Professional Plumbing Tips

Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

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Your home has many drains that could potentially clog: kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and bathtubs. You may have unwisely dumped grease, failed to use a drain catch, or maybe even had a child put soap down the drain again. Try these easy procedures to unclog drains in your home with some items you may have lying around the house. 

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How to Keep Your Septic Tank Running Efficiently

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Septic tanks are private, at-home, on-site sewage facilities that treat wastewater and sewage. These in-ground, watertight utilities are made from concrete, fiberglass or other materials. Septic tanks help prevent groundwater contamination. These structures can cleanse 1,000 gallons of wastewater from a home before releasing it back into the environment. Wastewater enters the tank from sewer pipes inside a home, waste breaks down within the tank, then flows out another end.

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A Basic Guide to Understanding Your Water Meter

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When was the last time you read your water meter? If the answer is greater than one month, you are not alone. Many homeowners and renters never take the time to read their water meters. Maybe you live in a city where someone from the water company comes out and reads the meter for you. Even if that is the case, you should take the time to check your meter occasionally. This will provide insight on how much water you are using, and also if there are any issues that need to be addressed. If you are still confused about reading your water meter, read on to better understand how to read your water meter.

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How to Prevent Basement Flooding

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When your basement floods from storm damage or plumbing problems, it can be extremely stressful. However, with a keen eye and by taking a few preventative and maintenance steps, you can considerably reduce the risk of flooding. The key is to prevent water from pooling near your home's foundation. Here are tips to prevent basement flooding:

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Use ENERGY STAR Appliances for Maximum Efficiency

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Appliances that receive the good ENERGY STAR rating can save consumers an estimated 30% or more on energy costs. HVAC systems, washers, refrigerators, clothes dryers, and other appliances are rated on a 1-100 scale on their energy use. The rating refers to the energy output for every unit of energy needed to run the appliance. A rating of 75 or more indicates an appliance will save energy. Energy efficiency is ideal, as it can save users a lot on energy bills and also contribute to a healthy environment since fewer greenhouse gases are emitted and less fossil fuels are used. A lot of energy can be used around the house, where ENERGY STAR-rated appliances can greatly help.

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