Is Your Water Bill Becoming a Burden? It’s Time to Check for Leaks

Have you noticed that the amount you’re paying your local water authority has been increasing lately? Before you get too worked up about it, check your bill carefully against previous bills. You need to see if the amount you’re paying per gallon or pound is different, or the amount of water you’re using is different.…

Trenchless Water Lines: Repairing Your Pipes Without Destroying Your Lawn

Repairing Or Replacing Water Pipes Without Digging Up The Yard Over the past couple of months we’ve discussed insurance policies on your outdoor water pipes, and whether or not they were worth the money. We also discussed trenchless sewer pipe repair or replacement. Today we’ll discuss repairing or replacing your existing water pipe without digging up your property.…

New Year’s Resolutions for the Do-It-Yourself Plumber

New Year’s Day: The day for resolutions. This coming year, you should think about trying to take on more jobs in your home.  There are probably projects that you’ve been putting off because you think you need to hire a contractor to do them. You’ve heard horror stories about the amount of money contractors charge…

What If My Shut-Offs Don’t Shut Off?

Remember the Main(s) It is my hope that you’re reading this article before you actually need to. Now I know that investigating your plumbing on a Saturday afternoon sounds about as exciting as, well, as exciting as spending your day off looking at pipes. But, if you’re the careful type, learning your plumbing system can…

Heat Pumps for Hot Places: How Eco-friendly Heating and Cooling Can Keep You Comfortable in Southern California

For our readers who reside in warmer climes like Southern California or Arizona, heat pumps can be the ultimate weapon in the fight to take the chill off of cooler evenings, and also to remove the excess heat during hot days. And the real beauty of heat pumps is their ability to supply more energy…

Winter is Coming: How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing as Temperatures Dip

Homeowners hate frozen pipes. Aside from having to thaw pipes, or paying a plumber to do it, there’s always the chance that a frozen pipe could burst causing, heavy water damage, in addition to the added expenses of clean-up and getting the pipes fixed. Plumbers hate frozen pipes as well. If a plumber is dealing…

Phoenix Residents Need To Be Careful When Softening Their Hard Water

The water reservoirs in Phoenix, AZ supply notoriously hard water to the residents in the Valley of the Sun.  Since hardness in water effects the taste, the cleaning ability of the water, and the life expectancy of water using appliances, many residents in the greater Phoenix area go to great lengths to soften their water. …

The Big Game This Holiday Weekend: Plumbers vs. Pipefitters

Plumbers Verses Pipefitters “Good afternoon sports fans this is Red Reddington along with Buck McManly out at the Coliseum for the big game! Today’s contest pits the plumbers against the pipefitters. The action should be tremendous between these two closely matched rivals. Recently, the plumbers were heavily engaged roughing  in kitchens and bathrooms at a…

Thanksgiving With The Twin Plumbers

It’s Off To Aunt Lily’s House In San Fran Once upon a time there were twin brothers named Jim and Dave. Like most little boys they were extremely mischievous—they called it adventurous—kids who managed to avoid any real trouble. Although they were the best of friends, they competed at everything with everyone, especially each other.…

Secure Your Plumbing, Gas, and Water Heater When Earthquakes Hit

Earthquakes are a part of life when you live on the west coast, especially for those of you living in southern California. So many bad things can happen to your home during and immediately after an earthquake. Earthquake preparedness is obviously at the forefront of homeownership in this area. There are some steps you—as a…