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  • Plumbing Safety Advice and Tips

    Expert Author O Reynolds

    Plumbing Advice and Tips

    Health and Safety in Plumbers Jobs

    Health and safety concerns are extremely important when taking on plumbing tasks. In addition to basic safety measures, such as wearing protective clothing and safety goggles and dust masks when appropriate, there are also a number of other health and safety considerations which are specific to plumbing.

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  • What Homeowners Need to Know About Video Pipe Inspection

    Expert Author Donald Gregory Smith

    What Homeowners Need to Know About

    Video Pipe Inspection

    As a homeowner, it's important for you to be aware of the technological advances that make it easier and more affordable for you to take care of the various maintenance tasks necessary to keep all of the systems in your home functioning as effectively as possible.

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  • How to Find Certified Plumbers

    Expert Author Darren Hurley

    How to Find Certified Plumbers

    Finding an experienced certified plumber can be challenging as no one is skilled at everything. If you are dealing with problems that are common in keeping a property or having plumbing difficulties, it is advisable for you to find certified plumbers in your area. When it comes to plumbing emergencies, anyone who has been in the same situation can help you find good plumbers. Checking the yellow pages and exploring the Internet for information can also help too.

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  • Why Not To Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

    Expert Author Michael Taggert

    Why Not To Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

    The fact is, most chemical drain cleaners generate heat through the use of caustic chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Lye) or reclaimed sulfuric acid (Battery Acid) Do You really want this stuff in your home? There are some safer methods.

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  • What Should Not Be Put in the Drain

    Expert Author Wanda Arnold

    A Plumber Tells You:

    What Shouldn't Be Put in the Drain

    There are many different items that not many of us would realize are not healthy for our drains or plumbing. One good rule of thumb to remember when considering if it should go down your drain or not is if it is not "biodegradable" then it should stay out of your drain.

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  • Four Tips For Finding A Plumber

    4 Tips For

    Finding A Plumber

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  • Plumbing's Big Turn Offs

    Expert Author Nancy Wilkes

    Plumbing's Big Turn Offs

    There are a lot of things about plumbing I do not like...running toilets, pulling hair out of clogged drains, drips, smelly odors. I could go on, but this is not what this article is about. This is about what very well could separate an inconvenience from a full-blown emergency. If something was to go wrong with your plumbing, would you know where to go to turn off the water, gas, and power to your appliances?

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  • Some Common Residential Plumbing Problems

    Expert Author Jeremy V Roberts

    Some Common Residential Plumbing Problems

    There are so many plumbing problems that you can face and not be prepared for. For example, you may wake up one day to find that your basement is flooded or go for a shower in the morning and find that something is wrong with the water pressure or find that the sewage line backed up. In times like these you can't do anything but enlist the services of a licensed plumber. So here is a list of plumbing problems that you may face and this will help you to respond promptly.

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  • A Little TLC Can Save Your Drains

    Expert Author Nancy Wilkes

    A Little TLC Can Save Your Drains

    Years of neglect and lack of maintenance can really cause trouble for your pipes. Over time, the amount of scale and build-up can lead to clogged drains and sewer back-ups.

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  • Sewer Backup Prevention

    How to Prevent Emergency Sewer Backups in Homes

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  • Why Hire A Plumber

    Expert Author Fidelio Orosco

    Why Hire A Plumber?

    If you have a house, you mostly likely have a plumbing system. In fact, it is said to be one of the most important parts of your house, because this is the one that is responsible for the flow of water in and out of your house. But what happens when you start to experience problems with your plumbing system? What are the things that you can do in order to be sure that your plumbing system is in perfect condition? Why do you need a plumber? When should you start looking for one? These are some of the questions that we will be answering in this article.

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  • How to Unblock Drains Easily

    Expert Author Carolyn Clayton

    How to Unblock Drains Easily

    Considering the fact that both kitchen and bathroom sinks are used virtually every day, at one point in time they would clog or break down all together. Continuous usage and handling by many users contribute to their wear and tear. Clogging may occur any time due to accumulation of particles within the drainage pipes. Blockages can occur at some sections where quick repairs may not be easy.

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  • Helpful Drain Clog and Plumbing Information

    Expert Author Diane Louise Villanueva

    Helpful Drain Clog and Plumbing Information

    Owning a home in comes with a lot of maintenance and repairs. This is especially true when you have a number of pipes and drains in your home, and if you a have a pool, jacuzzi or an outdoor kitchen.

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  • Residential Video Pipe Inspection

    Expert Author Donald Gregory Smith

    Key Benefits

    of Residential Video Pipe Inspection

    Perhaps one of the greatest fears most homeowners have is the idea of having to dig up huge areas of their yards to find a plumbing blockage or broken pipe. Fortunately, thanks to video pipe inspection technology, that's not something that homeowners are likely to have to do anymore.

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  • Plumbing Systems Explained

    Expert Author Lee Schraner

    Plumbing Systems Explained

    Plumbing is an area best left to the professionals. The skill and knowledge required to repair or maintain any plumbing system is at a level beyond that of the everyday person. Around the home there are four main plumbing systems and each may require a specific type of plumber. Be sure to understand the systems around your home to assist in deciding what plumber is right for you.

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  • When Is It a Good Time to Call a Professional Plumber

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    When Is It a Good Time to Call a Professional Plumber?

    Plumbing projects can sometimes be handled by a homeowner. Other times though, plumbing projects really do need to be handled by a professional.

    Some of the projects that fall under the category of needing to be handled by a professional are listed below.

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  • Hydro Jetting Process

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    Hydro Jetting Process

    Hydro Jetting

    What is hydro jetting? If you operate a septic tank or if you run a commercial property you might already be familiar with this technique as a sewer cleaning process. Utilizing high volumes of water released at high pressure, hydro jetting scrubs the walls of drains and sewer lines. This process has become increasingly popular because it is one of the most thorough techniques for removing blockages in drains and pipes. Streams of water are shot out of a hose at pressures up to 3,500 psi and are strong enough to cut through built-up debris so it can be washed out through the drains. Ultimately, this process restores your sewers, drains, and pipes to their original condition and functionality.

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  • How To Find And Choose A Local Plumber

    Expert Author Andam Persand

    Do Your Homework

    How To Find And Choose A Local Plumber

    Do Your Homework And Avoid A Costly Mistake

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  • Plumbers Putty 101

    Expert Author Sam Oldman

    Plumbers Putty

    The Best Plumbing 101 Tip

    Plumber's putty is a very versatile, durable, and easily pliable grey substance. It is often used by plumbers to establish a seal that's watertight between sinks and faucets or drains. It is found in the toolboxes of nearly all plumbers, and that's exactly why it's known as plumber's putty. One of the great things about this product is that it actually stays pliable and soft for quite a long time after it is applied on a surface. This means that it is easy removable if you only want to seal a pipe joint temporarily. The material is very easy to apply. It doesn't require any special training or skills to apply any amount of this product to the surface you are working with. That makes it the easiest plumbing product for any home owner to keep on hand.

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  • Importance of Using an Experienced Plumber

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    The Importance of Using an

    Experienced Plumber

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  • Effective Ways on How to Prevent Drain Blockage

    Expert Author Carolyn Clayton

    Effective Ways

    How to Prevent Drain Blockage

    In house drains, particularly the one in the kitchen are susceptible to frequent blockages. The causes of such blockages may be partly due to large food particles. These food remnants pile up slowly and eventually contribute to clogging the drainage system. Such occurrences cause bad smell besides causing the sinks to overflow. Once you realize such clogging try to identify the specific location.

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  • Questions To Ask When Searching For A Plumber

    Expert Author Michael Taggert

    Questions To Ask When Searching For A Plumber

    Let's face it; we regularly go to the doctor and dentist for our annual and bi-annual check ups. We have our cars inspected and tuned up like clockwork. Why then do we not have our plumbing systems in our homes checked regularly? Why do we wait until something goes catastrophically wrong? Our homes are our family's foundation and we made a huge investment-why not protect our investments.

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  • Identifying Septic Tank Issues

    Expert Author Beverly Jacobs

    Identifying Septic Tank Issues

    If you have a septic tank, knowing the signs of impending issues can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Many people are not sure about septic tank care, however there are several signs you may notice indicating a problem with the septic tank. In most cases, a septic tank should be cleaned out on average every 3 to 5 years. Although there are other factors, such as the number of people in the house, a washer on the system, or heavy rain periods, can often dictate how often a tank is given maintenance.

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  • Finding an Emergency Plumber

    Expert Author Greg Vandenberge

    Finding a Plumber

    Who Deals With Home Emergency Situations

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  • Do Not Let a Clogged Drain Be A Strain

    Expert Author Nancy Wilkes

    Don't Let a Clogged Drain Put a Strain on the Holidays

    A clogged drain can be a major pain when getting ready for the holidays and entertaining guests. Have a plunger handy next to every toilet in the house in the event of unexpected clogs. Another little tool, called a snake, can be man's other best friend when the drain clogs and can be had for about $15 at a local hardware store. About 25-ft. of snake is all that is needed for most plumbing jobs.

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  • Finding a Professional Plumber

    Finding a Plumber

    Know when it's time to call a professional

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  • How to Unclog a Shower Drain

    Expert Author Andam Persand

    How to Unclog a Shower Drain

    Helpful Hints to Clear That Clog

    Clearing a shower drain of clogs shouldn't be a hassle! Follow these steps to get things flowing again.

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  • Proper Maintenance Of Your Garbage Disposal

    Expert Author Michael Taggert

    Proper Maintenance Of Your Garbage Disposal

    By properly maintaining your garbage disposal will extend its life and prevent plumbing and drain disasters.

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  • How Video Inspection Systems Work
    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    How Video Inspection Systems Help Plumbers Today

    Video inspection services can be provided by plumbing companies throughout the United States.

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  • Does Drain Cleaning Liquid Clear Clogs

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    How Does Drain Cleaning Liquid

    Actually Clear Your Clogged Drain?

    Normal everyday homeowners often don't properly understand the inner-workings of their plumbing, and why would they?! Who needs to know exactly what happens when you flush your toilet, or when you turn on your garbage disposal. It's not in any way necessary to know, but it can be interesting to learn about!

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  • Simple Plumbing Tips - Using Sealant

    Expert Author Douglas Babbitt

    Simple Plumbing Tips

    Using Sealant to Fix Your Plumbing System

    Thousands of people are spending thousands of dollars for their plumbing system, while millions of people are spending hundreds of dollars just to fix simple repairs. Although there are some who are already aware of the simple plumbing repairs that they can do, majority are still unaware of the things that should be done when dealing with problems in their plumbing system.

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  • Checking the Professionalism of a Plumber

    Expert Author Douglas Babbitt

    Checking the Professionalism

    of a Plumbing Contractor

    If you have problems with your plumbing system, one of the most important things that you can do is to get a plumbing contractor. Unfortunately, getting a contractor doesn't mean that you will always get the best results. It will still depend on the professionalism of the contractor that you hired. What makes things worse is that there are a lot of people who are not aware of the things that they can do in order to determine whether a plumbing contractor is professional or not.

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  • Not All Sewer Pipes Are Created Equal

    Expert Author David Balkan

    Not All Sewer Pipes Are Created Equal

    When a sewer contractor was hired to replace a sewer line in the Bronx the material originally used turned out to be the cause of the sewer problem. The sewer repair might never had been needed if proper sewer line material had been used in the first place. This is a recurring theme in the sewer repair and sewer line replacement business.

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  • Got Plumbing Problems

    Expert Author Meghan E Witham

    Got Plumbing Problems?

    We've all had to deal with it, the toilet, sink or tub is on the fritz! So what are you to do as a homeowner when your plumbing is not working properly? There are a wide array of issues that could be to blame when it comes to your pipes not working correctly, which is why the do-it-yourself methods may not be the best idea. Some plumbing issues are seemingly simple and could be fixed on your own however, some are more serious and require a professional plumber to fix the problem. To help you better identify a plumbing issue in your home and what may be necessary to fix it, here's a quick rundown of some of the most common plumbing problems and what may be to blame.

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  • Dealing With Clogged Drains and Sewer Mains

    Expert Author Dorothy Dutch

    Dealing With Clogged Drains and Sewer Mains

    Life's Ugliest Plumbing Emergencies

    Since your sewer main is buried deep underground (sometimes up to ten feet or more) your sewer pipe is probably one of those things you never think of until it becomes a problem. But, everything you flush, or pour down your toilet, sink or shower ultimately leaves your house through that sewer pipe. And when it does clog, the result is one of the homeowner's worst disasters and the messiest to deal with. Backups not only look revolting, but smell horrible and due to bacterial contamination, can compromise the health of an entire family.

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  • Keeping Sewers Clean

    Keeping Sewers Clean

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  • Five Of The Best Plumbing Supplies

    Expert Author Diane Louise Villanueva

    5 Of The Best Plumbing Supplies

    That Every Handyman Would Need

    If you are the handyman at home, you must be prepared for any kind of plumbing problem that may arise. There are some minor plumbing issues that don't require professional plumbers but you'll need to have the necessary tools to carry out these repairs.

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  • Choosing a Drain Service

    Choosing a Drain Service

    Who to Call for Help Cleaning and Clearing Drains and Plumbing Repair

    Many things can go wrong with plumbing in the home or apartment. Knowing which professional to call will save the homeowner or renter both time and money. Should a drain cleaning rooter service be called, or is a fully licensed and bonded plumber required? Can the neighborhood handyman clear up the problem or could the homeowner even do it themselves?

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  • You May Not Need a Plumber

    Expert Author Douglas Babbitt

    You Don't Need a Plumber!

    Yes! That's right. Unless the problem that you are experiencing is already beyond what you can do. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who are spending a lot of money for problem that can easily be solved without professional help. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of people who immediately calls a plumber whenever they think that they have problems with their plumbing system. Take note of the word "think"; that is similar to calling a medical specialist whenever they "think" that their problem is too severe to go to a family doctor.

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  • Three Ways to Unclog a Shower

    Expert Author Al Villa

    Shower Drain

    Three Ways to Unclog a Blocked Drain

    There are several do-it-yourself methods for unclogging a shower drain without the necessity of calling a plumber. By using these methods, you can save yourself a costly, inconvenient visit from your local plumber. Do not feel overwhelmed if you have never unclogged a severe blockage in your drain before. As long as the source of the clog is near the mouth of the drain, you can take care of it yourself. Before you even mess with the pipes, take a look at the drain cover. It may be clogged with hair and grime. A soak in a bucket or the kitchen sink with hot soapy water should do the trick.

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  • Winterizing the Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures

    Expert Author Nancy Wilkes

    Winterizing the Outdoor Plumbing Fixtures

    The temperature is really starting to drop now, and one thing that many people forget to do is to turn off outdoor faucets. Any water left in outdoor pipes can freeze and cause cracks and leaks in the pipes by spring. Even if it's never happened before, odds are it will happen in the future.

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  • Tree Roots In Sewer

    Expert Author David Balkan

    Tree Roots In Sewer?

    How To Avoid A Sewer Repair Or Sewer Replacement

    Tree roots in sewer lines are a property owner's nightmare. If untreated they can result in very costly sewer repair or replacement work. Many property owners wait until the house drain is completely blocked with roots to take action - That may be too late to avoid costly excavation for a sewer line repair or replacement.

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  • Storm Sewer Backup

    Expert Author David Balkan

    Storm Sewer Backup

    What To Do When Heavy Rains Cause A Sewer Back Up

    When sudden downpours occur, such as a recent Saturday and Sunday when over 4" of rain fell in NYC, City sewers frequently back up. Property owners can be left with inches or feet of waste-water in their basements. As an example, on a recent weekend property owners across New York City were left with just such a sewer condition.

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  • Water Saving Bathroom Fixtures

    Expert Author Jason Kay

    Water Saving Bathroom Fixtures

    Water is taken so much for granted that most people are not even aware of their consumption each day. A lot of water may be getting wasted whenever you go to the bathroom, when you brush your teeth, and when you flush the toilet. The wastage does not only translate to financial losses on your part, it is also harmful to the environment.

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  • Got a Clogged Drain-Here is How to Fix It

    Expert Author Dave R. Logan

    Got a Clogged Drain?

    Here's How to Fix It

    Your home's drainage system is the unsung hero of your plumbing system. It takes all the wastewater from your sinks, showers, and bathtubs and efficiently directs it right where it belongs: the sewer. Pretty important, right? It's critical to make sure your drainage system is clean and functioning properly.

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  • Finding A Plumber Who Is Right

    Expert Author Alex Hunt

    Finding A Plumber

    Who Is Right For You

    Everybody needs to be able to contact a good doctor, lawyer, accountant and plumber. A plumber has mastered the trade and specializes in the maintenance and installation of water systems. These systems may be used for sewage, drainage or drinking water.

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  • Using the Network of a Plumber

    Expert Author Fidelio Orosco

    Using the Network

    of a Plumber to Get Better Services

    There are a lot of people who are saying that if you are looking for a plumber, one of the best ways to do it is by finding one using word-of-mouth. This refers to a process wherein you will be asking your friends or people you know if they know a good plumber who can provide you with the service that you need. There are a lot of advantages that you can get from this kind of referral, and will ensure that you will get the best service from a plumber.

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  • Understanding Bathroom Plungers

    Expert Author Jason Kay

    Understanding Bathroom Plungers

    Don't you hate it when your toilet gets clogged? While this situation is never fun it is much worse when you don't have the right plunger to quickly resolve the situation. Having the right bathroom plunger can be very important and knowing what to look for in a plunger is critical if you want to be prepared when the dreaded toilet clog occurs again. Here are some plunger tips for you to keep in mind.

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  • Sheetrock and Clogged Drain Problem

    Expert Author Alan Ruffell

    Sheetrock and Clogged Drain Problem

    If you have a clogged drain due to a piece of sheetrock stuck in it you will have a continuing problem. Over a long period of time it will eventually break down but in the course of time it is accumulating hair and other stuff which will cause the clog in the drain to worsen.

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  • Plungers 101

    Expert Author Andam Persand

    Plungers 101

    Two Big Hints for Effective Use of the Plumber's Helper

    There are two big considerations when it comes to knowing how to correctly use a plunger. First, you should understand how a plunger works when used properly. Then you can apply that knowledge towards successful completion of this common do-it-yourself chore.

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  • Clogged Drain Prevention

    Clogged Drain Prevention

    Learn How Maintain Free Flow in Household Plumbing

    In the typical home you will encounter a number of different drains, each with their specific use and function. Kitchen sinks for example, will frequently have a garbage disposal attached, and can accept kinds of waste that would not be acceptable in a bathroom--or lavatory--sink. There are types of drains that will be found in every building or home. Knowing their purposes and capabilities will allow for best clog prevention practices, and the quickest clearing of any troubles that do arise.

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  • How Plumbing Forums Can Be Beneficial

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    Plumbing Forums

    How They Can Be Beneficial to Homeowners

    In the dictionary the word forum is described as a meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects of public interest. Ten years ago your first thought when you brought up the word forum might have been a Town Hall meeting, but with the Internet today, the younger generation would automatically think about a digital online forum.

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  • Where Does the Word Plumbing Come From

    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    Where Does the Word Plumbing Come From?

    The answer very well might surprise you.

    Plumbing is a normal day to day term used by Americans, but where did the word plumbing come from? Where did plumbers who fix our clogged drains and broken pipes get their title from? The answer very well might surprise you.

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  • Black Water and Grey Water

    Expert Author Wanda Arnold

    Black Water and Grey Water

    What Is the Difference?

    Greywater relates to the waste water from your kitchen, laundry, baths, shower and hand basins and is tainted with natural materials, pathogens, bacteria plus the chemical washing products we use. However, handled properly it is usually safely reused on lawns and gardens.

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  • Protect Yourself When Hiring A Contractor

    Expert Author David Balkan

    How To Protect Yourself

    When Hiring A Contractor

    When having any sort of work done on your property, you have to protect yourself. That does not mean being mistrustful, or antagonistic. It simply means implementing a common-sense payment plan that is agreed upon ahead of time with your chosen contractor.

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  • How to Find Good Plumbers

    Expert Author Darren Hurley

    How to Find Good Plumbers

    Looking for local plumbers isn't that difficult. Yes, you might have many things to seriously consider, but there are also many good ways to help you find the best plumbers in the area. Below are some things to consider.

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  • The Common Clogs and How to Avoid

    Expert Author Antoinette Ayana

    The Common Clogs

    How to Avoid Needing Drain Cleaning

    Drain cleaning can be a good thing for your household plumbing, but it isn't cheap to have it done professionally. While it may be something you want to schedule in to your home's maintenance needs, it isn't something you want to be up against in an emergency. Having said that, millions of homeowners have found themselves in just such a position at one time or another. 99% of the time, these clogs could have been avoided by following some simple rules about what should go down the pipes and what shouldn't. Stick to those rules, and you shouldn't experience any trouble. Here are some of the most common clogs.

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  • Using Sink and Toilet Plungers

    Using Sink and Toilet Plungers

    Learn to Successfully Use Plungers On Each Type of Household Drain

    The red rubber suction cup plunger is still as popular as ever, because when used correctly, even this old design can work wonders. But for even better chances of success, match your plunger purchase to the drain it will be clearing. The old standby with its wide flat face can be difficult to work with on curved drains such as those in toilets and lavatory basins.

    Fortunately, the enormous variety of plunger shapes available means there is one for every type of drain in the home.

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  • Find a Plumber with Yelp or Google

    Expert Author Douglas Babbitt

    Finding a Plumbing Contractor

    Which Is Better Yelp or Google?

    If you are going to look for a plumbing contractor, one of the first and best things that you can do is to search the Internet. There are a lot of advantages that you can get from using this method, but the problem is that there are a lot of people who are not aware of the sites where they can find a plumbing contractor in their area. This article will be discussing the things that you can get from Google and Yelp, which are two of the largest search engines today.

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  • Video Drain Inspection

    Pipe Video Inspection and Exploration

    Sending Cameras Down Drains and Plumbing for a View Inside

    Stubborn, persistent, or recurrent drain problems can be difficult to diagnose. Tracking down the exact location of damage or blockage once pipes leave the home can mean money, time, and property damage saved in the end. One modern tool many rooter and drain services will use is a remote video camera, capable of inspecting the pipes from within and transmitting the image back to the camera operator.

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  • Home Drain Snaking

    Expert Author Andam Persand

    Home Drain Snaking

    What Is a Handheld Drain Auger?

    Handheld Drain Auger Definition

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  • Hydro Jetting

    Hydro Jetting

    Washing Drain Pipes, Sewer and Conduits With Pressurized Water

    By Andam Persand

    Drain and sewer jetting is an extremely effective method for cleaning and clearing blocked drains. The interior walls of plumbing are rinsed completely clean of grime and clogs, with the filth washed away by the torrents of water.

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  • A Plumber Has an Important Job

    Expert Author Antoinette Ayana

    A Plumber Has an Important Job

    There are some in society who see certain jobs and career paths as being nobler than others. For instance, they see doctors, lawyers and even teachers as having a highly important job. Little do some know, however, a plumber performs tasks just as important and beneficial. The main duty of a plumber is to repair and install pipes that are used to transport water and waste.

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  • Drain Snaking

    Drain Snaking

    Handheld Drain and Closet Augers Vs Motorized Plumber's Snakes

    Plumber's snakes are the mechanized rooters that rooter businesses are named after. The professional's tool is motorized, and spools out a stiff, tough metal cable with a reinforced multi-purpose tip, reaming a clear path through constricted or blocked plumbing.

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  • Dealing With Plumbing Problems

    Expert Author Lee Schraner

    Dealing With Plumbing Problems

    in New Homes

    New houses are in most cases falsely perceived to be perfect and flawless. However, many new home owners have been faced with plumbing, lighting and construction related problems. These may be as a result of negligence, use of inferior quality material or complexity of the housing plan.

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  • Helpful Information to Find the Best Plumber in Your Area

    Expert Author Diane Louise Villanueva

    Helpful Information

    Find the Best Plumber in Your Area

    We all know that it is important to invest in our home. This also means learning how to provide proper care and maintenance whenever our house requires occasional repairs. These include fixture and plumbing services. It is wise to carefully look for the best local plumber around, and just not settle for less. If you are eyeing any particular plumber, be sure to go through this checklist just before hiring him.

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  • Find and Read Testimonials Before Hiring a Plumber


    Expert Author Ana M Fraser

    Find and Read Testimonials

    Before Hiring a Plumbing Contractor

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