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

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!

toilet-with-button-flush

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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How to Tell if You Have a Leak in Your Plumbing

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Frozen-PipeThe plumbing system is one of the most difficult systems in the average home to keep in good condition. This is mainly because the majority of the system is located out of sight, making it difficult to diagnose issues with it without professional equipment and training. By the time you do notice that something is wrong with your plumbing system, it is often too late to prevent the damage the problem has caused.

The best way to make sure that your plumbing system stays in good condition is to schedule preventive maintenance for it at least once a year. In-between those appointments, though, there are still things you can do to make sure that your system stays healthy. Read on to find out more about how to detect plumbing leaks between maintenance appointments.

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Careful of These Plumbing Problems

Monday, January 29th, 2018

water-handsPlumbing problems can be difficult to spot, since they often occur out of view of the homeowner. Add to that the fact that most plumbing issues start out too small to give off recognizable symptoms, and it’s no wonder that so many people don’t realize that they’re having plumbing issues until something more extreme happens. If you want to keep your plumbing system in the best possible shape, though, it’s a pretty good idea to catch problems as early as you can. How can you do that? Preventive maintenance is the best way, but it’s not the only way to catch problems with your plumbing system. If you know what to look for, you can at least confirm a problem with your system to the point where you know you need a professional to take a look at it for you. Have a look at some of the indications that you have some sort of issue with your plumbing system.

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How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Frozen-PipeMost people become concerned with keeping themselves warm during the winter season. That’s a perfectly valid thing to worry about, but you should also be careful to keep your pipes warm as the temperature starts to drop. If the vulnerable pipes in your home are not properly protected, they might freeze if the weather gets too cold. That can cause all kinds of issues for you as the winter wears on. So, have a look at some of the ways that you can stop your pipes from freezing this winter.

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