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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
Fresh, drinkable water is a limited resource that is necessary to our survival. More than 97% of the water on Earth is salt water and must be treated before we can use it in everyday life to cook, clean, and consume. The remaining percentage of water that is fresh and useable to humans is mostly frozen or stored underground as ground water. For these reasons and many more, it is important to do your part in conserving water at home. Discover how you can use water more efficiently and preserve the limited stock of water that we have on Earth with these simple ideas and tips!Read More
As with any contractor you hire, there are practical things you need to establish before the work begins. Here are key questions to ask a plumber:
1) Are you licensed?
This is the big one. Never, ever forget to ask this question, and don’t just take the plumber’s word for it. Many operate without a license, but many homeowners assume every plumber needs to have one, so this question is always worth asking. Being licensed means the plumber is registered with a governing body at the state or local level…Read More
We have all have been in that situation. Your dinner guests are over, you’re cleaning up, you’ve just crammed an entire three course meal down your garbage disposal, hit the switch, and nothing happened. The last thing you want your guests to see is you underneath the sink performing emergency plumbing in your best clothes.
The next day, you decide you are not going to make this mistake again. You’re going to buy the best garbage disposal there is. You head down to the local hardware store, hit the right aisle, and that’s when you realize you have no idea what you’re looking for…Read More
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