4 Plumbing Upgrades Ideal For Home Cooking

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Cooking at home is made easier a variety of different ways. Having the proper cookware and appliances helps, but knowing what plumbing upgrades to have goes a long way. Plumbing upgrades around your kitchen will make the prepping and cooking of meals a lot easier.

Cooking at home provides big portions, saves money, and reduces the amount of processed foods you consume. By upgrading the plumbing, you will be encouraged to cook more and reduce the time it takes to cook.

Browse through various plumbing upgrades and see how they integrate into your own kitchen.

4 Common Causes of Kitchen Sink Leaks

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Some kitchen sink leaks are obvious, while others are hard to find and will drive you crazy as you try to hunt them down. Small leaks located underneath your sink can be some of the hardest to find, but they can still cause a lot of damage. Here are four common causes of leaks under and around your kitchen sink.

  1. Disposal Damage or Loose Connection

The kitchen sink disposal offers several potential points of failure where seals can fail and come loose. The first one is the flange where the top of the disposal connects to the inside of your sink. The bottom of the unit, where it connects to the main drain, is another connection that can come loose. And if the unit connects to the dishwasher drain, the unit can leak there too.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters for Large Families

Written by Tom Elliott. Posted in Rakeman Blog

Large families face several financial responsibilities ranging from groceries to energy bills. One way that many large families try to lower their energy consumption is with their hot water heater.  If you are trying to lower your energy expenses, a tankless hot water heater may be ideal. Tankless hot water heaters offer benefits your large family may want to consider.

Space Saving Benefits

Having a large family means having limited space. This space isn’t only with living space. It is also limiting your storage space as well. A traditional water heater requires a certain amount of space for that water heater tank. This closet or space must have a 12-inch clearance on all sides. An air opening must be in place in this space. Each air opening, such as ducts, must be at least 3 inches in diameter.

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:

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