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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 […]

Common plumbing mistakes and how to fix them

4 Common Plumbing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Your home plumbing is a complicated, delicate system. Problems like clogs or leaks can have lasting effects throughout the home. These “simple” issues are usually the result of common – and avoidable – mistakes homeowners make without realizing it. Luckily, there are a ton of resources available to help you know more about how plumbing works; […]

15 ways to save water

15 Ways to Save Water This Summer

Water conservation is important no matter where you live, but it’s especially important in states like Texas, where the chance of drought is high and the summer heat is consistently brutal. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple practices that can help anybody better conserve water, leading to a healthier overall landscape, less stress on […]

Sewer manhole cover. "All About Houston's Sewers"

Houston’s Sewer Questions Answered

Houston’s city sewer system consists of over 6,100 miles of pipelines zigzagging across and connecting the entire metropolitan area. The Houston pipes range in diameter from 2 to 144 inches. Some are buried only 2 feet under ground; some are as far as 80 feet under. Technicians can access the sewer via over 126,000 manholes. […]

How do pollutants get in tap water?

How Do Pollutants Get Into Tap Water?

The city of Houston uses a rigorous treatment process to make sure all the tap water flowing into our homes is free of dangerous pollutants. All the tap water coming out of your faucets has been filtered, cleaned, sanitized, and chemically treated by professionals using highly-effective equipment. So: If water treatment is really that thorough, […]

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