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Don’t throw that down there: How to keep the garbage disposal clog-free during the holidays

Posted by Agentis on Nov 20, 2018 3:28:13 PM

With the fall season upon us, the holidays are right around the corner. And that means  meals with family and friends. 

When you’ve got family visiting for a few days, you’ll likely be cooking, eating and cleaning up together. And that can open up the possibility of having one or more family members put something that can cause a clog into the garbage disposal. 

It can also bring about an uncomfortable discussion when your guests tell you that they always throw this stuff down their disposal and never have a problem. 

Prepare yourself before their arrival – and put the power of professional plumbing advice behind your case. 

Here are ten things that should never be thrown into the disposal.

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Topics: Plumbing, holidays, Garbage Disposal

Common Plumbing Disasters and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Agentis on Nov 9, 2018 2:10:28 PM

Think you’re all thumbs when it comes to fixing things?

If you’re into preventing problems before they occur then this is a must-read.

We’ve outlined some of the most common plumbing disasters – not to cause panic – but to help you take steps to keep small problems small and prevent major expenses and inconvenience.

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Topics: Plumbing, Common Problems, Prevention

Simple Plumbing Fixes Anyone Can Do

Posted by Agentis on Oct 31, 2018 1:43:43 PM

Think you’re all thumbs when it comes to fixing things?

Think again. The best way to keep your plumbing functioning smoothly and be prepared for any emergencies is to do some simple maintenance on a regular basis. And there are a lot of things you can do that do not require a lot of do-it-yourself expertise.

Here are some easy fixes that you can do yourself when it comes to your plumbing.

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Topics: DIY, Handyman, Plumbing

Plumbing Tips: No More Frozen Pipes

Posted by Agentis on Oct 19, 2018 5:34:50 PM

Becoming an expert at wielding a toilet plunger?

With fall upon us and those brisk nights creeping into our forecast, it’s a good time to go over some ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing.

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Topics: winter, cold, Frozen Pipes, snow

Why Does My Toilet Keep Clogging?

Posted by Agentis on Oct 8, 2018 10:17:53 PM

Becoming an expert at wielding a toilet plunger?

If that’s the case, it’s likely you’ve been dealing with a lot of clogs. Practice makes perfect. But it also may mean that you’ve got a bigger problem to diagnose.

Here are 5 potential issues that may be clogging your toilet.

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Topics: Toilet, Clogged

Water Heater Checkup Time

Posted by Agentis on Aug 30, 2018 8:15:01 PM

So many of appliances and fixtures depend on your water heater functioning properly. 

But it’s surprising how many of us neglect to do regular maintenance on them or have them check by a professional. 

We tend to wait until there’s a problem and by then it’s too late. There’s either a leak or a serious malfunction – that leaves you with no hot water for showers, the washing machine, or dishwasher. 

Nobody wants to be caught in the dead of winter without hot water, so the end of summer is a great time to check your water heater.   

Here are the key things to check to keep your water heater functioning efficiently and safely.

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Topics: Water Heater, Plumbing Checklist

The Ultimate End of Summer Plumbing Checklist

Posted by Agentis on Aug 22, 2018 2:25:09 PM

As summer winds down, it’s a good idea to think about preparing your plumbing for the months ahead.

Checking your plumbing seasonally can help guard against those untimely problems that can arise as the weather changes. 

Here’s a simple checklist of things to do to keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly.

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Topics: Plumbing Checklist, End of summer, Water Heater, Plumbing

Worried about E. coli? How to keep your drinking water clean

Posted by Agentis on Aug 15, 2018 4:49:36 PM

With the recent E. coli outbreak in Lehigh County, many residents are concerned about how to keep their families and themselves safe from the deadly bacteria.

While there are solutions, such as boiling your water, to protect you and your family right away – there are specialized filters that can help you prevent E.coli from getting into your drinking water.

However, it is worth noting that any time you end up connecting and disconnecting piping, there is a chance that leaking or flooding may occur. So, if you’re not comfortable with that, you may want to bring in a professional.

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Topics: drinking water, e coli, Water Purifier

How to Clear a Plumbing Vent

Posted by Agentis on Jul 25, 2018 8:43:11 PM

A working plumbing vent is integral to the function of any home’s plumbing system.

Your plumbing vent regulates the pressure in your drainage pipes to ensure pipes are safe and can effectively drain waste and water. 

Understanding how to maintain and clear your plumbing vent can save you time and money – helping you avoid an expensive plumbing disaster.

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Topics: Plumbing, plumbing vent, clogged vent

Leaky Faucet? Know your faucet you before you fix it

Posted by Agentis on Jul 16, 2018 5:07:34 PM

Faucet leaks are the nuisance of bathroom maintenance issues.

And the cost can be high. A leak that loses just one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year.

Sometimes leaky faucets are a quick fix, but other leaks can prove more difficult and come back over time.

To get started diagnosing and fixing a leak, it’s important to know what type of faucet you have and how it’s designed.

Before you begin any maintenance, be sure to shut off the water to the sink. This will mitigate the risk of water flooding the sink while you are trying to handle your repairs.

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Topics: Plumbing, Clogged, faucet, leaky faucet


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