How Do I Go About Choosing A Toilet?


Whether you’re remodeling your bathroom or replacing an old toilet, it’s important to pick the right fixture for your needs. While many homeowners assume that all toilets are the same, this could not be further from the truth. There are many different toilets on the market, spanning a range of styles. In this post, we’ll discuss the many factors that you’ll have to consider when choosing a toilet for your home. Pick a Style Residential toilets come in a variety of styles. The type of toilet you choose may depend on a variety of factors including personal preferences, size of the bathroom, […]

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Why Isn’t My Dishwasher Draining?


Dishwashers work hard to remove the bits of food that get stuck to your dishes. Sometimes these bits of food can become lodged in the filters and pipes that carry waste water out of the dishwasher and into the sewer. When this happens, your dishwasher might stop draining. Fortunately, many homeowners can fix this problem on their own without calling a plumber. Check the Sink for a Clog The dishwasher drains into the same line that drains the sink, so if the sink is clogged, this can also prevent the dishwasher from draining. Run the water through your sink and […]

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How Can I Prevent Clogged Drains?


Clogged drains can slow down your day, make showering and washing dishes difficult and can even be embarrassing when you have company. Preventing clogged drains is important for any homeowner who wants to protect their investment and their property. What causes clogged drains? Clogged drains can be caused by a variety of different problems. Before you can fix your home’s clogged drains, you must first understand what causes drains to become clogged. Some of the worst clogged drains are caused by: Fats and oils: Fats and oils congeal in the drains, causing backups and clogged sewer lines. In extreme cases, fats […]

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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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How to Repair a Leaking Tub Faucet


A leaking tub faucet can be a frustrating, wasteful problem to have. Fortunately, if you’re a confident DIYer with the right tools, you can fix the problem without professional intervention. Replacing the faucet stem will usually do the trick. In this post, we’ll talk about the tools you need and the process for performing this task. Gather Your Tools To start, you’ll need: Screw driver Plumber’s wrench Rag Jar opener Stem wrench A stem wrench is a special tool that will help you remove the stem from the inside of the wall behind the faucet handles. A stem wrench is only necessary if the […]

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Why Is My Toilet Running?


A broken toilet can be a big problem, especially if your home has only one bathroom. Luckily, most toilet problems are easy to fix. If your toilet is constantly running, these solutions may help you get your toilet back in working order. Your Toilet: A Quick Tutorial A toilet may run for many reasons, and the only way to fix the problem is to identify the cause. Knowing the way your toilet works can help. When you flush your toilet, a chain pulls up the flapper at the bottom of the tank. The flapper is a piece of rubber that […]

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Bathroom Fixtures Styles and Trends


Do you know what can be found in the most modern and beautiful bathrooms? We do! At Terry’s Plumbing we see new, cool bathroom features everyday. Below are some of the most commonplace trends that we have noticed in bathrooms across Pittsburgh. These bathroom features are making their way into bathrooms all over your neighborhood, and may be coming soon to your own home! Small Scale Luxury Big bathrooms were the hit just a few years ago, but in recent years many homeowners have strived to make their bathrooms smaller and more efficient. This trend is a part of a larger movement to make spaces […]

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Warning Signs of A Blocked Sewer Drain


A clogged sewer can be a serious problem. When the sewer line becomes slow or completely blocked, all household plumbing activity must stop. Toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines are all impacted by a clogged sewer drain. Knowing the warning signs of a clog and what to do about it can help you return your house to proper working order. Causes of Sewer Clogs Tree roots are one of the main causes of sewer clogs. Over time, tree roots can cause the wall of the line to collapse, or may simply fill up the pipe with tiny roots, causing a […]

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Benefits of an Outdoor Shower


Have you ever thought about installing an outdoor shower? Outdoor showers make it possible to completely clean off your body without tracking in dirt. If you are a parent, dog owner or a homeowner with a pool, an outdoor shower is an excellent plumbing feature that can simplify your life. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the greatest benefits of installing an outdoor shower. Wash Off the Kids Kids have a way of getting dirty very quickly. Unfortunately, washing off all that mud can make your indoor shower dirty. For a parent, having a place to rinse of the […]

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How Do I Unclog My Kitchen Sink?


When the kitchen sink gets clogged, many homeowners reach for the chemical drain cleaner. At Terry’s Plumbing, we encourage our customers to use non-chemical methods of clearing their clogs. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the best methods for unclogging your kitchen sink. Use a Wet Dry Vacuum to Suck Out the Water If your sink is completely clogged, the sink itself might be filled with water. This makes it hard to see the drain to unclog it. To solve this problem, use a a wet dry vacuum to suck the water from the basin. If you have no vacuum that […]

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