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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Gas Leak Repair

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.

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:

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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

What to Know Before a Plumbing Emergency

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It pays to pick your plumber before you absolutely have to, and to know tricks of the plumbing scam trade. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

It's a good idea to get to know a good plumber before you have a plumbing emergency. Also, watch out for these red flags of possible plumbing-related scams.

#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.

#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.

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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

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.

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.

4 Common Myths about Tankless Water Heaters

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Before you step up to a tankless water heater, make sure you understand the difference between fact and fiction, says Davis. (Photo courtesy of Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating)
Before you step up to a tankless water heater, make sure you understand the difference between fact and fiction, says Davis. (Photo courtesy of Day and Nite Plumbing and Heating)

Tankless water heaters are all the rage, but before you replace your current water heater, learn four common myths associated with tankless units.

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Water Softener Maintenance

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.

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.

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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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