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  1. Is PEX pipe freeze resistant?

  2. Do I have to get a larger septic tank when I build a home addition?

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

  4. Should I call a plumber or septic tank contractor when my septic tank backs up into the house?

  5. What is well pump “short cycling”?

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

  7. This home has galvanized water pipe. Is that a problem?

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

  9. How come the water has a rotten-egg smell in some empty houses?

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

  11. How old is that water heater?

  12. Do you test the well water?

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

  14. How can I tell what type of plumbing pipe I have?

  15. How do you test a shower pan for leaks?

  16. What is a grinder pump?

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

  18. What is a dielectric union?

  19. What is a heat pump water heater?

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

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

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

  23. What is an escutcheon plate?

  24. How can I locate my septic tank?

  25. Why is a backflow preventer required on lawn sprinkler systems?

  26. Are plastic pipes (PVC, CPVC, and PEX) safe for drinking water?

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

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

  29. How can I tell if a house is connected to a septic tank or sewer?

  30. How do you find a broken water pipe leak under the floor slab?

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

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

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

  34. Which plumbing fixtures require water shut off valves in a home?

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

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