Preventing & Dealing With Frozen Pipes

With the subzero temperatures that NJ has been facing in the last few weeks, it is important to take precautions and know what to do in the event that your pipes freeze.  Whether the pipes are made of copper, plastic, pvc, or plex material, any pipe can freeze depending on how cold the water inside it gets.  When the water in the pipe freezes, it expands and pushes outward on the pipe walls, causing them to stretch and potentially burst.  Burst pipes can be a very expensive problem for a homeowner, costing thousands and easily over $5000 according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home… Read more »

High Water Bill? Here’s Some Possible Causes

There are many factors that can lead to getting an unusual high water bill including equipment failure, time of year, and changes in household behavior. If you feel like your water bill does not accurately represent your water usage, you will need to do some detective work to figure out what is causing the surge and if there is a possible leak somewhere. Here are some steps you can take to help save water and determine if you have a bigger plumbing issue. Read Your Meter Water meters are a good tool for helping determine leaks. Most water meters have low-flow indicators that look like… Read more »

Fall Home Checklist

As leaves start to fall and the air gets cooler, taking the time to give your home a good yearly inspection can help prevent emergencies during the dead of winter or unexpected costly repairs. Here are some steps to make sure your home is Fall ready. 1. Clean Gutters & Direct Drainage Once the trees are done shedding, you now have the fun task of inspecting and removing all the leaves, twigs, and gunk from the gutters. Make sure your gutters aren’t sagging or trapping water, which can cause ice dams when the water freezes. Ice dams can cause big damage to both your roof… Read more »

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

  While today might be the official first day of Summer, it certainly doesn’t feel like it!  Currently, the West is feeling the bulk of the heat, with sidewalks and roads cracking in Northern California, horses refusing to drink the hot water in Southern California, and flights being cancelled in Phoenix, Arizona.  While New Jersey isn’t breaking any all-time heat records like the West Coast is approaching, the temperatures are still pretty hot for this early in the Summer.  So with temperatures in the high 80’s and 90’s, setting your thermostat to the optimal settings is crucial for keeping your family comfortable while keeping your electricity bills… Read more »

Essential Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

DIY Plumbing Tools

Whether you want to save some money on plumbing costs or learn more about DIY maintenance, having essential plumbing tools is something every homeowner should make the investment in.  Hiring a plumber for simple repairs and maintenance can be costly and can take a while depending on the plumber’s availability. Obviously, any major plumbing emergencies or renovations is going to require a licensed and insured plumber.  Minor plumbing issues such as clogs, leaks, and drips is something every homeowner will have to deal with at some point.  We put together a short list of recommended essential DIY plumbing tools that will come in handy and will not break… Read more »

DIY vs Hiring A Professional Plumber in NJ

DIY Plumbing Vs Professional

It makes a lot of sense for homeowners to become familiar and comfortable with making minor household repairs for both financial and timely reasons. There are many tools and resources for learning common plumbing maintenance and fixes, such as the DIY Network and The Family Handyman.  Having the right tools and knowledge for  simple plumbing jobs can be convenient to your family and your schedule. When hiring a professional plumber, you will have to schedule a time that works with their availability, which is often during working hours. Performing simple plumbing maintenance can help prevent larger repairs down the road.  The key is having a good… Read more »

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