20 Apr

Simple Roofing Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Your roof is an important structural component of your home, and it also provides necessary protection from the elements: rain, snow, wind, and other weather. While most roofing repair Vancouver should be addressed by a professional, there are some small problems that can be solved quickly and easily for the experienced do-it-yourself homeowner. A small leak is the perfect example of the kind of quick roof repair that can often be handled by a novice, but more serious roof issues should always be seen by a qualified roofing contractor.

Before the Repair

Before you attempt to repair a leak, you should ask yourself a few questions. Some overhead leaks are the result of fairly minor problems like a torn shingle or a hole in your flashing. These kinds of damage can generally be repaired with some basic tools. However, more complicated situations call for a roofer’s experience and skill; if you have failed to fix a leak after multiple attempts, call a roofer. Also, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there multiple leaks?
  • Are you unable to trace the source of the leak?
  • Are your attempts at repair not holding?
  • Can you see signs of damage to the roofing surface or the interior of your home?
  • Are you uncomfortable working with the materials that comprise your roof?

If you have answered yes to any or all of these questions, your roofing repair will require the expertise of roofing professional and you should contact a contractor immediately.

Quick Roof Repair Tips

Assuming you have been able to locate the source of a minor leak, and you cannot see any structural damage, you may decide to fix the leak yourself. After a bad storm, it is not uncommon for shingles to become damaged so you’ll want to prevent future damage and protect your roof and home. You’ll need to gather a few supplies: a tube of roofing cement, aluminum flashing, a pry par, and a trowel. Start by cutting the flashing so that it is slightly larger than the tear in your shingle. Carefully pry up the damaged shingle and slide the aluminum flashing under the tear. Apply two or three thick beads of roofing cement to the under-surface of the shingle and press the shingle against the flashing. Finally, apply more roofing cement over the tear to create a better seal.

This quick roofing repair should be sufficient until your roof requires more major repairs. Throughout the storm season, you may find yourself needing to complete these repairs on multiple occasions. If this is the case, your shingles are likely showing signs of aging and may need to be replaced entirely. When leaks recur, you should always contact a roofing expert.

 

12 Apr

How To Save Money Installing Your Own Hot Water Heater

Let me guess, you went down stairs to check the laundry or grab a tool and their it was. A huge puddle of water all over your basement floor and it is coming from the bottom of the water heater. This is the obvious and most common sign you need a new water heater installation.

If you have any experience with Do It Yourself projects around the house installing a new water heater should not be a problem for you. Follow along with the steps in this article and you will have your new water heater installed in a couple of hours. Installing a water heater yourself will save you up to 300 or 400 dollars depending on the area you live in. Now if you are not very DIY you can still install your own water tank, however it may take a little longer than a few hours but if you like a challenge and are not afraid doing repairs on your home you will be able to install the heater yourself as well.

Tools And Materials You Will Need:

  • Water Heater Size – If you have a 40 gallon and want to upgrade to a 50 gallon now is the time to do it. If you do have a 50 gallon I DO NOT recommend switching to anything lower than what you have.
  • ¾ Fittings – You will need 2 ¾ couplings and possibly some elbows. Check what type of pipe you have going to your water heater. This can be copper, CPVC, PEX or galvanized. I recommend getting Shark Bite ¾ fittings because they are very easy to install with PEX, CPVC and copper piping. When you have galvanized pipe you may need to get a conversion fitting and adapt to one of the other pipes for easier installation.
  • Black Pipe Fittings – You may need a few ½ black pipe couplings and elbows to extend or shorten the gas line connecting to the heater. I install the gas line last. This way I will know exactly what I need for gas fittings.
  • 2 – ¾ dielectrics – Always replace the dielectrics when installing a new water heater. Make sure you get the proper dielectrics for the piping material you have in your house.
  • T&P Valve – usually comes with the new heaters.
  • Torch, Flux, Solder, sand paper
  • Channel Locks or offset pliers
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Pipe Thread solution or Teflon tape
  • Garden hose

Now that we have all of our materials let’s get started. The first step is to turn off the main water supply to house. Next Turn off the gas vale on the gas line running to the water heater. Now connect the garden hose to the bottom of the water heater and run the hose to nearby floor drain. Turn on the valve (this looks like an outside hose bib) and let the heater start to drain.

At this time go throughout your house and turn on all of the faucets. Make sure you leave the faucets in the on position and you have hot and cold water turned on. This will allow all of the water to drain out of the heater a lot faster.

While the water is draining out of the old heater, Unbox the new water heater. First pipe dope the two shafts coming out the top of the heater. Once they are doped screw on the new dielectrics. Next if your heater came with a T&P valve unbox it and pipe dope those threads. Screw the T&P valve into the side of the heater there will be a hole with threads on it where it goes. You may need to use your pipe wrench to get that last turn on so the valve points down. Now you got the heater prepped and ready to go.

Once the old heater is done draining disconnect the gas pipe at the union fitting. This is the fitting which has a hexagonal middle. Once the union is disconnected disconnect the rest of the pipe ONLY on the heater you are replacing.

Disconnect The Pipes

Now we will disconnect the water pipes. Use your channel locks to disconnect the dielectric. They will disconnect just like the gas pipe union fittings. Cut off the old dielectrics from the copper or other piping you may have.

Once all of the pipes are disconnected from the water heater and it does not seem like there is any more water in the tank start to remove the old water heater out of the way. Make sure you leave enough room to get the new heater in place. If you have a small area you may have to just remove the old water heater to make room for the new water heater.

Line up the new water heater with the pipes that connected the old heater. If you notice you need change some water piping, leave the pipe with the cold water valve the straight pipe and reconfigure the hot side.

Soldering

Connect the water piping to new heater using the shark bite fittings or whatever fittings you decided on. You may have to solder the new dielectrics to the water piping if you have copper pipe. When soldering the dielectrics I advise you figure out how much pipe you need from the dielectric to the coupling and cut it to length and solder it on the ground. This will make for an easier solder job. You will also want to take out the washers from the dielectrics so you don’t burn them.

Now you have the water pipe all hooked up. Once everything cools you might have to do any more soldering. If so replace the washers in the dielectrics and tighten them down. Turn on the main water supply. While the water heater is filling up leave the faucets on so you can bleed all of the air out of the system.

The Gas Line

If you are not licensed for this part of the job you will need to hire someone who is. Click here for our recommended plumbing company for hot water heater installation Kelowna.

Have your man hook up the gas pipe to the heater. If you are lucky the gas pipe from the old heater will line up with the new heater. If it does not, just reconfigure it as needed. You can buy gas piping in all ranges and sizes.

Once all of the air is bled from the system turn off the faucets. Now the water heater is filled up you need to light it. Most new heaters have a manual lighting system. This works just like a BBQ grill does. You push in the pilot button and click the clicker and it will light the pilot light. After about 30 seconds turn the heater on to the desired setting and you water tank will begin to heat the water. You should now have hot water in about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the tank.

03 Apr

Five Tips for a More Efficient HVAC System

Is your home heating system ready for winter? If you’re anything like most homeowners, you probably haven’t paid it much mind in several months. Now that the cold is creeping in, though, it’s time to prepare your system for a period of heavy usage. Following these simple HVAC maintenance tips can help ensure efficient operation all winter long.

1. Change Air Filters

Before even testing your heating system, make sure the air filters in your furnace are clean. When clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, filters can put added stress on your entire heating system. Operational efficiency may be reduced by as much as 15 percent, which means higher energy bills. Emptying and replacing filters on a regular basis can also remove the environmental allergens from the air before they reach people who suffer from asthma and allergies. According to most HVAC experts, air filters should be changed every two-to-three months in order to maintain optimal efficiency.

2. Check Thermostat Settings

The purpose of your HVAC system is to keep you comfortable with conditioned air. When using the heat, the recommended winter setting is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (room temperature). At this setting, the indoor environment should be comfortable for most occupants. If you would like to raise it higher, it is important to note that each degree over room temperature will add one to two percent to your energy bill. On the other hand, if you lower the temperature while away, you can save about the same amount.

3. Examine Ducts

According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy, the average home loses between 20 and 30 percent of the air that moves through its ducts due to holes, leaks, and poorly connected parts. But with a little patience and a good ear, homeowners can listen for any air that may be escaping from ductwork. Once identified, minor problems can often be inexpensively addressed by a professional. It is also strongly recommended that you have that same professional inspect your ducts for problems with a pressure test every few years.

4. Clear the Vents

A common problem in homes with central heating is that vents often get blocked with dust and pet hair after months of inactivity. Cleaning these areas should not only improve overall operating efficiency, but also reduce the amount of dust, debris, and allergens circulating through your home. For those with radiators or baseboard systems, it is important to keep the heating elements unobstructed. Blocking them with furniture or other objects will prevent conditioned air from circulating throughout the area.

5. Get a Tune-Up

Want total peace of mind? Scheduling an HVAC tune-up is the best way to ensure optimal performance over the entire winter season. In addition to adjusting and cleaning your furnace, the home service pro will make sure all parts are in tip-top shape. If small problems are uncovered, they can be repaired before they turn into major, expensive issues.

Follow these simple HVAC maintenance tips to ensure reliable and efficient operation of your home heating system. If you find something needing professional attention you can call a company like these guys – https://www.pioneerplumbing.com/heating/hvac

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