How to Prevent Clogged Drains This Summer


There are few things more irritating than a clogged drain. It can lead to unclean sinks or showers, potential odor issues and unnecessary costs if you need a plumber to unclog it. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent drain clogs and minimize those issues. With some easy proactive steps, you can greatly reduce the risk of clogs in your kitchen and bathroom drains. Below are a few tips to consider: Rinse your drains regularly. Perhaps the easiest step you can take is to simply clean your drains on a regular basis. That’s especially true of your kitchen […]

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How To Waterproof Your Basement


Summer downpours cause basement flooding. Depending on your situation, even just a little bit of rain can cause a huge mess. In climates like Pittsburgh’s, it’s pretty important to consider waterproofing your basement – whether it’s finished or not. Because you want to spend more time outside, and less time inside with the shop-vac. Find the Leak First The easiest way to find the leak is to cover the walls in your basement with plastic. Once it rains, see where the plastic gets wet and then patch the area. This is just the first step in waterproofing your basement. Once […]

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Common Summer Plumbing Issues


If you’re the outdoorsy type, summer is awesome. Warm weather. Maybe a summer vacation. Playing outside with your kids, or calling off work to spend the day at the pool. All in all, people love summer. There’s nothing like it – especially after a long Pittsburgh winter! However, one thing that can derail a perfect summer day is  plumbing issues. Here are a few common plumbing issues we see come up each summer, as well as some tips to make sure you’re being proactive about them. Sprinkler Issues Not everyone has sprinklers, but those who  do have probably run into […]

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Tips to Decrease Your Water Bill This Summer


Most companies send their utility bills electronically these days. So, there’s no need to dread heading to the mailbox to see if your kids racked up your water bill for the second month in a row. Now you just have to close your eyes when you log into your account. The summer can be a tough time for water usage. Just think about it: whether you have a pool, or the kids are home for the summer and  everyone is taking more showers because it’s so hot, the water bill can take a significant hike during the dog days of […]

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Tips for Hiring a Plumber


Plumbing issues come up over the course of time. Whether you have a brand new home, or you’ve inherited a home built 100 years ago, chances are, you’re going to have to hire a plumber at some point during your homeowner adventure. It’s important to ask the right questions when contacting a plumber to ensure they’re qualified, capable and reliable. Experience is Key It’s a general rule of thumb that the more experience you have, the better you are. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, an experienced plumber is a good plumber. If you […]

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Why is my water bill so high?


Your water bill is high. Again. You know you’re not using nearly as much as the water company says you are, and, more importantly, is asking you to pay for. There are no new people in your house. You didn’t just fill your pool. You’re not showering 10 times a day. So why is the bill so high? Here are a few questions to ask before calling the water company. Are you neglecting that leaky toilet? We’ve written about leaky toilets before. We know how much of a pain they can be to fix, and how some members of your […]

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How to be Prepared for a Plumbing Emergency


Plumbing emergencies can happen to anyone at any time, so be prepared! Homeowners who know what to do when plumbing emergencies occur can protect their property and avoid expensive repairs. Common Plumbing Emergencies Every plumbing emergency will have different symptoms. Here’s some of the most common problems to look for: Sewer or main line clog: You’ll see filthy – and smelly – water coming up through drains. If this happens, immediately stop using all water in the house and turn off all water-using appliances like the dishwasher and the washing machine. And don’t flush any toilets. Drain clog: ater may […]

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Is It Time to Replace Your Current Fixtures?


Old plumbing fixtures can make problems in the bathroom. As a homeowner, it’s important to know when to replace your bathroom fixtures with models that are up-to-date and modern. These tips will help you decide when and how to replace your fixtures, to make the process easier. Signs Your Fixtures Need Replacement When plumbing fixtures age , they begin to suffer from a variety of issues. While repair can sometimes improve the situation, the most efficient way to fix the problem is to replace the fixture altogether. Below are some of the common issues  that fixture replacement can fix. Water […]

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Keep Your Plumbing (Like) New This Holiday Weekend


Are you expecting guests for New Year’s Eve? If so, getting your plumbing ready is an important way to be prepared. Frozen pipes, broken water heaters and pipe clogs can all cause massive problems for your home’s plumbing. These tips will help you keep your pipes in good condition during this happy season. Protect Your Pipes From the Chill Frozen pipes can cause a variety of problems. At best, a frozen pipe will stop working until it thaws. At worst, a frozen pipe can burst and cause hundreds of dollars in damage.To protect your pipes from cold weather, follow these […]

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Winter Plumbing Problems To Avoid


As the seasons change, so can your potential plumbing problems. Now that winter is nearing, you may face a variety of cold weather and holiday activity. Knowing the most common winter plumbing problems and how to avoid them can help you take care of your plumbing this winter.    Grease in the Drain Pipes Holiday feasts make grease a common problem in sink drains and garbage disposals. Grease that solidifies in drains can cause clogs and blockages. Luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to prevent this from being a problem. Throw grease away. Cool grease in […]

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