What Should I Do If My Toilet Starts Overflowing

If your toilet begins to overflow - immediately lift the lid of the toilet tank and pull up on the float. This will immediately stop any more water from flowing into the toilet bowl. You may then need to have someone else reach behind the toilet to turn off the water supply which completely stops any more water from getting into the tank and the bowl...

How To Choose The Best Garbage Disposal

Whether you are replacing a garbage disposal or remodeling your kitchen or building a new home and installing a new disposal unit - you want to choose the best model for your specific needs...

Will I Save Money By Choosing Trenchless Pipe Repair

You can save quite a bit of both time and money by using the trenchless sewer repair method vs. the traditional dig and repair / replace method...

How Do You Know If Your Water Heater Is Going Out

Water heaters are one of those home appliances that many homeowners do not pay attention to. Mostly because it's not that often that something goes wrong with them...

Why Plumbing Maintenance Is So Important

The main reason that keeping up with a proper plumbing maintenance schedule is to keep the costs for repairs down as much as possible...

When To Replace Your Sump Pump

On average, sump pumps tend to last about 10 years. But we have seen some go out as early as 5 years and others last as long as 25 years...

What Can You Do To Prevent Basement Flooding

No one wants to walk downstairs into their basement to see several inches or more of water covering the basement floor! The damage that standing water can do to the floors, drywall, furniture, etc. can end up costing the homeowner thousands of dollars!..

What Are The Signs Of Broken Sewer Pipe

Nobody wants to deal with a broken sewer pipe, but all homeowners should be prepared for such an event to happen because truth is, it can sometimes happen. So it's important to keep an eye out for the signs that indicate that you may be having some problems with broken sewer pipes...

What To Do If Water Meter Is Leaking

Some water meter boxes are mounted near the house, others are in the ground almost always in the front of the house or in the easeman between the street and the sidewalk in front of your house. But wherever your water meter is located, you rely on it to work properly and to provide us with accurate information. After all, our water bills are based on the numbers from our water meters...

What To Do About Black Mold On Drywall

No one likes to see black mold anywhere in their home - it's not healthy after all. But if you have had problems with leaking pipes or any other type of water damage then your chances of getting mold on your drywall, ceiling, carpeting, floors, etc. are very high...

How To Fix Leak Toilet Water Supply Valve

A leaky toilet water supply valve does not have to mean replacing the entire unit - although that may be a possibility. So, let's go through some tips that may help you to fix this problem...

Why Is My Water Bill So High All Of A Sudden

If you notice a sudden increase in your water bill, and you haven't increased the amount of water you use or the number of occupants in your home, then the problem is more than likely a leak somewhere along your plumbing system...

How To Stop Rats From Chewing Pipes

Most homeowners don't know much about rats except that they don't want them in or near their homes. But knowing the type of damage they can cause and what they are attracted to may help you in the long run to keeping them away...

How To Find Main Sewer Line

Your main sewer line is what connects your home to either your city's main sewer system or to your septic tank. Every homeowner should be aware of where your main sewer line is, just in case there will ever be any problems with your plumbing...

How To Hire Plumber Covid 19

Your plumbing problems and issues aren't going to stop just because the world is under a lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. But at the same time, many homeowners may be anxious about having servicemen / servicewomen come into their homes...

Tips On Preventing Tree Roots In Sewer Pipes

We are fortunate to live here in Georgia where the landscape is lush with trees, flowers and plants. The downside though of this is that our plumbing pipes can end up taking a beating from all those roots!..

How To Reduce Water Pressure

Most people prefer their water pressure to be higher rather than lower. After all, having a nice flow of water in the shower or coming from your sink's faucet can make you feel like you're really getting clean!..

What Happens If Water Pressure Is Too High

When your water pressure is set to a higher psi than it should be, you can enjoy strong showers and feel like you are really getting a good rinse which for most people is a pleasure. But that high pressure can come at a price that you may not be aware of...

Why Does My Shower Head Leak When The Bath Faucet Is Running

We all know our plumbing pipes are all interconnected somehow behind our walls but it does seem like a bit of a mystery when you go to use one thing and it affects another...

Why Does My Dishwasher Stink So Bad

You may, after some time, notice that there is a bad odor coming from your dishwasher. It could be there all the time, or only after you've run a cycle of dishwashing - either way - it's a stinky smell that makes you wonder if your dishes, glasses and silverware are really getting cleaned...

Why Are Centipedes In My Bathtub

Most homeowners will agree that finding any kind of bug in your bathtub or sink is not a pleasant experience and it does make you worry that you may have either a crack in your plumbing pipes or some kind of bug infestation behind your walls...

When I Flush My Toilet Water Comes Out Of The Shower Head

We have to admit that we don't often come across a situation where a client tells us that flushing his toilet causes his shower head to drip water. But - it's not to say that it's unheard of. It's just not that common...

What Should I Do If My Basement Floods

Most homes in the Atlanta, Georgia area have basements and many basements (but not all) have a sump pump...

Should I Replace Or Fix My Bathroom Sink Faucet

If you are having problems with your bathroom sink faucet and you're wondering whether it's worth it to fix it or if you should just replace it with a new one - let us help you with that decision process...

Can Coca Cola Clean A Toilet

Atlanta Georgia is the home of Coca Cola. Go to most any restaurant and you won't be able to order a Pepsi. The only option you have is Coke!..

Can A Cracked Clay Sewer Pipe Be Patched

Many older homes (originally built before and including the 1930's) in the Atlanta area were built with clay sewer pipes. This was not unusual at the time but since then, we have developed newer and better types of pipes that can last longer - but be aware that there are pros and cons to clay pipes...

Who Is Responsible For A Broken Sewer Pipe

Here in the Atlanta, Georgia area - most homes are located in neighborhoods where the sewer lines are controlled by the local water company. BUT - the homeowner is responsible for the repair of sewer pipes that are located on their property...

What Causes A Sewer Pipe To Collapse

A collapsed sewer pipe can be the result of poorly maintained sewer lines, a change in the ground around that pipe or also external forces such as tree roots getting into those pipes...

How To Check A Sewer Vent Pipe

Sewer vents are located on the roof of your house. They allow the gases that build up in your sewer system to escape...

How Deep Does A Water Pipe Need To Be In The Ground

The general depth of underground water pipes is 12 inches below the frost line in your specific geographical area...

How Do I Stop My Water Pipes From Humming

There are multiple reasons as to why your water pipes may be humming. It can range from a leak to water pressure problems and multiple factors in between. Your humming noise could come on when you are running only hot water or only cold water. It could also be present for only a few seconds or it could last much, much longer...

Can Baby Wipes Be Flushed Down The Toilet

New parents with babies may assume that it's okay to flush baby wipes down the toilet but that is not true at all. In fact, today's "flushable" wipes are not really flushable at all and we recommend that you DO NOT put these items, including baby wipes down your toilet...

Is It Normal For A Sump Pump To Run Every 3 Minutes

The purpose of a sump pump is to help to prevent flooding in a lower level floor like a basement. They are an essential piece of equipment if the foundation of the home sits below the water table. Sump pumps pull water away from the house and depending on your property, either disperses it or dumps it into a well or municipal storm drain...

How To Keep A Sewer Vent Pipe From Freezing

Here are 5 tips that you can use to prevent your sewer pipes from freezing in the winter...

Can A Rat Come Out Of The Toilet

This may seem like a random, odd question but in our 50 plus years of service here in the Atlanta, Georgia area we have seen just about everything there is to see when it comes to plumbing issues...

How To Clean A Very Stained Toilet Bowl

You may have moved into a home that has a very stained toilet bowl - it happens. So, you now have 2 options...

How Do You Maintain A Septic Tank

Living with a septic tank system in your home requires a little bit of work and some vigilance. But if you stick to a proper maintenance schedule and keep your eyes (and nose) out for signs of trouble - you should be able to keep your septic tank for many years to come...

What Are The Signs Of A Septic Tank Problem

If your home uses a septic system then you should be aware that proper maintenance is required otherwise you could end up with a very large and expensive foul smelling mess to clean up...

Who Do You Call For Water Damage

As plumbers, we have come across many incidences where the water damage due to leaky or broken pipes was so significant that a professional company was needed to come in for the cleanup...

Does Flushing The Toilet Affect Your Water Bill

Each time you flush your toilet, you are using water. The type of toilet that you have (new models vs. older models) will affect the amount of water that each flush uses. ..

How To Save Money On My Water Bill

Saving money is a priority for most individuals and families and one place that you can save money is in your usage of water...

Can Drain Cleaners Be Used In Toilets

If you have a clogged toilet or even if it seems to be sluggish when you flush it, you may be tempted to use a drain cleaner thinking that it will solve the problem...

What Happens If Toilet Vent Is Clogged

The vent for your toilets is located on the roof of your house. They are also called sewer vents. Their purpose is to allow all the gases that build up in your sewer system to escape...

How Long Does It Take A Garden Hose To Freeze

Normally, pipes take about 6 hours to freeze. Garden hoses are normally made of thinner material so they would freeze in less time, depending on the temperature and the material of the hose...

Most Common Causes Of A Leaky Faucet

If you have a leaky faucet, you may think that tightening the aerator or fiddling with the pipes under the sink will fix the issue. But the truth is, there are multiple reasons as to why your faucet is leaking...

Best Way To Insulate Pex Pipe

Any insulation that you can add to your home, in the walls, wrapping pipes, windows, cracks in doors, etc. will help to prevent your water pipes from bursting and creating an expensive mess...

How To Prevent Hard Water Stains In Toilet

There are 2 ways to prevent hard water stains in a toilet (or anywhere else)...

Are Expansion Tanks Required On Water Heaters

Here in Georgia, water heater expansion tanks (aka Thermal Expansion) are required on new water heaters. So, the next time you have your water heater replaced - you will be required to also install an expansion tank if you don't yet have one...

Why Is My Bathroom Sink Gurgling

Like most plumbing problems, a gurgling sound coming from your sink should not be ignored, even if it only lasts for a minute or so. It's a sign of a bigger problem and one that needs to be addressed before the damage gets bigger and the cost to fix it gets bigger too...

Why Do The Pipes Under My Sink Smell

You're washing your dishes and your liquid soap dispenser is empty. You open the cabinet under your kitchen sink and you're hit with a terrible odor. ..

Why Do The Pipes Rattle When I Flush The Toilet

There are 3 potential reasons why you may be hearing a rattling noise after you flush a toilet in your home...

Why Does My Toilet Flush Slowly

For most homeowners, a mal-functioning toilet can be frustrating. There are instances where a simple plunging of the toilet can fix the problem but there are also times when nothing you try seems to work and you have to call in a plumber...

How To Reset A Garbage Disposal

If you turn on your garbage disposal and nothing happens, don't panic. The solution may be just as easy as resetting it...

How To Unclog A Garbage Disposal With Standing Water

So, your sink is filled with water that won't go down the drain and it seems your garbage disposal may be clogged! This can be a big mess, especially if it's happening right in the middle of your time preparing a meal for a holiday event, a party or just having some friends over...

How To Get A Quarter Out Of A Garbage Disposal

It can happen to anyone, a small object can easily get into your garbage disposal. It could be a small battery, a piece of jewelry or even a coin like a quarter. So, once it's in there, how do you get it out?..

How To Clean A Smelly Garbage Disposal

If you walk into your home or kitchen or bathroom and smell a foul odor, it may be coming from your drain. There are several reasons why your nose may be detecting that bad smell and the answer to removing that stink depends on what's causing it...

Why Do My Dishes Smell After Handwashing

Have you been noticing a funny odor on your dishes after you hand wash them? Kind of a "wet dog" type of smell? It may have just begun occurring or perhaps it's been happening for a while. Either way, we're here to help explain it and give you some solutions...

What Garbage Disposal Do I Need

There are so many choices that we have to make when it comes to our home and the accessories we choose to put in them. From door knobs to paint colors to appliances - the choices can seem endless...

What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

If you have underground pipes that need to be repaired and/or replaced you may be dreading the venture of having your yard or worse, your driveway torn apart to get those pipes fixed. Well, these days, you do have an option and that is the trenchless method...

What Mold Is Dangerous In A House

When most homeowners find or is told that there is mold in their home - a certain sense of panic arises. There is general concern that mold can be a very dangerous thing, and this is true but there are certain types of mold that are more dangerous than others...

How Much Is A Leak Detection Service

Water leak detection services use ultrasound to identify the source of the leak. Ultrasonic leak detection is an effective and non-invasive method of detecting water pipe leaks. It is the use of a listening device to amplify the sound of water or air escaping from a pipe, valve or fitting. Basically there is a head set, an amplifier and a mini-subwoofer that picks up the sound...

Can A Homeowner Install A Tankless Water Heater

If you are considering installing a tankless water heater into your home, congratulations! There are many benefits to a tankless water heater (you can read about them here)...

My Dishwasher Smells Like Fish

If you opened the dishwasher this morning and noticed a funny "fishy" smell coming from the dishwasher and/or your dishes and glasses, well - it usually means that your dishwasher needs a little cleaning...

Do I Need A Backflow Preventer

If your plumber (or someone else) has recommended that you install a backflow preventer - you may be wondering if you absolutely need one?..

How To Get Rid Of Drain Flies

Drain flies (aka sewer flies or drain gnats) live and breed in your drains. If your drain has alot of organic matter that is decaying, then you will more than likely get an infestation of drain flies...

When To Call Plumber For Clogged Sink

There are multiple DIY type of things that you can do to unclog a sink. It makes it easier if you know what caused the clog but it seems that most of the time, the cause is unknown. So, you end up trying everything to unclog that drain in the sink...

How Do You Fix A Humming Garbage Disposal

An indication that something is jamming your garbage disposal unit is if you turn it on and hear a humming noise. So, the problem (when you hear humming) is that something is stuck in your garbage disposal...

Do Flushable Wipes Cause Plumbing Problems

There are many commercials on TV and products on the shelves for flushable wipes targeting not just infants but everyone!..

How Tall Should A Toilet Be

Used to be, years ago that all toilets were the same height - about 15 inches tall...

How To Fix A Broken Toilet Handle

Toilet handles can and do wear out, get rusty and sometimes break. But, no need to panic. Fixing a broken toilet handle is easily done by replacing it with a new one...

I Accidentally Flushed A Tampon Down The Toilet

It can happen to any woman, accidents do happen. But if you flushed a tampon down your toilet (by accident of course) don't panic right away...

Taking Care Of A Jacuzzi Tub

In the late 1960's Jacuzzi Tubs came onto the market and by the late 1970's they were all the rage in new homes and bathroom remodels...

How To Clean Sediment From Water Lines

All water lines collect sediment, it's normal. They also collect rust and minerals which don't cause any problems, usually. But if something has disturbed the system and that sediment has become loose, you may see discolored water (yellow or brown) and you will want to clean that up...

Can A Bathtub Drain Be Replaced

If your bathtub drain is corroded, the only fix is to replace it. Although that sounds like it might be a simple task - it's not so easy...

How To Clean Your Garbage Disposal

In general, most of us don't think about "cleaning" our garbage disposal units. But, like any other appliance, if they are maintained on a regular basis they will tend to last longer and work better...

How To Use A Sink Plunger

Did you know that there are basically two types of plungers? One for sinks and one for toilets? Obviously there are a variety of plungers within each category but the point is, the plunger for the sink is different than the plunger for your toilet...

Will A Dented Copper Pipe Leak

In 2019, the top 3 types of plumbing pipes used are PVC, CPVC, and Copper...

How To Find Water Leak In Wall

The biggest problem with leaks in the wall or underground is figuring out where it's coming from. No one wants the added expense of repairing holes in the wall in the "hunt" for the cause of that water you see or suspect...

What To Do In Case Of Gas Leak

Gas leaks in your home are extremely dangerous and knowing what to do in the case of this occurring or if you simply suspect that it may be happening can save your life and the lives of your family...

How To Get A Necklace Out Of A Drain

It's an accident that has happened to the best of us. A piece of jewelry, like a necklace, ring or earring accidentally falls into the sink drain. First, don't panic although that would be your initial reaction...

Plumbing Tips For Pet Owners

Pets give us alot of joy and love. But they also contribute to the wear and tear of the household and that includes the plumbing...

How Do Eco Friendly Toilets Work

The tiny house movement these past few years has shed some light on eco friendly toilets and as a result - more and more people are using them...

Can A Septic Tank Explode

If you purchased a home with a septic tank, or if you already have one in your yard, you may or may not know that septic tanks can indeed explode...

Can Heavy Rain Affect Septic Systems

Yes, it's true - a heavy downpour of rain can impact your septic system, and in not a good way...