Simple Sanitation Tips for Kitchens, Baths & Basements

Sanitation Tips
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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April Showers Bring Wet Basements

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Our soggy winter has morphed into a soggy spring. Our backyard is soup. In Cincinnati, this means one thing: wet basements. For readers with sump pumps (or readers who would like one), a quick FAQ on sump pumps seems like a good read. Q: What is a sump pump? A: Many people think the "sump pump" is a device, but actually they are two things. A sump is a pit in which liquid collects. The pump is the...
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Tankless Water Heaters – A 101 Overview

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Two years ago, we wrote a blog on tank vs. tankless water heaters – the local adoption rate of tankless was low at the time. Since then, the numbers of installations has risen slowly. Seemingly, Cincinnatians like the tradition of a tank water heater. Changing an American paradigm is tough. What is a Tankless Water Heater? According to the Department of Energy, "Tankless water heaters, also known ...
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Sewer Gas -- It Stinks!

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In our 1920's vintage home, we're at peace with our vintage plumbing: everything above ground is new-ish; everything underground is cast iron, rusty, and likely broken in places that we can't see. After 20+ years of peaceful coexistence, our basement drain recently decided to take our relationship to a new level. It burped up a wave of sewer gas that we could not ignore. Our beloved basement man-c...
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