Plumbing Maintenance

Direct Vent And Power Vent Boilers

There are two types of gas hot water boilers commonly installed for residential and commercial applications the direct vent and power vent models. The two vary in design and installation cost and also have differences in safety and energy consumption savings. Here are the differences between the two boilers, so when its time for you …

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Direct Vent And Power Vented Water Heaters

The two types of gas water heaters commonly installed for residential and commercial applications are the direct vent and power vent model. The two vary in design and installation cost and also have differences in safety and energy consumption savings. Here are the differences between the two water heaters, so when its time for you …

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Is Your Gas Line Protected From Lighting?

Have you had any past/recent plumbing work done in your home that involved modification or replacement of the gas line? If you had flexible corrugated tubing installed, you could be at risk of having a lighting strike ignite the tube and cause an explosion. Here’s what flexible gas tubing looks like and more about how …

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Which Way Does A Shut-Off Valve Open And Close?

Knowing which way to turn a shut-off valve to stop a sudden plumbing leak is imperative. Hesitation will only make a leak worse and cause more water damage throughout your home if you can’t close the water off quickly! Do you know which way a shut-off valve turns to open and close? If you don’t …

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Sewer Jetting Can Cause Damage

Jetting residential sewer pipes has grown to become a very popular drain cleaning sales tactic in the Pittsburgh Pa area. Avoid getting yourself soaked with a costly drain cleaning bill or even worse. Read my post about how sewer jetting can damage residential drain pipes. You’ll be quite amazed! What is sewer jetting? It’s a …

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Don’t Let Your Restaurant Get Grease Trapped

Do you own or manage a restaurant? Do you periodically skim off the grease trap? If you don’t you’re going to have severe drain clogs and sewage backups. Here’s how to properly skim off a grease trap and prevent down time. What’s a grease trap? It’s an interceptor (or grease recovery device) usually connected to the outlet …

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Holiday Tips To Keep Your Sink Draining

The holidays are just around the corner, and they’ll be here before you know it. Don’t get clogged up this holiday season. Here’s some advice on how to prevent your kitchen sink from clogging on the days you’re going to need it the most.   Does your sink drain? A week before the holidays do this simple …

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The Seasons Are Changing

If you haven’t noticed, the weather has been progressively changing in Western Pennsylvania. The month of August seems to be extending into the month of September, while October and November are warmer than they usually would be. December appears to be the month when winter finally sets in. With this weather change occurring every year, …

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