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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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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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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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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The Benefits of Hydro Jetting

October 15, 2020

Hydro jetting is a cleaning process for the plumbing in your home. It uses pressurized water to clean everything out of the pipes by forcing water throughout the system. There are five main benefits. 1. Removes All Residue Hydro jetting will clear out everything in your home’s pipes. This can include soap scum, food, balls of hair, grease, dirt, and sand. These materials can build up over time and cause clogs. 2. Removes Harmful Bacteria Bacteria builds up in your plumbing system over time. This results in terrible smells in your kitchen and bathrooms. You also don’t want to be...

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