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The 6 Best Home Improvement Stores

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, it’s important to have the right tools and supplies for your home improvement projects. That’s why it’s important to know about the best home improvement stores out there. These stores have everything you need to get the job done right, from tools and hardware to appliances and décor.

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What is Basement Waterproofing? (Waterproofing vs Damp Proofing)

When it comes to foundation damp proofing, there is a lot of confusion about what the term actually means. Some people use the terms “foundation waterproofing” and “foundation damp proofing” interchangeably, but they are actually two different things. In this blog post, we will discuss the difference between foundation waterproofing and foundation damp proofing, and

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What is a Dry Well?

Do you have excess water collecting around your home or on your property after it rains and need a way to drain the water. If this sounds like you then you probably have heard of a dry well and how effective they are at draining runoff water – but you are probably wondering what is

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Mold On Basement Walls: How To Prevent And Remove

Basements are one of the most common spots to find mold growth in your home – and mold on basement walls can be a sign of a number of problems! If you are a homeowner that recently found basement mold keep reading to find out everything you need to know about basement mold removal plus

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How to Prime a Water Pump

Most water pump need to be primed in order to work efficiently and create pressure inside the motor. Without proper priming after a few months of in use the pump will need to be primed and flushed. In this article we will show you how to prime a water pump with a step by step

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The 5 Best Basement Carpets

Want to finish your basement but not sure what is the best carpet for your basement? Picking the right basement carpeting can be hard because you need to blend style and design with durability and the ability to withstand a flood! In this article our team the experts probably take either a list of the

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Basement Furnace Room Ventilation Guide

Basement furnace room ventilation may not seem like it is important until your heat stops working or worse – a fire! In this guide we will show you how to vent a furnace room so your family stays warm all winter. In this guide we’ll review how to vent a basement sump pump: What is

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RadonAway RP140 vs RP145

A good Radon fan is an important part of a sump pump system. Two of the most popular fans on the market are the RadonAway RP140 and the RP145. Both of these Radon fans are very similar but have a few key differences that set them apart! In this post our team of experts checked

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Fluidmaster vs Korky

Trying to decide between a Fluidmaster and Korky Toilet Replacement Valves? Our team did the research to find out which valve is the best choice for your home in ! Both brands make good replacement valves – keep reading to find out which we recommend for your bathroom! Let’s start by taking a close look

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What to do When Your Sump Pump Leaks Oil

A sump pump leaking oil means that your pump is at risk of lacking lubrication in key areas of the motor while running. Oil Leaks of any size are serious and should never be ignored. Sump pump oil in the pit, basin, drain lines or on the side of the pump is a sign something

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How to Clean a Sump Pump

Sump pump pits need cleaning every so often. Ignoring cleaning your pump and pit puts you at a higher risk of clogs, floods and can let mold and other bacteria grow hidden under the pit cover. Many people know that they need to clean their sump pit and pump from time to time but are

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How Deep Should a Sump Pump and Discharge Line Be?

Trying to install a sump pump discharge line by your self but not sure how deep it should be. In this post our team well outline how do you different types of discharge pipes need to be in order to properly drain sump water. Keep reading to learn more about sump pump, basin and discharge

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How to Extend a Sump Pump Discharge Pipe

If your sump pump discharge pipe is an inconvenient location you may want to relocate or extend it to a better location. Changing the location of your pipe is not hard but does require a few hours of labor. In this guide we will show you step by step instructions plus the tools you need

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Pool Pump Making Loud Humming Noise – How To Fix

When you step into your backyard and hear a loud humming noise, you don’t expect it to be coming from your pool pump. You’re sitting there on a beautiful, sunny day. Bathing suit on, a cold glass of iced tea in one hand, and a book in the other – you’re ready to relax.  Then

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How To Adjust Sump Pump Float

Correctly positioning your sump pump float relative to the water line is key for a properly working pump. By raising or lowering your float to the correct level you will keep your pump turning on and off and decrease the risk of basement flooding. In this article we will review hot to adjust different float

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How to Deodorize a Smelly Sump Pump

Sump pumps can start to stink and smell if not properly maintained, cleaned and deodorized on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to take proper care of the sump pump and prevent sump pump smells. Every basin will have some smell since there is usually some standing water below the “On”

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Sump Pump Weep Hole Guide

Installing a sump pump but not sure what a Weep Hole (aka a relief hole) is – or where to install it? Our team of basement waterproofing experts put together a guide to help you drill your Weep Hole and avoid air lock! A sump pump weep hole may not sound important thanks to their

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How Long do Sump Pumps Last?

It’s easy to overlook your sump pump–until it fails, leaving you with wet feet or, worse, tens of thousands of dollars in damages. But how long does a sump pump last? The U.S. Department of Housing and Development estimates that sump pumps runs for about 10 years. But that number varies widely depending on the

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Can Mold In My Basement Affect Upstairs?

Find mold growing in your home basement and worried it may affect your health upstairs? Our team did the research to answer a common question so you can have all the facts and take action to protect your families health! It is not uncommon to find mold growing in a basement, cellar or crawl space

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Can I Unplug My Sump Pump?

Many new homeowners want to know if it is ever safe to unplug their sump pump. While sump pumps can help home owners stay prepared for emergency flooding, they can also become very inconvenient and noisy when they are constantly running. We recommend always keeping your sump pump plugged in unless you are cleaning the

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How to Fix a Clogged Sump Pump

A clogged sump can lead to unexpected basement flooding and other mechanical problems if not prevented with seasonal maintenance and regular drain line checks. In this article we will show you how to fix a clogged sump pump as well as a few tips and tricks to keep sentiment from building up in your drain

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How to Test a Sump Pump

Installing a sump pump in your basement is good – but you still need to test it on a regular basis. Skipping out on tests and other maintenance is a good way to flood your basement when the pump fails! It is recommended you are testing your pump system at least once every 3 months

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How To Fix A Sewer Smell In Your Basement

Is there a sewer smell in your basement creeping up the stains and making the rest of your house smell like sewer gas? Sewer smells can be quite unpleasant – and can be caused by a number of things in your plumbing. In this article our team of plumbing experts will show you how to

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How to Calculate Plumbing Fixture Count

According to the plumbing code, the minimum number of plumbing fixtures required in a building depends greatly on the intended use. Organized in easily defined groups, uses categories include factories, residential, or educational. After establishing the use, the occupancy load, based on square footage, must be assessed. The final variable is that most cities require

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My Sump Pump is Overflowing Into My Basement

An overflowing sump pump can be real trouble for the foundation and moisture content of your home or business. Here are some things to consider and 6 common causes of sump pumps overflowing plus an additional guide on how to stop your basement sump pump from overflowing – and a few tips on what to

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Basement Waterproofing Costs – 2022 Guide and Calculator

If you have a leak in your basement it is important to fix it right away – but the topic of money is on every homeowners mind. In this article we will help you calculate the basement waterproofing cost for your home. Our team of experts know how to install a basement waterproofing system. By

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Dry Well vs Leach Field – What Is the Difference?

Indoor plumbing is perhaps the most significant advantage of modern living when it comes to pleasant, sanitary conditions in the home. The ability to flush human waste down the drain with the push of a handle helps keep our houses clean, cozy, and odor-free. But that waste doesn’t magically disappear when it is flushed –

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How to Size a Sump Pump

Picking the right size sump pump is important, pick too powerful of a pump can result in the motor burning out while too weak of a motor can cause your basin to flood during heavy rains. In this article we will help you answer the age old question – what size sump pump do I

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Sump Pump Flow & Discharge Rates

In order to prevent basement flooding you need to use the right size sump pump. Most sump pumps advertise horse power but this can be confusing. What you really need to know is your sump pump flow (discharge) rate to get the right pump! Not sure what the flow rate of your sump pump. Not

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Pump Sentry 822 vs 1622

If you are in the market for a new pump, you may be wondering whether to choose the Pump Sentry 822 or 1622 as your sump pumps backup battery. Both batteries have their pros and cons, so it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will

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How to Fix a Smoking Sump Pump

First of all, if your sump pump is smoking (or on fire) then you need professional help or even the fire department. If possible flip the breaker that controls your pump or if the smoke is just coming from the actual pump, unplug it immediately. Smoke means you are at risk for starting a fire

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Sump Pump Alternatives

If you own a home with a basement you will need some kind of drainage system or sump pump alternative. While sump pump is an effective way to keep water from pooling in your basement they do have some disadvantages that can leave homeowners looking for alternatives to a sump pump. In this article we

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How to Reset A Sump Pump

If your sump pump is not running quite as good as the day it was installed it might need to be reset. Your sump pump is responsible for pumping ground water that builds up in your basement into the sewer or drain. Most pumps from name brand companies – like Zoeller – are well made

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How To Fix And Find Water Bubbles In The Ceiling

Do you have a water bubble in your ceiling? The water bubble in your ceiling can be a common sign of a leak that is causing water to pool in the ceiling. If you don’t take care of it quickly, you could end up with a full-blown water damage repair situation on your hands. In

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Is Sump Pump Discharge to the Street Illegal?

In many cities it is illegal for a sump pump to discharge into the street. Many homeowners are surprised to learn that draining their sump water into the street or alley is against the rules – keep reading to learn more about why it is important to have a real drain system and not pump

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8 Ideas to Hide a Sump Pump in a Basement

If you are tired of looking at a sump pump in your basement you are probably looking for ideas to hide the sump pump in your basement. Sump pumps are meant to keep your basement dry by pumping out any standing water that may have accumulated there. Unfortunately, sump pumps are very loud and can

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Sump Pump Running with No Rain

If your sump pump is running and there is no rain in the sky there is a chance that something is wrong but it also might be working correctly. There are a number of reasons why your pump pick turn on when while it is not raining. Keep reading to learn the 6 reasons why

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How to Detect and Repair Dry Rot Floor Joists

If you have a home that was built before the 1990s, it’s likely that your floor joists are made from wood. Over time, this wood can become dry rot, which can cause a lot of damage to your floors and even the framing of your house. In this blog post, we will discuss how to

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How to Unclog a Basement Floor Drain

Need to unclog a basement floor drain without calling a plumber? Our team of experts knows how to fix clogged drain lines and is here to help! Fixing a clogged drain is easy – but you need to act quickly to prevent a flooded basement, a plumbing problem or other water damage. In this how

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5 Best Way to Heat a Basement

A cold basement can cause a number of problems throughout the home in Winter – plus it can make going downstairs unpleasant. For most homeowner basement heating and insulation is an afterthought until pipes start freezing and the electric bill soars in the Winter. In this article our team of basement experts reviewed the best

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Why Your Sump Pump is Full of Water

If your sump pump is full of water there might be something wrong with your sump pump, float switch of sump basin – but it could also be working as intended! In this article we will teach you everything you need to know about having a sump put or pump full of water. We will

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How Long Does PVC Sewer Pipe Last?

When you move into a new home, the last thing you want to think about is the sewer pipes. Understanding the longevity of the sewer line in your home helps you prepare in advance and avoid unpleasant household repairs. In this article we will teach you how long a PVC piping systems last. The sewer

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How to Hang Fabric from a Basement Ceiling + 10 Styles and Ideas

If you have a partially finished basement ceiling and want to quickly finish the room you should consider a fabric basement ceiling. By covering the ceiling of an unfinished basement with a piece of cloth you can turn an unfinished basement into a stylish ceiling design in under 30 minutes. In this guide we will

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How to Dissolve Hair in Clogged Shower Drains

If you’ve ever had to deal with a clogged shower drain, you know how frustrating it can be. Not only does it make taking a shower difficult, but it can also be a sign that something is wrong with your plumbing. In most cases, hair is the culprit when it comes to blocked shower drains.

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Anti-Siphon Valve vs Backflow Preventer – What is the Difference?

Protect your water supply and ensure good water flow with a backflow preventer or an anti-siphon valve. However, which one do you pick? Understanding both the anti siphon valve and backflow preventer can help you deal with this dilemma. Continue reading to understand the difference.  Difference Between an Anti-Siphon Valve and a Backflow Preventer A

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What To Do When A Sump Pump Is Tripping A Breaker?

A sump pump is something that you rely on to make your home more comfortable and prevent long-term moisture damage to the structure and foundation. If your sump pump is tripping the breaker, then it points to a problem due to faulty wiring or connections. Here are the 6 most important things to consider if your

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What Happens if I Have No Sump Pump in My Basement?

Most basements have a sump pump but they may not be necessary in all homes. The answer depends on how your home and basement are built, as well as the level of ground water and soil in your neighborhood. In this article we will teach you everything you need to know about about basements that

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Funny Plumbing Jokes and Quotes

Plumbing jokes are a great way to break the ice at parties, and they can also be a fun way to relieve stress. But before you start cracking jokes about faulty plumbing, it’s important to know what is and isn’t appropriate. Here are some tips for plumbing humor that will have everyone in stitches. These

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