Mike Counsil Plumbing Tips, Advice and Compelling Stories

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How to Shut Off Your Home’s Main Water Supply

When a leaky pipe, rusted water heater or overflowing toilet threatens to flood your home, you need to know where the main water supply shut-off valve is located – and fast! It’s also helpful to know how to shut off water to individual plumbing fixtures. We’ve got the instructions you need right here. Where to […]

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8 Plumber Stereotypes Debunked

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, it’s probably been a while since you called a plumbing company. It’s also possible that you believe certain stereotypes about plumbers. Consider the most common misconceptions and how they couldn’t be further from the truth when describing the Mike Counsil Plumbing team in San Jose, California. Plumbers are messy. This may […]

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6 Ways to Prevent a Water Heater Disaster

You enjoy hot water every day, yet you probably don’t give much thought to your water heater. Don’t wait for a catastrophic failure – protect your home from a costly water heater breakdown with these simple tips. Inspect the tank frequently. It only takes a few moments, but checking up on your water heater every […]

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Preventing Plumbing Emergencies

No one wants to deal with plumbing emergencies. They’re inconvenient, may cause property damage and could land you with a hefty repair bill. While there’s no guarantee against plumbing problems, you can prevent most emergencies by following these tips. Don’t Pour Cooking Grease Down the Drain It might be liquid when it’s hot, but grease […]

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How to Fix 5 Common Plumbing Problems

It’s easy to take your plumbing for granted – until a problem develops. Fortunately, the most common plumbing problems are usually easy to fix without professional assistance. And for more complicated jobs, you can always call a reliable plumber in San Jose, CA for help. Clogged Drains Plumbing is designed to handle water flow, but […]

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How to Maintain a Water Heater

    You might assume your water heater doesn’t need maintenance, but if you check the instruction manual, you’ll see it recommends a simple checkup once a year. Here’s how to maintain a water heater so it performs efficiently and lasts years longer. Make Preparations The night before your project, turn off the natural gas […]

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How to Find a Great Plumber

    Unless you’re an avid DIYer, you need someone to help you deal with clogged drains, leaky pipes and your broken garbage disposal. Performing more extensive work requires a professional plumbing license. Before you team up with one company or another, follow these tips to help you find a great plumber in San Jose, […]

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Garbage Disposal 101

    You would never dump food scraps into the bathroom sink, but you don’t think twice about rinsing your plate in the kitchen sink. You have your garbage disposal to thank for your confidence. However, even this robust little appliance needs some care and attention if you want it to last. Follow the instructions […]

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Drain Cleaning Tips for Clogged Sinks and Tubs

    Indoor plumbing is wonderful as long as your pipes flow smoothly. However, slow drains are quite common. If you continue to use the sink or tub in question, it will soon become completely clogged. Until you clear the blockage, your bathroom is useless. You might instinctively reach for chemical drain cleaning products, but […]

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How Do Water Softeners Work?

    If you have hard water, then using a water softener will protect your pipes, clothing, dishes, hair, and skin from damage. Hard water not only causes physical damage to your home and body, but it can cause bad odors and stains. Fortunately, you can treat hard water by using water softeners. Your plumber […]

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