Crown Group Ohio Blog: Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

What Causes a Slow Drain and What You Can Do About One?

Monday, October 4th, 2021
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In some ways, a slow drain can be a more insidious problem than a full clog. Why? Well, ask yourself which one of the two is most likely to get you to call a plumber to fix it. A clog is hard to ignore and can bring parts of your life to a halt. A slow drain is easier to ignore and “tolerate,” so you may let one continue—until eventually you have a clog, or possibly an even worse problem on your hands.

When a drain starts to only slowly pull water from a sink, or shower, or bathtub, it’s sending a warning sign something is wrong. Don’t wait on this, hoping it will somehow get better (it won’t). Instead, call us for plumbing service in Uniontown, OH. We fix the slow drain and prevent larger problems that might be looming. 

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Reasons Your Home Has Low Water Pressure

Monday, July 12th, 2021

You turn on a faucet one day, or maybe you’re getting into the shower in the morning, and you discover that the water is only coming out in a trickle. The water pressure has dropped and this isn’t a situation you want to deal with for long. It will interfere with many basic tasks around the house.

In this post, we’re going to look at some of the reasons you’re encountering low water pressure and what can be done about them. You may need the help of a professional plumber in Green, OH, and we have a team of experts who can help. We’re family-owned and look out for our customers, and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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Reasons for Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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When you turn on the shower in the morning, does it feel like you’re standing under a small watering can rather than a force of water that can help you scrub clean? Is it tough to get any dishes cleaned in the sink because the faucet is only dribbling water? Is it taking hours to fill up the ice cube tray? You’ve got low water pressure in your house, and it’s not something you want to ignore!

Low water pressure is often a sign that there’s something wrong with your plumbing in Akron, OH, and it may require the help of our expert plumbers. Below we’re going to go over some reasons for low water pressure and what you can do to correct the problem.

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Proper Care for Your Garbage Disposal

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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The garbage disposal in your kitchen sink is an easy piece of equipment to take for granted—until it stops working. Then you’ll find how much more cumbersome kitchen tasks are. Any garbage disposal will run down with time and need a replacement, and it’s difficult to avoid all repair issues. But you can give your garbage disposal a long service life with few repairs if you know how best to care for it. And a lot of that is knowing what doesn’t go into the garbage disposal.

We’ll get into the ways to properly take care of your disposal below. When you need help with your kitchen plumbing in Stow, OH, whether it’s to fix or replace the disposal or any other job, count on our experts. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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We Offer Backflow Prevention Testing

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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The backflow prevention device is a critical part of the plumbing of a commercial building. It does the job of stopping the flow of water from the sewage system into the freshwater system and the creation of a public health hazard. But backflow preventers wear down over time and will eventually fail. Because it’s hard to detect the decline of backflow prevention devices until they completely fail, they must have routine testing done to keep a building up to code.

If your commercial facility receives a municipal notification that you must have your backflow prevention device tested and the results reported, you can’t do the test on your own. The work must be done by a plumber with a special license. We’re the local contractor who handles commercial plumbing in Medina, OH you can trust for this service. 

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Pinhole Leaks Sound Small, But They’re Big Trouble

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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Last year we wrote a post about hidden leaks in homes and how they can lead to major trouble with high water bills and water damage. There are many ways leaks can begin in residential plumbing and remain hidden from sight for a long time. One of the most common is the pinhole leak, and we want to shine a spotlight on this problem in today’s post. The more you know about this insidious problem in your plumbing in Medina, OH, the easier it will be for you to spot the signs and call us to take care of it.

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“Water Hammer”: The Weird Knocking Sound from Your Pipes

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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We would wager that 90% of the time someone believes their house is haunted because of strange noises coming from the walls, the problem is actually with the plumbing. Old or faulty plumbing can sometimes make weird or startling sounds. The most common of these noises is known as water hammer, a fearsome sounding name but appropriate because it sounds like a hammer striking against the pipe metal.

What is it, and should you be concerned about it?

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Why Do Pipes Sometimes Burst in Winter?

Monday, December 28th, 2020
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If you’ve been a homeowner in a cold climate for at least a few winters, you probably already know about the dangers of burst pipes. When the temperatures drop below freezing, the threat level for burst pipes begins to rise. 

We’re familiar with this phenomenon since we’ve handled plumbing in Tallmadge, OH since 1963. We’ve seen our fair share of burst pipes, and so we can tell you about why this happens, as well as what you can do about it and how to avoid it. 

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Does Your House Need Repiping?

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Repiping a house is one of the biggest plumbing jobs you may ever need to schedule. But if it’s necessary, it’s also one of the most helpful and important jobs you can have done. Repiping can be done on a smaller scale, but in this post we’re looking at the question of the whole-house repiping, when our expert plumbers remove the outdated pipes from your home and replace them with upgraded material. This will give your whole house a new lease on life and prevent numerous potential future problems with your plumbing in Akron, OH.

So, the big question: Does your home need whole-house repiping?

Outdated Piping Material

To answer this question, you need to know a bit about the types of piping material that may be in your home, depending on its age.

For many decades, the most common metals used for plumbing (in residential and commercial buildings) were lead, cast iron, and galvanized steel. In some cases, clay pipes were used for sewer lines. Although both cast iron and galvanized steel are tough and durable metals, they have drawbacks of eventually succumbing to corrosion after about fifty years. Galvanized steel, which is steel covered with a zinc solution, can also create harmful chemicals in the water because of that zinc solution. Lead pipes are now well-known for creating drinking water hazards that can especially harm young children.

If your house was constructed before 1970, you almost certainly have some of these materials in the plumbing system—and in fact they may make up the entire plumbing system if it was built before 1950. We recommend having plumbers examine the house to check if you have outdated metals that are starting to decay and corrode.

Newer homes may also have problems with a plastic called polybutylene. This gray plastic was used throughout the 1970s and ‘80s as a cheaper substitute for copper but was banned from use in 1996 because it was encountered multiple ruptures. It was installed in over 10 million homes, so if your house was built before 1996 it may have polybutylene pipes.

The Newer Materials

If your home does need repiping, what materials will our plumbers use to make the upgrades? Copper is the metal most commonly used today for plumbing. It’s lightweight and corrosion-resistant (although not corrosion-proof; some types of corrosion still affect it). It’s also difficult for bacteria to grow inside copper pipes because copper creates a biostatic atmosphere.

Plastic pipes are used extensively in indoor plumbing for both hot and cold water lines. The two most commonly used plastic pipes are CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) and PEX (cross-linked polyethylene). PEX is flexible and can be used in tight positions, while CPVC is highly resistant to temperature changes and safe for drinking water. Plumbers will often have different preferences for the type of plastic they use for specific jobs, but you can trust that our plumbers will always see you have the best quality new pipes. 

Talk to our plumbers today if you think you may need repiping for your home. We’ll help you make the right choice for your home’s future.

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Extremely High Water Bills? You May Have a Hidden Leak

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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“What’s going on with these water bills?” If you find yourself saying that each time the monthly utility bills arrive, you may have a serious problem with your home’s plumbing in Green, OH. You may be able to trace the increased water usage to issues with poor habits—overlong showers—but chances are strong that you’ve already taken things like this into account. You don’t know why the water use has increased so steeply and taken your monthly bills along for the unpleasant ride.

We can make a good guess as to what’s going on, because as professional plumbers we see it all the time. Your home has a hidden leak. Possibly several. This is common in homes all across the country and is one of the leading reasons for household water waste.

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