When Should You Replace Cast Iron Plumbing?

If you do not know the age of your home’s cast iron pipes, you may never know that they are corroding and require replacement. While there are signs that they aren’t working as well as they could be, a visual inspection will usually verify corrosion. Here is what to look for to determine if your home’s cast iron plumbing should be replaced:…

Dealing With a Burst Water Pipe

You wake up one morning and see that it is freezing cold outside. You head for the kitchen to start the coffee and get your day going. You walk down the stairs, turn the corner and notice water on the floor, coming from a huge dripping bulge in the kitchen ceiling. You know immediately that you have a pipe that has…

How to Replace a Bathtub

Bathtubs experience frequent use, and can become quite worn or dated looking over time. Because they can look like the residence of the creature from the black lagoon even when properly cleaned, they are often a frustration for homeowners, prompting the assessment of DIY remodeling skills. Figuring out how to replace a bathtub is possible, however it is important to…

4 Plumbing Basics Homeowners Should Know

Every homeowner should know plumbing basics so that there’s less mystery when water problems do occur. Gravity and pressure are two of the most fundamental concepts of plumbing, which is comprised of two separate subsystems.  The supply system allows fresh water in, while the drainage system forces waste water out. Knowing that water seeks its own level helps demystify plumbing systems. Below are some…

Follow These Steps When Fixing a Leaky Faucet

Dripping, leaking faucets are annoying, and will raise your water bill.  If not repaired quickly, they can cause expensive water damage as well.  Of course, you can always call a plumbing professional.  But fixing a leaky faucet can be a fairly easy job, even for a beginner.  Following these steps can help you get the job done right.

Will Your Foundation Cracks Result in a Wet Basement?

Your house is much more than just a building. It is your home, the place where you and your family feel safe and secure. Anything that puts your home at risk can have a major impact on your life. That’s one of the reasons why homeowners tend to worry at the first sign of any cracks, especially when they appear…

How to Snake a Drain: Tips from a Master Plumber

If you’ve got a plugged drain, then one of the first things you’re likely looking for is how to snake a drain. While this can be a somewhat complicated process for someone who has never known how to snake a drain, once you get the hang of it you’ll find that it’s easier than you thought. Let’s take a look…

How to Unblock a Toilet Easily & Quickly

Clogged toilets are an unfortunate fact of life. Fortunately, most blockages can be dealt with quickly and easily using very basic tools. Here are 6 steps to help you unblock a toilet: 1. Stop Flushing! If you flush the toilet once and it doesn’t clear the bowl, it is tempting to flush again. Resist this temptation! If a blockage is…

What is Causing Your Damp Basement?

You had great plans to have a downstairs bedroom or family and entertainment room, but you’ve realised that none of them will come to fruition because you have a damp basement. There are a number reasons why moisture might collect in basement spaces, and many of them are fairly easy to remedy. Causes and Solutions Basements may become damp or…

At-Home Methods for Clearing a Clogged Shower Drain

A clogged shower drain is the bane of every homeowner’s existence. Shower bases that are stubbornly slow to drain can leave you paddling around in a couple of inches of water every time you take a shower. Drains can also become completely blocked, rendering the shower unusable. There are several techniques that you can use to clear a clogged shower drain….

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