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How to Care for Your Septic System

If you live in a rural area or have vacation property in the middle of nowhere, you’re no doubt familiar with the form and function of a septic system. In brief, a septic system is your very own onsite [more…]

How to Maintain Hot Water Heating Systems

Hot water heating systems need a little maintenance, like venting the radiators and draining the boiler, to keep things running efficiently. Gravity and hot water furnaces are not often installed in new [more…]

How to Quiet Noisy Water Pipes

A water hammer, loose mounting straps, or high water pressure can cause water pipes to clang and clatter. Never fear, here are tips for quieting your water pipes, no matter what is causing all that noise [more…]

Insulating Your Water Heater for Improved Efficiency

An insulation blanket can make some water heaters more energy efficient. If your water heater is located in unconditioned space (a garage, basement, or attic) or you don’t want added heat, install a heavy [more…]

How to Clean Your Water Heater

If the bottom of your water heater fills with sludge, the heater won’t operate at peak performance. Sediment buildup also causes the water at the base of the tank to super-heat and turn to steam, resulting [more…]

How to Replace Damaged Copper Pipe

Although it isn’t difficult to remove and replace a piece of copper pipe, you do need some supplies that not everyone has lying around, such as a copper-pipe tubing cutter, flux and a flux brush, solder [more…]

How to Replace a Water Heater Dip Tube

When the hot water in your shower suddenly turns ice cold, you have the right to be frustrated. (That is, if the hot-water supply hasn’t been drained due to recent use.) If you receive this rude wake-up [more…]

How to Replace a Water Heater’s Thermocouple

If you have a gas water heater with a pilot light that won’t stay lit, it’s probably due to a failed thermocouple. The thermocouple is a thermoelectric device that shuts off the gas if the pilot light [more…]

How to Clean Your Water Heater’s Electric Elements

An electric water heater contains one or two heating elements similar to what you might find in your oven, except that they’re short and narrow. These electric elements can become laden with lime and mineral [more…]

How to Replace a Section of Threaded Pipe

Galvanized pipe is notorious for rust, corrosion, and leaks. When this happens, the most prudent solution for a permanent repair is to remove the damaged section and replace it with a new section of threaded [more…]

Figuring Out Your Drain-Waste-Vent Lines

If you have to make plumbing repairs around your home, it helps to understand your drain-waste-vent system (DWV). The fat pipes in your house make up the DWV, carrying wastewater to a city sewer line or [more…]

How to Replace a Sink Trap

Replace the sink trap to deal with buildup and clogged pipes that a plumber’s snake or plunger can’t fix. Replacing a sink trap is pretty quick work. You'll need groove-joint pliers, a bucket, and a replacement [more…]

How to Replace a Toilet Seat

Replacing a toilet seat is quick and easy. If you know how to replace a toilet seat, you can make a cosmetic improvement to your bathroom in just a few minutes. Seats get damaged or cracked, but most often [more…]

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet: Cartridge Filter Type

Cartridge faucets are the easiest kind of faucet to repair. It only takes about an hour to fix a leaky cartridge filter faucet. Leaky faucets waste water, so fix them as soon as possible. [more…]

How to Remove a Sink Trap

Removing a sink trap releases whatever is caught inside. If you know how to remove the sink trap you’ll be able to retrieve valuables that disappear down the drain. It’s happened to almost everyone:. The [more…]

How to Unclog a Toilet with a Plunger

Unclogging a toilet with a plunger usually creates enough suction to free the clog. Knowing how to use a plunger to unclog a toilet can preclude the mess of using a plumber's snake or the expense of calling [more…]

How to Install a New Shower Head

Replacing a bathroom showerhead is usually as easy as unscrewing the old showerhead and screwing on the new one. This video shows you the tools and techniques you'll need to replace a showerhead without [more…]

How to Unclog a Faucet Aerator

Cleaning the faucet aerator helps fix low water flow. Deposits can build up in your faucet, so unclog the aerator by following these steps — you’ll notice improved water flow. [more…]

How to Fix a Leaky Toilet

Water on the floor next to the toilet bowl usually indicates a damaged gasket seal. This DIY step-by-step video shows you how to shut off the water; drain the toilet; and move the toilet in order to replace [more…]

How to Replace a Washer in Leaky Faucet

Repairing a leaky faucet usually requires replacing a washer. Conserving water and avoiding a professional plumber in one DIY home-improvement project? This video shows you how to fix a leaky faucet by [more…]
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