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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Why Is There Sewage Coming Up Through the Bathtub?

August 6, 2021

Plumbing issues are bound to happen every once in a while, but dealing with sewage in your bathtub is a problem no one wants to deal with. Aside from the gross factor, backed-up sewage has harmful bacteria and poses a health risk to you and your family. Wondering what’s caused this sudden mess? Here’s what you should know and how to fix it. What Causes Sewage Backup? In most instances, sewage backup that’s coming from your drain means that there’s a blockage in your main sewer line. Essentially, all of the drains throughout your home are connected, and they eventually...

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How to Know When It’s Time for a New Toilet

July 23, 2021

There are some features of your home that you likely take for granted. Your toilet is probably one of them. It’s always there and it does what it’s supposed to do. So what happens when it starts to malfunction? How do you know when to seek repair versus replacing it completely? While toilets are extremely long-lasting, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for the telltale signs of a toilet that’s past its prime. Here are five symptoms you should look into replacing your outdated toilet. Cracks in the Tank If you’ve noticed puddles of toilet water...

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What’s That “Rotten Egg” Smell?

June 18, 2021

A sewer gas odor can come from your household septic system or the sanitary sewer system. If you notice a foul smell that is causing a problem in your home, it may be sewer gas. WHAT IS SEWER GAS? Septic StenchSewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and non-toxic gasses that can be present at varying levels depending upon the source. It is formed during the decay of household waste, typically the anaerobic decomposition of sewage and sludge. Sewer gas is mostly methane, which is odorless, but it’s almost always mixed with other gasses, the most common being hydrogen...

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What is a P-Trap?

May 21, 2021

If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation – or you smell a noxious odor emanating from your plumbing pipes – you will quickly become very familiar with a P-trap. P-traps can be made of either PVC or metal. This essential plumbing fixture is usually installed under bathroom and kitchen sinks to trap debris that has drained there and keep it from being able to clog your plumbing system. It can also trap gases and keep them from flowing back up into your home or business. This is particularly important because some types of sewer gases not only smell...

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5 Easy Ways to Conserve Water

May 7, 2021

Cutting back on water use in your home will help save you money and put less strain on your plumbing system. Water conservation is also taking center stage at many discussions of how to combat drought and preserve our environment. While there are many ways to accomplish the goal of water conservation every day, here are five of the most effective ways to reduce your water use. 1. TURN OFF YOUR FAUCET WHILE WASHING AND BRUSHING Although many of us leave the water running in our sinks while we are soaping our hands and brushing our teeth, the truth is...

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Water Heater Maintenance Tips

April 23, 2021

Like other household appliances, regularly maintaining your home’s hot water heater can extend its useful life. Because we rely on water heaters daily, it’s important to make sure they are properly maintained. A regular maintenance schedule can keep it running for its 15-year expected lifetime and possibly beyond. Follow FloHawks’ water heater tips below. You can improve the efficiency of an older unit by insulating it with a fiberglass jacket. Newer units are already insulated so check your owner’s manual to make sure. Test the valve. Both gas and electric water heaters have a safety device called a temperature and...

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Why is My Water Pressure Low?

April 9, 2021

Low water pressure can be an annoying inconvenience – washing the dishes or taking a shower can sometimes take way too long when you are dealing with a low water flow situation. Water pressure problems have a tendency to present themselves in different ways. So what causes low water pressure? There can be many culprits. Diagnosing the root cause is the first step to understanding why the water pressure in your home might be low. Causes of Low Water Pressure If only one fixture is affected, like a showerhead or kitchen faucet, a clogged aerator can likely cause low water...

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Common Problems With Floor Drains

March 19, 2021

Typically, unnoticed, most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their floor drains. But floor drains can be a lifesaver if your house floods from a pipe that bursts – a basement floor drain quickly gives the water a way out before it can cause further damage or promote mold growth. But as anyone who has ever had an over-flooded floor drain can tell you, your floor drain can cause problems as well. It’s important to recognize and address any issues quickly so you can prevent serious damage from happening to your home. Floor drains are a direct...

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