Below Freezing


  • Don’t leave your hose hooked up in the winter months below freezing.
  • If you’re concerned about your pipes freezing, let your faucet drip through the night and leave cabinet doorsopen.
  • In certain situations you can use heat lamps, safety first.
  • You can install heat tapes and or pipe insulation.


Slow Drains or Backups


  • Do not abuse your garbage disposals or kitchen drains, such as rice potato peelings or carrot peels, and nothing with roots like celery.
  • Limit your grease going down the sink, wipe pans out with paper towels before heading for sink or dishwasher.
  • You can treat your drains regularly with a drain cleaner like Bio-Clean or RootX cleaners.
  • You can install heat tapes or pipe insulation.


  • The only paper that goes in a toilet is toilet paper.
  • No feminine napkins go in the toilet, put them in the trash.


  • No hair creams or any other hair products.


  • Limit hair down the drain.
  • Make sure you know where your main water shutoff valve is located, and that the valve works properly.
  • Keep a lookout for leaks in cabinets where there is plumbing.
  • If you are going to leave your house or business for a period of time make sure you cut your water off. Also turn off electric or gas to your water heater.
  • Know where your sewer clean outs are located.
  • Keep a lookout on any pump systems such as sump pumps or sewage injector pumps.


Have Any Plumbing Problems?

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Paul L

"Bernie was fantastic. He showed up right on time and solved my problem immediately. He even went on to do some things not directly related to the reason I called him in order to prevent problems later. And he was much more inexpensive than other quotes I received. I highly recommend him.

Ralph P

Bernie showed within the time frame that he stated. He was able to isolate the problem within 30 minutes after arriving. Luckily the problem turned out not to be as bad as I was suspecting. I would definitely give him a call in the future if I would incur any other problems.

Jessica H

Cogar plumbing was prompt in communication, appointment and completion of the job. His price was almost half of what my "local" plumbers were bidding! His attention to keeping the mess at bay during and after was admirable and I recommend him to other restaurant professional with grease trap issues! Thanks Bernie!

Celeste B
Home Advisor

They were timely in fixing my plumbing issue. I thought they were going to look at it, give me an estimate and set up another appointment. NO, it was fixed on the first visit. Thank you for your quick response.

Mindy S
Home Advisor

I needed an inspection asap, he came the next day. Price was good and sent me the report the very next morning.

Donald C

Bernard responded to my Thumbtack request immediately and was able to come two days later. He arrived on-time and he and his crew were respectful and courteous. Completed job in about 1 1/2 hours. I will call Cogar Plumbing for future plumbing needs.

Rick Gildea

This is the third time we have used Cogar Plumbing and each experience has been a 5 star visit. Today, Bernie Cogar replaced 4 exterior faucets that required cutting interior walls. He is skilled, knowledgeable and through...and he does his homework before he starts the job and cleans up afterwards. It can sometimes be hard to find a master technician who can take on the mast difficult jobs but Cogar Plumbing can be trusted to do the job right at a fair price. 5 STAR!!!!

Anne Gordon

Great company! Bernie Cogar has provided plumbing services at two farm properties for ten years and has always done an excellent job. He responds quickly and is very pleasant to work with. He is able to tackle any project. I give Cogar Plumbing a 5 Star Rating. Anne Gordon


He was able to repair what I thought needed replaced and saved me about $800. I called in the evening at he was at my house at 10 am the next morning. Highly recommend.


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