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Common Plumbing Issues Solved

Hi, my name is Clint Hastings and I've written this blog as a source of information about plumbing problems. I like to fix things around the house and through the years, I've learned a lot about plumbing systems and how they work. It wasn't always by choice, but when you wake up to a bathtub full of sewage or your kitchen sink won't drain, you've got to do something to fix the problem. All through my blog, you'll learn about common plumbing problems, troubleshooting tips and how to make simple repairs to get your water running again. Since running water is something that's used every day, I think it's important to know how to fix minor plumbing issues. Not every plumbing issue is simple to fix, so I'll also let you know when it's time to put down the wrench and call a professional plumber.


The Low-Maintenance Home: 4 Remodeling Options With Minimal Maintenance

Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities, including maintenance for the entire home. This can easily become overwhelming, but there are many remodeling options you can implement that require minimal maintenance. Check out these four low-maintenance options.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding was introduced in the 1960s, and it has grown to become the number one siding option in the US. Besides its low cost and durability, one of the major reasons people love vinyl siding is the low maintenance required to keep it looking new and fresh. When choosing vinyl siding, simply choose the color you love, and don't worry about ever painting it again, because it doesn't chip or flake like painted siding. Make sure you can live with the color for a long time, however, as vinyl siding doesn't hold a fresh coat of paint well.

To keep your vinyl siding clean, wash every inch of it about once a year. You can use a power washer, but spraying it with a garden hose is usually enough. Vinyl siding can develop mold or mildew in shaded areas, so while cleaning the vinyl, inspect for any signs of mold or mildew, and simply wash it away with a mixture of 70 percent water and 30 percent white vinegar. Vinyl siding is durable, but if it gets dented, simply replace the dented piece with a new one.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are becoming more popular because they require little maintenance and they last a long time. While asphalt roofs tend to last between 12 and 20 years, metal roofs last between 40 and 70 years, and they tend to come with long warranties. So not only do you get a roof that could last the rest of your life, you don't have to do much to keep it looking great.

Maintaining your metal roof requires keeping it clean and trimming any bushes or trees that rub against the roof. Failure to do this increases the chance of causing scratches to the roof, which leads to rust. However, limit how often you walk on your roof, as it could damage the metal. If the metal does become dented from foot traffic, trees or large hail, that portion will need to be replaced.

Laminate Plank Flooring

Laminate plank flooring is an amazing product because it can mimic expensive woods and natural stones to give your home a unique look that doesn't require much maintenance. The tough plastic coating on the laminate protects it from scratches, moisture and stains.

Because of the protective coating, this floor requires almost no maintenance. You won't ever have to refinish it to keep it looking new. Simply sweep or vacuum it to keep it clean and free of debris and dust. Try not to use too much water when cleaning, because if the floor does have cracks or scratches, the water can seep in and cause damage.

Composite Deck

Composite decking has come a long way, and today's looks completely natural and comes in many different options. However, one of the best things is that it requires little maintenance to keep it looking fantastic for years. Thanks to the durability of this product, it doesn't chip, splinter or fade, and it won't fall victim to insects.

To keep the deck clean, simply wash it to eliminate any dirt buildup. Just spray it off with your garden hose. Every few years, it's a good idea to get on your hands and knees to give it a good scrub to eliminate the dust and dirt from the grains. You don't need to worry about applying stain, paint or sealant.  

If you're tired of all the maintenance with your home, consider these four options. Not only do they look great, but they require less maintenance than most other options. For more information about remodeling your home, contact a contractor like Don Snider Roofing.