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Four Ways To Unclog A Blocked Sink Without Resorting To Chemicals

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Chemical drain cleaners may work quickly, but they are a poor choice for unclogging a drain in the long term. These solutions can slowly eat away at metal pipes, so if you use them often, you’re likely to find yourself with a leak one day. They are also dangerous, sometimes causing caustic burns should they happen to splash up into eyes or face. Not to mention, using chemical drain cleaners is not great for the environment.…

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Has Your HVAC System Sprung A Leak? Here's How You Can Patch Things Up

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It’s common knowledge that your plumbing pipes can spring a leak for variety of reasons, but you don’t expect your HVAC system to leak like a sieve. If and when that happens, it can create a mess that could prove expensive as well as time-consuming to clean up. The following not only explores the reasons why your HVAC system leaks water, but also ways you can pinpoint leaks and stop them in their tracks.…

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7 Tips To Prevent Mold Growth In Your Home

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Whether it grows around your windows or on the walls, mold is not something you want to have in your home. Mold not only looks unsightly, but it also can lead to breathing problems and other health dangers. Mold can be very difficult to remove, so it is best to prevent it. If you control moisture in your home, you can reduce the risk of mold. Here are seven tips to prevent mold growth in your home:…

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3 Common Plumbing Noises And Easy Ways To Stop Them

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All homes make some kind of noise. Wood creaks, appliances whir, light fixtures hum. Your home shouldn’t be perfectly silent, and most small noises are harmless. However, in some cases, home noises can indicate a larger problem or can simply become so disruptive that they have to be stopped. This is often the case with plumbing noises. Very loud, distracting noises from your pipes or water fixtures are not just irritating; they usually require some sort of adjustment to avoid leaks or damage to your pipes and fixtures.…

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Why A Sump Pump Should Not Drain Into A Septic System

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If you ever experience water in your basement, installing a sump pump is a great idea. This pump will keep water out of your basement, which will keep your home dry and safe. If you decide to get a sump pump, you should make sure it is not connected to your septic system, though. Sometimes sump pumps are, but this can lead to problems. Here are three things to understand about sump pumps, water, and septic systems.…

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5 Reasons To Invest In A Whole House Dehumidifier Instead Of A Smaller Unit

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You can find plenty of small and inexpensive dehumidifiers at any home goods store, but these models are only designed to regulate air moisture in one or two rooms at a time. If you have a full size basement with a damp problem or live in a humid climate that permeates the entire home, invest in a whole house dehumidifier instead. This kind of efficient equipment offers the damp-fighting homeowner five different benefits.…

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3 Clues That Your Well Is Contaminated

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Private wells are widespread in America: about 43 million Americans rely on one for their household water needs. Unlike municipal water systems, private wells aren’t monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency, so maintaining them is the responsibility of individual homeowners. About 23% of wells contain contaminants, and yours could be one them. Here are three clues that your well water is contaminated. Odor changes A change in the smell of your water in can be a clue that your water is now contaminated.…

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6 Tell-Tale Signs There's A Hidden Water Leak In Your Bathroom

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One of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner is a hidden water leak in the bathroom. When leaks go unnoticed for even a short period of time, they can cause expensive damage that may compromise the integrity of the house. The quicker a leak is found, the faster it can be fixed, and the less expensive it will be to repair. The problem is that a hidden leak isn’t always easy to spot.…

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How To Test And Clean A Water Heater Thermocouple

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If your gas-powered water heater will not stay lit, you may have a faulty thermocouple. Below is more information on the role played by thermocouples in water heaters and boiler repair, how you can check one for trouble and repair it should it be coated in soot or other contaminants: What a thermocouple does A thermocouple is a simple device that consists of two dissimilar metals that generate electrical current in the presence of heat.…

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Three Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of Drain Clogs

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Your home’s drain pipes see a whole lot of use. After all, everything that you put down the drain or flush down the toilet eventually ends up running through the main drain line. Everything from hair to grease and even food residue can build up in the drains, leading to clogs that can even cause major plumbing backups. The first line of defense against these types of problems is your own behaviors.…

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