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Want To Fix A Plumbing Problem In Your House? Ask Yourself These Two Questions

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want To Fix A Plumbing Problem In Your House? Ask Yourself These Two Questions

If you have a leak or other problem with your plumbing, you may be ready to roll up your sleeves and start to make the repairs on your own. However, you could be making more work for yourself and causing more problems if you aren’t careful. That’s why you need to answer these questions to be sure that you’re going to be able to get the job done right. Do You Have the Skillset to Fix This Problem? Because there are so many tutorials and videos online that walk people through the process of fixing a number of plumbing problems, you may think that it’s not a big deal to make repairs yourself. However, it’s vital that you ask yourself whether you are confident about your knowledge and skills to finish the job. Online videos can be helpful if you have a basic knowledge of plumbing issues, but they can often leave out critical information that can help you avoid further problems. For example, you might be fixing a leak a bathroom pipe and want to replace a piping section. At the plumbing supplies store you may pick up the cheapest pipe there and bring it home without realizing your choice could degrade other portions of your piping because of the material you’ve selected. Copper and steel pipes, for instance, should not be directly joined because of the possibility of galvanic corrosion; if you want to join up those materials, it is vital to use a dielectric union to ensure that the two metals won’t interact adversely. If you didn’t have that information, you could be making things worse for yourself in the long run. For that reason, you’ve got to remain honest with yourself about what you can do with regards to plumbing in your house. Will You Need a Permit? It might not cross your mind that you would ever need any kind of permit for work you’re doing on your own. While that is true for some simple plumbing repairs such as leaks, if you are undertaking a major job you very well may require a permit before you begin. Bear in mind that skipping a trip to the permits office could mean a lot of expensive fines you’ll have to pay. If you can answer the inquiries above and take steps to ensure that you’re proceeding correctly, you may be able to fix your plumbing problem. If you have questions, need help or realize that you’ve miscalculated your abilities and need the help of a professional, contact a local plumber like Towers Murray...

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Answers To Common Questions About Drain Fields

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answers To Common Questions About Drain Fields

The septic system that disposes of your home’s wastewater is easily among the most important systems in your home. Yet, you may not have a well-developed understanding about the various components of these systems. In particular, learning the following few answers to questions about your system’s drain field will provide you with a far better understanding about your system. What Does The Drain Field Do? The drain field is responsible for safely disposing of the water from the septic tank. Without the drain field, the water would come directly out of the septic tank, which could lead to standing pools of water and severe soil erosion. Typically, the drain field will be composed of a series of long pipes with small holes drilled into the sides. These holes will allow the water coming from the septic tank to easily drain into the soil. How Will A Clogged Drain Field Be Repaired? Clogs can be among the more common problems that a drain field will experience, and this issue can cause severe problems for your entire system. Once the drain field becomes clogged, septic water may start to back up into the home, which can be extremely unpleasant as well as damaging to the home. These clogs often form as a result of solid debris from the septic tank entering this network of piping. Once the drain field is clogged, it can only be repaired by excavating the soil around it and removing the compromised section of pipe. Should You Use Additives To Prevent Clogs From Forming? Due to the sizable expenses and disruptions involved with repairing clogged drain fields, you may want to take preventative steps to keep your system safe from this issue. To this end, you may consider using septic system additives. Unfortunately, these substances can severely disrupt the balance of bacteria in the septic system. When this occurs, the septic system may be far more likely to experience significant clogs as the bacteria may no longer be able to sufficiently break down the solid organic material that is in the system. Caring for your septic system will require you to be fairly knowledgeable about the numerous components that are involved with allowing these systems to function. By appreciating the important role of the drain field, the complicated process of repairing drain field clogs as well as the hazards of using septic system additives, caring for this essential part of your house will be an easier task for you to do. For more information, contact companies like Hemley’s Septic Tank...

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Three Ways To Troubleshoot A Clogged Kitchen Sink

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Troubleshoot A Clogged Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sink clogs can be messy and frustrating, but there are a few things you can do on your own to get the water flowing freely through your plumbing system. Use this guide to help troubleshoot your kitchen sink issues, and be prepared to call a plumber if you find there is a more serious problem with your kitchen drains. Use A Plunger Your plunger isn’t just for use with your toilet. You can use a plunger to help remove water that has backed up in your sink and clear small clogs. For this fix, you’ll want to place the plunger directly over the sink drain and apply pressure to create suction. The suction will help to clear the clog so the water in your sink will drain. If you have a double-bowl sink, place a rag into the drain on the opposite side of the sink to level out the pressure, and use the plunger on the side that is clogged. In the event that this fix does not work, you may have a more serious clog, which might require the help of a plumber. Snake The Drain If you believe something is obstructing the drain, you can snake it to remove any obstacles blocking the flow of water in your sink. In some cases, you can snake the drain directly, but for more serious clogs, you may need to dissasemble the pipes running underneath the sink so you can snake the water line directly. Be sure to turn the water off before attempting this procedure. If you have a garbage disposal, shut the appliance off before disassembling the pipes. The shutoff switch is typically located on the side of the disposal under the sink. Use Drain Cleaner You can use liquid drain cleaners to clear up a clogged sink, but this shouldn’t be done if water is draining slowly. Chemical treatments won’t work if the drain is completely clogged, as the chemicals won’t be able to actually move through the pipes. If you use a drain cleaner but there is no improvement, it may be time to call a professional plumber. If you have used a drain cleaner, do not attempt to use a plunger in the sink afterward, as the chemicals can splash onto your skin. Drain cleaning chemicals can be harsh, and they can cause injuries to your skin and eyes. If these steps don’t eliminate your kitchen sink drain clogs, be sure to contact your plumber for help. Whether there is food and grease blocking the drain or there is a more serious issue with your plumbing, a plumber like Midwestern Plumbing Service can make the necessary repairs to get your kitchen sink operating properly once...

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Upgrading Your Master Bath: Creating A Spa-Like Atmosphere

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Upgrading Your Master Bath: Creating A Spa-Like Atmosphere

Your master bathroom is your space to relax and get away from the stress of everyday life. If you are considering a bathroom remodel, here are a few things you can do to transform your master bathroom into your own personal spa retreat. With the help of your contractor, you can create a luxurious space you’ll want to spend time in every day. Separate Shower Enclosure Instead of using a shower/tub combination, add a separate shower enclosure to your master bath. You can add one to a corner of the room if you have a smaller bathroom, or you can create a large enclosure for a more luxurious feel in a large space. Consider a few fancy upgrades, such as LED lighting or a waterfall shower head to make the shower even more enjoyable, and have your contractor add a bath seat for a bit of added comfort. Finish off this look with frameless glass doors for an upscale look. Upgrade Your Lighting Switch out your plain ceiling light for a variety of new lighting fixtures. A chandelier over the tub creates a rich look while adding soft lighting to the room, and sconces on either side of the vanity give the room an instant upgrade. You can also add recessed lighting to the shower enclosure to illuminate this area separately from the rest of the room. Add Wall Shelving To create a truly spa-like feel, you need to have plenty of fluffy towels, soaps and candles available. Adding shelving to your bathroom gives you a great way to display these items and keep them close at hand when you need them. You can add corner shelves to save space, or add a long line of shelving on the wall above the bathtub. Adding small shelves throughout the room for holding decorative accent pieces is another excellent option. Add A Towel Warmer No spa is complete without a towel warmer. Your contractor can install a towel warmer to replace a traditional towel rack, or you can purchase a free-standing floor unit you can move out of the way as needed. Be sure to place the towel warmer near your shelf of bath towels so you can quickly warm your towels ad washcloths before your bath or shower. Use these ideas to create a luxurious spa escape for your home. Partner with your contractor (like South Jersey Glass & Door) for additional ideas you can use during your bath remodel to build the master bathroom of your...

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Bamboo Building Materials: Benefits And Issues

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bamboo Building Materials: Benefits And Issues

Bamboo is popular for many types of residential and commercial building materials: flooring, walls and trusses can all be constructed from this strong and lightweight material. But how do you know if bamboo is the right building material for your project? Benefits of Bamboo Bamboo has been used in building materials in the U.S. for more than a decade. It’s mostly popular for flooring, although there are many potential uses for bamboo instead of hardwoods, including support columns and interior walls. Environmental impact. Bamboo regrows quickly. In fact, bamboo can be harvested without killing the plant; most wood products are derived from trees that are completely felled. Newly planted replacement trees can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to grow enough for harvest, while bamboo plants can be harvested every 4 to 6 years. Strength. Bamboo has a tensile strength, or ability to withstand being pulled apart, that is higher than steel. It also compresses less than concrete. Attractive look. Bamboo has a more uniform appearance than hardwoods because it doesn’t have knots and irregularities. It can be used with a natural look or stained as desired. Issues with Using Bamboo There are some downsides to using bamboo as well.  Environmental issues While there are many environmental positives to using bamboo for building, there are some negatives, too. Bamboo plantations tend to be located in China and other Asian countries, where production is more important than the environment. As a result, more bamboo is being planted, leading to a lack of biodiversity, and bamboo is being overharvested.  Vulnerability One problem that bamboo has is that, while it may be strong, it is susceptible to damage from insects, fungi and rot if it is not treated with protective sealants. Bamboo typically does not last more than 5 years when exposed to the elements without chemical treatment. There are natural ways to treat bamboo against rot and insects, but these techniques typically are not used when mass producing bamboo products for the US market. Import costs Bamboo can technically be grown in most climates, but it thrives in tropical climates. This means that it must be imported to the U.S., with the additional cost and use of fossil fuels for transportation that this entails. However, most building materials are going to have some costs associated with transportation. Many builders feel that the positives of bamboo outweigh the negatives. If you have specific concerns about the way bamboo is harvested or treated, talk to a company like Hanover Concrete Company to locate bamboo building materials that meet your...

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Two Reasons To Rely On A Professional Sump Pump Installation

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Reasons To Rely On A Professional Sump Pump Installation

This is known as the DIY era. There are tutorials and other information available on the Internet that can help you perform a wealth of projects, including sump pump installation. Make sure you understand that just because you can do something on your own doesn’t mean you should. It’s fairly easy to make a number of mistakes that can be costly. Here are just a few of the reasons you want to rely on a professional for sump pump installation.   Incorrect Check Valve Direction All sump pumps have a check valve installed within them. The goal of this component is to ensure that water doesn’t flow back into the pump, where it can cause permanent damage to the unit. How effective the valve is at accomplishing this goal depends on whether or not it is installed in the correct direction. If the valve is not placed in the proper position, it will actually cause the pump to intake water instead of directing it away from the pump. In some cases, the check valve will have an arrow on it to denote which direction it should face; however, this is not always the case. The only foolproof way to avoid this mistake is to have proper knowledge of how the valve actually works. Only with this knowledge will an individual understand what direction it needs to be installed in.   Poor Float Switch Placement Sump pumps are not designed to operate when the water level is too low. If the pump operates with a low water level, the motor may overheat and sustain significant damage. The float switch works to avoid this type of scenario by monitoring the water level. If the water level reaches too low of a point, it forces the motor to automatically shut down. Similar to the check valve, proper installation of the float switch is required to accomplish this goal. The float switch must not be installed in an area where there aren’t any obstructions as installing the float switch too close to a structure doesn’t allow the arm to properly float. When the float switch isn’t able to float freely, it also won’t be able to accurately measure the water level, which only increases your risk for costly motor damage and incorrect function of the sump pump.   When you rely on a professional for installation, you avoid these and other mistakes. Make sure you are contacting a professional for this...

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Why Wooden Window Frames Are Still the Way to Go

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Wooden Window Frames Are Still the Way to Go

If you are in the market for new windows in your home, you might be overwhelmed by all the new, modern materials. However, this is not to say that you could not still consider the classic frame materials, like wood. In fact, wooden window frames are still among the most practical and stylish options on the market. While they might be more expensive than synthetic materials like fiberglass or vinyl, real wooden window frames are more stylish, unique, and natural looking. This article explains a few of the major perks of choosing wooden window frames over synthetic materials. Wood Is Stylish Most people are attracted to wood because they simply love the style of it. It is popular largely because so many other design elements on the inside and outside of a home are built out of wood. By having wooden windows, you can coordinate your home and make your overall style more cohesive. Also, the look of natural wood, with exposed grains, is very popular and adds class to any surface. In fact, some synthetic materials, like vinyl, are actually made with fake wood prints. If you want the look of wooden frames, why not just buy actual wood, instead of choosing a product that won’t look as authentic in the end? Wood Is Changeable It is also very significant that the style of wood can be altered. You can always remove your existing wood finish by sanding it off and then applying a new stain. This is a great way to redefine the look of your window and keep it up to date with other changing design elements on the interior and exterior of your property. Wood Is Still a Practical Option Finally, it is important to remember that wood is still a very practical and durable product. As long as you keep your windows sealed and waterproofed by reapplying the stain every few years, you can ensure that they will last a long time. The integrity and style of your wooden frames will largely depend on how well you keep up with the basic maintenance requirements. Also, wood has great solar, thermal, and sound insulation. As long as you give your wood a little TLC, the structural integrity and energy efficiency will remain intact over the years. Wood is an all-around reliable product that simply looks more stylish and unique than the other options on the market. It is easy to see why many homeowners still choose to invest in wooden frames for their property. To read more about various types of window frames, check out the sites of various window-installation companies....

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4 Ways To Make Your Rental Property More Attractive To Potential Tenants

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Make Your Rental Property More Attractive To Potential Tenants

A renter could view several apartments and homes in his or her quest to find the perfect place to live. As an owner of a rental property, you will have to compete with other rentals in the area. It is important that you take time to make your property more attractive to potential renters. Here are some ideas you can use to boost your property’s attractiveness level.  Convert Extra Space to a Bedroom If your rental property has any extra space, such as a study, converting it into a bedroom can attract more people. In addition to this, you can even ask for more monthly rent. The addition of another bedroom could make the difference between limiting your options to singles and couples to families who are probably looking for long-term occupancy.  Paint Your Rental Property A fresh coat of paint can make even the dullest and oldest looking property appear to be more appealing. When painting, do not forget to include the exterior of the home or building. Avoid picking colors that are too trendy. You want to appeal to a wide range of potential tenants. If you stick with neutral colors, tenants are better able to visual themselves living there.  Increase the Lighting One of the most inexpensive ways you can draw in potential tenants is to add more lighting to your property. Exterior lighting helps it to standout to people passing by at night. More interior lighting helps to make the space feel larger and gives it a more upbeat appearance. Adding light can be as simple as leaving the curtains open during the day and using lamps strategically.  Spend Time on the Lawn Even if your property is in a good neighborhood and has great rates, a badly kept lawn can be a turnoff. Your lawn is the first chance you have to make a good impression on potential tenants. Weekly maintenance of the lawn can improve the curb appeal. Other small steps, such as painting the mailbox and planting new flowers, can also help. Even adding a doormat to the front step can make your rental property seem more welcoming.  Work with a rental property management service to find other ways to increase the appeal of your property. Not only can the service provide you with ideas to improve your property, it can also help with finding the contractors needed to perform the work needed. To learn more, contact a rental property management company like Advanced Property...

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Considering A Master Bath Remodel? What You Should Know About Steam Showers

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Considering A Master Bath Remodel? What You Should Know About Steam Showers

If you’re looking for a unique shower enclosure for your home’s master bathroom, you might want to consider installing a steam shower. Steam showers are usually slightly oversized in comparison to standard showers and they feature a watertight seal around the door to keep the steam inside. Here’s a look at the basics of steam shower installation to help you decide. Waterproofing Options The steam shower enclosure has to be waterproof to hold the steam and water spray inside, but there are many different ways to do that. For example, you may decide that you want to cover the studs and ceiling with a layer of thick plastic sheeting. Then, you can cover the sheeting with concrete board that’s been treated with a waterproof sealant. Once the concrete board is secured, you can cover it with tile or whatever type of material you prefer. You may instead opt for sheet metal for finishing. If you use sheet metal, you won’t need the extra plastic. Instead, the metal panels will be welded together to seal them completely. Then, you can go around the edges with caulk to ensure that there are no open areas where moisture can seep. Electrical Needs Steam showers must have a dedicated circuit for power, including a separate circuit breaker. That’s important because, if the steam shower system malfunctions, you need to be able to shut down the power to it right away without affecting any other circuit in the house. When you install the enclosure, have an electrician add the circuit for the power supply. Steam Generation In order for a steam shower to be really effective, it requires a separate steam generator. This produces more steam than you could get from a hot shower alone. Most steam generators can be installed either alongside the outer edge of the enclosure or even underneath a cabinet or in a nearby linen closet. Just make sure you choose a place where the steam generator can connect directly to your main plumbing line that runs to your shower. In addition, you’ll need somewhere for the drain line to run. The drain line is where the condensation flows out away from the generator. Before you decide what kind of shower enclosure you’re going to add to your home’s master bathroom, talk with a kitchen and bath specialist about the benefits of steam showers and whether or not one would work for your home. Click here to get more...

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3 Essential Parts Of Window Air Conditioner Maintenance

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Essential Parts Of Window Air Conditioner Maintenance

The comfort and sense of luxury provided by window air conditioners make them among the most beloved home appliances. Yet these positive qualities can quickly become undermined if you don’t take proper care of your AC. If you would like to learn more about how to keep your air conditioner running strong, read on. This article will introduce you to three essential areas of maintenance. Keep your air filter clean. One of the nice things about window ACs is that, unlike their central air conditioning kin, their air filters are generally reusable. However, this requires that you clean them on a fairly regular basis–ideally once a month or so during summer months or other periods of heavy use. Most air filters are accessed via the front of the AC. The filter should pull readily out of its slot. Let it soak for a little while in a sinkful of warm, soapy water. Then use your sink sprayer to rinse it clean. Stubborn areas of dirt may be loosened up with the use of a scrub brush. Once clean, allow the filter to dry thoroughly before reinstalling it in the machine. Straighten out the condenser fins. On the side of your AC that points out of the window is an array of thin metallic condenser fins. The purpose of these fins is to help displace the unwanted heat from inside of your house or apartment. Over time, these fins tend to take a beating, getting bumped, banged, and bent out of shape. Unfortunately, bent fins are much less efficient at transferring heat. The good news is that straightening your fins isn’t much more difficult than combing your hair, provided you have the right tool. Conveniently enough, the tool you will need is known as a fin comb. All you have to do is slot the teeth of the comb into place, and  draw this comb gently along the fins. Remove built-up dust from the fans. All window ACs come equipped with two fans. One of these is situated next to the evaporator, while the other is next to the condenser. They both serve to keep these important internal components from overheating and blowing out. As time goes on, they both also tend to accumulate gross buildups of dust and gunk. Oftentimes, the dust will escape past the air filter and end up being circulated with the cooled air. Ensure cleaner air by washing off your air conditioner’s fans from time to time. Because the delicate electrical components are sealed off, this task can easily be accomplished using a garden hose without causing any undue harm.  For air conditioning maintenance, contact a company such as Nathan’s Heating & Air Conditioning,...

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