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Essential DIY Plumbing Tools

Does every plumbing problem automatically require you to call our team at Steve’s Plumbing Repair? Absolutely not! But before you take the DIY approach to any current or future plumbing job, make sure you’ve stocked up on some essential tools of the trade: Plungers – They’re cheap, you can pick them up at your neighborhood […]

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Prep Your Toilet Bowl for the Superbowl

Here it comes! Of course I’m talking about Superbowl XLVII, live from the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans. Except for those who are actually flying out to see the big game in person, most football fans will be watching in bars, restaurants, and of course in massive neighborhood viewing parties coast to coast. Maybe […]

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Steve’s Spotlight: East Austin

In past articles we’ve thrown the ol’ spotlight on a variety of historic neighborhoods. This time we’re looking at East Austin — a lively, funky blend of old and new, historic and modern, and an increasingly attractive prospect for Austinites and wanna-be Austinites alike. What do we mean when we say “East Austin?” Generally speaking, […]

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Copper Pipe Pros and Cons

In a previous article we talked about Orangeburg pipe, an old, flimsy material that still haunts the sewer lines of historic Austin homes. So maybe it’s time for you to replace your pipes with something nice and sturdy and reliable. So what do you choose? PVC seems to be all the rage these days, but […]

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The Trouble with Orangeburg Pipe

What’s the flimsiest substance you can imagine making a pipe out of? Paper, right? But believe it or not, a substance not at all unlike paper went into countless water and sewer pipes for decades — decades longer than it was designed to hold up. It’s called Orangeburg pipe, and guess what? If you own […]

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Water Pressure Problems

If your shower has turned into a dribble or your kitchen faucet seems unwilling to give you the volume of water you’ve asked it for, you may have hit a low point — low in terms of water pressure, that is. Let’s look some of the potential causes: Outdoor shutoff valves – It’s always possible […]

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Got Wood Rot? Could Be a Plumbing Problem

If your home has wooden components in it, make sure you don’t have any little plumbing problems dampening that wood, or you may be in for a really rotten time. Mold, of course, loves water, and it’ll destroy the wood in your home as well. The infamous “black mold” can destroy your health even while […]

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Does Your Plumbing Make You Thankful (or Not)?

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all the good things we have in our lives. Is your plumbing one of those good things — or has it given you little reason for gratitude lately? One of the things we’re always thankful for is the fact that we have enough food. And on Thanksgiving […]

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Roof Drain Problems & Solutions

We talk about “having a roof over our head” as a great comfort, and most of the time it is. But when you start seeing water damage in your attic or even on your ceilings, you may wonder if that roof over your head is to blame. And while sometimes the roof has developed a […]

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Troubleshooting Your Tub

You know how Ernie from Sesame Street loves to sing to his “Rubber Ducky” at bath time? Well, he wouldn’t be singing if he got that rubber duck lodged in the drain — he’d probably be on the phone trying to reach his plumber. Let’s look at common tub problems and their underlying causes. If […]

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