Slow-moving or stopped-up drains are common in bathroom sinks, but luckily the fix is usually simple and takes only about 15 minutes.  The problem is usually caused by hair, gummy soap scum or hygiene products that get caught on the stopper or pivot rod, and build up, creating a blockage that clogs the drain.  Many…

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unclog a bathtub drain

There’s no “best way” to unclog a bathtub drain. That’s because it depends on where the clog is.  Most bathtub clogs are near the top of the drain. Some are in the drain basket crosshairs. And others are in the shoe directly below the drain basket. Hair and soap scum routinely collect in these locations.…

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sewer line repair or replacement

Do I Have to Replace my Sewer? At some point, all sewer lines need to be repaired or replaced, particularly in homes built during the 1970’s or earlier.  The fact is that the older your pipes are, the more likely it is that you will have problems with them.  Sewer pipes/lines in older homes are usually…

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trenchless sewer

Trenchless Sewer Pipe Replacement Traditional excavation is a high-impact way to do sewer pipe repair or replacement in Pittsburgh. For some problems, it’s the only option. But why dig if you don’t have to? Trenchless Sewer pipe replacement/repair uses the latest technology. It helps to reinforce your old damaged sewer pipe with durable modern plastic pipes.…

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water filtration

Do you need water filtration systems? In general, tap water in the US is predominantly safe, but in certain areas, it can have a funky taste.  Tap water can also contain traces of pesticides, VOCs, lead, and dirt, all of which you don’t want to ingest no matter how small the amount.  Installing an under the…

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reverse osmosis whole house water filter

What is Reverse Osmosis? Reverse osmosis (RO) is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. It can remove many types of dissolved and suspended species from water. This includes bacteria and is used in industrial cleaning processes and the production of potable water (drinking water). Reverse osmosis…

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fracking fluid in water

Fracking fluid in your water. For those of us living close to where gas drilling takes place, it might be a good idea to test your water for fracking fluids. This is especially true in southwestern PA. This can be done with a testing kit available for purchase from several different companies. One company that…

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Water filter new installed on a kitchen wall to purify things like chlorine from drinking water

Chlorine in Water – Why? Chlorine in water. The addition of chlorine in drinking water has been the standard in water treatment in the United States since 1904.  Chlorine purifies our water and kills off any waterborne pathogens.  It should be noted that the US has one of the safest water supplies in the world.

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toilet fill valve

Replacing your toilet fill valve As everyone knows a “runny” toilet can be quite annoying along with using more water than necessary and having to pay for it.  This could be caused by a faulty fill valve that needs to be replaced so that the water quits running. To replace your toilet fill valve, simply…

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Tankless water heaters

Tankless Water Heaters are also called on-demand water heaters. These units heat water only when you turn on the faucet.  They usually operate on natural gas or propane.  The main advantage is that they eliminate the extra cost of keeping 40 to 50 gallons of water hot in a storage tank. Meaning, they save energy. According to Energy Star, some…

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