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

What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Monday, October 23rd, 2023
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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When Does a Kitchen Sink Require Professional Help?

Monday, October 10th, 2022
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The humble kitchen sink does a tremendous amount of work in your home. You may not think about it very often … until it’s causing a problem. Suddenly, you realize just how critical it is and how much you require from it! 

Most of the time, it works without any special attention from you. And sometimes, you can clear up a small problem yourself. But there are times when your kitchen sink needs the help that only a professional plumber can offer. What kitchen sink problems should have you booking professional kitchen plumbing services in Hatboro, PA?

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The Sneaky Problem of Pinhole Leaks

Monday, August 15th, 2022
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We’ve discussed hidden leaks before, such as the major problem of a slab leak. Today we’re going to look at one of the most insidious of all hidden leaks, the pinhole leak. Yes, we know that the name doesn’t sound too intimidating. Even if you don’t know what a “slab leak” is, the name does sound a touch scary. So what’s so terrible about a “pinhole leak”?

Plenty! And it starts with how small these leaks are. It’s difficult to know you need plumbing service in Montgomery County, PA to fix leaks if you don’t know the leaks exist, and pinhole leaks are devilishly tricky leaks that hide well while creating significant problems.

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