Natural Hazards to Plumbing Systems


Your home’s plumbing faces a variety of natural hazards each day. In most cases, these natural hazards can be avoided. Knowing what the hazards are and what you can do about them can help you take care of your home’s plumbing and avoid costly clogs. Rust Metal pipes, especially cast iron, can rust over time. While pipes are no longer made from cast iron, many older homes still have these types of pipes in their walls. In addition, many older sewer lines are made of cast iron as well. When pipes become too rusty, they can burst, leading to major […]

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What To Do When Rusty Water Appears


It is never fun when rusty water appears in your sink or tub. Fortunately, there are things you can do to eliminate nasty rusty water from your pipes. Knowing the source of rusty water, the health effects of drinking rusty water and what you can do to fix the problem can help you take action . Where does rusty water come from? Rusty water can come from sources inside or outside of the home. Common causes of rusty water include: Rusty pipes Sediment in the water Damage from construction Break in the water main Sometimes determining the source of rusty […]

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Single or Double – Choosing The Right Sink


The decision to install a single or double sink can be a difficult one. Each type of sink has advantages and disadvantages. Knowing the pros and cons can help you decide which model makes the most sense for your life.   Single Sink: Advantages and Disadvantages Single sinks have one basin for washing and rinsing. People who have a single sink must grapple with logistical problems like where to rinse and where to dry their dishes. If the sink is full of dishes, it can be difficult to find a place where pots can be filled with water and vegetables […]

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How To Rid Your Bathroom Of Limescale


Limescale can cause big problems in the bathroom. It can fill pipes, reduce water pressure, make shower doors cloudy and detract from the overall beauty of your bathroom. Limescale comes from water that contains a high concentration of calcium and magnesium, also known as hard water. For obvious reasons, keeping away limescale is a priority for many homeowners. These tips will help you keep your home’s bathroom fixtures free of limescale. Vinegar Vinegar is slightly acidic, which means that it can easily eat through limescale and keep your fixtures looking shiny and new. Homeowners who have hard water problems will […]

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Back to School Plumbing Tips


The leisurely days of summer are coming to an end, and soon your children will be returning to school. In a typical household, school days are busy days, with many members of the family hustling to get out of the house at the same time. Waking early in the morning, members of the household pile into the bathrooms for showers, tooth brushing and other preparatory activities. Once in the kitchen, everyone sits down for a loud and chaotic breakfast before quickly doing the dishes and running out the door. This fast and dirty schedule can lead to plumbing problems. Getting your […]

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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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