Sprinklers need maintenance, and not just during the spring or summer. Here’s how to winterize your sprinkler system.
Not all toilets are the same, and buying a new toilet means doing research into what fits your preferences.
If you need to work on installing new lines and plumbing a basement bathroom, then there is a lot of preparation you need to do.
A shaking washing machine creates more than just an awful sound. That shifting moves all parts, including the plumbing and pipes connected.
Things tend to get better with age, but old house plumbing problems can become more frequent and potentially more destructive.
You may not be able to tell when you have a slab leak as easily, as this leak is happening beneath your home and in its foundation.
Anticipating household plumbing problems can not only save you from water damage, but will also save you money.
Strong acids that are found in chemical drain cleaners are there to move through the pipes and not to be used on the fixtures themselves.
In order to move bathroom plumbing, you’ll need a lot more than just an idea. Your home’s foundation will play a big role in what you can do.
Knowing the pros and cons of your various bathroom remodel ideas can help influence your design decisions (and save you money).
Low well water pressure is more than just an inconvenience. Here are Kellermeier’s tips to check your water lines for a better flow.
To make sure that your water is being used exactly where you want it, you need to learn how to find a plumbing leak first.
Do you know how to clean a dirty dishwasher? No, it doesn’t clean itself. Like any appliance, if there’s too much neglect it will fail.
Believe it or not, but a hands-free option is available for your kitchen, and it comes as a touchless faucet.
While many home projects can be handled with ease, there are some real plumbing dangers for even the most skilled of DIYers.
If you do not know where your main shutoff valve is, now is the time to figure it out. Don’t wait until there’s a pipe burst emergency.
The best way to save on plumbing is to be proactive with better home water management and preventative maintenance.
A bad smelling drain is more common than you think. When there are clogs or other waste in the drain, they can hang around for a while
There’s no way around it. When you have no hot water in your bathroom or in your kitchen, you may need to look at your water heater.
Have you ever woken up only to discover that your toilet has been running for hours from the night before? Blame it on your toilet flapper.
Noticing bad plumbing jobs quickly can help you solve the problem before it arises, especially when moving into a new house.
Learning how to use plumbers tape — or teflon — is critical in a proper plumbing project when trying to easily prevent joint leaks.
In order to get the most out of your space available, and to get the best water possible, consider investing in an under sink water filter.
It’s an obvious desire to avoid leaks, but the varying types of plumbing pipes each play a unique role in how you secure your plumbing.
Water heater sounds won’t always be an issue. But if what you hear is constant, then you’ll have a good reason to be concerned.
If your toilet is leaking from the base do not be ignore it. If it isn’t taken care of quick enough, then it will lead to more problems.
What can you do when you have damaged plumbing? First, understand a couple reasons your plumbing got into the state that it is in.
Preventing kitchen plumbing problems starts with attention to your kitchen sink. It isn’t just good for your pipes, but also for your health.
For first-time home buyers, much of that work should go into keeping your new home’s plumbing in working order.
The state of your laundry room plumbing goes beyond just the washing machine. Hoses, gases, drainage, sewer lines. It’s all connected.
Prevent drain clogs from becoming unrelenting disasters by learning what tools and tricks you can use to keep your plumbing clear.
A flooded basement means more than just excess water in your home. That water will damage your floors, your walls, and your belongings.
To better prevent water damage in your bathroom, we’ll tell you how caulking the bathroom in the right spots can ease a few DIY headaches.
While there is some added difficulty to a refrigerator plumbing issue, it is still something that you might be able to do yourself.
Even a new garbage disposal installation can wear out after about a decade of use, so the time might be approaching for an upgrade.
When fixtures become outdated, you dream big and think about an entire bathroom remodel. Here’s what you should know before you begin.
An unexpected low water episode pressure can disrupt your expectations of a calming, cooling, or cleansing shower.
Instead of splurging on major renovations or remodels, learn how to increase home value by upgrading your home’s plumbing.
There are few plumbing problems that incite an immediate sense of dread, and one of them is not knowing how to fix an overflowing toilet.
Homeowners go for style during kitchen remodels, but there’s so much more involved hidden behind the surfaces, like your kitchen plumbing.
Most homes have them, but do you know how energy efficient your washing machine is, or if there is a better alternative out there?
To keep your grass green, you rely on a sprinkler system. The question is, are your sprinklers are using too much water, or not enough?
Leaky pipes can often lead to further damage and high utility bills. Fortunately, a puddle might not be from a leak, but from sweaty pipes.
Drain flies thrive on stagnant water, particularly shallow sources near food or bacteria. Bathrooms and kitchens are favorable areas.
Dehumidifiers work wonders for your family’s health, so you need to know how to drain your dehumidifier properly so it can consistently do its job.
You don’t want scorching water spewing out of the shower head, do you? We’ll show you how to adjust a water heater so your summer can stay cooler.
We get it, you’re eager for your flower to bloom and your garden to grow, but follow these water efficiency tips first to help save your plants.
While either pests and plumbing problems can lead to the other, it’s more likely that an issue with your plumbing can lead to an issue with an infestation.
Tree roots in plumbing fixtures can cause clogs or backups. If your pipes are older and looser, roots can cause cracks or fissures.
When there’s a flooded basement, water will find its way into those unseen places. The sooner you can properly start water damage repair, the better.
Ignoring your drains allows gunk and grime to build up. If you wait too long to clear out the gunk, then a tough clog will form within your pipes.
We may be past the great toilet paper shortage, but that does not mean you have to stop thinking about your toilet paper alternative.
The next time your high water bill comes, if it is much higher than you expected, there may be a problem you are not aware of yet.
Cleaning gutters plays an important role in directing the water away from your house and its foundation, but neglecting your gutters could be costly.
As you connect your hose to the faucet and turn on the water, you might see an unfortunate leak coming from the damaged hose bib.
Cutting back on the wait for hot water and reducing your energy bills can go hand in hand. Have you considered a tankless water heater?
Before you call the plumber, even before the clogged toilet makes a mess, there are things you can do to stop it from happening.
During quarantine, you will put your utilities through the ringer. It’s best to know how you can start saving water at home before the bill skyrockets.
There are ways that you can prevent sewer line clogs from happening, especially when you or a plumbing professional knows what to look for.
Despite their appearance, an overreaction to water spots on your dishes is unwarranted because there are a couple things you can do to prevent them.
Doesn’t it always happen that when you don’t have time to waste, your water heater is slow to heat, and you want to fix that fast.
When you experience an issue, you are definitely not the first. In fact, other homeowners ask many of the same plumbing questions thousands of times.
Your basement floor drain is one of the most important parts of your home’s plumbing. Without it, there would be no place for water to exit.
Does a power outage affect your plumbing? The short answer is, yes. Without power, you can still have running water to your house.
If you’re facing the problem of a broken dishwasher, or if you never had a dishwasher to begin with, you can still survive without one.
There are quite a few common causes to bad plumbing smells that you can identify, and maybe even resolve all by yourself.
More stubborn clogs require a different tool. A tool that covers the middle ground between the plunger and a professional – the plumber’s snake.
If you are smart about your water usage and conserving water, that can lead to cutting your water bill by over one-third of its total.
On January 8, 2020, Blaine Kellermeier gathered select contractors and specialists to host a skilled trades night for Rockford middle and high schoolers.
Not all plumbing issues can be handled quickly and independently, but fixing a loose toilet handle is something that you will do without a fuss.
Although you cannot make your pipes last forever, it is possible to make your pipes last longer by limiting plumbing leaks.
When there’s a backup, you are likely to wonder, “When is the city responsible for your sewer lines?” But the answer is quite complicated.
Just as you would insulate your roof, water heater insulation can help increase your home’s efficiency and save you money on your monthly bills.
There are many ways to prevent frozen pipes in your home, and one method that takes very little effort is to run some water.
With all of its benefits and affordable options, you might still think, “What is a bidet?” Bidets have been essential to bathrooms in many countries.
Many manufacturers will set water heater thermostats at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but you could pay more by setting your water heater temperature too high.
PFAS health effects also include interference with the body’s natural hormones, an increased level of cholesterol, and an increased risk of cancer.
If you are noticing problems or find that you need a kitchen appliance repair, it might be time to update those older kitchen appliances.
Watch as Blaine Kellermeier shares his appreciation for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the importance of giving back to the community.
There may be things you think you know, but really don’t have a complete grasp on. Here are just a few of those plumbing misconceptions you may have.
PFOA and PFOS were popular compounds among manufacturing and industrial facilities, widely used for their capacity to deter water and grease.
The difference between a quick fix and a complete remodel comes down to how prepared you are for a plumbing emergency in your home.
In 2017, Michigan created the PFAS Action Response Team as a temporary body to investigate sources and locations of PFAS in the state.
A Garbage disposal helps you get rid of food waste and can keep your kitchen plumbing clog free. When it stops working, that can lead to larger problems.
There are roughly 60 confirmed PFAS Michigan sites, but the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy suspects over 10,000 potential sites.
You might be able to survive without the dishwasher, and cooking would be difficult with no oven, but toilet replacement is essential.
Tree roots can potentially be damaging to your home’s sewage lines and cause plumbing problems, so you need to know how to stop problems before they happen.
Hiring a professional to conduct remodeling home inspections before, and after, your project will help protect the investment of your upgrades.
A hard Michigan winter means a vicious spring. Before you trun on your outside spigot, it’s a good idea to check for basement flooding.
Have you ever thought about the water in your own home? Know how to find out if your home has safe drinking water, and how to make sure it stays that way.
As a homeowner, you should familiarize yourself with the following plumbing sounds: running water, dripping, shaking, and gurgling.