Plumbing

Few natural resources are more precious to us than water—we need it to stay healthy, clean, and comfortable. While most homes have a ready supply from any faucet, not all water is equal in terms of safety, purity, and taste. That’s why it’s important to...

More Ozaukee and Washington county homeowners than ever rely on municipal sewers—and most flush away without worry. And you can, too, if you know the warning signs of damage or blockages in your sewer lines. Here are six things that could mean trouble is brewing...

Tap water in Wisconsin ranges in quality, but often has at least some level of contamination with salt, calcium, fluoride, pesticides, nitrates, lead, and more. It’s no wonder bottled water is a billion-dollar industry, but there is an easier, more affordable way to enjoy clean,...

The inner workings of your home can be a bit of a mystery, which is how household myths begin and gain strength. Most are harmless, but some can cost you time and money. For sound advice, go to a pro like the ones at Cliff...

It’s easy to take something like plumbing for granted. You control water in your home with a faucet or a flush, and never give it a second thought—until it’s not available or there's water somewhere you don’t want it to be. When this happens, there’s...

The new efficiency standards and water heater requirements below do not mean that consumers have to replace their water heaters in 2015. Like the low-flow toilet requirements of the early 1990s, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mandate means that manufacturers cannot produce or sell...

With fall and winter on the horizon, you and other homeowners can take these simple steps in preparation for the onset of colder weather: Remove hoses from outside hydrants so they drain properly during the winter. If you don't have a frost-proof hydrant, drain outside...