Getting in Touch with Nature at Your Own Home 

Being able to spend some time in the open and enjoy nature is one of the most special feelings in the world. But if you do that in the comfort of your own home, it’s even better! If you’re one of those lucky people who live in a home that’s surrounded by a front and back yard, you simply have to make the most of it. Therefore, here are some of the best ways to get in touch with nature at your own home. 

Spice up your porch

Some people have a problem spending quality time in their front yard because they feel that everyone who passes by is able to see them. But if you design and build a great porch, you could be spending all your free time here – alone or with other people. You and your family could start having your meals there, or you could have a cup of coffee with your friends. Ultimately, you can even take a nap here or enjoy your books, but the most important thing is that you’ll be spending more time in the open than ever. 

Fix your deck

If you’re not a fan of letting random passers-by see you in your private moments, you can always introduce a totally different idea. Making the most of your backyard and giving your deck a brand new life is always a great choice. You don’t have to hide in your living room all summer long but instead, enjoy the outside area. From boosting your motivation to helping you discover a new hangout place, you’ll certainly get in touch with the nature around you. Instead of being stuck in dark, gloomy, improperly illuminated and poorly ventilated spaces, you’ll be surrounded by trees, fresh air, and lots of sunshine, which is great for your health, both mental and physical.

Regulate the exposure

Speaking of sunshine, you have to remember that not just any amount will do, no matter how amazing and healthy this is. Too much sunshine might harm you, especially if you’re living in a hot region with lots of sunny days on a yearly level. That’s why people living in places like Australia, for instance, might look into those handy shade sails that don’t just make your home more visually appealing but also help you connect to nature in a more meaningful way. Being able to spend time protected against too much sunshine will help you fall in love with your outdoor space again and again, and that’s always great.

Add more plants

In case you can’t or don’t want to spend time outside, you can always do the same in the comfort of your own home. Instead of going out, you could bring nature in, and turn your home into an oasis you can enjoy every day of the week. You just need to find some of the most durable house plants and incorporate them into every corner of your home. These will purify your indoor air, give your home a more natural look, boost your motivation, help you wake up in the morning, and turn into the focal points of your indoor space. You could also combine these with some eco-friendly décor, and take the green potential of your home to a much higher level.

As you can see, getting in touch with nature at your own home isn’t as hard or challenging as people generally think. It’s all about finding the right ideas and figuring out a way to make them work in your own space. And if you manage to do so, you too could start enjoying nature straight away!

Move Your Garden for Following Winter!

Being a fan of flowers and plants is a great thing, and that’s a hobby that can make you happy all year long. Still, lots of gardeners have a problem once the winter comes – most of their delicate plants and flowers don’t react well to low temperatures, and that’s why they have to do something about it. Reacting on time and moving your plants before it’s too cold is the only way to save them and avoid a disaster. If you too are thinking about doing that as well, here are a few tips that might help you.

Start on time

As mentioned before, moving your plants on time is the only way to keep them safe, but when is the right time to do so. Different people have different schedules, but if you want to listen to the experts, you have to know that they suggest doing so before the outdoor temperature drops below 45° F. Since temperature varies from one place to the next, you should keep track of the temperature at your home every single day and react as soon as it drops below 45° F. But, if you prefer having tropical plants, you might consider moving them even before, just to make sure they survive the cold weather.

Find the right place inside your home

Winter garden

Moving your plants in your home is a simple and easy task, but it needs to be done carefully and delicately. What’s even more important is to find the right spot for your plants. What most people do is move them into their bedrooms and living rooms, because these are the biggest rooms in their homes. However, bigger isn’t always better, and that means your living room might not be good enough for your plants. You need space that has lots of light, which is particularly vital in the winter, as well as the proper level of humidity that should help your plants live through the cold days. This means you may have to move your plants to your hallway, your dining room, your study, or even your kitchen, so keep an open mind.

Think outside the box

Speaking of areas where you can move your plants, you should take outdoor areas into consideration as well. These may not seem like the perfect choice at first, but actually, make a lot of sense in the long run. Places like decks, patios, and porches might look much better and more visually appealing if they’re full of plants and flowers, so you need to remember that too. You should also consider looking into those amazing sheds that can be quite versatile as well. Since they come in different shapes and sizes, you’ll soon realize why the best solution are sheds that aren’t just protective, but also durable, so your plants and flowers will be protected all winter long.

Keep taking care of your plants

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Taking care of your plants in the winter is the only way for you to save them, but if you move them in, you’ll have to adjust your maintenance schedule. Luckily, there are a few methods that should prove to be just enough, so be sure to explore these first. Start by adjusting your watering routine and water your plants less frequently. However, you should try to improve the humidity in your home because that’s more important than watering. Finally, adjust your indoor temperature and make sure your living space is full of natural sunlight too.

Moving your plants in before the winter might take some time and energy, but if you do everything right, you’ll be able to continue enjoying your plants in the spring as well – and that’s something all homeowners want!

 

Make Your Home Cozy for the Rainy Fall!

Even though going out with your family and spending time in the open is great, that’s sometimes simply not an option. As soon as the fall arrives, the weather isn’t as fine as before, and you can’t spend that much time in the open anymore. That’s when you have to move indoors and spend more time at home, but you need to make your home cozy first. If that’s something you’d like to do as well, here are a few ideas you should consider.

Declutter everything first

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Before creating new space for your family, you need to make sure there’s enough space for everyone. The only way to do that – unless you want to move into a new home, of course – is by decluttering every inch of your home. Remove everything you don’t need, and leave only the things that are absolutely necessary. Start by decluttering your living room, for instance, because this is where you’re probably going to be spending the most time in the fall. That way, you’ll have more space for your family, and you can do anything from organizing a movie night to hanging out with your guests.

Install some new lighting

It doesn’t matter if you love watching movies or not – your living room needs to be properly illuminated if you want to be able to spend time there. There are lots of ideas you can look into, from simple floor lamps to vintage chandeliers, and the only thing you have to do is find the right balance. Most families prefer having one main source of light in the middle of their living room – that’s usually a chandelier – and a few smaller sources that are scattered all over the place. You can do whatever you want with this setup and organize it any way you want, but think about turning the lights off as well. Doing that in a matter of seconds is vital, especially when you’re getting ready to watch a movie with your family. Still, whatever idea you go for, don’t forget to use LED light bulbs that aren’t just eco-friendly and sustainable, but also look better than your traditional bulbs.

Create a home theater

Home Theatre Finished Basement

Watching TV is one of the best ways for you and your family to spend quality time together during the fall. That’s why you should consider creating a home theater in your living room or your spare bedroom. Doing this might seem like a lot of work, but it’s actually quite easy. Start by getting a new TV and looking into professional TV installation options. Those amazing TV wall mounts will give your home theater a new look and give you more space than you’ve ever had, which is why this is such a cool idea. In addition to that, consider adding some new furniture that’s cozy and durable, as well as a minibar where you can keep your favorite drinks and food.

Create a schedule

Having a big family is amazing, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world when it comes to spending time together in front of the TV. Different members of your family may have different preferences, and this means you’ll have to come up with a certain schedule. This is particularly important if you have kids – after all, your kids shouldn’t watch too much TV in the first place – so doing this as soon as possible is a must.

Making your home cozy and comfortable for the fall is easier than most people think, and it’s all about a few simple ideas. All of these go a long way, so start with them and figure out how to incorporate them into your home as well.

How to Design an Eco-Friendly Backyard Kitchen

Are you looking to create an amazing backyard kitchen but worrying about the environmental impacts? Maybe you’ve heard horror stories about the carbon footprint created by an outdoor garden. For example, this article compares a family BBQ to a 90-mile car journey!

In our post, we’re looking at a backyard kitchen, and how you can make one that is both fun and eco-friendly.

Collect Water

You can’t use rainwater for everything in your outdoor kitchen, but it is environmentally friendly to collect water and use it where possible.

For instance, if you’ve chosen an outdoor pavilion as the setting for your backyard kitchen, you could use the rainwater to wash this down or clean the floor if it gets muddy.

This water shouldn’t be used for cooking. However, you can also use it to help with the next tip.

Use Your Garden to Produce

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You can produce fruit and vegetables from your garden. This has lots of benefits, one of which is the fact that it is more eco-friendly. You can ensure that pesticides aren’t used on your produce.

Also, you can avoid the environmental impacts of food having to be shipped from other places. If you buy food from the supermarket, it could even come from abroad. The shipping impact can be huge. Many companies aren’t worried about the environmental impact, they just worry about the bottom line and if they are making a profit.

If you can grow the same produce at home you can do your bit in protest to the shipping, which can be Co2 heavy. Sadly, relying on the supermarkets and their providers to be eco-friendly is not an option.

Also, you will then have the opportunity to share. This is another way to be environmentally friendly. Why don’t you and your friends all grow something different and share with one another? This way you have variety and you’re staying eco-friendly.

Another great thing about creating products in your garden is the chance to experiment. You can find out what grows in your local area and then grow fruit, veg, and herbs which can be a part of your cooking experiments. The fact that the veggies or herbs can be right next to your cooking space in your backyard kitchen can make using this product even more convenient.

Natural Gas Grills and Solar Cooking

You may have heard that a charcoal BBQ or smoker, or even an electric grill is pretty bad for the environment. This is 100% correct. This study shows that both propane and charcoal BBQs emit CO2 comparable to car journeys.

Of course, some people argue that you can’t beat the flavor of smoked or grilled food, and you shouldn’t always deprive yourself. However, there are some great alternatives out there.

For example, a natural gas grill is the most environmentally friendly way to have a traditional BBQ.

However, you can go for a method even more eco-friendly.

Many people are turning to solar cooking. This technology embraces the sun’s rays to cook your food in an outdoor space, often over a long period of time. A parabolic cooker can get all the way up to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C) so you can bake or “fry” food.

Solar Power Wherever Possible

As well as solar cooking, you can embrace solar power for the other aspects of your backyard kitchen. Why not install some solar lights around it? This can be a great way to avoid using electricity which can be bad for your carbon footprint.

There are more solar lights available than ever before and you can get string lights among other designs. You shouldn’t be stuck for choice when looking for solar lighting.

In addition, you can install solar generators that can be used to power appliances. You may have thought blenders and food processors were for indoor kitchens, but with a generator providing power outside you could even make a smoothie in your backyard using just solar power to run your blender.

Make Compost from Your Kitchen

You can complete the eco-friendly circle by making your own compost. Your backyard kitchen can incorporate a compost bin and any leftovers and waste which is suitable for composting can be put into the bin.

Include a compost starter and over time you will end up with compost that you can use for your plants, flowers, or vegetable patch. Obviously, you should keep this away from food prep areas as it can be smelly and a little unpleasant.

Repurpose Materials

When building your outdoor kitchen you should be aware of the environmental impact of this, too. If the actual building of the kitchen is not eco-friendly then the benefits of your outdoor kitchen may have been outweighed.

A surprising amount of materials can be salvaged. Chairs can be upcycled, wood can be taken from salvage yards to create tables. There are many ways you can build your outdoor kitchen without having to use materials that are a drain on the environment. Steer clear of plastics, especially single-use plastics.

Repurposing can be a fun project as well as being good for the environment.

Conclusion

Have you enjoyed our guide to creating an eco-friendly backyard garden? Are you inspired to do your own outdoor cooking? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Eco-Friendly Preps for Upcoming Fall and Winter

With the fall just started, there’s still time to get your home ready for the winter. Although green is already giving way to yellow and auburn, it doesn’t mean we should give up green practices throughout the seasons. whichever project you choose to do from the list below, make sure to do it sustainably.

Find and seal leaks

Utility cut-throughs for pipes, chimney gaps, and recessed ceiling lights, are often a source of leaks that reduce the effectiveness of your heating system. You can either hire a licensed technician to perform an energy audit for your home or learn how to detect leaks yourself. Add caulk and weather-stripping to critical gaps, especially around draughty window and door frames.

Shut your fireplace chimney

Ironically, even an essential heating element like a chimney can be a source of heat loss. Even though a crackling fire in the fireplace warms your house, the chimney can act as a natural funnel that sucks heat out of your house. To prevent this, make sure the fireplace damper is closed any time you’re not making a fire, and also make sure the damper fits well. Remind your family members to keep doors and windows to the outside closed at all times, and keep the doors throughout the house closed so that an open window on the far end can’t suck out heated air from the entire house.

Have your furnace inspected

Even if your furnace is working fine, it might not be operating at its top efficiency. A defunct blower fan or a clogged burner can cause unnecessary overloads, where the furnace uses more energy and gives of more carbon than it needs for the same heat output. Prevent this by having your furnace inspected, and if needed, serviced at the first sign of the cool season. The service technician can clean all your burners, tighten the connections, and lubricate the moving parts. At the same time, they will check your air filters, as clogged filters block heat flow, causing your unit to work double time.

Upgrade insulation

In many cases, it’s not the insufficient heat that is the problem but the heat that escapes. Due to laws of thermodynamics, heat is always looking for ways to escape to the cooler environment, which means you should improve the insulation to keep it inside. While insulating the attic should be your first step, you shouldn’t ignore the house siding either. While this project might seem overwhelming, with a mobile scaffolding rental, everything can be done within a week. To make your insulation upgrade sustainable, consider environmentally friendly materials such as cellulose, wood wool, or cork.

Save energy with holiday lighting

Although holiday lights don’t have a high power-rating, they keep flickering day and night throughout the season, easily adding up to your electricity bill which is already ‘loaded’ with increased consumption. Make your fairy lights more sustainable by choosing a LED version. While incandescent bulbs release up to 90% of their energy as wasted heat, LEDs emit very little heat, so they yield the same light intensity with a much smaller wattage.

Install smart thermostat

A smart thermostat can potentially save you hundreds a year on energy costs by automatically lowering and raising your home temperature while you’re away. Unlike traditional thermostats that maintain the temperature on pre-set times, smart models can learn your preferences and self-adjust accordingly, so no energy is wasted on heating while there’s no one at home. Many of them have connectivity features, as well, so you can control their operation with a smartphone even when you’re away.

When the outside temperature begins to fall, these tips and tricks can help you avoid cranking up the heat each day. While these preparations are necessary to keep your home comfortable in the most uncomfortable days, they’re also essential for lowering your home’s carbon footprint in the heating season.

Make Your Home More Stress-Free!

No matter where you live, the nature of the modern lifestyle makes stress pretty much unavoidable. There are many things that can stress us out, from our jobs to family problems, and unfortunately, most of us can’t exactly go on vacation whenever we feel like we need it. However, what we can do is turn our own home into a relaxing sanctuary that can help us relieve some stress the moment we come home from work. So, if you’re having trouble managing your stress levels, here’s what you can do to make your home more soothing.

Get rid of the mess

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Mess on the outside can easily lead to mess on the inside, so try to keep your home neat and well organized. This means that you should do some de-cluttering every once in a while and get rid of everything you no longer need. Moreover, every item in your home should have its spot – and be kept in it when you’re not using it. This includes everything from remotes and toys to dirty clothes and shoes. Needless to say, if you have a family, everybody should do their part in keeping the home clean, as cleaning after others can only add more stress to your life.

Breathe life into it

Research has shown that plants can be very beneficial to your mental well-being, so make sure to decorate your home with greenery. If you’re not that skilled in taking care of plants, you can opt for some that don’t require much maintenance, or you can get some quality air purifiers. On the other hand, if you happen to love nature and have enough time to dedicate to maintenance, you can go the extra mile and build a green wall in your home. It’s a perfect way to introduce that calming Zen spirit into your home and purify the air around you.

Choose the right neighborhood

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Now, if you happen to be in the process of buying a new home, a good way to make sure it’s as stress-free as it can be is to choose the right neighborhood. After all, the people around you will inevitably affect your life, and the amenities around your home can make a difference in your daily schedule. So, if the place that interests you is in the Land Down Under, consider some of the great house and land packages Austral, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Do some maintenance

Most of us have that one thing that we’ve been putting off for too long, whether it’s repainting the walls or fixing some piece of electronics. And, every time we pass by it or happen to need it, we get that boost of stress, knowing that we should fix it – yet, leaving it for another day. So, look around your home, and fix everything that needs to be fixed. By doing so, you’re bound to feel much more comfortable in your home.

Let there be light

The lighting can greatly affect your mood, so try to adjust it to your needs. During the day, you should let in as much natural light as you can, since it would boost your energy levels and help you focus. As for the artificial lighting, you can use string lights in your bathroom and bedroom to create a more romantic and subtle atmosphere.

Even though you might not be able to avoid stress completely, there are ways to manage it. One of the best places to start is your own home, so pay attention to your home design. If you keep your home clean, organized, well-lit, and spiced up with some plants, you’re bound to feel much better in it.

Sustainable Home Storage: Smart Solutions

Different people have different ideas of what a perfect home should consist of and look like. However, the thing that probably everyone will agree on is that it needs to have enough storage space. Simply put, unless you have enough storage solutions is your home, you won’t have a place for all of your things. And if that’s the case, your home can easily become cluttered and messy.

That being said, smart and sustainable storage solutions are where it’s at if your home is lacking proper storage. There are numerous ways you can create enough storage in your home seamlessly, with the help of just some easy tricks. Here are some ideas.

First, declutter everything

The fact is that all of us probably own too many things and a good portion of those things we simply don’t end up using. Therefore, before you start implementing new storage solutions in your home, make sure you declutter the already existing ones. Take everything out of your closets, get things off of your shelves and empty out your cabinets. Group everything in the middle of the room and Kondo every pile, room by room. Once you have all the things sorted into a “throw-away”, “donate” and “keep” pile, you can start returning the things from the “keep” pile into your existing storage. Organizing everything will be much easier once you have more room and fewer things to organize.

Focus on sustainable materials

When looking to implement any type of new storage solutions in your home, be it drawer dividers, closet inserts or shelving units, make sure you go with sustainable materials. Plastic, even though it is widely available and may seem like the most practical solution is not quite the best option. Not only will it last significantly shorter, but it is also pretty detrimental for the environment in general. That is why you should consider wooden, glass and even metal containers and solutions instead. Instead of storing your food in tupperware, look for mason jars and other glass or stainless-steel containers that will serve the same purpose. Wooden crates and metal baskets are also excellent solutions for storing produce, or they can even work as wardrobe fillers.

Think big

Furthermore, if you’ve decluttered your home but you still have a lot of things left, consider adding some big storage solutions so that you have enough room to store all of your belongings. This storage solution doesn’t have to be placed in your home per se, rather you can install it in your garage or even basement. Here, think in terms of industrial shelving solutions as they are sturdy and offer enough room for storing various items. This way, you’ll create more storage options in your home without actually compromising its current style or functionality. The best part about this type of shelving is that it is customizable in terms of size and height, so you can easily find the right fit for a space of any size. Also, make sure you go with sustainable materials as well, as they offer better support and greater durability.

Consider multifunctional furniture

Alternatively, if you live in a rather small apartment which only further limits your ability to add proper storage solutions, you may want to consider replacing your current furniture pieces with multifunctional ones. For instance, choose a bed that has a hidden storage compartment underneath and go with bedside tables that have at least three drawers. For the living room, choose a couch that – again – comes with built-in storage and maybe even use a vintage wooden trunk as your coffee table. This way, you will have a place to store your belongings without having to fill your home with various shelves and other types of conventional storage. Finally, you can even get a few rattan baskets and use them as a storage solution. Not only will they provide you with enough room for storing certain items, like throw pillows and covers, but they look very stylish and will have no problem fitting in with your interior.

So, try to replace any plastic storing bins in your home for glass, wooden or metal alternatives and come up with different ways you can store away your belongings in plain sight. Implement furniture pieces that contain hidden storage for some additional storing options and make sure you declutter on a regular basis, to avoid being overwhelmed with items you don’t even use in your day-to-day.

Earth-Friendly Home Plumbing: The Essentials

With so many different ways to go green in your home, home plumbing doesn’t often cross the minds of many homeowners, but it does present an excellent opportunity to be more earth-friendly. The advantages range from lower utility costs long term and reduced energy consumption, to leading a healthier life in a healthier environment.

Obviously, home plumbing covers many aspects, from the water heater, pipes and drainage to toilets, sinks and sewer main, so there are numerous ways to green up your plumbing. After careful analysis, even if it costs more initially, the benefits it brings regarding later savings and impact on the environment and the quality of your life, far outweigh the money, time and effort spent in its realisation.

Costs of green plumbing

The cost of installing green plumbing will differ depending on the type of project you opt for, but in general, hiring a plumber will cost you up to $300. With green plumbing, the initial price may be higher, but thinking long term, your investment will pay off with the cuts in energy and water usage.

Whether you have a green or traditional plumbing system, the costs will rise drastically in cases of emergency and during non-business hours. Knowing this, you shouldn’t wait for things to escalate and minor plumbing issues to turn into catastrophes. Relying on genuine experts, such as this emergency plumber in Sydney, can save your nerves and money by fixing any problem you may have, form leaky taps and toilets, to blocked drainage and various repairs.

Benefit no.1: Lower energy consumption

The first advantage that green plumbing brings is a reduction in your home’s energy consumption. It’s widely known that if there’s even the slightest leak, heat will escape your home and it’s most evident in the piping system. By insulating your pipes, you can prevent the heat loss between your water heater and faucets.

With an on-demand hot water circulation pump that sends the hot water to all your fixtures, you’ll double your savings: there’ll be no heat loss when the hot water sits unused in the pipes and with instant hot water coming as soon as you open the faucets, there’ll be no water waste.

Benefit no.2: A healthier home

Water quality is an essential part of a healthy home and before you start investing in your home green plumbing, it’s wise to find out what kind of water you’re supplying to your home. There are various water purification methods available depending on different water issues so you might want to have professionals test the water in your home before you start.

If there are reasons for your concern regarding the drinking water, you may consider installing a water purification system such as carbon filters in faucets and showerheads that absorb pollutants of a reverse osmosis system on your sink that will ensure clean water for drinking and cooking.

Benefit no.3: A greener environment

Anything you can do to reduce the amount of water your household consumes will contribute to the preservation of the environment. For instance, by installing low-flow showers and faucets, you’ll cut your water usage by 60% and a low-flow toilet that replaces a traditional type of toilet which is the biggest water draw in a home can reduce the water use by five or six times per each flush.

Moreover, faucet flow reducers are easy to install on the end of your faucets and can cut water usage by 40%, whereas installing energy-efficient home appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers can lower your water consumption by as much as 50%.

In summary, there are many ways to green up your plumbing system but there’s no need to do everything at once. You may want to give a couple of methods a try and see what it gets you. No matter what you choose, you need to know that green plumbing will not only contribute to your healthier living but also to the quality of life of future generations.

How Can You Replace Sewer Pipes without Digging up My Landscaping?

It’s common to assume that the only way to replace sewer pipes is by digging up your front garden, ruining the landscape. This can quickly escalate your worries about the work required and the costs involved. Fortunately, digging and upending your landscape is not the only solution.

The no-dig tech offers help in this regard. Surprisingly, 78% of the folks confessed they had never heard of this sewer technology as per a poll by Angie’s list. As its name suggests, the no dig technology relates to using trenchless pipe rehabilitation that employs the existing pipe structure to replace your sewer pipes. Resultantly, there is no need for any extensive excavation, and you don’t have to see a messed up landscape.

Replacing sewer pipes without digging up your landscape

Traditionally, the main sewer line that connects most homes lies beneath the sod, grass, and dirt of the front yard. So if your sewer line faces an issue or two, plumbers will have to dig up your yard to replace it.

Two solutions can, however, help you save all the extra hassle. The two main solutions from trenchless sewer repair are pipe lining and pipe bursting. Let’s walk you through both of the options:

  1. Pipelining trenchless sewer repair process

As per this process, the plumbing team sends in a small, self-leveling sewer camera into your sewer line. This process is known as video inspection. The camera goes through the pipe’s length and width to inspect any blockage, crack, and other damage.

Once the troubleshooting area is spotted, the process moves to its next stage. The second step revolves around hydro-jetting or using a mechanical cleaning process that clears the blockage.

Finally, the plumber inserts an epoxy-saturated felt tube into the pipe. The felt tube is then inflated and allowed to cure, which replaces the damaged internal section of the old pipe.

  1. Pipe bursting repair work

This process also goes with the name of pipe splitting. It does not include digging up the entire pipe. However, it is centered around digging a small spot for inserting a new pipe. As the new pipe is pulled through the damaged one, the old one is busted outward.

Hence, in a way, we can say that this method is not entirely trenchless but semi-trenchless since some of your landscape may be damaged.

How do you replace your sewer pipes?

The procedures explained above are not DIY in any sense. They require special expertise and sensitive tech. Therefore, only a good plumber can help you. There are chances you are already asking your 24×7 assistant Siri to find Plumbers near me, which is the right move.

If you don’t know any plumbers already, Google can help you find a good plumbing service. Start with typing in your query and thoroughly search the names that the search engine gives you. Check out each of the names and visit their site. Make sure that you don’t do the surface analysis only, else you’ll end up choosing the wrong one.

Be sure to inspect each detail. Note that sufficient contact details are available and a physical address of the plumber’s shop is also given. Read through the plumber’s experience and portfolio too. It is essential to jot down these details to weed out professionals from scammers.

Once you shortlist the name of potential plumbers you’d like to hire, call the number given on their website. Explain your concern to the call representative and note what solution he offers.

Additionally, ask for a quote for the expenses involved. In several cases, the plumbing team may request to see the damage so that they can assess it and then quote a price. You can get a significant idea of how professional the service provider is from the way they handle your call.

Professional plumbing service will walk you through the entire process for replacing your sewer pipe without having to dig up your landscape.

Is it possible to replace sewer pipes without digging your front yard in all cases?

Unfortunately, not all pipes can be replaced without having to dig up your landscape. Instances that require complete digging are when your pipe’s cast iron has deteriorated. In such a case, the pipe cannot hold a liner. Similarly, if the infrastructure that holds up the pipe is broken, then you need to get your sewer pipes replaced completely.

Key takeaway

Replacing your sewer pipes without upturning the entire place is entirely possible. Call your plumber or look up a good one on Google and ask him to use no dig technology to replace your sewer pipes. Be sure to work with professionals who satisfy you on call. Also, work with professionals who are responsive so that they can quickly replace your sewer pipe since delay can only aggravate the damage.

 

Author Bio:

Michelle Joe is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. You can find her on TwitterLinkedInFacebook

What Does It Cost To Have Garage Door Springs Replaced?

Garage doors are a necessity because they secure one of the many entry points in homes. They remain functional in part because of the springs attached to them. But while the springs are important, they are also the most common malfunctioning components of garage doors. The doors may not close completely due to damaged springs.

There are two main types of garage door springs. One type operates the doors through extension. Extension springs are placed above the horizontal track of the door. The second type is the torsion spring. Even though the first type is a more popular choice, it is because they are cheaper. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are also a better choice. A garage door that has extension springs is easier to force open.

Unlike the first kind, torsion springs are less likely to break and difficult to interfere with. They attach to the wall above a garage door. That is also why they are able to handle much weightier garage doors than extension springs.

Garage door spring problems

Both types of springs do wear out due to daily – or frequent — use. If you keep using them even after that, they will break. Replacement of a broken spring will depend on the type of the spring. Extension springs are cheaper to replace than torsion ones. A broken spring is useless and can make your home vulnerable to break-ins. Why wait until that time is close?

Experts say that few indications can signal that malfunction of a garage door’s springs. By checking for these signs, you may be able to prevent breakage and get the door fixed before time:

  • Springs usually require little to no maintenance, except for frequent lubrication. If you hear a squeak when you operate your garage door, it is a sign that its springs need some lubricant. Any excessive noise that wasn’t there before signals a problem with the springs. In such a case, you may either have to replace them or repair the springs. You may need a professional opinion to decide which.
  • Is your garage door taking longer and longer to close or open properly? In such situations, the springs may be out of balance. Balance issues usually arise when a new spring is installed with an older one. We will discuss this problem below.
  • The reason why extension springs cannot handle heavier doors is that they don’t have safety cables. You may want to ask in a professional to come and install them. The cables are another level of protection for the people who use the garage doors regularly. Unsupported doors can fall and hurt someone!

Cost of spring replacement

The cost of Frisco Garage Door Repair may depend on several factors. The condition of both your garage door springs and your garage are two determinants of the price. Other factors include the type of springs – extension or torsion–, the type of garage door, and even the company performing the job.

The firm you hire to replace the springs must be reputable. If they charge outrageous prices, you may want to reconsider working with them. We’d suggest calling up several companies, comparing the prices they quote to you and then hiring someone. Remember to hire only a professional, or you could be calling them back for a job not well done!

There could even be other issues that only a skilled technician will recognize.

Factors that matter when buying springs

One question that homeowners have during replacement is whether they should only remove one spring or both. You may not know this, but the springs mounted on a garage door are in pairs. One of them can see more wear and tear, making it break down earlier. If you plan to get only that spring taken out, think again! Since it is likely both were installed at the same time; the other one is probably close to breaking point as well.

Moreover, forcing a new spring to work with the old one is a recipe for disaster. They might not be compatible. You’d end up spending the same amount when you have to call in the repair company for the second one!

The life expectancy of a garage door spring

Three things determine how long your garage door springs will last. Typically, extension springs break earlier than the torsion type. So, the type of spring will matter. Another thing is that each spring has its life expectancy on its packaging. The duration is in the form of cycles – a cycle means one complete opening and closing instance of a garage door. Thirdly, the frequency of use that the springs see will also determine their life expectancy in part.

Clearly, your garage door requires the expertise of trained and qualified technicians. Whether you want to replace the springs on the door replaced or repaired, it is better that you let the experts handle it!

 

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