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A marvel of civil engineering, Cau Vang is a new pedestrian bridge that has opened to visitors in Vietnam. Doesn’t it look like it’s straight out of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books and movies?
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A new study maps the earth’s groundwater supply.
We know how much water is on our blue planet, but what about in it? A new study published in Nature Geo Science estimates that earth’s total supply of groundwater is about 23 million cubic kilometers. If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is—enough to cover the world’s land surface in 590 feet of water.
But here’s the catch: Only 6 percent of that volume is close-to-the-surface “modern” groundwater. That’s the stuff that can be renewed within a human lifetime by natural water cycles and also the stuff that’s more vulnerable to contamination and effects of climate change like drought and flooding.
Previous studies have shown that we’re overdrawing our aquifers, but hopefully quantifying this finite resource will help keep us from spending water like...well, water. The authors plan to calculate how much time we have left before we tap out.
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How To Avoid A Basement Flood.
A sump pump is your first line of defense when it comes to saving your basement or lower level from a flood, but do you have backup prepared if your first line fails? Sump pump failures can be very common for a number of reasons. The issues range anywhere from power failure to lack of maintenance, frozen or clogged discharged lines, or the pump is a defective product. We’ve seen some significant rainfall this year and before winter hits, it’s a good idea to invest in a backup.
Most sump pumps are powered by electricity, therefore when the power goes out your pump will stop working. Don’t run the risk of losing your sump pump when you really need it!
There are two options that we offer for a sump pump backup system: water powered or a battery backup.
Battery Backup System
A battery backup system is powered by…you guessed it…a battery! If your power goes out during any storm OR your circuit breaker trips your sump pump will continue working via battery power. Depending on the size of the battery and its charger, the backup system can work anywhere from 8-12 hours. Typically that is more than enough time to pump all of the remaining water out of the sump pit!
It’s also important to know that if you have well water, your best option is a battery backup.
Water-Powered Backup System
A water-powered backup system is a great defense against any type of flood damage in your home. This particular backup system is powered by the water pressure that’s produced by your home’s water supply lines. Therefore, if you have running water your backup system will always work. Additionally, this backup system does not require any type of electricity since it solely relies on your home’s water system.
You can never go wrong with having a sump pump backup system installed in your home. After all, having that second line of defense brings comfort and safety to your home. If you’re interested in installing either a battery backup or water-powered backup system, give us a call or schedule an appointment online. Our expert technicians will be able to provide you with multiple options and will help educate you on the products we install.
Five Fall Plumbing Tips
High school football, seasonal allergies and the return of jacket weather—they all offer unmistakable reminders that fall is here. And with the return of cooler temperatures comes the need for home and business owners to prepare their properties for winter.
While there are many aspects of your home that need seasonal attention, one of the most important is your plumbing. Why? Because failing to prepare your pipes and faucets for freezing temps can leave you cleaning up massive water damage in the middle of an ice storm. (Not only do we know you’ll want to avoid this scenario, we also think you’ll want to skip the bill that comes with it!)
So instead of taking your chances and playing the odds that nothing will go wrong, our Master plumbers at Crown Plumber suggest you take advantage of any remaining nice weather and use it to prepare your plumbing for winter. We’ve even created a list of five tips to get you started:
1. Disconnect your outside water hoses from the faucets.
Leaving them connected can cause your faucets and pipes to break when the water remaining inside freezes and expands.
2. While you’re outside, check to make sure those faucets aren’t leaking. If they are, have them repaired before the first hard freeze to keep them from cracking. If they’re all in good shape, turn off the shut-off valve to the exterior plumbing.
3. Go ahead and stay outside a little longer and cover your exterior plumbing. At minimum, wrapping and securing a towel around the faucets is helpful, but we recommend purchasing insulation kits from local home stores for the best protection, especially those on north walls.
4. Okay, you can go inside now, but only to the garage. Any pipes here or in other unheated areas of your property will need to be insulated. You can apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heated cables to exposed pipes or those in danger of freezing.
5. Next, turn your attention inside by focusing on your water heater. This essential piece of equipment works overtime in the winter, so flush it out and rinse away any built-up sediment. This will help reduce wear and tear and increase its efficiency.
If those five aren’t enough, we also suggest inspecting and cleaning out your sump pump, which can cause major damage if it freezes or if the discharge line is blocked, and cleaning out your gutters to help water drain properly away from your house.
At Crown Plumber, we’re always ready to help you out of a plumbing mess, but we’d rather help you with preventative maintenance—for your sake. So if you see any potential issues during your fall plumbing preparation, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll do our best work—any time and every time—to make sure you avoid costly disasters and pesky problems. And don’t forget, our services include water heaters and sump pumps, and we can help you make the necessary replacements or repairs before the cold of winter sets in.
So do yourself a favor. Take the time this fall to prepare your plumbing for the cold. While there’s always a chance you’ll regret not being ready for winter, you’ll never be sorry you played it safe.
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Learn how to find and fix leaks - it could save your family more than 10-thousand gallons a year.
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Tips to ensure your pipes are prepared for winter.
The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. Temperatures are dropping; in no time at all, snow will coat the ground, and winter will be upon us. You take care to clean the gutters and stock up on firewood, but it’s important, crucial, even that you don’t forget about your pipes.
Damage that results from burst pipes, could leave you with a hefty repair bill, and one that your homeowner’s insurance may or may not cover. Crown Plumber wants to make sure that doesn't happen to you.
Bear in mind these steps to ensure your plumbing is prepared for the winter weather ahead.
1. It’s important that everyone who lives in your home — men, women, boys, girls — knows the location of the main water shut off valve, and exactly how to turn the water OFF. This valve is typically located near your furnace. As water rushes from burst pipes, the situation (as well as what it will cost to repair the damage) will escalate quickly. The faster someone, anyone, shuts off the water, the better of your home, and your wallet will be.
2. Outdoor water hoses should be removed from spigots and drained completely. Do this, and store them in a safe place inside before the first freeze. The spigots themselves should be covered.
3. Do a visual inspection of your own, and then call Crown Plumber! Have any leaks repaired now. You don't want to end up having to repair burst pipes later.
4. You might detect a trend: Call us! Your water heater should be tuned up around this time of year, every year. This isn't something that’s easy to do, so contact the licensed plumbing experts at Crown Plumber; we'd be happy to help.
5. Call Crown Plumber! If you any questions, or if, by some unlucky chance, you end up with frozen or burst pipes, contact us!
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How To Find A Plumber Without Wasting Time and Money
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
When you search for a plumber, there are various factors you consider to ensure that you hire the right person for the job. You consider 1. their experience (Check their Website!), 2. their reputation (Ask neighbors, local businesses, etc and check quality review Sites 3. the cost of their services (Don't be afraid to ask for an estimate!) as well as the state of the licensing to practice within the state. These are all important considerations. However, once you have hired the plumber there are certain things you would expect from a professional.
A good plumber is able to carry out preventive maintenance work. They should therefore be able to predict the different problems that you may encounter in the system. They should be able to design a preventative strategy to ensure that the problems that have been predicted are eliminated. This will save you a lot of money in the repair and replacement of your water heater, pipes, or sewer lines.
You should know that there are plumbers who have specialized on work on designing and fitting of pipe work and there are those who can only perform maintenance and regular fitting duties. The first category is licensed by the state to perform the design. They are known as master plumbers. The second category is licensed but can only perform the fitting while working under a master plumber. Both categories can provide you with high quality work based on the type of project you are working on. Seek plumbers experienced in the type of work you need!
It is therefore important to ensure that you get the right type of professional for the job at hand. The quality of work should not be determined by the level of certification. It is determined by their performance record. A qualified plumber is willing to provide you with advice on your problem work and how to keep it from recurring. They will also provide you with periodic maintenance checks. These will help to prevent any serious problems from developing undetected until it is too late. Both homes and businesses should be able to rely on a plumber's integrity for assurance of continuing, trouble-free operation. Plumbers should always have easy-to-reach local offices, so they can be quickly contacted for follow-up information or emergency service.
The professional will also be able to work on various piping systems. Contrary to popular belief, plumbers not only work to maintain and design water systems. They are also able to work with any system that includes piping. This means that a quality plumber can assist you with even the most extensive re-piping and sewer service. You can also request them to include this in their regular maintenance checks.
Good plumbers should have good interpersonal skills. This means that they should be able to get along with you and the members of your household. Friendly, responsive customer service is a must!
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