Plumbing Smoke Test: What is it and how does it work? | Terrys Plumbing

Plumbing Smoke Test: What is it and how does it work?


One of the worst experiences you can have is coming home to an unknown, foul-smelling odor. What’s even more frustrating is trying to locate the source of it.  If you suspect it may be coming from your sewage line or piping, finding the source is almost impossible. This is where smoke testing services begin to shine. In this blog, we go over what a plumbing smoke test is and how it works to your benefit.

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Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist | Terry's Plumbing

Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist


Maintaining your home’s plumbing can be a daunting task, but a little preventive maintenance can save water, money, property damage, and countless headaches later. It can be hard to know what to do and when, so we’ve provided this checklist to help you plan how to prevent plumbing disasters both inside and outside of your home.

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Plumbing 101: How to Hide Pedestal Sink Plumbing | Terrys plumbing

Plumbing 101: How to Hide Pedestal Sink Plumbing


Pedestal sinks are a space saver that can add an elegant touch to any bathroom. The downside is that they can also show off the plumbing that snakes beneath the sink bowl, and this is not a pretty sight. There are a few ways to hide the pedestal sink plumbing or other unsightly obstructions–continue reading for tips and tricks.

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Plumbing 101: Mobile Homes | Terry's plumbing

Plumbing 101: Mobile Homes


Mobile home plumbing is a bit different than plumbing in a site-built home. This article will help you learn how mobile home plumbing differs from a site-built home, and, of course, the most common mobile home plumbing issues you need to be on the lookout for.

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The Benefits of a Water Softener | Terrys Plumbing

The Benefits of a Water Softener


In its purest form, water is nothing but H2O. However, the water flowing from your tap is not pure. Because water is a solvent, it picks up minerals as it runs down streams, over rocks, and through the ground on its way to water treatment plants. Even after being treated, tap water still contains minerals like magnesium and calcium. The more of these minerals that are found in the water, the “harder” it is. You can tell you have hard water if you notice limescale buildup in your tub, on your dishes, and in your coffee pot. Of course, scale […]

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The Importance of a Safety Shut off Valve | terrys plumbing

The Importance of a Safety Shut off Valve


There are a few areas of a home plumbing system that are vital for homeowners to know and be aware of, and perhaps the single most important example is the main water shut-off valve. Likely your first course of action in many cases of plumbing emergencies, the main water shut-off valve has helped numerous homeowners avoid major plumbing disasters in their homes, and might do the same for you. In this blog we cover where the valve may be, and why you should have one in case of emergencies.

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The Dangers of Raw Sewage Exposure | Pittsburgh | Terrys Plumbing

The Dangers of Raw Sewage Exposure


It’s easy to take your home’s sewer lines for granted. When you flush the toilet, drain a bath, or run the garbage disposal, the water and waste disappear down the drain, never to be seen again. But it wasn’t always like this. Thanks to the evolution of sewer systems, sanitation problems are no longer a major concern. However, long-term ignorance can cause clogging and overflow–resulting in exposure. Just because we don’t see sewage flowing on the streets, it doesn’t mean there isn’t potential for us to be exposed. In this blog, we cover possible sources of exposure, illnesses that can […]

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Hydro Jetting: Is it for You? | Terrys Plumbing | Pittsburgh

Hydro Jetting: Is it for You?


When it comes to clogged pipes, hydro-jetting is the nuclear option. After liquid uncloggers, plungers and snakes fail, it’s this process that will finally get things running again. The best part about hydro-jetting is, it not only unclogs your pipes, it cleans them as well. But how does the hydro-jetting process work? Is it right for your situation? Continue reading this article for all the information you need!

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How to Fix a Sweating Toilet | Terry's Plumbing

How to Fix a Sweating Toilet


A sweating toilet is more than a nuisance. Water from the toilet drips onto the floor and can ruin your beautiful bathroom floor and subfloor in no time. But, why does your toilet sweat in the first place?  And what preventative measures can you take to stop it? The answers to these two important questions are covered in the article below!

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Plumbing News Roundup: November 2021 | Terry's Plumbing | Pittsburgh

Plumbing News Roundup: November 2021


The plumbing industry is constantly evolving. This month, American water launched a new partnership, bestplumbersnews.com released their annual report, and Rinnai America Corp opened a new manufacturing plant. Keep on reading for more details.

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