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Ask the Plumber: Sump Pumps

Q: I recently had a sump pump installed in my basement. Now a friend is telling me that may not be enough to keep the basement from flooding. What more can I do? A: Installing a standard sump pump is a darn good start in preventing a flooded basement. However,

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A little less water goes a long way.

Is your home dripping with excessive water use? If so, or if you’re unsure, there are a number of water conservation tips you can adopt to help put the brakes on running water in your household: To keep from over-watering your lawn this summer, purchase an inexpensive spring-loaded timer which

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Toilet 911: A Comode in Crisis

It can be the most temperamental fixture of a home. And it can become pretty costly if not running at full capacity. In fact, nothing screams “home emergency” quite like a faulty toilet. Whether it fails to flush, backs up, leaks or continuously runs, toilet repair ranks at the top

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Get to know your plumbing vents.

When you think of the plumbing in your home, probably the first things that come to mind are pipes – lots and lots of pipes. Maybe some fixtures too, like sinks, toilets and the bathtub. However, a piece of the plumbing puzzle that’s often overlooked is ventilation. Sure, everyone is

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Averting disaster

Did you know a burst washing machine hose can discharge up to 500 gallons of water in one hour? If you’re not at home and able to respond, a big puddle can quickly turn into a pool of catastrophe, especially if your machine is on the home’s main floor or

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When hot showers go cold.

There’s nothing like starting the day off with an invigorating hot shower. That is, until it gives way to an arctic dousing just a couple minutes into your steaming morning soak. What gives? Well, getting the cold shoulder from your shower can be attributed to a number of things. The

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