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Lead Water Main? Know your Options

March 18th, 2019

water-line-repairLead in water is a health hazard that has become major news over the past few years. Lead in drinking water can be harmful, especially to children and infants, and any homeowner should reduce their lead exposure. According to the EPA and the Center for Disease Control, even low levels of lead exposure can create health complications. Lead exposure has been linked to damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities in children, stunted growth, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells.

The major place where your home may have lead entering the water is through a lead water main. We want to address this problem and what you can do about it.

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Drain Clog Prevention: Watch Out for FOG

March 4th, 2019

drain-and-spoonWhen we tell you to “watch out for FOG!”, we don’t mean to be cautious of sinister figures lurking in a mist spreading across the city at night. (Although you should always drive cautiously in fog, no matter the time of day.) The “fog” we’re talking about is FOG, an acronym for “fats, oils, and grease.” They are some of the worst things that can affect the drains in your home—specifically the kitchen drain, although they can get down into the sewer line as well and make trouble for the entire house.

If you’re cautious about preventing FOG from going into the drains, you can reduce the chance of having major clog problems.

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How to Avoid Frozen Plumbing Pipes

February 18th, 2019

icicles-frozen-pipeWinter brings many threats to a home, and one of the worst is frozen pipes. A frozen pipe not only stops the flow of water, but it also puts the pipe in danger of bursting. Trying to thaw out a pipe often speeds up the bursting, since it increases pressure in the pipe to the point of a lateral burst.

Whenever you have a frozen pipe in your home, please call for a plumber in Erlanger, KY to deal with the problem. Our plumbers at Ken Neyer are experienced in dealing with this problem and preventing pipe bursting troubles.

But we’d also like you to help avoid frozen pipes in the first place! Here are some methods you can put to work to make pipe freeze less likely.

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A Few Regular Bathroom Plumbing Problems

February 4th, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanThe bathroom uses more water than any other room in the house. Considering how much water goes to daily showering, this makes a lot of sense. The toilet alone accounts for 40% of all indoor water use. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a large part of the work of a professional plumber centers on providing installations, repairs, and maintenance for the bathroom plumbing.

We’ve been handling professional plumbing in Cincinnati, OH since 1972, so we’ve seen just about every type of bathroom plumbing trouble that can possibly exist. To help you get a better understanding of the sort of repairs you may need for your bathroom’s fixtures, pipes, etc., we’ve put together a list of the most common plumbing troubles in this room.

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Garbage Disposal Odors May Mean It’s Time for Drain Cleaning

January 21st, 2019

clearing-blocked-drainThe first two months of a new year bring the realization that you actually have to do something about any resolutions you made. Even if you didn’t make any resolutions, this is the time when you want to plan improvements for your house and put everything in order in the wake of another busy end to another year.

This brings us to … the garbage disposal. An unfortunately named device that shouldn’t ever have garbage in it. (Ask any plumber and they’ll tell you they wish it were named something else. In Canada, they’re called garburators, which a bit better but still too close to garbage.) You may experience a garbage disposal that doesn’t smell too good. Sending off rotten, unpleasant smells. Sometimes it means the garbage disposal needs cleaning, or even a replacement. But it might not be the disposal—it could mean you need Hamilton, OH drain cleaning service.

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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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