Letter to a New Homeowner: The 4 Things You MUST Know About Your Home

Dear New Homeowner:

Congratulations on owning your own home! May you have many enjoyable years living in it. Yet as a new homeowner, there are certain things you need to know. One of those things is your plumbing system. Like most of the systems in your home, you probably don’t pay much attention to it until something goes wrong. [Read more…]

You Love Your Plumbing: Some Great Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your System

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it might be a good time for you to show your plumbing system a little love, too. You can show how much you care by making some upgrades to the system, changes that not only will give you more efficient service, but will save you money as well. [Read more…]

Moving Beyond Basic Plumbing Repair Skills

You know how to replace a faucet’s washer like nobody’s business. You can stop a running toilet in its tracks. You can open up the drain under the bathroom sink with élan. In other words, when it comes to basic plumbing repair skills: you got this! [Read more…]

Our Opinion: Some of the Best Plumbing Inventions Ever

In many European cities in the 1800s (before indoor plumbing came into widespread use) residents would simply deposit their urine and fecal matter in chamber pots and then throw the contents of the pot out the nearest window (look out below)! [Read more…]

Plumbing Cost Differential Between a Large and Small Home

Since we talked last time about plumbing for tiny houses, we thought we’d discuss how a  much larger home (2,600 square feet in 2015) costs to operate when it comes to your water and sewage usage compared to a more reasonable-sized (but not tiny) home. [Read more…]

Tiny House Plumbing

If you love to read blogs and websites dedicated to all things home, you’ve no doubt come across the concept of a “tiny house.”

Tiny houses are embraced by those who follow the tiny house movement, which Wikipedia defines as “the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.” Tiny houses are defined as being between 100 and 400 square feet. People who choose to live in tiny houses are another subset of those who are back from the increasing norm of ever bigger homes. [Read more…]

5 Big Plumbing Mistakes You’re Making

When it comes to homeowner mistakes, we all make them:

  • We don’t empty the snowblower’s gas tank when we store it for the summer.
  • We don’t coil and store outdoor garden hoses for the winter.
  • We don’t know where the water shutoff valve is.
  • We ignore small faucet leaks.

All of these can end up costing time and money we otherwise could have saved. [Read more…]

4 Plumbing Resolutions Every Homeowner Should Make

So a week from today is New Year’s Eve. Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet?

If not, and if you’re a homeowner, take a look below for four resolutions we feel every homeowner should make in order to help ensure that 2016 will be plumbing-trouble-free. [Read more…]

Plumbing Statistics Every Homeowner Should Know

When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, knowledge isn’t just power, it can also save you a good deal of money.

For example, did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that fully 10 percent of all homes in the country have water leaks that waste 90 gallons or more each day? What’s more, according to New York City’s Environmental Protection agency, that could end up costing you about 45 cents a day. Doesn’t sound like much money, but if that undetected leak continues to for a year, you’ve just lost $164.50 in those 12 months. (Prices may be less in your town, but, still, who wants to waste even $100 a year on a water leak?) [Read more…]

9 Simple Things Homeowners Can Do to Make Life Easier

Owning a home isn’t hard, but it’s not necessarily easy, either. After all, you as a homeowner need to maintain the home in good condition and make needed repairs promptly. Which means that most homeowners find that they have a healthy “honey-do” list in front of them at least one full weekend a month. [Read more…]