August 30, 2019

Dumping household waste down the drain seems so easy, but do you know how much damage it can cause to your drain and sewer system? Sure, it’s easy to pour that bacon grease down the sink after you cook breakfast, but even the smallest amount can cause major issues.

Improper disposal of waste in your toilet or sink can result in clogs, backed up drains, or other malfunctions. These appliance systems have their limits, and even...

August 28, 2019

The plumbing in your walls is extremely important and needs to be reliable, but it should be so quiet you don’t even remember that it’s there. However, sometimes plumbing can decide to make its presence known, and does so with a thumping or rattling noise that’s both annoying and worrisome.

To help you better understand what’s going on, here are three reasons this rattling noise can happen.

Water Hammer

This banging or rattling...

August 23, 2019

If you have to brace yourself for an annoying sound every time you wash your hands, it's time to get to work remedying the problem. There are a few different reasons why you could have noises coming from your plumbing.

Try the following steps to root out the problem and bring peace to your home:

  • Check on the Aerator: The cause of your noisy faucet could be mineral deposits in the aerator -- the screen that screws into...

August 21, 2019

Calcium buildup, often called limescale, comes from water that carries dissolved calcium salts (calcium carbonate or calcium bicarbonate). Water high in calcium and other minerals is called hard water. If your water is hard, you’ll notice a lot of white buildup or scale around your faucets and drains, as well as in your appliances that use water. If your water contains a lot of iron as well, the buildup may take on a rusty or...

August 16, 2019

You count on the water coming from your taps to be clean and clear. So what if the color and taste are suddenly a little off? The culprit could be rust, and depending on the age of your pipes and water heater, it could be coming from inside your house.

There’s also a chance rusty water could stem from your public water supply, especially if you live in an older city that hasn’t refurbished its water system in many decades. But...

August 14, 2019

Hair buildup causes slow drains and messy backups that render your sink, shower or tub unusable until the drains are cleared. What’s worse, over time these buildups can cause mainline clogs in your sewer pipes, which are much more difficult and expensive to fix than simple drain clogs. Backed-up water also puts extra pressure on your waste pipes, stressing them and shortening their useful lifespan.

The best way to avoid all th...

August 8, 2019

Many parts of California—especially parts of the South and East Bay—have hard water. If your home is in one of these hard water areas, your house, plumbing, and body could be suffering the consequences. There is a solution to this problem: installing a water softener. But what exactly does this plumbing fixture do and how does it work?

Why Do You Need a Water Softener?

Is your bathroom and kitchen filled with hard water stains...

August 2, 2019

There are a lot of different appliances and gadgets that we use throughout the day as modern homeowners, but few can claim to be quite as vital as our water heaters are.  Just think of all that you use hot water for throughout the day, and it will be clear just how vital your water heater is to your day to day life. From showering before work to doing the dishes after dinner and running your washing machine, your water heater...

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