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 Fixture

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.

Fantastic Formula For Cleaning Tile Grout Effectively

Tile and grout may be aesthetically pleasing to the human eye but when left dirty for some time, the opposite effect can sometimes take place. Tiny cracks along tile grout can be hard to reach and therefore clean, taking lots of time and even money to get clean again.

Despite what you may think, tile and grout cleaning doesn’t have to be that way and can be done quicker and easier.

The powerful solution we’re about to tell you about is cheap, efficient, and much less frustrating than hiring a professional or taking on the task yourself. So what exactly is this powerful solution?

The answer: Equal parts dish soap and white vinegar. Many people have said that Dawn has worked best for them, but in our experience any brand will work. Another recommendation is to heat the vinegar up in the microwave before adding the soap. The best way to find what works best for your situation will obviously depend on your individual preference.

To begin the process, mix the solution into a spray bottle and spray it on the grout lines you will be working on first. Let the solution sit for 3-5 minutes (for grimy, tough stains, leaving on longer can sometimes work better), then scrub. After that, wipe that solution completely away with a dry washcloth or towel.

Repeat as needed. For really dirty areas, this process may need to be repeated several times in order to make an impact on your surface.

And there you go! A quick and simple homemade cleaning solution for your tile and grout.

Now for those of you that prefer a little automation, we discovered a tool from Home Repair Tutor that goes by the name of the “Grout Grime Buster 3000″. This cool tool along with a solution similar to the one we featured in the beginning of this article can save you even more time and frustration.

With a combination like this, your tile grout is almost guaranteed to be clean again and dang near close to new again.

DIY Carpet Cleaner for Effectively Removing Pet Odors and Stains

If you have indoor pets, you probably expect to smell the occasional odor every now and then, or come across a nice stain with your name on it.

Covering up these smells with air fresheners is only a bandaid, and will never neutralize the smell completely. Getting to the bottom of the stain or smell will be your only hopes of tackling it for good.

If you have to eliminate carpet stains and odors constantly it’s even more important to treat the problem early on, as it will only get worse. Sometimes animals will continue using the same spot on a carpet because they can sense where they have done it before, which can lead to a mess of an entirely different proportion if the problems isn’t addressed early on.

Here is what you will need to get started:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towels
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of 3% diluted peroxide

DIY Carpet Cleaning Solution

1.) Begin by blotting up as many of the stains as you can with paper towels.

2.) Mix the vinegar and water together and pour it on the spot or spray in on there. Spray just enough so that the solution gets deep down into the fibers of the carpet. Don’t overuse the solution, but certainly don’t be stingy.

3.) Using a scrub brush, toothbrush, or your fingers, work the mixture into the carpet without pressing down too hard.

4.) Blot every little drop of the water and vinegar until you can get it as dry as possible. If you want your carpet to dry faster, use a steam cleaner for faster absorption.

5.) When the spot is near the point of being dry, sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain.

6.) Work some peroxide into the stain using a pair of gloves and your fingers. Pay close attention from here because this solution together will turn into a giant foam.

7.) After a few short seconds, blot the wet area with paper towels to absorb all the water you can.

8.) Give the area time to dry completely.

9.) Once dry, vacuum over the area to remove any residue.

How to Aid Your Dishwasher With Running Better

Do you ever clean your dishwasher?

The thought of doing this doesn’t run through many people’s minds very often, seeing as there is already soap and water running through the unit on a regular basis. Bathtubs and showers typically have more amounts of soap and water running through them, and yet the still need to be cleaned regularly. So why should your dishwasher not be treated the same?

Just like the dirt and grime that build up in your shower, food and other debris can build up in your dishwashing machine, giving your dishes a lesser quality of clean.

Here are 5 proven tips to take your dishwasher to a new level of clean.

#1.) Wipe away soap scum with white vinegar

White vinegar is great for removing stains of all kinds, whether they be on carpet or inside a dishwasher, and an excellent way to reduce mold and mildew.

For the parts of your dishwasher that can easily be removed, mix 2 cups of white vinegar with hot water in your sink or a larger soaking area, and let them soak for a couple of minutes. Wipe the remainder of the unit with the solution while these are soaking, making sure you include the top, bottom, and sides.

#2.) Check for rust and if you find any, take care of it

Like any other appliance, rust can be a sign of age and should be addressed immediately. Rust cleaner is produced for individual units, so be sure to find one that is specifically for dishwashers.

#3.) Check and clean the filter

Many owners manuals will provide you with enough information to clean your unit according to it’s manufacturer and individual needs.

The filter resembles a basket that catches debris, and not all dishwashers will come with them. But for those that do, your owner’s manual will specify the best way to remove and clean it. Most of the time, the filter can easily be removed though, and thrown into the sink to soak with the other parts of your unit.

#4.) Do a deep cleaning

Again, the best way to clean and maintain your dishwasher is by following the owner’s manual. If you can no longer find yours, the internet can be a great place to find a substitute or one close to it.

It is recommended that you perform a deep clean on your dishwasher every six months so get rid of food and other debris, and keep all of your other parts in working order.

#5.) Always remove debris from your dishes before placing them inside the dishwasher

By completely scraping off any stuck on foods, you not only make your dishes cleaner, but you save your dishwasher from being clouded with it. Often times, these foods will fall off and move somewhere into the dishwasher and the more it adds up, the more it will stick around.

When to Have Your Septic System Pumped

Thinking about your home’s septic system isn’t exactly what homeowners want to do, but it’s just another part of maintenance. A little on the gross side, but hey, it counts for home maintenance. Anyways, one thing that is important for homeowners to know is how often they should have their septic tank cleaned.

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If you don’t want to experience the type of septic backup that you hear them talking about in the Roto-Rooter (or whatever) commercials on TV. The last thing you want is to look out your window and see your yard flooding with waste from your system. Talk about a crappy day. Don’t be one of the many people that fail to have their septic system pumped out and end up in this type of situation.

In order to prevent this from ever happening to you, you should consider having your tank cleaned out every three to five years. The size of your tank is what will determine how often you will need a cleaning, so that will be an important factor to know when the time comes. Unless you feel qualified to find out the size for yourself, you may want to consider hiring a professional to perform a septic tank inspection to find out for you. Even if you don’t feel like you need to have your system cleaned, just know that it’s better to spend a little bit of money for prevention sooner rather than have to spend potential thousands later on. Trust me, you will never be sorry that you didn’t allow your system to overflow on you, causing a crapload of other problems.

How to Ensure That Your Septic Tank Stays Safe

If you want to make sure that you don’t have to replace your septic tank anytime soon, you may want to make it a habit to have your septic tank pumped on schedule. This isn’t so that contractors can make more money off of you, it’s for your own benefit in the long run. The cost of having your septic tank cleaned every three to five years in minuscule in comparison to the cost of a replacement. Take my word for it, friend.

One last thing. Did you know that components of your garbage disposal also go into your septic tank?

That means that over time, these solids in addition to those from your plumbing system combine and compile, which is why it’s important that you have your tank pumped every few years.

If you’re someone that is still a little uneasy about getting your septic tank pumped right away, you may be best off trying an inspection first. The only reason I mention this again is because it’s a better alternative to doing nothing, and will still save you money in the end. Just be sure to know where your septic tank is located so that you can show the professional when they show up. This certainly makes things easy for both parties.


4 Obvious Signs Your Dishwasher Needs to Be Replaced

Dishwashers can help make our lives easier in many ways and when something goes wrong with them, the first thing on most people’s minds isn’t to go out and buy a new one. Just because a part of your dishwasher isn’t working though, doesn’t mean there isn’t an easy way to get it fixed.

There are several components that make up a dishwasher and the key is finding which one isn’t doing it’s job. If your dishwasher is experiencing any of the following symptoms, it could actually be that time for that new replacement.

Of course before making a final decision, it’s usually best to have a professional come and look at your unit and make a final assessment.

Symptom #1: Not Wanting to Drain

Have you ever left your dishwasher to run a load, but come back bit later to find that a lake of water has drenched your floor?

If your washer is leaking water onto the floor or has standing water inside of it, there could be a crack inside somewhere causing the problem.

Symptom #2: Water Won’t Get Hot

Dishwashers use hot water from a heating coil or water heater. and when you open the door to your dishwasher and don’t feel the usual heat coming out it could be because the heating mechanism isn’t working.

This is certainly something you want a professional to look at, because sometimes it can be cheaper to get a new dishwasher all together. And who doesn’t get more excited about a new dishwasher before they get excited about a water heater or heating coil.

Symptom #3: Door Latch Doesn’t Work

As you probably know, you can’t run a load of dishes if the unit doesn’t securely close. With time and frequent use can come wearing and tearing of certain components, but the good news is they can usually be fixed if the problem isn’t too big.

Symptom #4: Rust on the Bottom

A sign of rust means that your dishwasher has been dealing with standing water for some time, and can’t really be replaced at this point. You really just need to get a better idea of the damage.

But instead of moving the entire unit out of place to check underneath, use a broom to sweep under it to check for flakes of rust.

Remember, it’s best to call a trusted professional before making the final decision about your broken dishwasher. Even if you need another opinion on top of that, it’s best to contact someone experienced to save you time and money that you may have never needed to spend.

Keep your dishwasher running smoother by following these maintenance tips.


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How to Know If Your Garbage Disposal is Broken For Good

Garbage disposals have grown to be a great benefit in our modern day homes. Housed beneath our sinks, they make our lives life easier by eating our leftovers and getting rid of other unwanted food products we no longer have a use for.

Often, foreign objects will sneak into the disposal or too much food being inserted into it can cause the entire thing to become clogged.

But what do you do when your disposal isn’t wanting to work for you at all?

In this blog post, I would like to share some of the ways you can tell if your garbage disposal is broken before you decide to call a professional appliance repair technician or get a new one once and for all.

Hint #1: Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On At All

When you flip the switch on your garbage disposal and nothing happens, there is more than likely an electrical problem. This could possibly mean that an attempt to put too much down the disposal could have caused it to overload and short out the circuits.

If resetting the circuits and trying the rest button on the disposal don’t work then there’s the unfortunate chance that it is seriously broken.

Hint #2: Disposal Comes On But Doesn’t Devour Food

When you can get your disposal to turn on but not take care of the food you are putting into it, there’s a good chance that the flywheel is stuck on something or the motor has locked up. This problem can also cause the circuit to overload and the disposal to turn off, which can cause drastic damage if the unit is left on during the process.

Hint #3: The Disposal is Making Humming Noises

There are times when you may turn on your disposal and all you get is a humming sound. Often times, tiny products can get stuck in, under, or near the flywheel of the disposal and in a difficult place to remove.

The most important thing to remember in this situation is to never leave the unit on for more than ten seconds so you don’t burn out the motor. Refer to the video below for more detailed instructions for removing debris from around your flywheel, or see this article.


How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater

  Water heater leaks shouldn’t be taken lightly, and should be assessed as quickly as possible. Even the smallest leak can cause mold or mildew damage, which can be quite hazardous to your health. Even the EPA suggests that any leaks that could lead to mold damage should be treated ASAP to prevent the risk of developing any major health problems.

On top of everything else, water heaters aren’t cheap to replace, so identifying what could be causing a leak is imperative to making sure you can fix the one you have now. In this article, I would like to talk about the ways to determine what could be causing a leak, so you can get the bottom of things and get the show back on the road again.

1.) Find the Leak, Keeping Your Safety in Mind

Keep in mind that a leaking water heater around electricity can pose a dangerous situation. For optimal safety, turn off the electricity to the water heater on your circuit breaker, and turn off the water while you are at it.

The next step includes draining your water heater of all it’s water. Use a bucket or similar object to empty the water from the hot water tap, to ensure that you won’t get scalded during the fixing process.

2.) Identify the Problem Causing the Leak

Water heater leaks can be caused by many different problems, but some of the most common include:

#1. Heating Element Leak – This is the last problem you want to have because it unfortunately means you will need a new unit completely, as the heating element is one of the most important and it’s the one not working.

#2. Plumbing Connection Leak – By plumbing connection, I mean the place on your water heater where your inlet and outlet pipes meet the unit itself. These components being lose can cause a leak, and simply tightening or replacing them can fix the problem all together.

#3. Storage Tank Leaking – Storage tank leaking can cause corrosion, which can mean a new unit all together. Check the entire unit for holes of all sizes and if you come across any at all, you unfortunately will be looking into a new unit.

#4. Excessive Pressure or Overheating – Excessive pressure from your unit can cause a leak, which can easily be addressed by lowering the temperature on your unit.

#5. Fault in Pressure or Temperature Relief Valve – A fault in pressure could be present thanks to a presence of debris, which can easily be cleaned out. The clogged debris may be causing a build up of pressure. Simply place a bucket underneath the overflow pipe and open up the T & P pipe to catch the debris.

3.) Complete Your Inspection Before Replacing

This may seem like common sense, but it’s best to make sure you have performed a thorough assessment before deciding that you need a new water heater.

If you aren’t 100% sure about your assessment, give a professional a call, as they may be your best option for saving money. After all, water heaters are expensive, and hiring a plumbing professional could actually end up saving you money in the end.


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How to Clear a Clogged Washer Drain

Washers are one of the most commonly used appliances in modern day homes. Simple to use and quick to clean, washers save us from taking the time to wash our clothing and linens by hand. So when the hose becomes clogged and your washer is temporarily out of order, getting your unit first quickly is important.

The good news is that a clogged washer pipe can be fixed without having to call a professional, and for relatively cheap. If you are feeling up the challenge, grab the following tools and follow these guidelines to get your washer back on track in no time.

What You Will Need
-Source of Water
-Metal Coat Hanger or an object that can function similarly
-Before you begin, best practice suggests that you check all of the other drains in your hose including the ones in your toilets.

Step #1: Dismantle the Hose

Using your pliers, loosen the hose by gripping the metallic cylinder that connects the hose to the back of the washer.

Turning at a counter clockwise direction, keep going until you are able to completely able to pull the hose directly from the back of the washer.

Step #2: Find Your Clog

It can be dark behind your washer so for best precision, use a flashlight to guide your search for the clog. If you cannot see it, give it another try, or simply consider giving a professional plumber a call.

Step #3: Drain the Hose

If your have been able to spot the clog, place a bucket underneath the hose and stick the straightened hanger inside. Pushing the hanger through the hose will loosen the sides of the clog, and any other parts of it that may be stuck.

Step #4: Clean the Hose

After loosening up the debris that make up the clog, use your source of water to rinse out the hose. At this point you should start to see the debris come out of the hose, so allow them some time to do so. When you notice that the flow of debris begins to slow, use your flashlight to look deeper into the hose to best determine if they are all removed.

It’s not unlikely to miss some components of the debris after all, some of them may break up into even tinier pieces that could come out in time.

Step #5: Test

After placing the washer hose back into the wall, perform a test to see if the drain is still clogging up. If so, you can either repeat the process, or give a professional a call.

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.

Continue reading “Repairing a Stuck Microwave Turntable”

How Do You Find a Septic Tank?

Septic tanks seem to be the flavor of the week here on Keith Latch 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.




Learn How Your Water & Plumbing Systems Work – Part 1

As a homeowner, it’s important to know how the different systems work throughout your house. Especially when it comes to those that can be much more expensive than others.

Your water and plumbing are important, and can make the difference between comfortable, and uncomfortable. Wouldn’t you agree?

Because of this, it’s a good idea to know how the systems of your home work. In today’s tutorial, we would like to share these helpful videos with you that explain how the plumbing and water in your home works.

Written posts are great, but for a topic such as this, video may be the route to take for a clearer understanding. Because we found multiple videos on the topic, we decided to break them all down into different posts, so keep on the lookout for the next ones.

In the first video, you will get a basic overview of the water and plumbing systems in your home, and how you can find them to shut them on and off for maintenance.

PS: Remember to stay tuned for the next videos in the series.

Like and share this post with your family or friends so they can get a better idea about these important systems too.

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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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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4 Problems That Cause Microwaves to Turn On By Themselves

Microwaves have become one of the most modern appliances found in most homes. With their ease of use and time saving technology, microwaves have made all of our lives easier, especially when it comes to quick food preparation. But did you know that sometimes they can just turn on by themselves?

Many microwaves store enough energy to have the ability to turn on all by themselves, which can be a serious fire hazard. When this problem occurs, the entire unit or a small component of it needs to immediately be addressed and replaced. But that doesn’t mean you have to always call on a professional. Here are the top 4 reasons why a microwave may turn on by itself, and what you can do to address the problem on your own.

1.) Sensitive Heat Sensor Panel

On many models of microwaves the buttons are heat sensitive and can be triggered by even the warmth from the touch of your finger. For models that are placed under a range and over the stove, the heat can trigger these buttons to go off on their own.

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