7 Tips to Prevent Water Heater Repairs

November 28, 2017

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There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering – usually in the midst of showering – that the water heater is no longer working. Sometimes it is discovered when you turn on the faucet and only get cold water and other times it can be discovered because of an unpleasant smell. Either way, dealing with a lack of hot water is not much fun!

But even more discouraging than the lack of hot water, is knowing that replacing the water heater is likely to be costly – whether it is the entire tank, or just having repair work done. Consequently, it is important to know some basic steps to take to keep water hear repairs at a minimum. Let’s get started:

Preventing Water Heater Repairs

 

  • Be sure that your water heater’s temperature is not set any higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will having it higher mean that your utility bill will be more expensive, but making it worker harder means that there is more wear and tear on the various parts.
  • At least twice a year, check the pressure relief valve to make sure it is not corroded. Catching leaks or corrosion early means less chance of future problems.
  • Schedule a maintenance visit with a plumber at least once a year to make sure all the parts and pieces are working properly.
  • Check to see that there is plenty of ventilation – especially if you have a gas heater! If the vents are not properly working your home can be invaded by toxic fumes.
  • Twice a year, take time to drain the water heater to remove any sediment. If sediment is allowed to build up it can result in an assortment of problems. You can drain the tank by first placing a 5-gallon bucket below the drain valve, then turning the valve counter-clockwise to release a few gallons of water into the bucket. Then close the valve and proceed as usual.
  • Test the temperature and pressure valve by lifting up the lever part way and then letting it snap back into place. You should hear a gurgling sound that indicates that there was some water released into the drain pan. If you don’t hear anything, then it is time to replace the valve.
  • If you have a gas water heater, make time at least once a quarter to ensure the pilot light is lit, and to remove any soot build up.

 

These tips are only of use if you apply them So, don ‘t wait until the current water heater needs to be repaired to implement them – start today to get the longest lifespan possible from your home water heater. Still have questions, talk to a local plumber today

Basic things to consider when choosing LED Flood Lights

November 28, 2017

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Flood lights, also known as security lights, offer homeowners a more practical option to incorporating bright exterior lighting to their home exteriors without having to buy very expensive fixtures and numerous bulbs. By strategically installing flood lights, you not only extend the hours which you can use your porch, basketball hoop, or swimming pool, you also dissuade intruders as well as wild animals from entering your home.
If you are in the process of selecting flood lights for your home, you might be overwhelmed by the wide range of options that are available to you. Having a clear idea of your lighting objective and a thorough knowledge of the various products in the market will enable you to choose the appropriate flood light for your home. Here are some things to consider when buying flood lights:

LED Flood Lights

If you are looking for the most cost efficient exterior security lighting option, go for light emitting diode or LED bulbs. They may cost a bit higher compared to CFLs and other bulb types, but the savings on your electricity bill and their relatively longer lifespan will prove that LEDs offer long term savings. These bulbs consume less energy compared to fluorescent bulbs and have a longer lifespan, lasting as long as 50,000 hours or 46 years, if used 3 hours a day and are kept in good condition. LEDs also produce maximum brightness instantly once the switch is turned on or the sensor is triggered, so there is no delay.

Location

When deciding where to install your flood lights, you will have to remember three things. First, the bulbs should point downward at a 22-degree angle so the flood lights shine brightly on the target without blinding anyone. Second, the light should not be pointed towards a neighboring home as this would not only annoy your neighbors, it can also be taken as an invasion of their privacy. And third, the flood lights should be mounted at least 9 feet from the ground so that it is kept out of reach and to prevent any potential hazards which may be caused by very hot bulbs when touched or tampered.

Motion Sensors

Flood lights with infrared sensors have a 180-degree range of motion, picking up on heat waves when someone or something within this range is in motion. Depending on the sensor, the light will remain active for 1 to 10 minutes and then shut off automatically. This is a great safety feature which also helps save energy in cases when the homeowner forgets to turn the lights off.

Dusk to Dawn Lights

If your primary concern is security, dusk to dawn lights are the best available option for you. These security flood lights automatically turn on once the sun begins to set and off again as the sun rises in the morning. If you do decide to utilize this type of flood lighting, you will need to be extra cautious and consult with your neighbors, making sure that an all-night light would not disturb them in any way.

Finish

Lastly, you will also need to take into consideration the aesthetic features of the flood lights that you will be purchasing. There are many different finishes available. Popular choices include copper, stainless steel, and colored lacquer on top of aluminum. The general rule of thumb is, pick a finish that matches the color or the style of the home.
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Five types of specialized doors

November 28, 2017

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A door is a structure that simply blocks or allows access to an entrance within an enclosed space. Specialist doors are mainly developed for very special purposes. The following designs are available in the market so as to satisfy the specific needs of different customers.

1. Stainless steel doors

Steel is among the most used materials in the building and construction industry mainly due to its strength and durability. Commercial carbon steel does not corrode in normal dry air room temperature unlike other metals such as iron. That is why the doors are highly favored in making of doors my architects. Steel doors can be installed in any place of a room especially on the entrance of premises for security purposes. Other areas where the steel doors are common is where hygiene is a top priority such as the kitchen areas. The high-grade carbon steel is less corrosive and this makes it suitable in the coastal areas where the corrosion rates are high.

2. Acoustic doors

An acoustic door is a type of a specialized door that is mainly used in sound-proofing. Sound-proofing is the science used in reducing the sound pressure with respect to specific sounds receptor. The doors are designed to control the amount of sound passing through a door. They are mainly employed in high noise sensitive places such as music studios or manufacturing environments. The doors are also becoming popular in offices as they are mainly attributed to reducing distractions and increasing the productivity of employees in general. Due to the high performance of the doors, they are normally harder to install compared to normal doors and should, therefore, be installed by specialized engineers.

3. Flood protection doors

This is a type of door that is mainly specialized to reduce the dangers associated with flash floods which happen to be a battle in some areas. Sealing of a door to prevent water from leaking into your house or business premises is often a challenge. Installation of flood protection doors is a form of flood control since it helps to reduce the detrimental effects of flood waters. Flood doors offer a piece of mind to all those people living in flood-prone regions.

4. Security doors

Security is a top priority at all times when we want to protect our homes and business premises from activities associated with burglary. Security doors are mainly installed in the main entrance of commercial and government buildings due to its strength, toughness and high resistance from breakage by invaders.

5. Fire-resistance doors

This is simply a massive and heavy door that is mainly made from natural materials such as steel so as to protect buildings from fire hazards. Though the door will finally combust, it will offer a great resistance in slowing down the spreading of fire, by containing smoke and heat for a specific time period giving the building occupants a chance to vacate the premises.

In general, specialized doors are mainly constructed in order to suit the specific needs and interest of a customer. It might be for security purposes, beauty, flood protection or just a general domestic door.

Laundry Room Renovation Design

November 28, 2017

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While kitchens and bathrooms are the most popular home renovation projects, the laundry room is beginning to become a sought after renovation area. Long gone are the days of having the laundry room hidden from the rest of the home. Nowadays, laundry rooms are now integrated into home design, instead of being thrown into the floor plan as an afterthought.

Location Changes

Over the years, laundry rooms have gone through several transitions. First, they moved out of the basement and onto the main floor. Still, they were often neglected and placed in the mud room or garage. More recently, they have been making a move to the second floor, or close to the bedrooms. Oftentimes, laundry rooms will be located nearest the master bedroom, or even part of the master closet. The biggest advantage in having the laundry room near the bedrooms, or as part of the closet, is because it is near where most of the dirty clothes, sheets, blankets, and other items are generated.

While laundry rooms were once an afterthought in design, many homeowners are striving to make the laundry room (and process) more enjoyable. This is often accomplished by making the laundry room more stylish and functional, and with better storage.

Laundry Room with Several Uses

Surprisingly, laundry rooms can be turned into the perfect multi-purpose room for anything from crafts, to an office space. Having a laundry room serve as a multi-purpose room is the perfect way to add a little bit of extra space that your family needs. Some homeowners might have their laundry room located right off of the kitchen area. The laundry room can then serve as a place to store overflow pantry items, or even a a wine fridge.

Designing the Room

When designing a laundry room, it is important to create a functional design by placing certain elements near or adjacent each other. These items include the appliances, supplies, hamper, and work surface.

Appliances. Having the washer and dryer placed side by side makes it easier to transfer wet clothes without creating a mess.

Supplies. Having the laundry detergent and fabric softener in an easy to reach place will make the process that much more enjoyable. We recommend storing detergents, stain removers, and any other related items in a bin or basket, or on an easy to reach shelf.

Hamper. A great to maximize the efficiency of the laundry area is to add in a place for the laundry hamper. This can include a pull out cabinet solution, large shelves, or an open niche.

Work Surface. Having a counter or table top space is perfect for sorting, spot treating, or making any repairs to your garments.

Some other things to include in the laundry room can include drying racks, an ironing board, and a steamer.

Choosing the Materials

Choosing finishes and materials for the laundry room can be tricky. Since laundry rooms experience frequent spills and sprays, it is best to choose materials that are durable versus materials that are ultra luxurious. Some great options for floors are low cost linoleum, cork, or vinyl. Having wood floors in the laundry room may not be the best choice due to the likelihood of moisture in the room. As far as countertops go, it is important to choose something that is low maintenance. While natural stones, such as marble, are beautiful and timeless, they are porous and prone to stains. For a laundry room, it is best to stick with laminate or an engineered stone, such a quartz.

Overall, renovating your laundry room will add value to your home in more ways than one. If you are interested in a home renovation project, please call Balducci Additions and Remodeling for a free estimate!

Decoration Plans for Wedding Tables

November 28, 2017

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Wedding Sparkler Buckets are a great way to make the entire eve a lot more interesting. A Bucket full of those that the guests can just reach out to and light up is one of the best ways to keep the guests occupied and give the place a feeling that it is indeed alive. Wedding Sparkler Buckets can turn out to be dangerous if they are not handled with care and not under adult supervision in the case of children, because their tips are sharp and the sparks can cause harm to those around.

Another problem that many people associate with the use of sparklers in such events is that they act environmental polluters with their smoke and smell, for which you need to be sure you contact the right supplier. All in all, a bucket full of sparklers is what every table needs!

# Vases

A table having a vase of fresh flowers is the perfect way to make someone look forward to the wedding, because they enter and see that their tables are decorated so well which instantly makes them look forward to the evening. If you really want to spice up their evening a bit more, you can have a flat vase full of flowers with sweets which are kept in that environment that the people can consume at will.

Remember; to make the wedding tables one of the most aesthetically pleasing outfits of your wedding, you will need to do something new or at least impactful like this in order to get the vote of ‘the wedding we will always remember’.

# Fashion

A wedding is one event where people come dressed up in the most stylish, sophisticated and quality dressing they have. You need to understand, however, that this saying does not apply to just humans; it applies to everything around ranging from the walls to the tables.

For starters, you need to be sure whether the wedding you are organizing has a theme or not. By default, if such an event does not have a theme, then the most dominant colour that is seen around is thought to be the theme colour. This means that if the walls or the lawn is mostly decorated in white, and you come up with a color for the table cloths that is not even remotely white, you are doing it wrong. This theme is quite important in making sure that the people around feel good about the setting, because there may not by many extrinsic critics, but there will always be many intrinsic ones.

# Comfort

As a man who wears a standard three-piece suit, you are not usually concerned with how the material of the tablecloth feels against your bare arm, but as a woman that will certainly bother you if you have not decided to wear a full sleeved dress. You cannot simply provide candy to the eyes of the guest at the cost of their overall comfort.

Make sure that the seat cushions are as comfortable as your budget can afford, that the table is sturdy and not uncomfortable to keep hands on and that no part of your setting near the table is untidy, because the bride and groom do not want their anniversary date to be remembered by negative connotations.