Gas Leak Repair

Should You Hire a Plumber for D.C. Gas Lines?

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Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)
Plumbers can help with more than just water pipe problems. Some also work on natural gas lines. (Photo courtesy of member Chris S.)

Hiring a specialty plumber for your natural gas lines can be a smart move, but it's best to first check with your local gas company to see if they allow it.

N.C. Hotel Deaths a Reminder of Carbon Monoxide Danger at Home

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A carbon monoxide detector can alert homeowners to odorless but potentially deadly gas leaks. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T. of Arden, N.C.)
A carbon monoxide detector can alert homeowners to odorless but potentially deadly gas leaks. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James T. of Arden, N.C.)

Deaths in N.C. caused by carbon monoxide gas poisoning prompt changes. Experts suggest all homes, especially those with gas appliances, should have a working CO detector.

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.

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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

Water Shutoff Valve Key to Stopping Damage

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Knowing where to shut off your water supply could save you time and money. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Broken water valves can make shutting off water a problem for plumbers in an emergency. Find the location of your home valve to save time and repair bills.

Chicago Bulls Sell Bathroom Sponsorship to National Plumbing Company

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The United Center is lit up with corporate sponsorships during Chicago Bulls games. The team's latest sponsor, Roto-Rooter, will take up space in the arena's bathrooms. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)
The United Center is lit up with corporate sponsorships during Chicago Bulls games. The team's latest sponsor, Roto-Rooter, will take up space in the arena's bathrooms. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)

For the first time in United Center history, Chicago Bulls fans won't have anywhere to hide from stadium advertising — even when making a trip to the bathroom.

#AskAngie: Why is My Toilet Gurgling?

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(Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michele P. of Fresno, California)
(Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michele P. of Fresno, California)

Does your toilet gurgle? Are you hearing a "glug glug" sound? Have it checked out; a noisy toilet often signals a blockage in your residential plumbing system.

How to Confidently Handle Contractor Upselling

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Whether it's about garage door, plumbing, HVAC or other home services, it pays to know how to handle contractor upselling. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Rich K. of Milwaukie, Oregon)
Whether it's about garage door, plumbing, HVAC or other home services, it pays to know how to handle contractor upselling. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Rich K. of Milwaukie, Oregon)

Worried about upsells? Here are tips to help you distinguish between a valuable home-service contractor recommendation and a sales pitch you're better off ignoring.

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Septic Tank Installation

Are You Making These Septic System Mistakes?

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Just as your car requires regular maintenance, your septic system needs maintenance on a regular schedule as well, says Mills. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diana N. of Chicago)
Just as your car requires regular maintenance, your septic system needs maintenance on a regular schedule as well, says Mills. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Diana N. of Chicago)

Not thinking about your septic tank could lead to a breakdown at the worst possible time. Learn some basic septic system maintenance tips to avoid problems.

How to Maintain Your Well or Septic Tank

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John Knox of Knox Septic Sewer Service in Indianapolis, runs a hose into the septic tank to drain it before the new risers and lid are put into place. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
John Knox of Knox Septic Sewer Service in Indianapolis, runs a hose into the septic tank to drain it before the new risers and lid are put into place. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Don’t mess up your septic tank or your well water. If you’re a new home owner (or need a refresher), review this checklist for maintenance requirements.

Off the Grid? What You Need to Know about Septic Tanks and Water Wells

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Knox Septic Sewer Service employee Chad Pitcock mixes  quickcrete to stabilize the connection from the septic tank and the outlet line, which leads to the distribution box. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Knox Septic Sewer Service employee Chad Pitcock mixes quickcrete to stabilize the connection from the septic tank and the outlet line, which leads to the distribution box. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Are you unsure if you should buy that house because it has a septic tank? Or, curious about getting a house with a well? Here’s what you need to know.

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Water Heater Installer

4 Signs That Your Water Heater Is about to Fail

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If you notice moisture around your water heater, you may need to replace it. But first, make sure the water isn't coming from a leak in the fittings or connections to the tank, or from the temperature/pressure overflow pipe, instead of the water heater itself. (Photo by Water Heaters Only Inc.)
If you notice moisture around your water heater, you may need to replace it. But first, make sure the water isn't coming from a leak in the fittings or connections to the tank, or from the temperature/pressure overflow pipe, instead of the water heater itself. (Photo by Water Heaters Only Inc.)

Rumblings? Leaks? Rusty water? More than 10 years old? Don’t wait for a catastrophe: Be alert for these indicators that your water heater is about to fail.

#AskAngie: Should I Turn Off Circuit Breakers When I'm on Vacation?

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Flipping circuit breakers is not the key to saving energy when you're gone from home. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Eric T. of Allentown, Pennsylvania)

It's smart to take action to reduce energy use when you're away from home. But find out why top electricians say turning off circuit breakers isn't a good idea.

6 Water Heater Maintenance Tips

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Not only should you know where your water heater is, you should have clear access to it, says Carpenter. (Photo courtesy of Water Heaters Only Inc.)
Not only should you know where your water heater is, you should have clear access to it, says Carpenter. (Photo courtesy of Water Heaters Only Inc.)

Keep your water heater in tip top shape longer by following these simple tips for regular maintenance that could even lower your utility bills.

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Water Softener Maintenance

How to Clean a Glass Shower Door

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A glass shower door is one of the hardest things to keep clean. Be sure to wipe it clean after every use to help prevent hard water stains. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
A glass shower door is one of the hardest things to keep clean. Be sure to wipe it clean after every use to help prevent hard water stains. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Tired of hard water stains clouding your glass shower door? It takes diligence, but it is possible to keep a glass shower door clean. Find out how.

How Do I Turn on the Water Softener That Came with My New Home?

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If you can't find a copy of your manual, most local water dealers can help you to identify your equipment, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian C. of New York)
If you can't find a copy of your manual, most local water dealers can help you to identify your equipment, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Brian C. of New York)

You just bought a home that came with an unused water softener. How do you turn it on? One highly rated provider breaks down the process in five easy steps.

3 Benefits of Having Soft Water

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You'll notice the difference in your skin, clothes and dishes right away when you switch to soft water, says Knippa. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David L. of Las Vegas)
You'll notice the difference in your skin, clothes and dishes right away when you switch to soft water, says Knippa. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David L. of Las Vegas)

Softening your water can bring with it a whole host of benefits, but here are three things you’ll notice improving right away when you make the switch.

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Well Pump Service

#AskAngie: Signs You May Need a New Well Pump

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There are many potential causes for a well pump to fail prematurely, including neglected maintenance. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Erika N. of Carmel, New York)

Anything that puts a strain on your well pump may cause it to fail prematurely. Here are some of the situations that can lead to a malfunctioning well pump.

How to Maintain Your Well or Septic Tank

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John Knox of Knox Septic Sewer Service in Indianapolis, runs a hose into the septic tank to drain it before the new risers and lid are put into place. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
John Knox of Knox Septic Sewer Service in Indianapolis, runs a hose into the septic tank to drain it before the new risers and lid are put into place. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Don’t mess up your septic tank or your well water. If you’re a new home owner (or need a refresher), review this checklist for maintenance requirements.

Off the Grid? What You Need to Know about Septic Tanks and Water Wells

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Knox Septic Sewer Service employee Chad Pitcock mixes  quickcrete to stabilize the connection from the septic tank and the outlet line, which leads to the distribution box. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Knox Septic Sewer Service employee Chad Pitcock mixes quickcrete to stabilize the connection from the septic tank and the outlet line, which leads to the distribution box. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Are you unsure if you should buy that house because it has a septic tank? Or, curious about getting a house with a well? Here’s what you need to know.

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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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Don't assume that your insurance policy covers sewer pipe replacement. (Photo courtesy of John Ahrens)
Don't assume that your insurance policy covers sewer pipe replacement. (Photo courtesy of John Ahrens)

Do you know if your sewer lines are covered by homeowner's insurance? Repairs can cost thousands. Check your insurance policy to see if you're covered.

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