Water Softener Problems

Signs Your Water Softener Isn’t Working Properly

clear-water-being-poured-into-a-glassFor most of us in central Indiana where hard water is prevalent, a water softener is pretty much a necessity. It’s one of those items that we depend on to work all the time and don’t fully appreciate until it stops working properly.

Mostly likely, your water softener doesn’t just break and stop working all at once, but over time it slowly stops completely softening your water.  Here are a few signs that your water softener may need to be serviced. Read more

Red Stains in Sinks and Drains

How Do I Get Rid of the Red Stains in My Sinks and Drains?

Red stains in your sinks, tubs, showers, toilets and drains are a result of iron in your water supply.

If you have red or brown deposits in your sinks or drains, then you most likely have a high concentration of iron in your water. An excessive level of iron is a common problem and one that an iron filter is designed to remedy.

Will a Water Softener Remove Iron?

A common question we hear is “Will my water softener remove iron from my water?” The answer to this is, “Yes, but very little.” Water softeners are designed to treat hard water by removing minerals, including small quantities of iron. In most cases a water softener alone is not an effective solution for removing iron from water. Read more

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Spring Cleaning Your Drains

Your Drains Need Spring Cleaning Too

Spring cleaning is a ritual many of us take part in every year when the temperatures warm and the days get longer.  This often entails cleaning windows, dusting everything, and making sure our homes smell fresh. But what about your drains?

Don’t Wait for a Problem to Clean Your Drains

Cleaning your drains may not be an item on your traditional spring-cleaning list, but taking a little time to clean your drains thoroughly can avoid some major problems down the road. Read more

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Test Your Sump Pump

Rain, Rain Go Away From My House

Heavy spring rains can lead to water problems in your basement. For homes with finished basements, significant losses due to flooding can occur.

Sump pumps work hard to move water away from the home’s foundation, ensuring that your home remains free of water damage from built-up groundwater or an abundance of rainwater.

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Online Bill Payment

It’s Easy. It’s Fast. It’s Secure.

Brenneco Plumbing Online Bill Payment Now Available

pay online iconContinuing to find ways to better service our customers is always the goal at Brenneco Plumbing.  Many of our customers have asked for an easier, faster and more secure way to pay the invoices they receive from Brenneco.

Pay Online

You can now pay your Brenneco Plumbing invoices by going to our website:  Simply click on the “Make a Payment” button on the home page and fill out the requested information on the form.

It’s quick, easy and secure.  No more providing credit card information over the phone or to our service techs.  This makes bill paying easier for everyone.

We accept Master Card, VISA, Discover and American Express credit cards.

Brenneco Plumbing logoQuestions?

If you have questions regarding our new online payment process, please contact Rusty Ashby at or 765-448-6190.

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Clogged Kitchen Drains

What Shouldn’t Go Down the Kitchen Drain

The holidays are fast approaching when many of us will be gathered together to enjoy a wide variety of festive meals with friends and family.  This may also be the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when more cooking is done at home than at any other time.

It can also be the time when we rinse or pour more stuff down our drains. In many cases it is items that can damage our drains and lead to high plumbing repair bills. Being aware of what we should and shouldn’t be sending down our drains, can ensure that our holiday cooking and clean up won’t contribute to future drain problems. Read more

Sewer Line Cleaning and Repair

Roots in Your Sewer Lines Can Get Nasty

Roots in drain line

Roots are a common problem in sewer lines.

Tree roots entering your sewer line can cause major damage to pipes and septic tanks because they tend to grow into rough shapes that create clogs and slow drains that can back up sewage into your home.

As roots continue to grow, they expand and exert considerable pressure at the crack or joint where they entered the pipe. The force exerted by the root growth will break the pipe and may result in total collapse of the pipe requiring it to be replaced.

How do roots get into the main drainpipe?

Roots grow towards sewer pipes because they hold water, nutrients and oxygen—things roots crave.  And if the root finds a crack or leak in the pipe, they’ll grow into the pipe, blocking off the flow of waste into the sewer. Read more

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Aging-In-Place In Your Home

Are You One of the 90% Who Want to Age-In-Place?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as: “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”  The feeling of being at home provides us with a comfortable, familiar environment that is more than just a place – it’s a sense of stability. Read more

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Testing Your Home’s Water

How Often and When Should You Test Your Home’s Water?

water faucetThe United States enjoys one of the world’s most reliable and safest supplies of drinking water.  Approximately 150,000 public water systems provide drinking water to most Americans.  Those on public water systems have their water monitored regularly to prevent any contamination of the water supply. 

If You Get Your Water from a Well

For the 10 percent of people in the United States who get their water from private wells, many of them in rural areas in Indiana, they need to take precautions to ensure their drinking water is safe.  Private wells are not regulated, so the responsibility for checking the quality of the water falls on the homeowner. Read more

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Old Drainpipes in Your Home

How Old are the Drainpipes in Your Home?

The drainage pipes in your home are not something many of us ever give much thought to. For the most part they do their job every day, year after year.  But like any product, drainage pipes do have a lifespan.  Depending on the type of material they are made of these pipes can last from 25 to almost 100 years.

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Once pipes begin to corrode, it’s only a matter of time before problems develop.

When to Take a Look

When remodeling an older home knowing the age of the structure can be helpful. This might give you an indication of what you’ll find behind the walls when you redo a bathroom or kitchen.

What you want to avoid is updating a room with new fixtures, tile flooring and walls, shower heads, and toilets, and neglecting to determine the condition of your drainpipes.

This is a little like “putting lipstick on a pig”. The outward appearance might be better, but the overall benefits are not realized because what’s going on behind the walls needs to be addressed. Read more