The plumbing in your home is an essential part of your home. You need it for taking baths, cleaning the dishes, doing laundry, and a myriad of other tasks. It seems as if we take our plumbing for granted – until it stops working properly, we just do not notice it. When a problem arises, if it is not a simple fix, you may have to call in a professional plumber. To ensure that you receive great service, ask the following questions before you hire a plumber.
Do you have a license? You want to make sure that your plumber has the necessary credentials to perform all types of plumbing work. There are standards that must be met and the last thing you want is to have your plumbing not meet standard codes.
Are your contractors licensed? Just because your plumber is licensed does not mean that all of his workers are licensed. If your plumber contracts work out, you must make sure the contractors are licensed, too.
Do you have insurance? Insurance protects you in the event of an accident, mistake or even a theft. Read more
Ready to get started on your home makeover project? The bathroom is always a great place to start. How about adding a steam shower, or upgrading the look and feel to something that says “home spa”?
When it comes to remodeling, you are already thinking in overdrive. There are so many decisions to make. What color? What material? What budget? With all these questions and more swirling around in your head, vying for your attention, you could easily overlook one other very important question: what impact will this project have on your air quality?
Your remodeling project may kick up some dust; or it may cause temporary, noxious fumes, but air quality considerations go far beyond that. As you remodel, you will want to watch out for pollutants stirred up either from existing materials or new materials being brought in. Here are a few pollutants to check for as you approach your remodeling project. Read more
If you have your water tested, you will likely find various minerals and elements present. Some of these minerals and elements are found naturally in your water. Others leach into your water during its journey to your home’s faucets. It is important to know what is present in your water because some things can be harmful to your health. Most notably, if there is lead in your water, it can have adverse effects on the health of you and your loved ones.
It is not uncommon for lead to be present in your water. Low levels of lead are not harmful. Normally, the lead occurs because of the plumbing system that brings the water from your local utility to your home. Older homes may also have lead soldering connecting the copper plumping pipes. Both of these situations expose your water to the lead and, over time, the lead will leach into your water. When the lead is present in the pipes from the utility to your home, it becomes the responsibility of your water department to treat the water so that the lead is minimized.
Water damage to your home can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. One of the primary causes of water damage is plumbing problems. Instead of waiting for a potential problem to appear, be proactive and correct dangerous problems before they happen. The following list includes some of the most common plumbing problems that can lead to water damage.
Laundry room problems – The laundry room in your home is used frequently and has a large water supply. It is not uncommon for leaks to develop in the laundry room. If your laundry room is in a basement, this might not be too much of a hassle. However, if it is located in an upper room, a leak can lead to serious damage. Consider installing leak detectors that will automatically turn off the water in the event of a leak.
Kitchen sink problems – The area under your kitchen sink is full of piping. You have your sink drain, your water pipes coming into the sink, your dishwasher pipes, and other related plumbing. This is a “high-traffic” area for plumbing – and it is a prime location for leaks. Even a minor leak can quickly lead to significant water damage. Take the time to visually inspect this area on a regular basis. Feel the pipes for any moisture and exam the flooring for signs of a leak.
With our modern bathroom facilities we have today, its easy to forget that just a generation or two ago, things weren’t quite so “modern”. Outhouses were common place, and our modern day bathrooms were anything but hygienic. As so frequently occurs even today in developing countries, bacteria and disease were spread easily.
Today, our health and safety depends on modern day plumbing. And of course teaching people how to use it in a safe and healthy way. For instance, did you know:
87 percent say they washed their hands after using public lavatories,
Yet only 77 percent actually do?
And while 54 percent say they wash their hands no more or less frequently in a public restroom as a result of the H1N1 virus,
The average lifespan of flu viruses on hard, nonporous surfaces can last up to 48 hours.
Today’s plumbing products are designed with all kinds of variations and special features to safely assist families throughout their daily lives, taking into account both young and old, as well as varying human conditions such as the inability to walk, blindness, and even difficulty in interpreting and reacting to sensory information. Read more
Carbon monoxide is a killer – a silent killer. Many people have fallen victim to the dangers of carbon monoxide. Don’t let it happen to your family.
Carbon monoxide results from incomplete combustion. This means the controlled flame of your natural gas furnace could malfunction and lead to deadly levels of carbon monoxide within your home. Without something to protect you against this deadly compound, you or your loved ones could fall seriously ill – or even die. A carbon monoxide detector is designed to detect this odorless, colorless compound before the concentrations reach dangerous levels.
Much like a smoke detector alerts you when there is smoke; a carbon monoxide detector alerts you when there is carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide detectors work by measuring the levels of carbon monoxide inside your home. If the levels reach a dangerous level, the detectors will sound an alarm.
Conserving energy and protecting the environment is becoming the “norm” in today’s society. It seems as if everything now has a “green” version, from appliances to automobiles. Living a green life is important – it reduces your carbon footprint and helps you protect the planet for future generations. However, simply having a green appliance does not automatically make your green in your living.
A tankless water heater is a great start to having a green home – but a tankless water heater by itself does NOT mean that you are green. The water heater is a mere part of the system – your entire hot water system needs to be addressed if you want your home to be truly green. Think of it like this – you can have a top-of-the-line tankless water heater, but if your hot water system is inefficient, you will essentially cancel out the benefits of the tankless heater. Read more
Kitchen renovations are one of the easiest ways to add value to your home. Even if you have no intentions of selling your home, redesigning your kitchen can make it more appealing and comfortable. After all, if you plan on spending the rest of your life in your house, you want a kitchen that fits your needs and suits your personal style.
From the cabinetry and flooring to the tile and wall coverings, you want your kitchen to be perfect. This, of course, includes the sink.
A stainless steel sink may be the perfect choice for your kitchen. There are several reasons why you might choose this type of sink:
Durability – these sinks will not crack or chip. They are more durable than cast iron and porcelain. When taken care of, stainless steel sinks can last a lifetime. Read more