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Is Insulating Your Water Pipes a Good Idea?

Insulating the hot water pipes in your home reduces heat loss and can increase the water temperature by up to 4º F. Water pipe insulation is a cost-effective maintenance procedure that takes very little time to complete, yet represents a nice cost savings by letting you lower your water temperature setting. How to Protect Your [...]

Leaky Toilets Can Drain Your Bank Account – Don’t Let It Happen to You!

It’s not always easy to tell where a toilet leak is originating. Typically, it’s due to a toilet flapper or valve seal becoming old and/or worn out, but there are other reasons you may have a leaky toilet or two. Even a little leak can hurt your bank account: a running toilet can waste hundreds [...]

Your Garbage Disposal is Leaking! What Do You Do?

If left unfixed, a leaking garbage disposal is more than a mess – it can lead to other, bigger problems. Even the most trustworthy garbage disposal can develop the occasional leak. A leak doesn’t always mean replacing the unit, so do a little troubleshooting before rushing to buy a new one. All garbage disposal units [...]

5 Preventative Tips to Keep Clogs Away!

The best way to keep drains clog-free is to be careful about what goes into them. Obvious, right? Since no one’s perfect, slow or clogged drains are bound to happen. Your first best step for preventing drain clogs is to have them professionally inspected and cleaned. After that, use these five preventative tips to keep [...]

May 23rd, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

Do You Know Where Your Shut-off Valves Are? You Should!

All homes are equipped with gas and water emergency shut-off valves. They’re an important part of your home’s mechanical system, and it’s vital that you know where they’re located before an emergency occurs. What’s a Shut-Off Valve? A shut-off valve is simply a large knob you can use to turn off the water or gas [...]

May 11th, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

Top 4 Obvious Signs of Hard Water

For a written exam, a teacher asked her class to “briefly explain hard water.” One conscientious student submitted this answer: “Ice.” Few substances are as soft as water. Nothing can erode a rock like water’s continuous flow or drip! Here are some obvious signs your home or commercial property has hard water; its mineral-infused strength [...]

April 20th, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

After-Effects of a Flood – Steps to Take to Recover

It doesn’t matter if it’s a flood from overflowing creeks and bayous or if it’s a flood from a broken water pipe, as long as your family and pets are safe, it’s something you can handle. In fact, you’d almost be grateful if you suffered a laundry room flood rather than a whole-house flood; at [...]

Plumbing How-to: Manage the Effects of Hard Water Around Your Home

Hard water in your home can cause clogs, stains, and appliance damage. In Texas, you can have any mixture of minerals in your water, and you can tell what’s going on by the color of the stains. Here are ways to clean hard water build-up on bathroom and kitchen fixtures: Brown/black – manganese, other minerals [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

Keep Your Home Safe: Plumbing Appliance Product Recalls, 2015-16

Along with everything you do to keep your family safe and your home comfortable, it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to check product recalls as well as schedule annual dental, dermatology, veterinarian, HVAC maintenance, etc. appointments. You don’t have to check IF, when you purchased a product, you filled out the little white [...]

Think Again About Using a Liquid Drain Cleaner for your Clogged Drain

You’ve got a clogged drain. Of all the terrible things that could go wrong with your home’s plumbing, a clogged drain seems simple enough for a DIY (do-it-yourself). “Bypassing the plumber for a bottle of drain cleaner can do more harm than good,” says Chicago plumbing professional Tyler Diciolla. First, Do No Harm Angie’s List [...]

Don’t Ignore Water Pressure Problems

If you’ve noticed water pressure problems, then you need to act before your water goes from a stream to a trickle, an even greater problem. Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of things. Common causes of water pressure problems include: Corrosion inside pipes Leaks Mineral build-up in pipes Municipal water problems What [...]

January 14th, 2017|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

5 Tips to Help You Save Water All Over Your House

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. -Lao Tzu Water, water, everywhere! Seventy-one percent of our planet Earth is covered by water, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we are only able to use 1%. Our population continues to grow, and there are more people depending on [...]

How Exactly Does a Toilet Pump Work?

We take the humble toilet for granted when it works. When it doesn’t work, there is gloom and misery for all concerned. The toilet isn’t a complicated nor complex machine, and its parts are simple and efficient. Toilet Parts The toilet bowl has a siphon that is attached to a pipe with a u-bend. The [...]

How to Find a Leak in Plumbing Pipes Under Floors

“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” That’s a less than stellar idiom to begin with, but when applied to plumbing pipes, it’s downright dangerous. If a hidden water leak is unattended, you could be in a world of pain when you discover the damage it can do. Signs of a Leak If mold or [...]

Damaged Plumbing Pipes? Call Your Plumber

Our northern neighbors may have more experience with frozen plumbing pipes than we do, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a problem when we have a big freeze here in Southeast Texas. When your property suffers from frozen pipes, call your plumbing professional before they crack or burst. Once they break, you’ve got [...]

Bubbling Sound in Plumbing Pipes – Do You Need to Call a Plumber?

You step out of the shower, and you hear a bubbly, gurgling sound in the drain. Some things around the house make noise; your HVAC unit hums when it kicks on, the coffee maker hisses occasionally. But your plumbing pipes should be quiet. Do you need to call your plumber? Not yet. Why Plumbing Pipes [...]

Protect Your Plumbing This Winter

Our area’s older, historical homes are built to last! There are also many beautiful, well-constructed newer homes in Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah, Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball and surrounding northern Houston communities. Home construction is year-round in Texas, and it’s not surprising that many home builders don’t take into consideration the possibility of [...]

November 11th, 2016|Blog, Plumbing Tips|

Why Reliability and Professionalism are The Key to Quality Plumbing

There are many things to consider when looking for trustworthy plumbing services; you want a local company that is experienced and offers up-front pricing with no “surprises” during repair or maintenance. Your local plumbing company is invested in the community and you; everyone from the person who answers the phone to the plumbing specialist who [...]