Platinum Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Overflowing Toilet? Here’s What to Do

Monday, April 8th, 2024

We all know the feeling of trying to flush a toilet and realizing things aren’t going the way we want them to. Gradually, our level of panic increases as we worry that the filling won’t stop. As the toilet water overflows, so do our frantic emotions. But this is no time to freak out! You need to keep a cool head on your shoulders.

When this problem occurs, the best way to stay calm is to already know how to handle it. When you have a plan, you can simply execute the steps of the plan with no need to figure things out in the middle of a stressful moment. What should you do when your toilet overflows? We’ll give you a step-by-step plan so you won’t panic.

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Some Good Ways to Give Your Plumbing a Great Start to the New Year

Monday, January 1st, 2024

Studies show that most New Year’s resolutions are about personal health. People want to eat better, drink more water, exercise more often, and so on. This is great—but don’t forget that wellbeing is something that applies to more than just your body. Your home deserves a New Year’s resolution as well! Here’s one: don’t ignore your plumbing until something goes wrong. Set it up for success this year.

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What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Monday, October 23rd, 2023

The most important thing to do in any sort of emergency is, of course, the hardest thing to do: don’t panic! Becoming frantic and rushing can actually slow us down and make it more difficult to take any kind of steps to mitigate the disaster. 

Plumbing catastrophes are extremely stressful. Although they are pretty rare, chances are, you’ll have to deal with one at some point in your life. The best way to avoid panic in a plumbing emergency is to have a plan. If you’re armed with this knowledge, you’ll be ready when disaster strikes. 

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Top Reasons to Replace Your Current Toilet

Monday, August 28th, 2023

It might seem like a toilet is the kind of thing that just works forever. We often don’t want to pay a lot of attention to it other than making sure it’s been flushed and that it’s clean. Like a bottle of Worcestershire sauce in the refrigerator, it just sits there for years and years. But there will come a time when it crosses your mind. Should your toilet be replaced?

Here are the main reasons to decide your toilet has come to the end of its life.

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Water Hammer: Why Your Plumbing Is Making Weird Sounds

Monday, June 19th, 2023

Is there a knocking sound coming from inside your walls? Don’t fret, it’s not a ghost demanding entry to your home. But it is something that requires your attention. That knocking is coming from your plumbing, and it’s often referred to as water hammer. Don’t ignore it. It’s a clear sign that you need a plumber.

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Do I Need a Frost-Free Hose Bib?

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Here in Pennsylvania, freezing temperatures—and the potential damage they can cause—are a serious hazard to our homes. What can you do to make sure your home is safe from some of the risks to your plumbing posed by winter weather? We recommend a frost-free hose bib.

What is a frost-free hose bib? How will it benefit you? And how do you go about getting one? We’ve got the answers for you right here.

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How Do I Know if My Sump Pump Is Working?

Monday, April 24th, 2023

Ah, springtime! The glorious season of new flowers and outdoor activities! But it’s also the time of year when flooded basements are most likely to occur. Snow melt, runoff, and heavy spring rains can all make it very difficult to keep your home dry. If you have a sump pump, this is the time of year when you need to be most certain that it’s ready to work at a moment’s notice. So how can you be sure?

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How Hard Water Hurts Your Plumbing

Monday, March 27th, 2023

You’ve surely heard the phrase hard water, and probably know that it’s not ideal. But how much do you actually know about it? Learning about what hard water is, how it affects your plumbing, and what can be done about it might help you with some surprising things around your home.

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Why You Should Call a Plumber Instead of Using Chemicals

Monday, March 13th, 2023

Oh, no! The sink is clogged again! The dirty dishwater won’t drain, and an unpleasant smell is starting to develop. What should you do? Reach for a bottle of liquid drain cleaner? No! When a drain is clogged, there are some things you should try yourself before calling a plumber, but liquid drain cleaner is not one. 

We’ll give you step-by-step instructions for what to do and not do for a clogged drain, with details on exactly which situations require a professional plumber in Phoenixville, PA.

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Is This a Plumbing Emergency?

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Most homeowners are not plumbers. The average person is probably capable of plunging a clogged toilet and tightening the bolts on a loose fixture, but not much more. This is perfectly reasonable! There are so many fields of knowledge in the world that we can’t possibly be experts at everything. And just as you would see a doctor for a medical emergency, you can always reach out to a plumber for a plumbing emergency. But we may have a much clearer idea of what constitutes a medical emergency. If there’s a problem with your plumbing, how do you determine whether it’s an actual emergency?

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