Apr 29

Water Leakage Detection: Exactly How To Get At Water Leaks

Frozen pipes may be somewhat common in the wintertime. If your pipes do freeze, you want to check and see if the pipes are busted or cracked. If your pipes are frozen, you can use a hair dryer to try and thaw out the pipes. However, if this will not work, you will need to call in a plumber who may either try and thaw the lines out another way or they may just end up replacing the section of the line that is broken.

Having cleaned carpets in Anchorage Alaska for all of these years and with our long winter season, we have had plenty of opportunities to learn these lessons.

Another solution for pooled water is a barrier system. Erecting a type of fortification or water diversion curb can reroute water that might end up in an unwanted puddle.

When you are using your disposal you should always run cold water not hot water. You should run the cold water as long as the motor to the disposal is running. Always avoid overloading your disposal. Things like corn husks, onion skins, celery and other high fiber foods could clog your disposal.

For the average size home, you need a high-capacity system. Else, you may end up with weak water pressure or only partially filtered water. 300,000 gallons per three years is a good certified capacity. Smaller homes, apartments, condominiums and mobile homes may be able to get by with a lower capacity, but unless there is a huge cost difference, you are better off with the highest capacity possible.

The lock on the door to the room did not work very well and you had to slam the door quite a few times before it would actually latch and lock behind you. Luckily there was a dead bolt lock on the inside of the door, otherwise I would have asked for a different room or for the lock to be repaired.

Now, you have noted your water pressure and know what is considered acceptable. To begin adjusting the PRV, you need to first loosen the nut that is tightened against the housing (if equipped) and either loosen or tighten the bolt that is sticking out of the body of the PRV. If your home’s water pressure is too high, you need to LOOSEN the bolt on the PRV; that is, turn the bolt counter-clockwise. If your home’s water pressure is too low, you need to TIGHTEN the bolt (clockwise). Turn the bolt only 1/2-1 turn at a time and re-test your pressure.

You also need to think about what the house will stand on. Will it be a concrete slab or a raised floor made from timber or steel? On a flat block a concrete slab is economical, but keep in mind that the drainage and perhaps the water pipes will be cast into the slab. It will be very difficult to rearrange a bathroom or laundry after the slab is poured. On a sloping block, a concrete slab will require retaining walls and a large amount of compacted fill which will add significantly to the cost. A house on stumps will be cheaper, easier to build, and will give storage space underneath. With stumps, plumbing can be done whenever it is convenient, and there will be the opportunity during the build to reorganize it.

Drain the water from the washing machine tub thoroughly every after using it. Leaving water or even just a little amount of moisture inside the washer will leave a nasty, musty smell. (So that’s why my washer smells a little funky these days?) Moisture will also cause formation of molds, mildew and other unsightly things you would rather not have on your clothes.