5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Appliances

Appliances are expensive and knowing how long they last can help plan for the unexpected expense of replacing them and making sure you get your money’s worth. More expensive appliances don’t necessarily last longer than their cheaper ones, but different features can affect the lifespan of your appliances. Here’s a list of the average life expectancy […]

Retrieving Jewelry Lost Down the Drain

One of your valuables slips down the sink drain with the blink of an eye… Suddenly, you’re faced with a major plumbing emergency. The cherished engagement ring you removed to scrub the dishes, the diamond stud you unknowingly brushed out of your earlobe or that elegant bracelet that slid right off your wrist…it happens to […]

Water Heater Trouble? Signs it’s Time to Replace

When you think of your plumbing system and water supply, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Many would say the hot water heater. This residential plumbing powerhouse is the 2nd highest energy consuming appliance in the home, and accounts for nearly 25% of your energy bill, per the DOE. Age is one of […]

Why is Seasonal Maintenance Important for Plumbing Systems?

We know as well as you—homeownership is a labor of love that requires ongoing upkeep. Whether you’re a first-time homeowner, or have performed your own maintenance for longer than you care to remember, the work you put into your home can take a physical and financial toll. The key to a healthy, safe, comfortable home […]

How to Solve Low Water Pressure Problems

Low water pressure can be a problem that makes the most routine tasks difficult.  Ever shower, wash dishes or try to fill a glass with water and the fixture only manages to trickle?  If you’ve battled with low water pressure, you understand the inconvenience it can cause.  Luckily, there are a number of methods to […]

Concealing Ugly Plumbing Problems

Plumbing is an integral part of your home, but it’s certainly not the most attractive.  Things like exposed pipes, drains and bulky tanks can quickly turn what would otherwise be a relaxing bathroom or cozy living space into an eyesore.  Although there’s not much you can do to rid your home of these unsightly components, […]

Safeguard Your Home & Save Money With These Summer Vacation Tips

Summer is a time to ditch the everyday grind to enjoy a few days, or weeks, out of the office. The sun is shining and the beaches, the amusement parks, and friends & family are calling. Whether you hit the road for a two-week beach retreat with extended family or you take the weekends to […]

Summer Water Conservation Tips

When summer rolls around, everyone gets excited about the warm weather, outdoor activities, vacation, and other summertime fun. With that boost in activity comes an increased need for your everyday resources–things as simple as food, electricity, and water! If you’re not paying attention, it probably won’t seem like you’re using much more water than normal […]

Five Water Heater Options For 2016

Today’s world is all about options. No matter what you’re buying or using, you have to weigh the different options that are available and the price tags associated with them. That holds true for water heaters as well. Your specific needs should determine the exact water heater options you choose, but the first step is […]

6 Common Tankless Water Heater Problems Solved

Tankless hot water heaters can be a great investment for your home or office. Newer versions are very efficient and can save you money if set up properly. Although it’s less common, there are some potential issues that could arise if something isn’t working properly within the unit. Here are six of the more common […]

Currently Hiring Plumbing Technicians

Would you like to join our team? Robinson‘s Plumbing Service is a professional plumbing company looking for someone DEPENDABLE to join our team! We take pride in our technicians always presenting a clean, neat appearance who consider their work a craft and are able to communicate problems clearly with our customers. A prime candidate must […]

What Our ‘Best Of HomeAdvisor’ Means For You

When we started Robinson’s Plumbing Service in 2006, we did it to fill a void in Richmond’s plumbing services industry. That void was created by plumbers who didn’t always have the experience to properly treat customer issues, who lacked green and energy-saving initiatives, who didn’t provide the highest quality services at reasonable prices, and because […]

Tree Roots Cause Clogged Toilet at Charlottesville Home

Sometimes a clogged toilet is a simple fix, but in many instances, it’s just the symptom of a larger problem. That was the case for one of our Charlottesville clients, who called us about a toilet that was clogged and wouldn’t flush properly.   When we arrived at the home, we turned off the toilet’s water supply and […]

How To Test For Toilet Leaks

Running toilets are among the most common plumbing complaints we about hear from our Charlottesville customers and one of the leading causes of high water bills. A small leak can waste 30 gallons of water per day, which adds up quickly. Small leaks are also harder to detect and more likely to go unnoticed for […]

Water Heater Regulations Have Changed– Here’s How It Impacts You

In 2010, the US Department of Energy (DOE) revised some of the regulations in the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). One major reason for changes was to improve the standards for energy efficiency as it relates to water heaters and other manufactured products. In April of 2015, those revisions took effect and will be […]

Eliminate Annoying Clogged Drains For Good

There’s nothing worse than a clogged drain filled with hair. Sometimes it seems like no matter how much gunky hair you pull from the drain, it just won’t unclog! But, dealing with the pooling water it causes can be just as irritating. The truth is eliminating most clogs isn’t as simple as scooping out a […]

3 Tips To Improve Water Usage & Minimize Your Heating Bill

Fall seemed to last forever this year, but fall is finally slipping away. Now, winter is approaching and you wonder if you’re ready to battle the low temperatures and high heating bill costs that lie ahead. It’s time to make sure your home’s heating system is ready and to check for any crevices that need […]

The Easiest Thing Most Homeowners Get Wrong

Let’s talk about winterizing – possibly one of the most misunderstood and poorly done activities of home ownership. And yet, it’s one of the least expensive things you can do for your home or office that will yield the biggest pay-off in both lower energy bills and peace of mind prevention. Because water damage restoration […]

Basement Flooded By Clogged Drain

In a scenario all too familiar for people with basements, after a period of heavy rain you begin to get water in your basement. Your first step is to identify the source of the water. In many cases, there is an exterior drain that is obstructed and is causing water to back up into the […]

Identify and Fix Water Leaks

Fix Leaks Before the Water Bill Rises One of the first signs of a plumbing problem is an increase in your water bill. If showers, grass watering, and laundry remain at the same level, but your water bill increases, you may be paying for water that is being wasted. Before you feel the pain of […]

Don’t Let Your Water Heater Poison You, Burn You or Explode

Below are tips to keep your water heater performing safely, and at it’s best. When water heaters are working properly, you can install it and forget about it, right? Usually—unless of course you want your water heater to poison you, burn you or explode. That’s right—explode. Think about it—you have a metal cylinder full of liquid that you’re […]

You Won’t Believe What He Pulled Out Of Their Drain Pipe. We Were Shocked!

Picture this: You started noticing a backflow of water in your downstairs drain or sink a couple years ago. You cleaned the drain out and it helped enough to feel better about it. But, months later, the clog returns and now it’s much worse. This scenario might sound unlikely but it’s actually more common than […]

How Much Does It Cost To Install A New Gas Line

Gas can be used for several different applications in your home. Hot water heaters, stoves, ranges, and even some dryers are a few items that could use gas. Many homeowners prefer gas as a heat source because it tends to be less expensive per unit, cleaner burning, more responsive to adjustments, and gives off a […]

A Quick Reference Guide: How to Talk “Plumber” – Traps, Snakes, and Waste Stacks

Plumbing isn’t another language—it’s more of a dialect. But when it comes to giving and getting information from your plumbing technician, it can really pay to educate yourself on some basic terms with our Quick Reference Guide. That way, you can communicate problems to your tech faster, and he or she can hopefully diagnose the […]