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Water Heater Replacement – Exploring Your Options

By |2024-05-31T09:12:12-06:00May 31st, 2024|Ask Your Inspector, Back to Basics, Plumbing|

It has happened to the best of us. The fateful day where you finally have to change out that old dinosaur of a water heater living in your basement. This is hopefully because you knew it was nearing its end, rather than waking up to a basement full of water! Whatever the cause, water [...]

Discussing Hydronic Forced Air Heating

By |2024-05-13T12:06:26-06:00May 13th, 2024|Back to Basics, HVAC, Plumbing|

When it comes to heating homes, there is a multitude of ways to get the job done. Whether you are using a furnace, a boiler, a heat pump or any other mechanism, there will always be pros and cons. But what happens when you combine two different systems and pair their redeeming qualities together? [...]

What’s the Problem with Zurn PEX Fittings?

By |2024-04-02T11:33:18-06:00April 2nd, 2024|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

When we inspect homes, plumbing is one of the major systems we observe. And having conducted thousands of inspections over 18 years, it follows that we have seen a lot of different plumbing configurations. Some plumbing materials and components have stood the test of time and proven to be reliable. However, there are quite a [...]

Polybutylene Piping: What You Should Know

By |2024-03-18T15:50:50-06:00March 18th, 2024|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

When it comes to residential construction, we are always trying to push forward as a society. We are searching for the most cost effective, efficient, and long-lasting building techniques. This has certainly yielded many successful methods and materials throughout history...but not always. In this blog, we will discuss a particular plumbing pipe that caused [...]

Kitec Plumbing: Why Is It Problematic?

By |2024-03-14T10:52:57-06:00March 14th, 2024|Back to Basics, Plumbing, Uncategorized|

Plumbing material is one of the most important components of a residence. Even though most of it is hidden underneath floors, and behind walls and ceilings, it is constantly "working" hard for us, supplying fresh water, draining waste water, and contributing to the functionality of our heating systems. It follows then that having good [...]

Water Pressure: Why Is It Important In Your Home?

By |2023-05-23T15:03:47-06:00March 31st, 2023|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

Having a consistent and reliable water supply is an essential component in modern day homes. In the ideal scenario, water enters your home, and travels evenly to all faucets, spigots, sprinklers, etc. But how do we achieve such an optimal distribution of H2O? The answer, of course, is through water pressure. We've all enjoyed [...]

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What Is A TPR Valve and Why Do I Need It?

By |2023-05-23T15:12:01-06:00January 20th, 2023|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

A TPR Valve, or Temperature & Pressure Release Valve, is a safety device located on a water heater or boiler. As indicated in its name, this apparatus is designed to release water if the temperature or pressure in a water tank exceeds safe levels. They are critical components of hot water systems and play [...]

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How Do I Locate My Main Water Shut Off?

By |2021-11-29T11:08:05-07:00November 29th, 2021|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

Water problems are some of the scariest issues to deal with as a homeowner. If a leak starts, you need to know how to jump into action before serious water damage occurs. One way to help prepare is to ensure you and your family know where the main water shut-off for the home is located. [...]

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The Problem With Galvanized Supply Pipes

By |2021-09-13T12:45:16-06:00August 3rd, 2021|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

Galvanized supply pipes are still fairly common in older homes around the country. It was a commonly used piping material before the 1960s. The pipes were seen as a cheaper alternative to copper and a better alternative to lead, which was commonly used when the piping material was invented. The pipes were dipped in a [...]

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