How To Properly And Safely Thaw Frozen Pipes

Winter weather generally means frozen water pipes at one time or another during the season. Frozen pipes aren’t only a big inconvenience, they can cause a lot of damage if left alone or if thawed out in the wrong way. Extensive damage can mean having to spend lot’s of money and calling a professional or crawling up under your home in freezing weather.

Frozen water can place over 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on the pipes. And, several hundreds of gallons of water can gush from a burst pipe each and every hour. Not only does freezing cause damage to your pipes, it can also result in thousands of dollars of water damage to walls, foundations and other parts of your home.

Water expands as it freezes and pipes will eventually crack and burst with enough expansion. Often small cracks, such as hairline cracks will quickly freeze over when they begin to leak and you may not even realize that a pipe has cracked until the weather gets warm enough for the ice to melt.

The first step to any repair is of course to find the source of the problem. This isn’t always easy when it comes to frozen pipes. If you don’t have water in any of the faucets, then the leak is somewhere between the water meter and where the pipes branch off to different areas of the home.

If the water is frozen off in only one area of the home, it is generally either in the wall or the crawl space. The pipes that are at the greatest risk of freezing are located in the outside walls of your home or in an unheated or uninsulated crawlspace area.

Often you can find the frozen area by the evidence of frost or ice on the pipe. And, if the frozen water in the pipe has already expanded to a critical stage, there may be a bulge in the pipe at the area of the freeze.

If you have a frozen plastic or PVC pipe and it’s in an easily accessible area such as under the sink, you can sometimes simply use a hair dryer to thaw the pipe. Don’t hold the hair dryer in one position, move it around in the area that you think is frozen.

With any type of pipe, you can often just wrap a heating pad around it and keep it turned to a low temperature for plastic and a higher temperature for metal or copper pipes. And, hot rags can even be used to try to thaw the pipe. Soak the rags in hot water around 105* and wrap them around the pipe, each time the rags cool, soak them in the hot water and wrap them back around the pipe.

A heat lamp is an excellent tool to use in thawing frozen pipes. Just make sure that you don’t leave it unattended, it can get hot enough to ignite flammable materials. And, don’t forget to turn the faucet on so that the melting water will have a exit out of the pipe.

Install Your Own Garbage Disposal

If you would love to have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, but you’re on a low budget. Then consider doing it your self, it’s a fairly simple installation that almost any one can accomplish!

The electrical connection might prove to be somewhat of a problem if you’ve never worked with wiring. But, if you’ve got a little bit of experience you won’t have any problems at all.

Garbage disposals come in several different sizes, you’ll need to make sure that the one you buy will fit underneath your sink. Just measure the space and take the measurements with you when you shop for a garbage disposal.

Have a small bucket handy to catch any standing water in the pipes or trap. Decide which side of the sink you want to install the disposal in. It’s best to install it in which ever side of the sink is closest to an electrical outlet.

If there’s not an electrical outlet under your sink anywhere, then you’ll either have to install one or have someone do it for you. The plug-in wires on disposals aren’t normally very long.

You’ll need to unhook the drain pipes under the sink. Remove the T-pipe and drain the water into a bucket, then remove the sink flange from the side you want to install the disposal into.

There will be a large nut that holds the flange into place, just loosen the nut and the sink strainer will slip out. Use a brush or blunt end object to remove all of the old putty and build up from the area.

Your disposal will come with a special flange that the mounting assembly will connect to. Before installing the new flange, put a line of plumber’s putty around it and then press it into place.

Now you’re ready to attach the upper mount to the flange. You can sit something heavy on top of the flange inside the sink to help hold it in place while fastening the mounting assembly.

Make sure you check the manufacturers instructions for the correct placement of the gaskets. Place the mount ring over bottom of the flange and tighten the screws. You want the mounting assembly to fit tight against the bottom of the sink.

Most garbage disposals require that you hook the power cord inside it. If you have an existing plug in close to the sink, this may be allow you to replace the cord with a longer one that will reach. Cords can be purchased at hardware stores in varying lengths. Just make sure the cord is a heavy duty one and the right voltage.

Remove the plate cover on the disposal and attach the wires. They are color coded and you just need to hook the same colors together. Bolt the wires down, so that they’ll stay in place and replace the cover.

If you’re running your garbage disposal through your dishwasher, you will need to make that connection now. Toward the top of the disposal there is an inlet, use a hammer to knock the plug out of the body of the disposal and remove the plug.

Following the directions included with the disposal, attach the hose for the dishwasher to the disposal unit. Now you’re ready to actually attach the disposal unit to the sink.

The disposal needs to be lined up with the mounting assembly, turn the ring until you get the assembly locked into place on the disposal. Check to make sure that the disposal is secure, if it’s loose you’ve not gotten in situated correctly on the mounting assembly.

Now you’re ready to hook up the discharge line to the unit, use the screws and gaskets included with the disposal. Turn the disposal so that it will line up with the discharge line and the waste trap.

These connections have to be tight and fit properly for your disposal to work correctly. If they’re not tight they will leak and if they’re not on correctly it may back up into your sink. If you’re using your dishwasher for the drain, connect that now.

Once you’ve gotten everything else connected, lock the disposal tightly in place. Plug in the power cord and test the disposal to make sure it’s not leaking and is working properly!

How To Install a New Kitchen or Bathroom Faucet

Whether you have a drip or just want to update your kitchen or bathroom with a new faucet, you can easily do it yourself. A new faucet can change the whole look of your sinks and make it look almost as if you’ve installed a new one!

The worst part will be removing the old faucet. It’s probably been there as long as you’ve had the sink and the bolts will probably be rusted tight!

The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure that the water is turned off. Most sinks are equipped with shutoff valves underneath the sink. Once you’ve shut the water off, turn the faucet on to let the water drain from the lines.

Lay some old rags or towels in the bottom of the sink to catch any dripping water. It’s also a good idea to have a small bucket handy, there will be some water draining from the faucet when you take it loose.

You should also wear a pair of safety glasses, as your working under the sink rust, dirt and other stuff will be falling. If you don’t have a pair you should buy some. They’re pretty cheap and you can use them for various do it yourself jobs.

You’ll need to unhook both of the water pipes that come down from the faucet by loosening the nuts with a small wrench. Unless you’re replacing the pipes, be careful not to bend them. They are easy to crimp and may leak.

If you’ve bought a new sprayer, there’s no need to worry about taking the old one loose. You’ll probably be throwing it away, so just cut the hose.

Now you’re ready for the worst part, taking the faucet off! Most newer faucets come with plastic nuts, but older faucets used metal ones that are most likely rusted or corroded.

If they’re rusted or corroded really bad, you can try to scrape some of it off with the end of a flat screwdriver. You might also want to spray them with some lubricant and let them soak awhile.

If you’re going to reuse the pipes, once you get the faucet loose just pull it straight up out of the sink. It’s a lot easier to take the water pipes loose from the faucet once you have taken it out.

Now comes the clean-up! It’s going to be a little dirty where the faucet set on the sink. You’ll probably see some old plumber’s putty and a line where the faucet set from soap and cleaning products.

If your new faucet is larger than the old one, you can get by without having to get it spotless. But, if it’s smaller than the old one, you’ll have to remove all of the build-up or it will show around your new faucet.

You’re finally ready to install your new faucet. Read the directions, there are usually different techniques suggested for different materials. For example, some manufacturers will recommend plumber’s putty and some won’t.

Install the sprayer first, it will be harder to attach the sprayer once the faucet is in. If you’re changing the sprayer base make sure to put a line of plumber’s putty around the base and then press it into place.

Apply a generous amount of putty, it’s easier to clean some of it off than it is to re-do the job is it leaks. Insert the sprayer hose into the base and pull it up through the center holes to attach it to the faucet.

Some faucets have a plastic gasket that fits the whole bottom of the faucet. If yours has one make sure you put it into place before attaching the sprayer hose or pipes. Attach the water pipes to the new faucet and lower them into the proper holes.

Wrap some Teflon pipe tape around the threads before tightening and of the fittings into the bottom of the faucet. You’ll only need to wrap the tape around the threads a couple of times, don’t get it to thick.

You can hold the faucet up off of the sink and attach the sprayer hose. Check the directions and see whether the manufacturer recommends putting putty under the faucet or not, some will and some won’t.

If your brand of faucet uses putty, just put a small line around the rim of the faucet. About 1/4 inch is all you need and then press the faucet into place on the sink top.

Unless you have someone to help you, you’ll need to tighten the faucet down to the sink and then get out and check to make sure it’s straight. It’s nice to have someone that can hold it in place until you get it tightened up.

Now you’ll just need to attach the pipes back in place. Don’t tighten them to much or they may crack. You’ll need to check them after you’ve turned the water back on to make sure they don’t leak. If there’s a small leak you can just tighten them a little more!

How to Replace the Parts In Your Toilet Tank

Are you putting off changing the parts inside your toilets tank because you can’t afford to pay a plumber? Why pay a plumber $50 or more per hour when you can do it yourself?

When you look inside the tank and see all of those parts, you may feel a little challenged. But, they’re all really simple to change and an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver is usually all you’ll need to complete the job!

Toilet Flapper Valve

The flapper valve is the large rubber piece that covers the hole where your tank connects to your toilet bowl. When you push the handle to flush your toilet, a chain raises the valve to release the water in the tank.

You need to turn off the water supply to your toilet and flush it to remove as much water as possible. You can save a lot of aggravation by removing the valve and taking it with you to make sure you purchase the right one.

As you remove the old flapper valve, you’ll notice there are little clips that hold it in place. To install the new one, just do a reverse of removing it!

Toilet Flush Lever

The flush lever is usually held in place by a nut that is tightened up against the inside of the tank. You must first unhook the chain and then loosen up the nut to remove the handle.

There’s a long metal bar attached to the handle. This bar will have several holes in it, these holes are used to adjust the length of the chain.

Once you’ve gotten the handle loose, slide the bar out through the opening. To replace the lever you just slide it back in and tighten the nut back up!

Toilet Float System

The float system requires a little more work to change, but with a little patience it’s still a job you can handle! The float system  controls the amount of water that comes into the tank.

When you flush your toilet the flapper valve is raised to let the water out of the tank. After you’ve flushed, the float system  refills the tank with water!

When the water level in the tank goes down, a switch is activated that starts water running back in to refill the tank. As the water level raises the ball cock raises and flips another switch to turn the water on to refill the tank.

You will need to remove all of the water from the tank by turning  off the water supply and flushing the toilet. There is a large nut at the bottom of the tank, remover this nut and you’ll be able to lift the float out.

This is another item that you will want to take with you when purchasing a new one. There should be rubber gaskets included with the new float kit. You just put the new float system in by following the reverse of how you removed the old one.

Rubber gaskets get old and worn, always take the time to change old gaskets whenever you’re working on anything that uses water. It may take a few minutes, but it can save hours of work and lots of money if you develop  a water leak down the road!

How to Install a New Toilet or Replace the Wax Ring

Whether your old toilet has seen better days or you’re just ready to update your bathroom, you can save lot’s of money by doing it yourself! With just a few basic tools, you can become a home plumber!

This will guide you through the steps you’ll need to take to install a new toilet or replace a wax ring. It’s really not as complicated as you might think!

Turn the water off at the back of the toilet. Once the water has been turned off you will need to flush the toilet several times to make sure there’s no water left in the tank.

If you don’t want to get water everywhere, you can use an old rag to soak up what’s left in the bottom of the tank and bowl. You can use a plunger in the bowl to force most of the water down into the drain pipe!

You can remove the whole toilet at once, but it may be easier to remove it in two separate parts. Especially for those ladies that don’t want to be lifting on the whole toilet!

After you’ve gotten the water turned off, you’ll need to disconnect the pipe running to the bottom of the bowl. Unless you’re going to be replacing the pipe, be careful to not strip the threads.

Now, that you’ve got the pipes disconnected, you’re ready to remove the tank. There are wing nuts located on each side of the bottom of the tank, remove these to lift it off of the bowl.

There are normally plastic caps covering the bolts that hold the bowl to the floor. These caps should be easily removed, but if they’ve became stuck, just use a flat screwdriver or any flat tool to pry them off.

If the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor are rusted you may have to use a lubricant to loosen them. Spray them with a good coating of the lubricant and give it a little time to work. If it seems like no amount of lubricant is going to loosen the nuts, you may have to saw them off.

Now, you’re ready to remove the toilet bowl. You’ll now see the wax seal, never replace a toilet without replacing the wax seal. They’re fairly cheap and can prevent you from having to turn around and remove the toilet because it’s leaking!

You should remove all of the old wax from the flange, the flange is the plastic insert that goes into the drain hole. You can use any kind of wide flat object to scrape the old wax up.

There are several types of wax rings available, some with extensions for higher floors, some that can be stacked. If you’re not sure which one you need, take the old one with you to compare when buying a new one.

Make sure the wax ring is plyable before using it. You can just let it set at room temperature, until it becomes soft enough to make a good seal. If it’s to firm it won’t create a good water tight seal.

You’ll probably want to replace the old bolts that secure the bowl to the floor while you’re at it. Especially if the old ones were real rusty. These should be replace before you apply the wax ring.

You will notice two flat sides and two rounded sides on the heads of the bolts. These different sides will help hold the bolt tightly in place so it won’t turn as you tighten up the nuts.

Turn the bolts sideways until you can get them to line up inside the flange. Often, there is also a plastic piece that will slide around the bolt to secure it even more.

Now, you’re ready to install the wax ring. Position it on top of the flange and get it as even as you can. You don’t need to press it into place, the weight of the toilet bowl will press the wax down to make it seal.

It will save you a lot of time if you use something to mark the position of the bolts. When you place the new toilet bowl in position, you will have to be very careful to avoid any damage to the wax ring.

Once you’ve gotten it in place, tilt the bowl back and forth slightly to make a real good seal. Next, put the nuts back on the bolts and hand tighten them as much as possible.

You want to carefully tighten the nuts with a wrench. You want them tight, but if you tighten them too much it will crack the ceramic toilet. And, not only will you have to start all over, you’ll have to buy another toilet!

Now replace the plastic caps that cover the nuts. These will give your toilet a more finished look, but they can also prevent injuries from the sharp bolts.

Ok, on to the toilet tank!  There’s usually a rubber gasket already attached to the tank. Set it in place and insert the bolts from the inside of the tank. Put the wing nuts back on and tighten them by hand.

You’ll need to use a flat head screwdriver to hold the bolt on the inside of the tank while you tighten the nuts. Again, be very careful not to tighten them too much and crack the ceramic.

With both the toilet bowl bolts and the tank bolts it’s a very good idea to tighten each side a little at a time. This will help prevent the ceramic from getting cracked and also help prevent gaps.

Next reattach the water line! If you’ve bought a new one everything will be included in the package. But, if you’re using the existing one make sure that you use new rubber gaskets.

Now you’re ready to turn the water back on! If you just installed a new toilet, you’ll need to put all the parts inside the tank. But, if you just needed to replace the wax ring because of leaks, you can flush your toilet now!

Use some old rags or a mop and make sure that the floor around the toilet is completely dry. Flush the toilet several times and check the floor for leaks or any dampness. But, if you’ve followed these steps carefylly, you should have years of “dry” usage!

How to Repair a Hole in a Hot Water Tank

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How to Install a Water Filter Under Your Sink

It is not difficult to install a water filter under a sink in order to clean the water before it leaves the faucet. A water filter under your sink can find and remove many harmful chemicals that are in tap water. This makes water filters under a sink better for purifying water than filters on your countertop. (more…)

How to Install Outdoor Plumbing for Cooking

If you have a kitchen outdoors, sink and drain, it can make it very convenient for people that like to cook outdoors. If you have access to drainage and water without having to travel back and forth to your kitchen it will make it easier when you cook. It can also give you more time to be social outside without having to keep going to the kitchen. (more…)

How To Inspect the Plumbing of a House before You Buy It

Before you decide to buy a house you should inspect the plumbing or have a professional inspect it. If you are not sure what to look for in the plumbing, and do not inspect it, you may have to deal with the plumbing problems, which can get very expensive. If you do find a problem let the homeowners know as compared with the price of buying the house the repairs will be minimal and they should take care of the problem. You do not want to shell out a lot of money for a home and then pay more to repair the plumbing. (more…)

How to Solder Copper Pipes

Copper pipes can be very expensive to replace. Instead of replacing them you may want to solder them in order for them to work better. (more…)

Installing a Duel Flush Toilet

If you are worried about the water your toilet is wasting a duel flush toilet may be a good idea. 80% of all flushes are to remove liquid waste. By using a duel flush toilet you determine the water amount your toilet will use each time that it flushes. (more…)

Minor Toilet Adjustments

Many times when your toilet is having a problem it just needs a little adjustment instead of a major overhaul. Follow these steps to give your toilet an adjustment and see if it stops the problem before any major adjustments or calling a costly plumber. (more…)

How to Prevent your Pipes from Freezing

It can be very annoying and costly when you have water pipes that have frozen. There are some things that you should do in order to avoid the aggravation and expense of frozen pipes in your home. (more…)

How to Remove a Bathtub

When you install a new bathtub or are doing bathroom remodeling you need to remove your bathtub. Here are few steps you can take when you remove the tub from your bathroom. (more…)

How to Install a Shower Enclosure

Installing a new shower or bathtub enclosure can give an attractive new look to your bathroom. A shower enclosure can update the look of your home and is a home improvement project that can also increase the resale value of your home. (more…)

Tools and Supplies for Installing a Bathtub

When you have chosen the right bathtub and faucet that you want in your bathroom now it is time to get the right tools for the job. There are some tools you will need in order to complete the job. Many times something unexpected will come up when doing a project. But if you have all the tools you will be ready. (more…)

Low-Flow Showerheads Why Use Them and How to Install Them

Everybody likes how a good hot shower makes them feel. But with all the water that comes out of the shower heads there is a massive amount of water that is going down the drain. This is a waste of water and a loss of money, as all that water has to be heated. Because of this you may won’t to look into replacing your old showerhead and installing a low flow shower head. (more…)

The Ins And Outs Of Installing A Sink

When you look at the entire project of installing a sink it may seem like a lot of work but in reality once you have broken the job down into steps it is much easier to approach and accomplish. (more…)

Repairing A Bathtub Or Shower

The amount of water that goes in and out of a bathroom makes it a prime target for moisture and water damage caused by leaks from bathtubs and showers. Catching a leak quickly is essential as it can greatly reduce the amount of damage that is caused by that leak. (more…)

Installing A Bathtub

Installing a bathtub can seem like an overwhelming task but by breaking down the installation procedure you can easily complete this task without any professional assistance. The basic procedure for installing your own bathtub is tying in your present draining and supply systems. (more…)

Hooking Up Garbage Disposal Units

The garbage disposer is one of the most successful appliances of this century and while this device can save you a lot of time and hassle it can be very tricky installing this appliance. You will need to ensure that the garbage disposal unit is being hooked up to a one hundred and twenty volt plug in order for the device to work properly. (more…)

Fixing Drain Clogs

There is nothing more annoying than a clogged drain and sadly the only way to discover that you have a clogged drain is by suffering through the consequences of that problem. Thankfully there are a number of different techniques that you can try to quickly solve your clogging problem without a great deal of effort. (more…)

Prevention Methods for Clogged Drains

To avoid having drains that are clogged you should use a drain strainer that will catch things such as small pieces of food and hair. When you collect grease use cans for disposal rather than pouring the grease down the drain. You can pour a bucket of boiling water down the drain every week in order to melt fat that can build up in the drain. You can also put vinegar and baking soda down the drain once a week in order to break down the deposited fat. By using baking soda and vinegar it will also give your drain a fresh and clean smell. (more…)

How to Reglaze a Bathtub

If your bathtub does not look good or if the color is not what you want it to be you can reglaze your bathtub to look how you want it to. It just takes a little patience and it will be much less expensive and easier than replacing the entire bathtub.

IMPORTANT: When you refinish a bathtub you will have to use chemicals that may be toxic. The bathroom, or wherever you reglaze the bathtub, should be aired out and ventilation should be good so you do not intake any of the chemicals in the air. You can use a ventilator as well. Make sure to use safety goggles and gloves. (more…)

How to Install a New Toilet

If you have a toilet that is old and needs to be repaired it can be less expensive to install an entirely new toilet. Toilet instillation is very easy and does not take much time.

Typically when toilets are sold they come with the required hardware but to make sure that you can complete the job there are a few items you may need to buy. Here is a list of the things you will need to install a new toilet. (more…)

Fixing Damaged Pipes

Water damage can be a scary thing and the sad thing about damaged pipes is that it usually takes awhile for the water to seep through into the room below and leave a noticeable stain.  So unless you realize that you accidently broke a pipe you are unlikely to discover it until at least some damage has been done. (more…)

DIY Toilet Installation

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Keep It Flowing

Plumbing can be a tricky for those that have no knowledge of what it takes to make a water system work. This is not uncommon as many people tend to not give their plumbing a thought until there is a problem. So with that in mind, you should consider knowing a fair amount about how water comes in and out of a home to keep tabs on how things are working. This can save you a lot of time and hassle in the future as well as a nice chunk of money that would normally be spent on a plumber. (more…)

Do It Yourself Water Heater Repair and Replacement

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Do It Yourself Toilet Repair

In a family household a broken toilet can be a big problem, especially for those that only have one bathroom. Most often people think they should call a plumber for most things that involve the toilet and other water fixtures, but that is just not the case. The toilet is actually one of the more simple devices in the home and anyone can do most repairs without having a lot of trouble. (more…)

Do It Yourself Shut Off Valves

If you have plumbing in your home, no matter how old the home is, you have the potential for leaks and other disasters. You may think that this does not sound like a major issue but the consequences of a water leak can be devastating. Water rots out wood, which can include floors and walls. While the process may take a while, eventually the water damage will catch up and create holes and danger in the home. (more…)

Do It Yourself Drain Cleaning

There is nothing worse then removing a drain plug in the kitchen sink or the bath tub and having the water just sit there. It does not take long to note that you have a clogged drain and things need to get moving. For many people this is a bit daunting, as they tend to believe that drain clogs are a major issue. In most cases a drain clog can be taken care of with a few simple steps and very low cost. There are simply a few rules that you need to apply before attempting to get a drain moving again. (more…)

Hard or Soft, Water Can Be A Problem

If you live in the country you know what it is like to have hard water. The water is full of iron that appears naturally while being pumped out of a well. Hard water creates a whole host of problems for the home owners and some have thought it would be better to be rid of it all together. For those that have never lived with hard water, it is the cause of the rust stains that appear in the bathtub and toilet. It also has a habit of making foods and beverages taste funny and also creating dingy laundry.

For most who live in the country and cannot stand the hard water problem there is a solution that can be solved by the do it yourself person as well as the professional depending on how much you wish to spend from the budget to get rid of the water problem. This is of course the ever present water softener. This is far from a new concept but many people are unaware of the fact that a water softener will reduce the iron in a water supply by up to 90% or more. This, according to many experts, makes the water much safer to drink, especially for young children and small animals.

A water softener is a machine very similar to a hot water heater in terms of size and shape. The tank of a water softener holds water that is brought into the system which is then filtered through the brine or salt canister that removes and absorbs the iron deposits in the water. This is a very simple process for something that does so much.

The person who is trying to install the water softener system needs to understand that the whole process must be completed in the proper order for the system to work properly. The stage at which the water flows through the system is the most important issue. The water softener system must be installed after the hot water heater to prevent the system from building up additional waste. This is achieved by using a bypass switch that diverts the flow of water away from the main line and into the system.

From this point the water will flow through the brine tank and then exit back into the main water line. Because of this there is a chance that when the system is cycling that the flow of water could be disrupted at small intervals during the day. It is possible to set the machine to do this at a time when water usage is low, like the late night or early morning hours.

WARNING: Make sure that you read and follow all the instructions and safety precautions on the packaging for fluids, chemicals, glues, and other parts that you are using to repair the plumbing in your home to prevent illnesses and injuries. Also, make sure to wear the proper protective clothing, such as gloves or goggles, to prevent illnesses and injuries.

Basic Plumbing Facts

People in this world rely heavily on plumbing, more so then most of us will admit, but the fact is many people have very little knowledge of the plumbing system in their home. This can cause a lot of problems and great expense when you consider the fact that the cheapest plumber is about $20 an hour plus parts, so you may want to learn a few basic facts about the plumbing in your home. (more…)

Do It Yourself Low Water Flow Resolutions

There is little that can be more frustrating then turning on a faucet in the house and having just a trickle of water come out. This is a very common problem in the homes that feature the hard water directly from a well. The issue is the fact that unlike city water systems, well water does not go through any kind of filtration before entering the home. (more…)

Will That Be Copper or Plastic?

For the do it yourself type person there are many questions that come up when some plumbing needs to be done. Let’s say that you are adding another bathroom to a home. While this is a very noble gesture as it will ease the burden on family members who are waiting for the room in the mornings, you have to consider the ramifications when it comes to plumbing such a project. (more…)

Sealing the Leaks

Having a leak in the water system of your home can be disastrous to say the least. The damage from the leaking water can ruin floor coverings and even rot the floor all the way through the wood. This is why it is so important that you fix leaks as soon or soon after they happen. How hard it is to fix the leak depends on many factors, like where the leak is located and how big of a leak you have. (more…)