How Does a Toilet Work Anyway?

How Does a Toilet Work Anyway?

If you are like most people, you probably take your toilet for granted and don’t give it a lot of thought until you have a problem. Understanding a little of its history and how it is designed may help you prevent problems in the future and will provide you with a few interesting tidbits to share when topics for conversation run low.

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When You Really Need a Plumber

When You Really Need a Plumber

A clogged toilet. A slow-draining sink. Not a problem, right? You take pride in being able to repair these minor issues yourself with just a couple simple tools and few minutes. But what about other plumbing problems in your home?  Unless you are a plumbing expert, there are times when you really need to pick up the phone and call someone who is a professional. Occasionally a simple plumbing problem leads to a complicated and expensive repair job if your attempt at DIY makes it worse.

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How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Toilet

How to Tell When It's Time to Replace Your Toilet

It is easy to conclude that your toilet needs to be replaced if it’s been giving you trouble or doesn’t match your design aesthetic. However, in addition to obvious signs that your toilet is in need of a major repair, there are multiple reasons to consider undertaking the task of replacing your home’s toilet. To help you determine if it’s time to invest in a new toilet consider the following common problems that you may encounter.

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9 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

9 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal is a magical bit of machinery. Just toss any kitchen waste and scraps in, flip the switch, and seconds later they’ve disappeared. Well, in a perfect world, this happens without a problem, time after time. The reality is that many common kitchen wastes can actually damage or break your disposal and clog your kitchen plumbing. Your disposal can be a time-saver when cleaning up after your summer barbecue but resist the urge to pop watermelon rinds and corn husks into it. Here’s a helpful list of other things that should never be sent down the disposal:

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Signs You May Have a Slab Leak

Signs You May Have a Slab Leak

Did you know that the term slab leak refers to domestic water lines? Under normal conditions, they do their job quietly and carry water away from your home with no help from you. Whether hot or cold, these lines have live water distribution that are under full water pressure. Sometimes, however, these pipes can spring a leak that can lead to major water damage to your home. While you can’t see the actual slab leak, there are some telltale signs to watch for.

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The Perils of Hard Water for Your Health and Home

The Perils of Hard Water for Your Health and Home

Did you know that the drinking water you think of as “pure,” is in fact littered with a variety of minerals such as calcium and magnesium? When this happens, your water is considered to be “hard,” and it can cause challenges for everything from your home to your hair, skin and nails. Laundry is also affected by hard water, as it can cause soap to not rinse as cleanly as it should from clothing, your skin and even your dishes. Learn more about hard water and options for combating it, such as water conditioning

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How to Save Money By Saving Water

How to Save Money By Saving Water

It is no secret that household expenses are creeping up. Finding new ways to save a few dollars a month can add up over the entire year. Homeowners who are interested in putting more money into their bank accounts tend to forget about the benefits of reducing their monthly utility bills. A good way to reduce your family’s water costs is to install water-saving fixtures. 

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Is it Time to Repipe Your Home?

Is it Time to Repipe Your Home?

If you are like most people, you probably take your plumbing for granted and don’t think much about the need to replace your pipes. If you live in a modern home, you may be justified in assuming the plumbing is up to par. However, if you live in an older home, you may be ignoring signs that your pipes need to be replaced. Watch for these common signs that your pipes may need updating.

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