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Faulty Toilet Flappers Leak a Lot of Water - here's how to replace them
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

Faulty toilet flappers are the leading cause of leaking or running toilets, here's how to fix them

...leaking toilet flapper can be really quick and easy. A leaking toilet flapper can waste a lot of water Until I looked it up, I didn't realize that a very typical old and leaking toilet flapper can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. That could increase your water bill more than $50 per month if your water is ...

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

...leaking faucet is easy to repair, whether it is dripping or weeping from the handle - image © Rj Pierson How to repair a leaky faucet - what to check first First of all, I suggest you take a careful look at your faucet. Where is the water actually leaking from? Is it working it's way up around the tap spindle and...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...leaking down into the ceiling and wall when it finally warms up enough to melt. If you're further baffled by frost forming on one side and not the others, you're probably looking at the north side. The sun will sometimes warm the south side enough to thaw and evaporate moisture but leave it still coated on the north ...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...leaking; just because you see drops of water running down the wall from your skylight doesn't mean it's leaking, that could just be condensation. Skylight leaks might be condensation: Since condensation occurs when warm, humid air meets a cold surface , warming that surface reduces the amount of moisture that will ...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...leaking pipes. As explained on the Lucid Energy website , " The hydrodynamic turbine has been carefully designed and lab-tested to maximize efficiency and power generation without interrupting the flow of water. As velocities increase, power production increases. Due to the lift-based design of LucidPipe, the system ...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...leaking out is often very humid; as that humid air finds its way through holes in the wall assembly, it can condense and deposit moisture in your walls. Moisture means rot and mold, rotten and moldy walls means home renovations are needed, and that means open up your wallet. Nothing good ever comes from warm air leakin...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...leaking drains. Despite this also technically being water forming due to condensation, this is actually a mechanical or installation failure and shouldn’t be confused with an interior condensation problem. Can interstitial condensation be caused by central air conditioning? Yes it can, but unfortunately most HVAC i...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...leaking around old seals and perhaps between the window frame and rough opening. If you can stop that from happening you have stopped your air leaks, so having airtight windows may be only a tube of caulking away. The first step would be determining from where exactly air is leaking. Keep in mind the natural stack ef...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...leaking faucets - stopping drips is an easy fix! Aeration to remove radon from water: Traditionally, radon would be aerated with special tanks that are vented to the outside. This requires space within your mechanical room; it also allows the gas into your house before it is dealt with. So there is a greater risk o...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...leaking - especially CP marked pallets that were specifically produced to ship chemical products. Even pallets used for shipping food are not necessarily safe for use, as food spills can lead to mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unkn...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...leaking (and how easy are they to fix? ) Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appliances come with it, take out your phone again and take a picture of the model number stickers on appliances to check online what sort of quality you are buying. Basements: Trust your nose - does it seem dank and mouldy...