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Hey everyone, my name is Marcell Robins. I am excited to share information about plumbing supplies on this site. Plumbing repair services caught my attention after a pipe burst during the last winter storm. The temperature dropped so quickly that we did not have time to prepare the home for the changes. As a result, one of the pipes running under the laundry room froze shut and popped open at the seams. When the water thawed, it started leaking like crazy beneath the house. It was at that point that I started to learn about the wide range of materials used for plumbing repairs. I want to share that knowledge with you to help everyone correctly maintain the plumbing components throughout their home. Thanks for coming to my website.

Three Essential Tools You’ll Need For Home Plumbing Jobs

When you encounter a plumbing-related issue in your home, the first order of business should be to evaluate whether you need to call a professional or you’re able to fix the problem on your own. For any issue that’s moderate or serious, calling a licensed plumber is the best route to take. Having the right person on the job will ensure that it gets fixed quickly, cleanly and without further damage to your home. For some small and simple jobs, however, it’s satisfying to tackle the problem on your own. A how-to manual and the Internet can provide the step-by-step guide needed to help you get the job done right, while the proper tools are also valuable. Here are three tools you’ll need to a variety of home plumbing jobs. Drain Snake A drain snake is a highly valuable tool to keep on hand for any clogging issues. It’s far better to buy this readily available tool in advance so that you’ll have it when it’s needed, rather than encounter a clogged drain and have to rush to your nearest plumbing supply store. Drain snakes are available in several styles; smaller snakes fit into your sink and tub drains, while larger, auger-style tools are designed to deal with toilet blockages. It’s worth investing in both styles as being able to quickly free a blocked drain can minimize leak damage to your home. Plumber’s Tape Plumber’s tape is a non-sticky, white tape that will come in handy for several plumbing jobs. Its most common usage is to apply to the threads of a tap or other similar fixture to prevent...

3 Maintenance Tips To Prolong The Life Of Your Furnace

If you are similar to a lot of people, you may not give much thought to your furnace until you have a problem with it. However, if you do some simple maintenance tasks, you can prolong the life of your furnace. Here are some things you can do to maintain your furnace. Check the Air Filter One of the easiest things you can do to keep your furnace working properly is to monitor the air filter on a regular basis. The air filter keeps dust and other debris from clogging your furnace, and a clogged filter can cause strain to the blower motor and make the furnace work harder, which might lead to premature failure. If you check the filter and it is dirty, simply use a stiff brush to clear away any buildup. If you notice holes or tears, replace the filter with a new one. You can find furnace filters at any home improvement store; if you aren’t sure what kind of filter you should buy, bring the old filter with you and look for one that is similar. Clean Out Air Vents Over time, air vents can become full of dust, and that dust can enter your rooms and reduce the quality of air for you and your family. Not only that, but just as with a clogged air filter, a clogged air vent can cause your furnace to work harder and work less efficiently. Cleaning out the air vents on a regular basis can help. To clean the air vents, remove the vent cover and vacuum out the inside. If the vent cover is covered...

Alternatives To Forced Air Heating For Your Home

If you’re planning an addition to your home, or you are designing a new home, there are other ways to heat your home than the standard forced air furnace. The alternatives are lower maintenance and may be just right for your location. Here are some of the popular home heating techniques to consider in your house plans. Heat Pump Heat pumps works by extracting heat from the ground, then compressing and sending it out to the house. There are no moving parts until the air gets into the house and fans send it to the various rooms. No fuel is needed to run this heating device so it’s a good option where gas, oil and electricity are scarce. In the summer time, the heat pump will extract warm air from the house and empty it outside, working like an air conditioner. The downside is that it works best in mild climates. If the temperatures ever get to freezing, then you’ll need a backup heat system, like a baseboard heater or space heater. Radiant Heat (Under the floor) This radiate heat system works by generating heat under the floor which warms the air on top of the floor. The warm air rises to warm the middle of the room then cools off as it gets near the ceiling. The cool air then sinks to the floor to be warmed and the cycle starts over. The air is warmed evenly throughout the room so there are no hot and cold spots, which you can get with a forced air system. Because the warm air stays near the floor, radiant heat is...

Fixing Your Garbage Disposal: Key Tips

Garbage disposals are handy devices to have in your home, but occasionally they might malfunction. Fortunately, in many cases, garbage disposal problems can be dealt with by the average person. Dealing with this issue yourself is an excellent way to save money on your household expenses. This article looks at some of the most common problems and how to resolve them.   Clogs  If your garbage disposal is clogged, it may be because a foreign object has gotten into the device and interfered with its proper performance. For instance, a coin might have slipped into the machine without your noticing it and disrupted the disposal’s operation. Another possibility is that you might have placed certain substances, such as egg shells or coffee grinds, into the disposal. These are not intended to be ground up in the device and can cause a clog.   To resolve a clog, look into the drain with a flashlight, making certain that the power to the machine is off. If you see an object that is causing the obstruction, remove it with a pair of pliers or some tongs. Avoid sticking your hand inside of the disposal.  If you do not see any obvious obstructions, look underneath the disposal. Some machines have slots on the bottom that are turned by a hex key. If you find these holes under your garbage disposal, stick a hex key into them and twist it around for a few minutes. This might loosen the jam and allow the device to function effectively once more.  Leaks   Leaks are another common malfunction of household garbage disposal. In some cases you can fix the leak yourself.  Location — First, you need...

Time To De-Throne The Old Throne? Easy Instructions For Removing An Old Toilet

There’s only so many times you can clean a toilet before it just doesn’t sparkle anymore. If you’ve reached that stage, it’s probably time to have a new toilet installed. Whether you’re a pro at do-it-yourself projects, or this is the first time trying, removing a toilet is something you can accomplish in just a few hours. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions for removing that old toilet. Before you begin this project, be sure to place towels or newspapers on the ground around the toilet. Clean the Drain When you remove the toilet, you’re going to come in contact with the waste water in the drain. To prevent this, you can sanitize the drain first. Pour a cup of bleach in the toilet and flush several times. This will send the bleach through the drain and sanitize the standing water that you come in contact with. Turn Off the Water Supply Before you remove the toilet, you’re going to need to turn the water off. This will ensure that you don’t flood the bathroom. If you’ve never turned the water off to your toilet, it’s very easy to do. Look behind your toilet and you’ll notice a water line and a turn-handle. Turn the handle to the off position. Be sure to turn the handle as far as it will go. To ensure that the water is turned off, flush the toilet. If the toilet doesn’t refill, you’ve turned it off properly. If it refills, turn the handle in the other direction and flush again. Once the water is turned off, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the...

How To Pick A Contractor To Install Your Heating System With One Conversation

Unless you work with contractors often, it can sometimes be tough to tell which ones are going to provide good service and which ones are going to leave you out in the cold. If your heating system is kaput and you need a new one, you might be able to make good use of these tips for identifying a good heating contractor based on what they say in conversation. Good Contractors Ask Questions While it’s easy for you to assume that your old heating system was the source of your problems, a good contractor will want to rule out other problems before taking any action. After all, if the problem came from somewhere other than your heating system, a new system may be strained or even broken soon after installation. Contractors that care about customer satisfaction, like those at Riverside Heating, will try to root out the problem, not just jump to install new equipment without finding out what happened. Asking questions can also allow your contractor to offer you a better range of systems for your specific needs. Good questions include asking about any of the following: which rooms you have trouble keeping a good temperature any strange noises you heard from your old system what exactly went wrong with your old system which places in your home are too dry or humid whether anyone in the family has respiratory problems, like asthma whether or not you were happy with your old system By asking these questions, a good contractor ensures that you’re as comfortable and happy as possible after the installation. Diagnostic Testing Is Imperative As mentioned...

3 Key Pieces Of A Kitchen Sink Strainer

The strainer in your kitchen sink allows water and small food particles to leave your sink and escape safely down your plumbing. Repairing or replacing a sink strainer isn’t a difficult task for those with do-it-yourself experience. But before you undergo any new home improvement task, it’s important to know the names and functions of the parts you will need to work on as the sink strainer is a vital part of drain repair. Here are the key pieces of a kitchen sink strainer that exist. Strainer Assembly There are a couple different types of strainer assemblies but the types are the same down to the last piece. Each starts with the mesh-like strainer plug in your sink. You can put the strainer in and out to block water or catch food particles. This works because the strainer fits down tightly into its basket to form a plug. The basket has a grooved nub that sticks out below the sink. Attached to this nub are a set of washers that include at least one rubber and one fiber washer. The next piece varies depending on how the basket is connected to the tailpiece under the sink. Some sinks will have a metal nut then a metal retaining bracket that hooks onto the tailpiece. Other sinks will have a metal locknut that simply screws the basket onto the tailpiece. Tailpiece The tailpiece is a straight pipe that forms the first part of the sink’s drain system. What does the tailpiece do? It essentially serves as a rerouting junction. Water and food debris go straight through the tailpiece into the P-trap....

How A Novice DIYer Can Change The Plastic Handle On A Toilet

Toilet handles aren’t always made like they used to be. Some newer plastic handles have a tendency to break after a while and you’ll need to replace it to get your toilet working again – unless you want to keep on dipping your hand into the water tank to grab the chain connected to the flapper (which sits on the drain that allows the water to flush down into the toilet bowl) and pull it up to flush the toilet. Here is how you can replace the plastic handle on your toilet even if you don’t have any plumbing experience. What You Will Need: New Handle Adjustable Wrench Small Flathead Screwdriver Remove Old Handle The first thing you need to do is remove the broken parts of the old handle. The handle arm that is connected to the flapper chain is removed by sliding the small cotter pin out of the chain that connects the chain to the handle – you may need a small screwdriver to help push the cotter pin through the chain since it’s very hard to do with just your fingers. Make sure you notice to which hole in the arm (there are usually several of them) the chain was connected. Take the arm and set it aside. The push handle is typically screwed into place with a large plastic nut that you can reach on the inside of the tank. Loosen the nut with an adjustable wrench and unscrew with your fingers. You should take the push handle and arm with you to the hardware or plumbing supply store. New Handle The handles for...

About The Cause Of Constant Toilet Clogging & How Much A New One Will Cost

Do you have a hard time getting solid waste to flush down the toilet all of the time? Rather than spending so much time plunging the toilet, you may need to consider investing in a new one. Find out what can be causing your toilet to clog up so much, as well as how much you can expect a new one to cost with professional installation. What Can Lead to a Toilet Clogging Up? Sometimes the reason a toilet may clog up is due to you having hard water running through your home. Hard water can be a problem because it is full of minerals that can cause the plumbing pipes connected to the toilet to become rusty. Even without rust, solid waste material can have a hard time getting through the plumbing system if the minerals in the water leave mineral deposits in the pipes. You can hire plumbers to remove rust and mineral deposits to see if it solves your problem with clogging. Some of the more common reasons a toilet may clog up include: Large-sized solid waste Flushing too much tissue paper Flushing objects not meant for the toilet If you experience clogging without a real reason, it may be due to you having an older toilet. In order for a toilet to flush smoothly, there must be enough pressure to push waste through the plumbing system. You may have a low-flow toilet that is not able to handle the amount of waste being flushed. The best solution to the problem is to invest in a higher quality toilet. How Much Does it Cost for a...

Learn Which Items Should Never Be Flushed Down Your Toilet

There are many things that are marketed as being safe to flush down the toilet even though they really aren’t. If you flush certain items down your commode, there is a good chance that you could cause a lot of severe damage to your pipes and septic tank. Use the following guide to learn a few things that are labeled as being flushable when they really should be disposed of in the trash rather than down the drain. Prophylactics Prophylactics, also referred to as condoms, are made of a material that does not easily break down in a septic system. A condom can also block your drains causing pipes to become clogged and even burst. It is best to wrap a used condom in a piece of toilet paper and toss it in the garbage to dispose of it. Wipes There are no wipes that are safe to flush down the toilet, even if they are labeled as such. The wipes labeled as being flushable take a long time to break down in your septic system and do not travel through the pipes as easily as wet toilet paper does. They can also create a blockage that could cause major damage to your drainage system. Feminine Hygiene Products There are some feminine hygiene products that are doted as being flushable when really they are not. Flushing tampons or pads down the drain can cause the drain to become backed up and damage your pipes immensely. Also, if you flush a large amount of tampons down your drain within a short period of time it could cause major issues to...