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Should you consider a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters have been on the market for nearly 40 years. They first appeared in the marketplace in the early 1980s, but their limited technology hurt their popularity until much more recently. Today’s tankless water heaters offer homeowners a real quality choice that anyone should consider. If you’re facing an unexpected plumbing repair, you need good, honest, non-technical information in order to make the best buying decision. That’s why we’re offering you:

Tankless Water Heaters: The Essential Information

Most people are familiar with conventional water-heaters – that large tank occupying an entire closet, or that clanks and bangs in the basement.

Tankless […]

By |August 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A backwater valve can save your basement

You’ve seen it on the news more often than you’d like: A storm rips through greater Cleveland, and some unlucky homeowners have raw sewage flowing into their basements from the floor drain.

Let’s face it, you’d do anything to prevent this, wouldn’t you? There is a solution. It’s called a backwater valve.

What is a backwater valve? It’s a device in the water pipe that prevents sewage from flowing back into a home or building. When street sewers back up, it’s possible for the sewage to flow upstream and get into your home. In most cases, the raw sewage will come through […]

This winter, resolve to help out a senior in need

During the holiday season, we’re reminded of the many people in our communities whose needs aren’t being met. We donate clothing, canned goods, and non-perishable foods and give extra money to the many charities who ask for year-end donations.

This is a good thing. But we sometimes forget about those folks who are often invisible to us. I’m talking about the widow or widower who lives alone and who is somehow scraping by on a pension and social security — and that’s if they’re lucky. Often these are the people who cannot afford to maintain their homes and their heating systems. […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Heating and Cooling, Home Safety, Plumbing Repairs|0 Comments

Plumbing Emergency? Here’s the ONE phone number you need to know!

If we knew when we were going to have a plumbing emergency, it wouldn’t be an emergency. That’s the nature of emergencies: they happen when we least expect them to.

And so it was for me when I discovered that my four-year old sump pump had quick working. My wife was in the basement and decided to empty the dehumidifier. Normally this turns the sump pump on, but that didn’t happen this time. She looked into the pump well and saw the water was nearly up to the floor and ready to overflow.

Now we had already gone through a basement flood […]

By |October 30th, 2016|Plumbing Repairs, Plumbing tips, Sump pumps|0 Comments

Sometimes it’s better to call a plumber

I’ll admit it – as a guy, I think I can fix just about anything. Most guys think that way. And let’s face it, a lot of them are really pretty good at taking things apart and putting them back together. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them, even though I’d like to think of myself as a handyman. Maybe I really am delusional after all.

I say this because I recently decided to replace the cartridge in my upstairs shower. The shower had been dripping for two or three years, and my wife wasn’t buying that I needed more time for […]

By |March 31st, 2016|Moen, Plumbing Repairs, Plumbing tips|0 Comments