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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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Let’s Learn About Sewer Cleanouts

Sewer cleanouts are a crucial part of your home's plumbing system, as they allow for access to your drains and sewer lines without having to dig up your yard or tear out walls. Depending on your home's age, you may have as few as one or as many as ten access points for sewer line…
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How Important is a Furnace in Houston

It's the beginning of October, and it's time to close the books on another hot and humid Houston summer. If you're like us, thanks to the pandemic, you probably spent a lot more time inside your home during the summer of 2020 than in any year prior. Through it all, there was one home appliance…
clogged sink

How Do Plumbers Unclog Drains?

OK, you've got a drain clog.  Please don't panic; it isn't the end of the world. In a recent blog, we described how a homeowner could clear their own drain clogs safely. If you're looking for a DIY method to clear your drain, you can find that blog here: This time out, we're going to…
water heaters

How To Extend The Life of Your Water Heater

Water heaters have a pretty long life expectancy, particularly in light of what we ask from them. For a tank-type water heater, the average lifespan is between 7 and 10 years; for tankless units, they're known to last upwards of twenty years. Your tank-type water heater is working twenty-four hours a day, keeping anywhere between…
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Do It Yourself Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Not that many years ago, it was considered a luxury to have a garbage disposal installed in your kitchen sink. Alright, maybe “luxury” is a bit of an over-sell, but at one time, garbage disposals were considered a premium appliance in a new kitchen build. Today, garbage disposals are as standard in new homes as…
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Do-It-Yourself Drain Maintenance

Maintaining free-flowing drains is one of the essential do-it-yourself tasks a homeowner can perform. By keeping troublesome clogs from blocking the drain and sewer pipes, you can extend your existing plumbing life by decades. The residue from everything we put into our drains builds up over time, leaving grease and soap clinging to your pipes'…
shower head

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…
Kitchen Sink Sprayer

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…
sink Plunger

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.…
woman cleaning the p-trap at home

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,…
Woman checking the sewer line at home

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…
"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,…

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