03 Feb

Plumbing Tips for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine's Day is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to show your plumbing system some love. Here are a few maintenance tips from BlueFrog to help keep your plumbing system in good shape. Home Plumbing Tips: Locate Your Water Shut Off Valve - Knowing where your main water shut off valve is located will help prevent water damage in an emergency. If you ever experience a plumbing leak, you ...

08 Oct

Water Heater Fire Prevention: Keep Your Home And Family Safe

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This week is National Fire Prevention Week. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, home fires caused 13,910 injuries, 2,520 deaths, and caused $6.9 billion dollars in direct damage. Water heaters can be particularly deadly because of the high risk of explosion. In 2005, there were an estimated 7,300 reported home fires involving water heaters that caused 70 deaths, 310 injuries, and $141 million ...

24 Mar

Water Heater Safety Tips: Prevent Fires, Burns and Explosions

Fires caused by water heaters seem to make the news regularly. We hear stories about water heaters causing devastating fires and injury, not to mention loss of belongings and even entire homes. We tend to take our water heaters for granted; if you are getting hot water when you need it, then water heater safety is essentially out of sight-out of mind. However, taking the time to regularly 

17 Jan

Does Your Water Heater Backdraft?

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A backdrafting water heater is a silent hazard in your home. Most of us hear the word 'backdraft' and think of an early-90's movie starring Kurt Russell, including explosions and all-consuming flames. There is another type of backdraft, however, and that's the one we're going to be talking about.  First, let's define the type of backdraft we're discussing:  "A current of air or water that flows backward down a chimney, ...