MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

4 Reasons to Stay Away from Chemical Drain Cleaner

Monday, October 7th, 2019

drain-water-drainingNo matter how well they’re labeled, how good they smell, or how cheap they are, drain cleaners aren’t a good solution to a clog in your plumbing. We know, it’s a hard pill to swallow, but we’re just trying to help. In fact, most homeowners don’t even know that they tend to do more harm than good when they are used. These volatile liquids will rot away your pipes and leave your system needing much more than just a drain cleaning.

So, you must be wondering what the alternative is? There are several alternatives to chemical drain cleaners, but they all usually involve your local plumber. You see, with your plumbing in Clifton, NJ there are no easy solutions to a drain clog. The best you can hope for is a capable plumber like us to perform a hydro jetting procedure, or use an industrial drain snake to try and pull whatever is clogging your system apart.

However, if you’re still leaning towards the car keys to pick up some industrial cleaner, keep reading and we’ll let you know why we never recommend them.

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What to Do With a Sudden Pipe Leak

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Pipe leaks can occur in the middle of the night or on a holiday, right when you least expect them to. While you’re panicking calling plumbers in Wayne, NJ, there are a few steps you can follow to stop the leaking and at least save some money on wasted water and property damage. So, take a deep breath and calm down, we’ll give you some reliable tips to address the problem at hand while you wait for your trusted service professional to take it from there.

From pipe clamps to pipe wraps, there are some solid solutions to pipe leaks that—while they won’t last for too long—will ultimately keep your pipes from leaking until your plumber can address them. Remember before you keep reading, that the best solution to plumbing leaks is to prevent them from occurring in the first place, with a quality plumbing maintenance plan.

Now that we’ve covered that, let’s address that leaky pipe!

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How Do You Find a Plumbing Leak On Your Own?

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

water-leakWith no shortage of DIY articles on the internet, many homeowners take it upon themselves to try and fix their own problems in the home—including their plumbing. And that includes tracking down and fixing plumbing leaks.

However, we really can’t condone this strategy. Not only can it cost you more money in the long run, but it can also cause more damage to your property—you’ll be wishing you found a plumber from the very start.

But even with all that being said, we don’t believe in holding any information back. Knowing the signs of a leak could be what helps you prevent a major plumbing disaster in the home.

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Getting to Know Your Water Meter and Shut-Off Valve

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Think fast! Your reverse osmosis system just broke. Water is flooding all over your kitchen and spreading across the home. What do you do?

Hopefully, you would rush to the shut-off valve and turn off the water. But if you’ve never had the pleasure of having to use the shut-off valve before, it would be easy to panic and not know what to do.

In this post, we want to talk about two plumbing fixtures that are essential for emergencies. One is the water meter, and the other is the shut-off valve.

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How to Care for Your Garbage Disposal  

Monday, January 14th, 2019

running-waterYour garbage disposal loves to do one thing, and it does it well: eat all your table scraps. It’s simple but effective. That is, until it starts having issues. Then you’ll need to call up a plumber in Livingston, NJ. To prevent that from happening, try following these practices to keep your garbage disposal in good care.

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3 Big Plumbing Problems

Monday, July 30th, 2018

plumbing-line-repairAs a plumber, we’ve dealt with countless leaks and clogs. Often times, all it takes is a quick repiping or a simple hydro-jetting to fix those problems. But a simple leak in the wrong place can make all the difference.

In this post, we’ll go over three plumbing problems that can cause substantial damage if not taken care of immediately.

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Signs You Need to Repair a Plumbing Leak

Monday, June 18th, 2018

rusty-pipe-burst-leakPlumbing leaks never seem to be that big a deal in the beginning. After all, it’s just a few drips here and a few drops there. Ignore this at your own peril, however, as even a slow or intermittent leak can quickly turn into costly damages and repairs. As soon as you have any of the indicators below of faucet, water heater, sewage line, or slab leaks, make the smart call: contact a professional plumbing contractor to immediately diagnose and fix the issue.

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How Can You Tell When a Water Filtration System Needs Repair?

Monday, April 9th, 2018

water-filtration-rapirsPlumbing problems can come in all shapes and sizes: anything from hard water deposits to a clog in the drain. You can solve a number of issues in your home’s plumbing system with a water filtration system. That can include anything from a reverse osmosis system to a water softener designed to remove mineral deposits in the water.

When placed at the apex of your water pipes, they can make your water cleaner, tastier and healthier. Most of them have comparatively few moving parts and can last a long time with regular maintenance. But sooner or later, every system breaks down, and when they do, you need to call in a team to determine what the repairs should be.

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How to Handle a Leaking Pipe

Monday, January 1st, 2018

frozen-pipe-damLeaky pipes are unfortunately quite common in the winter. The freezing and thawing of water in the pipes causes them to expand, which may force a pipe to burst open. Other factors can contribute to leaky pipes too, of course, such as corrosion or other means of excess pressure on the pipes.

For the most part, a homeowner is not most concerned with how a leak happened. It’s important to know whether corrosion indicates your pipes are in need of replacement, but the first thing you want to know is how to stop the leak and get things under control.

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Preventing Everyday Plumbing Clogs

Monday, December 18th, 2017

plunger-woman-call-plumberWhen you’re in the business of plumbing, you know that this is any homeowner’s biggest grievance. Sure, there are worse things that could happen in a home, but few of them happen again and again the way plumbing clogs often do. Some can be unclogged yourself while some will always require a plumber’s help, which is why it’s so important to focus on prevention.

You may be able to prevent many of those everyday clogs you find most annoying, and even the big clogs that don’t come up so often but tend to cost you more.

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