Seek Out That Leak In Your Home

Can’t find the source of that dripping sound coming from your home? Alternatively, are you getting damp or water leakage, but aren’t sure where it’s coming from? Leaks can often be difficult to locate and can occur due to a variety of reasons. Here’s a brief of guide on how you can seek out that leak and get it patched up.

Roof leaks

The most common form of leak comes from the roof. A loose tile, broken sealing around a chimney or a puddle on a flat roof can all be the cause of such a leak. Finding these isn’t always easy. By going up into your attic and looking at the inside of the roof you may be able to see where the drip is coming from, but that isn’t to say that the water is entering through that part of the roof.

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For manually locating the leak yourself your best option is to go up on the roof with a hose and run it over the roof. Have someone else stand on the inside of your attic with a walkie-talkie/phone. When you run your hose over the place where the leak is entering, water will drip through into the inside of the building and they an alert you.

You should also look out for cracks in walls and shiners (stray nails that freeze up in winter and then start dripping as the temperature heats up). Another option could be internal piping in the attic (discussed later on).

Sometimes it may be easier and more convenient to look into local roofing companies that can locate the leak fast and repair it for you. You may be able to replace a tile yourself or repair a crack with caulk, but other jobs such as replacing a flat roof can be trickier.

Internal plumbing leaks

Various plumbing faults can often be the perpetrator. Leaks from baths, showers and toilet cisterns are often easy to locate. However, internal piping leaks may be more difficult – especially if the pipe is buried in a wall somewhere. Look out for nearby dampness. You can also check the water pressure for a fault by placing meters around you house – this is often much better carried out in the hands of a professional plumber.

Sealing and joints in pipes are where leaks will often occur, often simply as a result of wear and tear over time. Underground piping can also sometimes be an issue.

Underground leaks

The leak may not be coming from above, but below. You can usually identify an underground leak from dampness on the floor. This will often be underfloor piping, however it could also be a weakness in the foundations or a gap beneath a door. Floorboards may need to be pulled up, which could require hiring a flooring company to take a look. If you suspect it may be piping, try hiring a plumber to take a look. You should be able to tell whether it is piping or bad weather from when dampness most commonly appears.

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Perfect Dream or Unobtainable Nightmare? The Pros and Cons of The “Forever Home” Concept

The concept of a “forever home” is not a new one. It is most often used to refer to rescue animals, destined for a trouble-free life when they have found their new owners. It can also be used for humans – when we have found the house we intend to spend the rest of our lives in.

It can’t hurt to dream… can it?

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In some ways, this is a lovely sentiment. The idea that there is one place out there that will be our forever; the homely pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But… it’s also not so nice, in a way. If you think about it, it tends to mean that every other house you live in – i.e. the majority – is your… temporary home.

That sounds less pleasant. 80% of the places you live are just temporary? Stepping stones on the road to “the one”? There’s pretty much no area in life that we’d accept this. We don’t wait until we are nearly pensioners to marry our significant other, having tried out plenty of others. We don’t buy anything else “forever”, either. Our cars have dates of exchange, our clothes go out of style and our tastes evolve. So why are our homes expected to fall into one of two categories: the mythical “forever home” and then the just… all the others?

Life is too short for this kind of thinking. A forever home is a great concept for a rescue pet, but not so much for humans. The idea that you might one day want to move on from your current dwelling doesn’t mean that you don’t care about it, right?

Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall into the trap of leaving things for the “forever home”. These are the things we have on our wishlist and can’t imagine parting with, such as custom backyard pools and converted wine cellars. We’d never want to sell a house with something we had designed, so it waits for the forever home. And thus, we spend much of our life in a house that isn’t quite as we want it.

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And… not to be the bearer of bad news, but – well, the house you’re in right now might be your forever home. You just don’t know it yet. By putting off the things and denying yourself in the quest for something better one day, aren’t we selling ourselves short?

Or is there some benefit to the concept after all? Time to examine the pros and cons, and then you can figure out what works for you.

PRO Forever Home: It’s A Dream

Dreaming the days away…

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Sometimes, we need something to look forward to. After all, we know that there is not really gold at the end of a rainbow – but that doesn’t stop us wishing that there is.

Is the idea point of the idea of this end house, that will meet our every desire, actually in the wishing? Perhaps it is the aspiration that is important – something we can anticipate. We all need to have our idea of perfection in mind.

CON Forever Home: It’s A Dream

Can something be a pro and a con at the same time? I’m making the rules here, so, yes!

For some of us, we will never live that reality. So we spend our lives in houses that are good enough, never doing the things we want to really make us love them. That’s a pretty depressing situation, meaning nowhere is ever fully satisfied. You keep putting it off and dreaming of the next step, but you will ultimately end up with a lost dream you never lived out. Perhaps it is better to focus on reality.

PRO Forever Home: It Might Actually Happen

Maybe there is something at the end of it.

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This is the area that makes it difficult to argue against. While some of us may never reach that perfect home, some of us will. We will find the perfect place we want to spend our lives; our dreams will come true; the sky will glitter with our delight.

In these circumstances, waiting and saving money to lavish on our eventual end property seems sensible. There are many things we save up for and then can go wild and enjoy – so something as fundamental as the home we live in is a tangible goal.

CON Forever Home: You Don’t Appreciate The Space You’re In

It’s said that envy is the enemy of peace, and there is some truth to this with the idea of a forever home. When you think of this blissful property you one day intend to inhabit, it can mean that you are effectively envying the you of the future. That person will have their desires; the crisp interiors they love; the rooms they never want to leave.

In the moment, that can be rough – because it means you don’t have what you want. It means you are settling, and that means you are not appreciating the now. It means you are not getting enough of the home you currently have, which is a shame, as it probably wasn’t cheap.

So Where Do You Fall?

It all depends on what motivates you as a person. If you need targets and goals, then the idea of a dream property in the future can be enough to keep you going. If you can fix it in your mind and try to make it a reality, then you can handle any temporary upsets because they are just that – temporary.

Reality or aspiration?

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If, however, you are not sure how you will get to the point of the perfect home, then why waste your time dreaming of it? This is particularly true if funding your dream home would mean a massive change in financial circumstances that is unlikely. Take a deep breath and learn to appreciate what you have. Furthermore, don’t just accept – if you need to make changes, then have the energy to do them. Get the swimming pool; fix the dodgy plumbing; go for the wine cellar; paint a thousand accent wall! Make your custom alterations and do things that make you happy. There is no point wishing for a future and saving your energy for it, if it isn’t going to happen.

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Plumbing: When to DIY and When to Hire a Pro

Many people think that they can do it themselves when it comes to carrying out a plumbing job. And it’s certainly true that many tasks can be carried out on a DIY basis. But this isn’t always the case. Many people don’t realise when they need to drop the tools and call in a professional. So, here’s when to do it yourself and when to let someone with professional knowledge take over.

DIY

Small small jobs can be carried out very easily. For example, if you simply want to update the faucets in the bathroom or kitchen, you can do this yourself. That doesn’t mean that the job isn’t challenging, but there is not too much that can go wrong. You can see what you’re working on very clearly and easily, which isn’t the case with all plumbing jobs. And there are online guides that can help you out too.

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As well as those kinds of replacements, cosmetic repairs to bathroom and kitchen hardware can be done by yourself too. Some of these repairs are routine and very simple. For example, a toilet might have problems that cause it to move or not function properly. These issues can usually be fixed very easily with some basic tools and sealant. So, don’t be afraid to carry out that kind of DIY work. Calling a professional would be a waste of time.

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Preparation is key to any successful DIY plumbing job though. You have to know the basics, such as turning off the water supply before you undertake the task. As long as you think logically, do the basic things and plan it out in advance, the DIY plumbing job should be a real success.

Professional

First of all, you should always call a professional if you have an emergency situation. Doing a DIY task is only ever possible if you have the time to assess it and plan it out. That’s not the case when an emergency repair is needed, so call a professional. Many plumber repair services offer fast responses, so these should definitely be taken advantage of.

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As I mentioned above, the easiest jobs to carry out by yourself are the ones that are obvious. If you can see the problem in front of you, then it’s easier to fix it. But that’s not the case for many plumbing jobs. If a pipe has a problem and it’s hidden behind a wall, sorting out the problem can be a challenge. And when there are external plumbing problems with the drains that run under the ground, that kind of problem demands a pro.

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When you’re taking on a large remodelling of your bathroom, big changes often need to be made to the plumbing. Sometimes, these changes even require permits to be given. This is complicated work in terms of the physical task of carrying out the job and the paperwork. So, it’s the kind of task that is always best left to a professional with the right experience behind them.

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5 Top Plumbing Problems at Home

The many plumbing problems that homeowners deal with can be corrected at an instant. If you detect them earlier, you will save yourself a few dollars because you won’t have to call the plumber. The problems include:

1. Low water pressure

More often than not, low water pressure is caused by a blocked aerator. Besides filtering water, the aerator prevents splashing. Water contains mineral deposits that accumulate in the aerator. Over time, the aerator gets clogged. You can easily fix this by removing the aerator, cleaning it using water and vinegar then assembling it back.

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2. Leaking toilets

This is another plumbing problem that many people can identify with. A running toilet can be a real thorn in the flesh as it wastes a lot of water. It is important to figure out the cause as this will help you determine which parts to replace. Replacing faulty parts will save you a lot of money as you salvage the situation before it becomes a costly affair.

3. Leaking pipes

Wet spots in the house could be a red flag signaling your attention to a leaking pipe. Pipes may crack due to freezing. You need to examine the walls regularly and check under sinks for evidence of leaked pipes.

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4. Slow draining sink

When the sink drains slowly, the problem is either in the drain line or sink trap. To address this issue, determine and follow the direction of waste water so that you get to the main drainpipe.

5. Dripping faucets

It may seem like not much water is lost. The truth is, at the end of the day a lot of water would have gone to waste as you scratch your head paying the water bills.

Low water pressure, leaking toilets, leaking pipes, slow draining sink, and dripping faucets are just a few of the plumbing problems that occur at home.

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