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Tips For Choosing Your Bathroom Tiles

clock May 24, 2014 00:45 by author Chris Vigna

Stop Worrying About How To Pick Your Bathroom Tiles

 

If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom or really think that it is time to change your bathroom tiles, this blog post is for you, as we will tell you tips for picking the best tiles for your bathroom and you can be certain that they will help you to make a smart decision. 

 

Tip #1

 

If your bathroom design has curves in it, you should pick smaller size tiles for these sections.  If your shower or bathtub has a bench, it will probably need smaller tiles, as these will fit better and will make your design look better too. 

 

Tip #2

 

Touch the bathroom tiles that you like in the store and think about how they will feel when you touch them with bare feet or right after taking a comforting shower.  If you are planning to sit on your bathroom bench, it will also be a good idea to have an edge and soft tiles. 

 

Tip #3

 

If you are going to be choosing some mosaic tiles, you should be very careful and make sure they are glued perfectly to the floors and walls. If not, it could cause problems, in a short period of time. 

 

Tip #4

 

Small colored glass, allows you more options and easier installation, than large clear glass.  Most small colored glass, can be fitted easily in any bathroom, while larger clear glass tiles, may need to be made out specifically for your case and this could raise the cost of remodeling your bathroom a lot. 

 

Tip #5

 

Use a different colored set of tiles to build a wall, which will make your bathroom design nice to look at.  This is a simple way to make your bathroom look a lot different and there are plenty of colored tiles to choose from. 

 

Tip #6

 

Your shower’s access should be simple and safe as well.  By considering universal bathroom designs, as well as some shower made tiles, you will be able to accomplish this. 

 

Tip #7

 

If you are like most people and do not enjoy cleaning your bathroom or shower, you should pick some glass panels or large slabs, as these are much easier to clean and will make your life easier too. 

 

So follow some of these tips when picking your bathroom tiles and you will see great results!

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A Plumbing Job Makes The Record Books

clock May 17, 2014 03:30 by author Chris Vigna

You Won’t Believe This Plumbing Job!

Most homeowners worry about calling their plumbers because they fear what the bill is going to be, but the Canadian high Arctic region, has recently gone through probably the most expensive plumbing job in the world.   Even the military was involved in this project! 

The job lasted for ten days and it was all done in a very frozen and dark part of the Arctic region.  The job required tough and laborious 10 meter drilling techniques and some submarine robots, had to be used to survey some of the damage and process below. 

Apparently, the problem was a broken pump, which was finally replaced, after the 10 arduous days of work. The backup pump however, was not replaced, as the team of plumbers decided to wait for warmer temperatures.   

The team had to be transported on Hercules planes, as this was the best way to reach the remote area.  These trips, reached a cost of around $85,000 alone, which is why this job became the most expensive job in the world, related to plumbing and repairing water pumps. 

These types of plumbing jobs prove how far humankind has come and how useful technology has been, towards helping us reach places that people did not use to roam in before.  Jobs like this one also make plumbing look like a more interesting industry and show how important these systems are for our communities. 

Remember that at All About the Pipes, we are always ready to help you with your plumbing needs and will recommend the best plumbing system for your home. If you want to know more about water pumps and what they can do for you, take a look at our hot water recirculation pump article, so you can learn if one of these is right for you. 

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Increasing Home Prices, Encourage People To Do Some Remodeling

clock May 8, 2014 04:32 by author Chris Vigna

Home Remodeling Increase This Year

Recent nation and worldwide economic crisis have caused many homeowners to stop their remodeling and to stop thinking about any other changes to their homes.  Renovation is not a cheap task to get involved in most of the time and this is the main reason most homeowners have stopped doing any remodeling in their homes for the past few months. 

According to some recent surveys, homeowners have also stopped remodeling their homes, because the price of their properties have dropped and they do not see the benefit of investing in remodeling, if their home is still not going to be valued at a very fair price.  The same surveys have also found that homeowners are more willing to invest in some remodeling for their homes, if the value of their houses would increase again, which is what is happening this year. 

At least 53% of the people who answered the survey stated that they are more likely to renovate their homes if the value of their property increases over the next 12 months or so.  Of that 53%, at least 48% said that they would be more comfortable getting involved in a home remodeling project that costs more than $500, if their property’s value increases over the next year. 

Experts from stores like The Home Depot have stated that they have a very positive feeling about these next 12 months, as they think that people are going to feel more confident about investing in their home remodeling and thus have more sales.

Other housing experts, have stated that there could be a 5% annual grow rate for the next four years or so in house prices and this means that we could reach peek prices in that period of time.  This would certainly return confidence in most homeowners and would allow many to get involved in more home remodeling projects over the next few years. 

So, if you have been thinking about remodeling your home, but have not done so because of the house prices that the market has right now, you can start thinking about this again, as property values might start going up during the next 12 months. 

The economy, has certainly shown signs of getting back to normal and hopefully, home pricing and values, will continue to increase, so that more of us can gain enough confidence to get involved in a new home remodeling project. 

If you really want to start remodeling your home, but are still a little scared about the economy out there, you can always start with some of your remodeling plans and just take it a step at a time.  This will prevent you from overspending and will also help you achieve your dreams.      

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What To Do With Your Pets While You Renovate Your Home

clock May 4, 2014 01:26 by author Chris Vigna

Pets & Home Renovation

Renovating your home is no simple task and while some jobs may take longer than others, planning what to do with your pets is a very smart thing to do.  If you are a pet owner and are going to be renovating your home, you must think ahead and find a place for your pets to stay while the job gets done.

So whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, a hamster or an iguana, renovating your home will surely make them uncomfortable and if you do not plan ahead your Charlotte plumbers could have problems with your little friends too.  It is well known that some dogs and cats can bite or scratch strangers and this could become a problem when your professional plumber is working in your home.

If you cannot afford to send your pets to a specialized hotel for a few days, there are always other options to consider and some of these may work for you:

·         Ask a family member or friend for help.  If you know someone close to you who loves animals and can take care of your pets for a few days, this will solve your problem right away.  Not only will you have more space and tranquility in your home, so the plumbers can work, but your pets will also be at a safe and comfy place. 

·         Use a medium to large closet, small patio or other extra space. If your home renovation is only going to take place inside your home, then find a small yard, patio or place for your pet to be outside.  If you don’t have a yard or your home renovation is going to take place outdoors, find a large enough closet or room for your pet to stay indoors and just bare with them during the renovation process.

·         If you happen to have a dog house or a crate, try using it to contain your pets for a few days.  Remember to visit it often and to take your pet out when the plumbers have gone home for the day.  This will prevent your pets from going into the work area and it will also prevent them from grabbing some of the tools or parts that will be used throughout your home’s renovation.     

Always remember to put some clean water and fresh food for your pets, as this will help to calm them down, while they wait for the plumbers to finish their job.   It is really not that hard to find a safe and comfy place for your pets while your home is being renovated, but you do have to plan ahead.  

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Spring Cleaning Tips From The Experts

clock April 24, 2014 12:52 by author Chris Vigna

It Is Not Too Late To Get Your Spring Cleaning Done 

We are already halfway into spring and if you have not started cleaning your home or yard, it is still not too late for you to get the work done. Even if your skills do not compare to those of the pros and experts out there, you can still get things very clean and ready for the summer.   

So keep reading and find out about spring-cleaning tips from the experts, which will help you have a very comfy home, almost right away.  These are easy tips that anyone can do. 

Spring Cleaning Tips To Follow

Vacuuming the Right Way – Almost everyone starts their spring cleaning with vacuuming their home, but just vacuuming is not enough, you have to do it the right way!  If you have carpets, kids or pets, you will need to vacuum more often than other people do.  This will not only increase cleanliness around your home, but it will make it much better for your kids too.  Always remember to start at the far end corner, so you do not leave any footprints or get more dirt over what you have already vacuumed. 

Clean Your Pantry – We all have things in our pantry that we will never use and spring is the perfect time to get these things out of the way.  Placing bowls with vinegar or beans, inside your pantry can help to control odors.

Cleaning Supplies – Go visit your closest store and find some useful cleaning supplies.  Try having these in every level of your home, if you have a two or more story home, simply place some of those supplies in different rooms around your home, like your laundry room, your bathroom or kitchen.

Stop Procrastinating - If you have to do some cleaning, just get to it and forget about procrastinating.  This will not lead you anywhere and it will only deter you from completing your tasks on time.  Always look at the positive side of things and visualize your home, once it looks perfectly clean. 

Use Baskets – If you need some storage space, baskets are your best choice. Not only do baskets have a vintage look, but they are also easy to store in a closet and easy to place items in.   

So remember that you still have time left for spring-cleaning around your home and these simple tips should help you get started right away.  Don’t forget to click the social buttons below and to keep visiting our blog for more tips to improve your home.  

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Laws For Higher Quality Plumbing Fixtures

clock April 18, 2014 04:20 by author Chris Vigna

Improving The Quality Of Your Plumbing Fixtures

Some states of the US are now implanting some laws and regulations, so that plumbing fixtures can have better quality and serve their purpose as they should.  Colorado is one of the states that are working towards having better standards by 2016 and it is only a matter of time until this becomes a common practice in other places of the country. 

The plumbing industry, is always trying to provide higher quality services and products to their customers and by the time that these standards become a law, most plumbers have already made those practices a habit and have no problem meeting the state’s demands. 

An example of such laws is Senate Bill 14-103, which prohibits the sale of plumbing fixtures that are not based on the federal Water Sense standards.  Water Sense certification, is about using less water, without losing any of the performance and benefits.  Toilets are now using at least 1.2 gallons of water less per flush, than they used to and this is why these sorts of bills and laws, are necessary these days. 

This bill was just recently passed and it is still under review by some legislators and the policy team.  Some stores in different communities are already selling some of the products that are recommended by this bill and they say that people actually like them.   “There are people who are actually looking for this stuff.  I don’t know that they need rules to convince them of that,” said Spencer William, who is one of these plumbing stores managers.  

Overall, these requirements and laws help to protect our environment by saving some water, they help to build better communities, they bring higher quality products for consumers and they also promote the plumbing industry.  If we all help to promote these kinds of laws, it will be simple for our politicians to make a decision about them and it will also benefit everyone in the long run. 

It is always important to choose high quality plumbing fixtures, because they can really make a difference in your home and the world.   Don’t forget to read some of our past articles, so that you can learn a little more about plumbing and what All About the Pipes can do for you.

 

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No More Tubs in the Bathroom

clock April 13, 2014 03:25 by author Chris Vigna

In the past, new homeowners would think mostly about installing a tub in at least one of their bathrooms, but today, it seems as this tendency has dropped and now more people are looking to install showers, instead of the old comfy tub.  There are many beliefs on why this is happening, but basically it involves saving water, saving space and saving money. 

According to some experts in the plumbing and bathroom industries, people are not choosing bathtubs for their homes anymore and there are other trending options, which are rapidly becoming a standard in many places.  Overhead showers are now more popular these days and people are preferring to use the space where a bathtub would go, to have a larger bathroom, a small closet space or even a very large shower. 

Bathtubs needs a lot of water to be filled and this means that you will spend more on water every month, if you take regular baths in your tub.  Showers do not require that much water and they are also easier to clean and allow you to clean yourself, in a shorter period of time. 

People are also choosing shower designs, which make their bathrooms more spacious and require less space.  These shower designs are now easily available in the market and their prices have dropped a lot, which is why they are now being used in more homes around the country. 

Floating vanities, are also being chosen over traditional bathroom vanities these days and they are also helping people to have a little more free space in their homes.  Toilets that have in wall carriers and tanks are a very popular option these days and they certainly look great in any bathroom. 

Just as everything in this world, bathroom traditions are changing and it will only be a matter of time, until these popular items, become obsolete and people are choosing others instead.  Whether you still prefer bathtubs or not, showers are certainly a smart decision to have in your home, as environmental awareness increases and we now know how important it is to save our water. 

At All About the Pipes, we can recommend what is best for your home and we can also help with the installation of your new bathroom.  Feel free to read through our website, so you can find out more about our services, our experience and what we can do for you.  

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Fixing Your Home’s Plumbing Problems Before Putting it on the Market

clock April 6, 2014 07:22 by author Chris Vigna

How To Get More Money For Your Home, By Fixing Your Plumbing Problems

If you are currently thinking about or trying to sell your home, it would be a very smart idea to get all of its plumbing problems fixed, as this can benefit you in many ways.  While some people may think let’s just leave those problems to the future owners or why should we spend any money on repairing this home if we are selling? The truth is that fixing your home’s plumbing before selling it will add value to your home and make you feel even better about the sale. 

If an inspector notices these problems before you sell your home, it could cost you even more in penalties and having to work with professionals that they recommend.  You may also end up making less money on your house if you do not fix your plumbing problems before selling it, because some buyers will notice them and reduce their offering price, as they will have to pay for those repairs and they may overestimate the price. 

Not fixing your home’s plumbing issues before selling it, could also lead you to have to wait more for a buyer to be convinced, as some will notice these problems and start wondering what other problems your home might come with. 

Some types of financing institutions will also require the home to be inspected prior to authorizing the loan to your home’s buyer, which means that if they find any type of plumbing problems, they may not authorize the loan and you will not be able to make that sale.    

 Home sellers or real estate agents, will sometimes have plumber contacts and  other professionals to help you out with these problems, but if you are selling your home on your own, it would be smart to start contacting professional plumbers, so they can inspect your home  and see if it requires any plumbing repairs before it is sold.

At All About the Pipes, we encourage our clients to inspect their plumbing systems several times a year, as this can help to identify plumbing problems at an early stage and save some money and time. Most of the time, plumbing repairs take only a matter of hours.

Feel free to browse through our website, to find our services and how we can help you to get your home ready for sale.    

  

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Plumbing- With a Feminine Touch

clock March 31, 2014 09:21 by author Chris Vigna

Survey Results Prove Girls Should Become Plumbers

Some campaigns are now being launched in order to encourage girls to become plumbers. Some surveys have proved that many people would rather have a woman working in their house, than a man. 

WaterSafe, recently conducted a poll of 2000 consumers and their results showed that at least two out of five North West homeowners would rather have a female plumber going into their home instead of a male plumber.

Around 50% of the people, who participated in the poll stated that they would feel a lot safer with a woman doing their plumbing jobs and that they would not be patronized by them.  Although this survey proved that many people would rather have a female plumber, than a male plumber, the poll also proved that homeowners are more interested in the plumber’s experience, than in their sex.

At least two thirds of the people who participated in this poll also believe that although plumbing is more of a man’s job, they would like to see more women in this industry and that they know that they would also provide high quality services.      

At least one third of the women who were interviewed stated that if they had the chance, they would think about getting involved in the plumbing industry and that it sounded like an interesting thing for them to do.  This was certainly something unexpected, as not many people would imagine that some women are interested in becoming plumbers. 

Around a quarter of the women interviewed in this poll, stated that they would prefer a job in a typical female industry, like teaching, office based jobs and health jobs.  It is obvious that more women are becoming involved in those industries, which were thought for men only in the past. 

Not only are some women doing an excellent job in these industries, but some have already surpassed some men and are creating even more opportunities for women around the world.  Hopefully, more women will join the plumbing industry in the near future, so they can help homeowners and help this industry to grow as well.  

 

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Smart Water Heaters Can Help You To Save Energy

clock March 21, 2014 05:49 by author Chris Vigna

High Efficiency in Smart Water Heaters

There are now many projects out there, which are focusing on making home appliances more energy efficient and some of the newest smart water heaters are doing just that.  Technology is now making it easier for homeowners to control these new appliances.

While many may think that these new water heaters are very complicated and will have a lot of features to set, the truth is that they only have a simple device, which allows homeowners to remotely control their water heater from almost anywhere in the planet.  

This allows homeowners to turn off their water heater when they are not home and to turn it on a few minutes before they arrive back home.  Those homes, which are now getting some or all of their energy from solar panels or wind turbines, can really benefit from smart water heater technology, as this will allow them to stop their water heater from using energy saved in their battery banks when there is not much sun or wind. 

Experts have already developed some energy efficiency plans, which help people to understand how long they need to have their water heaters working and when is the best time of the day, to turn them off.  With these types of plans, anyone can know when the best time to keep their water heater working is and if for some reason, you are not in your home to turn it off in down times, you can now do so remotely. 

Some of these smart water heaters can even be set up to shut down at a certain time and to start working just before you get home.  This allows people with not much knowledge of technology, to make their water heater more energy efficient without having to worry about shutting it down remotely at different times of the day. 

At the moment, experts believe that this is one of the future instruments for all households and that in a short period of time, more people will look into purchasing some of these accessories for their water heaters or simply buy one that already has it installed.   

If you live alone or are out of your home during most of the day, one of these energy saving water heaters is an excellent idea for you and it would be wise to consider installing one.  

 

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