Leak Detection Techniques for Your Washington DC Home

Do you happen to have high water bills even if you’re not actually using that much water at home?

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To be able to lower your water bills at home or in your facility, you need to have a common knowledge on water leak detection. With that effort alone, you will not only save the Earth’s resources, but you will also lessen your expenses. Having water leaks in your home can be very costly so be mindful of those little leaks. Here are some tips that would be helpful to you in the future.

Check for Hissing Sounds in Your House

Determine any water leaks by listening carefully. Normally hissing sounds indicates a problem within your hosts and pipes.

Get a Water Leak Detection System

For a more modern and efficient leak detection indicator, get a water leak detection system. There are two types of this: Passive and Active:

• Passive Leak Detection System is a battery operated device which alarms when its moisture sensor detects something wet.
Active Leak Detection System also sounds an alarm but automatically shuts off the source of water supply.

If doing a modern leak detection in Washington DC sounds expensive to you today, here are other helpful tips proven helpful for this problem.

If your toilet flushes without anyone touches it, beware, as it could also be a sign of leaking. Use food coloring to determine a leak in the bowl.

If you see some discoloration on the walls and floors near your water pipes, it is an obvious sign that there is some leaking in the area.

Carefully check hoses, drip irrigations and taps in your garden for leaks.

If still you would see spikes on your water bill despite the precautions and fixes, try checking concealed piping systems for any leakage.

These are just the things that you can do to check for water leaks. You can do these things on your own, however, to ensure that everything has been cared for and avoid such occurrence in the future, it is a must to call a reliable Washington DC plumber as they know what to do and how to fix it.

Finding Affordable Home Remodeling Services in the South Florida Area

I flew to South Florida over the weekend to meet up with some relatives, and that’s where I was reunited with my cousins.  After 3 long years, we meet again! Anyway, we talked about so much stuff, and I had the privilege help out some of them with regards to carpentry and interior design. Though I didn’t go there for work, (it was a labor day weekend vacay for me) I decided to help out a cousin of mine, Andrea, who wanted to remodel her home.

It wasn’t easy to plan everything but I helped her from the materials to the people she could hire.  She wanted to remodel her kitchen first, then her bathroom after.  She said her kitchen looked “outdated” and wanted some new cabinets, countertop and fixtures.

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Okay so her kitchen didn’t look like THAT… (but somewhat close?!)

So then, we started planning her remodel. What did she need?
-She first determined her budget. How much was she willing to spend?
-What design did she like?
-What color scheme did the family agree on?
-What will be replaced? New counter tops? New sink?
-Who will she hire? Plumber? Contractor?
-Who will buy the materials? Will she get a fixed package or quote from a plumber?

After canvassing and asking around – we landed on the website of this contractor called Douglas Orr Plumbing.  They gave my cousin a quote and they worked on the project.  Andrea didn’t overspend, stayed on budget, and ended up having a beautiful kitchen! Her next stop? Bathroom remodeling!

Good luck Cuz!

 

 

 

Five Things You Can Do With Your Cordless Driller

While browsing online for tools that I can use for other things, I stumbled upon this article that shows different ways to use a Cordless drill. Here are five tips from BobVila.com.

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“Some folks swear by their wet saws for cutting tile, while others couldn’t bear to part with their trim router. But there’s at least one power tool that any DIYer worth his salt keeps within reach and uses at least weekly—the cordless drill and driver. It’s portable and can be used for everything from hanging pictures to framing a house. But to those in the know, a cordless drill can help out with plenty of other tasks as well. Its rotating motor and adjustable chuck mean you can insert all kinds of things and make them spin—and this flexibility, it turns out, can be quite handy. Here are 9 new ways to use a cordless drill/driver.

1.  Drilling pilot holes and countersink holes is essential for achieving a quality finish—so why not use a special set of tapered bits specially designed for the task? Most of the simple twist bits sold at hardware stores are actually designed to drill metal in a low-speed drill press, so consider upgrading to a set of brad-point bits designed for wood.

2.  If you work outside the standard drill bit set, you’ll find numerous options for creating larger, perfectly round holes. Keep in mind that a specialty bit always creates a better round cut than a keyhole saw or jigsaw. Use one for cutting holes for recessed lighting in the ceiling or for plumbing pipes in floor joists—or for cabinets, countertops, or even an outdoor shower.

3. Most drills come with the standard flat and Phillips driver bits, which are essential for driving screws and bolts. By adding a set of hex drivers to your arsenal, you’ll be able to speed up assembly of flat-pack furniture and more easily take apart household items for maintenance and repair.

4.  Much like the hand mixer in your kitchen, a cordless drill outfitted with speciality mixing bits can be used to stir all kinds of things, such as multiple cans of paint for consistent color. Eggbeater-style mixers for concrete, mortar, thinset, and grout are also available.

5. Flat sandpaper and sanding blocks are great for flat surfaces, but wood curves and arcs call for a curved sanding tool. Use your cordless drill and a sanding drum to give a smooth surface to even the most irregular shapes.”

 

Hey There!

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Hey Guys,

Mike here.. I just set up this site (hence the amateur template/ theme) so bear with me :) I’m a newbie in the blogosphere and I just want to write about random stuff.  Mostly, I like to write about interior design, food, carpentry and plumbing.

I’m a handyman and I’m also a carpenter.  I have worked with the best designers, plumbers and engineers in my community and I’ve gathered a lot of information from them!

I aim to add tips to my blog, for people to get some helpful information about home problems, remodeling tips and others.

Glad to help,

Mike