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How to Tell When You Need Drain Pipe Repair

drain-pipe-repairDrains seem to be one of those things in life where you don’t even really consider them if they’re working well, but they can really cause havoc when they are in disrepair.  Obviously, the key is to catch any issues before they become larger problems, but that’s sometimes easier said than done.

Here are some ways to tell when you need drain pipe repair:

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3 Tips on How to Unclog a Sink

unclog-a-sinkMost of the time, a clogged sink is nothing more than a minor inconvenience during the course of your day.  It may happen in the bathroom or it may happen in the kitchen, but more often than not, the water eventually goes down and you forget about it for a while.

Of course, there are those “other” times when the sink is clogged and the water doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere.  These are the times you have to jump into action and unclog a sink yourself.  Here are 3 useful tips to help you out. 

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Four Advantages of a 24-Hour Plumber

emergency-plumberA plumbing emergency is probably one of the more troubling situations you can encounter in your home.  This is especially true if the emergency happens after regular business hours.

Plumbing problems don’t always decide to work on your schedule, and they don’t seem to mind popping up on weekends or in the middle of the night.  Luckily, having access to a 24-hour plumber offers several advantages. 

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What Is Sewer Backup Protection?

sewer-backflowChances are, if you’ve ever had a sewer backup into your basement or place of business, you remember it vividly.  A sewer backup can be one of the most unpleasant situations you’re likely to encounter, and if you haven’t taken measures to protect against it, you surely will after it happens once.

What Is a Sewer Backup?

When municipal sewers become overloaded with rain water after a heavy storm, the water is often forced back toward your home through the sewer lines and up through the drains in your basement.  This is known as sewer backup, and it has the potential to send contaminated water through your floor drains, up through toilets or even through tubs and showers.

Storms aren’t always the culprit, though.  Sometimes, you may encounter a sewer backup because of tree roots, grease, broken pipes, waste or ground saturation. 

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ExpressRooter Plumbing is an Exclusive Holmes Official Contractor!

Today we are excited to announce that ExpressRooter Plumbing has become an exclusive Holmes Official Contractor for the Holmes Makes it Right TV series!

From the letter: “Marcin Wroblewski will have exclusivity within his trade for all plumbing services featured on Holmes Makes It Right. He will hold trade exclusivity for the entire duration of the series, which as it stands is a total of 44 episodes”.

This means that Marcin and the team at ExpressRooter Plumbing will be the ONLY professional plumbing contractors helping Mike Holmes “make it right” for the families and homes featured on the series.

Click here to read the full letter!

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What Are the Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater?

tankless water heaterWith energy costs rising and plumbing technology advancing, it is no surprise that tankless water heaters are becoming more popular. The idea behind a tankless water heater is that it heats water only on demand. Therefore, it reduces the need for a storage tank and greatly improves energy efficiency because you are only heating the water that you will actually use. However, these are only two of the many advantages you will receive from getting a tankless water heater. Here are some more benefits you will realize with this new technology:

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How to Prevent a Nasty Basement Flood

As many people have found out from the recent superstorm Sandy, serious basement flooding is no laughing matter.  When water gets into your basement, it causes a lot of financial and emotional stress, and in extreme cases can alter your life.  And while there isn’t a lot you can do if a megastorm comes calling, you can prevent basement flooding from regular heavy rain or melting snow if you follow some basic guidelines.

Seal Up Holes

Holes and cracks in the foundation of a home are some of the primary culprits when it comes to basement leaks and flooding during storms.  It’s important to have a proper home inspection when you first purchase a home, and also have the foundation checked for problems if you’ve been living in your house for a while.

Basement windows are another area where water may get in, especially if they have older wooden frames that have rotted.  If you have older basement windows, consider an upgrade to vinyl or aluminum to keep water out.

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5 Drain Repair Services You Should Leave To A Professional

We all experience a clogged drain in our homes from time to time.  Our first instinct is to grab the plunger and solve the problem ourselves.  After all, professional plumbing services can be expensive, and we can save some time by just handling it right away.  However, what appears to be a simple clogged drain may be more serious than that, and a plumbing expert may be required so that the problem does not become any worse than it is.  Listed below are just a few drain repair services that would be best left to a professional plumber.

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