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DEAR TIM: For a month, it’s been taking longer and longer for the water to drain from my bathroom sink. This morning the murky water is just standing there not budging and defying my commands to exit my world and travel into the hidden plumbing pipes. I tried to pull out the stopper, but it […]

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This video is an introduction to loop vents. A loop vent is used in Kitchen Islands and other places a standard vent can't be run to the roof.

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Traditional sink p-traps are time tested and they plain simply work. Mechanical p-trap substitutes are subject to failure. If the membrane doesn't close completely, sewer gas or small rodents could enter into your home.

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Vent pipes are needed to supply air to water pipes. Without proper air replacement, your drain lines could create a vacuum in the plumbing system. Be sure local regulations allow anyone other then licensed plumbers to do work on your plumbing vent piping.

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A certified home inspector recommended replacing the natural gas supply line on the water heater installation. Should the aluminum tubing be replaced with black iron pipe, corrugated stainless steel tubing or soft copper tubing?

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Just about everyone has to deal with a clogged toilet from time-to-time. Did you know it is possible to unclog a toilet without a plunger? A bucket of water can free a toilet clog.

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