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4 Essential Tips To Know Before You Do A Bathroom Renovation

Posted by on January 16/2014 | 0Comments

Doing A Bathroom Renovation?

Bathroom RenovationSo, you’re tired of your bathroom and want to do a bathroom renovation. It’s time to grab the sledgehammer. There are a few considerations to keep in mind before starting. Before you tear everything down, use our tips to ensure that your bathroom functions as well as it looks.

Go With Quality

When tallying up the entire cost, it may seem financially secure to go with lower quality for a better price. This could cost you down the road, so when you’re thinking about renovating, choose quality parts for pipes and fixtures. Plumbing problems are commonly due to parts that just aren’t up to the task, and your renovation could end up costing you much more than you thought it would.

Soak In The Tub

When you’re out shopping around for you bath tubs, don’t be afraid to get in and go for a soak. You might be enamored by the look of a tub, but when you get it home you find it’s just too small to be comfortable. If you can fit the tallest person in your home in the tub, you can bet it’ll be big enough for everyone else.

Purchasing a Toilet

Sticking in the middle of the road when buying a toilet is a good way to get a quality piece of porcelain without having to spend too much cash. Toilets can get rather expensive, but if you cheap out you won’t have a toilet that will stand over time. Keep in mind, elongated bowls and seats are often more comfortable.

The DIY Guru

If you can’t do it yourself, swallow your pride and call a professional. We all like to think we can do anything sometimes, but if you’re lost in all those pipes, call up someone who can get the job done right. It’ll prevent your wallet and pipes from getting damaged in the long run.

Flooring

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on flooring, but make sure that your flooring can stand up to constant use. Bathroom floors are at risk of being splashed with water and abused, so they should be able to take the punishment and keep on looking great.

Need Some Help?

Doing a bathroom renovation can be a big job, so it stands to reason that you should think long and hard about every aspect of it before you start. Use these tips to ensure that your renovation stays looking and performing for a long time to come.

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Perks Of An High Efficient Toilet For Your Home

Posted by on January 08/2014 | 1Comments

Advantages To An Efficient Toilet

efficient toiletAn efficient toilet means more than just flushing properly. There are environmental advantages to them as well. Some people look at high-efficiency toilets and wonder whether they can really get the job done. That’s an understandable concern. No one wants a toilet that can’t flush properly. The truth is that high-efficiency toilets are designed to work just as well as regular toilets. In fact, they offer several benefits that might convince you to replace your old toilet.

Use Less Water

High-efficiency toilets use less water than traditional designs. The amount that you save depends on the specific model that you purchase. Many of the latest models use less than five liters of water per flush.

Why should you care how much water your toilet uses? There are a few reasons.

  • using less water means you pay lower utility bills
  • high-efficiency toilets put less stress on the municipal sewage system, which means fewer sewage backups and maintenance
  • using less water helps protect the environment
  • it also reduces the amount of water that processing plants have to filter before returning it to waterways (if everyone used high-efficiency toilets, we might actually see even lower utility bills)

So, not only efficient toilets are environmentally friendly, they also help you save money. All the better reason to install an efficient toilet today!

Today’s High-Efficiency Toilets Work Better Than Older Models

If you already have a high-efficiency toilet, then you’re way ahead of most people. Still, you should consider upgrading to a newer model that will save even more water (and give you stronger flushes).

High-efficiency toilets made before the 1980s usually relied on 19 to 26.5 liters per flush. Significant improvements were made during the 1980s, when the best toilets only needed a little over 13 liters.

That sounds great until you compare your old toilet to those created today. A newer model uses about half what your old one needs. If you’re concerned about saving money and helping the environment, you need to upgrade to a new and improved toilet.

Depending on the size of your family and the type of toilet you currently have, you could easily save more than $110 per year by switching to a newer model.

High-Efficiency Toilets Get the Job Done

Let’s address your biggest concern: high-efficiency toilets can’t get the job done, and that’s something you don’t want to deal with no matter how much cash you’ll save in a year.

New efficient toilets are not like the ones you might have encountered a decade ago. You won’t stand there flushing over and over again. Engineers worked to create designs that allow smaller amounts of water to exert more force that flushes toilet water down the drain.

A new efficient toilet might actually work better than the old traditional design that you’ve used for decades.

An Efficient Toilet That Is Properly Installed

These are three convincing reasons to check out efficient toilets. Of course, efficient toilets should be properly installed for you to enjoy its perks. Anything that is improperly installed can be dangerous and costly. So, make sure you know what you’re doing when you’re installing an efficient toilet of any kind. Getting help from a professional is also never a bad option. If you like to save money, protect the environment, and get a strong flush, it’s time to browse your options!

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Tips for Preparing For Winter Plumbing

Posted by on January 03/2014 | 1Comments

Winter Plumbing Tips

Winter plumbing can get frustrating and tedious. Winter’s freezing temperatures can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing. Before it gets too cold, make sure you follow these tips for preparing your plumbing for winter. They could save you a lot of time and money… not to mention the inconvenience of living in a house with busted pipes!

Insulate Your Pipes

This is one of the easiest steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes. Start by searching your home for exposed pipes. They could be in your attic, basement, or even under your floor. If you find pipes in areas that don’t receive adequate heat, then you should insulate them.

Wrap the pipes with insulation that will protect them from the bitter cold. Insulating foam doesn’t cost much. It’s also very easy to install.

Note that you should also insulate any outdoor spigots and hose bibs. Several manufacturers make insulating products that fit right over them. Many hose bibs also have shut-off valves. If yours does, turn off the water so that it can’t reach the outside.

Fix Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes tend to freeze more easily than those that aren’t leaking. That makes it important for you to search the interior and exterior of your home for even small leaks.

Do this before the temperatures drop too far. Once a leaky pipe freeze, you’ll have a hard time fixing (you also run the risk of the pipe bursting, which could lead to mold and other problems that you do not want).

If you have insulated pipes (good for you!), you can check for leaks by feeling around the insulation for wet areas. Any moist area probably indicates a leak. Remove the insulation for a closer look.

Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Most sprinkler systems are designed to handle cold weather. Still, you want to give them some extra protection so they don’t break before the spring thaw.

Start by turning off the water running to the sprinkler system. Once you have turned off the source, remove water from the irrigation system so that it cannot freeze. Newer systems usually have drains that will eliminate the water automatically. If yours does not, or you aren’t sure whether it does, then you can drain the pipes manually by turning on the sprinklers and letting them run until they stop putting out water.

Ran Into Problems?

These tips are meant to prepare your household pipes for the harsh winter. By taking a few preventative steps, though, you can give your pipes a fighting chance no matter how cold it gets. However, if you’ve found that your pipes have already frozen over or ran into some kind of plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to give us a call as our plumbing professionals are prepared for all types of winter plumbing problems.

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