• Plumbing Basics Everyone Should Know

    May 15th, 2019

    Plumbing Basics Everyone Should Know Does the plumbing in your home seem complicated to you? You may be surprised to discover that standard plumbing systems are easy to understand once you know the basics. The principles behind plumbing are simple an ....

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  • What to Do When Your Kitchen Sink Wont Drain

    April 15th, 2019

    What To Do When Your Kitchen Sink Won’t Drain Kitchen sink won’t unclog? Or is your kitchen sink draining water too slowly? Maybe you’ve found that the sink itself is not clogged, now what? Don’t get frustrated! You may be able to fix it your ....

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  • Signs of a Plumbing Leak

    March 15th, 2019

    Signs of a Plumbing Leak Benjamin Franklin once said (no, not us, the original Ben Franklin), “Beware of little expense. A small leak will sink a great ship.” The reason this quote is still in circulation more than two and a half centuries later ....

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  • Common Kitchen Sink Plumbing Problems

    February 15th, 2019

    Common Kitchen Sink Plumbing Problems For many people, the kitchen sink is the most frequently used plumbing utility in the home. Few things are more frustrating than a problem with the kitchen sink as it will tie up all kitchen activities. Here are ....

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  • Why is My Water Brown?

    January 31st, 2019

    A common concern we help homeowners with is the sudden occurrence of brown water coming through the plumbing of our customers’ homes. Brown water may be alarming at first, and most owners think this is a sign of poison in their drinking water. ....

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  • How Does Repiping Work?

    December 13th, 2018

    How Does Repiping Work? If you’ve got your emergency plumber number on a refrigerator magnet because, well, things keep breaking down in your home plumbing system, it’s time to take a closer look at that plumbing system. Could be that a repipe ma ....

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  • What To Do When Your Shower Won’t Drain

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    November 8th, 2018

    What To Do When Your Shower Won’t Drain Whether you’re doing your best to wake up and get your bearings at the start of a long day or relaxing at the end of it, a shower is one of life’s simple pleasures. That pleasure can be hard to sustai ....

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  • 5 Tips to Prepare Your Home Plumbing for Winter

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    October 18th, 2018

    5 Tips to Prepare Your Home Plumbing for Winter Living in Eastern Iowa, you’re definitely familiar with a few chilly days, right? Winter can takes its toll around here. In addition to keeping yourself warm, it’s important to spend some time winte ....

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  • 6 Signs of a Failing Garbage Disposal

    September 11th, 2018

    6 Signs of a Failing Garbage Disposal The garbage disposal is an important tool in your kitchen. It removes unwanted food and debris from your kitchen sink easily. Without it you’d have to catch the debris in a strainer and throw it out. Most peopl ....

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  • How Do I Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger?

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    August 14th, 2018

    If you’re at home (or at someone else’s house for that matter) and you find yourself in front of a clogged toilet, it’s easy to panic. Right away, you’re probably looking for the best way to unclog a toilet quickly and effectively – and may ....

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  • Why Does My Toilet Drain Slowly and How Do I Fix It?

    June 10th, 2018

    If your toilet is draining slowly, it’s because something is clogging the drain. Nothing should go into your toilet other than toilet paper and human waste. If a comb, or a toy, or other object has fallen into the toilet, that can cause a problem. ....

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  • Why Is My Overflow Pipe Leaking and How Do I Fix It?

    May 10th, 2018

    If water is constantly leaking out of your toilet overflow pipe, the consequences are more than a mild form of “noise pollution.” You’re also going to be paying extra for water that is being wasted. In the worst-case scenario, overflowing water ....

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  • How to Unclog a Vent Pipe

    April 10th, 2018

    When a drain doesn’t clear easily, your first thought is likely that there is something clogging the drain pipe. Could it be food? Hair? Or, worse, a kitchen utensil, bath toy, or other object that should never have gone down the drain? There’s a ....

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  • Baking Soda and Vinegar is Ineffective in Fighting Grease-Clogged Drains

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    March 13th, 2018

    Many drain clogs are the result of a buildup of grease and oil that traps debris. Rather than buying a toxic chemical drain cleaner, many people want a healthier, safer, and more effective way to clear a clogged drain. Chemical drain cleaners have li ....

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  • Top 5 Home Remedies for Clogged Drains

    Home Remedies for Clogged Drains
    February 13th, 2018

    Top 5 Home Remedies for Clogged Drains Have a clogged drain? In some cases of minor clogs, you can fix it yourself. The first step is determining the exact problem and whether the drain is fully blocked, or some water is slowly making its way out. Th ....

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  • Top 5 Winter Plumbing Problems

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    January 16th, 2018

    Top 5 Winter Plumbing Problems While plumbing disasters can happen at any time of year, the winter months bring a new set of challenges. Many homeowners are proactive and ensure they have a full winter plumbing checkup before the icy weather sets in. ....

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  • How to Unclog a Drain Pipe to Sewer

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    December 19th, 2017

    How to Unclog a Drain Pipe to Sewer Minor clogs that affect a single drain are a common plumbing nuisance and are typically relatively easy to fix. Particularly common in the drains of showers and kitchen sinks, these clogs are often caused by a buil ....

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  • What Causes Bathroom Drains to Smell?

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    November 21st, 2017

    What Causes Bathroom Drains to Smell? Have you noticed a rotten, sewer-like smell coming from your bathroom drain? Unpleasant odors shouldn’t be the norm for your bathroom sink, so it’s important to identify and address the problem before it gets ....

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  • How to Fix a Toilet that Won’t Flush

    October 17th, 2017

    How to Fix a Toilet that Won’t Flush One of the most common residential plumbing complaints is a toilet that will not flush properly. Typically, the issue is relatively easy to fix, but first, the source of the problem must be identified before you ....

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  • Plumbing in Concrete Slab

    Plumbing in Concrete Slab
    September 25th, 2017

    Plumbing in Concrete Slab Many homes have been built on concrete slabs. This is an efficient building practice, but can create serious plumbing problems in the future, as the home ages. When installing the plumbing system during construction, the pip ....

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  • Why are My Bathroom Pipes Humming?

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    August 16th, 2017

    Why are My Bathroom Pipes Humming? If you hear your bathroom pipes making a humming noise, there are several issues that could be creating the problem. The first step is to find out why. Bathroom Pipes Making Noise? One of the most common issues is r ....

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  • Bathroom Smells Like Sulfur

    Bathroom Smells Like Sulphur
    July 15th, 2017

    Bathroom Smells Like Sulfur If you have noticed an unpleasant sulfur smell in your bathroom, you are likely having some type of drainage problem. The “rotten egg” smell is from a gas – hydrogen sulfide. This gas is created when bacteria grows i ....

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  • How to prevent a sewer line backup

    How to prevent a sewer line backup
    June 1st, 2017

    How to Prevent a Sewer Line Backup Nothing will create more havoc in your life than a sewer line backup. Most of us tend to ignore thinking about plumbing problems until the moment when something goes terribly wrong. A sewer line backup is a disaster ....

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  • How to Fix an Outdoor Faucet Leak

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    May 1st, 2017

    How to Fix an Outdoor Faucet Leak Your outdoor water system must be kept in good working order, but is often the last area where you notice leaks. Outside water faucet leaks may appear to be a minor problem, but in fact, can cause serious damage to y ....

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  • Spring Plumbing Tips

    April 1st, 2017

    Spring Plumbing Tips Most of us don’t think about our plumbing system until something goes wrong. Homeowners can undertake some simple tasks to keep their plumbing functioning correctly, and spot problems before they get worse. At Benjamin Franklin ....

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  • How to Pressure Test Plumbing for Leaks

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    March 22nd, 2017

    How to Pressure Test Plumbing for Leaks Whether you own an apartment or a house or any other type of residential dwelling that utilizes indoor plumbing, you’re certainly aware of how important effective indoor plumbing is when it comes to your dail ....

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  • How to Repair a Burst Water Line in an RV?

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    February 21st, 2017

    How to Repair a Burst Water Line in an RV? If you’re an RV owner, you probably know a thing or two about RV water lines, right? Or maybe you’re renting an RV and you have no clue how these things work. Regardless of who you are or how much RV exp ....

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  • How to Thaw a Frozen Septic Line

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    January 21st, 2017

    How to Thaw a Frozen Septic Line If you live in a place where temperatures drop below freezing during the winter months, it’s a good idea to be aware of what could potentially happen to your home’s plumbing. Here are a few potential indicators th ....

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  • Hot Water Heater Smells like Rotten Eggs

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    January 5th, 2017

    Hot Water Heater Smells like Rotten Eggs Well, there’s one smell that no one likes to notice in their home – and that’s rotten eggs. No matter what’s happening in your day, one whiff of this very unpleasant (and very overpowering) odor is sur ....

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  • Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

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    December 13th, 2016

    Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts   We’ve all said it. “Just throw it down the garbage disposal, it will be fine….” But contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t actually throw everything down your home’s beloved garbage disposal ....

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  • Plumbing Tips for Fall

    Plumbing Fall Tips | Ben Franklin Plumbing Cedar Rapids
    October 20th, 2016

    Plumbing Tips for Fall Oh, fall. The changing colors, the falling leaves, the scarves and mittens, the pumpkin carvings and the pumpkin lattes. It’s a glorious season to breathe the crisp air, bundle up and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Fall also m ....

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  • How Do You Thaw Frozen Pipes?

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    September 1st, 2016

    Frozen Pipes and What To Do? The best way to deal with frozen pipes is to prevent them from happening. Frozen pipes can eventually lead to a burst in the piping. Burst water pipes in the winter is a common insurance claim, and can cost your home thou ....

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  • Why Is My Water Heater Flame Orange/Yellow?

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    August 1st, 2016

    Why Is My Water Heater Flame Orange/Yellow? One of the first signals of the improper gas combustion is the change in flame pattern, its color, shape, and height. Check the main burner, burner flame and pilot light regularly, at least once every six m ....

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  • Why Is My Water Heater is Leaking From Top?

    July 1st, 2016

    Why Is My Water Heater is Leaking From Top? A common question and concern that most homeowners have been when they notice their water heater is leaking water from the top part of the tank. The water heater doing this is not normal and should be a cau ....

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  • How Effective Is The Trenchless Sewer Repair?

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    June 1st, 2016

    How Effective is The Trenchless Sewer Repair? Trenchless sewer repair is as effective as traditional trench replacement option. The difference for some areas can range from the pipe material available, or expertise from plumbers who only offer one se ....

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  • Why Does My Water Heater Pilot Light Keep Going Out?

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    May 1st, 2016

    Why Does My Water Heater Pilot Light Keep Going Out? A traditional tank home water heater warms up water in its storage tank and keeps some of the hot water in reserve for future use. New water heaters have been developed to have a water without a t ....

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  • How To Become A Plumber

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    April 1st, 2016

    Best Way To Become A Plumber Becoming a plumber teaches a trade that will remain relevant for a lifetime. The path to becoming a plumber is paved with many hours of studying and technical knowledge. Former mayor of New York and billionaire Michael B ....

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  • Why Does My Toilet Make a Loud Noise When I Flush It

    Toilet Gurgle Repair
    March 1st, 2016

    FAQ: Why is my toilet is making a humming, moaning, buzzing sound when I flush? When you flush your toilet are you are noticing a buzzing sound? It sounds very similar to a foghorn. This can be alarming and it is a clear indicator that something is w ....

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  • How To Remove Water Softener Resin Beads in Pipes

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    February 1st, 2016

    How To Remove Water Softener Resin Beads in Plumbing! Did your water softener start leaking out resin into your pipes? Are you noticing yellow beads appearing in your plumbing systems, in your toilet, sink, bathtubs, etc? Well, do not be too alarmed, ....

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  • Why Does My Bathtub Gurgle When Toilet Flushed

    Toilet Gurgle Repair
    January 1st, 2016

    Why Do I Hear “Gurgling” When I Flush the Toilet? If you hear any gurgling when you flush the toilet, there can be a few causes, and there are a few solutions you can try to alleviate the disruptive gurgling. The infamous “Gurgle ....

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  • How to Clean Black Sludge in Bathroom Sink Drains

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    December 1st, 2015

    How to Clean Black Sludge in Bathroom Sink Drains A common problem we see in many homes is experiencing a clogged bathroom drain. We get calls from customers experiencing black sludge appearing in their drains and having no idea where this disgusting ....

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  • Common Gas Water Heater Problems

    Common Gas Water Heater Problems
    November 2nd, 2015

    Common Gas Water Heater Problems (FAQs) There are two types of water heaters that we get a lot of general questions about: Gas Water Heaters Electric Water Heaters In this post, we will create a frequently asked questions guide to solving many of the ....

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  • How To Fix A Clogged Kitchen Sink on Both Sides

    October 12th, 2015

    How To Unclog Your Kitchen Sink That is Clogged on Both Sides With A Garbage Disposal Does this scenario sound familiar to the problem in your home? You run your garbage disposal and find that water is beginning to be backed up into both basins of yo ....

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  • How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain With Standing Water

    September 9th, 2015

    4 Ways To Unclog Your Bathtub Drain With Standing Water A clogged drain is never an ideal situation for any home. Do you find yourself in the common situation of taking an unintentional bath every time you shower, constantly having the water reach yo ....

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  • Sump Pump is Not Pumping

    August 7th, 2015

    My Sump Pump Is Not Pumping Out Water Your sump pump can be a complicated piece of machinery and its a piece of equipment that needs its fair share of routine maintenance. Taking the time to make sure your sump pump works properly during the time of ....

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  • Common Residential Plumbing Pipes

    July 17th, 2015

    What Type of Plumbing Pipe is Best? Today’s blog post will examine a common question regarding residential plumbing pipes, and the large assortment of them that exists. Residential plumbing pipes come in many varieties and types of metal and plasti ....

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  • My Toilet Tank is Not Filling Properly, Whats Wrong?

    June 8th, 2015

    Why is my Toilet Tank Not Filling Properly? A common issue we come across with our local calls are people telling us that their toilet tank is not filling up properly and we would like to explain some reasons why and help all of you figure out possib ....

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  • Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

    Tankless vs Tank Water Heater
    May 5th, 2015

    Water Heater Tank VS. Tankless Water Heaters What is A Tankless Water Heater? The tankless water heater is often referred to as an “on–demand” water heater. The idea for a tankless water heater came from the concept of giving the consumer hot ....

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  • Beware Of Lead In Your Drinking Water

    April 13th, 2015

    Beware of Lead In your Drinking Water A definite cause for concern in today’s world is our health. Alarming, that something in our pipes could drastically be affecting our wellbeing and through one of the most important resources that we depend on ....

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  • How To Unclog A Toilet

    March 16th, 2015

    How To Unclog Your Toilet You flush the toilet and then it stops flushing.  Dread.  Or even worse, the toilet starts to overflow. We know,  Pure terror, right?  Especially if you are at a party or someone else’s house!  One thing is for sure: ....

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