Maintenance

Efficient Drainage Can Save Huge Bills

Residential ground surface storm drain systems must transport excess moisture away from designated areas where excess water would otherwise prevent the traditional use of a residential property. If rainfall is permitted to pond or collect next to a structure built on expansive soil, the structure could also be afflicted by unscheduled distress brought on by swelling bearing soils because of increased soil moisture content.

Likewise, perpetually moist ground surfaces limit recreational using residential yard areas, and could become a breeding ground for disease carrying insect infestations. Water must freely exit the property to assure unrestricted, healthy, and environmentally safe using land areas within residential property boundaries.

Drainage Improvement Guidelines and Criteria.

Install a Roof Rain Gutter System. Uncontrolled roof rainfall runoff can erode the bottom surface along the inspiration perimeter and provide a source of excessive and non-uniform water input to the inspiration perimeter beam bearing soils. Variances in bearing soil moisture content distribution along the inspiration perimeter may end up in unscheduled foundation system vertical displacement and rotational movement.

Rain gutters and downspouts ought to be placed along the whole house perimeter eave lines in which the sloping roof line discharges rainfall runoff. The gutters will capture and convey roof rainfall runoff into downspouts. The runoff is then discharges onto the ground surface swale, or right into a subsurface solid pipe drain system. This type of gutter system can help to stop ground surface erosion and stop excess water accumulations near the inspiration system.

    1. Improve or Modify Existing Ground Surface System (ASCE, section 7.35). The following criteria may be applied to enhance or modify the prevailing ground surface drainage system:
    2. Surface Grading along the Foundation perimeter. A minimum slope of 5% (6″ fall per 10′) away from the foundation perimeter should be provided for adjacent ground areas.
    3. Ground surface swales parallel to the house walls (rear yard and both side yards) shall have longitudinal slopes of at least 2% (6″ per 25′) if practical, and 1% (3″ per 25′) minimum.
    4. Eroded surfaces should get replaced with vegetated surfaces.
    5. Gaps between concrete surfaces along the inspiration system perimeter that allow surface water to infiltrate into the inspiration bearing soils ought to be eliminated.
    6. Concrete surfaces which will allow water to flow towards the foundation system perimeter should be modified to direct water away from the foundation perimeter.
    7. Erosion Control. Ground cover ought to be placed in areas where ground surface erosion currently exists.
    8. Surface Water Drainage Option A. The ground surface should be graded to slope to a number of subsurface solid drainpipe (plastic or PVC) single collector inlets or continuous grate type rectangular inlets.

The drain inlets ought to be located to empty excess water a little distance from side and rear yards and discharge to sunlight in the front yard. The road serves as the drain outfall where storm water is directed into street gutter inlets. Cleanouts should be provided at 50 feet intervals for correct maintenance. Roof rainfall gutter downspouts could also be connected to the subsurface solid pipe system provided the pipe has sufficient ability to prevent a backwater condition. The pipe must have no less than slope of 1% as well as the daylight discharge. In any case, the ground surface slope along the inspiration perimeter must comply with local building code requirements.

Subsurface Water Drainage Option B.

Subsurface water drains are appropriate to control surface water runoff. They could consist of a perforated pipe placed in an aggregate filled trench (“French Drain”) together with an optional filter fabric to stop pipe stoppages. The pipe should have no less than slope of 1% as well as the surface outfall. Cleanouts should be provided at 50 feet intervals for maintenance. In any scenario, the ground surface slope along the inspiration perimeter must comply with local code requirements. Gutter downspouts should not be connected to a perforated pipe system.
Monitor foundation performance after completing drainage improvement measures to guarantee their satisfactory implementation.

Recommended drainage improvements, including Option A and Option B above respond to the requirements of section 5.8 “Remediation Criteria” whatever the ASCE Guidelines and doesn’t constitute an engineering or construction design document. The above guidelines and criteria are for planning and pricing purposes and they need an on-site civil survey and geo-technical evaluation at the time the hard work is done.

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Take Care Of Your Water Heater and It Will Pay You Back

One of the best tips you can do for the plumbing system in your home is routine maintenance. Now maintenance does not have to be hard and in this first article I’ll talk with you and discuss some of the common tips you can do yourself to keep your plumbing system up and running.

Water Heaters

These guys are literally taking a little abuse while you don’t even see it. The continual expansion and contraction of the fluids tank can be the primary factor why heaters fail. Don’t let this alarm you though. By maintaining your boiler you can almost double the life whatever the heater in lots of cases.

Flush your water tank at the very least once every year (Twice a year is definitely recommended) to get rid of sediment build up. Sediment causes the burner situated on the heater to work overtime more than it needs to. To do this FIRST SHUT OFF THE GAS VALVE. Then use a garden hose and hook it up to the hose bib on the bottom of water heater.

Run the hose to the floor drain nearby. Shut the valve situated on the cold water side of the heater. Now turn on the valve in which you hooked the hose up. Let the fluids in the tank drain. To speed up the draining process open the relief valve on the side of the heater by pulling up on the lever, this will act as a vent and allow the heater to drain faster.

Once the Water Heater looks like it has drained close the relief valve (if you opened it) turn on the cold water valve for 15 seconds while the bottom valve is still open. After 15 seconds close the cold water valve and let the heater drain. This can get rid of any remaining sediment on the lower end of the tank.

Tank is now flushed Close the bottom valve and the relief valve. Turn on the cold water valve and let the heater refill before relighting the pilot. In some case you might experience low pressure at some of the faucets. This is caused by sediment in the lines. Remove the aerator whatever the clogged faucet and clean it out.

Just Do It!

It is easy to forget about your water heater. It sits in a water closet or in your garage silently and reliably making hot water. It’s easy to forget about it until something goes wrong. Water heaters are not as maintenance free as some of us want to believe.

Settings

To lower the stress on your hot water tank and to lower your utility bills, set your thermostat at around 120 degrees. Any higher than that and you put extra pressure on the heater and take the chance of getting burned by scalding water. Many people outgrow their water heater and turn up the thermostat to provide more hot water. Instead of adjusting the temperature, just add a second heater or upgrade to a larger tank.

Another thing you can do is place a drain pan under the tank.In case of a leak, it will keep your floor from getting too wet. Check the drain to make sure it is not clogged.

You might also get a water heater jacket to put around your tank. It will help with heat loss through the tank. While you are at it, insulate any exposed hot water pipes. Before doing this insulating, check with the manufacturer of your heater to check whether they approve of this or not.

By putting these basic steps into effect, you’ll be able to extend the life of your water heater and improve its efficiency. By remembering these few tips about your water heater, you’ll be able to avoid lots of aggravation and extend the heaters life span.

Service

If something comes up that feel you can’t handle then we suggest you call a professional water heater service company.  Usually it’s best to do that when nit’s time to when you need to replace the old one. They typically last 10 to 15 years depending on how well you maintain it.

Look through our site for information on tankless water heaters VS a traditional hot water tank. You might decide to upgrade to the tankless type, depending on your needs.

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