Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

My Pipes Have Frozen! What Do I Do?

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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This is a winter nightmare so many homeowners have—water stops at one or more taps because of a frozen pipe. It often occurs in older homes with lower amounts of insulation, but even new homes aren’t immune to it.

Although frozen pipes are major plumbing problems, they don’t have to be a long-term one. Follow our advice and you should soon have water flowing again, as well as a plan for avoiding frozen pipes in the future.

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Water Saving Tips for Your Home—Easy Ones!

Monday, October 21st, 2019
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Conserving water is something every homeowner can do. And conserving water is far easier than many people believe. You don’t have to make huge sacrifices to cut back on water use. Instead, you just need to know the right tips and the right plumbing jobs to have done.

Most homes have plenty of good reasons to reduce water use. According to the WaterSense program of the US EPA, “40 out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade.” Another WaterSense fact is that most homes can use 20% less water by following only the first tip on our list below.

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Tips to Ready Your Plumbing in Fall

Monday, September 9th, 2019

We know you don’t want to think about winter weather yet. It’s still officially summer! But fall arrives in only a few weeks. It’s time to make special home preparations for the change in seasons. The earlier you do winter prep, the easier it’ll be—and the lower the chance of the first cold snap of the season catching you off guard.

We have a few fall tips for preparing your household’s plumbing.

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Replace Bad Copper Pipes With PEX

Monday, April 8th, 2019
copper-tubes

No matter the age of a home, at some point it will need to have upgrades done on its plumbing pipes. For homes built before 1970, this could mean a complete replacement of the piping to eliminate old materials such as lead, galvanized steel, and polybutylene.

But newer homes aren’t immune to the need for professional repiping. You may notice leaking from damaged copper pipes, and the best solution to this problem is replacing the old copper with PEX.

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Plumbing Basics: How a Bathroom Toilet Works

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The toilet. It’s not a piece of equipment in a home people talk about much, but it’s also about as essential as home equipment gets. Few indoor plumbing inventions are better than the toilet, after all!

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Any plumber in Germantown, MD or the surrounding areas who’s worth hiring knows all about the design and workings of a toilet so they can repair them. But how much do you know about how a toilet works? If you’re interested—and knowing this can help you understand when it’s time to call for plumbing help—we’ve got a short rundown on the basics of the modern bathroom toilet and the different models.

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How to Prepare Your Plumbing System for Winter

Monday, December 17th, 2018

frozen-pipeIt’s getting colder, and the temperatures will continue to drop until they reach the lows of January and February. If you haven’t yet taken steps to protect the plumbing of your home for the ice-cold season, now is definitely the time.

We know December is a busy month for most people, but preparing the plumbing in a house to avoid damage from frozen and bursting pipes is one of the most important jobs to have done for a home.

And you don’t need to do it alone: a professional plumber in Bethesda, MD can help make the work easier and take care of tasks that may require special training and tools.

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Be Aware of These Plumbing Issues This Season

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

house-on-snowy-nightThe end of the year is a busy time. There are joys and there are hassles. One common hassle in homes is with the plumbing. Extra guests and feasting can often mean plumbing fiascoes requiring the service of a professional plumber.

We’d like you to enjoy a fun and festive end of the year and a clean start to the next. Below we’ve put together a list of plumbing problems to watch out for at this time of year so you’ll know to call for service before things get any worse. Prompt repairs means easier and better repairs—and more free time to enjoy the season.

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Do I Need a Water Filter?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Water-SoftenerEveryone should know at this point that the water coming out of their taps isn’t of the highest quality. Not that it’s necessarily dangerous, of course. Just that in most areas it’s not the best tasting water. In some areas, though, the quality of the water actually does raise some health concerns. In those cases, it might be a good idea to have a water filter of some kind installed in your plumbing system. The following are a few of the more common signs that you should make use of a water filtration system of some kind.

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How to Tell If You’ve Got Plumbing Problems

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Burst-PipePlumbing issues can be difficult to detect outside of professional maintenance appointments, since the system they’re affecting is mostly out of sight. Even if you schedule preventive maintenance for your plumbing system on a regular basis, though, you still need to keep an eye out for signs that there are problems developing between appointments. Have a look at the issues below to help determine whether or not your plumbing system is in trouble.

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How to Keep Your Plumbing System as Healthy as Possible

Monday, July 30th, 2018

plumbing-maintenancePlumbing systems can be pretty difficult to keep in good condition, considering most of them are hidden from sight. Most plumbing issues also develop pretty slowly over time, only becoming obvious once they’ve had plenty of time to cause damage to the surrounding area. Still, if you know what you’re doing there are ways that you can keep your plumbing system pretty healthy over the years. Have a look at the tips below that will help you keep your plumbing system healthy for as long as possible.

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