Thursday, April 26, 2018

Plumbing (15)

Friday, 05 January 2018 14:35

DIY Winter Plumbing Tips

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Plumbing is one of the most important components of our home, but the one we take for granted the most. You never know how much you appreciate well-functioning plumbing until something goes wrong. Every time the seasons change, it affects your home’s plumbing system. In the winter, your home’s plumbing is highly susceptible to frozen pipes, burst pipes, and flooding. This winter, use these easy do-it-yourself tips to protect your home’s plumbing – compiled by the professionals at A.J. Danboise.

  • Prevent frozen pipes.

This is one of the most important things you can do for your home this winter. Always leave a trickle of water flowing through a main faucet and leave cabinet doors open at night to allow heat to get to the pipes. Insulate pipes with heat tape or foam padding sleeves in areas they are exposed such as attics, basements, garages, crawl spaces, or outside walls.

If your pipes do freeze, work to unfreeze them as soon as possible. The longer they stay frozen, the more opportunity the ice has to expand, putting pressure on your pipes, and causing them to burst. Know the location of your home’s main water valve. If a pipe does burst, you will need to shut off your home’s water immediately and call a professional.

  • Prepare for travel.

Coming home to frozen or burst pipes and a flooded home is not a good way to end a vacation. Before you leave, either shut off the water to your home or have someone regularly check to make sure no pipes have frozen. If you do leave your water on, leave your home warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing. Do not turn off the heat in your home.

  • Prevent clogs.

The best way to prevent clogs is to remember the acronym FOG. It stands for fats, oils, and grease. These are the three things that should never be put down your kitchen sink or garbage disposal. It is also a good idea to regularly pour a natural drain clearing solution down your drain to help break-up potential clogs.

White vinegar and water or baking soda and water make great, safe to use, solutions. Always remember to turn on and run water down the garbage disposal for about 15 seconds before and after using it to completely flush anything left in the disposal.

  • Prevent hot water heater breakdowns.

The worst thing that can happen when you go to take a shower in the winter is for your hot water heater to not be working. Prevent unit breakdowns by regularly having it professionally serviced.

Your water heater should also be drained at least once a year to prevent sediment build-up in the bottom. When sediment builds up it requires your water heater to work harder, leading to premature breakdowns or necessary replacement.

  • Prevent leaks.

Leaks make pipes more prone to freezing in the winter. As a result, a small leak can turn into a major problem in the winter if it freezes. At the beginning of each season, check toilets, showers, bathtubs and sinks for links. If you notice a leak this winter, have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent further - or more serious damage.

  • Check the sump pump.

The sump pump is your home’s last line of defense if flooding occurs. It rids the house of pooling water and protects against mold and mildew. Each season, check the sump pump for signs of dirt build-up and flow issues. It’s always a good idea to test the sump pump to make sure it is flowing away from your house and effectively pumping water out before you really need it.

  • Prepare your outside plumbing.

Your outside faucets and sprinkler systems are the most exposed part of your home’s plumbing this winter. If left unprotected, it can lead to big problems later on. Drain any water hoses and the sprinkler system to make sure no water is left in the pipes. Then, make sure all outside water valves are turned off. 

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your pipes and plumbing if not dealt with quickly. If you suspect a leak or burst pipe in your home, don’t wait. Call AJ Danboise at 248-236-5999 today!

Thursday, 07 December 2017 17:36

What the Sounds in Your Home Are Really Telling You

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All homes, new and old, will have sounds associated with their day-to-day use. These sounds may indicate anything from water simply flowing through pipes after turning on the faucet to a gas leak. Being familiar with your home’s natural sounds will help you distinguish whether it’s “normal” or something that should warrant concern. Some people call these typical sounds “settling of the home” while others refer to them as their home’s “friendly ghost.” While these sounds are normal, especially for older homes, other sounds can be a warning of a bigger problem. The experts at AJ Danboise are here to explain the most common sounds in your home - and if you should be concerned or not.

Common Sounds in Your Home: 

  • The sound of water running.

This could indicate that someone just turned on the water, or it could indicate something more serious, like a burst pipe. Check your toilets, dishwasher, sprinkler system, and washing machine to make sure they aren’t running. If all the water in your home is off and you still hear running water, call a professional as soon as possible.

  • Squeaky floors.

This is very common in older homes and is usually not a cause for concern. Floors and stairs start to squeak when a wooden floorboard has become unfastened. However, if it is becoming a nuisance, a licensed contractor can tighten the loose floorboards for you.

  • Clanking noise when you turn on the heat.

Some clinking and knocking when you first turn on your radiator or boiler is normal. It is also normal to hear a little of this throughout the house while it is on. However, if the clanking is coming directly from the radiator or boiler itself, call a professional to check it out.

  • Bubbling or cracking sound coming from the water heater.

Over time sediment builds up at the bottom of the hot water heater. This sediment acts as an insulator, forcing the burner to work harder. The bubbling noise is the sediment heating up and could indicate that your water heater is facing premature failure. Call a professional to inspect it as soon as possible.

  • Whistling from the HVAC unit.

This can occur when your air conditioner or furnace is on. It usually means that your air filter needs to be changed. The whistling is a result of your furnace trying to pull in air from around it, causing it to overwork.

  • A hissing sound.

If your home uses gas, a hissing sound could indicate a leak. If you hear a hissing sound and smell gas, leave your home and call the gas company immediately. 

  • A boom or popping coming from your furnace.

These sounds are the result of gas building up in the combustion chamber and causing a delayed ignition. When the ignition does fire after the excess gas has built up, it causes a small, exploding popping sound. This will only get worse and cause larger, dangerous explosions over time. Call a professional early on.

  • Your lights are buzzing.

Buzzing lights, or any electrical appliance, is usually a sign of a loose connection. These loose connections can lead to sparking and cause electrical fires. Call an electrician to assess the situation.

  • Scratching noises in the attic or walls.

Any time you hear scratching in the wall or above you, especially at night, it is a good indication of rodents in your home. Call a professional immediately for a safe and effective eradication and prevention plan.

  • Banging or hammering noise.

If you hear a banging or hammering noise, especially after flushing the toilet or turning on the faucet, try resetting the water in the pipes. Turn it off at the main, wait several minutes and then turn it back on. If the noise persists, call in a professional.

It is normal for your home to occasionally make some of these sounds. If a sound suddenly occurs or is accompanied by other symptoms, it could indicate a larger problem. When in doubt, it never hurts to have a professional inspection. It could save you from more expensive repairs or replacements in the long run. The holidays are the worst time of year to need home repairs. If your home is giving you warning signs, don’t hesitate, call AJ Danboise at 248-236-5999 today!

Thursday, 30 November 2017 21:38

Winter Maintenance Tips for Home Safety

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Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home and your family’s safety if proper measures aren’t taken. Here in Farmington Hills and surrounding areas, we are no stranger to frozen pipes, ice dams, and untimely, winter furnace breakdowns. Luckily, so far this year, Southern Michigan has had a mild fall. Before snow and ice settle in, there are several areas in your home that need to be protected and maintained to keep your home safe this winter. Follow these tips to protect your home from the inside out.

Top 6 Areas in Your Home for Winter Maintenance

  1. Pipes and Indoor Plumbing

Left unprotected, pipes can easily freeze during our Michigan winters. Protect your pipes this winter by wrapping exposed pipes with insulation sleeves. Take special precaution with pipes that are exposed or closer to the outside of your house such as those in your basement, crawlspaces and attic. Another trick is to keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. It’s also a good idea to keep a slow trickle of water flowing through your kitchen faucet or the faucet that has pipes closest to the outside of your home.

  1. Attic and Roof

The most important thing you can do this winter to protect your roof is to minimize any damage from heavy snow and ice. Be sure to remove any tree branches that are close to your home that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house - or a neighbor’s. Repair your roof leaks before snow and ice start to build-up and before it has the opportunity to thaw.

Prevent ice dams by making sure your attic is properly ventilated and the attic floor is properly insulated. This will minimize the heat rising through the attic and melting the snow and ice on the roof. When this snow and ice refreezes, an ice dam can be created, leading to water damage or even a roof collapse.

  1. Fireplace

Have your chimney checked by a licensed contractor before using it this winter. Keep the fireplace flue closed when not in use.

  1. Furnace or Boiler

Before the heating season, have maintenance performed on your furnace or boiler by a licensed professional. They will check for safety standards and any repairs that need to be done to prevent breakdowns during the winter.

Regularly check and replace your furnace filter. Check your furnace filter every month and replace it every 2-3 months, or sooner if needed.

Check all vents and ducts for proper air flow. Make sure the heating vents are not being blocked by furniture or window treatments.

  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

House fires are more common in the winter than any other time of the year. Regularly check your smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly and do not need batteries replaced.

  1. Alternate Heating Source

When it comes to snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, it’s always best to plan for the worst. Keep a safe, alternative heating source available in your home and alternate fuels available in case your heater or power goes out unexpectedly.

It’s not too late to make sure your home is prepared for the winter! Take steps to keep you and your family safe. Make repairs and soon as they arise and always be prepared. AJ Danboise is here for you any day, any time for any of your home’s plumbing, heating, and electrical needs. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!




Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:01

How to Keep Your Sinks Unclogged

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Having your sink clogged is an inconvenience no matter when it happens. It is important to keep your drains clear and clean from debris. Routinely checking your drainage pipes will ensure efficiency and unexpected leaks and breakdowns. Along with keeping your pipes professionally maintained by the experts at AJ Danboise, there are several things you can do to help minimize clogs. Our professionals have outlined a few DIY essentials to keep your sinks unclogged.


Limit Drain Waste

Staying conscious of what you are pouring down your drains is important. When cooking fatty food items that produce a lot of grease, do not dispose them down your kitchen sink. Instead pour your excess grease into a coffee tin or container for later use. Coffee grounds are another item commonly thrown in the drain. Instead take those coffee grounds and use them to create mulch for an outdoor garden.


Hot Water Helps

Pouring hot water down your train once a week helps keep the drains clear. Hot water aides in getting rid of grease deposits. Boil a pot of water then add a drop of dish soap. Pour the liquid down the sink slowly to help dissolve oil. You can also use this to pour down bathroom sinks and tubs. You can repeat the process more than once if your grease build-up is excessive.


Use Drain Covers

Installing a sink drain cover can help reduce the amount of large debris that goes down your pipes. Sink covers can help limit how much hair goes down your bathtub, and lower leftover food build-up from dishes in your kitchen sink. Be sure to install a cover that has a strainer and rubber stopper to keep your drains as clear as possible.


Cold Water Occasionally

When utilizing the garbage disposal, it is better to have cold water running the entire time. With cold water this helps any grease in your disposal stay hard enough for the blades to break through.


DIY Remedies

There are do-it-yourself cleaners that you can make at home to help unclog your sinks. Some recipes include utilizing baking soda and vinegar. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it down the sink. Follow up by pouring half a cup of white vinegar in the drain then cover the drain opening. Allow the mixture to work in the drain for about thirty minutes then run hot water down. If your sink is severely clogged, you will need to repeat the mixture again.


Call the Experts

If your sinks are still clogged even after trying the tips above, it may be time to call in professional help. AJ Danboise can help you with sewer and drain cleaning. Count on our techs to be your drain cleaning experts from main drain to kitchen; we will help you clear out your pipes. We serve the Livonia, Farmington Hills, and surrounding Michigan communities.

Making sure your drains clear can be a maintenance task that you can keep up with weekly using the tips above. Don’t let your sinks build up grease, hair, and other items to keep your pipes from running efficiently. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment with Michigan’s favorite home service company! 

For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:52

Showering Tips to Get You Through Summer

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We all know how refreshing a shower can be, especially in the summer. After a hard day’s work, there’s nothing better than hopping in the bathroom and getting some much-needed relaxation. Showering remedy’s stress and helps clear your mind - but don’t get too comfortable just yet! When showering in the summer, there is more you should consider than just the shampoo, so we gathered our showering tips to get you through the summer. 


Showering in the summer is a bit different than other seasons. Considering the blazing heat and persistent humidity, you can’t treat it the same as showering in the winter. Your body needs to adjust to the fluctuating temperature and patterns of summer showering. Additionally, your home needs a strategy for the water and energy usage. We at AJ Danboise know each homeowner deserves a good shower, and we have provided some showering tips for the summer that will help your body and home.


Shower at Night

  • Sweating immediately after showering is an unpleasant experience, and this usually happens when you shower during a hot summer day.
  • Nighttime is cooler than the day, and can help in maintaining your body temperature after going in and out of the shower.
  • A hot shower can be very relaxing; going to bed immediately after can help you enjoy a deeper sleep.


Take Cold Showers

  • Although hot showers can offer relief, when it’s hot outside a cold shower is often more soothing.
  • Consider taking cold (or tepid) showers to cool off from a hot day. Taking a cold shower after working out can also help sooth sore muscles.
  • Not only are cold showers good for the summer, they also help save on energy by not using the water heater.


Maintain a Shower Routine

  • Maintaining a good shower routine is key to a healthy body during the summer.
  • Choose the right shampoo and soap for your hair and body in summer. If you are an avid swimmer or spend a lot of time in the sun, you will want to find a bar soap or body wash that replenishes moisture.
  • Limit your shower time to a few minutes, giving you ample time to clean, but saving water in the process.


Keep your body healthy and your utility bills low with these easy summer showering tips. If you are experiencing any problems with your shower or other plumbing fixtures, contact AJ Danboise today! For over nine decades we have been the premier home services company in Michigan, providing showering installation and maintenance services at an affordable cost. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and meet your local professionals!

For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Filtering your water is a no-brainer, and most homes come equipped with water filtration systems. Water filtration systems remove bacteria, parasites, and dangerous chemicals, leaving you safe water for drinking, bathing, and other uses. There are different types of water filtration systems in your home, and it is important to identify each one in the event of replacement or maintenance. There are several types of water filtration systems on the market, so having proper knowledge of the options will help you decide upon the best one for your needs.


The experts at AJ Danboise have gathered some essential information on the types of water filtration systems for your home.


Personal Bottle/Pitcher Filters

  • Bottle and pitcher filters are often used when filtering small amounts of water.
  • They are ideal for ensuring portable water is ready - without using much energy and running water.
  • These water filters work much slower, taking as long as an hour for a pitcher to completely filter water.
  • Filtered water bottles tend to be expensive, and pitchers take up large shelf space.


Faucet Mount Filters

  • A faucet-mounted water filter, as the name suggests, is a filter attached to the end of your faucet that cleans water as it runs through.
  • This filter allows you quick and available drinking water straight from your faucet.
  • One faucet filter lasts around three months, and provides about 100 gallons of filtered water in its lifespan.
  • Reasonably priced and easy to install, these filters are commonly used by homeowners.


Refrigerator Filters

  • If your fridge comes with an ice maker and water dispenser, there is a filter attached to it.
  • These filters clean the water entering your door dispenser, and should be replaced every six months.
  • Fridges without ice makers or water dispensers do not have water filters.


Whole House Filters

  • As the largest type of filter for your home, this helps filter your entire plumbing system.
  • All water going to your home is first passed through the whole house filter, eliminating contaminants.
  • A whole house filter provides clean water to your toilet, shower, faucets, and other water fixtures in your home.
  • As expected, this is the most expensive type of filter, but can be worth it in the long run.
  • AJ Danboise provides whole-house filter installation and maintenance services for the benefit of Michigan homeowners.


Shower Filters

  • Much like the refrigerator filter, this filter is specifically made for filtering water from a showerhead.
  • These filters work to remove fungus, chlorine, and bacteria from your showerhead, and offer you clean water for bathing.
  • Shower filters do not have a set expiration date, but should be replaced as soon as you notice a decrease in quality and flow rate.


Under-Sink Water Filter

  • These filters work to remove contaminants from water before running through the faucet.
  • Unlike a faucet-mounted filter, these are attached directly to your water pipes, filtering all water that enters through the pipe.
  • Under-sink water filters may cost more than other filters, but their guaranteed and safe use means filtered water is dispensed more efficiently.
  • AJ Danboise will help you install under-sink water filters in your home at an affordable cost.


Knowing the types of water filters in your home is key to following the best course of action. If you are in need of water filter services, contact AJ Danboise today! For over nine decades we have provided expert water filter and plumbing services with true dedication to Michigan homeowners. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and begin enjoying  clean water in your home. 


For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 20:09

Green Plumbing Tips

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Going green may be seen as a trend, but this way of life helps your home and environment. Focusing on environmentally-friendly tactics is a great way to give back to nature, and provides a better planet for everyone. Michigan homeowners have several ways to go green, and one of them involves their plumbing. We at AJ Danboise know first-hand the importance of making your plumbing system more eco-friendly. Not only is it safer for the environment, it also helps to save money on your utility bill. Our experts decided to share some green plumbing tips for local homeowners.


Insulate Your Water Pipes

  • Your water pipes control and transfer the water in your home, and can lose heat and energy from improper insulation.
  • Insulating your pipes decreases heat loss and controls the condensation, which leads to energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly plumbing.
  • You can purchase foam-rubber pipe insulation from your local home improvement store. Cover all of the open pipes throughout your home.
  • If you notice any cracked or broken pipes, do not place insulation over it, and contact AJ Danboise for plumbing repair and maintenance.


Buy a Water Filter

  • When deciding to go green, one of the best ways to save water is to filter your faucets.
  • Buying and installing a water filter on your faucet means you get clean drinking water without buying bottled water (which is wasteful and bad for the environment).
  • Less water bottles means less money out of your wallet, and less plastic damaging the oceans.


Install a Tankless Water Heater

  • A tankless water heater is a modern, innovative type of water heater that is cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
  • Tankless water heaters work without the use of a storage tank, meaning they only heat up water that is required.
  • Tankless water heaters save money by not wasting energy on heating water that may not be used.
  • Although it is more expensive at first to purchase a tankless water heater, the money eventually saved will more than make up for the initial price.
  • Contact AJ Danboise for water heater installation services to put a Tankless Water Heater in your home.


Turn off Water When Not in Use

  • Besides installing and maintaining your plumbing, simple practices go a long way.
  • Turn off water immediately when not in use, and only use small amounts when possible.
  • Take shorter showers and limit your toilet flushes.
  • Wash your dishes and vegetables in pans filled with water instead of running them through the faucet.
  • Try to wash your clothes in as little loads as possible.  


Get Plumbing Maintenance and Services

  • Getting your plumbing properly maintained is essential for a cost effective and environmentally friendly home.
  • Maintaining your plumbing saves money by preventing malfunctions and damage, and strengthens the capabilities of your system.
  • Companies such as AJ Danboise provide affordable plumbing services to Michigan homeowners.


Going green is a great way to give back to the environment, but is also good for putting money back in your pocket. If you are ready to go green with your plumbing, contact AJ Danboise today! For over nine decades, we have provided expert plumbing services tailored to our Michigan neighbors. Call us at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and speak with your local plumbing experts.


Friday, 12 May 2017 16:26

3 Reasons to Use Your Hot Tub in the Summer

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Once the summer begins, many homeowners assume it’s time to cover the hot tub. Summer activities are about cooling down and having fun - not to cook yourself in water, right? But hot tubs are useful even during warm seasons. Additionally, it’s good to get the most of your hot tub compared to storing it away. If you have a hot tub, you better get your money’s worth!

AJ Danboise likes to think outside the box for the benefit of the Southeastern Michigan homeowner. There are still uses for your hot tub in the hottest season, and below are three reasons why.


Cold Nights Are Still Around

  • Michigan weather always changes, but the winter cold never leaves.
  • While days are usually hot, nights still tend to be chilly.
  • Relaxing in the hot tub during the evening is a great way to warm up during cold nights.
  • Save money on your heater by warming yourself up in the hot tub instead.
  • Make sure to cover your hot tub when done, as insulating it will prevent heat seeping out, conserving energy.


It Can Clear Allergies

  • Summer is the prime season for allergies, with bugs and pollen spreading through the air.
  • Allergies mean runny noses, sore throats, and vulnerability to infections.
  • Hot water and steam are natural remedies to the symptoms of allergies.
  • The steam of a hot tub can clear runny noses and remedy sore throats, while the warm water elevates your body temperature to fight bacteria.
  • Clearing up some of your allergies means less time lying in bed and more time participating in summer activities.


You Can Change it to a “Cool Tub”

  • If it is getting too hot for a hot tub, then turn it into a mini pool!
  • Most hot tubs can lower their temperature, and turning it down to 85°F fights the heat in a fun-sized tub.
  • The smaller size of a hot tub makes it perfect for kids, giving them the fun of a pool while you easily supervise them.
  • If you your hot tub is attached to a pool, cooling it down will give an extra area to swim in.


Put your hot tub to work this summer! The backyard appliance has more uses than just warming you up during the cold seasons. If you are ready to install a hot tub in your backyard, then contact AJ Danboise today! Our affordable quality is guaranteed for Southeastern Michigan homeowners. If you are seeking experienced electricians who thrive in hot tub installations, give us a call at 248-236-5999. We are available year-round and have 24/7 customer support. Let us help you enjoy your summer!


For all your plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:11

Why You Need to Upgrade to a Smart Toilet

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Replacing your toilet is usually an afterthought. To most homeowners, if it gets the job done there’s no reason to change. When the time does come to replace a toilet, often the only considerations are flush power, water usage, and choosing between round and elongated. When replacing one or more toilets in your home, consider an upgrade to a smart toilet. Don’t let the name alarm you, it’s not smart enough beat you at chess. Instead, this fancy device brings essential amenities to your commode – some you didn’t know you needed. Although they are expensive (compared to basic ceramic models), a smart toilet can save water and modernize your home, benefitting you in the long run.


For Southeastern Michigan homeowners looking to improve their bathroom, here are some reasons why you should upgrade to a smart toilet.


Self-Cleaning Functionality

  • We all know the pain and struggle of deep cleaning a toilet.
  • It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it, so why not the smart toilet?
  • A smart toilet cleans itself to spare you grabbing the rubber gloves and scrubber.
  • Different types of cleaning mechanisms are used by a smart toilet; some have a robotic arm that wipes the inside, while others have an ultraviolet light that removes stains and fungus from the bowl.
  • Some smart toilets simply clean themselves with water.
  • Smart toilets can have a bidet for you own cleansing as well.
  • You only need to manually clean smart toilets a few times a year, sometimes not at all.  


Built-in Warmer and LED Lights

  • Cold toilet seats are unwelcoming and unpleasant to sit on.
  • Smart toilets have a built-in heater to give you a warm seat at any moment.
  • The heat can be set to your liking for optimal comfort.
  • Smart toilets also have lighting for modern illumination.
  • LED lights in your smart toilet make a bathroom nightlight that doesn’t strain your eyes or use a lot of energy.
  • Late-night bathrooms breaks are no longer cold and uncomfortable.


Automatic Flushing

  • A smart toilet gives you a hands-off approach with its automatic flushing.
  • Sensors detect the right time to flush, keeping your hands germ-free.
  • With family members who forget to flush, the smart toilet takes care of business for them.


Controlled Water Use

  • The smart toilet uses its sensors to prevent overflowing.
  • When clogging is detected, it will stop you from flushing, which keeps water usage low.
  • The sensors also detect the exact amount of water needed for a flush, saving gallons each year.


Remote Control Personalization

  • An understandable concern about smart toilets is how to configure these settings for your comfort.
  • Smart toilets come with a remote control to personalize it to your liking.
  • Change the temperature, adjust the water levels, and even play music via Bluetooth!
  • With its easy-to-use interface, the remote control is your best friend in the bathroom.


Consider upgrading to a smart toilet when deciding on a replacement. If you are ready to replace your toilet, then contact AJ Danboise today! Since 1925, we have provided quality and affordable plumbing services to our Southeastern Michigan neighbors, with 24/7 customer support to keep the homeowner happy. Give us a call at 249-236-5999 to schedule an appointment and flush away all your plumbing problems!


For all your plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical needs, you can count on AJ Danboise! Schedule service online or by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 19:30

Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

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Plumbing issues happen all the time. A leaky faucet or clogged toilet is stressful, especially when coming home from vacation. Although most plumbing should be handled by professionals, there are smaller repairs you can do yourself. “Do-it-yourself” plumbing can save you money if completed correctly, but serious accidents can happen when you’re not careful.

AJ Danboise, a leader in plumbing services, knows firsthand the trouble that can arise from DIY projects. We get countless calls from our Michigan neighbors concerning plumbing problems exacerbated by “novice plumbers.”


There are several common mistakes that are made – and could easily be avoided. We’ve put together some helpful notes for those DIY homeowners to take stock of before attempting a repair. Remember to always contact a professional if you are unsure about your plumbing. Our 24/7 Customer Care Representatives are ready to take your call and assist in any way possible.


Below are common DIY plumbing mistakes every homeowner should avoid.


Turning off Water

  • Before fixing any plumbing issue, your water must be turned off.
  • Although an easy-to-forget step, having your water on while messing with pipe can spray water and create extensive damage.
  • Sink shut-off valves are usually found underneath the water fixture (usually in the lower cabinet space. Other fixtures might need to be shut off at the main water valve, which is generally located in the basement or utility room.


Misuse of Tools

  • Grabbing the nearest wrench and eagerly twisting away your pipe can cause serious damage.
  • Plumbing is careful work, and you must know the right tools for each component.
  • Each type of pipe requires a specific tool, and making substitutions for tools you don’t have will damage your plumbing.
  • Using the wrong tools can cause you to overtighten or strip parts, leads to bigger problems.
  • Research what tools you will need for the job, or contact your local professionals.


Forgetting the Design

  • As you’re taking apart your plumbing, it is important to remember the location of each piece you’ve disconnected.
  • Not remembering the original configuration can lead to misplaced parts, causing your plumbing to malfunction.
  • Document (maybe photograph) where everything is, or place pipe markers to label a part’s location and function.
  • Doing this will save hours from figuring out how to put everything back together.


Taking on Difficult Plumbing Jobs

  • If you managed to fix your leaky faucet, good job!
  • While it is great to know how to fix minor leaks, more invasive projects require the skills of a professional plumber.
  • Many more complicated problems require a licensed technician who can comply with local housing codes.
  • Taking on these projects yourself can lead to disastrous results for both your home and wallet.
  • Know when to draw the line and contact your local plumbers.


DIY plumbing can be a good way to save money if the procedure is simple, but other than a common leak most problems should be overseen by an experienced plumber. If you are unsure about a plumbing concern, AJ Danboise is just a phone call away! Our licensed technicians use several decades of experience to provide affordable quality to the Southeastern Michigan homeowner. Give us a call at 248-236-5999 to schedule an appointment today!

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