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The Case “For” and “Against” the Tankless Water Heater

January 7th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterA few weeks ago, we wrote a “for” and “against” article for the heat pump water heater. If we’re going to do that, then we have to follow up at some point with the tankless water heater and provide the same set of arguments.

Tankless water heaters are popular options for water heater replacements, and they’re only going to become more popular as homeowners discover their numerous advantages. But as with any type of water heater, there’s no “one size fits all” answer. A tankless water heater may be unsuitable for your home’s water usage or your budget.

The following “for” and “against” may help you start to narrow down your choice. But when it comes to making the final decision, please always work with a professional who understands tankless water heaters in Cleves, OH.

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Want to Cut Down on Water Usage? We Have Some Advice!

December 24th, 2018

hand-opening-faucetNobody really wants to waste water. But it’s too easy to fall into patterns in a home that lead to water waste or to let basic plumbing tasks that can lower water consumption go undone. Eventually, you might find yourself looking at water bills that seem far too high—higher than you remember paying.

Water conservation isn’t a single task, but a series of connected ones. You can change your household’s water-using habits, have plumbing troubles fixed, and have low-flow fixtures and appliances installed. Below is a list of ways to save water, from basics to jobs you can arrange with a licensed plumber.

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Can a Drain Snake Solve Any Clogged Drain Problem?

December 10th, 2018

drain-in-metal-sink-waterEveryone would love to have a magical household tool capable of solving any dilemma. Sort of like a Swiss Army Knife of home tools. People often treat duct tape as this type of cure-all (although, bizarrely, it doesn’t work on ducts). When it comes to plumbing, the drain snake, a.k.a. the drain auger, is elevated to the same lofty position of the Answer to All Drain Troubles.

The One Drain Unclogger to Rule Them All!

The Once and Future Drain Opener!

None of this is true, of course. No matter how much people wish it were.

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House Have an Icky Sewer Smell? Let’s See Why

November 26th, 2018

girl-pinching-her-noseWe know you take pride in your house and always aim to make it as clean and welcoming as possible. The end of the year, when you’re likely to be entertaining more guests and family members than usual, is when you’ll be especially concerned with the cleanliness and overall pleasantness of your home.

Nothing can ruin that pleasantness faster than the rank smell of sewage wafting from the plumbing! Even if no guest enters your house, you don’t want to live with this kind of odor. Not only is the sewer gas you’re smelling noxious, but it’s also unhealthy to breathe, causing symptoms like dizziness and respiratory problems.

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4 Facts to Know About Drain Cleaning

November 12th, 2018

bubbling-drainProfessional cleaning of drains is an important plumbing job. It’s also misunderstood, and this leads to many homeowners neglecting to have it done at the right time, or attempting to do it in a way that ends up creating more problems.

We’ve been handling drain cleaning in Hamilton, OH and throughout Greater Cincinnati for over 40 years, so we have an in-depth understanding of the best way to handle this service and the best times to have it done. To improve your home life with better plumbing, we’d like to go over some important facts about drain cleaning to help clear up some of the most frequent misunderstandings about this service.

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Is This the Fall When I Should Replace My Old Water Heater?

October 29th, 2018

water-heater-plumberFall is one of the two “shoulder seasons” the come between more intense weather. It’s during these times people often investigate replacing important comfort appliances. Often it’s replacing the heater or the air conditioner, but the water heater is another vital part of home comfort that will eventually need to be replaced. The water heater does much more work around the year than any furnace or air conditioner, since it has to operate almost every single day, and all that wear and tear accumulates until the unit has to be replaced. And, maybe, this is the fall when you need to replace yours?

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What Is the Sewer Cleanout?

October 15th, 2018

sewer-lid-coverOne of the most important services we offer as a professional plumber in Cincinnati, OH is cleaning and repairs for sewer lines, both residential and commercial. Hey, it’s a dirty job, and somebody’s got to do it—and you’re probably glad it’s not you!

One of the important things to know about sewer line services is how plumbers get to the sewer pipeline that runs from your building out under your property, and then into the municipal sewer system. When you call our plumbers to handle cleaning out drainpipes, we usually won’t need to worry about getting to the sewer line, unless we discover your drain issues are coming from clogs or breaks in the sewer main. When you’re in need of work for the sewer line, our plumbers won’t try to reach it through small drains! We’ll use the cleanout.

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Plumbing Facts: “Plumbing” Comes from Latin for “Lead”

October 1st, 2018

plumbing-itemsIt’s October, a festive fall month, so we’ve decided to have a bit of fun and go into some of the more interesting facts about plumbing. Some of these are fun to know, but others can be useful. If, at the end of the list, you realize you need the services of a professional plumber in Covington, KY, simply call us. We have 24-hour emergency service for when you have a plumbing trouble that can’t wait!

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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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