Earthwise Home Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

Why Does Hard Water Matter?

Monday, October 14th, 2019

hand-opening-sink-faucetHard water is likely a term you’ve heard before. But do you understand exactly what it is? Hard water happens when there is a high level of minerals present in your water—namely, magnesium, calcium, and even iron. These minerals are harmless to ingest, but not so harmless for your plumbing system. In fact, hard water can create a number of problems for your pipes, impacting your quality of life.

But with the right water treatment system, a whole-house water softener, in this case, you can combat this problem. Keep reading to learn about why hard water matters—or rather, what negative effects hard water can have on your plumbing system.

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3 Bathroom Plumbing Problems to Watch Out for When Remodeling

Monday, September 16th, 2019

beautiful-bathroomIf you’re reading this blog post, chances are your bathroom doesn’t look the way you want it to. Either that, or it’s not as functional as it could be. Whatever the case, you are considering or have started a bathroom remodel. We don’t blame you—your bathrooms are the most used rooms in your household, and a remodeling job can give you a brand new space.

Of course, when it comes to the plumbing fixtures in your bathroom, it pays to work closely with qualified and experienced plumbing professionals. The level of care you take in planning and preparing for your remodeling job is going to make a huge difference in the results you’ll see from it. In fact, there may even be factors you haven’t considered yet, such as potential problems.

Below are 3 common bathroom plumbing mistakes that happen when homeowners try to “DIY” the job instead of contacting a plumbing professional.

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All About Drains

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

sink-drainDo you understand your drain system? This isn’t a judgment call—so many homeowners answer “no” and we understand why. Your drains aren’t something that you encounter every day. It’s probably rare that you encounter them at all unless something goes awry. We’re sure that you don’t spend your free time lounging around reading about the latest advancements in plumbing either. We’re not saying that you should. We just want you to know the basics of your plumbing system.

It’s always good to remain educated about the various systems in your home so that they stay in good shape. We’ll give you a crash course here today. If you need great McKinney plumbing services, you can contact the professionals on our team.

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How to Choose the Right Water Heater

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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When it comes to choosing a water heater, we recommend two types of systems:

The storage tank water heater, and the tankless water heater.

The storage tank water heater is a classic—one that you’ve likely grown up with and probably have in your home right now.

The tankless water heater has been around for decades, but it’s often regarded as being a bit more high-tech than the standard water heater.

Of course, the big question is, Which one should I install?

Here’s our advice on getting the answer to that question:

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Look for Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, May 14th, 2018

plumbing-repair-servicesPlumbing leaks rank among the most common issues any household can face. Plumbing pipes are sturdy and protected in most cases, since the bulk of them are usually hidden behind walls and under floors. But nothing lasts forever, and sooner or later, a leak is bound to occur in your home.

When that happens, your best bet is always to call in a professional plumber rather than try to fix the problem yourself. Professionals have the tools and experience to treat the problem swiftly, and effectively. When it comes to water leaking into your home, that’s worth its weight in gold.

But before the plumber can come, you need to spot the signs that there’s a problem. And while it’s one thing when water is spilling out across your kitchen floor, many leaks take place in hidden portions of the pipe, such as behind the walls. They can go undetected for weeks or even months before you notice them. By the time you do, the damage can be considerable.

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Call in a Plumbing Service for Clogged Drains

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

plumbing-clogs.repairClogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later, you’re likely going to have to deal with them. Ideally, you should be very careful about what you toss down the drain, and avoid sending down foods such as hot grease or fibrous vegetables, which may result in a clog.

When a clog does emerge, you may be tempted to address if with a store-bought cleanser, or perhaps a snake form the local hardware store. Such measures rarely do the job the right way. Instead, you should always call in a trained plumber to get the measure dealt with properly.

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Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

frozen-pipes-winterWinters tend to be fairly mild in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but we still get our share of chilly days and freezing cold nights. That can catch a number of homeowners by surprise, especially when it comes to frozen pipes. They’re not as common here as they are further north, but they do happen. And because we don’t use as much insulation in our homes as communities to the north do, pipes in our homes tend to be more vulnerable. When it comes to frozen pipes, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, and the more you can do to avoid the issue, the better off you’ll be.

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Signs of a Slab Leak in Your Home

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

slab-leak-detectionSlab leaks rank among the most serious plumbing issues that a homeowner may face. In and of themselves, they’re not that extraordinary: just a leak in a pipe similar to the kind that plumbers deal with every day. The only problem is that the leak takes place in a pipe located beneath the foundation of your home, or sometimes buried in the concrete itself. (Slab leaks can also take place under cement porches, pools, and the like.)

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How to Flush Your Water Heater

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

water heater servicesThe water heater is a vital part of your home: providing safe hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. Water heaters tend to do their jobs quietly and without a fuss, and most of them are tucked away in little-used parts of your home such as the basement or the garage. There’s a downside to the equation, however: it can be very difficult to spot any problems with your water heater until the damage has become quite extensive.

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