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The 7 Worst Things You Could Do To Your Plumbing System

Taking care of your plumbing system, and managing your water consumption behaviors isn’t rocket science, by any means. However, you might be surprised what fairly common, detrimental mistakes so many Lubbock homeowners make every day. These mistakes can build in severity over time, and snowball into major plumbing disasters if left unattended.

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How to Retrieve Items that Wash Down the Drain

Valuable items can wash down the drain in the blink of an eye. That beautiful engagement ring you took off to do the dishes? An earring that slipped down the bathroom sink? You might think that they are lost forever, but with a little luck, you can retrieve them with no harm done. All it takes is a bit of DIY skill and some basic knowledge of your drain plumbing.

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Inspect Your Water Heater to Prolong Its Life

Your water heater is one of the main cogs in your home comfort system gears. It supplies hot water to your household plumbing for use in the dishwasher, washing machine, sinks and showers. It also uses up more energy than any other piece of equipment other than your heating and air conditioning systems.

Given its importance, the stakes are high when it comes to keeping your hot water heater running in peak condition. With proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your equipment and delay the moment when you need to purchase a new model.

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How to Install a New Toilet

New toilet day is an exciting time for any household. Many families might replace a toilet only once, or never, during their residence in a particular home. When you do make a new addition to the bathroom toilet plumbing, it’s important to do it right. Read on for tips on how to install your new toilet yourself.

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Tips on Removing an Old Toilet from Your Bathroom

Sometimes, working with pipes can be nasty business, especially when it comes to your bathroom toilet plumbing. When it’s time to replace your toilet, removing the old one from its spot in the bathroom can be a bit unpleasant. However, it’s also a relatively simple job, one that you should be able to complete yourself without calling a plumber. Read on for tips on how to get an old toilet out of the bathroom without making a horrific mess.

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When Do I Need to Call a Plumber?

There are plumbing problems you can handle on your own, but others are too big to tackle. Do you know when you need to call in professional help? The five scenarios below may surprise you.

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Hidden Water Leaks in your Home

Early detection of a water leak can save you money and avoid potential disaster. Here are some signs that you may have a leak and should consider contacting a plumber.

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Root Infiltration

Did you know that your landscape could cause you plumbing problems? Tree roots will travel long distances to find water, especially when drought conditions persist. When trees and shrubs get thirsty, they follow the trail of moisture vapors escaping from small cracks, holes or poorly sealed joints in water and sewer lines.

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Your Insurance May Not Cover Pipes Broken Due to Negligence

Homeowners insurance can be a lifesaver. If you have a major disaster, like a fire or a flood, you could be out tens of thousands of dollars for repairs or renovations. Fortunately, in most circumstances, your insurance should be there to pick up most or all of the cost. However, there are some scenarios where your insurance could refuse to honor a claim, leaving you responsible for the entire bill. For example, if you experience a plumbing leak caused by your own negligence, you might be on your own. Read on to learn more.

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