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Fall Plumbing Checklist

As temperatures begin to drop, homeowners must begin to prepare their home for plumbing problems associated with cold weather. To help prepare your home for the harsh winter months ahead and to ensure that you don’t experience any unwanted plumbing nightmares, our experts at Horizon Services have prepared these fall maintenance tips.

 

 

 

1. Disconnect Water Hoses

Make sure to disconnect all outside water hoses. If the hoses are left connected, the water in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to potentially freeze and break. Those of you with the FROST Proof hose bibbs are especially prone to damage because the breaks always occur inside the home but doesn’t show up until the spring or summer.

 

 

2. Check Faucets

Make sure to check that outside faucets are not dripping or leaking. If so, make the necessary repairs


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A Professional Plumber’s Guide to a Problematic Drain

Visit any hardware store across the country and you’ll see plenty of chemical drain cleaners and other similar products on the shelf that make it seem as if drain cleaning is a simple DIY (do-it-yourself) job. While it’s true that minor clogs can be cleared simply by using a plunger, often home drainage issues indicate a larger problem that may need a professional plumber’s attention.

If you notice the following 5 warning signs with a drain or drains in your home, you need to contact a professional plumber right away for drain repair services.

 

 

 

 

Slow Drains

As a homeowner, you should never underestimate the seriousness of drainage problems. A clogged or slow-moving drain might seem like a small problem, but it can quickly escalate into a much bigger issue Slow drains can indicate a variety of problems, including the early stages of a clog, pipes


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As part of the National Appliance and Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), the Department of Energy (DOE) will make its new energy efficiency mandates effective on April 16, 2015. The new plan will impact all household appliances manufactured for sale in the United States. This includes products such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes dryers, clothes washers, and residential water heaters.


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Enjoy Your Holiday Season by Avoiding Plumbing Headaches

The holidays are a great time for family and friends, fun and cheer. The last thing you need is a clogged drain to become part of your entertainment plans. Rich foods associated with holiday meals like animal fat, bread, pasta, and cheese are classic culprits that lead to clogged or backed up drains.

Often, a house already has partially clogged drains that go unnoticed until holiday guests arrive and overwhelm the system. More people in the home mean more toilets flushing, more laundry being done, extra showers being taken, and more soap or hair going down drains. A busier kitchen means more water being used and more waste going down the sink drain and garbage disposal.

Following these simple tips, that our plumbing experts have assembled, will maximize the life of your drains and help you avoid potential holiday plumbing headaches.

 

 

Plumbing Tips for


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How Does Your Washing Machine Really Work?

Over the years, you’ve probably washed your clothes hundreds of times, but have you ever wondered what’s inside your washing machine that makes it do its magic? For example, how does it spin the clothes so fast without leaking water? Why does the agitator switch directions? And, why are there multiple cycles? Our experts venture inside a washing machine to answer all of these questions and more.

Types of Washing Machines

Top Loading Washing Machines

Top loading machines use two vertical drums with a post down the center that has a special design to pull the clothes down in the center as it moves back and forth. The center then pushes them back up on the outside of the basket. This motion is repeated for a determined amount of time. The inside drum is able to move and is perforated so water can escape. The outer drum actually holds the water. In modern washing machines, there are


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Finding Sewer and Water Line Experts to Prevent Sewer Problems

A water pipe and sewer pipe are two critical parts of the drainage system both in commercial buildings and more importantly your home. The former supplies clean water for drinking, cleaning and washing, while the later drains all the waste-water into the sewer. These two lines, therefore, require regular maintenance and possibly small preventative repairs. If left unchecked, water pipes can break or leak creating significant sewer problems, causing you unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming repairs. It is, however, not an easy task, and you may be required to engage an expert in Sewer and Water Line Replacement.

 

 

 

 

What Causes Blocked Sewer Pipes?

Experts at Horizon Services have identified various signs that can help you detect if your water line is faulty. They include cloudy water, increased water bill, settling soil,


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Keep Your Dishwasher Reliable With Proper Maintenance and Usage

The first reliable hand-powered dishwasher was invented in 1887 by Ohio native Josephine Cochrane and unveiled at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. By the 1970s dishwashers had become commonplace in domestic residence in both North America and Western Europe. In fact by 2012, reports showed that 75% of homes in the United Stated and in Germany had dishwashers.

So, when your household dishwasher is working fine, life can be pretty fine. But when your dishwasher goes on the fritz or loses its cleaning efficiency, your personal efficiency can take a major hit. Although dishwasher repairs usually aren’t always major projects or expenses, even a few days without a working dishwasher can turn into a major hassle and inconvenience.

Fortunately, most dishwasher problems are completely avoidable with proper maintenance and usage. That’s why it is extremely important to keep your dishwasher in good


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10 Sure-Fire Methods to Stop Menacing Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a familiar late spring and summer nuisance. Mosquitoes can be very annoying but unfortunately they can also be transmitters of encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever to humans, and heartworms to pets.

Protect Your Backyard

Since many generations of mosquitoes can breed right in your backyard, you must learn to take some simple, positive steps to reduce this menace by limiting their breeding.

Common Breeding Sources

Breeding sources consist primarily of standing water. After a rain storm, walk your property and look for areas in the landscape that are not draining well. If you find puddles that remain after a few days, you may want to consider regrading it. If water stands for a little over one week – many mosquitoes will breed! So, if there are any places around your home where water collects (i.e., water-holding containers, storm drains, clogged rain gutters, around your HVAC


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Choose the Right Plunger & Get the Job Done Right Every Time

Not all plungers are created equal. Most plungers are specifically designed to work with certain types of drains and choosing the correct type of plunger for your minor plumbing job can make all of the difference in the world. The primary design difference between various plungers on the market is the size and shape of the suction cup – or compression container – and the material of which the plunger is made from.

Standard Plunger / Sink Plunger

When most people think of a plunger, this tool comes to mind. The standard plunger is designed with a rubber bell-shaped suction cup attached to the end of a wooden or plastic handle. The rubber cup may vary in size, but the design remains the same. Try using this type of plunger on a clogged toilet and you’ll discover that you are working very hard for very little results. Due to the shape of the suction cup, this plunger only really works well on


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Get The Inside Facts About Water Heaters

Hot water plays an important role in our lives and water heaters are a key component in our homes. The most common type of heater involves the hot water tank and typically they are heated by gas or electricity.

Whether the water is heated by gas or electricity, the tank is basically the same. They are drum shaped and stand on end. For reasons of space the tank is kept out of sight and is usually located in the basement, laundry room or a special cupboard.

Types Of Water Heaters

Electric Water Heaters

With the electric water heater the heat is provided via a 220-volt circuit. Attached to the tank are two electrical resistance heating elements. Usually one is fitted at the bottom of the water tank and the other in the middle.

The thermostat plays a key role in this type of tank. It is preset to the desired temperature. If the water temperature drops below that level the


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5 Important Plumbing Tips You Should Know During The Holidays

Winter is a busy time for holidays, so the last thing you will need is for the festivities to be spoiled by problems with your home’s plumbing system. To avoid those problems and avoid a costly plumber callout, here are five important holiday plumbing tips.

Watch What You Pour Down Your Drain

If there is one plumbing disaster that is likely to spoil your winter holiday it will be a problem with your drainage, and one thing that will almost guarantee that your drain will not be functioning properly will be something that you poured down it. Do not be tempted to pour liquid fats or even cooking oil down the drain as they are very likely to solidify and cause a blockage.

Utilize Your Garbage Disposal Properly

Your garbage disposal is a very useful tool provided you use it properly. This means not putting materials down it which the unit will find difficult to grind. This includes


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Fixing Leaks Around the Home

One of the most feared and troublesome issues within the home is the presence of leaking water from the plumbing or heating system. Such leaks can be extremely destructive if not detected and stopped quickly. What’s more, small leaks can sometimes happen without the homeowner realizing immediately. If a leak occurs the first thing to do is to turn off the mains water supply and turn on all the taps to drain the system. These tips should help you to deal with such a leak quickly.

Detecting the Source of the Leak

Sometimes the source of a leak will be immediately apparent because of its location. If water is coming through a ceiling below a bathroom that is obviously the place to check first. Firstly, it’s worth taking a look at your toilet tank, as this is quite often the location of leaks due to the amount of moving parts required to keep it working. If the toilet is the source of the problem a repair should be quite straightforward


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Avoid A Potential Nightmare In Your Home

Any homeowner knows that winter always brings with it a number of problems and things to deal with – not to mention the inevitable rise in heating bills! It remains an excellent idea to prepare your home and the surrounding area for the colder months in the fall to ensure that nothing too bad occurs.

Keep An Eye On The Plumbing

Perhaps the most common problems to arise during the winter in poorly insulated or leaky older homes are issues with the plumbing, especially with the water within the pipes acting as water does when it’s heated, then cooled right down, then heated up again! It’s important to make sure that before the cold hits, any visible pipes within the house are covered using either insulation or heat tape. Also, on particularly cold nights it’s important to try and let the faucets drip a little bit to prevent them freezing up. Try to drain the pipes of any excess water before things cool down as


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Properly Maintained Plumbing Will Help Prevent Plumbing Emergencies

Emergencies can happen in the home and one of the most damaging is a plumbing emergency. Typical emergencies can be frozen or broken pipes, sewer backups and leaking gas. While properly maintained plumbing will greatly lessen the chances of disaster striking, it is important you have the name of an emergency plumber or emergency plumbing service should the worst happen.

Is It Necessary To Call Out The Emergency Plumber?

It is always worth having some plumbing supplies on hand should something go wrong with your system, as you may be able to fix it yourself. Even if you do have problems with your plumbing, and you cannot deal with it, you may be able to get by without having to use a 24-hour emergency plumbing service.

If, for example, you have a problem with a wash basin, the kitchen sink can be used for washing. While you will need to call out a plumber to have the problem with


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Troubleshooting Support For Dishwashers

Dishwashers have a lot of components, so there are many sorts of potential problems. Here are some quick troubleshooting techniques for some common dishwasher headaches.

My Dishwasher Won’t Drain.

If your dishwasher won’t drain, try cleaning the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher and then run the dishwasher again. If this doesn’t work call a plumber or dishwasher repair specialist.

My Dishwasher Won’t Fill.

This could be due to several causes. Be sure the door is latched securely and that the water is turned on. Check that the dial pad is properly selected for the cycle and that the cycle has started. Check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box. Check inlet hose for kinks or sediment; clean if necessary.

My Dishwasher Won’t Drain Water in the Bottom of the Tub.

Check your home’s fuse box for any blown fuses or circuits. Check that the dishwashing cycle is actually


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