February 27, 2019

Picture this: you're taking a nice, relaxing shower and then, out of nowhere, you realize that water is pooling below you and coming up past your ankles. Before you take another shower, you're going to have to unclog the tub drain. But what do you do?

Chemical drain cleaner may come to mind first, but this is a harmful way to unclog drains for a few reasons. First, repeated use of harsh chemicals can damage your pipes and lead...

February 23, 2019

If your dishwasher isn't working correctly, there's a good chance your sewer line is clogged. Your dishwasher is connected to your kitchen sink's water supply line and its drainage system and it won't function properly if one of those is plugged. Yes, it could be food or debris doing it, but it could also be a symptom of something worse. 

Here are 5 ways you can tell if your dishwasher is clogged. 

1. Gurgling.

Hearin...

February 21, 2019

Your water heater is something you don't think about until your hot water flow gets interrupted. Over time, your hot water heater tank will accumulate sediment from the minerals and particulates in your fresh water supply. If the sediment is not removed, it can cause leaking, cold showers, odd noises, and even shorten the lifespan of your water heater. Depending on the mineral content of your local water supply, sediment may...

February 15, 2019

This article originally appeared on Today.com

Your toilet’s clogged again, and this time it’s all your fault. (Blame all those Super Bowl snacks.) To help you avoid any future clogs, floods or breakdowns, we asked plumbers across the country to share their customers’ biggest mistakes — and how they can be avoided.

1. YOU REACH FOR THE DRANO.

Forget using chemicals to open or clear drains — they rarely get the job all the way don...

February 14, 2019

The Bay Area has been caught up in a bunch of storms as of late, so we think now is about as good of a time as ever to talk about your plumbing during wet weather. You may not think that rain can cause plumbing issues, but you'd be surprised. 

Here are three plumbing problems that are caused by rain:

Broken Pipes

Especially if there has been a long dry spell, heavy rains can cause the ground to shift considerably, to the point t...

February 8, 2019

All of us try to use the same toilet for years and years. Although toilets are designed to last, even the best ones break down and need replacement. 

Here are the 4 main signs you need a new toilet. 

IT CLOGS A LOT

Having your toilet clog every now and then isn't a big deal, but if you're grabbing that plunger every single time you flush, it's probably time for a new toilet. 

IT HAS CRACKS

Most toilets are made out of porcelain, s...

February 6, 2019

This may sound crazy, but it is actually possible to unclog a toilet without using a plunger! Better yet, you can do it in only 5 steps. 

Here's what to do:

STEP 1: STOP THE WATER FLOW TO THE TOILET

The most important step is to stop the flow of water into the toilet. Remove the lid and pull the float up to stop the flow immediately. Then, shut off the water using the valve at the wall near the base of the toilet. 

STEP 2: S...

February 1, 2019

The water heater is one of the most important pieces of equipment in any home. Without it, hot showers, fresh laundry and clean dishes are impossible. Most water heaters last around 11 years, but if they don't get proper maintenance, they might go much earlier. 

Here are 3 things you can do to maintain your water heater. 

1) CHECK THE TEMPERATURE

Always monitor the thermostat on your water heater. Some are set to 140 degree...

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