who isn’t trained in plumbing services.

That being said, are some curious customers out there who really want to know what to look out for when they’re dealing with hot water problems on their tank water heater. As your friendly neighborhood plumber, that’s exactly something that we aim to help you with.

So, if you notice one of the problems below, make sure you schedule water heater services in Hamilton, OH with us!

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What a Water Softener Can Do for You

September 2nd, 2019

We look at a lot of pipes. When we say a lot of pipes, we mean a whole lot of pipes. So trust us when we say that there are many homeowners that don’t know how affected they are by hard water. Not only that but in an age of so many DIY home remedies for skincare and haircare, it’s a huge surprise to us when more people don’t mention the benefits of a water softener.

When we inspect pipes, we notice calcium and magnesium build ups pretty regularly. It’s not just a problem in our area, it’s a problem in lots of areas in the United States where there are a lot of minerals in the ground where the water comes from. If you’re having problems with hard water in your home, perhaps it’s time to install a water softener in Cincinnati, OH to combat the side effects.

Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with quite a lot. Keep reading to find out what we mean.

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Ways to Tell a Septic Tank Repair is in Your Future

August 19th, 2019

A septic tank is the kind of system that you’d like to forget about. Nobody really wants to spend time thinking about their waste, any more than they must. However, you’d rather not have to think about your septic tank when it’s too late –because septic tank problems can become some of the worst plumbing problems you can imagine. It’s one thing to have a leaky pipe or faulty drain, but when this drain is responsible for sending away the waste of your house- this is a problem you want to address immediately. Wait, don’t try to fix these yourself- make sure you also call a plumber in Covington, KY before you get dirty.

Are you having troubles with your plumbing but you’re not sure if it’s your septic tank? Well, there are some signs that we can use to dictate whether this is a general pipe problem or a serious issue with the plumbing in your septic tank.

So, let’s get to it.

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Hydro-Jetter or Drain Snake? Drain Cleaning Method Pros and Cons

August 5th, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanWhat’s the best way to clear a clogged drain in your home? Two ideas probably immediately come to mind:

  1. A basic sink plunger (or toilet plunger in the case of a toilet)
  2. A chemical drain cleaner

A sink/toilet plunger is definitely a good idea to start with. Although these plungers won’t solve tougher clogs, for simple ones they can often get the job done and don’t cause any harm to the plumbing.

Chemical drain cleaners, the type you buy from stores in bottles, are not good ideas. In fact, they can end up creating worse troubles for drains and rarely address the whole problem.

When it comes to professional drain cleaning, plumbers usually rely on two different methods—hydro-jetting and drain snakes. Hydro-jetting uses powerful blasts of high-pressure water to scour the interior of a drain, and drain snakes (a.k.a. drain augers) are coils that can drill down into clogs to remove them or break them apart.

Which tool your plumber uses will depend on the type of clog and what the plumber believes is the most effective approach.

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The Major Reasons You Need Drain Cleaning

July 22nd, 2019

bubbling-drainHamilton, OH drain cleaning service is something we recommend our customers have done once a year. This is an excellent preventive service since it will keep away clogs during the next year (not a guarantee, but close to one) and keep the drainpipes healthy in general. But drain cleaning is also a service customers may need to call for as an emergency measure because of a stopped-up sink, shower, or toilet.

We’re going to list the main reasons that drain cleaning is a job your house will need, either as a proactive measure or a reactive solution. When in doubt, you can trust us to solve whatever problem is affecting your plumbing.

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A Few Common Shower Plumbing Problems

July 8th, 2019

showerhead-dripping-close-upThe bathrooms in your house use the most freshwater of any location. Just a single bathroom can account for more than 50% of all freshwater used in the house.

The shower is one of the appliances that uses the most freshwater around the year. (Only the toilets account for more.) Trouble with the plumbing in a shower can be a terrible inconvenience: you may end up with a shower that won’t send out cold water—or, conversely, only sends out water that’s too hot—or which won’t turn on at all. This is never something you want to discover early in the morning!

Fortunately, for help with your plumbing in Cincinnati, OH, such as fast repairs for a broken shower, you can count on Ken Neyer. We can fix whatever is ailing your shower plumbing or other parts of the bathroom plumbing.

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The Most Common Types of Household Plumbing Leaks

June 24th, 2019

faucet-drippingNobody wants leaking pipes, fixtures, or appliances in their home. Unfortunately, leaks are often what they get—they are among the most common of plumbing problems. The good news is that professional plumbers know the best way to track down leaks, wherever they are, and repair them.

As soon as you believe you need plumbing repairs in Cincinnati, OH to fix leaks, call the team at Ken Neyer. We will take care of detecting and locating the leaks and then fixing them quickly to stop water damage.

To help you better understand household plumbing leaks, we’ve put together a list of the more common sources of leaking in homes:

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Yuck, Drain Flies! Let’s Get Rid of Them

June 10th, 2019

bubbling-drainAmong the many problems you may run into with the drains in your house—such as massive clogs, broken pipes, a backed-up sewer line—the appearance of small flies circling around the drain doesn’t seem major. Of course, nobody wants to have flies inside their house, and the sight of insect swarming around drains is unpleasant. If you have drain flies around your kitchen or bathroom drains, you absolutely want something to be done about it, especially since these drain flies can warn of a bigger problem developing in the plumbing.

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All You Need to Know About Leaking Water Heaters

May 27th, 2019

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You probably don’t need professionals to tell you that a leaking water heater is bad news. Leaks are bad news for just about any appliance! However, people often don’t know what to look for when it comes to leaks in their water heaters, how they may start, or what to do about them. Our professionals have a long history of installing and repairing water heaters in Erlanger, KY, and we’d like to give you a short rundown on what you need to know about water heater leaks.

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More Facts About Lead Pipes in Your Home

May 13th, 2019

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A few months ago, we wrote a post about lead water mains the importance of replacing them. We want to go into more detail about lead pipes in general and why you don’t want ­any lead pipes in your house. If you live in a home that’s older than 1986, it likely has lead pipes somewhere in it. If you haven’t already had repiping done, call a professional plumber in Mason, OH to look for lead pipes and arrange to have them replaced.

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