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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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What Is Your Sewer Line Made Of?

May 8th, 2018

sewer-line-repairThe sewer line that runs from your home’s drainage system and then out to the municipal sewer line in the center of the street is one of the essential components of your home—not just its plumbing system. You can’t have a hygienic or pleasant home if the sewer line is blocked or damaged.

If you live in an older home, you may have an aging sewer line made of outdated material. The older your house, the more likely you have a sewer line that needs to be replaced. Here are some of the outdated sewer line materials found in homes built pre-1970:

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Why Drain Cleaning Is an Important Plumbing Service

April 30th, 2018

bubbling-drainWhen we say “drain cleaning,” what first comes to your mind? Probably a clogged drain that you want unclogged. Unstopping clogged up drains is an important part of drain cleaning, and it’s a service people often call our plumbers to do. When you have a single drain or toilet clogged in your house, and a standard plunger won’t take care of it, that’s when you get in touch with one of our plumbers for the drain cleaning that will solve the problem.

Drain cleaning, however, is more than simple unclogging. It’s also an important maintenance job for your plumbing. If you’re right now in the middle of your annual “spring cleaning” rituals—whatever they may be—we recommend you make scheduling regular drain cleaning services in Cincinnati, OH with our professional plumbers one of those rituals.

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Call an Emergency Plumber If This Happens

April 16th, 2018

leaking-pipeA good plumber is available to help you with a wide range of scheduled plumbing jobs, such as doing leak detection to find hidden leaks, regularly cleaning drains, installing new fixtures, and replacing old pipes. A great plumber is also ready to help you out in an emergency with 24-hour assistance. There are plenty of ways household plumbing can go wrong, and below are situations where we recommend you get on the phone immediately for an emergency plumber.

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Sizing a New Tank Water Heater

April 10th, 2018

water-heater-tankYou’re in the market for a new tank water heater. You either want to replace the aging water heater currently in your home, or you’re moving in a new home that doesn’t have a water heater yet. Whatever the case, you’ll have plenty of questions about buying a new water heater. A major one is how big the water heater needs to be. Too small, and your household won’t receive sufficient hot water. Too big, and you’ll have a massive energy wasting appliance on your hands.

You shouldn’t worry about making the choice. Properly sizing a tank water heater is something to leave to plumbing professionals. They’ll make the calculations to determine the size and type of water heater to meet your family’s hot water demands without draining your bank account.

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