How PEX Pipes Can Help You Do Your Own Plumbing

Until recently, do-it-yourself remodel plumbing was never easy for the average homeowner. Traditional galvanized pipe was heavy and difficult to put together. Cutting new threads on galvanized pipe was a job that few homeowners wanted to tackle. Copper pipe is lighter and easier to cut….

Household Plumbing Inspection Checklist

hen plumbing problems erupt suddenly, they can do so with a severity that borders on the catastrophic. But a regular inspection of your key plumbing fixtures can help you spot and correct developing problems before they become such emergencies. Predictably, the places where you should…

Home Plumbing Systems

An expert overview of home plumbing systems, including water supply, drain-waste-vent, and more. If you have ever camped in the great outdoors, you have probably been reawakened to the joys of modern plumbing. By going without running water, a hot shower, or a flushing toilet,…

Hard Water and How It Damages Plumbing

The term hard water is used to describe a fresh water supply that contains relatively high amounts of natural minerals calcium and magnesium and a variety of trace metals. Hard water is not bad for your health, but it can cause problems in plumbing and…

Guide to Fitting Types & Materials

Plumbing is all about pipes and fittings. Pipes establish the runs that bring or take water, with fittings controlling and manipulating the flow. Pipes are simple enough: they’re straight, and come in different sizes. Pick the right material and length, and you’re pretty much good…

Guide on How to Choose the Right Plumbing Pipe

There are many types of plumbing pipes for residential or commercial buildings. Plumbing pipes such as PEX, Copper, and PVC are normally used depending on their application and the location in which they are installed. Also, there are some other plumbing pipe types such as…

From the Ground Up: Plumbing

A primer on your pipes and fixtures from This Old House plumbing expert Richard Trethewey Once, state-of-the-art in plumbing was cast-iron drains and brass supply pipes. Now, those materials have been supplanted (for the most part) by PVC plastic, copper, and flexible cross-linked polyethylene, known…

Drain Snakes for Plumbing

Drain snakes come in several different types, ranging from simple handheld models to powerful motorized augers. The reason for the variety is that there are different types of drains: sink drains, toilet drains, house drains, sewer drains, etc. While a plumber might have all of…

Copper vs PEX and SharkBite Comparison

For most of the history of plumbing, any homeowner taking on plumbing remodel or repair would have used galvanized pipe or copper pipe and fittings for water supply systems. Galvanized mean learning complicated connection techniques; copper meant mastering the delicate art of sweating copper fittings…

Common Pipe Materials Used in the Home

Introduction Your home plumbing system will have different types of piping materials for different uses, including fresh water supply, waste drainage, irrigation, gas pipes for appliances, and so on. Which type is used in which application will largely depend on the age of your plumbing…