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Hiring a plumber

When hiring a plumber -- especially for an expensive project for which you have time to plan -- make sure the plumber you hire is fully qualified and licensed in your state. A plumber may be an apprentice in training, a journeyman or a highly qualified master plumber depending on the level of training and experience.

Toilets

A product of thousands of years of human thought, the modern toilet is ingeniously shaped to flush away its contents whenever sufficient water is dumped into the bowl. The mechanical parts inside the tank merely supply that water -- but these are the parts you need to fix.

Sump pumps

A sump pump is like a vigilant, hardworking little robot standing sentry in your basement. When it detects rising groundwater it goes to work until the threat passes. Then it quietly stands down, expecting no thanks, and puts itself back on guard awaiting the next call to duty.

Plumbing emergencies

It's like a scene from a slapstick comedy – the kitchen faucet breaks off in your hand and water is spraying everywhere up to the ceiling and running down the walls. What do you do? Clue: Your options do not include going back in time to make better plans for this moment.

Well Pump Service

Wells and pumps

Water supplied by wells is just as safe, convenient and reliable as municipal water supplies and millions of homes around the country rely on wells. But relying on a well requires an understanding of its components, and regular maintenance and testing.

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

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?

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

Don't let water quality slide down the drain

Whether you live in the country or city and have a sewer or a septic, you play a role in the quality of your community's water quality. The way you do laundry, bathe, prepare dinner and landscape your yard has an impact on your neighbors and the environment.

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Drain Pipe

Household sewer drains

A home's main sewer drain carries all household sewage to municipal sewer lines or to an on-site septic system. Older drains can become invaded by tree roots, causing blockage that can lead to sewage backing up into the house. Replacing a drain can be expensive, though newer techniques can lessen the amount of digging required.

Icy sidewalk problem solved with improved downspout drainage

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

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?

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

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Gas Leak Repair

Is your natural gas pipeline safe?

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

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

Maintenance is key in avoiding a sewer line backup

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.

3 things to know before replacing your sewer line

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.

Can a missing cap clog a sewer line?

Dear Angie: We have a clogged sewer line, which the first plumber could not unclog. A second plumber ran a camera and said that the missing sewer cap was in the drain, causing the back up; he quoted me $1,300 to break up some concrete, retrieve the cap and put a new cap on. Does that seem like a reasonable solution and price?

5 ways to avoid a sewer repair or drain cleaning scam

Don't fall victim to a unnecessary service or sewer or drain cleaning scam. Here are five ways to help avoid becoming a victim.

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Drain Cleaner

5 ways to unclog sink and bathtub drains

It's frustrating when your water stops going down the drain like it used to. Whether it's hair or something more disgusting, learn how to unclog your drains.

How pouring grease down the drain can cost you

Many people assume they can dispose of cooking grease by pouring it down the kitchen sink drain. See why plumbers say it's a bad idea that can lead to expensive repairs.

Maintenance is key in avoiding a sewer line backup

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.

A hamster, a bathtub and a plumber: One rodent's epic tale of survival

Highly rated plumber Kelly Kropin sprung into action early in the morning to rescue Pumpkin, a beloved pet hamster who found himself stuck in a drain pipe.

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Septic Tank Installation

Septic systems

Septic systems are commonly used in rural areas and sometimes in areas not served by a municipal sewage system. Septic systems absorb household sewage and distribute the liquid waste into a designated leach field where natural processes can reclaim it. However, solid wastes and grease must be pumped out of the septic system periodically.

Tampa-area septic customers learn value of regular inspections

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

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.

How to maintain a septic system

A highly rated Angie's List service provider describes how to properly maintain your septic system and drain field. Here are five tips to help.

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Water Heater Installer

Water heaters

Standard storage tank water heaters typically need to be replaced after about a decade, but they can last years longer with some homeowner maintenance. When the time comes to buy a new one, there are more options for consumers to consider.

Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand

A storage tank water heater must maintain hot water even when not in use, but a tankless water heater provides endless hot water in minimal space.

Maintenance is key to extending the life of your water heater

Highly rated plumbers say the average water heater can last between 8 and 12 years, but routine maintenance can extend the life much longer.

How to maintain your water heater

One highly rated provider shares regular maintenance tips for your water heater that can extend its life and help you avoid frustrating hot water outages.

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Water Softener Maintenance

Water softeners

Even if your tap water comes from a reservoir, chances are it previously passed through underground caverns where it absorbed mineral deposits. Water with a high concentration of minerals is referred to as "hard" water. It's safe to drink but can harm your plumbing and appliances.

4 ways to diagnose a problem with your water softener

Having problems with your water softener? One highly rated provider shares four possible diagnosis suggestions and how to find the solution to the problem.

How to tell if you have hard water

Ever wondered how "hard water" got its name? If you have cloudy dishes or dull hair, it may be a sign of too many minerals in your water. But why does it happen?

What are the benefits of softened water?

Is buying a water softening system worth the cost? Read what experts say about the negative effects of hard water and benefits of soft water.

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