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Why is My Bathroom Grout Cracking?

Tile is one of the most timeless and popular home finishing materials. From contemporary subway tiles to elegant marble tile, this flooring or wall material is ideal for use in spaces that are exposed to significant moisture, particularly the kitchen and bathroom. Although tile is slightly more high maintenance than other materials, the luxurious appearance… Read more »

Put That Wrench Down!

A little DIY knowledge can fix many things, but it isn’t going to fix most of the complex problems that arise when attempting to repair an intricate plumbing system. The desire to save money with personal ingenuity is understandable, but the stakes can be high when it comes to repairing plumbing, as one tiny mistake… Read more »

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How Nature Can Affect Your Home’s Value

As a responsible homeowner, you likely take every necessary precaution to ensure your home is in tip-top shape. Regular maintenance of important systems such as plumbing and heating can go a long way toward improving and preserving your home’s value. However, some factors are out of your control. Sometimes Mother Nature can swoop in and… Read more »

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How to Tell If Your Plumbing is Up To Code

Building codes can vary from city to city, but all serve the same purpose. The extensive list of rules and provisions list the minimum requirements for the design and construction of a residential or commercial building. Buildings that don’t adhere to local code are considered unsafe and are in need of an update. In severe… Read more »

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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

How They Work All heating systems work by heating water that passes through a tank or coil system. In a traditional heater system there’s a large tank that both holds and heats water, keeping it at a constant temperature for use when you need it. However, energy is wasted keeping the water hot even when… Read more »

How You Know When You Need to Replace Your Toilet

Even though we use them daily, most people don’t consider the working condition of their toilet until something goes wrong. After years of usage your toilet can start to degrade just like any other home appliance. While most issues are a simple fix, some problems might require a full replacement. Porcelain Damage Even hairline cracks… Read more »

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Ways to Keep Your Water Pressure High

There are few things more frustrating than putting up with a snail-slow flow of water from the faucet or showerhead. When you discover you have low water pressure, even tasks like showering or washing dishes can take far longer than they should. While the location of your home in relation to the municipal water supply… Read more »

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Top 3 Plumbing Myths Debunked

As a homeowner, you should understand all the most important systems in your home, especially your plumbing. Many people develop their own methods for maintaining their plumbing, which they begin sharing with others. Do these rumors and DIY plumbing “life hacks” hold any truth or efficacy, though? Before you start taking a friend’s advice, be… Read more »

Plumbing Projects Best Left to the Professionals

Knowing how to fix a leak or find a blockage in your home’s plumbing system can be valuable skills. It’s important to be familiar with as much of your home as possible so you understand the potential time, effort and cost of repairs when problems occur. However, some issues are too specialized for even the… Read more »

Symptoms of a Hidden Water Leak

Symptoms of a Hidden Water Leak

Washington residents know better than most how much damage water can cause if allowed to collect. Your home is one of your most vital assets, and, as the weather warms up for spring and summer, it may be in danger of springing a leak. With an influx of April showers and a lack of dry… Read more »