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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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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Everything to Know About Septic Tank Risers

September 21, 2020

If you have a septic system, it’s necessary to keep up with regular inspections and maintenance to avoid a septic failure and damage to your home and property. Septic tank risers are a key part of easy maintenance. They can be installed when you get a new or replacement septic tank, or one can be built onto your septic system at any time. Here’s what you need to know about septic tank risers. 1. What a Septic Tank Riser Does A septic tank riser is like a periscope for your septic tank. It’s essentially a vertical portal that goes from...

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Top Signs That Your Grease Trap Needs To Be Cleaned

September 13, 2020

If you have a grease trap in your restaurant, you should know that this plumbing device needs regular cleaning and maintenance. A grease trap that is poorly maintained can lead to clogged drains, fire risks, foul odors, and health problems for both customers and employees. It is best to maintain a regular schedule for cleaning and maintaining your grease trap. However, you should look to have your grease trap cleaned sooner rather than later if you notice any of the following signs. 1. Clogged or Slow-Moving Drains Professional plumbers will tell you that dirty grease traps often lead to clogged...

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Does Your Home Have Plumbing Issues?

August 22, 2020

Indoor plumbing is one of the best inventions that humans have created. You might not spend much time thinking about your Puyallup, WA, home’s plumbing system. However, an issue with your plumbing system could result in a disruption to your daily life, a loss of comfort, and major damage to your house. Be aware of these three common types of plumbing issues that could affect your residence. 1. Leaky Pipes Leaky pipes are a common problem, especially in houses that are 40 to 50 years old. A typical plumbing system lasts for about this long. Near the end of its...

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