Archive: Plumbing

How Do I Maintain My Plumbing System?

People frequently will ask "how do I maintain my plumbing?"  We often don’t think about our plumbing system until something goes wrong, but like anything else, preventative maintenance is better and cheaper than waiting for a repair or replacement. With plumbing ... Read More

Be careful! The cold is upon us!

Tips to protect yourself and your property from the severe cold Soon we are going to feel cold weather the likes many of us haven't experienced in maybe a generation.  Incredible cold is hitting the northern tier and northeast of the ... Read More

What causes a clogged kitchen sink?

Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, it is not wise to put everything down the drain, unless you want a clogged kitchen sink. Unfortunately, some people think so.   And, unfortunately, it could cost you for indiscriminately washing everything ... Read More

Frozen pipes?

Some helpful tips to prevent them in the first place Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water will most ... Read More

Don’t let FOG ruin your holidays

We're approaching the Holiday Season...Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.  For many people, FOG is a major issue.  No, we don't mean the fog of possible over-imbibing.  Nor do we mean the difficulty of getting to Grandma's house because you can't ... Read More

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Raise awareness, take action. This year's theme for 2017: Wastewater. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed Nov. 19th to be World Toilet Day; an opportunity to remember that for billions of people, toilets are a matter of life, ... Read More

Filtering laundry lint

One of the biggest problems that you will have with your laundry appliances is filtering out laundry lint, especially if you have a septic system instead of a public sewer connection.  Even though your washer and dryer have ways of ... Read More

What you should know about lint traps

You probably know the importance of clearing the lint trap in your dryer, but if you have a lint trap on your washer, do you maintain it? The lint that comes from your laundry during washing can clog up your ... Read More

World Toilet Day

Raise awareness, take action. Wherever you are and whatever you do on World Toilet Day, make it about toilets. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed Nov. 19th to be World Toilet Day; an opportunity to remember that for ... Read More

It’s cold out!

It's the first real taste of winter this season.  Be sure to do these things to make sure it isn't bitter. For the latter part of 2015, there were some who were wondering if we would ever have anything like a ... Read More

Avoid a Thanksgiving Plumbing Disaster

  Someone once quipped that Thanksgiving was invented for our Nation to give thanks, while the day after was invented for the plumber.   Hmmm...is that true in your household? No other day of the year is as busy for plumbers as the ... Read More

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Raise awareness, take action.In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed Nov. 19th to be World Toilet Day; an opportunity to remember that for billions of people, toilets are a matter of life, health and dignity.The purpose of the ... Read More

Conserve Water and Save Money

Simple ways to save water and utility costs We have herd a lot in the news lately of the drought in the western portion of our Nation, especially in California.  Even here in the Northeast portion of the United States, we ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Spring is finally here and it’s time to make some quick checks around the house .. Here are some quick and immediate plumbing tips for you to consider as the weather starts to warm. Plumbing When turning on water valves for the ... Read More

Winter isn’t over yet!

Okay, so Octoraro Orphie saw his shadow last Monday.  Given the recent weather conditions, it certainly seems that he was once again right on the mark, and with a vengeance! It's cold out, really cold.  Not only is it below freezing ... Read More

A Big Flush on Sunday?

Will you be watching Sunday evening? For many Americans, the day of the NFL's Super Bowl is virtually a holiday. In fact, some people think it has been for many years. According to Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times ... Read More

Easy steps to take to avoid a Thanksgiving plumbing disaster

By HAL CONICK, Content Producer for Penton Media and CONTRACTOR Magazine and IAN SIMPSON, Correspondent for Reuters News Service   Every November, people across the country gather with friends, family and others for a feast of epic proportions (and usually, epic portions). ... Read More

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Did you know that the advent of the toilet has saved more lives than any other invention in history? That’s right – more than seat belts, vaccinations or any medical device, modern sanitation has improved women’s equality, living conditions, health ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Autumn

Plumbing Be sure to disconnect all hoses from outside faucets. A connected hose can prevent proper drainage from the faucet and may freeze and damage the faucet. If you have an outside faucet that is not a frost-proof faucet, be sure to ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Summer

Plumbing Do you find yourself running out of hot water? Check the date of manufacture on your water heater. This can be found on a label on the unit. Typically the first four numbers of the serial number are the month ... Read More

Smart Toilets Arrive in the U.S.

Will Americans take to smart toilets the way they have embraced smartphones? By TODD WASSERMAN, Business and Marketing Editor of Mashable.com   That's what Yoshiaki Fujimori, CEO of Japan's Lixil Corporation, is hoping. Like iPhones, app-packed commodes are objects of desire in Mr. ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Plumbing When turning on water valves for the first time after the cold season is over, check for any leaks that may result from a pipe that may have had some leftover water in it that froze. Also check for leaks ... Read More

Vacation Tips for Your Home

You can easily overlook your support systems when going away for a weekend, vacation, or extended period of time.  If something happens while you’re away, you’ll come home to a nightmare and regret that you weren't better prepared. To make sure ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Winter

Plumbing Do you have trouble with pipes freezing? Turn a faucet on to a slow trickle on an especially cold night to aid in keeping it from freezing solid. If you anticipate freezing problems or you have time in advance, try ... Read More

So…who invented the toilet?

Thomas Crapper?Really?While that makes for a nice, tidy, humorous answer, it is not true.  He did not invent the toilet. He did, however, do much to increase the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions to it.  ... Read More

World Toilet Day, November 19th

Of all of the modern conveniences that we take for granted, the toilet ranks (no pun intended) right up there…until something doesn’t go right with it. Let’s pause to consider for a moment, however, what would the world be like without ... Read More

August is National Water Quality Month

The Environmental Protection Agency has designated August as National Water Quality Month, which is a perfect chance to consider the purity of the water that you drink or use. Water quality can vary greatly from locale to locale; from tap ... Read More

June is National Bathroom Reading Month

No, we're not making this up. There really is a National Bathroom Reading Month, compliments of the Bathroom Readers' Institute of Ashland, OR. The folks there claim that: “Since 1988, the Bathroom Readers’ Institute has led the movement to stand up for ... Read More

What is the quality of your water?

Water is the most abundant resource on earth. 70 percent of our planet's surface is covered with water and it is so essential to life that a person can survive without food for days, but not without water. However, only about ... Read More

Drain and perform maintenance on your water heater.

Proper maintenance of your water heater can help it last for many years, and will save you money in repairs down the road.  Leaks can develop over time and can slowly destroy a water heater from the outside.  Also rust ... Read More

Check for leaks in toilet water feed and tank bottom.

9 out of 10 complaints that local water utilities receive from homeowners can be traced back to leaky toilets. You can do your own quick and easy test if you suspect a leaky loo. First, take the top off your ... Read More

Energy Saving Tip – Wrap your water heater in a thermal blanket

Boost your water heater's efficiency by wrapping it in a thermal blanket. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding an insulating wrap to your water heater can reduce heat loss by as much as 45 percent and save as ... Read More

My water heater is leaking. Will it burst?

It is not likely to burst, but the leak is not going to go away or get any less. It is best to call Brubaker Inc. at 717-299-5641, or contact us here to schedule a service call. It is highly ... Read More

How do I control roots if I have them in my sewer line, and how do I keep them out once they are removed?

If you have roots in your pipes, call us at 717-299-5641, or contact us here to schedule a service call. We have the methods, materials, and equipment to remove the roots without necessarily having to excavate your yard. If your ... Read More

What can I put in my garbage disposal?

Not everything, as some people seem to believe. Here are some helpful hints to keep your disposal running properly:As mentioned previously, be sure to run water while the disposal is in operation. Please note that is should be cold water, ... Read More

I should let the water run while I am using the garbage disposal, right?

Absolutely. You should always be running water down the drain while the garbage disposal unit is turned on. You should let the water continue to run for a second or two even after the disposal is turned off. This helps ... Read More

What should I avoid flushing down my toilet to help prevent clogs?

Your toilet was not designed or intended to be an all-purpose disposal device. It is intended to only have human waste and toilet tissue flushed down it. While some things may get flushed down by accident, it is especially important ... Read More