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. […]

Winter plumbing tips: Are you ready for the cold?

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you know that winter weather will soon be making the news. This is especially so since last winter in Cleveland was so mild. You can bet we aren’t going to be that lucky again.

So as we head into winter, now is a good time to review a few basic winter plumbing tips. We want you and your home to be safe and comfortable all year round. Here are a few things to take note of.

If you haven’t already done this, now’s the time to disconnect garden hoses and drain all of your outdoor pipes. […]

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 […]

Fixing pipes and other plumbing repairs

For the next few weeks, we are going to be doing a short series of blog posts that deal with the types of household plumbing problems that are best left to a professional plumber. Today, we’ll look at fixing pipes that have cracked or burst.

Most people feel that they can handle just about any plumbing repair. They underestimate the complexity behind that which appears to be quite simple. After all, how hard can it be to replace a section of pipe?

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you think, especially if you haven’t had much experience doing these kinds of repairs. […]

For faucets and fixtures, you can’t beat The Plumbing Source

Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen or bath or simply replacing or updating an older unit, you’ll find hundreds of faucets and fixtures to choose from. It wasn’t always this way. Chances are when you were a kid, a plumbing business had a couple basic models to choose from. But over the years, manufacturers have responded to consumers’ desires for a broader selection, and they’ve greatly expanded their product lines.

Of course, what this means is that you have more features to consider than ever before, and you’re bound to have questions. You can ask the clerk at your neighborhood big box […]