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2015

3 Things To Know About Dual-Flush Toilets

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If you are getting ready to make some updates to your bathrooms and would like to replace your old toilets, you may want to look into dual-flush toilets. These toilets are designed to handle urine and waste in different ways, and they offer several key benefits over traditional types of toilets. As you begin shopping for the right toilets, you might be interested in learning more about dual-flush systems. Here are three things to understand about these particular types of toilets. Read More»

The Audible Guide To Bathroom Plumbing Problems

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It’s easy to see visual plumbing problems in your bathroom like water leaks or standing water in your tub. One of the harder problems to diagnose are random sounds that come from the toilet and bathroom as a whole. By carefully listening to the troubling sounds in your bathroom, you can hone in on what the actual problem is and make it easier for when describing the problem to a plumber. Read More»

Getting To The Root Of Your Plumbing Problems: When Tree Roots Set Up Residence In Your Sewer Pipes

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If you have slow or sluggish pipes, you probably assume that the problem lies in your household drains. After all, nearly everyone knows that grease and food particles can stick to the inside of your drains and create clogs. But that is not the only reason for slow and sluggish drains. Sometimes the problem runs much deeper. The roots of nearby trees can work their way into your sewer pipes and block the flow of water as it leaves your home. Read More»

How To Protect Your Kitchen Sink Plumbing And Garbage Disposal

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Your kitchen sink gets a great deal of use each day as you prepare and clean up after your meals. Because your kitchen sink’s plumbing and garbage disposal can get used and abused, it is important to take care of them. Here are four tips to help protect them and keep them working well. #1 Use Your Disposal for Disposal-Friendly Items If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, it can be easy to get into the mindset that you can dump all leftover food down the disposal to get rid of it. Read More»

Why Frequently Unoccupied Homes Need Hot Water Heater Flushes & How You Can Perform One

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If you own a second home that is frequently unoccupied, then you probably know all too well how things can go wrong when you’re away. Performing preventative maintenance can help keep things running smoothly, but one specific maintenance task you may not have considered is the need to flush the hot water heaters on a regular basis. Below is more information on why hot water heaters need regular flushing, particularly in homes that aren’t occupied, as well as how you can easily flush hot water heaters using a few common tools and materials: Read More»

Drains Perpetually Clogged? Here's What It Could Mean And What You Can Do To Fight Future Clogs

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Old homes are prone to clogs and other issues if they still have their original plumbing. While this can be a nuisance, many homeowners would rather just deal with the occasional clog than pay for plumbing repairs. If your drains have a tendency to misbehave, it might be good to call a company like Doctor Fix-It or learn how to tell between a clog that indicates a bigger problem and a harmless one, and what you can do to fight clogs more easily. Read More»

How To Fix Some Of The Most Common Bathroom And Kitchen Plumbing Clogs

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Functioning plumbing in your home is necessary to give you the convenience of such things as running water, sink disposals, and flushing toilets. Plumbing problems can make you realize how much you rely on modern plumbing and the urgency in which you need to get it fixed. Because not all plumbing problems require the services of a professional plumber right away, you can use these plumbing hacks to do your own plumbing system repairs. Read More»

Refrigerant Leaks In Air Conditioning Units And Systems: 3 Common Detection Methods

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Depending on the age of your air conditioner, it either uses R-22, Freon coolant or R410-A, which is a more environmentally friendly option, as a refrigerant. All of these refrigerants contain chemicals harmful to the environment, and to your health if it is inhaled. In addition, a 10% loss in refrigerant volume can result in an increase in electricity cost of about 20%. If you suspect there is a refrigerant leak, contact a repair technician in your area immediately. Read More»

Maintaining Your Water Heater: Tips For Preventing Burns And Possible Infections

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Your trusty water heater has always been there when you desperately needed a shower after a long day at work, or had a sink full of dirty dishes you were finally ready to tackle! However, did you know that although the water coming from your taps seems safe, it might accidentally scald or even sicken your family members? If you’ve never taken the time to maintain, adjust or flush your water heater, here are two reasons why it’s vital to pay attention to this often-overlooked appliance: Read More»

Cold Spot Conundrums: How To Balance Your Heating System

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Few things can leave your home feeling uncomfortable all winter long like cold spots. If you’ve found that the average temperature from room to room varies in your house, it’s time to start focusing on where all of that warm air is going. The best way to do that is to assess and balance the heating system so that the heated air is distributed equally throughout the house. The process of balancing your HVAC system will allow you to measure the air distribution and then adjust the system as needed. Read More»