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JOHN'S BLOG

3 Greatest Drain Hacks to Extend the Life of Your Plumbing Piping

Here are three quick and easy tips for keeping drains problem-free:

Heating and Air - We Can Help With That!

Everyone knows that Dependable Service can help with your plumbing problems, and that we pride ourselves on being able to provide our customers with reliable and consistent customer service as well as convenient, money-saving options, but did you know that Dependable Service can also help with your heating and air conditioning needs?

3 Reasons an Outdoor Shower Is a Myrtle Beach Must-Have

Have you ever used plumbing services to combat everyday headaches unrelated to water use? If you haven't before, now is the perfect time to start.

3 Things You Didn’t Know Are in Your Home’s Water

Here are three common drinking water contaminants you might not know about:

3 Ways to Keep Your Myrtle Beach Home Sand-Free This Summer

How much can drain cleaning save you over a year’s time? More than you think!

3 Bathroom Habits Affecting Your Plumbing

Is your plumbing suffering because of your bathroom habits? Fix these problems fast.

3 Reasons Your Water Bill Fluctuates

The changes in your water bill from month to month can help pinpoint when there's a problem. Here are three reasons your water bill fluctuates

3 Point Plumbing Checklist When Buying A House

A basic home inspection doesn't look at plumbing services. They're handled similarly to the roof. You're expected to call in a specialist.

3 Pointers for a Mildew-Free Bathroom

It's surprisingly easy to miss a leak or search unsuccessfully for the source. This is where mildew creeps in. As moisture invades your home, spores begin to grow.

3 Ways to Know How Clean Your Home’s Water Is

Worried about the quality of your water? Look into water filtration.

Reasons Your Water Temperature Fluctuates In the Shower

Nothing is as frustrating as a shower with fluctuating temperature. Heres how to identify what could be causing changing your water temperature.

3 Plumbing Habits of Savvy Landlords

Being a landlord brings a lot of responsibility, and a big part of that responsibility lies in taking care of your property's plumbing for your tenants.

4 Benefits of a Dual Flush Toilet  

Installing a dual flush toilet can be very beneficial, both financially and environmentally. Learn how they are different from standard toilets.

4 Ways to Spot Plumbing Leaks Like a Pro  

Plumbing system leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water per year. Here are a few ways of locating plumbing leaks in your plumbing system.

The Art of Preventing Hotel Plumbing Disasters With Water Jetting

Every retail space, hotel, or restaurant will experience a clogged drain at some point in time. With water jetting these stubborn clogs are removed using the force of high pressure water to thoroughly clear the pipe lining. Find out how.

4 Easy Fixes to Prevent Smelly Drains

Don't let a smelly drain sink your kitchen! We know great ingredients to turn your sink back into a fresh kitchen area!  

4 Things To Do When Your Toilet Is Overflowing

Here is a quick step-by-set guide to follow if you experience an overflowing toilet in your home.

4 Secrets to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

Dependable Service reveals the tips to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

5 Subtle Signs of a Water Leak You Shouldn’t Ignore

A water leakage is not always evident, and an occasional inspection of your pipes will help track down the source of the problem. Here are the telltale signs of plumbing leaks in your home;

3 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Water Heater

Getting cold or even too hot water is one of the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your water heater, but there are other noticeable signs you can look out for.

DS Plumbing is Now Dependable Service Plumbing, Inc.

Don’t worry, we haven’t gone away! We’ve just made some big changes. DS Plumbing is now known as Dependable Service Plumbing. We are thrilled to present to you our brand new, completely redesigned website.

Revolutionize Your Bathroom Cleaning with These 3 Simple Tips

Want to take your cleaning to the next level? Go above and beyond your conventional bathroom cleaning with these simple tips.

Back to School Water Saving Tips  

Here are a few back-to-school water saving tips that will help you cut down on the amount of water your family is using.

How to Deal with a Bad Plumbing Experience  

It was late on Sunday afternoon. Water was cascading out from under the kitchen sink. You dove for the yellow pages and hired the first plumber who said "I can be there in half an hour..."

3 Easy Ways to Improve the Water Pressure in Your Shower  

Even though lousy water pressure can be frustrating, don’t lose your hope yet. There are some remedies to help correct your low water pressure.

Top 5 Benefits of Upgrading from Electric to Gas in Your Kitchen

If you’ve been considering making some upgrades to your kitchen, making the switch from electric to gas might be a great choice to add to your list. If you’ve never had a gas range, you might be wondering how much this upgrade can truly do for you. Here are 5 great benefits of simply switching from electric to gas.

Tell Me More About Shower Head Filters…

If you would like to experience the benefits of a shower head filter, you can find many sources online to compare and contrast features and prices, such as WaterFilterComparisons.com. Most range from $30 to $79. We found huge selections of shower filters in most of the big box stores (Lowes, Home Depot, and Bed Bath & Beyond), on Amazon, and on sites that specialize in just filters of all types.

Toilet Technology

We’ve seen the home improvement and lifestyle shows on HGTV and other cable stations… these shows focus on the lavish, the luxurious, and the “far-out” in home design.

Kitchen Dilemma – Clogged Sink Pipes and Drains

There is never a good time for a kitchen dilemma, but the busy holiday season may be one of the more stressful times to discover your kitchen sink has suddenly decided not to drain anymore. How do you know if a simple kitchen hack will solve the problem or if you need to call in a plumber? Here are few things you can try to solve that drain dilemma to see if it serious enough for professional help.

Winterizing Your Pipes

If you’re new to the Myrtle Beach area, you may be wondering why you would want to winterize your pipes. We live in a very warm climate, it’s true, but wintertime temperatures can and often do dip low enough to make frozen and burst pipes a risk. A frozen or burst pipe can cause significant damage and is the last thing any homeowner wants to deal with on a shivery January night.

Your Sump Pump: More Important Than You Think

When you think of all of the appliances and systems in your home that require regular maintenance and upkeep, your sump pump may be the last one to cross your mind. Particularly in the Grand Strand, recent flooding in 2015 and after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 may have highlighted just how important your sump pump really is.

Considering a Water Softening System?

Many areas have what’s known as hard water, including areas in and near Myrtle Beach. Hard water has a higher concentration of minerals like magnesium and calcium that can cause damage in your home, depending on how hard your water is.

Restaurant Plumbing Problems

Whether you are looking to start your first restaurant or you’ve just opened your fifteenth, having a top-notch plumbing resource that understands the unique conditions and abuses restaurant plumbing handles on a daily basis is a must! One of the few problems that can shut down a restaurant in short order are plumbing problems. Here are some of the worst offenders that may be lurking in your drains.

Smart Water Heaters: Is Your Water Heater Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

By now, most people have heard of “smart homes” that notice when no one is home and adjust temperature or turn on lights automatically when it gets dark out. Did you know that you can get a smart water heater too? The humble water heater may seem so simple that you wonder what can be truly smart about a water heater. What can a smart water heater even do?

Outdoor Showers: A Must Have For Beach Life (And Everywhere Else, Too!)

Outdoor showers may sound like a luxury, however, if you live in coastal, beachy areas, an outdoor shower becomes a must-have! Even if you live inland and have no idea how far away the closest beach would be, there are real-life benefits to having an outdoor shower that make life easier and cleaner!

Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

Many homeowners don’t think about care and maintenance of their garbage disposal too often. However, this appliance is a major workhorse! A little bit of care can go a long way toward keeping it working well for years to come. Here are a few do’s and don’ts that make taking care of your garbage disposal simple.

Professional Plumber or Handyman?

When you have a plumbing need, you may wonder if it really requires a professional plumber or if you can get by with the services of a handyman. In today’s cost-conscious world, it’s a fair question. However, the answer is deeper than simply the cost of the trip charge. Here are just a few considerations to keep in mind when you have a plumbing need.

Is There a Water Leak in My Home?

When you own a home, repairs and fixes are a part of life. In most cases, the faster you recognize a problem and take steps to address it, the less costly the repairs. This is especially true when it comes to water leaks, and not all water leaks are obvious. Some leaks may be hidden behind walls or may start off slow but quickly become a big problem. Here are a few clues to look for if you think you may have a water leak in your home.

Does My Home Have A Gas Leak?

A gas leak in your home has the potential to be deadly. If you notice any of the following signs of a gas leak, immediately take your family and pets, leave the home and go to a neighbor’s house, if possible. If your vehicle is in your garage or near your home, do not risk starting the vehicle! The number 1 rule of gas leaks is safety first!

Slab Leak Detection and Repair

A slab leak is a leak from a pipe or pipes located under the foundation or concrete slab of your home. A slab leak can easily become a major problem the longer it goes undetected and can compromise the integrity of your home’s foundation.

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