The Perks Of Choosing Fiberglass Over Wood

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Installing new windows in your home is obviously a huge investment, so you want to make sure you choose the perfect product. When choosing the products, you not only need to consider the style, you also need to consider if it fits with your personal requirements. That is, will you be able to properly maintain it? For instance, many people love the style of wooden windows, but don’t have the time or desire to properly maintain them over the years. Usually, they end up regretting investing in such a high maintenance product. If you are more interested in a low maintenance window material, you should consider fiberglass. This article explains a few differences between fiberglass and wooden windows when it comes to style, long-term maintenance and cleaning. Fiberglass is Surprisingly Stylish First of all, most people will think that wooden windows are more stylish. It is hard to argue this, especially when you consider the fact that many fiberglass windows are actually made with fake wooden prints. You obviously don’t see any wooden windows that are made with fake fiberglass textures. Of course, the real product will always look better than the invitation. That being said, fiberglass windows with fake wooden prints are surprisingly convincing. Not only do they have multiple colors, they also have textures that replicate actual wood grain. In reality, most people will be able to tell that they are not made of real wood when they are looking up close. However, from far away, a fiberglass window with a fake wooden print and texture will probably be able to perfectly match actual wooden elements on your exterior. For instance, you can match the color and style of your wooden roofline. In the end, real wood might be more stylish, but it is certainly not more practical. Maintaining Windows Owning and maintaining wooden windows requires you to invest more time and money into maintenance. Fiberglass windows can be easily cleaned by just wiping them down with a wet rag or sponge. In fact, you can even clean them on the outside by just spraying them down with a hose. Since fiberglass is perfectly waterproof, you don’t need to worry about water damage. You also don’t need to worry about termite damage. You need to make painstaking efforts to ensure that wooden windows are constantly sealed to protect against moisture. Applying a new coat of wood sealant can be a time consuming project. If you neglect it, your windows can become leaky, loud, inefficient and fragile. Even though fiberglass is much more practical, many homeowners will still choose the style and classic look of wooden windows. If you’re willing to do the upkeep, it is definitely a...

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If Your Home Smells Like Sewer Gas, Does That Mean You Have A Sewer Backup?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Smelling a sewer gas smell in your home can be disturbing, but it may not be a sign of a sewer backup. In fact, there’s a good chance that a sewer gas smell in your home will have a simple solution.  If your home smells like sewer gas, does that mean you have a sewer backup? Not necessarily. If you look under your kitchen sink, you’ll likely see an S-shaped curve in the pipes connected to the drain. This curve is called a P-trap. The P-trap contains water that is refreshed every time you drain water out of the sink. The water in the P-trap creates a seal between the sewer and the rest of your home, thus preventing sewer gas from rising into your kitchen. If you were to go a long time without using your kitchen sink, the water in the P-trap would evaporate and you would smell sewer gas. Most people use their kitchens frequently enough to keep refreshing the water in the sink’s P-trap. However, if you’re smelling sewer gas in your house, this could be happening elsewhere in your home in a drain that isn’t getting used very frequently. What can you do to get rid of the sewer gas smell? Start by pouring water down all your home’s drains, including seldom used drains in the basement floor and drains in your basement bathroom (if you have one). Check the toilets, as well. If there’s a toilet in a spare bedroom that rarely gets used, try flushing the toilet one or twice to move water through the fixture and its pipes. Once this is done, open all your windows and run fans to clear the air. If doing this doesn’t get rid of the sewer gas smell, does that mean that you have a sewer backup? It’s possible. There are several warning signs of a sewer backup that you should be aware of: Slow drains throughout the house. Strange gurgling noises in the drains. Smell of raw sewage in your home’s drains. Water flushed down one drain appears in another fixture (example: water flushed down the toilet shows up in the bathtub). Multiple toilets in your home always seem to be clogged. If you’re struggling with one or more of the above problems, talk to a reputable plumber like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc. He or she can help you determine whether or not your home’s sewers are...

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Two Points to Consider When Selecting a New Hot-Water Heater

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Water heaters may operate silently in the background, but they are a very important appliance nonetheless. When you are installing a new hot-water heater, it is imperative that you make your selection wisely. You can expect issues like increased operating costs or limited hot water access if you fail to choose your new unit appropriately. Availability Make sure you aren’t overlooking availability in terms of access to hot water. The two most common availability options are storage-tank and tankless-operated systems. Storage-tank heaters keep a certain amount of hot water in reserve for you to use whenever you need it, as the water is preheated. Although it would seem that this type of availability would ensure you always had access to hot water, the opposite is often true, especially if you live in a large home. Once the hot water in the reserve tank has been used, you will have to wait for more hot water to be generated before you have access to it. Opposite from this style is the tankless heater. Tankless water heaters don’t store heated water. Instead, the water is heated as needed or on demand. Since only the water you actually need to use is heated, this heater is the most efficient option, and you can almost guarantee you will have access to hot water whenever you need it. Advanced Technology Many water heaters are very similar, but their advanced technology can set them apart. Try to look for units with built-in fire protection and intuitive temperature settings. Fire protection is a critical safety feature. Units are equipped with a heating element that must be submerged by water at all times. If there is a malfunction that is preventing water from entering into the unit correctly, the element could burn out, causing an internal fire or even a home fire. The fire-protection feature automatically shuts down the heating element whenever there is an absence of water so that you can avoid this concern. The intuitive temperature feature is designed to alter the temperature of the water based on your usage patterns. For example, if you have a storage tank and rarely use all the water inside it, the heater would automatically stop filling the tank to capacity. This type of feature doesn’t just save on energy; it can also extend the lifespan of the unit. Make sure you are choosing your unit wisely. A professional installer such as Towers-Murray Plumbing Co Inc can assist you with this...

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