photo is looking down on a residential bathroom sink that is clogged and slowing draining water

When even minor issues happen to your sewer or septic line, you can deal with a lot of nasty backups. Spotting a drainage backup isn't always as easy as you might think. Learning how to identify problems quickly will help you fix your sewer or septic lines as soon as possible.

A homeowner uses a screwdriver to open the drain valve on a residential water heater

Over time, natural minerals can settle to the bottom of your water heater tank and reduce its efficiency, shorten its life and potentially lead to clogs. Here's how drain your water heater — a task you should perform at least once a year.

a step-by-step instructional guide to replacing a toilet seat  In a residential home with hardwood floors

If your current toilet seat is wobbly, chipped or just plain dingy, it's likely time to replace it. The entire process shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes and can be accomplished with tools you probably already have on hand. Follow this step-by-step guide.

technician checking external HVAC unit

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of ignoring their HVAC system until it breaks down. If you don't want to end up shivering in winter or sweltering in summer, it's a good idea to set up a preventative maintenance plan. Ready to get started on HVAC maintenance? Here's what you need to know. 

Moen faucet and bathroom vanity sink

Your bathroom and kitchen sinks can certainly take a beating — especially if you have hard water. Often white, porcelain sinks don’t hide stains well. So when it’s time to clean, you'll know. Follow this step-by-step guide.

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