Potential Fixes For A Window Air Conditioner Leaking Inside Your Home


A window air conditioner offers convenient cooling without the need for a central system. Window units are relatively low maintenance and require few repairs due to the smaller number of working parts than a central unit. But a window unit's potential for leaking water inside your home can cut down on some of the cooling charm. If your window unit has started leaking inside your home, there are a few potential problems and fixes.

16 December 2015

Learn About These Important Shut-Off Valves To Avoid A Home Plumbing Disaster


When a plumbing disaster strikes, the first step is often to turn off the water supply so that you don't experience flooding. Your home's water supply is controlled with a system of shut-off valves that can turn off all of your home's water, part of your home's water, or simply the water to whatever fixture is having problems. You need to learn how to find and operate the shut-off valves in your home even if you plan to call in a plumber.

9 December 2015

3 Dishwasher Problems You Can Troubleshoot


Many households have a dishwasher that is a part of their daily routine. The ease of loading dishes into it and pressing a button is convenient and time saving. That's why it can be frustrating to have a dishwasher that is not working. If you are experiencing any of these 3 problems, try troubleshooting them on your own. Below are three problems you can fix. Dishwasher Isn't Filling With Water Properly

30 November 2015

What To Do When The Furnace Goes Out In Winter


Even if you have your furnace checked before the winter season begins, sometimes it will break down anyway, usually in the middle of a cold snap or winter storm. You may have to wait for a day or two before you can get your furnace up and running again. In the meantime, you can take steps to keep yourself warm and/or prevent your pipes from freezing. Backup Generator For most people with a natural gas furnace, an electrical outage will render it unusable.

19 November 2015

Signs Of Sewage Line Trouble


Knowing the signs that indicate issues with your sewage line allows you to get it fixed before the problems get out of hand. Take a few moments to check out the following signs of trouble so you know when you need to call in for professional assistance. All Drains Are Slow Moving A single slow moving drain is generally not a reason to panic. You might have simply sent too much food or hair down the drain by accident, which has caused a clog in that one line.

12 November 2015

A DIY Guide To Replacing Your Washing Machine Hoses


Washing machines are among the most useful and beloved of contemporary appliances. Yet when not properly maintained, they can represent a significant risk of flooding to your home. If you would like to improve your plumbing skills while learning how to take care of your washer, read on. This article will teach you how to replace worn out washing machine hoses. Step 1: Preparing for the job. Begin by unplugging your washing machine and turning off both water valves.

4 November 2015

2 Potential Reasons Your Water Bill Just Quadrupled


You receive your monthly water bill, open the envelope, and see a number that is four times higher than average for your home. Assuming everyone didn't start taking three hour long showers in the past month, there is likely a leak or malfunction that caused your bill to jump up so high so fast. Here are three potential reasons your water bill can suddenly quadruple. Call in a plumber and/or your water company to help solve the problem.

26 October 2015

2 Choices When You Need A Water Softener And Are On A Very Low Sodium Diet


If you need to be on a very low-sodium diet, but you live in an area with hard water, it can be challenging to meet both of those needs. Although sodium is the most common type of water softener, there are other options. Examples include potassium chloride, which functions much like sodium does and exchanges itself for the high levels of magnesium and other hard minerals. Another choice to consider when sodium in the unit is not possible is only using the water softener on hot water, leaving untreated cold water available for daily use.

19 October 2015

3 Signs That Your Sump Pump Isn't Powerful Enough


If you have a basement in your home, you may rely on a sump pump to help keep it nice, dry and protected. However, if you have had the same sump pump for a long time, there's a chance that it just isn't doing the job right anymore. In fact, there is a chance that your sump pump has always been wrong for your home, such as not being strong or large enough.

14 October 2015

Pros And Cons Of A Whole House Flow-Through Humidifier


A whole house humidifier can help reduce effects of dry air caused by frequent use of your heating system. Dry air can cause a variety of uncomfortable side effects including cracked lips, dry skin, and bloody noses. There are a few different types of whole house humidifiers that can help with these problems. One of the more common types is a flow-through humidifier.  What are the pros and cons of a whole house flow-through humidifier?

7 October 2015