Ask a Cincinnati Plumber...Top Home Buyer Questions

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Which is more important – pipes or paint color? Here's our top takeaway from those house-flipping shows on cable TV: Tearing out walls is easy; anyone can do it. Cosmetic repairs are a snap – easy to estimate, easy to execute. Infrastructure problems, on the other hand, create financial panic in a new homeowner. Finding out after the closing that the whole house piping needs to be repl...
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When Buying "This Old House" – Inspections Matter

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The Pros and Cons of Video Sewer Line Inspections When facing a complex decision such as buying a home, who among us hasn't resorted to the age-old list of "pros/cons" to help sort out the best approach. When choosing home inspections, it makes good sense to walk through pros and cons of a video camera sewer line inspection. What is a video sewer line inspection? Cameras have come a long way in re...
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Bang on the pipes before you buy that house

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Cincinnati plumber Ray says, "Inspect the main drain line before signing on the dotted line." Our neighbors have their home listed for sale. It's a beauty – an early 1900's brick Victorian with modern updates, a guesthouse, and a desirable location. At nearly $300,000, the home is a major investment. It has all the potential for making a wonderful 'forever home' for a family. But buying an older h...
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Sewer or main drain trouble? Videos get to the root of it.

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It's not a movie you'll want to make popcorn for, but it's an award-winning way to solve a stinky situation. If you are experiencing sewage backups at the lowest level drains in your home or business, Allied Reddi-Rooter's drain camera can roll in the tightest spaces and identify blockage due to waste, foreign objects and tree roots. A video camera can also identify cracks in your tile or main dra...
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A Tip-or-Two from Cincinnati Plumber, Charles

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Germs, deposits and rust -  A few thoughts for the weekend... What Happens When a Garbage Disposal Dies? Our late 1980's model garbage disposal finally bit the dust. It started fading away slowly -- first the blades wouldn't rotate when the switch was turned on, but responded well to the broom-handle treatment. Then, the reset button kept needing to be "reset". We limped along for a couple of...
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Cincinnati Plumber Truism: Electric eels & metal snakes are dinosaurs

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We have a friend who is constantly yammering about "the way things used to be." Dude, welcome to the innovations of the 21st century—some things from the past are better left behind. In plumbing, the tools used to bust up main drain line clogs have advanced a lot from electric eels and metal snakes. When it comes to clearing drain clogs quickly, thoroughly, and with minimal potential harm, today's...
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