Thursday, June 14, 2018

Plumber’s advice on improving garden drainage

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Even the garden is not exempted in experiencing drainage difficulties. It may be outdoors, and most people think evaporation and air will take care of any excess water, but drainage problems can cause trouble in the long run.

The Chicago Tribune came up with an article on drainage problems in the garden and discussed possible solutions on the concern. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"There are different ways to improve drainage, and the best option will depend on each site's conditions, such as soil type and natural changes in grade. Solutions such as a dry well — a hole dug in the ground and filled with gravel — that do not move water out of the wet area are not worth implementing. That sort of solution is unlikely to improve the drainage in your lawn, as it will quickly fill with water while the surrounding soil remains too wet."

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Types of drainage for the garden

UK-Based gardening blog Fantastic Gardens came up with a comprehensive write-up on garden drainage, how to avoid problems, and what is the best way to address these concerns. They also touched on the different types of garden drainage and mentioned where each type will work best. A/C And HVAC

"While there are myriad of reasons why your garden isn't draining water properly, here are 10 factors that most likely contributed to your garden's swamp-like appearance: (1) Underground springs changed their direction as a result of heavy and continuous rainfall. (2) Subsoil and topsoil were mixed together during property construction, creating compacted soil that water has a hard time draining through. (3) Your property and garden have been built on top of a water-retentive clay layer (a pretty common situation in the UK). (4) The garden is situated at the bottom of a hill or lower than those of your neighbours."

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The website This Old House meanwhile shared advice on improving garden drainage. In their advice, they mentioned that property owners have the option of installing something decorative that could complement their garden and at the same time improve its drainage: Swales.

"You can turn landscaping for water drainage solutions into features that enhance your yard—and protect natural waterways. Ditches can be landscaped as swales that look like creek beds or small meadows. Gutter water can flow into rain gardens that provide a habitat for butterflies and birds. And driveways, patios, and walkways can be constructed of pervious paving that never puddles because water seeps through. Since these measures allow storm water to sink into the soil gradually, they help reduce flooding."

More on the article here.

When unsure about garden drainage problems and how to resolve it, seek the assistance of a reputable plumbing contractor.

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HVAC Experts thoughts on improving air quality

 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

HVAC Experts thoughts on improving air quality

Air quality at home

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Indoor air quality is critical in promoting the over-all wellness of the occupants of a home or commercial structure. In fact, it can cause illnesses – short or long term – if it is not kept in check.

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certain guidelines on maintaining indoor air quality inside workplaces. And in their official website, they answered as well, frequently asked questions pertaining to their guidelines. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"Indoor air quality (also called "indoor environmental quality") describes how inside air can affect a person's health, comfort, and ability to work.  It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, or exposure to other chemicals.  Currently, OSHA has no indoor air quality (IAQ) standards but it does provide guidelines about the most common IAQ workplace complaints. What is considered good IAQ? The qualities of good IAQ should include comfortable temperature and humidity, adequate supply of fresh outdoor air, and control of pollutants from inside and outside of the building."

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Read the whole guidelines and FAQs here.

HVAC's Role in Indoor Air Quality

A home's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system has a lot to contribute in terms of indoor air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency discussed this in one of their articles on promoting indoor air quality. A/C And HVAC

"Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate."

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Huffpost meanwhile published an article on how to ensure that the home's air conditioning unit is not affecting the wellness of the whole family. In that article they tackled how ACs can either be a bane or boon to the health.

"It's convenient to turn on the AC as soon as the temperature makes you uncomfortable but doing so could be harmful to more than just your wallet. Old and poorly-maintained AC units have been shown as factors in many health conditions, including respiratory conditions and the spread of some diseases. Fortunately, it's quite easy to minimize any such risks."

Check out the original article here.

Having a well-maintained HVAC unit helps a lot in ensuring a good indoor air quality at home.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Plumber’s thoughts on Drain Snakes

Are Drain Snakes useful?

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Can drain snakes really help in unclogging drainage blockages? (Photo Credits)

Drain Snakes are one of those plumbing tools that even ordinary homeowners without a plumbing background would dare use. For one it is available in local home improvement stores, and secondly, most of the household versions do not look too complicated to use.

Home website Spruce.com explained the different types of drain snakes, and how they could be useful in a home setting.  Plumbing Association of San Diego     

"Drain snakes come in several different types, ranging from simple handheld models to powerful motorized augers. The reason for the variety is that there are different types of drains: sink drains, toilet drains, house drains, sewer drains… Here is a look at the most commonly used drain snakes for household clogs. While a plumber might have all of them, you'll likely need on only one or two, unless you want to rent a big auger for cleaning a sewer drain."

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But are they really useful?

Apartment Therapy shared their experience in using drain snakes in a household setting. They included the procedures they undertook and then put out a photo guide in their web page. A/C And HVAC   

"Snaking the drain is one of those nasty jobs that we put off, and just deal with a clogged or slow draining sink or tub because we don't want to bother with calling the landlord, or figuring out how to do it ourselves. Like so many things, after we actually do it, we realize it's just not a big deal and wish we'd done it sooner. It's also satisfying —and gross."

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DoItYourself.com also has a related article on drain snakes. In fact, they put up a guide on how to use them. In the same write-up, they shared more information on how an auger or a drain snake works.

"In most cases, drain snakes can be very useful and effective. They are a tool that anyone can use and they often get results. These tools can be pressed down into the pipe and can help break up clogs inside them. They have been known to be effective where other methods such as a plunger or chemicals have not. Therefore, these tools can be very useful in this area."

Check out their step by step guide here.

Drain snakes can indeed be very useful around the home.

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How to be an HVAC Technician

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Friday, May 18, 2018

How to be an HVAC Technician

Trainings and Educational Requirements

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Being an HVAC Technician requires training, education, as well as continuous learning and practical experiences. It is a trade skills job that that can be rewarding.

Learn.Org explained the job of an HVAC Technician as well as how a person can work in this type of career. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"An HVAC technician installs, services and fixes heating, ventilation and air conditioning units in residential and commercial buildings. As a technician, you are trained to read blueprints and use an assortment of common and specialized tools, including metal cutters, flow sensors and current meters. When servicing a system, you ensure that all components, including compressors, motors, fans, pumps, thermostats and switches, are working properly and that all controls are at their recommended settings. Your specific duties include connecting wires, welding pipes, testing electrical circuits for continuity and testing pipes and tubing for leaks."

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So how can a person be an HVAC Technician?

Advance Technology Institute shared information on what to expect when training to become an HVAC Technician, what is included in the training, as well as what can be expected from this career line. A/C And HVAC

"Fortunately, there are excellent programs available where students are able to receive the highest quality education from industry professionals while also gaining valuable hands-on experience in the classroom or shop. Ideally, this should include everything from window unit air conditioners to 12-ton commercial cooling systems so that all of your bases are covered. Seek a program where you can become certified in all relevant areas so that when you go out into the real world to look for work, you'll stand apart from the competition. With the right program, you could be earning money and loving your job in about a year."

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The website HVAC Classes meanwhile shared the requirements needed in order to acquire a license as an HVAC Professional.

"Some licenses, however, do transcend geography. Namely, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that any technician working with refrigerants (such as CFCs and HCFCs) must be properly trained in handling and disposing of these hazardous chemicals. HVAC technicians can become certified in small appliances, low-pressure systems, high-pressure systems, or can obtain a universal certification that qualifies them to work with all refrigerant systems. The tests for this type of licensing are offered by a number of third party companies and can be completed online."

The rest of the information can be found here.

Being an HVAC Technician may require at least a whole year training and education. It is up to the person on how to become a successful one.

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How to Become a Master Plumber

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to Become a Master Plumber

Pursuing a Career as a Master Plumber

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Being a Master Plumber opens a lot of opportunities for earning. For one, a master plumber gets the highest compensation rate amongst all kinds of plumbers. At the same time, it allows them the opportunity to mentor trainees and ordinary plumbers, work on big plumbing projects, and of course open up their own plumbing contractor business.

In a comprehensive article Chron.com discussed the job description, educational requirements, required experience and certification before an ordinary plumber can become a license Master Plumber. A/C And HVAC

"Becoming a master plumber requires extensive training and ultimately, passing a state licensing and certification exam. This journey takes seven to 10 years, but then you'll have the opportunity to become your own boss, earn a comfortable salary and determine your own work schedule."

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Master Plumbing

Certifications and other credentials usually vary per state or city. In New York City for instance, they require at least seven years of experience. The requirements have been published in their official website and these come in varying levels depending on skills, training, experience and educational attainment. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

Here is an example of the experience levels that the NYC government requires:

"Have at least seven (7) years of total experience* within the ten (10) years prior to application with at least two (2) years of experience working in the planning or design, and installation of plumbing systems under the direct and continuing supervision of a licensed Master Plumber in the United States; at least two (2) years of this required practical experience must be obtained as a Department of Buildings' registered Journeyman Plumber. The balance of experience may be obtained by performing maintenance, replacement and repair plumbing work on existing buildings while working for a New York City agency as long as the work is under the direct and continuing supervision of a licensed Master Plumber supervisor employed by the City agency"

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Study.com meanwhile came up with a guide on the educational, training, and experiential requirements to become a Master Plumber.

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"Master plumbers are journeyman plumbers who have, after a period of classroom and on-the-job training, passed their state's master plumber's examination. To reach this level, they must have completed a basic plumbing training program, usually through a union apprenticeship, but sometimes through a certificate or associate's degree program. After gaining experience, they can take the journeyman plumber's examination and begin gaining the knowledge and experience needed to qualify for the master plumber examination. Plumber's training includes courses in building codes, blueprint reading, safety and even physics, as well as extensive on-the-job practice."

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Being a Master Plumber entails dedication, hard work and focus so that one can go through the needed training, learning, and experience.

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Signs the HVAC Ducts need Cleaning

 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Signs the HVAC Ducts need Cleaning

Maintaining the HVAC Unit

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HVAC Duct Cleaning is a must-do for some households, given that this can help improve air quality at home.

The National Air Duct Cleaners' Association says homeowners stand to benefit from all the cleaning especially if some family members have respiratory conditions like allergies and asthma. A/C And HVAC  

"Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work. While dirty ducts don't necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies."

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When to have it cleaned

Third-Party Service Ratings Website Angie's List meantime shared some signs that would indicate that the HVAC ducts may need to be cleaned. In their article they also emphasized the importance of enlisting professional, licensed services to avoid scams. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"When to clean your air ducts — The Environmental Protection Agency recommends cleaning air ducts when: (1) You suspect mold exists in the air ducts. (2) You notice a vermin infestation somewhere in the home, or you see insects or rodents entering or exiting ductwork. (3) You see a visible "poof" of dust released from the supply registers when air is exiting the vents."

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The website Today's Homeowner meantime shared tips on how to avoid duct cleaning scams. They say such scams remain prevalent and that homeowners have to be on the lookout for these.

"Here are some tips for avoiding scams if you decide to look into having the ducts and HVAC system in your home cleaned: (1) Full Service: Don't settle for just duct cleaning, make sure the cleaning service is also going to do a full cleaning of the heating/cooling unit. (2) References: Get and check references in your area to find out what was provided for the money, and whether customers were satisfied. (3) Estimates: Ask for written estimates from at least three HVAC cleaning services. A reputable company should provide a free inspection and estimate."

Take a look at the whole article here.

HVAC Duct Cleaning should indeed only be undertaken by licensed, professional HVAC Contractors.

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Plumber's tips on water seeping from bathroom floor

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Plumber’s tips on water seeping from bathroom floor

What a leaking floor tiles mean

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When water seeps through the bathroom tiles, there may be a plumbing issue. (Photo Credits)

Water seeping through the bathroom floor tiles may be a sign that there is an ongoing plumbing problem in the bathroom area. It should be a cause for concern, and a reason for homeowners to get in touch with a licensed plumbing contractor. Plumbing Association of San Diego  

For one, it is a safety hazard, slips can take place especially if there is a child or an elderly using the said bathroom. It would also mean higher water bills, because obviously there is a leak.

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Home improvement website Family Handyman published a comprehensive article on various leaks that could take place in a bathroom. Water seepage through tiles is one of those that they have discussed. A/C And HVAC 

"Tile leaks occur when water seeps through deteriorating grout or caulk and gets into the wall behind the tile (Figure A). Depending on the materials used to set the tile, this can lead to tile falling off the wall, severe rotting of the wall framing, and damage to the subfloor, joists or ceiling below."

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Leaking water

Third Party Service Ratings Website Angie's List also came up with a post aiming to guide property owners about leaks on the bathroom floor. In their write up they included as well, how homeowners should be dealing with the issue.

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"Unless you purposely let water sit on it, a bathroom floor rarely suffers water damage unless there is a leak. If your bathroom floor is buckling, cracking or beginning to stain for no obvious reason, chances are hidden water is the culprit. The water could be from a pipe directly underneath the floor, or it could have traveled there from another area."

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The website DoItYourself.com also came up with tips on dealing with water seepage from bathroom floors. In their post, they detailed what homeowners can do upon discovering a leak from the bathroom floor.

"Really get down close and examine the tile carefully for any breaks or cracks. Even small things like separations or deteriorating caulk could be clues. One thing that won't give you a clear idea here is water. As strange as that sounds, given that you're looking for a water leak, the water may exit and be visible at one area of the floor, but the leak's actual point of origin could still be elsewhere. Plus, under the right timing, any water you see could just as easily be there because the shower curtain wasn't positioned well enough."

Take a look at the whole suggested procedure here.

It is important to let a professional licensed plumbing contractor deal with problems like such to avoid further damage.

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