Air Gap: Installation and Importance in Plumbing

It is funny how everyone takes for granted so many little things that protect them and/or facilitates their life – clean, drinkable water being one of those things. You don’t appreciate how important it is until you don’t have it.

If you are fairly privileged, you have a constant clean water supply. This can all go away and cause contamination of clean water if you don’t have or don’t properly preserve air gaps in your home.

Such a small device is of utmost importance for our well-being. So, let’s establish what it is exactly.

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Shower Trap: What It is and How to Clean It

As a student, I lived in dorm-rooms for all of 4 years. I had fairly luxurious rooms, and every one of them had a bathroom. However, in the first year, my room smelled absolutely disgusting. I was on the first floor, and whenever someone above me would shower, sewer odors would escape from the kitchen sink and shower.

Even though I took good care of my plumbing system, cleaning it frequently and thoroughly, nothing helped the smell. Months later I found out why. Firstly, there was no p-trap installed anywhere in the building, and the building itself was quite old.

Therefore, even though I cleaned my bathroom and kitchen every 7 days, that doesn’t mean my predecessor did, right? And with all the other stress that came with moving to the new city, new school, and exams, I became resigned to the smell. I just kept my windows open.

Thankfully, I remained healthy. It should be emphasized that no one should resign to my technique.

To continue, I mentioned this interesting thing called a p-trap. Let’s see what it is.

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What is a Plumbing Stack? How to Fix a Clogged Vent Pipe?

Plumbing stack or plumbing vent is a quintessential part of your home plumbing system, and you may not even be aware of it.
A vent? An air vent essential for the plumbing system? Yes, you read right.
If you’ve encountered gurgling sounds coming from after you flush your toilet, or you can smell strong, pungent odors in your bathroom or kitchen, you may need to check your plumbing stack.

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Basement Floor Drain Backing Up: Causes and Fixes

Last year, I had the unpleasant experience of having my basement drain backing up. I went out of town for a couple of weeks, and when I came back, I was faced with a disaster! My whole basement was flooded, plus it smelled foul!

It turned out that while I was away, there was a huge snowstorm, followed by an increase in temperature; therefore, the snow immediately started melting. After long and miserable work, I fixed it all up.

It is always better to at least consult a professional if you want to tamper with the plumbing system in your house. When it comes to sewer lines, it’s best to leave the problem to the plumber.

This doesn’t mean you don’t need to inform yourself about the symptoms and causes of a clogged sewer line. You may deem it superfluous, but your precisely described situation can be extremely helpful, and save some time for the plumber.

Taking into account all of this, read on to find out why your basement sewer line becomes clogged, how can it be fixed and how can you prevent future problems.

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  • November 29, 2019
  • Sewer

Washing Machine Drain Pipe, Discharge Hose and Plumbing Connections

Having a washing machine in your home is a great way of saving time and money when doing laundry. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, there is a good chance that there will come a time when you will need to install a washing machine.

However, this task can be a bit complicated if you are not familiar with installing these appliances.

We will try to give you some insight on how to perform best in this process, and, the most important thing is learning how to connect the plumbing hoses and how to maintain your washing machine.

Firstly, we are going to present to you a few options on how to connect your washer drain hose to a drain pipe.

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Tree Roots in Sewer Line: Preventions and Cures

While trees do add to the beauty of your landscape, their roots can give you quite an expensive headache if they invade your sewer line. Tree roots have a nasty habit of clogging your toilet, cracking your pipes and essentially causing some real trouble to your plumbing system.

This article will give you some insight into how you can prevent this from happening, or if it already has, how to get rid of the tree roots.

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How to Fix Water Drainage Problems in Yard

A water drainage problem in your yard is a kind of problem most people tend to ignore until it gets out of hand. It doesn’t take a professional to notice this problem, some of the first things you should look out for are bare roots, yard rivets, and a line of water on the side of your house.

Yard drainage is often a result of a big number of rain events in the season and a poorly developed system to route the water away from your home. Not only is yard drainage unattractive for the eye, but it can also cause a variety of problems to your property.

Bacteria and dirty stagnant water are some of the biggest health issues that come with this problem.

There are specific solutions depending on the type of drainage problems you are having, so before we present to you the solutions, its best to get a little bit informed about these types of problems.

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What is the Difference between Borescope and Endoscope?

Have you ever been in a need to examine, observe, or take a look into something hidden in the dark place or a crack, but because of the small dimensions that object was unreachable for the human eye?

When you cannot see, measure or even touch that desired place or object, you find yourself in a situation where a very small but precise light would solve all your problems.

These light sources do exist, they are greatly used in the examination, plumbing and any job which requires reaching something normally too dark and unreachable.

These sources of light are referred to as the borescope and the endoscope, and they both serve the same purpose but in a slightly different manner. So let’s see what exactly differs these two products.

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How to Turn on Handheld Shower Head

As we all know, showerheads can be handheld or fixed. On some occasions, it is more convenient to use fixed ones, but there are instances where a person wants to use a handheld showerhead.
However, there is large number of faucet types and the way you can turn it on differs from type to type. Therefore, we are going to explain everything you need to know in order to turn on handheld showerhead.

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How to Convert Fixed Shower Head to Handheld

Fixed or commonly known wall-mounted shower heads can be very reliable, easy to use and enjoyable because you can just walk right in and have a nice relaxing shower with your both hands free.

But, if you want to teach your child how to shower on his own, or you have a demanding dog whom you have to shower from close range, considering a handheld showerhead can be a very smart idea.

Let’s see how exactly can you change your fixed shower head for a handheld on your own.

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