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You will find tips, steps and stories here that will help you better understand your home’s plumbing. These posts are simple and easy-to-understand without plumbing lingo.

We want to make sure you’re prepared if a plumbing emergency occurs. If you have a plumbing question, e-mail us at MrsRooterBlog@MrRooter.com.

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Infographic: Shut Off Main Water Supply

Oct 24, 2014


Where to Find the Water Shut Off Valve

  • If your home has a basement or crawlspace, the valve is probably on a subterranean wall near the front of the house.
  • If your home is built on a slab, the valve is most likely located near the water heater or in the garage.
  • If you can’t locate the shut off valve in the interior of your home, look near the street and see if you can find a covered box buried in the ground called the water meter box.
  • If you can’t find the shut off valve in any of these locations, call your local Mr. Rooter plumber.

The Tools you Will Need

Different types of valves have different tool requirements:

  • Simply turn the handle clockwise with your hand.
  • Meter key for a meter box located outside the home.
  • Crescent wrench and screwdriver if you don’t want to purchase a meter key.

10 Fabulous Bathroom Upgrades

Oct 23, 2014

Are you considering a bathroom remodel? Perhaps you want to add such unique features that you floor your guests when they use the facilities. Whether you’re going for the shock factor or something to add to the luxurious feel of your bathroom, consider adding a unique feature from one of these ten interesting bathrooms. Fireplace

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Winterizing your Home: A Handy Checklist

Oct 17, 2014

Are you tired of watching helplessly as your energy bills go through the roof every winter? Fortunately, there’s a way to lower your energy bills other than freezing: learn to winterize your home! With this handy checklist, you’ll find you’re not helpless after all. Seal and Insulate the Attic The first trick to keeping energy

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Toilet Terms and Slang you Need to Know

Oct 14, 2014

As if plumbing and toilets weren’t unintentionally funny enough, the perfectly serious words used to describe plumbing parts and functions can be on another level of weird. O-Ring A round rubber ring or washer used to create a water-tight seal. Drip Chanel A metal catch to prevent water from running down a shower door when

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Toilet Tag

Oct 10, 2014

Want to encourage your kids to get up and play? The next time you’re in charge of a playgroup or hosting a birthday party, consider setting up a game of tag. Just make sure you tell the kids this is no ordinary game of tag; this is toilet tag! Kids ages 5 to 12 will

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Farts and Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Planters

Oct 8, 2014

By Hannah Haselhoff Don’t have a green thumb, but would love to have your own herb or flower garden? This easy DIY project is for you! I’ve always dreamed of having fresh vegetables that were seasoned from herbs from my own garden. I started with seeds using planters that I made from toilet paper rolls.

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Old Farmer’s Almanac: Winter Weather Prediction

Oct 4, 2014

Winter weather took its toll on the majority of the country’s residents and homes last winter. How is this winter expected to stack up? Mr. Rooter® consulted the weather experts at the Old Farmer’s Almanac to help you protect your family – and your plumbing – from this season’s winter chill. How badly will winter weather wear

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A Shopping List for Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Oct 3, 2014

Winter is on its way, which means you have some maintenance to do around your home to prepare for the colder weather. One important task is to prep your pipes for freezing temperatures. Before you hit the hardware store, arm yourself with this shopping list of everything you need to avoid frozen pipes. Pipe Insulation Special

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The UTEC Billboard: Water Conservation Out of Thin Air

Sep 23, 2014

What do billboards and water conservation have to do with each other? Normally, the answer is nothing, but a unique billboard in Lima, Peru can turn the humidity in the air into clean drinking water. Does this sound too good to be true? Well, thanks to the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), potable water is now

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Reunion 2014 Recap

Sep 15, 2014

Reunion 2014 went above and beyond, and we are so pleased with the outcome of our time with our franchisees. This was an exciting time to teach our franchisees about some of the coming technology updates, changes in marketing, and even share leadership and shop tips among franchisees. This year’s Reunion included lots of informative

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