When it comes to plumbing, the best choice is usually the professional choice.
Plumbing is not as easy as it looks, especially when the project is complicated. Depending on your skill level, you may attempt easy repairs, like a leaky faucet or a running toilet. However, for those difficult projects, hiring a pro is the best idea.
When contracting with a professional plumber, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The following list of do’s and don’ts will help you make the most out of your next plumbing experience.
Communication is the key – be clear when you express your needs Read more
The NSF tells us that most households today have hard water to some degree. But how do you know if your home is in that majority? More importantly, how do you know if your water is hard enough to warrant a water softener?
First, let’s consider a few questions to help you determine if you might have hard water or not:
Can you create a soapy lather? The calcium and magnesium prevalent in hard water tends to suppress the lathery capabilities of soaps and shampoos. If you feel you are using too much soap for too little results you might have a hard water problem. Read more
April 22, 2011 is a very special day for conservationists. April 22 is the date for the annual observation of Earth Day. This year, celebrate our planet and do something green in observation of Earth Day. Need ideas on how you can contribute to the green movement? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Add to the green by planting some green. Give back to our planet by helping it grow. Not only will you be adding beauty, but also you will be nurturing something that can help beautify and clean up the planet for years to come.
Go green with your spring cleaning. Help save the environment by ditching the harsh cleaning chemicals you typically use around your home. Replace them with their eco-friendly counterparts. These green cleaners are equally effective while being less harmful to the environment, your family, and you. Use our Green Drain Cleaning ideas to help you in the kitchen and bath. Read more
Unclean drinking water is a problem in many areas of the world. There are plenty of organizations that focus on bringing safe water to these areas. While this is a wonderful cause because water is a life-giving force, one subject is often overlooked: lack of proper sanitation.
Lack of proper sanitation is a serious problem in the world. One organization has made sanitation their mission, particularly, toilets. The World Toilet Organization is determined to “improve toilets and sanitation globally.”
The World Toilet Organization has a vision – “Health & Dignity to Everyone Through Good Toilets and Sustainable Sanitation”. In essence, this organization is dedicated to educating people about the importance of proper sanitation. It also works hard to help improve the design of toilets. Read more
A leaky faucet is easy enough to diagnose, but do you know how the rest of your water system is doing? You could easily be throwing money away paying for water that is wasted through a leak. Thankfully, there is a relatively simple method to determine if you have a leak and where it might be.
1. First, you should turn off all water using devices. This includes you dishwasher, your sprinkler system, and the ice maker in your fridge. Don’t use toilets or sinks during this time as that will mess up the test. Next, locate the water meter attached to your home. Write down the meter’s current reading and wait at least 30 minutes. Don’t use any water during this time. If the meter reading is different when you check again, you know you have a leak. Read more
Your water heater is an essential appliance in your home. Without it, you would have to resort to “old school” methods of heating your water, such as heating pots of water on the stove. Since this is not the Stone Age, having a water heater is a necessary luxury, making life easier. Whether you are buying your first water heater or your third, knowing the facts about water heaters will help you make an informed decision.
1. About 25% of the energy you use in your home is for heating your water. Since such a large portion of your energy usage is from your water heater, it is important to select a heater that is energy efficient.
2. Most of your water usage comes from taking baths and doing laundry. With an energy efficient water heater, you can worry less about the cost of every bath and load of laundry.
3. The typical tank water heater will last about 10 to 13 years. Tank heaters are normally more affordable than tankless heaters. Read more
When you find yourself standing in two inches of water in your bathroom, your first reaction might be to panic. After all, water is pouring out from under the sink and you have no idea how to turn it off. Your mind will race, trying to decide what to do. You may even try plugging the leak with something, even your own hands, in hopes that it will slow down enough for someone to help you.
Water emergencies happen all of the time and they happen when you least expect it. It is essential for any homeowner to know how to find and shut off the water main for their home. By being prepared for an emergency, you will not have to worry when the water starts running. You will already know exactly what to do. Read more
Do you ever stop to consider what happens when you flush a toilet, take a shower, or wash the dishes? The wastewater flows down the drain and out of your home, but what happens to it then?
Modern plumbing consists of a complex series of pipes, lifts, and treatment plants, but what is the significance of all this? Is it really that important to properly dispose of and deal with sewage? To answer this question, let’s consider what could happen if sewage seeped into ground water.
If sewage seeped into ground water, one of the most obvious affects would be the contamination of drinking water sources. Wastewater is full of coliform bacteria like E.coli. We are all aware of how sick that can make you. So, if sewage did infect ground water, our drinking water (and the water animals drink) would potentially be polluted by harmful, even deadly bacteria. Read more
When your plumbing starts acting odd or you finally decide to add that additional bathroom, you may be in need of a plumber. If you are handy with tools, you are likely to handle the project on your own. Millions of people do their own “handyman” projects with no trouble. The problem with approaching plumbing with the same gusto is that plumbing can be quite complicated.
The simplest plumbing project usually starts well. You survey the situation and make a list of needed supplies. You head to the hardware store and buy what you need. When asked by the salesclerk if you have any questions, you shake your head, confident that you have this under control. You dive head first into your project, working all day and into the night. Read more