You can now find a plumber through Facebook

Facebook wants to connect you with friends and family. It also wants to connect you with an electrician. Or a plumber. And maybe even a house cleaner to tidy up the place.

You can now use Facebook Marketplace to find home service professionals.

“More people ask for recommendations related to home services on Facebook in the US than any other topic,” said Deb Liu, vice president of Marketplace, in a blog post Wednesday.

The update aims to “provide an all-in-one place to complete your next home project.” That includes getting quotes, looking up reviews and ratings and even communicating via Messenger.

Amazon rolled out a similar service in 2015.

How to get hot water faster to the faucet

Once hot water cools off, it needs to be cleared out of the line to get new hot water to the faucet. The longer the water line, the longer the wait for hot water.

Basically, you have a couple choices to help you with this issue.

First, look into installing a point-of-use water heater under the kitchen sink. These small electric water heaters supply hot water quickly to the faucet while waiting for the house hot water to catch up.

Second, a residential recirculating hot water system can be installed. The system keeps hot water moving around the house and cuts down on the wait time.

A plumber can guide you on which one of these hot ideas can work best for your home.

What are the most important things homeowners should know about their plumbing system?

The plumbing system of a home is not much different than the engine in your car or truck. It will work very well as designed if it is kept up with regular maintenance. Drains that work properly in removing day-to-day waste can become slow and eventually stop up. This could possibly cause considerable damage to a home. What most homeowners don’t know is that the majority of what is washed down the drain contains a petroleum-based product, [such as]shampoos, conditioners, laundry detergents or liquid hand soaps. When these items go down the drain, the interior of the home’s drain lines develops an oily skim. This eventually builds up and catches things like food particles, hair and several other small items. 

Common Pool Water Problems

List of common pool water maintenance problems.

1. Algae growth.
A real classic. Algae are one of the most common problems you will face sooner or later. Although there are more than 20,000 different species, the ones you will normally find in the pool are only a few types of them, which makes standard treatments, such as the ones we are about to see, usually very effective.

Types of algae that frequent swimming pools:

1.1. Green Algae. They cloud the water, stick to the walls and float around the pool.

1.2. Mustard Algae: Normally they adhere to the wall, so they do not usually soil the water.

1.3. Black Seaweed: They also usually appear on the wall. They are the most difficult to eliminate.

Preventive treatment; algae:
It must be done consistently. Algae are persistent and should also be prevented; they must be taken into account in any maintenance plan.

There are many products to prevent their appearance; you can opt, for example, for the use of Multiaction products (which normally contain anti-algae, you should make sure of that) or add the anti-algae directly and regularly.

The frequency and quantity of the product will vary depending on the size of the pool and the manufacturer’s instructions.

Example: In a 100 m3 pool using AstralPool Antialgae you should put 0.5 L per week. Visit the product sheet for more information about this product: AstralPool Liquid Algae Remover.

Palliative treatment; algae:
When the preventive plan fails, and the algae appear whether it is green, mustard or black algae, it is advisable to start by thoroughly brushing all surfaces where they have been deposited and pass the cleaner with the selector valve in the empty position so as not to contaminate the filter. This step is not necessary but will shorten the treatment time and save chemicals.

The pH of the water must then be measured. The appropriate value is between 7.2 and 7.6. If you don’t have it regulated, try to get it up to the proper level as soon as possible. For this purpose, we offer pH Plus or pH Minor products, depending on whether you need to raise or lower it.

After the pH regulation you need to do a shock treatment with dichlorine (Rapid Chlorine). Following the manufacturer’s instructions, add the recommended dose for the m3 of your pool. For example for 100 m3 you should add 1.5 kg of Granulated Dichloro PM-503.

In addition to the shock treatment with Dichloro, you should also do the same with the Flocculant (see this product by clicking here) so that all the dirt goes to the bottom and is easy to remove with the cleaner.

After this, start the filtration system for 24 hours (preferably in the recirculation position) and then brush and vacuum again as recommended before starting the chemical treatment (with the valve in the empty position).

Finally, make a shock treatment with an algaecide, for example the already mentioned Astralpool Algae Remover.

2. Cloudy water.
The turbidity of the water in the pool is due to the presence of suspended particles, these particles are too small to be trapped in the filtration system. Turbidity can be a symptom of different problems and therefore have different solutions.

The most common causes are:

2.1. Cloudy water from algae. An incipient presence of algae may give the sensation of turbidity without the algae being clearly visible.

2.2. Uncompensated turbid water PH. The pH is one of the parameters that should be monitored more closely (it is easy and economical to do this for example with the Cl/Br/pH Eco Analyzer kit) and to keep it between 7.2 and 7.6. A high or low pH will bring problems to the pool and may be the cause of its turbidity.

2.3. Cloudy water from suspended particles. In any case, the turbidity of the water is always caused by the presence of particles that neither dissolve nor settle on the bottom and are not large enough to be retained in the filter. These small particles (whatever they may be from nature) float freely and cloud the water.

Preventive treatment; turbidity:
Poor filtration is often the source not only of this but also of many other problems in the pool. Make sure you are doing a good job of filtration and that your equipment is well sized. For more information on this, visit this other article: Pump and filter calculation for the pool.

Flocculation must be carried out throughout the bathing season.

As with algae, there are maintenance products that include flocculants (multi-action products). If you do not use one of them, you should add a dose of flocculant at least weekly. You can use for example: Liquid Flocculant for AstralPool Swimming Pools

Palliative treatment; turbidity:
If the pool is already cloudy the first thing you should try to do is to find out what it is, it will not always be possible but if you do, the path to recovery will be much easier… To do this, you can make the following inquiries:

Can suspended particles be distinguished? If this is the case, for example, there are clearly colonies of algae, make the specific treatment for this problem.
Is the pH within the proper parameters? If not, you should restore it as soon as possible.
If you are unable to find out why the problem starts with the pH regulation, once the appropriate parameters have been met, apply a flocculant treatment as follows:

With the filtration equipment stopped and no bathers present, add 10 ml. of Liquid Fluculant for each m3 of water.
After about 8 hours the product will have done its job (if the pH is not regulated the Flocculant does not work) and the suspended particles should be on the bottom, forming a visible layer; then pass the cleaner to collect and remove everything. This must be done, as previously indicated for algae removal, with the selector valve in the “drained” position.
The water should now be much clearer although you may have to repeat the process for more than a day. Before wiping the cleaner, look at the layer that has formed on the bottom to try to figure out what it is. If it is non-organic matter, you only have to follow the flocculant process as many times as necessary until everything is removed. If it is organic (algae usually) you should also do an anti-algae shock treatment.

3. pH mismatches.
We have already referred to it in all the previous sections because it is really very important. With the pH out of control the maintenance products lose much of their effectiveness so it will be very difficult to solve any problems that may arise.

Besides this the pH (low or high) is in itself a problem. The level should be between 7.2 and 7.6 at all times.

If the pH level is high, flocculation worsens, the effect of disinfectants decreases and eye and skin irritation may occur.

If the level is too low the water will be corrosive to metals, will worsen flocculation and will cause eye and skin irritation.

4. Lime incrustations.
Lime incrustations are visible to the naked eye, appearing on walls and fittings, white limescale deposits that make the surfaces rough and rugged.

Preventive treatment of lime deposits:
A high lime content in the pool water is the obvious problem when these deposits occur, but it is not the only cause of their appearance. A high pH will cause the appearance of these, so maintaining the appropriate level (between 7.2 and 7.6) is the first step to avoid them. Removing excess lime before putting the water in the pools would be a very effective preventive treatment, but in many cases this is not economically viable. In these cases you should use an Antiscale in preventive doses according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, for Astralpool it would be 0.5 litres of product per 100 m3 of water per week.

Palliative treatment; limescale deposits:
If the lime deposits have already appeared, the first step is, as usual, to regulate the pH level. Once this has been achieved, all we have left to do is to use anti-lime, with the same product we proposed for preventive treatment, the shock dose would be ,5 litres per 100 m3.

 

3 things to know about home plumbing systems

What are the most important things homeowners should know about their plumbing system?

The plumbing system of a home is not much different than the engine in your car or truck. It will work very well as designed if it is kept up with regular maintenance. Drains that work properly in removing day-to-day waste can become slow and eventually stop up. This could possibly cause considerable damage to a home. What most homeowners don’t know is that the majority of what is washed down the drain contains a petroleum-based product, [such as]shampoos, conditioners, laundry detergents or liquid hand soaps. When these items go down the drain, the interior of the home’s drain lines develops an oily skim. This eventually builds up and catches things like food particles, hair and several other small items. 

What advice do you have for homeowners who go through a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey, and have issues with plumbing?

First, know where your home’s main sewer line clean out is located. With the rains we had with Harvey, even our city’s main sewer lines had drainage challenges. During or shortly after Harvey, sewer lines were backing up into the home. The less attractive but immediate way to stop this backup in the home is to open the cleanout and allow the backup to occur outside and not in the home. Also, after a storm like Harvey and your yard starts to dry out, watch for excessive moisture in spots in the yard. This may be sign that your home’s main sewer line has lifted in areas and pulled apart at areas where fittings were used.

What are the most common issues with plumbing, and can they be avoided?

Use your drains for what they were intended to be used for: waste and cleaning water. Do not use oil, paint, plaster or flour. Use an environmentally friendly drain-maintenance product as directed and keep your drain lines as clean and as free from oil-type products. Many of our areas also have hard water, [which]has a tendency to wear our fixtures out quicker than they may be designed. It may take a few years, but eventually the [equipment]will go bad and then leaks start. If you really want a full fix, install a water softener.

Plumbing Emergency Tips

Before calling you emergency local plumber try this tricks.

  • Always know where the main water shut-off valve is located in case of a leak.
  • Know how to turn off the water heater. If it’s a gas water heater, turn the switch to the “pilot” position.
  • Isolation valves located at each fixture will stop the flow of water to that location. This allows water to continue to service the remainder of the house while the leak is being repaired. It’s a good idea to turn on and off each isolation valve in the house at least once a year to keep them in good working condition.
  • Using two wrenches at once turning in opposite directions is called “backing off” and allows the wrench to absorb the stress and not the plumbing.
  • Slip joint pliers can be used to loosen the collar nuts on a drain line.
  • If a supply tube break off is causing a leak, screw in a blind cap to seal off the leak until it can be fixed.
  • Occasionally, the ferrules in a supply tube can get scratched or dented causing water to leak. Use Teflon tape around the ferrule until a permanent repair can be made.
  • Use duct tape or pipe sealing tape to pull together a crack in a pipe, reducing the leak as a temporary solution.
  • A cup plunger can be used for small drains like bath tubs, showers and lavatory sinks. Forced cup plungers have a funnel that can apply extra force down the drain, which is good for sinks or toilets.
  • When unclogging a kitchen sink, use a second plunger to cover the other drain to get the most force to remove the clog.
  • To unclog a toilet, use a forced cup plunger.
  • For bathtub clogs, unscrew the chrome cap — this exposes the entire drain. Once the mechanism is removed, you’ll be able to see the clog. Put the plunger on the drain, and then use the second plunger to plug up the tub’s overflow. Plunge the drain to remove the clog.
    Allen wrenches are useful for working on a faucet and garbage disposals.

How to detect water leaks?

Think like a detective… right!

Turn off all household faucets and, if the meter keeps turning, call a professional to detect the fault.

Another way to discover water leaks is to check the water bill: if consumption has increased for no apparent reason, you have a clear indication that something is wrong.

Watch out! A small leak in the cistern can waste about 2,000 litres of water a year. But unlike a leaking faucet, it is harder to detect.

A trick to these breakdowns is to deposit some dye (food, for example) in the tank and look for the traces of it in the cup, a sign that there is a leak.

Reparalia’s home professionals teach you how to save water and money, checking your facilities with the advice of our professional plumbers. Detect breakdowns and leaks, learn how to react to them, and don’t forget our tricks to save water and do a favor to the Environment… and your pocket;)

To solve it, ask for the help of a specialist.

It is also advisable to regularly check pipes, sink and other plumbing facilities for leaks at least once a year.

In the case of appliances such as freezers, dishwashers, heaters and washing machines, these have rubber caps or washers that weaken over time, check and replace them, making sure they are securely fastened.

Also check the water pressure, as a high pressure in the installation can cause damage or noise in the pipes. When the three bars are exceeded, the water comes out so strongly that it can cause leaks and even break the taps.

To avoid these situations, it is advisable to use pressure reducers, valves that stabilize this parameter inside the home.

How to unblock the shower with eco-friendly and low-cost tricks

The professionals of Reparalia’s home, experts in repairs of all kinds of breakdowns of plumbing, electricity, masonry, locksmithery, household appliances and up to more than twenty guilds, bring you ideas, tips and tricks for a perfect maintenance of your home for little money and with great skill.

They are universal truths, impepinable. That’s why today you’re going to learn a magic formula to save on annoyances, plumbers, and environmental pains. Besides having your shower I’d like to see your mother so clean and so tidy.

How do you avoid getting stuck in your shower head or tub?
Lime and other sediments are inexorably accumulating inside the artichoke. You will notice this because the water gradually stops flowing out evenly, and the jets begin to collect strange diagonals.

It’s time to operate. And, by the way, do it with sense and sensitivity. With skill. And without products and pollutants, unnecessary and much more expensive.

The homemade remedy we recommend is to boil one part of vinegar for every two parts of water, adding to the mixture a good splash of lemon juice.The professionals of Reparalia’s home, experts in repairs of all kinds of breakdowns of plumbing, electricity, masonry, locksmithery, household appliances and up to more than twenty guilds, bring you ideas, tips and tricks for a perfect maintenance of your home for little money and with great skill.

Very hot, we will introduce the artichoke into the solution. If it’s plastic, let it drop a few degrees before the dive. To make it work, leave it there in no less than a quarter of an hour, which you can take advantage of to watch these fantastic videos.

No, I’m not saying that because we made them ourselves.

And how to avoid clogging the drain?
Soap scraps are largely to blame for the so-called “slow pipes”. The precise terminology applicable is “dirty pipes”. And a wire can help with the thickest part of the problem.

Next, prepare this mixture: 250 grams of sodium bicarbonate, 250 grams of fat salt, and 25 centilitres of white vinegar. Nice and warm, and to the hole.

The professionals of Reparalia’s home, experts in repairs of all kinds of breakdowns of plumbing, electricity, masonry, locksmithery, household appliances and up to more than twenty guilds, bring you ideas, tips and tricks for a perfect maintenance of your home for little money and with great skill.

If the jam is so bad that these household tricks don’t work, you can’t help but call a plumber to fix your problem. Does a professional do that to you in no time? 9

And so, as happy with your shower as new, you take a look at these 8 amazing outdoor furniture to be the envy of the neighborhood, and already happiness passes to Nirvana level.

 

How to choose the faucet that best suits your bathroom

Remember when a faucet was made up of two separate controls to control the flow of hot and cold water, and you needed the patience of a watchmaker to use it?

Luckily, nowadays there is an almost infinite number and variety of faucet models, with all kinds of possibilities, accessories and extras.

Technology has entered this important and often overlooked point of our homes and lives, with solutions such as the incorporation of variable LED light at the outlet of the water jet so that we can see its temperature with our own eyes before touching it.

But, today I want to review the different types of faucets that you can find on the market and their possibilities to adjust to your domestic taste.

Two-way tap
Classic among the classics, I opened this post with a retrospective mental image with him. It has the advantage, of course, that it allows you to fine-tune the flow rates of hot and cold water, but in exchange for investing more time in its use and, presumably, both hands.

Single-lever tap
Today, the most widespread in homes, has a single control with which we can regulate temperature and flow in a single movement. Some incorporate ingenious mechanisms that touch the fantasy as leverage, and can give your bathroom or kitchen a touch of spectacular design.

A peculiarity is that we must open them with moderation, because in a single stroke it can provide us with the totality of the flow without being necessary (not so with the taps single-lever wheel, which had to turn several times to take to its top).

Another very common error in the operation is to open it in half often, which makes the hot and cold water mix many times without being necessary (the correct thing would be to always open it from the position of cold water, if it is not lukewarmness what we are looking for).

Thermostatic tap
Much more advanced and also more expensive than the previous ones, this faucet allows you to choose the water temperature and flow rate more specifically. In addition, it incorporates stoppers to prevent the water from running too hot without wanting to, making it safer.

It’s not as easy to install or replace as the other models, but it’s worth the investment.

Built-in tap
It is installed directly on the wall, saving space in the stack and gaining in aesthetics. It also requires, on the other hand, a water intake prepared behind it.

Timer taps
They are usually found in public places, and have their flow limited to a specific time to save water (usually a push-button). They are not recommended for home use because of their obvious limitation, unless there are special safety needs, such as older people with a tendency to leave taps and other appliances open or on.

Infrared controlled taps
They have sensors that detect the hands to get started. We also usually find them in public establishments. They have the convenience of being activated directly with use and turned off when removing hands, but also obvious limitations in the choice of flow and temperature.

Foot pedal tap
Unusual in bathrooms, and even more so in some restaurants, they stand out for hygienic reasons, because you don’t need to use your hands to activate them and they are comfortable -and even fun- to use.

There is something common to any faucet model that you can buy in a hardware store, and that is that the cheap is usually expensive. It is better to invest a little more in a quality model that will give you many more hours of use in perfect condition, avoiding premature replacement.

Speaking of faucet installation, here’s one of our videos that will help you replace your bathroom or kitchen faucet yourself (valid for simple models like the single-lever mixer):

And if you want a helping hand from one of our professional plumbers to save time and complications

8 tips to prevent your pipes from freezing and protect your boiler in winter

If you live in cold and humid climates, and your pipes are especially exposed to these harsh weather conditions (as in many low houses, chalets or duplexes), today’s post will be crucial.

Keeping your pipes insulated from low temperatures will guarantee you a quiet and frost-free winter like the freezing of the water they contain, a very common breakdown between December and February whose repair can be very expensive.

What to do to avoid freezing your water pipes?

Tip #1: Stop dripping.
It’s the water, when it freezes, the real danger we’re talking about. That is why it is important that you look for and find solutions to any type of dripping that is occurring in your plumbing system, from taps to sinks, especially those that are closer to the outside or directly outdoors.

Tip #2: Beware of water on the outside.
In the yard and garden, always empty the hoses so that they do not contain water that, when turned into ice, burst them from the inside. In fact, when temperatures are threatening to drop below zero, disconnect them from the external stopcock to prevent them from freezing too, as far as the pipe itself.

If you have a water tank outside, avoid freezing by pouring some glycerin into the tank.

Tip #3: Protect the pipes from unheated water.
The basements and outside parts of the house usually have them, and they are the main candidates to stay stiff and cold and give you more scares.

Isolating these pipes is fundamental, for which there are many thermal tapes and insulating accessories that you should install right now to prevent.

With respect to thermal tapes, there are different types with different materials and functions. Some have an integrated thermostat, which requires the tape to be entangled between the pipe and the insulation. Some thermal tapes do not allow insulation to be placed on them, so it is best to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tip #4: Water moving against freezing.
When the electrical fluid is unavailable and everything stays at the mercy of the cold, it is better to leave a fine and constant stream of water circulating, whose frictional force will make it harder to freeze the water it contains in the cold.

Tip #5: How to heat a frozen pipe.
First of all, check the state and material we’re talking about.

Some plastics and copper will break if the transition is too abrupt, or simply because they have already cracked with freezing and are waiting to return to a warmer temperature to release all the stored water.

If you notice a broken pipe, call a warranty plumber to take care of it professionally if you want to avoid major problems.

If the tube is made of a sturdy metal, you can heat it by applying a remote welder, dryer or heat lamp. Always do it with great care and slowly, and never leave this process unsupervised.

Tip #6: Use a hot water recirculation valve with thermal convection temperature control.
It sounds Chinese, but it’s a very ingenious device that doesn’t require electricity to operate, and will continuously circulate warm water through the water lines whenever the temperature is below the point you have.

Unlike thermal tape, which only heats the pipes, this process circulates water without interruption to prevent crystallization and freezing, regardless of whether the pipes are hidden.

Keep in mind that this method requires the valve to be installed at a higher level (2nd or 3rd floor) than the water heater. The uninterrupted circulation of water through your system will increase your water heating bill. When you don’t want circulation, uninstall the valve and that’s it.

Tip #7: Place a material called ICE LOC.
It is an elastomer that fits inside pipes in problematic areas and prevents pipes from breaking when absorbing the expansion of frozen water.

Tip #8: line the pipes with grout.
In this post we explain how to do it on video, in addition to giving you some extra valuable tips to avoid having a hard time during this winter that begins.

Share this information with your family and friends who live in colder and more exposed areas.

Local plumber near me

Years of training and/or experience are needed to become a skilled plumber; some jurisdictions also require that plumbers be licensed.

Some needed skills, interests, and values. Protecting health and welfare of the nation is the top priority of a plumber along with,

  • Reading drawings, and specifications to determine layout of water supply, waste, and venting systems
  • Detecting faults in plumbing appliances and systems, and correctly diagnosing their causes
  • Installing, repairing and maintaining domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing fixtures and systems
  • Locating and marking positions for pipe connections, passage holes, and fixtures in walls and floors
  • Measuring, cutting, bending, and threading pipes using hand and power tools or machines
  • Joining pipes and fittings together using soldering techniques, compression fittings, threaded fittings, and push-on fittings.
  • Testing pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
  • Awareness of legal regulations and safety issues
  • Ensuring safety standards and building regulations are met.
  • Copper Piping
  • Hydronic heating system installation and maintenance.
  • ADA Compliance
  • Potable Water Systems
  • Sanitary Waste & Vent
  • Code Compliance
  • Acid Waste
  • Grease trap interceptors (install)
  • Heating Hot Water
  • Chill Water
  • Backflow Preventers
  • Natural Gas
  • Storm Drains
  • Seismic
  • New Construction
  • Urinals (waterless and standard)
  • Flush Valves
  • Toilet Chair Carriers
  • Floor Drains
  • Floor Clean Outs
  • Combination waste & Vent
  • Floor Sinks