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  • As hard as we may try to keep our sinks in perfect working condition, it may be impossible to avoid facing down a clogged drain every so often. While this can cause significant headaches in the short term, it doesn’t have to last too long if you have the right tools and a little bit of elbow grease. We’ve put together a couple of ways for you to tackle this problem on your own with items found ...
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  • No one wants to deal with a clogged sink, but like most things in life this problem may be unavoidable. While you may think to grab your handy dandy snake to unclog your drain, most sinks use a basin trap that will likely need to be dismantled for proper cleaning. Before you start breaking down your sink, make sure you have all of the supplies you need: Bucket Bowl Toothbrush Washers Luckily, sink ...
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  • Clogged drains suck, and they’re an unfortunate part of any pipe’s life. One of the pipes homeowners are likely to end up cleaning are drain cleanout pipes. These pipes are used to unclog or clean out the system, and can usually be found at the main sewer pipe that leads away from your home, in plumbing fixtures and in garage and basement floor drains. Beneath their drain covers is a plastic or ...
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  • The best way to tackle an issue it to prevent it from ever happening, so we’ve put together a list of tips you can use to make sure that your plumbing stays leak-free. Before you roll up your sleeves, make sure that you have the necessary supplies. What You Need: Teflon pipe joint compound Teflon tape Wrench set Slip joint pliers Adjustable wrench Not all pipes are exactly the same, and we’ve made ...
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  • Unfortunately, our faucets aren’t invincible. Over time, they begin to succumb to the wear and tear of everyday use and exposure to the elements – yes, even inside faucets have to deal with exposure issues, albeit to a noticeably smaller degree than an outdoor faucet. Eventually, the moisture and air will cause a chemical reaction that corrodes, or eats into the metal faucet. On top of this, ...
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  • Propane tanks are incredibly useful items to have, but can become incredibly dangerous if not properly cared for. Whether you use your take to heat water, fuel your grill, power your stove, or any other reason, you need to know how to detect a leak in order to prevent a disaster. There are two ways you can keep yourself safe from a propane tank explosion – you can either actively check the tubing ...
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  • Plumbing valves help regulate the flow of water to every water-based appliance in our homes. That means everything from our washing machines to our toilets to the main water supply use these fixtures to allow or block water from passing through our pipes. While each system’s valve is somewhat different, they all follow the same general design. These valves are incredibly useful, but they often ...
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  • We’ve covered ways to stop your toilet from constantly running, ways to unclog it, and ways to prevent it from clogging in the first place – unfortunately, toilet’s aren’t immortal fixtures destined to stay with you for your whole life. Eventually we need to take a long, hard look at these pieces of porcelain perfection and accept the fact that their faults may be too great to overcome with a ...
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  • It’s in your best interest to drain or flush your water heater every so often – about once every two years or so – to make sure that it’s working at maximum efficiency and pumping out all the hot water you could ever need. Mineral deposits will build up at your water heater tank’s base, and can develop into a thick and crusty coating. This coating prevent the burner from efficiently heating up the ...
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  • If you’ve noticed pools of water gathering around the base of your water heater, you may be dealing with a leak. Before you start to worry about what you need to do to fix it, you need to take a moment to determine exactly where the leak is coming from, if there even is a leak. Sometimes the water is simply the result of condensation, but other times you may need to break out your toolbox or make ...
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  • Welcome to the first official day of fall! With that, the leaves have immediately changed colors, sweater weather blew in from the north, and everyone’s lining up for their pumpkin spice latte. Even though that might be a slight exaggeration – except for the latte part –autumn weather is well on its way, and along with beautiful colors and crisp evenings come various plumbing issues that, if ...
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  • You may go years without needing to worry about the shutoff valve underneath your sink. Eventually, you’ll reach down to shut off the water supply and notice that your once-trusty valve has worn out, leaks, and is in desperate need of care. Before you break out the toolbox, take note of what kind of plumbing your house has – if you live in a house with older galvanized piping, you should stop ...
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  • It may already be September, but that only means that there are still two months left of hot weather on the horizon. Throughout the heart of the summer, you’ve probably relied on your outdoor sprinkler system to keep your lawn lush and beautiful all while avoiding wasting water. However, months of use can put stress on any system, no matter how well it was installed. Some of the most common issues ...
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  • Whether or not you know exactly what it is, we’ve all heard the team “hard water” thrown about. Essentially, it’s water with a high level of minerals in it – usually magnesium and calcium that comes from limestone and chalk deposits. It can have some moderate health benefits, but can also cause some potentially serious problems to your plumbing. That’s where your water softener comes in . Its ...
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  • We previously went over how to prevent a toilet from clogging, but sometimes the worst is unavoidable and you need to get down and dirty to get it running properly again. Before you grab any of your tools, you’ll want to put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from any unwanted spray. Whether your toilet is completely clogged – you can tell because the bowl will completely fill up or ...
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  • We all love our washing machines. They helped us move from scrubbing our clothes in the river to loading up a box with dirty clothes, waiting for about 30 minutes to an hour, and then swapping them over to the dryer. Quick, easy, convenient. As amazing as our washing machines may be, they aren’t exactly perfect. They still have a lot of moving parts, and if any of those parts are damaged it can ...
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  • Hot showers are some of the most beautiful experiences we can find in our home, and depending on the day, in the whole world. Unfortunately, our hot water heaters aren’t magic devices that can create an endless supply of hot water. They take time to turn water far too cold to enjoy in a shower into the steamy goodness we all love. However, not all water heaters are the same, so it’s important to ...
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  • Don’t panic; even though your dishwasher won’t drain doesn’t mean that you need to head out any buy yourself a brand new machine. Depending on what the problem is, the most you’ll likely need to do is call in the pros to break out big wrenches, but more often than not you can fix the issue yourself with a bit of knowledge and elbow grease. The first thing you’ll want to do is empty your dishwasher ...
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  • We should all know what not to put down our garbage disposals; coffee grounds, bacon grease, entire pineapples, etc. Unfortunately, these types of things can find their way into the disposal and clog one of the most important parts of your sink. While there are some clogs that require the skills of a professional to clear, there are a lot more that you can easily fix by yourself. Your first step ...
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  • A clogged shower drain can leave you standing ankle-deep in dirty water, but chemical drain cleaners can cause serious damage to your plumbing system if used too often. Before you choose to go the industrial route, we’ve put together a list of alternative ways to clear your shower drain. Clear out the Hair: The vast majority of clogged drains in the shower are caused by a buildup of hair. The ...
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  • There’s nothing more disappointing than turning on your shower and realizing that the pressure has dropped to pitiful levels. Low water does more than complicate your time in the shower or make washing dishes more difficult; it can signal issues with your pipes that, if not addressed, can lead to larger issues down the line. Leaks: Not only can leaky pipes have a nasty effect on your wallet, they ...
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  • No one likes a leaky pipe. We all know it’s wasting water, and may even signal a larger issue with your plumbing. While a small leak may feel like a minor inconvenience at the time, even the tiniest drip can build up to a much larger issue on your wallet. With every wasted bit of water comes some wasted money, but how much will it really cost? How much of an effect does a leaky pipe have on your ...
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  • For anyone who’s ever experienced a basement flooding, sump pumps can feel like the greatest invention since the indoor toilet. The way these wonderful devices work is fairly straightforward: professionals dig a hole at the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace where the sump pump is placed. Pipes are connected to the pump so that excess water can be rerouted away from your home as it fills ...
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  • Dealing with plumbing issues around the house can be stressful, especially if you aren’t experienced with that type of work. Even for a complete novice, some plumbing issues can easily be taken care of without the assistance of a professional. Even in cases where you can’t determine the exact cause of the problem, you may be able to deal with the issues currently causing problems yourself. Easy ...
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  • Is your toilet running constantly? If it is, it may be wasting gallons of water every day which can dramatically increase your monthly water bill. Luckily, there are simple fixes to most problems causing the water to run constantly that don’t require a professional, or even tools. How Does My Toilet Work? The first step to fixing your toilet is understanding how it works. After flushing your ...
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