Archives for Plumbing Questions

Do I Need An Expansion Tank For My Water Heater?

So you’ve heard of expansion tanks, know that water expands when heated and have seen these contraptions coming off of your water heater but still question why an expansion tank is needed? What Is It?: A drum like tank that attaches to the water line going into your water heater to absorb the excess water.  It provides extra volume needed in the system during the heating phase. What Does It Do?: It acts as a space for heated water to expand to rather than causing harm to your plumbing system.  When the water in your water heater is heated it
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Who? What? When? Where? Why? Water Heater Maintenance

Who? What? When? Where? Why? Are these all of the questions you have when it comes to flushing your water heater? Sure you may have heard of the importance of regular maintenance for larger investments, but do you still question why and what would happen if you don’t?  BELOMAN is here to help put you at ease! What happens?: When a plumber visits your home to service your water heater a hose will be attached to the tank so that it’s drained into a drain to then be filled back up. By draining the tank sediment and build up is cleared
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Is Your Toilet Paper Clogging Your Toilet?

Strong and soft may be good for your derriere; however, it could be wreaking havoc on your plumbing system. The softest, most visual appealing papers with patterns and printed designs take longer to break down.  If your plumbing system is on the older side it could lead to clogging or sewer backups.  To avoid causing stress to your plumbing system there’s a few things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect toilet paper! Thick pros: -Because the paper is thicker you can use fewer squares which may make the thicker ply less expensive depending on your use -Thicker toilet
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How To: Find the Source of a Garbage Disposal Leak

Even homeowners that take great care of their garbage disposal can experience a leak or two every once in a while!  If you are suddenly faced with a large puddle under your sink a plumber will definitely be able to help. While waiting for your plumber to arrive there are a few steps you can take in order to detect the source of the leak and help alleviate the problem at hand.  When becoming a detective to search for the source of the leak it’s important to know where to begin when searching. *Check the sink flange: this is the part that
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How To: Retrieve Lost Items That Wash Down The Drain

Have you ever been in the position when your precious valuable item suddenly disappears down the drain? Have you ever taken off your new flashy ring to do the dishes, placed a set of earrings near a bathroom sink and suddenly they’re gone?! Scary yes, but gone forever….probably not!  With a little luck and guidance you can easily retrieve them with no harm done. Follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to retrieving your lost items! Turn the faucet off immediately. This will decrease the chance of whatever it was from getting carried all the way to
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How To: Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter

The freezing point for water? 32 degrees! Water left in pipes in an ill heated area can cause your pipes to freeze.  For this very reason it’s important for you to be educated on how to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place.  Follow the 7 recommendations below to avoid a plumbing catastrophe! Insulate all water pipes: insulating all pipes is a good idea because it helps to slow down the transfer rate of heat to cold. It’s also a good idea to locate your main water shut off just in case. Use heater tape: heater tape works
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How To: Save Water All Over the House!

  Anywhere you regularly use water, there’s a good chance there’s something you can do to reduce your use.  There are three areas of the home you can make changes with the most impact: the bathroom, the kitchen and the garden.  If you’re looking for small ways you can save money and help the environment, put these tips into practice and you’ll be on your way! IN THE BATHROOM: *Be a faucet aggressor: watch the faucet like a hawk and do not allow members of your family to run the water during times not in use.  Be careful not to step away from
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Take the Plunge!

Do you go into sudden panic mode and start waving the white flag due to a clogged toilet or drain? While it may feel like an instant emergency and some clogs do require a professional to clear, others are minor enough to clear yourself with a good ol’ plunger.  Although plungers are pretty straight forward there is actually some technique you can apply for the best results! The next time you need to utilize that odd shaped rubber thing on a stick keep these tips in mind to for the best results. Choose your weapon: believe it or not plungers
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Trendy Faucets For Your Home

Are you in the market for a new faucet or simply want to replace your current one for an updated look? The BEL-O Man is here to help! When choosing a faucet there are several options to take into consideration!  From the overall style to the way the water streams from the faucet, there are plenty of options to ponder.  When it comes to different stream flows there are three main options depending on the location you want to use it in:                 Aerated vs. Spray vs. Laminar            Aerated: this flow of faucet is the only one that mixes
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Indicators Your Water Heater Is On The Outs!

Being able to control the temperature in your house from all angles is one of the most important parts to your home. Imagine not being able to take a warm shower or having to wash your hands in freezing water every time! How horrible would that be?! If you are experiencing issues with your water heater and not sure if it’s time to repair it or replace it we’re here to help! We’ve come up with a list of possible signs to look for that could be good indicators your water heaters is on the fritz! WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Rust: if you are
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