Gas Leak Repair

Is your natural gas pipeline safe?

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National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives can tell you who’s responsible for overseeing and inspecting pipelines in your area. (Photo courtesy of the NAPSR)
National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives can tell you who’s responsible for overseeing and inspecting pipelines in your area. (Photo courtesy of the NAPSR)

The recent Harlem, N.Y., gas explosion prompted reminders of natural gas leak dangers. Read more about what to do if you detect a gas leak.

Pest control company finds gas leak

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Experts recommend homeowners inspect gas connections about every six months. (Photo courtesy of Wayne S., Carnation, Wa.)
Experts recommend homeowners inspect gas connections about every six months. (Photo courtesy of Wayne S., Carnation, Wa.)

An Indianapolis pest control company found a gas leak at an Indianapolis member’s home by noticing the rotten egg smell. Learn how to prevent and detect natural gas leaks, and read our guide for more tips on natural gas.

7 tips to minimize carbon monoxide risks

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and toxic gas. Here are Angie's tips to minimizing CO risks:

Washington, D.C., fence company disputes homeowner's complaint

A Washington, D.C.,-area homeowner says a fence company owner took payment without resolving his issues.

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Sewer Cleaner

Top home projects you hate to do but can't avoid

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Standing water leads to mold growth. If your home is ever flooded, cut up and toss out flood-soaked carpets and ventilate your rooms as soon as possible. (Photo courtesy of Teresa K., Beachwood, Ohio)
Standing water leads to mold growth. If your home is ever flooded, cut up and toss out flood-soaked carpets and ventilate your rooms as soon as possible. (Photo courtesy of Teresa K., Beachwood, Ohio)

It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party.

Maintenance is key in avoiding a sewer line backup

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Consult a professional sewer cleaning company that will discuss your options and tailor a maintenance program that is effective and affordable, says DiPalma. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sally Z. of Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Consult a professional sewer cleaning company that will discuss your options and tailor a maintenance program that is effective and affordable, says DiPalma. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Sally Z. of Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Having your sewer line cleaned is one of the most overlooked home maintenance tasks. One highly rated provider explains why it's so important and how it works.

Keep sewage out of your Chicago basement

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An ejector pump carries sink and washing machine water out of member Julia Bell's basement. (Photo courtesy of Bell)
An ejector pump carries sink and washing machine water out of member Julia Bell's basement. (Photo courtesy of Bell)

Chicago homeowners can choose from several options to prevent basement flooding, including overhead sewers and exterior flood control systems.

3 things to know before replacing your sewer line

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Checking for obstructions between your home and the street is critical when determining the price of your sewer line replacement, says Cellino. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Maria V. of Brunswick, Ga.)
Checking for obstructions between your home and the street is critical when determining the price of your sewer line replacement, says Cellino. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Maria V. of Brunswick, Ga.)

One highly rated provider shares three things to look for when determining the price of replacing your sewer line and other factors that may affect the price.

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Drain Cleaner

4 reasons not to use liquid drain cleaners

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Dumping chemicals down a drain won’t fix some drain problems, and may even create new ones, says Diciolla. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Dumping chemicals down a drain won’t fix some drain problems, and may even create new ones, says Diciolla. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

When your drain is clogged, convenience and speed are normally the top priority. However, liquid drain cleaners can cause much more harm than good.

How to retrieve jewelry from a sink, dish disposal and shower drain

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Before calling a plumber, there are steps you can take to try to retrieve lost jewelry from a drain. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Before calling a plumber, there are steps you can take to try to retrieve lost jewelry from a drain. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Did you lose a ring, bracelet or earring down the drain? Find out how to retrieve lost jewelry from the kitchen sink, garbage disposal or shower drain.

The art of plunging

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Before taking the plunge into a nasty clog, be sure you have the proper tools and technique. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Despite what purists say, plunging a toilet is an art. To clear clogs quickly and avoid an overflowing toilet, follow these plumbing tips to master the plunger.

Indy plumbers flush out common sales tactics

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Indianapolis plumbers say a good plan covers specific maintenance that will benefit the consumer. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Charles M. of Carmel, Ind.)
Indianapolis plumbers say a good plan covers specific maintenance that will benefit the consumer. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Charles M. of Carmel, Ind.)

The plumbing industry has its own common upsells, and as a consumer, it’s important to learn how to distinguish a needed repair from a money grab.

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Septic Tank Installation

Top home projects you hate to do but can't avoid

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Standing water leads to mold growth. If your home is ever flooded, cut up and toss out flood-soaked carpets and ventilate your rooms as soon as possible. (Photo courtesy of Teresa K., Beachwood, Ohio)
Standing water leads to mold growth. If your home is ever flooded, cut up and toss out flood-soaked carpets and ventilate your rooms as soon as possible. (Photo courtesy of Teresa K., Beachwood, Ohio)

It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party.

Tampa-area septic customers learn value of regular inspections

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Quality Septic operations manager Kitina Bloom says this septic tank was found to be unsafe upon inspection. (Photo courtesy of Quality Septic)
Quality Septic operations manager Kitina Bloom says this septic tank was found to be unsafe upon inspection. (Photo courtesy of Quality Septic)

Septic tank damage can destroy the system and contaminate the area, costing thousands of dollars to clean up. Tampa professionals recommend an inspection every few years.

4 tips to extend your septic system’s lifespan

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Steps like making sure your septic tank or system is accessible for repairs or clean-outs will help make sure your system lasts as long as possible. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Nicole H. of Sandia Park, N.M.)

If your home features a septic tank, you may wonder how long it will last before repairs or replacement are needed. Check out 4 tips to extend its lifespan.

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Water Heater Installer

Does the location of my water heater matter?

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In the event of a leak, it’s important that every able person knows how to turn off the water, gas, and/or electricity to your appliance, says Davis. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member R. R. of Kansas City, Kansas)
In the event of a leak, it’s important that every able person knows how to turn off the water, gas, and/or electricity to your appliance, says Davis. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member R. R. of Kansas City, Kansas)

Don’t end up surprised if your water heater leaks and causes serious damage. Learn the warnings, how to avoid damage and best placement for your water heater.

Tankless vs. storage: Which water heater is right for my home?

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Tankless water heaters often do well in vacation homes or homes with only one or two family members, but can struggle in houses with high water use, says Diciolla. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bruce H. of Miami)
Tankless water heaters often do well in vacation homes or homes with only one or two family members, but can struggle in houses with high water use, says Diciolla. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Bruce H. of Miami)

Which is better: a tankless or a storage water heater? One highly rated provider breaks down two different water heater options for your home.

Infographic: A guide for budgeting indoor home maintenance

Keeping your home up to date and functioning properly requires regular home maintenance. Read this guide to learn how much each project might cost you.

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Water Softener Maintenance

Is my drinking water safe? The importance of testing the quality of your well water

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Water well in the snow (Photo by ETR Laboratories)
A properly constructed and maintained modern, deep drilled well is less likely to have issues than one that is poorly constructed, shallow or a hand dug well, says Aldrich (Photo by ETR Laboratories)

Your private well water is your responsibility. Insure quality drinking water and keep your family safe by knowing the risks and regularly testing your water.

Indianapolis water: Is your source safe?

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Most of the tap water in Indy comes from the White River and Morse, Geist and Eagle Creek Reservoirs. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Most of the tap water in Indy comes from the White River and Morse, Geist and Eagle Creek Reservoirs. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Indianapolis water is safe to drink, but that doesn't mean it tastes good or is free of chemicals. Learn how human impact and treatment affect water quality.

Why does my water softener regenerate at 2 a.m.?

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Most softeners have a reserve capacity setting to prevent soft water from running out, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian C. of New York)
Most softeners have a reserve capacity setting to prevent soft water from running out, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian C. of New York)

Most water softeners are pre-programmed to regenerate at 2 a.m. - but why? One highly rated provider explains the process and why it's important.

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Well Pump Service

Is my drinking water safe? The importance of testing the quality of your well water

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Water well in the snow (Photo by ETR Laboratories)
A properly constructed and maintained modern, deep drilled well is less likely to have issues than one that is poorly constructed, shallow or a hand dug well, says Aldrich (Photo by ETR Laboratories)

Your private well water is your responsibility. Insure quality drinking water and keep your family safe by knowing the risks and regularly testing your water.

Should I turn off my well pump when I leave town?

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A well pump is about to be lowered into a well. (Photo courtesy of the National Ground Water Association)
A well pump is about to be lowered into a well. (Photo courtesy of the National Ground Water Association)

Angie Hicks responds to a member who wants to know if shutting off power to his well pump while away from home will cause his pipes to freeze or burst.

Cisterns: Deep trouble or untapped resource?

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In its heyday, this pump moved rainwater from the backyard cistern to a tub for washing clothes and dishes. Robert Proctor found this cistern while remodeling a house near downtown Indianapolis.
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In its heyday, this pump moved rainwater from the backyard cistern to a tub for washing clothes and dishes. Robert Proctor found this cistern while remodeling a house near downtown Indianapolis. Photo by Brandon Smith

Indianapolis area homeowners discuss utilizing the underground caverns beneath their homes.

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Drain Pipe

Icy sidewalk problem solved with improved downspout drainage

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The ditch for the irrigation pipe was dug by hand. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Chris Lawson of Greenwood, Ind.)
The ditch for the irrigation pipe was dug by hand. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Chris Lawson of Greenwood, Ind.)

Do you have pools of water collect every time it rains or experience icy conditions in the winter? This member planned out a solution for his drainage issues.

Flooding problems? Call a drain pipe expert

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If connecting to city sewers requires special equipment, like the sewage pump shown here, costs can quickly increase (Photo by Brandon Smith)
If connecting to city sewers requires special equipment, like the sewage pump shown here, costs can quickly increase (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Wet basements, crawlspaces or overly-saturated lawns could require the expertise of an exterior drain pipe installation and excavation expert.

Does insurance cover sewer line replacement?

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Make sure you check to see if your insurance policy covers your sewer pipe replacement before executing. (Photo courtesy of John Ahrens)
Make sure you check to see if your insurance policy covers your sewer pipe replacement before executing. (Photo courtesy of John Ahrens)

Sewer line replacement can cost thousands at a minimum. Check your homeowner's policy to see if you're covered.

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