Clear a clogged drain with baking soda & vinegar? NOT

It is likely that when you pour baking soda and vinegar into a clogged drain it will not clear the drain. The reason is that the result of combining these two materials is a foaming action that will occur on the surface of the water. Since the location of the reaction (foaming) is at the… Read more »

Old Clothes Washer hoses can cause a water leak emergency

The least expensive, and thus the most common (big surprise?) type of clothes washer supply hoses look like these. They are a black rubber material with metal fittings crimped onto the ends. Water leaks happen when the clothes washer hoses age because the black rubber fails. This almost always happens at the point where the… Read more »

Winterizing a garden hose or outside faucet to prevent freezing weather damage

When outside air temperatures get below freezing, your outside faucet can be destroyed and need replacing. You can prevent damage to your outside garden hose faucet (plumbers call this a “hosebibb” “hose bibb”, “hosebib”, or “sillcock”) from being damaged by taking a few simple steps. Disclaimer: to ensure proper winter preparation you should always hire… Read more »

Avoid huge General Contractor fees on your home remodeling project!

If you can answer these quiz questions, you could be the General Contractor on your next remodeling project and save a lot of money. These are actual issues I have encountered as a plumber on various residential kitchen and bath remodeling projects. If you can answer these questions you are on your way to saving… Read more »

Leaking water pipe repair and replacement

If you have a leaking plumbing water pipe and are not sure if you what kind of pipe repair you need this should help you understand more about your home’s plumbing pipes. This second post goes into more detail to describe the types of water supply pipes used in homes.  When you understanding the nature… Read more »

Best Water Heater Made

If you firmly believe in trying to find the lowest price on large purchases, read no further. You will always find a lower over the phone quote somewhere else. Thanks for considering me. All the best. Having, me, the same Master Plumber, the owner, as the only person to work on your home is an… Read more »

The best filtered water at your kitchen sink

To get the highest quality filtered water, one should have a separate filtered water faucet at the kitchen sink. This is for a few reasons. First, many new faucets (especially those with a pull-out spray head, such as the one pictured below) will not accept a spout mounted filter. Secondly, a canister filter mounted under… Read more »