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Covid-19

    Mike Counsil Plumbing would like to keep you informed, not only with the statistics but also with information to keep you safe.  Please hover over the map below to see how the  COVID-19 virus is affecting the rest of the world and use this link to receive updated information on how to keep […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s day to all of the Mothers, Grandmothers, Great Grand Mothers and soon to be Mothers. Is there really any other more important day to celebrate than Mother’s Day.  I don’t think so.  If you think about it nothing else is possible without a Mother. You wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t […]

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Helping Each Other

Helping Each Other   Mike Counsil Plumbing is always ready to help when we can. We received this beautiful letter from The El Camino Health Foundation thanking Mike Counsil Plumbing, General Manager, Patty Loza and Service Manager, Sean Counsil, for a recent Donation. If you have the opportunity to help someone please do, it is […]

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Missing The Fun, But Not All Bad

Are you a parent like me and have a student in High school? Yesterday I was reflecting on all of the good times going to High school baseball, football, basketball, soccer etc….. games. My whole family would go out to cheer on my son and hope that he would be the hero of the game, […]

Maximize Your Time At Home

Maximize Your Time At Home While Avoiding COVID-19 Are you wondering what to do now that you are stuck at home?  There are a lot of ways that you can look at this time of your life. You can choose to have a negative outlook, or choose to see the positive side of things and […]

Covid-19 Update

  Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter, and all of our family of employees, would like you to know that our thoughts are with you who have been affected by, and struggling with,  COVID-19 locally and around the world.  We are closely evaluating the situation on a daily bases and monitoring the (CDC) for current information […]

Your Safety Is Our Priority

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter has always been about safety.  We are taking all steps necessary to ensure that you are safe and stay healthy, and our employees are safe and stay healthy. We will get through this and after all is said and done we will remember how all […]

Get Your Ducks In A Row

The Center for Desease Control (CDC) has Information that will help you survive. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/ Household Checklist As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Stay informed and in touch Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials Ask your […]

Plumbers and Covid-19

The Coronavirus came unexpectedly and moved very quickly throughout the world.  We were faced with a challenge and a responsibility to work together to not only find a cure, but stay healthy while pursuing it.  We have to research and develop  something that will be a long lasting solution to the virus. I am so […]

Men’s Health Month

MEN’S HEALTH MONTH Throughout June, Men’s Health Month focuses on improving the lifestyles of men. While there are several approaches to improving overall health, diet and exercise are the targets of any changes. All month long, community events and clinics take place to increase awareness of the leading health concerns men face. It’s important to […]

Benefits of Gas Appliances

Natural gas is one of America’s most valuable resources. If you rely on electricity for all your home heating, cooking and drying needs, you may be missing out on tremendous benefits and savings. If you’re thinking of switching from electric to natural gas appliances, consider what awaits you. Faster Water Heating Aside from space heating […]

Secure Your Water Heater in Case of an Earthquake

Living in San Jose, California means your home is vulnerable to earthquakes. After the ground settles, you want to go back to normal as quickly as possible, which includes taking a hot shower. Of course, this is only possible if your water heater withstood the shakes and tremors of the quake. Protect this valuable source […]

Top 10 Plumbing Emergencies

No one expects their plumbing to act up. Unfortunately, emergencies can strike out of nowhere. Learn about the top 10 plumbing emergencies in San Jose so you can prepare for the unexpected. Blocked sink: When you run water from the tap, you expect it to drain away quickly. When the pipe starts to clog, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Every Homeowner Needs to Know These Signs of Water Leaks

    Most people envision water leaks causing instant flooding, but a leak could be hiding in your home for a long time before you even know it is there. The longer a leak is around, the more water it will waste and the more damage it will cause. By being aware of the signs […]

How to Clean a Smelly Drain

    Do you notice a strong stench every time you get near your sink? You could have food on your garbage disposal blades that is getting smellier by the day. Fortunately, a quick drain cleaning with things you probably have around the house can help. This video shows how you can clean your garbage […]

Spotlight on Loyalty Pricing from Mike Counsil

    As a homeowner, plumbing services are something you are going to need periodically. From water heater maintenance services to drain cleaning and tune-ups, it’s inevitable that you will need a plumber to keep your home in top condition. Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter is here to make calling your plumber easier and more […]

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Renovating Your Home? Check Out These Popular Bathroom Sink Styles

    If you’re renovating your home, changing your bathroom sink can make a dramatic difference in the appearance of your room. You are no longer limited to installing a simple basin with a cabinet in your bathroom. Today, there are numerous different bathroom sink styles available to suit a different room sizes and styles. […]

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Common Water Heater Problems and Solutions

    There is a good chance that you don’t give too much thought to your hot water heater—until it stops working. That is when you find out just how much you rely on a steady supply of hot water any time you need it. Unfortunately, there are many different problems that can and do […]

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A Brief Look at Our Home Protection Plans

Planning helps you stay in control and on top of your responsibilities—including monitoring your home’s water heater and other plumbing elements. Here at Mike Counsil Plumbing, we help homeowners stay on track with our home protection plans. When you sign up for a home protection plan, you’ll receive annual tune ups and other maintenance services […]

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Do Water Heaters Need Maintenance?

Your water heater is one of the hardest working appliances in your home, but it can’t do all that work on its own! Water heater repair and maintenance services are crucial for keeping this appliance in the best shape possible so you can get the hot water you want, when you want it. There are […]

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Surprising Things You Can’t Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal is a great tool that helps you keep your kitchen clean and running smoothly. But are you preventing your garbage disposal from running as smoothly as possible? Along with knowing the basics of drain cleaning, it’s important to know what you can and can’t put down your garbage disposal. As you’ll see […]

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Would You Recognize the Signs of a Sewer Line Problem?

It’s easy to tell when a sink is backing up or when a toilet is overflowing, but what about your sewer line? This component of your home’s plumbing system is located underground, so it can be hard to know when it is damaged. Understanding some of the most common signs of a sewer line problem […]

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Common Types of Hot Water Heater Repairs

Do you know how old your water heater is? These appliances typically last between 8 and 10 years before they need to be replaced. If you work with the right water heater repair company, you can keep your appliance in great shape for as long as possible. Keep reading to learn about common types of […]

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FAQs About Water Heater Flushes

To work efficiently for as long as possible, water heaters need regular maintenance. One facet of water heater maintenance is flushing. During this process, your plumber ensures that any substances in the tank of your water heater that could impact its efficiency are removed. Why are water heater flushes so important, and how often should […]

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Recognizing the Importance of Fast Water Leak Repairs

When a water leak happens, it is important to call a plumber as soon as possible for repairs. Even small leaks can cause significant and costly issues. Your plumber has more tools than ever before, including the use of video inspections, to locate leaks so that repairs can be made quickly and accurately. Water leaks […]

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Could You Have a Faulty Water Heater Element?

One common water heater repair is replacing a faulty heater element. To determine if you are having an issue with your water heater element, your plumber will use a device to test your electrical connection. Watch this video to see how your water heater element can be tested. Using a handheld electrical meter, your plumber […]

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Top Benefits of Our Home Protection Plan Program

For homeowners, an unexpected plumbing problem can cause a great deal of stress. When problems pop up without warning, the repairs can be extremely expensive and disruptive. With a Home Protection Plan from Mike Counsil Plumbing, you get the benefit of regular maintenance services, which will help extend the life of your appliances, such as […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Your Drains When You’re Spring Cleaning

It’s easy to overlook the importance of maintaining your sewer and drain pipes—until a problem occurs, that is. Many homeowners simply expect all of their drains to work without giving them much thought, until the day that they start overflowing. Regular drain cleaning can help you avoid the expense and inconveniences associated with blocked and […]

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How Long Will a Water Heater Last?

Water heaters are one of the most important components of your plumbing system. The worst time to find out that your water heater isn’t working is when you discover a cold shower in the morning, but having some idea of the lifetime of your system can help you avoid this unpleasant surprise. If you think […]

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Why Do Plumbers Use Video Inspections?

If your plumber suspects you have a problem with your pipes, he or she may recommend a video inspection. This method of diagnosing your problem could save you a great deal of money and disruption while allowing your plumber to accurately determine the cause of your issue and the right solution for fixing it. Video […]

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How Is Hydro Jetting Different from Snaking?

Hydro jetting and snaking are both ways of dealing with drain clogs. Your plumber will help you choose which one is right for your needs based on the nature and severity of your clog. Here is a look at the differences between these two plumbing services. Hydro jetting involves the use of a high-pressure stream […]

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Why Your Home Needs an Earthquake Shut-Off Valve

Using appliances that are powered by natural gas is a way of life for many families, but the gas that provides so much convenience can become dangerous during disasters like fires and earthquakes. An earthquake shut-off valve is a safety solution your family can’t afford to be without. Watch this video to see how earthquake […]

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How to Choose a New Toilet

A toilet is one of the most used fixtures in the home, so when it’s time to invest in a new one, it’s important to make a careful decision. If you have questions about what might be right for your home, consult with your plumber. He or she can make sure this home improvement investment […]

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What Every New Homeowner Needs to Know about Plumbing

When you rent, an issue with your plumbing means a call to the landlord. However, when you purchase a home, you’re on the front lines of dealing with plumbing problems. You can reduce the risk of costly repairs by learning a few basic things about how your plumbing works. This information will help you understand […]

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Things You Should Never Put Down Your Drain

If you’ve ever had a clogged drain, then you know how touchy they can be. Although it may seem like just about anything can slide down your drain, in reality, drains are extremely sensitive and can get clogged easily. Although drain cleaning performed by your plumber can help you deal with clogs and slow drains […]

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How Do Earthquakes Affect Water and Gas Lines?

Among the many problems earthquakes can create are issues with your water and gas lines. As the earth shifts, lines can become damaged or dislodged, which can cause leaks. Water leaks can cause costly damage to your home, while leaking gas lines pose a significant fire danger. Fortunately, your plumber can offer solutions to protect […]

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Understanding the First Hour Rating

When you purchase a new water heater, one factor you will consider is the first hour rating. The first hour rating of a water heater will tell you how many gallons of hot water it can generate per hour, so you can determine if it has the capacity to meet the needs of your household. […]

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Meet Our President, Mike Counsil

Mike Counsil, president of Mike Counsil Plumbing, brings an extensive level of service experience to his job. He has a background in residential and commercial construction in the Santa Clara Valley, and he made the leap to plumbing in the 1990s. Despite difficult times, Mike has worked to build the company up into one of […]

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New Water Heater Regulation by Mike Counsil Plumbing

What Homeowners Should Know About the New Water Heater Regulations

Are you planning to replace your water heater? Since 2015, federal regulations have required all newly installed water heaters to meet the standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy for energy efficiency. If your old water heater is more than a 55-gallon unit, this means that you might end up needing more space in […]

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Get to Know Mike Counsil Plumbing

At Mike Counsil Plumbing, we take our commitment to our customers seriously. As a family owned and operated business, we know the importance of being able to trust the people who handle your plumbing needs. With an experienced team of skilled technicians, an effective preventive maintenance program, and a dedication to finding the most environmentally […]

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Bathroom Renovation Tips by Mike Counsil Plumbing & Rooter

Quick Fixes for Renovating Your Old Bathroom

If your bathroom is starting to show its age, you don’t have to tear it down and build a new room to revitalize its appearance. There are plenty of simpler ways to renovate your bathroom that you can do even on a limited budget. Here are some cost-effective ways to give your bathroom the fresh […]

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Garbage Disposal by Mike Counsil Plumbing

How Garbage Disposals Work

If you’re like most homeowners, you have probably used your garbage disposal more than a hundred times without ever stopping to wonder how it works. But garbage disposals serve an important purpose: They’re convenient, they help you keep your kitchen clean, and they prevent unwanted odors from collecting inside your home. Using Your Garbage Disposal […]

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Hardwater Problems & Solutions by Mike Counsil Plumbing

Hard Water Problems and Solutions

When the water that comes out of your taps has a high mineral content, it is known as hard water. While hard water is not actually harmful to your health, it can still cause numerous problems in your household. Here is a guide to some of the most significant issues that hard water can cause—along […]

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Get Fast Help for Your Plumbing Problems

If you have a problem with your plumbing, such as a water heater that isn’t switching on or a drain that is clogged, fast repairs are a must. Failing to get timely plumbing service can allow a small plumbing issue to turn into a costly disaster. Watch this video to see how Mile Counsil Plumbing […]

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Water Heater Blanket Installation in San Jose

Going Green? Give Your Water Heater a Blanket

Could your water heater be feeling the chill? If you want to commit to a greener lifestyle, you might be surprised to know just how impactful making sure your water heater is nice and warm can be. In fact, lessening your impact on the environment could be as easy as giving your water heater a […]

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House Re-piping by Mike Counsil Plumbing

Is It Time to Schedule Whole-House Re-Piping?

Every house will eventually need to be re-piped, so how do you know when it is time to have new pipes installed at your home? Although re-piping is a major undertaking, doing so is necessary to prevent costly water damage from occurring. If you are considering re-piping, the first step is to make an appointment […]

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Synchrony Financing in San Jose

Learning about Synchrony Financing

If you want to keep your plumbing emergencies to a minimum and prevent your utility bills from getting out of control, it may be time to invest in some major upgrades and repairs in your home. If you’ve always wanted to bring your home’s plumbing system up to date, but never had the budget for […]

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Items not to be flush down in Toilet

Items You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

The fastest way to clog up your toilet is to flush something that shouldn’t be in there. Nothing other than toilet paper or human waste should go down your toilet drain—and that includes paper towels, napkins, and facial tissues, which aren’t designed to break up as quickly as toilet paper and can quickly clog the […]

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Learn about Newer Water Heater Regulations

In the past, providing a home with hot water around the clock meant using up a lot of energy. In recent years, however, the federal government has taken steps to require water heaters to operate much more efficiently so that less energy will be wasted. In this video from This Old House, you’ll learn how […]

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When Should You Call a Plumber?

Calling a plumber to your home as soon as you realize that you have a problem can end up sparing you expensive damage in the long run. While there are some basic issues, such as minor toilet clogs, that you may be able to fix yourself, it’s important to be able to tell when a […]

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Tips for Preventing Clogs in Your Bathroom Drains

If there’s one thing nobody wants to be greeted by in the morning, it’s a clogged drain in the bathroom. Whether it’s your sink, your bathtub, or your toilet that’s stopped up, a clog in one of your bathroom drains usually means it’s time to call a plumber. Ideally, of course, you wouldn’t have a […]

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What Is Hydro-Jetting?

In the past, clearing out a clog or an obstruction in a sewer line was a costly and time-consuming ordeal. Thanks to modern plumbing technology, that’s no longer the case. Hydro-jetting is a state-of-the-art technique that your plumber can use to eliminate sewer line clogs. Keep reading for an introduction to hydro-jetting and how it […]

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3 Things to Know Before Switching to a Tankless Water Heater

If you’re trying to decide whether you should opt for a tankless water heater in your home, you may be wondering if there are any potential drawbacks to having one. As beneficial as tankless models can be, they’re not right for everybody. In this video, you’ll learn some important things that all homeowners should be […]

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Consider New Water Heater with Mike Counsil Plumbing

Elements to Consider When Choosing a New Water Heater

If you’re thinking of making the plunge and buying a brand new water heater for your home, it’s likely that you’ll have a lot of questions. Your best move is to contact an experienced professional you can trust to guide you through the process of picking out the best model. These are some of the […]

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Ygrene Financing by Mike Counsil Plumbing

Learning About Ygrene Financing

If you’re looking to make your household more energy efficient, Ygrene Energy Fund can provide the funding you need. Among other things, Ygrene can pay to update your home’s gas lines, replace your current sewer line system, install an eco-friendly water heater, and upgrade any other part of your house to help you reduce your […]

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Never Pour Grease Down the Drain

Why You Should Never Pour Grease Down the Drain

If there’s one thing every homeowner ought to know, it’s that grease and drains don’t mix. Even pouring a small amount of grease down a drain can result in a plumbing crisis. Grease and other oils contain fats that will harden and block your plumbing pipes. Eventually, you’ll have a backed-up drain on your hands, […]

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Tankless Water Heater by Mike Counsil Plumbing

Should You Switch to a Tankless Water Heater?

If you’re concerned that you may be spending too much on your monthly energy bills, you might want to consider investing in a tankless water heater. While you may have heard of tankless water heaters, you might not be aware of just how much of a difference they can make for your household. Here are […]

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Reasons to Install New Water Heater

Reasons to Hire a Professional Plumber to Install Your New Water Heater

If you’re not satisfied with the service you’re currently getting from your water heater, it may be time to buy a new one. You may also be concerned that you’re spending too much to heat water for your household every month. Whatever your reasons for wanting a new water heater, you should always contact a […]

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What is an Earthquake Shut-Off Valve?

When an earthquake happens in your neighborhood, it’s important to keep in mind that not all of the damage to your building will be immediately obvious or even visible. One of the greatest hazards of an earthquake is that it can damage your gas pipes, leading to a dangerous leak. That’s why every California resident […]

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Water Heater Maintenance by Mike Counsil Plumbing

Why Regular Water Heater Maintenance is Important

If you’re anything like most homeowners, you probably use hot water on a daily basis. That means you need to have a dependable water heater. If you want to be assured of a working water heater, however, it’s important to remember to schedule routine maintenance. Having mineral buildup removed and having every component checked will […]

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Keeping Your Home Healthy [INFOGRAPHIC]

Check out these great tips to ensure your home is healthy all year long. 

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Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

No household can function without a working water heater. Even if you’re overdue to replace your current water heater, however, it isn’t always clear when the time has come to make that investment. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the potential warning signs that your current water heater is due to be replaced. […]

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