Despite all the problems it can cause, a house's plumbing system works fairly simply. Hot and cold water come into the house under pressure through pipes and flow out of fixtures. Waste water and sewer gases exit through... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Plumbing

Some basic principles for plumbing and drain systems are that water enters plumbing pipes under pressure. Drains depend on gravity to take wastes away from the building, but vents, traps and clean-outs are needed to make... More »

Cross-linked polyethylene plumbing, often called PEX, is a flexible plastic offering a replacement for copper and rigid plastic pipes. PEX costs about one-third the cost of copper, is easier to install and resists corros... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Plumbing

To fix plumbing problems cause by air in the pipes, flush the system to clear out any air. Locate the household water supply valve, and turn it off. Find the lowest shutoff valve or faucet in the building, and connect a ... More »

Common bathroom plumbing problems include blocked traps, clogged sinks and stopped up toilets. Weak water pressure emitting from the shower head is also a common bathroom plumbing problem. More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Plumbing

Common plumbing services include repairing leaky pipes, running toilets, clogged drains and problems with low water pressure. Another common plumbing service is repairing a dripping faucet. While some plumbing problems c... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Plumbing

For most water lines inside homes, the easiest way to find a leak is to inspect the entire plumbing system for visible water. For buried or otherwise inaccessible water lines however, finding the leak requires using a se... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Plumbing