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3 DIY Methods For Removing Drain Clogs

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No matter how careful you are with what you put down your drain, a clogged sink is likely to happen in your home sooner or later. While many homeowners call a plumber at the first sign of a clog, it is possible to remove all but the most stubborn clogs on your own if you have the right know-how. Here are three DIY tips for unclogging drains. Use a Plunger…

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Protecting Your Plumbing Pipes

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Amateur plumbers are well meaning but dangerous. If you are not a plumber but have some nifty theories about pipe maintenance and use, be careful. Some of these ideas could actually be recipes for a pipe disaster. If you are a do-it-yourselfer around the house, add these items to the “never do” list. Dangerous Defrosting Exposing your frozen pipes to warm air is a great idea. Trying to quickly force your pipes to defrost is a bad idea.…

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Signs That Your Home Has Hard Water

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Having hard water is a problem that some homeowners are not even aware of, with all water coming out of a faucet looking the same. Unfortunately, hard water can cause several problems in your home. By understanding what hard water is and what those signs are, you can identify if you need a plumber to install special equipment to make your water softer. What Causes Hard Water? Hard water occurs when minerals from underground leech into water and absorb into it.…

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Homeowner's Guide: Keeping Your Pipes And Drains Healthy

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As a homeowner, it is to be expected that you will have to deal with home maintenance. One of the most important aspects of any home is plumbing. While you can expect some problems with your pipes at different points throughout your home ownership, there are some things you can do to prevent any unnecessary problems with your plumbing. Use the Garbage Disposal Properly If you are new to having a kitchen with a garbage disposal, you may be under the false assumption that you can use it to get rid of all of your kitchen waste.…

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Two Big Questions You Should Ask Before Buying A Home With A Septic System

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In rural areas, septic systems are still quite common. They can be a very effective means of dealing with household wastewater, but they do require a bit more hands-on maintenance than a connection to a pubic sewer. So, before you purchase a home with a septic tank, it’s important that you talk to the homeowner or realtor to learn a bit more about that home’s particular system, what maintenance has been done, and what maintenance may be required in the future.…

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Five Maintenance Mistakes That Could Be Detracting From Your Refrigerator's Efficiency

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Improving the efficiency of your refrigerator can significantly lower your utility expenditures on your kitchen.  Unfortunately, many homeowners make some common refrigerator maintenance mistakes that cost them money and cause the perishable goods they store in their refrigerator to go bad faster. The following are five of these mistakes: Going years without a defrost Over time, frost will build up around the interior coils of your refrigerator. This frost could detract from efficiency of the thermal transfer that takes place between refrigerator components.…

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3 Essentials Every Homeowner Needs For Plumbing Headaches

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If you own a home, eventually, there are going to be some problems that you need to deal with. Some of the chores you need to do include common maintenance, while there may also be emergency repairs that need to be done. Plumbing issues are a common problem that many homeowners have to deal with, and having the right tools can make dealing with the problems easier. Here are some of the essential plumbing tools that should be available in every home:…

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3 Simple Solutions To Help Give Your Home Greener Plumbing And Save Energy

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When doing improvements to homes, one of the major objectives many homeowners have is to add green technologies to them. This can be major investments such as solar panels that power electrical appliances and home automation for more energy efficiency. If you want to do green improvements, you can also start with simpler projects that can focus on things like plumbing and water conservation. Here are some improvements that you may want to consider for your plumbing to make your home greener:…

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Does The Air From Your Furnace Smell? Understand The Possible Causes

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When the temperature outside is chilly, feeling the warm air from your furnace can be quite wonderful. Unfortunately, it’s possible for the air that your furnace produces to have a bad odor. This may make you concerned about a possible gas leak or that your furnace is now a fire hazard. You’ll want to fix the problem immediately to alleviate any concerns, which is why it’s important to know what could be causing that foul odor.…

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Tips For Fixing Water Heaters

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Water heaters play an important, if underappreciated, role when it comes to keeping your home running properly. Any problems with your water heater can have large ramifications on your comfort and hygiene. Therefore, it’s a good idea to be able to rapidly diagnose and treat any problems that may arise with your water heater. Does Your Hot Water Have A Strange Color? If the water coming out of your water heater has a strange color, then the inner lining of your heater’s tank may have worn down.…

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