Archive for June, 2018
There are a lot of people who love summertime, and it is hard to argue the reasons why. From beach days and ice cream to long days of sunshine followed by evening campfires, there is so much to love about summer. However there are those who have a little bit more trouble with the hottest season, for the very reason that the heat can very easily become too much to handle.
Finding ways to beat the heat
For some people, the heat will always be a welcome relief from the dreaded cold of long winter months. But there are plenty of people who cannot handle the heat, whether it is because it is too hard to get comfortable to sleep or because every task during the day seems more difficult the hotter it is. Whatever the case may be about your personal preferences, it is hard to deny that a nice blast of cool air is refreshing and welcome after excessive heat. That refreshment could come in the form of a dip in the pool, an ice cold beverage, or a perfectly air
Anyone who’s ever had to go without indoor plumbing, even for a short time, can tell you just how essential it is for a modern home. And for most homeowners, the toilet is at the top of the plumbing necessities list. A broken toilet isn’t just frustrating; it makes for a whole slew of difficulties until you can get a toilet repair or replacement service. Of course, knowing the warning signs of an impending broken toilet can help you potentially resolve the problem before it really begins. Here are just a few telltale signs that may indicate that you’re in need of a toilet repair or replacement from a professional.
If your toilet clogs more than once within a two-week span, it may be the toilet that’s causing the problem (and not your digestive system). This is often the case with older toilets that may be equipped with outdated parts. It could also signal an issue deep within the plumbing that only a professional can dislodge. Unless you have professional experience with toilet repairs, it’s best to consult a professional to diagnose and resolve the problem.
A trillion gallons of water, worth $6 billion, is wasted each year as the result of running toilets, leaking faucets, and other plumbing problems. Experts say that this type of leak — one that starts in the tank and flows into the bowl — is surprisingly common.
“You may periodically hear your toilet begin to spontaneously refill, as though someone had flushed it. A toilet that cuts on and off by itself, or runs intermittently, has a problem that plumbers call a phantom flush. The cause is a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. This problem is almost certainly caused by a bad flapper or flapper seat,” writes Ed Del Grande on DIY Network.
If you’re not sure whether or not your toilet has a leak, keep this advice in mind: according to the EPA, you can identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. And for that, you should contact your toilet repair experts right away.
Ultimately, understanding these common signs of toilet issues is the key to keeping your plumbing system in proper working order and preventing the need for repairs. For more information about toilet repairs, contact On The Ball Plumbing.
Drafty, single pane windows were installed in many homes prior to the demand for more efficient, energy saving, higher quality home windows. Due to outdated home windows installations, homes and businesses having been paying an increase in their energy bills by 15% to 25% due to inefficient design allowing air to escape outside. What a waste! And considering that 45% of energy bills to heating homes and business on average, according to the Department of Energy, that bill is probably higher for colder areas such as Chicago, IL, or for gas dependent homes that have an average bill of $649.
Proper Home Windows Put Money in Your Pocket
Various expert organizations, such as Efficient Windows Collaborative, recommend that windows, even older double-pane windows, be replaced with energy efficient windows with low-E coatings, which improve you
Before you can start picking out design aspects, materials, size, or anything for your custom pool, you need to decide how much money you want to spend. You have to factor in installation, electricity costs for filtration, and any surprises that might arise along the way. If you exceed your budget before the project is complete, you may run out of money for other things you really want.
One of the biggest parts of custom pool design is the spacing of the pool. You have to decide the size, shape, as well as other factors like activities you will be doing in the pool, property lines, safety concerns, the condition of the soil, and the complexity of added features like a deck, patio, fencing, or other types of landscaping. Work with a custom pool designer to figure out all of these design elements.
The next thing you need to think about is what materials you want for your dream pool. For example, the pool itself can be made of wood, vinyl, concrete, fiberglass, or gunite. Other materials you need to think about are deck materials (if you’re building one) and lining materials. The average inground pool liner should last about five to 12 years, so you want to choose a material that will last.
Although you are building your custom pool to fit your exact needs and desires, you still have to think about someone else using that pool some day. You want to choose features that will make your home and pool more attractive to homebuyers in the future and not features that can become a liability.
This is one of the more fun parts of planning your custom pool design. Do you want to add fun features like a slide, diving board, volleyball net, or other pool toys? Or do you want to add elegant accessories like a water feature, lighting, or other landscaping amenities? Guess what — you can do both!
Pools are great outdoor features to have in your yard because they offer fantastic modes of exercise, relaxation, and fun. Before you dive in and start designing your custom pool, make sure you consult experts on these five items so the pool of your dreams will fit all your demands.
Shopping and traveling with your 86 year old father is always an adventure, but when you throw in an elevator and an escalator things get even more interesting. After working for 35 years in with an elevator company in the midwest, there is not an elevator that he has not seen before. Some he has installed. Some he has repaired. After his years in construction, your father then went on to work with an elevator safety company to make sure that all of their installations would pass the yearly state inspections.
Commercial elevator installations play an important role in the lives of most Americans. From shopping malls to concert venues to sporting arenas, there are many times during the day when a number of Americans make use of elevators. And as the population continues to age, there is are a growing number of property owners who consider installing
Hurricane season, though it can become commonplace for those who live through it year after year, should never be taken lightly. It stretches over a considerable amount of time for those bordering the Atlantic ocean, officially beginning on June first and not ending until November thirtieth. Throughout your typical hurricane, data shows that as much as nearly two and a half trillion gallons of rain are dumped every single day – and some hurricanes become even more severe than that. There were nearly one hundred and sixty hurricanes that affected U.S. land – primarily the states of Florida and Texas – during the twentieth century alone, and the tally for number of hurricanes during the twenty first century is ticking ever higher.
In fact, there seems to be a pattern in recent hurricanes, trending towards increased severity of the storm and the damage that it does to United States land (particularly the state of Florida, which has always been one of the most heavily hit areas of the
The weather was perfect!
You had some back up plans in case it would have rained, but you were thrilled with how everything turned out. After spending months planning and looking at different outdoor kitchens and patios you knew that an outdoor graduation party would be perfect. You would have had plenty of room inside if you needed it, but the fact that the weather was so beautiful meant that the guests lingered outside for hours.
From graduation parties to family cookouts to romantic dinners with a spouse, outdoor kitchens and patios are the perfect setting.
Well Designed Backyards Can Serve as an Extension to Your Home
Some families fill their backyard spaces with swimming pools; others plan for outdoor kitchen ideas; the lucky one have a combinatio