Enjoying Your Plumbing

Enjoying Your Plumbing

Watch Out For These Four Things That Can Cause Broken Pipes

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Unless you are a professional plumber, you likely could not suspect if your pipes are breaking. Fortunately, there are some warning signs you can watch out for. This will allow you to call a plumber before you have a much larger problem, such as pipes bursting. Keep reading to learn three warning signs. Construction in Your Area If there is construction going on in your area, it can cause problems with your plumbing pipes. This is because the heavy equipment causes the soil to shift. In the beginning, you will notice constant clogged toilets and drains. If the construction continues and the soil shifts even more your plumbing pipes could break. Talk with the contractor and let them know where your sewer lines are located. Tree Roots If you have trees planted near your sewer pipes, they will be drawn to the water. Once this happens, the roots wrap around the sewer pipes quickly causing them to break and burst. This is especially true if you have older clay or concrete pipes. If you notice a lot of water standing around your sewer area and you have trees planted nearby, this could be your problem.  You will also notice frequent drain clogs inside your home. If this is something happening to you, contact a sewer company. If they find you have this problem, they have equipment that will grind up the tree roots without harming the pipes. Once they are finished, they will tell you that you need to remove the tree(s) causing the problem. Water Pressure If there is an increase of water pressure because of clogs on your plumbing pipes, they can break and burst. Once this pressure happens, the pipes will expand leading to cracking and eventual breaking. You could have a clog in your water pump, in your toilet, deep in a drain, etc. Even if you just think you have a clog somewhere, you should investigate to make sure to prevent this from happening. Routine Maintenance Just like many other things, your plumbing system needs to be maintained on a regular basis. The best way to do this is to call a plumber who can make sure the piping is in good shape. A sewer company can pump your drain to remove any debris that may be there and then clean it for you. Talk with the emergency plumber about other things you should watch out...

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Simple Jobs You Can Do For The Good Of Your Outdoor Water Tap

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Whether you’re filling a backyard pond, watering your lawn or even having a water balloon fight with your kids, the outdoor water tap mounted to the exterior of your home will serve as a central element. This tap doesn’t require much maintenance to keep in proper working order, but there are a handful of simple things that you can do to prolong its life and keep it working properly. You don’t have to be particularly adept with most of the following tasks, but if you get overwhelmed with any of this work, it’s a good idea to call a local plumbing service to help you out. Here are some things to do. Shut Off The Water In The Fall When it comes to dealing with your outdoor water tap, the most important thing to do is to shut off the water supply to the tap each fall if you live in a climate with winter temperatures that drop below the freezing point. There’s always some water in the tap, and if it were to freeze, there’s a risk of the pipe splitting and leaving you with a major less. Turn off the shut-off valve inside your home that is located near the plumbing for the tap, and then turn on the tap outside until the water stops flowing. Add A New Rubber Gasket Over time, the outdoor tap may begin to drip water, including when it’s attached to the garden hose. The solution is as simple as replacing the rubber gasket inside the tap, as the old one has likely split or rotted. Use needle-nosed pliers to pull out the old gasket from the tap and take it to your local plumbing supply store to ensure that you buy the right replacement gasket. Then, simply push the new gasket into place inside the tap. Screw on the hose and turn on the water. It should no longer be dripping. Secure The Pipe If you can hear an audible rattling sound upon turning on the tap — or even only when you turn the tap on full — it’s a sign that the that runs from the tap to your home’s water supply is vibrating. This is a concern because, over time, the vibration could loosen the pipe joints and leave you with a leak. The simple solution is to buy one or more U-shaped pipe clamps and use some small nails to secure the pipe with the clamp to the wooden framing around it. This will instantly reduce the vibration and fix the issue. For more information, contact Roto-Rooter Sewer & Drain Service or a similar...

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Three Tips For Caring For Your Home’s Drains

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Drains that become clogged can create a series of problems for any home. Unfortunately, there are some individuals that are not particularly aware of the steps that they can take to address this problem when it arises or lower the risk of their homes experiencing it. To help you with this aspect of owning a plumbing system, it may be beneficial to keep the following few tips in mind. Use Hot Water To Loosen Any Drain Clogs Eventually, you will likely find that one or more of your drains are running slowly. This is likely due to a slowly developing clog in the pipe. While you may assume that using liquid drain cleaners and clog removers will be a suitable repair option, these substances can cause severe corrosion of the pipes. You will be able to help remove these clogs without harming the pipe by pouring extremely hot water down the drain. The hot water will help to dissolve any sticky residue on the interior sides of the pipes that are holding the clog in place. After pouring the almost boiling water down the drain, you will want to closely watch how quickly it drains. While this can be an effective and safe solution, it may take several treatments to completely remove the clog. As a result, you should repeat this process until you notice that water is able to freely flow through the drain. Deodorize The Drains One day, you will likely notice a rather unpleasant odor coming from your drains. These odors come from the organic material that may start to accumulate on the sides of the pipes as these substances start to decompose. You can help to address this odor by making a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar has a powerful scent that can hide present odors, and the vinegar can help to sanitize the drain to prevent the smell from returning. Have The Drains Cleaned By A Trained Professional At least once every few years, you should consider having your drains professionally cleaned. During this cleaning process, a technician can use a powerful jet of water to break apart any materials that are gathering on the interior of the pipes. This jet will also force these materials out of the pipe, which can greatly improve the ability of water to flow through it. Additionally, these professionals have tools that can safely scrape the sides of the pipes if there are materials that are proving to be resistant to the jet of water. Visit a website like http://www.twomenandasnake.com to learn...

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Cleaning Your Drains Without Harsh Chemicals: Options For You

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When you make the decision to avoid using harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals in your home, it can be a challenge for you to transition away from those fast-acting chemicals to more natural methods. One of the areas that can be tough is dealing with plumbing problems, particularly drain cleaning. Before you give in and move back to using those drain cleaning chemicals, get to know some of the alternative methods that you can use to deal with clogs and keep those drains as clean and clear as possible. Try Using Boiling Water Boiling water is one way that you can get rid of minor clogs in your drains. If there are hairs or other small dissolvable objects in your pipes, the boiling water can break them apart enough so that they will pass through. The easiest way to do this while minimizing the risk of burns is to boil the water in a tea kettle. This will ensure that you have an easy and controllable way to pour boiling water out. Slowly pour the entire contents of the kettle into the drain and wait a few minutes for it to pass through the pipes. Then, try to run water from your faucet as you normally would. If you do not have any water back-up or slow drain problems, then you have successfully cleaned your drain. Use Baking Soda and Vinegar If you have ever been in or to a school science fair, you likely know the reaction that occurs when you mix baking soda and vinegar. It begins to fizz and bubble up. However, this chemical reaction can also dissolve clogs in your drains if you use it correctly. To start the process, you will want to pour about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain. After you do so, pour in about 1/2 cup of vinegar in the drain. Cover the drain to force the fizz in a downward direction and then uncover to pour in another 1/2 cup of vinegar. Wait for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes (or more) to let the fizzy solution work its way down the pipes. After that, you can either boil another tea kettle of water to pour down the drain or you can run water from your tap to see if the drain flows more smoothly and the clog is taken care of. If these natural home methods of drain cleaning do not work, you can contact a plumber that offers drain cleaning services to help you snake out your pipes and get rid of the challenging clogs that cannot be quickly and easily resolved. Now that you know more about how you can get away from using harsh chemicals when cleaning your drains, you can get started making your home as chemical-free as possible. For more about this topic, contact a local plumbing...

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How To Decorate Your Bathroom After A Remodel

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Thanks to your new remodel, your bathroom is no longer boring and plain. You now want to finish transforming it into a relaxing place to have a nice bath at the end of a hectic day. Your bathroom can be your sanctuary and with these quick decorating tips, you can make the most of your remodel.  Bottles and Decorative Labels One way to decorate your bathroom is to buy decorative bottles to put some of your bath products inside. For example, you could remove bath salt out of its boring packaging and put them into the decorative bottles. Add an extra flair by attaching a decorative label to it. Hang Towels on a Ladder You could also hang towels on a ladder. This works especially well if you have a rustic theme in your bathroom. Find an old ladder with rustic wood and it makes a great place to hang towels. You can make the look even better by using different colors on each level. Hang Art That Matches Your Shower Curtain Shower curtains tend to be the focal point of bathrooms, and if you have a shower curtain that is patterned or decorative, then you can easily create art that matches it on a separate wall. If you’re crafty you can paint a pattern like your shower curtain, or you could even buy two of the same type of shower curtains and cut the other one out and wrap it around a piece of foam board. Add a frame that brings out a pop of color and you now have a beautiful piece of art that matches your shower curtain. Use Screens Screens come in many different beautiful designs. You can use them in place of shades or blinds in your bathroom, especially behind a freestanding tub. You could also use one in front of your tub instead of a shower curtain. Create a Decorative Cabinet You can create a beautiful cabinet using an old window. Simply mount some shelves and install hinges to make it so the glass front is able to be opened. Take it to the next level with a crystal or iron decorative knob. Change the Lighting Change out your standard bathroom lighting with sconces or a chandelier. Even a small chandelier can add flair and class to your bathroom. If you have a rustic bathroom you can go with a more rustic type of lighting. With the remodel and some decorations, your bathroom can become the sanctuary you always wanted. If you find that there are additional remodeling changes you want to make to your bathroom, contact a company like ABEL Plumbing...

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Cool-Weather Tips For Storing Your Air Conditioning This Winter

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If you want your air conditioning to work as well next year as they did last, consider some tips for storing your units when the weather turns cool. When it is chilly enough to use the heat, it might be time to think about storing your air conditioners for the winter: Clean the unit first. Before you pack your window units away for the winter, give them a good cleaning by using cotton swabs, pipe-cleaners or a small brush to clean in all the nooks and crannies. Check any vents along the back to ensure bugs and dirt aren’t trapped inside before you put the unit in storage.   Vacuum your unit’s filter. Vacuum the air filter, usually located on the front of your window-style unit, before you store it for the winter ahead. This is also a great time to consider replacing the filter, if it is a model that uses a replaceable filter system. Vacuuming the dirt and debris will prevent it from clogging up the vents of the unit, which can impact the efficiency of your unit when you use it again next season. Prevent leaks with wrap. Wrapping your air conditioning units is a practical thing to do, especially if you plan on leaving window-units in place all year long. If you live in a humid climate, the moisture trapped in the unit can be damaging, especially when temperatures dip in the winter. Invest in an air conditioner cover from an HVAC supply store, or use industrial-sized trash bags and electrical tape to tightly wrap and protect your unit. Make a note of when you stopped using the unit. It is smart to make a note, either on a calendar or on the wrapped air conditioner itself, as to when you put the unit in storage. This serves as a handy way to measure when you should plan on doing it again next year, or whether you stored your air conditioner too soon or too late, based on the weather. Be sure to keep your air conditioning unit in a dry, cool environment during the off-season, such as in an insulated storage shed or your garage. Don’t ever stack things on top of your unit, as this may damage the metal parts and vents that could result in poor efficacy next summer season. Use these suggestions to ensure your air conditioner keeps your family as cool and comfortable next summer as it did the last time you used it! For more information, visit sites...

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Replace The Pipes Under Your Kitchen Sink To Make More Storage Room

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Many people do not realize that it is possible to have more storage room under their kitchen sinks. The pipes under the sink often take up essential space and make it very difficult to store larger items, such as bottles of cleaner, in the cabinets. If you want to make more storage space under your kitchen sink, a plumber can install new pipes that actually run along the back of the cabinet, instead of taking up space in the center of the cabinet. Use the guide that follows to learn the steps that a plumber, like Rapid Rooter Of Central Oregon, will take when replacing your pipes. Take Measurements First, the plumber will come and take measurements to determine the distance between the opening in your sink and the pipe coming out of the wall. The plumber needs to know how much piping will be required to replace the current pipes. Purchase Replacement Pipes Next, the plumber will purchase the replacement pipes needed to complete the project. The pipes curve differently than the pipes used in traditional sink piping layouts. The plumber will need to get pipes that are the exact length needed for your specific sink because your sink may be installed at a different height based on if it is an above-mounted or under-mounted sink. Remove the Old Pipes The plumber will then remove all of the old pipes from under your sink. He or she will dispose of the pipes for you so that you do not have to worry about figuring out what to do with them. When the plumber removes the pipes, he or she should check the bend in the bottom of the pipe to see if there is anything in the trap before the pipes are disposed of. Install the New Pipes The plumber will then start installing the new pipes. The pipe that comes out of the bottom of the sink will curve toward the wall starting directly under the sink. A long straight pipe is then attached to the curved pipe and then another curved pipe is connected to the end of the straight pipe to create a path going down the road. Next, another straight pipe is connected to the end of the curved pipe and leads down to another curved pipe that will attach to the pipe coming from the wall. Be sure to remove all items from under the sink before the plumber arrives, so that he or she can do his job as quickly as possible. Once the pipes are replaced, you will notice that the storage space under your sink has significantly increased and you can now store large and small items with...

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: 4 Ways To Keep Your Heating Bills Under Control

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When the weather gets cold, you know it’s time to turn the heater on. Unfortunately, rising energy costs mean you’re going to spend more money to keep your home warm. That doesn’t mean you’re heating bills have to go through the roof. Here are four simple steps that will help you keep your heating bill from skyrocketing this winter.  Get Your Furnace Serviced  A dirty furnace has to work harder, which means it will cost more money to run. To keep your furnace working properly, it should be serviced twice a year. The best times to schedule the service calls are at the beginning of spring and the beginning of fall. This will ensure that your heater is working properly when the weather starts to get cold and that it’s ready to be shut down when the weather turns warm. Seal Your Electrical Boxes Put your hand on your electrical outlets. If you feel cold air coming from them, you’re wasting valuable energy. If your electrical boxes aren’t properly insulated, cold air can get into your home. Cold air coming through one electrical box might not make much of a difference on your heating bill. However, if you have cold air blowing through all of your electrical boxes, it can definitely add a chill to your home. Foam gaskets will insulate your electrical boxes and prevent cold air from sneaking into your home. Simply remove the outlet cover and place the foam gasket over the exposed outlet. Replace the cover and repeat the process on each of your outlets. Foam gaskets are available at most home improvement centers. Stop Heat Loss at the Fireplace Your wood burning stove or fireplace could be inviting cold air into your home, especially when you’re not using it. Installing an airtight door will keep cold air out of your home. It’s also important that you keep the vents closed. This is particularly true if you have a heat pump installed on your fireplace. The heat pump acts as a fan to push the warm air into your home. However, if the vents are left open when you’re not using your fireplace or wood burning stove, cold air can blow into your home. Seal Your Windows Stand in front of your windows. Do you feel cold air coming through the cracks around the window frame? If you do, you might want to consider sealing them up for the winter. All you have to do is place a thin strip of removable caulk around the entire window frame. This will insulate your windows and keep warm air from escaping from around the windows. When the weather begins to warm up, simply peel the caulk off. You want to keep your home warm during the winter but you don’t want to pay the high energy bills. By using the tips provided here, you can help keep your heating bills low. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Garabedian Plumbing & Heating...

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4 Prevention Tips to Maintain Your Plumbing

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—especially when it comes to your plumbing. Not only can calling the plumber out to make repairs be costly, but the damage done by leaks and overflows can be excessive and unsightly. To prevent such plumbing incidents, make sure you employ these tips: Keep hair catchers in your drains. Few things are as good at forming clogs as human hair! To ensure you don’t end up with a clogged sink or rub, keep hair catchers in the drains in your bathroom and anywhere else you might wash your hair. Plastic hair catchers are only a couple of dollars each at most home goods stores. You can find fancier metal ones if you’re concerned about the look. Pour vinegar and baking soda down your drains every month. Soap scum, grease, hair and other debris start to build up on the walls of your pipes far before they cause symptoms like a slow drain or a clog. Luckily, you can keep them under control by pouring some vinegar and baking soda down the drain about once a month. The mixture foams up, loosening the gunk before it has the chance to get too excessive. About a cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar per drain is adequate, but there’s no need to measure. Let the mixture sit for an hour or so before you rinse it away. Only flush toilet paper. Your baby wipes or feminine hygiene products might say they’re flushable on the wrapper, but it’s still best not to flush them. These products don’t break down as quickly as toilet paper, so they can easily get caught in your pipes. And unlike toilet paper, which breaks down and loosens itself in time when it forms a clog, they will often stay “stuck” until they’re manually removed. The best rule to follow when it comes to flushing is that only human waste and toilet paper are to go down the toilet. Scrape your plates before rinsing them. A few food scraps or a little sauce here and there might not seem like a big deal, but when food scraps are greasy, the grease can solidify on the walls of pipes. Other food scraps can then get caught on the grease, forming larger clogs. Make sure you scrape any food off your plates before you wash them in the sink, and you’ll reduce your risk of clogs. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Sunset Professional...

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Three Reasons To Consider Steam Boiler Heating For Your New Home

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If you’re making plans to have a new home built, one of the decisions you’ll need to make is what style heating system to install. A lot of homeowners these days choose forced air heating because it tends to be the most affordable. However, if you’re able to make a little extra room in your budget for steam boiler heating instead, it can offer some great benefits. Here are three reasons to strongly consider steam boiler heating for your home. You’ll have to worry less about indoor allergies and air quality. Whether you suffer from full-blown indoor allergies or are just a little sensitive to dust, boiler-style heating is a healthier choice than forced air. Dust, debris and mold spores tend to build up in the ducts or forced air systems. Then, when the heating kicks on, they are propelled through the air, where they irritate your nose and eyes. With boiler-style heating, this is a non-issue since there are no ducts and no blowing air. You’ll have an easier time keeping your home free from allergens and will suffer fewer symptoms as a result. Steam boilers are silent. Forced air systems are not that noisy, but they do make noises when they kick on and kick off, and blowing noise might be annoying if you’re the kind of person who prefers silence as you work or read. Babies are also sensitive to the noises made by forced air systems. Nobody wants to have their little one wake up and fuss each time the heat kicks on! Boiler heating, on the other hand, is completely silent. You won’t hear the heat kick on and off, so you can concentrate deeply and get more rest as your baby sleeps through the night. Radiant heat is more comfortable. Most homeowners find that homes with boiler-style, radiant heating are more comfortable than those with forced-air heating. When your home is heated with a boiler, a lot of the heat is transferred through surfaces rather than directly through air contact with the warm radiator. Heat passes from the radiator to the floor, and travels through the room. The floors stay feeling warm, and this makes the whole home feel cozier. In homes with forced air heating, the air tends to warm up, but the surfaces stay chilly. Thus, you get a chill when you walk across the floor or touch a cold surface. If you’re looking for a comfortable, silent, and healthy way to heat your home, a boiler system can’t be beat. Click here for heating service or do an online...

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