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History of the Toilet

September 23, 2016

The toilet is one of the single most important inventions ever, in terms of contributing to our standard of living, comfort and...Read more


Caulking 101

August 8, 2016

There’s nothing fun or exciting about caulking. But it’s a vital part of your home’s function and ensuring that your home remains...Read more


Why You Should Do a Plumbing Camera Inspection

August 1, 2016

We’ve come a long way in how we conduct pipe maintenance. Years ago, professional plumbers had to make educated guesses or completely take apart plumbing systems to ...Read more


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Home Drain Pipes — but Didn't Know Who to Ask

July 28, 2016

One of the most crucial aspects of home maintenance is drain upkeep. When drains and water pipes fail to work properly, it's impossible to cook, ...Read more


Sweet Summertime: 12 Plumbing Tips for the Summer

July 21, 2016

Summer holds a special place in most people’s hearts. It’s a sacred time to be outdoors, take vacations, go swimming, play baseball, ride bikes ...Read more


Top 8 Activities to Do This Summer With Your Sprinkler

July 14, 2016

A few hours of summer plumbing can lead to years of enjoying a low maintenance lawn. Here are a few plumbing fun facts that you should know about ...Read more


Commercial Plumbing: Common Problems

June 22, 2016

Business owners have enough on their plate to worry about with the risk of expensive plumbing problems. Unfortunately, many times your maintenance crew won’t have the experience to detect issues before ...Read more


A Complete Guide to Your Garbage Disposal

June 14, 2016

When it comes to kitchen plumbing, nothing is quite as mysterious as the garbage disposal. How does the garbage disposal work? What can you safely put down the disposal, and what items will bring it to...Read more


Sprinkler Maintenance Tips

May 28, 2016

Plumbing maintenance isn’t just important inside your home. This is especially obvious during spring. So many of our outdoor plumbing fixtures need sprucing up after being winterized during the colder months...Read more


When Should You Call a Plumber

May 14, 2016

It’s easy enough to handle many residential plumbing problems on your own — just not all of them. There are times when calling in a professional is the fastest, easiest way to save a buck. We’re not just talking about sweat equity, either. Laypersons aren’t qualified...Read more


Is Your Water Safe? What to Do If You Have Tainted Water

Mar 30, 2016

Do you think what happened to the water in Flint, MI could never happen here? Think again. Onondaga County, like many areas in the United States, is home to tens of thousands of homes with lead service lines and lead water pipes in old homes. All it takes is one incidence of contaminated water...Read more


Spring Cleaning Vol. 2: Outdoor Plumbing

Mar 24, 2016

Last time, we discussed some of the features around your home that require spring inspections. Your indoor and outdoor plumbing are more at risk now because of factors like warming pipes and snow melt. There are other issues that make spring the perfect season for plumbing maintenance and repair...Read more


Mar 24, 2016
Winter wreaks havoc on your indoor plumbing system, so there’s no better time for an annual check-up than right now. Don’t let spring plumbing problems catch you by surprise. From detecting hairline cracks and hidden leaks to invasive tree roots and loose piping, regular plumbing maintenance...Read more

Why Insulation Is Your Best Friend in the Winter

Mar 17, 2016

Winter household plumbing problems can often be tracked back to insulation – or a lack of insulation. Plumbing insulation is essential to keeping your pipes in good working condition through the coldest months of...Read more


Signs You May Need a New Well Pump

Mar 10, 2016

Having your own well gives you a few advantages over using the municipal water supply, especially the lower monthly costs of having fresh clean water easily accessible in your home. But you also have more water technology to maintain and repair to keep that dependable supply running through your...Read more


Choosing the Right Water Well Pump for You

Mar 9, 2016

If you live outside of town, chances are your home will have its own electromechanical system for drawing water from a well. According to...Read more


What’s the Best Toilet for My Home?

Mar 9, 2016

Toilets do an undeniably essential job that nobody wants to think about more than absolutely necessary. These reliable utilities help keep our society civilized and safe....Read more


Melting Snow and Water Damage: How to Protect Your Plumbing

Feb 4, 2016

Winter plumbing problems aren’t exclusive to burst pipes. Melting snow can be the source of significant plumbing and water damage, and smart property owners can take steps now to limit the problems related to spring thaw. You can implement some easy plumbing problem prevention tactics to protect...Read more


Jan 21, 2016
Any homeowner is eager for cost savings. While you might keep an eye on your thermostat, your grocery bill and other areas where you can reduce spending, you may not be aware of how household plumbing and water conservation can help you out. Here are some quick tips for finding savings through...Read more

Tips for Removing Mold and Mildew

Jan 7, 2016

Mold and mildew result from moisture, which means your bathroom and kitchen are prime areas for these invasive bacteria to show up. But mold and mildew removal doesn’t have to be a challenge — not if you know how to prevent it and clean it away properly. Here are some ideas for kitchen and...Read more


Drain Dos and Don’ts: The Toilet Edition

Dec 17, 2015

You’ll use your toilet about 2,500 times this year, and that means you’re likely to experience a few...Read more


How Do Toilets Work?

Nov 30, 2015

The toilet is referred to by a variety of nicknames, but regardless of what it's called in your house, there's no denying that it's one of the most important devices in any place of occupancy. In fact, it's hard to imagine a building functioning as either a place of business or residence without...Read more


Does Your Sump Pump Have You Stumped? Here’s What You Need to Know

Oct 19, 2015

Who needs a sump pump? The answer to that question may surprise you because all homeowners should have a sump pump. You may believe that because you don’t...Read more


How to Prevent Laundry Plumbing Problems

Oct 15, 2015

No one really enjoys doing laundry, but it’s one of those chores that has to be done. If your laundry plumbing isn’t working properly or causing problems, it makes laundry day an even bigger hassle. Insufficient water flow, leaks and floods, or improper rinsing can all lead to major headaches....Read more


How to Fix Water Pressure Problems in Your Home

Oct 1, 2015

Most of us don’t put much thought into our household plumbing until we have a problem. There are several different reasons for water pressure problems in our homes, and in many cases, you can troubleshoot and solve minor problems. To help you out, we have put together a list of areas in your...Read more


The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Sep 23, 2015

If you’ve ever thought paying to heat your home’s water supply around the clock — even when out at work or home asleep — sounded wasteful, you’re right. And yet countless households in America do just that, bearing the impact on their energy bill day after day, month after month. But there is...Read more


How to Get Rid of Stinky Sinks

Sep 17, 2015

There are a lot of good smells in your kitchen, but the one coming out of your sink is probably not one of them! A sink’s drain and pipes, when draining properly, shouldn’t have any smell at all. If you start to notice a smell in your sink, it’s a sign that something is wrong — so don’t ignore...Read more


What to Do in a Plumbing Emergency

Sep 14, 2015

Almost every person and every home will have a plumbing emergency at one point or another. Learning how to handle a plumbing emergency will give you control to protect your home and get a repair service there much faster. Residential plumbing services are your best defense against home damage,...Read more


Preventing Fall Plumbing Problems

Sep 10, 2015

It happens every year. We’re enjoying the warm summer months, and then you wake up and realize that fall has arrived. It’s always a rush to get our homes and yards ready for winter, which also has a tendency to sneak up on us. However, with a bit of planning and fall home maintenance, you can...Read more


Public Bathroom Odors

Aug 20, 2015

The smell of your bathroom can quickly kill the positive impression your store leaves on its customers. If you’re a restaurant owner, a smelly bathroom can send your customer running for the exit....Read more


Everything Is the Kitchen Sink

Aug 7, 2015

The kitchen is one of the most-loved rooms in the home, and at the center of it all is your kitchen sink. It’s there when you want a quick glass of water, helps out in food preparation, keeps those hands clean before a snack, and provides a beautiful aesthetic.

As a top residential...Read more


Outdoor Plumbing 101: Summer Maintenance

Jul 30, 2015

An outdoor plumbing maintenance schedule is a great way to keep your home and your yard healthy all year long. When summer appears and you’re spending more time outdoors, it’s a great time to protect your home against some common problems.

Most of these checks are simple, and you’ll be...Read more


Bathroom Tips: How to Clean Your Metal Fixtures

Jul 16, 2015

Bathrooms are always a messy place, and fixtures are no exception. While a residential plumbing service can help you manage these problems, you also probably have the cleaning tools you need at home to take care of your metal fixtures. Here are a few of our favorite bathroom maintenance tips...Read more


The Home Buyer’s Checklist: What to Look for When Buying a House

Jul 9, 2015

Buying a new home can be really exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot to consider. In fact, there’s so much to consider that it’s easy to forget to inspect little things and overlook some problems that are staring right at you.

Having a checklist of items to review can...Read more


How to Fix a Smelly Dishwasher

Jun 26, 2015

Have you ever walked into your kitchen and wondered: Why does my dishwasher smell? We’ve all been there, but luckily, the problem can be easily fixed. There are a few steps you can take to reduce your dishwasher’s unpleasant smell and even a few fixes you can try yourself... Read More


The Most Common Bathroom Complaints

Jun 25, 2015

The bathroom can be a smelly place, but one surprising culprit of bathroom grime is the sink and its drain. When you first notice the problem, you may try pouring a lot of chemicals down the sink in the hopes of unclogging it. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always solve the problem...Read more


When To Get Your Septic Tank Cleaned

Jun 19, 2015

Drains aren’t at the top of your list of things to think about most days, but you need to think about them — and your septic tank — at least once a year. If you let your septic tank fill up and back up, you can do long-term damage to your lawn, your home and even your health.

As your...Read more


DIY Plumbing: Common Plumbing Issues People Try to Fix — and Shouldn't

Jun 12, 2015

There are times when it might seem logical to attempt a DIY home repair. While the problem in question might seem like an easy one to remedy, there are many cases in which it just wouldn’t be wise to take things into your own hands.

Plumbing is one such area where the work involved is...Read more


Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist: What You Should Be Doing Daily, Weekly, and Seasonally

Jun 11, 2015

Did you know your home plumbing system makes up about 15 percent of your total home value? That’s quite an investment!

A smoothly operating, efficient plumbing system enables you to have clean, fresh water as close as your faucet...Read more


Septic vs Sewer: What You Need to Know

Jun 11, 2015

Drainage systems make wastewater disappear whenever toilets are flushed or hands are washed in buildings and residential properties. But for all the functions that drainage helps make possible—dishes, laundry, showers—few people stop and think about the mechanisms that go into the process. The...Read more


Common Plumbing Issues in Fixer-Upper Homes

Jun 11, 2015

Old homes seem to have a certain charm, and you can usually get them at below-market price. If the idea of an old fixer-upper is appealing to you, there are some things to consider, and one big one is plumbing. Plumbing has changed over the last few decades, and so have materials used in pipes....Read more


50+ Tips for Reducing Your Water Usage Around Your Home — Indoors and Out!

Jun 4, 2015

Water. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Do you imagine a cool drink to quench your thirst? A warm, relaxing bath or shower, or maybe a dip in your pool on a hot summer afternoon? If you stop to think about it, you’ll realize just how important water is to every aspect of your life....Read more


Keep Your Family and Home Safe During Sewage Leaks

May 29, 2015

No one wished for a sewage leak, and they always seem to happen at the worst time. Not only are they dangerous to your home, but they can also put your family at risk. To keep you and your family safe, we’ve compiled a few of the best tips for preventing septic system leaks from happening to...Read more


Avoid Plumbing Problems With an Annual Home Checkup

May 29, 2015

You may go to the doctor every year and see your dentist every 6 months, but how often do you give your house a checkup? Preventative maintenance and annual checkups are a smart, cost-effective way to keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly. When you invest in preventative maintenance, you’ll...Read more


The Dos and Don’ts of Home Drains: What Not to Put Down the Kitchen Sink

May 18, 2015

Your garbage disposal and drain both have jobs to do. The disposal pulverizes food wastes, so the drain can carry them away. If you want this process to go smoothly, you also have a job to do: learn what not to put down your kitchen sink.

While...Read more


The Ultimate Water Heater Buying Guide

May 12, 2015

There will eventually come a time when you turn on your faucet, and all you get is a steady stream of cold water running through your pipes. When your hot water heater breaks, it can leave you in a panic trying to find a new one; this is especially true if it happens in the dead of winter when...Read more


What Should You Do in the Case of a Plumbing Emergency?

Apr 16, 2015

Some of us are just naturally better able to keep our bearings in the face of adversity than others. But if your answer to a plumbing emergency is to run for the hills, hide your head in the sand or wait and see if it gets better on its own, it’s time to wise up.

While a plumbing...Read more


Commercial Vs. Residential Plumbing: Is There Really a Big Difference?

Apr 2, 2015

It’s reasonable to assume there isn’t much difference between residential and commercial plumbing. Whether you own a single-family home...Read more


Not All Flushes Are Equal: How to Maintain Your Septic System

Mar 23, 2015

Roughly one quarter of all Americans depend on individual septic systems for their household plumbing needs. That number might be surprising, but that’s mostly because we don’t really think about our toilets...Read more


Knowing Your Septic Tank

Mar 6, 2015

Septic tank systems are the standard method for the disposal of human wastewater in many suburban and rural areas. There are many things that you can do yourself to maintain your septic tank. When a system and the demands of a household are in balance, it can literally be years between times any...Read more


A Healthy Septic System: What Does it Look Like?

Mar 6, 2015


Buying a Home with a Septic Tank: Important Advice

Mar 6, 2015


Septic Tank Backup

Mar 6, 2015

Would you drive your car 50,000 miles without an oil change? Probably not, but a lot of people don’t think about the regular maintenance that their septic system needs. However, by asking your Mr. Rooter Plumber to come out and do an inspection on your septic system you can maintain your septic...Read more


Septic Tank Inspections for Home Buyers

Mar 6, 2015

If you’re in the market to buy a new home, there’s one important inspection not to forget. Getting your Septic Tank inspected is an important step to take before signing any paperwork – and one that most people overlook. Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your...Read more


Septic Tank 101

Mar 6, 2015

Septic tanks are used in 25- to 30- percent of American homes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Small towns, rural areas, the suburbs, and many other areas that have no connection with main sewage pipes rely on septic systems to help treat their sewage.

So what...Read more


Septic Tank 102

Mar 6, 2015

Periodic maintenance of your septic system is of the utmost importance and one of the main factors in how long your system will last… Compare a ten year stint for a working septic tank to one that lasts a whole lifetime and you’ll get the picture. Let’s take a look at other ways then – other...Read more


Tips to Guard Against Septic Tank Malfunction

Mar 6, 2015

We’ve written on the problems one may face in keeping their septic tank in tip-top order. Now it’s time to take a look at tips for doing all you can do – save those 3-5 year maintenance check-ups with professionals – to keep your septic system running smoothly for many more years....Read more


More Potential Problems with your Septic Tank System

Mar 6, 2015

Your septic tank system is a very important part of your everyday life. And because of this, septic tank maintenance is of vital importance in keeping your system up and running and operating at peak performance. In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed improper usage of the system with items...Read more


The Environment and Septic Systems

Mar 6, 2015

A properly maintained septic system is important for a wide variety of reasons. From cover safety and your kids to the proper functioning of your system, maintaining scheduled professional check-ups is imperative for both a long life for the system and safety as well. There are negative...Read more


Proper Maintenance of your Septic System

Mar 6, 2015

You septic tank system can be one of the most important features of your home. It will keep the surrounding environment clean, provide a way for waste to properly be disposed of, and it will do all this for an extended period of time if properly maintained by both you and professionals. ...Read more


Septic Tank Maintenance Dos and Don’ts

Mar 6, 2015

If you rely on a septic tank instead of a municipal sewer system, you’ll need to be a little more careful about what you flush down your drains and how you maintain your home and yard. A septic tank can be temperamental, and any abuse or untreated problems can turn into expensive nightmares...Read more


Septic Tank Failure and Drainfield Recovery

Mar 6, 2015

When septic tank failure occurs it is usually because of problems with the drainfield rather than the septic tank itself. There is not much that can go wrong with a septic tank as long as it is water tight and pumped out on a regular basis.

Drainfield failure can happen for many reasons...Read more


Septic Tank Information: What is the Biomat?

Mar 6, 2015

You may have heard people talking about the “biomat” in connection with a septic tank system and wondered what this could mean.

You can now impress your friends with your wealth of septic tank information when you tell them that the biomat is a slimy greyish layer that forms on the...Read more


Septic Tank Inspections: What to Expect of a Good Septic System Inspector

Mar 6, 2015

Proper design, installation, and maintenance of your septic tank system will increase your system’s life and prevent failures that not only smell horrible but also endanger your family’s health. Regular septic tank inspections and maintenance reduces the risk of contaminating your well water,...Read more


Thirsty Roots Causing Big Problems

Mar 6, 2015

The kids are back in school, autumn is around the corner, and if there’s any last minute summer fun it’s time to do it now. There’s more to think about than the upcoming holidays though – with dry summers tree roots are still growing and they’re looking for water sources. What does this mean...Read more


Fun Plumbing Facts!

Mar 5, 2015

Have you ever sat around wondering about fun plumbing facts? Either you have (and that’s how you found us!) or you haven’t. If you are a seeker of plumbing knowledge you may or may not have come to the right place. Here’s a few fun facts that we thought you might be interested in...Read more


The Plumbing Poltergeist

Mar 5, 2015

Tis the season for something a little bit spooky. Have you ever heard a rattle or a rumble somewhere in your...Read more


Happy New Year from Mr. Rooter of Greater Syracuse!

Mar 5, 2015

A new year can bring the feeling of change and excitement. Throughout the year we find ourselves in a routine – and not one that we’re always happy about. While there’s no need to wait until a new year comes around, sometimes it’s the boost that a person needs to get started....Read more


Thawing Frozen Pipes

Mar 5, 2015

You know those moments, the ones where you remember something you forgot about? If one of those moments involves winterizing your pipes, then this might be the blog post for you.

First, don’t beat yourself up. You’re not the first person to be caught up in the holiday rush, living your...Read more


Caring for Your Septic Tank

Mar 5, 2015

Spring is almost here, but that does not mean that many of us are not still getting snow and ice. Every year we have a few tanks that cave in because of the weight of snowfall on very wet ground. Not only is this an inconvenience, but it is dangerous. The snow might hide any markers that you...Read more


Septic Tank Problems

Mar 5, 2015

People often don’t realize that they have septic problems. It’s one of those things that’s easy to forget about – until it’s too late for a quick fix. Many people don’t think to...Read more


Alternative Septic Systems

Mar 5, 2015

Most people are familiar with the conventional septic system. Depending on the landscape of the area, occasionally the traditional tank and field doesn’t work. On those occasions land owners will have...Read more


Extending the Life of Your Drain Field

Mar 5, 2015

If you’ve got a septic tank, you’ve got a drain field, and as your local Syracuse plumber we’ve got a few tips to keep your drain field healthy – and hopefully extend the life of it. If you’re not familiar with septic drain...Read more


Garbage Disposals and Septic Tanks

Mar 5, 2015

This is a common question that people are apt to ask their local plumber. For many people living in town, having a garbage disposal doesn’t...Read more


Tips From Your Local Plumber: Water Conservation

Mar 5, 2015

In the summer heat, it’s easy to want to let the water flow. Between the extra laundry from kids being home, sprinklers, and watering your lawn to keep the grass green – water has a way of getting away from us in the summer time. Here’s a few tips from your...Read more


What Is Domestic Sewage?

Mar 5, 2015

There are three different types of wastewater (a polite way to say sewage!): domestic sewage, industrial sewage, and storm sewage. Domestic sewage is the used water from houses and apartments, mostly...Read more


Seasonal Septic Tank Problems

Mar 5, 2015

It is officially fall, which means that it is very likely for your ground to be more wet. Between rain and the eventual snow or ice which comes with the seasons, the next thing you know the power is out and trees are falling. If you have a personal well and a generator, you know that you’ll have...Read more


Haunted Plumbing: The Basement

Mar 5, 2015

Dripping sounds in a house is no cause for alarm, maybe a minor annoyance. Normally these little drips are a small annoyance that if fixed quickly cause no long lasting problem. Sometimes water...Read more


Septic Tanks In The Winter Months

Mar 5, 2015

We have talked about the importance of septic tank maintenance several times, and this time we’re going to talk about winter weather tips – before and during winter. Before winter, it’s a good idea to...Read more


Is The Snow Melting Over My Septic System A Cause for Concern?

Mar 5, 2015

As septic tank specialists in New York, we are often asked questions about how snow affects your septic field. One question hear a lot is in regards to snow melting over the ...Read more


5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Septic Emergencies

Mar 5, 2015

Plumbing emergencies are never on anyone’s to-do lists. These 5 tips will help you maintain your septic tank and hopefully prevent a septic tank emergency. Of course, if you do have a ...Read more


Considering Buying A Septic Tank

Mar 5, 2015

If you are a new homeowner, you may be considering buying a new septic tank for your New York property. Before you start too much planning, you need to call your local Syracuse Mr. Rooter...Read more


Summertime Plumbing Tips

Mar 5, 2015

Summer is nearly here! When the weather gets hot and kids are out of school, water usage is particularly high. On average water use is increased 20-50% during the summer months. This is something you need to be wary of if you have a septic tank in your home. The more water you use, the bigger...Read more


Prevent Septic Pump Repair When You have Company

Mar 5, 2015

Summertime is often a time of family and fun. When family comes to visit – while it might be a bit chaotic, the last thing on your mind will be your septic tank. When you have a large group of friends...Read more


Onondaga Lake Cleanup

Mar 5, 2015

Many of you local to central New York are familiar with Onondaga Lake, and how once upon a time it was a destination of great beauty. If you research the history of the lake, you’ll find that traditionally it was a sacred place. A place of peace where different nations of Native Americans came...Read more


How To Find Your Septic Tank

Mar 5, 2015

One of the biggest questions we are asked is “How do I find my septic tank?” Eventually every septic tank will fill up and will need to be pumped. When your tanks lid is not easy to find – especially...Read more

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