A metal pipe with a gas leak coming out the top

How Do I Know There’s a Gas Leak in My Home?

How Do I Know There’s a Gas Leak in My Home? Many homes have at least one or two appliances running on natural gas, including furnaces, oven ranges, and water heaters. While natural gas explosions are rare, they do occur. Gas line leak detection and repair are critical at the first sign of a gas […]

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Boiler vs. Furnace: Pros and Cons

Boiler vs. Furnace: Pros and Cons When it comes to heating your home, there are two popular options: boilers and furnaces. While each has its unique advantages, it’s their way of delivering heat that is the primary distinction between the two. Below, we’re highlighting the pros and cons of each to help you make the […]

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How Does a Water Softener Work?

What is a Water Softener? A water softener is a device that, simply and perhaps obviously put, softens the water in your plumbing system. When water is in the ground, it picks up minerals as it passes through rocks and soil. High concentrations of these minerals harden the water that will now enter your plumbing […]

A man recycles food waste using a modern kitchen disposer.

Why is My Garbage Disposal Not Working?

My Garbage Disposal Isn’t Working! Once you have a garbage disposal, you feel as if you could never live without one again! Dinner cleanup is easier, you prevent clogged pipes and your garbage doesn’t get stinky with rotting food. Plus, disposals are good for the environment! Because food is ground up into tiny pieces, you […]

A male plumber repairs a water heater after finding out that water heaters last around 8-15 years

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

On average, water heaters last roughly 8 to 15 years. Depending on the brand and type, some last up to 25 years! Their lifespan varies greatly based on several factors including hot water heater brand, type of water heater, adherence to a routine maintenance schedule, temperature settings, and more. Factors Influencing How Long Water Heaters […]

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Water Service Lines: Everything You Need to Know

Introduction to Water Service Lines All thriving communities need a clean, reliable water supply. In some instances – such as in more rural areas – that comes from well water. But it’s more likely that your home’s or business’s water supply comes via water service lines underground. From the inner workings and cost of water […]

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How to Unclog a Garbage Disposal

Is Your Garbage Disposal Clogged? Here’s What You Need to Do Garbage disposals are an excellent tool to have in your home. They can break down food waste which reduces odors. Not only that, but they help the environment by slimming down the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. A Consumer Reports finding […]

Know when to replace a toilet & learn the common reasons for toilet replacements: clogs, leaks, and the toilet’s age.

When to Replace a Toilet?

It is not normal for a toilet to experience regular clogging. In fact, it’s likely a sign that you either need a replacement or need a professional to diagnose the issue. A toilet clogging daily or even weekly could be a sign of a bigger problem...

Close up of a water main connected to a blue backflow preventer which is evaluated during backflow testing

What is Backflow Testing?

As a home or business owner, you may have heard of backflow testing before. Many Northern Virginia localities require annual backflow testing and regular servicing of your backflow preventer device. You may receive a notice to submit backflow testing results to your local government or water company...