It is well known that most people like to save money on home repairs. But it’s important to know which plumbing issues require a professional plumber, one with the technical training, skills and experience to diagnose and repair the problem. Here are some common issues homeowners tend to experience, and why you should leave the repairs to the professionals.
We should always be mindful of our water consumption, but this is especially important during the summer, when recreational and landscaping water usage greatly increase. This past June was abnormally dry in the greater Washington area, and over the last few weeks we have begun to hear that dreaded word: drought. Here are a few tips for conserving water. Taking action may have other benefits, too!
No-one wants to deal with unexpected plumbing damage and costly repairs. Your best defense against most plumbing disasters is diligent attention—recognizing signs of trouble and fixing problems before they wreak havoc on your household.
It’s time to break out the sandals and shorts. It’s also time to make sure that your plumbing is primed and ready for spring.
If you have a plumbing emergency, or if you decide to do some plumbing maintenance yourself, knowing how to shut off the water supply can be critical to a successful outcome.
What is the difference between a plumbing problem and a plumbing emergency? It’s important to know because emergency calls are expensive, but prolonged or severe water damage can seriously strain your pocketbook and put your health and safety at risk.
Ice can form in water supply pipes leading to exposed outdoor faucets when temperatures dip to 28 degrees or below. If your outdoor faucets aren’t properly prepared for winter, water damage from frozen pipes may occur.
Fortunately, you can winterize your outdoor faucets in just a few easy steps
As the holiday season approaches, your plumbing fixtures and pipes could use a little loving attention to ensure that you—and your guests—make it through the festivities without mishap. Take a few minutes to walk through your house and check your plumbing. Most of the issues and/or problems listed below are easily remedied. You can do many of them yourself.
Our checklist to help keep things operating smoothly:
Is your normally dependable supply of hot water letting you down? Suddenly there isn’t any, or it runs out halfway through your shower? Is there a nasty odor, or a cloudy or colored flow when you turn on the faucet?
Fortunately, conventional (tank) water heaters–both electric and gas–have more or less retained their simplicity in this age of increasingly sophisticated appliances. Thankfully, troubleshooting a conventional water heater also remains pretty straightforward.