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Quick Microwave Troubleshooting (Instructional Video)

Microwaves are handy with saving time in the kitchen. If there’s a problem with your microwave, you more than likely want it handled as quickly as possible, as this is causing a delay in the way you prepare food for your family.

Because of the fast need to repair microwaves when they are having problems, we wanted to post this troubleshooting video so that instead of going through the tedious process of looking up the information you need and then taking the necessary time to read and understand it, and then put the information into action, you could instead watch a video and get a better idea of what to do.

So if you’re microwave isn’t heating, the middle plate isn’t rotating, or not even working at all, this video should help.

 If you are still experiencing the same issues after fully watching this video, it’s probably best that you call a professional to take a look at the problem.

Also, if you at all feel uncomfortable in any way about the electrical aspects of this tutorial, you should certainly give an expert a call as this could cause problems during repair. Electricity is nothing to mess with if you aren’t sure what you are doing.

5 Plumbing Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Modern plumbing has made all of our lives more simple however, things can go a whole other direction if problems arise.

In this post, we want to inform you of some of the signs that plumbing issues may be emerging, and what you can do if they happen to you. So without further ado, here are some solutions to any potential pollution that your system gives you.

1.) Know the Signs of an Oncoming Issue

Leaky faucets, rocking toilets, and damp cabinets can all be signs of oncoming plumbing failure, and should be tended to as soon as possible.

Little leaks can lead to big problems fast, so call a local professional to come out early while the bill can still be smaller than it would if the problem were to get worse.

2.) Learn How to Protect Your Pipes From the Cold

Protecting your pipes is imperative during the cold months of the year, and can prevent them from bursting or experiencing any other kinds of problems.

Be on the lookout for cracking pipes so you can tackle the problem before the pipe bursts.

3.) Prevent Frozen Pipes Before They Become a Problem

Why deal with frozen pipes if you can prevent them from becoming that way at all.

Important reminder: Turn the water off before performing this procedure, and be sure to check for leaks once you have turned it back on.

And don’t hesitate to call a plumber if you happen to mess anything up.

4.) Learn How to Access Your Home’s Sewer Valve

It will come in handy to know where the sewer valve is in case of a clogged sewer line.

This will benefit you before the problem gets worse, or to guide the sewer specialist so they can tend to the problem quicker.

5.) Know How to Shut Off All Major Home Appliances

You should always be aware of how to shut off all of the major appliances in your home such as the toilets, washing machine, dishwasher, and other small and large ones alike.

If you experience malfunctions with your appliances, knowing where to shut them off from an electrical standpoint can be beneficial, and save you a bit of a mess.

Repairing a Stuck Microwave Turntable

Microwave turntables are great for ensuring that our food gets cooked evenly. When they become stuck or stop rotating all together, it can be difficult for your cook to get cooked all the way and sometimes even take a lot longer to prepare all together.

Repairing a microwave turntable can be a simple task that you can take care of yourself with the help of a few tools and step-by-step instructions. In this article, we will show you what you need to do to get your turntable working again without investing a lot of your time or money. The problem may lie in the motor itself, or be caused by debris being stuck in the track.

Before we begin, grab the following list of tools for an optimal appliance repair:

  • Old toothbrush
  • Screwdriver
  • Continuity tester
  • Distilled white vinegar

If the motor in your turntable needs to be replaced, you will need these other replacement items:

  • Motor
  • Motor Wires
  • Motor Belt

Now that you have got your hands on the needed materials, it’s time to begin.

1.) Assess the Turntable Track

Check the turntable’s base, track, guides, and wheels for any kind of foods or debris that may be stuck. The turntable cannot function properly if there is anything in it’s path.

Unplug the microwave before doing any cleaning to ensure your safety. To easily cut out any grease or grime in the track, use the white vinegar in a thin layer and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing with the toothbrush.

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How Do You Find a Septic Tank?

Septic tanks seem to be the flavor of the week here on Rooterman but hey, I do do this for a living – Get it? Hahaha.

Now all jokes aside, knowing where to locate your septic tank can be convenient and save time, money, and frustration on the professional’s part. Whether it’s a home or business, knowing where to find the attached tank is important.

But how do you find it when you aren’t really sure where to look?

Rather than trying to explain such a detailed hunt in the form of a blog post, it will be much easier on your part to just watch this helpful video I found on the topic. In this instance, it’s usually better to have a visual aid, as reading can just make things more confusing.

3 Helpful Tips for Fixing a Leaking Water Heater

When your water heater is leaking, it’s best to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible to avoid your home and belongings from becoming damaged, not to mention, to eliminate mold from producing. Even the smallest of leaks can cause a large amount of damage to your floors, walls, and any other objects that are in the water’s path, and can lead to mold or mildew formation.

According to the EPA, all homes with even the slightest water leak should be treated near immediately to avoid mold and other toxins that could be highly damaging to health.

Now that you know why it’s so important to repair a leaky water heater, this article with provide you with the necessary tips to get the problem fixed as fast as possible.

#1. Always Consider Your Safety

Water + the electricity that helps power your water heater is a dangerous combination, and one that you should keep in mind any time you are near the area. To make sure you are almost completely safe, turn off the water to the water heater via your circuit breaker or fuse. While you are at it, turn off the water before beginning your repairs.

But you aren’t quite done yet. One of the most important parts of your safety is to remain clear of the scalding hot water during the fix. After you have found your leak, remove the water from the unit using a bucket or other container.

#2. Find What is Causing the Leak

Typical leaks in water heaters can be caused by a range of factors, and targeting which one is causing the problem with allow you to find the most optimal fix.

1.) Storage Tank Leaking : Many times, storage tank leaking can be a result of corrosion. Begin looking for holes of any size in any location on the unit. If you notice any size hole at all, you will need to replace your unit all together.

2.) Plumbing Connection Leak : Examine the parts of your water heater where any inlet or outlet pipes connect to the water heater. These connections could simply just need to be tightened with a wrench or replaced, just make sure to not over-tighten them.

3.) Heating Element Leak : A leak in your heating element unfortunately means that you are going to need to look into a new unit all together.

4.) Fault in Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve : Sometimes, your T & P valves need to be flushed of debris to handle the problem. Make sure there is always a bucket underneath the valve to catch the debris. If water continues to leak after this, your water heater will need to be replaced.

5.) Excessive Pressure or Overheating of the Temperature Relief Valve : Excessive pressure can lead to water leakage if it is opened up continuously. This can easily be taken care of by adjusting the temperature on the thermostat. Lower water heat causes the T & P to not have to open as much to relieve pressure, which fixes the leakage.

#3. Inspect Before Making Any Replacements 

Water heaters don’t come cheap, so making sure you have done a full inspection is quite crucial, and could cost you much less money in the long run.

If you don’t feel like you can take care of the entire problem on your own, it’s always recommended to seek help from a professional, and get some ideas from them about your options.

7 Tips For Keeping the Pipes of Your Home Warm All Winter Long

Keeping the pipes of your home from freezing during the Winter season shouldn’t have to come with a high price tag or work load.

Without prevention, the cold harsh weather can cause pipes to leak or crack, leaving behind coldness and other problems for your home. With a few simple preventive measures, your home can be better protected from this unfortunate side effect of Winter.

Here are 7 tips to follow to keep your pipes warm all Winter long.

1.) When it’s really cold outside, keep the cabinets underneath you kitchen sink open so the warmth of the room’s air can keep the pipes warm.

2.) Use rigid foam insulation to close and seal all of your foundational vents that are near your water pipes.

3.) While you’re at it with the rigid foam insulation, cover your walls and ends of your floor joints for maximum insulation.

4.) You can also have all of the walls of your home insulated. You can easily do this by caulking and sealing your windows and doors, faucets, and outdoor outlets.

5.) If you have access to the crawl space of your home from the inside, you can use a fan to blow the warm air towards the foundation.

This isn’t recommended for crawl spaces that are in unheated garages or other areas outside of the home.

6.) Making sure there are no combustible materials in the area, you can use a lamp with a 60 watt bulb in the problem area to keep it warm.

7.) Sometimes pipes may freeze on the inside of one of your exterior walls. If this is the case, you can cut a slight opening in the wall for the pipes to be exposed to the warm air of your home. Use fiberglass insulation to cover the areas behind and in the middle of the pipes, and the rest of the wall.

Septic Tank Overview | Learn How Your Septic System Works

It may be one of the last things you want to think about, but knowing how your septic system works can be beneficial to homeowners.

That’s why in today’s special post, we wanted to share a video that we found that goes into deep detail on the overview of septic systems. We should go ahead and tell you that the video is almost 30 minutes long, but the information you learn may prove to be of value some day, as it may save you time and money.

When a septic tank breaks or needs regular maintenance, knowing where your septic tank is located at the least will save you from paying the pros for more time while they hunt for it.

Now without further ado, here is an overview of how most septic systems operate.

 

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Also, if there are any other kinds of plumbing posts you want to see, feel free to provide us with your input.

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Pro Septic Service Tips For Premium Maintenance

Sewers are only something that homeowners want to think about when they have to pay the bill every month – but that’s only because they have to be reminded of it.

As disgusting as it may seem to think about your septic tank, it’s necessary for homeowners to do so in order to prevent overflow or clogging.

Did you know that you should have your home septic tank inspected at least once a year? Many people fail to do so, and unfortunately may experience backup, costing them hundreds of dollars an unknown currency of stress.

In order to help prevent this problem from occurring, this post will be contributed to learning about the importance of septic tank maintenance. Here are some effective tips from a professional septic service that can be beneficial for prevention and maintenance.

 

Tip #1: Check for Leaky Fixtures

When you having fixtures in your home that leak, it can add large quantities of water to your wastewater system. Help maximize the lifespan of your drain line and system by frequently checking for leaks.

Tip #2: Become a Record Keeper

Keep the plans for your sewer system in tact, and know how everything is laid out. This will also be most beneficial if you need to hire a professional septic service to perform an inspection or repair for you.

Tip #3: Utilize Cleaners and Disinfectants

If you want to use any kind of disinfectant or cleaner, you should first consult the manufacturer of your septic tank. A professional can help you figure this out if you are having trouble on your own. Ammonia and pine-oil based products should always be avoided, but those with chlorine, citricacid, and other biodegradable products are okay to use.

Tip #4: Be Aware of the Food Waste You Are Disposing

Frequent and large amounts of waste put down your garbage disposal can cause more frequent removal of solids from your septic tank, so you should remain aware of how much you are contributing. The garbage is always a good alternative, and can be used for many things that are commonly disposed of down garbage disposals. Think egg shells.

Tip #5: Watch for Too Much Fat, Oil, or Grease

When disposing of grease, oil, or fat from your food, consider how much has already been put down there. Too much of all of these can prevent bacteria from fully breaking down any waste that goes down from there on out.

How to Clean a Burnt Microwave Oven

Sometimes during cooking meals, food can get overdone to the point of burning, causing a distinct odor and even stains in your microwave oven. These stains and smells can be difficult to remove and if not taken care of completely, can be left behind and linger.

The best way to address these stains and odors is to tackle them as quickly as possible and at the source. This article will show you how to take care of each.

Removing Microwave Stains

For the most effective stain removal, take the glass tray and any racks out of your microwave or microwave oven. To remove burn spots in the appliance, coat it with a thin layer of nail polish remover, followed by a rinse with a clean and damp cloth.

Spray the inside of the microwave with a plant based, all purpose cleaner, and let the solution sit for 3 minutes, and make sure you don’t forget the door. Then wipe off the cleaner with with a damp, fresh cloth. For any remaining burn stains, scrub them with a solution that is safe for non-stick pans and rinse with a wet paper towel.

Eliminating the Burnt Smell

Believe it or not, there are more than a few ways to remove that annoying burnt smell from a microwave or microwave oven. Here are some of the most effective ways to do so. Heat up any of the following  concoctions for about 3 minutes, then allow them to sit in the microwave for 5 minutes. Discard after use.

  • Heat 1/2 cup of coffee
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of lemon juice

Or you can simply put a box of baking soda in your microwave and let it sit overnight and remove it in the morning.

Hopefully this article will be most helpful with removing unwanted burn stains and odors from your microwave so you can get cooking again in no time.

Testing and Replacing the Ceramic Fuse in Your Microwave

Ceramic fuses are the most commonly used type of fuse found in electric household appliances, which in most cases means that your microwave-oven probably has one. The use of ceramic fuses is so popular thanks in part to their ability to ensure that an electrical surge is unable to harm the inner components of the microwave.

While protecting the microwave, a fuse can sometimes blow or melt which could be due to many causes, including a short circuit caused by severe voltage fluctuations. In most cases, the fuse will just simply need to be replaced, which the information in this article will show you how to do. If you feel uncomfortable at any time while working with the electrical portion of this job, don’t hesitate to contact a professional repairman to take a look for you.

Here are the tools you will need to grab in order to properly get started:

  • Voltmeter/ ohm meter
  • Fuse Replacement
  • Dry Cloth
  • Rubber or Plastic Gloves
  • Pliers

Step #1: Find the Ceramic Fuse Holder

First things first, put on your gloves and ensure that the surface is dry before beginning working. Turn off the main power supply and unplug your microwave, and turn the unit around to access the back portion. Some microwaves have dedicated fuse boxes of their own. Either way, you will need a screwdriver to remove the metallic plate that covers the electrical components of the microwave.

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