There are many essential systems in our homes. HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) keeps us comfortable. Electric and gas powers everything that needs energy. And plumbing brings us fresh water for cooking and cleaning and removes waste.
When something goes wrong with the HVAC, it gets uncomfortably hot or cold. We call a repair tech to fix the problem. When something goes amiss with the electric or gas, whatever is powered stops working. We call the electric or gas company to send a repair tech. When something goes wrong with the plumbing, problems range from annoying (a toilet that won’t stop “running”) to catastrophic (a burst pipe spewing water all over the floor). We frantically call a plumber.
The thought of installing anything plumbing related — a new faucet, toilet, water heater, or water softener — is daunting for everybody but the professional plumber.
Do you install it yourself?
Use the dealer or home improvement center’s install technicians?
Or do you call a plumber?
If you’ve ever wondered if your home suffers from hard water, chances are it’s a resounding “Yes.” According to a U.S. geological survey, hard water is found in more than 85 percent of the country.
In this post we take a closer look at hard water. What is it? Is it safe? What problems does it cause? Are there any solutions when dealing with hard water issues? Does it require a call to a plumber for inspection?
When it rains the water is “soft” and free of minerals, which it picks up as it passes through rocks, sand, and soil. Hard water contains mineral salts, calcium, and magnesium ions.
If you’re tired of dealing with hard water in your home — from the increased costs associated with just having hard water to all the temporary fixes you’ve tried to deal with it — it may be time to consider a more permanent fix.
In this post we take a closer look at water softeners, what they are, what you should consider when buying one, and how they work.
In a previous post we “solved” the mystery of the rotten egg smell in your home’s plumbing. Now we take a closer look at what to do about it.
Before digging in, it helps to have a basic understanding of how the plumbing in the home, specifically in the bathroom.
You’ve certainly looked under the bathroom sink and into the cabinet underneath. You probably noticed a U-shaped pipe that runs from the sink drain above to a larger wastewater pipe in the wall. Few people ever really pay attention to the U-shaped pipe, or the P-trap (images), except to note it gets in the way when storing cleaning supplies or hand towels.