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5 Ways to Stop Plumbing Problems Before They Happen
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Here at Progressive Service Company, we deal with plumbing every day. We see all sorts of problems, from the inconvenient to the catastrophic.

With as much use as your home’s plumbing system gets, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Often, this comes from normal wear and tear. But sometimes, larger problems are more avoidable. Here, we show you how a few small changes to your routine can save you a lot of time and headaches down the road.

Keep your drain free of fats, oils, and greases

When poured down the drain, fats, oils, and greases—collectively known at FOG—will cool, harden, and clog your pipes. If you don’t already, dispose of cooled grease in the trashcan. Even if you’re careful, it is easy to let some slip through into the drain, so to minimize your risk, avoid using hot water to rinse grease off the dishes. Instead, use a paper towel to wipe dishes off free of hardened grease so the bulk goes into the trash can. And while butter, oils, grease, lard, and shortening pose the most risk to your plumbing system, other items like sauces and meat scraps can add to the build-up—so make sure those find their way to the trash can, too.

Run the disposal regularly

Even when you aren’t using it, it’s a good idea to run your disposal every few days. Otherwise, food in the disposal can harden. For a deep clean, pour a half cup of baking soda into your disposal, and follow it with a half cup of vinegar. After 10 – 15 minutes, start running cold water and turn on the disposal. Let it run for a minute or two, and voila! Your disposal has now been cleaned out.

Clean out the shower drain

When life gets busy, it’s easy to overlook the small things, like all that hair that has built up on top of your shower drain. Make a habit of swiping that hair away regularly, perhaps on the same day of each week. This simple routine will help by keeping the hair from seeping into the drain and creating a blockage. If you already have a deep clog, we don’t recommend you lift the drain and try to clear it yourself; you could potentially cause damage to your pipes, creating an even bigger problem. In this case, contact a professional to resolve the problem.

Be careful what you flush

Clogged toilets are among the most common and most unpleasant plumbing problems. Just as a reminder, you should never flush heavy paper products or similar materials down the toilet. That includes paper towels, feminine napkins, and facials tissue. Even toilet paper can cause problems when flushed in large quantities. And occasionally, other foreign objects can find their way into the toilet—it happens more than you think. Items fall from a cabinet above, or are placed in the toilet and flushed by children. Even toilet fresheners can cause issues if they become detached. Be aware of what you are flushing, potential, and move small objects away from your toilet.

If you do have a clog, but you can’t determine the source, any of the above could be causing the issue. Call a professional plumber for an official diagnosis and solution.

Don’t weigh down your shower head

Shower caddies can be useful, but hanging them right from the shower head is a bad idea. The weight of the caddy, bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, and body wash along with your soap, wash cloth, loofa will drag your shower fixture down. Over time, this can cause leaks, pull the showerhead out of the wall, and even break off the shower head or a supporting piece.

Any caddy that attaches to the shower head should have suction cups, using the shower head for stabilization only, not weight bearing. Better alternatives are the free-standing corner rack or tension shower caddy.

Call in the professionals

Plumbing can be a headache, but it doesn’t have to be. Now, you can manage some important day-to-day maintenance. We’ll take care of the rest. Progressive Service Company is here for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can reach our team at 877-325-0180.


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Proper Home Plumbing Maintenance
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Progressive Service Company always encourages our customers to take a proactive approach to maintaining their homes as well as embracing value adding upgrades or improvements. Each month we try to address one of these topics through our blog posts.

This February, in light of the severe freezes that NC has endured, we would like to focus on tips and best practices for your home’s plumbing system to make certain that you are properly maintaining one of your home’s most vital, but also potentially damaging, internal systems. A large number of the problems that occur in a home are related to plumbing issues, and many times these issues could be avoided with proper habits and routine maintenance. Below we have listed a basic outline that is designed to help you create proper habits for maintaining your home and preventing issues, where possible, from occurring.


  1. Run faucets and flush toilets in any bathrooms that are not used on a regular basis.
  2. Listen to your home’s plumbing system: often times we can hear issues that arise in our home’s plumbing system even before we can see them. A clang that occurs when a water-based appliance shuts off, running toilets, and whining shower heads or faucets can all represent potential issues. Be sure to identify the concern and contact a professional before a small fix becomes a major issue.
  3. Check your washing machine supply lines: a bulge or balloon in a washing machine line can indicate that you have too high of water pressure coming into your home. This could result in extensive water damage and should be addressed by a professional immediately.


  1. If your water heater is less than two years old, you can help to extend the life of the product by safely draining it twice per year. Doing so will help to remove solids that have settled in the bottom of the tank and help prevent build ups that can damage the heater and reduce efficiency. If your unit is older than two years it may not be a good idea to do so as damage may have already occurred and draining could reveal issues sooner. For more information or any questions feel free to give us a call and we can discuss them with you.
  2. Cover outdoor spigots in the winter: If you live in an area that is susceptible to cold freezes, cover your spigots with an insulation cover and turn off water to them where possible.
  3. Inspect the exterior of your home: Walk around your home and look for signs of potential issues. Proper drainage around your home is necessary to ensure that you do not have rain water that is being diverted and settling back near your home’s foundations. If you see areas that are showing signs of potential issues, call a professional or repair the issue to prevent future damage. Be sure to check your crawlspace to make sure that you do not have any current moisture issues already.


  1. Have a professional check your Pressure Relief Valve or PRV: Changes in city water pressure due to new developments nearby or new construction can cause major issues for your home. Most home appliances are only rated to withstand 80 psi of water pressure. If your home has water pressure that is higher than 80 psi, you are putting your home in danger of flooding by not installing a proper PRV to regulate the pressure. Signs of high water pressure are hissing shower heads or faucets and/or bulging washing machine supply lines. If you see or hear any of these signs take immediate action to repair these issues.
  2. If you do not have a water purification system it is a good idea to have your water tested to ensure that you are providing your family with the best possible water quality. Your local water system can be susceptible to changes due to natural environmental or man-made issues that can occur many times throughout the year. It is a good idea to make sure that you know what quality of water that your family is consuming and bathing in. For a free water quality test, call us today!

Remember, this is just a starting guideline for you to begin to create your best practice habits for maintaining your home. Feel free to add to list as you customize it to fit your home’s particular needs. Additionally, if you have other questions or concerns that we have not addressed here, please feel free to give us a call at (877) 325-0180 or send us an email at info@callprogressive.com and we are happy to have an industry expert help to address your concerns!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
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(and What to Do if They Happen to You)

Winter weather can bring harsh elements like plummeting temperatures, snow and ice. Of course, we know to bundle up, but have you thought about your plumbing? A common problem when temperatures drop is for our pipes to freeze, halting the flow of hot water into your home. Frozen pipes also run the risk of cracking or bursting, which can cause major water damage, mold and expensive repairs.

We have put together a helpful guide to prevent your pipes from freezing and what to do if they freeze.

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The seasoned experts at Progressive are prepared to handle even the worst of plumbing disasters. If you find that your pipes have frozen and burst, call us immediately, and we’ll get your home back to working order in no time.

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4 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid
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progressive service companyToday, most people go online to find quick fixes for minor plumbing issues. Sometimes, for smaller issues, a DIY fix can work well, but there are some things you need to be weary of. A problem you may think is a simple fix may actually be a symptom of a much larger problem. As always, the experts at Progressive are always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have in regards to your residential plumbing system.

We’ve put together a helpful guide DIY plumbing mistakes that can actually make a problem worse. Browse our tips below and save yourself from a DIY disaster.

Overusing Chemicals

In the right situation, certain chemicals are great for getting out clogs, but be cautioned that this isn’t always the case. Harsh cleaners like chemical drain products don’t work on solid clogs caused by things like hair, toothpaste and soap film and can eat away at your plumbing system. As a result, they can create an even bigger issue than you started with. The ingredients in chemical drain solutions can be harmful to your skin and eyes and when inhaled, so always use gloves and keep a window open to allow fresh air in.

Using Improper Tools

Ever heard of using a coat hanger to unclog a drain? In reality, this practice can cause a lot more problems than a pesky clogged drain. Shoving metal down into your pipes is risky because if you lose it, you now have two items to dig out.

Taking Apart Your Pipes

If you’re trying to work your way down to a clog, don’t disassemble your pipes yourself! This may seem like common sense, but when you’re looking for a clog deep in your drain, resist the urge to take the structure apart. While this may help you find where it is, putting it back together requires special tools that only the professionals know how to properly use, and you leave with a bigger problem than when you started.

Not Turning Off The Water

This may seem like a no brainer, but if your job requires the water to be turned off, don’t risk a mess. Even if it doesn’t, turn it off just to be on the safe side. If you don’t turn off your water, you could come face to face with an heavy ongoing stream of water that comes out of nowhere and can cause major water damage to your home. If you ignore your water, your job just turned from a simple fix into a messy mistake.

Progressive: Your Plumbing Resource

progressive-35If you’re not sure whether you should attempt a DIY fix, call the experts at Progressive Service Company. Remember, some quick fixes can be done by yourself, but take these tips into consideration when attempting a DIY job. Contact us if you have any plumbing questions and we’ll be happy to answer, no matter the time of day or day of the week.




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