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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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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Ring Went Down the Drain: No Worries

Uh oh…You Dropped Your Ring Down the Drain…

How many times has this happened to you?  You dropped the ring down the drain. Or an earring in the bathroom sink. If it has, it’s not as hard as you think to recover that lost piece of jewelry. Most likely, the drain pipe under your bathroom sink is made out of PVC pipe, unless you have an older home.  In that case, you may have a little bit more difficulty taking a metal drain pipe apart.

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shower head leaking

Shower Head Leaking

Have you ever experienced shower head leaking? Nothing seems worse at two in the morning when you can not sleep and your shower head is leaking. If you are one of those folks that have a decorative escutcheon knob on your bathtub shower that turns the water off and on as well as increasing the heat, did you ever have a problem with the water continuing to dribble out after turning the knob to the complete off position creating shower head leaking?

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kitchen sink pipes

How to Replace Kitchen Sink Pipes

Kitchen sink pipes. Are the drain pipes under your kitchen sink leaking?  Or is it time to unclog the kitchen sink? Well, it’s time to get rid of that drip-catching bucket. Some leaks can be stopped by straightening the pipe and tightening the joints.  However, if stripped nuts won’t tighten and old washers won’t seal because they’re too stiff and/or distorted, then replacing your under sink piping is the answer; and, it may not be as complicated as it seems.  Since plastic pipe is inexpensive and relatively easy to install, the smart, reliable fix is to simply install a new drain assembly, especially if your existing pipes are old.

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setback thermostat

Setback Thermostat: Install It Yourself

How to install set-back thermostats to save on your heating and cooling costs.  A few weeks ago we covered smart thermostats. Today we will cover the more conventional setback thermostat. Would you like to save money on your heating and cooling monthly bills?  Well, who wouldn’t…! Thermostats control heating and cooling appliances in our homes.  A setback thermostat gives you the option of changing the temperature setting automatically at night and also during the work day when you might be away from the house.  A setback thermostat can help reduce overall household energy consumption.

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whole house water filter

How to Install a Whole House Water Filter

Does your water have a funky taste?  Tap water can contain traces of pesticides, VOCs, lead, and dirt, all of which you don’t want to ingest.  Installing a whole house water filtration system can help to improve your water’s taste and filter out many of the impurities that can potentially get into your household water supply, including those such as chlorine, fluoride, perchlorates, pesticides, etc.  The result is your tap water will be cleaner, healthier and should taste much better, and this could possibly save you some money by not having to buy as much bottled water.

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How to Clean a Mini-Ductless HVAC System

Mini-Ductless HVAC System – you bought it – you have enjoyed it all summer and now it is time to clean it. Tonight is the time of the year that “we fall back” and change our clock as we end daylight savings time.  Here in Pittsburgh PA, with the Steelers off this weekend, you have even more than an extra hour tomorrow.  We thought you might want to use that time wisely.  It is good to do regular maintenance on your Mini-Ductless HVAC System every six months.  This is why we suggest doing this task when you change the clocks twice each year.

One of the best things that you can do to maintain your mini-ductless HVAC system is to maintain it regularly.  Here is one thing that almost anybody can do themselves.  And we have found that telling long stories – which my business coach regularly tries to get me to stop doing – do not work nearly as much as a short show and tell video does.

Many “experts” recommend that you have a professional look at your Mini-Ductless HVAC System regularly. If you are looking for someone to do that for you we are happy to help you out, but we think you can do this level of service yourself. In this video – Chad – one of our awesome service technicians walks you through the simple process that you can use to clean your mini-ductless system:

YouTube Video Mini-Ductless HVAC system


If you find that you need additional service or have any concerns after cleaning your Mini-Ductless HVAC system, please give Proudfoot a call at 1-412-461-2198, or contact us and we’ll be glad to help you out with any problem with your system.  We can also look at any other plumbing, heating, and air problem that you might have.

Regardless of how you maintain your system do not forget to do this again next spring to get ready for summer cooling. And “Go Steelers” as they head into the second half of the season after this bye week.

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Garbage Disposal

Garbage Disposal Not Working: What To Do?

There is one major thing you need to know if you’re going to try to repair your own garbage disposal. Please, please, please, never put your hand down into the disposal system.  Knowing that, let’s proceed.

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