Smelling sewer gases coming from your bathroom is not normal and can be hazardous. If you recently started noticing this odor, it could be due to a number of different issues, including a bad wax ring around your toilet. If you use this bathroom often, this is the most likely cause of the gas smell in the room, and here are a few things to know about this. What Is A Wax Ring? [Read More]
Individual Carbon Monoxide Detectors May Be A Better Choice Than Combo CO/Smoke Detectors
If you have gas appliances in your home, such as a gas heater, a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is a must -- in fact, it's required by law in some states. This has led to the development of many different styles of CO detector, including dual CO/smoke alarms. Those seem really handy, and they can be, but sometimes getting a separate CO detector is better. It really depends on the size of your home and the level of convenience you want. [Read More]
Quick Fixes For Plumbing Emergencies
It's always a good thing to contemplate the miracle of being able to simply turn on a faucet and have fresh drinking water at your command. However, when your cup runneth over, and the flow of water won't stop and seems to portend a flood of biblical proportions, it's not quite as magical and awe inspiring. You just want it to stop. When a pipe leak occurs, you best bet is to hire an emergency plumber, who has the equipment and experience to deal with the problem. [Read More]
Why Do Your Drains Keep Getting Plugged?
Usually, when you have a blocked or slow drain, all you need to do is plunge it or use some drain cleaner, and water will flow freely again. If you feel like you keep having to unblock a drain again and again, something more sinister may be happening. Here's a look at the most common reasons for frequent drain blockages. Something is still stuck after your initial unclogging attempt. Even though you were able to loosen the clog and get things flowing again, there may still be some remnants of the blockage clinging to the drainpipe further down. [Read More]