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Plumbing Resolutions for the New Year

  • Categories: Plumbing
  • Date: January 4, 2017

What are your resolutions for the new year? Losing weight? Exercise? Chances are, taking care of your home’s plumbing did not make the list. But we are going to give you some resolutions anyway. Keep them handy; they may save you money and aggravation. Have a full home plumbing inspection. You never know what a […]

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Gas Pipes

  • Categories: Plumbing
  • Date: December 12, 2016

Most people do not know it, but plumbers install and repair gas piping.  Gas piping can be very beneficial.  Consider these examples: Using a natural gas line to barbecue is much more convenient that lugging around and constantly replacing propane tanks.  Plus you don’t run the risk of the tank running out of gas while […]

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Lead in Your Drinking Water

Lead in drinking water has certainly been in the news.  Earlier this year, there were the horrific stories of lead in the drinking water in Flint, MI.  Then, a few weeks ago, the city of Highland Park shut off faucets in city-owned facilities after they tested high for lead.  The EPA mandates that water contain […]

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Battery Back-Up Sump Pumps

After the torrential rains we had the other night, our phones were ringing off the hook with people telling us their back-up sump pumps were beeping.  So we thought this would be a good time to talk about back-up sump pumps, because we have a feeling it will rain again. Back-up pumps go off for […]

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RPZ Devices

RPZ (Reduced Pressure Zone) devices are backflow prevention devices that protect drinking water and your municipal water supply from contamination. RPZ devices prevent contaminants from entering the water supply if reduced pressure exists in the supply piping.  This reduced pressure can be caused by a water leak in the house, house water service break, municipal […]

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Bathroom Safety – More Tips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 235,000 people aged 15 and over visit emergency rooms every year due to accidents that occur in the bathroom.  Almost 14% are hospitalized.  The injury rate is significantly higher for women. Last month we talked to you about ways to avoid slipping in the bathroom.  […]

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Bathroom Safety – Avoid Slips and Falls

We use the bathroom several times a day.  The activities are so routine that we often do them without thinking. Yet the bathroom is one of the primary places accidents in the home occur.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 235,000 people aged 15 and over visit emergency rooms every year […]

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Keeping the Lead Out of Your Water

  • Categories: Plumbing
  • Date: February 14, 2016

The horrific stories about lead in the drinking water in Flint, MI understandably have people around the world worried about the potential of lead being in their drinking water.  So let’s talk about lead, starting with the Romans. The symbol for lead on the periodic table is Pb, which stands for Plumbus, which is Latin […]

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Buying a Water Softener

  • Categories: Plumbing
  • Date: December 21, 2015

From time to time you have undoubtedly read about hard water vs. soft water, and the advantages and disadvantages of both.  Hard water is generally preferred for drinking, while soft water is preferred for bathing, doing laundry and general cleaning. The hardness of water is measured in grains per gallon, or GPGs.  The higher the […]

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Ceiling Leaks

It’s one of a homeowner’s worst nightmares.  A water spot on the ceiling.  Or, worse, water leaking from the ceiling.  It can cause drywall and structural damage, mold growth, and damage to your possessions if the leak becomes major. While your immediate inclination may be to call your friendly neighborhood plumber, there may be other […]

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