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Is Winter Weather Harmful for My Water Heater?

By Option One Office | August 31, 2021

We have been accustomed to having hot water throughout the year that we often fail to notice how the difference in temperature affects our home plumbing. The reality is that your water heater works significantly harder to provide hot water in the winter.  Not only is the water coming into your system colder than usual,…

How & When To Change A Toilet Flapper Valve

By Option One Office | August 13, 2021

How do you know when you need to change your toilet flapper valve? The most common inexpensive sign is a weak flush in your toilet. The signs can be more expensive when you hear running water in your toilet due to frequent refills.   Common toilets have a diameter of 2”, but be sure to…

Warning Signs of a Foundation Leak

By Option One Office | July 29, 2021

Foundation or slab leaks are leaks that occur in the concrete or hard rock slab that homes are built on. Detecting these leaks early could help you avoid significant costs for repairs. How can you tell if you may have a foundation leak?  Unexplained Spike in Water Bills Homes without foundation leaks usually receive an…

IS HYDRO JETTING WORTH IT?

By Option One Office | July 16, 2021

One of our favorite investments in our plumbing business is the hydro jetter. Hydro jetters are able to do the tough jobs that traditional drain cleaning methods simply cannot. That said, it’s not always the first choice for all drain clogs. And sometimes, you might think this method is unnecessary.   Is Hydro-Jetting Drains Really…

5 Plumbing Mistakes Often Made

By Option One Office | July 2, 2021

From cooking to bathing, plumbing plays an essential part in our lives. Avoiding costly mistakes can help in keeping our plumbing working properly and a properly working plumbing system ensures that our daily lives go on uninterrupted. Below are a few common plumbing mistakes to avoid: Avoiding Regular Plumbing Maintenances As mentioned above, making sure…

HOW SAFE IS MY HOME’S WATER SUPPLY?

By Option One Office | June 18, 2021

What are Water Safety Regulations? The safety of our drinking water has been a topic in the US since 1948 when the Federal Water Pollution Control Act was enacted. By 1972 it was significantly reorganized and expanded to what is now commonly referred to as the “Clean Water Act” The effectiveness of the CWA along…

HOW TO DETECT A GAS LEAK AND WHEN TO CALL A PLUMBER

By Option One Office | May 24, 2021

5 Ways to Detect A Gas Leak Being a homeowner or renter can bring in a lot of new thoughts, with questions like; Do I smell a “Gas leak?” or, my water bill is high, do I have a “water leak?” These concerns are valid and they give you a good reason to double check…

NEW HOME PLUMBING INSPECTION CHECKLIST

By Option One Office | May 7, 2021

Plumbing: What to look for when purchasing a new home Purchasing a new home is an exciting time that can sometimes be a time-consuming process, trying to find the ideal home and location within your budget. We often focus on the kitchen, room sizes and yard space but often the plumbing is overlooked or a…

HOW TO GET RID OF DRAIN FLIES

By Option One Office | April 19, 2021

What are Drain Flies? Drain flies are also known as sewer flies, moth flies or sink flies, are about the size of gnats and fruit flies—measuring ¼” in size— Drain flies can be identified by their color, typically ranging between pale gray to black and their small, moth-like wings and round, fuzzy bodies. Where Do…

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

By Option One Office | April 5, 2021

HOW DO I KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO REPLACE MY WATER HEATER? How do you know when it’s time to replace your water heater? A water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs when necessary can last for many years. There’s a good chance the water heater that is currently in your home, is…