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DIY Plumbing Tips from a Contractor
Can you serve as your own handyman (or handyperson)? For complex jobs, you need a plumber, but simple maintenance can often be a DIY project.
Simple Spring Plumbing Tips
Spring is a time when many homeowners engage in maintenance tasks like spring cleaning and home renovation. It’s also a good time for homeowners to check up on their plumbing system to protect their home from clogged drains, leaks and water damage. Keeping up with this basic maintenance on a yearly basis can help keep your home functional throughout the year.
Perform a Water Heater Check Up
Temperature settings: on the water heater, setting the temperature very high in an attempt to obtain more hot water can be dangerous and lead to serious scalding burns for the building's occupants unless water tempering or mixing valves or other temperature safety controls are provided and properly set at the plumbing fixtures. At a temperature setting of 100 degF or below most water heaters are unlikely to scald an occupant; more than 5 minutes exposure at 120 degF are required to produce 2nd & 3rd degree burns on adult skin.
Watch for Water Leaks Associated with Sprinklers and Outdoor Faucets
The most common reason is called “Low Head Drainage”. "Low Head Drainage" occurs when the lowest head on a zone allows water to drain from the lateral piping, out of the sprinkler. If it is low head drainage, residual water will stop flowing after all the water has left the pipe.
Turn the Water Valves
A threaded plumbing fixture such as a shower head, faucet or aerator can become stuck due to mineral deposits that accumulate over time. The same is true for plumbing nuts that secure a fixture in place. The longer the fixture has been in place, the more likely it will be stuck and cause removal problems. In many cases, though, it is possible to loosen the stuck plumbing fixture.
Check Under Sinks and Supply Hoses
The supply hoses simplify installation of toilets, faucets, water heaters and more. Flexible supply lines bring water and gas from the permanently installed pipes behind your walls to your fixtures and appliances. Take a look under your sinks and check the supply hoses that run to your dishwasher, clothes washer and other water-using appliances. Look for moisture, puddles, rust, corrosion and other warning signs of a leak.
Drain the Sediment from Your Water Heater
Have you flushed your water heater lately? This boring but important chore should be done at least once a year to remove sediment that accumulates on the bottom of the tank. That's especially true if you live in a hard-water area. The task is easy to blow off because it's out of sight—but skipping it is costing you a lot. Sediment buildup reduces the heating efficiency of your water heater.
Test the Toilets for Leaks
Leaking toilet? You may not need a new one, but before you can fix it, you'll need to find out the real problem. It could be as simple as a flapper leak or toilet valve leak. If so, the fix is pretty simple.
Clean Gutters and Down Spouts
If the gutters are too full, water can actually damage the roofing and the fascia (the boards behind the gutters, rather than the tough tissue in the human body). Overfull gutters can spell trouble below deck as well, as water pouring over the gutters versus going cleanly down the spouts can mean water getting to your foundation, and possibly into your basement and crawlspace. The torrents can also do a number on your garden beds if they’re right under the gutters.
Money Saving Tips for Your Swimming Pool Over the years, I’ve come across some interesting money saving tips for your pool while working with swimming pool owners. These tips will help you cut back spending while actively trying to maintain a healthy, stress-free lifestyle, enjoying your pool. Store Your Vacuum Head Correctly The number one reason pool owners replace their vacuum head is because the brushes on the bottom of it have either flattened out or completely fallen off. Store your vacuum head upside down and out of the sun. Over the winter, be sure you keep it away from any chlorine. If you do this, you will double the life of your vacuum head, which can be expensive to replace. Use A Solar Cover With Your Pool Heater Solar pool covers capture the energy of the sun and transfer it directly into your pool water to keep it warm. Depending on where you live, a solar pool cover may not keep the water as warm as an electric or gas heater, but the tradeoff is that it can ac
Asphalt paving for your residential or commercial property is a big job that requires a professional, experienced company to ensure proper installation and long-term results. To avoid costly repairs from shoddy workmanship, it is imperative that you hire a reputable asphalt contractor for all your asphalt needs. Tips for Hiring an Asphalt Company Check References & Reputation A contractor who is licensed in the state of California and insured to complete commercial paving projects is essential for ensuring quality, safety, and good results. While many contractors choose the minimum amount of insurance required by state law, a reputable company will protect your property by having full insurance for their entire crew, including general liability, auto liability, workers’ compensation, and an umbrella policy. They should also keep an adequate crew on site. A properly staffed team consists of five to eight fully insured workers, depending on the size of the paving project. Find