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Bathroom Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid in Your Home

Bathroom Plumbing Mistakes To Avoid in Your Home

If you are like most people, your bathroom is probably one of the busiest rooms in your house. Making your bathroom layout efficient can save you time and help your entire family get a good start to the day. But before you decide to tackle a remodel, take the time to plan ahead so you can avoid these common bathroom 26plumbing mistakes: Improper Slopes for Shower Drains If you are the do-it-yourself kind, you may think you can install a shower yourself. While it is possible, you need to be aware of the proper slope for the base of the shower so that the water will drain properly. An improper slope may cause standing water to remain in the shower and create the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. You will need to remove the old flooring all the way to the masonry and maintain a slope of 1/4 inch per foot. If you aren’t sure how to accomplish this, consider the services of a professional. Forgetting the P-Trap While it may seem easier to run a straight pipe from your sinks and drains, this can lead to health risks in your home. Your sinks and drains need a P-trap to prevent sewer gases from re-entering your home. These work to trap a small amount of water in the pipe after each use. The water in the trap creates a barrier and keeps the dangerous sewer gases out of your home. Installing a P-trap when you remodel is vital. Forgetting to Vent the Sink Installing a P-trap won’t do you much good if you forget to vent the sink...
How to Troubleshoot Water Pressure Problems At Your Business

How to Troubleshoot Water Pressure Problems At Your Business

If your business depends on consistent water pressure, even occasional low pressure can cause problems. If your water pressure has suddenly dropped or is inconsistent, there are several reasons for that. Some can be easy to correct, while others may require changes to your plumbing. Before you make that call to a plumber, check out these common reasons for low water pressure. High Use Times If you are connected to municipal water, you may experience low water pressure during high use times, such as early in the morning when families are preparing for the day or early evening when water is used for household chores. If you experience low water pressure at these times, try to arrange work tasks that require high water pressure for other times of the day. Leaks If your problems with low water pressure persist throughout the day, it may be a sign that you have a leak somewhere in the building. Check toilets and faucets for leaks first as these are the most common culprits. A toilet that continues to run, even after the tank has refilled, signals a leaky valve that should be corrected. This can put a strain on your water supply and cause water pressure to dip whenever the toilet tank is trying to refill. If faucets and toilets appear fine, check under sinks and along pipes for signs of water damage. A broken or leaky pipe in the wall or basement might be the source of your water pressure problems. Water Softening Systems If your business has a water softening system, it could be the cause of your low water...
Five Plumbing Practices Your Restaurant Should Follow

Five Plumbing Practices Your Restaurant Should Follow

If you run a restaurant, you already know how important water is to your business. It is vital for both cooking and maintaining clean and sanitary conditions in your kitchen and serving areas. It is also probably one of your major costs of operating the business; you pay to bring water into your business, pay to heat it and then pay again to get rid of excess water. Keeping your plumbing in tip-top shape and conserving water when you’re able to can help keep your utility bills down without compromising the health and safety of your business. Consider these ways to make the most effective and efficient use of water in your restaurant. Faucets Check that faucets function properly and do not leak when they are not in use. A small drip can go unnoticed in a busy restaurant but can make a big impact on your utility bills. Look for evidence of leaks around the pipes and under the sinks and repair them as soon as possible. You can also save water and energy by installing low-flow aerators at all your sinks. Switching from the standard 2.2 gallons per minute aerator to .5 gallons per minute aerator can save up to $100 per year for each sink, and it won’t affect the function of the faucet. Water Brooms Water brooms are faster and more efficient for cleaning spray-down areas than traditional garden hose nozzles and can save a bundle in energy costs too. A garden hose nozzles typically uses up to 7 gallons of water per minute, while a water broom uses only 2 gallons per minute. Look for...
Why Does Flushing the Toilet Affect the Shower?

Why Does Flushing the Toilet Affect the Shower?

If you live in a busy household, you may have had the experience of getting a blast of hot water in the shower because another family member flushed the toilet while you were showering. While this doesn’t happen under ideal circumstances, it is a common issue in many American homes. Once you understand what causes the problem, you will be in a position to do something about it. Learn why and how it happens and some easy solutions to the problem: Why Does it Happen? If flushing the toilet in your home causes the water in the shower to get extremely hot, your plumbing is probably set up with a trunk and branch system. What this means is all the water travels through the trunk and then narrows to individual branches that are diverted to each room. When one room calls for water, it can divert some of the water already in use (the shower), to the secondary water use (the toilet tank). Because the toilet is calling for cold water, the shower then has to share the cold water it was using. This results in too little cold water in your mixture for the shower and a blast of hot water until the toilet tank is filled. Prevention Tips To avoid having blasts of hot water in the shower, check out these solutions in order from the simplest to the most complex: Don’t flush the toilet when someone is in the shower. Depending on the cooperation between family members, this solution is often the easiest. It doesn’t cost a thing and eliminates the problem. However, even the most courteous...
When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?

When Should You Repair or Replace Your Toilet?

Many people are surprised to learn that they need to replace their toilet. Not because it’s used every day, but because it is one of those things that people tend to think will last forever. While a toilet will last a long time with a minor repair here and there, there are times when you are better off replacing the entire toilet. Watch for these signs that your toilet needs replacing: Your Toilet is Old Age isn’t normally the determining factor when deciding to replace a toilet in your home, but if yours was installed before 1994 regulations regarding the holding capacity of the tank have changed. All toilets sold since that time are required to flush with 1.6 gallons of water or less. With newer toilets, they conserve more water and save you dollars on your water bill. You may be interested in updating to a new dual flush model that has the option of a full flush for solid wastes and a partial flush for liquids. Your Toilet is Cracked If you notice water on the floor under the tank or around the base of the toilet, the tank or bowl may be cracked and will likely get worse with time. While it may seem like a minor problem, even a few drops of water every time you flush the toilet can get under your flooring and cause damage to the wood or may produce mold and mildew. If your toilet bowl or tank is cracked, it is time to invest in a new toilet. Metal Parts are Rusty Rust and corrosion can wreak havoc on your toilet....
The Dual Benefits of a Dual Sink in the Bathroom

The Dual Benefits of a Dual Sink in the Bathroom

While most rooms are filled with decorations and non-functional spaces, nearly every item in a bathroom serves an important purpose and we are in there more frequently than a lot of the rooms in our home. Many residential bathrooms have a single sink for their vanities, but there are those who have already uncovered the benefits to time and money that you’ll get from upgrading to a double sink. To Avoid the Morning Struggle The leading cause of conflict, from a sibling squabble to the start of a silent treatment from your spouse, can be attributed to feeling rushed or crowded during a busy morning. While sink space has never ruined relationships, the stress can start your day off on the wrong foot. You can alleviate the tension before the next shouting match by adding in another sink. Even when a peaceful coexistence between bathroom users exist, adding in an extra sink removes the need to schedule usage and potentially adds more time to get ready before you go to work, school or play. For a busy couple who struggle every day to keep their home and family healthy and happy, a few extra minutes may be a huge help to increase in their amount of free time. To Improve Your Home’s Market Value Dual sinks are more expensive than single sinks, so investing in your bathroom can eventually pay for itself by increasing your home’s market value. Larger sinks with detail artistry and features can add even more to the dollar amount, so you don’t have to feel bad about splurging on the slightly more expensive model. Dual sinks of all kinds tend to be noticed when...