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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Plumbing News Roundup: February 2022 | Terrys plumbing

Plumbing News Roundup: February 2022

The plumbing industry is constantly evolving. This month, Le Roux Avenue Pipe Replacement Project commences, John Watson is named VP of industry relations, the bathroom of the future is here, the market outlook and analysis for 2021 is available, and KBIS returns to Orlando for first in-person show. Keep on reading our news roundup for more details.

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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: January 2022 | Terrys Plumbing | Pittsburgh

Plumbing News Roundup: January 2022

The plumbing industry is constantly evolving. This month, ASPE welcomes WILO USA LLC to their sponsorship program, the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association funds an electric water heating project, the state of Pennsylvania opens a new water assistance program, AWE welcomes new directors to the board, and Uponor joins Plumbing Manufacturers International. Keep on reading for more details.

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Reading and Understanding “Blueprints” | Terrys Plumbing | Pittsburgh

Reading and Understanding “Blueprints”

Blueprints provide a map for building a home. The symbols on the blueprints tell carpenters, plumbers and electricians all they need to know about the home’s design and building materials. Plumbing blueprints detail everything from the type and size of sinks to the location of gas lines, drains and vents. Most times, plumbers must take extensive courses to learn how to read all the details of a plumbing blueprint. In this blog we give a crash course on how to understand blueprints and different things to consider when reading them. What are Blueprints? Blueprints are 2-dimensional architectural design drawings that […]

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How to Become a Plumber in Pennsylvania | Terrys Plumbing | Pittsburgh

How to Become a Plumber in Pennsylvania

Plumbers install, service and repair water and gas systems for homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities. These tradesmen generally begin as apprentices, learning the required skills and techniques for several years before advancing in their position. After training is complete, in most states, the plumber must obtain a license. This usually requires experience and an examination. If you’re interested in how to become a licensed plumber in Pennsylvania, we’ve put together this quick guide to help you begin your journey.

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The Process of a Sewer line Repair | Pittsburgh | Terry's Plumbing

The Process of a Sewer line Repair

Intact sewer and water lines are essential to a clean and comfortable home. A sewer line backup or leak can be frustrating to deal with as a homeowner. Along with the unpleasant smell and messy cleanup of a compromised sewer pipe, it can be difficult to pinpoint the root cause of your sewage problem. Read on to learn what signs you should look out for and how sewer lines are replaced.

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