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How Do I Cold Proof My Plumbing?

How Do I Cold Proof My Plumbing?

Prepare Plumbing for Winter Let’s talk about cold proofing. December in the Atlanta area started with a cold snap, and there’ll be plenty more to come–so let’s make sure you don’t end up with an emergency from a burst pipe this winter. When the temperature...
Let’s Talk About Water Pressure

Let’s Talk About Water Pressure

Let’s talk about water pressure. Pressure is the reason you have ready-to-use water at every fixture in your house, and you’ll notice very quickly if it’s low–especially when showering or washing dishes. But while low pressure is an annoyance and inconvenience,...
Let’s Talk About Pinhole Leaks

Let’s Talk About Pinhole Leaks

What Are Pinhole Leaks? Let’s talk about pinhole leaks. If you don’t know, a pinhole leak is (as the name suggests) a small hole that forms from the inside of a copper pipe and reaches the outside as corrosion builds up. While there are a few different theories on...
Let’s Talk About Hose Bibbs

Let’s Talk About Hose Bibbs

Let’s talk about hose bibbs. Sometimes called an outdoor faucet (and technically termed “sillcock”), a hose bibb is a valve where you attach your garden hose. And since summer is when you’ll usually use that hose the most, it’s a good idea to have some basic...
Let’s Talk About Drain Care

Let’s Talk About Drain Care

Let’s talk about drain care—specifically, how to avoid calling us. While clogged drains are at times unavoidable, there are some things you can do to prevent backups. Bathroom Drain Care We’ll start in the bathroom, where so many drain issues originate. The first...
Let’s Talk About: Tankless Water Heaters.

Let’s Talk About: Tankless Water Heaters.

Here at Plumb Smart, we often hear the same question from customers thinking about replacing their water heaters: is it worth it to get a tankless water heater? Unfortunately, this question is a bit too complex to answer with a simple “yes” or “no.” In this article,...
Let’s Talk About: Galvanic Corrosion

Let’s Talk About: Galvanic Corrosion

Let’s talk about corrosion. There are lots of metals out there that won’t rust on their own, which is great–it allows for the use of copper to carry water in pipes, and it keeps your kid’s aluminum bike from falling apart after they left it out in the rain…...
Tale of Two Stops

Tale of Two Stops

I have a customer who is frugal with their dollars, and that’s good. But not always. She had a toilet that needed all the tank parts replaced. She had her son-in-law come over to do the work. He is an apprentice with a large commercial plumbing company. This should...
Vacation-Ready Plumbing

Vacation-Ready Plumbing

Have you ever noticed that disaster seems to strike at the most inconvenient time? If you’re headed out on vacation this summer, there are some simple things you can do to make sure your plumbing doesn’t cause you any problem while you’re gone. That means no fear of...
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