Shared Drains In Connected Housing And What They Mean For Your Condo Purchase


If you are looking at buying a condo for your first home and are considering apartment-style condos, where you have multiple units on multiple floors, take the plumbing into consideration. Not only might you have to put up with water shut-offs throughout the building if one unit needs work, but you're likely to encounter something known as a shared drain. These make sense architecturally but can be a major nuisance if a clog appears in one of the shared sections.

12 February 2016

Are Incinerating Toilets A Good Idea?


With all the modern technology advances, an incinerating toilet ranks in the list of great inventions. You could use one if you are living in a remote area such as a fishing shack, cabin, camp, or accessory building. You won't need to have a regular toilet in your house because with this invention, you can be the owner of an electric or gas incinerating toilet. Living in an area where you don't need to have a standard water closet or have a sewer or septic system, this is a sterile way to incinerate human waste into clean ash.

2 February 2016

Ward Off Clogs And Clean Your Kitchen Drains


If you want to prevent a clog and a kitchen mess, you must keep your drains cleaned. There are many tricks and techniques that will work, but remember that the key is consistency. Clean your drains regularly and keep build-up along the pipe walls to a minimum. Try these tips for cleaning your kitchen drains. Use some yeast. A packet of dry yeast is particularly effective at reducing sludge along the walls of your pipes.

26 January 2016

Don't Throw These 3 Things Down Your Septic System


Your septic system is an integral part of your home. It takes all of the waste water from inside and pushes it out to the drain field. While many people think they can throw anything they want into their toilet, that isn't the case. You have to watch the things that you put into your tank. Otherwise, you could end up with a damaged system and a hefty repair bill. To help make matters simpler, here are three things you should never put into your septic system.

18 January 2016

Things You Should Do Differently If You Move Into A Home With A Septic System


When you have always lived in a home that has a plumbing system that drains into a municipal sewer system, you may not know what to do if you move into a home with a septic tank system. In many ways, having a septic tank system is much the same as plumbing that runs into a municipal sewer system. However, there are some notable differences, and you may need to adjust how you use your plumbing when you have a septic tank system.

11 January 2016

Things That Go Pop In The Night: 2 Ways To Tell If Your Water Heater Has A Problem


Was your water heater installed more than 10 years ago? If it was, you should start thinking about a replacement. This is particularly important if you have a problem with hard water in your home. Hard water contains heavy metals that can be tough on a water heater. If you pay attention, you can tell when it's time to repair or replace. Here are two ways to tell if your water heater is about to break down.

31 December 2015

Renovate Your Bathroom With A Shower Expansion


If you are like most people, you will spend hours in the bathroom showering, bathing, primping, and relaxing during your lifetime. But while even the smallest bathroom should provide room to get around, the shower stall can be one of the most enclosed spaces you come into contact with. Rarely is a shower big enough for you to stretch out in. Typically a shower stall will average around 32 inches by 32 inches.

21 December 2015

Stop That Dripping Shower Yourself


Your shower drips after you've turned it off. You try turning the handle in different directions to stop the drip, but it continues to annoy you. If this is a typical single-handle shower, with a few simple tools, you can fix that leaky shower yourself. Here are the steps to get this DIY plumbing project completed yourself. Tools You Will Need: flat-blade screwdriver Phillips screwdriver channel lock pliers old rags for cleanup From the home improvement store:

14 December 2015

Why Is Your Sink Water Not Clear?


There is probably nothing quite as off-putting as turning on the faucet for a cool glass of water and realizing the water is anything but clear. From milky water to yellow, brown, or even red water, these common water issues are usually traceable and thankfully, for the most part, they are harmless. Milky Water The most common issue isn't really an issue, it's simply milky water. Milky water is usually a sign of air bubbles.

4 December 2015

Does Your Boiler Need Repair? Look For These 3 Warning Signs


If you have only used a forced air heating system in the past, you may not be familiar with the problems a boiler can have. The warning signs are quite different than a furnace, and identifying problems early will help prevent the entire system from breaking when you need it most. Explosion Sounds The idea of an explosion sound coming from your boiler may seem scary, but it is actually caused by a pilot light that is low.

27 November 2015