Archive for August, 2012

Stop Your Basement from Flooding Today

August 29th, 2012

Picture of backflow prevention valve

Just imagine for a minute, you walk down to your basement like you always do, maybe you’re putting the laundry into the drier for instance. The light is off but you hear something unusual like water running when there shouldn’t be. When you flick on the light water if pouring into your basement! You frantically try to grab up your possessions that you don’t want to become water logged or damaged but there is only so much you can do. Time is limited and most things have already become soaked with water – water that in some cases is backed up from the sanitary waste sewer. Something you definitely do not want to be dealing with.

When it comes to your home you must do every little thing you can to prevent it from getting damaged, this is especially the case when it comes to your basement. A flooded basement can very quickly become an extremely costly problem to deal with easily ending up costing $20,000 or more to repair depending on your specific circumstances.

Backwater Valve Installation

One very important part of your basement you must have protected is your drain connection that attaches to the municipal sewer system. In stormy weather with heavy rainfall the water level in sewers can quickly build-up resulting in the water backing up into your home. In order to prevent basement flooding a device must be installed on you drain line called a backwater valve. The way this device works is that it only allows water to flow out of the valve towards the sewer, any water that is force back towards the valve will not be able to penetrate it as it’s a one-way only device. Always hire professional plumbers to perform your backwater valve installation as it is imperative that the procedure is completed properly.

Different Ways to Make Your House’s Water Hot

August 18th, 2012

Getting the best water heating system for your house depends on a variety of factors.

  • Number of people living in your houses, your water requirements
  • Place for installing the water heating system
  • Your Lifestyle
  • The climate of your area

These are the few active factors and you will need analyzing these factors and making the best investment for heating your water.

There are a few traditional methods for heating your water and similarly there are a few modern methods, which do not carry heavy installation or maintenance costs. Let’s have a look at a few methods through which you can meet your hot water requirements.

Electric Tanks

This system includes a special tank for heating water and the heating devices are located at the bottom and top of the tank. For this system you do not need any vents so they can be placed anywhere easily.

Gas Tanks

This system makes use of a fan, which is located on the top of a tank and induces special movements which as a result activate the combustion gases. These gases pass through the sealed pipes of plastic and embrace the walls of the structure. It makes use of a simple mechanism and this system is found in residential houses and commercial buildings. The maintenance charges associated with gas tanks are very low.

Direct Vent Tanks

We know that a sealed combustion water or direct vent carries combustion gases from the outside and during this process the gases are vented out with the help of single pipe. House air and the burner are not connected and this means the chances of gas spillage are minimized. This type of system works very well inside the homes which are sealed properly.

Tank-Less Heaters

In case you are looking for instant hot water then you can make use of tank-less water heaters that do not require any medium for storing the hot water. Electricity and gas units are both available for this purpose, which works on a simple principle of heating water. Water which needs to be heated runs into the unit with the help of a pipe and then an electric device or a gas burner helps in heating the water.

Solar Units

Solar power is being used extensively to heat water with the help of roof based solar collectors. You can use solar hot water systems as the main heating option or you can keep the solar units as a backup in case of emergency, when the main heating system is out of order.

You can take ample time to decide for yourself what the best option to heat your household’s water to meet your daily requirements. There are some expensive and some economical water heating systems, but you have to make sure that you choose the system which proves best in the long run.

Selecting the Suitable Bathtub – Great Looks, Technology and Size

August 17th, 2012

The choice of a right bathtub is no easy matter. There are manifold things to be kept in mind like what you want to use your tub for or your bathroom size for instance. Aesthetic looks rule as well as does technology. But what’s most important is the use you intend to put it to as there is no point in getting a whirlpool bath that you barely use. Nor is it advisable to launch into a buy without some background knowledge of what you are getting into.

Varieties to choose from

Alcove fit

Alcove fitting tubs are compact and can be used as multi-purpose ones and so you can bathe the children or the dog in it too. These are small though and ideal if you want a good soak as they are shallow.

If you can’t afford a bathroom for the kids then this type of tub is a safer bet and it has more utility as well.

Soaking ease

Soaking tubs will allow you to have ample room for a good soak and come in a lot of styles. Some tub styles can hold more water while others will contain less. The stand alone bath falls within this category and so does the Victorian clawfoot. If you want a larger tub, then double-ended ones would be better. These are ideal for those who want to end a hard day with a nice long soak without feeling cramped.

Techno tubs

Air and whirlpool tubs are the latest offered by technology and are supposed to give a soothing experience by their water massage effects. The air tub has a bubble-based system whereas the whirlpool is more of a water injecting system. The problem with such types is that you may not have a compatible plumbing system or tank and so the installing costs can mount up drastically.

No edge tub

The walk-in variety of tubs  come with a door so that you don’t have to step over the edge of the tub on entry and exit. These are perfect for people who are unable to move much or for the elderly. Since the door has a seal, it is watertight once shut.

Materials and matter

Every material has its pros or cons and the one that may eventually suit your purpose will have to be gauged through both its durability as well as whether it will complement home décor.

Durable but  needing  support – cast iron and enamel on steel

These tubs are coated with porcelain enamel as a coating which wears and chips of later and so can lead to rusting. This type of tub is considered to be the most durable and can be found in standalone baths and alcove varieties. However, since they are heavy, strong support structures are required for them.

Enamel on steel is similar though lighter and is as easy to maintain as the former.

Faux enamel look – acrylic tubs

These tubs have a good gloss and a look similar to the enamel tubs. They are lighter in weight though and can be scratched more easily but repairing is no hassle. Air and whirpool baths normally fall in this category.