How To Tell If Your Sewer Drain Is Clogged

Sewer drain clogged? Here’s how to tell Don’t delay action if your sewer drain is clogged. Otherwise, the clog can lead to health problems for you and your family. North Alabama has a variety of sewer systems, but there’s a quick way to learn if your problem is coming from the utility that [...]

Home Plumbing Technology Trends

New Tech Can Improve Your New & Old Birmingham Home Plumbing, like every other field, is constantly evolving to meet customers’ demand and make new technology that adds to the quality of life for homeowners. Environmental concerns are just one area where plumbing has adapted to modern times. A new dishwasher can save you hundreds [...]

Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Home Improvement

Redoing Bathroom, Kitchen Makes $en$e Looking to renovate your kitchen or bathroom? You’re not alone. A Houzz & Home survey found that kitchens are the top target for homeowners remodeling – 31 percent. Guest bathrooms were second – 27 percent – and master bathrooms were third, at 24 percent. And the renovations make sense. Most [...]

Clogged Drains and Hard Water

"Hard" Water: Soap Wars – Liquid vs. Bar Is soap scum clogging your drain? Maybe you want to consider liquid soap, especially if you have “hard” water. A New York Times science writer, C. Claiborne Ray, explains: Chemicals can create “hard” water, which may combine with bar soap to clog the drain. Liquid soap, which [...]

How Long Do Water Heaters Last

Is My Birmingham, AL Water Heater Dying? There are several signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its life: Is it taking longer to deliver hot water and is it running out of hot water sooner than normal? Do you have “hard water?” This is water that contains lots of minerals [...]

Summer Plumbing Tips Birmingham

Hot Weather Not Kind to North Alabama Plumbing Summertime means an extra workout for the plumbing in homes in the Birmingham, AL area. We tend to use more water in warm weather –- watering lawns, taking more showers and baths – and having cookouts that tax disposal systems, so keep an eye on potential [...]

Hydro Jetting Blocked Sewer Lines

One Good Way to Clean Pipes Hydro-jetting may be the solution if you have frequent blockage in your sewer lines or plumbing system. With hydro-jetting, a trained plumber scours the interior surface of the pipes with a high-power jet of water. This method removes grease, hair, scaly material and other debris that can clog [...]

Noisy Plumbing

Hush those noisy water pipes Noisy water pipes aren’t just irritating. They’re sending you a signal of a problem that often can be fixed easily before it gets worse. Maybe you hear a valve whistling when you turn on a faucet or water valve. This very likely means a screw is loose or a [...]

Water Heaters in Your Birmingham Home

What’s in a Water Heater? Some important components keep your water heater humming, ready to quickly provide hot water at your command. The typical water heater has a cold-water intake, a hot water outlet and a drain valve. The water comes from a holding tank that holds 30 or 60 gallons. The heating element is [...]

Plumbing Myths

Fake News About Plumbing Actually, this is not about fake news but more about misconceptions some people have about various aspects of plumbing in their homes. Let us set the record straight and give you some ideas about how to make your plumbing system work for you: A faucet leak is no big deal. Wrong! Left [...]

Reasons Why Your Water Heater Won’t Start

It’s 6 p.m. Saturday and you’re looking forward to a hot shower before going out with your sweetheart. But there’s no hot water. Brrr! And the water heater button won’t work. What is going on? Here are some possible reasons for all this cold water raining on your plans: The controller is worn out and [...]

Water Heater Problems

4 Water Heater Problems Got a water heater but no hot water?  There are a couple possible causes: If you have a gas-powered heater, check to see if the pilot light is out. If so, then the problem is either with the thermocouple or the pilot control valve. If you have an electric water [...]

Freedom Spring Plumbing Tips

Smart bathroom cleaning tips These suggestions take little time and make life better for you: Take out the faucet handles and clean them inside and out. This will prevent the screws from corroding or rusting – a situation you don’t want to encounter if you have to deal with a plumbing emergency. Are the [...]

Yuck! Rusty Tap Water

Rusty water in your Birmingham home? Find the cause… With a little detective work, you can find out why your water looks rusty. One likely problem: Your public water supply may have corroded pipes, which produce the ionized rust. Do your neighbors have the same problem? If so, this is a job for the [...]

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