What Can a Gas Leak Do To Your Health?

For some people, natural gas is all around their home; the energy source for their clothes dryers, heating, water heater, stove, fireplace and fire pits. It’s also something we often don’t think about as a danger to our health.  While carbon dioxide poisoning gets a bit more attention than natural gas leaks, it’s not something… Read more »

What Causes Drains to Backup?

Brutinel Plumbing often gets calls to investigate drain backups. What causes them? Well, for starters, typical culprits include a buildup of “solid material,” which clog a drain. Think about the times you shave or cut hair at a sink, with hairs going down the drain. Add to that grease, sanitary napkins, paper towels, disposable diapers,… Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Dump Grease Down Your Drain

After grease goes down your drain it ends up as part of wastewater going through your pipes and then into your neighborhood sewer system. It turns out that the fats in the grease mix with other chemicals in the sewer water, forming globs that can ultimately build up and then block the pipes. Just like… Read more »

Making Sense Of What’s Between The Pipes: Plumbing Fittings 101

Have you ever investigated a problem with your plumbing system only to get lost in a dizzying maze of pipes and the strange objects that connect them? Sure, plumbing can be confusing when you don’t even know what you’re looking at. But with a quick rundown of the most common pipe fittings used by plumbers,… Read more »

Here Are Four Ways to Avoid Needing a Plumber to Fix Your Toilet

Ah, the toilet. This bathroom appliance has to be one of the peskiest in the house. It’s never a clear answer as to why it’s overflowing, so half the time, you’re either heaving away with a plunger, or experimenting with the compartment up top. Soon enough, you’re on the phone with the plumber. But don’t… Read more »

What’s Wrong With My Toilet? It Could Be Your Fill Valve

It can be fun to think about what life was like before all of our modern conveniences. With everything we need to keep track of today, a simpler time can be pretty appealing. But if there’s one stark reminder that all the trouble is worth it, it’s the frightening thought of a broken toilet. When… Read more »

The Importance of Businesses Cleaning Exhaust Fans

The National Fire Protection Association offers what is known as “NFPA 96” covering the design, installation, operation, inspection, testing and maintenance of commercial cooking operations. Food service operators need to note NFPA 96’s preventive and operative fire safety requirements in order to reduce the potential fire hazard of their operations. If you have an exhaust… Read more »

Here are Five Reasons Why A Plumbing Vent is a Must-Have

Okay, so you’ve got your toilet set up. But, it’s still not connected to the plumbing, and thereby inactive. Before you do so, it’s best to check your inventory: Pipe, check. Floor drain, check. Water supply, check. Plumbing vent? Maybe not quite. The plumbing vent is a device that fosters our water’s passage through the… Read more »

Why Carbon Monoxide is a Silent Killer

In the old days, homes had smoke detectors in case of fires. Today they have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t have both where you live, buy and install them– your life could depend on them. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that could kill you. Produced by… Read more »

Tips for Making Your Water Heater Last

One of life’s greatest pleasures is taking hot showers– so relaxing, right? And hot water is also important when it comes to cleaning your dishes, cups and silverware. A home utilizes a water heater to make these things possible. Water heaters take cold water in and let hot water out. They can be powered by… Read more »