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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Brown Water in Your Pipes: What You Need to Know About Deteriorating Pipes

March 5, 2021

Access to water in the U.S. couldn’t be easier, you wake up, make coffee, jump in the shower, brush your teeth and turn on the dishwater on your way out the door. The EPA estimates that, “The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home, and that, “roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors.” So when you’re greeted with brown water coming from your faucets first thing in the morning, it’s a cause for some concern. Sometimes brown water in your home’s water supply can be linked to: Burst water mains in your...

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What Are Grease Traps?

February 5, 2021

As their name implies, grease traps are designed specifically to trap fats, oils, or grease (FOG) before they can go down the drain and enter the public sewer line. Left unchecked, FOG can solidify and stick to the insides of pipes, trapping small pieces of food debris and other items. Over time, this solid mass can continue to grow until it clogs the sewer lines and causes all kinds of destruction in the sewer system including sewage backup. The easiest way to solve this problem is to use a grease trap and prevent FOG from ever entering the sewer system....

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Are the chemical additives really helping?

January 22, 2021

Numerous septic tank chemical additives products are readily available in the marketplace today. Manufacturers claim that these additives are designed to “rejuvenate” bacterial populations living in a septic system, which can easily be destroyed by household chemicals. Other enzyme type-additives are intended to reduce fats, oils, and grease in a septic tank and supposedly minimize the need for pumping. However, this marketing can be very misleading. In fact, additives are not needed to enhance the normal function of a septic system. Don’t be fooled! They have no proven benefit, can contain questionable ingredients, and can be costly. Drain Cleaners Can...

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Issues with Your Garbage Disposal and How to Fix It

December 17, 2020

If your garbage disposal isn’t turning on, is jammed, or is otherwise not working, there are a few things you can do before calling a plumber. in Puyallup, WA, has compiled this list of some common problems that don’t take a lot of know-how to fix. 1. It Won’t Turn On If you flip the switch and nothing happens, press the reset button located on the unit itself and make sure the cord is plugged in. You can also check the circuit breaker to make sure it hasn’t been tripped. The breaker is usually the same as the one used...

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How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing

December 11, 2020

Without the right measures in place, pipes can freeze and burst in subzero temperatures. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are five tips to follow before temperatures drop below freezing and create an expensive mess in your home. 1. Insulate Interior Pipes Insulate pipes located in the attic, basement, crawl spaces, and other areas near the exterior of your structure. Your local home store has a variety of products you can use, including foam pipe insulation and heat tape. 2. Drain and Insulate Outside Pipes Remove hoses attached to outdoor faucets. Drain and store the hoses. Locate inside valves...

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5 Tips to Avoid Plumbing Disasters This Holiday Season

November 20, 2020

Nobody wants to deal with a plumbing issue during the holidays, as it’s time to decorate and spend time with family and friends. If you’re entertaining, you want your guest to remember your party as a pleasant event. The last thing you need is a plumbing disaster such as clogged drains or toilet backups. Here are five tips you to help you avoid holiday plumbing mishaps. 1. Guard Your Toilet Against Non-Flushable Items Place a waste bin in the bathroom for any items that should not be flushed. This will encourage your guests to throw any items into the waste...

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