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Are Sump Pumps Necessary?

The short answer is “Yes and No”.  The reason for the answer is a little more complex. The function of a sump pump is to collect ground water and/or rain water from around the foundation of your home and remove it so that the foundation is not undermined.  If water gets under the foundation, it […]

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How to Install a Sump Pump?

Take out the broken pump. Buy a pump. Put it in where the old one was. Simple, right? Wait a tick—-not so fast.  There are many steps missing from this short “instruction” sheet. Let’s start over.  We’d like to provide a step by step instruction with appropriate pictures so that anyone who is so inclined […]

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Hot Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Maintenance requirements for hot water heaters will vary depending on the type of heater you own.  It’s important to note that this article explains maintenance steps on residential tank type and tankless heaters only.  It does not cover commercial type heaters. Be careful—you are working with very hot liquid and you can burn yourself or […]

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Why are Plumbers So Expensive?

The short answer is – sometimes plumbers are not expensive – sometimes plumbers are expensive.  That is – when you are talking strictly in dollar terms. But what you will usually find is that the old business adage “You get what you pay for” holds true in this industry just as in so many others. […]

Is it Safe to Use Liquid Plumber to Unclog Toilets?

We’ve had a lot of questions about “Liquid Plumber” type drain “openers” and how they work in toilets.   The short answer is—-“They don’t”. We suggest you don’t waste your time and money trying to unclog a toilet line with one of these products. First of all, these products are generally designed to work on […]