How to Keep Your Septic System From Freezing in the Winter

January 18, 2022

Many homeowners take precautions to protect their pipes in the winter so that they don’t freeze. What they don’t realize is that their septic system may be susceptible to freezing as well. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to keep this from happening. Take a Hot Shower Every Day One of the easiest things you can do to keep your septic system from freezing is to take a hot shower every day. The hot water will be able to melt any ice that has built up inside of the system. Leave Snow on Top of It You...

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How to Prepare for a Plumbing Emergency During the Winter

January 11, 2022

Chilly winter weather has arrived in Gig Harbor, WA. While you may have prepared your home’s heating system, sealed gaps around the door and windows, and taken other winterizing measures, you may have forgotten about your plumbing system. Winter is the most common time of the year for plumbing emergencies due to the frigid temperatures. Use these tips to prepare for emergency plumbing for the winter season. Clear Belongings Out of the Way If you have a frozen pipe or a pipe that burst, try to clear your belongings out of the way. The plumber will need space to access...

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Should You Insulate Your Water Pipes?

December 17, 2021

Should You Insulate Your Hot and Cold Water Pipes?   The plumbing system in your home has two subsystems of pipes, which bring water into your home and sends water out. These pipes are important for the health of your home as they move hundreds of gallons of water through your home daily. A burst pipe can cause massive damage. Insulating your water pipes protect your pipes and lower the cost of running your water into your home as well.   Why You Should Insulate Your Water Pipes   Insulation sleeves for water pipes are only about a dollar per...

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Common Sewer Backup Causes & Quick Fixes

December 3, 2021

Quick Fixes for Common Sewer Backup Issues   There are several things that can cause your sewer lines to back up. If your sewer backs up severely, it can cause wastewater to get into your home. This can be very expensive to clean up and can lead to health risks. It is important that you keep an eye out for these issues and repair them as soon as possible.   Clogs   The most common sewer backup cause is a clog. A clog happens when material blocks the flow of wastewater within your drain pipes. They can happen for a...

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Hot Water Not Coming out of the Shower

November 19, 2021

Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Hot Water From Your Shower   One of the most common plumbing problems that plague homeowners is a lack of hot water in the shower. Often, the problem is due to an issue related to your shower head. Here are some shower head issues and other causes to consider.   1. Your Water May Be Dirty   Before you begin working on your shower head, don’t forget to check the condition of the water. If your shower head appears to be clogged with sediment and debris, the chances are that this is the culprit. In...

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How Often Should a Septic Tank Be Pumped Out?

November 5, 2021

When to Clear Your Residential Septic Tank   If you live in a rural area without a municipal sewer line, you need to have a septic tank to store wastewater and sewage from your home. Since a septic tank is not connected to any outflow, it needs to be emptied every few years. This post will help clarify how often you need to have your septic tank emptied for the health of your household and property.   Timeline for Septic Tank Emptying   Though each home has a different amount of sewage output, a standard rule of thumb is to...

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Tips for Troubleshooting Your Clogged Dishwasher

October 22, 2021

  Dishwashers are designed to handle the dirty work of washing dishes, but they all have one downside: the need for them to drain. If your dishwasher is not draining properly, you might be in for a smelly and frustrating day. But don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of tips that can help you troubleshoot why your dishwasher is not draining.   1. Check the Filter   You will need to check your dishwasher’s filter to ensure it is not cracked or damaged. You can do this by simply looking at the filter. If it looks like it’s new,...

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4 Easy Ways to Unclog a Stubborn Toilet That Won’t Drain

October 18, 2021

Dealing with a clogged toilet is never fun. The good news is that there are a few tricks you can use to help when your toilet won’t flush. The following are four ways to unclog a toilet that refuses to drain.   1. Use a Plunger   It may seem obvious, but a plunger is usually the best way to unclog a toilet. You don’t need anything fancy. If your toilet looks like it’s going to overflow, wait 10 minutes for the water to go back down. Next, insert the plunger directly into the drain opening. Then, push and pull...

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4 Simple Steps to Fix a Leaky Shower Head

September 3, 2021

There’s nothing more annoying than a constant drip of water coming from your shower head. Worse, you could end up paying more for your water bill from all that wasted water. The good news is that fixing your shower head can help alleviate the problem. All you’ll need are a few basic tools such as a wrench and screwdriver and you should be good to go. The following are instructions on how to fix a leaky shower head, provided by FloHawks in Puyallup.   1. Turn Off the Water   Before removing your shower head, you’ll want to shut off...

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Can You Put Coffee Grounds Down the Sink?

August 20, 2021

Coffee is one of the most common pantry items for a family to have, but what to do with all those coffee grounds? If you have a reusable coffee filter, you may be tempted to dump your spent coffee grounds down the drain in your sink. However, this can cause significant plumbing issues down the road.   Why You Shouldn’t Dump Coffee Grounds Down Your Drain   If you’re able to put other food waste into the garbage disposal, why not coffee grounds? While other foods break apart and biodegrade quickly in water, coffee grounds tend to clump together. This...

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