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The Dangers of a Gas Leak

The Dangers of a Gas Leak

WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF A GAS LEAK? The carbon-hydrogen compound that is natural gas does not have any odor, but a sulfuric, “rotten egg” smell is often added to the gas by suppliers to alert homeowners of any gas leaks in their homes. This precautionary measure is taken because there are hazards inherent to natural gas-if

What You Should Do If You Find a Pipe Burst

What You Should Do If You Find a Pipe Burst

A burst pipe is the last thing anyone wants to tackle. But there are some quick temporary fixes you can do to slow the impact of a burst pipe. 1. Shut off the Water When water freezes, it expands in volume by about 9 percent. And it expands with tremendous force: The pressure inside pipes

The Importance of Plumbing

The Importance of Plumbing

Why is Plumbing Important?   Plumbing is something people take for granted until an appliance stops working. Here are just a few of many things plumbing helps with: Hot Water Where would anyone be without hot water? You would be cold every morning after your shower, that’s a definite. Your dishes and clothes could not

Five Warning Signs that Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Five Warning Signs that Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Water heaters are essential to our homes and we rely on daily for a steaming hot shower, bubble baths, washing clothes, dishes and more. When your water heater stops working you are not able to take part in your everyday routine that involves using warm water. Here are five warning signs that show your water

How to Prevent Plumbing From Going South While on Vacation!

How to Prevent Plumbing From Going South While on Vacation!

You’ve probably been so excited to go on vacation for a while now, so why end a great vacation by coming home to a plumbing disaster? While you’re enjoying the beach with your family, a small leak can turn into a terrible problem. Make sure to safeguard your home against plumbing disasters by checking out the advice below. Check

When Do You Need a Plumber?

When Do You Need a Plumber?

  When Do You Need a Plumber? Whether you live in a new or older home, if you don’t take care of your home plumbing system, major leaks can suddenly appear that could lead to thousands of dollars in damage. However, you can help prevent a plumbing disaster by following some of these signs: Ongoing

Common Plumbing Problems in Old Homes!

Common Plumbing Problems in Old Homes!

When it comes to the subject of plumbing, most homeowners probably have some basic knowledge when it comes to identifying problems that might arise from time to time. However, it is not uncommon for older houses to have a set of issues all their own, and being aware of these will allow you to take

Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer Plumbing Tips

When summer rolls around, you want to have everything in your home ready so that you can enjoy it. You don’t want to have to spend precious summer days messing around with something that needs to be repaired in your house. Therefore, it is important that you take some time before summer arrives to make

Why Call Mike’s Plumbing and Heating?

Why Call Mike’s Plumbing and Heating?

Why Call Mike’s Plumbing and Heating? All plumbing and heating companies are not created equal. There can be a world of difference in the level of service and care you get, and it’s not always easy to pick the right company. These days we tend to turn to the internet first when we are looking
How long does a water heater last?

How long does a water heater last?

Like any appliance, water heaters break down over time and need to be replaced. No one enjoys taking a cold shower, so ideally, you’d like to be able to replace your water heater before it completely stops working.  If you wait too long, it could lead to a much larger problem. Such as large leaks and water damage to your
Leaking Drains

Leaking Drains

Drain leaks are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. They usually occur at the drain or at the slip joints in the drainpipe. Hidden behind boxes and bottles, these leaks can cause major damage to your flooring, cabinets, and even your ceilings below before you even have a chance to notice them. Here are some
Common Causes of Clogged Drains

Common Causes of Clogged Drains

Common Causes of Clogged Drains Everyone dreads the day when someone says that the water is not going down the drain. Clogged drains are just one of the joys of indoor plumbing. However, the good news is that you can prevent them from happening. But to know how to prevent clogs from happening we need

6 Reasons Why Your Toilet Clogs Easily

6 Reasons Why Your Toilet Clogs Easily

6 Reasons Why Your Toilet Clogs Easily Having issues with your toilet? Not sure why its clogs no matter what? Here are 6 reasons why your toilet clogs all the time. 1. You’re clogging it! Yes, you read that right. You could be the reason why your toilet clogs. And by that, we mean that

9 Things You Must Know: Plumbing Leaks

9 Things You Must Know: Plumbing Leaks

9 Things You Must Know: Plumbing Leaks You may not know everything about plumbing, but it’s important to understand the basics, especially what to when you have a leak. Here are 10 tips to help you when it comes to leaks. 1. Wrap your pipes in heat. One of the most important features is exterior

3 Signs Your Sewer Line Is Clogged

3 Signs Your Sewer Line Is Clogged

3 Signs Your Sewer Line Is Clogged Not quite sure if you just have a regular clog or a main sewer line clog? Well, if the problem is your main sewer line, you’ll notice these 3 signs: 1. Multiple drains are backed up If you not sure if you have a main sewer line clog,

How to Detect a Natural Gas Leak

How to Detect a Natural Gas Leak

How to Detect a Natural Gas Leak If you have a natural gas appliance in your home, then knowing how to detect a natural gas leak is a must. Discovering a leak is a matter of safety. Here are some tips to help you detect a gas leak. 1. Safety First If you suspect that

When Should You Replace Your Boiler?

When Should You Replace Your Boiler?

When Should You Replace Your Boiler? If we’re being honest, replacing your boiler is never at the top of your most wanted on your shopping list, now is it? However, with the rising costs in energy prices, running your old, inefficient boiler could be costing you more in the long run than just opting to

Avoid Freezing and Bursting Pipes.

Avoid Freezing and Bursting Pipes.

5 Things Mike suggests to Avoid Freezing and Bursting Pipes. Maryland winters cause problems with freezing pipes. Frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and flooding.The good news is, there are steps you can take to help prevent this problem from occurring when the temperatures drop. #1: Keep the Heat On If you are leaving
Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing has been around for years; however, the only difference is today’s home have a lavish supply of hot and cold water on demand. Thanks to modern plumbing the principles are simple but if they happen to fail you may have to face a soggy mess. When this happens, you must act quickly to prevent

How Sump Pumps Work

How Sump Pumps Work

A sump pump is a small pump installed in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. A sump pumps main job is to help keep the area under your home dry and to prevent it from flooding. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, about 60 percent of American homes suffer from below-ground

Four Possible Reasons for Water Pressure Problems

Four Possible Reasons for Water Pressure Problems

Home water pressure problems can present themselves in different ways, which can be frustrated because it’s not easy to pinpoint the exact cause of your home’s water pressure. Whether your showerhead may not be giving you the strong spray you want or your washing machine may take much longer to run a cycle than it

DI-Don’ts (Things You Shouldn’t Try to Fix Yourself)

DI-Don’ts (Things You Shouldn’t Try to Fix Yourself)

1. Major plumbing work If you have any major plumbing projects, then it’s best to call the professionals. Otherwise, you potentially risk backups, leaks, and work that was unnecessary, which could also hurt your retail value. 2. Anything involving gas Installing a hot water heater may seem easy enough, but you may want to rethink

Common Furnace Problems

Common Furnace Problems

It’s never a great day when you finally escape winters harsh temperatures to discover your furnace is not greeting you with warm air. But that doesn’t mean you should immediately break out the tools, we strongly recommend trying to fix your furnace on your own, especially when it comes to gas furnaces. If you try

5 Plumbing Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

5 Plumbing Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

With the holidays in full swing, no one wants, let alone has the time to deal with a sudden plumbing emergency. End unwanted stress this Christmas by simply taking a few preventative measures. 1. Fix the Drips Even if you know that pressing down on the faucet handle will prevent drips or that jiggling a

Tips for Identifying Toilet Leaks

Tips for Identifying Toilet Leaks

When it comes to toilet leaks, the first thing you should check is the water level inside the toilet tank. Every toilet should have an overflow tube, therefore if the water is too high or the ballcock is out of adjustment the water will constantly spill over into the tube, which is wasting water right

Winterize the Plumbing in Your Home

Winterize the Plumbing in Your Home

The holiday season is here folks and that means that many of us preparing to visit our loved ones to share this special time of year with them. So, wherever you are traveling to this holiday season, make sure you prepare your home for your absence. Failing to winterize your home can lead to extensive

Water Heater Leaking: What Should You Do?

Water Heater Leaking: What Should You Do?

A water heater leak may seem like a minor nuisance, but it can turn into a bigger problem if you are not careful. Even the smallest amount of water can damage to your floors, sub-floors, and walls. But it’s important to keep in mind that a water heater leak can be a system of a

Signs of a Hidden Water Leak in Your Bathroom

Signs of a Hidden Water Leak in Your Bathroom

If left untreated, a bathroom water leak can cost you, especially if it leads to any serious damage to flooring, walls or paint. So, this means you may need to poke around in areas that are not so obvious. Look for subtle signs that determine whether you need to fix leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures

Pain in the Drain: The Holidays Can Be Tough on Your Plumbing

Pain in the Drain: The Holidays Can Be Tough on Your Plumbing

The winter holidays are a festive time for many homeowners, but this can also be a rough time for your plumbing system and sewer lines. From incorrect disposal of cooking grease to an excessive disposal of paper waste resulting in clogged drains, these are the main culprits of major plumbing problems during the holiday season.

Take Good Care of Your Toilet

Take Good Care of Your Toilet

Let’s face it, our toilets are the most underappreciated household fixture in our homes. They play an extremely important role in our day-to-day lives and without this modern convenience, our homes would be…well… less convenient. Taking care of your toilet is surprisingly simple, here are 5 tips to follow. 1. Teach Teach your household to

Top 10 Things People Do that Ruin Plumbing

Top 10 Things People Do that Ruin Plumbing

1. Leaving hoses connected during winter. Hoses can cause damage when left out all year long. Not only is it terrible for your hose, but it could freeze your water supply wipe. 2. Using vent pipes for anything other than venting. Many homeowners use their vent pipes to run TV cable down the plumbing vent

5 Fast Ways to Prevent Plumbing Nightmares

5 Fast Ways to Prevent Plumbing Nightmares We’ve all been there- you finally come home from a relaxing vacation to discover that your water heater has gone up or that there’s water leaking from the ceiling. It can we extremely frustrating when something happens with your plumbing. But you can catch the plumbing problem before

Clogged Drains

The Worst Household Plumbing Problems are Clogged Drains and Toilets and Sewer line Problems! Every household must deal with plumbing issues at some time or another. Although there are plenty of problems that can occur, like leaky faucets, toilets that keep running (using excessive water) and other minor inconveniences.  We are going to address some

We Are Licensed and Insured Plumbers!

TRUSTED MEANS LICENSED AND INSURED! At Mike’s Plumbing and Heating Service we are fully licensed and insured in the State of Maryland and Baltimore County as a Master Plumber and Master Gas Fitter. Being properly licensed and insured is important because Mike’s Plumbing and Heating has the expertise to fix any plumbing or gas issue

Mike’s Has An A+, Five Star Rating!

Mike Says: “Always check out the Better Business Bureau and Google reviews before you make a decision on a plumber!” Always assess a company’s online reputation before you engage them to do your work and make sure you know what is covered and not covered in any contract you sign. The internet is full of

When is it time to call a plumber?

There are some plumbing issues you can handle on your own, but some need to be addressed by a professional. Below are four things that require a professional plumber’s assistance. The faucet won’t stop dripping A dripping faucet isn’t a big deal, right? Wrong. Unrepaired, a leak of 1 drip per second can waste as

Get ready for Winter!

To avoid freezing pipes and other cold-weather threats, take the following steps to safeguard your home: Know where your shut-off valve is. If there is an emergency, you need to know where to go to turn the water off. It’s a good idea to stick a tag on the valve to make it more easily