Air admittance valves

- The concern over air admittance valves is that they rely on a mechanical seal that may eventually fail. Nevertheless, some manufacturers, such as Sioux Chief, offer a lifetime warranty on their air admittance valves. . Studor offers a 10-year warranty and claims a 500,000 cycle lifetime ..More

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Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle analogy)

- With a vented fixture, there’s no pull. To help demonstrate this, I made a video showing the difference between a vented drain and an unvented drain. This is because the water that had left the fixture was helping to pull water out. I used clear tubing for simplicity, but the physics are the same. The vent allows water to pull air instead. . You’ll notice that the unvented fixture actually drained about 2 seconds faster than the vented drain ..More

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Cold hard kitchen water

- Not only that, but the cartridges in my kitchen faucet used to constantly get ruined from the hard water deposits, and I’d have to replace the guts of my kitchen faucet every one to two years. I’d also constantly have hard water deposits build up around my faucet that I’d religiously clean every few months. . It was very annoying ..More

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Consumers’ Checkbook response

- At least one excellent home inspector, preferably several, should have helped to determine what should and shouldn’t have been included as “too obvious to miss”. They made these inspectors look bad for not doing things that fall outside of home inspection Standards of Practice, and even home inspection standards of care. This would have helped to give legitimacy to the article. . We call this reporting below the belt ..More

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Carbon monoxide = CO (houses don’t need CO2 detectors)

- Carbon Dioxide is CO2. Carbon Monoxide is CO. Just don’t tell the folks at Walmart; they actually have a section on their website where they sell “carbon dioxide” alarms. Mono = 1, Di = 2. . False: Carbon Monoxide is also called CO2 ..More

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