Buying a house is a lengthy process. Potential buyers have a vision in their minds about the kind of house they want. They know what they are looking for and they have the upper hand because if they do not like a home, they can walk away.
It takes time and effort to find the perfect home. Once a buyer finds a house that they like, there is still a process to be followed.
An important part of the house-buying process is having the house inspected. Buyers should never buy a home without having it inspected from top to bottom. While obvious factors should be inspected, such as the roof and the foundation, one area that many buyers might overlook is sewage or septic contamination. Read more
Summertime is just around the corner. As the temperatures rise, people are contemplating the end of school, days at the pool, and backyard get-togethers with friends. These visions wouldn’t be complete without that checkered picnic tablecloth, ice cold lemonade, and something delicious cooking out on the grill. If you are considering constructing an outdoor room this summer, here are a few reasons why a gas grill is a must for your outdoor decor.
1. Family fun and food - The most important elements of any outdoor room focus on the family’s ability to use it for fun and food. Who wants to be stuck indoors cooking on a beautiful summer day? A gas grill allows you to enjoy the sunshine while you feed your family and friends.
2. A unique cooking place – While you can try to mimic grilled taste in your indoor kitchen, there is no way to truly get that hot-off-the-grill goodness without a grill. Your new outdoor room provides a perfect opportunity for you to get that great grill taste without smoking up the kitchen. Read more
There is nothing quite as distressing as flushing your toilet and watching the water start to rise. A clogged toilet can cause a lot of damage, especially if it is not fixed quickly. There are many reasons why your toilet could be clogged. Small children have a tendency to flush things. Sometimes tree roots break through the pipes and cause clogs. Another reason why your toilet could be clogged is the toilet paper you use.
People tend to overlook their toilet paper as a clogging culprit. The truth is that while marketers have been doing a better job with promoting extra strong and soft toilet paper benefits, the same benefits that are a plus to you may be a minus to your pipes and sewer system. If you have older pipes, you may be even more at risk.
While some countries resort to not flushing anything, including toilet paper, that isn’t an option for us here in America. We like the convenience and cleanliness of flushing. So the key then becomes finding the best toilet paper available that gets the job done, and keeps your pipes and sewer system at minimal risk. Read more
An interesting article came out in Fast Company magazine about the water usage throughout the world, and what it means to our future.
As a green plumber, I consistently post information on water conservation, and how consumers and businesses can make changes now to begin conserving on a small scale. But after reading articles like this, and seeing stats from big businesses, it’s easy to see why we need to begin thinking even bigger.
One of the biggest things we talk about here is moving to low flow toilets, as this is our biggest waster of water. The average American home flushes 5 times a day for a total of 18.5 gallons of water. That equates to 5.7 billion gallons of water each day used by U.S. toilets within the home.
That’s huge. But did you know that: Read more
Have you ever turned on the water to fill your tub and wondered about the history of your faucet?
The faucet has an interesting history that traces back to ancient times. As early as 1700 B.C., plumbing and faucets were being used to control the water to fountains and private homes. The Romans utilized plumbing and faucets to run water to 11 public baths, 856 private baths, and 1,352 cisterns and fountains. Read more
Murphy’s law tends to tell us that if something can break, it will, and it will do it at the worst possible moment. Plumbing issues tend to follow this law. No matter when your plumbing decides to malfunction, here are a few things you should do before you call the plumber.
1. Locate the problem – Do you hear the sound of running water? If no one in your home is using any water that could be a problem. Follow the sound and do your best to locate the source of the issue. If the toilet is overflowing, turn off the water lead to that toilet. If the problem is restricted to one place, the simplest first step is to turn off the water to that item or area. If you can’t pinpoint the source of the problem, another alternative is to turn off the water to the house.
2. Determine the extent of the problem - Is the problem one leaky faucet or has the issue spread to several rooms? Also, how far has the damage gone? Answering these questions will help you determine what needs to be done next. If it’s the middle of the night, answering these questions will also help you determine if the problem can wait until morning. Read more
Even the littlest chores can turn into huge projects if you ignore them for too long.
That little drip in the shower, the small leak behind the toilet, and even the crack in the outside water line can quickly puddle up, and begin spreading to places you can’t see. Then when you do attempt to fix it, you may get more than you bargained for.
Most mold problems tend to become visible only after significant damage is done. So it’s important to fix drips and leaks early, and watch for signs we may have bigger problems.
1. Excessive humidity – Mold thrives in high levels of humidity. The higher the levels of humidity in your home, the more likely you are to have a problem with mold. There are several things that can cause elevated humidity levels in your home including poorly ventilated bathrooms, poorly ventilated dryers, regular humidifier use, large numbers of plants, etc. If your home falls under one or more of these categories, be careful. Your home could be a welcoming environment for unwelcome mold. Read more