Plumbing Services: How To Take Care Of Plumbing Leaks
Advice for Plumbing Leaks
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There are household plumbing emergencies that happen at times when you cannot find a plumber to help you. Leaks are quite easy to control and stop temporarily until the plumber arrives. Simple and common sense tips can apply when you have plumbing emergencies. This article will help you to control leaks temporarily.
The first thing that you can do is to turn off the main water valve to stop the leak of water. This will depend on how strong the leak is since you can decide to close the main water valve or just the valve under the sink. This will enable you to have access to water while stopping the leak on the problematic pipe. If you have water valves in each of your faucets, you can turn off only the affected faucet’s valve.
What if you don’t have valves for each faucet? Epoxy can be applied to the leaks that you can see. The main water valve should be turned off and then let dry before applying the epoxy to the affected area. You should dry the area thoroughly with a towel and apply epoxy to cover the leaks. Let dry and turn on the main water valve once thoroughly dried.
Electrical tape and duct tape are also both good for temporary use. If you have a big crack, you can use a pipe clamp. What you do is to get a piece of tire rubber and cut it to fit around the area of the crack in the pipe. The C clamp can be utilized to hold the rubber in place.
Remember that these are only temporary solutions and you still need to have it fixed by a plumber. Calling a plumber before trying any of these things should be the number one step you should do. It is still best that you have professional plumbers working on your plumbing problems.
When you need your plumbing fixed right away call us. Our staff of trained plumbers can get to your home and get your plumbing fixed right away when you call our office.
Caring for RV Toilets When Parked
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Caring for RV Toilets When Parked
One of the biggest advantages to owning and traveling in an RV is having access to a toilet at all hours of the day and night. While the tent campers are scrambling in the dark to find shoes and a flashlight in order to walk up to the camp restroom, you can simply take a few steps into your RV bathroom and be back in bed within seconds. Certainly, more than a few campers have been sold on owning an RV simply for the presence of a toilet alone. Visit our RV Park in Rockport Texas on you next trip.
Of course, if you are going to enjoy the luxury of having a toilet nearby, you need to give it proper care while you are parked and enjoying a camping trip. RV toilets don’t require a lot of care to keep in good working order, but there are a few important steps that need to be taken to ensure the short and long-term health of your toilet and tanks.
Using RV-Safe Products
The toilet in your RV is not the same as the toilet in your house, and it should not be treated the same. You need to use products that are specifically designed for use in RV’s to make sure that your toilet and tanks keep working properly. Specifically, using toilet paper that is designed for use in an RV is important. This type of toilet paper breaks down easier than ‘normal’ toilet paper, making it easier to flush from the tanks and helping to prevent clogs.
Don’t Flush Anything Else
Nothing other than the ‘essentials’ (waste and toilet paper) should go down the toilet in your RV. If you get in a habit of flushing other items, you are only inviting trouble and asking for problems when the time comes to drain the black tank. Resist the temptation and dispose of all other items in the trash so that you don’t cause issues within your tank that become bigger problems later on.
Keep the Black Tank Closed
If you are going to be parked at the campsite for a considerable time, you might leave the grey water tank slightly open so that it can drain as it is used. While this can be an acceptable practice is some situations, you should not do this with your black tank. The weight of the accumulated waste helps to force everything out of the tank when it comes time to drain, so you want to keep the black tank closed while the RV is in use – until you are ready to dump it.
Dump When Tanks Are Mostly Full
Allow the black tank to fill most of the way before going ahead with dumping. Trying to dump a partially full tank can become problematic, especially if there is more solid waste than liquid. When this happens, the solid waste will tend to accumulate in the bottom of the tank and is less likely to be flushed out successfully on the first try. You will then have to do further flushing procedures to get the tank properly emptied – probably not how you want to spend your vacation.
Use Tank Cleaning Products
There are plenty of chemicals on the market to assist in controlling the odors within your black tank and you should use these on a regular basis. Not only can they help to manage smells, but also to maintain the working order of all the parts within your tank. However, some of these products can be harmful to the environment, and even the sewer that your tank is flushed into, so make sure to purchase chemicals that are environmentally safe. Each of these products will have slightly different methods for their usage, so be sure to always follow all directions provided.
One of the best things about the toilet inside your RV is that it can be mostly maintenance free for the majority of the time that you are parked and enjoying a relaxing camping trip. As long as you follow some of the basic rules of using an RV toilet, and empty your tank when it is mostly full, you should be able to avoid major problems trip after trip. As you gain more and more experience using your RV, the process of caring for your toilet and tank will become easier and easier, and you will be able to complete all of the necessary steps in a short amount of time. With the maintenance complete, you can get back to relaxing in your RV, and remembering how nice it is never to have to walk to the restroom!
Dead Or Damaged Trees Are Hazardous – Tree Services
Dead Or Damaged Trees Are Hazardous – Tree Services
Removing dead trees promptly and properly is important because they pose a great safety risk to your home, loved ones and neighbors. A massive column of wood weighing thousands of pounds can fall on a house or demolish a car. More than 200 people are killed each year in the US by falling trees, according to insurance industry statistics. Even a large branch can snap off and cause an accident. Don’t let it happen to you. Call now to get a free evaluation of your project.
Tree removal in most urban and suburban areas is dangerous work that must be handled by a professional. State of the art machinery such as cherry-pickers, saws, cranes, guide ropes and Bobcat equipment, are essential tools of the trade. Technicians must be skilled in dismantling large trees in stages, and in such a way that property and people are kept out of harm’s way.
When you remove dead trees in a wooded area, it is generally safe to make saw cuts at the base and allow it to fall. In this case, the limbs are removed after the tree is down, from bottom to top.
Steps to Removing Dead Trees
While smaller species can be sawn at the base and allowed to fall, those over 20 feet (generally) must be taken down in these broad stages:
Clear the area of people, and cars and other items that can be damaged. Protect gardens and other important landscaping features.
A professional climber will then trim the upper branches using a bucket truck and chainsaw.
The layers of the crown, or leafy area, will be removed in stages, keeping the safety of people and property below foremost in mind.
The trunk is carefully cut and brought down in sections.
The trunk is then chopped and chipped as flush to the ground as desirable: some homeowners like to keep their stumps for landscaping; others want them disposed of.
The most important thing about removing dead trees is to do the job safely, to reduce risks of property damage and injury.
When Is a Tree Dead?
Sometimes it’s difficult for the average homeowner to determine if one is dead or diseased, especially when it is dormant.
It may appear dead if it lacks leaves
If dead leaves cling to the branches during the growing season
If branches snap easily, and if it appears brittle overall
In many cases, if you scratch the bark and do not see the green cambium layer, that is a sign of death.
However, it is probably better to wait until the warmer months to see if it revives and leafs out.
It’s not unheard of for a tree to have multiple trunks in which some are dead and some are alive. If you believe the tree is worth saving, it might be possible to remove the dead growth. We’ll let you know following your free inspection.
What Kills Trees?
Pests – Trees can be destroyed by insects that attack many or specific species. These including emerald ash borers, gypsy moths, elm bark beetles, Asian long horned beetles, bark beetles (in pines), and tent caterpillars.
Disease – Numerous types of fungi, rot and blight can kill trees that are already weakened, or even healthy specimens. This can make it easier for insects to get inside the bark.
Natural disasters – Lightning can burn a tree, split it into pieces, and even cause it to explode. This will make it impossible to transmit water from roots to leaves. Tornadoes, straight line winds and severe floods can uproot a tree and knock it down.
People – Heavy construction, aggressive root cutting, chemicals and, in some cases, fertilization can kill a specimen over time. Carving or putting nails in a tree can create wound – and it may not recover.
When a tree is beyond saving, hire our licensed, professional tree company to do the job safely. We have been removing dead trees since 1993, and have the resources and technical expertise to handle any size job.