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How to Unclog A Slow Sink Drain

Pea Trap

If your bathroom sink is slow to drain you may need to unclog the U shaped drain under your sink called a pea trap as well as remove the plunger to clean out the drain. The tools you will need are a small bucket and a large sized bucket as well as an old toothbrush. You should remove everything from under your sink to ensure you have enough room to work.

The first thing you will need to do is to place the small bucket under the pea trap to catch any water that may still be in the drain. You will want to remove the pea trap that is the U shaped pipe under the sink.  There will be two nuts that you should be able to unscrew by hand unless there is a lot of buildup on the nuts.  It there is build up you will also need an adjustable wrench. Loosen the nuts and slowly remove the pea trap from the drain.  Be careful because any water remaining in the drain will start dripping into the bucket. Clear away any visible debris from the drain. Then take the pea trap to a different sink and clear out any remaining debris. Then scrub the pea trap with the old toothbrush and rinse it out well.

Now remove the plunger from the sink by unscrewing the rod attachment from the back of the drain under the sink. Pull the rod out of the attachment. The plunger should be able to be removed from the sink basin now. Look down through the drain even if you can see all the way through the drain may still have hair and other particles in it. With the large bucket under the drain run a small stream of water and gently scrub the drain with a tooth brush. Do this at the basin entrance and from the bottom of the drain. Put the plunger back into the basin carefully aligning the notched opening to the back of the sink.  Then insert the rod back through the opening in the drain and then tighten the nut. Place the cleaned pea trap back onto the drain and tighten the nuts.

Attic Renovations That Give You a Big Return on Investment

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Whether you are selling your home now, planning to in the future, or are just looking to increase the value of your home, you can do so with relatively simple attic renovations.

One of the most recommended upgrades for attics is finishing the space so that it can be an additional useable and livable area in your home. Doing so can increase the value of your home, giving you an excellent return on investment.

  1. Finished Attic

There are many things you can do with a finished attic. Depending on the size and shape of the room you have to work with, a finished attic could act as an additional office, playroom, man cave, sitting area, or living room.

  • Attic Bedroom

Renovating your attic into another bedroom is an excellent way to use the space and get a big return on your investment. Another finished bedroom is always a perk when it comes to the value of your home, and a creative use of attic space as another bedroom is a great seller.

  • Efficiency Apartment

If you really want a huge return on your investment, go the extra mile when renovating your attic and add a bathroom and even a kitchenette to the space. In doing so, you are creating a second complete living space that can be used as an efficiency apartment. The extra bathroom and kitchen area will add extra value to your home and is extremely useful as well.

 

  1. Smaller Projects with Big Payback

If you’re wanting to make some changes to your attic but are not wanting to complete a project as big as finishing the space and making it another living space, or if your attic is not large enough for another room, there are other options.

  • Attic Insulation

Redoing the insulation in your attic and using Energy Star rated insulation products can increase the efficiency of your home, which can save you a lot of money in heating and cooling costs. The more energy efficient your home is, the more money you save.

Approximately 40% of home energy loss occurs through the roof of your home. You can cut this down exponentially by properly insulating unused attic space. Make sure to add insulation not only along the attic ceiling and walls, but also along the floor to seal off the attic from the living areas of your home.

  • Attic Fans

Another way to save a lot of money with a small renovation is to add an attic fan for home cooling. These fans circulate and disperse cooled air throughout your home, and in most climates can reduce the need to run your air conditioning systems.

All of these attic renovations can provide you with a large return on your investment. Finishing your attic and converting it into a usable living space can greatly increase the value of your home, and energy saving smaller renovations can save you a lot of money on heating and cooling.

Another helpful tip from Choice Home Inspection Services; call us for all of your home inspection needs (770) 490-6911.

 

Easy And Safe Gas Furnace Repairs That You Can Do

A lot of people consider the furnace as one of their home’s most important piece of equipment, which is very much true most especially during cold winter months, when getting some heat intake is very important. Additionally this is the very reason why knowing how to fix your furnace in case some problems arise can be very invaluable. Below are some easy and safe gas furnace repairs that you can do.

If your furnace keeps on turning on and off, this is usually just a simple problem with the unit’s heat anticipator. To start repairing, simply locate your thermostat and open it. When you open the box, you will see inside a small disk that is located in the middle. Take a good look at the disc. You will see that it has a number of calibration notches. Take a closer look and you will find the word “LONGER” on it. Then, try to find a small handle that touches a wire. Once you locate that small handle, turn it towards the word “LONGER”.

After completing the steps, turn on your furnace and let it run for a few hours. If it runs without turning off, then you’re done. However, if the furnace is still turning on and off, just repeat the steps given above. Continue doing so until the problem stops.

Shutdown Problems

This problem is also an easy one, which is similar to the first problem. All you have to do is remove your unit’s thermostat cover, then follow the said steps in the first problem. But, in this case, what you have to do is turn the clockwise to “SHORTER”, instead of moving it toward “LONGER”. This should fix your problem. If it doesn’t just repeat the steps until you get it working.

No Heat Generation

If your unit is not generating heat, then the problem is most probably the pilot
light. Try checking out your pilot light and see if it is turned on or if it is out. If you find it to be out, then you would have to relight it. In case you do not know how to relight it, simply consult your unit’s manual or contact your manufacturer. This is a relatively easy task that you can do by simply following some simple instructions.

No Air

If your unit is running but doesn’t blow any air, it is probably a belt that needs to be replaced. First, you should turn off the power of your unit. Also, you should turn off the gas from the gas valve which is serving your furnace. Then, remove the door of your furnace cabinet so you can have access to your blower. When you have full access, check out the number that is stamped on the belt of your furnace. Then, go to your local shop and get an exact replacement of the belt. Once you’ve got the replacement belt, then go back to your furnace cabinet and install the new belt. Generally, you can just slip it on your motor’s smaller pulley then put it on your motor’s blower pulley.

Try rotating the blower pulley using your hand, while you hold the belt in place. Be careful from having your fingers caught though. If you get this right, you should be able to get the belt right in place. If it looks a little too tight, then you may need to adjust the motor mount so there can be more slack in the fixture. After adjusting, try to retighten the tension again, once you have the belt in the right place. It would be better to check your manufacturer’s specifications regarding the proper tension needed for your unit. Generally, your belt should deflect at least about an inch whenever you press it down.

If you have any problems or questions please contact Choice Home Inspections at (770) 490-6911.

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How to Unclog a Sink Drain

How to unclog a slow sink drain

If your bathroom sink is slow to drain you may need to unclog the U shaped drain under your sink called a pea trap as well as remove the plunger to clean out the drain. The tools you will need are a small bucket and a large sized bucket as well as an old toothbrush. You should remove everything from under your sink to ensure you have enough room to work.

The first thing you will need to do is to place the small bucket under the pea trap to catch any water that may still be in the drain. You will want to remove the pea trap that is the U shaped pipe under the sink. There will be two nuts that you should be able to unscrew by hand unless there is a lot of buildup on the nuts. It there is build up you will also need an adjustable wrench. Loosen the nuts and slowly remove the pea trap from the drain. Be careful because any water remaining in the drain will start dripping into the bucket. Clear away any visible debris from the drain. Then take the pea trap to a different sink and clear out any remaining debris. Then scrub the pea trap with the old toothbrush and rinse it out well.

Now remove the plunger from the sink by unscrewing the rod attachment from the back of the drain under the sink. Pull the rod out of the attachment. The plunger should be able to be removed from the sink basin now. Look down through the drain even if you can see all the way through the drain may still have hair and other particles in it. With the large bucket under the drain run a small stream of water and gently scrub the drain with a tooth brush. Do this at the basin entrance and from the bottom of the drain. Put the plunger back into the basin carefully aligning the notched opening to the back of the sink. Then insert the rod back through the opening in the drain and then tighten the nut. Place the cleaned pea trap back onto the drain and tighten the nuts.

Once the hardware is reassembled your sink should not have any problems draining.

If you have any questions about home repair and home inspection call Choice Home Inspection Services 770-490-6911.

Affordable Lighting Upgrades You Can Do Yourself

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Inside or outside your home, simple lighting upgrades can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home.  A change in lighting fixtures or bulbs might seem like an almost-too-simple answer to small home renovations, but it can really change the entire mood and atmosphere of your home.

 

  1. Outdoor Lighting

The outside appearance of your home is what you choose to display to the outside world.  People who drive by, who come to visit, and your neighbors see the outside display first.  Simple and affordable lighting upgrades can make a huge difference.  Certain fixtures can dress up and enhance what might otherwise be a simple décor.

 

  • Fixtures

Depending on the décor of your home, there are many styles of lighting fixtures for outdoor lighting.  For a more updated and modern look, chrome or metal colored spotlights and track lighting can brighten up your outdoor areas.  If you’re looking for a more traditional or rustic style of lighting, there are lamps and sconces for literally every décor theme.

 

  • Motion Sensors

For security as well as convenience, motion sensors are an excellent lighting upgrade that every home should have.  Motion sensors can be placed at every entrance to the home as well as fence gates and other dark or shadowy areas of your home and yard.  Whenever you or someone else walks by or opens the door, the lights automatically come on.  This is not only convenient to you, but also adds another level of security to discourage intruders.

 

  • Path Lighting

For sidewalks, driveways, or other paths, lighting can be added along the sides for both safety and aesthetics.  Simple lighting along both sides of your driveway not only guides vehicles safely to your home, but also creates a beautiful atmosphere and adds character to your home.

 

  1. Indoor Lighting

In every room of your house, the lighting makes the biggest difference to the atmosphere and décor.  Lighting that is too bright or too dim can change the outcome of your color scheme and decorative additions that you have spent time and money working on.

 

  • Kitchen and Bathrooms

In most homes, kitchen and bathroom lighting is meant to be bright and inviting.  In the kitchen especially, the light needs to be bright enough to see everything you need to without coming across as too clinical. Track lighting is one example of a simple and affordable upgrade for kitchen and bathroom lighting that not only lights up a space well, but can also highlight your décor scheme and add a modern or traditional look depending on your choice of fixtures.

 

  • Living Areas

Consider using a dimmer for the lighting in your living areas. A dimmer can allow you to set just enough light, and change the mood of the room as needed. Decorative lighting should also not be overlooked. Adding small lamps and spotlights around your house, especially near art or decorative pieces, can really update your home.

 

Simple and affordable lighting upgrades can change the overall look of your home, inside or outside.

If you have problems or questions, please contact us at Choice Home Inspection Services at 1.770.490.6911.