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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, Water Heater, Plumbing Checklist, End of summer

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

Treat Your Drains Kindly

Posted by Agentis on Jul 6, 2018 11:51:49 AM

We rarely think about our drains and pipes until something goes wrong.

But if you follow a few simple tips, you’ll keep your drains flowing and prevent potential problems down the road.

Here are a few questions and answers as well as tips for keeping your drains healthy....

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Topics: Plumbing, Clogged, plumbing inspections, chemical drain cleaner, drain cleaner

Plumbing Inspections: Check the plumbing before buying the house

Posted by Agentis on Jun 27, 2018 5:53:03 PM

Buying a house is a huge decision and one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. 

And, since plumbing is key to how a home functions now and in the future, you want to make sure you understand what you are actually buying and what might be required to get the house into shape. 

Maybe you’ve found a home that is in the perfect location and looks great on the outside, you also need to know what’s going on under the floors and behind the walls. 

Selecting a home with many plumbing issues could cost you thousands down the road, and add significant stress to your life. 

Here are a few features of a home’s plumbing system that are important to check before buying....

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Topics: Plumbing, New Home, plumbing inspections

Save Water and Lower Your Bill with Three Simple Changes

Posted by Agentis on Jun 13, 2018 5:44:41 PM

The amount of water Americans waste is at an all-time high.

According to the EPA, 900 billion gallons of water are wasted annually in the US, just due to leaks around the house. In fact, 95% of all the water we use goes straight down the drain.

And this can cost you a lot of money – draining your bank account as well as local reservoirs.

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Topics: Water Leak, Water Bill, Save Water, Leak Detector

Got a Bad Clog? Be Careful When Playing With Snakes

Posted by Agentis on May 29, 2018 3:31:51 PM

Tried everything to clear a clog in a sink or toilet and nothing has worked?

Before you jump to a drain snake, be sure you know the different types and how to use them. It’s also important to understand the potential for damaging your pipes if used incorrectly.

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Topics: Plumbing, Clogged, Bathroom Drain

Is it time for a new dishwasher?

Posted by Agentis on May 16, 2018 1:50:28 PM

Every night, we depend on our dishwashers to do a chore we all dread.

We get so used to the convenience, that when it starts to show signs of failure, it can throw your routine off.

The reality is that, while we trust our dishwashers to be reliable, we don’t conduct regular maintenance until something goes wrong.

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Topics: Plumbing, Dishwasher, Replace Dishwasher

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