On the top or side of every water heater, there is a pressure safety valve called the TPR valve. It is a simple device that releases pressure (very hot water) to prevent the tank from bursting or exploding if the temperature in the water heater reaches or exceeds 180 degrees. “TPR” stands for Temperature & […]
It’s nice to remember the days when everything was reparable. This outside hose bib was not only repairable, they even made it so easy with the instructions printed on it. Even today, faucets are one of the few items in a home that a home owner can repair in a few minutes with parts that […]
This water heater was installed 7 months ago by a local and well known Dayton plumbing company. They must have sent their least trained installer with a big box of bits and told him to use up everything in the box! Issue #1: The flue pipe must have a continuous upward slope.Issue #2: The furnace […]
This novel way to drain a laundry sink with a sump pump, who says America has lost its innovative flair! The washing machine dumped into the laundry sink and the pedestal pump designed for use in a sump then pumped the water up to the sewer pipe.
Could you get scalded by 180 degree water? One in every four water heaters we inspect have an issue with the temperature pressure relief valve (TPR). The valve is usually located on the side, close to the top (some older units it’s on the top). There must be a pipe attached to the TPR that […]
What do all these pipes have in common? They come from water softeners that are incorrectly and dangerously installed. They could contaminate the drinking water in the home they are in and possibly the whole subdivision. Water softeners have a pipe coming out of the control unit at the top of the softener (there is […]
Cold Weather is on the way, as fall turns cold pipes freeze. Hose Bib’s are the worst offender, when garden hoses are left attached. All garden hoses should be disconnected to prevent the faucet rupturing inside the wall as a result of the water in the hose and faucet freezing. Hose bibs like the one […]
Water softener drain pipe connections are a constant issue that we observe and write up. The backwash drain pipe from the softener must have a back-flow prevention device when it is terminates at a drain, in other words there must be an air gap between the end of the pipe and the top of the […]