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Pros and Cons of Replacing Your Bath with a Shower


Bath times are one of the essential routines we human beings must take in order to keep ourselves fresh, clean and healthy. When it comes to bath time, there is a long ongoing debate whether a bath tub or a shower is more appealing and practical. Among the older crowd, a lot of us have the misconception that a bathroom must be equipped with a bath tub, however, in more modern times, home owners are ditching the tub and are opting for showers instead.

If you’re a little bit iffy about switching too, this information will tell you everything you need to know about the pros and cons of replacing your bath tub with a shower.

PROS

  • It’s a space saver – Bath tubs are notorious for taking up much-needed space which can be a problem if you’re trying to maximize what you’ve got especially if you’re living in an apartment or any place with limited space. Showers can be subtly placed in any corner or area of a bathroom without it taking up so much space allowing you to prioritize other interiors like dressers, closets, hampers, etc.
  • You’ve got more choices to choose from –  The best part about moving into any space is definitely the opportunity and experience to customize it to your liking. While there is quite a good selection of tubs in the market, when it comes to showers, there are about ten times more choices. Their wide selection allows us to choose enclosures, doors, shape, finish and more; allowing you to customize it to your hearts’ content. Also, you can have the wonderful option of converting your shower space into a walk- in shower which gives you the ability to transform your bathroom.
  • Modern showers are amazing – Unlike the traditional showers, now you can customize your showers handsets, add multi jets, add multiple water pressures and even some outrageous features like an in-shower radio or multi-changing lights.
  • They are time & money saving – Showering is obviously much quicker as compared to a tub and since you are spending less time and water in the shower, you can expect your water expenses to decrease, as well.

CONS

  • Baths are more relaxing – You can only enjoy an aromatherapy bath in a tub. Good bye bath bombs and bubbles!
  • Tubs are ideal for children and elderly – Some elderly need therapeutic baths and children love them. If you have senior citizens or children at home, you might want to consider this option.

Which do you prefer? Whether you choose a bath tub or shower, you will need an expert to install it. Make an appointment with a plumber today!

Understanding How Clogged Drains Happen


It’s nothing to be ashamed of- most people typically are not able to spot signs of clogging happening even if it’s right under our noses. It’s a common factor that most of us share but it really wouldn’t hurt to understand clogged drains happen so we can make our lives a little less messy and stress-free in the future. In this article, we will be talking about clogged drains, how it happened, possible back up and how we can avoid them from clogging in the first place.

UNDERSTANDING HOW A DRAIN WORKS

A drain system is a connection of lines that run throughout your home or building which is directly connected to your sewer system. This drain can be found in your sinks, toilets, washing machines or typically under or near any source of water in your home.

From the sink, there is a trap which catches the water and a pipeline that is connected to the drain line and further down, the sewer system. It’s a pretty simple process with complicated areas wherein a clog might possibly occur.

UNDERSTANDING HOW DRAINS GET CLOGGED

Clogging of drains is most usually caused by home owners and home practices. More often, it is caused by accumulation in pipes and drains whether it be from food in the kitchen sink, hair, and soap buildup in your bathroom, tissue in the toilet or whatever activities you are doing that could possibly block or clog a drain system.

WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

  1. Slow Drainage – Whether in your sink or bathtubs, a slow drain is the initial sign of a problem. This can occur when the diameter of your pipes become constricted.Try widening your pipes by pouring hot water in the sinks.
  2. An unwanted smell & backing up of toilets – Foul smells are another bad sign. This can be caused by food stuck in the pipes or anything that could possibly constrict the pipes.

Avoid draining food, tissue paper or another object other than liquids in the sink.

 

  1. Gurgling drains – Gurgling is a sign of air being trapped in the pipes. Lots of things can cause this such as blockage and a damaged line, to name a few. At this point, you might want some professional help so make sure to have a local plumber on hand.

How are your drains so far? If you have a clogged drain call and make an appointment today for further assistance.

When Should You Call for Pipe Repair?


Pipe maintenance is one of the best preventive exercises you can practice at home if you don’t want to spend too much on repairs and utility expenses. The fall season is slowly approaching and therefore, pipe maintenance should be on the top of our list. While recognizing faults and signs of defects in pipes is not as impossible as we may think, there is a huge majority of people who have difficulty recognizing them- this is because sometimes it’s happening under our feet, with little to no evident clues.

Severe damages to your plumbing system may lead to high expenses on water consumption caused by leaks, water damage restoration services, and other high plumbing costs. As difficult as it may seem, there are actually some things that you can keep an eye on at home to recognize if it’s time for you to get your pipes checked:

  1. Dirty water – Each home is equipped with a water treatment system whether it be water filtering or softening. During the onset of murky water, despite having a water filtering system, a professional should be called immediately before putting your loved ones at risk.
  2. Rust spots – Rust spots in odd places are something that we should always be on the lookout for. Spots of rust are usually an indicator that your pipes are old and should be scheduled for a replacement.
  3. Unusually cracks and holes – Any visible cracks or holes in your pipes should be given immediate attention. This is common among older pipes and should be addressed as soon as the problem is identified.
  4. Corroded pipes – Corroded pipes and old and unhealthy pipes and should be replaced immediately before it’s too late. These can be seen in pipes located outside of your house or in basements.
  5. Low Water Pressure – Low pressures in water make showering and other tasks extremely difficult. If you are experiencing this at home, it is most likely a sign of your pipes failing and should be attended to immediately.

These are just a few but early signs of a possible plumbing problem inside your homes. If you are noticing these signs where you live, it is best to have them checked as early as now to avoid any further damage. Always keep in mind that prevention is better than the cure so if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars in repairs, call and make an appointment today!