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When Do You Need to Call the Plumber?

When Do You Need to Call the Plumber?

Knowing when to call the plumber and when you can fix a minor plumbing issue yourself saves you time and energy wasted tackling jobs better left to the professionals. While you can probably handle a minor drain clog, here are some signs to watch for that indicate you should call a professional plumber. Recurring Drain Clogs Nearly everyone experiences clogged or sluggish drains at some point.  They are most common in the kitchen sink and the bathtub, but can occur in any drain. Food particles, hair, soap scum and grease can coagulate in the drain stopping the normal flow of water. Cleaning the strainer, removing hair, using drain cleaner or cleaning out the trap usually takes care of the problem. But if your drains continue to clog or become sluggish despite your efforts at drain cleaning, there might be a more serious problem that requires the services of a plumber. Sluggish Toilet It’s normal to experience sluggishness in your toilet occasionally. This could be due to too much toilet paper or a weak water flow from the tank to the toilet bowl. A good plunging or adjusting the water flow to the toilet typically rectifies the situation and returns your toilet to good working order. Sometimes, however, there is a more serious problem in the drainpipe that leads from your toilet to the septic system. Tree roots can infiltrate the pipes through tiny cracks and create a massive ball of roots that stop the drain. A professional plumber can check the pipes with a camera and can remove roots and other debris blocking the flow of water. Leaky Pipes Leaky pipes can...
Water Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips

Conserving water is a growing concern as many areas of the country experience droughts and struggle to maintain healthy water levels for human consumption and agricultural needs. You can do your part by making a few simple changes in your lifestyle with these water-saving tips. In the Garden Lush green lawns and gardens require fresh water, but that doesn’t mean you need to waste water taking care of them. Follow these tips for conserving water in the garden. Mulch: Using mulch in the garden improves the health of your plants while saving water. Apply a layer of mulch under shrubs, flowers and vegetables after a rain when the soil is moist. The mulch will seal in moisture and prevent rapid evaporation, reducing the need to water your garden. Rainwater: You don’t need an elaborate rainwater collection system to take advantage of rainwater for your garden. Place a rain barrel under the downspout of your gutters and capture the runoff when it rains. Watering: Water your garden early in the morning before the air warms excessively. This prevents water loss to evaporation. As an added bonus, there is typically less wind in the morning, which means less water loss to over spray to surrounding areas. Drought Tolerant Plants: Using drought tolerant plants in the landscape reduces the need for supplemental watering without sacrificing the beauty of a well-designed yard and garden. Laundry The average top loading washing machine uses about 45 to 55 gallons of water per load. If you have an active family, water use from the washer alone can amount to hundreds of gallons per week. There are ways to...