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Pros and Cons of Radiant Floor Heating

Posted by Joey Haack on Apr 30, 2021 11:15:00 AM

Have you ever considered a heated floor system? Radiant floor heating is typically installed during the building process but can also be installed after a home is built. You can install radiant heat throughout your entire house to replace your conventional forced-air HVAC system or in specific areas to give your space a luxurious feel.

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Topics: heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical

Plumbing Problems to Avoid When You Leave Home This Winter

Posted by Joey Haack on Feb 26, 2020 9:30:00 AM

If you’re going south for the winter, you don’t want to come home to a plumbing disaster. Before you head out of town, make sure your house is prepared to withstand the cold temperatures while you’re gone.

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Topics: plumbing

5 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

Posted by Joey Haack on May 18, 2019 11:45:00 AM

Plumbing is part of your everyday life. Unfortunately, so are its defects. Don’t let common plumbing issues trip you up! Check out these five commonly asked plumbing questions—and their answers. 

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Topics: plumbing

What Are Common Causes of Pipe Corrosion?

Posted by Joey Haack on Apr 15, 2019 2:33:00 PM

It works silently, secretly destroying the very makeup of your home’s plumbing. As a homeowner, it’s important to recognize the threat of corrosion and understand its consequences. Here’s what you need to know about what causes corrosion and how you can monitor for its effects.  

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Topics: plumbing, maintenance

Is It Safe to Use Chemical Drain Cleaners?

Posted by Joey Haack on Mar 12, 2019 1:46:00 PM

When you’re in a quick pinch, it can be tempting to dump a bit of chemical drain cleaner down your sink and expect it to fix your clogged pipes. Unfortunately, chemical drain cleaners can do far more damage than you might expect.

Not only that, but products like Drano and Green Gobbler are rarely effective and can hide the true source of your plumbing problem. Instead of reaching for a bottle of stinky chemicals, consider using natural drain cleaners, getting out the drain snake, or enlisting the help of a professional. You may be surprised to find out the different ways drain cleaners are unsafe to use. 

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Topics: plumbing

What Is Heat Tape for Ice Dam Prevention?

Posted by Joey Haack on Feb 12, 2019 2:20:00 PM

Unwanted ice buildup on your roof can cause significant damage to your home. Large ice dams and icicles also pose a threat to your safety. One of the easiest ways to combat ice dams is to install heat tape across your roof and gutter system.

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Topics: roofing, plumbing, gutters, ice dam prevention

How to Treat Frozen Pipes in the Winter

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 4, 2019 2:33:00 PM

Frozen pipes can become a costly, disastrous problem if left alone too long. When it comes to plumbing pipes and freezing outdoor temperatures, the smartest and least expensive path is prevention. By preparing your pipes ahead of time, you can avoid a serious disaster during the winter. If you don’t take any precautions, your pipes could crack and burst. In a worst-case scenario, you could be forced to replace your entire plumbing system. To prevent your pipes from freezing or thaw already-frozen pipes, follow the tips in this guide.

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Topics: plumbing

Should I Repair or Replace Leaky Faucets?

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 29, 2018 1:38:00 PM

It’s right up there next to nails on a chalkboard: the sound of a leaky faucet. Something has to be done for the sake of your sanity (and water bill), but how do you know whether it’s time to repair or replace? Check out this guide on when to fix it and when to throw in the towel. 

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Topics: plumbing

Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak in Your Home

Posted by Joey Haack on Oct 23, 2018 1:23:00 PM

Leaks in your home can be difficult to detect because so many pipes are hidden from view under floors and inside ceilings and walls. By the time you notice you have a problem, some of the damage could be irreparable, which makes early detection crucial. Knowing what signs to look for can help you discover a leak early and limit the damage it causes.

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Topics: plumbing

Symptoms of Clogged Pipes in Your Home

Posted by Joey Haack on Sep 21, 2018 3:19:00 PM

Has your shower been driving you nuts lately with its unsteady flow or low pressure? Have you noticed a nasty smell emanating from your kitchen sink or another drain in your home? Maybe the water in your toilet has been backing up or comes a little too close to overflowing after flushing. Any of these symptoms could be due to a clogged pipe.

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Topics: plumbing