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November 17, 2017 @ 10:59 AM · Drains & Sewers

 

Thanksgiving is this Thursday! We're really excited for the chance to spend time with loved ones and for the great food we're gonna eat. If you're the one cooking or hosting this Thanksgiving, though, be careful about what's going in the garbage disposal!

Contrary to popular belief, even the most high-end garbage disposals can't grind up anything. In fact, Thanksgiving and the day after are two of the busiest days of the year for plumbers. Most of the calls we get on those days are about broken or jammed garbage disposals and clogged sinks. Don't let that be you this year! Here's a list of 5 Thanksgiving foods you should never put down the disposal:


Turkey Bones, Grease, and Fat

Turkey bones are ......

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November 13, 2017 @ 9:05 AM · Sump Pumps, Winter

 

Like it or not, temperatures are getting down below freezing around here. It's time to start thinking about snow!

Sump pumps are usually associated with rainfall, but they are just as important in the snowy season, especially around here where the temperatures are never very consistent (remember last winter when it was in the 60s in February?). Melting snow will saturate the ground around your foundation and threaten to flood your basement. And there will be those few days where it warms up a little so the snow melts and it rains, creating a muddy mess that your sump pump will have to handle.

So, if you have a basement, a sump pump is extremely important in the winter. Now is the time to make sure it's working correctly ......

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October 30, 2017 @ 10:02 AM · Fall, Winter

 

Can you believe November is only a day away? October was a wonderful month with warm weather and sunshine, so hopefully you were able to get your winter preparations done while the weather was nice! If you haven't, you still have a little time, but you don't want to wait much longer. It's getting cold out! Preparing your home for winter is extremely important in order to prevent frozen pipes and costly drafts.

In this post, we've compiled a list of resources to help you get your home ready for winter. Don't wait!


 

10 Things You Must Do Around the House This Fall - Popular Mechanics
Here are some of the essentials for preparing your home for winter.

 

More Safe, Less Sorry - HouseLogic
This ......

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October 26, 2017 @ 12:47 PM · Drains & Sewers, Fall

 

Jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween staple. They're great decorations, and carving them can be a fun activity for the whole family. But if you dispose of the pumpkin's pulp and seeds the wrong way, your Halloween could turn out to be much less fun.

A common misconception is that garbage disposals can grind up anything, but that simply isn't true. Pumpkin pulp gums up garbage disposals, sometimes to the point of rendering them unusable. And once the pulp gets into the pipes, it hardens and creates a nasty crust that even chemical drain cleaners like Drano can't get through. Your only option at that point would be to call a plumber and have them snake the drain to cut through it.

Instead of throwing those pumpkin guts ......

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October 23, 2017 @ 9:58 AM · Water Heaters

 

When you call us to have us supply and install a fixture or appliance, we know you're trusting us to provide only the highest quality. We believe (and have experienced) that Bradford White makes the best water heaters on the market. Here's why.

 


 

Made In Michigan
Bradford White is an American-owned company, located in Middleville, Michigan. That's pretty close to home! Purchasing their water heaters means creating American jobs and supporting the American worker.

 

Corrosion-Resistant Lining
Hot water is extremely corrosive and can eat through a metal tank with ease, but Bradford White tanks are lined with an exclusive enamel called Vitraglas. The unique compound expands and contracts with the...
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October 16, 2017 @ 11:38 AM · Fall, Sump Pumps, Winter

Sure, it's only mid-October, but a month from now will be mid-November, when freezing temperatures are definitely possible. Now is the time to make sure your home is ready for the winter.

 

One of the dangers of freezing temps is a frozen sump discharge line, especially if the pipe is exposed outside your home. When a sump discharge line freezes, it causes all kinds of destructive problems - the water in the sump can't escape so the basement will likely flood, the sump pump motor will burn itself out, and the pipes themselves can crack or even burst. An efficiently working sump pump system is so important in the winter, when snow seeps into the ground and threatens to flood your basement!

Luckily, there are some steps you ......

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October 9, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

 

Reviews are our favorite. We'll tell you why.

The capability to write public online reviews is great for both businesses and consumers. Everybody wins. It promotes honesty and allows anyone to get a glimpse of what kind of work the business really does, regardless of what their advertising says. And a truly good & honest company will get mostly good reviews, which helps them get new customers. This is especially true for local contractors, like plumbers. Inviting a stranger into your home to fix or install something can be nerve-wracking, but reviews allow you to read real people's experiences with this person and gain some knowledge first. It makes the process of choosing a company so much easier.

The only issue ......

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October 3, 2017 @ 1:30 PM · Drains & Sewers, Sump Pumps

 

Without storm drains, streets and parking lots would easily flood even during a light rain. But where does all that rainwater go? When you think "drain," you might automatically think "sewer." But not all drains lead to the water treatment plant!

The sanitary sewer is what you most likely think of when you hear the word "sewer." Your shower, toilet, kitchen sink, laundry tub, etc. all drain to the sanitary sewer, which takes the wastewater to a water treatment plant. There, the water is thoroughly treated and purified before being discharged to the nearest stream or body of water.

The storm system, completely separate from the sanitary sewer, is there to prevent flooding and is meant for rainwater ......

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September 25, 2017 @ 10:55 AM · Toilets

What do you think about when you use a toilet? You might scroll through your phone or read something, or you might just think about what you're gonna eat for lunch later; your thoughts probably aren't dwelling on the toilet itself. We can thank the modern toilet for making it easy and convenient to do our business. Even as recent as a century ago, people didn't have it so easy!


 

Ruins of ancient Roman public toilets. Concrete replica on the left.

Though simple toilets can be found throughout ancient history, the first notable example can be found in the Roman Empire. The Romans had open public toilet rooms with a channel of water running under the seats to carry away waste. These toilets were made possible by the ......

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September 19, 2017 @ 1:34 PM · Fall, Water Heaters, Winter

 

A sudden, unexpected cold shower is never fun, and it's even worse in the freezing cold winter months. Just imagine stepping out of that freezing water, getting dressed, and then going out into the freezing cold snow to go to work - it would not be pleasant! A reliable water heater is incredibly important during this time of year. Most regular water heaters last around 10 years before they start leaking or otherwise malfunctioning, so it's a good idea to be proactive and replace an old tank.

If you've got an old water heater and you're thinking about replacing it this fall, consider getting a tankless water heater. These natural gas- or propane-powered heaters heat water as it passes through them, instead of ......

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