Septic Tank Installation

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.

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.

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Water Heater Installer

How going tankless in D.C. could get you into hot water

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Tankless hot water heater in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Tankless water heaters offer energy savings, as well as saving space in your home. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Tankless water heaters offer convenience and savings for those in the Washington area who are considering switching from the traditional tank option.

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.

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Water Softener Maintenance

When Is It Necessary to Test for Hard Water?

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Most cities publish a water report annually which can be viewed online for free by anyone, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kiran G. of Dallas)
Most cities publish a water report annually which can be viewed online for free by anyone, says LeGault. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kiran G. of Dallas)

Is a water hardness test necessary to determine which softener is right for you? One highly rated provider explains why this may not be the case.

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.

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Well Pump Service

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.

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.

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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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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

#AskAngie: Why Does my Bathroom Sink Drain Slow?

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When leaning over a bathroom sink to perform normal grooming tasks, make sure to cover the sink drain so nothing falls in. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Roger H. of Paw Paw, Michigan)
When leaning over a bathroom sink to perform normal grooming tasks, make sure to cover the sink drain so nothing falls in. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Roger H. of Paw Paw, Michigan)

If your bathroom sink is draining slowly but the tub and toilet drain normally, there are several possible causes. Try these steps before hiring a plumber.

Plumbing costs how much in Charlotte? Answers circle the drain

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The costs for basic plumbing work in the Charlotte market may be a flat fee or based on an hourly labor charge. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thomas D.)

You'd think "What's your hourly rate?" would be easy for plumbing companies to answer. It's not. See what factors Charlotte plumbers say determine prices.

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.

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