Reddi Plumbing Blogs

What’s the Difference Between Copper, PEX, PVC, and CPVC Plumbing Pipes?

Wednesday, December 6 2017 3:05 PM
Categorized In Pipe Repair
When choosing plumbing piping, it’s important to understand the differences in materials, and to consider the application. Copper pipes are metal and more durable, while PEX, PVC, and CPVC pipes are plastic and tend to have a shorter lifespan. Let’s look at the differences in a little more detail. Copper Pipes Co… Read Article

Will Toilet Bowl Cleaner Damage a Septic System?

Thursday, November 9 2017 9:03 AM
Categorized In Septic Tanks
Everything you pour down the drain, flush down the toilet or put in your washing machine has the potential to affect the lifespan of your septic system. Toilet bowl cleaners and bleach/chlorine based cleaners should be avoided or minimized. Look for chlorine bleach or chemical sodium hypochlorite on product labels. Using these … Read Article

The History of Plumbing

Friday, October 27 2017 3:02 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
Water is an important element for survival and plumbing has made providing water much more convenient. Plumbing originated during ancient civilizations such as the Greek, Roman, Persian, Indian and Chinese cities as they developed ways to irrigate their crops and provide public baths, wastewater removal and portable water. Here… Read Article

Why Won’t My Toilet Flush?

Tuesday, October 10 2017 11:40 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
We’ve all experienced that moment when it’s time to flush the toilet and nothing happens. Panic starts to set in. What do you do? Besides checking for a clog, the reason for the toilet not flushing could be that the water level in the tank is too low, the chain isn’t working correctly, the flapper is bent or w… Read Article

Why Is There a Sewer Smell In My Basement?

Wednesday, August 30 2017 9:22 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
A strong sewer smell coming from your basement is most often caused from a dried out floor drain, a bad ejector pit seal, improperly vented appliances or fixtures, or even a damaged sewer line. Floor Drains - Rarely-used floor drains in your basement are typically the source of the sewer stench. These drains are designed with … Read Article

Tankless Water Heater Pros & Cons

Tuesday, June 20 2017 3:25 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
If your current water heater is showing signs of failure, it's probably time to start thinking about a replacement. We’re often asked about tankless water heaters and their advantages over traditional water heaters. Although the two styles of heaters are quite different, it's important to consider the pros and cons when d… Read Article

Do I Need a Backup Sump Pump?

Friday, April 21 2017 8:56 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
Wichita has seen a fair share of flooding in its 147 year history. With most of the city on a floodplain and the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers flowing through downtown, the first half of the 20th century almost saw Wichita get washed away. The “Big Ditch” and other efforts have greatly improved flood control, … Read Article

Professional Drain Cleaning Versus Home Remedies

Friday, December 23 2016 2:21 PM
Categorized In Drain Cleaning
It can be difficult to know whether you should attempt to clean your drains on your own or call a professional. A drain clog that you fix yourself with home remedies can give the illusion that the problem is solved, but that isn’t always the case. Many times, using a chemical cleaner, plunger, or drain snake will only re… Read Article

Simple Steps to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

Monday, November 14 2016 10:20 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
Frozen pipes are something homeowners in Kansas have to be prepared for, due to the freezing winter weather. When frozen water lines burst, they can quickly cause flooding and expensive water damage to your home. Here are some easy preventive measures you can take to help minimize the risk.   Unhook the Garden Hose A fro… Read Article

Reduce Hair In Your Pipes With a Drain Filter

Tuesday, August 30 2016 10:11 AM
Categorized In Drain Cleaning
Clogged drains are the most common household plumbing problem. One of the main clog-causing culprits? Hair. Hair buildup causes slow drains and messy backups that render your sink, shower or tub unusable until the drains are cleared. What’s worse, over time these buildups can cause mainline clogs in your sewer pipes, whi… Read Article

How to Become a Professional Plumber

Monday, July 11 2016 3:18 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
The plumbing trade is a popular career choice, and it’s no wonder...even in a slow economy, people always need plumbing services! This means, though, that getting into the profession is increasingly competitive, and early preparation can be key. While the requirements for becoming a professional plumber vary by state, he… Read Article

How to Drain a Water Heater

Friday, April 15 2016 3:48 PM
Categorized In General
Your water heater is like anything else your home – it needs maintenance from time to time. Rather than ignoring it until there is a problem, you can be proactive to ensure you get the most life possible from your water heater by draining the tank once a year to get rid of any built-up sediment and minerals that may hinde… Read Article

How to Prevent Frozen Pipe Bursting

Thursday, January 21 2016 9:34 AM
Categorized In Plumbing
Even during mild years, winter in Kansas usually means bitter cold and harsh winds. Freezing temperatures can cause unprotected water lines to freeze, creating a big mess and costly damage if they burst. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways you can protect your pipes and prevent a catastrophe. What Causes Pipes to Burst? … Read Article

Signs Your Water Heater is Failing

Friday, December 11 2015 4:03 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
Having your water heater go out on you is an inconvenience no one wants to deal with, but eventually it will happen. Most people don’t know what signs to look for when a water heater is failing, so here are four ways to determine whether or not your water heater is on its last legs. Old Water Heaters You should be aware… Read Article

Holiday Plumbing Tips

Wednesday, December 9 2015 2:55 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
This holiday season you’ll be gathering with friends and family at various gatherings and parties to share in the spirit of the season. But with the rise in large groups of people celebrating together in one place, this is also a time of year when there is added pressure on your plumbing system and, as a result, emergency… Read Article

How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter

Monday, October 26 2015 12:45 PM
Categorized In Plumbing
Winter in Kansas can bring frigid temperatures and high winds, both of which can cause big problems for unprotected water pipes. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prevent costly damage from a burst pipe. 1. Winterize outside faucets. Since they’re exposed to the elements, this is an especially important… Read Article

The History of Toilet Paper

Wednesday, September 30 2015 11:46 AM
Categorized In General
In America, toilet paper is one of those things we tend to take for granted, unless it’s not there. But have you ever wondered what people did before it was invented, and how long it’s been in use? The answers might surprise you. Before Toilet Paper Before toilet paper, people mainly used whatever was free and rea… Read Article

Tips to Conserve Water in Your Home

Thursday, September 10 2015 11:52 AM
Categorized In General
Finding ways to cut down our water usage has been a hot topic of late, but how exactly do we do it? Reducing water usage will become more and more important in years to come, so here are some easy ways you can start today. Shower or Bath? If you’re looking to conserve water, a short shower is the best way to go. A bath … Read Article

About water softening equipment

Friday, July 10 2015 1:54 PM
Categorized In General
Water softeners are appliances connected to your home’s water supply that remove the minerals like calcium and magnesium that cause water hardness. Water softening equipment can be easily removed, so you can take it with you if you move. The most common method for producing soft water is through ion exchange, a process i… Read Article

Problems and Solutions for Hard Water Buildup

Wednesday, June 24 2015 2:17 PM
Categorized In General
What is Hard Water?Water is considered hard if it has a high concentration of dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium. These elements can be picked up by groundwater as it passes in and around soil and rocks. Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon (GPG), parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/L). The… Read Article