Tips & Definitions from George Brazil
3 Household Projects That Require a Professional

Are you a DIY kind of homeowner? If so, heads up-you’ll need a permit from the city to perform the following electrical and plumbing projects: Adding GFCI outlets (when mandated by code) Installing an appliance 30 amps or greater Replacing a water heater We know what you’re thinking: “Yeah, but just because something requires a

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Tips & Definitions from George Brazil
Do Chemical Drain Cleaners Damage Pipes?

If you use them as directed, chemical drain cleaners may help to clear a partially clogged drain.  But because they’re so powerful, we suggest using them as a last resort.  So, yes, chemical drain cleaners can cause damage to your pipes, especially when: You have older, weak metal pipes You use them incorrectly with plastic

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Troubleshooting from George Brazil
Why Does My Garbage Disposal Keep Backing Up?

So you’ve got a nasty problem: every time you use your garbage disposal, you’re left with a sink full of grimy, smelly water. What’s the problem? Well, if your garbage disposal is constantly backing up, you most likely have a clog somewhere in the drain lines. We’ll explain what likely caused the clog and give

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Troubleshooting from George Brazil
Why is My Garbage Disposal Leaking?

Have you noticed that your garbage disposal is leaking?  The good news is that it’s relatively easy to find and repair the leak. First off, there are 4 possible sources of your leak:  Garbage disposal body  Sink flange Dishwasher hose Drain pipe Not sure which one it is? Start by wiping the entire unit dry

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3 Warning Signs You’ve Got a Clogged Sewer Line

“How can I tell if I have a sewer line clog or just a regular clog?” That’s the question we’ll answer in this blog. This is an important question because a sewer line clog can cause raw sewage to back up the drains and into your home, causing costly water damage. Let’s avoid that shall

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Plumbing Disasters During Thanksgiving

Say goodbye to your Black Friday money. Most homeowners have a severe plumbing problem during Thanksgiving due to all the extra food-related waste going down the kitchen sink. And since plumbers usually charge extra for a holiday call, you’re looking at repair costs of $100 to $600 to unclog a kitchen sink, toilet drain, or

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2 Safe, Inexpensive Drain Cleaning Alternatives You Can Use Today

Got a clogged sink? Before you reach for dangerous chemical drain cleaners, read this first. While chemical drain cleaners, like Drano, may be cheap, they have caustic agents that can damage your pipes and expose you and your family to toxic gases. Here are 2 safe, inexpensive alternatives you can use, today, to unblock nasty,

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