Tools To Keep Handy for Plumbing Emergencies

Tools To Keep Handy for Plumbing Emergencies

Homeowners should always be prepared for a home emergency, and in particular a plumbing emergency.  At any moment the toilet could break, a pipe could spring a leak, or the dishwasher could overflow. And, if you are a homeowner, when that happens you want to be prepared. To be able to save yourself in the case of a plumbing emergency, keep these tools handy for a quick fix! Basin Wrench A basin wrench is a basic plumbing tool that every homeowner should own.  A wide-mouthed wrench, this tool is able to easily grip to loosen and tighten the nuts and bolts on under the sink piping.  Anyone can find and easily acquire a basin wrench at their local home improvement store. Pipe Wrench Yes, there are a lot of pliers used in plumbing, but that is because there are a variety of pipe sizes and shapes that might need to

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Reasons You Need A Sink In Your Laundry Room

Reasons You Need A Sink In Your Laundry Room

There’s something completely dreamy about a well furnished, finished, pristine laundry room. Maybe it’s the fact that it makes doing the laundry a little more enjoyable or maybe it’s because Pinterest is filled with pictures of them. Whatever the reason you are re-doing your laundry room is, it’s going to need a sink. Here are a few reasons why you need a sink in your laundry room. Outdoor Messes When your kids have been playing outside all day in the mud and muck, there’s nothing worse than dragging the mess through the house. Enter, the laundry room sink. A place where your littles can dump their mud clad sneakers and soak their grass-stained shorts, the laundry room sink saves your kitchen sink for dishes and the bathtub for bathing. Pet Clean-Up It’s no secret that pets make messes. They love to get in the mud, chew up everything icky, and

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The Basic Benefits of Ceiling Fans

The Basic Benefits of Ceiling Fans

Current style trends for the home are telling homeowners that “less is more” – even when it comes to lighting.  As a result, people are taking down their ceiling fans and replacing them with alternatives such as can lighting or minimalist light pendants.  However, before you begin to replace all of the ceiling fans in your home, you should consider the basic benefits of ceiling fans. Increased Air Circulation In both the winter and summer months, you might notice that some rooms in your home are warmer or colder than others.  There are many factors that play a role in home temperature difference, however, you can help to remedy the situation with ceiling fans.  When set to turn counter-clockwise, ceiling fans help to move air around and between rooms to create a more even temperature climate. Lower Utility Bills Because ceiling fans have the ability to move air and regulate

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How to Handle a Broken Water Pipe

How to Handle a Broken Water Pipe

Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities. Not only do you have to maintain your home, but you have to handle any unexpected emergencies that come your way, including the dreaded broken water pipe. When a water pipe breaks or bursts in your home, it’s easy to start to panic, especially if the water is pouring into your home and causing damage. But, it’s important to stay calm and to remind yourself that there are some things you can do to help prevent further damage while you wait for a plumbing professional to arrive. In general, you’ll want to follow these three steps when a water pipe breaks in your home: Turn off the water. It might sound obvious, but a lot of homeowners forget to do this very important thing. Whether you’ve identified exactly where the pipe has broke or not doesn’t matter. What’s more important is

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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Call a Plumber?

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Call a Plumber?

For a lot of homeowners, knowing when to call the plumber is tricky. While there’s plenty of information available online that can help guide you through almost any plumbing issue, not all of the information is accurate. In fact, some of the information you’ll find online is just plain wrong. And, when it comes to plumbing, spending hours and hours trying to figure out how to fix the issue is as frustrating as it is problematic. You don’t have to look for to find stories of homeowners actually making plumbing issues much worse because they’re trying to DIY. While there are several simple tasks you can do around your home just fine, the following is a list of issues that warrant a call to our team of professional plumbers. Gurgling sounds. When you hear gurgling coming from your dishwasher, toilet, or washing machine, there’s a good chance that you have

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Why Replacing Aluminum Wiring in Your Home is Important

Why Replacing Aluminum Wiring in Your Home is Important

It’s likely that more than 2 million homes and structures in the United States have aluminum wiring. Popular during the 1960s and 1970s (specifically 1965 to 1973), aluminum wiring is no longer deemed a good choice for construction. In fact, not only is it no longer used, but it’s also potentially dangerous. While aluminum wiring on its own really isn’t that harmful, it turns out that connections made with aluminum are. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the U.S., if your home has aluminum wiring you are “55 times more likely to have fire hazard conditions”. This means that you need to be aware of the danger and actively finding ways to reduce the threat. Because aluminum connections overheat relatively easily, everyday electrical uses can become potentially hazardous. In general, aluminum wiring is more dangerous than other options (like copper) for a few reasons: Aluminum expands more when

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Installing a New Water Heater: 3 Common Problems (And How to Avoid Them)

Installing a New Water Heater: 3 Common Problems (And How to Avoid Them)

When your home is ready for a new water heater, it’s easy to think that you can install it yourself. While not incredibly complicated, there are definitely problems that can arise which can make the “simple task” anything but. While following all of the directions that come with your new system (and turning on YouTube every now and then) can help, there’s still a chance that you’ll have to deal with some serious issues. Accessibility. Depending on where your water heater is located, installation can be a real nightmare. In some cases, water heaters are hidden in homes, which isn’t an issue until it comes time for maintenance or replacement. Unfortunately, sometimes water heaters are placed in homes improperly, like not being on a solid wood floor in an attic or not having enough access to reach the power switch. If you find that your water heater is difficult to

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3 Smart Tips to Improve the Way Your AC Works

3 Smart Tips to Improve the Way Your AC Works

Those hot summer days are almost here, which means you’ll be wanting to do everything possible to stay cool inside your home. While a great AC system can do a lot of the work, there are still some smart things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your HVAC unit. Think Sun. The more sun you let into your home, especially through windows, the harder your AC has to work. During the super hot summer afternoons, do your best to minimize how much sun is coming in by closing curtains. Know Your Leaks. Pumping a lot of cool air into your home doesn’t do much good when your home is leaking it all out. By sealing leaky windows and doors, for example, you can be sure that you keep more of the cool air in. And, like your mom always said, keep your doors closed

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What to Look for When Buying a New Air Conditioner

What to Look for When Buying a New Air Conditioner

If you’re home is ready for a new HVAC or air conditioner system, it’s a good idea to make the purchase after you’ve done some research. As you know, your air conditioner is important, especially as the summer months roll around in Maryland, which is why you want to make sure that you’re getting the right unit for your home. Of course, HVACs do more than just keep your home cool (although that’s what most people care about). AC systems also improve air circulation, reduce humidity and can also filter airborne toxins – and that’s something not a lot of homeowners realize! The good thing about buying a new air conditioner is that it’s a long-term investment. On average, it will last about two decades. So, when shopping for one, it’s smart to consider all of the details so that you feel confident about the investment in your home you’re

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3 Ways to Keep Your Septic Tank in Great Shape

3 Ways to Keep Your Septic Tank in Great Shape

If you’re new to having a septic tank, don’t worry. Despite what you may have heard, it’s actually fairly easy to keep your septic tank in great shape. All it takes is consistency and a little bit of know-how. Below are our top three tips for maintaining your septic tank so that you help to avoid some of those major catastrophes that give septic tanks a bad rap. Inspect Frequently and Pump Often. On average, most septic tanks need to be professionally inspected at least every three years, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Depending on the result of the inspection, you’ll need to have your home’s septic tank pumped every three to five years. If your septic system features electrical or mechanical components, then it’s a good idea to have it inspected once a year. Consider Water Efficiency in Your Home. Every day, each person in your home will

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