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7 Benefits of Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment for Your Home

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Your home runs on clean, clear water. You use your home’s water to prepare for your day with a shower and cup of coffee, provide your family with food and hydration, and even to relax, play, and bond with your loved ones.

Often, however, the water that your plumbing system delivers contains tiny contaminant particles, usually naturally occurring minerals specific to your region.

These contaminants may affect the flavor, color, smell, and other properties of your water. In some cases, the contaminants may even make the water less safe for drinking, especially for individuals who are sensitive to contaminants.

One of the ways that homeowners remove contaminants from their water is through reverse osmosis filtration systems, a type of water purifier that removes all the foreign particles from water as it flows through a specialized membrane. In this blog, we list seven benefits of reverse osmosis water treatment.

Lead Water Pipes: What Every Homeowner Should Know

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Americans are more concerned than ever that drinking water be kept as pure as possible, especially after a serious contamination incident occurred in Flint, Michigan in 2014. Tighter standards and an increased scrutiny of what is permitted in water supplies has made them increasingly safer from a national perspective.

However, the reality is that the safety of your drinking water can be compromised at the very end of its passage into your home if your plumbing is substandard. Below is more information on the dangers of lead pipes, how you can identify if your pipes are made from lead and what you should do if you discover lead pipes in your home.

The Rules of Basic Sewer Maintenance

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Your home’s sewer plays a critical role in your life. By carrying away wastewater, the sewer is the part of your property that makes all clothes washing, dish washing, hand-washing and toilet flushing possible. Because it is such a critical part of your home, it’s important to keep your sewer functioning properly. These tips will help you maintain your sewer and keep your household running smoothly.

Keep Tree Roots Out

When they’re thirsty, tree roots will invade sewer lines in search of moisture. You can prevent tree roots from invading your sewers by keeping trees away from the sewer lines, keeping “thirsty” trees off your property and by taking care of your trees. These tips will help:

Water-Softening Options for Those on Low-Sodium Diets

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Low Sodium Water SoftenerIf you’re tired of spending what may seem like hours each week scrubbing your sinks and showers to remove mineral scale, or if you find yourself cycling through appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters or refrigerators far more quickly than typical, you may be dealing with extremely hard water.

Water softening systems can be a boon for homeowners in hard-water areas, helping minimize the frequency of appliance repairs and provide a home’s tap water with a much more palatable taste and feel. However, water softeners that operate by replacing mineral ions with sodium ones have the potential to incrementally increase the sodium content of treated water.

Household Smells and Flooding

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Even the most responsible people could leave for a summer vacation without preparing their homes properly. If you’re one of those people, and you’ve returned to a flood or a smelly home, you may be tempted to turn around and go back on vacation. Instead, follow the tips below to get your home back on track.

Confronting the Awful Odor of a Gas Leak

If you open your front door upon returning home and a sickening-sweet smell of rot assaults your senses, step back for a moment and think: do you have any gas appliances? If you do own gas appliances, sniff the air to determine whether the awful smell indicates a gas leak is present somewhere inside or around the home.

4 Reasons to Let the Pros Repair Your Mobile Home Plumbing

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Mobile home that needs plumbing repairIf you need to install, upgrade, or repair plumbing in your mobile home, you may be considering a DIY solution to solve your issues. Listed below are four excellent reasons why you should hire an experienced mobile home plumber instead.

Permits Are Not Optional

In many states, your mobile home plumbing repairs are governed by strict codes. These rules stipulate the way repairs must be made and describe the types of materials allowed when making repairs or upgrades to plumbing systems. Mobile home repair codes also define who is permitted to make plumbing repairs to any kind of manufactured housing.

8 Signs You Should Call a Plumber About Your Garbage Disposal

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal is one of the most convenient advances of modern plumbing. When used correctly, your garbage disposal can make your cooking process and your kitchen plumbing more efficient.

However, because garbage disposals process many kinds of food waste, they can break or wear down over time. When this type of damage occurs, a plumber can make the necessary repairs or recommend a replacement model.

So how do you know it’s time to call a plumber about your garbage disposal? Look for the following eight signs.

Antique Plumbing: What to Look and Save for When Buying an Old House

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

antiqueplumberMany potential home buyers gravitate to the character in older homes, even though there are sometimes issues with updating the functions of the home—especially plumbing.

Not all old houses have plumbing problems, so how can you know if the home you’re looking at is a flood waiting to happen or a generally water-safe home? Here are some things to look for, ask about, and save for when you’re walking through and purchasing an older house.

4 Things to Consider Before You Contract Your Bathroom Remodel

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog


Pinterest, Houzz, and HGTV have fueled your fantasies of a glistening, new tile floor; a Hollywood-esque vanity mirror; a glass enclosure shower; and a luxurious Jacuzzi tub. Then, with your hopes high and your dreams big, you start looking at prices for these beautiful, new fixtures. Suddenly, the best-case scenario for your bathroom remodel isn’t so ornate.

Bathroom remodels have this kind of inspirational effect on people. Once homeowners know they can transform their tired, old bathrooms, their imaginations run wild. Then, when they realize how costly their ideal remodel is, their hopes are dashed.

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