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Conserve Water with Electronic Faucets

Electronic Faucets

Electronic faucets or automatic faucets (sometimes called a sensor faucet) is a faucet with a hands-free mechanism for opening and closing the valves. Electric faucets are mainly used for public washrooms where they are an important tool for water conservation and to mitigate the spread of germs. With people becoming more environmentally conscious installing an electronic faucet is good way to save both water and money.

How to Lower Summer Energy Costs

Air Conditioning Maintenance

This guest post was written by David Kiss

David has been in the heating and cooling business for many years, he is the owner of Precision HVAC, a New Jersey heating and cooling company that specializes in the installation of air conditioning systems in Northern NJ.

As the summer months approach many are already dreading the energy bills. Typically in the summer most people have the highest utility costs of the year. There are many different practical steps that can be taken which can help to reduce energy costs.

How to Unclog a Blocked Kitchen Sink

Plumbing How To

Most of us use our kitchen sink on a daily basis. That is why a clogged kitchen sink is a commen plumbing problem. If you know how to unclog a kitchen sink you can avoid rendering a large part of the kitchen unusable. If you find your kitchen sink running slow or if your kitchen sink drain is clogged, just follow the steps below to unclog a kitchen drain and to get your kitchen sink working.

More and more plumbers and people in general are getting more aware of the environment, and this also shows in the way we clear our slow kitchen sinks and other clogged drains. Where we used to pour loads of harmful chemicals down the drain to get rid of the blockage. Nowadays more people are looking for environmentally friendly and natural ways to unclog the kitchen sink, without using toxic chemicals or cleaners.

Home Winterizing Tips

Home Winterizing Tips

Every winter we receive hundreds of emails about broken or frozen pipes. To help you prevent some of these problems within your own plumbing we have provided a few home winterizing tips to assist you in winterizing your home. Although no plumber can give you a clear guarantee against frozen or broken pipes, it is still useful and even important that you take some preventive winterizing steps.

If you are not comfortable with DIY plumbing repairs, then you may prefer to contact a registered master plumber to do the work for you instead.

The main idea behind home winterization is the removal of most of the water which can freeze from within the pipelines and other areas of your plumbing.

Unclogging a Drain

Unclogging Drain

In every home over time some parts of the plumbing system might gets clogged. There is just no simple way to escape this. It is however, often very easy to fix most clogged sinks and clogged drains yourself without having to call the plumber to unclog a drain.

We will show you how to unclog the most common clogs you may encounter inside kitchen sinks and bathroom drains. But remember that if you can't clear the clog after a few attempts, it’s probably best to let a drain-cleaning service or plumber unclog the drain.

Clogged kitchen drains

The most common clogged drains you might find in your kitchen are a blocked sink or dishwasher drain, and can often be cleared using a plunger if that does not clear the blockage inside the dran then you should use a sewer snake to unclog the drain.

Heat Up Small Rooms with a Portable Electric Space Heater

Portable Electric Space Heater

A lot of people buy a space heaters as a supplement to their existing heating system in order to conserve energy. There is a large variety of space heaters available in many different types so it's important to find out what kind of space heater is best suited for your requirements.

A large part of the heater selection process should include where you're going to place the unit. Some electric heaters are meant for larger rooms and some are meant for smaller, so be sure to check out the heater guide at Air-n-Water for some helpful suggestions.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes

With winter slowly approaching it may be a good time to check your plumbing to prevent your plumbing pipes from freezing when the temperature starts to go down. When water freezes it will expand inside the pipes. When it expands enough it can cause the frozen pipes to burst resulting in serious damage to your home and plumbing. So it better to prevent frozen pipes with some DIY Plumbing then to have to call a plumber to fix them after they break.

The ice that forms inside the pipe does not normally cause the pipe to burst in that specific area where the blockage is occurring, but rather the pipe will break a little downstream between the blockage and a closed faucet in your kitchen or bathroom. When the water continues to freeze inside the pipes and the ice blockage expands, the water pressure in the sealed of section of the pipe between blockage and faucet will start to build up. When the water pressure gets to high this will lead to pipe failure.

How to Connect Exhaust Hose to Portable Air Conditioner

connect portable a/c exhaust hose

A portable air conditioners should be connected to an "exhaust hose" or "vent hose" to remove the the hot air they eject. Most portable air conditioners extract hot from the room in which it is located, that hot air is then discharged out the of the a/c unit. An exhaust hose can be connected to the portable ac unit to lead the warm air out of the window.

How to get a Plumbers License

Plumbers License

In order to get a plumbers license, applicants first will have to complete an apprenticeship program under the supervision of a registered master plumber, In most states a minimum of 4 years on-the-job training is required to get a journeyman plumbers license. To obtain a master plumbers license, usually another 4 years of on the job experience is required.

Plumbing Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship training covers the basics of a wide range of plumbing systems and components and their installation. Apprentice plumbers will have to get familiar with skills ranging from residential toilets to advanced water heaters and computerised control systems.

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