Plumbing Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring plumbing ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.


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Ultimate Guide to Washing Machine Hoses

Before installing new washing machine hoses, it’s important to know your options, how to install the lines, and preventive maintenance measures you can take. Read on for the ultimate guide to washing machine hoses.

Testing Smart Automatic Water Shut Off Valves

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey tests two different styles of smart automatic water shutoff valves.

Time to Upgrade Your Toilet?

If you’re still double-flushing or dealing with frequent clogs, your low-flow fixture might be due for replacement. Here’s why

Testing the Newest Low-consumption Toilets

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey travels to a plumbing facility in New Jersey to learn about advances in toilet engineering that help save water

Tankless Water Heaters: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Tired of running out of hot water? That’s not a problem with one of these compact, ultra-efficient units that heat water as you need it. Here’s what you need to know about choosing, installing, and living with a tankless water heater.

How to Choose Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O’Connor discuss the different ways to identify water-saving plumbing fixtures

A Tour of Antique Plumbing and the Toilet of the Future

Ask This Old House Richard Trethewey examines historic items from the history of his family’s plumbing company and takes a look at the latest toilet technology.

The Story Behind Antique Bath Fixtures

Ask This Old House plumbing expert Richard Trethewey gives a history lesson on bath fixtures and piping

Read This Before You Buy a Toilet

Keep these key parts and new features in mind on your next toilet shopping trip.

How a Plumbing Trap Can Lose Water

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains several reasons why a trap may be losing water

All About Kitchen Faucets

For a quick and easy upgrade in a house's most popular room, nothing makes a bigger impact with less sweat and expense than replacing an outdated faucet

Bar Sinks

Impress your guests this holiday season with one of these stylish bar sinks, perfect for chilling cocktails, prepping hors d'oeuvres, and cleaning up.

Traditional Tubs

Before showers rushed the cleanup ritual, vintage soakers beckoned bathers to sit back and relax