How to Clean a Bathroom Sink Drain: DIY

Slow-moving or stopped-up drains are common in bathroom sinks, but luckily the fix is usually simple and takes only about 15 minutes.  The problem is usually caused by hair, gummy soap scum or hygiene products that get caught on the stopper or pivot rod, and build up, creating a blockage that clogs the drain.  Many people rely on toxic chemical solutions as a quick fix, but there are plenty of other non-corrosive and healthier methods that will often solve this problem.

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Unclog a Bathtub Drain: Do It Yourself

The best way to unclog a bathtub drain depends on where the clog is.  Most bathtub clogs are near the top of the drain. Some are in the drain basket crosshairs. And others are in the shoe directly below the drain basket. Hair and soap scum routinely collect in these locations. What can you do to unclog a bathtub drain?

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Installing an Under Counter Water Filtration System

Do you need water filtration systems?

In general, tap water in the US is predominantly safe, but in certain areas, it can have a funky taste.  Tap water can also contain traces of pesticides, VOCs, lead, and dirt, all of which you don’t want to ingest no matter how small the amount.  Installing an under the sink water filter can help to improve your water’s taste and remove many of the impurities.

The Brita-type filtered water pitchers work well but may be slightly inconvenient for you.  Filling the pitcher over and over, and waiting for the water to pass through the filter can be time-consuming.  The next most economical solution for filtered water is to install an under the sink water filter system that includes a separate faucet for on-demand filtered water and an easily replaceable filter.

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Reverse Osmosis: Removing Dissolved Minerals

What is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. It can remove many types of dissolved and suspended species from water. This includes bacteria and is used in industrial cleaning processes and the production of potable water (drinking water). Reverse osmosis is most commonly known for its use in producing drinking water (purification) from seawater. This is done by removing the salt and other effluent materials from the water molecules. RO systems are capable of removing up to 99%+ of the dissolved salts (ions), particles, colloids, organics, bacteria and pyrogens from the feed water (although an RO system should not be relied upon to remove 100% of bacteria and viruses).

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Fracking Fluid In Your Water: What To Do?

Fracking fluid in your water. For those of us living close to where gas drilling takes place, it might be a good idea to test your water for fracking fluids. This is especially true in southwestern PA. This can be done with a testing kit available for purchase from several different companies. One company that we’ve found is National Testing Laboratories, Ltd.

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Chlorine in Water

Chlorine in Water – Why?

Chlorine in water. The addition of chlorine in drinking water has been the standard in water treatment in the United States since 1904.  Chlorine purifies our water and kills off any waterborne pathogens.  It should be noted that the US has one of the safest water supplies in the world.

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Toilet Fill Valve: How to Replace it Yourself

Replacing your toilet fill valve

As everyone knows a “runny” toilet can be quite annoying along with using more water than necessary and having to pay for it.  This could be caused by a faulty fill valve that needs to be replaced so that the water quits running.

To replace your toilet fill valve, simply follow the instructions below.

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Hot Water Radiators: How to Bleed Them

Hot Water Radiators. “Second winter” is upon us and we are trying to get ready for the home heating season.  In fact, it’s about to get pretty chilly here in the ‘Burgh. So we thought it was a good idea to talk about what to do when you are not getting enough heat to different areas of your hot water heated home.  Here in the Homestead and Squirrel Hill areas, these very efficient hot water boiler systems are very common.

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Smart Thermostat Systems: Are They Safe and Smart?

Smart Thermostat Systems. There is a lot of noise today in the news about the hacking of the “Internet of things”.  And many people immediately think that smart thermostats have to be connected to the Internet. They can and there are many new tools to keep your home secure. This is so only you can get into it. We will review some ways of keeping your connected home safe at the end of this post.

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Toilet Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Did you know that plumbers have to stock tools and supplies on their truck? This is so that when they show up at your home, they are entirely ready to work. That is why it costs so much for a plumber to come to your home.  So, anything that you can do yourself to prevent that house call saves you money and allows your plumber to deal with issues that require his or her expertise. Toilet repairs that you can do yourself can save you money and might save you time because you are not waiting at home for the plumber to show up at your house.  Today, we will discuss two small things that you can do that do not take much skill and are safe for most homeowners to do themselves.

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