How Can You Tell If Your Home Needs A Sewer Cleaning?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sewer problems are common in older households, but all homes may need sewer cleaning from time to time. As a homeowner, you’re responsible sewer lines that connect to your property. Being able to tell when your home needs a sewer line cleaning can help you avoid disastrous problems. How can you tell if your home needs a sewer line cleaning? If your home needs a sewer cleaning, there may or may not be warning signs. Some of the signs to look for include Sinks and bathtubs drain slowly all over the house. If one drain is slow, this is likely because of a clog in that specific drain. If all of your drains are slow, this is a sign that the sewer line needs to be cleaned. Flushing water down one drain causes water to rise somewhere else. If flushing your toilet causes waste water to appear in your bathtub, for example, this is a sign that the sewer line is clogged. Strange gurgling noises in your drains. When the sewer line needs to be cleaned, you may hear sounds you didn’t used to hear when flushing waste water down the drain. Presence of a sewer gas odor in the house. If you smell sewer gas in your home, this could be a sign that the sewer line is backing up. (This could also be a sign that water has evaporated out of a P-trap somewhere in your home, so don’t panic at the first hint of a bad odor.) If your home is displaying one or more of the above warning signs, contact a certified plumber right away. The plumber will be able to tell you for sure if your home needs a sewer linecleaning. How often should you get the sewer lines cleaned? Every property is different. If members of your household frequently flush adult wipes or kitty litter down the toilet, you’ll need to get your sewer line cleaned more often than a household that does not. If your property has many deep-rooted trees growing near your sewer line, this will also necessitate frequent sewer line cleaning. What can happen if you fail to get a sewer line cleaning on time? If you fail to get a sewer line cleaning when one is needed, the sewer can backup into your home. This could be a minor event that results in raw sewage in your bathtub, or this could be an expensive problem that results in a layer of raw sewage all over your basement floor. Can you clean the sewer lines yourself? There are some DIY chemical cleaning products available at home improvement centers that will kill and remove tree roots from the sewer lines, however,...

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How Not To Suffocate Your Log Home With The Wrong Kind Of Stain This Spring

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Homeowners and concerned children are equally and acutely aware of the fact that houses creak and groan at night, and this phenomenon has a lot to do with the temperature shift that occurs during this time. These noises are caused by the lumber in your walls, ceiling, and other areas “breathing” with the temperature shift, which is an important part of your home’s health. The same is true in log cabins, and in fact, this phenomenon can be even more important than in a stick built home, especially during the extreme temperature differences that often come in springtime. Picking the right stain is crucial to allowing your log home to breathe with the temperature changes, so here are some tips on choosing a stain for your log cabin with this in mind.  First Off, No Paint When was the last time you saw a painted log cabin? Exactly, never. That’s because paint is the worst finish for letting your log cabin breathe the way it’s supposed to. Paint is very rigid and stiff, especially exterior paint designed for shingles and paneling, which is why it can chip after a few years. Apply this kind of paint to a large log that may grow or shrink by several percent over the course of a year, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, and a shoddy staining job to boot.  Oil-Based Stains Aren’t Much Better Even if you know enough to pick a stain over a paint, you may still not be out of the woods yet. That’s because oil-based paints can be just as bad as paint, since they’re both made of essentially the same ingredients. Oil-based stains won’t let your home breathe, either, which can cause chips, cracks, and drafts if left unchecked.  Latex-Based Stains Now that you know which finishes to avoid, there’s really only one option left: latex-based stain. This type of stain is ideal for log homes because it is the most elastic and dynamic, meaning that a latex-based stain will be able to stretch and shrink with a log rather than providing the brittleness that comes with an oil-based stain. An added bonus to latex is that most latex stains can act as a somewhat protective barrier if you really need to bulk up your log home’s seal in a hurry, and since latex is so dynamic, this seal will form and stay tight for years. Click here for more information on log home...

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Maintaining Your Natural Stone Countertops: A Guide For Newbies

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Congratulations on your new natural stone countertops! With proper maintenance and care, your counters can remain beautiful and functional for a lifetime. The following tips will help you take care of your natural stone countertops in the years to come. Seal Your Natural Stone Countertops With Silicone Impregnator Unless you’re otherwise instructed by the company that sold you the countertop or your countertop’s warranty instructions, seal your countertop with a silicone impregnator. Silicone impregnator is a product that seals the stone and helps prevent penetration of water, oil and other liquids. Many silicone impregnator sealants can be applied with a cotton cloth, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when applying sealant to your counters. After applying silicone impregnator, check the manufacturer’s recommendations to find out when the sealant should be applied next. Some types of stone require sealant to be reapplied more frequently than others, so pay careful attention to the instructions. Wipe Down Your Countertops Daily Clean your countertops on a daily basis to prevent stains and keep your counters looking their best. To clean your counters, simply wipe them down with a damp cotton rag or microfiber cloth, then dry them with a clean towel. Clean Spills Immediately Don’t assume that your countertops are fully protected from spills just because you’ve applied silicone impregnator to the surface. Spills should still be wiped up immediately to prevent stains. Use a cotton cloth, dish rag or microfiber cloth to wipe away spills. If oil is spilled on the countertop, you may need to wipe down the counter with a damp rag and then dry it with a separate rag to ensure that all the oil is removed. Remove Stains with a Poultice If your natural stone countertops become stained, mix a thick paste of baking soda and water. Spread the baking soda and water combination over the stain and cover the paste with plastic wrap. Leave the paste on the stain for a day, then wipe it away with a damp rag. The baking soda should have absorbed the stain from the stone. If some of the stain remains, repeat the process. Following these tips, your stone countertops should remain sealed, stain free and beautiful for many years. To find out more about caring for your stone countertops, talk to a customer service representative at the store where you purchased the countertop. He or she should be able to answer your questions and tell you more about keeping your stone countertop in good shape. Visit http://empiremarblegranite.com for more information....

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Understanding The Operation And Response Of Your Septic Tank Alarm

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re moving into your first house that is equipped with a septic system instead of being connected to the municipal sewer system, you’ll need to understand what the septic tank alarm means and what you should do if it goes off. Most people who are inexperienced with septic systems don’t even realize that there is an alarm until it sounds, and they don’t know how to address it. Here are some tips to help you understand the function of the alarm and how you should deal with an activation. The Basics of Septic System Alarms A septic system alarm is an indication that the tank isn’t forcing overflow into the drain field. Whether this is due to a failure of the float in the tank or other issues, it can lead to a serious backup in your plumbing system. The alarm is designed to notify you of this problem before it actually causes the plumbing system to back up. The alarm float in the tank sends a signal when it reaches the sensor that’s placed at the warning level of the tank. This is usually far enough down to allow you time to have the tank pumped if needed, but not so far that it activates unnecessarily. The float and alarm system are usually on a separate electrical circuit with a power backup system so that you don’t lose functionality when you lose power. Finding the Septic Tank Alarm The location of the septic tank alarm will vary from property to property. Sometimes, it’s attached to the tank itself, while other times, it may be installed on your home’s exterior wall, in an outdoor shed or even in the basement. Ask the prior owner or the septic company where your alarm is so that you know where to find it to turn it off if it activates. Dealing With a Septic Tank Alarm Activation If the alarm goes off, you’ll need to try to restore the flow to the tank. If your septic tank uses a pump to transfer liquid to the drain field, you can try to reset the breaker for the septic pump. If this doesn’t get the system flowing again, you’ll need the help of a septic tank specialist to assess the tank’s drainage pipes for clogs. When you move into a home with a septic system, make sure you ask about the alarm. The more you know about where it is, how it works and how you can shut it off, the easier it will be to deal with any potential septic tank problems. For more information, contact Moon Septic or a similar...

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What Can Happen If Your HVAC Air Filter Becomes Clogged?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your furnace depends on an air filter to clean the air and prevent dirt from building up in the HVAC system. If your air filter becomes clogged, it can impact the functionality of the furnace. Knowing the details can help you maintain your heater this winter. What can happen if your HVAC air filter becomes clogged this winter? If your HVAC air filter becomes clogged, it becomes harder for your heater to push hot air through your HVAC system when it’s trying to heat your home. If the air filter is very clogged, this can cause the furnace to run continuously for very long periods of time. If this goes on for long enough, a safety feature in your home’s furnace will kick on and turn off the burner, causing your furnace to stop working and the HVAC system to blow cold air. How can you tell if your HVAC air filter is clogged? If your air filter is clogged, you can tell by pulling out the filter and inspecting it for dirt. You can find the filter in the slot between the return air duct and the blower. If the filter is visibly dirty, there’s a good chance that it’s causing your furnace to work inefficiently. The dirtier the filter is, the more clogged it is. How can you fix the problem? To fix the problem, turn off your furnace and remove the filter from its slot. Take the filter to a hardware store or home improvement center, and purchase a filter that matches the size of your old filter. Take the new filter home, insert it into the slot near the furnace, and then turn the furnace back on. Can you do permanent damage by not changing your HVAC’s air filter? Using your furnace with a dirty air filter incurs extra wear and tear on your furnace’s motor. Doing this on a regular basis can shorten the service life of your furnace and may cause you to need to replace it more quickly. It may also require you to get heating repairs more frequently because it can cause the parts of your furnace to break down. How can you avoid this problem in the future? You can avoid this problem in the future by replacing your HVAC air filter every three months. If your air filter becomes dirty before the three months is up, replace the filter on an as-needed basis. For more information about how you can protect your furnace and avoid necessary heating repair, speak with an HVAC repair professional like those at Custom Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. He or she can give you tips and...

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