Rooter-Man Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:51:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:51:13 +0000 One of the most popular upgrades that homeowners make in their houses is to upgrade their bathroom. But unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive upgrades that one can make. However, Rooter-Man is here to save the day with tips about inexpensive bathroom upgrades. Decide a budget and make the most of it using the tips below.


When you start a bathroom upgrade on a budget, you will learn that one of the most expensive parts of the whole project is buying and installing bathroom tiles. The solution is to limit the tile usage and go with paint instead. For example, you can put tiles on the bottom half of the wall and paint the rest of the wall.


Putting in a new counter is on everyone’s bathroom upgrade list. But when you are trying to refurbish a bathroom inexpensively, one can’t just splurge on a fancy counter top. Granite colors, usually darker ones, are less expensive than their lighter colored counterparts, remember that when you go counter top shopping.


Painting a bathroom is the most affordable bathroom upgrade that a homeowner can make. It gives your bathroom a whole new look and doesn’t break you bank. Even the best quality paint will cost you less than a wall full of tiles.


Classic fixtures will typically cost you less than modern fixtures. When shopping for bathroom fixtures keep in mind that most traditional fixtures will do the same job as the more fancy modern fixtures.


When working on an affordable bathroom upgrade, remember this mantra – redo when possible instead of replacing. There are many items in your bathroom that can be refurbished to look better. This will help you save some cash.


If you do buy any new things for the bathroom, go with ones that are green – like low flow toilets, faucets, showers, etc. They can be a bit expensive, but they will help you save a lot of money in the long run.

Use these tips to make sure that you don’t go over your budget when redoing your bathroom. Taking care of some of the tasks yourself can also help you save some money. Do call us if you need help with any plumbing upgrades, our service is very affordable and our plumbers can complete the work at an amazing pace.

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Help! I dropped my phone in the toilet!! Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:41:30 +0000 It is now an established fact that people don’t go anywhere without their smartphone, not even the toilet. Anyone can see that using a phone when you visit the bathroom can become recipe for disaster, and yet over 60% of people use their phone for entertainment or to keep busy while in the restroom. According to a recent survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, this leads to 9% of phones in the bathroom being dropped in the toilet!

So what do you do when you have dropped the phone in the toilet? Follow these simple instructions to to save your phone and avoid an expense.

  1. Take it out- to avoid phone water damage, get it out of the bowl as soon as possible. Grab it if possible or make use of latex gloves to get it out as soon as possible. Don’t start cleaning it just yet, the next thing to do is to turn it off and take the battery out.
  2. Dry it- grab some paper towels and try to dry it as best you can. Keep the battery separate and take out your sim-card and memory card, if they are accessible. Don’t try to turn the phone on, because it would be a huge risk to do so.
  3. Vacuum- use a vacuum to get any remaining droplets of water out of the phone. Some people think that blow drying it is a better option, but that would be a mistake. A hair dryer can drive the moisture further into the phone. When using the vacuum, the distance between the phone and nozzle should be carefully measured, because it can create static electricity if it gets too close.
  4. Don’t Heat it up- don’t use a heater or any other kind of electronic device to heat the phone up, this will only fry the circuits of the phone.
  5. Use Rice- the best way to get every bit of moisture out of the phone is to place it in the middle of a rice mound for up to 12 hours or more. The rice will soak up all the water. You can also put the phone’s battery in there as well.

After you have done all of this, keep the phone off for one more day – reinsert the battery in the phone and turn it one after 24 hours. If you have taken all the precautions above, the phone should turn on without showing any ill effects being dropped in the toilet. If the phone gets out of your reach in the toilet bowl, then call a plumber to rescue it. There will be less hope for the phone, but at least there won’t be any expensive clogs in the plumbing.

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Shower Head Buying Guide Tue, 19 May 2015 04:47:43 +0000 You might be thinking that buying a shower head is no big deal, right? All you need to do is find out what kind of head (dimension wise) your shower takes and go to a hardware store and there you have it!

Actually, there’s more to buying a shower head than one would think. Once you get inside the store, you’ll see multiple choices of different kinds of shower heads displayed. Which one is the best choice? The most expensive one, the least expensive one, the one in the middle price range, or the one with a million features?

Well, here’s a small guide to help you get through the hassle of finding that perfect shower head for your bathroom.

A Good Shower Head:

  • Have a consistent and powerful stream of water flow: It should say on the pack or box how fast the water stream is.
  • User friendly. Adjusting a shower head shouldn’t take you an hour or even fifteen minutes. You either have to spin the adjusting roller or press the button for the type of stream you want
  • Saves Water: Nowadays shower heads are designed to save water and use less for more. The pack or box will let you know if its a water saver and the one with the fastest stream.
  • Easy Installation: Again, this shouldn’t take you more than fifteen minutes, because good shower heads come with easy installation and maintenance.
  • Longer lifespan: If the shower head starts leaking or breaking down in a month, it needs to be returned. Get one that will last for at least 2-3 years.

What Kind Am I Looking For?

Know these questions before heading out for a showerhead because it might make or break your budget

  • Looking for a handheld or a stationary shower head? Handheld shower heads are more mobile than stationary. Mostly used in standing showers, but can be used in tubs as well. They can be used like a stationary shower head but when needed can be taken off from their racks and used freely like washing the enclosed area, or giving baths to children and pets. Fixed showerheads have their own advantages as they last longer.
  • Water stream flow preferences: If you require a massaging stream, make sure it is written on the box. The more flow options, the more expensive the showerhead will be.
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Should I Consider Repiping My House? Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:30:27 +0000 If the question, Should I repipe my house? Is on your mind and you need an answer, make sure you know the benefits and requirements of repiping.

There are various systems that make a house function properly. What looks like a structure made of brick and mortar actually has a lot of other things that support the life of the people who reside in the house. Water supply and sewerage are two of those systems which are tremendously important. There is an extensive network of pipes which run across the house to supply the water at required points and a separate network of pipes which is responsible for removing the waste water. Over the years, the pipes get damaged due to regular inflow and outflow of water.


Repiping is the process of replacing a section of pipes or the entire network of pipes for incoming or outgoing water lines. One leading cause to repipe a house are pipe leaks such as: galvanized pipe leaks, or concrete slab leaks from copper pipes. Another leading cause to repipe a house is to eliminate rusty water that is used for drinking, showering, and laundry.

The Cost

There are many plumbing experts which can help you in this regard, but make sure that you get it done by reputed people in business and not by the ones who are only to crank out the money from your pocket by giving false suggestions. The cost that you would incur will depend on the size of the house and the spread of the pipe network. The factor that most influences the cost of repiping is the cost of local materials.

Tips for getting your home repiped

If you are asking this question to yourself, Should I repipe my house? The best answer will be provided by the experts. If you have been experiencing some problems in the pipes of your home, including seepage, you should contact the plumbing experts here at Rooter-Man and get your pipes inspected because we are the best people who can offer the best suggestions.

If you have been experiencing frequent clogging of the pipes and other related issues, it is advisable to get your home’s pipes inspected. You can get the estimated cost from the experts and whether the entire network of the pipes needs to be changed or the just a small portion of it.

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Rooter-Man of Memphis Earns 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:29:15 +0000 Rooter-Man of Memphis has earned the plumbing industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“We are proud to be continuing the Rooter-Man tradition of “Super Service” and being recognized by Angie’s list for it” said Brian McLaughlin. “We have been advertising on Angie’s list since mid 2012 and have won the Super Service award for 2013 and 2014. We will do our best to get it every year!”

“Only about 5 percent of the plumbing companies have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

About Rooter-Man:

Rooter-Man provides an array of plumbing and drain cleaning services to homeowners, realtors, municipalities, and commercial/industrial complexes. The company was founded over 43 years ago by Donald MacDonald and is based in Billerica, Massachusetts. Rooter-Man is currently ranked the #1 plumbing franchise with nearly 450 service locations throughout North America. Each Rooter-Man location is locally owned and operated, and has been carefully awarded the right to provide service under the Rooter-Man brand name.

For more information on Rooter-Man of Memphis, TN contact the McLaughlin Family at (901) 681-0888 or visit

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Top Causes Of Water Leaks In Homes Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:11:26 +0000 Water Leaks are very common in homes, but they can be troublesome. Some leaks require you to hire a professional plumber, other leaks can be treated with DIY style. One thing for sure, maintaining your plumbing system will prolong its life and will cause you less of an inconvenience in the long run. As busy homeowners, plumbing maintenance is often ignored, and pipes eventually corrode and leak thus resulting in extensive repairs.

We have compiled a list of the top causes of water leaks in homes:


These plumbing fixtures are the most susceptible to leaking because of their moving parts and wear and tear. Toilets may take the longest to leak, but the faucets and shower heads have very low life expectancy. Once the drips start coming, get them replaced. This is where you need a professional.



rusted pipeOlder plumbing fixtures and older pipes can rust, which in turn cause leaks that require a professional. If small plumbing fixtures are rusted, it’s easier to replace them manually. Steel pipes which are mostly underground or within your walls, when become rusty will require a professional. The newer PVC pipes have no danger of being rusted because of their material.



pipe corrosionA basic chemical reaction can cause erosion and is one of the types of common corrosion found in homes. Water quality and age of pipes and/or plumbing fixtures can also cause corrosion and once you have corrosion in any part of your plumbing, it will only get worse, and need to be replaced as soon as possible.



cracked pipeThe new pipes today rarely crack, but at times, they do, and need to be changed right away. The older pipes have higher chances of leaking due to their materials, or roots that had made their way within them and cause them to eventually crack. For these pipes, they need to be replaced all together as trying to repair them may cause more problems.


Pipe Joints

leaking elbowFor this type of leak, you would need a professional, because unfortunately these joints are deep within your walls and unless you see some property damage, you would not know if there is a problem. If you experience any of these leaks within your home, don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll get it fixed the best and quickest way possible.

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Yearly Maintenance of Main Sewer Lines Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:41:44 +0000 Most homeowners remember to address periodic duties of home maintenance such as; cleaning gutters and downspouts, inspecting roofs and chimneys, winterizing pipes, and so on. One commonly forgotten maintenance task is to have your main sewer line cleaned.

The main sewer line of your home should be cleaned and maintained so that it does not get clogged and cause nasty water damage and expensive repair bills. Your main sewer line is the place where all the waste from the home gets drained!

What kind of sewer lines does your home have?

clay-sewer-lineClay sewer lines- you may have clay sewer lines if your home was built before the 1950s. This type of sewer lines have a lot of joints, some with a joint every 3 feet. Tree roots commonly grow into the joints and feed off the water in the line. Once tree roots enter the sewer line they will grow and eventually cause blockage. Rooter-Man recommends that these lines be professionally inspected and cleaned once per year.

orangeburg-pipesFibre conduit sewer lines- If your home was built in the 1950s or 1960s you may have fibre conduit sewer lines. With the post-war housing building boom underway, the types of pipes then affordable for sewer and drains were limited. A heavier walled version of the fibre conduit was developed through the lamination of several layers of ground wood cellulose fibres. This type of sewer line is commonly reffered to as as “Orangeburg” pipe. Over time it is common for these types of sewer lines to deform in shape, however, tree root intrusion is rare. Rooter-Man recommends that these lines be professionally inspected and cleaned once per year.

cast-iron-sewerCast iron sewer lines- If your home was built from the late 1960s up until the present its likely you home has cast iron sewer lines. Cast iron sewer lines have less joints and are much stronger compared to clay and fibre conduit sewer lines. However, since the pipe is made of iron rust deposits will form on the inside of the pipe over time and if never cleaned will eventually catch material and cause a clog. Rooter-Man recommends that these lines be professionally inspected and cleaned once per year.

Preventative measures

Just by taking some simple preventative measures you can prevent clogs and backflows from the sewer line. There are certain precautions you need to exercise so that your plumbing system works trouble free.

  • Never rinse fats used for cooking and grease in your kitchen sink as it sticks in the sewer line and can clog it. You should instead collect in and throw it away in the garbage.
  • It is recommended not to flush anything down the toilet which will not decomposed with water.
  • Avoid planting trees near the main sewer line to prevent tree root intrusion.
  • Help keep your drain clear by pouring down baking soda with hot water, or vinegar with hot water. It keeps the drain free-flowing and also maintains the sewer line.
  • It is recommended that you install sewer backflow devices (SBDs) so that the backflow may be checked.

Yearly maintenance of main sewer line helps you keep any sewer related problems at bay. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you get your sewage line checked on a yearly basis. Call Rooter-Man at 1-866-577-1221 to have your sewer line inspected

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Septic Tank Maintenance Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:41:37 +0000 Septic tanks must be cleaned in order to prevent overflow and blockage. The process of pumping and cleaning septic tanks should be completed on a regular basis by a professional septic company. The size of the tank and the level of its use should be used to determine how often the tank will need maintenance. If you fail to pump out the septic tanks on a regular basis, you can experience failure of the septic tank and incur expensive costs for repairs. It is important to remove any kind of clogging in the septic drainage before it aggravates any kind of issue.

The importance of preventive maintenance through septic pumping ensures that problems in the septic tank can be dealt with as soon as they surface. When you open your tank for septic pumping regularly, you can check for other problems as well. Ground water may also be polluted by coming in contact with the septic tank wastes.

  • You can install electronic monitors for checking scum and sludge levels of the septic tank so that you are informed well in advance about the septic maintenance.
  • The preventive maintenance of the septic tank by regular pumping increases the durability of the septic tank and keep other problems associated with septic tanks at bay.

There are many factors that influence the frequency of maintenance of septic tanks.

  • Frequency of using laundry: If you are using laundry services frequently, more water will go into the septic tank thereby increasing the frequency.
  • Size of septic tanks and people in the house: The size of the septic tank must be large enough to handle the waste pressure of the number of people staying in the house. If there are more people, the amount of waste water will be naturally more. This will call for frequent septic pumping.

In summary, regular septic tank pumping is quite important as it can overflow and also damage the septic tank and sewer system. Apart from pumping, the tank must be inspected for other problems. If you need to have your septic tank pumped, cleaned, or inspected call Rooter-Man at 1-866-577-1221

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Main causes of clogged drains Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:38:33 +0000 A clogged drain can cause a lot of problems in the bathroom or kitchen. Once a drain is clogged the water is not able to pass through the pipes and stays in the sink, bathtub, or toilet. There are many reasons that drains become clogged but some of the main causes include: presence of debris, faulty pipes, and impurities in water that accumulate in pipes.

The main causes of clogged drains

  • Foreign objects: If foreign objects pass through the drainage, it can obstruct the flow of the water and clog the drain. Some objects decompose on their own overtime, but if the objects are hair, or plastic materials, the debris will not get removed on its own.
  • Heavy rains and storms: Due to heavy rain and storms, leaves, sticks, or other foreign objects can enter storm drain and clog it. In such events, you may need to have the storm drain cleaned using a high pressure water jet.
  • Breaking of drainage pipes: If a drainage pipe is broken, it can also cause clogging as the broken pieces may block the flow of the water. Drainage pipes can break when they are old or incorrectly installed.
  • Fault in pipe installation: When the pipes are installed incorrectly, they are more likely to cause obstruction in the flow of water. Plumbers who fit these pipes carelessly often end up installing the drainage pipes in the wrong way and cause breaking or collapse of drainage system.
  • Water flow issues: Water flows due to gravity and cannot climb uphill unless a pump is used. If the flow of the water is weak due to a water pressure problem it causes accumulation of debris and clogging.

If you are dealing with a backed up sink, toilet, or bathtub call Rooter-Man today at (866) 577-1221 and we will come to the rescue!

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