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Plumber-Friend
If you've got an interest in plumbing, you've got a friend in Allied. In the Greater Cincinnati Area, the shortage of people with hands for pipefitting, a head for math, and a problem-solving, people-friendly personality is real. It hits home. It's right here in our offices on Hunter Ave in Norwood. If you believe in the adage that "the plumber protects the health of the nation," and enjoy t...
blue-toilet-water
For those who love the idea of fancy blue (or green) water in the toilet bowl, consider this: over time, the cleaning chemicals in drop-in tank tablets can cause your toilet gaskets to slowly rot. While that colored water looks pretty in the toilet bowl, it can do a number on your budget if it's slowly leaking into your floor. Are Drop-In Tablets Really That Bad?Yes, they are. With long-term use,...
water-heater-blankets
Don't use not just any blanket. Use only an official water heater insulating blanket. My neighbor just bought an older home. During a tour of the utilities in her basement, I noticed that her water heater was covered in an official water heater blanket. It was thick, heavy, and well-designed. We're not fancy people at our house, but that water heater blanket looked pretty awesome and did a nice j...
washing machine drain clog
In recent plumbing conversations with close friends, I was surprised to learn that clogged laundry sink drains are a common problem. In 25 years of marriage and 4 kids, our most common clogs are toilets (TP clogs), bathroom (hair clogs), tub drains (hair clogs), and kitchen drains (food clogs in the garbage disposal). Our laundry sink drain has yet to become plugged. But since two sets of friends ...
Allied-dude
On our morning commute, the morning radio show host mentioned this year we are having a "hot Fall." Plumbers love that! These unseasonably warm weekends are perfect for outdoor plumbing winterization activities. Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather and freezing and burst pipes can cause $$$$ in water damage. Below are a few preventative tips that we like to share at this time of year...
Clay-sewer-pipe
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 replaced (or wors...