My Water Softener Is Not Using Salt

So, you have a water softener. You don’t know much about the way your water softener works but you’re pretty sure it needs salt in order to function and for some reason, the salt isn’t getting used. The softener seems to be running, but your water is hard and the salt is still sitting in the tank. What could be the problem? It’s Probably a Salt Bridge A salt bridge is the most likely cause. This is what happens when the salt on top bonds together and forms a stiff crust that sits above the water level. The water in […]

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What Is A Sewer Inspection?

Your home’s sewers need care just like the other parts of your home. However, many homeowners don’t know much about their sewers or how to tell when they have sewer problems. These frequently asked questions are designed to clear the air about your sewers so you’ll know what a sewer inspection is and why you should get a sewer inspection. What is a sewer inspection? This is an inspection done by a camera attached to a snake line. The video camera records the state of the sewer, revealing any cracks, tree roots, collapsed lines, clogs and other problems inside the […]

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Framed Vs Frameless Shower Doors

Are you working on a bathroom remodel in the next several months? If so, you’ll be making some  important and difficult decisions in the coming weeks. If you’re planning to install glass shower doors as a part of your bathroom remodel, then one of those decisions will be whether or not to install frameless or framed glass shower doors. Understanding the differences between these two products can help you decide which kind of shower door is right for you. Weight Frameless shower doors must be strong enough to support themselves, which means that they’re significantly thicker than framed shower doors. […]

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Loosen A Stuck Shut Off Valve

There’s nothing worse than getting ready to start a plumbing project only to realize that you can’t turn off the water supply. Plumbing valves have a way of freezing up over time, and that can make it difficult to do even the simplest repairs. In this post, we’ll explore the best ways to unfreeze stuck valves. The Traditional Grease-and-Wrench Approach The traditional grease-and-wrench approach to opening a stuck shut off valve is basically a matter of trial and error. Start by turning off the main water shut off valve to the house. Then, spray down the stuck valve with penetrating […]

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Why Is My Water Heater Overflowing?

Your water heater comes with a safety feature called a “temperature pressure relief valve.” When the pressure builds up inside of your water heater, the TPR valve releases it. The TPR valve is attached to a discharge pipe that aims the overflow at the floor or ground where your hot water heater is positioned. If the TPR valve were to malfunction, pressure inside the tank could cause the tank to explode, causing terrible damage to your home. You can see what would happen here: If the TPR valve starts to overflow and develops a constant drip, this is a sign […]

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What’s The Difference? Sewers Vs. Septic Systems

So you’re thinking about buying a home and you’ve been looking at some properties that have sewer lines and other properties that have septic tanks. If you’re struggling to decide which one is better for you, it’s important to understand the differences between these two systems. Sewers and Septic Systems: A Brief Overview Before you can decide which system is better for you, you should first understand the very basics of how these systems work. Sewer systems are a series of underground pipes that haul away waste water from a home in a town. The waste water is then treated […]

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How To Install A Kitchen Sink Drain

Replacing your sink is a step-by-step process. In today’s post, we’ll discuss the method for installing a kitchen sink drain. This process should be relatively easy for anyone with DIY plumbing skills. If you’ve never done your own plumbing before, we recommend starting with a project that’s a little more basic, like replacing the faucet or inner parts of your toilet. To get started, you should understand the anatomy of your kitchen drain. It consists of: Sink basket Tail piece (the long straight part that comes out of your sink) P-trap (the curvy part that hooks up to the tail […]

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Why Is My Water Line Is Vibrating The House?

Pipes bang sometimes. They bang, rattle, knock, whine and hammer. While these noises might occur because of a very minor plumbing problem, over time the banging can get annoying and destructive, doing damage to pipes and causing leaks. In this post, we’ll walk you through the potential causes of your noisy issue, and then we’ll suggest potential solutions. If Your Pipes Bang While the Water is Running Potential Solution #1: Loose pipe Here we start with the simplest explanation first. Suppose the problem is a pipe that has become loose and needs to be secured to the wall. While a […]

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Does Your House Smell Like A Sewer?

Exposure to sewer gas can have a negative effect on a person’s health, causing migraines, respiratory problems, fatigue, dizziness and more. Fortunately, a sewer smell in your house is something that you can do something about. The most challenging part of taking care of a sewer smell is determining where the smell is coming from. In this post, we’ll explore a few of the issues that often accompany sewer smells and what can be done about those problems. Dried Up P-Trap The P-trap part of a drain is a curved bit of pipe that holds water. That water creates a […]

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My Gutters Are Leaking From Behind!

When it rains, water is supposed to roll down the side of your roof and into your gutters, through the gutters to a downspout, into the downspout and away from your home’s foundation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. On some homes, water tends to drip behind the gutters, down the fascia and soffit and then either down the side of the house, or straight to the ground. If you’re not closely attuned to the behavior of your home’s water drainage system, you may not notice this occurrence. To be sure that your gutters are functioning the way they’re […]

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