A septic tank is a sewage-treatment system that is quite common in areas not connected to the main sewer line. While urban areas have a sewage system in place, many rural communities rely on separate septic tanks for each property.
Maintaining your septic tank requires more than unclogging a drain when things back up. Because your septic tank is vital to keeping your home safe and secure, regular maintenance is crucial to avoid problems down the road.
The most basic maintenance, which is draining the septic tank, should occur approximately every four years, depending on usage. This prevents buildup of sludge and grease and keeps leakage from seeping into your drain field. This simple procedure is low cost to you and easy for the professional with the right equipment. Read more
In order to repair a bathroom leak, you need to find the leak first. In some cases, a bathroom leak may be easy to repair; it’s a simple drip from a faucet. In other cases, you may see the trail of water, yet have no idea where the origination point is.
Water is one of the most dangerous items in your home. Its something you use every day and can’t live without. Yet if it ends up in places where it shouldn’t be, it can be a huge problem for your home and your family.
One of the most sensitive places in your home is the bathroom. In addition to water in your bathtub, shower, sinks and toilet, you also have condensation from the humidity when you use the bathtub or shower. Knowing what to look for can help you decide when you should do a little repair work on your own; and when its time to call in a plumber.
As the faucets on your tub, showers and sinks age, water will deteriorate them from the inside out. While they may still be shiny on the outside, you may begin to notice small drips. If you notice leaks, it means that it is time you replaced the washers. If leaks continue, it may be time to invest in a new faucet. While replacing faucets or fixing drips may be a great DIY project, if you want it done in a timely manner, a plumber can help you install everything quickly and guarantee you don’t have additional water problems. Remember to shut off the water from the main control meter before working on it.
If you ask a plumber, he will probably tell you that most leaks don’t originate from the pipe; but rather at the grout. When water from the shower hits and splashes the tiles, a stream of water flows in all directions. If grout is sealed to the tiles, it simply disappears over time. If there are cracks or spaces, water may seep in, penetrating further into your wall boards as time goes on. Repairing this type of leak isn’t hard, although complications may occur while locating the source. If you are able to identify the source, it’s as easy as re-grouting your tiles. If you have any doubts as to the source, a plumber can use his skills and knowledge to find the origination point. Read more
Every appliance in your home has two costs. The first is the price you pay when you purchase it. The second is the cost of operating the appliance over its lifetime. And while most people focus in on the upfront costs, they may be a bit surprised if they dug a little deeper and looked at total costs instead. What can save you a few dollars up front may wind up costing you hundreds or even thousands over its lifetime.
One of the most expensive items in your home to operate is your water heater. Heating your water every month accounts for about 15 percent of your utility bill. And if you have a water heater 10 years and older, the efficiency rating is no more than 50 percent.
A water heater’s efficiency is measured by its energy factor – EF – which is calculated by its recovery efficiency, standby and cycling losses. The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. Typical EF ratings will range: Read more
Are you doing what you can this year to save money? Want to save on your energy bill? Then start today by looking into the various rebate programs that are open to you as a Colorado resident.
The second largest energy user in the home is typically your water heater. And if your water heater is more than a couple of years old, chances are its one area that could save you a considerable amount of money over the coming years.
Xcel Energy is offering its residential customers up to $450 in rebates when they purchase a qualifying, new high-efficiency, natural gas or electric water heaters. Rebates vary from $25 on a standard natural gas water heater .62EF to an electric heat pump water heater with rebates of $450. Read more
As we age, we begin looking at even the littlest tasks in a different way. While bathing may have been a fun way to relax and let the stress melt away in our younger years, it may be anything but fun when the worry of falling sets in.
Walk-in bathtubs are a safe and convenient way to enjoy independence in personal hygiene without the falling hazard so often associated with traditional bathtubs. Whether you are shopping for yourself or a loved one, here are a few tips to help guide you as you choose the right walk-in bathtub for you.
Take your time - All walk-in bathtubs are not created equal. Some come fully equipped with all the bells and whistles anyone could ever want, while others are more conventional and basic. Do your research online to learn of the various options, then head to the stores to “test” a few out and determine what fits your needs. Read more
Have you ever opened up your water bill and been more than a little shocked at the amount due?
As we move from winter to summer, and you begin watering your landscaping, a price increase is to be expected. But if the price is more than what you expected, you may have more than an added cost for landscaping. You may have a water leak.
Water leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems for homeowners. Finding the source of the leak and making needed repairs is your number one concern. Many times, it is a simple leak, such as a sink or faucet, causing the problem. Other times, the problem can be more complicated – such as a slab leak. Read more
Tough economic times are upon us. And with high unemployment and under-employment means people are turning to a wide array of ways to bring in a fast buck, including criminal activity.
While you often hear about home burglaries and car thefts, there is one stolen item that you may not hear much about – the backflow device. Thieves are turning to these expensive copper devices for some quick cash.
Understanding what a backflow device is and how to protect it can help you prevent your backflow device from disappearing – costing hundreds of dollars to replace, along with the loss of thousands of gallons of water.
The backflow device is usually somewhere along the street front of a commercial property. It is above the ground and is used to prevent contaminated water from reaching the potable water source of a city. When a backflow device is stolen, it can cost several hundred dollars to replace and allow hundreds of gallons of water to disappear every second. To protect your backflow device from theft, take note of the following tips: Read more
Ever hear a “quick tip” that almost sounds unbelievable? From a helpful tip to an old wives’ tale, it can be difficult to decide which info is fact and which is fiction. More than a few of the best-known “tips” are myths – myths that can cost you money and time. Here are a few of the most common plumbing myths you should avoid:
Putting lemons down the garbage disposal is a good way to freshen it and clean it. Although putting lemons in the disposal might make it smell fresh at the time, the acids in lemon juice will corrode the metal inside the disposal and shorten its lifespan. If your disposal needs cleaned, use ice. The spinning ice will clean any debris from inside the disposal.
Using cleaning tablets or cleaning liquids in your toilet tank will eliminate the need to clean your toilet. The truth is that the use of these products can create build-up that will destroy the toilet. If you need to remove grime from your toilet, simply run white vinegar down the overflow tube. The vinegar will safely remove the grime in a natural, chemical-free manner. Read more