Professional Plumbing Tips

Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Toilet Flapper

new flush valve seal

Attached to the handle by a chain, the toilet flapper is the rubber piece that lifts when the toilet is flushed, allowing water to flow into the bowl. If you hear the water continuously running in your toilet tank or if it seems to take too long to fill, most likely you need the flapper, or the flush valve seal replaced. If the toilet occasionally flushes on its own, that too, can be a result of a worn-out flapper.

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Water Heater First Hour Rating: What You Need to Know

small electric water heater

When it comes to hot water heaters, ensuring you've selected the right size and type for your family is important, and part of that process is understanding First Hour Rating.

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Plumber's Tape: How and Where to Use It

spool of white plumber's tape

"Plumber's tape... isn't that how you guys hold your pants up?" While this is good for a chuckle, improper use of plumber's tape is no joke. Plumber's tape is a stretchy, smooth polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane that seals water and gas pipe fittings. It's packaged on spools that resemble rolls of surgical tape, and this is entirely appropriate given that both materials have the same purpose: to securely and precisely join two surfaces.

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The Importance of Your Pool’s Plumbing System

in ground pool kept clean with proper plumbing system

The summer heat can make outdoor sports and activities a bit of a struggle... unless there's a pool nearby! Taking a swim is a great way to cool off and get your exercise. Looking to install your first pool this season? Among considering things like pool heaters and thermal covers, you may be overlooking one of the most important aspects of owning a pool: the plumbing!

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3 Handy Tools to Keep Your Sink and Shower Drains Unclogged

water draining slowly in sink due to a clogged pipe

A clogged drain can be a real annoyance, especially if you live with multiple people. Stepping into a tub full of water after someone has just taken a shower is not the most enjoyable experience. Keeping your drains clog-free is important but most chemical drain cleaners can be corrosive and harmful to your pipes and your family. Fortunately, there are a few drain clearing tools that are safe to use and will help keep your pipes free flowing.

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