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Troubleshooting Your Pond Pump

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As the proud owner of a gorgeous ornamental pond, you take pride in the relaxation factor it creates. A clean, well maintained pond is a thing of beauty, but if your pump fails, clean and beautiful may be the last words you use to describe this water feature. Regardless of how expensive or how reputable a brand name you buy, if you don’t properly maintain your pond pump, it’s eventually going to give you problems. And while you can always pull your pump, dry it out, and send it back for pond pump repair, if the issue is caused by poor maintenance, odds are good your warranty isn’t going to cover the cost. Common problems that occur with pond pumps include the following — some of which can be prevented by simple regular maintenance: Limescale Buildup If the water in your pond is particularly hard — meaning it contains a lot of minerals — lime can build up on the rotor and form a cement-like material that makes it impossible for the rotor to turn. Soaking your pond pump in vinegar on occasion can help loosen and prevent a full-scale build-up. If you neglect to do so, you’ll likely have to send your pump off for repair.  Blanketweed Also called long-string algae, this aquatic plant produces prolific strings that are just perfect for clogging pond pumps. This type of algae thrives in ornamental ponds that feature shallow water and are located in full sun. The best way to prevent the clogging and eventual breakdown of your pump from blanketweed is to control its growth in your pond. Visit your local pond retailer to find additives that reduce the nutrient levels in your pond. This is the best and most natural method of controlling this invasive aquatic plant.  Dirty Sponge If your pump is a type that uses a pre-filtering sponge, you must remove and clean the sponge intermittently. If you fail to maintain the sponge, it can clog completely and cause the engine to burn out in short order. This type of repair is rarely covered by warranty.  Crushed or Severed Cable Sometimes, the problem isn’t with your pond pump at all. Often damage occurs to cables that are buried underground. Someone could cut into them by digging or crush them by driving over or parking on them. As the pond owner, you may have no idea that this happened. If you send your pump in for repair and no problems are found, it’s time to check the electricity coming into the pump. Worn-Out Thermal Switch  Most pumps must remain submerged in water to continue working properly. If the water level in your pond drops below the level of the pump, the thermal switch may shut the pump off to keep it from burning out. Once the level rises, the pump begins operating again. The problem with this situation is that the thermal switch can wear out after extended periods of turning on and off repeatedly.  Seized Impeller Debris or air in the chamber can cause the pump’s impeller to seize or lock up. When this happens, you’ll be able to hear the pump running, but very little water will move through it. If this happens, the debris must be removed or the impeller kick-started. Don’t try this yourself...

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2 Electrical Problems You Should Address Right Away in Your Home

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While electrical problems can occur in any home, they are more common in older homes. The way electricity was wired in decades ago is very different than the way it is handled today, and this is why older homes often have some issues when it comes to electricity. Here are two issues common to older homes, and if you have any of these issues, you should hire an electrician to fix them.   Mild Shocks With Light Switches If you feel a tingly feeling or a slight shock when you turn on or shut off a light switch, it is most likely due to a faulty ground wire running to the switch. Ground wires are vital for all electrical switches and outlets, but they can come loose or wear out over time. The purpose of a ground wire is to transfer the electricity back from the switch to the breaker. If the ground wire isn’t working properly, it may cause some electricity to remain in the switch itself. When you touch a switch like this, you will feel the electricity, and this is what gives you the shock or tingly feeling. To fix this problem, an electrician will need to remove the switch cover so he can view the wiring. There is a chance that the switch may not have a ground wire, or the problem could be due to a hot wire touching the light box. By looking at the wires, the electrician will know what to replace and how to fix the problem so that this no longer happens to you. Tripping Breakers Your house most likely has an electrical panel in the basement, garage, or utility room. This panel is full of breakers, and each breaker controls a certain portion of your home’s electrical system. When a breaker trips, it means that it shuts off, and this occurs for a variety of reasons. When this happens, you must go to the breaker panel and turn the breaker back on. If this is happening to one particular breaker in your home, it is most likely because this breaker is overloaded. When electricians wire in homes, they try to divide up the power between the breakers. This is done to even out the electricity usage as a way of avoiding power overloads. Each breaker can only handle so much electricity at one time. When a breaker gets a demand for too much electricity at once, it will cause the breaker to shut off. This is done for safety reasons, because when the breaker turns off, power is shut off to that particular part of the house. This can be an annoying problem to have in your home, but it can also be dangerous. If you are sick of fighting with one of your breakers, you may want to call an electrician to fix the problem. To fix it, the electrician will most likely look for a breaker that does not have a lot of electricity tied to it. From there, the electrician will rewire some of the electricity so that it is divided more evenly across the breakers. By doing this, you will probably never have to worry about having a breaker trip over and over. While breakers can periodically trip for no apparent reason, they should never...

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3 Ways To Reduce Stress On Your Plumbing Pipes

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Whether you live in an old house or a new one, there are precautions you can take that may help you avoid plumbing problems in the future. While there are dozens of problems you can have with your plumbing system, one problem involves worn-out pipes. There are things you can do to control the wear and tear on your pipes, and taking these steps might help you avoid leaks and broken pipes. Here are three tips to help you reduce the amount of stress you place on the pipes in your house. Reduce Your Water Pressure The first way to prevent problems with your pipes is to make sure the water pressure in your system is set accurately. Water pressure in a house should never be over 80 pounds per square inch (psi). You can hire a plumber to test this for you, or you could purchase a gauge and test it yourself. If you discover that your water pressure is above 80 psi, you should turn it down so that it is under this amount. If your water pressure cannot be manually adjusted, a plumber could install a pressure regulator on your water supply. This would allow you to control the pressure of your water. High water pressure might be nice to have for your showers and faucets, but it is not so good for your pipes. High water pressure causes stress on your pipes in several ways, and the main way is that it makes your pipe joints work harder. When water moves through the pipes too quickly, it puts stress on all the pipes in the system. If any of your pipes are close to being worn-out, the high pressure from the water could be enough to blow a hole in one of your pipes. This is why keeping your water pressure regulated is especially important in older homes. Treat Your Water The second way to prevent broken pipes and leaks is to treat your water. If you have hard water, you should consider getting some type of water treatment system for your home. Hard water contains a variety of different minerals. You may see these minerals in your sinks and tubs, because they often appear as stains. The problem with hard water is that the minerals often get trapped inside the pipes as the water is transported to the faucets in your home. As the minerals get trapped, they can cause your pipes to close up. This leads to a restriction of water flow, and it can also cause to premature corrosion of the pipes in your system. There are a variety of different types of water treatment systems you can purchase, including: Whole house water filtration systems Water softeners Reverse osmosis systems You can talk to a plumber to find out which type would be best for you home. Monitor What Goes In Your Pipes The final way to protect your pipes against leaks and damage is by monitoring what goes into them. By doing this, you can protect all the drain pipes in your house, which may help extend their life. Here are a few tips to follow: Never pour things down your drains that do not belong in drains – This includes any type of cooking grease, paint, or household chemicals. Stop...

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How to Deal with a Leaky Roof—Without the Panic

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If the rain isn’t going to let up anytime soon, a leaking roof becomes a point of serious concern. Water damage is one of the hardest issues a homeowner has to deal with, and the damage can’t be repaired until the sky stops giving your house a shower. Taking the proper steps can help you remain safe and minimize the damage until things dry out.  Determine the Extent of the Damage The first step in dealing with the leak is to find out exactly what has gone wrong. Unfortunately, this is easiest to do while the water is still coming in. The key is to get to the top level of the house and see what it wet there. Water will take the path of least resistance and that may mean that the water spots downstairs don’t quite line up with the actual leak. If the leak is due to a some rotten shingles, but you think the leak is in a corner due to the damage downstairs, you will spend time and money to replace your flashing but still have a leak.  Minimize the Damage Now that you know the whole story, you can start the process of stopping as much damage as possible. The primary goal is going to be to capture the incoming water as close to the source as possible. A bucket really is a good way to collect the dripping water, and if you can safely put it in the attic, all the better. Keep in mind that you have to dispose of the water once the storm is over, so ensure that your container is small enough for you to handle. It is better to empty a small container multiple times than to cause a bigger problem because you dropped a large bucket, wetting a whole other area of your home.  Once the bad weather has passed, your focus should be on drying things out as fast as possible. You have a limited amount of time to do this before mold and mildew set in. While towels will assist in getting rid of standing water, you should make use of some additional tools to draw the water out of walls and furniture. Your best weapons will be fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows. Once you have the ambient humidity down, make sure that the room is warm enough to encourage evaporation. If the damage is severe enough, or you also have flooding, you should consider bringing in a professional crew to assist in cleaning up quickly and safely.  Start Setting Up a Plan for Repairs The final step in dealing with a leaky roof is to fix it. While it is always difficult to find the funds for unexpected repairs, it will be worth every penny. Water is seriously damaging to your home, and having to add mold removal to the cost of roof repair is not going to make the bill any smaller.  Go ahead and make the appointment with a trustworthy roofing company while it is still raining. That way, you will be first on the list of homes for inspection and repair. Once they have had a chance to inspect the problem, your roofer should be able to walk you through the rest of the process and give you a quote for the work.  Even a small roof...

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3 Common And Costly Ways Homeowners Ruin Plumbing

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As a homeowner, you are probably familiar with the different tasks to clean and maintain your home. From pressure washing your home’s exterior and mowing the grass to replacing roofing shingles and cleaning your carpet, it is easy to see the stressful nature of owning a home. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on your plumbing. While leaky faucets and pipes are common, you most likely are not prepared for a burst pipe. Repairing or replacing a burst pipe can be costly. However, repairing the water damage to your floors, walls, and other areas of your home is a large expense. Depending on the extent of water damage, restoration can cost between $5,000 and $70,000. Thankfully, preventing a burst pipe and water damage is possible. Using this guide on common ways homeowners ruin plumbing pipes, you can avoid expensive plumbing repairs and cleanup. Chronic Sink Clogs Occasional clogs in your sink drains are normal. Excessive amounts of clogs in your drains are a sure sign that you are placing the wrong things into your sink. While surprising to hear, using a garbage disposal will not completely grind up debris in your sink. For best results, be sure to clean inside your drain periodically after using your disposal. To prevent chronic clogs, avoid adding the following into your sink drains: Cooking Oil/Grease Motor Oil/Automotive Fluids Paints/Chemical Cleaners Medications Coffee Grounds Cat Litter Egg Shells Produce Stickers Large Chunks of Food In addition, cleaning with a hot water and vinegar solution will dissolve away stubborn residue inside your drains. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1 gallon of white vinegar to a boil on your stove. Once it comes to a rapid boil, pour the solution directly into your sink drains. Without taking precaution and cleaning your drains periodically, you may experience a backup in your drains, leading to burst pipes and expensive repairs. Chronic Toilet Clogs Clogs in your toilet are common issues you will face as a homeowner, but they should not become a periodic issue. Chronic clogs may stem from a broken toilet, buildup of minerals due to hard water, or the flushing of foreign objects. This issues can cause a pipe to burst or a more involved septic issue. Unfortunately, pumping out your septic tank can cost an estimated $250. If serious damage occurs to your septic tank, a replacement may be necessary, resulting in a $5000 expense. Here are a few tips to prevent chronic toilet clogs: Inspect your Toilet – If you hear a hissing sound in your toilet, remove the tank cover and check the interior parts. This sound is most likely water seeping into the inlet valve. Be sure the float is in its correct position to ensure proper flushing. In addition, an issue with your flapper may prevent your toilet from flushing completely. If the flapper is worn or damaged, water will constantly leak into the toilet bowl. Check your Water – Hire a specialist to check your water for mineral deposits. Hard water contains minerals that will build up inside your toilet drain, leading to frequent clogs and underlying septic issues. Avoid Flushing Foreign Objects – Small toys are fun for children to flush down the toilet, but they can become serious issues for your plumbing pipes and sewage...

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Prepping For Doomsday? You Need A Bunker! Here’s How To Install One In Your Backyard

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It only takes a bit of knowledge of what’s going on in the world today to come up with the idea that there may be an apocalypse in the near future. With religious conflicts, racial division, wars, proxy wars, outdated power grids, and worldwide financial instability, many people believe that doomsday is just around the corner. Some people call these conspiracy theories. You, however, see the possibilities of an apocalypse and want to be prepared. Having a substantial supply of food and water built up is one way to be prepared. But, none of the preparations will do you any good if you, your family, and your supplies are not protected in a bunker. Fortunately, there are pre-fabricated bunkers available on the market. Picking one out is the easy part. The hard part is installing it. You’ll need some help. Prepare a pathway for the equipment The pre-fabricated bunker will arrive at your property on the back of a flatbed semi trailer. From there, a crane will be needed to lift the bunker off of the trailer and lower it into an appropriately-sized hole in the ground. So, you’ll need a pathway and a parking spot for the semi trailer, the crane and the excavation equipment. You’ll need to know the dimensions of the various vehicles and equipment. You may need to remove obstacles such as trees, bushes, large rocks, and fencing. This part of the job will likely require equipment rentals. However, sometimes excavation contractors do these types of removal services as well. Keep in mind that you’ll need overhead clearance for the crane. Excavate the hole for the bunker The hole for the pre-fabricated bunker should be dug according to the dimensions given by the manufacturer. Depending on the make and model of your bunker, there may be additional requirements that will need to be compensated for in the excavation. For example, there may be an air filtration system located at the far end of the bunker, which will need to be marked at the dig site. Don’t forget that you will need to use some of that soil to cover the bunker so it blends in with the rest of the area. Ideally, your bunker should be deep within the ground, but some people choose a shallow installation with the end result appearing as a naturally-formed hill. Hire a crane service to set the bunker in the ground Once the excavation has been completed, a crane service can drop the bunker into the hole. To make sure this is done safely, it’s important that you provide the crane service with the weight and dimensions of the bunker prior to the delivery date. That way, a lift planner can do some math calculations to determine which appropriately-sized crane to send out for the job. Be prepared: the lift planner and/or crane operator may want to see the job site beforehand, for several reasons. They will need to determine what angles the crane will lift the bunker. They will also need to see the ground conditions so they know whether or not you’ll need crane mats or swamp pads so the crane is more stable on the ground. This helps to prevent the crane from tipping over. For additional info, talk to professionals. Backfilling & touching up so...

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3 Techniques Professionals Use To Perform Trenchless Sewer Pipe Replacement

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Prior to the creation of non-invasive sewer replacement equipment, professionals had to dig out deep trenches to access lines in need of service. The trenches often went straight through well manicured lawns and garden beds that owners worked hard to maintain. Sewer lines running beneath established sheds, garages and additions posed an even bigger problem for homeowners looking for a quick fix. Luckily, there are a number of ways to perform simple repairs or replacements of broken pipes. Read on to learn more information. Pipe Lining Despite the use of tough pipe materials for sewer pipes, including reinforced concrete, steel and ceramic, corrosive elements slowly break down the structure until a breach occurs. When a pipe develops a hole, crack or full break, waste products in their solid, liquid and gas forms leak out into the soil. Many homeowners initially notice the smell until enough waste leaks through, saturating the soil and bringing full attention to the location of the problem pipes. Sewer professionals will often recommend having the pipe lined from afar if the breach is contained to a specific area. To confirm the need for a pipe liner, technicians inspect the lines using camera equipment. After cleaning the pipes, sewer techs create the liner by injecting the broken pipe with felt coated in strong epoxy resin. An air filled bladder inflates the soaked felt to fit the inside diameter of the pipe until it cures. Once the liner cures, techs deflate the bladder and perform a final inspection to confirm the patch fixed the breakage. Ground Piercing Pipes that have completely collapsed at various spots throughout the line cannot support the use of patching materials. Instead, sewer line replacement technicians must install a brand new pipe in that location. Normally, techs would dig out a trench around the line to access the entire stretch of pipe in one repair session. Luckily, a ground piercing mechanism was developed to quickly break up the rest of the pipe and create an installation hole at the same time. Technicians place the piercing end at the beginning or end of the pipe to start. Using a large sledgehammer, techs ram the piercer through the ground at the specified pipe location. Once the reamer creates the hole, techs thread a new pipe through the soil and attach it to the connection joints at either end. As a manually driven tool, the ground piercer can only handle sewer line replacement below modest garden beds or patios. Directional Boring Since the ground piercing equipment can only work through a limited amount of ground, larger jobs require the use of hydraulically driven directional boring equipment. The directional boring machines have no limit in pipe size or diameter due to the various heads technicians can use for the job. By breaking up the pipe and creating an access hole, the machinery essentially performs the same task as the ground piercing equipment at a larger scale. The directional boring machine uses an exact targeting system that makes it easy to establish brand new pipes for additions and new construction when needed. Exploring The Main Benefit Of Trenchless Replacement The main benefit of choosing trenchless repair practices is cost. Even extremely large scale city projects see a 25% decrease in costs when using trenchless sewer repair or replacement...

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5 Advantages Of Switching To LED Lightbulbs

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When you think of the word LED, the first things that come to your mind are probably screens or small indicator lights. However, LED lightbulbs exist and make for great home lighting. There are a number of ways in which LED lights win out over standard light bulbs.  Lack of Toxicity  LED lights do not require any toxic material in order to properly light your home. Compare this to compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, which utilize mercury in order to light up your room. Mercury within the lightbulb is not dangerous, but it can be if the light bulb happens to break. Mercury is a dangerous, toxic heavy metal that can cause a myriad of health problems, like high-blood pressure, increased heart rate, and peeling of the skin.  On top of that, due to the fact that CFL bulbs contain mercury, they cannot just be tossed into your home’s garbage can when they have burned out. They must be disposed of properly in order to prevent breaking, which could lead to mercury entering into the ecosystem.   Environmentally Friendly Another benefit of LED lights is that they are environmentally friendly. When you use an LED light in your light fixtures, they use anywhere from  25%-80% less energy than standard lightbulbs. This means that you are spending less money on electricity to light up your house, which means less electricity that has to be produced in ways that negatively impact the environment, such as burning coal.  Works Well in Very Cold Temperatures Standard incandescent bulbs encounter a bit of difficulty when the temperature takes a dive. Temperatures below freezing or at the point of freezing can cause the light in these bulbs to weaken, or even to die completely. However, LED lights operate effectively and seamlessly in very low temperatures. This makes them a great bulb to use in your outdoor light fixtures if you experience very cold winters. Regardless of the temperature, your LED light will emit a consistent, strong stream of light.  Emits “Cool Light”  Standard incandescent bulbs emit quite a bit of heat when they are turned on, which can not only be dangerous, but can damage your belongings, as well. For example, a young child who were to touch a lightbulb that had been on all day would be badly burned, or if your lamp was directed at your couch, a decorative table runner or some other type of fabric, the heat would damage them overtime. In contrast, LED lights run very cool. They never get too hot to touch, and they do not emit enough heat to damage fabrics.  Long Lifespan  Although LED lightbulbs have a higher up-front cost, they last much longer than standard lightbulbs. Although the initial price of an LED bulb might turn you off a bit, remember that some LED bulbs last up to 50,000 hours. Compare that with standard incandescent light bulbs, which have an average life span of about 1,200 hours. That means that, in the long run, LED bulbs are actually the more affordable option due to the fact they need to be replaced less often. Not only will they save you money, but they will save you time that you would have to spend changing out your incandescent bulbs.  As you can see there are many advantages to switching the...

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3 Springtime Maintenance Tips For Your Garage Door

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It’s easy to think of your garage door as just another entrance to your home, but in reality, an electric garage door is a machine that needs maintenance at least once a year. What better time to perform garage door maintenance than the spring? A cold, icy winter is more likely to take a toll on your garage door than any other season, so checking up on the heath of your garage door once the temperatures start to rise only makes sense. Plus, you’re liable to be in the garage doing spring cleaning anyway. Take a look at a few essential items that should be on your spring garage door maintenance checklist. Remember to disconnect your garage door opener from the power before you get started, to avoid any accidental opening or closing while you’re working. Lubricate Not only will your garage door work more efficiently if it’s properly lubricated, it will also make a lot less noise! Start with the garage door opener hardware. Your opener uses either a screw, a chain, or a belt to lift the door. If it uses a belt, it doesn’t need lubrication, but if you have a screw or a chain operated opener, you should apply a small amount of white lithium spray-on grease. After that, move your attention to the door itself. Apply a light coating of oil to the hinges, bearings, and the spot where the roller shaft goes into the garage door’s bearings. Then apply oil to the door’s torsion springs. Your garage doors extension spring doesn’t need to be lubricated. This is a good time to inspect the springs – if they’re starting to look as if they’ve been pulled out of shape, it may be time to have them replaced. Replace Take the time to tighten the rail bracket bolts and the roller brackets. As you do, inspect the rollers for wear. You should have either steel or nylon rollers. Steel rollers can sustain dents and dings, while nylon can chip, scratch, or break. If you have damaged rollers, you can replace them as needed, or replace a whole set at once. Rollers are inexpensive (around $8 for the nylon rollers) and fairly easy to replace. Just remove the brackets and the old rollers, then put the new brackets in their place and replace the bolts. Spring is also a good time to replace your astragal, which is the hollow rubber seal at the bottom of the door. Cold weather can take a toll on the rubber, leaving it dry and cracked. Simply remove the seal with a flat-head screwdriver, insert a new astragal, and crimp the channel ends with lubricant to secure it in place. You may also want to check the weather strips on the sides and top of the door, and replace those if they seem worn. Test Before you reconnect the power to the garage door opener, test your garage door to see that it opens and closes smoothly. Lift it, lower it, lift it part way and stop to be sure that it doesn’t drop unexpectedly. Listen for strange sounds and look for any sign that the door is improperly balanced, like shaking as it lifts and lowers. Once you’ve tested the door without the power, reconnect the opener and perform the...

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2 Things Your Plumber Wishes You Would Stop Doing

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As a homeowner, it isn’t always easy to know which problems you are causing and which ones you inherited along with the house. On your Saturday mornings, you might find yourself going through your place and repairing issues one at a time. However, if you make the wrong decisions regarding your plumbing system, you might create more problems than you solve. Here are two things your plumber wishes you would stop doing and why: 1: Cranking Up The Water Pressure Are you tired of watching water trickle out of your kitchen faucet? If you are looking to bump up the power a little, you might be tempted to head out to your main water line and adjust the water pressure. After all, wouldn’t it be nice to spray off those dishes with a little more gusto? Unfortunately, changing your water pressure can have dire consequences on your home’s plumbing system. Indoor residential water pressure should never be above 80 pounds per square inch. However, the main water line that supplies water to your home might allow you to change it to as high as 150 psi—almost twice the pressure it should be. Although it might seem like a small adjustment, increasing water pressure can actually cause your pipes to rattle around and break. This occurrence, referred to as “water hammer,” can also create annoying noises inside of your walls. High water pressure can also exacerbate plumbing leaks. The higher the pressure, the more water will spurt out of damaged joints and corroded pipes.  To protect your plumbing, don’t try to adjust your own incoming water pressure. If you feel like your water moves too slowly, hire a professional plumber to test your pressure levels and adjust the line for you. If your water pressure is too high, experts can even install regulators to protect your plumbing system. 2: Using Chemical Drain Cleaner Too Liberally When that sink or bathtub stops draining like it should, what is your first instinct? If you are like most homeowners, you probably fish around underneath your kitchen sink for that go-to bottle of chemical drain cleaner. Unfortunately, using drain cleaner too liberally might not do anything but irritate your plumber. Here are a few reasons why using chemical drain cleaner isn’t always a good idea: Physical Clogs: Believe it or not, chemical drain cleaner is completely powerless against foreign objects like dropped hair bands, bobby pins, and small plastic children’s toys. Drain cleaner works by combining ingredients like solid hydroxide and aluminum turnings to generate heat—which boils standing water and breaks apart organic clogs. However, if your blockage contains objects that won’t melt apart, your clog might be around to stay.  Pipe Damage: Unfortunately, if chemical drain cleaner doesn’t take care of that clog, it can sit in your pipes and corrode the surrounding materials. In fact, chemical drain cleaner can soften PVC pipes and damage plumbing made from older materials. Caustic Environment: To make matters worse, sitting chemical drain cleaner can create a caustic environment for any professional that you call in. Instead of being able to work quickly to resolve the issue, your plumber might have to suit up in protective gear to avoid being burned.   The next time you encounter a tough clog, check your drain for debris first. If...

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