5 reasons why your toilet is clogged

Clogging a toilet or finding out that the toilet is clogged can be incredibly embarrassing.  Thankfully most clogs can be easily prevented and most can be cleared with some good old fashion elbow grease and a plunger. There are some however that require a plumber. Here are some common causes of a clogged toilet.    A clog in the trap   All drains have a trap which is the U-shaped band that is always filled with water. The water keeps bad odors from coming up to the sewer line into your home. The band makes it easy to create a clog. It can actually get clogged by too much toilet paper.    Flushing items that
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How To Sterilize Your Dishwasher

The dishwasher is probably one of the most used appliances in your home. It makes life so much easier and saves time. Everyone loves throwing their dirty dishes into the dishwasher and having them come out magically clean. It sure beats the alternative of spending hours washing everything by hand. Your dishwasher can get dirty and even smelly overtime. There's a lot of old food and grease floating around in there that can cause problems. They can create mold, foul odors, and can clogs and breakdown your dishwasher. It's important to clean sanitize it every once in a while to avoid problems, and keep it running well. Here are the steps to take to easily sanitize your dishwasher.   Start by filling up the kitch
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Low Water Pressure? What Could This Mean?

You just finished mowing your lawn on a hot Bedford, Massachusetts summer day and the shower is calling your name. Nothing sounds better than the water pounding on your back right now. You turn on the water and, a trickle. There's no water pressure. What could possibly be wrong?

Single Fixture, or Whole House?

Knowing if the problem is local to a single fixture is very important in troubleshooting. If it is a single location, then start looking for a leak in that are, or replace that fixture. If it's the whole house then the problem could be more significant, and costly.

Easy Things First

If work has recently been done on your water system, by yo
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Should You Insulate Your Water Pipes?

There are many ways to save money on energy bills. Some of them are expensive and have a low rate of return. Others are cheap and have a high rate of return. Most of them are somewhere in the middle, with moderate savings and a moderate cost. One thing that almost always makes sense to do is insulation. More insulation, better insulation, or just insulation in general. What about for water pipes though? Does it really make sense to insulate water pipes? In short, yes. Insulate away. Truthfully there are nuances that muddy the water a little.

Why Insulate?

The basic purpose of insulation is to keep the heat and cold where they belong. Insulating cold water pipes in northern climates, such as t
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