3 Common Water Heater Problems and Their Solutions

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

If you have a tank-style water heater, you may not think about it very often. However, ignoring your water heater can lead to expensive bills down the road. Learn the three biggest problems that water heaters can have in this blog and how to solve them — and make sure to keep your water heater in mind when you schedule your important home maintenance tasks.

  1. Water Heaters Can Leak

When it comes to flooding, leaks, and other water damage in the home, the water heater is one of the five most common causes. Because a tank-style water heater holds a lot of water at once, if it begins to leak, the results can be messy at best and damaging to your home at worst.

5 Reasons You Might Hear Gurgling Sounds in Your Bathroom

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

That telltale glug-glug sound in your bathroom is rarely a welcome discovery. Whether it’s coming from the shower, sink, or toilet, you can tell right away that it’s not normal. The question is, what is it and why is it in your house? Here are five reasons you may hear a gurgle in your bathroom plumbing.

  1. Plumbing Vent Blockage

Blockages in your plumbing vents can develop over time and cause these types of sounds. The vents are meant to (among other things) let air in so water can flow through the pipes at a steady rate without pressure problems. It’s similar to the pinhole on your coffee mug, which lets air in so that the hot coffee doesn’t come out in glugs and burn you.

If you know for sure that you haven’t heard the gurgling sound before, that means it’s a recent problem, which makes blockage a likely candidate. Since plumbing vents are typically located on the roof, it’s best to let a professional handle this problem.

Plumbing Tips to Avoid a Sudden Mess on Easter Sunday

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Easter Sunday is a popular time for family and friends to gather together for large feasts and activities. Hosting an Easter Sunday dinner at your home may include a lot of people, drinks, and food. But along with preparing a list of party supplies, you should also prepare for any plumbing needs you may have for the party.

Taking preventative steps with your plumbing can make a big difference when it comes to clearing drains and preventing any issues during the holiday dinner. You can follow multiple tips to check for any problems present and prevent them from occurring during the festivities.

Follow this guide for Easter Sunday gatherings or any other parties you may be hosting this spring.

7 Warning Signs of a Slab Leak in Your Home

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog


As a homeowner, you know that plumbing leaks pose a significant threat to the health, safety, and structural integrity of your home. However, you may be less aware of the numerous types of leaks that can develop on a residential property, from dripping faucets to less visible types like slab leaks.

In this blog, we explain what slab leaks are and how this particular type of leak can develop in your home. Additionally, we list seven of the most common warning signs that a dangerous slab leak has occurred on your property.

What Are Slab Leaks?

Many of the leaks in residential plumbing systems occur in easily visible areas, such as in plumbing fixtures like shower heads. Other leaks, however, can be obscured by the structure of the home. For example, if a pipe bursts in a ceiling, floor, or wall, the leak is not necessarily immediately noticeable.

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.

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