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Signs Your Drains Need Cleaning

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Blocked drains can cause all kinds of damage to a building as well as be detrimental to people’s health and, in the best case scenario, simply create a terrible smell. Blocked drains need to be dealt with as soon as possible if you don’t want to find yourself with very costly repairs being needed. However, before you look into the drain services companies have to offer, you need to know whether or not your drains are blocked and need cleaning.

Odor – This is the simplest giveaway sign of blocked drains. While you … Read more →

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5 Common Plumbing Myths

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Plumbing is one of the part of your home that will drain your pockets if not maintained properly. There are many myths surrounding this area of expertise that will eventually make your house hard to clean up. People tend to think that plumbing is so easy that even a layman will be able to fix the dripping tap. Instead, plumbing is a professional skill which needs to be handled carefully. Here are some popular myths regarding plumbing:

Running water aids in disposing of waste quite effectively: While water may apparently aid in making the waste … Read more →

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Protecting Your Home from Flooding, Part 2

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Many homeowners think that home structure checkups and maintenance tasks are costly, so they don’t consider these activities as regular routines. This has been a common mistake which has led too often too costly repairs instead. The bottom line is that you will spend more repairs than on maintenance costs. It is better to invest time and money into these preventative steps, than to face costly disasters and repairs in the future. And to avoid this from happening, here are a few tips:

Regularly check pipes and insulate them. One of the central causes … Read more →

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Protecting Your Home from Flooding

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While it is true that you can’t prevent natural disasters like storms or heavy rains from happening, there are several steps you can take to prevent the water damage that comes along with these events. A strong and well-maintained home will be protected from any water damage.

Many homeowners think that home structure checkups and maintenance tasks are costly, so they don’t consider these activities as regular routines. This has been a common mistake which has led too often too costly repairs instead. The bottom line is that you will spend more repairs than … Read more →

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Retrieving an Item That Dropped Down the Sink/Drain

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If you’ve ever lost something down the drain, then you must know how frustrating it feels. Whether it’s a wedding ring, earring, house keys or anything else important to you, a moment of inattention can ruin your day or even a whole week. Fortunately, it’s probably still in the house and fortunately, we have some tips that can help you retrieve your favorite items before calling a plumber.

If some jewelry valuable to you has stuck in your bathroom or kitchen sink, the first thing you can do is to try to catch it with … Read more →

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Dealing with a Slow Drain

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Slow drains can be incredibly frustrating to the home owner and even more frustrating to people who live in apartments. Fortunately, you don’t always have to wait for the management company to send a repairman. There are plenty of things you can do on your own to fix a slow drain.
For starters, when it comes to the maintenance of a healthy drain, an ounce of prevention is worth a truckload of drain-fixing tools. Want to know an easy way to keep a free-flowing drain healthy? Hot water. Put the stopper in your sink drain … Read more →

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Parts of a Toilet and What They Do

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You need to know different parts of a toilet and what they do.  Having a basic understanding of your toilet will help you know how to deal with issues better if anything were to go wrong. Your toilet has various components which enable it to work. You have water inlet as well as the dirty water inlet. The system which allows you to flush the toilet builds pressure after you pull open the flush handle. You should learn the different terminologies used on the toilet for you to know how the toilet works. It … Read more →

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Understanding Reverse Osmosis Water Systems

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If you have a keen interest on the cleanliness and safety of the water that is piped to your home, then you are probably aware of some of the various methods that water treatment and supply companies use to ensure that the water is clean and safe before it is pumped out to homes. And you might have heard about a technique known as reverse osmosis.

Just as the words imply, reverse osmosis is basically the process of osmosis in reverse. Applied mostly in water treatment applications, it entails the use of a special semi … Read more →

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Basic Plumbing Skills Every Homeowner Should Know

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As a homeowner, there are several basic plumbing skills that you should know.

Many complex plumbing problems require the skills of a fully qualified tradesman. However, there are basic issues around the house that can be solved with a little know-how.

One of the most common plumbing problems that occur around the house is leaky fixtures and fittings, and a basic course will explain that the first step to combating this issue is to shut off the valve.

After shutting off the valve, the next thing is to check for any obstructions that may … Read more →

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Different Kinds of Plumbing Pipes

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If you want to assemble your own pipes, then you should have some knowledge about the different varieties of plumbing pipes. Each of them has some advantages and some disadvantages as well. Here are the different kinds of plumbing pipes which you should know about:

1. Copper Pipes: Copper pipes are extremely popular and you will find them in almost every home. Their main strength is their durability factor. They work well with both cold and hot water lines. However, their price is a major concern. Initially, copper used to be very cheap. But their … Read more →