Getting to Know Your Water Heater

Every home owner should have a monthly home maintenance schedule to help keep your home in great shape and your appliances working at their best for as long as possible. Your water heater should be part of that schedule.

Hot water is one of life’s luxuries that we all take for granted until it is not there. Knowing a little about your water heater can save you a lot down the road.

Water heaters can be in your garage, basement or a closet, once you locate it, it is a good idea to add it to your monthly maintenance plan. Maintaining your water heater only takes a short amount of time. You can extend the life of the water heater and prevent a disaster from happening.

There are basically two types of water heaters. The most common type has a storage tank and the other is tankless, which is also known as an “on-demand” hot water system. Both types of heaters have models that will operate using gas and models that use electricity.

All types of water heaters should receive regular maintenance which will include:

  • Checking for water seepage around the unit and piping.
  • Checking and testing the pressure relief valve.
  • Flushing the heater.

There are other maintenance items to be done depending on if you have a Gas Water Heater Click Here! or you have an Electric Water Heater Click Here!



Maintaining Your Electric Water Heater

Maintaining your electric water heater is a simple process that can prevent a disaster from occurring. Whether your model has a tank or is tankless, here are some things you need to do on a regular basis.

  • Check the unit for any water seepage around the tank and piping.
  • Operate the pressure relief valve to check that it is working properly.
  • Flush the unit to remove any sediment that may have accumulated.
  • Check the Anode Rod for corrosion and cracks.
  • Check wiring for any signs of corrosion or breaks in the casing.

In the video below, you will find some guidance to keep things working well.

Maintaining Your Gas Water Heater.


Maintaining your gas water heater is a simple process that can prevent a disaster from occurring. Whether you have a tank or tankless model here are some things you need to do on a regular basis.

  • Check the unit for any water seepage around the tank and piping.
  • Operate the pressure relief valve to check that it is working properly.
  • Flush the unit to remove any sediment that may have accumulated.
  • Check the flame on the burn to see if it is burning properly. You should see a blue flame, if the flame is orange it is not burning properly and needs attention.
  • Check that the vent piping is properly attached so the fumes exit the building.

In the video below, you will find some guidance to keep things working well.


Locating the Gas Shut off Valve in a Home

Gas Meter

Whether you just purchased your home or have been there for years, knowing where your gas shut off valve is an important thing.

If you smell gas, don’t touch anything and you and everyone leave the house immediately. Do not turn anything on or off including a phone. The slightest spark can set off the gas causing sever injury or death.

Knowing where you gas shut off is before an emergency happens, or you are having an appliance replaced, will make everyone life a little easier.

An important note to remember is that when the gas is turned off, all appliances in the house will go out. Therefore you will need to relight them once the gas is turned back on. Make sure you get them all. Stove, oven, water heater, heating system and gas fire places can all have pilots that need to be lit. If you are unsure of how to accomplish this, please call a professional.

There are two types of gas you can have in your home – Liquid Propane and Natural Gas.

One the Next Page we will show you how to find and turn off your gas shut off valve before you need it.


Where is My Sink Leak Coming From?

So you found a puddle of water under your sink and you cannot figure out where your the water is coming from.

The first thing to do is to clear out the cabinet under the sink. Clean up any water. Then let the cabinet dry out.

Now to figure out where that water is actually coming from.

Once the cabinet is dry, place some paper towels or a dry rag down on the bottom of the cabinet. Then without running the water. Wait 10 minutes or so and see if the towels get wet. A wet towel means more than likely the leak is on the water supply side of the faucet and not in the drain system.

The towels remain dry after a period of time, put a stopper in the sink drain and run some water in the sink. You notice the towels get wet doing this, chances are the leak is either in the faucet or around the drain basket and not in the drain piping, unless your stopper is not holding the water back. Likely, if the towels are wet towards the back of the cabinet it is probably the faucet leaking. If they are wet in the center, run your hand or a rag along the drain piping and check for water.

After doing all of this, the towels still remain dry, pull out the stopper and let the water drain out. If the towels get wet now, you most likely have a leak in your drain piping.

Head over to the Next Page to see how to repair these issues.


How to Replace Your Bathroom Faucet

How to replace your bathroom faucet

If you decide to tackle changing your bathroom faucet yourself, here are a few tips to make things a little easier.

One of the toughest issues with changing a bathroom faucet, is trying to work in such a confined space. I always find some big old towels to help cushion my back when I am under the sink.

A few special tools are usually need to remove the old faucet, while most new faucets come with tools designed for that specific faucet.

  • A pair of water pump pliers (channel locks)
  • A basin wrench
  • set of deep sockets

This video will give you some great tips on how to replace your bathroom faucet.

How to Replace Your Kitchen Faucet

How to Replace Your Kitchen Faucet

In this article we will learn how to replace your kitchen faucet.

There are a few tools you will need to get this project accomplished.

  • An adjustable wrench or a set of open end wrenches.
  • Water pump pliers.
  • Set of deep socket wrenches.
  • A basin wrench may also be necessary to remove the old water lines depending on the faucet.

Many times the bolts holding the faucet in place will corrode and not want to come off, so spraying them with a penetrating oil beforehand will help, sometimes they will need to be busted off.

Here is a great video to help guide you through replacing your faucet.


How to Replace Your Toilet Wax Ring!

Once you have found that water is seeping out from under your toilet, there are only 2 things that could be the cause of this.

It will be either a cracked toilet bowl or a bad or misaligned toilet wax ring.

The task to replace your toilet wax ring is a very simple process under normal circumstances. However there are times when the toilet mounting bolts decide they do not wish to come loose. This can be caused by corrosion or the flange that they are attached to is rotted or damaged. This will require some extra effort to get the bolts and toilet removed and may require the flange to be replaced.

Under normal conditions, this project should take about 15 minutes to complete. You will need just a few basic tools such as pliers and a socket or adjustable wrench.

Using No Wax Toilet Ring will help prevent future leak issues with your toilet.

This short video from FIX IT Home Improvement Channel is a great guide to help you with this project.

Is the Toilet Leaking?

Toilet parts

You walk into your bathroom and discover water on the floor near your toilet. The first thing you wonder is my toilet leaking?

The water could have come from somewhere else and settled there. It may be condensation from cold water filling the tank or you may have a leaking or cracked toilet.

Unless you have a cracked bowl or tank, there are basically four locations where a toilet will leak from.

  1. The first is from the lid, if the fill valve or the bowl fill tube are not working properly, they can spray water onto the lid, where it will work its way out.
  2. The second is the water line  connection to the fill valve or the seal of the fill valve to the tank.
  3. The third is where the tank connects to the bowl, this can be the flush valve seals or the tank hold down bolt gaskets.
  4. And the fourth is where the toilet connects to the floor, which is sealed with a wax ring.

Check to see if the toilet rocks on the floor or if the tank rocks on the bowl. These will be quick signs that things aren’t right in those locations.

Here are the steps to do to determine if it is indeed the toilet.

  • Clean up any water that is present on the floor.
  • Wipe down the entire toilet.
  • With a paper towel or thin dry rag, wipe down the toilet slowly, starting from the top of the tank, checking regularly for moisture on your towel.
  • If you did not find any moisture on the first pass, flush the toilet and check again.

Once you find moisture, it is time to look at the area where it was found to determine the cause of the leak.

If you find moisture on the tank it could be condensation from cold water filling the tank or it could be leaking from under the lid.

If water is found coming from under the lid, remove the lid. Check that the bowl fill tube is in place, it is the small hose that is attached to the center tube (flush valve). If it in place, flush the toilet and check to see if water is spraying from the top the fill valve (the tower to the left or right of the tank). If so you will need to replace the fill valve. See our article on


If the water is found coming from the connection between the tank and the bowl. You will need to replace the rubber flush valve seal that seals the valve to the bowl.  For guidance on doing this, See our article on

If you determine that moisture is seeping from under the bowl, you will need to replace the wax seal that is under the toilet where it meets the waste line in the floor. For guidance see our article on

Install Toilet Flush Valve Seal.

If you find that your toilet is leaking from between the tank and the bowl, it is most likely that the toilet flush valve seal or sponge gasket is worn or deteriorated, or that the tank hold down bolt gasket has started to leak.

This is a simple repair that will take about 15 minutes once you have obtained the parts. You can purchase a complete rebuild kit which will have all of the parts needed to do the job correctly. When replacing a flush valve you will also want to replace the tank bolts and rubber washers.

You will only need a few basic tools to complete this repair.

  • A bucket and sponge to remove excess water from the tank and to clean up when the project is finished.
  • A large flat head screw driver.
  • Adjustable wrench or deep socket wrench set.
  • Pair of large water pump pliers or pipe wrench.
  • A flat metal cutting saw may be required if the bolts are too corroded for them to unthread.

On the next page you will find a very detailed video by to guide you thru the process if you need help!