Save a Buck - Winterize Your Plumbing Early

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From toilets to pipes and drains, a little Fall preparation is crucial to successfully avoiding frozen pipes this winter. It looks like another beauty of a weekend.  Seems like a good time to tackle a few plumbing winterization items. Prevent frozen water pipes -- minimize your risk with a few steps: In cold rooms, open the under-sink cabinet doors to keep warmer air circulating around the wa...
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Part III - This Old Kitchen – Mixing Vintage + Modern = Real Value

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This is the third installment in our 3-part series entitled “ This Old House has Charm but This Old Plumbing Stinks” that explores the old house plumbing in a modern world.  Kitchens are the heart of every home; a cheery and well-functioning kitchen brings joy to all who enter.  For kitchens that are 15 or more years old, a makeover is money well-spent. Below are a few though...
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Part II: Modern Life vs. Vintage Bathrooms

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This is the second of a 3-part series entitled “This Old House has Charm but This Old Plumbing Stinks” that explores the struggles of old house plumbing. When bathrooms came in from the cold, they were basic: small and with few design amenities – a sink, a toilet, a tub, and a metal medicine cabinet. Most homes had one bathroom, maybe an additional toilet in the basement. Today, ...
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Part I: This Old House’s Unfinished Basement - A Laundry Room Strike Out

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This is the first of a 3-part series entitled “This Old House has Charm but This Old Plumbing Stinks” that explores the struggles of old house plumbing. Cincinnati’s residential charm is a heritage of stately old brick homes that are the crown jewels in our Queen City. We have one -- a 1920’s English Tudor that we love...mostly. If you are in the market for a vintage home (...
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DIY Plumbing Repair: The Right Tools Make Everything Easier

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When it comes to fixing leaky faucets, leaky toilets, or general home plumbing repairs, the next best thing to having a plumber is having the right plumbing tools. Below is our go-to list of essential tools for any home or small business toolkit. 1. Plunger - The icon of a plumber's trade, and found in bathrooms all over America. Plungers are available in two styles, "cup" and "phalange." Use the ...
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Standing Water – It’s a Health Hazard

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Plumbing Maintenance, Good Drains and Visual Inspections Make All the Difference. With the recent wet weather, pools of standing, stagnant water can go unnoticed for weeks at a time, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Eliminating standing water takes a little effort, but pays off in spades. Below are a few pointers: Leaking Exterior Faucets Leaking faucets can create puddles of accumulated...
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