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Signs Your Pipes Need to Be Replaced

Signs Your Pipes Need to Be Replaced

Older homes often have aging pipes. Mainline backups and leaks are common with such older systems. After the condition deteriorates to a certain point, pipes will need to be replaced.

In more serious cases, calcium deposits can break loose and work their way into your glass of water. Here, we will discuss when it’s time for complete replacement.

Low Water Pressure, Visible Rust, & Leaks Are Key Signs

Fixing pipes under a sink in Brandon.

The water in Florida often leads to a lime buildup in pipe systems. The clogging becomes so severe that there is not enough room for water to properly flow. In the Tampa Bay Area, it’s common for older homes to have cast iron pipes or copper pipes. Hard water can cause buildups and deposits can form, leading to impossible clogs. Eventually, the system’s pressure back builds and can cause leaks.

Another key sign is the presence of rust colored water. When rust is showing in the water itself, it’s usually a sign that corrosion is occurring...

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6 Plumbing Problems Homeowners Try to Fix, but Shouldn't

6 Plumbing Problems Homeowners Try to Fix, but Shouldn't

Plumbing systems in your home can be extremely confusing and take a delicate hand and extensive professional knowledge to understand. However, homeowners try to save a dollar here and there by doing home improvement projects that they really should not. But, One minor mistake in plumbing can result in thousands of extra dollars in damage.

Instead of trying to solve the plumbing problems in your home, leave these to a licensed and insured professional, such as Curtis Plumbing. Your wallet will thank you in the end! Here are six plumbing problems homeowners try to fix, but could add significantly more problems if they do!

Problem #1: A Pipe Burst or Leak

Trying the DIY method will lead to more damage than good. Types of Damage that could result from homeowners taking this problem on include holes in your wall, flooding, and mold from water exposure. Trusting a professional plumber to get the job done will certainly minimize damage to your home and get the repairs done quickly.

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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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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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5 Signs it's Time for a New Toilet

5 Signs it's Time for a New Toilet

It goes without saying, a single toilet malfunction is a dreaded situation. What could be worse? How about consistent toilet malfunctions! Keep an eye out for several indications that your toilet is better off being replaced than repaired. Here are some telltale signs that replacement is in your future!

1. You are noticing cracks in the porcelain.

The first indication that cracks may be present in your toilet is the pooling of water at the base of the toilet. If you notice any leaks, check the toilet for cracks. While you may not see any visible cracks, there may be some in the bowl or tank.

Cracks in your toilet can cause serious damage to your flooring and be a waste of water! Wet floors can also cause additional problems with water damage, mold, and mildew. If you notice any of these issues, and they are due to cracks, replacing your commode may be the best course of action!

2. You have been spending a lot of time calling in repairs.

Of course, a properly working...

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