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The 5 Most Serious Plumbing Issues to Worry About During the Summer

Plumbing issues and concerns are often tied to the winter months, since frozen pipes are such a major concern. Unfortunately, plumbing issues that can cause expensive repairs can happen during the summer months as well. Be on the lookout for these 5 most common plumbing issues and avoid a summertime plumbing nightmare.

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Plumbing Issues:

1. Damaged Sprinklers:

Embedded sprinkler systems are great and really help you maintain a healthy lawn all season long. However, like anything else, sprinkler systems need to be inspected and maintained in order to ensure they are functioning properly. And of course one of the most common issues with sprinkler systems happens when someone accidentally runs over a sprinkler head with a lawnmower. So be careful when mowing.

2. Broken or Clogged Garbage Disposal:

Cookout, bonfires and summertime hangouts are a tradition here in the Midwest. And these events would not be the same without a selection of yummy summertime foods! But take caution with what you do with those scraps! Overloading or putting the wrong foods down your garbage disposal can cause some unpleasant plumbing issues. Chicken bones, potato peels/skins, corn husks, banana peels, pasta, celery and other stringy foods should never go in your disposal!

3. Overworking Your Washing Machine:

Summertime means more time spent outdoors and more time outdoors means clothes will get dirtier and you’ll go through more of them (this especially true if ywashing-machine-902359_960_720ou have small children). So you will undoubtedly need to do more laundry to keep up. An older washing machine may have trouble keeping up and may give out all together. Take a moment to inspect your machine’s hoses for signs of damage or leaks. And consider upgrading to a more energy efficient model to save you money on the long run.

4. Sewer Line Backups:

Summer weather can be unpredictable in the Midwest; we can go through spots of drought, followed by days of heavy rains and storms. Large amount of rain can wreak havoc your sewer lines, especially if your pipes have any cracks. If you notice water from your toilet backing up into your shower or bathtub, or any other warning signs, call us out right away!

5. Sump Pump Nightmares:

Heavy rains can cause plumbing issues with your sump pump as well. An out of date or poorly maintained sump pump can spell disaster on a rainy summer day. It is important to have your sump pump inspected regularly, in order to prevent major basement flooding.

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12 Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Summer is on its way and in the Midwest that means we need to be ready for an abundance of heat, humidity and summertime pests. Is your home ready for the long summer months? If you are not sure, you may need to run through this maintenance checklist designed to help you get through the summer months in comfort.

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1. Screen Check: On cooler days it may be tempting to open your windows and allow the cross breeze to cool your home. But with a mild winter: bugs, mosquitoes and tiny pests will be out in force and you will want to keep them outside where they belong. Take some time to inspect your window screens and storm door screens and make sure they are not damaged or have holes.

2. Replace Your F142614_image1urnace Filter: It may seem odd to be worrying about your furnace ahead of summer time, but keep in mind that your AC system and your furnace work together. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may need to clean and/or replace it monthly to ensure that your heating and cooling equipment are functioning properly.

3. Look for Leaks: Inspect all outdoor hoses for damages and leaks. This task is especially important if your hose was exposed to the winter elements.

4. Venture Up to the Attic: You should inspect your attic at least once or twice a year and before summer hits is a good time to explore this space. You are looking for any signs of damage caused by winter weather or spring time storms. Leaks are your main concern because a little water damage can go a long way in the form of mold and mildew growth in your home. Additionally, leaks in your attic will eventually make their way down and come through your ceiling. First check out your attic when it is raining and see if you can see any signs of leaks. Then when the sun finally comes back out, head back up to your attic and turn off all the lights and see if you can see the light shining through anywhere it is not supposed to. While you are up in your attic be on the lookout for signs of pests or insects turning your home into theirs.

5. Explore Your Basement: After you are done inspecting your attic, head downstairs and check for signs of leaks, pests, insects or mold growth. Basements tend to be the darkest, dampest and coolest place in your house, making it the perfect home for mold and insects to invade. Also be on the lookout for cracks and other signs of damage in your basement walls and/or foundation.

6. Battery Tests: This is the perfect time to test the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Remember safety first!

7.  Make Sure Your AC Can Take the Pressure: Before the temperatures climb much higher, it is best to have one of our Heating and Cooling Experts inspect and tune-up your Air Conditioning equipment. The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is to turn on your AC for some much needed relief, only to discover it does not work! Beat the rush and call 866-844-3770.

8. Dust Your Fans: Prevent dust from flying off of your fan blades and take a few moments to dust your ceiling fans.

9. Avoid a Shockin262062g Surprise: Turn to one of our Certified Electricians to inspect your outdoor electrical outlets and light fixtures. Having your outlet electrical wiring inspected once a year is vital to your home’s safety. Wires can become frayed or damaged over time by the elements and wildlife.

10. Keep the Air Flowing: Clean and dust the air vents in your home. When vents become dirty and dusty, the air from your air conditioner cannot flow as easily, causing your cooling equipment to work harder, costing you more money on your power bill and shortening the life of your AC Unit. Plus, the dust on vents are blown into the air you breathe when you turn on your air conditioner.

11. Gutter Check: If you skipped cleaning your gutters during your spring cleaning, then it is time to grab a ladder and take care of this unpleasant task ASAP. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of expensive damage to your roof and foundation.

12. Get Your Ducts in a Row: Dirty air ducts lead to several serious issues to your home and health. When you turn on your heating or cooling equipment the air is pushed through your duct work and all of the dirt, dust, allergens, dander and other tiny particles are released into the air you and your family breathe; lowering the air quality in your home and leading to health issues and concerns. Additionally, dirty duct work will damage your AC and furnace equipment, leading to costly repairs and early replacements needed.

Have A Great Summer!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Don’t Ruin Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but the rainy spring weather isn’t ready to let go just yet. There is a lot of rain in the forecast this week and we are all crossing our fingers, hoping that the weather improves before the big holiday weekend. Unfortunately, along with the heavy rain falls, the temperature and humidity levels are also on the rise this week. One thing is clear as we head into Memorial Day weekend; the weather is not on our side. But don’t panic just yet! Here are some steps you can take to help prevent the extreme weather from ruining your holiday weekend.Memorial Day

1. Avoid a Sump Pump Disaster

Sump pumps are designed to help prevent basement flooding, especially during periods of constant and heavy rainfall. The protection offered by sump pumps is especially important in finished basements with recreation rooms, home offices, bedrooms or rooms storing electronics or valuables. Like all other vital equipment in your home, your sump pump needs regular maintenance to ensure everything is functioning properly and so you can avoid a major disaster.  We’ll be happy to inspect and evaluate your sump pump needs, to give you peace of mind.

2. Battling the Humidity

With the heat rising and the rain falling, dealing with humidity this week is not going to be pleasant. To help you get through this muggy week, try out a few of these easy humidity busting tricks.

  • Turn on your exhaust fans when bathing, doing laundry or cooking.
  • Cover pots as much as possible when cooking.
  • Use portable fans to improve airflow in stuffy rooms.
  • Take cooler and shorter showers.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are shut tight and that air isn’t able to leak through them.
  • Turn on your air conditioning to improve air flow and lower your home’s temperature.
  • Use a dehumidifier.

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Many people have been holding off on turning on their air conditioners, but the weather this week may mean it’s finally time to flip on that AC. The temperatures will be in the 80’s and the rain and humidity will mean that your windows will need to be closed. You’ll likely need to turn on your air conditioner for some much needed relief but will your AC be up for the challenge? Air conditioning units require yearly maintenance and inspections to keep them running properly. Call on our expert technicians here at Team Tiger to make sure that your AC can handle the heat.

4. Keep the Power On

Power outages are always a real concern during stormy weather. Having a Whole-Home Standby Generator installed will help you keep the lights on and your AC running during even the most severe weather. A generator is not only useful during stormy spring and summer weather, but it can also come in handy during the winter months if a blizzard blows in. Like your sump pump and AC, generators require yearly maintenance. So if you already have a generator for your home, make sure to have one of our Certified Electricians come out and ensure everything is running properly and safely this season.

Happy Memorial Day

 

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What’s That Smell? It Might be Coming from Your Drain!

A smelly drain is unpleasant and getting rid of the odor can be really difficult. Whether it is your kitchen sink, bathroom vanity or even your shower, a smelly drain can really ruin your day. Over time dirt, food, bacteria, grease, hair, etc. build up in your drains and this is what causes those lovely odors. The bad news is that ignoring these smells will not make them go away, the good news is that there are easy and affordable steps you can take to clean and deodorize your drains.drain

Method One: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Simply pour a half cup of baking soda and 1/4 of a cup of salt down your drain. Then heat one cup of white vinegar on your stove. After the vinegar begins to steam, pour it down the drain. The mixture will bubble and foam for a bit. Wait about 15 to 20 minutes then run hot water from your faucet for about 30 seconds or so, to wash away the mixture. Your drain should be cleaner and the displeasing odors should be gone!

Method Two: The Flushing Method

This method involves boilsink-96082_960_720ing water, so please be careful. Start by pouring a cup of boiling water down the drain. Give it five minutes and then pour a cup of cold water down the drain. Wait another five minutes and then pour down another cup of boiling water. If there happens to be a lot of built up of debris in your drains, you might experience minor clogging during the flushing process. So make sure you have a plunger handy, just to be on the safe side.

Method Three: Lemon Slices

Cut up lemon slices (make sure you remove any seeds) then run them through your garbage disposal. This will help your drain smell fresh and like citrus!

If you’ve tried all of these methods and your drains still stink, the smell might be a sign of a more serious issue. Give us a call at 866-844-3770 and let the members of our professional plumbing team get to the bottom of the odors coming from your drain.

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Do I Really Need A Whole Home Water Filtration System?

The safety of our drinking water has been a major concern lately and you’re likely looking for a way to make sure your water is safer. So, you may be wondering if a whole home water filtration system is right for you and your family.Water Filtration System

Well, the first question you need to answer before deciding whether or not to have a whole home water filtration system installed is… what is in my water?

The types and levels of contaminants in your drinking water will depend on several factors; do you use citwatery tap water or does your water come from a well? Where is your water supplied from, i.e. a lake or a river? How old your water supply pipes are and what they’re made of?

Keep in mind that all water sources contain some level of contaminants. These contaminants can vary from naturally existing minerals to man-made pollutants and chemicals. So it doesn’t really matter if you have tap water or rely on a well, there is some kind of contaminate in your water. What’s important is the type and levels of these contaminants.

Groundwater from wells or public water sources is vulnerable to a variety of different pollutants. Contamination of groundwater can happen when pollutants seep into the soil and find their way to water sources, water sources that we use in our own homes. Major causes of groundwater contamination come from landfills, leaking septic and underground storage tanks, pesticides and fertilizer runoff, road salts, gasoline, oil, toxins from mining sites and man-made chemicals.

Water from lakes and rivers, or surface water, is also vulnerable to pollutanwisconsin-77929_960_720ts, like runoff from agricultural and industrial byproducts. Surface water can also be contaminated by acid rain and precipitation runoff. Additionally, our everyday water usage contributes to the contamination of our water supply. The water we use to bathe, to wash our dishes and clothes, to cook with and the water we flush down our pipes, finds its way back to our water supply.

There are several other factors and pollutants that contribute to the health of your drinking water. Typically, these contaminants are not at a high enough level to make you sick immediately. The concern is the overall, long-term effects of contaminated water on yours and your family’s health. These health issues are typically caused by repeated consumption and use of polluted water, over an extended period of time.

Having a whofiltration systemle house water filtration system installed can solve several issues that affect your drinking water; including taste, appearance, quality, and safety. A water filtration system works by filtering out contaminants with a filter that is connected directly to your water lines. Meaning that all of the water that comes through your pipes will have to flow through the filter system first.

The type of filtration system you’ll need will depend on the type of pollutants that you need to remove from your drinking water. You can choose a filtration system to remove a specific contaminant if you’re having issues with just a singular chemical; like fluoride, iron, bacteria, etc.  However if you’re looking for a more general filtration system that removes several chemicals; like chlorine, benzene, radon and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as herbicides, pesticides, and other man-made chemicals. As an added bonus, carbon filtration systems also remove odors and tend to improve the taste of your water.

Other water filtration options include Ultra Violet Filtration Systems and Under the Sink Filtration Systems. A member of our expert plumbing staff can help you decide which water filtration option would best fit you and your family’s needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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April Showers Brings…A Flooded Basement!

April Showers Brings May Flowers is a cute saying; however, April Showers can also do a lot of damage, especially to your basement. As you know, a flooded basement is a nightmare for homeowners. All of that flood damage is a mess to clean up and expensive to repair, plus a wet basement leads to mold in your home. And if your basement is prone to flooding, you’re probably not looking forward to April Showers season. The good news is that there are several preventative measures you can take to help protect your home and your bank account from a flooded basement this April.

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-If this April is anything like what we’re used to, then we can expect heavy and frequent rains that will compromise your sump pump. Sump pumps are designed to help prevent basement flooding. The protection they offer is especially important in finished basements containing recreation rooms, offices and bedrooms. As the water table rises and falls through the seasons, the pump collects excess water and moves it away from your home’s foundation, preventing flooding or other damage. Sump pump failure is one of the main causes of basement flooding but the good news is that it is easily avoidable. A typical sump pump has a lifespan of nearly five to seven years, but as you know, appliances and vital equipment have the tendency to fail when we need them most. That is why it is extremely important to check your sump pump operations regularly. You do this by removing the cover and slowly pouring water into the sump tank. Watch for the “float” to rise and trigger the pump. Once the pump is engaged, the water level will quickly lower and the float will shut off the pump. This is what is called a normal sump cycle and it is how you know your sump pump is functioning properly.

If your pump does not cycle properly or you’re just not sure if your sump pump is up to the numerous April Showers ahead, contact us and we’ll gladly send one of our expert plumbers to your home to make sure your sump pump is up to the challenge of a rainy spring.

-Keep the power on. Keep in mind that your sump pump only works when the power is on. If you tend to experience frequent power outages during strong storms, it might be a good idea to have a backup generator installed or invest in a battery-powered backup sump pump, just in case.

– Make sure your foundation does not fail you. Take some time and inspect the interior walls of your basement and your exterior foundation for cracks or damage that water could seep through. If you find any cracks, they need to be repaired as soon as possible.

– Do a gutter check. Keeping your gutters clear of leaves and other debris April Showers and making sure your downspouts are properly positioned, will help protect your home’s foundation from water damage. You want to ensure that your downspouts are draining water at least three feet away from your home. If your gutters are over flowing or your downspouts are not position correctly, the excess rain water will collect around your home’s foundation, causing it to erode and water will get into your basement.

– Have your sewer lines inspected and cleared if needed. Clogged and neglected sewer lines can lead to a flooded disaster during heavy rains. Our experienced team has the latest hydro-jet cleaning and camera inspection equipment. We can expertly clean your sewer lines from tree roots and debris that can clog your sewer lines before you have a major issue on your hands. Schedule your sewer line inspection appointment today and rest easy knowing that April Showers are no match for your newly cleared sewer lines.

– Invest in window well covers. If you have windows around the foundation of your home, meant to allow natural light into your basement, installing window well covers will go a long way in the fight against basement flooding. You can get clear acrylic covers, so your home is still protected from flooding and the sunlight will still be able to reach your basement. As a bonus, window well covers will also help keep pests and other debris out of your basement.

If you take these preventative measures, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the April Showers this season and dream of all of the beautiful flowers you’ll see this May!

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The 5 Best Reasons to Consider Becoming a Plumber

Needing a change? Are you looking for a new career that will provide for you and your family? Have you ever considered becoming a plumber? A career in the plumbing field offers dozens of benefits and with the shortage of tradespeople now is a great time to consider making a switch into the plumbing field.

Still not convinced? Check out these 5 reasons to become a plumber:plumbing-840835_640

1. Job stability. If you’ve been bouncing from job to job or have been finding it difficult to find gainful employment, becoming a plumber will provide you with the stability you’re looking for. Plumbers are always in high demand, because no matter how poorly the economy is doing, everyone still needs to keep the water flowing. Making your career in the plumbing field recession proof.

2. The plumbing field has a lot more variety than you might think. When people hear the term plumber, they often picture someone fixing a leak or repairing a broken water heater. But the plumbing field has so much more to offer! A plumbing career will help you develop a wide variety of skills, everything from technical repair and installation skills to customer service and sales skills.

3. You’ll be in control of your future. You can choose to make your plumbing career into whatever you want. Start as a skilled laborer and work your way up to a master/licensed plumber on your own schedule. In the plumbing field, your future is in your hands!

4. You get to work with your hands. If a typical nine to five behind a desk sounds like the worst idea ever to you, then a trade job in the plumbing field is perfect for you.

5. Avoid studentamerican-70980_640 loans and massive amounts of debt. Trade schools, community colleges and apprenticeships are considerably more affordable than a traditional four-year college. Our company even offers on the job training to compliment or in place of traditional course work.

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Happy World Plumbing Day! Commit to Using Less Water

World Plumbing Day is upon us and while clean water might seem like an abundantwater-158956_960_720 resource, it is actually a lot more precious than we might think. In fact, millions of people across the globe do not have access to the clean drinking water and sanitary facilities we take for granted. World Plumbing Day was created by the World Plumbing Council, to highlight and celebrate all of the work that plumbers do to protect people from the dangers of unclean water. However, World Plumbing Day isn’t only for plumbers and you can help us celebrate by doing your part to help protect and preserve our preciously limited water supply!

Did you know that the average person can use 80-100 gallons of water per day and if you multiply that by the 323,407,024 people living in just the U.S., we can begin to see why clean water is becoming a scarce resource.  A little goes a long way! If all of us did our part and used a little less water each day, we could really make a difference. Plus, by using less water, you can save major money on your monthly water bill. And who doesn’t love saving money?

Try a few of these suggestions below and see the difference.

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1. Fix leaks right away! Leaks are one of the biggest wastes of fresh water and leaks are a huge expense to homeowners. Having a leak fixed is the best way to save both water and money.

2. You can save up to 7.5 gallons of water each minute if you upgrade your old, inefficient showerhead.

3. Don’t waste water by flushing facial tissue, cigarette butts, trash, floss or other random items down the toilet. You’re wasting around seven gallons of water with each flush and these items can be harmful to your plumbing system.

4. Try knocking a few minutes off of your daily shower. You’re using 20-40 gallons of water for every four minutes you spend in the shower.

5. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. You’ve probably heard this all your life, but it really does make a difference.

6. Use a bucket and a sponge to wash your car, instead of a hose.

7. Try to only run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads.

8. When clearing leaves and debris from your patio, sidewalk or deck, use a broom instead of a hose.

9. When it comes time to upgrade your appliances, choose energy efficient models. You’ll save water and money in the long run.

10. Instead of letting your kitchen faucet run while doing the dishes, fill the sink with water.

Happy World Plumbing Day

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Indoor Plumbing, What Would Life Be Like Without it?

World Plumbing Day is coming up on March 11th and it is easy for us to take for granted the everyday conveniences and health benefits that come with modern indoor plumbing. Maouthouse-231367_640ny of us grew up with indoor plumbing and the ability to bathe whenever we desired. Others may remember a time when they had an outhouse instead of an indoor toilet. In fact, there are still a few older buildings in the area that still have an outhouse in place of a toilet.

Could you imagine having to run outside, late at night, in the middle of winter, just to relieve yourself? While this idea may seem farfetched to many of us, modern day plumbing conveniences are relatively new in American history. Only about 24% of the homes in America had indoor plumbing by the end of the 19th century. Less than a hundred years ago, most people in America would bathe just once a week. And when people did bathe, it would often be in water that was heated on the stove and several family members would share the same water. It wasn’t until the 1930’s before the majority of people living in urban areas finally had access to indoor plumbing; this includes running water and use of an indoor toilet. Many rural homes did not catch up in the plumbing department, until after World War II.toilet-1007132_640

Nowadays, indoor plumbing is a staple in most of our lives. We here in the St. Louis Metro East are lucky enough to have access to clean, safe drinking water and working indoor plumbing. But not everyone is that lucky, according to the World Health Organization there are 2.4 billion people, roughly 32% of the world’s population, do not have access to adequate or acceptable sanitation accommodations and at least 750 million people across the globe do not have access to safe and clean drinking water, some of these people live in the U.S. It is estimated that each year, 3.1 million people die from water-borne diseases, tied to a lack of sanitation facilities.

The World Plumbing Council has dedicated March 11th as World Plumbing Day, with the goal of shining a light on the lack of safe and clean water throughout the world. World Plumbing Day is also designed for people to show their appreciation for plumbers, the plumbing industry and the work they do to help keep the world a healthier place to live. For more information about World Plumbing Day and how you can help visit www.worldplumbingday.org.

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Mistakes That Will Have You Running To A Plumber

Hey, no one is perfect and mistakes can get costly. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing mistakes. But the good news is that you can learn from others mistakes and avoid needing to call a plumber. Check out the most common plumbing mistakes and learn how you can avoid them.

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Mistake Number One: Treating Your Toilet Like a Trash Can.

If you ask any plumber, they’ll have dozens of stories of items they retrieve from a clogged toilet. Save yourself the headache and avoid flushing any of the following items:

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  • toys
  • paper towels
  • cigarette-butts
  • plastic items
  • band-aids
  • dental floss
  • diapers
  • facial tissue
  • etc.

Bottom line, if it’s not toilet paper, you shouldn’t try to flush it. This goes double for the so-called “flushable” wipes (which are horrible for your plumbing system).

Mistake Number Two: Misusing the Garbage Disposal.

When using the garbage disposal it is important not to overload it with too much food at one time. And most importantly, do not, I repeat do not put any of the following items down your disposal.

  • Potato peels, celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots or onion skins. These items tend to wrap around the disposal blades.
  • spaghetti-781795_960_720Pasta, beans, potatoes or rice. These foods absorb water and turn into a paste like substance in your drain, which can cause a clog.
  • Chicken or turkey bones, large seed pits, fatty or greasy foods, coffee grounds or seeds.

Mistake Number Three: Ignoring Tiny Leaks.

Okay, this is one issue that will likely require a plumber in order to avoid a major plumbing mistake You definitely want to have a professional plumber repair leaky faucets promptly. Even a small leak wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. Plus, that leak will continue to grow larger and more expensive to fix the longer you ignore it.

Mistake Number Four: Weighing Down Your Plumbing Fixtures.

Plumbing fixtures are only designed to support so much weight at one time. Using your bathtub spout as a handle to pull yourself out of the tub or overloading a shower caddy can cause serious damage to the fixture. You’ll also risking your own safety!

Mistake Number Five: Being to Forceful When Turning a Faucet On and Offtap-943297_960_720.

Being overly aggressive when using a faucet can cause some serious damage to the fixture. Additionally, pressing down really hard on a leaky faucet will not stop the water from dripping and will make the issue much worse.

Mistake Number Six: Failing to Properly Maintain Your Water Heater.

Your water heater requires yearly maintenance to ensure it’s functioning properly. Waking up on a cold morning without hot water for a shower is not anyone’s idea of a fun way to start the day. You can help avoid this by ensuring your water heater is well maintained.

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