Take this short quiz that will help determine if it’s time to upgrade your water heater before disaster strikes.
If you’re faced with repiping your home because of a water leak, you’ll be presented with two piping options: copper or PEX. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons for each type.
Tree roots sheared off our sprinkler head but it’s a quick fix with the right tools.
Forget buying bottled water or filling up a filtered pitcher. You can install an under the sink water filter system in a couple hours.
Our Delta Faucet is 50 years old but replacing the seats and springs is still an easy fix for a dripping kitchen faucet
Our bathroom sink has been a slow drainer for a few months and we’ve used drano and a Zip-It to no avail. The next step was to remove the p-trap and see what was lurking down below. Our home was built in the 50’s and I’m not sure the last […]
A clogged drain–it’s gross, inconvenient and unsightly. Of course, when it comes to unclogging a drain, the process can be even more irritating than the drain itself. So we’ve compiled a few methods you might want to try before calling in a plumber. Note: Before you proceed, you’ll want to […]
Now that spring is officially here, spring cleaning is definitely in order. You’re probably tackling floors, countertops, bedding and other commonly cleaned areas and items, but what about your home’s water system? It’s a good idea to flush out your water system once or twice a year to ensure any […]
We talk a lot about energy conservation, yet water conservation is just as important for both homeowners and commercial building owners. Besides making good environmental sense, monitoring your water consumption is an easy way to reap savings on your monthly water bill. One of the biggest causes of high water […]
Water on the outside of your pipes is always a bad sign. But before you dread a sizable plumbing bill or dig out your soldering kit, think about this – you may have sweating pipes instead of leaking pipes. Sounds like a problem the local spa should have, doesn’t it? […]
If you’re planning a bathroom renovation, start your project by creating a plumbing diagram. This valuable map will ensure your fixtures and plumbing will be in the right place, especially in relation to your home’s existing water supply. You’ll need a measuring tape, paper, pencils, a notepad and a chalk-line. […]
Not all of us are brave enough to do it, but many people are tackling DIY plumbing jobs in their home. Somewhat complicated and sometimes involving high-pressure situations (like get that leak fixed NOW), plumbing projects are a challenge. With the right plumbing tools on hand you can tackle any […]
A relaxing and lovely weekend with my family at mid-Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks was nearly cut short on Sunday evening thanks to three horrible words: Full septic tank. Apparently, a botched appraisal led to an incorrect assertion of the septic tank’s size, and after 13 people went about their […]
Whole house water filters have become necessary for some homeowners due to tap water that just isn’t on par with what the utility companies promise. Tap water that is clean, doesn’t smell and is drinkable is what we expect from our water utility companies. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case […]
Maybe it’s just me. But I often get the urge for heavy duty water pressure in the kitchen sink. You know, the kind that will blast off that stuck on food. Or give your husband a shocking shower while he sits unsuspectingly at the table. Is it just me? Say […]
Have you ever gutted, dry walled, renovated and had to install a shower and tub in a bathroom? Well, I haven’t. But I have had to lay down new flooring, repaint, rip out cabinets, install new cabinets in a bathroom in my last home. But guess what had to stay? […]
When water damage occurs, the first step is assessing the source of the water and thus its category. This is important because the category determines what can be saved and what can’t be saved. Let’s start with the easy diagnosis: Category III Water Remember, category III water has either sewage […]
Tankless water heaters have been the rage for sometime but if you still crave a more traditional water heater but want the energy savings then you may want to consider the Hybrid Water Heater from GE which we saw at the 2010 Builders Show. It’s the first water heater to […]
We appreciate simple products that upon visual inspection are easy to recognize what purpose they serve. The PermaFLOW is one such product. Simply remove your current p-trap located below a kitchen or bathroom sink and replace it with a the PermaFLOW which will allow you to easily remove a drain […]
It’s bitter cold outside and you go to turn on your water or take a bath and, surprise! No water. There’s a good chance that the water in your pipes has frozen therefore stopping the flow of water into your home. As water freezes and unfreezes the pipes feel the […]
The Zip-It is one of the easiest tools around to unclog drains especially in a bathtub. It won’t damage pipes like Draino and other snaking devices. But the results can be a bit disgusting as the above video shows. At least you’ll have a tub that drains!
Close loop water systems are sustainable and a major step in water conservation. Ecologist Brent Bucknum, principal of Hyphae Design Lab in Oakland, California, shares the ABC’s of re-routing a home’s waste water (greywater) to sustainably irrigate gardens and other green spaces. He takes us from his live/work space in […]