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Posted by on 8:47 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common And Costly Ways Homeowners Ruin Plumbing

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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Posted by on 9:54 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Prepping For Doomsday? You Need A Bunker! Here’s How To Install One In Your Backyard

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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