Create A Frozen Pipe Alarm

Create Your Own Frozen Pipe Alarm

With Winter almost here, many homeowners are finding themselves worrying that their pipes will freeze. At best, frozen pipes are an inconvenience because they cannot deliver water to the faucet. At worse, the pressure from expanding water inside the pipes can cause the pipes to burst, leading to terrible water damage when the water inside finally thaws. Homeowners who are worried that their pipes will freeze may have fun making a “frozen pipe alarm.” This alarm alerts homeowners when the air around the pipes drops to a temperature near freezing, indicating that it’s time to turn on a slow trickle […]

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How To Identify A Broken Pipe

How To Locate A Broken Pipe

If you suspect you have a leak in your house, either because of high water bills or moisture problems somewhere in your home, finding the broken pipe before calling in the plumber can save you money. Finding a leak isn’t always an easy task–nor is it an exact science. These tips will help you, but in some cases you won’t be able to find the exact location. Still, knowing the general area where a leak is will save your plumber time and shave dollars off the bill. Determine if you Have a Leak Before you start looking for the leak, […]

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Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

You may have heard that the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest plumbing day of the year–and it’s true that there is a spike of plumbing problems that occurs on Black Friday. Knowing what those plumbing problems are and where they come from will help you avoid plumbing issues in your home this coming Thanksgiving. Common Thanksgiving Day Plumbing Issues You can expect two parts of the house to exhibit plumbing problems on Thanksgiving day: the kitchen and the bathroom. The reasons behind this are probably obvious. With all those turkey scraps, potato peels and starchy foods disappearing down the […]

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Natural Methods For Unclogging Pipes

Natural Methods To Unclog Pipes

You may have heard that chemical drain cleaners are terrible for your pipes. Harsh chemicals that dissolve clogs can also wreak havoc on your plumbing–particularly if your pipes are made of plastic or galvanized steel. What you may not have heard is that many homeowners have been clearing their own clogs for years, without the use of harsh chemicals. These natural solutions will dissolve clogs, clean your pipes and keep them clog-free without the use of expensive drain cleaners. Materials used to Clean Drains There isn’t a single recipe for natural homemade drain cleaner. There are many recipes, and most […]

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Fix Leaking Water Heater

Fix A Leaking Water Heater

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that a leaking water heater can be a very serious problem. A breached water heater has the potential to cause a massive flood, leading to devastating water damage. Should you attempt to repair the leak and are unsuccessful, you could face thousands of dollars in home repairs. For this reason, some beginners may feel more comfortable seeking help from a certified plumber. That said, some water heater leaks have some easy fixes. If you feel comfortable fixing your own water heater, these tips will help you. Identify the Problem Your first course of […]

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Ways Not To Use A Toilet

5 Ways You’re NOT Supposed To Use The Toilet

Ok, you know what a toilet is for. Toilets serve a very specific, very special role in the household, and for many toilets, this role doesn’t change very much. However there are some instances where people don’t use the toilet for its intended purpose. Toilet Tow Zone Imagine how Tom Suica’s toilet must have felt when it got strapped to a bicycle and left in a parking spot outside. Mr. Suica was angry because the steakhouse had claimed three parking spots in the street in front of Mr. Suica’s home. To protest, Mr. Suica did what any good plumber might […]

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Winterize Vacation Home Plumbing

Winterize Your Vacation Home’s Plumbing

Owning a vacation property, such as a cabin in the woods, is great fun, until the pipes freeze and burst in the winter. Luckily, there are a number of steps that homeowners can take to prepare their plumbing, heating and gas for those long months of winter. These tips will help you preserve your plumbing and prevent freezing temperatures from doing major damage to your property in your absence. Turn off the water supply to the house. The main water valve is usually found at the water meter around the home’s exterior, or in the basement.  After turning off the water […]

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Is Drano Safe To Use

Is Drano Safe To Use?

Clearing a clog can be a headache. Many people turn to Drano and other harsh chemical cleaners, but they may not be safe in some situations. Read on to learn the truth about Drano, when its okay to use, and how less harsh alternatives can get the job done just as well. Drano in the Toilet Drano has long been advertised as a quick and easy way to eliminate clogs and prevent septic tank backup. However, many plumbers advise against using Drano at all. Liquids placed in the toilet will sit for a while. The chemicals in Drano are volatile […]

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How To Insulate Exposed Pipes

How to Insulate Exposed Pipes

Winter’s frigid temperatures can take a toll on your home’s exposed pipes. During periods of extreme cold, these pipes can freeze up and burst, leading to costly water damage. You can reduce the risk of this happening by insulating exposed pipes to prevent them from freezing. Insulating these pipes also helps reduce heat loss and prevents them from sweating, which decreases the risk of moisture damage. This project doesn’t require expensive materials or a lot of time, but it’s important to make sure you do it correctly. Materials To insulate exposed pipes, you’ll need the following: Rag and mild cleaning […]

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How To Drain Your Hot Water Heater

How To Drain Water Heater Sediment

If you’re like most people, you’ll be relying heavily on your water heater this Fall & Winter. Proper maintenance of the hot water heater, including periodic draining of the sediment, is a critical part of keeping it running throughout the cold months of Fall and Winter. Sediment that isn’t properly drained from the heater can circulate through your pipes and decrease its efficiency, thus shortening the life of the unit. The owner’s manual for your water heater should tell you how often to drain the sediment, but in general, it’s a good idea to do this every one to three years. […]

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