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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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Your septic tank needs to be pumped out from time to time. But that time frame is based on a number of factors including the number of people in the household and the size of the septic tank system.

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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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Because of the current economy, many homeowners are doing more of their own repairs, including plumbing. Be sure to check your local requirements, some areas only allow a licensed plumber to do the work. If you are allowed to work on your piping, here are some tips on working with pex plumbing tubing.

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Water pressure in your home can vary. If you had high water pressure, then suddenly you experience low water flow, it can be from a restricted main water line feeding your home. If you suffer from point-of-use low water pressure, your kitchen or bathroom faucets might have a clogged water-use restrictor.

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There are a variety of toilet bowl cleaners available. Store-bought bathroom cleaners don’t always do the job completely. Muriatic acid is a strong toilet bowl cleaner, but requires special care when using it. A good toilet bowl brush will be needed when cleaning your toilet.

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Confused about shower faucets? Most tub and shower faucets have outlets for both the bathtub and a shower head. A dedicated bath shower faucet only comes with hot and cold-water inlets and one outlet for the shower head. Advancements in faucet technology have made most shower faucet repairs very easy.

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