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Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle analogy)

Plumbing vents protect plumbing traps. They don't make fixtures drain faster; in fact, they do the opposite. When it comes to first time home buyers, one of the least understood components of a home ... read more

Spring home maintenance tips

Don't forget to check ... Inspect all plumbing for leaks, and check toilet tanks for leaking flappers and fill valves. Gustin warns that these need to be replaced as soon as there's a problem because ... read more

Exclusive First Read: Lehane's 'Live By Night'

Every time Tim made the analogy, Joe resolved to look into termite life expectancy, but then he'd forget to do it until ... "I run this house now. You know what that means?" "I don't." "Means I need ... read more

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I might have a spring under my house. What should I do? Mike McClintock: Find out if you really do; it's very uinusual, and more often ground water from rains or a drain somewhere that you need ... ... read more

How to buy the best fridge

Many of them also aren't magnetic, which means no more fridge magnets – but then again why would you want ... the fridge for cold drinks. Some water and ice dispensers need to be connected to a tap – ... read more

What's faster: vented or unvented drains?

This is contrary to the water-bottle analogy that so many plumbers and home inspectors frequently talk about. As I said in my blog post Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle ... read more

Why Your Home Stinks and How to Fix It

There are, however, more insidious aromas that linger and seem impossible to eliminate, no matter how many bottles of Febreeze you unleash. To keep these odors from taking over your home, first, you ... read more

10 Ways to Prevent a Home-Plumbing Nightmare

You often see copper and galvanized steel plumbing mixed in residential water systems with nothing separating them other ... the house, you may likely be required to install a back-flow preventer. 3. ... read more

Wacky Ways to Keep Mice Away

Seal up holes and cracks around your house, especially where cable lines and plumbing enter. Also, make sure your chimney caps and vent covers are secure. But mice, like water, will find a way in, and ... read more

10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains

It's something you need to deal with quickly ... then flush the drain with boiling water. Repeat if necessary. There are some plumbing jobs that I won't do, but this one is easy. First, place an empty ... read more

Central heating break down in the big freeze? Here's why...

Five years ago, New Labour heralded them as the modern, clean and green way to heat your house ... methane fuel is burned heat water for your ­radiators, dishwasher, taps and so on. But about 25 per ... read more

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