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That “Thump” from Your Plumbing—It’s Not a Ghost, It’s … Water Hammer

Monday, March 5th, 2018

woman-surprised-by-noiseTo have us reassure you that those thumping noises you hear in the walls don’t mean you live in a haunted house, they just mean you have water hammer, might not actually feel assuring. Water hammer sounds sinister. Possibly dangerous. What is it?

First, it’s not dangerous—at least, not to you or your family. It can be a problem for the plumbing, however, and if it happens frequently, it’s an issue you’ll need a professional plumber in Potomac, MD to fix.

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The Rise of Copper and Plastic Piping: Why We Use Them

Monday, May 8th, 2017


Indoor plumbing may be used as the yardstick for all other convenient inventions (along with sliced bread, apparently, although we don’t understand how indoor plumbing and sliced bread are remotely the same when it comes to convenience), but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t undergone extensive changes over the hundred-plus years since it became commonplace.

One of the major improvements in plumbing is piping material. Once, the standard for pipes were iron, lead, steel, and clay. After the Second World War these materials started to be replaced, and the process sped up after 1970. Today, plumbers use copper and a range of plastics such as CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) and PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) for repiping and pipe replacement jobs, as well as new construction.

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The Real Reason That Pipes Burst When They Freeze

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Winter weather puts a remarkable number of stresses on a home, which is why you take special precautions to winterize it against the chill. One important precaution is against pipe freeze: you want exposed piping (usually the pipes around the water heater) to have insulation against losing so much heat to the cold air around them that they freeze.

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Our Plumbers at Work: Fixing Pinhole Leaks

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The term “pinhole leak” doesn’t sound like a terrible plumbing problem. But the name is deceiving! Pinhole leaks are a highly prevalent issue with pipes in both homes and businesses. The cause is a type of corrosion called pitted corrosion that can affect copper. (Copper is corrosion-resistant, but there are still a few types that can afflict it.) The weakening of copper from pitted corrosion soon allows for small holes to open up and begin to leak. Even the smallest leak can cause building damage and waste large amounts of water over time. When you have pinhole leaks occurring in your home’s plumbing, you need to call on professional plumbers such as ours for assistance.

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