Is my hot water heater broken?

hot water heater brokenStrange noises coming from the garage? Constantly taking cold showers? We often expect hot water to be readily available when we turn on the faucet or start the washing machine, but when something goes wrong, this luxury we take for granted is suddenly a big problem.

If your unit is approaching the end of its 8-12 year lifespan, it’s best to keep an eye out for these warning signs that your hot water heater is broken. Continue reading

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Plumbing maintenance tips for the new homeowner

Plumbing maintenance tips new homeownerOwning your own home is rewarding, yet stressful experience. Unlike your apartment days, you can’t make an emergency call to the landlord at 2 a.m. if a pipe bursts, or have the owner cover costs of a broken dishwasher.

Repairs and upgrades are now up to you, so it’s important to understand the basics of plumbing maintenance and mishaps. Continue reading

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Why are my water pipes noisy?

Most noises you hear in your home can be attributed to minor, ignorable issues. But clanging sounds coming from your plumbing could signal something else. Here are some common reasons your pipes will make noise and ways to fix them. Continue reading

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What is a plumbing vent and why do I need it?

Plumbing issues in the home can be quite the headache, but there are preventative measures you can take. Making sure your vent pipes are functioning properly can help lessen your chances of future problems. Here are some reasons plumbing vents stop working and how to fix them. Continue reading

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Tankless water heaters: Pros and cons

Tankless water heaters are often go-to replacements for traditional water heaters, and there are a number of factors to consider before making the switch. Continue reading

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Does a home warranty cover plumbing issues?

It’s often not until the moment you need to call a plumber will you find out if your home warranty covers the wide variety of plumbing issues and its residual effects.

Damage repair can be expensive and calls for major work within the walls of your home. HomeAdvisor says the average cost to hire a plumber for a typical job ranges anywhere from $175 to $450. Add in the cost of parts and repair, partnered with a fee if the plumber is called outside normal hours, and you could easily spend more than $1,000 for a basic need. Continue reading

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Five plumbing tools even a non-pro can use

Plumbing tools a non-pro can useWith the right equipment, fixing many plumbing issues in your home can be pretty simple.

Here’s a list of five basic tools to keep on hand.
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What’s the right toilet for your bathroom?

What's the right toilet for your bathroom?There’s more to consider than just appearance when it comes to choosing a toilet.

If you’re looking for a new throne, size, height and flush efficiency are all characteristics to consider before making your purchase. Continue reading

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How to clean mold out of shower grout

How to clean mold out of shower groutThe humidity that accumulates in a bathroom can create a thriving environment for mold and mildew.

If ventilation is poor, moisture can gather in small spaces and encourage mold to grow.

If you’ve attempted to clean mold out of shower grout without much luck, here are some ideas. All you’ll need is a scrub brush (or toothbrush) and the natural cleaners listed here. Continue reading

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How much does new plumbing cost?

plumbing-costFactors like age, water hardness, clogs and lack of maintenance can cause pipes to deteriorate. Leaks could then pop up, possibly letting water and even sewage into different areas of your home.

It’s important to observe your pipes and consider upgrading them before the problems start. Plus, the sooner you check, the more cost-effective replacing your plumbing will be. Continue reading

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