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The 5 Most Common Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Mistakes

September 17th, 2018

leak-under-sinkYou have a plumbing problem in your home that needs to be fixed. Or perhaps you’re planning on making an upgrade to the current plumbing, such as putting in a new fixture. (That old sink and faucet in the master bathroom looks tired, time to spruce it up.)

However, before you leap onto the job and become a DIY hero, take some time to look at 5 of the most common mistakes a do-it-yourselfer plumber can make.

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Store-Bought Drain Cleaners and Corrosion: Yes, It Happens

September 3rd, 2018

woman-shocked-at-newsWe’ve previously written on our blog about the potential problems of using store-bought “drain cleaners” to clear clogs in drains. (We can’t put enough scare quotes around “drain cleaners.” Here’s an attempt: “““““““drain cleaners.””””””) The short version is drain cleaners rarely remove obstructions in drains, are filled with toxic chemicals, can poison the environment, and lead to corrosion in drainpipes that weakens them.

The last part may be hard to believe. Drain cleaners causing corrosion in drains? Is this really something that happens?

Yes, it is.

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Should You Replace Your Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures?

August 20th, 2018

bathroom-interiorWhen a bathroom feels tired and old, a homeowner often considers doing a remodel. But a full remodel isn’t always the answer, and you may be in a situation where you’re fine with how your bathroom looks—you just want it to ­be more convenient, work better, or help save water. The question you have is whether you should arrange to replace the fixtures in your bathroom.

We handle residential plumbing in Hamilton, OH and throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Tri-State area and have for more than 45 years. We know a little bit about upgrading bathroom plumbing! We can help you make the choice about those bathroom fixture replacements, and the best way to start is to work with our plumbers in person. We can offer you some advice in this blog post, however, to get you started thinking about your choices and what fixtures most need upgrades.

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The Case “For” and “Against” the Heat Pump Water Heater

August 6th, 2018

water-heater-technicianFirst off, we think heat pump water heaters are a great option for a homeowner to consider when it comes to shopping for new water heaters in Hamilton, OH. But we also understand that heat pump waters heater are not the ideal choice for every home and every situation. There are “cons” to go along with the many “pros” of this technology.

In this post, we’re going to lay out—as fairly as possible—the case “for” and “against” installing a heat pump water heater as an alternative to the more conventional electric water heaters that use electrical resistance. You can find out more details, as well as schedule service to install a new residential water heater, by calling our office.

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What Can Go Wrong With Poor New Construction Plumbing

July 23rd, 2018

rusty-pipe-breakWhen you’re involved in a new construction project, such as creating your dream house or building the best location for your expanding business, you want the best contractors to work on all aspects of the job. And that includes the plumbing! Going with an inexperienced or even unlicensed contractor can create some serious problems that will put your new building at risk. Below are ways that a poor job with new construction plumbing can end up causing hassles, headaches, and hazards.

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Can Old Steel Plumbing Pipes Be Unhealthy for a Household?

July 9th, 2018

pipes-corrodedOver the last century, many different materials were used to make the plumbing pipes in homes. Today, the most common materials are copper and plastics (PEX, CPVC). But for many decades, the main material used was galvanized steel. If you live in a house that was constructed before 1970 (or even 1980), you may have extensive steel pipes in your household. You may have also heard these pipes pose health risks and other troubles. Is there any truth to this?

Unfortunately, yes.

Fortunately, a licensed plumber can fix this for you.

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Should I Worry If My Water Heater Is Rumbling?

June 25th, 2018

water-heaterIf you’re asking this question, we know what’s probably running through your mind under that slightly concerned exterior: “Oh no, is my water heater going to explode?”

The answer is, “No.” Well, we can’t guarantee that 100%, but the fear of a water heater explosion is based on old steam-powered boilers and not reality. Your water heater isn’t a boiler—the water temperature isn’t being raised to the boiling point, and even the boilers used for home heating are boilers today in name only.

But that rumbling and knocking sound you hear from the water heater tank is cautioning you that something is wrong with the system. We recommend you call us for water heater services in Hamilton, OH so we can investigate. We can determine quickly the source of the sound and what can be done to correct the problem.

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The Most Common Kitchen Sink Plumbing Problems

June 11th, 2018

kitchen-faucet-pouring-water“Everything but the kitchen sink.” This is a phrase meaning “anything and everything.” Of course, as professional plumbers, we feel that the phrase should be, “The kitchen sink and everything else.” That’s because kitchen sinks are a major part of the work we do.

Today, we’re going to look at some of the more common problems a kitchen sink can have. If you encounter one of these troubles in your kitchen, you don’t have to look far for the plumbing services in Fairfield, OH that will fix it: you can reach our plumbers any time of the day or night!

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Some Unusual Causes of Clogged Drains

May 28th, 2018
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“Cement? Why is there cement in my drains?”

Drain clogs are one of the unfortunate hassles of daily life. Taking care of stopped-up drains is one of the basic jobs of a professional plumber, and any licensed plumber knows how to tackle a wide range of causes for clogged and slow drains.

There are a number of drain clogs that plumbers see all the time: clots of hair caught in the p-trap of a bathroom sink, food waste in kitchen sinks, objects accidentally flushed down a toilet, and soap scum build-up in a shower drain. But most plumbers can also tell stories about super odd things causing drain clogs. Here are a few of the more off-beat and unusual reasons for drain clogs—because even these can be helpful in understanding how to avoid future clogging problems.

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How Does Hard Water Get That Way?

May 14th, 2018

water-softener-tankOne of the important services we offer to our customers is the installation of water softeners. A water softener in Mason, OH is the best way to counteract the common problem with water hardness in the area. We live in a region that has among the highest levels of water hardness in the country, from 181 to 250 milligrams of calcium carbonate per liter of water. As a comparison, water that has less than 60 mg per liter is considered “soft.”

This high concentration of hard water minerals (which also includes gypsum and magnesium) wreaks havoc on plumbing systems. The build-up of scale inside pipes causes an increase in water pressure, high incidence of leaks, and frequent clogging. Scale can also damage water-using appliances; the water heater is especially at risk. Water hardness creates nuisances inside a home, leaving a film on surfaces, causing fabrics to fade in the wash, and making it difficult to get rid of soap residue from showering and bathing.

But why does this happen? Where is this hard water coming from that makes water softeners a necessity in many homes?

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