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

Do You Know Where the Plumbing Shut-Off Valve to Your House Is?

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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A plumbing disaster in a house that results in flooding or extensive water damage is a worst-case scenario few homeowners want to think about. But thinking about this possibility is important because it will help you prepare so you can protect your home and avoid major damage. For example, we recommend installing a sump pump in your basement to pump out water automatically in case of flooding.

But there’s an even simpler step we advise all homeowners to take, which is to locate the shut-off valve for the water main into their home. Turning off the water flow in case of an emergency will bring an immediate halt to flooding dangers. The shut-off valve is also helpful for smaller plumbing problems where you simply need the water turned off for the house. You may already know the location of your home’s shut-off valve. If you don’t, then this post is for you.

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Why Is My Toilet Making a Gurgling Sound?

Monday, February 21st, 2022
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When toilets produce a gurgling sound, many homeowners often find themselves wondering whether the gurgling sound is a cry for help from their drainage or it’s just a typical sound. Unfortunately, it’s the former.

When you encounter a rumbling, weird sound randomly or after you’ve flushed the toilet, it often means that there’s an underlying problem in your plumbing system that you need to handle. In many cases, it can be hard to determine whether it’s a minor situation or it’ll require plenty of plumbing work.

So, what causes that irritating gurgling sound? This post will discuss what makes your toilet produce that sound and how you can fix it.

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Some Plumbing Resolutions for 2022

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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Have you already made your New Year’s Resolutions for 2022? Even if you have, you can always add a few more—especially ones that aren’t too difficult to follow through on. We recommend you make some resolutions about your plumbing system for this year. These resolutions will help keep your plumbing in the best shape possible and lower the chances you’ll need to call professionals for plumbing service in Bethesda, MD due to an emergency. 

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Water Stain on the Ceiling? You May Have a Serious Plumbing Leak!

Monday, November 1st, 2021
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There are many problems you don’t want to see in your house, and one that people often fear is seeing a noticeable water stain on the ceiling. What does it mean? What can you do about it? 

Unfortunately, the answer many people have to the second question is “Ignore it.” We know that denying a problem often seems like the easiest way to deal with something in the short term. But trust us as professional plumbers—ignoring a water stain on the ceiling is the worst thing you can do. Almost as bad is trying to cover up the stain. This isn’t just a cosmetic problem: you likely have a major plumbing issue. 

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Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for Colder Weather

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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Many people love the winter season, but without question, the freezing temperatures put a serious strain on your home that can result in expensive damages if you don’t take the proper precautions. No part of your home is more vulnerable to the ravages of the season than your plumbing, where frozen pipes and other mishaps can bring your home life to a halt and lead to expensive repairs. 

Prevention and preparation are key to helping your plumbing through to the spring so you can enjoy the parts of winter you love. We offer plumbing service in Silver Spring, MD, and have a long familiarity with winter plumbing problems, so we know what measures to take to winterize your home to avoid a seasonal nightmare. Follow us below for our winter plumbing preparation guide.

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The Sneaky Enemy of Your Pipes: Pinhole Leaks

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Hidden plumbing leaks in a house can account for a massive waste of water. While you quietly enjoy your home life, pipes hidden in floorboards and walls might be taking money from your wallet and even causing damage to the building. 

This is why hidden leak detection is an essential plumbing service in Frederick, MD we offer. If you have any suspicions about a rise in your water usage, call us to check for hidden leaks. 

In this post, we’ll examine one of the sneakiest of all hidden leaks: pinhole leaks. As the name indicates, these are tiny leaks—but that doesn’t mean they won’t create problems for you.

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Why Hard Water Is Bad for Your Plumbing

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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Hard water may not make you sick but it can damage the plumbing in your home. Hard water has a large amount of calcium and magnesium that gets deposited in your home’s plumbing appliances and pipes over time. 

This can cause blockages and may even lead to leaks in your pipes and faucets. You can install a water softener to improve your plumbing in Rockville, MD. In this, blog, we’ll look at some of the problems caused by hard water and why a water softener is a good way to address them.

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Why DIY Plumbing Is a Bad Idea

Monday, July 12th, 2021
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“Fix-it-yourself” is a popular modern philosophy, and we agree with it—for some parts of a house. Getting out the tools and going to the hardware store for supplies can help you save money with several repairs around your home, and some people even enjoy getting hands-on with solving issues on their own. 

When it comes to the plumbing in a home, however, DIY should be off the table except for some basic fixes such as cleaning out aerators in faucet heads. As tempted as you may feel to put on a belt filled with all the wrenches you can carry, residential plumbing jobs such as leak repair, toilet replacement, drain cleaning, and anything to do with water heaters are not for amateurs. Unless you’re a professional plumber yourself, leave your plumbing in Bethesda, MD in the hands of our licensed plumbers.

Below we’ll go over some reasons amateur plumbing is a mistake.

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Here’s 5 Things That May Be Clogging Your Drain

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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Drain clogs are one of the most common annoyances for residential plumbing, and we’re certain you’ve run into a few over the years. Sometimes a plunger can clear them, other times you need to call for professional plumbers to work their craft. We offer fantastic drain cleaning in Frederick, MD for when the plunger won’t solve the problem. (And please don’t try to use chemical drain cleaners as an alternative. These chemical concoctions can damage your pipes and aren’t that effective.)

We’re going to list five common sources of drain clogs to help you get a better idea of why calling professional plumbers is the best step when you’ve got clogged or slow drains.

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Is Your Toilet Overflowing? Here’s What to Do!

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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The overflowing toilet is one of the big nuisances a household can run into. And sometimes it can feel like a real panic-inducing emergency. The toilet is about as crucial as plumbing fixtures get in a home, and the idea of one overflowing and causing flooding in the bathroom isn’t pleasant, so it’s understandable that people might suddenly feel at a loss about what to do when it happens.

No problem: we’re here to help! An overflowing toilet is a good reason to call our plumbers, and we’ll drive out as fast as we can to have the problem corrected. We can’t teleport, of course, but we can provide you advice on what to do before we arrive to help alleviate the issue and hold back that anxiety attack.

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