Your water heater is a vital appliance in your home. You depend on it to work every day, to provide your home with hot water for bathing, cooking and cleaning.
When your water heater fails and you have to purchase a new one, you may not know where to begin. With so many available models, the decision can be a bit daunting. Understanding what to look for in a water heater will help you choose the right model for your home.
First, start with the basics. This includes the type of water heater you need (gas, electric, propane), the size you need based on your family’s use (larger families tend to need larger water heaters) and the size of the space where it will be installed in to ensure you buy one that fits. Read more
How many times of the day do you use your kitchen sink?
Whether you realize it or not, your kitchen sink is an integral part of your daily life. You use the kitchen sink every day for a variety of reasons. You wash your hands, clean your dishes, fill up pitchers or cooking pots, rinse vegetables, and perform many other tasks. And while any faucet can do the trick, a pullout kitchen faucet can make your life a little bit easier by making your kitchen sink more versatile.
Pullout kitchen faucets are not a new concept. Sprayers on the kitchen sink have been around for decades. These sprayers were a separate part of the kitchen sink. You probably remember using a black, plastic sprayer located beside the actual faucet at your grandmother’s house. While useful in their day, the sprayers were often poorly made and certainly not visually appealing.
Today’s pullout kitchen faucets have come a long way from grandmother’s house. Read more
Your house is nothing more than a system, using pipes, lines and wires to make it run effectively. When everything is working, you probably don’t give it a second thought. But if one thing goes wrong, you will quickly find out how much you depend on those pipes, lines and wires.
Your plumbing is a vital part of your life – you and your family use it all of the time. The plumbing pipes you have running in your walls and beneath your home make up your plumbing system. These pipes connect to your city’s water and sewage pipes and interconnect in your home in various ways. Your gas lines are also considered to be a part of your plumbing.
Depending on the year your home was built, and what part of the country you live, plumbing pipes are made out of the following:
PVC – These pipes are one of the most popular plumbing pipes today. PVC pipes do not clog as easily as other pipes and they are more affordable. Read more
The next time you are standing under the water streaming from your shower, take a closer look. Have you ever wondered how showerheads came into existence? After all, people have been bathing in tubs and basins for centuries. When did someone decide that having a fresh flow of water pouring down was a good idea?
While it may seem like baths are easier, and therefore have been more prevalent throughout time, the fact is that people have been taking showers for just about as long as they have been using baths and basins.
Showering can be traced back to just about any point in history. If you’ve ever walked into a waterfall, and enjoyed the cool cascading flow of water, you’ve taken part in the first shower. Waterfalls were often used to bathe, and can be linked back to many civilizations throughout time. Ancient Greeks, for example, were known to have servants stand above them and pour water down over their body. Read more
When you notice that your kitchen sink is draining slowly or your toilet is overflowing quite often, you obviously know you have a plumbing problem. Yet what you don’t know is exactly how big the problem could be. It could be a simple clog in your kitchen drain or the pipes beneath your toilet. Or it could be much worse.
Determining the exact cause of the problem is essential. The longer you wait, the more damage can be done.
To determine if you have a main line problem, there are a few things you can look for. Read more
There are many reasons why you might need an additional gas line installed in your home. Perhaps you bought a gas stove to replace your electric stove or you need to install a new gas water heater. No matter what the reason is for the installation of a gas line, there are a few things you should keep in mind. These do’s and don’ts will help you decide if you need a new gas line and, if so, the best way to go about having it installed.
Do hire a professional. When you are dealing with gas lines, unless you have the proper certification to install the lines yourself, leave it to the pros. There is just too much risk of injury and even death with improperly installed gas lines.
Don’t assume that you know best. No matter how skilled you may be at other handy work, you do not know more than the professionals do. Let them come in and install your gas lines so they are up to code. Read more
As the country becomes more aware of the impact we have on the environment, more people are trying to live a green life. Going green can involve many things, such as simply shutting off lights and installing low-flow showerheads, to installing solar panels and driving a hybrid car. No matter what level of green living you choose, it is important to remember that every little bit helps.
One way you can help protect the environment and do your part for Mother Nature is by making sure your plumbing is green. These tips will help you keep your plumbing green. Read more
When you walk into your kitchen and smell an odor that resembles sewage, do not panic. The smell does not necessarily mean that you have a busted pipe that is leaking sewage in or under your home. The odor could be coming from your drain. Sometimes drains can start to allow sewer gas to leak back into your home. Fortunately, it is usually not a difficult task to stop the smelly odors and get your home back to its regular, fresh scent.
The first step to restoring the “good” smells is to determine which drain is the bad guy. You can do this by simply plugging/blocking one drain, wait a few minutes, remove the plug, and take a whiff. If it knocks you over, you have found the culprit. If not, move on to another drain. Once you know which drain is the stinker, you can get started on eliminating the problem. Read more
We all appreciate the convenience of hot water for showers, dishes, laundry, and so much more. Water heaters are responsible for this wonderful convenience, but they usually are ignored unless there is an issue. So, is there a way to take better care of your water heater to extend its functional lifespan? Here are a few things to consider to help extend the life of your hot water heater.
Install a second anode rod – Over time, elements in the water serve to wear away or corrode the interior of your water heater. Most water heaters have an anode rod installed to attract these elements to itself thereby protecting the water heater from these corrosive elements. One way to improve the life of your water heater is to install a second anode rod. This provides twice the protection from corrosion, Read more