Older homes in Vancouver, WA: What are common plumbing problems in historic homes?

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Plumbers hands using a wrench and pliers to loosen a pipe. Many of Vancouver’s neighborhoods were built at the turn of the 20th century, and the plumbing systems present unique challenges to homeowners. Old pipes and plumbing fixtures can create major headaches as outdated pipes are comprised of materials long abandoned by modern home builders. Older neighborhoods, such as Officer’s Row, Carter Park and much of west Vancouver often have been dealing with their home plumbing systems for years.

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Tips on Removing and Replacing a Water Heater

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We’ve all been there. You’ve just hopped in the shower, ready to relax and take your own sweet time. Once a few minutes have passed by, however, your water starts to get freezing cold.

Your water heater is shot.

Nothing is more annoying than a water heater that no longer heats your water. Whether it has sprung a leak or reached the end of its natural life, sometimes it becomes more economical to replace the whole thing rather than repair parts. Here are some tips on what you should look out for when choosing a new unit and replacing it.

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How to Calculate Drain Pipe Slope

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Laying drainage pipes is a job for professionals, but DIYers can try their hand at less extensive drainage systems.

Pipes must slope slightly downhill to drain properly. The standard slope is anywhere from ¼ inch to 3 inches per square foot. An accurate calculation is essential for properly functioning plumbing. A pipe that doesn’t slope enough, won’t drain. A pipe that slopes too much drains water but not solids. If you’re installing a drain pipe, here’s an easy way to figure out the slope for a drain pipe.

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