Category Archives: Plumbing

Should I Buy a Battery Backup Sump Pump?

With the spring rains, many homeowners start thinking about whether they should have a backup plan in case their sump pump fails.  A flooded basement is not on anyone’s wishlist. Thunderstorms are likely to cause power outages as well as … Continue reading

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Fall Plumbing Checklist

Things to do this fall: Disconnect your garden hose from the outside faucets.  Freezing weather will cause damage to the faucet if the hose is attached.  Turn shut-off valves off for outside faucets. Check sump pump operation.  Add enough water … Continue reading

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Electric water heaters

One common plumbing service item is no hot water.  An electric water heater basically has four electrical parts on it.  Most have an upper element, an upper thermostat, a lower element, and a lower thermostat.  As cold water flows into … Continue reading

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Why is there water around my furnace?

Water puddles were meant to be outside, not in your basement.  A random puddle showing up on the basement floor takes some detective work to determine its cause.  Most times we blame a plumbing failure as the cause, however don’t … Continue reading

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High Water Bills

Many times water leaks are not detected until we see our water bill.  Then comes the fun part of trying to find the leaks. One of the most common culprits is the toilet.  If a toilet flapper is not sealing … Continue reading

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What is a frost free hydrant?

A common maintenance tip we hear every autumn is to remove your garden hose from the outside faucet.  But what if you have a “frost free” hydrant? A frost free hydrant has a long stem behind the handle extending back … Continue reading

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How long does a sump pump last?

In Central Ohio, sump pumps are a necessity.  Unfortunately, we don’t often think about our sump pump until it fails, or can’t keep up to the demand. We are often asked how long a sump pump should last.  This is … Continue reading

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