Snake Hiss

How To Stop A Toilet From Hissing Like A Snake

A hissing toilet is not at all uncommon and is usually an indication that water is leaking from the tank into the toilet bowl. In many cases, the hissing noise is related to an issue with the parts inside the toilet tank, known as the flush valve assembly. Fortunately, many homeowners are able to fix issues with the flush valve assembly on their own without the help of a handyman or a plumber. Water Draining Into Overflow Tube When your toilet flushes, water empties out of the tank and into the bowl, then the tank fills again. The fill valve […]

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Terry's Plumbing Pittsburgh Tribune

Will Bills 703 & 704 Help Pittsburghers Pay For Sewer Line Repairs?

It’s no secret that when plumbing goes bad, it can go really bad. And often the price of correcting even trivial problems can stretch way beyond most people’s budget. In Pittsburgh this is especially true since around 77% of homes in the city were built before 1960. Older homes mean older plumbing, with terra cotta pipes held together with a bit of cement. For example, The TribLive recently reported that when sewage started backing up into Diane Mikulan’s 100 year old home, the price of fixing her broken clay pipes could have cost up to $10,000. Few people have that […]

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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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Sump Pump Is Making A Loud Noise

Silence A Sump Pump That Is Making a Loud Noise

Is your sump pump making a loud noise, and you don’t know how to stop it? If so, you might also wonder why it’s making such a racket. Learn the different reasons why your pumping equipment makes so much noise, and find a way to fix the issue.   Types of Noises and How to Fix Them Every type of noise has a different cause. Therefore, you need a different repair method for each associated sound: When you hear excess vibration: This usually happens when the discharge pipe makes contact with the pump basin. It also might occur when the […]

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Dye Testing Benefits For Pittsburgh Homes

The Benefits of Dye Testing Pittsburgh Homes

Some of the worst problems are the ones you don’t find out about until it’s too late. Unfortunately, when it comes to plumbing, that tends to be the norm. When something goes wrong, warning signs aren’t always apparent, and a cursory glance around your property won’t tell you if your system is up to code, which is necessary if you plan on selling your home at some point. Dye testing is a great way to take some of the guesswork out of these tricky situations, and in Pittsburgh, it’s absolutely necessary if you want to sell your property in the […]

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Flooded Basement In Summer

Prepare Your Basement For Summer Flooding

Summer months can bring heavy rainfall, and with heavy rainfall comes the risk of basement flooding.  This can happen for a number of reasons, but it’s usually the result of water following the path of least resistance. That path often leads right to the exterior walls of your basement, where it can saturate the ground and eventually make its way inside. There are several precautionary steps you should take to prepare for flooding, but there are also ways you can prevent it from happening in the first place. Prepare for the Worst The only thing worse than standing water in […]

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Clogged Garbage Disposal

How To Free Up A Clogged Kitchen Sink Disposal

If you use your garbage disposal with any kind of regularity, you know that clogs are inevitable. Learning to dislodge clogs yourself can save a lot of time and money. These methods will help you clear away multiple types of clogs such as the type that occurs inside the unit (superficial clogs) and the type that occurs inside the pipe leading away from the unit. Superficial Clogs Superficial clogs happen all the time. These are the types of clogs that occur when something undesirable enters through the garbage disposal opening and ends up inside the unit. Most commonly, these types […]

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Pittsburgh Skyline

Pittsburgh Plumbing Schools & Apprenticeships: What Ae Your Options?

Plumbers provide a service to the public that isn’t easily picked up or learned off of the streets. Plumbing is tough work, but it is also incredibly rewarding. If you’re thinking of getting into the profession, you’re likely well aware of this and the fact that it can be an incredibly lucrative career. But how do you start down this path? Like any profession that requires a high skill level, you’ll need to receive some type of formal training and education before you can become a licensed plumber in Pennsylvania. There are some key decisions you’ll need to make before […]

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Tree Roots

How to Kill Tree Roots in a Sewer Line

If you’re noticing that your sinks or bathtubs are draining slowly, or if you hear a strange gurgling noise coming from your toilet, it could mean that your sewer lines have been invaded by tree roots. A small-scale root invasion will just annoy you, but if left untreated, this problem could cost you thousands. Tree Roots are Attracted to Your Sewer Lines Believe it or not, despite all the unsightly things that travel through your sewer lines, tree roots are naturally drawn to them. Your pipes are filled with water, oxygen, and all kinds of nutrients, so they’re prime real […]

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Dishwasher Won't Drain

What To Do If Your Dishwasher Refuses To Drain

When your dishwasher refuses to drain, there are a variety of issues that could be the cause. Don’t panic! If you’re trying to save money, you may be able to fix the issue yourself with a little troubleshooting. Owner’s Manual Your owner’s manual is your best friend in times like this. Look through the owner’s manual for troubleshooting ideas, and if you decide to try to repair your dishwasher personally, use this book as a guide to show you where the different parts of the dishwasher are located. Removing Clogs Your dishwasher operates by flushing food particles down pipes and […]

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