What to Do When a Shut-Off Valve Malfunctions

Posted on July 15th, 2019 by Joni Crume

  Whether you are in the midst of a plumbing emergency or simply working on a home improvement project, it’s never fun to discover your shut-off valve doesn’t work. What needs to be done next depends on the situation, what valve it is, and what’s wrong with the valve. Here are a few tips to […]

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Four Signs You May Need a Hot Water Heater Replacement

Posted on July 15th, 2019 by Joni Crume

Hot water is an easy thing to take for granted. You turn on the hot water tap and it’s there for you! Water heaters last a relatively long time with little need for maintenance, plus they’re usually tucked away, and as they say: out of sight, out of mind. As a result, it’s easy for […]

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How a Heat Pump Works: Common Problems and Solutions

Posted on July 11th, 2019 by Joni Crume

Have you ever wondered how a heat pump works? You may understand more than you realize, as a heat pump uses the same principles as an air conditioner, which transfers indoor heat to the outside of your home with the use of a refrigerant. An all-electric heat pump does the exact same thing, except in […]

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Preventing Expensive HVAC and Plumbing Repair Costs

Posted on July 3rd, 2019 by Joni Crume

Furnace replacement, air conditioner maintenance, and routine checks of your plumbing are all ways to help ensure energy efficiency and reduce utility bill cost. By doing a complete check of your home’s main systems, you can avoid costly waste. If it’s been a while since your last checkup, consider that leaks in one out of […]

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3 Signs Your Sump Pump Needs Repair

Posted on July 1st, 2019 by Joni Crume

A leak in the average household accounts for almost 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year. Your sump pump exists to protect your home against flooding and water damage. When your sump pump detects an increase in water that could potentially lead to damage, it responds by pumping the excess water away. This protects your […]

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Signs There’s a Problem with Your Hot Water Recirculating Pump

Posted on June 11th, 2019 by Joni Crume

A hot water recirculating pump is great for convenience and comfort, as it means getting hot water faster when you turn on the hot tap. For homes with on-demand or tankless water heaters, this is important, as it can otherwise be a little bit of a wait before the cold water clears out of the […]

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How to Choose the Right Basement Sump Pump for Your Property

Posted on June 3rd, 2019 by Joni Crume

Having the right sump pump can help you weather a storm that would otherwise leave you fighting water damage or worse. A sump pump is designed to move water out of your home before it can get to destructive levels, fending off not only flood waters, but also the hassle of an insurance claim and […]

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A Sewer Backflow Preventer Can Save you Time and Money

Posted on May 11th, 2019 by Joni Crume

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: coming home or going downstairs to find your basement flooded with smelly sewer water. Imagine your home not only getting flooded, but ending up reeking of waste water. Everything the water touched would be ruined from the double-whammy of water damage plus the smell. Luckily, you can save yourself from […]

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What Are the Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater vs Tank Heater? 

Posted on April 29th, 2019 by Joni Crume

Are you considering an upgrade to your hot water heater, and wondering what the benefits of a tankless water heater vs. tank system? Whether it’s time to replace your hot water heater or you’re just considering your options for an upgrade, tankless or “on demand” hot water can offer some significant advantages. But how do […]

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Why Air Conditioner Cleaning Can Lower Your Energy Bills

Posted on April 24th, 2019 by Joni Crume

Most experts recommend having your air conditioner cleaned and serviced once a year, typically at the start of the warm season so that it’s ready to work hard for you all summer. But why is this so important? While it might not seem necessary to schedule with a professional when there’s nothing technically wrong with […]

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Reasons You May Need a Water Leak Detector

Posted on April 16th, 2019 by Joni Crume

Who needs a water leak detector? Well, as it turns out, you might. This may seem like an unnecessary purchase, but spending a little bit of money now can save you five, ten, or twenty times that amount later down the road. It may be hard to predict the future, but it doesn’t have to […]

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Leaking Pipe: Possible Causes and Solutions

Posted on April 10th, 2019 by Joni Crume

So, you’ve discovered a leaking pipe in your home, and probably at what feels like the worst possible time too, as emergencies never have convenient timing. What to do next? Even if your first move is to call a plumber, chances are you’d like to know what you’re in for. Here are the top causes […]

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