Caring for Your Hot Water Heater

Caring for Your Hot Water Heater

Fix That Leaky Shower Yourself

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If your shower drips after use and you can’t adjust the handle to get the drip to stop, it’s time for a DIY project to fix that leak. If your shower is the single-handle type, with a few simple tools and a couple of hours, you can stop that drip. Here are the steps to repair a leaking single-handle shower. Supplies You’ll Need flat-blade screw driver pocket knife Phillips screwdriver channel lock pliers couple of rags for cleanup From the home improvement or plumbing supply store: plumber’s grease replacement cartridge...

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Basic Toilet Flush Issues And Solutions

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There are some toilet issues that are relatively simple to solve, and require few tools and very little mechanical ability. These problems include: Flush handle problems  Your flush handle is connected by a small chain to a rubber flapper which controls the flow of water from the toilet tank to the bowl. When the handle is pushed down, it lifts the flapper from atop the tank’s drain hole. When the tank is emptied, the flapper falls back down to cover the opening as the tank fills. Occasionally, the chain may become bound or...

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Beyond The Box: 7 Not-So-Square Shower Design Ideas

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If you were to picture the typical bathroom, you’d likely imagine a sink, toilet, tub and a square or rectangular shower enclosure. While these traditional shower designs, with their 90-degree angles and reliable design certainly serve an important purpose — and can even be dressed up using fine finishes like glass tile or natural marble walls — they rarely make a statement or stand out among other showers. If you want your shower to serve as a focal point within your space, contact a skilled plumber and consider these seven...

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5 Signs That Your Toilet Has A Leak

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A leaky toilet is never a good thing. A toilet that has even a minor leak can cause your family to waste a lot of water, which is obviously bad if you are trying to maintain a household that is eco-friendly. Plus, toilet leaks can cost you a lot of money in either property damage, water bills or both. Some toilet leaks are obvious, but some aren’t quite so clear if you don’t know what you are looking at. These are five signs that you should hire one of the local plumbing services to come out and check your toilet for leaks. 1....

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3 Reasons Why Your Bathroom Is Overly Moist

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As you probably already know, excessive humidity in the air can pose a few different issues. It can cause mold and mildew to grow, for example, and the excessive moisture can even cause problems for your flooring, walls and cabinets. If you have noticed the signs of excessive humidity in your bathroom — such as if your mirror stays fogged up when it shouldn’t be, you notice water spots on your walls or there is mold or mildew growing — then you probably know that it’s important to take care of the issue. These are some...

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Troubleshooting Your Plumbing: Clogged Drains

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If you have a clogged drain, then you might not know whether you need to call a professional. To help you troubleshoot the problem yourself, here is a quick breakdown on some of the most common methods for dealing with a clogged drain: Visually Inspect and Probe for the Clog A clogged drain can either be incredibly simple to deal with or incredibly difficult. If you are lucky, then you can easily handle the clog on your own. Your first step in diagnosing the extent of the clog is to remove the drain cover and look down into the drain with a...

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What Do I Do If I Suspect My House Has A Leak?

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If you’ve noticed that your water bill is higher than usual despite your attempts to conserve water, there’s a chance you may have a leak somewhere in your house. Not all leaks are easy to find; if you have a leak in a water-using appliance, you may not notice a difference because there is no flooding. If you think you have a leak, but aren’t completely sure, you can find out by narrowing down potential causes and sources for a leak. Shut Off Your Water The first step is to find out whether a potential leak is inside your...

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How To Replace A Bathroom Sink

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Replacing your bathroom sink isn’t technically difficult, but it may require some contortionist abilities when the time comes to hook the supply hoses to the faucet. However, if your back is in relatively good shape, you should be able to handle the project. What you will need: The sink: If you have limited bathroom space, you must measure the width and depth of your old sink before choosing a new one. This will give you a general idea of the maximum size of sink that will fit into your space. The faucet:  You may choose to...

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Four Summer Plumber Bummers And How To Avoid Them

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Summertime can bring on a more relaxed schedule for you and your family, but this can also lead to some unexpected plumbing issues around your home. If you can avoid common problems, you won’t need to resort to plumbing repair as often. Here are four common plumbing issues you might run into over the summer months and how to avoid them. 1. Sprinkler Flooding If your sprinklers start out the dry season without a proper cleaning and inspection, these might turn your yard into a puddle if you aren’t careful. If you haven’t used...

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The Advantages Of Updating Outside Water Spigots

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There have been significant advancements in the design of outdoor water faucets in recent years. Even though the basic spigot is still available, the enhanced features of newer models provide compelling reasons to replace older spigots. Homeowners can improve both the effectiveness and safety of outdoor water use by installing newer faucets. Also referred to as a sill cock, a spigot contains both an inlet and an outlet for water flow. The water inlet is threaded, and the spigot is screwed onto the threaded end of a water pipe. The most...

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