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8 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems can be an inevitable part of owning a home. While some problems come with aging fixtures or normal wear and tear on plumbing equipment, others may be caused by how certain systems are used and maintained. We’ve seen and fixed all types of plumbing problems—big and small alike! Here’s a look at some of the most common issues our expert plumbers handle and what usually causes them.   1. DRIPPING FAUCETS Dripping faucets are annoying, wasteful, and costly. Sometimes, these drips can be caused by a worn-out washer or O ring, which can easily be replaced. In other cases, corrosion or even improper faucet installation can be the problem causing the drip. If your faucet is dripping: Use our drip calculator to find out how much that drip may be costing you. Let our expert plumbers diagnose the problem if a simple washer or O ring replacement doesn’t fix your drip! 2. LEAKY PIPES Leaky pipes can be caused by all sorts of problems, including: Stubborn clogs Incorrect pipe laying Pipe corrosion Pipe joint damage Cracked seals or cracked pipes Excessive water pressure No matter what’s causing leaky pipes, this common plumbing problem needs to be fixed fast! The longer leaky pipes are ignored, the more damage they can cause—both to your plumbing system and to your home itself! 3. RUNNING TOILETS Did you know that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day? That’s a lot of water waste! In most cases, the issues that cause running toilets include: Refill tube problems Worn out flapper seals or flush valves Improperly sized flapper chains Corroded toilet handles 4. LOW WATER PRESSURE Weak water pressure can make it challenging to use pretty much any plumbing system in your home! Often, low water pressure is a symptom of bigger plumbing problems, like: Pipe corrosion Hidden water leaks in your home Drain or sewer clogs Cracked or blocked sewer lines 5. LEAKING HOSE BIBB A leaking hose bibb is very common in the spring and summer. After a long, cold winter, many hose bibbs that aren’t protected can crack and begin to leak. We advise our customers to invest in a frost-proof hose bibb, which can reduce the chances of having future leaks. 6. SLOW OR CLOGGED DRAINS Drainage problems can cause health hazards and even plumbing disasters if they’re not addressed quickly! In general: One slow or clogged drain in a home usually means that a problemContinue Reading

Types Of Water

Types Of Water Are you looking to understand why purified water is your best option in the DMV area? We have outlined the processes of the most common types of water available so that you can see why purified water from DrinkMore Water is your best option in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC. Contact us online to learn more about our purified water services. Tap Water In the Washington, DC area, our tap water comes from the Potomac or Patuxent Rivers. This water is process with basic filtration techniques like flocculation, which adds chemicals to the water to get particles to coagulate and float so that they can be removed; sand filtration, which filters out large pieces of debris; or chlorination, which adds chlorine to kill bacteria and microorganisms. Despite tap water being considered drinkable by the EPA, it can lead to numerous problems. For one, chlorine is not ideal for human consumption—while our bodies can technically handle it, chlorine can lead to a variety of health complications and is potentially carcinogenic (leads to cancer). There is also a risk of lead in tap water due to lead being present in the pipes that bring tap water to your home. DC tap water ranges from 200 PPM to 400+ PPM in TDS (total dissolved solids), which measures the concentration of soluble impurities in pure H2O. It has such a range of quality due to water temperature (warmer water is better for dissolving things), water flow, runoff, time of year (fertilizers, which are predominantly used in the spring, can leach into fresh water), and more. Tap water is the cheapest water option available, but as you can see, it comes with a number of compromises. If you’re concerned about additives and chemicals in your food, then you should be just as particular with your water choices. Spring Water Spring water is often mistaken for being equal or interchangeable with purified water. However, spring water often contains many of the same impurities found in well or tap water. In fact, since springs feed our rivers, there is a lot of spring water in our tap water! Spring water generally has the same TDS range as tap water. Many spring water companies advertise their water as “100% pure—” but if it’s not purified, what does that mean? The “pure” part actually refers to the source, not the water itself—in that 100% of that bottle’s contents came from anContinue Reading

Drinking Soft Drinks during Pregnancy – Is It Harmful?

Most women are aware of the fact that alcohol is detrimental to the baby’s growth and, hence, satiate their cravings by replacing it with flavoured drinks, soda, diet soda, plain soda or even a cold drink during pregnancy. ADVERTISEMENT Is it Safe to Drink Soft or Carbonated Drinks During Pregnancy? Ideally, pregnant women should consume milk, fruit juices, milkshakes etc. and avoid all forms of soda, cold drinks, caffeinated drinks and energy drinks during this phase. It is safe when ingested in moderation, though it may not be the best option. For women wondering “can I drink soft or cold drinks during pregnancy,” here’s why you should not. ADVERTISEMENT Harmful Effects of Drinking Soft and Fizzy Drinks In Pregnancy Here are some of the harmful effects of drinking soft drinks regularly during pregnancy. 1. Side Effects of Caffeine Most colas contain caffeine, which is addictive and has multiple detrimental side effects. Caffeine uptake in the blood is fast and reaches the baby quickly through the placenta. The caffeine affects your central nervous system and the adrenal gland while remaining in your circulatory system for about 11 hours, and the unborn baby struggles to break down this toxic substance. Caffeine is a diuretic and causes dehydration too. ADVERTISEMENT The absolute top-recommended limits for pregnant women should not exceed 200mg of caffeine per day. Besides affecting your rest and sleep an intake exceeding 300mg of caffeine can lead to a miscarriage. Over 500mg of caffeine, a day leads to chronic high heartbeat and breathing levels and heartburn in the baby. It is, hence, advisable to avoid cokes, coffees, chocolates, brownies and anything containing caffeine. 2. Side Effects of Artificial Sweeteners and Preservatives Colouring agents, preservatives, sweeteners and flavours are unhealthy and more so in pregnancy. Here’s what they can do. Sugar intake can increase your weight and complications may occur in the pregnancy and also affect your baby’s growth. Colouring agents contain a dye, which could cause allergies in the baby. The presence of the banned saccharin in soft drinks can pass through to the baby and accumulate in the bladder. 3. Side Effects of Ice-Cold Beverages A pregnant woman’s stomach is temperature-sensitive. Having iced and chilled drinks may lead to the stomach and blood vessels shrinking all of a sudden can’t be good for the baby, right? Side effects of this could be reduced appetite, indigestion, stomach spasms and early miscarriage besides lowering the unborn baby’s food supply and growth leading toContinue Reading

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