If you have ever walked into your basement and you were confronted with the aroma of a sewer, panic probably sets in. How do you determine where the smell is coming from and what it is?
There are several common culprits to look for when this occurs.
The two most common areas of the sewer smell are the laundry room and the bathroom. Choose an area to inspect to start eliminating the reason for the smell in your home. Any floor drains that do not have water traps or a cleanout plug in them allow sewer gas to come up through the drain. Water evaporates from not using the drain, which is a common problem. The simple solution is to add water to replenish the trap and eliminate the smell in your basement. If there is no cleanout plug, add one and the sewer gas will not be able to enter your home any longer.
Homeowners are constantly trying to find natural alternatives to traditional cleaners and household products. If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals to clean your sink, why would you want to put them down the drain to work on a clog?
While there are a variety of commercial products available, reading the list of ingredients often makes you feel as if you need a science degree. What are all of those chemicals? And will they affect your water supply? Or give you more problems with your plumbing system down the road?
If you find yourself with a clogged drain, try using lemon juice.
Your hot water heater is one of the most useful appliances in your home. It provides you with hot water for cooking, laundry, cleaning, and bathing. Without it, you would be stuck trying to find another way to have hot water, such as heating it on the stove.
Your hot water heater saves you precious time and energy by giving you a constant source of heated water. Yet it’s the problems that make you appreciate it the most. When the heater quits heating, you simply call in the plumber to have it repaired or replaced. But what if something really goes wrong? When it malfunctions, it is imperative that you are able to turn it off until you can find the source of the problem. In case your water heater ever begins to malfunction, the following steps will show you how to turn off your hot water heater. Read more
A garbage disposal is a handy appliance to have in your kitchen. It helps to make your life just a little bit easier. Instead of tossing leftovers into the trash, you can simply dispose of them down the sink and into the drain.
A garbage disposal is a great time-saver and anything that can buy you some extra time is a plus! However, it is still just an appliance and it can develop problems, especially if it is not being properly operated. The following tips will help you keep your disposal in tip-top shape.
- Use your garbage disposal on a regular basis to prevent rusting and corrosion.
- Keep it clean by adding a little bit of dish soap and cold water after each use.
- Use cold water when running your disposal and make sure you have a strong flow. Read more
Water is the essence of life. Without water, we cannot bathe, wash our clothing or cook. Without water, we simply cannot survive – it is essential to our very being.
We get our water through the water systems of individual cities. The water travels from the source through the treatment center and then into our homes. Unfortunately, water does not always flow the way it is supposed to flow. Sometimes, it goes the wrong way, known as backflow, which can lead to contaminants in the water.
There are two, basic situations that cause backflow. It is important to determine which situation is causing the backflow to determine the proper preventative measures. Read more
A water heater is an essential appliance for your home. It provides the hot water you use for cooking, cleaning and bathing.
Whether you are building a new home, or replacing a water heater that is old or no longer working, one of the first things you will be faced with is determining the right water heater for your situation. Like many things we buy, its easy to fall into the trap of choosing the biggest and best with the assumption that will be the best choice for your home. Unfortunately, if you choose a size that is too large, you will be wasting water, energy and money. If you choose one that is too small, you will find yourself running out of hot water – an uncomfortable situation when you are taking a shower.
There are actually several things to consider to help you select the right water heater for your home. Read more
It happens to the best of us – while taking a shower or washing dishes, you remove your favorite ring, only to accidentally knock it into the drain. Even the most cautious person can forget about their jewelry as they bathe or scrub pots and pans. If you ever experience losing an item down the drain, do not panic. Chances are high that you will be able to retrieve the item before it is lost forever.
Immediately turn off the water. You do not want to wash the item further down the drain and past the point of rescue.
Under your sink, find the P-trap. You need to remove the P-trap to get to your item. The P-trap is the section of piping that is shaped like the letter P – the curved pipe usually located directly under your sink.
Place a bucket or pan under the P-trap to catch any water that comes out. Read more
Plumbing repairs can be complex enough to need a professional or they can be simple enough to do it on your own. For the complex plumbing repairs, you should always call in the pros, unless you are highly skilled in plumbing. For the easier repairs, you can make them yourself – just remember to follow these few tips to ensure your safety as you confront your plumbing tasks.
Eyes – As with any do-it-yourself repairs, always where safety glasses to protect your eyes. You never know when the smallest of particles is going to find its way into your eye.
Hands – Keep your hands protected with a strong pair of gloves. Since you are dealing with plumbing, it is also a good idea to wear latex gloves beneath your work gloves. These will protect your hands from exposure to some of the nasty germs involved with plumbing repairs. Read more
When it comes to tap water, a little smell can go a long way. A bit of an off scent to the water, and we are immediately suspicious of it’s trustworthiness…or drinkability. Sometimes, this smell is unavoidable. In certain cities, municipal water maintains a slight odor as a result of the treatment process.
While the cause can be as harmless (and unavoidable) as proper water treatment, sometimes funny smelling water is an indication of a much bigger problem. If your tap water is smelling a bit funny, you might want to check for these four potential contaminants.
Corroding pipes - Over time, the pipes that carry your water can begin to corrode. When this happens, the metal from the pipes may begin to leech into the water itself. Copper, Iron, and Lead are the main metals that have been found in tap water. Each leaves a distinct smell (and taste) in the water. These metals, depending on the type and concentration, can cause serious damage to anyone who consumes it. Of course the most dangerous one is lead, so if you suspect lead in your water, have it tested right away and refrain from drinking it. Read more
Whether it’s a DIY job or a contracted deal, no one likes dealing with the paperwork associated with any fixer-upper project. Unfortunately, even though we don’t care for them, permits and other necessary paperwork are intended for our safety. So, if you are considering a plumbing project, how do you know if you need a permit or not?
If you choose to hire a professional plumber, they will know what permits are required for the job you are looking at having done. Since they are familiar with the process, most professional plumbers will also take care of acquiring permits for the project at hand. While professional plumbers tend to be more expensive than DIY, their knowledge can make the process much smoother, saving you both time and money in the long run. Read more