Plumbing

Beware: Unclogging a Bathtub Drain with Zip-It Can Be Disgusting

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!

The Bathroom Reinvented: Turning to Greywater

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 […]

Water Damage – The Source

Step 2: Identify the Source Water damage has three categories that identify the source of the damage. Category I is clean, potable (drinkable) water. This is water coming from an overflowing sink or bathtub, or perhaps from a broken water supply line or a fixture shut-off valve. This is the […]

Low Water Pressure Sucks!

Low Water Pressure Sucks!

American’s have become used to expecting a strong stream of water from our faucets and shower heads. Thanks to larger diameter plumbing and high-pressure water pumps, the stream that flows into American homes is one of the highest in terms of gallons-per-second. Unlike our European or Asian counterparts who deal […]

How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

How To Fix a Leaking Bathtub Faucet

We’ve had a leaking bathtub faucet for awhile and never realized just how much water we were wasting until we placed a canister underneath which filled up overnight. Our dog had gotten used to water always being in the tub and now considers it an alternate source of water beyond […]

Snakes in a Drain

Snakes in a Drain

We’ve had plumbers snake our sewer drains before as tree roots have infiltrated the line from our house, but typically when our kitchen and bath sinks clog up we break out the plunger and gently try the clear the line. In a two-sink kitchen make sure you’ve covered the opposite […]

Setup Your own Water Supply with a Rain Barrel

Setup Your own Water Supply with a Rain Barrel

One of our favorite new home blogs is This Young House and their recent rain barrel project shows step-by-step how to find the barrel, make the spout, and position it properly in your yard. If you don’t have the time or inclination to monitor a rain barrel then you could […]

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

Garbage Disposal Maintenance

It’s one of the least glamorous yet more hard-working parts of your kitchen–and when your garbage disposal isn’t working properly, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and even leave behind a pungent odor that pollutes even the cleanest of kitchens. To ensure your small yet mighty garbage grinder runs […]

Snake Your Sewer Line

Snake Your Sewer Line

Our house was built in 1936 and therefore retains a lot of character and quirkiness that new homes don’t have. By character and quirkiness I mean; bad wiring, busted heaters, leaking roofs, and clogged sewer lines. We’ve been dealing with that last unmentionable item recently and it hasn’t been pretty.

Easy Home Plumbing Tips

Easy Home Plumbing Tips

Toilet clogged, won’t flush, constantly running, or you’ve got noisy banging pipes? Here are some easy home plumbing tips you should try before bringing in the pros. Most often they will usually work and if it doesn’t at least you’ll know a lot more about your plumbing than you did […]

Cloudy Tap Water

Cloudy Tap Water

In case you’ve been procrastinating looking in to the reason your tap water has been coming out a cloudy, milky color—relax, it’s most likely nothing to worry about. More often than not the white-ish color is actually produced by a bunch of tiny air bubbles that enter the water from […]

Friday Fix: The Running Toilet

Friday Fix: The Running Toilet

This week’s Friday Fix is courtesy of Nathaniel from Garber’s Hardware and was originally printed in the Westview paper. So, your toilet is running. It won’t stop. You tried jiggling the handle. You tried asking your toilet nicely to behave. You tried to get your landlord to send a plumber. […]

Macerating Toilets Make a Half-Bath Possible

Macerating Toilets Make a Half-Bath Possible

Adding a half-bath is almost always a great idea. Typically they are located in areas for convenience and are also chosen for high-traffic areas in your home. But as families grow and areas of your home evolve we encounter issues with installing half-baths because they weren’t selected in original house […]

Well Water Testing

Well Water Testing

Amid the discussions recently regarding water contamination, those of you out there with well water may be thinking you’re safe. On the contrary, it’s just as important–if not more–to have your well test each year for germs, chemicals and general functionality. No one else is responsible for checking besides you, […]

Perfect Time to Install that Water Filter

Perfect Time to Install that Water Filter

Although there have been no health warnings it seems that the tap water in some cities and communities has been compromised by a myriad of pharmaceutical drugs including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones that even in trace amounts cannot be good for our health.

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Replacing a Radiator Air Valve

Jeanne of House in Progress goes through the steps of replacing the radiator air valve from her bathroom radiator. She reminds us to turn off the furnace and make sure your radiator has completely cooled before removing the valve. You may also want to “bleed” your radiator after replacing the […]

How to Solder Copper Pipe

How to Solder Copper Pipe

Fine Homebuilding provides some safety guidelines and detailed instructions for soldering copper pipe that will keep you safe and have you creating clean joints in no time. Don’t forget those goggles!

Installing an Under-Sink Water Filter

Installing an Under-Sink Water Filter

We love tap water! Want to save money and the environment? Make your own bottles of water which is the same stuff that Dasani (Coca-Cola) and Aquafina (Pepsi) are selling you. First start with installing an under sink water filter. If you are wary of your local tap water and […]