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6 Signs Your Faucet Needs Repair

by Ray Smith on 05/22/18

Did you know that even a small faucet leak could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water in as little as a year? That is precisely why it is so important to ensure that your facets are in in good working order. While most faucets will last a decade or more depending on various factors, here are six signs your faucet may be in need of repair.


Signs Your Faucet Needs Repair

1. Dripping or Water Damage If you notice that your faucets are dripping, this is a sign that you either have high water pressure in your pipes or malfunctioning valves, and therefore troubles with the plumbing. Either way, this is a sign that you should contact a plumber. Similarly, if you notice water damage either at the bottom of the faucet or underneath the sink, this is also a sign that your faucet needs to be repaired.

2. Damaged Components Perhaps the handle doesn’t work anymore. This may be a sign that you need to replace your faucet entirely.

3. A Spitting Faucet If your faucet fails to produce a nice stream of water, the problem likely comes down to a clogged aerator, the screen that covers the tip of the faucet.

4. Sounds Coming From Your Faucet Faucets can produce a variety of different sounds, depending on the problem at hand. In the event that you notice any type of sound, it is a sign that you either need to do a bit of maintenance or it is a more serious problem. If you hear a screeching sound, you likely need to replace a worn rubber washer that has hardened over time.
If you hear other sounds, such as a clanking or a clicking, this is a more difficult problem to solve, especially if the sound is coming from the faucet and not the pipes. It will require taking the faucet apart and inspecting for any potential cracks in the pieces.

5. Rust and Mineral Deposits Rust and mineral deposits are two of the most common types of faucet damage. If you notice either of these on the surface of your faucets, it is time to repair or replace your faucet. Mineral deposits, in particular, can cause further damage depending upon the type of water that is entering your home. Rust and hard water can be taken care of with vinegar and lemon juice.

6. A Squeaky Handle If the handle on your bathroom sink makes a squeaking sound, this is a sign that the faucet stem has been worn down. To repair this, you can take some plumber’s grease and coat the handle stem once you take apart the faucet.

Moisture and window condensation

by Ray Smith on 02/07/17

Condensation forming on the windows is a problem in many homes. But the condensation alone isn't the only issue, because this type of moisture buildup can lead to mold, wood rot, and other problems in the house too. The keys to preventing condensation are controlling the humidity and moisture levels in the house, managing the temperature and air flow inside, and keeping cold air away from your house.



1. Install a hygrometer. A hygrometer is a device that measures moisture levels in the air. Since condensation forms when warm moisture in the air collects on a cold surface, such as a window, tracking the humidity level in your house can help you stop condensation. When the moisture levels in the house get too high, take steps to reduce the humidity.
* When the temperature outside is below 0 F (-18 C), keep the humidity in your house between 15 and 25 percent.
* When the temperature outside is between 0 and 40 F (-18 and 4 C), keep the humidity inside between 25 and 40 percent.

2. Use exhaust fans and vents throughout the house. One of the best ways to get humidity out of your house is to vent it outside through exhaust fans. Using exhaust fans is important in certain rooms and with certain appliances that produce moisture.[2]
* Use bathroom vents and fans when you're bathing. Run them for at least 20 minutes after your shower.
* Use kitchen and stove fans when you're cooking. Run them for about 15 minutes after you finish cooking.
* Make sure your dryer vents to the outside for when you're doing laundry.
* A gas fireplace must have a chimney that vents outside, and you should always keep the damper open when you're having a fire in a wood burning fireplace.

3. Take your plants outside. Indoor plants can be great in your home, but if you have trouble with condensation, you should keep them outside whenever possible. This is because plants produce moisture, so keeping them inside can exacerbate condensation issues.
* If you have a sun room that stays dry, you can also keep your plants there.

4. Line dry clothes outside. Another cause of excess moisture in the house is clothing that hasn’t been dried in a drier. If you must line dry your clothes, take them outside to prevent water from evaporating off the clothes and adding excess moisture to the air inside.
* If you must line dry clothes inside, keep them in a well-ventilated room, and open a door or window.

5. Close doors when bathing and cooking.Some of the most significant contributors to moisture in your home include showers/bathing and cooking. When you shower or bathe, close the door to the bathroom to keep steam and moisture from escaping into the rest of the house. When cooking, close doors to the kitchen to keep moisture contained.
* When you are cooking or bathing in a closed off room, open windows to help remove the moisture.

6. Use lids when cooking. Another great way to contain moisture when you're cooking is to use lids that will keep liquids inside the pans and pots. This is especially important when you're steaming and boiling food.
* When you do remove the lid from your dishes, do so in front of an open window, and make sure the exhaust vent is running.

7. Turn off any humidifiers. Humidifiers are designed to add more moisture to the air in your house, so they will cause more condensation to form on your windows. When you're experiencing moisture problems, turn off all the humidifiers in your house, including ones that are attached to the furnace.

8. Use a dehumidifier. On the other hand, dehumidifiers are designed to remove moisture from the air, so these are ideal devices if your home is prone to condensation. You can either install a whole-home dehumidifier, or invest in a portable one that you can move around the house.
* Empty the drip pan or basin on the dehumidifier regularly to prevent that moisture from evaporating back into the air.


Cleaning Snow Salt From your Floors

by Ray Smith on 01/08/17

Cleaning Snow Salt from your Floors


Snow salt is extremely helpful when cleaning your sidewalk and making sure it is safe to walk in, however it is also corrosive to your floors if you manage to bring it in. Snow Salt can often get stuck on the bottom of your soles which can cause damage to your floors as your walk around your home. Snow salt can result in white stains and scratches that are hard to clean.


What you’ll need

  • Mop and dust pan

  • Towel and Microfiber mop

  • ¼ cup of white vinegar

  • Warm water

  • Bucket

  • Spray bottle


First thing you want to do is to mop and use a dustpan to clean up the salt grains. Avoid using a vacuum as the sale granules can also damage your vacuum cleaner.


Mop and dust, then mix ¼ of vinegar solution with some warm water. Damp a towel or microfiber mop to clean the floor. No not soak the rag as that may cause damage to your floor. After mopping, get another towel to dry your floor.


5 Hot Spots For Germs In Your Home

by Ray Smith on 01/02/17


First of all, just want to say happy new year to everyone! Wishing you all a prosperous and healthy new year ahead!


So maybe by now, you have cleaned your entire space from all the clutter of 2016 and are ready to start fresh. Now, the next question / task is “how will you maintain a clean household?” The solution is to first find the problem. Here is is a list of 5 common areas around your home that are notorious for collecting germs and solutions on how to clean them.


Doormat

The area near your front door is one of the dirtiest places in your house! Nealy 96% of shoe soles have traces of coliform, which includes fecal bacteria


  • Solution: Vacuum or go outside and shake those germs away! When finished, spray disinfectant spray such as Lysol about once a week.


Kitchen Faucet

Your faucet aerator is a magnet for germs! Running water keeps the screen moist, an ideal condition for bacteria growth. Because tap water is far from sterile, if you accidentally touch the screen with dirty fingers or food, bacteria can grow from the faucet.


  • Solution: Check or clean your faucet aerator at least once a month.




Vacuum Cleaner

Aka “Meals on Wheels” for bacteria, that is. Vacuum cleaners clean, but it’s all in the bag. Just change it after every use. A recent study by Gerba said that 13% of vacuum cleaners tested positive for E.Coli


  • Solution: Change your vacuum cleaner frequently, and do it outside.


Dish Towel

A recent study of hundreds of homes across The United States found that about 7% of kitchen towels were contaminated with MRSA, a difficult to treat staph bacteria. They are also loaded with E. Coli!


  • Solution: Wash dish towels frequently or use paper towels to dry! Have a backup set of dish towels so you can circulate it’s usage.


Refrigerator seal

This one caught me off guard too! The more you know… The seal around your fridge can test positive for 83% of the time for mold.


  • Solution: Wipe down the seal of your door at least once a week with bleach. It’s easy and only takes 5 minutes!


Happy New Year 2017!!!

by Ray Smith on 01/02/17


Happy New Year from your friends at Task Masters United - Wishing you all a prosperous and healthy New Year ahead!