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Prevent Basement and Bathroom Leaks From Turning Into Floods

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing | August 15, 2018
Prevent Basement and Bathroom Leaks From Turning Into Floods Between rainstorms, old house emergencies, and other things out of your control, it can seem impossible to prevent flooding emergencies in the home. The national average for plumbing disaster cleanup cost is $2,551. But costs can range from $400 up to $8,000 — yikes! Luckily, a […]
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6 Ways to Save Water While Landscaping

According to the EPA, an average family’s water use increases from 320 gallons per day to nearly 1,000 gallons during summertime. The biggest reason for this spike in water use during warmer months relates to wasting water on landscaping. So, if you’re looking for easy ways to save water this summer, making small adjustments to […]
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How to Save Swimming Pool Water

If you have a swimming pool, you know that properly maintaining it requires a lot of water and energy that can become a large expense. But if you know some simple tricks, you can improve the efficiency of your pool and cut down on costs. Here are a few things you can try that will […]
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10 Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

10 Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

A broken sewer line is the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with. But, as with any plumbing issue, it happens! And although it may feel stressful in the moment, nothing is unfixable. At Ben Franklin, we’ve seen it all, and a sewer line repair is part of our job. The first step in […]
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What to Do If You Have Rusty Water in Your Home

Does your water look cloudy orange or reddish in color? Is your tap water leaving a reddish-brown residue in sinks? Chances are, your water heater tank or house pipes are rusty. While it does not look appealing, the EPA reports that rust in water does not cause any immediate health concerns. However, any sign of rust […]
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How to Remove and Prevent Basement Mold

How to Remove and Prevent Basement Mold

Hot, humid weather can only mean one thing for your basement: mold. It hides behind walls, grows on exterior surfaces, and everywhere in between. The good news? There are a few preventative measures you can take to remove basement mold — or prevent it from growing in the first place. Basement Mold Basics Basement mold, […]
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Why Water Conditioners Have to Work Harder in Summer

It’s no surprise that daily water use spikes during the warmer months. But did you know that hot weather can lead to increased chlorine levels in your water? Regardless of what climate you live in, water chlorination fluctuates throughout the year. Changing seasons and rainfall can alter groundwater and source water. Minerals that are commonly […]
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Don’t Let April Showers Put a Damper on Plumbing Performance

April showers bring May flowers. But they also bring basement flooding, leaks, mold, and other plumbing hazards that can put a real damper on your water pipe performance. Luckily, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way during the rainy spring season! Follow these steps to help prevent water damage. BEFORE A RAINSTORM Invest […]
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