The Romans were the first to use a heating system. This heating system was called a “hypocaust.” It sent furnace heat through the floors and walls of the homes of rich Romans. Radiators were once built out of cast iron, making them incredibly heavy—around 500 lbs. per square foot. Ford Motor Company... Read More about Fun Heating Facts
Do you know what to look for? Banging pipes: One of the most common signs of high water pressure is a banging sound in the pipes. Spitting from the faucet aerator when turning on a faucet: If your faucet aerator isn’t clogged, then high water pressure may be the culprit. Shortened life... Read More about Is your water pressure to high?
The toilet: a porcelain throne designed for one purpose, yet used for many. For some, the toilet is a small but necessary part of the day: a quick pit-stop in the middle of a busy routine. For others, the toilet is a place of comfort and relaxation: a seat on... Read More about What You Can Flush Down the Toilet — And Toilet Lies We Have All Believed
There are plumbing problems you can handle on your own, but others are too big to tackle. Do you know when you need to call in professional help? The five scenarios below may surprise you. The tap won’t stop drippingMost people have lived with a dripping tap at some point.... Read More about 5 SIGNS YOU NEED TO CALL A PLUMBER
Do you sometimes hear a loud “thunk” sound when you turn off a faucet or when the water stops flowing into your washing machine or dishwasher? That’s a phenomenon called “water hammer”, and it’s more than a disturbing noise — it can be the sound of serious plumbing damage. What’s... Read More about WHAT’S WATER HAMMER — AND HOW DO I FIX IT?
Durable as most toilets are, they all must be replaced at some point. It’s not even uncommon for homeowners to replace toilets that are still in good working order, because there are so many new features and designs to choose from. If your toilet is nearing the end of its... Read More about TIME TO REPLACE YOUR TOILET? YOU HAVE SOME CHOICES TO MAKE
BE PREPARED FOR DIY PLUMBING WITH THESE 8 TOOLS We’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no substitute for the expertise of a licensed plumber. But for simple jobs — or emergencies, like a broken pipe — it doesn’t hurt to be prepared to get your own hands... Read More about BE PREPARED FOR DIY PLUMBING WITH THESE 8 TOOLS
TROUBLESHOOTING DISHWASHER LEAKS AND WATER FLOW PROBLEMS Once you move on from hand-washing dishes, there’s no going back. So when the dishwasher starts having problems, there’s no time to waste in getting to the bottom of it. You can always call in a plumber — and for some problems, you... Read More about TROUBLESHOOTING DISHWASHER LEAKS AND WATER FLOW PROBLEMS
FIRST STEPS TO RECOVERING FROM WATER DAMAGE Whether it’s from a flash flood or a broken pipe, water damage can be one of the most devastating home disasters a homeowner will face. Water-damaged possessions are often unsalvageable, cleaning up the mess can be back-breaking, and the threat of mold development... Read More about FIRST STEPS TO RECOVERING FROM WATER DAMAGE
BATHS OR SHOWERS: WHICH IS BETTER? Everybody needs to get clean, but we don’t all do it in the same way. And when it comes to the choice between a hot bath or a quick shower, there are some pretty strong opinions on both sides. But which is better? The... Read More about BATHS OR SHOWERS: WHICH IS BETTER?