• Expecting a Baby? Baby-Proof Your Home's Hot Water to Prevent Burns

    If you are expecting a baby, there's no doubt you've thought about what would need to be done to baby-proof your home. While you do have some time before your little one is scampering around and getting into everything, it's important to baby-proof your home's hot water. Here are a few things to consider.  Water-heater temperature Many people enjoy taking hot showers and baths, but hot water can scald a baby's delicate skin and lead to severe burns. [Read More]

  • Thinking About Tossing A Brick In The Toilet Tank? Think Again

    There are plenty of ways that water-conscious homeowners try to curb their water usage. Putting a brick inside the toilet tank happens to be one of those commonly touted water saving tactics. With the average toilet consuming 26.7 percent of the water used by a typical household, it seems like a smart strategy. However, it might not be as effective as you'd think. The Idea Behind the Brick in the Toilet Tank [Read More]

  • Resolving An Issue With Air In Your Water Well Discharge Pipes

    If you have a water well on your property, then you are living in one of the 15 million homes in the United States that relies on a well to supply water to the home. You then likely know that water moves from the well to your house with the assistance of a well pump. Most wells have submersible pumps that require very little maintenance. However, issues sometimes spring up with the pumps, and the presence of air in your water lines is one sign of a well pump problem. [Read More]

  • 3 Things To Consider When Replacing A Trailer Toilet With A Standard One

    Do you live in a single-wide trailer? Are you itching to remodel your bathroom and wondering whether or not you can replace your low-grade, trailer-model toilet with a standard one from your local home improvement store? In most cases, yes you can, but there are some things you should keep in mind when doing so.  Be Sure To Measure Toilet Distance From Wall The standard distance between the back wall behind a toilet and the center of the toilet flange is 12 inches. [Read More]

  • Troubleshooting Common Plumbing Sounds

    If you have an inclination to blame those bumps in the night on the plumbing, you may be right. Plumbing can create some unusual sounds that can be downright frightening if you don't know where they are coming from. With a little detective work, you can find out if the sounds you are hearing really are coming from your pipes or if there is some other cause. Making a Connection [Read More]

  • What To Do When Your Boiler's Condensate Pipe Freezes

    When your boiler stops working on a very cold day, there's a good chance the problem is due to a frozen condensate pipe. The condensate pipe is a tube that leads from the boiler to the outdoors. It is supposed to allow condensation from your boiler to travel outside. But when temperatures drop too far below freezing, water may build up in your condensate pipe and freeze, causing the condensation to leak back down into your boiler. [Read More]

  • Tips For Treating Common Hot Water Tank Troubles

    Your hot water heater should always produce water that is clean and free of any added contaminants. Unfortunately, as hot water heaters age, they can start to deteriorate, which may cause discoloration of the water and even bacteria growth. As a homeowner, it's important that you are able to recognize the signs of some of the more serious contaminations. It's equally important to understand how to deal with these problems, including when to call a plumber for help. [Read More]

  • Should You Use Space Heaters To Prevent Frozen Plumbing Pipes This Winter?

    To keep your plumbing pipes from freezing, you may choose to use old space heaters this winter. Although space heaters can help warm up your home and family, using them inappropriately can actually place your family and home at risk for fires and other hazards. Here's why you shouldn't use space heaters to prevent frozen plumbing pipes in your home and things you should do instead. Are Old Space Heaters Really That Dangerous? [Read More]

  • Tanks, Or No Tanks? Should You Say "Yes" To A Tankless Hot Water Heater?

    Tankless hot water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, heat water as it is needed, rather than heating up a tank of water and holding it until you turn the hot water faucet. These units are becoming quite popular, but before you take the plunge and opt for a tankless system, consider these pros and cons: Pros of Tankless Hot Water Heaters You won't run out of hot water. [Read More]

  • 3 Things To Know About Repiping Your Home

    The plumbing system in your home is not only one of the most important systems your home has, but it can also be one of the largest sources of problems for homeowners. If you live in an old home and are having problems with your water supply or drain lines, the only true solution you may have for your plumbing problems is getting your house re-piped. Re-piping a house can be a huge task, depending on its size and layout, but it will solve all kinds of plumbing issues you may have now or those you may experience in the future. [Read More]