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More Blogs about Plumbing:

  1. So the water heater is older...what’s the big deal?

  2. What are the pipes on my roof?

  3. What is the purpose of a thermostatic mixing valve above a water heater?

  4. Should I upgrade to a tankless water heater?

  5. How much does it cost to replace the plumbing in a house?

  6. How old is that water heater?

  7. Why is spray foam used for attic insulation?

  8. How do I get rid of the sewer gas smell in my house?

  9. What causes low water pressure in a house?

  10. What’s the powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater?

  11. Do you check the plumbing under the floor slab?

  12. What is a “cross connection” in a home’s plumbing system?

  13. What’s the flip-up handle on the water heater for?

  14. What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe?

  15. My well water test came back positive for bacteria. What should I do?

  16. What is the difference between a regular water heater and a power vent water heater?

  17. What is a grinder pump?

  18. What can I do to make my water heater last longer?

  19. What is that pipe sticking out of the ground in the yard?

  20. What are the minimum clearances around a toilet?

  21. What are the most common plumbing problems with older houses?

  22. Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk?

  23. What is a dielectric union?

  24. What is a heat pump water heater?

  25. What are the common problems to look for when the plumbing has been replaced in a house?

  26. What is the average life expectancy of copper pipe?

  27. Why can’t PVC pipe be used for water pipe inside a house?

  28. What is the average life expectancy of PVC pipe?

  29. What is an auto vent, air admittance valve, or check vent?

  30. Why is a European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.?

  31. What is the average life expectancy of CPVC pipe?

  32. What is an FVIR water heater?

  33. What is difference between a single element and dual element electric water heater?

  34. What is an escutcheon plate?

  35. Why is sunlight exposure bad for PVC pipe?

  36. What is the loose wire sticking out of the ground under the gas meter for?

  37. Is the hot water faucet handle required to be on the left?

  38. How can I locate my septic tank?

  39. What do the ABS, PVC, CPVC, PB, and PEX plumbing pipe names mean?

  40. What are the right words for talking about a house plumbing system?

  41. Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe?

  42. Why is there water in my water heater drain pan?

  43. What is a sediment trap or dirt leg?

  44. Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

  45. My spa tub stopped working. What’s wrong?

  46. What is the minimum and maximum slope of the trap arm of a plumbing drain?

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