Hurting your plumbing is like flushing money down the toilet | Terry's Plumbing Pittsburgh

Are You Helping or Hurting Your Plumbing?

A lot of us like to consider ourselves DIY-ers. We like to save money by fixing our own plumbing and other household problems. We get it. But sometimes you’re actually doing more harm than good. We also all have some bad habits that contribute to our plumbing problems. Are you sure the work you’re about to do won’t wind up hurting your plumbing?

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When to Replace Your Toilet | Terry's Plumbing

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

Plumbing is essential in every home, and from pipes to fixtures, repairs and replacements come with the territory. That’s especially true of one of the most heavily-used fixtures in your home: the toilet. Each unit requires repair over its lifetime, but eventually you’ll have to throw in the towel. How do you know it’s time to replace your toilet? Check out a few telltale signs that it’s time to move on. 

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Types of Plungers | Terry's Plumbing

Types of Plungers

Plumbing clogs are a pain, and it’s hard enough to diagnose and remedy the problem without having to muddle over the right tools to use. When you think of clogged drains and piping, plunger may naturally come to mind…but which one should you use? Three common types of plungers serve specific purposes, from fixing your toilet to getting water to finally empty from the sink. 

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Finding and Fixing Plumbing Leaks | Terry's Plumbing

Finding and Fixing Plumbing Leaks

Try as we might, our homes never run with 100% efficiency. The AC is busted or the dishwasher is down for the count. Plumbing issues also top the list of household nuisances, sending your home (and perhaps your sanity) into disarray. Where’s that dripping sound coming from? Why is the floor wet? Leaky plumbing is a common problem, and sometimes you can fix it yourself. Let’s look at how to find out if you have a plumbing leak and what to do about it. 

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Bathroom Remodel Checklist

So you’ve finally decided to remodel your bathroom, eh? It’s a big undertaking that requires a lot of planning and proper budgeting to keep your project on track. Most importantly, it’s important to know what you should do yourself and when to bring in a professional. DIY: Gather Inspiration and Make a Wish List It’s always easier to start with a plan. Before you even start pricing fixtures and looking for contractors, it’s important to know what vision you’re trying to achieve. Visit home renovation websites or attend home and garden shows. Take notes and save articles with designs you […]

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Easy Ways to Liven Up Your Bathroom

Bathrooms serve a lot of functions in the home, and we spend a lot of time there. From en suits to powder rooms, having a comfortable and inviting space is important in any home. Furthermore, a nice bathroom can be a huge selling point when you’re putting your house on the market. Regardless of your reasons, even if you don’t have time for a full remodel, you can make your bathroom a masterpiece with these simple tips. Add More Storage No one likes a messy bathroom. Having tons of hair care products and makeup strewn about everywhere can make your […]

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Toilets are Literally Exploding in the Midwest

Unless you were on vacation last week, you probably noticed how cold it was in Pittsburgh. With the windchill, outside temperatures felt like -4 degrees or lower in some areas. As freezing as things got around “The Burgh” this week, we’ve got nothing on parts of the Midwest like Minnesota. Last week, temperatures plummeted -9 with a windchill of -45! That’s seriously cold. On top of normal cold weather plumbing issues like frozen pipes, some Minnesotans experienced frozen toilets that literally exploded. Why Are Toilets Freezing? Most of us know that water freezes at 32 degrees. However, it rarely gets […]

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What’s Your Shower Trying to Tell You?

There’s nothing better than a hot shower to start or end your day. It’s the perfect way to unwind, relax and forget about the outside world. Unfortunately, sometimes our plumbing has other plans. There are a number of issues associated with your shower, but we can pinpoint these by listening to what the shower has to say. Low Pressure Low water pressure is never fun. You just don’t feel as clean. But what causes low water pressure from your shower? As it turns out, it could be a number of things. One common problem that’s easy to fix is that […]

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Innovations in Your Bathroom

As another new year gets going, we started thinking about all the new innovations we’re excited to see in 2019. Believe it or not, bathrooms are getting smarter, and proving they’re not just a place to shower, but a destination you won’t want to leave! Here are just a few things we’re excited about. Hi-Tech Appliances and Fixtures It seems like every room in the house has gone through a “smart” evolution. Entertainment systems and computers have improved our living spaces, and every kitchen appliance comes with high-tech features. So why not the bathroom? Everything from automated faucets to sensor […]

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Bathroom Remodeling Trends for 2019

It’s almost here. 2019 is just around the corner. With a new year comes new possibilities, goals and challenges. However, when you’re in the remodeling business like we are, a new year means new design trends. Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in the house, and keeping yours up-to-date makes it that much more inviting and attractive when you’re ready to sell. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel in the near future, here are a few trends to keep in mind. Vintage Decor is Back In If you’re a follower of trends, then you know history has a […]

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