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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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How to Detect & Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage
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If you’ve recently experienced a basement flood or a broken pipe, you know what it’s like to deal with water damage. If that isn’t enough of a headache, you also have to deal with mold growth making its way into your home. It’s easy to spot water that puddles out in the open, but do you know how to detect mold growth over time? Learn more about what causes mold, where it most often grows after water damage and how to prevent it below.

What is mold?

bark-435204_1280 (1)A part of nature, mold breaks down dead organic matter to keep the ecosystem up and running. It reproduces through tiny spores, and travels through both indoor and outdoor air. And the one major thing it needs to grow? Moisture. Mold can also be an allergy irritant, and cause other breathing and respiratory problems.

Signs of Mold

  • Peeling paint or wallpaper
  • Stains on ceilings, floors, and walls
  • Musty smell
  • Compromised or warped wood panels
  • Decomposition on plumbing valves and fittings

How to prevent mold growth

Cover the Floor of Your Crawl Space

Leaving this area exposed can cause groundwater to seep into the wood foundation of your home and start the population of mold.  Crawl spaces are one of the most vulnerable spots to hold mold because of it’s position. Located on the bottom, nearest to moist earth, this is the spot in your home with the highest level of humidity. Cover the space with a water-resistant barrier, like polyethylene plastic.

bathroom-653621_1280 (1)Leave the Bathroom Fan On

Controlling the amount of moisture in your home is key to preventing the growth of mold. One way to do this is to leave the fan running in the bathroom for 10 – 15 minutes after you take a hot shower. Circulating the humid air out gets rid of lingering moisture.

Close Windows and Doors When Using AC

Keeping your living space cool in the summer means cranking up the AC. Although this is a way to stay comfortable, you have to make sure openings to the outdoors are shut so that condensation doesn’t build up around the windows. With condensation comes water, and with water comes mold build-up.

When to Call A Professional

If you suspect there’s mold growth happening in your home, call a local plumber. They know exactly what to look for and can give you the best advice on how to keep your house moisture-free.

Contact the Plumbing Experts

As always, you can count on Progressive to respond to your home emergency no matter the time of day or night. We’re available 24/7/365 to make sure your home is safe and protected from any kind of damage from the elements.

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