radiator disaster

Radiator Disaster: How and Why?

The Call

I just got a call from a long time customer of mine saying that the upper floors in her home were colder than normal. These folks have a radiator system for home heating as it is an older home here in the Pittsburgh area. Radiator systems can sometimes be “tricky” to figure out. A radiator disaster can occur when they are not operating as intended. A lot of homes in Pittsburgh have radiator heating. And I must admit, they are an efficient way of heating your home.

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Furnace Making Noise

Furnace Making Noise? What To Do…

The Call

I got a call from a perspective customer last week saying her furnace was just too loud! She wanted to know what to do to stop the furnace making noise. This problem may appear to be a bit vague in nature. But as I reflected on it, seems like I’ve gotten a number of calls like this in the past. In some cases, I’ve found that folks really do know if there is a problem with something in or around their home simply by listening.

Although this may sound “funny”, it actually rings true! Just like with your car; if it sounds different from what you are used to, then there just might be something wrong. How many of you have been in the following situation? You take your car into a mechanic and they try to have the car make the same  suspicious sound back.  But he car, of course, never makes that same noise that it did for you! Normally the mechanic would check it out. Perhaps he finds nothing is actually wrong with your car. Then you at least have some kind of relief knowing it was looked at by a professional.

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basement water damage

Basement Water Damage? What To Do When There’s Water in Your Basement

The Call

There has been a lot of rain in Pittsburgh lately. I’ve found that I’ve been getting a number of calls from folks having garage or basement water damage. In all cases, I’m asked is there anything that can be done about this? And can I possibly take care of this problem for them? Seems that people understand that this is not directly a plumbing problem; however, there just might be a “plumbing” solution for this!

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plumbing school

Should I Go to Plumbing School?

Is Being a Plumber/Heating Tech a Good Career Choice?

I was on my way to a customer call just last week. It was quite a ways from our shop, as we will travel almost anywhere in the Pittsburgh area to help people out. So, since I would be on the road for a while, I began thinking a little bit about my own past. I pondered when & why I decided to go into the plumbing and heating business. And I thought about the amazing choice I made in going to plumbing school in the first place.

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Hot Water Tank is Leaking

My Hot Water Tank Is Leaking! What To Do?

The Call

I received a potential customer call the other day. The person on the other end of the line said that their hot water tank is leaking. She was in her 20s and a new homeowner. She had never encountered this problem before, so we began to simply talk through it. At first, she seemed to be a bit nervous, and I could detect a touch of panic in their voice. I automatically assumed due to that anxious tone, that the leak was not a little one. After talking a bit with the homeowner and she had calmed down, we began to get at the source of the problem.

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leak through your kitchen ceiling

Leak Through Your Kitchen Ceiling

Leak through your kitchen ceiling. Just a few weeks ago, I was standing in the kitchen of a prospective customer. They were interested in putting in some mini-ductless units this spring. When all of a sudden I felt some water drops on my head!  Both the homeowner and I looked up at the ceiling above, only to see (much to the dismay of the homeowner) a water spot on the kitchen ceiling.  And unfortunately, it did look to be damp.

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full-service plumbing

Full-Service Plumbing: What Should They Be Able To Do?

Many of you may ask, what is “full-service plumbing” these days; that is since there are quite a few folks that take on plumbing tasks themselves now.  With the onset of a substantial number of “do it yourself”, one might think that the number of full-service plumbing companies may have decreased.

On the contrary, it appears that more plumbing companies than ever seem to be popping up.

As more and more families are now earning two incomes, the number of new homes being built has increased.  Therefore, the need for more plumbers has increased, including the need for commercial plumbing.  More businesses are being created and existing businesses are expanding with the increase in personal income and spending.

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leaky pipes

How to Fix Leaky Pipes

We all have leaky pipes at one time or another in our lifetimes.  And while this subject appears to be general in nature, it’s actually more specific than you might think.  Note that the vast majority of water supply line piping in homes now is made out of copper.

If you find one of your water supply line pipes leaking, the first thing you will want to do is to attempt to stop the leak until you can have the pipe permanently repaired or replaced. And hopefully, the leaking pipe in question is exposed where you have access to it, like under a sink or up in your basement ceiling for instance.  If not, you may have to do a little work to uncover the pipe, such as removing a section of drywall or plaster, or even a section of floor or ceiling.

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save water

How Do I Save Water?

“Affordable Plumbing”?  How to Save Water ….

Most people are always looking for ways to save money! How can you save water and thereby save money this year? One way to save money in your household is by conserving your water usage.  This can be done in many ways without impacting your lifestyle. One way to reduce water usage in your household is to upgrade to energy-efficient and low flow appliances, faucets, toilets, and shower heads.  Most of you might not agree with the low flow shower head idea, but you might be surprised.  If you try using a low flow shower head, and you don’t like it, you can always go back to your original shower head.  It’s worth a shot, right? How else can you save water?

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Water heater

Water Heater: Tankless or Conventional?

It seems that most folks only have their water heater replaced in a so-called emergency situation; that is, when they all of a sudden, don’t have hot water.  This situation can be easily avoided.  You may think you don’t need a new water heater right now. But chances are you will within the next few years.  Tank type water heaters tend to last somewhere between 7 and 15 years.  If yours is in this age range, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it. This is mainly so that you don’t wake up one morning without any hot water.

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