14 May

Plumbing Maintenance Tips For Spring and Summer

Most of us only give our plumbing pipes a second thought when something has gone horribly wrong with them. (See also: frozen pipes post) However, spring and summer are the perfect time to perform a little plumbing maintenance when the weather is warm and your plumbing use is different than in the winter months. Spring and Summer Plumbing Maintenance Give your hard working plumbing a little love this ...

10 Apr

6 Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer is coming! Is your plumbing ready? Here are 6 tips for keeping your plumbing in tip top shape this summer: Playing outside means more dirt, and more dirty clothes. Make sure you check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks, and cracks. Also be sure to clean out your dryer lint regularly.

17 Mar

Spring Plumbing Tips: 15 Simple Plumbing Tips to Help You Save Money

Spring Plumbing Tips We found this awesome article on JustCallHeritage.Com.. Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to do some “Spring Cleaning” for your home’s pipe and drainage systems. Here are 15 quick and simple Spring Plumbing Tips to protect your home against plumbing problems: Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water. Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If ...

16 Feb

Prevent Mold Growth In Your Home With These Tips

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It's rainy season around here, and that means wet. Everywhere, and on everything. One of the drawbacks of our temperate but moist climate is mold growth. Mold loves it around here. If you have any leaks, cracks, or plumbing troubles you have yet to find, mold growth could be your first clue that something is "off." The situation may arise, also, where you've had a

06 Feb

How To Replace Faucet Aerators

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Ready for some DIY plumbing this weekend? Faucet aerators are small appliances installed on the end of faucets. They help with the efficiency of your faucet by introducing air flow into the water stream. Adding or replacing a faucet aerator is a small, inexpensive way to reduce water use and save money on your water and heating bills.  Parts of Faucet Aerators There are several parts to an aerator that all work ...

12 Jan

How To Drain Your Water Heater

Did you know you should drain your water heater occasionally? It's an often overlooked home maintenance step, but one that can save you costly repairs. How To: Drain Your Water Heater Over time, sediment collects in the bottom of your water heater. Here are the steps to drain it and help keep it in perfect working order for as long as possible:

03 Jan

Unjam A Garbage Disposal

How To: Unjam A Garbage Disposal You can unjam a garbage disposal yourself, without a master plumbing certification. Jammed garbage disposals can be quite a nuisance especially when they clog up your kitchen sink. The good news is that it is often a simple task to unjam the disposal.   As you can see from the image, a disposal will jam, ...

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 ...

10 Dec

Keep Your Pipes From Freezing And What To Do If Disaster Strikes

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How do you keep your pipes from freezing? There's always a possibility of  frozen pipes when temperatures skid to the 32 degrees-and-below mark. Here are a few tips on how to keep your pipes from freezing, and what to do if disaster strikes: Keep Your Pipes From Freezing: Let your faucets drip overnight, particularly uninsulated pipes located on an exterior wall. Lukewarm water is your best bet. Keep cabinet doors to ...