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Why Choose a Licensed Plumber?

Welcome to our resource page dedicated to empowering consumers with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding plumbing services. Understanding the vital role of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling (PHC) industry in ensuring your health and safety is paramount. Here, we aim to shed light on several key aspects that highlight the importance of choosing a licensed plumber for your needs.

The Importance of the Indiana Plumbing Licensing Law

The Indiana Plumbing Licensing Law plays a crucial role in safeguarding the wellbeing of residents across the state. It establishes the standards and qualifications necessary for plumbers to legally provide their services. By adhering to these regulations, licensed plumbers ensure that all plumbing work meets high safety and quality standards, thus protecting you and your family from potential health risks and property damage.

Learn more about how the Indiana Plumbing Licensing Law protects you.

Health Protection by Professional Plumbers

Professional plumbers are not just technicians; they are guardians of public health. By properly installing and maintaining plumbing systems, they prevent the risks associated with contaminated water and unsanitary conditions. This is crucial in preserving the health of Hoosiers, ensuring that every household and community has access to clean, safe water and efficient waste disposal systems.

The Economic Impact of Plumbing Contractors

Beyond their technical contributions, plumbing contractors play a significant role in the economy of Indiana. The PHC industry generates thousands of jobs and contributes significantly to the state's economic development. By choosing a licensed plumbing contractor, you are not only ensuring quality workmanship but also supporting the local economy and job market.

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Plumber

Making the right choice when hiring a plumber is critical. It's essential to understand the qualifications, experience, and reputation of any plumbing professional you consider. This includes verifying their licensing status, reading reviews, and understanding the scope of their services.
Here's what you need to know before hiring a plumber.
Your safety, health, and well-being are our top priorities. By choosing a licensed plumber, you ensure that your plumbing needs are addressed by a professional who is qualified, experienced, and committed to upholding the highest industry standards. Whether it's routine maintenance or emergency repairs, a licensed plumber is your best choice for reliable and safe services.

IDEM Drinking Water Viewer

The Drinking Water Viewer provides public access to public water system information, including sample results, contact information, and sample schedules.  In the Search for: Water Systems table below, enter your water system name or water system ID (PWSID), then click Search. A list of water systems will appear at the bottom of the screen. On the list, click on the name of your water system.  To generate Consumer Confidence Data for your public water system's annual Consumer Confidence Report, click on the button for Consumer Confidence Report (CCRs), search for your water system, and click "Download."

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National Drinking Water Standard to Protect 100M People from PFAS Pollution

As part of the Administration’s commitment to combating PFAS pollution, EPA announces $1B investment through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to address PFAS in drinking water

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WASHINGTON - Today, April 10, the Biden-Harris Administration issued the first-ever national, legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to harmful per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as ‘forever chemicals.’ Exposure to PFAS has been linked to deadly cancers, impacts to the liver and heart, and immune and developmental damage to infants and children. This final rule represents the most significant step to protect public health under EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. The final rule will reduce PFAS exposure for approximately 100 million people, prevent thousands of deaths, and reduce tens of thousands of serious illnesses. Today’s announcement complements President Biden’s government-wide action plan to combat PFAS pollution.                                                                         

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Save Your Cabinets From a Leaky Faucet

Special thanks to Dave Heffner of Winsupply of Indianapolis for this tip

How many of you have ever had a leak under the kitchen sink whether it was from the faucet, garbage disposal or the reverse osmosis drinking water system? These types of leaks can literally do thousands of dollars in water damage to the flooring and surrounding structure. Consider putting a mat under the sink along with a leak detector that will let you know when there is a water leak under the sink.

Is An Iron Filter Right For Me?

Special thanks to Elliott Scott of Hudson Plumbing for this tip

Tired of dealing with rusty water and its consequences? Our team of experienced plumbers in Martinsville and Bedford is here to provide you with expert solutions for your iron contamination issues. With years of industry knowledge, we understand the challenges iron presents in your water supply and are committed to finding lasting remedies. Continue reading below to discover the many benefits of iron filters.


Sewage Ejector Pumps 101

Special thanks to Elliott Scott of Hudson Plumbing for this tip

How do you know if your home requires a sewage ejector pump? Simple! A sewage ejector pump will ensure the drain line can move against gravity when the home sits below the main sewer system. Keep reading below to learn more about how to fully understand the benefits of a sewage ejector pump as well as how to maintain one.


Shower Installs 101: Maintenance, upgrades and more

Special thanks to Elliott Scott of Hudson Plumbing for this tip

How old is the shower unit in your home? Maybe it’s time for an upgrade. Are you researching the ins and outs of a brand new shower install? As Martinsville’s expert shower installers, we’d like to let you know what you can expect when you hire a licensed and insured plumbing contractor to bring your dream shower to life. Continue reading for more details!


What You Need to Know About Emergency Water Leaks

Special thanks to Elliott Scott of Hudson Plumbing for this tip

Emergency water leaks can result in significant damage to your home as well as expensive utility costs. Often these types of leaks go undiagnosed for a period of time until the damage is done. Conducting routine maintenance and inspections on your plumbing system will save you a lot of money and frustration later. The Hudson Plumbing team put together a list of everything you need to know about emergency water leaks.

Locate Your Main Water Supply Valve

In the event you’re experiencing an emergency water leak, the first thing you should do is locate the main water supply valve and shut water off to the home. Spend some time before a plumbing problem arises locating your main shut-off valve so you can be prepared in the event of a disaster.

Find the Source of the Leak

Now that you’ve successfully located your main water supply valve and stopped the leak, it’s time to locate the source of the damaged line. Often the source of the leak will be obvious, but not always. Pinpointing water leaks can meet cutting into drywall as well, so be prepared with the property safety equipment and tools when isolating the root of your water leak.

Inspect for Water Damage

It’s fairly common for mold growth or rotten subfloors to result from emergency water leaks. Depending on where the leak originates in the home, the damage could be even more severe and require an insurance claim. After experiencing an emergency water leak, inspect the surface of your homes because water often accumulates across your surfaces and can cause mold to grow. Mold poses a serious health risk and should be addressed promptly.

Determine If Your Leak is a Bigger Problem


Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Special thanks to Elliott Scott of Hudson Plumbing for this tip

Does your water smell bad? Depending on the issue, you may be experiencing a rotten egg smell, a sewage smell, a bleach smell, or something else. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t always take a licensed plumber to diagnose the culprit. You as the homeowner can actually pinpoint what’s causing your water to stink.

Sulfuric acid can sometimes smell like rotten eggs. If you’re experiencing this smell in your hot water, it could be an indication of an issue with your water heater.

Why Does My Water Smell Like ___________?

  • Sulfur/Eggs

If your home’s water smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, this is typically an indication of large amounts of bacteria growing in the water heater. At Hudson, the majority of the calls we receive related to smelly water are due to bacterial activity in the home’s water heater tank. Bacteria like this grow rampant when hot water isn’t frequently used or when the unit goes unused for long periods of time, emitting a nasty sulfur smell and causing the water to taste bad.

  • Sewage

Sewage smell is another common issue we hear from customers. This type of smell is caused when organic matter such as hair, soap, and other waste accumulates in the drainage system. Bacteria eat at the organic matter, and in turn, cause a sewage smell to leak into the home when water is used.

  • Bleach

The city water department treats its water via an extensive filtration system, including using chlorine to kill off bacteria. While it’s rare, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to smell chlorine or a bleach-like scent in their water.

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