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Plumbing 101: A Back-To-School Study Guide On Your Home’s Plumbing System


Are you ready to go back to school? As the Charlotte Mecklenburg County schools go back to their classrooms, we want to make sure that you have all of the essentials and are ready to pass the test in Plumbing 101! 

This study guide will teach you everything you need to know about your home’s plumbing system. 

  1. Water Heaters

The average lifespan of your home’s water heater is somewhere between 8-12 years and should be regularly inspected to avoid costly repairs or breakdowns. However, this could be a trick question! If you have a tankless water heater, the average lifespan on those is nearly 25 years! 

If you are interested in installing a new water heater in your home, call our team today or book your appointment online! We’re currently offering $250 off a tankless water heater. 

  1. Sewer Systems

Make sure you know the 5 warning signs for when something has gone wrong with your sewer system! If you’re looking to buy a new home or have never had a sewer line inspection, it’s time to get one. 

  1. Leaky Faucets

You should never ignore a small leak! A running toilet and a leaky faucet combined can cost you up to 800 gallons of water per day. Fixing a leak as soon as you notice it will save you money and help to avoid mold and other water damage. 

  1. Pipe Problems

Not all pipes are created equal. Galvanized pipes can corrode much faster than PVC pipes and cause a nightmare for any homeowner. If you are having trouble with water pressure, your home’s pipes might be the first place to check. 

  1. Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system! Clogged drains can cause flooding, sewage backup, low pressure and increase the risk of costly repairs down the road. Avoid dumping harsh chemicals, grease or hair down your drains to avoid any problems. 

  1. Water Quality Testing

While your kids are acing their math tests, be sure that your home is passing its water quality tests! Although U.S. tap water supplies are considered to be among the safest in the world, water contamination can still occur. Contaminants can come from sewage releases, naturally occurring chemicals and minerals, local land-use practices, manufacturing processes and malfunctioning on-site wastewater treatment systems. 

  1. Flushing Failures

Flushable wipes are not flushable. Toilets and toys do not mix. Toilet safety locks are a new parent’s best friend. If you haven’t succumbed to any of these plumbing pitfalls, and your toilet is still filling slowly, check for any of these three flushing failures. 

  1. Know Your Options

If your home could use some after-school help, your options are endless with the team at NuBlue Plumbing! The PROs Membership is your one-stop-shop for all of your home service needs. With priority scheduling, free dispatch, exclusive discounts and two maintenance visits annually, your home will be in tip-top shape with the teams at NuBlue Plumbing, NuBlue Air and Viva Electric. 

From the team at NuBlue Plumbing, we would like to wish all of the students, teachers and staff a safe and successful school year. And remember, if your home could use a lesson in Plumbing 101, simply give our team a call or book your appointment online. 

Extra Credit Opportunity! If you need to take a class in Electricity 101 and HVAC 101, our brother brands Viva Electric and NuBlue Air have put together a study guide for you! Be sure to study hard and give them a call for some after-school help!

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