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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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Village Guide to Unclogging a Toilet

A clogged toilet is a stressful experience we’ve all faced. Most often, unclogging a toilet doesn’t require calling a plumber, or expensive repairs. We’ll start with the simplest ways to resolve the problem and discuss some other steps you can take. Plunge the Toilet Before plunging, you can prevent an overflow by removing the tank lid, closing the toilet flapper, or turning off the toilet’s water supply. Water might splash as you plunge, so place towels or newspapers on the

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What Causes Calcium Build Up in Pipes?

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

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What Is Water Hammer and How to Stop It?

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

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Toilet Auger vs. Snake: When and How to Use Them

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

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Why Do I Need a Spring Drain Cleaning?

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

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DIY Guide to Bathtub Replacement

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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The Top 5 Most Expensive HVAC & Plumbing Repairs

At one time or another, an HVAC or plumbing system will need repairs. Maintenance and quickly scheduling services for minor problems can avoid major work. That’s the best strategy because a major A/C or plumbing repair can be quite costly. Here’s a look at some of the most expensive of these repairs, which are best avoided whenever possible.   1. Compressor Failure Most homeowners dread the day their A/C compressor stops working. Designed to move refrigerant through the HVAC system,

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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing Services in Houston, TX

Village Plumbing and Air has been serving the Houston area since 1946. Woman-owned and family-run, we emphasize integrity and honesty with every service call. Your satisfaction is our priority whether you need A/C, heating, appliance, or plumbing repair. When it comes to installation and maintenance you can count on our expertise and diligence. Our technicians are always on-time, thorough, and courteous, ensuring your home is neat and clean before they leave. Air Conditioning   Our customers rely on their A/C

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