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Roof Drains

A leaky roof might not be coming from the roof itself, but from clogged roof drains. Over the years, a roof drain can become clogged with debris causing a back-up of water that could flow over the flashing and into the attic of the house. From there water may leak into the ceilings and down the walls. Regular maintenance of the roof drains is necessary to prevent a leaky roof. But, many homeowners do not even realize that they have a drain on the roof. Not all drain problem are solved by a good cleaning. If the drain is old, …

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Top 10 Home Plumbing Myths That Cost You Money

Everybody knows it: it’s ‘conventional wisdom,’ passed down generation to generation. It applies to anything and everything and unfortunately, in many cases, it’s oversimplified or just plain wrong. The conventional wisdom in plumbing is no different; there are many myths. Freshen your drain with lemon? Run water with the garbage disposal? Good ideas? Find out as we explore the top 10 plumbing myths that cost you money!

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Tankless Water Heater Maintenance and Specs

The tankless water heater is an ingenious, home water heating innovation that has been on the market for a number of years now and is becoming increasingly popular with consumers due to its long term energy and cost saving potential. A tankless water heater looks and operates very differently from a traditional storage water heater, so everyday maintenance can sometimes be a challenge for the unfamiliar homeowner. A tankless water heater heats water directly as it passes through its internal piping; it does not rely on a 20-80 gallon water storage tank like traditional models and is able to eliminate …

DIY Plumbing Mistakes Can Cause $1000s in Damage

Are you the type of homeowner who thinks he can fix anything and everything? Do you make it a habit of repairing any plumbing mishaps in your home? If so, and you don’t know what you are doing, you may end up causing thousands of dollars in damage before you know what hit you. Hopefully, this will make you think twice before grabbing your wrench next time! Of course, there are some plumbing jobs that you can try on your own without any risk. For instance, a leaky faucet is a small job that you may want to tackle before …

3 Plumbing Remodel Jobs You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

There is a lot of joy involved with updating your home. At the same time, this can cost a bit of time and money as well. If you are planning on making your own updates, without the help of professionals, you need to make sure you are up for this. Remember, there are some tasks that if done wrong can cause you more headaches than you ever imagined. Anytime you are getting involved with projects related to plumbing, you need to ask yourself this question: can I handle the job on my own, or should I dig into my pockets …

DIY Shower Valve Replacement Gone Wrong

In this economy, DIY plumbing seems like the best way to save money on plumbing repairs for a lot of do-it-yourself extraordinaires who want to try their hands at fixing leaky faucets and dripping showerheads. Buying a shower valve, turning off the water to the house, installing the new part, and turning the water back on appear to be fairly simple tasks, but small repairs sometimes are not so simple. A typical homeowner embarking on a DIY mission to fix a shower valve would most likely begin at a hardware store, scouring the shelves for the parts he or she …

What Renovations have the Best Resale Value?

Homeowners and buyers look at a home very differently. Neglecting to look at a remodeling project from a buyer’s perspective can result in money lost when it is time to sell your home. Which projects will have the biggest bang for the buck? Our experts outline which renovations will improve your home’s resale value, no matter your budget…and what projects to stay away from. Before You Begin a Renovation In general, the top two areas to renovate include the kitchen and bath. The third most important involves adding energy efficient upgrades to your home. However, these projects can be very …

Blog-Off #3: The Limitations of Going Green

“Green” has been a buzz word for the past few years. As the concept increased in popularity, so did the prevalence of eco-conscious alternatives for everything: food, fashion, building materials, cleaners, etc. As a result, the green movement is appearing in our homes now more than ever. We discovered that many homeowners are pursuing green options already and that this will be a strong trend in 2011. But does going green mean making sacrifices? The Big Question Although there are more green options now than ever before, going green, by definition, rules out a large number of non-green choices. So, …

Blog-Off #3: Prevailing Thoughts from our Experts on Going Green’s Limitations

During our third Blog-Off, we asked over 50 home improvement experts the following question: does going green limit homeowners? Our experts talked about the specific limitations of going green and suggested the best ways to spend your money if you want to join the green movement. Interested in what they had to say? We pick our top 5 comments here. Blog-Off #3 Re-Cap For our third Blog-Off, we asked a panel of expert interior designers, contractors, and manufacturers to weigh in on the following question: How do you think going green constrains homeowners in the design/remodeling process? Are there any …

Blog-Off #3: Does Going Green Limit Homeowners?

By now you’re familiar with our series uniting experts in the home improvement industry. If not, read our Blog-Off announcement. During our last Blog-Off, our experts predicted the 2011 home improvement trends. They outlined everything, from colors and design to materials and fixtures. However, one trend dominated the rest: going green. Thus, for this Blog-Off, we wanted to see how going green affects the homeowner.