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Is Installing A High Pressure Toilet In Your Home A Good Idea?

clock February 28, 2014 08:10 by author Chris Vigna

Pressure assisted toilet or toilets with a high water pressure are mostly used for commercial purposes and in some businesses, but every now and then some people decide to install some of these in their homes and the question is, are these types of toilets a good idea for you home?

There are many benefits that come from having one of these pressure-assisted toilets in your home, but there are also some downsides, like the noise they make.

A pressure assisted toilet sounds like those toilets that you find at restaurants, airports and other businesses.  This type of noise can be very uncomfortable at home, as the walls and sizes of our rooms are usually smaller than those of businesses and this means the sound of your toilet will be heard in almost every room of your house.

This is why you must think twice about installing one of these toilets in your home. It can be really uncomfortable to be sleeping at night or concentrating on something and hearing the toilet flush a few rooms away.   

Another reason why people decide not to install one of these toilets in their homes is that they may explode! Yes you read right, assisted pressure toilets may explode as their functioning causes the bowl to become pressurized as the water is flowing in.  If too much pressure is stored in the bowl, the toilet’s tank or top may explode and this could not only be hazardous to your home, but it could also be very dangerous for people standing nearby or those who are flushing the toilet.  

There are good reasons for having a pressure assisted toilet installed in your home too, but most families believe that a normal toilet is enough for them. Some of the advantages of these toilets are: 

  • ·         They cause fewer clogs than standard gravity toilets do.
  • ·         Their tank-inside-tank design does not buildup condensation during humid weather.
  • ·         They have less moving parts, so they are less likely to break or need repairs. 
  • ·         Their ability to flush with high water pressure allows older homes and plumbing systems to push waste more efficiently and easily. 
  • ·         They are now more eco-friendly gravity toilets.

As you can see, deciding to install a pressure assisted toilet in your home may be a tough decision, but whatever you decide will surely be best for you.  Feel free to read some of our other blog posts, to learn more about plumbing and improving your home.  You can also contact us at All About the Pipes. 

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10 Ways To Prevent Pipes From Freezing

clock January 31, 2014 03:39 by author Chris Vigna

As you know, cold temperatures can cause costly damages to your home, especially frozen pipes.  When the weather gets really cold, it is not uncommon for water pipes to freeze and cause some major problems within your plumbing system.  In this blog post, you will learn nine ways that you can prevent your home’s water pipes from freezing this winter and how easy it is to keep them working perfectly.

Prevent Your Water Pipes From Freezing With These Ten Steps:

 

  • 1. Try not to turn your home’s heat down when the temperatures go down, even if there is nobody home, during the cold season. 
  • 2.       Try opening your kitchen’s cabinets so warm air can get inside and thus keep your home a lot warmer.  
  • 3. Try looking at your home’s foundation and crawling spaces, as there might be a cold-air leak blocking them. This can help to prevent your water pipes from freezing. 
  • 4. If you have windows in your basement, make sure they are not broken or have any cracks.  If they do have cracks or are broken, fix them as soon as possible, as this will also prevent cold air from coming into your home and it will help to keep everything a lot warmer. 
  • 5. Check your basement’s doors and windows, and make sure that they close as they should.  No cold air should be able to get through the small spaces in your doors or windows.
  • 6. Check your water meter’s valves and make sure that they work correctly and are closed properly. 
  • 7. Make sure that your walls and ceilings do not have any cracks in them. 
  • 8. Try insulating your pipes before the next cold temperature arrives to stop them from freezing without having to spend a lot of money at all. 
  • 9. Install a circulator in your water heater, so it can pump water through your pipes and keep them warmer all of the time. 
  • 10. Make sure that there are no leaks in any pipe, as this can make them freeze very quickly.

 

So, if you have had problems with water pipes freezing in your home in the past, you should try these simple ten steps, to prevent this from happening again.  As you can see, there are many ways to stop your home’s water pipes from freezing and this will save you tons of money in repairs.  You will also be able to have hot water, during the cold temperature days and this will surely help you, to have a comfier winter.  

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