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There have been shortages of many things throughout history – oil, rubber, coffee, medicine, and so on. Yet, one of the most interesting shortages – the shortage of toilet paper – was one that should never have occurred.
Before telling this unusual story, let’s first take a quick look at the history of toilet paper.
Obviously, toilet paper has not been around forever.
As a first-time homeowner, it pays to know the basics of plumbing. Of course, plumbing issues do call for a professional hand. However, there are certain aspects you should know, as it can save your day in case of leaks, broken pipes, or clogged toilets. By the time your plumber arrives, it can be too late and the onus of saving your home from turning messy lies on your shoulders.
Besides, knowing the plumbing basics can save you a few dollars now and then.
Often, we use our toilets daily without giving them much thought. However, once something goes wrong, you will most certainly take notice. Having a clogged or overflowing toilet is a fear many homeowners don’t realize they have, until it happens.
Not only can a clog cause damage to your toilet, but it can also cause expensive problems to your plumbing and home overall. Of course, not all clogs are the same. Here’s how to fix a clogged toilet.
If there’s a small leak in your home, it’s easy to set up a bucket or towel and forget about it. As you probably know, though, procrastination can come back and bite you—and your plumbing is no exception. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to call a plumber.
What Causes a Plumbing Leak?
A leak can happen at any time and without any notice. Old piping, cold weather, and that old toilet you’ve been meaning to replace can all cause leaks.
Have you ever wondered about plumbing in space? Which way does water flow in a weightless environment? Can toilets flush in free-fall? Here on Earth, plumbing is something most of us take for granted. Turn the faucet and water comes rushing out. Flush the toilet and water disappears. On the International Space Station, it’s not that simple. And if you spring a leak, the plumbers are all at least 235 miles (378 km) and a rocket launch away.
Designers of the Station had to contend with these problems as they laid out a complex network of tubes, pipes and ducts between the Station’s outer skin and its inner walls.
Serious residential plumbing problems can be nothing short of catastrophic. Indeed, it only takes 1 inch of water to cause $25,000 worth of damage! That’s one reason it’s so important to call a professional plumbing service when they arise.
It might be tempting to take the DIY approach. But, trust us, whether your boiler breaks, a pipe bursts, you spring a leak, or your drains back up, hiring a professional plumber makes the most sense. Want to find out why that’s the case?
Keep reading to discover 4 key benefits of hiring a professional plumber.
If no water enters your washing machine during the fill cycle, or if only cold water is entering the appliance, there is a strong possibility that the water mixing valve needs to be replaced. Before replacing the valve, however, you should check that the hose screens are clear. There may be screens both where the hoses mount to the valve and where the hoses connect at the faucet.
Vibrating water pipes aren’t normal, so it’s essential to act quickly when you hear an unusual racket coming from inside the walls of your home
It can be scary (or at the very least irritating) to hear a rattling noise coming from your plumbing. Whatever you do, don’t ignore it! The first step is diagnosing the cause of your vibrating water pipes, and then you can work on getting your plumbing in working order again.
We all know that quality matters, especially when choosing a new faucet. But it’s not always true that you get what you pay for, and sometimes, even something suspiciously cheap can end up being a great deal. So how can you know what to pick? The answer is simple (albeit a bit boring): do the research!
Some questions to ask, regardless of price:
Making your home beautiful is one thing, but making sure it’s in working order is a whole other beast to tackle.
Thankfully, there are so many easy repair tips and simple upgrades that can pay off big time and keep your home (and your family!) happy for years to come.
“Whether you have a big budget for some major plumbing upgrades, or just want to refresh your current setup with some cheap tricks, there are always things you can do to spruce up your home