Cleaning your Dryer Vent: 6 Mistakes to Avoid | Pittsburgh | Terry's Plumbing

Cleaning your Dryer Vent: 6 Mistakes to Avoid

Dryer fires are a very real and dangerous hazard that most often originate within the metal tube between your dryer and the wall. That is why you need to clean it out. Cleaning your vent will help your dryer run more efficiently and prevent your home from catching fire. Continue reading our new blog for more information on the 6 mistakes to avoid while cleaning out your dryer vent.

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Preventing Mold from Growing in your Washing Machine | Pittsburgh | Terry's plumbing

Preventing Mold from Growing in your Washing Machine

Whether you have a top or front loader, new washing machine or old, mold will find its way into it. Though it seems ridiculous, a washing machine being dirty–it’s inevitable since they are the ideal environment for growing mold.

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Terry's Plumbing DIY laundry detergent and dryer sheets | Pittsburgh

DIY Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets

We care about everything that goes down your drains and we know you care about keeping more cash in your wallet. In honor of Earth Day, we thought we’d show you some environmentally conscious and financially friendly DIY laundry detergent and homemade dryer sheets to incorporate into your washing routine.

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Why Isn’t My Washer Draining?

There are many reasons that clothes washers stop draining. Clogs, malfunctions and kinks in hoses can all stop your washer from working properly. Frequently, a confident DIYer can manage this problem on their own, with the proper tools and a little bit of experimentation. Drain the Water Before you can fix the problem, you’ll need to empty the washing machine first. Start by unplugging the machine. As you do this, check all hoses in the back of the machine for kinks. If you find a kink, free the hose and turn the machine back on. If the machine drains, your […]

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Useful Washing Machine Tips

Your washer probably seems like a basic machine requiring little or no special knowledge for proper operation. In many ways, this is true. However, knowing a few special tricks and tips will help you get better results and can even help lengthen the service life of your appliance. Below are some of the most useful and practical tips to help you get the most out of your clothes washer. Avoid Overloading Your Machine Even large capacity washing machines have their limits. Cramming one last shirt or pair of jeans into your washer can result in reduced efficiency from your washer. […]

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Fix A Washing Machine That’s Overflowing

Has your washing machine ever overflowed? If it has, it was likely caused by a problem with the water inlet valve or level switch. Many people who see their washing machine overflowing may panic and call a service professional, thinking that the situation is critical. However, the reality is that this is a problem you can easily fix on your own. In fact, it is easy to diagnose the problem and replace the defective part without having to spend more than a few dollars. This blog post will show you a few easy, DIY techniques to fix an overflowing washing […]

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My Water Softener Is Not Using Salt

So, you have a water softener. You don’t know much about the way your water softener works but you’re pretty sure it needs salt in order to function and for some reason, the salt isn’t getting used. The softener seems to be running, but your water is hard and the salt is still sitting in the tank. What could be the problem? It’s Probably a Salt Bridge A salt bridge is the most likely cause. This is what happens when the salt on top bonds together and forms a stiff crust that sits above the water level. The water in […]

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Washing Machine Wont Drain

My Washing Machine Won’t Drain

So, your washing machine isn’t draining. Don’t panic! There are many reasons that you could be having this problem, and many washing machine repairs can be made personally by homeowners. These steps will walk you through the process of determining the problem and fixing the machine. Drain the Water Your first step will be to drain the water out of the washing machine. This will also present you with an opportunity to check the first possible source of the problem: the drainage hose. Unplug the machine and pull it away from the wall. At this point, you should inspect the […]

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How To Load A Front End Washing Machine

Cleaning A Front Loading Washing Machine

Front load washing machines tend to be reliable and energy efficient, which makes them the washing machine of choice for a variety of homeowners. Unfortunately, repeated uses of front load washing machines can lead to the development of mold around the rim, inside the doorway and within the drum. In addition to the fact that this mold and mildew can rub off on clothing and cause stains, mold can also infuse your clothes with a musty smell. Fortunately, there are many DIY methods for cleaning mold from a front loading washing machine, as well as methods for preventing this problem […]

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Black Stuff In Washing Machine

Eww! The Washing Machine Has Black “Stuff” In It

Washing machines need regular cleaning to stay in working order. Without regular cleanings, washing machines can develop mysterious “black stuff” that can contribute to the degradation of the machine’s internal parts like hoses, gaskets and more. Literally, the black stuff can rot the machine from the inside out. It can also cause an unpleasant odor, and if located around the seal on the door to the machine, may cause the machine to leak. What Is That Black Stuff In Your Washing Machine? Basically, it’s bacteria, grease and mold. According to the website White Goods Help, this build up of grime […]

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