Tips to Avoid a Plumbing Emergency During the Holidays

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Your home is likely to be filled with family, friends and delicious foods during the holidays. It is indeed a great time to feast your heart out and celebrate with your loved ones, but it can also be a particularly tough time for your plumbing and sewer lines.

With all the extra time spent in the kitchen and all the guests using the bathroom, this can put some extra stress on your plumbing system. Make sure that your plumbing is ready to handle all of your dinner parties and social gatherings.

Check out the tips below to avoid a holiday plumbing emergency.

Don’t flush anything but toilet paper

More guests mean increased number of toilet flushes. You can’t keep your guests from using the bathroom. However, you can take some preventive measures to prevent plumbing emergencies. Place trash cans in all bathrooms so guests won’t be prompted to use the toilet as garbage. Also, remind guests not to flush wet wipes, paper towels or sanitary products down the toilet.

Put trash in its place

A clogged or broken garbage disposal is extremely common during the holiday season. Your garbage disposal can only handle so much. Feed waste gradually to prevent overloading the garbage disposal. Avoid disposing things such as banana peels, pumpkin pulp, large pieces of carrots, poultry skin and oil as these can clog your garbage disposal and block the sink as well. It is also advisable to dispose of table scraps directly into the trash can.

Clear your drains

Have your drains cleaned before your guests arrive in order to make sure they’re in working order. Install a drain strainer on the showers and sinks to keep hair, food and other debris from getting stuck in the pipes.

Schedule a drain cleaning with Paradigm Plumbing to ensure your peace of mind during the holiday season.

 

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Do You Know Where Your Longmont, CO Home’s Shutoff Valve Is?

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Every home that is being built today has shutoff valves that are readily accessible. Knowing where and how to shut off your home’s main water supply is important especially in times of emergency. Don’t wait until you have an emergency before locating your shutoff valves. Precious minutes can be lost if you or the plumber has to search for it; thus, causing more damage to your property.

Once you’ve found the valve, mark it with a small yard flag, tag, colorful paint or anything that would make the location obvious. Make sure everybody in your household know where it is and how it works.

Possible locations

I wish I could tell you that every shutoff valve is uniform in location. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Some are located inside; while others are located inside.

In the crawlspace or basement

If you get freezing temperatures in the winter, the shutoff valve must be located in a warm area inside your house. In this case, you might want to look in the basement or crawlspace, where the waterline enters the home.

Outside the house

In some homes, the water shutoff valve is located outside – generally in front of your house and near the side property line.  It might be in a concrete or plastic box on the ground. Lift the lid of the box and find the water meter. The valve is usually located next to it. If there are 2 valves, turning off either valve should work.

Near the pressure tank

If you get your water from a well and you don’t have a meter, find where the water pipes enter the house and follow those pipes to the pressure tank. In most cases, the pressure tank can be seen in the basement, in a closet near the water heater or the garage.

Try a simple test once you’ve located the valve. Shut off the main water valve and check the faucets inside your home. If you can’t turn the valve, don’t force it.

 

Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Erie, CO Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, they say. This is where we cook, entertain family and friends and supervise the home. That said, it should accommodate your needs and reflect your lifestyle.

One of the best ways of improving its appearance and your home’s aesthetic appeal is by remodeling your kitchen. However, a kitchen remodel is a big undertaking that requires careful planning.

Here’s a quick overview of what you need to consider before you start with your kitchen project.

Layout

When planning your kitchen renovation, think about the room’s existing layout. Visualize how you would like your kitchen to look like. Start by collecting photos of kitchens with features that suit your style.

Think about your needs

Your dream kitchen should not only look good, it has to be functional as well. That said, you need to take into consideration the functionality of the space to be remodeled. Ask yourself how you will use the kitchen.

Is there enough area for prepping food? How often do you cook or entertain? Will everyday dining take place in the kitchen? Will you need more storage space?

Set a budget

The next important thing you need to do is to set a realistic budget. Sure, you want your kitchen to be good-looking and functional, but you definitely don’t want it to be dizzyingly expensive.

Determine how much you are willing to spend and stick to your budget. Depending on your budget, you can go for new or slightly used appliances but be sure to invest on quality materials.

Find the professionals you will need

Unless you’re planning to build your own kitchen cabinets or do your own plumbing, you’ll need the help of professionals. These people can help you with everything from permits to budgeting, space planning, choosing fixtures and finishes etc.