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Calling a Plumber vs. Calling a Handyman

March 5th, 2018

You’ve got a major plumbing problem and you need help fast. Of course, this plumbing issue came as a bit of a surprise, so you also don’t want to spend too much money on repairs. Luckily, your neighbor’s friend’s son is a local handyman, someone who’s good at things like fixing loose mounts, hanging shelves, and plumbing. He may not have any formal training, but he’s got a good eye for it…isn’t that enough?

In most cases, we don’t think so, but we don’t expect you to take our word for it. Read on to learn about the differences between most “handymen” and professional plumbers, and call our team to let us prove to you that the invaluable experience of a plumbing contractor cannot be matched.

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Where Is Your Water Heater Leak Coming From?

February 19th, 2018

tighten-water-heater-connectionA leak in your faucet or under the sink can be quite annoying, but rather simple to diagnose. A leak from the water heater, however—a large system with components you may not be familiar with—may seem downright dangerous. That’s why it’s so important to shut off the water to the water heater and turn off its power supply before doing any work or diagnoses on a leaking water heater.

Once you’ve done this, the most important thing is to determine where, exactly, the leak is coming from. This will help you to find out how serious the problem is and whether anything will need replacement. Your best bet is working with trained plumbers, but we’re here to help with an overview of what to look for in a leaky system. Where is that leak coming from?

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Tankless Water Heaters Need Annual Maintenance Too

February 5th, 2018

tankless-water-heater-arm-wrenchWhen you picture a classic water heater, you likely think of a large tank inside of your basement, a crawlspace, the garage, or elsewhere, full of hot water and lots of external and internal components that keep things running smoothly. This large tank water heater, with all its safety switches and valves, needs regular maintenance—including flushing the tank sometimes if you have hard water. This is something you may have experience with.

However, when you picture a tankless water heater, you might simply see the small, rectangular box it comes in. Tankless water heaters can last for 20 years, and seem to be self-sufficient, but this is far from the truth. Today, we explain why tankless water heaters should receive regular maintenance, too!

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Admiral Plumbing Rescues Pipes and Pups! Support Your Local Rescue

January 24th, 2018

Rich from Admiral Plumbing Services is all business when it comes to your plumbing services. However, he has a soft spot in his heart for furry friends. He has been helping the Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue for years with his monetary sponsorship as well as sponsoring cuddly canines. He even has an office puppy now!

Meet MJ!

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Is Your Water Heater At Risk for Leaks?

January 22nd, 2018

dripping-water-dropA lot of damage could come from a leaky water heater. When water leaks from the tank, a valve, or the inlet or outlet pipes, your crawlspace or a closet could become damaged, or mold could result. In some cases, a hot water leak can prove dangerous. A leaky water heater is certainly something you want to avoid, but it’s also something few people spend time thinking about.

So could your water heater be headed toward a disastrous leak? It’s possible. Ask yourself these questions to determine whether your water heater is at risk, and take the proper precautions to prevent a leak from any part of your system.

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Is Your Older Toilet Done for?

January 8th, 2018

toilet-open-buttonIt would be nice if your plumbing was installed once and lasted forever. Of course, we know that’s not the case. Pipes can last many decades, often over 50 years, but faucets and fixtures will need to be replaced much earlier. Not only do they stop working so well after a couple of decades—they can also become outdated.

Sinks become discolored or may start to feel too small. Faucets develop leaks and may not offer all the features you want. It can be easy to decide when to replace these fixtures, but how can you tell when your toilet needs replacement? This may seem like a more difficult decision, but we’re here to help.

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What’s That Noise Coming from the Water Heater?

December 25th, 2017

noise-woman-hands-earsWhen you turn on the hot water and it sounds like the water heater has just rattled out of the floor, you’re relieved to find that it hasn’t. For the most part, water heater issues don’t put your safety at risk, but they can make it so that you have to spend way more on heating water than you should.

The noise coming from your water heater is also likely leading to wear and tear that could force you to replace your unit much too soon. Water heaters can collect “scale” that puts your system at risk. Learn more about that rattling, popping, or banging noise in the guide below.

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The Best Materials for Repiping a Home

December 11th, 2017

ground-sewer-pipeEventually, the pipes in any home will need replacement. Learning that your pipes are failing is bad enough, and suddenly you’re tasked with having to sort through conflicting information about which is the best material to use for repiping a home. If your pipes are old enough to need replacing, they are probably made of a material no longer deemed viable for pipes, like galvanized steel or even iron, both of which are prone to corrosion.

Now, there’s a whole new selection of piping material for your whole home, including metals and plastics, which may come as a bit of a shock! We’ll help you sort through some of the confusion here, but consult with a plumber in your area for the best idea of what will work for your home.

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How a Plumber Deals with Tree Roots

November 27th, 2017

root-pipe-splitIf tree roots affect your home plumbing, you may already know about it. A lot of homeowners have persistent problems with tree roots blocking the pipes, and the sewer pipes in particular. You might have to call the plumbers back time and time again, consistently treat your pipes, and remember to routinely schedule inspections.

That’s one way to deal with the issue. But there are multiple ways you and your plumbers might decide to tackle the problem, temporarily or once and for all. Here are the methods you should know about.

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Spotting Hidden Leaks in Your Plumbing

November 13th, 2017

leaky-pipe-burstLeaks in a plumbing system can cause a lot of trouble for your home. First, there’s all that water waste, which means you may pay more for water from the utility company than you should have to. Then, there’s the cost of repairing the issue in case a leak is located somewhere that only a plumber can reach. However, the potential cost of water damage can be much higher, which is why it’s still important to catch problems sooner than later.

You may not be able to detect leaks by looking really closely at your pipes; you cannot see the majority of the plumbing pipes in your home! However, there are some methods that may help you to spot hidden leaks.

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