Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet


Your toilet can only safely be used to dispose of two things: human waste and toilet paper. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most commonly flushed items that should never, ever go down the pipes. Kitty Litter Kitty litter is heavy, absorbent and clumping, which makes it bad for pipes and sewers. Kitty litter also contains cat poop, which can contain a certain type of bacteria that is hazardous for the environment and human health. Wet Wipes Wet wipes are causing the downfall of New York sewers, and they can clog sewers where you live too. Wipes can travel […]

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Spring Has Sprung: Prepare Your Outdoor Plumbing


Winter is a time when pipes freeze, thaw and break, causing drips, leaks and other problems. Winter is also a time when gutters fill with leaves, debris and ice, causing backups and house leaks. When the winter ends, many homeowners make plumbing repairs, gutter repairs and take on other plumbing related maintenance tasks that may have accumulated over the winter. Some of the following tasks can help you identify problems that may have developed over the course of the winter while also helping to ensure that your home’s plumbing is in good condition for the warmer parts of the year. Interior Plumbing […]

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One Side of My Kitchen Sink is Clogged?!


If you have a typical double bowl kitchen sink, the drain baskets are connected by a pipe, and that pipe is connected to a single drain line. When the drain or one of the pipes becomes clogged, this can cause one of the sinks to back up. Unclogging the sink can take some problem solving abilities, perseverance and basic tools. However, if you’re a capable DIYer, doing this work on your own can save you money and help you avoid calling a professional plumber. The Plunger Solution The easiest solution, if it will work, is to plunge the sink with a basic plunger. Clamp […]

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Why Is Water Leaking Under My Sink?


Leaking water under the sink can be caused by a number of problems. At Terry’s Plumbing, we encounter leaks under the sink all the time, but find that the reasons behind these problems can be varied. In this post, we’ll cover some of the most common causes of water leakage under the sink and suggest solutions that can help. Diagnosing the Problem Looking under your sink, you’ll see multiple potential sources for a leak. Water supply lines usually run at the back and may cross over to the dishwasher, if you have one. Coming down from the sink, you’ll see the […]

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Spring Clean Your Plumbing and Pipes


Spring is here! At this time of year, many homeowners find themselves doing more chores and maintenance around the house. If you’re a homeowner who likes DIY projects, spring is also a good time of year to take care of repairs to your home’s plumbing. At Terry’s Plumbing, we recommend that homeowners across the city perform a few basic chores and maintenance tasks to keep their home’s plumbing in proper working order. Fill Unused Drains Every drain has a P trap filled with water. This water in the P trap creates an airtight seal that prevents sewer gas from wafting […]

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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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Where Is My Shut Off Valve?


So, you need to turn off your water shut off valve. This sounds like it should be an easy task, but for many homeowners, turning off the water can be a challenging. Finding the valve alone can be difficult, if you’re not sure where to look. The location of the main shut off valve may depend on the location of your home and its construction. Know Where to Look First Look in the front of the yard, close to the street. In your yard, you’ll see a plastic or metal plate in the ground, like a small manhole cover. This […]

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Repair Vs. Replace: Updating Your Plumbing and Pipes


One of the great decisions that many homeowners must make at some point is whether or not to repair their plumbing or to replace it. In many homes, plumbing repairs remain a viable option for years. Clogged drains and the occasional leaky pipe are acceptable and expected, and can be repaired by a knowledgeable plumber or even a capable DIYer. However, at some point pipes become more trouble than they’re worth. Replacing old, leaky, brittle pipes can save homeowners hundreds of dollars wasted on repairs. Know the Lifespan Of Your Pipes Pipes don’t last forever. Copper pipes may last anywhere […]

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Simple Spring Plumbing Tips


Spring is a time when many homeowners engage in maintenance tasks like spring cleaning and home renovation. It’s also a good time for homeowners to check up on their plumbing system to protect their home from clogged drains, leaks and water damage. Keeping up with this basic maintenance on a yearly basis can help keep your home functional throughout the year. Perform a Water Heater Check Up You may have turned up the temperature on your water heater when the weather got cold this last winter. As a general rule, professionals recommend keeping your home’s water heater set to 120 […]

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Removing Annoying Hard Water Stains


Hard water stains are among the most difficult types of stains to eliminate. If your home has hard water, very likely hard water stains have appeared on your dishes, windows, in your bathtub, on your faucets and on your shower heads. Given enough time, scale from hard water can fill the holes in your faucets and clog your plumbing, costing hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. Getting rid of hard water scale can help you protect your home from damage. Dishes Hard water can make dishes look cloudy and dull. Vinegar is the perfect cleaning product to get rid […]

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