Making Wise Plumbing Decisions

3 Obstructions That Send Toilet Water Flowing Out Of Your Tub Or Shower Drain

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All of the drain lines running through your house are completely interconnected. In the bathroom, the lines running from the tub or shower and toilet attach to a common drain line using a Y-shaped tee or U-shaped trap joint. If a clog occurs just below this joint, the wastewater will come shooting out of the attached drain. In many cases, this results in toilet water coming out of the tub or shower drain at an alarming rate. Read More»

Check The Condensate Pipe When Purchasing A Home With A High-Efficiency Furnace

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When purchasing a new home that has a high-efficiency furnace, it is important to inspect the heater’s condensate pipe. The drain line rarely causes issues in spring and summer, which are the busiest home-selling seasons according to Economists’ Outlook’s data, but it can freeze in winter and cause the home’s heater to malfunction. If you’re about to buy a home that has a high-efficiency furnace, here’s how to check its condensate pipe so that you don’t have a frozen drain and failed heater next winter. Read More»

Slow Drain In An Old Home? It Is Most Likely One Of These Three Problems

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If you have recently moved into an older house, you may notice that you have multiple drains that drain slowly. You may be tempted to believe that a slow drain is not a big problem. You might credit your still water to old pipes and you may even look on the bright side, telling yourself, “At least these drains are teaching me patience!” But slow drains are usually a sign of a bigger plumbing issue. Read More»

An Alternative To Downpipes: Enhance Your Home With Rain Chains

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Ever since the 1998 Winter Olympics was hosted in Nagano, Japan, Americans have an aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient alternative to downpipes — rain chains. Rain chains incorporate links and pots that are linked up in a chain to redirect water from the roof to a rain barrel, cistern, into a rain garden, or just about anywhere of your choice. You just want to make sure that the rain does not get redirected to an area where it will pool and remain stagnant, as this attracts pests, like mosquitoes. Read More»

Recognize The Symptoms Of A Serious Plumbing Problem

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Plumbing problems are some of the most disastrous of all household issues. Few other problems have that much potential to ruin everything you own, or the structure of your house itself. By learning to spot problems early, you can reduce how much damage is done to your home. Fix Small Leaks As Soon As Possible A small leak may not seem like much, and today’s busy life, it can be easy to ignore it. Read More»