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Tips for Removing Hard Water Stains From Your Bathroom Surfaces

Tips for Removing Hard Water Stains From Your Bathroom Surfaces

Hard water stains create quite an eyesore and are visible on many of the bathroom surfaces in homes that have abnormal levels of limestone, calcium, and magnesium in the water.

These stains can appear on your sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs, along with your clothes from your washing machine, or your dishes from the dishwasher.

Here are some simple techniques to help you clean buildup from hard water stains in your home!

Cleaning Hard Water Stains With All-Natural Options

If you have small children and pets in your home, chances are you want to keep your cleaning techniques as healthy as possible. There are many all-natural options for cleaning hard water stains off your appliances.

#1 Vinegar + Water

Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle as a cleaning solution. This not only works great in your bathroom but also is a cleaning agent that can be used throughout the home. Spray your bathtub or shower thoroughly and wait a few minutes, about 5-10,...

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Symptoms of a Clogged Sewer Line

Symptoms of a Clogged Sewer Line

A clogged sewer line is no joke and can pose a series of problems for a homeowner. A serious sewer line clog can become a potential health concern, so knowing what to look for and acting fast by calling a plumber like Curtis Plumbing can save not only your money but your health as well!

What Is the Main Sewer Drain

Every home has a single main sewer drain that connects the house to the city sewer system. This main drain is about 3-4" in diameter and is connected to every plumbing fixture in your home.

The main sewer drain is the most important part of your plumbing system and if a clog happens, it can definitely be considered an emergency. This is because, when your main drain becomes clogged, sewage can back up into your home!

Watch for 3 Major Signs of a Sewer Line Blockage

Homeowners should be on the lookout for several symptoms as signs of a sewer line blockage. Here are three major telltale signs that you need to call a plumber immediately.

1. Water flows out of a ...

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5 Plumbing Tips for First Time Homebuyers

5 Plumbing Tips for First Time Homebuyers

Buying a home for the first time can be one of the most exhausting and yet exciting times in your life. One of the most overlooked aspects of purchasing a home is its plumbing system. Knowing how to protect and locate the plumbing components in your home is important. You need to be able to spot issues and know when to call a professional plumber.

Follow these five basic tips to help your first-time home buying experience go smoothly.

#1. Start off with an inspection!

The first thing to do is get a professional plumbing inspection done on your home. Most of the plumbing system is hidden from view, and so anything could be happening behind your walls or beneath your floors.

A thorough inspection will provide you with a list of any potential issues currently in the home. It will also highlight the areas that need immediate repairs or replacement.

#2. Know where your water main shut off valve is.

It is important to ask your real estate agent or your home inspector to...

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How to Know if You Have a Slab Leak

How to Know if You Have a Slab Leak

Slab leaks are frequently undetected by homeowners, simply because most of them do not know what they are looking for. When slab leaks go unnoticed for long periods of time, it can lead to thousands of dollars of water damage. The key to catching a slab leak quickly is in knowing what to look for in your home.

Damp Carpet & Warped Flooring

Anytime you find damp carpets or warped flooring in a house, it can be an indication that water is coming through the floor. Slab leaks create an accumulation of water in the foundation, which eventually rises to the surface. When this happens, it will cause visible damage to your flooring. Keep a close eye on any damp areas, because this could be a sign that there is a slab leak.

Hot Spots on the Floor

If the slab leak happens to be within the hot water lines, you may find hot spots in your flooring. The leaking hot water will eventually heat up the material directly above it. You will notice hot spots on the hardwood or other hard...

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5 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Filtration System

5 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Filtration System

There are a number of signs that point towards needing a water filtration system installed. Contaminants found in the water of Riverview and Brandon can come from different sources and can result from:

  • The location of the water source
  • How the water is disinfected
  • The condition of your city's delivery pipes
  • The condition of your home's pipes

Be wary of these six signs that your water quality may not be up to par.

1. The water has a distinct odor.

Pure water should have no odor to it at all. If you detect an odor like rotten eggs, for example, or some other strange smell coming from your water, something could be wrong.

2. The water tastes bad.

If your water is clean, then it should have no distinct or strong taste to it. Water that is hard to drink due to the taste may have contaminants in it.

3. Your water is not clear.

Water should be clear straight out of the tap, with no cloudiness to it at all. If your water is cloudy or has ...

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