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Vacation Rentals--Keeping Guests Happy And Drains Unclogged

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If you own a vacation rental home, oftentimes guests will expect everything to be in working order or at least to the level they are accustomed. This might lead to an array of plumbing issues in an older home. If you are constantly getting calls from your house guests about clogged drains and paying for emergency plumbers, here are four tips to keep drains clean and guests happy. 1. List off the Limitations of the Home’s Plumbing…

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Electric Water Heater: Signs Of Bad Heating Elements & A Few Simple Repairs

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An electric water heater does not use a burner to heat your water like gas water heaters. Electric water heaters use heating elements, which are thin metal shafts that heat your water. Sadly, heating elements can burn out, even though these shafts should last for years. The following guide should help you fix the problem and teach you a few symptoms related to bad heating elements. Signs Of Bad Heating Elements…

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3 Signs Your Home Water Softening System Is In Need Of Professional Attention

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Having a hard water problem in your home is anything but a simple issue. From causing excess sediment in your water-related appliances, to leaving your skin with a sticky residue, too much calcium, magnesium, and other minerals are a major nuisance. A water softening system is the most logical solution for hard water, and in most cases, a good unit will work well without problems for a long time. However, occasionally problems will come up that will require professional attention.…

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What Should You Do If Your Toilet Won't Stop Running?

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If your recent water bill has been unusually high, or you hear water running after your toilet is filled, your toilet might be running and you may just need to perform a few simple toilet repairs to remedy the problem. Each component that is involved in filling your toilet tank may be the culprit. These include: The flapper The flapper is a rounded flat rubber piece that covers the toilet tank’s center drain.…

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How To Adjust A Toilet Float Cup Valve

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If you have  a slow-filling or constantly running toilet, the issue could be the toilet cup float valve. A float cup device is attached to an actuating rod that controls the water level in modern toilets. Water levels that are too low can cause slow refills after flushing or clogs, and water levels that are too high may cause continuous running after flushing. You should be able to adjust and repair the float cup valve yourself.…

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How Can A Bathroom Remodel Help With Your Pest Problem?

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There are many reasons to invest in a bathroom remodel, from a more effective use of space to a more pleasing aesthetic. But did you know that a remodel may also be just what you need to combat your pest problem? Your bathroom is one of the top spots for insects, rodents, and other pests in your home, primarily because it is a never-ending source of water. You can’t do without water in a bathroom, so the trick is to make your bathroom as comfortable as possible for human residents while simultaneously being as uncomfortable as possible for pests.…

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Four Improvements To Help You Recycle Water For Outdoor Use And Irrigation

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If you want to have irrigation for your lawn and garden, you water bill is likely to increase. There are many water resources you have in your home that can give you all the water you need for outdoor uses, such as irrigation, cleaning and maintenance of your home. This can be done by things like adding rain collection to your gutters or installing a grey water system in your home for irrigation.…

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Two Common Myths About Septic System Ownership

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When shopping for a new home, easy is the name of the game. Most buyers want to purchase a home that has the least amount of maintenance or other concerns. For this reason, many buyers shy away from homes that have a septic system, but is this really warranted? When it comes to owning and caring for a septic system, there are a number of myths. Taking the time to learn fact from fiction might help you discover that owning a home with a septic system isn’t as hard as you may have originally thought:…

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The Mistake You Can't Afford To Make If Your Water Heater's Overflow Pipe Is Leaking

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While there are many things that can go wrong with a water heater, one of the most startling things you can experience with yours is finding that its overflow pipe is dumping water everywhere. If your water heater is in your garage or a closet, this can cause a big disaster. However, don’t act without reading this guide first: making the wrong decision could make the problem worse, or even create a dangerous situation.…

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Damaged Sewer Line: The Dangers, Warning Signs, And Solutions

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The main sewer line running to the city sewer system is vital to keeping your home’s plumbing working. If the line is broken, it could cause water and gases to back up into your house, and it would be a very costly repair. That is why you must know what to look for if a sewer line breaks and what you should do if it happens to you. The Dangers…

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