Some plumbing jobs can be done by the homeowner with the right tools and know-how. Others are best left to the experts. Installing an appliance, such as a dishwasher or washing machine or replacing or repairing taps, ball valves and plugs, are all jobs that can be done yourself.
The toilet supply lines in the couple’s rented home were only about ten years old. Within a year of each other, two of the three lines failed and flooded the floors with water, which found its way down the heating vents to the floors below. Luckily, this couple was home at the time and were able to shut off the water supply before it did too much damage.
If you’re planning on having plumbing work done that requires more than simply changing a faucet or installing a toilet, you should hire a plumber, not a handyman. The reason is that a handyman, while he/she can handle many different types of jobs, like patching a hole in the wall, painting a room or changing a hard-to-reach light bulb, they have no formal plumbing qualifications, licenses or certificates. Indeed, none are needed to be a handyman.
Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever and that includes the pipes inside your house. Over the years, they gradually corrode rust and decay. When that happens, you’re going to eventually get leaks, maybe even a flood of water or raw sewage that can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home and belongings. It’s far better to replace the pipes before a plumbing disaster happens.
The black plumbing pipes that stick up out of your roof are parts of the plumbing vent system. They can be made of cast iron, copper or plastic, depending on local code requirements. A plumbing vent is where you may need to look when a sink isn’t draining properly and the drain isn’t clogged.
You may have been putting off fixing a drippy faucet because you think it’s too hard, but the repair of a single-lever kitchen faucet is easy and can be accomplished in about an hour. Usually, the hardest step is finding the right replacement parts.
When you think of plumbing projects, “fun” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind. Usually, these jobs are just a lot of work that will never actually be seen. But for you crafty folks, there is no shortage of enjoyable projects that use common plumbing supplies to create unique and functional household items….
A garburator, known in other parts of the world as a garbage disposal, is a convenient appliance that grinds up food waste into particles that are small enough to safely pass through your home’s plumbing system. They are extremely useful, and they’re generally pretty durable, but from time to time, problems do pop up. So,…
Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters If you’re in the market for a new water heater, one the biggest decisions you’ll likely face is whether to choose a traditional water heater or a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters provide homeowners with numerous benefits, but there are also some drawbacks that make them a…
If your basement smells like a sewer, I’m sure you want to take care of it as quickly as possible. The good news is that, unlike many other plumbing projects, eliminating unpleasant odors in the basement is usually pretty simple. The odor has typically has one of five causes, most of which can be corrected…