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Garbage disposals: How do they work?

Posted by Agentis on Jan 3, 2018 1:37:39 PM

Often we assume garbage disposals are simply comprised of a motor powering a set of rotating blades that work to cut up our food. 

However, garbage disposals are a lot more complicated than that. 

Here’s how they work:

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Topics: Disposal, Garbage Disposal, Garbage Disposal repair

The Stubborn Clog (And How to Fix It!)

Posted by Agentis on Dec 27, 2017 11:51:14 AM

We all have that one drain in our house that just refuses to clear. 

You’ve probably tried many different fixes, and none of them seem to work. Luckily, there are other ways you can try to clear this stubborn clog if you have the time and money. 

Before fixing the clog, you may want to add a few new tools in your arsenal – a sink plunger and – if you’re a more ambitious do-it-yourself-type – a plumber’s snake or cable auger. You can rent an electric power auger if the clog is far from the drain or very large.

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Topics: Clogged, Bathroom Drain

Water Heater: An Annual Inspection Can Eliminate Surprises

Posted by Agentis on Dec 18, 2017 11:45:44 AM

Want to avoid waking up to find your shower water won’t heat up? 

Then it’s a good idea to have your water heater inspected annually. Here are some of the things that a professional will do during an annual water heater inspection to help keep you in hot water all year around.

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Topics: Water Heater, Replace water heater, Maintenance, Inspection

Water Heater Maintenance: The Most Common Problems

Posted by Agentis on Dec 13, 2017 1:01:05 PM

What are the most common problems for water heaters?

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Topics: Water Heater, Replace water heater, Maintenance

Water Heater Efficiency and Safety: a Few Quick Tips

Posted by Agentis on Dec 8, 2017 12:13:46 PM

What’s the right temperature?

For energy savings and ensuring the safety of small children, many consumer organizations recommend setting your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.  However, it’s also important to know that water temperatures below 120°F can enable unhealthy bacteria to grow inside your water heater. So, consider both when determining an appropriate temperature for your home and family.

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Topics: Water Heater, Replace water heater, Water Heater Safety, Maintenance

Plumbing Tips: How to Deal with Frozen Pipes

Posted by Agentis on Dec 6, 2017 12:46:10 PM

Picture this. It’s the middle of November on a Sunday morning and you’re deep in a Pennsylvania freeze. Go figure. 

You turn on the water, but nothing comes out. Frozen pipe. Maybe it’s your first home or you’re new to the area. Or maybe you’re in a new house and didn’t realize you had an exposed pipe. 

With some basic preparation, you can prevent this problem.

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Topics: Pipes, Frozen Pipes

Plumbing Maintenance: Detecting a Slow Drain Before It’s a Problem

Posted by Agentis on Nov 29, 2017 1:23:11 PM

Slow drains can feel like a problem that just never goes away. You think you’ve cleared it – and it’s back a week or two later, water pooling in the sink.

Although it may not seem like a big deal, it may be a sign of a bigger problem.

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Topics: Clogged, Bathroom Drain

Bathroom Drain Maintenance: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

Posted by Agentis on Nov 15, 2017 4:03:23 PM

Bathroom sink drains can creep up on you. One day they’re working fine, then the drain begins to slow

How do you prevent your bathroom drain from slowing?

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Topics: Clogged, Bathroom Drain

Water Heater Maintenance: Do-It-Yourself or Call a Professional?

Posted by Agentis on Nov 10, 2017 10:57:05 AM

When it comes to your water heater, how do you know if it’s better to do-it-yourself or call a local plumber?

Here are a few guidelines to help you decide.

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Topics: Water Heater, Repair

Water Heater: Time to Repair or Replace?

Posted by Agentis on Nov 8, 2017 11:38:29 AM

Strange noises coming from your water heater? Temperature of your hot water fluctuating day to day? Noticing leaks coming from your water heater?

These are all common problems that occur with water heaters. But how do you determine whether it’s time to repair or replace it?

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Topics: Water Heater, Repair


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