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Bathroom Remodel: Factors to Consider

February 20th, 2017

bathroom-remodel-factorsHome plumbing projects are high up on the list of home remodeling projects that you shouldn’t attempt on your own—and that’s because you could end up doing more harm that good, however well-intentioned the project may be. However, bathroom remodeling projects are becoming more and more popular, and with good reason.

While your bathroom may not be the first room you consider when you’re thinking of undergoing a home remodel of any kind, it’s easy to understand how you’d want to make this room as functional as possible, for your comfort and the comfort of your family, and perhaps even your guests. When you are ready to undergo an Olympia, WA bathroom remodeling project, we are the team to call. In the meantime, however, we have many factors for you to consider.

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Take Care to Avoid These Common Plumbing Emergencies

February 6th, 2017

avoid-these-plumbing-emergenciesIn addition to causing significant damage to your home, plumbing problems have the potential to negatively impact your water bills each month as even the smallest leak can account for a lot of wasted water. Fortunately, if you do run into a plumbing problem, you can rely on our quick and efficient Lacey, WA plumbing repairs. However, we can absolutely understand why you’d want to try to avoid having a plumbing problem to begin with—particularly an emergency. Keep reading for some common plumbing emergencies we receive calls for, and what you can do to potentially avoid them.

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Is Damage from Frozen Pipes Preventable?

January 23rd, 2017
A burst pipe - what you want to avoid this winter

A burst pipe – what you want to avoid this winter

If weather events such as Winter Storm Kori are any indication, winter time can pack quite the serious punch in Washington State. Of all the home components to protect and prepare for weather such as this, your DuPont, WA plumbing system should rank high on your list. The reason: the expansion of water as it transforms to ice puts a high amount of pressure on whatever is containing it—even if that is your metal or plastic pipes.

No matter how strong your plumbing system is—even if you’ve just recently had a brand new system installed—expanding water can cause the pipes to break. The pipes most susceptible to this damage include outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, garages, and even behind or under kitchen cabinets.

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How to Tell You Have a Leak

January 16th, 2017

If not caught quickly, plumbing leaks have the potential to cause thousands of dollars in damage, not only to the plumbing system itself but also to your property and the furnishings within. Unfortunately, they’re typically very hard for the average homeowner to detect, particularly since your piping runs behind walls and other unseen locations. If you know what to watch out for though, you might be able to detect warning signs of a leak, and know that it’s time to call for professional leak detection services.

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Watch for These Common Winter Plumbing Problems

January 10th, 2017

The holiday get-togethers may be over with, but winter is definitely a time we all stay indoors, and cook big, comfort-food type meals. That being said, you could be tempted to put all your food waste down the drain.

But if you have a garbage disposal, you’d be better of disposing of some items in your trash can—such as hard foods, fibrous foods such as celery, and excessive potato peels. This is just one of the common winter plumbing problems homeowners deal with. Keep reading to learn more.

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Why You Should Never Ignore Pinhole Leaks

January 2nd, 2017

When you hear the term “leak” you may envision water gushing from under your kitchen sink and flooding the entire bottom floor of your home, or a pipe behind a wall rupturing leaving you with an expensive mess. Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with something this dramatic. However, ignoring the much smaller leaks—those known as pinhole leaks–could lead to larger damages than you might expect.  What are pinhole leaks though, and why are they so bad?

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Water Heater Disasters that Professional Maintenance Can Completely Prevent

December 27th, 2016

Water heaters are one of those home appliances that are typically out of sight, and as a result, out of mind. That is, until something goes wrong. If you’re fortunate, when something goes wrong it will just be a simple repair need and your water heater will be back up and running in no time.

However, if you skip maintenance, then you could find yourself facing one of the following disasters. We don’t just think “maintenance is a good idea.” We see it as an absolute necessity, to keep your home and your family safe.

Avoid Home Flooding

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What’s Causing Your Bathroom Clogs?

December 19th, 2016

There aren’t many household problems that are more inconvenient than that of a drain clog. Chances are pretty high that at some point during homeownership, you will need to deal with a clogged sink or shower drain in your bathroom. If you are lucky, you’ll be able to relieve the clog with a plunger. But sometimes a plunger is not enough.

Your natural inclination then may be to try store-bought chemical drain cleaner. Unfortunately, these cleaners are pretty abrasive and can actually end up doing more harm to your pipes than good. Additionally, this only provides a temporary solution as it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. So then, what exactly causes bathroom clogs?

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Factors to Consider When Relocating a Water Heater

December 12th, 2016

Do you currently have a standard tank water heater? The storage tank water heater is still a very viable option for many homes today. But if you need to or want to utilize the space in which it’s occupying, you can be facing a problem. While one solution is to upgrade to tankless water heater, this may not be a very economically sound choice if your water heater is only a couple years old. But moving your water heater is not exactly a simple process, and hiring trained plumbing professionals is vital to ensuring the job is done right.

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How to Best Protect Your Plumbing This Winter

December 5th, 2016

Winter may not officially be here quite yet, however temperatures have definitely cooled down considerably, signaling that the heating season is certainly here. With that cold weather comes a number of potential issues, from ice on your walkways to keeping your home warm and comfortable for your family and guests.

One additional winter challenge that is important not to overlook is that of your plumbing system. While our temperatures typically don’t drop below freezing, it has happened before and could always happen again. With everything you have to think about as a homeowner, burst pipes are certainly not something you want to deal with. So how can you protect your plumbing to reduce the risk of this occurring?

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