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Plumbing Drain Maintenance and Saving Your Money

Plumbing Drain Maintenance and Saving Your Money

One way you can do a drain maintenance inspection is to use an inspection camera. The inspection camera can be included in your preventive maintenance program and save you time and in the end money. You can build an effective system by combining drain cleaning tools and inspection cameras. What do such cameras cost? Expect to pay anywhere from four hundred dollars for a basic unit. For the professional models you can pay one thousand dollars or more.

But you have to see this as an investment that will save you in plumbing cost in the future. Drain maintenance means maintaining your pipes in smooth running condition. When you schedule regular inspections and utilize a recording system, you are able to compare plumbing conditions to track the build up rate in your drain lines. You can then plan for the right drain clearing equipment at the right time according to your schedule and not for an emergency.

There are many advantages to this system. Firstly, you can minimize the inconvenience to the building occupants; you can let everyone know in advance about the plumbing work by scheduling the next time for a drain clearing. Next workers will avoid harder more stressful work. The drain will be easier to clean because it will not be as heavily backed up compared to it have backed up completely.

The third advantage is that sewage backups, which carry with it health and safety concerns can be avoided; not to mention the terrible mess and inconvenience involved in a plumbing emergency. Begin this maintenance system with your first inspection now. Then have another one in about 90 days. This is a favorable way to implement this program initially. From your initial findings and inspection you can adapt the time line for inspections in the future.

This is all about putting a system in place that will make it convenient for future inspections. Let us say for instance that after the first two inspections no change can be seen in the pipe buildup. You can then do an inspection twice a year of even once a year. You do have to realize of course that emergency conditions can happen; even if you have a lot of control over the gradual buildup in your drains. You of course need a quick response in emergency situations.

A camera tech with his water proof equipment and light emitting diode unit can inspect the area. And despite a flooded sewage filled back up, he can locate the clog and get the pipes smoothly running again.

With either situation an emergency clog or a build up over time, the cost to clean drains is less when and inspection is used before and after drain clearing. The technicians can pick the proper tools, cables or hooks or grabbers or cutters.

When they can view the specific problem and how far is the access point. This way they can quickly and efficiently complete the work. If the technicians inspect after the cleaning when the pipe is clear, they are able to make sure they have taken out the entire clog. The problem will not happen again. It was totally taken care of initially.…

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Knowing When to Replace Soffits and Fascias – A Home Improvement Guide

Knowing When to Replace Soffits and Fascias – A Home Improvement Guide

Not many people know how to replace a soffit; there are those amongst you who may not know when to repair a fascia, either. Perhaps the best place to start is by providing a definition of a soffit and explaining what a fascia is. I must stress the importance, though, of getting a reliable home improvements company to carry out the work – mistakes can be costly.

Okay. So a fascia is a piece of horizontal material that’s found between the highest-part of an outer wall and the eaves that extend from the building. Toward the end of the rafters – often supporting the gutter – is the fascia board. The completed underside of the fascia is the soffit. Unless you work for an expert fascia maintenance contractor, however – or fascia repair company – you won’t necessarily know what signs to look for.

Start by looking at the wood. If it’s showing sign of rotting, there could be a problem and you may want to seek advice on soffit repair. Look at your guttering too and examine the interior walls of your property; if the former is leaking – and/or the latter is damp – then these are early signs of fascia/soffit damage.

Unfortunately, I can’t provide you with a complete guide to fascias and soffits. What I can do is come to your home, complete a survey, and provide you with a quote to repair those soffits and fascias. There may well be nothing wrong, in which case I’ll be quick to put you at your ease. But please, contact me if you’re not sure – else you could end up with woodworm, maggots or dry rot.…

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In Which DIY Category Do You Belong?

In Which DIY Category Do You Belong?

Do It Yourself Or Doesn’t Include You

In today’s fast paced world there are all types of little home repair and maintenance projects and tasks around the house and shop that need attention. There are all types of homeowners out there too. You have those that will tackle any project to either save money or because they know how and would rather do it themselves. These are the true life DIY guys.

Then you have those that would rather pay someone to do the work either because they don’t know how to do it or they don’t have the time or the will to do it. Then you have those that do neither one. Instead they stick their head in the sand about the work that needs doing and many times it never gets done at all.

Now I fall into the first category and tackle whatever is next on the list. But I have been a contractor for many years and that sure helps the situation a lot. Plus I have went behind some of these jokers that call themselves professionals and had to fix what they messed up while they were supposedly fixing the problem.

When I do the work, then I know what has been done and how it was done. When someone else does the work you usually have no clue what they did or how they did it unless you were right there with them the whole time. That is usually not the case though.

There is really no reason why most people can’t actually do these things themselves and save the money for other things. Plus this can add valuable experience under your belt for next time. There are all types of little DIY projects around that you can do yourself. It could be in the plumbing or electrical category or a number of others maintenance and repair issues.

Sticking doors or a 3 way switch that doesn’t work right. A toilet leak or a stopped up sink drain. The lady of the house comes complaining that she ran out of hot water before she got finished showering. Then she decides to unload a couple more problems she has noticed lately like the fan in the vent hood making this terrible and annoying noise and why do the light bulbs keep blowing so much?

There seems to be a never ending list of things that need attention around the house and hiring all these things out can get somewhat expensive. Now for some folks it is probably not a bad idea to hire someone to do the work. But for most people this just doesn’t need to be the case.

These things can be done without problems if you have the right information on hand before starting the work. This is where I can help you get the information that you need to tackle just about any job around the house to avoid having to bring someone else in to handle it for you.

You could even use this strategy to gain a few brownie points with the earlier mentioned lady of the house too. Instead of paying an electrician to come out you could fix the problem yourself and she could buy a new purse with that saved money. If you already have enough brownie points then a new drill would look good in your work cabinet.

Below is a link to my How-To website where you can find many articles, hints, tips and other useful info and helpful links. You can find out how to do lots of things that you might not have known before.…

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Favorite Cleaning And Organizing Tips

Favorite Cleaning And Organizing Tips

Every room in the house has individual needs, and the garage is certainly no exception. Spring cleaning for the garage means removing everything, especially large systems of shelves which may damage the floor and walls if left in one spot for several years. Some shelves store chemicals which damage the integrity of joints and installation over time, ultimately reaching the garage floor and causing permanent damage to concrete.

Ultimately, the best tip is to clean the garage frequently, even in small areas. Moving from one work area to the next over a period of a few days to several weeks, will allow the maintenance of a clean, if not perfect, garage environment. The idea, in the end, is to use most time in the garage pursuing hobbies and vehicle maintenance, and not cleaning.

Unlabeled boxes, which stack up and deteriorate over time should be avoided. No one likes digging through piles of boxes without the slightest clue as to their contents. Besides, when boxes are stacked one on top of the other, accidents and damage are a guarantee. Falling boxes present dangerous hazards, but these accidents are best prevented by installing shelves, and not relying on the structure of the boxes themselves.

Benefit from cleaning and organization tips with shelves and cabinets which add space and convenience, but also offer some cleaning challenges. Choose cabinets which are well-sealed, and easy to clean. Plywood is cheap and easy to work with, but is extremely porous, and nearly impossible to clean. Tools stored on plywood shelves are easily damaged, and valuable power tools should be stored in cabinets, and not boxes.

Cleaning and organization tips do not end with cabinets, but apply to vehicles themselves as well. After all, the presence of oil, wax, and strong detergents in the garage is due to vehicle cleaning. So, try to keep to brake and steering fluid separated from other similar containers used for other tasks. This habit not only reduces spills, but eliminates confusion. Try designating a specific cabinet for each type of vehicle liquid.

The floor itself requires some special attention. Tarps are a time-honored tool for preventing the deterioration of a garage floor. Tarps and bedding are fool-proof time savers, since oil and chemical spills will immediately devalue a clean garage floor. Absorbent materials help with spills, but plastic sheets are a sure-fire way to prevent a drawn-out cleanup.

Whenever regular cleaning and organization tips are called for, the mobility of the vehicle itself is key. Although this may seem like a moot point, the easy movement of a vehicle in and out of the garage prevents damage to other large pieces of equipment, like drills and lawnmowers. Decades of clutter may be avoided by simply keeping the vehicle parking area clear of other projects.

Although the garage is so large, it’s not always the best place to store household goods. Toys and furniture may be happier in storage sheds or attics, where caustic chemicals may explode or boil over due to the elements. Storing these items in a garage exposes them to fumes and potential damage which is less likely in an attic or storage shed. In the end, every task and piece of equipment has its own needs, and should be treated accordingly.…

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Noisy Toilet

Noisy Toilet

Do you have a toilet that keeps you awake all hours of the night?

Does it gurgle, run and even flush by itself? The fix can be very simple with no need to even purchase new parts. Just turn off the water supplied by the valve that is located just behind and usually to the lower left of the toilet. Flush the toilet to drain the tank and remove pressure from the waterline. Now remove the tank lid and look inside to find the flush valve. With the water still off, remove the top of the valve either by removing 3 screws or by turning counter clockwise to unlock the tabs.

There is a small rubber washer that seals the center waterway. That is normally the source of the problem. If the washer does not completely seal the hole, air and water will escape causing all kinds of annoying sounds. What keeps the washer from a complete seal is usually a little bit of sand or grit that is stuck in the valves water line. To remove it, simply place a cup over the hole in the valve. This will help to keep water from spilling all over the bathroom. Holding the cup in one hand, turn the water back on for a second.

The sand or grit should blow out of the line and your problem is solved. Shut the water off, clean the rubber washer, and reinstall the parts that were removed. When everything is back together, test the toilet several times. If there is still a problem, check the flapper at the bottom of the tank. Water may be escaping here. This too can sometimes be fixed easily with no need for new parts. Just lift the flapper and clean the bottom of it as well as the outlet that it closes on. Many times the cause of seepage is just scum that has built up and is preventing a proper seal.

Of course there are those times when you will need to replace parts that are defective and just can’t be fixed. These parts, much like the toilet itself, are available in different levels of quality and price ranges. If you don’t intend on having to replace the toilet any time soon, buy a quality part. Even though it may cost twice as much as the inexpensive one on the same shelf, it will be well worth the peace of mind.…

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Elastomeric Fascia Board Paint Problems – Building Tips

Elastomeric Fascia Board Paint Problems – Building Tips

I couldn’t believe it about 10 or 15 years ago they came out with another fabulous product that created problems for my home. Elastomeric paint is so good, that it can create problems because it seals what ever you paint with a rubber like coating. I wasn’t the only one to have problems with this product.

I built a two-story room addition onto our home and used this type of paint without any problems at all. I painted the fascia board before I installed it with a oil based alkaloid primer and then painted it with elastomeric paint. By painting the entire piece of wood, before installing it, I had sealed it correctly. This worked out in my favor and this is the only way that I installed new fascia board today.

It wasn’t until I painted the rest of the home with elastomeric paint that I started to have a problem. When I built the room addition, I installed the metal flashing and roofing materials properly, that wasn’t the case on the existing roof of our home, at the single-story level.

I didn’t realize it yet, but while I was painting the fascia board, the roof edge metal wasn’t installed properly in a couple of spots around the bottom of the roof. Which is where most of the water drains off of the roof, because the roof edge metal wasn’t installed properly and the top of the fascia board wasn’t painted at all. The top of the fascia board started to absorb water as it dripped off of the roof.

The elastomeric paint did an excellent job keeping the moisture inside of the wood, where some latex paints would have allowed the moisture to escape through it. Eventually the fascia board rotted away and needed to be replaced.

I never had any problems with the second-story fascia board that was installed and painted correctly. If you’re really looking for an excellent paint for your fascia board, you can use elastomeric paint if you want to. I doubt if I will ever use this type of paint again, because of the problems I had with it in the past.

I know some painting professionals who won’t use anything but elastomeric paint, but this stuff is truly too good of a painting product and I’ve seen other problems with it also. Most of the problems associated with this paint are due to incorrect application of the paint or poor construction methods from other contractors.

Elastomeric paint is truly a wonderful product, but it’s almost too good to use unless the home is built correctly in the paint is applied over the entire surface of the product with out leaving any small holes or cracks exposed.…

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Basic Qualifications of a General Contractor

Basic Qualifications of a General Contractor

Different types of contractors are available for various activities relating to home improvement such as general maintenance, home remodeling, upgrading, exterior work, etc. Besides these are the general contractors, who take up construction projects as a whole. Before you want to establish yourself as an independent professional or hire the services of such a professional, you need to check out the basic qualifications and requirements. The following is a list of license and other essential specifications for contractors, especially those belonging to the general category.

1. Possess a degree or basic qualification in construction or related subjects and a minimum of 2 years work experience in home construction, improvement, or related activities.

2. Submit a credit report form, which provides details of your ability to repay debts and other long-term expenditures that are bound to occur in the course of the work.

3. Provide articles of incorporation and a certificate of the good standing from the local or regional Assessment & Taxation Department, especially if you are representing any company.

4. Check the state’s regulations regarding licensing and use of a trade name and its availability. You will need to register the name with the assessment and taxation department of the concerned state, and submit a registration certificate for the trade name along with the license application.

5. You should possess a $50,000 liability insurance that is valid and active.

6. You need to renew your license every 2 years.

7. To work as a general contractor legitimately in the United States, you must:

a. Be minimum 18 years of age

b. Have valid citizenship or legal residency document proofs

c. Have valid and active liability and worker’s compensation insurance

d. Possess a valid certificate of insurance that includes policy limitations, validity date, etc.

A general contractor is one who takes up entire construction work and therefore should accept complete responsibility for the entire process and the ultimate result. He can hire subcontractors to take care of various aspects of the project. Generally, he signs an agreement that is legally binding to complete the project. This contract can be signed in the capacity as an individual or as a representative of the construction company. He hires subcontractors for specialty areas such as plumbing, electrical work, roofing, etc. and directly deals with these workers, including their payments.

Although there are different types of construction specialists with vast experience in their field, they can’t claim to be a contractor until they satisfy certain basic criteria. Every professional has to satisfy certain qualifications and requirements to work as contractor, legally.…

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How To Find A Good Plumber 

One of the most testing portions of having leakage and blockage in your kitchen and restroom is simply the way toward managing the work. It is gainful to utilize someone learned about the entire advance of eliminating and fixing the leakage since they do it inside a period. 

To start with, it is not enough to search for a “local plumber near me”, it will assist you with choosing to pick a plumber whenever you have directed a development to learn about the essential things that you can do to make a superior choice. These incorporate the kinds of administrations you need the plumber to do and the correct technique of making the plumber’s capabilities. The measure of cash you need to assess depends on the most current expenses that a plumber could charge you. 

The local more modest scope plumber handles common issues that emerge: a defective fixture, an obstructed channel, a plugged up restroom, and so forth. Indeed, you can attempt to fix some of the issues yourself, yet you need to realize when to bring in an expert. When you purchase the apparatuses and supplies to do it, it will cost you something other than getting the local plumber. Also, do you realize how hard you can fix the PVC pipe before it breaks? Likely not. It requires some investment to dominate. Not knowing can transform an inexpensive fix into a surge of issues. 

While adding a room option or other more gigantic work, it is ideal to enlist an accomplished plumber at more significant positions. However, they will realize what to do, have specific instruments, experience working with city building investigators, and have a group to help them. Regularly, while adding a room, timing is necessary. A plumber must get in and out of your occupation rapidly so as not to keep others down. 

As should be obvious, not all plumbers are the same; some are reasonable and accomplish fantastic quality work, while others perform disgraceful work and charge a great deal. The appropriate response to finding a good plumber is to look ahead of time. You can approach your companions for plumber references or utilize a plumber you had good involvement in previously. These individuals have employed plumbers already, without a doubt, and they could give you legit criticism about specific plumbers near you. You can likewise check the plumber’s capabilities since the vast majority of these are on their site. These will empower you to think about the plumbers that encompass you, so remember that you should previously focus on this issue. In any case, if both of those come up short, you can generally utilize an online “local plumber near me” search. In any case, it is fundamental to know the various kinds of plumbers and each sort of work every plumber does. 

Look for a composed point by point gauge from every one of the plumbers you consider. The pipes gauge ought to incorporate a rundown of work, material costs, the particular brand of materials, and subtleties of the employment’s degree. On the off chance that it is a little work, this isn’t as significant. However, there is a considerable distinction in the materials utilized on the off chance that it is a challenging task. If they state they use the best parts and materials, ensure they do. 

Ensure all that the plumber examines the employment is recorded as a hard copy. The agreement needs to incorporate all the plumber’s data, including name, address, office and cell numbers, and permit number, in addition to whatever subtleties were in the gauge. The agreement must state what a lot excluded from the work is. 

At last, consistently ask them what assurance is and ensure they are conveying current laborers’ pay strategy and a base measure of obligation protection to cover the occupation they are taking a shot at. When attempting to find out how to find a good plumber, it is ideal to do your examination ahead of time.