Plumbing Maintenance Tips

November 18, 2021

Your plumbing system is one of the most-used components of your Hauppauge, NY, home. It brings clean and fresh water to your home and safely transports wastewater from your home. But like any other component in your home, your plumbing requires routine maintenance to continue functioning. You have to leave some of that maintenance to a professional plumber. Fix-A-Leak Plumbing and Heating Inc. is the leader in the industry and a perfect choice whenever you need an expert to help you with scheduled maintenance or emergency plumbing repairs. Here are some tips to help you keep

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How Do I Find the Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve?

October 20, 2021

Your home’s water heater produces the hot water you use to shower, wash dishes and do laundry. Its components include a pressure valve that helps control the operation of the tank. What the Valve Does The hot water pressure relief valve is a safety feature required on hot water tanks. The part is designed to release water, thereby reducing excess water pressure in the tank. This valve is also known as the TPR valve. Where the Valve is Located Water heater pressure relief valves are usually located on the outside of the

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Our Guide to Properly Cleaning Gutters

September 15, 2021

Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris helps the water to redirect to locations that can’t damage your home. When a gutter is clogged, water can become trapped. That trapped water has no choice but to back up into your roof. Over time, this can cause roof damage and lead to the buildup of mold and mildew. To avoid this, you’ll want to clean your gutters. Having the Right Setup Gutter cleaning can be dangerous if you don’t have the right setup. You’ll want to make sure that you have a sturdy extendable ladder. Place

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What Is Causing My Noisy Water Pipes?

August 10, 2021

There are times when you will hear a strange noise coming out of your water pipes. This can not only be annoying, but it can be a sign that you have a plumbing issue and need to call a plumber out as soon as possible. Banging Noises When you hear a banging noise, this is a sign that there is a problem with water flow or your water pressure. Water hammers are when your faucet or valve is shut off too quickly. Trapped air bubbles can also cause a banging noise. If you have this

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Thermostat Settings Explained

July 28, 2021

A thermostat is usually the main control of your HVAC system. It works to sense your room’s temperature and activates or deactivates your system to attain and maintain the set levels. Fan Mode Only the fans will be active with this mode. They’ll circulate the air within your house. The mode does not involve any air conditioning as the system will run similar to ceiling fans. The main benefit of fan mode is less energy consumption. Heat Mode When your thermostat is set to function on this mode, your air

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Why Is My Refrigerator Leaking Water?

June 28, 2021

A refrigerator is among the most important appliances in many homes. Although many units can last for a couple of years, refrigerators need occasional repairs or maintenance like any other appliance. Unfortunately, a common problem with these appliances is leaks. A leaking fridge can be frustrating and costly if not solved fast. Below are some common fridge problems that might be triggering leaks and what you need to do to fix them. 1. Faulty Water Inlet Fridges with water dispensers or ice makers come with water supply lines. A damaged water inlet is one of the

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How To Clean Plumbing Pipes

May 13, 2021

It can be very difficult to clean your plumbing pipes as you don’t have direct access to them. However, there are things you can try before you call a plumber to fix your problem. These are low-cost ways of fixing plumbing issues yourself. Handle Grease Buildup Grease will build up in your kitchen sink’s plumbing pipes if you dump oil down them. You shouldn’t be doing this, but many people don’t know better. Luckily, you may be able to cut through and remove the grease with a little bit of effort. Bring

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When Was Indoor Plumbing Invented?

April 5, 2021

Indoor plumbing dates back to between 4000 B.C. and 3000 B.C. Although most people didn’t have access to it until the past hundred years, it’s now considered essential. There have been many advances from where indoor plumbing started to the devices now found in modern homes. Invention of Indoor Plumbing As far as is known, indoor plumbing got its start almost 6,000 years ago in India. Archaeologists discovered copper water pipes in the Indus River Valley. However, there are signs of indoor plumbing dating from 6000 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Egypt and Rome

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How to Winterize House Plumbing

March 9, 2021

Winters can get downright frigid in New York which is why you’ll need to do some winterizing if you take a holiday trip, go to the Sunbelt for the winter, or are away from home for more than a few days. If you have a second home in the area that doesn’t get used in the winter, you’ll also need to prep its plumbing system. Follow these tips for winterizing your house’s plumbing system. Turn Off the Water Locate the main water supply, and turn it off. Next, turn off the water pump. If you have

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Why Is My Water Pressure So Low?

February 8, 2021

The average home has a water pressure of around 45 pounds per square inch. There are several reasons you might have water pressure below this level. Getting the situation resolved is sometimes in your control, but at other times, there’s little you can do. Your Water Supplier Has a Problem If you suddenly have low water pressure, ask your neighbors if they also have a problem. If so, call your water supplier and ask them if there’s an issue. If they’re aware of the problem and fixing it, all you can do is wait.

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