The sewer line running from your home to the city sewer system is critical to the proper operation of all the plumbing in your home. Every drain in the home runs into the sewer line, so if there is a problem with that line, you will have some indications either in the house or in the yard, or sometimes both. Recognizing these problems is essential. Continue reading
If you have a dishwasher to do your dishes for you, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do to reduce its water usage other than making sure each load is full. After all, it runs its cycle automatically, using pre-programmed water flow speeds.
But you can actually use several strategies to maximize your dishwasher’s water efficiency. Here are four of them. Continue reading
If you’re a snowbird, you need to take special care of your home before you leave for the winter. This is particularly important where your plumbing is concerned. Overnight temperatures can dip into the freezing range in the Pittsburgh area. Once your Pittsburgh plumbing is exposed to that type of cold during the winter, you can expect serious problems, including ruptured water pipes. Continue reading
Heat pumps do more than just heat the home; they also cool it and help to control the levels of humidity in your house. Buying and installing a heat pump is a major investment, and you should consider several factors to ensure that you get the most appropriate unit for your needs. Continue reading
Using natural gas to heat your home and power your appliances is generally safe, but if there’s a gas leak or other issue with your gas line, it can be very dangerous. Knowing the signs of a gas line problem will help you keep your family safe. These are some of the things to watch out for. Continue reading
When outdoor temperatures in the Pittsburgh area drop, a warm home can be a real comfort. Many types of heating systems are available to help homeowners achieve the warm interiors they desire. You are probably familiar with forced-air heating and baseboard heating systems, but a radiant heating system might be a foreign concept. Continue reading
Summer is here and that means your family vacation is just around the corner. Whether you’re leaving for a long weekend or going out of town for an extended trip, leaving your home protected is an essential step in your pre-vacation planning. Along with securing your valuables, securing the windows and locking the entry doors, you also need to make sure that your plumbing is ready to be left alone.
Toilets are among the busiest utilities in the home. On average, a person flushes the toilet about 5 times a day and utilize 3.5-7 gallons of water with every flush in a standard gravity toilet. A high-efficiency toilet can help minimize your total household water usage.
Advances in technology have created a wide range of toilet options for homeowners. If a strong flush and water efficiency are a priority, consider pressure-assisted toilets. Read on to find out more about this toilet model.
Water plays an essential role in your household. Homeowners rely on the water produced by taps and faucets to be safe and secure, but they rarely think about the impact their pipes have on water quality.
Outdated or damaged pipes can pose a real threat to your home. Minor plumbing repairs often involve the replacement of a small section of pipe, but replacing all of the pipes in your home may be a better option.
Fresh pipes are better equipped to meet the water demands of your family in the future. Take advantage of the plumbing benefits offered by new pipes, and invest in a plumbing upgrade today. Continue reading
Water is one of the elements that is essential for sustaining life. Your indoor plumbing system makes access to a fresh supply of water much easier, but the quality of the water pumped through your plumbing system might be lacking.
Many homes are affected by hard water. A hard water supply can have some benefits, like a lower sodium content and distinct taste. Unfortunately, these benefits do little to outweigh the negative aspects of having hard water flow through your home’s plumbing system. Continue reading