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How To Retrieve An Item That Falls Down The Drain

August 10th, 2012|

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 […]

When Should You Get A Plumbing Permit?

August 2nd, 2012|

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 […]

The History Of The Shower

July 26th, 2012|

Chances are that when you shower, you give no thought as to its history. As long as the shower works and you can get clean, that is all that matters.

The shower actually has an interesting history and, while you may never have a use for the knowledge, it never hurts to learn something new. The […]

Troubleshooting Your Toilet’s Flushing Mechanism

May 17th, 2012|

You use it multiple times per day, and probably give it very little thought.

Yet it can be quite discouraging when you do your business, flush the toilet and nothing happens. Toilet problems may seem overwhelming – after all, we all use today’s modern conveniences to maintain healthy living. However, before you rush to call the […]

Plumbing Terms And What They Mean

April 19th, 2012|

When you need to call a plumber for help with your pipes, you are bound to hear several technical terms. Plumbers can sometimes forget that not everyone is a plumber. Therefore, not everyone understands “plumbing lingo”. You may find your head spinning when your plumber starts spouting BTU numbers or asking you where the angle […]

10 Things You Probably Never Knew About Toilets

April 5th, 2012|

10. Toilets are musical – rumor has it the great majority of them will flush in the key of E flat.

9. Think we’ve always separated out mens and womens toilets? Think again. That way of life didn’t start until a high society party in Paris made it fashionable in 1739.

8. The US spent over $100,000 […]

How Does Plumbing Work?

November 3rd, 2011|

When you drain your kitchen sink of dirty dishwater, flush your toilet, or take a shower, you are making good use of your plumbing.

You may never think about how your plumbing works until the day that it does not work. As long as everything drains and flushes properly, your plumbing is probably the last thing […]

What Are Handicap Toilet Specifications?

October 6th, 2011|

Are you in the middle of a construction project? Are you improving your small business, or building a new commercial location from the ground up? Chances are you are overwhelmed with the guidelines, rules and regulations that you have to follow before you are ready to open up for business.

When it comes to public restrooms, […]

The Evolution Of Shower Heads

August 18th, 2011|

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 […]

How To Determine If Your Main Plumbing Line Is Clogged

August 17th, 2011|

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 […]

The Many Uses of Caulk

July 21st, 2011|

If you have done any type of home repair, you probably have at least a basic familiarity with the strange cylindrical tubes that dominate one aisle at every home improvement store.  This strange substance (with it’s even stranger delivery system) comes in a wide variety of types and colors with an even wider list of […]

Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?

June 28th, 2011|

Taking care of your “business” in the bathroom is not exactly dinnertime conversation. People tend to avoid any type of discussion that delves deeper than simply “using the bathroom”. However, if you’ve watched any television in the past few months, you know companies are now promoting flushable wipes, something once reserved for babies, now handy […]