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Ken Flournoy

Ken Flournoy: Owner and Master Plumber. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised as a Navy brat, Ken has lived all over the country, from Estill, South Carolina to Hawaii.

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Is Your Washer Leaking from the Bottom? Here’s How to Fix It

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 17, 2024 11:17:55 AM

If you asked homeowners about their “most dreaded plumbing nightmare,” leaks would likely top the list. Dealing with a leak means fixing or replacing a faulty hose or pump and addressing the “collateral damage,” aka mold, wall, or flooring damage. 

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Topics: Plumbing, Emergency, Pipes, Washing Machines, Plumbing Tips

How to Minimize Damage While Waiting on An Emergency Plumber?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 2, 2024 3:56:54 PM

“This is the last thing I need before we go on our annual vacation,” a client told me last week, upset after dealing with a burst frozen water pipe.

Yes, a plumbing emergency can strike at any time, often at the worst times. Nonetheless, plumbing emergencies are always stressful situations that leave homeowners feeling frustrated and anxious about what to do next.

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Plumbing, Emergency, Plumbing Tips

Is a flickering light bulb dangerous?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jan 30, 2024 8:13:00 AM

While a flickering light bulb may seem minor, it can pose several hazards. Flickering lights can indicate a serious electrical problem that could lead to electrocution or house fires. So, if you have a flickering bulb, don’t wait any longer to fix it. And if you are wondering if you can use a higher-watt bulb than recommended to replace the flickering light, check out our blog here

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Topics: Electrical

What are plumbing fixtures?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Dec 18, 2023 11:50:00 AM

What are Plumbing Fixtures? A Comprehensive Guide.

When it comes to your home's plumbing system, there's more to it than just pipes hidden behind walls. Plumbing fixtures are crucial in ensuring water is delivered and disposed of efficiently. In this guide, we'll explore the basics of plumbing fixtures and why they are essential for your home.

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Topics: Plumbing

How to Troubleshoot a Sump Pump: Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 23, 2023 7:30:00 PM

Discover the essential steps to troubleshoot your sump pump effectively and keep your basement dry. Follow this comprehensive guide to address any issues and ensure your sump pump is in optimal working condition.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers, Plumbing Tips

How To Find Frozen Pipe

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Oct 16, 2023 8:15:00 AM

As winter's chill sets in, many homeowners find themselves grappling with a common but frustrating problem: frozen pipes. A frozen pipe can disrupt your daily life and potentially lead to costly repairs. However, with a little knowledge and some proactive measures, you can minimize the risk and quickly identify frozen pipes before they become a plumbing catastrophe. In this guide, we'll explore the telltale signs of a frozen pipe, strategies to find the culprit, and tips for preventing this issue in the first place.

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Topics: Pipes

How To Stop Your Pipes From Freezing

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jan 17, 2020 1:30:00 PM


Frozen pipes are never convenient and usually end up costing you a pretty penny. While we do live in Upstate, SC and don't often experience the same weather as New York or Michigan, we have still been called out to homes in regards to a frozen pipe issue. We've also discussed what to do if your pipes burst, but let's talk about a few things you can do as a homeowner to prevent yourself from getting into this predictament in the first place. 

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Topics: Pipes

How to Protect Your Plumbing from Tree Roots

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 16, 2019 3:13:00 PM

 

Pipes are a nutrient oasis for tree roots. Why? They contain oxygen, nutrients, and water, things the roots naturally seek. Vapor from the pipes escapes to the outside soil and the roots grow toward the moisture in the pipe. If it can, the root will find a crack or small hole in the pipe and then grow—which widens the hole in the pipe and makes things worse.

Once inside, the root will continue to grow which then acts as a collector of toilet paper and waste, causing blocks to the line. Eventually, the clog will completely block the flow and make a big mess as well as a costly fix.

Fortunately, there are four ways to help prevent these problems before they start. Here are tips for how to protect your plumbing from tree roots:

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Topics: Plumbing Tips

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning! Here Is How to Properly Clean Your Bathroom

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 2, 2019 3:26:00 PM

Spring time is here! Spring means flowers, sun, baseball, warmer temperatures as well as... spring cleaning. And guess which room is the least favorite and the most ignored? Your bathroom! Although we don’t want to associate spring with cleaning our bathrooms, once you have a method of attack, it’s really not so bad. Here are some tips on how to properly clean your bathroom:

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Topics: Bathroom

What to Do When Your Kids Cause Toilet Problems

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Apr 15, 2019 1:42:34 PM

Although our children love to explore many rooms in our homes, the bathroom is almost irresistible, especially the toilet where a kid could flush and flush for hours, watching all of that water spin down the drain. Toilets can also be good storage devices for aquatic toys—or any toys for that matter. On top of that, the bathroom is the mandatory site for potty training, making the toilet not just a recreational object that stores toys, but also part of the rite to becoming a “big kid.”  Besides that, where does all that water go?

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Toilets