3 Signs That Indicate You Have A Leak In Your Plumbing System

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

In addition to water loss, a leaky plumbing system incurs high monthly water bills. Some leakage signs, such as burst pipes, are obvious and call for immediate attention. But there are signs that are hidden and make it may take a while before you notice that a problem exists. However, with the following tips at your fingertips, it may not take that long to spot a leakage. 1. Sounds Produced By Running Water If you are able to hear sounds of running water when no one at home is using it, it hints that you have a leakage in your pipes. Leaking underground pipes make different sounds when they carry pressurized water. When you reduce the orifice pressure, you should be able to hear a “whoosh” or a “hiss” type of sound if there is a leakage in the underground pipes. These sounds are clearer if the water pressure is maintained at 30 psi or more. Another type of sound that hints there is a leakage is a “splashing” sound. The sound is produced when water spray strikes the wall of the soil cavity. 2. Manifestation of Foundation Cracks Cracks do occur, particularly in houses that were built ages ago. However, a sudden appearance of foundation cracks may indicate there is a leaking pipe behind the walls. If water is constantly seeping out of your pipes, it weakens structural components and the foundation.  As a result, foundation cracks start to develop. 3. Presence of Mold Molds thrive in wet areas – the reason why they are mostly found in showers. Leaking pipes, though, also create damp environments which enhance the development of mold. If mold starts to develop in formerly dry regions such as ceilings, it could be a sign that one of your pipes is leaking. Molds also produce a musty smell. Therefore, if you experience an earthy smell after cleaning a room, you should be convinced of mold presence. Fixing a leaking pipe with mold present can be dangerous to your health since molds cause health complications, especially to allergic and asthmatic people. Consider seeking the services of a specialist to remove the mold first. You should also pay attention to your water bills. A sudden spike in your bill may hint that you are losing water due to leaks. And if your water bill is telling you so, but you can’t pinpoint the problem, consider the services of a professional plumber like Murphy Plumbing Pty Ltd. A plumber is in a better position of finding the problem and fixing it because of the advanced tools in his or her...

Read More

Choosing the Best Metal Reduction Process for Your Application

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Using steel fabrication or other metals in your production facility, repair shop, or other such location usually means having to reduce the metal. This can mean creating holes of various shapes and sizes in the metal, for air circulation, to disperse weight and so on. There are several ways to do this and some are more expensive than others and more efficient than others. If you’re in charge of deciding on the equipment you want to invest in for your facility to do the metal reduction in-house, you might need to consider each type of metal reduction process so you know the right equipment to buy. Note the following. 1. Blanking Blanking is one of the most efficient processes for metal reduction. This refers to actually removing the metal in the shape of the needed hole, rather than just bending it out. Blanking processes cut out the shape of the hole needed in the metal through the use of lasers or other forms of cutting.  This process can be very efficient as it doesn’t leave rough or distorted edges that need to be flattened or otherwise addressed for the metal to be useable. The metal that is removed or blanked can also be melted down and reused in other processes, so there is less waste involved. While blanking machinery can be expensive, it can also offer the best and most efficient cut or reduction in metal. 2. Bending or punching Bending or punching is commonly used for creating shapes in metal. When using a punch press of any sort, there is no metal remnant, so you don’t need to collect and then reuse the metal removed from the original piece, if your facility doesn’t have the means to handle that process. However, with punching or bending, the metal that is punched through the shape formed must be flattened on the underside. This can be done by having the metal pass over rollers after being bent or punched. This can slow down the process significantly and also adds layers to the underside of the metal. 3. Shearing and notching Shearing and notching are different than cutting holes or shapes in metal, as shears and notches are very thin. This can be done with a laser cutter that quickly cuts through the metal and which then also sears the edges so that they’re not as rough and rugged. Blades can also do this cutting and notching but they may need to be heated and may wear down quickly, depending on the strength of metal and depth of the...

Read More

When Do You Need A Roof Plumber?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Roof plumbers are typically needed during the design and build stages of your home. Although, they may also be needed for emergency repairs and maintenance to storm water drains. These professionals are licensed plumbers who specialize in roofing drainage systems, installing piping, gutters, ductwork joints, water tanks and collection devices, and also maintaining or improving previous drainage systems. Here is a guide to when you may find yourself in need of the services of a roof plumber: Gutter Cleaning Roof plumbing is critical to the health of your home. In the event of a bad storm, your gutters are the only line of defense to prevent water from sitting atop your roof and potentially causing significant damage if left undrained. This typically happens if gutters are not regularly cleaned, as every single day, dirt, sticks, leaves, and excess debris, build up in your gutters, which prevents storm water from draining. Roof plumbers will be able to use their snake tool and feed it slowly through the drain, loosening all debris and potential clogging. Once finished, they will do a water cleanse, repeatedly running high-pressurized water through the gutter to ensure that all excess debris is removed and your system is draining properly. From there, your drains will brushed with a pipe brush. Drainage Pipes and Water Tanks Additionally, your plumber may check the drainage pipe and water tank on the ground level of your home. Your ground level drainage pipes prevent water from pooling after a storm and flooding your home or ruining your landscaping. Ground level drains tend to collect a lot more excess debris than roof drains because they are at significantly lower vantage points. Ground level drains are constantly exposed to dirt and soil runoff, trash, animal droppings, chemicals and home products, oil, leaves and sticks, and paint, among other things. These are often the most commonly serviced maintenance requests because of the amount of blockage that regularly occurs. Plumbers typically use the same methods and tools to clean these drains as well; however, due to the size of their drains, they often take longer to clean and may occasionally require more manpower. As a homeowner, you should never try to clean your drains on your own. Professional roof plumbers are trained to work at significant heights, maneuvering large equipment and maintaining their balance in the process. Trying to do so on your own can put you in danger of significant injury or death. For more information, contact a company like O’Boyles Roof...

Read More

Removing Small Amounts Of Asbestos Laced Soil

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Unfortunately, poor historical working practices often meant that as new properties were being constructed, asbestos found its way into the surrounding soil. This means that when further work is being carried out by the homeowner, these traces of asbestos can be discovered. If you are in this position and have to remove some soil that has been contaminated by asbestos, this article looks at the process involved. Get The Right Equipment For DIY asbestos removal, you will have to spend a little money to get all of the correct equipment. The list is a little extensive, so if you can’t get all of it, it is safer to get a professional in. The required equipment is: Overalls that cover your whole body, including arms and legs. A hood is also required. Disposable footwear and eyewear Good quality, but disposable gloves. A half face respirator that has P1 and P2 filters fitted; must be disposable Strong plastic sacks – you will need enough so that you can double wrap all bags of waste you have. A spade that you dispose of after one use. A trowel that you dispose of after one use. A garden hose that has a fine mist setting or attachment. Plenty of tape so that you can seal off the area you are working in A way of clearly marking the bags – such as sticky paper and a marker pen. Further Preparations You will also need to ensure that the asbestos is properly disposed of. In some places, facilities that take asbestos will only do so from a registered company. While you may still remove the soil yourself, in this situation, you will have to pay a company to collect it from your property and take it to the facility. Seal Off The Area And Start To Remove The Soil Use the tape to make a barrier around the soil where the asbestos is. Lightly spray the area with the mist setting on the hose. Use the spade to remove the top layer of soil and turf and then respray underneath. Use the hand held trowel to remove sections of wet soil and place directly into a plastic bag. Keep spraying and removing the soil in this fashion, filling the bag as you go. Double Wrap And Dispose You must double wrap all of the bags containing the soil and your equipment. Spray yourself down with some water before removing the overalls and the rest of your equipment and take them off carefully. Clearly label the bags so that they can be easily read by other people. Keep family members and pets away from the area during the time you spend working there. If you...

Read More

Quick Fix to Get Your AC Cooling Your Home Again

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You can hear that your air conditioning is turning on and running for an extended period of time, but it doesn’t seem to be cooling the house. This is a common issue that many home owners run into and suffer from for some time before committing to hire a professional to fix the problem. If you’d like to exhaust your options before calling in a professional, try this process to see if there is a temporary solution. First check to make sure your filter is clean. A dirty filter can prevent air from flowing through the system, causing your bill to rise as it works harder to pump air and also for your home to be inadequately cooled. Turn off the power to the air conditioning unit and if the filter is clear of debris and dust, check to make sure there is no ice around the coils. If you see ice, close the unit, reboot the power and turn on the fan so the ice will melt. If the problem persists, you may find you have a dirty condensation drain. In air conditioning systems, your condensation drain removes all the water that your air conditioner creates by draining the water as the system runs. Sometimes this pipe can be blocked as algae begin to form, preventing your air conditioning from draining and resulting in the system not working. In most cases, you’ll be able to tell this is a problem if small pools of water start to form under the unit. The best way to fix this is to call a professional. They’ll need to thoroughly clean the pipe, removing any blockage for you. Finally, if you’re still not getting any cool air, you’ll want to make sure your compressor is working on the air conditioning unit. Whenever your air conditioning turns on, you’ll likely be able to hear the compressor pumping outside. On top of the compressor is a fan, which should be turning if it’s properly working. If you do not see the fan turning, try resetting the system. Using a screwdriver (note: never use your fingers), try to force the fan blades to spin clockwise by sticking the screwdriver through the top. The blades should move fairly easily and give your fan a boost that gets it operating properly again. If none of these methods returns cool air back through your system and into your house, your safest bet would be to call a professional as you may need to repair or replace the system. For more information on replacement air conditioning options, talk with an HVAC contractor in your...

Read More

Fencing Modification and Maintenance Tips for Ranchers With Mobility Concerns

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are a rancher who has recently lost some of your strength or mobility, many aspects of ranching have likely become very challenging. Luckily, there are many ways you can modify your equipment and practices so that you can continue to ranch. In particular, here’s a look at some of the ways you can modify your fencing to make your job easier: 1. Add automatic gates to your fence Opening heavy gates can become extremely difficult if your strength is waning, and if you are using a wheelchair or if you are already in your tractor, getting off that piece of machinery, walking over to the fence and opening it manually wastes time. Working with a fencing contractor, you can modify your gates so they open automatically. If you don’t have a power source near the gates, you can easily power them using solar energy. 2. Reduce the distance between gates If it is harder for you to easily walk long distances, increase the spacing of your gates. If you don’t need gates that allow cattle or utes to pass through them but you simply need access points, modify the fence so that it allows you to walk or wheel yourself in but doesn’t allow the cattle to walk out. 3. Use switchbacks to create entry points To create an area where you can walk into the pasture without adding a gate, you need a series of fences set in a strategic pattern. Typically to create this type of entry, a fencing contractor will use a series of switchbacks. If you used to be able to jump over parts of the fence to quickly reach your pasture, these openings are the perfect way to maintain easy-to-use entry points even if you can no longer jump over the fence. 4. Monitor the fence remotely Unfortunately, with mobility issues, it also can become more challenging to monitor the condition of your fence. If you are no longer able to walk the perimeter of your fence or get to your pastures every day, that doesn’t mean that you have to let your fences slip into disrepair. Instead, there are a range of ways you can remotely monitor your fence. You can install cameras strategically around the fence, or you can use a drone with a camera to fly over your fences and take photos of their condition. 5. Line the fence with crushed stone If you prefer to monitor the fence yourself and you have to use a wheelchair to get around it, that task can be impossible if the fence is planted in rocky soil, messy dirt or soft grass. To make traveling around the fence easier, pavement would be...

Read More
Page 5 of 11« First...34567...10...Last »