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4 Signs Your Septic Tank Is Failing

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Signs Your Septic Tank Is Failing

Your septic tank can last you a good long while. It will ensure that all of the waste that travels through your toilet area and into your septic system will be properly disposed of.  Although septic tanks will last a long time, eventually they will start to degrade and will need to be replaced. Take the time to learn some signs that your septic tank might be failing, as there are a number of signs that your septic tank is on its way out, so that you can be prepared to get a new septic tank when yours starts to fail. Pooling Water Your septic tank rests beside your drain field, or the portion of your lawn that is set aside above your septic system where a small amount of wastewater is drained. Pooling water might be the first sign of trouble when it comes to your septic tank. Pooling water can mean that your septic tank isn’t being pumped enough, that a pipe is broken, or that the septic tank itself is broken. Bad Smells Use your nose to detect whether or not your septic system is working properly. If you notice any particularly foul or egregious odors emitting from the area associated with your septic tank and system, there’s a good chance that your septic tank might be in serious need of repair or, in some cases, replacement. Take into consideration that your septic tank houses all of your dishwater, bathtub water, and toilet water that goes down into your drain. If it leaks, that means that it is leaking this dirty waste water. Use your nose to let you know if your tank is having any trouble containing these liquids. Slow Drains When it comes to slow drains, be aware that this might not always mean that your drain is clogged. If you are the owner of a septic system, if you notice drains running slowly (particularly throughout the entirety of your house, and most notably your kitchen sink drain and toilet drains), then you might be facing a few issues related to your septic system. Often this means that your septic system is not able to hold all of the wastewater in your home. If a plunger or toilet snake is not doing the job when it comes to unclogging your drains, then there might be a chance that your septic tank might be in need of repair or replacement. Sewage Backup If you are noticing even the faintest hint of sewage backup, especially in your kitchen sink (where it is the easiest to detect), take the time to call a professional right away. Sewage backup usually consists of a foul smelling and viscous liquid coming up through your drain systems. Be on the lookout for it and if you do not have the faintest hint of it, be prepared to pay a bit in order to remedy the issue. Owning a septic system is a great way for you to ensure that your wastewater will be adequately taken care of. However, there are things associated with your septic tank that you need to be aware of that are signs that it is failing and in need of replacement. Make sure that you have your septic tank pumped often, and keep an eye out for...

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Three Choices Of Outdoor Boilers For Home Heating And Hot Water Needs

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Choices Of Outdoor Boilers For Home Heating And Hot Water Needs

If you are looking for an affordable way to heat your home, an outdoor boiler can be a good investment. These are usually boilers that use biomass fuels like firewood or pellet materials. They give you many options for heating and hot water for your home, as well as for other structures on your property. Here are some of the choices you may want to consider when looking for an outdoor boiler to have installed onto your home: 1. Outdoor Boilers That Use Pellet Fuel For Easy Maintenance Today, biomass energy is becoming more popular and there are even different fuels that are used. Pellet fuels are made from organic waste that comes from sawmills and other sources. If you want a system that requires little maintenance, a pellet system can be good because you will not have to tend to the fire and constantly watch to make sure there is fuel. It will need occasional maintenance still, to clean ash and the tubes. This can be a good solution for homes that do not have firewood or other materials readily available. 2. Using Boilers That Burn Firewood For Rural Properties With Woodland If you live on a rural property and have access to firewood materials from woodlands, a wood-burning boiler may be a good solution. These are boilers that you will load the fire chamber with firewood to heat the liquid or water you use for heating. This is a great solution for farms and ranches that have a lot of organic waste available to burn. It will require that you tend to the fire regularly to ensure that there is heat. 3. Using A Boiler That Is Large Enough For Heating Additional Structures On Your Property The versatility of an outdoor boiler is one of the major benefits. Not only can use it for heating and hot water in your home, but it can also be used for district heating. This means that you can add heating to other structures on your property by simply connecting additional lines to the boilers. This can be good if you want to add heating to something like a shop, garage, or greenhouse on your home. It can also be good if there are additional living areas that need heating, such as a detached in-law suite. These are some of the options you may want to consider when having an outdoor boiler installed. If you are ready for a new heating solution for your home, contact a boiler and furnace service and talk with them about the best outdoor boiler for your needs. For more information, contact a company like Adams Plumbing &...

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4 Ways To Create An Appetizing Dining Experience When Painting Your Restaurant

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Create An Appetizing Dining Experience When Painting Your Restaurant

One of the best parts of owning your own restaurant is having the freedom to decorate however you like, for your own personal taste and to draw attention from new diners. If you are considering hiring a professional painter to add a fresh coat of paint to the interior of your restaurant, it is a smart idea to choose colors that will be as beneficial for the restaurant as possible. With the right choice for colors and style of painting, you can enjoy a big boost to your business and be happy with the results for years to follow. Pick Colors That Will Encourage Eating Surprisingly, the color of the walls can make an enormous difference in how hungry your diners are. While some colors can work well in a lounge or coffee shop, they may not provide the kind of results you want when used in a restaurant setting. Warmer colors such as yellow and red can help increase the appetite of your customers, while cool colors such as blue or white may lead to them eating less. Try Different Colors to Contrast Each Other To keep the restaurant interesting and inviting, consider adding more than one color. Stripes can work well when done near the entrance if you have a host or hostess greeting people. Using stencils when painting can also make a visually enticing impact in the room. Reflect the Type of Cuisine You Serve Colors can bring different things to mind, making it a good idea to choose a paint color that works well with the kind of food that you serve. While Japanese food may look great with light green walls that mimic bamboo, Mexican cuisine might pair best with bright red walls that look similar to peppers and tomatoes. Choose Paint with the Rest of the Décor in Mind Along with choosing paint colors with the food in mind, make sure to pay attention to the other details in your restaurant. The tables, seats, framed pictures, and window treatments should all play a part in choosing paint. Since you want the restaurant to look inviting and for the paint to be a lasting investment, make sure to choose a color that is neutral enough so that the rest of the décor can be changed over the years. Taking your time to choose the ideal paint color for your restaurant will make sure that you get the kind of results you want. From choosing a color based on the food you serve to picking colors that work well with encouraging eating, you can make the best improvement to your restaurant with the above tips in mind.  To learn more, contact a painting contractor like APC...

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Safely Decorating Your New Cabinets For The Holidays

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safely Decorating Your New Cabinets For The Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can fill the home with cheer. Adding decorations to your new kitchen cabinets from a company like Superior Cabinet Supply requires a little bit of thought to protect them from getting damaged by the decorations. Below, you will find some decorating ideas that won’t cause damage to your freshly installed cabinetry. Hang Wreaths Artificial wreaths come in various sizes and can be used year after year. For your cabinets, find small wreaths that aren’t heavy, a spool of ribbon, some clean-remove hooks and pine-green felt. Use a hot glue gun to attach felt to the back-side of the wreaths to prevent them from scratching the cabinets. Position the clean-remove hook on the inside of the cabinet door. Tie the ribbon to the top of the wreath, wrap it up over the top of the cabinet door and tie it to the hook. For a more decorative finished look, add some small decorations to the wreath and tie a pretty bow to cover the hook on the inside of the cabinet so it looks as pretty when it is open as it does when it is closed. Strung Christmas Cards Opening the Christmas cards gives you a warm feeling inside. Instead of tossing those cards in a shoe box for safe keeping, string them from your kitchen cabinets. Do this by using a clean-remove hook inside the cabinet, some ribbon and paperclips. Position the hook on the inside of the cabinet door and attach the ribbon to it. Run the ribbon over the top of the cabinet door, down the front and back up to the hook from the underside. Use the paperclips to attach the cards to the ribbon. Gift Wrap the Cabinets You can make your cabinets look like gifts fairly easily in one of two ways – wrap them with wrapping paper or just wrap them with ribbon and finish it with a bow. Use painter’s tape to secure the wrapping paper and/or ribbon without causing any damage to the cabinetry. Trim the Gap If there is a gap at the top of your cabinetry, fill that space with pine garland with twinkling lights. Add a few pine cones or decorations and it will create a warm glow in your kitchen without any risk of damage to the cabinetry. Use these ideas to finish your new kitchen cabinets for the holidays without any risk of scratching the surface of the cabinets. You will love welcoming your guests into a kitchen decorated for the holidays this...

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Did You Buy a New House with a Badly Overgrown Yard? Use These Tips

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Did You Buy a New House with a Badly Overgrown Yard? Use These Tips

If you are purchasing a new house but the yard is severely overgrown and hasn’t been taken care of, the job to remedy this may require tools and skills that you don’t have. Hire professionals to help make the yard usable and enjoyable while boosting the curb appeal of the home right away. First look over the yard and decide what you want to do. You may want to pull out a lot of vegetation, like thick bushes or grouped trees, and get rid of all the weeds. Consider utilizing these professional services:  Tree Service Have all the trees that are overgrown and hovering over the house trimmed by the professionals and cut back, and then have the experts take away all the debris. Removing branches that could be at risk of falling on your home is going to make the property safer and bring more light into the yard. The arborists can also look at the health of the trees and determine if they are dying, diseased, or at risk of rotting. Contact a representative from a company like Smitty’s Tree Service Inc for more details. Professional Weed Treatment You can go through and mow the lawn and pull the weeds that you see, but treating an overgrown weed problem will require professional help. Have a landscaping company come to the house and spray the weeds or put down an application of weed killer that won’t kill the grass. They can also put down a fresh layer of hydro seed if there are dead areas or if you don’t like the current condition of the grass. Insect Spray There were probably a variety of insects and pests living in all the overgrown brush and plants before they were trimmed down and mowed, so have a pest control company come and spray for mosquitos and spiders. This can help you control the insect problem while you maintain your yard and get rid of insects that attract other pests around the house. Improving the property will improve the value and safety of your home, and it will help you keep rodents and other pests away from your property. Talk with the landscaping company about regular maintenance you want done on the yard if you don’t want to keep up with it on your own. Changing the exterior of your property is going to give you pride in the ownership of your home, and you’ll be able to look out your window and into a neatly groomed paradise....

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Refuting Myths Concerning Chimney Maintenance

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Refuting Myths Concerning Chimney Maintenance

A chimney can be an essential part of your home, but it is an unfortunate fact that many homeowners are not well-informed about the maintenance needs of this part of the chimney. If you are one of these homeowners, there is a chance you may be under the belief that the following two notions about chimneys are true. Refuting these myths will help you to be a more responsible and better informed homeowner. Myth: Only Fireplace Chimneys Need To Be Regularly Cleaned There is a common assumption that only fireplace chimneys need to be cleaned and inspected on a yearly basis. However, this is not actually true, and any chimney that is located in your home will need to be maintained. Unfortunately, some homeowners will neglect the chimney that vents their oil or gas burning furnace, and this can cause a dangerous buildup of gases inside the home. Myth: Rust Is Not A Major Problem For Chimneys Another frequent belief from some homeowners is that their chimney will not be susceptible to damage from rust. This may make sense if your chimney has an exterior made of brick and mortar, but it is actually highly susceptible to this type of damage. This occurs because there is usually a metal liner on the interior of the chimney that is used to help channel the smoke and fumes out of the home. Myth: Minor Cracks In The Chimney’s Exterior Are Not A Major Concern One day, you may notice small cracks forming on the exterior of the chimney. Unfortunately, some homeowners will make the mistake of neglecting to repair this problem before it is given ample opportunity to worsen. When the cracks spread, they will greatly reduce the structural integrity of the chimney, which can make it more likely to collapse during strong winds. When you notice cracks forming on your chimney, you need to contact a repair professional as soon as possible. If this issue is addressed before it is given a chance to worsen, the repairs can be kept relatively minor. Sadly, extreme damage to the chimney may result in it needing to be entirely rebuilt. Maintaining the chimney to your home is a critical part of ensuring that your house is properly ventilated. Yet, many homeowners make the error of improperly maintaining their chimneys. For new homeowners, knowing the realities behind these common misconceptions will make it much easier to ensure that the chimney avoids some potentially serious problems. Contact a company like AAAA Dave’s Chimney Service for more...

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The Four Main Types Of Solar Water Heaters

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Four Main Types Of Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters provide your home with a green water heating option, saving you money on your energy bills while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint. While every solar water heater will provide the same function, they will do so in different ways. There are two broad categories of solar water heaters, active and passive, both of which have two main variations. Active Solar Water Heaters: Active solar water heaters make use of pumps and circulating controls to move hot water through your home. They need external sources of power to operate. Direct Circulation Systems: Direct circulation active solar water heaters have a water tank in the roof, where it is heated up by the solar panels installed there. The water is then circulated throughout your home through the pumps built into the system. However, since the water is stored on the roof, these types of systems do not work well in climates where it goes below freezing. The system can be easily damaged if ice forms within it. Indirect Circulation Systems: This type of active solar water heaters make use of a heat transfer fluid which cannot freeze that is warmed up by the solar panels on the roof. The fluid is then moved through the system by the pumps to a heat exchanger, which uses the heat from the transfer fluid to heat the water tank within the home. The hot water can then be run to where it is needed. This type of active solar water heater is designed to work in climates where the temperature goes below freezing. Passive Solar Water Heaters: Passive solar water heaters do not have pumps that move water through the system, instead making use of heat to move water through the systems. These types of solar water heaters will work without external power sources. Integral Collector Systems: In this type of solar water heater, cold water flows through the solar collector at the top of the system, where it is warmed up. It then flows into a hot water tank, where it stays until it is needed. This is not a very efficient system, and won’t work in cold climates, as the water will freeze and damage the machinery. Thermosiphon Systems: Thermosiphon solar water heaters have their storage tanks installed above their solar collectors, both of which are installed on the roof. This means that hot water will flow up into the storage tank, and cold water will flow down into the collector endlessly, with water being drawn into the house as it’s needed. This type of system is more efficient than integral collector systems but still won’t work in cold climates. It also requires strong structural support so as to not damage your home’s roof, as the water is stored on top of your home. If you’re interested in one of these types of water heaters, contact a professional in your area to discuss your...

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How To Properly Use Drippers In A Drip Irrigation System

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Properly Use Drippers In A Drip Irrigation System

A drip irrigation system uses emitters to deliver water directly to a plant’s roots. This saves water by not having much of the water evaporate. However, if you do not use the drip irrigation system properly, you will either fail to water your plant adequately or you might even damage your drip irrigation system. Use the Right Number of Drippers Some property owners do not use enough emitters because they are trying to save water. One large plant should not rely on one emitter for all of its water. Also, if you only have one emitter, it might become clogged and your plant will not be adequately watered. Start with two drippers and run your system for 30 minutes. Then, turn the system off and wait another 30 minutes. Then, dig the soil near the plant roots to see if the soil is still moist. If not, add another dripper. Also, if you notice your plant’s health decline, add another dripper. On the other hand, some property owners use too many emitters and drown the plant’s roots with water. After watering a plant from the top of the soil downward, many individuals expect to see small pools of water near the plant. However, if you see this when using a drip irrigation system, you are using too much water. You should only see a small spot of water on the ground above the dripper. Another downside of having too many emitters is that you will not have enough water pressure for the system to function properly and may cause it to completely fail. Place the Drippers in the Right Location Place the drippers along the plant line and make sure that they are evenly spaced. If you place the drippers too close together, some plants will not receive an adequate amount of water. They should be placed in the top six inches of the soil. Use the Right Drippers Research how much water each plant will need so that you can adjust the number of emitters you use, especially if you remove or change the plants you are growing in a particular area. You may need to place one dripper that has a higher flow rate near a specific plant that needs more water. Install the Right Filters Use filters that are designed specifically for drip irrigation. If you use the wrong type of filter, the dripper will be more likely to clog. With the right filter, the right drippers and the right number of drippers, your system will more efficiently water your plants.  For more information on how to handle your drip irrigation system, contact a professional like those at H2O Lawn...

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3 Key Considerations When Choosing A Door For Your Restaurant

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Key Considerations When Choosing A Door For Your Restaurant

Choosing a new commercial door for your restaurant isn’t always as cut and dry as you might like. It is important that you take the time to go through the various factors to ensure you get a door that is going to work for you and your specific needs. Impact doors can easily swing both directions away from the individual who is coming through the door. A double-acting door allows the wait staff to easily carry beverages and food out of the kitchen without needing to use a hand to get the door open. Before choosing a door for your business, consider some of the following information. Traffic going into and out of your establishment. Depending on where the door is located in your restaurant, some doors are going to take a significant amount of abuse while others aren’t used much at all. When it comes to something that is structurally sound, consider going with a wood core door. They are great for resisting moisture and withstand most wear and tear with ease. Consider what you want the finish of the door to be. Regardless of whether you are searching for a lightweight aluminum, sleek stainless steel, a swing door that incorporates the warm color and texture of wood or a colored door that matches your existing design and décor, you are sure to find a commercial door that is going to work for your restaurant needs. You just have to take the time to go through the options and compare them to what you currently have in place to make sure your new commercial door is going to get the job done. Think about whether you need a window or not in the door. Depending on where you are planning on using the door, you may or may not need a window in the commercial door. Choose from a large rectangular window when getting a new door for the kitchen area or one with a small window when replacing the door to the pantry. You can even get a custom-made window and door to accommodate your business needs. Don’t forget to ask about some of the other options available to you when getting a new door, such as kick plates, push plates and cart guards. With so many different options, you can get a commercial door designed to best accommodate your needs and budgetary concerns without having to skimp on the things that you want. For more information, contact a commercial door company such as S & J Door...

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Three Tips For Quickly Drying Off A Sofa After A Flash Flood

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Quickly Drying Off A Sofa After A Flash Flood

In the event of a flood, if your sofa is very valuable, it’s important to quickly dry it off with both towels and any other convenient tools that you have. Otherwise, the water in the bottom of the sofa in particular will spread upward and everything will eventually get inundated with mildew. So when you’ve just suffered a flash flood in your home, read these three tips for quickly drying off a sofa. Lean The Sofa On A Wall Near A Door That Can Drain Water Out In all but the most serious flash flood cases, you’ll be able to give your sofa a partial refuge from the flood water by placing it near a door. This is because a cracked door can drain most of the water out while you escape the rest with a small wooden or plastic platform. If your sofa is very large, just make sure that you set it on the wall slowly and carefully so that you don’t cause a large hole. If the door by itself isn’t quite adequate for draining most of the water out of the room the sofa’s in, you can also block off some of the doorways with plastic boxes, towels, and lots of duct tape. Use A Blow Dryer To Heat Up The Sofa’s Bottom As Much As Possible While it’s important to use a lot of towels on the bottom of your sofa, it’s also important to utilize a convenient heat source such as a blow dryer. This is because the heat will make water partially disperse from both the bottom of the sofa itself and any wet surfaces that are deep in the sofa’s interior. Alternate between holding the blow dryer a decent distance from the sofa’s bottom and holding the instrument’s snout right up against it. This will ensure that both the surface and the interior of the sofa can be directly aimed at by the blow dryer. Point A Vacuum At All The Sofa’s Exposed Holes Once water is partially heated up, point a vacuum at all the exposed holes you can find on your sofa. This will serve to suck up as much water from the interior of the sofa as you possibly can without taking it apart. While you’re working on holes that lead to the base of the sofa, you might as well drive your vacuum’s head through any wrinkles on the top of the sofa. This will eliminate the possibility of even partially absorbed water between a wrinkle, causing a putrid smell in the future. For professional help in this situation, contact a company such as RTC...

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