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Plumbing Info & Tips
Posted on March 31, 2015 In: plumbing

Can Amazon make hiring a plumber as easy as buying an iPad?

Can Amazon make hiring a plumber as easy as buying an iPad?News from Vox:
Amazon has made it almost effortless to purchase a book, an iPad, or thousands of other physical products. You find the product you want online and order with one click, and it shows up at your door a few days later.
Now Amazon is trying to do the same thing for personal services like plumbing, lawn mowing, and music lessons. Amazon Home Services, which has been under development for the past year but officially launches today, promises [...] Continue Reading…

Two bodies found amid rubble of New York blast; gas line tampering probedNews from Washington Post:
By Sarah Kaplan March 30 at 6:36 AM

People walk past a notice reporting the disappearance of Nicholas Figueroa in New York City, three days after a suspected gas explosion destroyed a Manhattan building. Police recovered two bodies March 29 from the rubble, one being that of  Figueroa, 23, who had been on a date. (Brigitte Dusseau/AFP/Getty Images)
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Plumbing Work That Triggered East Village Explosion Lacked Proper PermitsNews from Gothamist:
(Dean Neistat)
Department of Buildings records indicate that plumbing work being done in the 2nd Avenue building believed to have been the source of yesterday’s East Village explosion did not have the necessary permits, according to the Times.
Authorities believe that the explosion that took down 119-123 Second Avenue yesterday afternoon stemmed from gas work being done at 121 Second Avenue. ConEdison officials told reporters that inspectors had been at the building less than two hours before the explosion and [...] Continue Reading…

Essential California: Verdict in Silicon Valley case, ‘Empire’ actress …News from Los Angeles Times:
Good morning. It is Saturday, March 28. Here are a few stories to keep you busy this weekend:  

Silicon Valley discrimination: Jurors found that Ellen Pao’s former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, did not discriminate against her because of her gender. The case was closely followed by tech companies in Silicon Valley and employment lawyers. “Although the loss was a setback for Pao, legal experts and tech industry insiders say the issues raised will ripple [...] Continue Reading…

Posted on March 27, 2015 In: plumbing

A seasonal guide to maintaining your home

A seasonal guide to maintaining your homeNews from Wooster Daily Record:
(Family Features) Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst.
“Repairing water damage can cost 22 times the amount of annually cleaning the gutters, which can prevent water damage to the home’s foundation,” said Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor. “The average cost of cleaning the gutters is $ 212, according to [...] Continue Reading…

Posted on March 25, 2015 In: plumbing

Home remodeling time: 9 things to know about insurance coverage

Home remodeling time: 9 things to know about insurance coverageNews from PropertyCasualty360:
Your home improvement project may impact your homeowners coverage.
As the weather improves, many homeowners start planning major remodeling or renovation projects. According to Statistic Brain, in the next two years 26% of homeowners plan a bathroom renovation or addition and 22% plan a kitchen renovation or addition.
I’ve been through five major remodeling projects, including rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, and I’m planning a full kitchen remodel next year. I’ve learned a lot about the insurance coverage issues for [...] Continue Reading…

Posted on March 25, 2015 In: plumbing

5 funny noises from your plumbing and how to stop them

5 funny noises from your plumbing and how to stop themNews from WPTZ The Champlain Valley:
By Laura Firszt, Networx

Do you take your home’s plumbing for granted? You shouldn’t. If the system that was designed to provide you with clean water and wash away waste just keeps on keeping on, day after day, you should actually consider yourself lucky. Faucets, fixtures, and pipes that need repair or replacement often make their presence known loud and clear. Here are 5 funny noises you might hear from plumbing which is in distress, [...] Continue Reading…

Posted on March 21, 2015 In: plumbing

What to look for when hiring a plumber

What to look for when hiring a plumberNews from Guelph Mercury:
At Harco Plumbing & Mechanical in Guelph, we understand how important your home is to you and your family. That’s why, when plumbing issues arise, you deserve only the best plumbing services.

Harco Plumbing & Mechanical
To help you find a qualified plumber who will properly take care of all of your plumbing needs, we offer the following tips (courtesy of the CID Network, an online resource for community associations).
1) Ask the company if they are licenced. This is important as [...] Continue Reading…

Posted on March 20, 2015 In: plumbing

Ten tips for a budget-friendly kitchen renovation

Ten tips for a budget-friendly kitchen renovationNews from Stuff.co.nz:
April Greer

NEED TO UPGRADE?: Having a plan, starting early on materials and working with good people can save thousands of dollars and immeasurable stress during a kitchen remodel.

When you meet with a designer in the kitchen department of a big home improvement store be sure to sit down — otherwise the price might knock you over.
Here’s 10 tips on how you can save money on your kitchen project, and turn your effort into a positive gain in home equity – all [...] Continue Reading…

Suspects drive to Conway plumbing business, steal equipment, police sayNews from WMBF:

Horry County Police are searching for two suspects who stole equipment from a Conway business.(Source: Horry County Police).
The men stole equipment worth thousands of dollars. (Source: HCPD).

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Police are searching for two suspects who stole equipment from a Conway business.
According to police, two men drove a two-tone work truck onto Four Star Plumbing located on 2385 Highway 544 on Sunday, March 8 around 12:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. The men stole equipment [...] Continue Reading…