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What To Do With Your Old Prescription Drugs

June 23rd, 2011|

The last time you looked in your medicine cabinet you probably noticed a smorgasbord of medicines. Generally, a medicine cabinet contains everything from aspirin and ibuprofen to sinus medications and cough syrup. Somewhere in the mix, there is a pretty good chance that you have a few prescription medications too.

And because the medicine cabinet is […]

How Well Do You Know Your Plumbing?

June 17th, 2011|

Your home’s plumbing is essential to your quality of life. With backed-up plumbing, you face potential contaminations, high repair bills, and a loss of the simpler things, like taking a bath. The key to keeping your plumbing operating at its best is to understand it. Knowledge is your best weapon against future plumbing problems. The […]

Ask a Plumber: Common Plumbing Questions about Shutting Off the Water Supply

June 3rd, 2011|

There is a common saying that what you don’t know won’t hurt you.  Well, I’m here to suggest yet another area where this old adage is wrong.  When it comes to your plumbing and your water supply, in an emergency, what you don’t know can hurt you…quite a bit.  Here are a few common questions […]

The History Of The Faucet

May 11th, 2011|

Have you ever turned on the water to fill your tub and wondered about the history of your faucet?

The faucet has an interesting history that traces back to ancient times. As early as 1700 B.C., plumbing and faucets were being used to control the water to fountains and private homes. The Romans utilized plumbing and […]

How To Find And Shut Off A Water Main

April 8th, 2011|

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 […]

Basement Remodeling: Adding A Bathroom

March 11th, 2011|

Your basement should be a useful space in your home, not simply an area for storage. With a finished basement, you can add square footage and value to your home. With the addition of a bathroom in your finished basement, your home’s appeal goes up even higher. Adding a bathroom to your basement is not […]

Why Does My Water Heater Pilot Light Go Out?

February 23rd, 2011|

Your water heater is probably something you take for granted…until it malfunctions.  If you are having problems with your water heater pilot light going out, check these main culprits first.

1. Thermocouple – The most common cause of the pilot light going out is a thick looking copper wire called the thermocouple.  It sits on the […]

The History of Plumbing

January 27th, 2011|

Of all the modern conveniences we enjoy today, perhaps one of the greatest is modern plumbing.  Without a thought, we turn on a faucet anticipating water at a specified temperature.  We flush a toilet with certain expectations.  We think nothing of the excess water we run, knowing it will flow down the drain and out […]

5 Green Building Trends for 2011

January 5th, 2011|

Despite a small decline during 2010, the green building industry is looking forward to a strong and profitable year in 2011.  As we approach this exciting New Year for green building, let’s look at some of the anticipated green building trends for 2011.

1. Air quality – One area that has gained quite a bit of […]

When is it Time to Replace your Plumbing?

December 29th, 2010|

We utilize the plumbing in our homes every day.  We turn on faucets, take showers, and flush toilets without a thought to the pipes that make it all possible.  Could you recognize the signs that your home’s plumbing needs to be replaced?  Here are a few tips to help you know when it’s time to […]

10 Things That Will Clog Your Toilet

December 8th, 2010|

Dealing with a clogged toilet can be a difficult task. The method you choose for fixing the problem, however, may depend on what is causing the clog. Here are some of the most common items that will clog your toilet drain:

1. Toilet paper – Children are prone to use too much toilet paper, or create […]

When To Hire A Plumber

December 2nd, 2010|

As a homeowner, you constantly run into little jobs that eat away at your off time. Your weekly “honey-do” lists can quickly turn into a nightmare if you aren’t careful. Yet should you really hire a plumber for the little things? Or should you reserve it only for the big jobs or emergencies?

While it might […]