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How to Install a Dry Well for a Sump Pump

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares a permanent way to collect and disperse sump-pump water

How to Plunge a Toilet  

With so many plungers in the market, which one is right for your toilet? Learn how to pick out the best plunger and use it properly when disaster strikes in the bathroom.

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How to Install a GPS-Enabled Smart Thermostat

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating contractor Richard Trethewey installs a thermostat that can be programmed automatically from a smart phone

S20 E12, Richard Trethewey replaces a tub drain
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How to Replace a Tub Drain

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner with an old 1950s bathtub replace the tub drain assembly when the current one stops plugging the tub.

Well Pump Cost and Installation Guide (2022)

The well pump is an integral part of your well system, feeding water into your home for use on a daily basis. In this article, we explain the steps you need to take to repair or replace your broken well pump.

S20 E11, Richard Trethewey discusses dishwashers
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How to Maintain Your Dishwasher

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey breaks down all the connections on a dishwasher, how they work, and how to troubleshoot them when they aren’t draining or drying correctly.

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How to Clear a Clogged Bathtub Drain

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to fix a slow draining tub

How to Bleed a Radiator

If you have hot-water heat, have you ever found that one or more of your radiators isn’t warming up? Or that only the bottom of a radiator gets hot? Before you spend the money on a plumber, try an easy fix.

Mr. Rooter Reviews and Services

Read our Mr. Rooter review to learn about the company’s cost, services, availability, and more.

Roto-Rooter Reviews and Services

In this Roto-Rooter review, we take an in-depth look at the company’s plumbing services.

How to Fix Washing Machine Drain Overflows

Water that pools around your washing machine can be caused by several issues that lead to structural damage within your home. In this guide, we detail steps that you can take to identify and fix this problem.

5 Types of Plumbing Pipes

In this article, we describe the most common types of plumbing pipes and how they’re used within your home’s plumbing system.

What Does a Gas Leak Smell Like?

In this article, we’ve compiled important information on how to identify, respond to, and prevent natural gas leaks.

Water Heater Installation Cost (2022)

In this article, we discuss the cost of installing a water heater, the different types of water heaters available, and the warning signs that point to a failing system.

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.

Sewer Line Repair and Replacement

Intact sewer and water lines are essential to a clean and comfortable home. Read on to learn what causes sewer lines to break and how they are repaired or replaced.

Septic Tank Installation and Pricing

If you live in a rural area or are planning on building a new home in the countryside, you may need a septic system. Read this article to learn more about the process and cost of septic system installation.

How to Unclog Any Drain

Armed with the right tools and techniques, you can easily unplug stopped-up drains without having to call in a pro.

How to Prevent a Septic System from Freezing

Frozen water pipes are bad enough, but a frozen septic system is worse. Here’s how to avoid this wintertime nightmare.

The 5 Best Reverse Osmosis Systems (2022 Review)

A reverse osmosis system gives you clean water without relying on tap or bottled water. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best reverse osmosis systems on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

S20 E8, Richard Trethewey installs a utility sink
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How To Install a Utility Sink in a Barn

Master plumber Richard Trethewey installs a utility sink in Mark McCullough’s chicken barn.

S4 E10, Richard Trethewey installs a utility sink
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How to Install a Utility Sink

In this how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey installs a utility sink

S20 E6, Richard Trethewey explains how to fit copper pipes
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How to Fit Copper Pipes

Plumbing & Heating Expert Richard Tretheway shows host Kevin O’Connor several methods for making solid, watertight connections, both with solder and without.

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How to Cut and Solder Copper Pipe

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shares some basic pipe-joining techniques

All About Heat-Pump Water Heaters

Save big bucks while taking advantage of the existing heat in your home

The Complete Hot Water Heater Buying Guide

Water heaters are easy to ignore—until they stop working. From size, types, cost, and maintenance read this step-by-step guide to buying a water heater if you're looking to replace yours.

The 5 Best Water Softeners (2022 Review)

Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium minerals from your well or city water. These minerals cause hard water, which can clog pipes and decrease water pressure. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best water softeners on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

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Common Water Heater Myths Answered

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shares some tips on maintaining water heaters.

S20 E1, Richard Trethewey on soldering
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Celebrating Craftsmanship: Soldering Basics

Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains some general soldering techniques and how to connect water piping.

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How to Diagnose Problems with Well Water Systems

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how a well water pump works and why it could be behind a high electrical bill.

How to Repair Toilet Tank Components

Ask This Old House plumbing and HVAC expert Richard Trethewey explains the failure points in toilet tanks and how to repair them

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How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner replace her kitchen faucet.