Saturday Afternoon Plumbing Nightmare.

You woke up Saturday morning feeling great!  Your spouse has a honey-do list for you. Being the terrific spouse you are, the list starts getting done.  One by one,  you are fixing all the little or big things on the list.  By the time you get down to the “fix leaking shower”, it is around 4;00.  Your thinking, this will be a breeze.  You find out that you will need to shut off the water to the whole house because there are no shut-off valves behind your shower.  Okay, not a problem. You turn off the water to the … [Read More]

Water Coming out From Under Cabinet.

Water coming out from under the cabinet of your kitchen sink or your bathroom vanity is a sure sign of a plumbing problem. Look at the picture of the pipe we recently took out.  The holes in the copper pipe, called “the waste arm” was the cause of the water coming out from under the cabinet. This type of leak happens very slowly over time.  You may start to smell a musty smell before you see water.  Sooner or later, the last straw is going to break the camels back, so to speak.  Then you will start to get … [Read More]

Can a Water Heater Flood My Home or Garage?

Can a water heater leak enough water to flood your home or a  garage?  Absolutely.  Anyone who has had a water heater actually burst at the seams will certainly testify to this. Here is a list of things you can check to help prevent a flood in your home or garage: 1)  Check the pipes on top of your water heater and look for signs of corrosion or rust. 2)  Inspect the tank for signs of rust. 3)  Try to determine the date of the water heater. If it is over eight years old, you are probably out of … [Read More]

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My Shower Head Leaks, What’s wrong?

If your shower head still leaks when you turn off your shower or tub valve, You may need to call a licensed professional plumber in the Lakewood Ranch area to service your shower or tub valve. Before you call a Sarasota plumber, here are a few things to check: 1)  Have you changed your shower head to a rain head or other large head?  These styles hold a lot of residual water that may cause you to think your valve doesn’t turn off completely.  If the valve is working properly, the water will stop dripping after one or two … [Read More]


Are your plans for 2014 to give your bathroom a new look or an update? First things first.  Set a budget on how much you can spend.  This will determine everything. If your house has cast iron piping below the concrete slab, and you are wanting to replace your original toilet, you should consider investing the money into having your main drain looked at with a camera, by calling a Sarasota Plumber. By running the camera, your professional plumber can tell you what the condition of your waste line is and whether or not the new 1.6 gallon flush … [Read More]

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I Have No Water, What Can I Check?

We all do it.  We go to our faucet, turn it on and expect water to come out.  It is so easy to take it for granted that we sometimes forget that if your water comes from a well, there are several mechanical devices that can and will fail. Here are some tips to help keep your system running as smoothly as possible: 1) Clean.  Clean around your pump and pressure switches.   Don’t allow weeds, dirt, and ants to make a home near your well equipment. 2) Check for rusty and corroded looking pipes, fittings, valves,  and tanks. … [Read More]

Wet Cabinets Under Kitchen Sink.

How many times to you reach for something under the kitchen sink and never really look at the bottom of your sink cabinet.  Some people don’t pay attention to small stains in their cabinets.  You should pay attention.  Little stains can turn into big problems.  By just inspecting under the kitchen sink every once and a while, you may be able to prevent bigger problems. The pull-out spray kitchen faucets can sometimes be the culprit of water stains.  The spray head can come loose and when you turn on the faucet, water will leak down the inside of the … [Read More]

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My Yard Stinks and it is All Wet.

Does your yard smells bad and is the ground  all around the septic tank area wet?  Do you have little tiny gnat like flies in that area?  If the answer is yes, you may have a drainfield that is no longer perculating. A lot of people think that all they will need to do is have the septic tank pumped.  This is only a temporary fix. Allow me to explain why.  A septic tank acts as a holding reservoir for the waste and solids.  The septic tank is designed to always be full of water.  The tank acts as … [Read More]

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Help, I Hear Water Running, But Don’t Know Where.

If you are laying in bed and everything is quiet except for a gentle breeze blowing through the trees outside, this is good. If you are laying in bed and everything is quiet, then you hear the sound of water running and no one is using water, this is not good. The first thing you would want to check yourself, before calling a Sarasota plumber to find your leak, is to check and make sure that none of your toilets are running.  This will save you money. A common cause of the toilet running is the flapper no longer … [Read More]

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Beware, Pig in a Poke, Know What You are Buying!

Pig in a poke, what does that mean?  When I was growing up, it was a common expression referring to not being taken when one was buying something. Today, people are still buying houses that have been vacant and foreclosed on.  They do this do make money.  However, beware of what you want to buy.  Some of the people that fix up a home for resale, only give the house a cosmetic face lift.  So the house you are looking at may have newly painted walls, new flooring, new cabinets, plumbing fixtures,  appliances and mirrors. This all may look … [Read More]