Do Septic Tank Additives Really Work?

Because your septic system is such a critical part of your home, it’s natural to want to do whatever you can to keep it running reliably. Manufacturers of septic tank additives know this and offer products that promise to reduce the need for pumping, dissolve clogs or otherwise improve your septic system.  In reality, though, … Continue reading “Do Septic Tank Additives Really Work?”

The Homeowner’s Guide to Sewer Taps

When you’re already using it, the city sewer system is a convenience that’s easy to take for granted. Tap into it for the first time, though, and you’ll find there’s more to it than flipping a switch. Whether you need a sewer tap for a new house or because you’re tired of your septic tank, … Continue reading “The Homeowner’s Guide to Sewer Taps”

Tankless Toilets: Right for Your Residential Home?

Tankless toilets offer more than just aesthetic appeal. Their streamlined forms and relatively small sizes mean they save space in your bathroom and their advanced flushing method helps save water, too. These toilets aren’t a good fit for every home, though. They work differently from conventional toilets, so if you’re thinking about installing one, make … Continue reading “Tankless Toilets: Right for Your Residential Home?”

The Pros and Cons of Garbage Disposals

A garbage disposal lets you scrape dirty dishes straight into the sink without having to worry about food debris clogging up your pipes. While it might seem hard to go wrong with choosing a convenience like this, these devices have their drawbacks, too. Before you splash out on a new garage disposal, make sure you’re … Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Garbage Disposals”

How to Clean Smelly Drains

A foul smelling drain can really ruin the ambiance of your kitchen or bathroom. Even worse, those funny smells generally mean there’s a buildup of debris that will eventually clog the drain and leave the sink unusable until you clear out the plumbing. Other possible causes for drain odors include plumbing issues that should be … Continue reading “How to Clean Smelly Drains”

Are You Supposed to Caulk Around a Toilet or Not?

One of the most frustrating debates in plumbing is whether or not you should caulk around the base of a toilet. Both sides of the argument have valid points, and both professional plumbers and building inspectors tend to choose one side or the other based mainly upon personal views. But when it comes to installing … Continue reading “Are You Supposed to Caulk Around a Toilet or Not?”