Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How to spot plumbing problems in the Garden

Lawn and Yard Plumbing Issues

What to do when plumbing issues occur in the garden? (Photo Credits)

The garden is another spot in the house that regularly uses up huge amounts of water. From the water sprinkler, to garden hoses, outdoor faucets, and even mini fountains or ponds, all these plumbing fixtures use water on a day-to-day basis.

Unfortunately, like any other plumbing fixture, garden faucets, hoses, and water sources are also subject to wear and tear. There is also the possibility of bad installation that may cause an even bigger trouble in this area of the home.

One common lawn problem is a wet and soggy surface. Home improvement website The Spruce discussed this issue in one of their posts on lawn problems, saying this can be attributed to a drainage trouble. Plumbing Association of San Diego

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“A soggy, wet lawn will attract all sorts of problems from weed outbreaks to lawn disease and eventually thin and dying turf. Installing subsurface drainage is the best way to alleviate drainage issues but it must be installed correctly to work properly. There are a variety of methods and materials that can be used for a drainage project depending on the amount of money, time, and labor at one’s disposal.”

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Drainage issues explained

Home gardening website TheSensibleGardener.com shed light on why drainage problems usually plague lawns. In their web feature they mentioned that soil permeability as well as topography plays a huge role on lawn drainage. A/C And HVAC

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“Drainage is never instantaneous. In other words, rain water is never completely absorbed immediately by the soil. On lawns especially, roots can create a thick barrier that can greatly reduce soil permeability. Soil compaction may also be an issue.” Check out the full web article here.

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Another outdoor plumbing issue that may hound homes are frozen pipes. The best thing to do is to detach the garden hose even before the winter season sets in to avoid freezing the water that runs through the hose, the pipes, and the outdoor faucet. Frozen pipes that will end up bursting can be a problematic and expensive plumbing issue.

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How to lower water consumption in the kitchen

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Friday, August 24, 2018

How to lower water consumption in the kitchen

Efficient use of water

Washing dishes

Efficient use of water can help lower water bills. (Photo Credits)

The kitchen is one part of the home that consumes a huge chunk of a house’s water consumption. Efficient use of water in this area will help a lot in trimming down utility expenses. A little tweak in the household’s usual consumption habits can apparently go a long way.

Eco-friendly home improvement website Green Home Guide emphasizes that a lower water consumption leads to a low impact lifestyle. In one of their web posts, they shared ways on how households can improve the efficiency rate of their water consumption. Plumbing Association of San Diego     

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“Tune up your kitchen sink faucet. If your sink faucet is leaking, make sure to fix it right away. According to the EPA, more than 3,000 gallons per year of water can be lost from a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second. Also, consider installing a faucet aerator, which is fairly inexpensive and helps limit the amount of water used by mixing it with air.”

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Low water use = low impact lifestyle

The website Water Footprint Calculator also came up with a comprehensive guide on how to save water consumption in the kitchen. In their webpage, they discussed various uses of water in the kitchen and how homeowners can save water in all these tasks. A/C And HVAC           

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“Install a low-flow faucet on your sink. Conventional faucets flow at around 5 gallons per minute, while low-flow faucets flow at 1.5 gallons per minute. Wash vegetables and fruits in a large bowl or tub of water and scrub them with a vegetable brush instead of using your faucet as a power-washer. Don’t use water to defrost frozen foods. Instead, leave them in the fridge overnight.”

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The website Health24.com also shared more tips in reducing water usage in the kitchen. One of the areas discussed is in dish washing.

“Less is more — Don’t use too much dish-washing liquid when washing dishes by hand because the more soap you use, the more water you will need for rinsing. Stop-start — Use short bursts of water rather than allowing the water to run freely while washing or rinsing items. Depending on the number of items, it might be better to put water into the kitchen sink. In the bin — Avoid pre-rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Scrape leftover food debris into the trash.”

The original article can be found here.

Saving water in the kitchen indeed helps both the household budget and the environment.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Plumber’s advice on installing a toilet bidet

Bidet 101

Manual bidet?

The bidet culture is slowly growing in the United States. (Photo Credits)

In some cultures, having a bidet in the bathroom is a necessity. It is as important as any bathroom fixture, as it is essential in their everyday life.

Greenmatters.com explained why this is so, as it discussed the history of the bidet. In the same article they also discussed the many benefits of having one in the toilet. Apart from it is a healthier alternative because it ensures cleanliness compared to toilet paper use, it is also better for the environment. Plumbing Association of San Diego   

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“To support the amount of toilet paper Americans use, we’d need to cut down around 15 million trees a year to cover our butts with 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper. It takes 473,587,500,000 gallons of water, 253,000 tons of chlorine, and 17.3 terawatts of electricity every year to create the 36.5 million rolls of toilet paper needed by Americans, according to MetaEfficient editor Justin Thomas in an interview with Scientific American. Added up over a lifetime, your toilet paper use equates to 384 trees.”

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Types of Bidet

Apartment Therapy came up with a feature post on the different types of bidet, and discussed the pros and cons of each type. One of the bidets they reviewed is the Luxe Bidet. A/C And HVAC       

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“The Luxe Bidet was a relative breeze to install, taking about 10 minutes to put together, as advertised. The installation package even came with its own plastic wrenches for tightening, although they didn’t seem to quite fit the nuts they were made for, and I just used my own wrench for tightening.”

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DoItYourself.com meanwhile came up with an easy to follow installation guide for bidet. If unsure though it will be best to get in touch with an expert plumbing contractor to do the job.

“Begin by finding the right bidet faucet for you. You will need to consider a few things in the process. First, make sure you are following along with the bathroom decor overall. Second, check to make sure that the bidet has the appropriate holes in it to allow for the faucet that you are choosing.”

The rest of the installation guide can be found here.

Picking out the right bidet can be overwhelming with the many choices available in stores. Researching first about each type can guide a homeowner on the type that is best suited for them.

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Plumber’s tips on remodelling a bathroom on a budget

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Plumber’s tips on remodelling a bathroom on a budget

Bathroom Goals


Remodeling the bathroom at a tight budget can still be possible with a few tips from expert, licensed plumbers. (Photo Credits)

Bathroom remodeling can be an expensive home improvement project, but it comes with a lot of returns. Apart from helping a homeowner achieve his or her bathroom goals and feeling good generally every day to see a wonderful space, bathroom renovations also ups the value of the property. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

Home Improvement website Bobvila.com discussed this in one of his blog posts on the advantages of renovating a bathroom.

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Remodeling requires an investment of thought, time, and, crucially, money on the part of the homeowner. Here, “the key word is ‘investment,’ ” Maykut says. Not every upgrade comes with a favorable return, but bathroom remodeling delivers one of the best. Upon resale, homeowners typically recoup more than half the total cost of a bathroom renovation. The only catch is that for a remodel to be an asset, the workmanship must be high quality. For all but the most ambitious and capable do-it-yourselfers, that means hiring pros you trust to handle the job.”

Read the rest of the benefits mentioned in the original article here.

Remodeling on a budget

But can remodeling be done on a not so huge a budget? According to Home Garden Television, it is a yes. One of the tips mentioned in their article is to strategize and hire a professional. A/C And HVAC

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“Working with a designer or architect may seem like a pricey move right out of the gate for someone wanting to remodel their bathroom on a budget, but it is money well spent. Having a plan you’ve worked out with a professional will assure you that your design, budget and timeline are realistic, and it will give you a goal with a path to get there.”

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Forbes.com meanwhile came up with sound advice on what to consider before finally deciding on remodeling the bathroom. One of the key points discussed in their write-up is the impact of the remodeling project on the home’s plumbing system.

“Residential plumbing typically uses 1½-inch pipes for drains. You’d be surprised how much gunk and hair goes down that drain. The larger the drain, the less likely it is to clog. The cost difference to upgrade to a 2-inch drain is practically negligible, and unless your framing doesn’t allow for it, you should consider increasing the drain in your shower to 2 inches. Also, If you live in a region where temperatures drop below freezing during the winter, it’s important that your water supply lines don’t get routed through an exterior wall.”

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Remodeling the bathroom does not necessarily mean the homeowner needs to raise a huge amount. He just has to truly assess what he can afford, assess and plan accordingly, and stick to that budget.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Plumber’s tips on lowering water bills in the summer

Control water consumption

In the Summertime when the Weather is HOT....

Plumber’s tips on controlling water consumption during summer months. (Photo Credits)

Summer can be a challenging time to bring down water consumption, given the heat and temperature that makes people use water all the more. The garden needs more tending, the children tend to gravitate towards water activities like swimming, or even playing with the sprinkler outside, and people shower or use the bath tubs more.

Fortunately there are ways to control or even bring down water consumption even in the unbelievably hot summer months.

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The website Earth Easy came up with tips for homeowners who may not want to receive water bill shock. Making use of gravel in the garden or the lawn is one of the tips they have mentioned in their writeup. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

“Exposed dirt gets parched after one sunny day, and that baking sun also destroys all the helpful soil microorganisms which support your plants. Spreading gravel in between shrubs and perennial plants not only gives your landscape a stylish beauty, it also allows your soil to stay moist and alive between waterings. You may find you’re able to cut your waterings in half with gravel landscaping, or even convert portions of thirsty grass to a low-maintenance Zen-inspired rock garden accented by well-chosen drought-tolerant trees or shrubs. When you do water your lawn or garden, ditch the sprinkler for hand-watering or soaker-hoses, and consider saving hundreds of gallons per year by collecting your own rainwater.”

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Eco-friendly and pocket-friendly too

News 5 Cleveland also mentioned some ways to lower water consumption, and thereby lower water bills. In the news article that they published they mentioned that soaring rates may be caused by increasing sewer costs plus the added cost of replacing parts of the water delivery system like the water mains and pipes. A/C And HVAC 

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“The biggest culprit during the summer is your yard. Rager said a garden hose or sprinkler runs three gallons per minute: That’s 180 gallons per hour. But he said many people over-water, using hundreds of gallons more than their lawn really needs. His advice: (1) Don’t water more than one inch per week, measured in a tuna can or Solo cup. (2) Never water in the heat of the afternoon: The sun will evaporate almost 30 percent of what comes out of a sprinkler before it even hits the ground. (3) For watering plants, consider buying a rain barrel to capture runoff from your roof. They typically hold 50 to 70 gallons of free water. (4) Around shrubs, Rager suggested laying down a rock garden to hold water.”

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The Penny Hoarder meantime shared ways to lower water bills even without altering the household’s consumption habits. Testing the toilet for leaks is one of the ways they tackled in their write-up.

“If you’re flush (pun intended) with cash, you could choose to buy a dual flush toilet. Or you can simply adjust your toilet to help you save money. Put your toilet to the test: Food coloring in the top of the basin should not leak to the bowl without a flush. If it does, you probably need a new fill valve. They’re cheap and easy to change. While you’re there, adjust the float to use less water. The lower the float ball is in a full tank, the less water it uses. Depending on your toilet, you can adjust the screw at the top of the fill tube, screw in the float ball or change the clip lock setting. Set it as low as possible and work backwards until you can flush all waste with the smallest amount of water.”

The continuation of this write-up can be found here.

Lowering water consumption through leak checks and general reduction of usage sould be the most helpful ways to lower utility bills.

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Dealing with Insects inside the HVAC duct

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Dealing with Insects inside the HVAC duct

Could there be insects?

German Cockroach

What to do when insects invade the HVAC Duct? (Photo Credits)

Insects inside HVAC ducts are not only disgusting, it can even bring about illnesses as it pollutes indoor air. But what should a homeowner do if he suspects that there is a presence of insects or rodents within the HVAC ducts?

The website Pest Cemetery came up with an article discussing this topic, and mentioned several ways to get rid of pests and bugs in the HVAC. A/C And HVAC 

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“You could spray around the vent but drywall sucks up liquids and it’s doubtful any residual would be on the surface in enough of an amount to provide a lethal dose. Plus you still may get airborne chemicals when the heat or or a/c turns on. Some vents are vertical and it is difficult place a trap inside, for these types what I sometimes do is place wide strips of clear packing tape over the vent leaving thin slits (¼ to ½ inch wide) so that the air can still come through but when the insect tries to crawl out to freedom he will get stuck and die. Packing tape is great because you can still see into the vent and it usually comes off cleanly whereas masking or duct tape won’t.”

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Get them out

NBC29 also published a feature report on bugs invading an HVAC system. In the article they interviewed a pest control expert who has worked on similar scenarios. Their resource person assured though that while these insects are a nuisance, they do not in any way cause damage to the HVAC system. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

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“You can easily prevent stink bugs from getting into your home’s ducts. Casey says sealing air leaks and small openings around your home should be enough to prevent future problems.”

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The website Vukcan Termite meanwhile shared some tips on how to keep a home’s HVAC system pest free. One of the tips they mentioned in their website is to keep the ducts sealed.

“One of the main entry points for insects is the ductwork. Even the tiniest crack or a loose seal gives them an opportunity to infest the HVAC system. Taking the time to properly seal your ductwork will not only keep bugs out, but it will also help lower your utility bills. Sealing up cracks in the ducts is relatively affordable and easy (where they are accessible). You’ll need foil tape for small cracks and mastic sealant for larger holes. Energy Star has a great brochure that covers all the basics of maintaining your ducts or hiring a pro do to the work for you.”

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Totally sealing and regular duct clean up can help in maintaining HVAC ducts, pest-free.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

HVAC expert’s take on window-type air conditioning

Advantages of using window-type aircon


What are the benefits of using a window-type air conditioner? (Photo Credits)

For families who may have been used to centralized air conditioning system, using a window-type air conditioners will be a foreign idea. It of course will never be needed in their home except if there are home extensions that may not be reached by the existing HVAC air ducts in the home.

So for families or business owners who are yet to build a home and are considering various types of air conditioning systems, will installing a window-type be worth it? What are the benefits of using a window type air conditioning system? Plumbing Association of San Diego

The website Home Air Guides explained this type of system in one of their posts.

“Window air conditioners, unlike central air systems, are cooling devices that service only a specific area of the home. A window unit is effortlessly installed into an existing window frame using its own weight and the window’s pane to keep it secure. Depending on the BTUs, the age of the unit, and the insulation quality of the home it’s installed in, a good window air conditioner can cool a fairly large room in a rather short amount of time. These types of temperature control machines are far more affordable than the average whole-house cooling system.”

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Benefits of using window-type aircon

The website Compact Appliance also mentioned the many reasons why homeowners should consider window mounted air conditioning units. One of the reasons they mentioned in their website is the unit type’s low cost, as well as its energy efficient characteristics. A/C And HVAC  

“Extremely Energy Efficient — In my opinion, this is the most important benefit you will receive from a window air conditioner. If you want to stay cool without spending a lot of money, then a window AC unit may just be the perfect system for you. The vast majority of window air conditioners have a great energy efficiency ratio (EER), which gives you a better understanding of how much they cool compared to how much energy they require to run. to truly maximize your energy savings, you will want to look for a window unit with a high EER rating.”

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Home improvement website The Spruce meantime shared some tips on installing an using window-type air conditioning systems. In their article they emphasized that the key to efficient cooling for window-mounted units is getting the right size ratio for the room vis-à-vis the unit.

“Always measure the window area before shopping for an air conditioner. Consider the impact of losing a portion of the viewing area, as well as how you’ll fill the rest of the window panel after inserting the air conditioner. Some use wood to block the rest of the pane, but a plastic panel may suffice and look better. When installing a wall unit, the installation may include a certain amount of building supplies and care should be taken to reduce hazards and avoid cutting into electrical or other wires. Window or wall units also need sufficient bracing and you may need an off-season cover.”

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Window-mounted air conditioning units are indeed beneficial especially for homes aiming to be more energy and cost efficient.

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