Plumbing Mistakes You Should Avoid

How To Install A Single Hole Bathroom Faucet

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Install A Single Hole Bathroom Faucet

Installing a single hole faucet involves the same procedures as installing a standard faucet, except that you have even less room to work under the sink. Your faucet connection and both of your supply lines must be connected to the faucet through a single hole.  If you are installing it in a small bathroom or a recessed space in a larger bathroom, you will need patience, some contortionist skills, and forethought to make the job less difficult. Here’s what you’ll need: The faucet When deciding upon which single hole faucet to buy, you should be certain that it is a suitable size for the sink. If you are installing it into a smaller sink, you should buy a smaller faucet that will not overwhelm the sink aesthetically. You don’t want your faucet to look like a gargoyle sitting atop a small bird bath. Plumbers putty You can buy the smallest tub available, because you won’t need much for this project. Teflon tape Not really tape, just plastic ribbon that is used to seal threaded supply line connections. Adjustable wrench or locking pliers Installing the single hole faucet When installing a standard faucet, you will normally make all connections under the sink. However, with a single hole faucet, you will find that it is simpler to disconnect the supply line hoses and connect them to the faucet before it is placed atop the sink. Assuming that the valves to the supply lines are shut off if you have no faucet attached to them, disconnect them by using your adjustable wrench to turn the connection nuts counterclockwise. Attaching the supply line hoses to the faucet The bottom of the faucet will have two threaded male connections for hot and cold water. Wrap teflon tape around the threads in a clockwise direction until all the threads are covered. Remove the wing nut that is screwed onto the center rod of the faucet. It is a threaded rod between the two supply line connections and is used to secure the faucet to the sink. You will then connect the supply line hoses to the threaded connections by turning the connecting nuts clockwise with your wrench or locking pliers until they are completely tight. Preparing the faucet Scoop some plumbers putty from the tub and roll it between your open palms until a quarter inch wide bead is formed. You will place the bead of putty inside the perimeter of the base of the faucet. The putty will be used to keep water that is pooled atop the sink from entering under the faucet and leaking through the sink’s faucet hole. Connecting the faucet Place a small piece of tape on the supply line on the left of the faucet. This will identify it as the hot water line. Push the supply lines through the faucet hole individually, then place the faucet atop the hole. You will them need to climb under the sink with the wing nut that you removed from the center rod of the faucet. You will reattach it to the rod and turn it clockwise by hand until it reaches the bottom of the sink. Tighten it until the faucet is snug against the top, but hand tighten only or you may crack the sink. Reconnecting the supply line hoses Wrap...

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4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Septic System For Your Home

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Septic System For Your Home

If you are building a home in an area without a sewer service, you will need to have a septic system installed. There are many things that you need to have done before the system can be installed. You will need to choose the location where you want to install the system and get a soil test done to determine the type of septic system you need. Here are some things that you will want to consider before choosing the septic system for your home: 1. Determining Filtration And Soil Quality With A PERC Test Before you can even have a septic system installed, you will need to have a PERC test done. This is a test of the soil and groundwater on your property. It will tell you how well your soil filters water and the level of the water table. This information can then be used to determine what type of septic system you need to have installed for your home. 2. Deciding On The Tanks To Have Installed For Your Septic System There are also many different types of septic tanks that you can have installed for your home. If you are required to have an aerobatic system, you will probably need to have multiple tanks installed. You may want to have additional tanks installed for more capacity, and things like storage of greywater to reuse for non-potable uses. 3. Reducing Strain By Diverting Greywater For Irrigation Instead Of In The Tank Strain on your septic system can also be reduced by recycling greywater, and you do not need an extra tank for this. Instead, consider using the drainage from appliances like washing machines for landscape irrigation. Doing this will help reduce strain on your septic system and reduce your water consumption. 4. Using Updated And Improved Septic Drain Field Designs Where Needed The drain field of your septic system is also important, for which there are many different alternatives to conventional systems. This can include mound system if your property has a high water table. It can also include chambered system, which can help to improve drainage and reduce many of the problems associated with clogged and collapsed drain lines. These are some of the things that you will want to consider when choosing a septic system for your home. If you are ready to have your system installed, contact a septic installation service like AAA Septic Tank Service to get help with your home’s septic...

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Thermostatic Shower Heads: A Great Choice For The Environment And For Safety

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thermostatic Shower Heads: A Great Choice For The Environment And For Safety

These days, there are so many different types of shower heads on the market that it can be hard to know which is best. There is one type of shower head, however, that is a good choice for both the environment and for your safety, especially if you have children or older adults in the home. A thermostatic shower head, which turn soft automatically if water exceeds a certain temperature, should definitely be on your must-have list. Here’s a closer look at the benefits of this type of shower head. Water and Energy Savings Usually, your shower is not hot as soon as you turn it on. If you’re like most people, you turn on the water and let it run for a while before you get in. You probably don’t get in as soon as the water turns warm, so you’re really wasting energy heating the warm water that you don’t even end up showering under. You’re also wasting that water. You might also end up showering in water that’s warmer than you really need, which uses more energy than necessary. A thermostatic shower head solves both of these energy-wasting problems. You can set it to turn off when the shower reaches a certain temperature. Turn on the shower, get ready to shower, and when the shower has warmed up, it will turn off until you manually re-start it, so no additional water is wasted. You can also set the shower head never to exceed a certain temperature when it’s in use, so you’re not tempted to take a hotter shower than is needed and waste energy. Safety Considerations If you have a child who takes showers, you may be concerned that he or she will be scalded if the water temperature is turned up too high. You may have the same concern for an elderly adult, who may not be agile enough to quickly adjust the water if it is too hot. With a thermostatic shower head set to a certain temperature, you never have to worry about the water coming out too hot, thus the risk of burns and scalding is greatly reduced. There are many different models of thermostatic shower heads, but they all serve essentially the same functions. Make sure you choose one that’s easy to operate and adjust, and that also looks great in your bathroom. Once you install it, you’ll notice savings on water and energy, and you’ll also feel much safer. For more information, contact Roto-Rooter or a similar...

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Clues That Tell You That Your Septic Tank Needs Some Help

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clues That Tell You That Your Septic Tank Needs Some Help

Having a septic tank on your property means that you have to be careful to always be as aware as possible of the signs and symptoms of something going wrong. This way, you will be able to take immediate action before it is too late. To help you with this, you will want to take a few moments to review the following clues that your septic tank is in need of a little help. You Smell Rotten Eggs Unless you just literally threw a bunch of rotten eggs in the trash can and forgot to take the bag outside, you should not have to deal with the smell of rotten eggs in your home. If you do suddenly smell such a thing, it might be because you are having a problem with your septic tank. The rotten egg smell is actually methane gas and it is extremely flammable. You smell this gas because the sewage is starting to back up through the pipes and will eventually come through the drains in your home. In order to avoid such a mess and potentially dangerous situation, you will want to call in a professional septic tank specialist who can clear the lines for you.  It Is Getting Harder To Flush Things Down The Drains It could be that you have a major clog in your septic lines. Then again, it could just be a small buildup of septic waste that needs to be broken up with a special septic tank treatment. Either way, you will want to grab the attention of a professional septic tank specialist. This way, the lines and tank itself can be treated with the best septic treatment solution available and the lines can be further inspected with cameras should the treatment not do the trick of clearing your lines. You Are Starting To Hear Gurgling Sounds A gurgling sound is a sign of trouble. Try to take a little bit of time to see if you are able to hear the gurgling sound in all of the drains in the house as you use them. If you do, then there is a good chance that the problem is further down into the main septic line. If you are only hearing such sounds when you use the kitchen sink, for example, then it might be safe to say that the problem sits between that particular drain and the point where it meets the main septic drainage line. By narrowing it down, you will be able to determine just how big of a problem you are dealing with. A single drain line clog might be a lot easier to clear than a clog that is in the main line, as the main line is a lot larger in diameter and further from the house, or within the tank itself. With those three clues in mind, you should have no trouble determining whether it is time to call in a professional septic tank repair technician, such as Tyler Contracting...

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Know When To Replace Your Pipes With The Help Of Your Plumber

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Know When To Replace Your Pipes With The Help Of Your Plumber

Nothing in your home will last forever, plumbing pipes included. If you’re new to home ownership or are simply worried about the state of your pipes, it’s time to call in a plumbing professional, such as Countryside Plumbing, for a proper inspection. To know when complete pipe replacement is best, consider the tips below. Know Your Pipes When first determining whether replacement of your plumbing pipes is imminent, it’s important to know exactly what kinds of pipes your home has and the usual lifespan of such materials. While your home inspection will list pipe materials and likely age, if you’re unable to find this information, your plumber should be able to help. Through inspection, your plumber should be able to tell you not only the materials used and the suspected age, but also whether there are any issues that may be causing premature aging and whether your pipes are in immediate need of replacement. While most pipe materials can last for at least 50 years, unusual amounts of pressure or exposure can speed up the process of aging and make them not so sturdy. Be On the Lookout for Trouble Areas Whether your home’s pipes are still young or are fast approaching their last years, it’s important to keep an eye out for any trouble areas. Your home’s pipes don’t need to be replaced all at once, especially if the troubled areas are newer or suffering from unusual pressure or damage. While leaks are an obvious symptom of an issue, other signs to watch for include discoloration, stains, rusts, and dimpling. All of these can be signs of pipe corrosion which means the pipe is becoming weaker and unlikely to last much longer. If problems are found, your plumber will be best able to tell you how much longer you pipes may have, as well as whether the issue will reoccur with the new piping due to exposure or pressure or whether the issue is the pipe itself. Know When Replacement Is Best Even in older pipes, immediate replacement may not always be best, especially if you plan to renovate your home down the line. Renovating your home is the best time to consider pipe replacement as the majority of your pipes will likely be exposed, and your home will already be in a state of chaos. If you’re considering a renovation down the line but are concerned about your pipes now, it’s best to have them inspected by a plumber who can determine whether they can wait for the renovation to begin before being replaced. In cases such as this, regular repairs may be cheaper and less time consuming than a full-on replacement, especially if plans are already in the works. To learn more about plumbing pipe replacement versus repair and when replacement is best for your pipes, consult with your...

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Comparing Aerobic And Anaerobic Septic Tank Systems

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Comparing Aerobic And Anaerobic Septic Tank Systems

Septic tank systems can be made out of a wide range of different materials, each of which carries a different set of advantages and disadvantages. However, they can also be more broadly grouped into two main categories, aerobic and anaerobic systems. Aerobic septic tank systems make use of air to aid in the decomposition process, whereas anaerobic systems do not. Understanding the differences between these two types of septic tanks can help you choose the one that best fits your needs. Anaerobic Septic Tank Systems Anaerobic septic tanks are the more common of the two types of septic tanks, partly because they are fairly affordable. They tend to cost significantly less than aerobic systems, though this will also depend on the size and type of material that your septic tank is made out of. Additionally, because they are more common, it is easier to find a contractor to install your system, which means that your installation costs will be lower as well, due to increased competition. Additionally, anaerobic systems do not require much maintenance to continue working properly. However, anaerobic septic tank systems tend to be much larger than aerobic systems, which means the installation process will be more disruptive and will also require more space, which can be an issue for small properties. Additionally, anaerobic septic tanks tend to break down more quickly than aerobic systems do, because the gases they create are more corrosive, one of which is methane. Methane smells like rotten eggs, which means that if there’s a leak in your system, you will have to deal with an extremely strong smell. Aerobic Septic Tank Systems Aerobic septic tank systems work faster and produce less gas than anaerobic systems. This is because they draw air into the system to speed up the decomposition process of the waste, a process that also produces fewer emissions, eliminating the rotten egg smell commonly associated with septic tanks. Furthermore, because of their increased efficiency, aerobic septic tanks tend to be smaller, making them ideal for smaller properties. However, aerobic septic tanks are more expensive than anaerobic systems and require electricity to continue working. This means that they are more complex systems, which means they can fail more often and will require more maintenance than their anaerobic counterparts. Furthermore, in the event of a power outage, your septic tank will not work, which can be a serious problem, especially in areas that have less-than-reliable power in the first...

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Three Things You Will Want To Know About Septic Upgrades When Remodeling

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things You Will Want To Know About Septic Upgrades When Remodeling

If you are planning on remodeling your home, there are many things that you will want to consider. You have to plan for things like egress and mechanical systems. Part of the infrastructure of your home may include a septic system. If you are adding space to your home, the septic system may need to be updated. Here are some things that you will want to know about upgrading the septic system of your home: 1. Replacing A Tank For Additional Bedrooms Septic systems are usually designed for the amount of bedrooms in your home. If you do an addition or add bedrooms to your home, this means that you may need to expand your septic system. Sometimes, this can be done by simply having a larger tank installed and using the same drain field. The drain field has to have a design that can handle a larger tank and be in good enough shape to still use with your septic system. If you drain field does not meet the requirements, you may need to have it replaced as well. 2. Improving An Outdated Septic Drain Field  The drain field of your septic system is where affluent drains from the tank and is filtered naturally through the soil. With older homes, this may simply be a single drain tile system that has been lined with gravel. The outdated systems can cause several problems, such as collapses and clogs with your septic drainage. You may want to consider having your drain field replaced with a modern chambered design that is less likely to fail because there are more drain pipes and better filtration. 3. Installing An Alternative Waste Treatment System When Needed If you have an older septic system, it is also possible that it does not meet modern environmental standards. For a conventional septic system to be installed, you have to have the right soil conditions and the ground water has to be a certain depth. To find out what type of system you need, you will want to have a PERC test done. This will tell you the type of soil conditions you have and the type of septic system that needs to be installed for your home. These are some of the things that you will want to know about upgrading the septic system of your home. If you need to have your septic system upgraded after renovations or remodeling, contact a septic service such as AAA Pumping Service to get the help you need getting the right septic system for your home....

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Signs That You Need Help From An HVAC Company For Your Furnace

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That You Need Help From An HVAC Company For Your Furnace

As a homeowner, it is up to you to make sure that your furnace is always running as efficiently as possible. It is also important to make sure that it is never a danger to you or your family. Therefore, you want to review the following signs that it may be time to call for professional assistance with your furnace so that any issues can be corrected in a timely manner. The Flame Is Yellow In Color If you have a natural gas furnace, you will notice that there is a flame. It should always be a bright vibrant blue color. If you happen to notice that the flame is yellow in color, you want to call for emergency HVAC services right away. This is not a problem that can be put off until a later date. The reason is that the yellow flame is an indicator that the gas is not being burned properly, which may result in the leak of carbon monoxide into your home. This is a colorless and odorless gas that is deadly. There Is Water Leaking If you have a boiler as your heating system, you might notice a small water leak when there is a problem. This is not a concern for your emergency plumber though. You are still going to want to call a professional HVAC technician as there is a corroded line or too much pressure sending the water to the floor. The licensed HVAC contractor will be able to determine the exact cause, decide if there is any immediate danger to yourself or to your family, and explain the repairs that will need to be made in order to resolve the issue. The Rooms Are Not Heating Up Like They Should There are many different reasons for suddenly experiencing a change in how well the furnace heats the rooms of your home. Never assume that this is just something you deal with as a furnace gets older. There could be an issue with the thermostat itself, wires the lead to and from the thermostat, broken duct work, or a blower motor that is starting to fail. Therefore, should you notice any of these problems, you are going to want to make sure that you are calling you HVAC contractor or specialist right away. With those three signs in mind, you should have no trouble determining if it is time to call for professional help (such as from Allcounty Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning) with your heating...

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Winter Warmth: 5 Ways To Achieve It Without Skyrocketing Your Utility Bill

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winter Warmth: 5 Ways To Achieve It Without Skyrocketing Your Utility Bill

Winter and the cold temperatures that it brings with it is not far away. Are you ready for the cold weather? Will you be able to stay warm? Here are five tips to help make sure that you don’t fall prey to Old Man Winter without hurting your checking account: 1. Make Use of the Free Sun! When it comes to home temperature control, you should focus on the sun. On winter days, open up the curtains and blinds on your south-facing windows to allow that free heat to radiate into the home. Once the sun goes down, though, you will want to make sure to close your window treatments to minimize the chill that may emit from the window as the temperature drops outside. 2. Adjust Your Thermostat Several Degrees at Bedtime. The United States Department of Energy says that you can save up to 15 percent annually on heating expenses by simply lowering your thermostat roughly 10 to 15 degrees for a constant eight hours. The best time to do this is obviously just before bedtime. If necessary, add an extra blanket onto the bed to help you stay warm while you keep the space itself (and your money) cooler. 3. Add Bubble Wrap to the Inside of Your Windows. This little trick will cut your heat loss in half. Bubble wrap is inexpensive, especially if you can find it at a furniture store or department store that is simply planning to throw used bubble wrap away. It is also easy to install. Cut it to the size of your window. Mist the window with water and put the bubble wrap in place. 4. Don’t Ignore the Importance of a Clean Filter. Your heating system utilizes a filter. When it gets dirty, it can result in congestion and cause your unit to work harder. This not only shortens the life of the unit, but it can also increase the amount of money you’re spending on energy usage. To avoid this, the U.S. Department of Energy suggests changing the air filter each month, or at the very least as needed. 5. Reflect the Heat Back Into the Room with Aluminum Foil. If you use wall-mounted heating units or radiators to heat your home, then you can put aluminum foil behind it to reflect the heat back into the space. You can either create a small box around the back and sides of the radiator for best results or you can simply tape a piece of foil to the wall behind the heating unit for slightly less results. Contact a heating service professional in your area to schedule an appointment for the inspection and maintenance of your heating system. This will ensure that you are ready for the cold weather the second it...

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How To Identify And Fix Tub And Drain Leaks

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Identify And Fix Tub And Drain Leaks

A leaking bathtub or floor drain isn’t just annoying–it can lead to costly and time-consuming damage to your home. Thus it is vital that you stop any such leaks before they become a serious problem. If you would like to learn what to look for and how to correct it, read on. Recognize the warning signs. A leaky drain isn’t always easy to detect from the level of your tub or shower. The most common place such leaks manifest are on the floor below. There you will likely find water stains on the ceiling–or the floor joists, if it happens to be an unfinished basement. You’ll notice a much different set of symptoms if your shower or tub is built on a concrete slab. The water will be unable to progress downward and so will spread outward instead. In that case, it is not uncommon to find loose flooring in the vicinity of the tub and even in adjacent rooms. Verify that you’re dealing with a drain leak. Pinpointing the exact location of the leak is easy–if you have an access panel to the bottom of the tub, that is. Then all you have to do is fill the tub part way and then open the drain. The large volume of outrushing water means that the leak should give itself away almost immediately. Things are a little trickier if you aren’t able to see the underside of your drain. In that case, plug the drain thoroughly and allow a pool of water to form around the drain. Then come back in an hour and check whether the puddle has shrunk in size. If so, you know that water is leaking through around the rim of the drain. Fix the problem by replacing the flange gasket. The first step once you’ve identified that you’ve got a drain leak on your hands is to unscrew the drain flange, also sometimes referred to as the drain basket. Underneath you should find a rubber gasket used to prevent the flow of water. Chances are this gasket has become cracked or corroded with age, thus allowing water to leak through. Take the gasket to your local home improvement store, where you should be able to find a replacement for just a few dollars. Once home, install the new gasket, lay down a bead of silicone caulk around the underside of the flange, and then screw the flange back into place. Congratulations, your drain should now be leak free. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact a plumber in your...

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