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Earth Day: 6 Plumbing Ideas to Conserve Water

Earth Day’s Inception began on April 22, 1969.  Since then our awareness of the need for conversation of our greatest resources have dramatically improved. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to leave our world a better place than we found it.The good news is that there are benefits to this consciousness that have […]

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If you are like most Americans, your home is one of your most valuable assets. And, once you have it, its upkeep and maintenance are your responsibility. Among these responsibilities is ensuring that your home’s plumbing system doesn’t ever malfunction.Plumbing issues come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. From the relatively minor and inexpensive […]

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How to Stay Dry… by Keeping Your Sump Pump Clean

Multiple regions have experienced record rainfall this summer. Those storms likely have left more than a few flooded basements in their wake. Unfortunately, this disaster occasionally strikes homeowners who thought they were protected by a functioning sump pump.  When they find out that the unit malfunctioned due to overdue maintenance the results are less than […]

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What is the Right Temperature for My Water Heater?

There seems to be a common misconception that the maximum temperature allowable for a water heater is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This idea is compounded by the safety warnings on some water heaters informing owners that temperatures in excess of 125 degrees can cause serious injuries and death. Similarly, there are plumbing codes capping the maximum temperature […]

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Wait! Don’t Flush That! 8 Items that Should Never be Flushed

Whether you run on septic or sewer system, some items should never go down the toilet. Common do-not-flush items are posted in public restrooms across the country. Most of us know that we shouldn’t flush sanitary products, diapers, and paper towels due to their expanding properties and the notorious clogs they cause.But did you know […]

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Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Plumbing Problems this Spring

With so much to do in the spring to get ready for warm weather, it’s easy to neglect the plumbing that we rely on to work every day—usually until there’s a big problem! There are things you can do in and around your home to prevent plumbing issues and to spot small problems before they […]

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Pain in the Drain: How the Holidays Can Affect Your Plumbing

Homes suffer a significant amount of stress during the holiday season. With friends and family visiting, and an increase in cooking, your drains and sewer lines could struggle to keep up with the activity. A clogged pipe can cost homeowners a lot of time and money better spent on gifts and entertaining.Fortunately, there are precautions […]

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Keep Your Home in Top Shape by Following an Annual Maintenance Schedule

While owning a home can be very rewarding, it can also be overwhelming and expensive if maintenance is neglected. Performing regularly scheduled home maintenance can greatly reduce the chance of unexpected repair expenses and components failing. Although maintenance may vary by region and age of the home, try following this easy monthly schedule to keep […]

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3 Ways to Protect Animals from the Perils of Human Plumbing

The miracle of indoor plumbing allows us to effortlessly wash and flush waste away from our homes — but that pipeline isn’t always a one-way street. When various problems arise, noxious sewer odors can come marching right back up the pipes and into your home. In addition to being unpleasant, those odors can bring health […]

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