Low water pressure can mess up a lot of things in the house: a good shower, dishwasher work, cleaning dishes in the sink, getting water from your fridge, and a whole other slew of issues. It’s important to figure out what’s causing the low water pressure and fix it so you can get back to peak performance in your home.
Corroded galvanized iron pipes are a common cause of low water pressure. If you live in an older house, it may well have galvanized iron pipes that have corroded inside over the years. The accumulated corrosion eventually restricts the water flow. Fortunately, there is usually a solution.Read More
Apprentice plumber: An entry-level plumber, learning the trade. State requirements may include a high school diploma or GED, an aptitude test and that the applicant is 18 year of age or older. Apprentices may work with a journeyman, under the supervision of a master plumber.
Auger: A flexible metal rod, usually made of spring material, with a cutting or clearing device on one end. It is used to clear clogs in drains. Closet augers, also called toilet auger, have a tubular guide to permit entry through the toilet trap design. Larger, longer augers are used to clean underground drain lines and may be motor driven.Read More
With the much-awaited season of spring finally in sight, you are probably planning all of the wonderful things you have put off doing during the freezing cold temperatures. As the grass finally begins sprouting, birds return to your yard, and flowers creep up slowly.
While all of this beauty starts to “spring”up, behind the scenes lurks a danger to your home that you need to watch for diligently: the annual end of winter, beginning of spring plumbing problems.
Living in a four-seasoned climate has amazing perks. The changing of the seasons is often gorgeous and awe-inspiring, but they also bring with them their downsides. The end of winter is one of them as snow turns to slush and water, making things brown and muddy and blah. Not only does the world outside tend to get quite messy this time of year, but so can your plumbing if you are not careful.Read More
If the past few weeks are any indication, winter is not going away and subfreezing temperatures are not leaving anytime soon. Nonetheless, your body is not the only one feeling the brunt of another winter. Your home, including your pipes, has to live through these cold months.
While homeowners could take every possible precaution to avoid frozen pipes, when the winter chill comes knocking, certain pipes freeze. Frozen pipes don’t only take away your shower, but can ruin your dinner or run up your utility bills.Read More
This article is by Jason Hargraves and published by Angie’s List Endless hot water, additional storage space and lower energy bills are just a few reasons homeowners are switching to tankless water heaters. But those perks may not be enough for some people to offset the extra purchase cost and installation expense. The U.S.…Read More
If you plan to sell a house, you need to ensure it’s in excellent condition to maximize profits. Potential homebuyers will want to know if they’re investing in the right property or not. They will even hire house inspectors to examine the house before buying.
Besides, doing the necessary repairs will increase your home’s value and even attract many potential homebuyers. The plumbing fixes are one of the most vital repairs to do before listing your house in the market. So, what are the things you have to fix first?Read More
When water freezes, it expands. That’s why a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer for too long. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and you are hit with a huge invoice. No matter how cold it gets, there are certain precautions all homeowners can take to avoid frozen pipes.Read More
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One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.Read More
When closing a vacation home for winter in colder climates, you need to make sure that everything is set to withstand freezing temperatures. Failing to do so can cause large, costly problems for your sometimes home. If you’re winterizing a home for the first time, or just not sure how to proceed, these tips will help you protect your vacation property with proper winter precautions.
The main concern for winterizing any home is preventing pipes from freezing. This can be especially important in vacation homes, since there isn’t a full-time occupant to quickly react and prevent pipes from freezing at the earliest warning sign.
Pipes, especially those that are near the home’s outer walls or in exposed areas such as crawl spaces. Pipes in these exposed areas should be insulated, preferably with foam, to prevent frost build-up or freezing. Hoses should be disconnected from outdoor spigots or faucets, and in colder climates, frost-proof covers should be installed to prevent freezing.
Are you unhappy with the quality of the water in your home? Does your tap water have a weird taste or smell? Are you worried that your family may be ingesting or absorbing dangerous substances through your water supply? In an ideal world, everyone would have access to safe and clean drinking water, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Consuming contaminated water can cause many diseases that bring unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, and pneumonia. In severe cases, consuming contaminated water can even lead to death.Read More