Asphalt Vs. Concrete Paving: Which Is Right For You

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you decide it’s time to install a new driveway, should you go with asphalt or concrete? That is the question many homeowners, like you, face. While there are other choices, like gravel or brick pavers, concrete and asphalt seem to be the most common choices. If you take the time to understand the pros and cons of each, and compare these with your needs, it can make the decision a little easier.  What They Have In Common Before laying out the differences between asphalt and concrete, you need to know what they have in common. Both types of driveways need a sturdy foundation, and are best prepared and installed by expert contractors who have experience working with your material of choice.  Professionals understand that a driveway is only as good as what lies beneath it. They also understand that where you live, your budget, and other personal preferences play a role in installing a driveway that fits your needs.  How Weather Affects Driveways When choosing your driveway material consider what type of winter you have. Freezing temperatures can cause concrete driveways to crack, especially when it is under extreme pressure or there is a lot of surface movement. Asphalt may be a better choice for you because it can shrink and expand with temperature fluctuations.  When cold weather does cause damage to your driveway, asphalt is also the easiest to repair. You can have cracks and holes filled and sealed without being conspicuous. However, with concrete, patches are much more obvious, and it may require more expensive repairs than asphalt.  How Stains Affect Driveways If you want to avoid noticeable stains from oil or gas on your driveway, which are often inevitable, you may want to go with asphalt. Oil leaks are less noticeable on asphalt, but you must be careful with gasoline, these spills can damage the asphalt. Both gas and oil stains are more obvious on concrete.  How Much Maintenance Driveways Need When it comes to maintenance needs, concrete requires less work, but when it is damaged, it is often more difficult and costly to repair. Asphalt on the other hand require more maintenance, but it is often easy to do.  The material you choose also affects how quickly you can use the driveway after installation. You can drive on an asphalt driveway almost immediately after installation, while with concrete, you may have to wait up to a week before driving on it.  You can discuss the pros and cons with an asphalt services contractor as well as pricing. Asphalt is often the cheaper alternative when it comes to installation, but concrete driveways generally outlast asphalt ones, so this is also something to consider. Your contractor...

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5 Ways To Avoid A Clogged Toilet

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A clogged toilet is a pretty common plumbing problem, and unfortunately it can cause a big mess. It can overflow and severely damage your floors. That is why you should try to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are five ways to avoid a clogged toilet. Do not Flush Too Much Toilet Paper Down the Toilet If you flush too much toilet paper down your toilet, it can lead to a clog. Large amounts of toilet paper can ball up and get stuck in the toilet. That is why you should only flush a few sheets of toilet paper at a time. If you have little kids at home, tell them to be careful about how much toilet paper they flush down the toilet. Plunge a Toilet With a Weak Flush If your toilet has been flushing slower than usual, you shouldn’t ignore it. Put a plunger over the drain hole to help clear things up. If you plunge your toilet when the flush is weak, you can prevent a major clog from developing. Also, check the rim of the toilet for mineral deposits. Instead of having a clogged toilet, the jet holes may just need to be cleared. Understand What You Can’t Flush Down the Toilet Flushing anything besides human waste and toilet paper can lead to a toilet clog. Some of the things you should never flush down your toilet include baby wipes, cigarettes, diapers, floss, feminine products, and paper towels. These items can easily clog up your toilet and even damage your pipes. Avoid Storing Items Over Your Toilet Tank Storing items like soap, combs and toilet paper on a shelf over your toilet seems very convenient. However, if you place items too close too your toilet, they can get knocked into the bowl and cause a clog. Use a Drain Cleaner or an Auger Another way you can prevent toilet clogs is to use a drain cleaner. All you have to do is pour it down the opening of the toilet. It will help dissolve dirt, hair and other particles in your toilet. Since many drain cleaners have harsh chemicals that can damage pipes, look for eco-friendly alternatives. A toilet auger may be a better tool to use if you face a nasty clog. Following these helpful tips will help you avoid toilet clogs in the future. However, if your toilet still gets clogged, you should call an experienced plumber as soon as possible. A skilled plumber will come to your house and unclog your toilet in no...

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