A home warranty is a service plan that provides coverage for service, repair, and replacement of systems and appliances listed in the warranty policy. Warranties can provide different types of coverage, including major home systems such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing as well as appliances. Plumbing is considered a service, so most warranties provide coverage for indoor pipe and other plumbing repairs. Covered repairs usually include leaks or breaks in pipes, fixing or replacing faucets and valves, fixing or replacing built-in motors and pumps, and basket strainers, and clearing of tub, shower, and toilet blockages and stoppages. Learn about coverage offered by a typical home warranty.
The cost for radiant floor heating depends on the system installed, but the cost is typically between $1,717-$6,047. Factors impacting cost include floor type and size, type of radiant heating installed, materials, labor, installation location in the home, and site preparation and cleanup. Learn about radiant heating systems and the potential cost for installation.
Consider completing these 11 home renovations before a baby arrives to avoid inconvenience, noise, or health and safety of the baby. Projects to consider completing include refinishing floors, bathroom and kitchen renovations and repairs, mold remediation, and painting and staining. Learn about projects to complete and why it's best to have these finished before bringing a baby into a home.
There are 5 types of bathroom bidets - the stand-alone bidet, built-in bidet, bidet seats and bidet attachments, handheld bidet, and portable bidet - and all are considered more sanitary and efficient than a traditional toilet. Additionally, the bidet offers cost savings with the elimination of toilet paper. Learn more about bidet types and benefits.
The main reason given for not caulking around toilet bases is that it could hide leaks and the resulting damage could become severe. While that thought process would be true if there was a sudden and major break in a pipe, the majority of leaks are small and don’t spread onto the bathroom floor, but instead soak into the underlying structure. Learn more about caulking around the toilet base in a bathroom.
Nonferrous metals like copper don't ‘rust’, however, they do eventually oxidize—or corrode. Copper is easy to clean and it’s possible to protect copper by applying a clear lacquer. Learn about what causes copper to oxidize and how it can be prevented.
Understand the difference between “dry time” and “cure time” when it comes to caulking. Most products become dry to the touch after several minutes, but don’t fully cure for days. Learn about factors that determine the dry-time for caulk.
The average cost for water heater replacement is anywhere from $811 to $1,566 depending on the type and size of the water heater. Installation and labor costs will also affect the overall price of water heater replacement. Learn more about costs to replace this appliance.
There are reasons to select PEX over copper for your home's water-supply system, but PEX comes with a downside - rodents are attracted to the plastic tubing. Learn why this is a problem and what you can do to prevent damage.
Instead of trying to hide your home’s problems, you should address significant issues before putting your home on the market. Learn about problems you shouldn’t try to conceal and should consider fixing.