Mike’s 2019 Homeowner Plumbing Guide

Mike’s 2019 Homeowner Plumbing Guide

Whether you are a new to owning a home or have done so for years, here is a collection of our top homeowner plumbing tips that can help you stay on top of your home maintenance in 2019.

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Pouring Grease Down the Drain with Hot Water is Okay (and 3 Other Myths)

Between cooking your Thanksgiving turkey, bacon-wrapped asparagus, casseroles and other yummy dishes, the holidays give you a lot of grease to dispose of.

Five Tips to Prepare Your Plumbing for a Hurricane

Preparing your home for a hurricane can be quite overwhelming. Everyone knows to buy food, water, and batteries but there’s a lot more that goes into hurricane preparation that isn’t necessarily common knowledge—especially when it comes to your home’s plumbing.

Warning Signs of Sewer Line Backups

First of all, why is a sewer backup so serious? The reason you should call a plumber immediately if you suspect a backup in your main sewer line is because contaminated water may endanger your family and cause expensive repairs.

What Are the Risks of Hiring an Unlicensed Plumber?

Your toilet is draining slowing or you can’t figure out how to remove a stuck angle valve, so you decide to quickly hire someone who knows a bit about plumbing but doesn’t have a license because they’re available and cheap.

When to Call a Professional Plumber vs. DIY Projects

Although “do-it-yourself” projects are all the craze now and can sometimes be effective, there are some jobs that should only be handled by a professional plumber.

How Long Does it Take to Repipe My Plumbing?

Depending on different factors, it could take anywhere from two days to a week to repipe one bathroom. Having over 30 years of plumbing experience, you can trust we will do the job right and in a timely fashion. Be prepared to answer the following questions: what story is the bathroom located? What types of flooring and walls do you have in the bathroom? What would be the length of the new pipe in the bathroom? Is it easy to access where the new pipe will be installed? What type of pipe do you want to put in? Is there drywall or paint that will need fixing after we repipe?

Toilet Plumbing Tips

If you experience a major toilet plumbing problem like a flooded bathroom, call Mike Wilson Plumbing at 804-641-6570 or visit online at our website for all your plumbing needs. However, if you experience minor plumbing troubles, a common household item will probably do the trick.

Plumbing Innovation

Plumbing innovation has developed tremendously over the last 100 years, especially in the environmentally and eco-friendly department. Environmental products are not only affordable, but they also save money by reducing water over time without compromising homeowner’s day-to-day water usage.

How Plumbing Impacts Insurance Premiums

Purchasing your home is expensive-mortgage, utilities, improvements, and insurance can stretch your budget to the limit. Homeowner’s insurance is a necessity due to protecting against and limiting your exposure to disasters, and protecting your assets, but can be expensive upfront.

Basement Plumbing – What You Should Know

Believe it or not, modern home plumbing works a lot like the plumbing of the olden days. With the exception of electric pumps moving water up to water towers, the water flows into our homes the same way it always has- gravity.

Four Plumbers Professional Tools

In our line of work as professional plumbers, we need to use various specialized plumbing tools. Many plumbers' professional tools you may not have seen before. Our toolboxes are categorized according to a variety of needs. We have tools for sinks and faucets, drainage, tubing, saws and others for specialty plumbing needs.

Plumbing Advice from Mike Wilson

Hi y'all! It's Mike Wilson. In my experience on the job, people always ask me for plumbing advice after fixing their issues. I thought I could do a quick sharing here too. Here we go!

7 Common Plumbers Misconceptions

Not all plumbers are cut from the same cloth, and there are certainly quite a few misconceptions about our trade. Take a look at 7 of the most common plumber misconceptions and see how we stack up next time we pay you a visit!

5 Tools Every Homeowner Should Have for DIY Plumbing

When nobody is around to help, you may need to start learning the ropes for yourself. As experts in the plumbing field, we highly recommend that you have these five tools for DIY plumbing ready at home in case anything happens.

Signs You Need a Professional Plumber

Home ownership is an exciting and often intimidating goal to reach. Having a space to call your own and being able to paint and decorate the way you want is certainly an upgrade on the lifestyle that goes along with renting. But, with all of the advantages of owning a home comes a few disadvantages as well.