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July 20, 2017 @ 10:03 AM · Faucets & Fixtures, Saving Water

Written by Alanah Sabatini


We're always telling you that leaks waste water, and you shouldn't ignore them. But if a faucet only has a slow drip, is it really worth worrying about? In this post, we're gonna get into the numbers to find out exactly how much that slow drip adds up to.


To figure this out, we first need to time out how often the faucet drips. Let's say you have one faucet in your home that drips once every second. That's 60 drips per minute, 3,600 drips per hour, which adds up to 86,400 drips per day and a whopping 31,536,000 drips per year.

Then, we must figure out the volume that all those drips add up to. There is no precise definite volume of a faucet drip (the exact volume ......

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July 7, 2017 @ 10:03 AM · Drains & Sewers, Faucets & Fixtures

Written by Alanah Sabatini


In today's world of YouTube and Pinterest, it's getting more and more possible to do projects yourself without hiring a professional. It's called DIY (do it yourself), and it can be incredibly rewarding to see the results of your own successful work. With many DIY projects, you can roll up your sleeves, dive in, and figure things out as you go; a project like building shelves can be successfully done with online guidance and a little trial-and-error, even if you don't know much about building.

There are some projects, however, that require professional training and expertise to successfully complete, such as plumbing work. Many people believe they can save money by doing their own ......

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July 3, 2017 @ 8:59 AM · Drains & Sewers, Summer


Imagine this: You finally find a house that you love. It passes inspections. You buy it, and you excitedly move into it with your family. A week later, your drains are running slow and there’s sewage backing up into your new basement. You call a plumber, and they tell you your new home’s sewer line is in bad shape and needs to be replaced, which will cost thousands of dollars. And you, the new homeowner, are responsible for paying for it.


Sounds like a nightmare, right? Unfortunately, it can happen easily; a typical home inspector only checks visible systems in the house, and the inspection does not include the house’s underground sewer line. Not only that, the seller may not disclose any known sewer ............

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June 22, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

Written by Alanah Sabatini



A couple days ago we shared an article on our social media pages about old water towers that were converted into really cool houses (I seriously recommend checking it out. Click here to see the article) and it got me thinking. Water towers are one of those things that you see once in awhile as you’re driving, but you never think much of them. I drove past the Detroit Zoo water tower earlier this week for the hundredth time, but this time I couldn't help but wonder, why is that thing there? What does it do? So, naturally, I went on a curiosity-fueled research spree.


When you turn on a faucet, the water pressure in the system is what pushes the water out of the faucet. Low ............

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June 8, 2017 @ 8:24 AM · Faucets & Fixtures, Health

Written by Alanah Sabatini


Today's post is a little different than our usual blogs. Instead of giving you general information about plumbing, I'm going to introduce myself (Hi, I'm Alanah!) and share a personal experience!

We've all been told a thousand times that drinking enough water is important, but studies show that 75% of Americans are dehydrated. After realizing that I was definitely part of that 75% and my water habits were truly TERRIBLE, I decided to take on a water challenge. For the full 31 days of May, I had to drink 64 ounces (the recommended daily amount) of water by 6:00 PM every day. It wasn't so much difficult as it was annoying, having to lug around a big 32-ounce water bottle everywhere ......

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May 30, 2017 @ 11:39 AM · Faucets & Fixtures, Summer

Have you ever wished you could have both cold and hot water come out of your garden hose outside, just like the faucets in your home? With a hot/cold hose spigot, you can. Here are a few great reasons you'd love having outdoor hot water.

1. Washing the Dog

Washing the dog in your bathtub works fine, but that dog hair gets everywhere. All over the floors, cabinets, and not to mention down the tub drain (which can easily cause a clog). And if your dog is anything like mine, they'll shake immediately after the bath is done, spraying that water and hair all over the house. Being able to wash your dog outdoors will eliminate the cleanup completely, and the availability of warm water will make it more comfortable for both you and your......

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May 22, 2017 @ 7:11 AM · Drains & Sewers, Spring, Sump Pumps

A sump discharge line that's hooked up to the city sewer is illegal in many areas and in general is not a good idea. In this post we'll explain the reasons, why you should care, and what you can do instead.

When I first heard that pumping sump water into the sewer system was illegal, my first thought was "Why? It's just water!" and I'm sure plenty of people share the same thought. But it isn't just water; when it comes to this issue, we must think of groundwater and city water (the water that comes out of your tap) differently.

The storm drain system, designed for groundwater/rainwater, is separate from the city sewer system, doesn't go through a water treatment facility, and flows directly into the ......

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May 8, 2017 @ 9:40 AM · Drains & Sewers

Today's blog is about clogs. It's a clog blog, if you will. (Sorry, we found that amusing.)

Terrible jokes aside, a slow-running or clogged main drain line is an annoying and expensive problem. Here are 3 easy things you can do to make sure your drains stay clear. (Warning: more terrible rhymes ahead.)

1. When in doubt, toss it out!

Toilet paper is biodegradable and breaks down in water, but other things don't break down and can get stuck somewhere deep in your home's pipes. This includes (but is not limited to) paper towels, wet wipes, tissues, dental floss, diapers, feminine hygiene products, Q-tips, cotton balls, etc. Even "flushable" wipes aren't biodegradable and will eventually cause problems if you ......

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April 30, 2017 @ 11:51 AM · Spring, Sump Pumps

"My sump pump is new and works great, why do I need two of them?"
"My power never goes out, do I still need a backup pump?"
"My neighborhood has a low water table and never floods. I should be okay without a backup, right?"

If you've ever found yourself asking those questions, you're not alone, and we're here to provide answers. In this post, we'll outline a few situations in which a backup pump will save you.


Power Outages

While a primary pump runs on electricity, a backup pump is powered by either a battery or water pressure. This is perfect for an event like a power outage or a tripped circuit breaker; when your primary pump loses access to electricity and stops working, your ......

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April 25, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

It's National Hug A Plumber Day!

Plumbers are the behind-the-scenes superheroes; they do difficult, dirty work, often exposing themselves to all kinds of diseases while fixing dangerous problems and protecting the health of their clients' homes and businesses. We really appreciate the plumbers on our team here at Universal Plumbing and all the hard work, long hours, and dedication they bring every day.

If you happen to need plumbing work done today and you have one of our guys out to your home, show them some extra love today. You don't have to literally hug them, but take the time to tell them how appreciated they are!

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