10 Dec

Time to winterize your plumbing, Portland, Oregon

It's time to winterize your plumbing! Be ready for the cold that's coming and prevent water disasters, such as flooded basements from burst pipes, It's Time To Winterize Your Plumbing, Portland! Many of the water disasters that were the result of a freeze, could have been avoided with some basic winter maintenance. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is to either put it off too long or perform the task incorrectly. Standard ...

03 Nov

Get Your Plumbing Ready For Company

Is Your Plumbing Ready For Guests? You probably don't give your plumbing much thought when preparing to host company. You may clean and organize your house top to bottom, but you likely simply assume your plumbing is going to come through for you when you need it.  Except when it doesn't. Unfortunately, sometimes your plumbing breaks down at the worst possible times. For instance, when you have twenty people coming over to ...

01 Nov

Spooky Plumbing Leak Facts – Stop the Phantom flush!

   Running toilets, sometimes referred to as a toilet with a  "phantom flush", are often simple to repair. As shown above, there is a flapper that sits on the flush valve. This flapper, when activated or flushed, allows the water in the tank to displace the water in the bowl, thus "flushing the toilet".    Eventually these flappers will wear out, ...

10 Oct

Company Is Coming. How’s Your Plumbing?

Can Your Plumbing Handle A Holiday? You probably don't give your plumbing much thought when you're getting ready to host an event. You may clean and organize your house top to bottom, but I bet you just assume your plumbing is going to come through for you when you need it. Except when it doesn't. Unfortunately, sometimes your plumbing breaks down at the worst possible times. For example, when twenty people are coming over to ...

15 Sep

How To Inspect Your Water Heater

Do you know how to inspect your water heater? Inspecting your water heater regularly is a very important, but often over-looked home maintenance step. Water heaters typically last for 8-13 years, and if your water heater is over 10 years old, inspecting it at least annually is very important.  How To Inspect Your Water Heater Before You Start Have a bucket, hose, gloves, goggles, and protective clothing ready. Protect ...

03 Sep

Plumbing Maintenance Checklist: Get Ready For Winter

  • Karen Mares
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The cold weather will be here before you know it. Now is the time to make sure your plumbing is ready for winter. Here is a plumbing maintenance checklist to guide you through some basic winter prep tasks before it gets too cold: Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Drain exterior water lines and open taps (in cold areas) - these spots are often forgotten, ...

06 Aug

Gas Water Heaters: Most common problems explained to regular people.

  • Brenda Casey
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Gas water heaters are the most common type found in this area. The image above is a blow-up (no pun intended) of a typical gas water heater. Both gas and electric water heaters will have a cold water inlet on one side and the hot water outlet on the other side. Every homeowner should familiarize themselves with the water and gas ...

15 Jun

Solve These 5 Summer Plumbing Problems Before It’s Too Late

As the summer heat slowly begins to arrive, make sure you’re fully prepared for possible problems heat can cause to your plumbing. It’s never too early to get a routine check to make sure you’re all set for the next big heat wave. We came across this post created on http://nuhome.com and wanted to share it with you. Beat the heat now before it’s too late, check out the five major problems ...

04 May

Summertime Plumbing Tips to Help You Beat the Heat

It is HOT outside! You know what that means.. it’s summertime! Since it's so hot people everywhere are using more water than they usually do the rest of the year, particularly in swimming pools, watering lawns, and staying hydrated. In fact, water usage in the summer can go up two to four times during the summer months. Now, with all of the extra strain on our plumbing systems, it’s no surprise that we encounter ...