Springtime Plumbing Tips

Springtime Plumbing Tips For Our Beloved Pittsburghers

April showers bring…the plumber? You haven’t heard that one before, have you? That very well may be the song you end up singing when it comes to your home’s plumbing system if you don’t get it ready for spring. That drip-drip-dripping sound that you’ll hear as winter turns to spring won’t be the tinkling sound of a cascading brook going through a spring thaw, but instead the sound of some neglected leak in your house that’s decided to make its debut just in time for the spring weather. To avoid springtime plumbing mishaps, there are things that you can do […]

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How To Solve A Leaky Refrigerator

Cure for the Common Icebox Drip: How to Fix a Leaky Refrigerator

Few things give you the willies like walking into your kitchen in the middle of the night to grab a bite to eat, standing in front of the open fridge trying to figure out what to eat and realizing that you’ve stepped squarely into a pool of standing water puddling around the base of the refrigerator. First, you’ll most likely be filled with dread trying to figure out what the offending liquid even is. Then, you’ll be concerned once you realize that you’re dealing with what is most likely an expensive-to-fix leaky refrigerator. Read on to find out how leaky […]

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Super Mario World

Why Mario Became a Plumber

Super Mario Bros: We’ve all heard of Mario and Luigi. Most of us have even played a game or two that boasted these hard-working characters. No matter the parts of the games you play, there’s almost always two things in common–Mario and Luigi have their hats on and are wearing work clothes. But what exactly is it that Mario does? According to an article released in 1988 by New York Times, he was a janitor. 25 years later in 2013, New York Times released a statement saying the writer had been mistaken and that Mario is really a plumber. But […]

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No Water Pressure In Shower. Give Your Shower Superpowers Again

No Water Pressure In Your Shower? Give It Superpowers Again!

Whether it’s a sudden change or a gradual change in performance, it can be really irritating when you’re not getting sufficient water pressure in your shower. But is it always necessary to call a plumber for what may end up being a simple fix? In this post, we’ll walk you through some common problems that cause low water pressure and how to give your shower superhuman strength again. Is The Low Pressure In The Entire House Or Just The Shower? The first thing is to determine whether the low pressure is limited to the shower or involves the entire home. […]

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Bathroom Sink Leaking Underneath

Why There Is A Leak Underneath Your Bathroom Sink

There’s nothing like that sinking feeling when you step into a puddle of water in front of your bathroom sink. You know that something must be leaking, but what could it be? Putting off repairing leaks can lead to mold in your walls, damage to your vanity and flooring issues down the road. This post will discuss common plumbing problems that can cause a leak underneath your sink. The first thing to determine is where the leak is coming from. Remove everything from underneath the sink and dry the area out. Try to discover the source of the leak; this […]

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How To Unclog A Shower Drain

How To Unclog A Shower Drain

Showers take some of the highest abuse in a home. With gallons of water going down them during an average shower, along with hair, dirt, grease and other gunk, it’s not surprising when it gets backed up. But how do you fix it? The best way to clear a clogged shower drain isn’t by using the latest and greatest chemical fix, it’s by physically removing the hair and gunk. Here’s how to do it: Step 1: You can start by sizing up the drain opening. In shower-only units, there are a couple types of drain strainers. They can be removed […]

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No Hot Water In The House

Honey! There’s No Hot Water In The House

“Honey, there’s no hot water!” Though you never want to hear those words, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll run across this at some point. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to troubleshoot a hot water supply problem. Here are a few to try when you’re water is not so hot. What Kind Of Water Heater Do You Have? Water heaters heat water using different methods, so here is an overview of some of the most common: A conventional storage tank water heater is one of the most common, storing a certain number of gallons and keeping it hot. […]

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Why Are My Water Bills So High And How Can I Reduce It

Why Is My Water Bill So High And How Do I Reduce It?

It could be that you’ve received your latest water bill from the utility company and you’ve found a rather unwelcome surprise. If your water bill has seen a sharp spike in price, you may be wondering what caused it and how to prevent having such a high bill in the future. In this post, we’ll discuss common causes of high water bills and how to reduce your usage. What Are Common Reasons Your Water Bill Would Exceed Your Expectations? Your water bill is calculated by multiplying your usage by a set dollar amount per unit. The only way that your […]

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How To Freeze Your Pipes This WInter

What To Do With Frozen Pipes

Frigid winter weather can be a real doozy on the pipes in your home. Freezing temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze and sometimes even rupture, preventing water flow from the fixtures in your house. There are many preventative measures that help fight against frozen pipes. But if you’re like most people, you doubted that this kind of problem would happen to you. So don’t fret, this hassle can be dealt with calmly as long as you know what to do. If you find yourself with no running water on a cold winter day, I hate to break it to […]

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Toilets From Around The World

Toilets Around The World

A toilet is something you use multiple times during the day. However, you may not realize how different toilets are made across the world. If you’ve ever been out of the U.S., you know that toilets in foreign countries can look peculiar. Whether they flush in the opposite direction, are comprised of different shapes, or contain a simple hole in the ground in place of a seat; toilets around the world vary in numerous ways. The American toilet, otherwise known as the porcelain throne is only one of the many designs of toilets around the world. In addition to design, […]

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