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The Do’s and Don’ts of the Septic System

In Home maintenance tips, Plumbing by Mark Goodman

The septic system is designed to provide many years of service, with an overall life expectancy of about 20 years. As with any other system in your household septic systems require maintenance and can become overwhelmed with use and misuse.   12 Simple Rules Every Property Owner with a Septic System Should Follow.

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Water saddle valves are widely used but not the best solution

In Home maintenance tips, Plumbing by Mark Goodman

Water saddle valves are just plain wrong In practically every home inspection the home inspector will see at least one if not more water saddle valves to be exact a self-piercing water saddle valve. These valves are universally part of ice maker and humidifier hookup kits. They are widely used because they are cheap and a fast simple install but are just plain wrong. The saddle is placed around the water pipe with a rubber …

Problem and defective water shut off valves

In Home maintenance tips, Plumbing by Mark Goodman

The other day I was doing a home inspection for a buyer and ran across a situation which we are seeing more frequently. The issue I found was defective water shut off valves which were exhibiting valve body corrosion. These defective valves we are typically finding in homes built in the last 20 years. Most of the valves are indicative of import water stop valves and if you find one or two odds are that …

New Water Heater Energy Requirements

In Home maintenance tips, Plumbing by Mark Goodman

Some of you may have heard about the new water heater energy standards that took effect of April 16, 2015. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was updated and therefore directly impacted the water heater energy factor (EF) on all residential water heating devices and some commercial ones. Any water heaters manufacture prior to that date and still available are not affected by the new rules.