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Posted by on 12:49 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Your Pond Pump

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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Posted by on 9:48 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Electrical Problems You Should Address Right Away in Your Home

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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