Archive for November, 2013

Kitchen Sink Plumbing issues and Care

water leaksEvery house has a kitchen sink and its one of the widely used things in a kitchen. Plumbing problems around kitchen sink are common in every house and most of these issues can be avoided with a little planning and care.

Generally every kitchen sink is part of a wooden cabinet and the bottom shelf of the cabinet may get damaged due to water leaks from the sink or pipes and the bottom shelf can be hard to replace without removing the whole cabinet. Place a aluminium tray below the pipes in the cabinet to collect water dripping from the leaks. You can also buy a water alarm and place it below your kitchen sink which can detect any water leaks. There are several commercially available water alarms and they are not expensive either.

Leaks around faucets and hoses are common. Whenever you have a leak just wipe it clean first with a towel and identify the location of the water leak by watching the water dripping spot. Just make sure the hose orkitchen_sinkrepair faucet joints are tight and the hose is not leaking. Its not expensive to replace the hose. If your faucet is older than 10 years just replace it. Garbage disposal is another piece of equipment that fails often if you use it extensively. Depending on the usage, try to change it out every 7-10 years.

Always use perforated or plastic mats to collect material and protect sinks from damage. Clean sinks with a towel or sponge with hand dish washing liquid detergent and water. You can also use baking soda and water. Avoid using scouring powders or metal pads as they will scratch stainless steel. You can also polish stainless steel sinks with a cloth dipped in vinegar, or in ammonia.

Unless you are a really good handyman who has experience with plumbing, its always better to hire a good plumber who may notice other issues and fix them before they become headaches. Send us your project using this link:

Prep for winter

1. Close Sprinklers
If you have a sprinkler system, make sure you close the pipes by hiring a professional contractor who can use a machine to drain the water out of the pipes so that the pipes wont break when water freezes.

prepare your home for winter2. Plant for spring
Its a good idea to seed or patch your lawn before the winter so you can have a good lawn next year. Also plant some tulips and other annuals. Sometimes you get really good deals on plants as nurseries want to get rid of plants.

3. Turn off air-conditioners
Its a good idea to turn off the air-conditioners and keep them covered during the winter.

4. Yard and Gutter cleanup
Clean up all the leaves in your yard and gutters so that ice will not damage the gutters.

5. Check furnace and heater
As you will be using the furnace a lot in winter, hire a professional to take check on the heating system including the water heater.

6. Duct/Vent Cleaning
Clean your ducts and vents to make sure there is no blockage or dust. Replace air filters.

7. Seal doors and Windows
Make sure your doors and windows are sealed properly and no leaks exist. If you have the budget use a film on your windows that will stop heat loss.

8. Fireplace & Chimney Cleanup
If you have a wood burning fireplace then you can hire a pro to inspect the chimney and clean up the chimney and fireplace. Generally you do not need a pro to cleanup fireplace as you can do it yourself unless you are hiring a pro to cleanup chimney.

9. Get room heaters
Now a days you can get local room heaters inexpensively that will keep the area heated where you are seated. There is no point in heating up an entire house if you are going to be in family room watching TV for 4-5 hours.

10. Winter tools
Keep a shovel ready to cleanup minor snow. If you get lot of snow, then either buy a snow blower or hire someone to remove your snow. Also buy a remote starter for you car and have snow removal tools in your car.

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