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Plumbing Basics: How a Bathroom Toilet Works

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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The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

February 11th, 2019

furnace-in-basementIt’s the second half of winter, and if you didn’t schedule regular maintenance for your furnace back in the fall, you may think it’s too late to bother. You can wait until the next fall to have it done.

But it isn’t too late! Furnace maintenance needs to be done annually. Although it’s always best to have the furnace maintained in fall to beat out the first cold days of winter, it’s better to have it done late than to skip it entirely. Furnace maintenance isn’t a luxury or “bonus” for the heating system—it’s essential. Call on a professional Rockville, MD, HVAC company today to arrange for a tune-up and inspection of your furnace.

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The Common Causes of Pipe Clogs—And How to Avoid Them

January 28th, 2019

drain-in-metal-sink-waterIf you hear the words “plumbing problems,” where is the first place your mind goes? We’d bet that for the majority of people they immediately think of clogged/slow drains. Almost everyone has run into trouble with a clogged drain at some point, and many homes will have drain clog issues more than once a year if they don’t have the drains regularly cleaned. Drain cleaning to fix a clogged drain is one of the biggest services that professional plumbers offer their customers.

There are many ways a drain can become clogged up. Below we’ve listed the most common ones, as well as how to avoid having trouble with them in the first place.

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Signs You Need a New Heater

January 14th, 2019

Replacing your home’s heating system may not be how you want to spend the first month of 2019, but if you detect the signs your heater is on its last legs, having it done as soon as possible is the best route. The winter weather is only going to get colder, and if your heater breaks down on you, it can mean a longer stretch without any heating at all—you never want that.

We want you to catch early the indications you have a heater that’s near The End. There are many different signs of a dying heater, and they’ll usually come in a cluster. Please don’t ignore these and simply hope the heater will make it through to spring!

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Be Careful of These Common Heating Problems

December 31st, 2018

cold-man-with-thermostatAs we move into the New Year, we also move into the deepest and coldest part of the winter season. This is the time when you’ll depend the most on the heating system warming your home—and if it starts to fail, or does fail, you’ll want the problem fixed immediately. You can depend on us for your residential heating repair in Rockville, MD. We have the finest technicians on our staff, and they can restore your heater to its proper working condition so you and your family can enjoy the winter season.

We’d like to point out a few common heating problems you may run into so you’ll know what to do and when to call our number for help.

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How to Prepare Your Plumbing System for Winter

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

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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How to Prepare Your Home for Heating Season

November 19th, 2018

calendar-scheduling-bookOutside temperatures are dropping and winter is ready to settle in. Now is the time to ensure your home is prepared for months of chilly and icy weather—the “heating season.” With the right home heating services in Gaithersburg, VA, you should be able to enjoy a trouble-free season with a heater that won’t let you down or run up your bills higher than they should be.

What Steps Do I Need to Take to Prep the Heater for Winter?

There are a few basic tasks to take care of for the best and safest performance from your heater in the coming winter, whether you use a furnace, boiler, or heat pump.

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Call for Drain Cleaning Services If You Have These Symptoms

November 5th, 2018

Drain-SnakingKeeping your drains healthy and efficient is an important part of keeping your plumbing system healthy and efficient. If your drains are not operating properly, it can have wide ranging effects throughout the rest of your plumbing and sewer system. One of the best ways to make sure that your drains stay in good condition is to schedule drain cleaning services. Have a look at the signs below that you should probably call for professional drain cleaning services sooner, rather than later.

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Be Careful of These Air Conditioning Problems This Summer

October 22nd, 2018

air-conditioner-maintenanceJust because we’re getting closer to the end of summer doesn’t mean you aren’t going to use the air conditioner for the rest of the season. There are still likely to be a few times when you’re going to need your air conditioner before it turns off for the rest of the season. For those times, it’s important that you keep an eye out for problems that might arise with the air conditioner. You don’t want to end the summer by paying high AC repair costs, after all. The following are a few of the more common problems you might run into during the next couple weeks.

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