What Is A Backflow Preventer & Why You Might Need One?

Posted on 16 June 2020
Backflow prevention systems are available as a means of protecting your clean water supply from contaminated water that could leak back into the system. This contaminated water is what is referred to as the "backflow," which can come from one of two processes: backpressure or backsiphonage. The former is a result of an imbalance in water pressure, in which the downstream pressure is greater than the upstream pressure. This means the plumbing for your home has water inside of it ...
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What You Should Keep in Mind When Designing Plumbing Projects

Posted on 9 June 2020
Working on a home remodel or new construction? It is important you spend the time to properly plan out the design of your plumbing system. Poorly planned plumbing systems are more likely to be inefficient, wasting your money and causing you quite a bit of inconvenience when using fixtures and appliances around the house. It can also be quite expensive to correct these deficiencies after the fact. You'll need to make sure you've considered not just the path that water takes through y...
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What Types of Plumbing Projects Require Permits?

Posted on 2 June 2020
Any time you're going to be getting some plumbing projects done at your home, it's important you take out the proper permits for the job. Homeowners often mistakenly believe permits are only required for major remodels that involve structural changes, but this isn't necessarily true. In some cases, some small plumbing projects you might not think require permits will actually require you to get the proper permission from your local government. And you can always assume larger pl...
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Handling Your Plumbing While You're Away On Vacation

Posted on 26 May 2020
Are you about to take off for a lengthy vacation? Maybe you have a seasonal home that you want to prepare for your extended absence. In either scenario, it's important you take the proper steps to make sure your plumbing remains in good condition while you're gone. Here's a quick overview of some of the actions you should take to protect your plumbing while you're gone on vacation. Shut the water off While you're away for an extended period of time, turn off the ma...
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Tips for Fixing Leaking Plumbing

Posted on 19 May 2020
If you don't take immediate action to fix leaking pipes when you notice them in your home, there's a chance they could cause a significant amount of damage to your property. Depending on the size and type of leak and the kind of pipe or fixture you're working with, there are a variety of methods you can employ to fix the leaking plumbing on your property. Here's a quick overview of some tips to try until they can be repaired properly: Always remember to turn off your plu...
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"Rough-In" Plumbing Tips when Remodeling

Posted on 28 April 2020
During the home remodeling process, the "rough-in" is the part of the remodel that takes place right after the basic framing is completed. It often features the initial preparations and plumbing installations, before the walls and ceilings get closed up with drywall (or whatever other material will be used). This is also the part of the project in which building inspectors will come in for the first time and make sure everything is up to code. Because the walls and floors have n...
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Tips for Keeping Your Sump Pump in Top Condition

Posted on 21 April 2020
Your sump pump is an important part of your home's plumbing system, and it is imperative you stay on top of preventative maintenance to ensure it works properly when you need it to. Here's a quick overview of some tips that will help you keep your sump pump in good condition for many years to come. Test it often The best way to determine whether or not your sump pump is working as it should is to test it regularly. Pour some water into the sump pit to raise the float that spri...
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Common Plumbing Issues During a Home Renovation

Posted on 14 April 2020
The home remodeling season is fast approaching. Across the country, homeowners will be starting new renovation projects to upgrade their kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. In many cases, though, people who start these projects will come across unexpected issues during demolition that will add on to the costs and necessities of the job. Plumbing issues are frequently among these unexpected issues that don't get noticed until the demolition process. Here are just a few examples of s...
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Strategies for Improving the Water Quality in Your Home

Posted on 7 April 2020
The quality of the water you have coming out of your home's sinks will depend in large part on where you live and the quality of your municipal water system or groundwater. If you would like to improve your water quality, there are some simple steps you can take as a homeowner to do so. Here are just a few examples of some simple strategies you can employ to improve the water quality in your home. Water filters You can use a water filter at home to remove contaminants from the wat...
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A Message From Oakridge Plumbing/ PipeMasters

Posted on 31 March 2020
Like everyone, I've been following the rapidly evolving concerns about the spread of COVID-19. This worldwide pandemic has forced everyone to rethink how they interact with each other, how they gather, and their work habits. A huge thank you to all the first responders, and in particular to front line health care staff, nurses, doctors and to all those working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our essential services and groceries available. We're doing our part by ensuring our ...
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