Prep Your Plumbing for Winter

It’s that time of the year again – Jack Frost is moving into Jacksonville, Florida, but is your home ready? Prepare your plumbing for the cold weather before a frozen pipe or plumbing emergency ruins your holidays.

Winter weather requires a different kind of plumbing maintenance. It’s important to create a plumbing checklist to make sure nothing is missed.

To help you create the optimal plumbing checklist for your home, we’ve put together a few checkpoints of our own to assist you: Continue reading

How to Fix Leaky Situation

It’s been a long day of work and you’re finally home. Before you start dinner after an exhausting day, you notice your leaky toilet. You shrug and continue about the rest of your evening unaware of the exponential cost of that leaky toilet.  A leaking toilet can use a lot of water, in a matter of days. A typical toilet leak at today’s rate can add $500 to a single water bill. What can you do to stop that leak? It’s easy when you follow these instructions to an effective leak repair.

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What Makes a Great Plumber

It seems to be a daunting task for homeowners everywhere. With so many choices in plumbers, how do you know which one is right for you? There are five tips to find the right  plumbing technician to ensure your budget and your home remain intact throughout the process.

  1. Honest and Clear Communication: You deserve direct and honest communication to understand where the problems in your plumbing lie. Do not trust a plumber who throws too much technical jargon at you in order to confuse you and make you think you need an upgrade or service that you don’t need. It’s your home so ensure you understand all facets of the process.
  2. Cleanliness: It’s important that your plumber treats your home with the respect it deserves.
  3. Professional Uniform: While looks are not everything, it’s important that you feel comfortable with a plumber that it’s in your home. Look for visible company logos on uniforms to ensure you’re dealing with a reputable company.
  4. On-Time Guarantee: One of the biggest complaints from consumers is timeliness. If you receive a window of time to receive plumbing services, it’s important that your plumber respects that.
  5. Upfront Pricing: As a homeowner, you should never allow a plumber to begin work before he/she gives you a clear, upfront quote of the project and parts.

How to Choose Your Next Toilet

When you choose a toilet for your bathroom, it’s not as simple as size and visual appeal. You must consider design, theme, and functionality as well. There’s so much to choosing the right toilet for your home, that it may seem a daunting task. Fortunately, the professionals at Metro-Rooter can help you with your choice!

An elongated toilet is a popular choice among many homeowners but when your bathroom’s space is limited, a round bowl may be more appropriate. A round bowl can also save you some cost since it is cheaper than the elongated version. The height of your toilet should also be comfortable enough for anybody who is going to use it.

When you have finally made a choice about the look and style of your toilet, leave the installation up to the professionals at Metro-Rooter.

 

Choosing a Bathroom Faucet

It can possibly be the single most used item in your bathroom – the faucet. As it’s the focal point of the bathroom, it can change the way your entire bathroom area looks. It can be an eyesore covered in soap scum and dripping. Or, you can update the look of your faucet and therefore the look of your entire bathroom. It pays to shop for a new faucet carefully, because if you don’t, you may be forced to replace the replacement sooner than you would like.

Typically, a faucet is replaced about once every seven years. Some of the reasons for replacement can include Continue reading

Bathroom Renovations Made Simple

Looking to update your bathroom? With a few upgrades, you can have a bathroom that’s luxurious and stylish without breaking your budget to get it. One of the biggest costs in a bathroom remodel is a moving fixture, such as the toilet, sink, or tub. If you are looking for a frugal remodel, strive to keep the same floor plan as you currently have.

Bath and shower renovations can make a great difference in both the look and feel of your home. So often, bathrooms get neglected when people are budgeting to give their home a “new look”; however, they can also provide personal relaxation in an otherwise tense time.  Imagine the feeling of a warm jacuzzi after a long day, or a shower with 5 heads hitting sore muscles with warm water from all sides. Perhaps a shower sauna, allowing you some much needed quiet time.  It is true that shower and bath renovations can Continue reading

How to Nip That Plumbing Drip

It’s not just annoying, it’s expensive and a plumbing nightmare. It’s that drip you hear coming from any and all faucets in your home. Just how expensive is that small drip coming from your sink?

It may not seem like much but even the smallest drip can add up to gallons after time. Think of it this way: if your faucet drips once every second every day, all day then it would only take 4.5 hours to reach one gallon of water. On an average day, you would waste 5 gallons of water or more shockingly 2,082 gallons per year. Now multiply that if you have more than one leaky faucet in your home. This is an average estimate of the amount of water a leaky faucet may produce. To get more specifics on your home, check out this free, leaky faucet drip calculator.

What to Do When You Have a Leaky Faucet

Although the Internet has made it seem like it’s easy for you to fix leaky faucets on your own, it may not be that simple. Continue reading

Four Going Green Plumbing Trends

Today’s hot topics are all about the conservation of our natural resources, including water.  Many people are incorporating green features in their new home design from the kitchen to the yard and the bathroom. Here are four Going Green plumbing trends that you should consider installing in your home:

Lead-Free Faucets
Join the safest trend in replacing your old faucets with lead-free ones. If you don’t, you could be consuming distasteful and harmful lead on a daily basis.

Solar Hot Water
Since most traditional solar hot water collectors are being replaced with less expensive plastic models, water warmed naturally by the sun is becoming more of a real possibility for most homeowners.

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Debunking Home Plumbing Myths

Wrench, Home Plumbing MythsIt’s those “tried and true” pieces of wisdom that have been passed on from your grandmother’s mother’s mother to you. When it comes to those quick-fixes around the home, we’ve all made the mistake of trying something that we’ve seen on the Internet or heard of from a neighbor – those  tidbits are oversimplified, or in most cases, just plain wrong.

Put Lemons in Your Disposal to Make It Smell Fresh
When life gives you lemons, resist putting them down the disposal. You might give your kitchen that sweet, fresh aroma for a little while but eventually the citric acid from lemons corrodes the metal inside your disposal.

Instead, use ice to polish your disposal from the inside out. It works much like a rock tumbler polishing rocks. Don’t let the noise scare you, it’s loud but it works. Continue reading