BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

What If the Plumbing Leaks While You’re at Work?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

pipe-leak-waterIt’s important to know where the water shutoff valves are in your home. Should the plumbing system spring a leak, it’s an inconvenience, but you can certainly go to a dedicated shutoff valve (located beside the toilet, sink, or fixture it services) or turn off the water to the whole house to stop the flow of water and then call in a plumber for help.

Of course, if a plumbing leak occurs while you’re at work, there’s no way to know about it, and no one home to shut off the water.  What can you do in this situation? And is there any way to prevent it from happening?

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Why You’ll Need a Plumber for Your Next Remodel

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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 Plumbing Upgrades that Save Money Over Time

Monday, 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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What to Do about a Clogged Toilet

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Bathroom Plumbing Is a Common Source of Serious Problems

Monday, 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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Watch What You Throw Down the Drain

Monday, July 24th, 2017

drain-clogs-plumbingDrain clogs rank among the most common problems faced by plumbers, created whenever any inappropriate material is flushed down your sink or shower. Store-bought solutions such as cleansers create quick-fix answers that are often incomplete, while professional plumbers have the tools and technology to properly get rid of any clog. But we believe that prevention is the best solution, avoiding the cost of dealing with a clog by preventing that clog in the first place.

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Professional Plumbers Handle the Issue the Right Way

Monday, June 26th, 2017

pluming-professional-repairPlumbing issues are common in most homes, particularly clogs and leaks, which most homeowners will have to deal with in one way or another. The typical response is to deal with such issues via a store-bought solution, such as a chemical cleanser or perhaps a snake purchased at the local grocery store. In many cases, however, this can be a mistake.

Professional plumbing services, even for seemingly minor issues, can take care of the problem much more thoroughly than any store-bought do-it-yourself product. The reasons why are numerous, but there are three you particularly need to pay attention to.

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