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Air Admittance Valves

Air Admittance Valves (often shortened to AAV or called Cheater Vents) are compact plumbing components which are designed to allow air into a drain/waste/vent pipe. Your home’s plumbing drainage system requires open airflow to function properly...
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Tub Diverters

A Tub Diverter is what we often think of when we picture a bathtub faucet. It is the most visible portion of plumbing where water exits the pipes and enters the bathtub. I would call it a “secondary” control, coming into play after the fa...
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Main Water Shut Off

Main Water Shut Off Valve could be just about anywhere in or around your home. It is very important to know how to shut off water in case of a plumbing leak flooding your house. There are typically small valves at every water fixture – sinks, t...
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Cartridge Valves

Cartridge Valves are one style of control mechanism at faucets such as your sink and tub. In the past, the primary way to adjust the volume and temperature of water was to turn your hot valve open a percentage and turn your cold valve open a perce...
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Check Valves

Check valves in plumbing systems are a type of one-way controller. They permit water to travel only in the direction the user intends. There are many kinds of check valves. These valves can be applied to a broad range of applications, but are gene...
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IPC

IPC, or the International Plumbing Code, is a set of codes and standards for how plumbing is to be used and installed for the best results. As an early reminder, we are not plumbers, and we are not code inspectors – no home inspector can or doe...
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UPC

UPC, or the Uniform Plumbing Code is one set of codes and standards for plumbers to be aware of. As an early reminder, we are not plumbers, and we are not code inspectors – no home inspector can or does verify adherence to codes. For more infor...
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Plumbing Materials

Plumbing Materials - you might never know how many materials are used to bring water into our homes because pipes are usually hidden. Plumbers use different materials for many reasons. Often the choice is based on what is the best option commonly use...
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P Traps

P Traps are a special connection between water fixtures such as sinks or appliances and the primary drain/waste/vent system pipes. They exist behind walls for appliances such as a washing machine, even if you cannot see the p trap. These features are...
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Non-Standard Drain Traps

S traps, drum traps, and other non-standard drain water traps are supposed to work like a p trap to prevent sewer gasses from backing up into our homes. However, in most municipalities, only P traps are approved for use in new homes. Some old homes m...
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