An expertly remodeled master bathroom will provide years of pleasure and comfort. But do an amateur job and you’ll be reminded of the fact every day. It’s a tricky space, unfortunately, with lots of moving parts crammed into a tight footprint, not to mention the volumes of water ready to exploit any and all leaks. Setting a budget and planning ahead are two ways to keep your project on track. (See Bathroom remodeling trends and costs.) And also take care to choose the best sink, counter top and toilet for your space.
Maintaining a septic system is an important part of protecting your home investment. The following are a few important suggestions to help you insure a well functioning septic system.
1. Do not plant trees within 100 feet of your septic tank as invasive roots can cause damage to the tank.
2. Do not flush cat litter, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, or similar items down the toilet. They'll quickly fill and clog your septic tank.
3. Do not use heavy cleaners, particularly those that have bleach. They kill beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, so solids can't break down properly.
4. Conserve water to reduce the load on the septic system. For example, do laundry throughout the week instead of all at once; use flow reducer nozzles on showers; install water-conserving commodes.
5. Do not pour hazardous chemicals down the drain. They can harm your septic system and will eventually find their way into the ground water.
6. Add a monthly dose of an enzyme product that adds beneficial bacteria to the septic system.
7. Remember to have your septic system tanks pumped at least every three years.
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Arizona Well Owners' Guide to Water Supply, by Janick Artiola and Kristine Uhlman. The Well Owner’s Guide presents detailed sections on water quality, drinking water, well system operation and maintenance, and water testing. The reader is also introduced to Arizona’s aquifers, as well as conditions and activities that effect groundwater quality. Well owners can also learn about well construction, well components, and well maintenance needed for the safe and proper function of their wells. This guide also includes a section on water treatment technologies based on water quality conditions. Tim Ragels - A to Z Plumbing Specialists - Serving Catalina, AZ
When to Replace the Water Heater?
Age. How long has that particular appliance been working for you? A gas hot water heater is expected to last 8-12 years, while an electric model does a little better at 10-15. Tankless water heaters have a longer life expectancy but they are so new that it is hard to estimate their actual lifetimes. Water. Rust colored hot water; do you get tinted water when you open up the hot water tap? This is a real good indication! Temperature. Hot water is not as hot or you run out of hot water under normal conditions. Moisture. Moisture around the base may signal a slow leak. Do any of these sound familiar? Time to get a professional to assess your situation. Call Tim Ragels at A to Z Plumbing Specialists LLC. Tim Ragels - A to Z Plumbing Specialists - Serving Oro Valley, AZ