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The Best Water Filtration Systems for Hard Water

March 5th, 2018

water-tap-sink-glassHard water is a plumbing problem many of us just deal with. It may make your hair feel greasy or leave soap scum behind in the tub or residue on dishes, but at least it’s not bad for your health, right? You might feel that hard water is a manageable problem and you don’t have to treat it, but there is the unfortunate fact that hard water can ruin your plumbing.

Learn why it’s so important to treat hard water and which systems work best in today’s guide. We’re here to answer any questions you have and make sure you get the best water filtration system or water softener for your home, so contact our team to learn more.

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Why You’ll Need a Plumber for Your Next Remodel

February 19th, 2018

plumber-fixing-garbage-disposalAre you a do-it-yourselfer who loves the idea of doing your entire kitchen or bathroom remodel by yourself (or with the help of a few friends)? We think it’s great to have that feeling of accomplishment after you’ve sanded, sawed, spackled, and painted a part of your home with little help. What’s not so great is the feeling of uncertainty after you’ve installed an important plumbing component without much experience.

Look, we’re all for DIY work when it comes to some things. But when remodeling involves any change to the plumbing, you’re going to need a professional plumber on the job. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot that can go wrong without it.

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Should You Call a Plumber for Frozen Pipes?

February 5th, 2018

frozen-pipe-icicleWould you believe that frozen pipes are never a concern for people in some parts of the country? In New Jersey, though, it’s something all homeowners have to think about, whether or not they’ve ever dealt with severely frozen pipes. When the problem does come up, you have a lot to consider. Will you simply take better precautions from now on? Will you call on a plumber to help? Should you consider major plumbing rerouting?

We cannot answer the toughest questions for you. We can, however, help you understand when it’s time to call a plumber for your frozen pipes and when you should do something on your own.

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What’s Standard Maintenance for a Water Softener?

January 22nd, 2018

water-softener-salt-tank-fillIf you have hard water, you know it can be a pain. If you let hard water go untreated, you could end up with some tough cleaning to do in the bathroom and kitchen. More important, though, is that your plumbing system’s lifespan is lowered significantly thanks to hard water, a high concentration of minerals like calcium in your water supply.

That’s why you may need a whole-house water softener to eliminate hard water at the source, right where it enters your home. Unfortunately, maintaining this system can seem like a pain as well. However, as long as you stay on schedule and have plumbing technicians take care of the hard parts, it doesn’t have to be so difficult!

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3 Common Boiler Repairs

January 8th, 2018

boiler-gauge-pressureIf you have a boiler in your home—a tank that uses hot water to heat the home rather than heated air—it may seem nearly invincible. Our customers love their home boilers, especially new high-efficiency systems. Radiant heating sends warmth throughout the home, rather than warming the air. Since water retains heat better than air, the difference in comfort levels is often astounding.

Boilers are long-lasting, durable systems. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make them invincible. Keep your boiler maintained and you may reduce the chances of needing repair, but these 3 repairs can still become necessary at any time. Be on the lookout for any signs of trouble!

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Our Favorite Tools for Clogged Drains

December 25th, 2017

drain-clogs-plumbingWinter means holiday guests, which makes it a busy time of year for plumbers. All those people using the various appliances and fixtures in your home adds a lot of strain. A larger reason for those clogs, though, is all that extra cooking you may be doing, and all of the plates scraped into the garbage disposal.

There are steps you should take to prevent the hassle and cost of drain clogs, such as limiting the fats, oils, and grease that go down the kitchen drains and keeping hair traps in the bathroom drains. Thankfully, when trouble does arise from the drains, professional plumbers have the tools and know-how to unclog the drains quickly.

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Scaling and Your Water Heater: What to Know

December 11th, 2017

water-heater-boiler-smileOne of the most common problems to afflict water heaters is also one of the most misunderstood. Scaling is an issue that stems from hard water, when the water supply has an excess of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Deposits build up in pipes and fixtures, but their effect is most noticeable in water heaters and boilers.

Learn more about this common issue in the guide below. Be sure to have your water heater flushed regularly, and call our team for repairs and more information.

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3 Plumbing Upgrades that Save Money Over Time

November 27th, 2017

plumbing-shower-dripWhen you’re a renter, you often don’t have to pay for some of the necessities that come into your home, like water. When you own your home, though, you start to see that the bills add up a lot faster than you think. You’re responsible for every drop of water that comes in through the meter, on top of every bit of fuel and electricity you use.

It’s worth it to take the time to assess your home systems and make some changes that could benefit your wallet in the long term. This might be surprising, but your plumbing system tends to use up a lot of the resources you need, and not just water. Find out how to cut money by making a few upgrades to your plumbing!

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How to Avoid a Heating System Repair

November 13th, 2017

cold-hands-man-thermostatHave you ever had to make a sudden repair to your heating system in the middle of winter? If not, that’s great! But it doesn’t mean you won’t have to deal with it at some point in the future. And if you have experienced a sudden system breakdown in the past, then you know it’s something you want to avoid at all costs.

Today, we want to give you our number one piece of advice for avoiding a sudden heating repair. In addition, we’ll help you understand how to best maintain your heater in order to avoid problems for longer.

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All the Benefits of Oil-to-Gas Conversion

October 30th, 2017

heat-money-chimney-drawingDid you know that in other parts of the country, the idea of using oil to heat a home is not common whatsoever? In some areas, it’s nearly unheard of, with people on the West Coast wondering: “Why wouldn’t you just use natural gas?” Of course, we know that some home heating systems just weren’t set up that way. Usually, however, there are ways to make that switch.

If you had the option to switch your heating system from oil to gas, wouldn’t you rather do so? Are you still on the fence? Today, we highlight some of the many benefits of switching to natural gas heating. Wouldn’t you rather make things easier on yourself?

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