Understand the cause of water heater noises - including popping, crackling, humming, hammering or knocking, screeching, ticking or tapping, sizzling, and more - and how you can resolve the sounds with simple maintenance or if you need a professional.
Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are electrical outlets that shut off when it senses an overload or surge in electricity. The GFCI outlet instantly trips when experiencing a power surge, triggering the breaker to cut the electrical current to reduce the risk of electrocution. Most building codes require the use of a GFCI outlet when installed near a water or moisture source due to the increased risk of an appliance shorting.
Replacing a bathtub is one of the top priorities for a bathroom remodel. The average cost to replace a bathtub is between $1,435-$7,246. The actual replacement cost is impacted by the type of new bathtub selected, if plumbing adjustments are required, and labor costs. Other factors that effect the cost of a bathtub replacement include removing and disposing of the old tub and other materials, construction cost for preparing the area for a new bathtub, new faucets and fixtures, additional plumbing and materials, and required permits. Learn about why a bathtub should be replaced and factors that could impact the project cost.
The cost to install a toilet averages between $224-$531. The overall project cost is impacted by the type of toilet and complexity of the installation, which can be effected by unexpected issues during installation, including leaks due to insufficient caulking, a cracked flange that causes a wobbly toilet, a leaky flush valve, or an incorrectly installed wax ring seal. Other factors that can impact the cost include removing and disposing of the old toilet, local labor rates, the type and brand of the new toilet, the location for the toilet installation, additional plumbing required, and if the subfloor needs to be replaced. Learn about why a toilet should be replaced and factors that could impact the project cost.
There are many repairs and minor updates that will make your home more appealing to potential buyers and avoid problems during a home inspection. Suggested repairs and updates include patching holes and cracks in walls, HVAC maintenance, repairing or replacing bathroom and kitchen faucets, addressing water damage and mold issues, and repairing faulty wiring. Consider making these 10 repairs and updates to avoid deterring potential home buyers.
Typically, a furnace will last 15-20 years. With routine maintenance a furnace can last even longer. On the other hand, a neglected furnace may not last beyond its warranty. Oil-fueled furnaces have the longest life expectancy, and gas-fired furnaces have the shortest. Learn about ensuring the longevity of a furnace and costs for replacement.
There are 5 types of bathroom bidets - the stand-alone bidet, built-in bidet, bidet seats and bidet attachments, handheld bidet, and portable bidet - and all are considered more sanitary and efficient than a traditional toilet. Additionally, the bidet offers cost savings with the elimination of toilet paper. Learn more about bidet types and benefits.
Tankless water heater installation cost is impacted by several factors, including the type of system, whether it’s a single-point or whole-house system, type of fuel it uses, flow rate, system size, brand, labor, materials, permits, accessibility, and charges for removing the existing heating system. Learn more about the benefits of a tankless water heater and costs for installation.
The main reason given for not caulking around toilet bases is that it could hide leaks and the resulting damage could become severe. While that thought process would be true if there was a sudden and major break in a pipe, the majority of leaks are small and don’t spread onto the bathroom floor, but instead soak into the underlying structure. Learn more about caulking around the toilet base in a bathroom.
Factors that impact the overall shower remodel cost include the condition of the old shower, the size of the shower, extent of the remodel, material and fixtures, and cost of materials and labor in your area. Learn about factors and costs to consider when remodeling a shower.