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History of Plumbing Systems

Plumbing as an invention is painfully under-appreciated. It’s hardly given notice in day-to-day life (except when the toilet plugs up or a pipe leaks), and yet it is the primary method through which modern households get their water and maintain homes free from sewage. Water supply and sanitation has been a concern since the first…

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Bathroom Fixtures

Removing Bathroom Fixtures When Remodeling

A bath remodel isn’t an easy one-day project. First off, you’re dealing with lots of different areas of construction: plumbing, flooring, drywall, countertops, etc. Plus, unlike new construction, you’re also working within preexisting conditions and therefore negotiating around older structures while attempting to make them new. In any project there are always going to be…

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Walk in shower

Why Doesn’t My Hot Water Last When I Shower?

There’s nothing worse than getting ready for a nice hot soak only to discover you’re in the midst of a cold water shower. If things simply never heat up, it’s probably because your water heater has been working overtime and needs time to regenerate. But if your hot water shower turns suddenly chilly, the problem…

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Sprinkler head

Low Water Pressure Solutions You Might Not Believe

Low water pressure usually results when you’ve been forced to turn on two different plumbing fixtures at the same time, whether they are the outside garden hose, the kitchen/bathroom sink, the toilet, or even the shower. Although your water pressure may be sufficient when only one fixture is operational, you’ll definitely notice a drop in…

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Solar water heater

Going Green: Hot Water Heater

Few homeowners realize it, but after home heating and air conditioning, it’s your hot water heater that poses the largest energy drain in your home, making it an excellent area to focus on if you’re interested in going green. Whether you’re looking at replacing that old dinosaur in the pantry with a new, energy-efficient unit,…

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Underground septic tank

4 Types of Septic Tanks

Whether you’re trying to figure out what kind of septic tank to install with your septic system or if you’re troubleshooting your current tank, it’s important to know a little bit about the peculiarities of each tank. Like any other installation, each option has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Know what these relative pros and cons…

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