How to Easily Replace a Water Heater T&P Relief Valve

Replacing a water heater T&P (Temperature and Pressure) relief valve is a crucial maintenance task to ensure the safe operation of your water heater. Here’s a summary of the steps to replace a T&P relief valve: Materials and Tools Needed Step-by-Step Guide How to Replace a Water Heater Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve Follow the … Read more

4 Ways to Fix a Leaking Main Water Shut off Valve

A leaking main water shut-off valve is a common plumbing issue that can lead to water waste, damage, and increased utility bills if not promptly addressed. Here’s a summary of ways to fix a leaking main water shut-off valve: Due to their design, gate valves leak at a higher rate compared to ball valves due … Read more

NPT vs BSP: Differences, Chart, NPS, BSPT

I was writing an article about the different types of thread sealants and I remembered that all threads are not created equal. Pipe thread forms in the United States is different to that of the United Kingdom. The two main types of pipe thread styles are National Pipe Thread (NPT) and British Standard Pipe (BSP). … Read more

Pipe Dope vs Teflon Tape: What to Use & Where

Pipe dope is easy to apply, provides better sealing in permanent connections, prevents joint corrosions, seals and also lubricates threads but is messy and not good for plastic connections. Teflon tape is versatile, mess-free, used in plastic and metal connections but isn’t corrosion-proof. Pipe Dope Teflon Tape (Thread Seal Tape) Choosing Between Pipe Dope and … Read more

Water Pressure vs Flow Rate: Difference/Relationship

Water pressure describes how hard water is flowing out of a pipe in pounds per square inch (psi) while flow rate describes how much water is flowing out of the pipe, in gallons per minute (GPM). Water Pressure Flow Rate Relationship Water Pressure vs Flow Rate Pressure is defined as the continuous physical force exerted … Read more

6 Tell-Tale Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Pipes

Replacing pipes in your home is a significant undertaking, but it’s essential to do so when necessary to avoid potential water damage and health risks. Here’s a summary of tell-tale signs that indicate it’s time to replace your pipes: How Do I Know When to Replace My Pipes? The following are the signs that you … Read more

How to Descale/Remove Calcium Buildup From Pipes

Descaling or removing calcium buildup from pipes is essential to maintain efficient water flow and prevent damage to your plumbing system. Here’s a summary of how to descale or remove calcium buildup from pipes: Materials and Tools Needed Step-by-Step Guide How to Get Rid of Calcium Build-Up/Limescale from Inside Pipes The main sign that your … Read more

Does Pipe Leak Tape Work? How Does It Work?

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Pipe leak tape, often referred to as pipe repair tape or plumbing tape, is a type of tape designed to seal and repair minor leaks in pipes and plumbing fixtures. It can be a temporary fix to stop leaks until more permanent repairs can be made. Here’s a summary of how pipe leak tape works … Read more

Hydro Jetting: Pros & Cons vs Snaking and Rodding

Hydro jetting, snaking, and rodding are three common methods used to clear clogged drains and sewer lines. Each method has its pros and cons. Here’s a summary comparing the pros and cons of hydro jetting against snaking and rodding: Hydro Jetting Hydro jetting is a high-pressure plumbing and drain cleaning technique used to clear clogs, … Read more

How to Remove and Replace a Sink Pop-Up Stopper

Removing and replacing a sink pop-up stopper is a straightforward DIY plumbing task that can improve drainage and prevent leaks. Here’s a brief summary of the process: Removing the Sink Pop-Up Stopper Replacing the Sink Pop-Up Stopper The Diagram How it Works A sink drain pop up mechanism is made up of 4 parts: From … Read more