September 25, 2017 @ 9:55 AM
What do you think about when you use a toilet? You might scroll through your phone or read something, or you might just think about what you're gonna eat for lunch later; your thoughts probably aren't dwelling on the toilet itself. We can thank the modern toilet for making it easy and convenient to do our business. Even as recent as a century ago, people didn't have it so easy!
Ruins of ancient Roman public toilets. Concrete replica on the left.
Though simple toilets can be found throughout ancient history, the first notable example can be found in the Roman Empire. The Romans had open public toilet rooms with a channel of water running under the seats to carry away waste. These toilets were made possible by the ......
A sudden, unexpected cold shower is never fun, and it's even worse in the freezing cold winter months. Just imagine stepping out of that freezing water, getting dressed, and then going out into the freezing cold snow to go to work - it would not be pleasant! A reliable water heater is incredibly important during this time of year. Most regular water heaters last around 10 years before they start leaking or otherwise malfunctioning, so it's a good idea to be proactive and replace an old tank.
If you've got an old water heater and you're thinking about replacing it this fall, consider getting a tankless water heater. These natural gas- or propane-powered heaters heat water as it passes through them, instead of ......
It's time for another school year! While this can be an exciting time for kids to make new friends and learn new things, it can also be a time when it's easy to catch a cold or the flu. When you put a bunch of kids in a room together for a few hours, it's pretty much guaranteed that all kinds of germs will be spread. Luckily, there are quite a few things you can do to strengthen your kids' immune systems. Below are 5 habits that you can start implementing into your family's daily routines that will lead to healthier and happier kids this school year.
1. The first, and most obvious, is good hygiene. Make sure even young kids know how to properly wash their hands (warm water and soap), and teach them to do it ......
August 28, 2017 @ 7:45 AM
It's almost that time of year: cozy sweaters, colorful trees, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Fall is a favorite time of year for many, and for others it's a sad end to the warm summer. But regardless of how you feel about the season, it means that winter is fast approaching, and now is the time to get things ready for the colder months. Preparing your home for fall is inexpensive and will save you from many potential plumbing problems down the road.
1. Keep Gutters Clean
Gutters are there to catch water and carry it away from your roof and your foundation. If they get clogged with leaves, your home is at risk of flooding and water damage. It's important to clean out your gutters regularly during the fall season, ......
August 7, 2017 @ 12:51 PM
We've talked about this before: Doing your own plumbing is never a good idea, and the best solution to any plumbing problem is to hire a professional. But we understand; the professionals are expensive. Many plumbers have hourly rates that can quickly add up, and flat-rate companies can charge hundreds to install a fixture that you can find in the hardware store for a fraction of that cost. Have you ever wondered if these companies are just ripping you off? Maybe they're taking advantage of you?
Of course there are some plumbers out there who will try to rip you off, and you must always do your research and read reviews before hiring a company. But with even the most honest of plumbing companies, the truth is that plumbing is an ......
Ah, plumbing. It's one of those things in life that no one really thinks about, and normally the only time it does come to mind is when something goes wrong with it. Yet, it is literally all around us and it gives us the quality of life we enjoy every day. Some may think they could go a day or two without plumbing, but the fact is that the average American uses around 80-100 gallons of water per day. Running water is so ingrained in our daily lives and habits that it's easy to forget about.
Have you ever taken a moment to think about all the good things your plumbing provides?
- Your sump pump works hard at all hours to keep your basement/crawlspace dry at all times.
- I don't think we even need to go into the benefits of .........
Written by Alanah Sabatini
We're always telling you that leaks waste water, and you shouldn't ignore them. But if a faucet only has a slow drip, is it really worth worrying about? In this post, we're gonna get into the numbers to find out exactly how much that slow drip adds up to.
To figure this out, we first need to time out how often the faucet drips. Let's say you have one faucet in your home that drips once every second. That's 60 drips per minute, 3,600 drips per hour, which adds up to 86,400 drips per day and a whopping 31,536,000 drips per year.
Then, we must figure out the volume that all those drips add up to. There is no precise definite volume of a faucet drip (the exact volume ......
Written by Alanah Sabatini
In today's world of YouTube and Pinterest, it's getting more and more possible to do projects yourself without hiring a professional. It's called DIY (do it yourself), and it can be incredibly rewarding to see the results of your own successful work. With many DIY projects, you can roll up your sleeves, dive in, and figure things out as you go; a project like building shelves can be successfully done with online guidance and a little trial-and-error, even if you don't know much about building.
There are some projects, however, that require professional training and expertise to successfully complete, such as plumbing work. Many people believe they can save money by doing their own ......
Imagine this: You finally find a house that you love. It passes inspections. You buy it, and you excitedly move into it with your family. A week later, your drains are running slow and there’s sewage backing up into your new basement. You call a plumber, and they tell you your new home’s sewer line is in bad shape and needs to be replaced, which will cost thousands of dollars. And you, the new homeowner, are responsible for paying for it.
Sounds like a nightmare, right? Unfortunately, it can happen easily; a typical home inspector only checks visible systems in the house, and the inspection does not include the house’s underground sewer line. Not only that, the seller may not disclose any known sewer ............
June 22, 2017 @ 8:24 AM
Written by Alanah Sabatini
A couple days ago we shared an article on our social media pages about old water towers that were converted into really cool houses (I seriously recommend checking it out. Click here to see the article) and it got me thinking. Water towers are one of those things that you see once in awhile as you’re driving, but you never think much of them. I drove past the Detroit Zoo water tower earlier this week for the hundredth time, but this time I couldn't help but wonder, why is that thing there? What does it do? So, naturally, I went on a curiosity-fueled research spree.
When you turn on a faucet, the water pressure in the system is what pushes the water out of the faucet. Low ............