How To Clean Gutters & Downspouts

How To Clean Leaves From A Gutter Or Downspout

As fall approaches, many homeowners may be thinking about gutter cleaning as a part of their regular home-maintenance routine. At this time it’s also important to address any clogged downspouts that could be preventing the gutter system from properly draining. Rain water that can’t properly drain can cause water damage to a home’s foundation, and may cause the formation of an ice dam in the winter. Some homes have downspouts that end at a location above ground, others have downspouts that feed into an underground PVC pipe. Downspout systems can become clogged in any location, above or below ground. Clearing […]

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Can You Flush Cat Litter In The Toilet

Can Cat Litter Be Flushed Down The Toilet?

Disposing of cat waste on a daily basis can be a pain. Many cat owners eventually find themselves wondering if used litter can simply be flushed down the toilet. This question is logical enough. After all, cat litter contains a form of excrement. The simple answer is “No“. Although there are some types of cat litter that are marketed as flushable, this does not mean that flushing is an acceptable method for disposal. Clogs Not all types of cat litter are flushable, and flushing the non-flushable cat litter can clog pipes. Many types of cat litter are designed to absorb […]

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Most Common Plumbing Mistakes

The Most Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

Many homeowners take pleasure in completing basic home improvement tasks. Avoiding these common DIY plumbing mistakes will help you maintain your home more effectively and efficiently. Failure to Turn Off the Water Turning off the water is the first step in 90% of most plumbing projects, but it’s also an easy step to forget. Attempting to remove a fixture or fix a pipe before turning off the water can result in a nasty spray of water and a big mess to clean up. The shut off valve for most fixtures can be found on the wall beneath the fixture. Sometimes turning […]

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How To Detect A Slab Leak

How To Detect And Fix A Slab Leak

A slab leak is a break in a pipe that runs beneath the concrete foundation of your home. When the pipe breaks, water seeps into the ground and your home’s foundation. Slab leaks can occur in either water or sewer lines. Slab leaks cause costly damage, so early detection is important. To catch this problem at the onset, homeowners with concrete foundations must know what warning signs are indicative of this type of leak. Symptoms of a Leak A typical slab leak can resemble other plumbing problems, making this issue difficult to diagnose. The following symptoms are common of slab […]

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My Septic System Smells

Does Your Outside Septic System Smell Terrible?

Your septic tank is a large, waterproof, concrete tank in the yard of your home. The septic tank collects wastewater that has been flushed down drains, showers and toilets. Inside the septic tank sits a layer of sludge on the bottom, scum on top, and relatively clear water sandwiched between. With all that bacteria, grease and other waste from your home buried on your property, you’ll probably notice a variety of smells coming from your septic system over time. Some of these odors are expected, but in general, your septic system should not fill your house with a scent. If […]

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Refrigerator Has A Leak On The Inside

My Refrigerator Has An Inside Leak

Refrigerators are ubiquitous appliances in modern homes, and well constructed units are generally low-maintenance products that can serve you well for many years. However, as with all appliances, things can and do go wrong from time to time. One such problem is that refrigerators could develop a leak on the inside. Fortunately, this issue is often possible to identify and correcting the problem on your own is possible, following these basic steps. Step-by-step Process Self-defrosting refrigerators have drainage tubes that carry water away from the refrigerator and into a drainage pan. Sometimes these tubes become clogged, causing a leak. Often these drainage […]

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Hydro Jetting

Hydro Jetting Vs. Snaking

Cleaning the main drain of your sewer line is something that many homeowners need to do on a regular basis. This type of maintenance prevents sewer backups, removes tree roots from the pipe and is a good way to keep tabs on the state of the sewer line. There are two standard methods for cleaning the sewage line: hydro jetting and snaking. Both methods are a common service offered by plumbing and drain cleaning companies. Understanding the differences between hydro jetting and snaking can help homeowners pick the right method for their sewer. The Hydro Jetting Method Hydro jetting is […]

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Air Conditoner Is Blowing Hot Air

Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air?

Air conditioner failure always seems to happen on the hottest day of summer. Blowing hot air is common complaint when an air conditioner is no longer properly working. But what causes this problem, and what can you do about it? How Does My A/C Work? Before you can try to fix your air conditioner, it helps to know a little bit about how the unit works. Air conditioners function like refrigerators. They take hot air from inside a room, remove the heat, and this produces cool air. There are three main parts to an air conditioner: Compressor Condenser Evaporator It works […]

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House Flood

Preventing Pittsburgh Basement Sewer Line Backups

An article recently posted in the TribLive reported that heavy rainfall in Pittsburgh have left many unfortunate homeowners in a desperate situation. Following a series of storms and flash floods, many homeowners in Carnegie and Scott Pennsylvania are now dealing with basements full of mud and sewage. The Cause During heavy rains, sanitary sewer system mainlines can become overwhelmed by the massive influx of rushing water. Homes with a connection to the sanitary sewer system by means of a footing drain, sump pump or downspouts may experience backups as water from the sewer system fills the lines with nowhere to go. This isn’t the only […]

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Sewer Jetter Nozzle

How Often Should Sewer Lines Be Cleaned?

As a homeowner, you know that things can and will go wrong in your home.  And sometimes those things couldn’t possibly have been foreseen.  Which is quite often the case when it comes to your sewer lines. Your sewer lines are hidden; therefore, it’s hard to recognize when and if there’s a problem.  This makes it even more important that you have some knowledge about what signs to look if you want to prevent a potential disaster, and quite possibly, higher repair or replacement costs. Learning how often to have your sewer lines cleaned, the signs that indicate you may […]

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