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Keep up with Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog to learn expert tips about common plumbing and air conditioning problems and concerns. You’ll find useful information about plumbing and HVAC maintenance, repairs and more.

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Do It Yourself Shower Head Installation

The idea of performing your own plumbing maintenance, minor repairs, or even installation of new fixtures, like faucets and garbage disposals, is an attractive one. Completing a home improvement project on your own can seem like a daunting task, but the sense of accomplishment you feel after it's done far outweighs the dread. One of…
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Kitchen Sink Sprayer Replacement

Our kitchens are full of convenient appliances to help get us through our daily cooking and cleaning tasks. Microwave ovens, electric can openers, and food processors are just a few of the tools used every day, and we tend to take them for granted. For the mechanically inclined homeowner, replacing a kitchen sink sprayer is…
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Clearing Your Own Drain Clog

Dealing with drain clogs is much more about being proactive than reactive, in that it is much easier to prevent a clog than it is to clear one. Most drain clogs are confined to a single sink or tub and are simple for the homeowner to remove without needing a call to a plumbing company. Why…
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Cleaning Your Own P-Trap

As we’re spending more and more time at home these days, now is a great time for the “do-it-yourselfers” to truly shine. One of the most common causes for a slow drain in a kitchen or bathroom sink is a dirty P-trap pipe. What is a P-Trap? Take a look underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink,…
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What is Wrong with My Sewer Line?

 Out of sight and out of mind. Unfortunately, that is the approach most homeowners take toward the maintenance and upkeep of their sewer lines. It’s only natural that we pay little to no attention to our sewer lines condition until signs of sewer line trouble appear. Symptoms of sewer drain issues include gurgling sounds from…
"Slab and Sewer Leak Detection"

Slab and Sewer Leak Detection

More and more homes in the greater Houston area are being built on top of concrete slabs. More often than not, these foundations will have plumbing lines run underneath the slab. This is a bad idea for several reasons, the first being that no material lasts forever, and eventually you (or whoever owns the home…
"Knowing When Repiping is Right for Your Property"

Knowing When Repiping is Right for Your Property

Repiping is the process of removing all the incoming water lines in a building and replacing them with new pipes, junctions, and valves. This rarely includes replacing sewage and drain lines in a property, but that service can often be scheduled and performed at the same time as repiping, to save some cost, time and…
"AC Installation Near Me in Houston"

AC Installation Near Me in Houston

Replacing an air conditioning system is a costly venture, but it can cost more to keep your existing system running over time. On average, a complete AC installation near me in Houston costs around $6,000. The range starts at about $4,000 for a simple swap-out of a unit up to $15,000 for complete system installation.…
"When Should You Call a Plumber for a Clogged Drain?"

When Should You Call a Plumber for a Clogged Drain?

There’s an old saying in the plumbing industry, “every drain will someday clog.” Actually, it’s not a saying; I just made that up. But there is truth to this bold claim, and this blog will help the homeowner answer the question, “when should you call a plumber for a clogged drain”? Toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs, washing…
How Does an Air Filtration System Improve Air Quality?

How Does an Air Filtration System Improve Air Quality?

Every home has dust. In most households, this dust is a combination of smoke, pollen, pet dander, viruses, and bacteria that irritates our noses, throats, and lungs. People with allergies and other sensitivities to airborne irritants are likely to see their symptoms improve with the addition of an air filtration system. The quality of indoor air…
How Are Water Leaks Detected?

How Are Water Leaks Detected?

The plumbing system in your home is a marvel of ingenuity, developed over the last five-thousand years starting in ancient Greece. In the Roman era, the ability to bring water into Rome from the remote mountains was a significant engineering feat. Plumbing, as we know it today, began to take shape in the early 1800s…
"Why is My AC Running but Not Cooling?"

Why is My AC Running but Not Cooling?

As we head into the summer months here in Houston, the importance of having a properly operating air conditioning system cannot be overstated. Hotter temperatures, higher humidity, and the increasing amount of development in our city mean that every summer here seems worse than the one before. Air conditioning systems are made up of mechanical and…
"Why Is My Water Heater in the Attic?"

Why Is My Water Heater in the Attic?

Okay, we admit, this sounds like a strange question, but it is one that we happen to hear quite often both on the phone and in the field on service calls. A WATER HEATER IN THE ATTIC SAVES SQUARE FOOTAGE Tank-type water heaters are big, hulking cylinders filled with anywhere from forty to seventy gallons of hot…
Free Plumbing Estimate in Houston

Free Plumbing Estimate in Houston

Almost every company in the residential services market, from roofers, plumbers, and HVAC companies, offers free estimates. Free in-person estimates are an excellent way for a customer to interact with the technicians that will be doing their job and learn about all aspects of the work they need to be done. What is a Free Plumbing…

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