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My Washing Machine Won’t Drain

If your washing machine won’t drain, the problem is most likely in the drain hose or the pump. Since the washing machine is filling up with water, you can rest assured that the motor is working correctly. And if your washing machine spins or runs through a cycle, then you can be sure that the belt is OK. Since the washer fills and spins, the problem is probably the drain hose. Be certain that the hose isn’t crimped or kinked. Lift the washing machine lid and examine the tab that rests under the lid. This tab connects to a switch …

pipes

I Have Rattling Pipes. What Should I Do?

Rattling pipes are referred to as “water hammer”. Water hammer occurs when the motion of water comes to an abrupt stop or suddenly the water changes direction of flow in your pipes. The rattling noise can be stopped by insulating the pipe. Wrapping the pipe with a towel or blanket can be an effective way to control the rattling. Water hammer can also be treated by recharging the water supply. By recharging the water supply, the amount of air in the pipes is increased, which, in turn, causes the water to flow freely. To recharge the water supply, turn off …

boiler

Boiler Banging Noise: Know How to React

A boiler banging noise can be very disconcerting whether you are a new home owner or have lived in the house for a very long time. A banging noise from the boiler is not necessarily the first sign of a larger problem; however, it is a sign that your boiler system needs some attention. There are many reasons why your boiler or pipes will begin to make noises and the reason(s) why will need to be thoroughly investigated. The number one reason why you will hear a boiler knocking sound is air build up in the system. Through the process …

tub

Bathtub Leak Repair: Find the Leak First

Bathtub leaks can occur in several shapes and sizes. Some are easily fixed, others may require a plumber to repair. The first step is to identify where the leak is coming from. A bathtub leak can be generally found in five different areas. Let’s take a look at those areas one-by-one: 1. The Aged Faucet The most likely cause for a bathtub leak stems from an aged faucet. Leaks around the faucet, can be fixed by replacing the washer and sealing the valve threads with plumber’s tape. It is important that the water be shut off before unscrewing the faucet. …