Doug Turner Plumbing CO. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Richmond’

How Hard Water Affects Your Plumbing

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Do you suffer from frequently clogged pipes, stiff laundry, or dry hair and skin? You’re likely suffering from the effects of hard water. While hard water is completely harmless to your health it negatively impacts your plumbing system over time. If you have hard water, you’ll benefit from plumbing in Richmond, TX. Our team at Doug Turner Plumbing CO can find a system like a water softener to treat the hard water in your home and offset the negative effects of this type of water.

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Discover Your Drain Problems with Video Pipe Inspection

Monday, September 24th, 2018

hand man opening silver faucet or water tap with white washing sink in public toilet.If you own a home, you probably know that it proves to be difficult keeping your pipes in good condition. You need to be diligent about what goes down your drain and if something goes awry trying to fix it yourself can prove to be impossible. Plumbing problems are also insidious. Your plumbing issues might not be noticeable right away and even if you notice the problem, it’s hard to alleviate these issues because most of your plumbing is within the walls of your home—out of reach and out of sight. You’re going to need a professional to inspect your plumbing and our professionals here at Doug Turner Plumbing CO. provide the best drain services in Richmond, TX.

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Why Liquid Drain Cleaners Are No Solution for Clogged Drains

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When there’s a clogged drain in your home, your natural inclination may be to run to the closest hardware store and buy a chemical cleaning solution. After all, these are marketed towards homeowners and renters who are looking for a quick and cheap way to clear up a slowed or stopped up drain—especially a bathroom drain that could be clogged up with hair and soap scum. Most plumbers would advise against using these liquid drain solutions though, and we are no exception.

For thorough drain cleaning in Richmond, TX, you need much more than chemical drain cleaners. We’ll get into the problems with liquid drain solutions below, as well as some more viable options for drain cleaning.

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What Warrants an Emergency Plumbing Call?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Woman calling a plumber service to fix drain pipe blockage.There aren’t many people out there who know precisely when they’re going to need plumbing repairs. In fact, nobody knows. Otherwise, there would be no need for 24-hour plumbing services in Richmond, TX. The reality is, sooner or later most homeowners find themselves caught off-guard by a plumbing problem. And it rarely, if ever, happens at a “convenient” time.

When can a plumbing problem wait, though, and when does it constitute an emergency call outside of normal business hours? Keep reading for an answer to this, and to learn what you can do to prevent a plumbing problem from becoming an emergency.

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Signs You Have Hard Water, And What to Do about It

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

hard-water-signs-what-to-doThese days, most municipal water supplies have a hefty level of filtration and conditioning before they even reach your faucets. And, if you use ground water from a private well, you likely have your own water treatment system on site. But something many people don’t realize, even with water treatment, is that they may be suffering from hard water.

This is the name for water with a high concentration of minerals in it—namely, calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless to ingest, however they can do a world of damage to your plumbing system, and lower your quality of life. Fortunately, hard water can be taken care of with a professional Richmond, TX water softener installation, to prevent hard water from getting the chance to put your pipes out of commission, make your drinking water taste funky, and ruin your laundry.

But, how do you know if you have hard water?

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Choosing a Water Heater: Know Your Options

Monday, May 8th, 2017

choosing-water-heater-optionsIf you’re replacing an aging water heater, or having a water heater installed on your property for the first time, there are a few considerations to make. The first decision you’ll face is whether to go with a gas or electric model. Since both are available for most water heater sizes, the decision most often comes down to what connections you have available, and what their costs would be.

Once you’ve determined that, the question is—do you want a traditional tank style water heater, or a tankless water heater? Tankless water heaters have become increasingly popular over the years, and for good reason. But that doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for every home. A tank water heater may suit you more. Be sure to contact us for your Richmond, TX water heater services, whatever you end up deciding on.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Condensate Drain Line in Trouble?

Monday, March 13th, 2017

condensate-drain-line-troubleTemperatures are already beginning to climb here in the Richmond area, and we all know what that means. Soon enough we will be turning on our air conditioners for the season. When you do so, it’s important to make sure it’s functioning as effectively as it can.

If you have a clogged AC drain line in your Richmond, TX cooling system, however, then the AC unit can’t possibly operate efficiently. Of course, it’s natural if you don’t particularly have much interest in this topic, if you don’t know what a condensate drain is or what it does!

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