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4 lesser known risks of plumbing leaks

4 Lesser Known Risks of Plumbing Leaks

We all know that a plumbing leak can cause problems. Water build up in any part of your home can lead to unpleasant smells, sights, and of course – costs. The obvious problems aren’t the only things that can pull the rug out from your feet when it comes to leaks, however. That’s why we’ve […]

Why does my water taste so weird?

Why Does My Water Taste Funny?

No, you’re not paranoid–or, at least, you’re not just paranoid. If your seems like it has a strange or bad taste lately, trust your instincts. Despite the rigorous purification process water undergoes, sometimes a foul-tasting pollutant can sneak through with it. These pollutants come from all kinds of different places and create all kinds of […]

finding and fixing bathroom leaks, part 1

How to Find and Fix Bathroom Leaks, part 1

Unsurprisingly, a lot of the leaks we’re called in to fix happen in the bathroom. It makes sense: bathrooms use water-based fixtures more than any other part of your home. Unfortunately, however, bathroom leaks often go unaddressed longer than they should. After all, it’s just the bathroom, right? Underestimate bathroom leaks at your own peril. […]

4 Things You Should Never Flush

4 Things You Shouldn’t Flush

Look, we’re not trying to be the “bathroom police”. We get it. The toilet seems like the perfect bathroom disposal. You just flush and whatever’s in there is just… gone! Unfortunately, that’s not really how it works. Before whatever you flush “disappears”, it has to pass through the network of your drain pipes. If it […]

how will this flood affect your plumbing?

How Do Floods Affect Plumbing?

When Hurricane Harvey loomed over southwest Texas two weeks ago, it dumped over 50 inches of rainwater on Houston. The record-breaking rainfall resulted in what experts have called the worst floods in Houston history. Thanks to the efforts of disaster response and the brave citizens of Houston, flood waters have receded from most of the […]

Ben Franklin Plumbing September sales portion donated to Hurricane Harvey relief

September Sales Benefit Hurricane Harvey Relief

On August 25, the category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor. Harvey is the strongest hurricane to impact Texas since 1961. Its 130 mile-per-hour winds and 50-inch rainfall broke several records and devastated much of southwestern Texas, including Houston. The National Weather Service declared a state of emergency and issued […]

Plumbing Myths Busted

6 Famous Plumbing Myths That Are Full of It

Awhile back, we uncovered some of plumbing’s tall tales that were actually true! We had a lot of fun, what with the gators and the explosions, but it also got us thinking. We can’t leave our investigation into famous plumbing myths alone after only revealing the true stories. You might think everything you hear about […]

When it Pays to Replace

4 Cases When It Pays to Replace

Look, we’re the last people who would naysay plumbing repairs. As far as we’re concerned, if there’s any chance whatsoever of salvaging a busted pipe or beating a broken faucet back into shape, you should go for it. It’s part of the fun! We understand that not everyone is as passionate about big, time-consuming plumbing […]

Maintaining your water softener

Maximizing the Lifespan of Your Water Softener

Most modern water softeners last between 10 and 20 years. The number one thing that determines where a particular water softener falls within that range is how well it’s taken care of. In other words, if you make sure to properly maintain your water softener, you could ensure it lasts an entire decade longer than […]

Solving your plumbing mysteries

Identifying the Source of Your Plumbing Problem

Do you have plumbing problems? Something keeps going wrong, and no matter what you do you can’t figure out why? Maybe it’s something small, like a slow drain or a running toilet. Maybe it’s something really annoying, like no hot water or a toilet that clogs all the time. Enter the plumbing detectives. Here’s the […]

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