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Are Water Filters A Waste Of Money?

clock August 21, 2014 02:20 by author Chris Vigna

Grocery stores and home improvement stores offer different types of water filtration and purification systems to their customers. However, you may be surprised to find that these devices can be a waste of money. The question is: are these water filters really necessary or is it just a waste?

For thousands of years, societies tried to get clean water to their cities. Our ancestors realized that this was essential for surviving. Today, the US and other countries have continued to worked on developing advanced purification systems, which would make any of the ancient engineers stutter.

If you think about it, when was the last time that you heard of someone contracting Cholera in the US, or typhoid or arsenic poisoning? The public water purification systems have become very sophisticated and do provide clean water to drink. The problem comes when people believe that water is still not fully cleansed and some also experience a “weird taste”, due to the chlorine and other chemicals used to treat it.

Most home water purification systems in the market will taste different due to these systems taking away the chemicals used for treating it. Although water filters are not a necessity in the home, they do help to give an inner satisfaction and restfulness knowing that the water is purified directly.

Leave us comments on this post with what types of water filtration systems you use in your home!


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Is The Cost Of Solar Water Heaters Really Worth It?

clock August 12, 2014 04:33 by author Chris Vigna
Countries all over the world are utilizing solar water heating, an innovative renewable energy technology that has been established for many years. But is this advanced system the right choice for your home?

While it is true that solar water heaters are more expensive and costly to install, than a common water heater, it can save a lot of money in the long run, as they do not require additional resources to like gas or wood to heat the water.  

Other benefits are based on personal use, such as:


  • How much hot water you use per day?
  • How well does your water heating system perform?
  • Is your house able to receive direct sunlight?


Natural gas, electricity, oil and other conventional fuel prices vary by area but these bills can add up to a high monthly cost. Also, there are additional costs for backing up a water heating system. However, solar water heating helps reduce traditional cost and maintenance. 

Also, when building a new home, by adding the price of a solar water heating system it will save a lot of time and money. Some banks even allow this heating system to be added to the loan or mortgage.   

Installing a solar water heater in your home can be expensive; however, it will save a pretty penny each month.

This means that solar water heaters are not just an excellent choice for your home, but they are an excellent choice for our planet as well. Solar Water Heaters are a sustainable and energy efficient method for heating up the water that we use on a daily basis and thus, helps to protect our environment.  

All of this should give you a better idea of solar water heating systems and how they can help you to save money.  If you want more information about this, remember to give The All About the Pipes Plumbing team a call, we don't flush around! 
 
 

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Some Summer Home Cleaning Tips

clock July 28, 2014 09:28 by author Chris Vigna

Clean Your Home Appropriately During Summer

This summer, think about doing some cleaning and organizing in your house. A little effort goes a long way in making your home a more comfortable and personalized place to live.

Tips For Cleaning Your Home This Summer

 

  • 1.       Reduce clutter – When you leave a lot of stuff sitting around it attracts dust and allergens which can make be bad for aesthetics and your health. You can reduce clutter by telling your children to put their toys back in their place after they have finished playing with them and by putting dirty clothes in the hamper so they can be easily taken to the washer. 
  • 2.       Stop dirt at the door – One of the best things that you can do to keep your house clean is to stop dirt from getting inside.  Try putting a rug or doormat at your door so people can wipe their feet before they walk in your home. Protect your floors and carpets by adding a little stomper for people to use before entering your home.
  • 3.       Leave doors open – Let the air in! Try leaving your shower doors or curtains open so that walls can air dry.  You can also spray your bathroom walls with mildew protectant after you take a shower to prevent mildew and so you don’t have to scrub it off later. 
  • 4.       Quick clean-ups – It sounds basic, but try cleaning up crumbs and leftover food, right after you make your meals or eat your food. This will reduce the time that  you spend cleaning dishes. Try getting your kids to help with cleaning chores.  This will teach them to be responsible and it everything will get done faster, if you work as a team. 
  • 5.       Clean clothes stains promptly – The faster you try to clean some stains on your clothes the more likely you’ll be able to get it out. If you leave your clothes there and don’t take the stain off promptly, it could stay on them forever or become a hassle to clean. 

 

So try using some of your free time this summer, for making your home look cleaner and nicer. It is really easier than you think and it will make you feel great.  

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Kitchen Decorating Ideas

clock July 18, 2014 08:14 by author Chris Vigna

How To Make Your Kitchen Fabulous

Stainless steal appliances. Cherry-finish hardwood floors. Fresh paint that is sure to add summer time cheer all year long. We all want to have the best looking and most updated kitchen in our homes, but this can be difficult on a budget. However, renovations on a dime not only make us feel proud, but can also create a kitchen that you will love to spend time in.    

So grab your tool set and take our advice to recreate your kitchen within your budget.  

Tips For Remodeling Your Kitchen

1.       Chairs – Some people neglect the importance of their kitchen chairs, but choosing appropriate chairs can be a huge difference when decorating your kitchen.   Modern and light chairs are your best choice to a new updated look.

2.       Kitchen Island – If you want to make your kitchen look modern, yet traditional, a kitchen island- stainless steel or aluminum, is the perfect choice. This will not only add the “water cooler” effect as your guest gather around eating chips from a bowl placed in the middle but it will also make your kitchen look larger! And no one has to know about the cluttered pans hidden underneath.

3.       Cabinet Doors – Nothing gives a kitchen quite the face-lift like adding new cabinet doors. Show off your stellar beer mug collection from every state with glass cabinet doors or hid your six years supply of Kraft Mac and Cheese with freshly painted yellow cabinets with stainless steel handles in the shape of a skeleton key.

4.       Ceiling Wallpaper – Take the focus to the ceiling by adding Ceiling Wallpaper and we guarantee your mother-in-law will never notice another clump of dirt on your kitchen floor again. There are many wallpaper options for you to choose from and each will make your kitchen look amazing.

5.       Open spaces – If possible, make your kitchen an open space.  This means to not add walls, which block the kitchen’s view, isolating the chef as they cook. This will make your kitchen look larger and more inviting.

Don’t forget to take a look at some of our previous posts to learn more about remodeling your home and improving it as well.     

At All About the Pipes, we want everyone to have a beautiful home and we are always here to help!

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Steps To Fix A Water Pipe Bursts In Your Garden

clock July 8, 2014 07:29 by author Chris Vigna

It is not uncommon for pipes to burst in a garden and yard. Burst water pipes can be cause by a number of situations, like badly done gardening work or installation of fittings, just to name a few. Water pipes can also burst due to corrosion. This is why it is important to know what steps to take if a water pipe bursts in your garden.  

Identifying A Burst Water Pipe

If you see water flooding out of your garden’s soil, it is very likely that there is a problem with a water pipe.  Another sign to look for is if some spots are wetter or have more water than others. 

Finding the leaks can be easy sometimes if there is a lots of water coming up, but others times, it may take time to find the problem and this is when you might need to give a professional plumber a call. 

Drain and water pipe snakes or cameras have been created to find leaking water pipes in your garden.  Professional plumbers are always equipped with these tools, which allow them to find the leaking water pipe faster than you can imagine.  

The time that it will take your plumber to fix a burst water pipe will depend on several factors, but you can be certain that hiring a plumber is the smartest way to go.  Trying to fix burst water pipes on your own can sometimes be a very difficult and tedious task, which is why deciding to spend a few hundred bucks towards a professional plumber will be the best choice for you. 

After finding and solving the problem, it will be possible to estimate why the water pipe failed or if something caused it to burst.  This will allow you to prevent future burst water pipes in your garden and to try and keep everything working properly at all times. 

 

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Be Careful With Your Copper

clock July 1, 2014 01:31 by author Chris Vigna

Is Copper Theft Becoming An Epidemic In The US?

As you may already know, copper value is steadily increasing due to so many industries relying on plumbing parts, pipes and tools made from copper. The advantages of using copper parts are that it does not rust easily and can withstand water.

Statistics show that copper related crimes have increased in the last few years. For thieves, it really does not matter whether they have to break into a high security business or a normal family home, as long as it’s to collect something of value. Copper can be easily accessible if not installed correctly. Pipes that are left above ground or outside your house allow easy access for thieves to take.

So what can you do to protect the copper in your plumbing installations?  Thankfully, there are many precautions to take, including hiring a professional plumber that will keep your copper plumbing safe.

First of all, you must plan ahead and make sure that all of your plumbing installation is covered by a wall, platform or hidden securely underground.  There are also many plastic covers, which are made specifically for copper parts that are used in plumbing installations. You can easily hide the copper parts that cannot be fully hidden from thieves’ eyes.  Prevention is the best weapon against thieves and if you can keep your copper away from wandering eyes, you will reduce the chances of being robbed. 

Do not became a part of the statistics and make sure that your plumbing installations are well protected and that the copper in your home is not easy to find.  You can save thousands of dollars by taking just a few precautions during plumbing installations to protect your copper. 

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Ancient Plumbers

clock June 25, 2014 03:19 by author Chris Vigna

Does Plumbing Seem Like a Thing of the Past?

When then ancient civilizations invented indoor plumbing, it was only intended to and to bring in clean water through the piping system; However, now our society is incredibly dependent on this system of complex pipes that makes our lives more sanitary and easy.

Unique networks of subterranean tunnels have been discovered all over the world and some date back to a period before Christ, which is truly incredible and might change some of the things that we first believed about our ancestors.  It is truly amazing to see how advanced they were back then and how they knew the importance of plumbing systems in their communities. 

Civilizations like the Mayans and the Romans, all knew about the importance of plumbing and how it could affect their population’s health.  They developed incredible plumbing systems, which served to take clean water into their cities and dirty water away from them.  These systems are still standing today and could even work if water ran through them again. 

Monarchs, during The Tudors period, also knew the importance of plumbing systems and many of their creations have helped modern plumbers to develop systems for our homes.  There are still documents, about the plumbers who worked in the city during those days and some of them were John Date and Nicholas Walrond, who was one of the most successful plumbers of his time.  Some of the records, not only show what parts of the city’s plumbing system each of these plumbers worked on, but also the foods that they were given by the city officials at the time. This proves how important plumbing systems were to our ancestors back then and how important they are to us today. 

It is always nice to remember the great minds who gave us the future of plumbing. If it weren’t for them, who knows what our communities would be like and what our world would of have evolved to.  

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Plumbing Inspection Advice For Home Buyers

clock June 16, 2014 07:59 by author Chris Vigna

6 Things You Should Do Before Buying A House

Buying a new home is a very exciting and busy time where homebuyers can easily become overwhelmed with all there is to do before moving. However, it is extremely important to have the house inspected before purchasing to avoid any unpleasant surprises, especially when dealing with the plumbing system.

Below are six tips for inspecting a home’s plumbing system to insure best quality and no surprises down the road.

Plumbing Inspection Tips:

 

  • 1.       Try to find a home, which does not have problems with plumbing pipes freezing during winter.  This can be a serious problem and if a house does not have many vents, you will be better off!
  • 2.       Before buying a home, you should understand if sewage goes directly to the city’s sewer or if there is a septic tank nearby.  Knowing this can help you to keep things clean around your home and prevent you from flushing unnecessary objects down the drain. 
  • 3.       It is important to check the bathroom and kitchen faucets, as well as every sink, shower and toilet for leaks or any other malfunctions.  Noticing these before you purchase your new home can help to make a wiser decision and save money as well.
  • 4.       Repairing a water heater is more expensive than getting a new one, so make sure that the one already installed is not too old and is working properly.
  • 5.       Be sure to check the water meter for an estimate of how much is used each month. This will give you an idea of how much money will be spent in monthly water bills.
  • 6.   Checking the home’s plumbing pipes for lead, which can be hazardous to our health, can save you future problems. 

Remember these six easy steps before buying your new home!  

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Profitable Renovations For Your Home

clock June 9, 2014 06:21 by author Chris Vigna

Remodeling Your Home Can Be Profitable

If you have not remodeled your home in a few years, you are probably spending more money every month than you actually need to. Below are four tips you could change, which will save you money on your monthly bills.

1. Add a steel door to your entry.  Many homes are still using wooden doors and these may not be as energy efficient as high quality steel doors.  Steel doors are more secure than most of the wooden doors out there; plus, they also look better and tend to increase the selling price of any home.

2. A new garage door is also a great way for increasing your home’s value and security. Not only will this make your home look more complete, but it will also protect your cars and your entire family. 

3. Remodeling your kitchen is a popular way to increase your home’s value, but you need to be very careful, because it is easy to make mistakes and ruin your kitchen.  It is always a good idea to contact experts and ask for advice from professional kitchen remodelers before beginning any kitchen updates.

4. Try going energy efficient with your home appliances. There are many new home electronics and remodeling accessories, which are energy efficient and can reduce the amount of energy that other appliances use. 

 So if you are thinking about remodeling your home, remember these tips and start saving money every single month. At All About the Pipes, our staff of professional plumbers or other experienced remodeling staff will recommend the best practices for renovating your home that will save you from a lot of stress.  

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Things That Plumbers Don’t Want You To Do

clock May 30, 2014 07:46 by author Chris Vigna

We have all flushed things down the toilet, which we know shouldn’t be flushed and sometimes, they have caused some serious plumbing issues in our homes. Not doing these things will help you prevent plumbing problems and it will also make your plumber’s work easier. 

So here are some things you should be careful about:

·         Reaching for the Drano – Most people tend to go for chemicals and similar drain cleaning solutions when they experience a plumbing problem, but these may not always be the best choice.   Chemicals can be a hazard to your health and you may not have the proper equipment, so think twice before applying chemicals to your pipes. 

·         Don’t use your toilets as trash cans – There are things that can be flushed down your toilet and there are things that can’t, so don’t treat your toilets as trash cans and you will not have as many plumbing problems throughout your life.  Even things like personal cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products and toilet scrubbers, which are labeled as “flushable”, should not always be thrown into your toilets.

·         Trying to do everything on your own- making yourself believe that you can solve anything, does not always work and sometimes diagnosing plumbing problems on your own, is not your best decision.  Sometimes, you can even make things worse if you are not certain of what you are doing. So calling a professional plumber may be your best choice. 

·         Know more about your plumbing system – If you are not familiar with your plumbing system at home, you should really find out things like where the main water valve is located and where the entire emergency shut off valves are as well.  This will allow you to shut off the water, if there are any problems and it will help you when the plumber gets there, as you will be able to guide them to these valves. 

·         Don’t keep your old hoses – It is not uncommon for hoses to burst suddenly, so replacing your hoses every now and then can help you to prevent some plumbing problems as well.  Washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances, all have hoses, which can burst at any moment, so check them regularly and you will avoid these problems. 

·         Make sure you have a leak protection system – Having one of these systems installed in your home can really save you from some problems and it is one of the best things that you can add to protect your home. 

·         Make sure your water heater is not outdated – Having an old water heater can cause more problems than you can imagine, so try and keep it up to date and you will also save yourself a lot of plumbing problems. 

·         Don’t overload your garbage disposal - If you treat your garbage disposal kindly, it will also treat you kindly.  Just be careful with the things and how much you use your garbage disposal and you will keep this working better most of the time.

·         Don’t play with the water heater’s pressure valve – If you are not familiar with how your water heater’s pressure valve functions, you should really not mess with it.  This could just make things worse and make you spend more in plumbing repairs.   

So remember these things and you will not have as many plumbing problems in your home.  You can also read some of our past blog posts and learn more about plumbing systems and protecting your own.  

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