How to Diagnose Well Pump Problems

It’s 6:08 am, and you’ve hit “snooze” one too many times. With a deep sigh, you stumble to the bathroom, psyching yourself up for the long day ahead. Still half-asleep, you spin the shower handle. Nothing happens. Or perhaps something happens, but it’s not anything remotely resembling a shower. “What the…” you mutter. You turn […]

Why the Thaw Might Not End Your Plumbing Problems

The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are slowly warming—and although winter isn’t officially over for a few weeks, we’re already looking forward to more sunshine and less “blah.” We’re guessing you feel the same way—especially if you’re one of the unlucky Pittsburgh plumbing customers who got to experience the “joy” of frozen pipes […]

10 Expert Ways to Take Care of Pipes and Drains

Of all our modern conveniences, indoor plumbing might be the one we most take for granted. Although we use our sinks and sewer system multiple times a day, they simply don’t require a ton of attention. And because plumbing lasts for decades, it’s rarely top of mind. When it is, it’s because there’s a problem: […]

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

Ten thousand dollars. That’s the average insurance claim related to “water damage and freezing,” according to the Insurance Information Institute. Each year, one in 50 homeowners will file such a claim—and we’re guessing that you, like all Pittsburgh plumbing customers, would rather not be that “lucky” one. In fact, you’d rather not endure the hassle of […]

How to Reset an Electric Water Heater in Two Easy Steps

Picture this. It’s a subzero Monday morning. You’ve hit the snooze button six times—and if it weren’t for your spouse threatening to suffocate you in your sleep, you would’ve hit it a seventh time. Instead, you sigh deeply, toss back the covers, and scurry to the bathroom. You turn on the shower, wait for the […]

The Worst Things to Put Down Your Drain (based on actual experience)

OK, friends of Taggart Plumbing, today’s post on the worst things to put down your drain is admittedly a bit self-serving. Imagine this: It’s Thanksgiving day (it’s creeping up on us, you know), and you’re just sitting down for a lovely meal with your family. The turkey’s perfectly roasted, and everyone’s enjoying one another’s company […]

What’s the Difference Between a Water Heater, Furnace, and Boiler?

OK, let’s be honest: No homeowner loves making calls to home service companies. If you’re on the phone with an HVAC guy, for example, there’s a good chance it’s because something’s not working the way it should (or at all)… which means you have to “deal with” getting it fixed. And by “deal with,” we […]

Why Water Isn’t Always Good For You

Most of us were taught that we should drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water every day. That’s basically two liters of the stuff. But what if water isn’t always good for you? If we could insert a record scratch sound here, we totally would—because that’s probably what just happened in your head: What […]

Worst Plumbing Mistakes DIYers Make

How to Avoid Costly (and Dangerous) Consequences of Playing Plumber With the dawn of YouTube and Pinterest, most of us have tried—and failed—at a DIY project or two (or 27). Regardless of our past “nailed it” moments, we’re nevertheless tempted to take DIY to a new level when we think it’ll save us serious cash—plumbing […]

Why Are Plumbers So Expensive? (The Answer May Surprise You)

As a Pittsburgh homeowner, you want a plumber who’s an expert—someone whom you can trust to get the job right the first time. And also? You’d love to not get ripped off. Here’s the problem: If you’re in need of plumbing services, you’re in a vulnerable position. Whether you have a burst pipe, a fried […]