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How To Install A Hot Water Heater Blanket

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New hot water heaters are pre-insulated to improve efficiency, but older hot water heaters lack the insulation and can quickly lose heat. This will lead to a higher electric or gas bill, and the potential of not having enough hot water when it is at peak use in your home during everyone’s morning showers. Thankfully, installing a hot water heater blanket is easy to do on your own, can save you money, and makes an old tank more efficient.…

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Does Your Home Have Hard Water? Two Things You Should Know About It

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If your home has hard water, it may be a potential problem that can destroy your appliances, while also affecting the quality of the drinking water. The cause of hard water is groundwater with high levels of metal in it, which requires the need for a home water softening system to eliminate it. Here are 2 things about having hard water you need to know. 1. Hard Water Is Not Good For Appliances…

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Four Tips For Fighting Mold And Mildew In The Bathroom

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Is there a layer of black or brown scum in the ridge between your shower and its frame? Maybe you always notice some mold around the rim of your sink’s drain, or some mildew on your bathroom window. Mold and mildew are very common in the bathroom since it’s a warm, moist environment. Keeping them under control can seem like an ongoing battle, and in fact, it is important to regularly take action against mold and mildew to keep them under control.…

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Three Ways To Prevent Tree Roots From Damaging Your Sewer Line

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One of the most common causes of sewer line clogs is tree roots. After all, trees need moisture, and their roots are designed to seek it out. Once roots infiltrate a sewer pipe, they will grow, causing the pipe to gradually become blocked; they can also break apart the pipe from within. So how can you prevent the headache of tree roots in your sewer line? Remove Trees The clearest way to avoid tree roots growing into a sewer line is to remove the tree.…

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Troubleshooting 3 Dishwasher Problems

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As vital as they are, dishwashers are often vulnerable to malfunctions, leaks, and other plumbing issues. This article will look at 3 common dishwasher problems and possible fixes. No water entering the machine If you encounter this problem, chances are that the water-inlet valve that lets water into the machine is defective. The water-inlet valve is usually located behind the lower access panel, and should be replaced to solve the problem.…

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Clogs And Sewer Line Backups

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Sewer line problems can be a big headache for any home owner. It can affect every water fixture in your home from the kitchen sink to the toilet. When your sewer line clogs, water will not drain, and it will even percolate. It will also smell and look bad and make your sinks, toilets and bathtubs unusable. What causes a sewer line to back up? Sewer line backups are usually caused by clogs.…

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What to Do If You Have Sewer Issues in Your Lateral Line

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You are responsible for any plumbing issues that arise in your lateral line. The lateral line is your sewer’s private connection to the public sewer line, and can extend beyond your home and under public sidewalks and streets until it is finally connected to your community’s main line. If you have plumbing issues with your sewer, you don’t want to have to pay for repairs if they are not in your own lateral line, since any problems with the main line should be paid for by the city.…

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The Benefits Of Radiant Heating

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When it comes to choosing a way to heat your home in the winter, you want to make sure that each room in your home gets the toasty warm feeling that makes you forget it’s winter. Radiant heating keeps your home warm while offering several additional benefits. Here are just a few reasons to choose radiant heat over other heating services. No Need For Carpet Some people choose carpet because it tends to feel warmer in the winter months.…

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Historic Home? 3 Ways To Make It Energy Efficient Without Destroying Its Integrity

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If you own a large, historic home, you probably cringe each time you get your heating bill. These types of homes are never cheap to heat, which is one reason why many great and beautiful homes remain vacant. Fortunately, new insulation and energy-efficient technology has made it possible for millions to lower their heating bills. Unfortunately, most methods that make other homes more energy efficient are not feasible or desirable for an older home.…

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Three Times You Should Call An Emergency Plumber

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Fixing leaks and small plumbing issues on your own may seem like an easy way to save money, but inexperienced homeowners can often end up causing even more damage to their plumbing systems. Knowing when to call a professional can mean the difference between a quick, inexpensive fix and a major plumbing project. Here are three situations where you are better off calling an expert. Hot Water Problems If you find you are suddenly out of hot water, there may be a problem with your hot water heater.…

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