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Why Do Store-Bought Means of Drain Cleaning Rarely Work?

March 12th, 2018

drain-cleaning-servicesWhen clogs show up in people’s drains, it usually does so at the least opportune time: when you’re cleaning the dishes, for example, or preparing a meal. Most of the time, people look for quick solutions to such problems, typically by buying a cleanser or plumbing snake at the local supermarket or hardware store. Unfortunately, store-bought means of cleaning drains rarely work the way they should, which means that the problem doesn’t really get solved. A professional plumbing service is almost always the best choice to deal with a clog in your drains. Why do store- bought means of drain cleaning rarely work? In part because they can address your particular problem.

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3 Qualities to Look for With Professional Heating Repair

February 26th, 2018

heating-repair-serviceWe’re approaching the end of heating season, as winter enters its last few weeks and spring looks to return before too much longer. This is the part of the year where heating repair calls are the most common. Most homes in the area have been running their heaters on a daily basis for several months, and all of that strain inevitable takes its toll. A good heating repair service is invaluable during the last stages of winter, and if your heater runs into trouble, you want to make sure you contact the right service to help.

It can be difficult sometimes to determine which service is the right one, however. There are a number of them in the area and most of them will do a decent job. When it comes to your heating system, however, “decent” just isn’t good enough, and while only you the homeowner can ultimately decide which service will work best for you, there are a few guidelines you can look for that can help separate the merely decent services from the really good ones.

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Signs to Look for in a Good Plumber

February 12th, 2018

plumbing-repair-servicesOur plumbing systems are as important to our homes as the electricity and heating: vital for delivering clean water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. When trouble arises, you should always look for a professional plumber to deal with the issue rather than attempting repairs yourself. Professional plumbers have the training, experience and licensing to deal with all kinds of issues, and even a seemingly minor problem benefits from the kind of attention that a good service can bring. If you can resolve your plumbing problem with a plunger and a little elbow grease, the next step is to call a service.

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Trust a Plumber to Handle Clogs in Your Drains

January 29th, 2018

plumbing-repair-servicesClogs in our drain pipes are fairly common occurrences, and it’s never pleasant to see the water in your sink or tub backing up instead of draining away like you need it to. The go-to solution for such problems is to purchase a store-bought cleanser or perhaps a snake from a nearby hardware store. Such methods and cheap and relatively inexpensive, which is why they’re so popular. Unfortunately, they rarely work effectively and must often be applied multiple times to fix the problem. A professional plumber, on the other hand, can get the clog fixed the right way and ensure that it doesn’t trouble you again.

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Cracked Heat Exchangers Require Heating Repair Services

January 15th, 2018

cracked-heat-exhcangersWith winter in full force and cold weather now the norm in our neck of the woods, your furnace is going to be seeing daily use for months to come.  You can’t always anticipate when a breakdown will occur, but they’re reasonably common this time of year and some of them can be quite dire.

Take the issue of a cracked heat exchanger, for example. It’s a dangerous situation that can actually shut your heater down, and if it happens to your system, you need to call in a repair service immediately.  It’s especially prevalent in older systems where the warranty has expired and wear and tear have taken a huge toll. Here’s a quick look at what it all means.

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How Does Hydro-Jetting Make Drain Cleaning Easier?

January 1st, 2018

hydreo-jetting-servicesPlumbing problems always tend to get worse during the holidays, especially clogs in our drains. Big holiday meals means lots of foodstuffs poured down the drain, and that can sometimes mean things like hot fat (which can solidify in the pipes) or potato peelings (which can get tangled up in the pipes and are surprisingly tough). Then there’s the presence of family and friends over for big get-togethers, which can put additional strain on bathroom fixtures and similar pieces of plumbing. Clogs tend to be very common during the holidays, and they usually need to get treated fairly quickly since they involve things like the toilet or the kitchen sink which you can’t do without for long. 

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Beware of Low Air Flow in Your Furnace

December 18th, 2017

low-air-flowWinter is almost here, and chances are you’ve been running your heater on a regular basis by now. That’s only going to become more frequent as 2017 draws to a close and low temperatures become a daily part of life. It’s very important to pay close attention to your heater and watch for signs of any trouble. If problems crop up, now is the ideal time to get them treated: before winter begins in earnest when you can schedule repairs at a time that is convenient to you, instead of having to run around to fix a broken heater in the middle of a cold spell later in the winter.

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Tips for Bathroom Plumbing Remodeling

November 5th, 2017


Bathroom remodeling projects can be very exciting. The bathroom is one of the more important places in the home, after all: 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. If it looks ugly — or even just out of date — or the fixtures aren’t working the way you’d like, a remodeling project can literally change everything. With the right team on your side, you can turn this most important part of the home into a place you can really feel good about.

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3 Possible Improvements for your Kitchen Plumbing

October 23rd, 2017

kitchen-plumbing-improvementsYour kitchen is one of the most important parts of the house: the place where you prepare meals and gather to discuss important events of the day. With the exception of your bathroom, no plumbing fixtures receive more use than those in your kitchen. If you’re looking at making improvements to your kitchen plumbing – either on their own or as part of a larger kitchen remodeling session – it pays to consider your options carefully.

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Watch for Signs You Need Heater Repair Services

October 9th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceWe’re firing up our heaters more often these days, as the weather grows cooler and fall slowly turns to winter. If you have a problem with your heating system, now is the time to do something about it: when you still have several weeks before the cold temperatures really hit and you can schedule a repair session to deal with the issue at your leisure. That beats waiting for the problem to cause a breakdown – usually in the midst of a cold front – forcing you to scramble for repairs and possibly costing you a great deal more in the process.

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