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Posted by on 3:03 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Reduce Stress On Your Plumbing Pipes

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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Posted by on 8:45 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Deal with a Leaky Roof—Without the Panic

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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