Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. Blog

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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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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