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What Are PEX Pipes?

Photo: JJ Gouin / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images PEX pipe is short for cross-linked polyethylene—a plastic that’s flexible and good at resisting cracks and high temperatures. The brightly colored tubing is a staple in home plumbing projects, allowing you to replace old copper or galvanized steel pipes with lightweight, resilient materials….

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Can PEX Pipe Freeze?

Photo: JJ Gouin / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) piping has advantages over other piping options like copper, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) in colder weather because it has flexibility. But although PEX can’t freeze, the water inside PEX piping can. Freezing can begin when the…

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How to Unfreeze Pipes and Prevent Water Damage

Photo: Photo by Alex Tihonov / Moment / Getty Images If the temperature outside drops below freezing and you notice low water pressure or banging noises when you turn on the faucet, you probably need to unfreeze your water pipes. It’s essential that you fix frozen pipes immediately—or you could end up with a burst…

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Hot Water Not Working? 12 Things to Check

Photo: Catherine Falls Commercial / Getty Images If you’ve hopped into a cold shower, can’t get hot water from your washing machine, or can only get cold water from your tap, something is likely wrong with your water heater. So why is your hot water not working? That depends on the condition and type of…

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How to Choose a Water Filter for Your Home in 8 Simple Steps

Photo: baloon111 / iStock / Getty Images Do you know what’s floating in your tap water? In the United States, we often take for granted that water coming from the tap is safe to drink. Still, trace levels of germs, chemicals, and minerals make it into the water we use to drink, bathe and wash…

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How to Hire Plumbing Contractors

© Lisa F. Young – Plumbing contractors are trained professionals. They’re able to tackle complicated plumbing jobs beyond the capabilities of even the most enthusiastic DIYer. Hiring the right plumbing contractors involves: Reviewing qualifications Confirming insurance and licensing Comparing costs Interviewing prospective companies This guide outlines everything you need to know to hire a…

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Best Kitchen & Bathroom Sink Styles

Sinks are an essential of every home bathroom and kitchen. Aside from being functional, the best sinks also elevate your home. They complete your interior design with practicality and elegance. Our guide helps you find the top sink style to match your taste and the best sink brands that suit your needs. On This Page:…

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How To Increase Water Pressure in Your Home

If you’ve ever experienced a sudden decrease in water pressure in your home, you know the unsettling feeling. Not only is it unsatisfying to take a shower, but low water pressure throughout the house can also be inconvenient when cleaning, cooking, watering plants and more. Even if you’re familiar with the basics of your home’s…

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Drinking Water Safety Guide to Use During & After a Flood

Enduring a flood from a natural disaster is devastating to your family and your property. Whether you’re the victim of a flood caused a flash downpour, hurricane, earthquake, or tsunami, your top concern during and after the storm is the health and safety of your loved ones — which needs to include your drinking water….

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