Q&A with Ray – Top Questions This Week

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Q: I have a gas fireplace and I'm picking up the smell of gas in the firebox. I suspect a leaky valve. Should I call a fireplace company? A: You can, but a reputable fireplace or chimney company will recommend that you call a plumber. Why? Well, it's all about professional boundaries and training. Plumbers are trained to install and repair gas lines; fireplace and chimney companies...not so much. ...
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Plumber, Pipefitter, Journeyman, Sanitation Engineer - By any name, it’s one of our country’s most important jobs.

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"If I [were] a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber ... in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances." - Albert Einstein , The Reporter, 18 November 1954 Americans take many of our modern conveniences for granted. Each morning,...
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Do Liquid Drain Cleaners Really Work?

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I love those "As Seen on TV" commercials – seemingly, a year's worth of hair/toothpaste/soap scummy drain buildup can be blasted out in minutes with a good dose of some mystery liquid known as a "liquid plumber." Seems legit, right? According to PlumbingCircle.com , "Liquid drain cleaners ...will at best mask the problem and, at worst, do nothing. A good analogy is someone who uses mouthwash but n...
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Noisy pipes... Water Hammer or just a bunch of air?

Like millions of other homes, our shower is in our bathtub. To engage the shower, we turn on the bath spigot, run some water, then pull a little lever to divert the water to the shower head. Many times, when we pull the lever, the pipes make a "clunk...rat-tat-tat" noise. It only lasts a second (until the water flows from the spigot to the shower head), but it's an unpleasant experience at 6 a.m. ...
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Hiring a Plumber? Tips for Success.

Hiring a plumber can be a challenge for home and business owners. It's time-consuming, there are hundreds of choices, it can be costly, and finding a really good one like hitting the jackpot. Below are a few pointers. Tip 1: Longevity Matters At Allied Reddi-Rooter, we believe that independently owned, local plumbers are always the best option. Avoid "franchise" plumbers that have a central author...
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5 Tips To Increase Your Water Heater’s Lifespan

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In today's busy world, unexpected hot water heater failure can rapidly create havoc in your home life. A broken water heater means time off work, finding a suitable replacement, working with a reputable plumber, and -- worst of all -- cold showers. The popular manufacturers (A. O. Smith, American, Whirlpool, Bradford White, and others), suggest the life of a water heater is 8-12 years. Fortunately...
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