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How to Fix a Water Heater Pilot Light

If your hot water heater suddenly stops working, chances are a bad thermocouple has shut off the gas to the pilot light. Replacement is an easy DIY repair.

DIY Water Heater Testing and Repair

Heating elements on electric hot water heaters sometimes fail long before the water heater, but replacing them in a hot...


What To Do if Your Water Heater Has a Defective Dip Tube

If you're feeling lukewarm about your water heater's performance, it could be a faulty dip tube. Here's how to fix...


What Are Water Hammer Arrestors?

Silence your noisy, rattling water pipes by installing a water hammer arrestor.


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Plumbing With PEX Tubing

PEX tubing is an easy-to-install alternative to copper pipe. Long used in radiant heating systems, flexible PEX tubing is perfect...

5 Reasons You Have No Hot Water in Your Apartment

When you have no hot water in the apartment, the water heater may need repair. The landlord is responsible, so...


Best Electric & Gas Tankless Water Heaters for On-Demand Hot Water

If you want a constant supply of hot water while saving money on your energy bill, the best tankless water...

What To Know About PEX Pipe Connections

Have a plumbing job coming up? PEX pipe is well worth considering, and learning how PEX connections work is the...


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PEX Plumbing Pipe: Everything You Need to Know

PEX piping is the biggest revolution since the flush toilet. Learn what it is and everything in between with this...


How To Choose a New Water Heater

Thinking of getting a new gas, electric, or hybrid water heater? Here's a rundown on today's most common choices.


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What Is a Ball Valve and Why Should I Use Them In My Home?

Replacing your old water supply shutoff valves with quarter-turn ball valves is easy, and makes your other plumbing repairs go...

How To Maintain Your Well Water System

From the wellhead and pump to the pressure tank and contaminant testing, here's what to know to keep your well...


How To Turn on a Water Heater and Adjust Its Temperature

Let’s dig into how to turn on a water heater, whether gas or electric, and when it might be time...


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How To Fix Kinks in PEX Pipes

Got a plumbing job ahead? PEX pipes make things easier, and learning the various ways to fix kinks is a...


10 Ways to Filter Water

Whether for an emergency kit, a home system or an on-the-go solution, here are the easiest and best ways to...


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7 Types of Water Shutoff Valves

A plumbing system needs a main shutoff valve as well as valves for branch lines and fixtures. Here's a rundown...

These New Septic Tank Treatment Pods from Active Ensure Your System Runs in Tip-Top Shape

Just drop a septic tank treatment pod in the toilet and flush for all the benefits!


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How Do Septic Tanks Work?

Just knowing the ins and outs of a septic system can save you a lot of money in the long...


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Homeowner’s Guide to Sump Pump Battery Backups

A sump pump installation should include a backup system for breakdowns and power outages. Learn the pros and cons of...


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Septic Tank vs. Holding Tank: What to Know About Each

A rural home or cabin isn't connected to a municipal wastewater system, so it needs a septic or holding tank....


This Highly Rated At-Home Sauna Is 50% Off

Turn any bathroom or porch into a spa with the easy-to-install Almost Heaven sauna—it's on sale!


Best Shower Filters for Healthy Skin and Hair, Tested & Reviewed

The best shower filter can improve your skin, hair and nails by upgrading your home’s water quality. Go...


See What’s Really in Your Tap or Well with the Varify Water Test Kit

Is your water safe? Testing your water at home is as easy as dunking a test strip.


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What To Know About Grey Water

Conserve water and save money while helping your landscaping thrive. Here's what to know about grey water systems.


We Review the Best Filtered Shower Head for 2023-24 – Is it Worth Buying?

A shower filter could improve your skin and hair texture immediately. Let's put this affordable (and popular) option...

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How To Keep Above-Ground Water Systems from Freezing

If your home or cabin has an above-ground water system, freezing is a serious risk. Here's how I keep my...


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How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

Water heaters don't last as long as most people think. Learn the telltale signs that you're due for a new...


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How To Install a Sump Pump

Flooding can ruin your basement and everything in it, but there's a solution. Learn how to install a sump pump...


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How To Clean a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are great, but mineral buildup can kill their efficiency fast. Here's how to clean a tankless water...


How Long Do Sump Pumps Last?

Sump pumps reliably last from seven to 10 years, but often much longer with maintenance. Be sure to monitor your...


How To Test Sump Pumps

Don't be surprised by a sump pump failure. Here's an easy tutorial on how to test your sump pump to...