Cross-linked polyethylene pipe is suited for many different applications. Otherwise known as PEX, it is flexible, durable, and easy to install as well as affordable. It can also be run for long distances with fewer fittings. Running PEX pipe underground is possible, so long as you adhere to local building codes. Below, we will detail how to connect PEX to PVC underground, so your installation is safe, successful, and code-compliant. Is PEX Suited for Underground Use? A PEX pipe will
A whole-house water filtration system is installed in-line with your plumbing, so it’s best to hire a licensed plumber to do the work. The job is more complex than most DIYers can handle. You would need a complete understanding of how your plumbing system works and how to cut, place, and connect pipes. It’s therefore wise to have a plumber install a water filtration system for many reasons. First, installing the system requires cutting into your plumbing. One mistake can
A garbage disposal is a convenient appliance that makes it easier to break up and dispose of foods without throwing them in the trash. However, it is prone to buildup of gunk and debris. This may not only cause mold and bacteria to grow, odors, and other problems, but can clog up the device as well. Cleaning the unit weekly can avoid these issues. We’ll now explain how to clean a garbage disposal, so it is always ready to use.
Most air conditioners require professional installation. The parts of an AC system include a compressor, condenser coil, and evaporator coil as well as a blower to disperse cooled air, a fan to dissipate heat outside, a thermostat, and filter. For all these parts to work properly and efficiently, the air conditioner must be installed correctly. You’ll most likely rely on your local HVAC contractor for air conditioning installation, but this overview of the process can help you prepare. In-Home Evaluation/Estimate
With older furnaces you will often hear a range of noises, especially as the system nears the end of it’s lifespan. If you have a newer furnace, built in the last 3 – 5 years, you not experience as many sounds, as they are engineered to operate more quietly than in the past. Here are some of the noises you may hear from your furnace and what they could indicate: Furnace making Screeching Noises Screeching noises often indicate a problem
Blockages can occur in your plumbing for various reasons. Food, grease and paper products are common causes, but fortunately, you can avoid washing these down drains and they’re relatively easy to clear up. If you have hard water, it’s a different story. You may then be facing issues related to calcium build up in your pipes. Why Is Calcium a Problem in Your Plumbing? Calcium is a mineral humans need for good health. However, it can slowly build up in
Chances are, you’ve probably heard loud banging and knocking sounds from your pipes at some point. Fluid motion can create a lot of pressure in your plumbing system. Water hammer in plumbing occurs when valves are used to manage the flow of liquids or steam close; it’s essentially a result of a pressure surge. A shockwave travels through a plumbing system at high pressure, causing fluid in motion to suddenly stop or change direction. How Water Hammer Is Triggered When
Seeing the water rise instead of disappearing into the drain when you flush can bring on a wave of panic. But the problem can often be resolved quickly. Common tools for doing so include a toilet auger and a toilet snake (at first, both look quite similar). Here, we’ll look at the differences between a toilet auger vs. snake and how each works. And, most importantly, when to call a plumber. Toilet Auger vs. Snake Toilet Auger A toilet
It’s spring and the weather is warming up, trees and plants blooming, and rain falling. Drains take a beating in the spring and to top it off, your plumbing is susceptible to clogs from normal activities like washing dishes and clothes, showering, and using the toilet. Spring is not just a time to enjoy the outdoors, but to perform a thorough drain cleaning to prevent a variety of plumbing problems. Signs a Spring Drain Cleaning Is Needed Now When
Replacing your bathtub can result in a dramatic improvement in the look and function of your bathroom. A DIY project can save you about $2,000 on average for labor. But a tub can range from a few hundred dollars to up to $10,000 depending on the type that you choose. It’s therefore important to know how to properly handle bathtub replacement. Removing the Old Tub 1. Choose a Replacement Tub There’s no point in proceeding if you haven’t picked out
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