Ever wake up to a burst pipe, with water surrounding the area? Or head down to the basement to find a backed up pipe, or a water heater that is leaking or broken? While its not a site anyone chooses to find, chances are it will happen sooner or later. Although many people turn to professional cleaning services to handle the cleaning process, it is possible to clean up the mess on your own. The following tips will help you rid your home of the damage left behind by water.
Remove all carpet and padding to allow the floor underneath to dry. Throw rugs can be machine-washed.
If water is under any linoleum, remove the flooring and allow the floor to dry completely.
Use professional vacuums for water removal and dry the areas with fans. If the water is not removed and the areas dried completely, it could result in mold.
Shorter days and lower temperatures are sure signs that another winter is just around the corner. With the weather changing, many people are concerned about getting their homes ready for the unique challenges of the season. So, here are a few tips to help you winterize your home.
1. Check your seals- Inadequate seals around doors and windows can lead to drafting and a significant loss of heat during the winter. So, before the snow comes, be sure to check each window and door. A little caulk goes a long way to keeping the heat in.
2. Check your foundation- Clear away any debris and plants that are encroaching upon the outer walls of your home. As you do, check the foundation for any cracks or crevices. These imperfections are potential access points for small creatures seeking to share in the warmth of your home. Repairing these will mean the difference between “being snug as a bug” and being snug with a bug.
3. Clean your gutters- It is important for your roof that drain-off from melting ice and snow has somewhere to go. Debris in your gutters will act as a dam, blocking drainage and causing increased strain on your home.
One of the most indispensable items in today’s kitchen is the garbage disposal. While its attached underneath your kitchen sink, and quietly sits away from public view, it is the one appliance that keeps your kitchen in full working condition.
A garbage disposal works by chewing up food scraps and waste, and feeds them down the drain and out to the sewer system via a heavy flow of water. A shredder breaks up each piece into smaller, more manageable pieces. Then a rotating impeller plate breaks down the food particles, forcing them through tiny holes, and down into the drainage system.
A good garbage disposal will last anywhere from 8 to 12 years, depending on use and care techniques. While simple problems are usually fairly easy to fix, larger, more complex problems usually result in replacement of the entire unit. Some simple tips to keep your garbage disposal in top shape are:
As the winter season approaches, many people are finding ways to prepare for the cold weather. Rising energy costs have led to a cause for concern. With the struggling economy, being able to afford to stay warm is a real concern. There are several ways you can save energy this winter and still stay warm.
- Maintain upkeep on your central heating system. Having your system checked by a professional once a year will ensure that it runs properly and efficiently. Lack of maintenance will lead to high repair bills later, possibly during a winter storm when you need the heat the most.
Over a billion people here on earth do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. And yet here in America, we consume over 8.7 billion gallons of bottled water each year, believing our tap water to be unsafe. Yet is it?
The Story Of Bottled Water is a great place to start to learn more about our obsession with bottled water, and what we can do to change it. Studies show time and again that tap water in many cases is not only the safest choice, its also the tastiest choice as well.
The most obvious answer is to quit buying bottled water, invest in reusable water bottles, and fill up your bottles with tap water before you head out and are on the go. If you do choose a reusable water bottle, choose a good stainless steel bottle, or a plastic bottle that is BPA and phthalate-free.
If you are still worried about the water quality, invest in a home water filter. As a plumber, I’ve helped many people make choices on home water filters, from investing in a reverse osmosis system, to a simple filter attached to your kitchen faucet.
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When Blog Action Day 2010 was announced this year, we knew we had to take part. Blog Action Day happens once per year on October 15th, and unites bloggers from all over the world to post on the same issue, taking aim at making a difference in our world. This year’s topic: water.
Almost a billion people here on earth do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Access to clean water isn’t just a human rights issue. It’s an issue that effects our environment, our sustainability, and ultimately impacts all of us.
Fall may finally be here in Colorado. Warm days and cool nights mean its time to bring out the warm blankets and sweaters, and turn on the fireplace – inside and out.
It’s also the time when you’ll hear about natural gas poisoning affecting families around the area. Over the summer, gas lines may have cracked or broken while working in the yard, or simply from old age.
Many people are subjected to natural gas poisoning, yet don’t notice any of the warning symptoms before its too late. Natural gas poisoning isn’t limited to your indoors environment; you can be affected just as easily outdoors. As you turn on your gas lines this season, watch for early warning signs in you and your family. Read more
The news is filled with tips to conserve water within our homes. But what about work? On average we spend more of our time at work than any other place. So if conservation begins with one tiny step, maybe that step needs to begin in the workplace.
How do you conserve water in the workplace? How is it different from what we do at home? In many cases its one and the same. As a plumber, I work in many environments, and can just as easily provide tips and strategies for a commercial location as I can for a home.
The best place to start is with conserving tap water. Look around your office, and you’ll likely find many areas where tap water runs freely. You many have a kitchen area, with a sink to share with coworkers. And bathroom areas in commercial buildings don’t have one sink; generally you’ll find a row of sinks. Multiply that by several bathrooms per floor, and multiply several floors per building, and you’ll quickly find the potential for a lot of water waste. Even with a slow drip in one or two areas, its easy to send hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water down the drain. Read more
“Green” living has quickly become the way to live. With the realization that the earth will not last forever if society does not take care of her, more and more people are making changes in the way they live. From the simplest changes (turning off lights to save energy) to more extreme changes (installing windmills and solar panels), society is trying to undo years of damage. The following list of “green” facts provides useful information on ways you can help save the planet.
- Every day, 5 billion gallons of water are used to flush toilets. You can do your part by installing low-water flush toilet to save water.
- When you leave the water running while brushing your teeth, you waste about 2 gallons per minute.
- There are 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam cups thrown away every single year.
- The average person in America uses 7 trees each year.
- The United States uses 25% of the world’s oil supply.
- 100 million cans are used every day.
- Glass has a never-ending recycling life.
- It takes 4,000 years for one glass bottle to decompose.
- It takes 450 years for a printer cartridge to decompose.
- You can reduce your water consumption by 30% just by installing a low-flow showerhead.
- Using a regular, two-stroke lawn mower for one hour equals the emission of 40 new cars.
- CFL bulbs use about 75% less energy than regular light bulbs and last about 10 times longer.
- Driving below the speed limit increases fuel efficiency by up to 23%.
- If all Americans viewed and paid their bills online instead of receiving paper bills in the mail, about 16 million trees would be saved every year.
- 10 million tons of newspapers are thrown away instead of recycled every year. If all newspapers were recycled, it would save the lives of about 75 million trees.
- When a single ton of plastic bags is reused instead of being thrown away, it saves the energy equivalent of 17 trees and 11 barrels of oil.