Tips And Tricks For Sump Pump Installation That May Be Useful To DIYers

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hiring a sump pump contractor to install a new sump pump is your best option for this type of job. However, if you want to try to install your own sump pump, you may need a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Here are a couple of those tips and tricks that may make the job easier for you as a “do-it-yourselfer.” Wait Until the Water in the Pump Hole Is Really Low Sump pumps, by their very working nature, gather water in their pump holes and send it back up to an exit point outside of your home. If it has rained recently, the water levels in this collection hole will be high, and a sump pump installation and replacement will be more difficult to do because you will not be able to see all the way to the bottom of the hole. Wait until there has been a good dry spell and the water in the collection hole is low so that you can see the bottom of the old pump and where to detach it. Shut off Your Electricity to the Pump Completely A sump pump does use some electricity. You may see some covered wires traveling down the length of a pole to the pump, or traveling up the wall and away from the pump. Regardless of how the wires feed into your old sump pump, you will want to shut off the electricity for safety reasons. If you do not have the fuse switch clearly marked in your fuse box, you will need to play with the switches until you find the one that controls the pump. Otherwise, you can shut off the main breaker switch to your whole house and be assured that you will not be electrocuted while you disconnect the electrical wiring from your old pump and reconnect it to your new pump. Place a Bucket Near the Sump Pump Pipe Right Before Disconnecting As you remove the old sump pump, you will have to detach it from the pipe that carries the pumped water out of your home. When that happens, you will have a gush of water that will spill out everywhere. This is due to the fact that there may still be some water in this exit pipe from the last time your old sump pump fired up and then shut down. To keep things from getting messy, keep a large bucket ready and very close to this pipe so that when you are ready to disconnect the pump, the bucket can catch any water that was trapped in the exit pipe. For more information on replacing your sump pump, visit Rite-Way Waterproofing or other...

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The First Two Things To Do If You Want To Put A Fence Around Your Commercial Property

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You might want to erect a fence around your commercial property for a more dramatic, elegant feeling. You may think it’s an easy thing to do, as all you plan to do is to call a commercial fencing company and have them install the fence. However, here are two things you’ve got to do first to make sure you avoid trouble. Make Sure The Fence Will Go On Your Property Before having any commercial fence work done at all, your first stop should be the county clerk’s office to retrieve a copy of your property’s deed. The legal description in the document will help you to be sure that any fence you put up will be located on land that you own. One of the reasons it’s so important to read the deed is that you may already have a fence of some kind on the property and just plan to put the new fence where the old one is. This can be a mistake if the old fence is not legally on your property. The last owner might have made an informal deal with a past owner of an adjoining property; that deal is unlikely to protect you and your interests today. If you install a fence on ground that is not yours, the current owner may find out and you might be legally obliged to move the fence. If you are aware that a current fence is on someone else’s land and want to retain that space, talk to your lawyer about drawing up appropriate documents and talk to the land owner about what they may be willing to consider. Check Your Property’s Zoning Another thing you’ve got to do before allowing the fence to be built around your commercial property is to ensure it will meet any zoning standards. A zoning officer should be able to help you consult the town’s ordinance to look for requirements that have to be met in terms of height, setbacks and materials. If you don’t think your fence will meet those requirements for any reason, you can ask for a variance permit that will allow you to build as you like. In order to have a variance approved, you may need to present proof and testimony from other businesses in the area to support the idea that your fence will not be problematic for them, customers and motorists in the area. Even after you find out about current standards your fence must adhere to, it is smart to ask the zoning officer about any zoning changes that may be upcoming. While you are typically only bound by today’s requirements, news about possible changes might affect the decisions you make. After...

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Two Tips to Help Reduce Your Home Heating Expenses

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re like some people, your wallet really starts to feel the pinch when the cold season rolls around. While you may be aware of just how much it’s going to cost to run your heater, you also don’t want your family to have to deal with a constant chill when you’re relaxing at home. Although you may think the key to saving money on your energy bill is to keep your heater turned off most of the time, this isn’t the only solution. Here are two tips that can help to reduce your home heating expenses. 1. Investment in a Smart Thermostat One of the first things you should do when you’re trying to drive down the cost of heating your home is purchase a smart thermostat. This device may be the key to helping you keep your heating bill at an affordable level. Smart thermostats are connected to the Internet through the Wi-Fi signal in your home. You essentially “teach” the thermostat about your daily habits by manually programming your desired temperatures in at different times of the day. For example, if you normally turn your heater off in the morning when you leave for work and then turn it back on once you arrive home again, the smart thermostat will track this.   After the smart thermostat has enough information about your schedule, it will begin to automatically raise and lower the temperature in your home at select times of the day so that it becomes much easier for your heater to ramp up. Since your heater won’t have to go into overdrive to combat completely freezing indoor temperature conditions, you may find that there is less energy usage, which results in a more affordable heating bill. 2. Check Your Home’s Insulation The insulation in your home plays a large role in whether or not you’re able to keep indoor air separate from outdoor air. If the insulation is not thick enough, the warm air inside of your home may be seeping outdoors and the cold air might be seeping in, costing you more money in the process. You want to keep as much of your heated air inside of your home as possible and the cold air out. This keeps your heater from having to consume as much energy to maintain your indoor temperature. Bringing in a qualified insulation contractor can help you determine whether or not your home needs more insulation. Making your heating bill more manageable doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to do. Start using these tips right away so you can keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. For further tips, contact a representative from a...

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Water Well Safety Issues

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having a well dug on your property is often an excellent way to meet your water needs while remaining independent from municipal water systems. Before you have your well dug, you need to consider safety issues so you can make certain that your well is not a hazard for you or your children. Well Placement Placing your well safely means avoiding hazards both above and below ground. Of course, your well must give you access to plentiful water, but it must also be placed away from potential sources of pollution. Your well should be as far as possible from septic tanks, landfills, and fuel tanks. In agricultural areas, in particular, pesticide exposure can be a real danger. Modern wells should have a cap or seal on top to make sure a child cannot squeeze through an opening and drown. If you are using an older well, you need to make sure the top is secure. This step is important for physical safety as well as water purity. You want to keep out as many pollutants as possible. Water Quality Even the best placed well requires constant vigilance. Experts recommend that you test your well water for a variety of substances each year. You need to check your water for harmful bacteria that is often signaled by the presence of coliform bacteria. Nitrates are another dangerous substance that can get into you water, largely due to septic systems and farm lots. You should also check your water for the presence of pesticides and radium. If your water turns dark or smells, you should, of course, test it immediately. Well Maintenance You also need to perform regular checks of the casing and well cap to make sure they are free of cracks. Openings in these areas will allow various contaminants into your water. In addition, you need to have the electrical system checked to make sure there are no potential problems. If you ever decide to stop using your well, you need to have experts come and close it permanently. Otherwise, your abandoned well can actually harm the water table. Before you dig a well, you need to understand healthy water well placement and water maintenance. The contractor who digs your well should be able to assist you on these issues, so listen to their advice. Stubbornly placing your well where it might be more convenient but less healthy is a big mistake....

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How To Tell When A Roof With Asphalt Shingles Should Be Repaired Or Replaced

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Did you notice that a lot of asphalt shingles are missing from your roof? The missing shingles can be replaced, but you might need a new roof if there is a lot of damage. This article will discuss some of the damage that an asphalt shingle roof can experience when a replacement or repair is needed. Black Streaks All Over the Roof When there are black streaks all over your roof, it is a problem that requires prompt attention. You are not looking at a lot of dirt, but the streaks are algae spores that can damage the asphalt shingles. It is actually wise for you to hire a contractor to climb on top of the roof to see if the algae spores have already done any damage. If the streaks have been present on the roof for a long time, it is possible that the algae spores consumed some of the limestone that is in the shingles. If none of the shingles are damaged, getting your roof power washed to get rid of the algae spores is ideal. Discoloration On the Ceiling Inside of Your House If there is any yellow discoloration on the ceiling inside of your house, it might mean that you need a new roof installed. If you have neglected to get your roof inspected for maintenance over the years, it is possible that the asphalt shingles deteriorated from mold, ultraviolet radiation or algae spores. If the shingles are badly deteriorated, the roof deck may have deteriorated as well. It is important to get the roof deck inspected for holes that allow rainwater to seep inside of your house. You might also notice that your house is less energy efficient if there are holes in the roof deck. There Are a Lot of Granules Missing Granules are an important aspect of the construction of asphalt shingles for keeping them durable. The granules are not only in place for adding more appeal to asphalt shingles, but also to protects the asphalt from too much ultraviolet radiation exposure. You can tell when there is a big problem with granule loss because you’ll notice them lying around on the ground or inside of the rain gutters if you are in the habit of cleaning them out. Shingles that are missing granules should be replaced as soon as possible. Speak to a contractor about inspecting your roof to determine what kind of roof repairs should be...

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3 Signs That Your Water Needs To Be Tested

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Even though you and your family probably use the tap water in your home on a daily basis, you might not pay it much attention on normal days. However, there are some cases in which you need to have your water tested in order to ensure that your water is safe for you and your family to drink and use. These are three signs that it might be time to have your water tested by a professional. 1. It Smells Like Sulfur If you have ever smelled the smell of sulfur, it’s probably something that you’ll never forget. The best way to describe this odor is to describe it as a “rotten egg” type of smell. If you notice this type of odor coming from your faucet — even if your water looks and tastes just fine — you should have your water tested for sulfur. You may need to filter the water in your home to help get rid of this unpleasant smell, which is common for people who have well water. 2. It Smells or Tastes Like Chlorine The last thing that you want to taste when taking a big sip out of your glass of water in the morning is the taste of pool water. However, water that has been overly treated or that has an improper balance of chemicals can taste and smell just like chlorine. In many cases, the water is still safe to drink. However, along with being unpleasant, it can be dangerous if there are dangerous levels of chlorine. It is better to be safe and to have your water tested, particularly if you notice this problem for more than a day or so. 3. It’s Salty Tap water isn’t supposed to taste like ocean water. If you find that your tap water tastes really salty, it could be related to high levels of sodium in your water. For example, your water could have been contaminated by sewage, or too many chemicals could have been added to the water. Due to the threat of sewage contamination, it is important to take this problem very seriously and to have your water tested as soon as possible. As you can see, there are a few key signs to look out for in regards to your water. Whether you have well water or not, it is critical to have your water tested in these three situations. Otherwise, your family could get sick from drinking contaminated water. For more information, talk to a company like Funks Drilling...

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