Q&A with Ray - Renters and plumbing issues

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Call the landlord first! Q: I live in an apartment building. My toilet has clogs constantly and I also have lot of trouble with my kitchen drain. This is a multi-family unit and I’m sure we have sewer issues that require repair. I’ve called several plumbers but none seem willing to help. I am really frustrated. What gives? A: Here’s the 411: As long as you are a tenant, finding t...
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Standing Water Problems? Pump It Up, Up, and Away!

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Standing water can be hard to get your arms around, especially when it’s pooling in unwanted places. Window wells, low spots in the yard, basements (THANKS, spring rains!) and clogged laundry sinks are a few places that come to mind. When it comes to moving (or removing) water, we are big believers in automation. That’s where utility pumps (a.k.a. transfer pumps) come into the picture....
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Plumbing 101: FIRST, Locate the Water Shut-off Valve

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Draining a tank seems simple, but accidents can happen. Today in the office, all heck broke loose. This morning, management decided to remove an old 1,000-gallon water tank (full of water) from the roof of our 100-year-old building.  Step 1: Drain the tank. The contractor opened the valve to drain the tank into the rooftop floor drain. The tank drained. And drained. And drained some more. &nb...
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Simple Sanitation Tips for Kitchens, Baths & Basements

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Busy households create big demands on sanitation. Below are our favorite “quick hits” for keeping sinks, drains, and toilets bright and fresh-smelling: Kitchen Sinks After doing the dishes (and before cooking a meal), scrub away “sink gunk” (the residue that sticks in the corners and under the faucet) with a few drops of dish soap on a sponge. Lather up the sides, then wash...
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Buying a Home? Check the Pipes!

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The Cincinnati home buying market is heating up for summer sales. If you think you've found your dream home, make sure your home inspector provides a robust plumbing inspection, including a video inspection of the main drain line. Plumbing in an older home can provide a multi-thousand-dollar negotiating point for buyers. Below are a few points to keep in mind: 1. If you are considering buying a ho...
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Toilets: Repair or Replace? That is the question.

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Last weekend, as we jiggled the toiled handled again (and again and again) to make it stop running, we felt it might be time to replace the toilet. Got in the car, went to the Big Box Hardware Store, and did a Price Check. Ouch. We quickly realized a good new toilet is an investment in time, money, and labor. Regroup. We had two approaches: For a few dollars, we could replace the tank parts –...
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