Plumbing things every homeowner should know
June 28, 2017
Plumbing is an important aspect of the home. A small problem in plumbing could lead to a bigger problem. Like a small leak inside the wall will cause the water to drip off in the wall and the paint will chip off. The moisture caused due to the leakage of water could also lead to the problem of mold. In short, the list of problems is long.
We are going to cover some important points which should be in the knowledge of any homeowner. These basic points could save you from bigger plumbing problems. And the points are quite easy to be understood and acted upon by any ordinary person.
These small tips will help you detect any problems earlier so you can treat them before they cause a disaster. Let’s discuss them:
1: How to shut the water off:
Any type of water leakage could happen and you will need to shut the water off to avoid any damages. The first step is to shut the main supply of water off and then contact the plumber to repair the leakage. So you should learn how to shut the water supply of your home. The water is coming in your home through the water tank via the main pipe. There is a valve located on the joint of the pipe with the tank. This valve has a handle on it and it is rotated to shut the water off. So you should know where the valve is located. In some houses, it is located near the tank while in some houses it is located in the box located underground.
2: Valve for every part:
There is a valve located on the pipeline for every different part of your house. Like there is a separate valve for the washroom and a separate valve for a kitchen. You should survey the plumbing network of your home and located the valves for each part. In this way, you can shut the particular valve off instead of shutting off the whole supply to the home. So keep in mind all the valve positions.
3: Reading the water meter:
The water meters are there to indicate the total consumption of the water by the house. You should know how to read the water meter. The water meters could be analogue or digital. The analogue has a dial on it while the digital has an electronic display. Read the meter every month and if the consumption spikes unusually then it is a sign of water leakage.
4: Water pressure:
Water pressure should be under 80 psi. The pressure above it can cause leakage and damage to the pipelines especially joints. So keep an eye on the gauge. If you don’t have any gauge on the pipeline then contact the plumbing company to measure the pressure of the incoming water.
5: Old water heater:
Keep an eye on the water heater and replace it if it is now more than 10 years old and rusty water is coming from it. An old water heater can cause water leakages problems and gas wastage too.
What types of home services companies are there?
May 31, 2017
Home repair services:
Keeping a number of a quality home services provider is necessary. The damages and problems will not alert you before coming. So keep the contact of the company in your phone diary. Among many home repair and services company, the only handful of them are quality services provider and trustable. So choose carefully.
Types of home services companies
There are different types of home services company. Some of the provide only one service like plumbing service while some of them provide all types of services and repairs. Let’s discuss the different types of services which come under the home service:
1: Plumbing services:
Water is a necessity and no one could even think of surviving without it. We need it for our daily cleaning and cooking purposes. Gas is also an important requirement and is used for heating and cooking purposes. Both of them require pipelines for transmission. Plumbing companies are specialized in providing pipeline related services. They are hired for laying out the whole pipeline system of the house during construction. They are also hired for repairing the pipeline of the house.
2: Heating and cooling services:
Central heating and cooling systems are used in areas where the temperature is at an extreme. Central air-conditioners are used to maintain the temperature of the house. The system is necessary to make you feel comfortable. The Heating and Air Conditioning Services Company are there to install these systems in your home. If the system stops working efficiently then these companies are hired to repair the system. They are also paid for the regular visits to check the system and maintain them. The air conditioning system needs some type of gas in it. With the passage of time, the gas finishes, so the company needs to visit regularly to refill the gas. The residential level systems are easy to handle but the commercial scale systems used in big malls and buildings are only maintained by high-level companies.
3: Electrical system services:
The electrical system of the home is important for the electricity transmission to the appliances. A single problem in this system can spark a fire and completely burn your home. So the electrical system services companies are there to lay out the whole electricity transmission system in your home. They are hired to remove any problems in the system. One should take great care while hiring the electrical services company because the small mistake while laying out the wiring of the home can lead to a big accident and loss.
The fencing is necessary to clearly indicate the boundaries of the home and to stop pests from entering in the lawn. The fencing companies are there to provide this service. They make a fence outside your lawn. There are different types of fences available. Some are for decoration purposes while some are to stop the largely sized pests like a raccoon to enter the premises. The painting of the fence is also done by these companies. And they are paid for the regular visit to maintain the paint of the fence.