Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Outdoor faucet, seen close up, in grayscale.

Outdoor Faucet Repair: How to Fix a Leaky Hose Bibb

Outdoor faucet repairs are important because even a small leak from a hose bibb wastes hundreds of gallons of water. Here's how to fix it.
Pressure relief valve on hot water heater.

How to Fix a Water Heater’s Leaking Pressure-Relief Valve

Leighton asks, "I just drained my hot water heater, and now the pressure relief valve is leaking. Is this something I can replace on my own, or should I call a plumber?"

Pressure relief valves sometime develop a drip when opened for the first time in years. If the drip doesn’t stop on its own in a day or two, here are the basic steps involved.

How to Drain a Water Heater

Draining your water heater removes sediment from the tank that makes it work harder and cost more to use. And anybody can do it — just follow these instructions!
running toilet

How to Stop a Constantly Running Toilet

Homeowners with older houses often ask how they can stop a constantly running toilet. There are a couple of simple causes with equally simple fixes.
Closeup, overhead view of a toilet, mid-flush, as cash goes down the drain

How to Fix a Running Toilet

Wondering how to fix a running toilet? Watch this video to learn the two best methods: replacing the flapper valve or adjusting the water level in the tank.
Outdoor faucet, seen close up, in grayscale.

How to Stop an Outdoor Faucet from Dripping

Watch this video for tips on how to stop an outdoor faucet or hose bibb from dripping.
filling toilet with water

How to Drain a Toilet

The first step in removing a toilet is to drain all the water out of it. This simple trick uses gravity to pull most of the water out of the toilet bowl, making it easy to remove without making a mess.
Cleaning a clothes washer water line filter with an acid brush.

How to Clean Your Clothes Washer’s Water Line Filters

Clothes washers have filters on the water lines to prevent debris from getting into the washer. Over time these filters can become clogged with sand and sediment and need to be cleaned. Watch this video to find out how.
Duck Brand faucet cover being installed outside a home

How to Prevent Outdoor Faucets from Freezing

Watch this video to find out how to protect the outdoor spigots on your home from freezing by installing insulated hose bibb covers.