How A Septic System Installation Works

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Septic systems, when installed correctly, can last decades with little maintenance. An installation generally costs between $5,000 and $7,000, which can be a high expense for a new homeowner, but is useful for those living in suburban or spread-out areas. Septic tanks usually use a gravity fed system, which means no special mechanics; just a tank, pipes and a leach field: Ground Prep and Excavation Where your tank can be placed may depend on your city’s codes, so make sure you know where exactly you can place your tank. Once you’re ready, descending trenches will be dug from your house to your tank. A hole will also be dug for the tank itself, then more trenches for the leach field area. The hole for the tank itself will need to be deep enough so that it rests below the pipes coming from your house — this downward slope is how the gravity fed system operates. Different tanks will be able to withstand different amounts of pressure from topside dirt, which can affect how deep your tank will be buried. Once the hole has been dug deep enough, the ground at the bottom will be flattened out. To ensure no compacting of dirt that might damage the tank, the ground at the bottom of the hole is dampened with a hose, then a thin layer of gravel or drain rock is placed on the bottom. This is also slightly dampened, and will be smoothed and stamped to ensure the dirt below will not yield to the weight of the tank. Finally, another layer of dirt is put over the gravel, then smoothed. Laying and Connecting the Tank A septic tank is carefully lowered by crane into the hole. Before it is covered up, installers will make sure that it is completely level on all sides and that it lines up with the pipes coming from your house and the pipes that open to the leach field. When connecting the pipes, a backflow preventer is also connected between your house and the tank. This stays visible above ground in case you need to access it to clear any blockages. To protect the backflow preventer  while covering your tank with dirt, it may be temporarily covered with a culvert to keep the dirt away. One or multiple risers — depending on what type of tank you have — is then installed on top of the tank to provide access in case the tank needs to be emptied or repaired. Completion Once your tank and pipes have been set, the tank will be filled with water to check for any leaks. If everything works fine, everything apart from your backflow preventer will be covered with dirt....

Read More

5 Tips For Dealing With Mold

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Living in a toxic environment can wreak havoc on your health. It is important to breathe clean air on a daily basis. If you have mold inside of your home, this should be cleaned up for a better quality of air. The air you breathe day in and day out should be of the purest quality. By knowing tips to help you clean up mold in your home, this will prepare you if faced with this situation. Tip #1: Remove contaminated items Mold is often the result of significant water damage. If this is the case, the first thing you will want to do is remove all of the items in your home that may be contaminated. Put these outside so it will be easier for these items to dry out quicker. Tip #2: Use a dehumidifier In order to get rid of the mold left in the home, it’s important to get a dehumidifier to help keep the air clean. These can be purchased at a number of stores, and the average price for a larger size that can clean a living room is $100-$250. Tip #3: Wear proper gear In an attempt to avoid the toxicity of the mold when dealing with it one-on-one, it’s important to wear the protective gear. In most cases, gloves, a respirator and goggles are recommended to avoid breathing in this toxic air. Tip #4: Use mold killing products When cleaning the surfaces inside your home when mold is present, it’s important to use mold killing products for best results. These are the most effective at getting rid of the damage that mold can cause and will allow for the best results. Tip #5: Seek advice The level of mold in your home will determine if you should seek outside assistance for this job. If there is a high amount of mold, this problem should be addressed by a professional in this field. The risks of not getting rid of the mold are simply too high for residents and may present a number of health problems if not addressed. Finally, dealing with mold can be problematic. The possible dangers to your health make this a serious situation, and immediate attention is required in most cases. If you feel the task is too large for you to handle, it’s ideal to rely on a professional contractor who can take care of the mold problem completely. For more information, contact a company such as Central Flood Management...

Read More

Learn How To Update The Look Of Your Brick Fireplace With Concrete

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a brick fireplace in your home that is simply lacking luster, you do not have to live with the way it looks. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the only thing you can do is paint the brick to give it an updated look. While this will change the look of the fireplace, it will not update it enough to make a huge difference. If you want to make a huge impact, consider concreting your fireplace instead. The concrete can be placed directly onto the brick and allow you to create a new look in the room within a day or two. Use the following guide to learn how to give your fireplace a brand new look. Prepare Your Brick The first thing you need to do is sweep off your brick fireplace. You want to remove any dust that may have collected on the brick so the concrete can easily stick to it. Mix Your Concrete The directions on the bag of concrete will tell you how much water to add to the mixture to make it the perfect consistency. It will need to be thick enough that you can apply it to the brick with ease, but thin enough that it is still pliable. The consistency of crepes is a bit too runny, and the consistency used for brownies is a bit too thick. Try to aim for somewhere closer to a consistency of a muffin mix instead. Allow the concrete to sit for eight minutes and then mix it again. This will allow the concrete to stay pliable for longer because air will get into the mix. Add the First Layer Drywall tools will make applying the concrete quick and easy. Use a trowel to add a few trowels of concrete to a drywall mud pan. This will allow you to have concrete to work with nearby so you do not have to go back and forth between the bucket and the fireplace again and again. Apply the first layer of concrete thinly. Start at the top of the fireplace, take a dollop of the concrete on the trowel and push it against the brick. Smooth out the dollop. The first few layers of concrete will be filling in the gaps between the bricks. You want them to be smooth, but they are not going to be as smooth as the final layers will be. Finish Concreting the Fireplace Continue to add layer after layer of concrete to the fireplace until it looks the way you want it to look. You need to allow each layer to have plenty of time to dry, before applying the next layer. Two to three...

Read More
Page 12 of 12« First...89101112