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  • What is a Sump Pump?

    Probably the very worst thing that can happen to your home and that easily could – as in not a hurricane rolling over it – is water damage soaking into the foundation. If water pools up under your home or in the basement, and you don’t notice it there, the foundation can be soaked and ruined. Your house could be sitting atop an unstable, unsafe slab of dirt or concrete. Events that can cause …

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  • What is Backflow Testing?

    Larger properties – like retail stores, schools, hospitals, office buildings, etc. – see a pretty large number of people every day, and just about everyone is using water in that structure at one point or another each day. All of this water use can be a real strain on a building’s pipes and valves, as well as the entire system as a whole. In the best case scenario if something goes wrong, you …

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  • Do You Need to Repair a Leaking Water Heater?

    You have just walked into your garage to grab a few tools when all of a sudden, you feel your foot turn cold and wet. You look down and see a puddle of water that has pooled around the base of your water heater due to a leak. While a leak is never a good sign, your first though is to gauge the situation and find out if it is a problem that is serious enough to warrant calling for repairs. Is this …

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  • How to Light Your Gas Water Heater’s Pilot Light

    Is cold water coming out of the hot tap in your home? If you have a gas water heater, chances are good that your pilot light has gone out. Tank-type gas heaters use a small, constantly burning flame known as a pilot light to ignite the gas burner when the water in the tank needs to be heated. Whether it be due to mechanical failure or sudden changes in gas main pressure, this light can extinguish …

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  • Ion-Exchange vs. Salt-Free Water Softeners

    According to the United States Geological Survey, roughly 85 percent of American homes have issues with hard water. Simply put, hard water is water that is rich in minerals such as magnesium carbonate, calcium, and manganese. Over time, hard water can leave scale deposits in water-using appliances and water heaters, clog plumbing, and make tasks such as washing dishes, clothing, hair, and skin …

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  • The Benefits of a Camera Sewer Inspection

    One of the leading plumbing expenses for property owners stems from unmaintained storm drains and sewers. From clogged toilets to potentially catastrophic floods and sewage leaks, many of these plumbing emergencies can be avoided through preventative maintenance and inspections. Whether you are looking to purchase a new home or have owned your home for years, it is important you schedule a video …

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  • Why You Should Install Concrete Slab

    Slab homes, also known as patio homes, are built upon large concrete slab foundations, rather than stilts and crawlspaces. This style of home foundation is gaining popularity in certain areas due to its unique advantages. For example, a concrete slab is easier to install, allowing construction projects to begin sooner than later. There is also considerable insulation benefits to have your home sit …

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  • Why You Should Install Plumbing Cleanouts

    There is an old rule in engineering, construction, and other hands-on sciences that redundancies in a system are always a good idea. If you are building a rope bridge, for example, use twice as much as rope as you need to get the job done and reinforce the supports. It is linked to the adage that it is better to be safe than sorry. In plumbing, one of the most important yet often forgotten …

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  • Six Signs it May Be Time to Replace Your Garbage Disposal

    As much as we would like them to, appliances unfortunately do not last forever. In the case of garbage disposals, it can be difficult to know if a unit needs to be repaired or completely replaced. If your disposal displays any of the following signs, it may be time for a replacement. Frequent clogging: If your unit clocks often even with normal, manufacturer-approved use, it is probably time for a …

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  • Five Benefits of Purchasing Plastic Pipes

    Plumbing with plastic pipes has gained considerable popularity within the United States over the past two decades and now accounts for more than half of the plumbing pipes bought by consumers each year. Used for both water supply and drainage, plastic pipes such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) have several advantages over traditional copper or galvanized pipes. …

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  • Why Saving Water For Summer Months Is Key

    You’re excited about summer and the plans you have for your home, but the water you’re already losing is driving up your water bill , and you wonder if you’ll be able to fulfill the plans that you have for the summertime. Your biggest plan may be to get finally the pool filled after it’s been empty throughout the year, but you know it’s going to take a lot of water and cost a pretty penny, but …

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  • How to Stay Connected Plumbing Solutions, LLC

    For expert installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of water heaters, call our friendly Lexington & Columbia plumbers at 1-800 Plumbing Solutions. We are known for our prompt, professional, and skilled craftsmanship on water heaters ranging from electric, gas, to tankless units. Our technicians have in-depth training in brands that include AO Smith, Rinnai, and Rheem. […]

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  • Tips to Keep Your Water Heater Performing at its Best

    There are several ways you can help extend the life of your water heater and ensure it is working at top efficiency. The following tips can help your unit last longer, lower your energy bills, and avoid having to pay for costly water damage repairs. 1. Know where your heater is located: Do you even know where your water heater is? It is important you know where your water heater is located in your …

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  • Follow Plumbing Solutions, LLC on Social Media

    We Deliver 24-Hour Water Heater Services At Plumbing Solutions, LLC, we can handle all of your water heater installation, replacement, maintenance, and repair needs in West Columbia, SC. Our fully licensed team of experts offers 24-hour emergency services, and each water heater is covered by a warranty. We have already installed hundreds of water heaters […]

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  • Instructions for DIY Wet Wipes and Why Flushing Regular Wipes Will Clog Your Drains

    While everyone should know that you can’t flush disposable wet wipes down the toilet, many people still insist on doing it. Disposable and flushable wet wipes are too thick to be flushed down the toilet. They’re not safe for septic systems like many brands advertise. In New York, they have such a problem with wet wipes being flushed down the toilet, that they have had massive clogs, which has …

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