DIY Plumbing Repair: The Right Tools Make Everything Easier

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When it comes to fixing leaky faucets, leaky toilets, or general home plumbing repairs, the next best thing to having a plumber is having the right plumbing tools. Below is our go-to list of essential tools for any home or small business toolkit. 1. Plunger - The icon of a plumber's trade, and found in bathrooms all over America. Plungers are available in two styles, "cup" and "phalange." Use the ...
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Standing Water – It’s a Health Hazard

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Plumbing Maintenance, Good Drains and Visual Inspections Make All the Difference. With the recent wet weather, pools of standing, stagnant water can go unnoticed for weeks at a time, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Eliminating standing water takes a little effort, but pays off in spades. Below are a few pointers: Leaking Exterior Faucets Leaking faucets can create puddles of accumulated...
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The Lowdown On Plumber Service Call Fees

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With summer plumbing season in full swing (drain clogs, sump pumps, and standing water are hot topics this summer), a quick review of how plumbers charge for service calls seems like a good topic. As a rule, there are 3 approaches that Cincinnati plumbers when billing out time to customers. How do Service Call Fees Work? There are typically three approaches to invoicing customers: 1. Charge a stan...
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Are Plumbing Service Fees Nickel and Diming You?

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The following is a blog written by Janet Murphy, an Allied customer. When looking for a tradesperson – plumber or other repair person – one of the number one questions is “Do you charge a service fee?” In our home, one of the hallmarks of a quality small business is when the business owner believes a “no service charge”, consultative approach is the best approac...
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Window Well Water... Get Outta' Here!

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Q:  The recent rains have left several wet spots in my yard and my window wells are holding water - I’m sure I saw mosquito larvae swimming in them. I don’t need a sump pump, but I’d really like an easy way to drain the water from low areas. Any suggestions? A:  Standing water in your yard and window wells is a sure way to grow a bumper crop of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes ar...
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Q&A with Ray - Renters and plumbing issues

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Call the landlord first! Q: I live in an apartment building. My toilet has clogs constantly and I also have lot of trouble with my kitchen drain. This is a multi-family unit and I’m sure we have sewer issues that require repair. I’ve called several plumbers but none seem willing to help. I am really frustrated. What gives? A: Here’s the 411: As long as you are a tenant, finding t...
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