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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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What to Do about a Clogged Toilet

October 16th, 2017

toilet-plunger-plumberWhat’s the most annoying plumbing problem you can think of in a home? For many people, it’s a leak in the pipes somewhere or a leak from a faucet. But the good news about a leak is that you can always shut off the water to temporarily get the problem under control. For even more people, the most annoying plumbing problem is one that can lead to mayhem if not fixed properly the first time around: a clogged toilet.

We know, we know: it’s not exactly a problem you want to discuss. But it always helps to have a plan in place for the next time this happens to you, whether it’s at your home or a guest’s. Here are our professional tips on what to do about a clogged toilet (and some advice on when it’s time to give up and call in the pros!).

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Dealing with Common Sink Plumbing Problems

October 2nd, 2017

faucet-bathroom-handlesYour plumbing system has quite a few components to it. Of course, there are the pipes that lead throughout the home and underneath it. There are traps for each drain, along with plumbing vents to keep sewer gases out of the home. There are cleanouts and shutoff valves and a water heater, along with hot and cold water lines. And, of course, there are a number of plumbing fixtures and appliances you use every day, like the toilet and washing machine.

And yet, there’s one part of any kitchen and bathroom that seems to experience problems more than anything else in the home: the sink. When you experience problems with your kitchen or bathroom sink, there may be some things you can do before you call in a plumber. Check out our advice on what to look for, how to get sink plumbing problems under control, and when to call in a plumber.

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3 Things to Look for in a Commercial Plumbing Company

September 11th, 2017

office-restroom-commercial-sinksSome plumbing problems around the home are things you can repair yourself with the turn of a screwdriver or a small drain auger. But when it comes to a commercial property, things aren’t so simple. It’s ill-advised to attempt fixing a problem that could impact an entire building without feeling certain of the outcome. Even an experienced handyman is not the best choice for commercial plumbing repair or installation, since their expertise does not lay in that one area.

If you have a commercial property in the Westwood, NJ area, make us your first choice for plumbing services. But no matter where you live, we’ve got some guidance on how to find the right commercial plumbing company for all your needs.

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How Water Softeners Keep Your Plumbing Safe

September 4th, 2017

water-tap-sink-glassSurvey a group of homeowners about the worst problems they’ve come across and had to repair during their homeownerships, and plumbing problems are likely to be some of the most popular answers. A problem with your plumbing system may result in drainage issues or even backup through the sink, but water piping issues can be just as bad.

And one of the plumbing problems that may take you by surprise during your homeownership has to do with the quality of your water. We’re not talking about bacteria and other pollutants. That’s an entirely different problem. Today, we focus on hard water: what it is, how it wreaks havoc on a plumbing system, and how a water softener can help.

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How Water Heaters Benefit from Periodic Maintenance

August 21st, 2017

water-heater-plumbingA water heater is a tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to withstand high heat levels and water volume, supplying heat to water throughout the day and night, so you know it was manufactured to be up to the job.

Of course, that doesn’t make a water heater infallible. In fact, a hot water heater needs more work than you may think, throughout the time you own your home, if you really want it to remain in the best possible condition. We cannot guarantee that your water heater won’t break if you follow these steps, but we can tell you that your water heater has a better chance of making it through its expected lifespan when you take the time to maintain it (or have a professional handle that work).

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Bathroom Plumbing Is a Common Source of Serious Problems

August 7th, 2017

bathroom-plumbing-repairWhen dealing with plumbing problems in the home, the bathroom is the most common place to have them. It’s the most concentrated point of of the plumbing system in many cases: the spot where three or four outlets at the minimum occupy a very small piece of space. And it sees heavy use every day. It’s the first place you visit when you get up in the morning and the last place you stop at on the way to bed at night. When problems arise there, they can bring your household screeching to a halt very easily. Keeping an eye out for trouble in your bathroom can be a good way to stop problems before they start.

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