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How to Deal With a Leaking Shower

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Deal With a Leaking Shower

A shower leak can cause not only concern over the leak itself, but also concerns over larger issues such as flooring or wall replacement. For many people, this means contacting a plumber as soon as the leak starts. Instead of jumping to that phone call, there are some steps you can take first. Some of these steps may lead you to contacting your plumber for repairs, while others may lead to contacting a contractor for repairs that are further reaching. Condensation Leak If the leak is not too bad, and you can’t find an issue with the faucets or visible pipes, then it may be a condensation leak from the waterproofing membrane. If something has happened to the membrane, such as a small rip or tear, then the change in temperature could cause condensation which in turn could cause a leak. This leak can be an indicator of repairs beyond what your plumber can do. If you can’t find the leak in any other place, consider calling a plumber to have them check the seals and the membrane for issues, and after that call a contractor if needed. Worn Drain Seals Sometimes it’s not a dripping faucet or pipe that means needing leak repairs; sometimes it may be worn drain seals. These seals, especially those located around where the shower floor and drain connect, can become worn over time. If they wear out they will not be able to hold the water properly and will lead to small leaks. If the leaks are allowed to continue for a longer amount of time, then they can also lead to damage of the shower floor, such as sinking or rusting if the floor is metal. Check these areas for leaks by drying the area and checking for damage to the seals or rust and sinking in the shower floor. Unsecure Pipes In some cases, your shower floor may be sinking for various reasons, including flooring issues or even house foundation issues. These issues can lead to pipes becoming unsecured by either coming unfastened from brackets or off centre. When weight is added to the area, the pipes can loosen even more or even separate at joints, causing leaks. If this is the case, your plumber can step in and strengthen the pipes to secure them better; however, you will also need to consider having flooring or even home restumping repairs completed as well. These are just a few of the considerations you need to make before going ahead with leaking shower repairs. Make sure you consider not only the location of the leak, but the full range of what those repairs mean and what other repairs may need to occur. A plumber and a contractor can help you with these considerations and arrive at the best repair solutions for...

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How to Prevent the Stainless Steel Tubes in Your Factory From Rusting

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Prevent the Stainless Steel Tubes in Your Factory From Rusting

If you use stainless steel tubes to encase wiring in your factory, you may want to take steps to ensure that the steel doesn’t rust. Although stainless steel is designed to resist rust and stains, hence the adjective “stainless”, it may develop rust in certain conditions. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  1. Keep oxygen levels high in your facility. To prevent rusting, stainless steel employs an oxidation process. This process involves taking oxygen from the air and turning it into layer of chromium oxide around the metal. This layer is not visible, but it protects the steel from rust and stains. It even reacts to scratches and practically heals the stainless steel tube from this type of damage. However, if there are limited amounts of oxygen in your facility, this process will be impeded. To prevent that (and to keep your staff breathing healthily) make sure that you monitor the oxygen levels in your facility. This is especially important if you are working with lots of different gasses. If oxygen levels are low, work with a professional to lower levels of unwanted gasses and increase levels of oxygen. 2. Ensure you have proper ventilation in your facility. Unfortunately, if there isn’t a lot of air circulation in your facility, oxygen cannot move around freely to help with the process described above. In addition, corrosive gasses may linger in the air and cause unwanted rusting effects. To eliminate these rusting risks, you need to ensure that your facility is properly ventilated. Talk with an HVAC professional to assess your ventilation. 3. Employ cleaning products that fight rust and saline deposits. If your facility has high salinity levels, the salt deposits can build up on the stainless steel tubes, causing them to look worn or rusty. To prevent this, you need a cleaning product that fights saline deposits. Even if you are using the cleaner on tubes located inside the building, you may want to use a product designed for cleaning stainless steel railings on ships. If your environment is not full of salt, you still want a quality cleaner to fight against rust. Some options include Bar Keepers Friend or a simple mixture of vinegar and water. 4. Choose fittings carefully. Stainless steel tubes that are acting as an electrical conduit often use metal fittings to support them, attach them to walls or suspend them from ceilings. Ideally, if you want to avoid rust, your fittings also need to be made of stainless steel. Try to avoid metals that are very prone to rusting as well as metals such as copper and bronze which are likely to corrode rather than...

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Essential Tips for Removing Mould From Carpets

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essential Tips for Removing Mould From Carpets

If you have signs of mould in your carpet, such as a strong mildew odour, darkened spots, and moist areas, you need to clean it as soon as possible. The sooner you can address a mould problem, the better your chance for saving the carpet. Mould is unhealthy for your family and can cause allergy problems and asthma attacks, so it is important that you have it removed. Here are some tips for removing mould from carpeting. Wear Protection Before you do anything, make sure you are wearing protection. During carpeting restoration, you will be touching the mould hands-on, so you need to have the right amount of protection for your eyes, hands, and mouth. Wear gloves to protect your hands, and wear a mask over your nose and mouth so you don’t inhale any of the mould spores. Also wear goggles to protect your eyes, just in case the mould spores enter the air and into your eyes Dry Out the Carpet If your carpeting is still wet, you need to dry it out before removing the mould and mildew. Water damage is often the source of mould growing on carpet, so you might find that there is still some moisture there. If the carpet can be removed, such as if it is a large piece of carpeting over hardwood floors, remove it and put it outside to dry. Otherwise, you will need to dry it where it is. You can do this by turning on a humidifier or fan and placing it as close to the carpet as possible. Also turn on the overhead lights to try and make it as warm as possible in that room. Use a Steam Cleaner When you catch the mould before it gets too severe, such as shortly after a flood in your home, you should be able to clean it with steam. Steam cleaners can either be purchased or rented, though renting it when needed is often the desirable choice. Make sure the carpeting and padding underneath is completely dry before you attempt to steam clean it. Use the directions that come with the machine, including the recommended detergent for the carpet. Do not use bleach when you are using a steam cleaner. After steam cleaning the carpets, dry them out again. You don’t want any additional moisture or the mold will continue to grow. Apply Anti-Fungal Spray Anti-fungal spray will help to get rid of any remaining mould spores and keep them from growing, not just in the carpet but in other areas of the house. Follow the directions on the spray bottle to apply this treatment. You can also get similar results with anti-mould spray. Make sure you repeat the application process until you are sure all mould and mildew is gone. To ensure the mould has not spread, have your home tested. If you feel you cannot do this yourself, you can also contact carpet restoration service companies that can accomplish this using professional...

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Repairing damage to a couch after it has been cut

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repairing damage to a couch after it has been cut

As parents it can sometimes seem that the moment you take your eyes off a toddler they seek out something to destroy. Unfortunately, a wily toddler with a sharp knife or pair of sewing scissors can do some serious damage to couch in a few seconds. Here are some tips to get your couch upholstery repaired and looking great again. Basic repairs The basic repair for upholstery cuts is to sew up the tears. This relies on the fabric having a slight looseness, as well as some texture to disguise the seams. If the fabric weave is over loose the fabric will tear when sewn, and if it’s too tight the seams will sit high and ‘proud’ from the surface. The best way to minimise the appearance of the seams, if possible, is to sew from underneath to create less noticeable seams. This is easiest if the cover can be removed, for examples washable couch cushion covers. The underlay technique In many situations the cleanest looking repair is achieved by placing some heavy backing material such as canvas behind the tear and glue the cut pieces on to the backing fabric. This can also be done with heat sealing (using an iron patch below) if you have a fabric that can support heat such as denim. This suits fabric that isn’t overly taut, as the taut fabric brings and underlay patch into relief. Kits to help you try this technique are available from home wares/haberdashery stores and some furniture stores. The overlap technique If you have a somewhat dated couch, and a tear in a central position, you can overlay a patch of contrasting fabric to create a new surface. This can be good way to update a tired couch with a whole new leases of life. Be sure to trim the underlying tears or sew the seams of tears up, as these can continue ripping under weight if left loose. Leather resin patching While leather is relatively hardy, it can still be damaged by a stabbing motion from scissors or a knife. Resin patching kits can be colour matched to your leather and used to ‘glued’ your edges back together. These kits are available from furniture repair stores. If the job of fixing your couch seems to tricky to contemplate as a DIY job, why not get a professional repairer like Action Upholstery Services in to help repair your couch instead? They will get your couch back to it’s previous condition in no time....

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Using Crack Fillers To Repair Bitumen Driveways

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Dos And Don’ts Of Using Crack Fillers To Repair Bitumen Driveways

A properly laid bitumen driveway can be a boon for any home, providing more long-term durability than a gravel driveway with less expense and inconvenience than laying a brick or concrete driveway. However, while a bitumen driveway is tough and will last many years, it is still vulnerable to the elements, as well as everyday wear and tear, and eventually you will notice cracks and pits start to appear. Repairing these cracks yourself with a specialised crack filler can be a cheap and relatively easy way to prolong the life of your driveway – however, crack fillers must be used carefully, and there are some instances in which they should not be used at all. What is driveway crack filler, and how is it used? Driveway crack fillers are usually made primarily from plastic polymers or resins, mixed with waterproofing agents and binders. These fillers are deceptively simple to use – when poured directly into a crack or pit in a driveway, the liquid hardens and bonds to the surrounding asphalt, leaving behind a smooth surface that is much less likely to crack further. Most crack fillers leave behind a black, glossy surface that blends in with the surrounding driveway. To ensure that you achieve a proper, durable bond between the filler and the bitumen, you should make sure to clean out the crack or pit before applying filler, removing any debris and dirt that has collected within. You can do this with a simple garden hose, but people living in dryer areas with sandy soil may wish to use a compressed air gun to blast away small grains of sand and grit. You should also remove any loose chunks of bitumen with a small chisel. Once the area to be filled is cleaned, you can pour the filler solution directly into the crack, stopping when the surface of the liquid is flush with the surrounding driveway. Be aware that some filler may be absorbed into the bitumen or the aggregate beneath your driveway, so two applications may be necessary. Be sure to give the first application at least 24 hours to dry before you add more filler. Once you have achieved satisfactory results, you should leave the filler to dry for at least 48 hours before walking or driving over the filled hole. When is crack filler an unsuitable solution to driveway cracks? While crack fillers are an excellent solution for most cracks, there are some circumstances in which they should not be used: Large cracks or holes – Large areas of filler are less likely to adhere strongly to the driveway, and are more likely to crumble quickly. Some crack fillers are designed to seal larger gaps, but you may wish to have them professionally re-coated instead by a company like B & P Bitumen Repairs. Alligatoring – ‘Alligatoring’ refers to the numerous, intersecting cracks seen on old, heavily damaged bitumen driveways, and are named after their resemblance to the rough scales of an alligator. Once this occurs to a bitumen driveway, it has likely reached the end of its lifespan, and should be replaced – crack filler cannot restore the structural integrity of such a heavily damaged driveway fully, and is likely to peel and crumble very quickly, particularly in hot weather. Unsuitable weather – Crack filler provides the tightest...

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Different Causes of Damp in Your Home

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Different Causes of Damp in Your Home

Damp refers to the moisture that accumulates within the walls of your home. This moisture will gradually infiltrate the porous materials that make up your wall, ranging from bricks to stone. With capillary action, the water can travel upward and in this instance will be referred to as rising damp. When it comes to damp in your home, it is not only the water content that you should be worried about. Salt deposits may also begin to accumulate, and these will be exhibited higher up the walls, especially if your home has wall covers that are not breathable. Non-breathable wall covers include vinyl wallpapers, some plasters and more. Here are some of the causes of damp in your home that you could look into. Leaks This is one of the leading causes of damp in households. If left unchecked, it could lead to other problems such as wet rot, which would require expensive repairs or replacement of the damaged areas. Typically, an isolated leak would present itself with damp occurring in a localised area. However, if there numerous damp patches around the residence, then you may have a bigger problem on your hands. Some of the things you can do to establish the cause of the leak include the following: Inspecting the down pipes of the residence. Search for faulty joints or cracks on the property. Ensure there are no blocked pipes. Blockages can lead to water being backed up, thus resulting into water being released where it should not be. Examine the felt of your roofing if the damp is forming adjacent to your flat roof. Rising damp As aforementioned, this type of damp will typically affect the bottom of your home’s walls. The main cause for this is when the damp proof course of the house has been compromised. This can happen due to increased ground levels of water, which will overwhelm the efficiency of the damp proof course. If you are experiencing rising damp, the first thing to establish is whether a nearby flowerbed or new construction would be the cause. If there is excessive soil near the damp proof course, the moisture in it could bridge the damp proof course. However if there are no recent renovations or landscaping in question, then chances are the damp proof course is simply not working any more. In this instance, you would have to get it replaced by a professional contractor to ensure that the rising damp does not get a chance to infiltrate your entire...

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Repainting your old bath

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repainting your old bath

If you have a lovely deep bath in your house that is showing the signs of years of wear and love, you’ll know that they get tricky to clean. A stained and scratched bath can make your entire bathroom look shabby and untidy. Repainting your bath is an affordable way to brighten and enhance your bathroom without needing to shell out the big bucks for a new tub. Prepare the bath If you have deep scratches on your bath surface, the first step is to create a smooth surface. Most old baths are ceramic, which can be challenging to sand, so instead, find an appropriate base priming coat that can fill in any scratches. Prepare the entire surface of the bath regardless of whether only one section is damaged, as the mismatch between the newly painted surfaces and the older surface is likely to be obvious once you are done.  Specialist wet area ceramic paints and primers are available from any local hardware store and come in a range of colours from whites and creams to pastels tones to match any bathroom colour scheme. Once you have primed the bath, leave the primer for 24 hours to fully seal and cure before you paint the bath. Prepare some ventilation As the bathroom resurfacing paints tend to have a strong epoxy based odour, it’s important to install some ventilation while painting. If your bathroom fan is not strong enough, you can also hire ventilation fans from many hardware stores. Paint the bath Using careful strokes, paint the entire surface of the bath. Many users find a small roller can help create a smooth surface. Don’t be concerned if the surface initially looks slightly textured, as the paint will smooth as it dries to a typical ‘bath’ finish. The paint will remain tacky for up to 2 days after painting, so ensure that the bath is not used and keep the bathroom door firmly shut. There is nothing worse than making all the effort to get your bath getting looking perfect and having your cat jump in the bath and leave footprints across the tub surface! Bath repainting is a great way to get your bathroom looking bright and shiny. If your bath needs more repairs, or you’re not overly confident with your paint skills, you should contact a professional bath repair contractor from a company like BATHROOM RESURFACING SA to evaluate the best way to get your bath repaired and...

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Troubleshooting Common Problems With a Home’s Furnace

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Common Problems With a Home’s Furnace

While major repair or replacement work to a home’s furnace is best left to a professional, there are some common problems you might encounter that you can address on your own, quickly and easily. Before handling any types of repairs, you want to ensure that the circuit is turned off to the furnace, and turn off the gas to a gas furnace, as well. Note a few common problems you might have with your home’s furnace and how to address them: 1. No pilot light While the pilot light or flame to a gas furnace can sometimes go out and be easily re-lit, if you notice that it’s going out consistently, you need to do more than just keep lighting it again and again. Note if there is a flame adjustment screw near the pilot light; this controls the height of the flame. Adjust it so that the flame is about two inches tall. If it’s shorter than that, it might be not getting enough fuel to stay on consistently. The pilot orifice might also be clogged; this is the thin opening where the flame comes out, and this can be cleaned with a thin wire of any type. 2. The furnace doesn’t come on at all If you’ve checked your home’s circuit breaker to ensure that no circuits have been tripped, next check the power button to the furnace itself. Homeowners often fail to realize that the furnace has an on/off switch just like other appliances, simply because it should always be kept in the on position and the thermostat should then control the function of the furnace. The motor to the furnace may have also shut down do to overuse, and this will have a reset button that you might need to press. This should be located somewhere near the housing of the motor. If the furnace feels warm when you try to reset the motor, you might need to wait a good 30 minutes, so that it has time to cool before coming back on. 3. The furnace doesn’t cycle properly This means that it runs long after it hits a desired temperature, or shuts off before the home is warm. In many cases this is actually the fault of the thermostat in the home. Try replacing it and see if that fixes the problem. If not, you might have a technician check the wiring behind the thermostat that connects it to the furnace, as it may not be sending the right signals in order for it to operate properly. To learn more, contact a company like Guy Hyde Gasfitting & Appliance Service with any questions you...

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Sprucing Up the Place: The Importance of Weather Stripping When Restoring Old Timber Windows

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sprucing Up the Place: The Importance of Weather Stripping When Restoring Old Timber Windows

Maintaining a home can be difficult, and many previous owners have neglected routine upkeeps, such as painting and priming the walls and the windows over the years. The windows are one of the most vulnerable components of the home and can be the source of 40 to 60% of heat loss in your home. When restoring old timber windows, make sure that you do a diligent job in weather-stripping the windows. An Overview of Weather-Stripping There are small gaps between the windows and the walls that allow heat loss. Weather-stripping lining is placed in between the windows and walls to fill up the gap in order to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Installing appropriate and proper weather-stripping when you are restoring old timber windows is perfect because the restoration process will require you to remove the windows from the walls in order to be able to work on the timber. The Different Types of Weather-stripping And Their Individual Advantages There are many different types of weather-stripping materials that you can choose from. All possess their own unique advantages. The different types of weather-stripping include: V strip tension seals. This type of weather-stripping is made from plastic or metal and has been folded into a ‘V’ shape. The ‘V’ shape will spring open once it has been installed to bridge gaps. Felt. There are two different types of felt weather-stripping: plain or reinforced with a pliable metal strip. This type of weather-stripping is usually quite inexpensive. Although it is effective, it doesn’t last long. Foam tape. If you have any irregular-sized cracks between the windows and the walls, which is often the case in older homes, foam tape should be your first choice. Foam tape is made from either open or closed cell foam or EPDM rubber. Tubular rubber, vinyl or silicone. This type of weather-stripping usually comes attached to the wood frames. If you need to replace the outer timber frames of windows that are irreparable because they are too damaged, these types of weather-stripping should be your first choice, as they are already installed onto the frames and do not require additional work. Conclusion Installing weather-stripping or replacing existing weather-stripping with new alternatives when you are restoring old timber windows can help improve the energy efficiency of your home. This will ensure that temperatures within your home remain constant and will help cut down your energy bills throughout the year. For more information, contact a business such as Stop the...

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Diagnosing Your Roller Shutter Problems

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having a damaged roller shutter can ruin the aesthetics of your property and put your home or business at risk of vandalism. It’s therefore important to get repairs as soon as you notice a problem. Read on to learn the different problems you might experience and what it takes to correct them. Worn bearing The bearings are located in the shaft, which is located in the shutter box. Their purpose is to reduce friction when opening or closing your shutter curtain. If worn, mostly due to use, the bearings will need to be replaced. A worn bearing will usually bring about noises from the axle when operating the shutter. It may also cause vibration. If you have a problem with bearings, have the technician check both and replace. If you have plastic bearings, replace them with metallic alternatives for longer durability. Dented or broken slats Damaged slats are common after accidents or burglaries. The shutter curtain may either be dented or broken if the slats have come apart. In such scenarios, your technician can replace the damaged slats if they are just a few. If they have only sustained little damage, sometimes it may be possible to straighten them with mechanical presses. However, if a lot of damage has been sustained, total replacement of the curtain is better to ensure better structural security. Your technician will also inspect the rail guides and check if they need replacement too. If one of the curtain guides is dented, your shutter curtain will lag on one side and probably get stick or damage the slats. Tape, winder & motor repairs Another common problem has to do with the shutter operation. Damage to the tape and winders is caused by wear over time. In manually-operated shutters, the tape may break after considerable use. Replacing it is quick and only requires opening of the winder. If the winder itself is damaged, replacing it in whole is advisable. In automatic shutters, a damaged motor may cause problems where the shutter is not closing or opening. It’s often cheaper to buy new motors for small shutters for small windows while motor repairs for garage doors and large commercial shutters are more economical. This will involve replacing various parts such as shafts or the power inputs. In addition to the above, your roller shutter repair company can also convert your manual-operated shutter to automatic by installing a motor. On your part, seek to have your roller shutters checked and serviced annually to avoid emergency call outs. For more information, contact a company like...

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