Clogged toilets are as inevitable as death and taxes – and no more welcome in your home. But virtually all of us have to deal with this particular fact of life from time to time. In some instances, it’s possible to deal with the problem yourself without calling in a professional. All that’s required – when it’s successful – is a bit of know-how and a few basic household supplies.
Homeowners sometimes panic when they find out about a broken water main. So it’s a good idea to understand how to detect a water main break, what causes it and what your options for dealing with the problem are.
There are myriad causes of low water pressure. In standard housing environments it could mean that pipes have become so corroded that flow is being restricted, or it could be the sign of an impending disaster in the form of hidden or unknown leaks. Read More
Kitchen sink drains take a beating; they get worked hard on a daily basis. Even with the aid of a garbage disposal or sink strainer, grease and food particles still manage to make their way down the drain creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Bathroom drains are abused less, but they are not immune to odor issues. Soap scum, dead skin, hair and other stuff accumulates and gets trapped. That layer of rotting gunk in your overflow pipe will eventually emanate a foul odor. Another nasty problem — noxious sewer gasses can make their way into your home if the plumbing is not maintained properly. Read More
Sump pumps operate to push water away from the foundation of your home to prevent flooding. As fluid approaches a set level, the water is expelled outside through a pipe away from your basement area. The pump is generally located in a hole (sump hole) in the lowest level of your house. It is attached to your waste water drain. Water that enters the bottom floor is forced out through the sump pump into your wastewater system preventing flooding and damage. Read More
One of the most crucial aspects of owning a home is maintaining your plumbing to prevent water damage. Water damage has the ability to tear through ceiling and damage the floors underneath. However, leaks are just one common problem you may experience. There are many different types of plumbing problems that can arise, even if you aren’t initially aware of them. Read More
For most homeowners, there are many home maintenance priorities. Unfortunately though, taking care of home plumbing systems isn’t one of them. The main reason is that many homeowners fail to realize the importance of getting maintenance done. Furthermore, there are a number of myths that most people tend to believe in, which eventually leads to a lack of plumbing care. Below are the top myths that you as a homeowner should be concerned about. Understanding the difference between a myth and the truth can save you money, time, and energy in the long term. Read More
As an American, you are most likely used to using a traditional restroom with standard toilet paper. While this works for many, this is not the norm in the rest of the world. Many European, South American, and Asian counters use what is known as a bidet toilet. A bidet toilet is similar to a sink in style. When sitting on the bidet toilet, water streams onto the private parts of the body to clean those areas. While this is markedly different from the American toilet style and while the bidet is only really popular in countries outside of the United States, there are many advantages to using a bidet. Read More
Of all the possible problems that you can encounter in your home, plumbing problems are probably the worst. When facing a plumbing problem, you’re not only open to some serious water damage, but you may also experience inconvenience and discomfort with your water system. The most common plumbing problems that you should immediately call a plumber for are low water pressure, no hot water, a broken water heater, leaking pipes, sewer stoppage, and water line damage. While not all of these problems are obvious from the onset, a plumber is best because he will be able to diagnose the root cause and provide you with a solution. To hire a plumber, just follow the steps below: Read More
Water is water. Right? Yes and no. Water itself is good. The problem for plumbing stems from whether or not you have minerals in your water. The presence of minerals in your water can be damaging and costly to your plumbing over time. Whether or not your water has mineral deposits in it is the difference between hard water and soft water. Read More