Let’s face it: our lives are so dependent on plumbing that living without it is simply unimaginable. The funny thing is, we know how important plumbing is to us, but most of us actually wait for something wrong to happen before we give our plumbing any attention. Also, most of us are rather clueless as to how modern plumbing as we know it came to be.
The invention of the water heater is perhaps one of the best things that ever happened to mankind in general, particularly for those who live in the colder parts of the world. Thanks to the water heater, we get to enjoy warm and relaxing showers whenever we want.
If there’s a downside to water heaters, it’s the amount of energy it consumes to heat the water that comes out of our taps and showerheads. Water heaters make up a significant part of your entire household’s energy consumption. Fortunately, there are ways of reducing the energy consumption of your water heater. Here are some tips that will help you do just that.
Few things in the world are as exciting as buying a new home, especially when you have found one that you want to buy the soonest possible time lest other people beat you to the punch. Being excited about a new house is okay, but since acquiring it involves a significant investment, you might want to hold your horses there.
Even if a house looks great in every way on the outside, it’s possible that lurking behind that shiny exterior is a host of plumbing problems which can rear their ugly heads in the near future. That means costly repairs and replacements on your part, and all that happened because you didn’t inspect the plumbing before you bought the house.
Water damage can happen in any home, and, in many cases, from the most trivial of sources at that. The simplest leak under the sink or even elevated levels of humidity inside your home can already cause water damage. When water damage hits your home, the ones that will usually take the hit are the floorboards, the roof, your furniture and even moulding.
More often than not, water damage means costly repairs and huge headaches. The thing is, most water damage can actually be prevented, especially when they are caused by some supposedly trivial hiccup in your home that you chose to ignore or failed to notice. Here are 6 tips to prevent water damage in your home.
It’s heartening to know that many home owners these days are now making a conscious effort to conserve water, what with all the water shortages being reported the world over. If you’re a home owner who wants to do his part in water conservation, choosing water efficient toilets would be a good place to start.
So you’ve decided to buy a new house, and you love everything about it. You love its look from the outside and its interior, and you couldn’t wait to get the paperwork done so you can move in right away. However, before you affix your signature to anything, bear in mind that you shouldn’t really be buying a house just because you like the way it looks on the outside. If anything, it’s what’s on the inside that needs to be looked at more closely before buying a house.
When we say “what’s on the inside”, we mean what’s hidden behind those walls: its plumbing system. A house could look great on the outside, but have plumbing problems that could cost unwitting home buyers thousands of dollars long after the ink has dried on the paperwork. That is why it’s always wise to take a closer look at the plumbing before making that life-changing decision. Here’s some of the hidden plumbing problems to watch out for before buying a house.
One of the biggest uses of water within any given household is the flushing of the toilet. On average, a traditional or standard flush toilet uses 13 litres of water with a single flush. Obviously, water conservation wasn’t a priority by the people who created these standard flush toilets. However, now that people are getting more conscious about lowering their water bills, among other things, it’s about time we consider replacing our standard toilets with more water efficient ones.
At the forefront of these water efficient toilets are dual flush toilets, named so because of the two buttons that give you a choice when flushing solid or liquid waste. Obviously, solid waste will have to use more water, but the button for low-volume flushes gives you the option to use much less water for liquid waste. In any case, reduced water usage with every flush is just one of the benefits of a dual flush toilet. Here are some of the reasons we all should install water efficient dual flush toilets in our home.
The thing about a plumbing system is that it is often neglected until something goes wrong. You’d even feel more foolish if you have seen certain signs that there is a plumbing problem yet you chose to ignore it. When any part of your plumbing system shows signs of trouble, you should always pay attention to it. If you choose to ignore it, the plumbing problem could get worse and when it becomes a full blown plumbing emergency, you’ll be filled with regret knowing you could have done something to prevent a plumbing disaster and you chose not to do anything about it.
What we’re saying here is that plumbing problems, no matter how small, should never be ignored. As far as your plumbing system is concerned, you must never put off for tomorrow what you can do for today. The earlier you address a plumbing problem, the lesser the chance of a plumbing emergency giving you the most stressful time of your home-owning life. Here are some plumbing problems you must never ignore.
When a plumbing emergency strikes, it is often at the most inconvenient times. Most people respond to a plumbing emergency by panicking, while others immediately roll their sleeves up to try to fix the problem. While panicking is certainly not advisable, the same actually goes for rolling up your sleeve to do the repairs yourself.
A plumbing emergency is most likely caused by a number of factors, and its severity means only a qualified plumbing professional should actually touch it. If you go the DIY route and try to fix the plumbing emergency, you can inadvertently make things worse. The more damage to your plumbing means the more you’ll have to spend just to get it fixed.
When a plumbing emergency strikes, don’t panic. Just relax, take a deep breath, and take the following steps.
The human race today owes a major debt of gratitude to whoever first came up with the idea of putting up sewers to handle our waste. It’s hard to imagine life today without sewers. On second thought, it would be easy to imagine life without sewers, because if sewers or sanitation systems were not implemented widely in the 19th and 20th centuries, the planet wouldn’t be as overly populated as it is today. Without sanitation systems, billions of people would have died across the decades because of the filth the human race would be finding itself mired in.
It cannot be stated enough how important sewers are to our existence as a race. As our way of recognizing that fact, we’d like to present to you some interesting facts about sewers that many of us probably don’t know.