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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...
How to Clear a Clogged Shower Drain

How to Clear a Clogged Shower Drain

Most clogged shower drains can be corrected easily with a minimum of hassle and mess. All you need are a few simple tools and a little common sense. Hair is usually the culprit when a shower fails to drain properly. In fact, checking the strainer cover that fits over...
Trust the Experts

Trust the Experts

Here at Plumb Smart, our motto is: “When you’re Plumb Smart, there’s no such thing as an emergency.” What that means to us is that if you take the necessary precautions and stay vigilant–if you’re smart–you’ll be able to identify and handle whatever...
Why the Cheap Option Usually Costs More

Why the Cheap Option Usually Costs More

Sigh. What should have been a simple fix is complicated by an unprofessional installation. It’s obvious from the photo below how off center the shower valve is to the hole in the shower wall. We couldn’t get to the two bottom screws to easily remove and...
The Space Aliens Invading Your Plumbing

The Space Aliens Invading Your Plumbing

Creepy looking I know, but this is only the valve body of a shower control in the wall behind the tile. But look at all that crusty white, green, and pink buildup inside. When it’s brand new, it’s shiny brass. Five years later, this is what it looks like....
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