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Toilet Repairs May be Needed due to In-Tank Cleaners

Given the dirty nature of bathrooms, and toilets in particular, all homeowners want to find fast and easy ways to clean in these spaces. That’s why many choose to use the drop-in toilet cleaners that often come in the form of bleach-chlorine tablets. These tablets may seem like simple solutions, but they are often more trouble — and damage-causing — than they are worth.

If you use drop-in toilet cleaner tablets, we recommend you change to a different method for keeping your toilet bowl clean. You may like the fresh blue look of the water when using in-tank tablets, but you are actually damaging your toilet — and the long-term cost of repairs and replacements to your toilet far outweigh the short-term ease of dropping in a cleaning solution.

Here’s a look at how these drop-in tablets came to be, why they are harmful and what you can choose to do as an alternative.

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How to Stop a Plumbing Problem Before It Becomes a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing problems can be annoying, but plumbing emergencies can be disastrous. While plumbing emergencies can’t always be avoided, there are some signs to watch for that can help you stop a plumbing problem before it becomes a plumbing emergency.

Here’s an overview of some of the most common plumbing problems.

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What to Expect From a Trustworthy Plumber

If you need plumbing services, it’s very important that those services come from a trustworthy plumber. Why is a trustworthy plumber so important? Because many plumbers can deceive you as to their level of expertise, licensure or certification. You may think you’re getting a certified, licensed plumber in Lancaster, PA, for example, when in fact you’re getting someone who wants to represent themselves as one but who lacks the requirements to be certified or licensed.

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How New Water Heater Regulations Affect You

Water heaters are changing and we want to make sure you know! In April 2010 as part of the NAECA (National Appliance Energy Conservation Act), the US Department of Energy mandated that certain household appliances meet high standards for energy efficiency.  As of April 16, 2015, all water heaters manufactured in the United States must comply with these new regulations making them more efficient, but also more expensive up front to install. Read more »

Avoid Costly Repairs with a Plumbing Service Membership

Your maintenance checkup includes:

  • Tagging of the emergency shut off valves in your home
  • Carbon monoxide check
  • Water heater sediment inspection
  • Water pressure test
  • Water test (hardness, iron, pH)
  • Test operation of sump pump
  • Inspection of the toilet tanks for leaks and flapper operation
  • Faucet inspection for leaks and drips
  • Drain inspection
  • Outside faucet inspection for proper winterization

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Reset Your Water Heater Temperature for Summer

When it’s hot outside, you’ll notice that even when you turn on the cold water, the water coming out isn’t all that cold. That’s because as outside temperatures heat up, so does the temperature of the water in your pipes.

This is an area where you can discover considerable savings. Your hot water heater is the second-largest energy consumer in your home, just after your HVAC system, so make sure you’re only asking it to work as hard as it needs to — and no more.

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How to Keep Your Sump Pump in Good Condition

It was a wet winter, and so far it’s been a wet spring. To be sure your basement stays dry this spring, be sure your sump pump is in good working condition. Read more »

Are You Prepared for a Plumbing Emergency?

When an appliance failure causes a toilet, washing machine, or dishwasher to overflow, are you ready for a plumbing emergency? It’s important to get the water flow stopped immediately then clean any water on the floor before it causes major damage. Here are a few tips. Read more »

Time to Check Your Sump Pump

When temperatures get above freezing and the snow melts, there will be a lot of moisture in the ground. If we have a rainy spring along with the snow melt, there are sure to be a lot of wet basements. Read more »

Safety Tips for Propane Tanks During Heavy Snow

If you have a propane tank, be sure you don’t damage it when clearing heavy snow. Do not push snow off the roof onto the propane tank. The weight of the snow can damage the pipes and fittings, causing gas leaks. Read more »

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