Make Sure Your Sump Pump Can Handle This Year’s Melted Snow

November 17, 2022

Winters in Montana are marked by below-freezing temperatures and plenty of snow. Since the cold temperatures keep the snow frozen throughout the winter, there’s not much need for a sump pump during this time. However, when the spring thaw begins, all of that snow will start to melt, suddenly putting your sump pump under a lot of stress. To ensure that you don’t end up with a flooded basement, here are a few tips from our crew at PJ's Plumbing & Heating to make sure your sump pump can handle the snow melt. Check the Pit During the winter,

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Can Montana Winters Cause PEX Pipes to Freeze?

September 15, 2022

When compared to copper, PVC, and other ridge pipes, PEX pipes have the highest level of freeze resistance. This is good news if you’re constantly worried about burst or ruptured pipes in the winter months. Having PEX pipes in your Belgrade, Montana home can help you avoid thousands of dollars in plumbing repairs when the outside temperature plummets. This is especially true if you’re prone to taking long vacations during the holiday season and often leave your home unattended. PEX Pipes Can and Do Freeze, But They’re Unlikely to Rupture PEX piping is made from cross-linked

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3 Quick Tips for Replacing Your Home’s Garbage Disposal

August 11, 2022

When you flip the switch of your garbage disposal, you expect to hear the blades grinding the food debris in the trap. What you don’t expect is a loud hum, screeching sound or nothing. If your garbage disposal stopped working, replacing it could give you a sense of accomplishment. Follow these tips to safely and effectively replace your Bozeman, MT home’s garbage disposal. 1. Familiarize Yourself With the New Disposal If you’ve already tried resetting, unplugging and restarting the old disposal and flipping the circuit breaker to see if that fixes the issue, it’s time to

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Common Causes of Cloudy Tap Water and What to Do

July 18, 2022

It’s hard to tell the reasons you have cloudy tap water just by looking. It’s always advisable to test your water regularly to determine the cause and ensure it doesn’t have contaminants. Consulting with an expert can help you choose an effective solution to eliminate the cloudiness and protect your plumbing from damage. Here are some common reasons behind the cloudiness in your tap water. Particulates in Your Water Supply Water may pick some particulate or sediment as it flows through your plumbing system. These particulates, such as silt or rock, don’t fully dissolve in water,

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Will Vomit Harm My Plumbing?

May 20, 2022

Vomiting is a common issue that everyone has dealt with at some point. While you may be prepared with a bin at your bedside, there are always going to be days when you’re elsewhere in the house. Consider utilizing these helpful tips to protect your home’s plumbing. Use Toilets Toilets are one of the best outlets for your vomit. They’re designed to handle more volume than other sinks and can flush down softened chunks with ease. If you happen to get sick right after eating, you may need to plunge your toilet to ensure it doesn’t

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What Makes Toilet Paper Environmentally Friendly?

April 18, 2022

What Makes Toilet Paper Environmentally Friendly? You may have chuckled while reading or viewing toilet paper ads that proclaim a certain product is soft, best at cleaning, or more absorbent than competing products. While these factors are important, it’s also wise to consider the environmental friendliness of toilet paper. Let’s look at what makes a toilet paper environmentally friendly and how to choose one that won’t cause damage to your Willow Creek, MT home’s septic system or sewer line. Consider the Material Until recently, most toilet papers were made from new tree pulp. However, consumer

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Common Plumbing Code Violations You Should Know

February 17, 2022

While many people like to make their own plumbing repairs and modifications, it often results in a plumbing code violation. This is one of the reasons why this type of work should be left to a professional plumber. These are some common plumbing code violations to be aware of. Insufficient Space Around a Toilet There needs to be sufficient space around a toilet for it to meet plumbing code. Different parts of the country have specific clearance minimums. There also has to be sufficient space around cabinets, sinks and appliances. Use of

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Ways to Flush a Washing Machine

January 13, 2022

Flushing a washing machine is important in order to get rid of excess water and detergent that has been left behind. This will help prevent any mold from growing inside of your washer, which can be dangerous for you and your family’s health. Here are different ways to flush out a washing machine so that it stays clean and efficient. Vinegar Vinegar is a great way to clean and disinfect your washing machine. To flush your washer with vinegar, simply pour one cup of vinegar into the detergent drawer and run a hot cycle. This will

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What Is a Tankless Water Heater and How Does it Work?

December 20, 2021

Tankless water heaters are an alternative to hot water heaters. They produce hot water on demand and don’t store water, unlike traditional water heaters. There are several reasons to choose one if you need a new water heater in your home. Tankless Water Heater Tankless water heaters are increasingly popular because they’re less expensive to operate than traditional water heaters. Traditional water heaters store hot water kept at 120 degrees or more. A tankless water heater produces hot water only when it’s called for, such as when you’re taking a shower. When you

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Tips for Finding Plumbing Leaks

November 20, 2021

When your Belgrade, MT, home’s plumbing system functions as required, you can easily forget about it, mainly because it operates out of sight. But when things stop working as usual or your water bill skyrockets, it’s time to act. However, since much of your piping exists underneath your home, under cabinetry, or within the walls, finding the problem becomes challenging. A leak that goes unnoticed for an extended period can result in catastrophic property damage. Experts at PJ's Plumbing & Heating share with you some handy tips for finding plumbing leaks in your home so that you can contact us before it’s too

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