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Reduce Water Usage in Your Home

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Water is a precious commodity and most of us don’t understand its importance.

There are many countries in this world where people suffer due to extreme shortage of water.

There are many other states which suffer from dire water scarcities arising due to draughts. It is our duty as humans to use water responsibly and help in reducing its wastage.

The following tips can help one reduce water use in their homes:

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Water flows from the taps at the speed of 2.5 gallons per minute.
  • Use a bucket to have a bath rather than the shower every time. This could help you preserve a large amount of water.
  • Run the tap at a low speed when you are washing your hands with soap. You could even turn it off while you are scrubbing and then turn it on again when you need to wash.
  • You could flush after using the toilet twice to thrice instead of flushing every time. Flushes use large amounts of water.
  • Make sure there are no leakages in your house. Fix any dripping taps and faucets.
  • The left over water after you boil your pasta or rice can be used to water your plants instead of letting it down the drain.
  • Try getting your car cleaned at a car wash center rather than at home. You tend to use more water cleaning your car yourself at home. Car wash centers use recycled water to clean cars.
  • Choose water efficient fixtures for your bathrooms and toilets such as low-flow toilet, efficient shower heads, water sense rated dishwashers and washing machines.
  • If you must have a lawn then shrink its size else incorporate more of succulents, xeriscaped landscapes and other plants that survive on less water. Try keeping some wonderful succulents in your balconies and foyer areas.
  • Run your dishwashers or washing machines only when they are full. Half load machines also use a lot of water to run.
  • Monitor your water bills regularly. A sudden spike in water bill could mean there is some leakage in the house. If you find any spike, call for an expert plumber to find out the culprit immediately.
  • Install rain barrels for rain water harvesting. You can keep your plants hydrated this way. Harvested rain water can be used for cleaning and washing your yard or mopping the floor.
  • Make sure you water your plants in the early morning to ensure minimum water evaporation.
  • Do not wash each dish separately under a flowing tap of water. You could fill up your sink with water and then use that water for scrubbing.
  • Using less electricity will indirectly make you conserve water as power plants require lots of water to cool down.

These small tips will go a long way in helping us preserve water. If every house in the community preserves water this way, it will help in saving a lot of water and also reducing water bills.

How to Repair a Leaky Single-Handed Faucet

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You don’t have to hire a contractor or repairman for every project in your home. There are smaller DIY projects you can handle on your own with a little helpful instruction from Manikarsa Home Repair. For example, this post will instruct you on how to repair a leaky single-handed faucet. This is an easy repair you can fix in no time! Let’s get started:

First you need to determine the source of the leak. A leaky spout on your faucet indicates that there is damage to one of the parts on the inside of the faucet. A leak at the base of the faucet means there is damaged seals around the outside of the faucet. Both are relatively easy repairs.

Turn off the shutoff valve under the sink. You might want to turn off the main water valve in your home too to be safe. The main valve should be located in your home’s basement near PVC piping.

Now run the faucet to release all residual water in the plumbing. You can close the drain by placing a towel or two on top of it in the sink.

Now remove the aerator from the spout of the faucet. This piece might be stuck to the faucet. You can soak a towel in white vinegar and wrap it around the spout to loosen the aerator. This should help you remove it easier. The aerator should be ready to be removed after an hour.

You can now disassemble the faucet. Remove each piece one at a time and lay them in order on your countertop. You don’t want to mix up the order of the pieces for fear of assembling it incorrect after you repair the leak. Now take a picture of the pieces in their order. This will allow you to bring the pieces with you to the hardware store to purchase new pieces for the faucet.

You should be safe and just purchase a kit to repair and replace all of the components of the faucet. This is easier since it is already disassembled and ensures that you repair the broken piece during the project.

Repair Ball Faucets

On ball faucets, loosen the set screw and remove the handle from the base. Then take off the cap and remove the cam, washer and ball to repair the leaky spout. You will need to slide off the spout of the faucet to repair leaks at the base.

Sometimes you just need to replace and reseal the o-rings for a tighter and secure fit and that will repair the leaky base. Replace all of the parts of the ball faucet and replace them in the correct order.

Repair Cartridge Faucets

For cartridge faucets, take off the cap and remove the screw and clip from the interior of the base. Then remove the handle and the trim ring from the faucet. Unscrew the retainer and pull out the cartridge. Now insert a brand new cartridge and reassemble the faucet.

These steps should repair the leaky faucet. You can now turn on the main water valve and shutoff/supply valve for the sink.

Tips When Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Home improvement is one of the projects you can choose to have to help renovate your home. It is a great idea to hire a professional to help you in your home improvement project. However, choosing the right contractor for the job is very essential to avoid getting into a mess. You should never use the price as the only baseline of choosing a contractor for your renovations.

When you choose the wrong contractor, it may result in delays, legal issues and even subpar work being done. To avoid such scams, here are guiding tips to help you choose a professional contractor that will ensure quality service delivery.

Talk to your contractor.

Ensure you meet your contractor in person and have a talk. A good contractor should be easy to talk to. Communication is a very important aspect of working with a contractor that you shouldn’t ignore. Insist on having regular communication and update of the progress.

Understand the price and your budget.

Keep in mind that the lowest bid is not always the best. Make sure the contractor is not desperate for the job. Request for advice from your contractor on how the project should take place. You should also ask for a written description of the materials needed for the job to be done. Ensure the contractor does not choose on the low-quality materials. You should also ensure the contractor knows your maximum budget during the interview.

Check the credentials of your contractor.

The contractor you hire should have the relevant qualifications required. The company should be a member of a reputable association that binds them to a strict code of ethics. Confirm that the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured for protection against liability before hiring them. Verify the validity of the insurance and license.

Have a written contract before the work begins.

All the details of the renovation should be outlined in writing and signed by both you and your contractor. The details should include the total cost to be incurred, license number of your contractor, time frame for the project, parties involved, payment plans and how additional costs will be addressed. Ensure that the contractor gives the duration the contract will take to avoid inconveniences.

Prepare for the renovation

Home renovation can change the assessed value of your home. Ensure you remove any valuables that could be damaged at the work site. Ensure you also keep your insurance agent updated about the renovation to ensure you’re protected. Verify that all the job as agreed upon is complete before you sign off on the renovation project.