14 January 2016
If your old hot water heater has seen better days, you may have considered getting a replacement before the old one breaks down. There are new types of hot water heaters that run on solar energy that can be a viable option. While the hot water heater will cost more money initially, it can save you money over time. Cost savings are not the only reason to consider a tank though.
7 January 2016
Water pipes in your home are vulnerable to freezing and breaking during winter. Water leaks from frozen piping can flood your basement, damage floor joists or even encourage the growth of mold in your home. Insulating your pipes and ensuring that all your pipes are inspected for leaks prior to plummeting temperatures can help avoid such catastrophic damage to your plumbing system. Unfortunately, an unoccupied home is at a higher risk of plumbing damage during winter, as there won't be anyone around to keep watch for leaks or any other damage to the pipes.
29 December 2015
Having a reliable contractor within your network of contacts is important when your home's air conditioner breaks down. Even then, you might have to endure a stifling temperature inside for a day or two until you can get the unit repaired. Once the unit is back up and running, it's time to introduce some simple measures that will help you have to make another service call in the near future. These three steps can prove effective in your effort to prolong the life of the unit and keep you and your family comfortably cool for years to come.
17 December 2015
You don't need to be a professional plumber to know or suspect a problem with your sewer line. You just have to be alert to the sounds, smells, changes, and looks that point to damaged sewer systems. Here are four signs that mean you should call a plumber to check your sewer line: Slow-Draining Fixtures You should suspect something is wrong if your plumbing fixtures, such as sinks, showers, and tubs are draining slowly than usual.
11 December 2015
Preventing leaks in your house is the best way to ensure that you can avoid water damage. Here are five common leaks that you should learn how to prevent: Washing Machine: The washing machine is susceptible to leaks because of the constant water that is running through the hoses. Due to the water pressure that is put on the hoses, they should be replaced every five years in order to prevent the wear and tear that causes leaks.
3 December 2015
When you turn on your faucet, you don't want to have to think twice about whether or not your water is clean and nontoxic. If you get your water from the municipal public source, chances are it is "treated" with chemicals and disinfectants, and subsidized with controversial substances like fluoride. But when you have well water, maintaining a private well and the quality of water it gives is your responsibility. If water wells are built correctly and placed wisely, they can be a safe and reliable water resource, but the water quality must still be closely monitored.
24 November 2015
As a homeowner, you want to have at least basic knowledge of the plumbing system in your home. One of the areas you should be the most concerned with is the drains in your bathroom and kitchen sinks. These drains are generally where homeowners see the most cause for concern. Caring for them properly, dealing with clogs correctly and preventing clogs all together will help ensure your plumbing stays in good working order.