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What to Do After a Water Main Break

As any water utility company knows, a water main break is a fact of life. Stormy weather, temperature changes, ground shifting, water pressure fluctuations, and the age of pipes can trigger water main pipe breaks. Signs of a water main break include low water pressure in your home or pooling or running of water on the street. Utilities can fix the problem in a few hours to a few days, but here’s what you can do as soon as the

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What to Do When You Have No Hot Water

A traditional water heater should last about 10 years. But at any time, you can find yourself with cold water during a shower, when cooking, or washing the dishes. Your first reaction may be to call a plumber. However, here are some tips on what to do if you have no hot water. See What Temperature the Thermostat Is Set To Someone may have accidentally set the thermostat lower. A temperature of 120℉ is usually enough for home use (any

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Do I Need a Whole House Water Filter?

Whether you use tap or well water, it likely has some level of contamination. Industrial and environmental sources of pollution can affect your water supply. Depending on your water quality, an under-sink filter might do, but house filtration systems are often the most economical considering their capacity, durability, and ability to remove a wide range of pollutants. Are you wondering whether you could benefit from a whole house water filter? Here are some reasons to consider one: Water Has Far

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What to Do When the Toilet Is Overflowing

When you flush the toilet, a bunch of mechanical parts let wastewater drain, clean water flow to the bowl, and the tank refill. You probably don’t think too much about how this works. But if something goes awry, the toilet overflowing is an experience you’re not likely to forget. Panic will not help the situation. But you’re not destined to have dirty water all over your house. If the water rises and starts to overflow, here are immediate steps you

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Essential Plumbing Tips to Save Money

Properly maintaining your plumbing system isn’t only about conserving water. It can avoid serious situations that can be inconvenient and costly. Plumbing emergencies and many repairs and premature replacements are often preventable. You can therefore save quite a bit of money with these essential plumbing tips: Don’t Ignore a Leak Plumbing leaks are more common than you think. On average, leaks waste close to 10,000 gallons of water a year per household (and 10% of homes leak at least 90

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Tips on Using Expandable PEX Pipe Fittings

Cross-linked polyethylene pipe, or PEX, has made a big difference in the world of plumbing. Flexible tubing is easier to install and is durable compared to metals that can corrode. With PEX A pipe, you can install expandable PEX pipe fittings using the right tool and don’t need a plumbing license. PEX A is popular for its high degree of flexibility and ability to shrink back to size. Its “memory” is so good it can form a tight seal around

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How to Connect PEX to PVC Underground

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

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Do I Need a Plumber to Install a Water Filtration System?

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

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8 Signs You NEED Drain Cleaning Services

The performance of your drains is a clear indication of how your plumbing system is doing. So, the longer you wait to get a clogged drain fixed, the more damage it can do. Here are eight signs you need drain cleaning services now: 1. Slow Drainage Does your sink fill up when you wash your hands or brush your teeth? It’s a sign that grease, soap, hair, or a foreign object has found its way into the drain or pipe.

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How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

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.

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