Secure Your Plumbing System From Freezing Pipes This Winter

January 9, 2019

With winter well on the way, it is important to prepare pipes for the cold weather ahead. Pipes that crack or burst when the water inside them freezes and expands can cause a flood of water in your home. To avoid the mess, damage, and expense of pipes bursting in your home, take these steps to secure your plumbing system: Turn off your main water valve – You will likely find this near your water meter. Drain all extraneous water from your pipes – Attach a hose to your basement faucet or sillcock and drain the water so it flows...

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How to Unclog a Bathtub

December 21, 2018

With all the soap, hair, shampoo, and debris that find their way down your bathtub drain, it isn’t surprising that it clogs every so often. When this happens, there are a few things you can try but if they don’t work, you may have no choice but to call a plumber to unclog your bathtub. Remove the stopper Many tubs have a built-in drain stopper that you can remove and check for any visible obstructions. You will often find hair and accumulated debris at the drain opening that can be identified right away as the problem. Remove any material around...

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Common Causes for Clogged Drains During Holidays

December 4, 2018

Are you cooking during this holiday season and entertaining guests in your home? If so, you are more at risk than at any other time of the year for clogged kitchen drains, toilet back-ups, or clogged main sewer lines in addition to other plumbing issues. But, you can stack your odds to avoid the expense and inconvenience of these plumbing problems by following these “Do” and “Don’t Do” tips: Start regularly pouring a mixture of dish detergent and lukewarm water down your drains. When you are finished cooking (or cleaning – as in the case of bathroom drains), pour about...

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Tips for your Septic System During Thanksgiving Gatherings

November 17, 2018

Whenever you have a number of guests in your home at the same time, plumbing issues may arise due to the capacity of your plumbing and septic system. This is because the system was designed to accommodate a certain number of people over a defined period of time. Problems can arise when you have more people using more water than the system can accommodate which can happen often during your Thanksgiving gathering. When this happens, it can definitely put a damper on your event in your home. Here are some tips on how you can diagnose and fix some of...

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Why is my toilet leaking at the base?

November 9, 2018

If there is water around the base of your toilet, you likely have a toilet leak. Stop using the toilet immediately because the water that has leaked onto your floor is from the used water in your toilet bowl. Not only can this water damage your flooring and cause mold if left sitting for a long period of time, but it can also create a health hazard in your bathroom if not cleaned up thoroughly with disinfectant after the leak is fixed. You may be able to fix the leak yourself by tightening the toilet’s tee bolts and/or replacing its...

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Creating A Jack O’Lantern For Your Home

October 22, 2018

At FloHawks, we decided to celebrate Halloween by carving a pumpkin using an image inspired by our company logo. Follow the steps below to create your own jack o’lantern masterpiece. 1.Choose a pumpkin When you’re picking out your pumpkin, think about what shape might work best for your design. A pumpkin with a smooth front sometimes works best for carving in larger artwork. The shape of the pumpkin may even help influence the design you want to make. 2.Prepare Your Pumpkin With a sharp knife, cut a circle around the stem at an angle to the center. This will be...

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Tips to Prevent Clogged Drains

October 12, 2018

Because clogged drains are such a common problem, it’s generally not a surprise when they happen – usually at the most inconvenient moments. What may be surprising is that there are a number of things you can do to avoid having clogged drains in your home that can lead to more serious plumbing problems. These tips apply to homes connected to a sewer system. Take Proper Care of Your Garbage Disposal Although it may seem that you should be able to put any kind of food down your kitchen sink’s garbage disposal without causing a problem, that’s not actually the...

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Tips to Minimize Sewer Line Backups

September 10, 2018

Most of us never think about the many things we do every day that affect our sewer system. But, the reality is, our sewer lines are hard at work with every flush of the toilet, each time we turn the faucet on, use the dishwasher, or start the washing machine. So, all it takes is one clog in the line to create a plumbing crisis that could cost thousands of dollars to solve. For this reason, learning to prevent sewer line backups is very important. Here are some tips that can help homeowners avoid sewer line obstructions. Most flushable products...

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7 Signs It is Time to Replace your Main Water Line

July 31, 2018

Over time, your main water line experiences plenty of wear and tear as it delivers water to and from your home every day. Many types of weather, extreme usage, and age all play roles in how often you may need to replace this essential part of your plumbing system. If you pay attention to the signs that signal a worn or compromised main water line requires replacement and replace the line when necessary, you can avoid some of the cost, mess, and inconvenience associated with a burst main water line. If not, you could easily face the destruction of your...

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How Often Should the Septic Tank Outlet Filter Be Cleaned?

July 17, 2018

A clogged drainfield is one of the most common (and expensive) causes of septic system failure. However, a septic tank outlet filter can be a simple solution to help you avoid clogged pipes in your drainfield. A septic tank outlet filter, also known as an effluent filter or grey water filter, protects your septic system by filtering effluent as it leaves the septic tank. Screening Device The screening device, made of slotted plastic, is installed in the outlet of a septic tank and helps prevent anything other than liquids from getting into (and potentially clogging) the drainfield. The slots are...

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