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6 Unique Kitchen Faucets

With the recent Swine Flu scare, you’ve probably gotten to know your kitchen faucet well, what with all that obsessive hand washing. But have you taken a good, hard look at it lately? From cute to classy, we’ve got 6 unique kitchen faucets that will get your imagination going… think outside the kitchen sink! The American Standard 7191.142 Amarilis Bar/Prep/Entertainment Faucet At first glance, this faucet doesn’t look terribly interesting. It’s only when you notice it’s called an entertainment faucet that your brain starts to melt. Just what are people using this faucet for? I’m off to make a list …

Top 7 Weirdest Kitchen Sinks

Farmhouse, triple bowl, vessel… those aren’t names of skateboarding tricks or ski runs. Weirdly enough, they’re sink designs! When it comes to home design, people may think of everything but the kitchen sink. But that’s too bad, because there’s lots of funky potential that makes your sink more than just a holding tank for dishes. We’ve scoured the internet for awesome kitchen sink designs and we’re excited to share our findings. It doesn’t seem they’ll ever run out of cool kitchen sink ideas. This is the kind of sink that makes you wish you were 20 times smaller, just so …

How Much Water is your Home Wasting? [Infographic]

From cooking to cleaning and manufacturing to shipping, humans consume excessive amounts of the earth’s most precious resource. Since only 1% of the earth’s water is available for human consumption, we need to reduce the amount of water we use. Excessive water consumption occurs in our homes everyday. Curious to know how much water your own home is wasting? With the help of our Blog-Off experts, we’ve compiled information on US residential water consumption. Embed this infographic on your site: Source: eLocal.com Need plumbing help? Find a Local Plumber Search

I Have A Whining Faucet. What Should I Do?

A whining sound coming from a faucet is usually caused by a loose washer. If there is not a loose washer, the problem is caused by air and the air needs to be pushed out of the pipes. Turn on the water faucet. While it’s on, turn off the main water valve. When the main water valve is turned back on, any air in the pipe will have been flushed out. If the whining continues the problem might lie with the valves under the sink. To check this, turn the main water off and take the valves apart, check for …

My Sink Has A Gurgling Drain

Gurgling sounds made by draining sinks are the result of air trapped in the pipes. Usually, the presence of air in the pipes signifies the need for putting a vent in the pipe. Sometimes garbage disposals are clogged up with debris or sediment and pipes have air trapped behind the blockages. Whether the gurgling noises are due to your garbage disposal or other pipes, it is important to have a professional plumber come and determine the source of the problem. If a vent is needed, a professional plumber will handle the project correctly, installing the vent in the proper location. …

The Outside Water Faucet Is Not Working

Your house has water, but the outside water faucet has none. This problem can simply a build up of sediment on the valve stem, which can happen to inside faucets, as well. To determine if the problem is the result of sediment build up, remove the stem from the faucet and turning on the water. Water should come out of the spigot. If it doesn’t, try cleaning out the stem area to remove any debris. If, after removing the debris, you still don’t have any water flowing, a plumber should be contacted who will determine the problem and correct it. …

The Sink Backs Up When I Use The Washing Machine

There is a clog somewhere in the main line if your sinks backs up with water when the washing machine begins the drain cycle. Washing machine and sink lines run congruent, and are often affected there is a clog backup. Don’t turn to liquid drain cleaners or a plunger. Liquid drain cleaners are not recommended and plunging probably won’t work. Calling a professional plumber will solve the problem simply and efficiently. A plumber will be able to determine where the clog location and will be able to remove it effectively. Need plumbing help? Find a Local Plumber Search

Leaking Faucets

Faucets usually leak because a gasket wears out or the faucet itself is old. If you have old faucets, newer faucets won’t leak. If it is just a gasket, you could replace that yourself. But, if you are replacing a leaking faucet with a totally different and updated model, you might want a professional handling the installation. There’s always a good reason to have the faucets fixed as soon as possible, the main reason is to keep your water bill down. A leaky faucet or a running toilet can run up a water bill very quickly. Leaking outside faucets tend …

Leaking Sinks

Leaking sinks can cause quite a mess. Many times no one notices the leak or the damage it might be causing. So, it’s a good idea to periodically check underneath the sink and inspect the pipes. When a leak is notices, a local plumber should be called immediately. Since most homeowners don’t have the tools necessary to fix this type of plumbing problem, a professional plumber should handle this type of problem before extensive damage occurs. It’s not unusual for a sink leak on the first floor to travel to the basement. A second story sink leak can travel through …

I Hear a Clinking Noise When the Water Faucet Is Turned On

The reason you hear a clinking noise when the water faucet is turned on is most likely due to a loose washer. Taking apart the faucet and removing the loose washer should fix the problem. Make sure to reassemble the faucet correctly and tightly to prevent this from occurring again. If you take apart the faucet and can’t get the screw out, turn the water on and that will help flush the faucet. If you don’t feel comfortable with this procedure, then it’s best to call a professional plumber. Plumbing problems can, sometimes, make you think that your home is …