A Plumber’s Top Tips For Moving


Are you moving into a new home this summer? If so, we recommend inspecting your home’s plumbing shortly after moving in. Performing a quick inspection of the plumbing can help you familiarize yourself with your new property and can also help you identify problems that need to be addressed immediately. Look for Water Heater Problems Check your water heater for signs of corrosion, staining, rust, dripping water and other indications of a problem. If your water heater has visible problems, this could be a sign that your water heater will need to be replaced soon. Check for Corrosion and Water […]

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What Not To Put Down Your Drain


Flushing items down the drain seems like an easy enough way to get rid of your liquid and solid waste, but often this can be damaging to your pipes and the environment. The only safe things to send down your pipes are human waste, toilet paper and water. In this post, we’ll give you some examples of things that people commonly flush down the drain but shouldn’t. What Not To Put in The Garbage Disposal Yes, garbage disposals are designed to chop food products into small pieces to be sent down the drain. However, not all food products are safe […]

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Why Is Water Leaking Under My Sink?


Leaking water under the sink can be caused by a number of problems. At Terry’s Plumbing, we encounter leaks under the sink all the time, but find that the reasons behind these problems can be varied. In this post, we’ll cover some of the most common causes of water leakage under the sink and suggest solutions that can help. Diagnosing the Problem Looking under your sink, you’ll see multiple potential sources for a leak. Water supply lines usually run at the back and may cross over to the dishwasher, if you have one. Coming down from the sink, you’ll see the […]

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Where Is My Shut Off Valve?


So, you need to turn off your water shut off valve. This sounds like it should be an easy task, but for many homeowners, turning off the water can be a challenging. Finding the valve alone can be difficult, if you’re not sure where to look. The location of the main shut off valve may depend on the location of your home and its construction. Know Where to Look First Look in the front of the yard, close to the street. In your yard, you’ll see a plastic or metal plate in the ground, like a small manhole cover. This […]

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Simple Spring Plumbing Tips


Spring is a time when many homeowners engage in maintenance tasks like spring cleaning and home renovation. It’s also a good time for homeowners to check up on their plumbing system to protect their home from clogged drains, leaks and water damage. Keeping up with this basic maintenance on a yearly basis can help keep your home functional throughout the year. Perform a Water Heater Check Up You may have turned up the temperature on your water heater when the weather got cold this last winter. As a general rule, professionals recommend keeping your home’s water heater set to 120 […]

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Prepare Your Pipes for Spring


It may be winter now, but spring will be here soon! When the weather changes, the experts at Terry’s Plumbing recommend checking and maintaining your home’s plumbing. Many of these suggestions are best done when the winter is finally over and temperatures are almost certainly not going to drop below freezing again. Test Sump Pump Functionality Your home’s sump pump may have been inactive in recent weeks or months. When spring arrives and rain starts to fall, sump pumps tend to see more action. Now is the time to test your sump pump and ensure that it has lasted through […]

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5 DIY Home Plumbing Myths


At Terry’s Plumbing, we talk to a lot of homeowners who have misconceptions about plumbing. Belief in some of these myths can cause breakdowns, leaks and other plumbing problems. We do our best to educate our customers about these problems. Understanding how your home plumbing system works can help prevent maintenance problems and plumbing emergencies. It’s a Good Idea to Put a Brick in Your Toilet Tank It’s true that putting a brick in your toilet tank can displace water, saving water with every flush. However, bricks deteriorate with time, especially when submerged. As the brick in your toilet tank […]

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Holiday Plumbing Care


Do you find the holidays stressful? So does your plumbing. The arrival of holiday guests means that the plumbing in your home will be used more often. Heavy use of your plumbing can cause problems like leaks, clogs and breakdowns. These issues can ruin your holidays, so we want you to be prepared and proactive. Following these tips can help you avoid plumbing problems this holiday season. Keep Your Drains Clear Slow drains can be a big problem when visitors come to your home. With extra people using your sinks and showers, slow drains can quickly become completely clogged. Clearing […]

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Avoid a Thanksgiving Day Plumbing Disaster


The rumors are true: the day after thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers. At Terry’s Plumbing, we spend the day after Thanksgiving unclogging drains in households all across Pittsburgh. Why Do So Many Plumbing Problems Occur at Thanksgiving? Too many people using the facilities. Often homeowners don’t realize their drains are slow until extra people start using the bathrooms, showers and sinks. House guests don’t realize there’s no garbage disposal. Sometimes house guests trying to help with cleanup make problems by putting food down the drain without realizing there’s no garbage disposal. People overload […]

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Do Your Bathroom Drains Smell?


Smelly bathroom drains make life unpleasant for everyone, so fixing this problem will no doubt be a priority for you. Unfortunately, smells in bathrooms can come from a variety of sources, so finding the cause of your smell may be a challenge. Starting with the simplest fix and working your way up to more challenging solutions may be the best way to combat this problem. Check the P Traps Look under your bathroom sink. The pipe that runs from your sink drain into the floor or wall should be curved in an S shape. This curve is called the P […]

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