Ask Mike: plumbing

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posted on Aug 10th, 2012
plumbing
Old Cast Iron Waste Piping
Old cast iron usually lasts about 80 years. Many homes have rusty cast iron which will soon need replacement. read more
posted on May 5th, 2012
plumbing
P-Trap Required
A “P” shaped trap is required to hold sewer gas back from escaping the sink. The “L” shaped trap in photo is wrong. read more
posted on Apr 10th, 2012
plumbing
Flexible Drain Solution
This common solution to difficult drain connections is not approved. The folds in the pipe will collect gunk. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Choose Your Plumber Wisely...
The plumber got paid by the hour. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Don't Wait to Fix Your Plumbing Leaks
Its best to fix the plumbing leaks as soon as possible. Don’t wait. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Replace Steel Pipes Soon
Many homes built before about 1954 have steel piping which is near the end of its useful life. That’s why the water flow drops in the shower! There is more mineral build up in the hot water pipes, and the hot side will usually run slower than the... read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Flexible Plastic Fittings
Just because they sell it at Home Depot doesn’t make it a good idea. These flexible plastic fittings are very prone to blockage due to the deep grooves which will hold food waste from the disposer. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
Lead Waste Pipes
If you have a very old home your inspector may talk about a “lead bend” on your toilet waste pipe. These are indeed lead and are all nearing the end of their useful life. They can be costly to replace. read more
posted on Mar 10th, 2011
plumbing
First Rule of Plumbing
The first rule of plumbing- water runs downhill! read more