Helpful articles for Homeowners


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 …


Fixing a Hot Water Heater : When to Call a Professional

Hot water heater repair can be something of a mixed bag. There are minor repairs that you can attempt for yourself if you know how to repair a water heater and there are problems that should only be handled by a licensed professional plumber. Some problems are rather inexpensive and some problems will require that a completely new water heater be installed. It is important to know what you are looking for and what your capabilities are when attempting to deal with any hot water heater repair. In situations where you smell gas (gas water heater) or the floor is …


Baseboard Heater Noise: Potential Causes Revealed

Baseboard heater noise is actually a very common issue. That does not mean, however, that the noises coming from your baseboard heater are just a part of the system. Noisy baseboard heaters come from a number of reasons but generally do not mean that your system is on the verge of shear and utter collapse. A common baseboard heating noise is pinging coming from the area of the baseboards themselves. This pinging is most often caused by the fins that run along the baseboards. If the fins are bent or pushed together they will begin to rub against the other …

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Slow Flushing Toilet: What’s the Problem?

Toilet flushes slowly? What could the problem be? There are a number of reasons why your toilet may not be flushing properly. Knowing how to troubleshoot the problem properly will go a long way towards finding the eventual solution. So instead of sitting around, asking yourself, “Why does my toilet flush slowly?” you should be working on the solution. When the toilet flushing slowly becomes a problem, one of the first things that you should check is the back tank of the toilet. Make sure that the reservoir tank is filling up completely each time that you flush. Over time …


Bathtub Installation Cost: the Cost Isn’t in the Tub

An updated bathroom can increase the value of your home. A significant part of that cost and update is the bathtub. A bathtub can generally cost anywhere from $200 to $2,500 plus delivery for normal sized tubs. Keep in mind that the plumber (or you if you decide to go the DIY route) will need to perform the following actions: The plumber will need to disconnect the existing plumbing, remove the old tub, install the new tub, connect the new plumbing, and perform tile repair and patch work. Surprisingly, it is not the bathtub installation cost itself that will be …