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.

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.

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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What Makes a Good Appliance Repair Service?

Major appliances in our homes can expensive to fix, which is why it’s important to find a professional service that knows what they are doing. Ideally, they will also have a bit of experience in the field of appliance repair, just like myself. Because of this, I thought it would be beneficial to write a post that specifically names some of the things to look for in an appliance repair service.

So let’s get right into it.

The following insights are what makes an ideal repair service. These aren’t to be take so literally that you can’t decide on a company because they don’t meet the criteria, but it’s just a rough guide as it can be harder to narrow down what makes a good company nowadays.

#1. The have reviews on the major online player sites such as Facebook, Yelp, Yellowpages, and especially Google.

These reviews can be very insightful and helpful when it comes down to making purchasing decisions.

#2. They treat you with respect when you contact them.

Whether it’s through phone or email, the tone of a business representative can say a lot about how you and your project could possibly be treated. If they can’t make time to speak to you on the phone and answer your questions, what makes you think they won’t be that way when it comes time to get down to work?

#3. They are being talked about on social media.

You know a business is doing well when they are being talked about and recommended all across popular social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. If your friends have used a service and it was good, the chances are good that the service will also be good for you.

#4. The representative appears knowledgeable when to speak, or are around them.

If the person you are asking questions to and getting information about your appliance repair needs doesn’t sound like they know what they are talking about, then that’s obviously not a good sign. The information customers need to know flows naturally from appliance repair experts since it’s their craft and they have become very good at it.

How to Fix a Busted Pipe in Your Home

When you have a busted pipe in your home, calling on a professional doesn’t have to always be the answer. With a few tools and a little bit of patience, any homeowner can fix a busted pipe when the time comes.

In most cases, pipes bust from being frozen from the cold weather. In this post we not only plan to show you how to fix this problem, but also how to prevent it from happening again by simply installing a stop and waste valve.

Think you maybe up to the challenge? If so, grab the materials need below and you will be ready to go!

What You Will Need

  • Soldering Paste
  • Lead Free Solder
  • Stop and Waste Valve
  • Copper Pipe Cutter
  • Copper Pipe (1/2 inch)
  • Copper Fittings (1/2 inch)
  • Torch Kit (that includes a striker and torch)
  • Steel Wool Cloth
  • Safety Goggles

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Keith Latch: Home Repairs Made Easy

Welcome to Keith Latch-home of simple home repairs. Our goal is to bring you easy to digest instructions and tutorials for repairing and remodeling different parts of your home, and save you money with practical tools and strategies. We know how busy life can be with raising a family, growing a career, and managing a multitude of other responsibilities which is why we want to bring you the easiest solutions and suggestions for home repair, maintenance, and improvement.

Some repairs may be in bad enough shape that professional help may be the only solution for the fix. However, many repairs can be done on your own if you prefer to save money over time. These solutions also make a simple, great idea for bring the family together in a repair affair. Enjoy time together as you create a new and improved atmosphere for your home at a fraction of the cost.

My favorites types of home components to repair are water heaters, appliances, and anything in the kitchen.

As a homeowner, you’re best off being educated about the types of maintenance that should be performed on your home but we know how hard that can be when your plate is already full. With a little reading and the proper tools, you can make a full range of repairs on your home and even make a few upgrades along the way. With your new knowledge, you can save a bundle of money and feel even more proud of the new editions to your home.