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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. Should I upgrade to a tankless water heater?

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

  5. How old is that water heater?

  6. Why is spray foam used for attic insulation?

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

  8. What causes low water pressure in a house?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  17. How can I determine the age of a water heater if the serial number is missing or decoding it is impossible?

  18. What is a saddle valve?

  19. If all the plumbing drains have water in them and you can still smell sewer gas, what’s causing the problem?

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

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

  22. What is that little tank on top of the water heater for?

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

  24. What are the minimum clearances around a toilet?

  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 the average life expectancy of CPVC pipe?

  30. Why is sunlight exposure bad for PVC pipe?

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

  32. What is an FVIR water heater?

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

  34. What is a sediment trap or dirt leg?

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photo below is a wall-mounted alarm box that you might see in the garage or on the exterior wall of a home.

   The grinder creates a slurry out of the household waste, which makes it easier to pump, then it is collected in a small holding tank until a sufficient amount has accumulated and the pump cycles on to empty the tank.

   Grinder pumps are not designed to handle diapers, feminine hygiene products, aquarium gravel, seafood shells, grease or caustic chemicals. So don’t flush anything that cannot be readily ground up or will damage the equipment.

   If the grinder pump has been installed by the local city or county sewer authority, you may not be responsible for its maintenance or replacement. Otherwise, an occasional service call from a plumber may be necessary when the system stops pumping and the alert system sounds off.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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