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Tubs and Showers
When it comes time to remodel your current bathroom, or you simply want an updated look, tub and shower replacement are a great way to modernize your bathroom’s appeal and function. From basic white, one-piece fiberglass units to contemporary cast-iron claw foots, multi-piece arrangements or complete tile walls, tub and shower replacements are an easy way to change the look of your bathroom while opening up the door to many custom and unique options along the way.

Many options are available when replacing a tub assembly. If the tub is a tub/shower combo as in many homes, it has three walls and an entrance, and is normally made of fiberglass. Sometimes one piece, sometimes multi-piece, this assembly can be purchased in many colors with hundreds of wall designs and unique etched patterns. Replacement is basically straight-forward, with the demo/removal of the old tub combo the largest portion of the job. Installation of the new assembly involves hooking up the drainage and tub/shower valve, then sealing everything.

Stand-alone claw-foot tubs are an older design that has recently regained popularity. Elegant and contemporary in appearance, claw foot tubs sit on the floor away from any surrounding walls, with the drain stubbed up from the floor directly behind it. The tub/shower valve resembles a faucet, and is attached to the edge of the tub on a designated end. Claw-foot tubs range higher in price due to their design and construction, and are significantly heavier that standard fiberglass units. Installation is, once again, fairly simple, just setting the tub in place and connecting drainage and water supplies.

Replacing a shower involves a few more decisions. Showers are typically of the fiberglass type as well, while some are complete tile assemblies with a shower pan underneath (see “Shower Pans” section). Replacing a fiberglass assembly with another unit of the same style and size is relatively easy, and the most common type of replacement. The shower valve and drainage are disconnected, and the old shower assembly is pulled out. The new shower is then installed, connecting everything back up and sealing all the edges. Removal of sheetrock or wall material is usually necessary to accommodate the complete installations, as access to the shower valve is necessary. Replacing a tile shower is much more involved, and as such is more expensive. Removal of all the tile work is the first step. This alone is tedious work and can take some time. Disconnecting the drainage and shower valve is necessary. The shower pan is now accessible. If replacement of the shower pan is needed (older pans were made of lead, and often leaked), now is the time to perform that job. Once all prep work has been completed, including valve replacement, drain work, and if necessary, the shower pan, a tile man can now come and reinstall all of the tiling, with thousands of colors and design options. Plumbers DO NOT perform this task. Once all the tile has been replaced, a plumber can come back and “trim out” the shower, installing the shower arm, handle, and trim plate.

FaucetsAll sinks in your home have some sort of faucet attached. Single handle or two handle, faucets are the outlets of fresh water inside the house. They come in hundreds of different styles, finishes, sizes, and shapes. Your kitchens, bathroom sink (lavatories), and utility sinks all require a faucet for operation, and we service and install them ALL.

Homeowners replace faucets for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes faucets begin to drip after many years. Some corrode and rust. Some crack or break. Other times homeowners become tired of their current faucets and want to update the look of their kitchens and bathrooms. In 99% of new faucet installations, we recommend that you go out and purchase the faucet of your choice. This is because there are SO MANY different styles of faucets on the market that if we were to simply pick one up for you, the odds of us getting the one you want are slim to none. Buying one yourself guarantees that you will get exactly what you are looking for, and seeing as how our prices rarely change due to the model or brand, your installation fees remain consistent. Fees only differ for lavatory and kitchen faucets. During the installation process, we will remove and dispose of your old faucet, and install your new unit, ensuring that everything functions properly before we leave. Labor warranty is our standard 12-month, with the faucet’s warranty depending on the manufacturer.

Not all faucet problems require complete replacement of the entire assembly. In many instances we can make small repairs to the faucet’s internal components to stop leaks or other problems. The replacement of small parts such as washers, springs, and cartridges can be a less expensive alternative to complete faucet replacement, sometimes halving the total cost to you. Often times simply repairing the existing faucet will give you many more years of reliable service without incident. No matter what make or model, style or finish, we service all faucets and can find almost any part required to complete the job. As always, all faucet repairs carry our 12-month warranty. Faucet replacements carry this, as well as the manufacturer’s warranty on the faucet itself (usually 10 years or lifetime).

Toilets
Ever woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of a running toilet? Stumbling your way through the dark to jiggle the handle has never been a fun proposition, however, almost every toilet will, at some point, begin to run, leak, or make odd noises. This is simply the nature of the parts inside a toilet’s tank that comprise the flushing system. With a combination of brass, rubber, plastic, and other materials, there are multiple points for possible failure. Leaks from rusty tank bolts or cracked fill valve shanks are common as well. Fill valves begin to wear out and allow excess water to enter the tank, flappers become warped and allow water to run into the bowl, and even the toilet’s flush handle can rust. We will resolve each and every one of these issues for you quickly and professionally, giving your toilets several more years of reliable, trouble-free usage.

When toilets reach a certain age, it is often best to simply replace the entire toilet itself rather than bother with smaller, detailed repairs. If your toilets are reaching 25-30 years of age, the flush pathways inside them are growing narrower and narrower with a build-up of calcium and lime, increasing the probabilities of clogs. There is no repair for this. In such cases, or if you simply want to update the look of your bathrooms with newer and higher quality equipment, it’s time to replace your toilets. With literally thousands of different models and styles out there, there is guaranteed to be something out there for everyone. Prices for new toilets can range anywhere from $100 all the way up to and exceeding $3500, showcasing every possible feature you could think of. Though rare on lower priced models, features such as automatic flushing, heated seats, and LED lighting are available. We recommend that the homeowner purchase their own toilets and then have us install them. We suggest this due to the wide variety of toilet styles, colors, and features. We will answer any questions you may have along the way in your search for new toilets, as well as offer advice on brand selection, feature necessities, and pricing options. Regardless of which toilets you choose, we install them all, and we’ll even dispose of your old ones for you at no additional charge.

Misc Valves
The water system in your home is a complex network of piping and valves. While the piping tends to require little to no maintenance most of the time, plumbing valves are a different story. These small valves are located everywhere from under your sinks to behind your toilets, from your water heater to your icemaker, from your dishwasher to your clothes washer. Also known as cut-offs, stops, or shut-offs, these valves all perform the same function: stopping the supply of water to a certain fixture or area of the home. There is a large valve one on your main water line close to where it enters the home, next to your PRV (see” Pressure Valves” section), allowing you or your plumber to shut off the water to your entire home, allowing maintenance of the system. While all performing the same function, these valves are constructed in several ways and are used in specific locations throughout the house.

“Stops” is the name generally given to the valves located under sinks and behind toilets. These small, usually brass valves are used to cut off the supply of water to one fixture. They function on a simple shaft and rubber washer system, and often fail after repeated use. Small, slow drips are usually the first sign of an impending problem, and the valve should be immediately replaced.

Gate valves and ball valves are heavier-duty units used to isolate water at specified points of your plumbing system. They are in-line valves, meaning they are installed between two points of a waterline. Gate valves are usually made of brass, and employ a multi-turn handle to open or close a thick brass “gate” inside the valve body, thereby cutting off the supply of water. These valves are often found on water mains, above water heaters, and on various lines throughout the home. Ball valves are also generally made of brass, and are operated using a lever-type handle that swivels a core-less brass “ball” inside the valve body. Because of this design, ball valves require only 90 degrees of rotation to operate, rather than the multi-turn gate valves. While both types of valves function well, gate valves are more prone to failure after many years due to their construction, which employs a threaded brass rod to operate the gate. These rods often corrode and break, rendering the valve useless.

Another type of in-line valve found in some homes (and on most water meters) is called a check valve. This component of the plumbing system uses a one-way “door” inside the valve, which allows water to pass through the valve once, and never flow back through. These valves are generally used to eliminate the possibility of contaminants that have entered the water in the home from passing back out to the county or city lines. Two types of “doors” are employed in a check valve. The first functions just like a door in your home, swinging on a hinge inside the valve, opening and closing with water flow. The other, known as a spring-check, uses a plate attached to a spring that opens and closes with pressure, allowing water to flow around its edges, closing the valve when pressure is equalized.

Just like any other mechanical item with moving parts, these valves fail on occasion. Add to that the presence of water, a highly corrosive (yes, really) liquid, and you have the recipe for problems. We install and replace ALL of these valves and more. We will also install additional valves in areas of your home if you prefer, adding to the serviceability of your plumbing system, saving you time and money during future service calls.

Copper Pipe Repair
A large percentage of America’s homes have interior copper water piping, servicing all of the home’s plumbing fixtures. Toilets, faucets, water heaters, hose connections…all are often fed by copper piping. Copper is an excellent material to have in your home. It’s clean, sturdy, and handles temperature and pressure changes well. But let’s face it, even the highest quality products fail from time to time. Copper is no exception. Sometimes, small leaks will form on the joints connecting the copper piping together, dripping, unbeknownst to you, inside your walls or into your ceilings. Transition joints (copper joining plastic pipe) are also common locations for leaks. These small leaks can cause big problems, damaging sheetrock, hardwood floors, and carpeting. We will locate and access these leaks with minimal invasiveness or damage to walls or flooring, make the necessary repairs, and thoroughly test the system before we leave.

Copper piping often services the connections to your water heater. Water heater inlets often leak due to age and to the corrosion of the galvanized stubs that connect the water lines to the top of the heater. We will remove these faulty fittings and replace them with dielectric (corrosion-eliminating) fittings to remove any chance of future corrosion.

Copper was once the most popular material for main water lines, servicing your home from the street. Unfortunately, copper has weak areas that will often oxidize underground, causing severe leaks. It is not ALWAYS necessary to replace the entire waterline when this occurs. As such, we will dig and expose the leak, make any necessary repairs, cover everything back up, restore your water service and leave you with a full warranty. If the leak happens to be located at the penetration point (where the waterline enters the home), we can remove the faulty section and replace it, encasing it within a sleeve to ensure no future corrosion issues.

Slab Leaks
Many homes are built without a basement or crawlspace, instead locating the larger comfort systems (HVAC, water heaters, etc.) in the attic or utility rooms. These homes are supplied with water in the same manner as others, but the waterline penetrates the home through the slab, or the solid concrete foundation on which the home is built. The main waterline generally penetrates the slab at or near the water heater, but branches out underneath the slab to different parts of the house to feed the home’s plumbing fixtures, jutting up through the slab at each location and supplying the faucets, toilets, etc. In older homes, the waterlines were made of gray poly (see “Water Pipe Repair” section), and were subject to constant problems. Being buried in the ground under the slab, the gray poly lines would frequently burst or split due to contact with rocks, or suffer similar problems due to temperature changes. But most of all, it was due to gray poly’s inferiority as a product. Copper pipes were also used under some homes, and were less prone to leaks. Often times, leaks on copper waterlines under the slab were attributed to the pipe not being properly wrapped or protected. Regardless, water leaks under the slab were problems for obvious reasons, with access to the pipes being impossible without destroying sections of the home’s foundation.

When a slab leak occurs, the most common sign is a dramatic increase in your monthly water bill. On occasion, if a hot waterline is the culprit, you will feel a temperature increase on the floor while walking in bare feet. Whether the break is on a hot or cold line, leak detection (see “Water Leak Detection” section) services will be necessary to determine the exact location of the leak. We offer this service at a very competitive rate, and will work the cost into the cost of the repair. Leak detection requires very specialized equipment designed to pinpoint water leaks in almost any location within a home. The equipment is very accurate, usually within inches.

Once the leak has been successfully located, accessing the leak is the next step. To do this, Any flooring in the area must be removed, stripping down to the bare concrete slab. Cutting or jack hammering of the concrete is then necessary to open a hole around the leak. Even then, the waterlines are buried to a depth up to 18 inches. After digging down to the waterlines and clearing away the mud caused by the leak itself, the repair can be made. After this is complete, the lines are pressure-tested to ensure proper operation. The repair is then wrapped, and the dirt is filled back into the hole. We then re-pour the concrete that was removed, leveling and smoothing the surface flush with the surrounding floor. After this new concrete is allowed to dry, the flooring can be repaired or replaced as necessary.

At times, drain lines under slab homes suffer breaks as well. This is often due to faulty initial construction. The drain lines sometimes separate or crack. The problem usually presents itself as a clog or slow-draining fixture, and can only be located with a drain camera. With the camera, the exact location of the problem can be determined, and the slab removed as with a waterline leak. The repair process is similar; fixing the piping, filling the hole, and concreting back over the spot, smoothing it out again. Before the concrete is re-poured however, we camera the newly repaired section once more to ensure that all repairs were successful. We then test the line with water to check for leaks. Once everything is covered up, the flooring may be repaired.
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Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Company

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, local checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
What are your payment terms?

All our jobs are COD, which means you pay us when the work is done. Some of our bigger projects usually have a payment schedule from the day they were billed, unless we have specified different payment terms in the contract.
Why should I choose Knightdale Plumbing Inc., and not another company?

Most of our clients come to us by referral. We are not commission-based, which means we pay our technicians a salary whether or not they sell a job. That way they can really concentrate on what the client really needs instead of worrying about the commissions they could make out of each service call. Our company has a lot of experience especially with new construction and remodels. Our pricing is honest and transparent. Depending on your needs we can either do a time and material job or give you a bid up front. There are never any hidden costs.
Toilets

What is a low flow toilet and is it worth buying?

It uses a lot less water to flush your waste down the drain. A low flow toilet usually uses about only 1.6 gpf (gallons per flush) to get rid of your waste. Most cities or counties will even give you a rebate if you install a low flow toilet.
How do I know if my toilet is leaking?

Sometimes leaking toilets can go un-noticed for a long time and is the most common cause for an expensive water bill. Signs that your toilet is in need of repair or might be leaking:

Water keeps running from the tank into the toilet bowl after it has been flushed. Sometimes it is just noticed as a little trickle down the toilet bowl sides.
After flushing the toilet the tank won’t fill again and you can’t flush again.
You have to move or jiggle the toilet handle to make the stop flushing or running water.
The toilet handle is loose.
You have to keep holding down the toilet handle while flushing in order to complete the flushing process.
Any water spots or mold along the wall behind the tank.
Phantom flushing: your toilet turns the water on without your flushing it.
A toilet that is not being used should be silent. Any noise coming from it might be an indicator of a problem or a leak.
What is a “low boy” toilet?

A low boy toilet is an older model of toilets, which are hardly installed anymore. They are about 15 inches of the ground, like a normal toilet, however they have a very low water tank at the rear of the toilet, which gives its it name.
What is the difference between a handicapped toilet and a regular toilet?

A handicapped toilet has a raised seat so that elderly or handicapped people can get up from the toilet much easier. Usually it is raised by 18 inches from the floor.
My toilet is not flushing and water is backing up into my shower, what is wrong?

You either have a clogged drain or sewer line. We usually use a drain cleaning machine or a rooting machine. This is a cable type drain machine that sends a long cable down your drain usually attached with some sort of cutting head at the end. This cutting head will cut through roots or will clean out what ever is blocking the sewer and drain pipes. The cable comes in different sizes to fit different fixtures from tubs to small sinks and large sewer lines.
Garbage Disposals

My garbage disposal broke down, what should I do?

Don’t hurry out to buy a new garbage disposal – breaking down could be due to various reasons and the disposal may not need to be replaced right away. Something might have just blocked the blades from moving. First, make sure the disposal is not jammed with a hard object (spoons, etc). Please make sure the garbage disposal is TURNED OFF or even disconnected from the power. If you don’t find anything that could have jammed the disposal, try to reset it with the reset button (usually located underneath the garbage disposal) or check your breaker switch in your breaker box. If all fails call us at (919) 266-0377 for service.
What size or model of garbage disposal should I get?

Looking for the right garbage disposal might be a little baffling: there are so many sizes, models and vendors. However, the main difference in garbage disposals is the power output. Garbage disposals usually come in 1/2, 3/4, and 1 horse power models. Our recommendations are: ½ horse power models for light kitchen use, ¾ horse power for a normal household use, and 1 horse power model for heavy home use or small commercial use.
What should I NOT put down my garbage disposal?

Fibrous foods, such as celery, asparagus, or artichokes, are bad for your garbage disposal.
My garbage disposal stinks, what should I do?

There are two ways of cleaning your garbage disposal. You could buy commercial garbage disposal cleaners and dump them down the drain. Or you could use a cup of ice cubes and run the garbage disposal to clean the blades. To give your sink a better smell, we recommend using some lemon juice and lemon peel.
Why is water backing up into my sink when I run the dishwasher?

Often there is a connection between the dishwasher and the drain from the disposal. If there is food left behind in the disposal it can clog that connection to the main drain and therefore the water backs up into your sink. To prevent this, you should make sure that your disposal is free of food before running the dishwasher. Run the garbage disposal with plenty of water before turning the dishwasher on.
Sinks/Faucets/Showers

Can old faucets be repaired?

It depends on the faucet. Usually we can fix any faucet. However, sometimes it is more efficient to replace an old faucet with a new one.
Which type of sink should I get for my kitchen?

There are different types of kitchen sink styles available in various materials. The style that suits you – like say, farmhouse or square – is mostly up to your taste. There are many different choices in materials and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common ones are stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain, and enameled steel. However you could also choose from various styles of corian, acrylic, fiberglass americast, or copper.
I am losing water pressure in my shower, what is causing this?

Your shower head could be plugged with water deposits such as rust and dirt from your pipes. You could try to remove the shower head from the pipe coming out of the wall and check it for deposits. Clean the shower head gently with an old toothbrush and rinse it to remove all the dirt. Also run the shower without the shower head on to possibly remove any left over dirt in the pipes to prevent the shower head from plugging up again. If cleaning your shower head didn’t take care of your low water pressure, give us a call at (919) 266-0377.
What is an ‘overflow’?

It is a “Water Break” for bathtubs. Technically, it will prevent a bathtub from overflowing with water and flooding your whole bathroom or house. Once the water reaches a certain level in the bathtub, it starts to drain through the overflow. So if you would ever walk away from your filling bathtub and forget about it, your overflow would prevent you from a flood, but not from a high water bill!
What is an ‘air gap’ and do I need one?

An “Air gap” is like a little two inch metal cap that sits at the top of your sink. This is supposed to prevent dirty water from backwashing back into your dishwasher. However, newer dishwashers and sinks with garbage disposals make it possible to eliminate this extra little metal cap. Consult your plumber and see, if you can run your dishwasher safely without having an “Air gap”.
Water Heaters

What size water heater should I get?

Water heaters come in different sizes and it depends on your size of living quarters and how many people are using hot water on a daily basis. A normal household with a family of four, two bathrooms, and regular appliances will get by with a 40 gal water heater.
Should I get a gas or electric water heater?

Sometimes you don’t really have a choice. However, if you do, consider the following:

Gas water heaters are more efficient because gas is cheaper and makes water hot faster.
Gas water heaters have a pilot light and have to be away from flammable liquids since they can pose a fire hazard.
Electric water heaters are more expensive to use, however they don’t require gas and flue piping.
Electric water heaters come in a lot of different sizes, as small as 3 gallons. They can be installed almost everywhere, such underneath a sink in a little apartment kitchen or a sink in a rest room.
How long does a water heater last?

It depends on the model/brand and maintenance of the water heater. A 5 year model will last anywhere from 5-7 years and a 10 year model can last up to 12 years. However, a lot depends on your water quality, and proper installation. You should check your water heater on a regular basis for any rust or corrosions around the valves and pipe connections. That will give you a good idea about the condition your water heater is in.
How do I maintain my water heater?

It is good to drain the water heater every now and then. Draining the water heater will clean the bottom of the water heater tank from harmful build ups. These build ups can cause the tank to overheat and shorten its life.
Is there a temperature setting on the water heater?

Yes, the normal water temperature setting for a water heater is 120 degrees F. Setting it at this temperature will prevent accidental burns from hot water coming out of the faucet. Some water heater models have a digital temperature control and can be set up to 190 degrees F.
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It is essential for homes to have electric water heaters these days. These devices boil water as well as serve warm and hot water for people. This heated water is needed in homes to supply warm showers and baths as well as swimming pools. Some even use hot water directly from the faucets for hot beverages.

In North America and Europe, most homes use tanked water heaters to heat water for baths. These days, there are several types of electric water heaters to choose from. You can even choose to buy more advanced tankless water heaters. Centralized water heating systems are also in use. These get what they need from excess heat of factories and industries.

It may be a bit frustrating when trying to select the best water heater for your situation. With so many questions to be answered before committing to the purchase of an electric water heater, it may not be the easiest decision you have ever made. Large companies such as hotels and other businesses specializing in the hospitality industry employ experts to pick the best electric water heater. In fact, a lot of companies that manufacture hot water heaters offer free trials for a decent length of time.

Something that you should keep in mind if you are looking for the perfect electric water heater for your home is whether or not it will be energy efficient. This will become very important when your electric bill arrives. If your water heater is boosting your electricity bill up, it is not the best one for you.

Compare how much water it can heat with the time it will take to heat it. If it is going to take a long time to heat only a small amount of water, you will most likely want to keep shopping. That one will not be energy efficient.

Two things that tend to go hand in hand are the price and warranty of the electric water heater that you choose. Whether you are on a budget or not, whatever price you pay for your water heater, you should have a warranty that matches the price tag. Therefore, if something goes wrong with your water heater in a certain amount of time, you will not be shelling out the money to fix it.

With all of the creature comforts offered by an electric water heater, it is not an appliance that can be easily done without. Always select the best one so that it will last for a very long time.
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While most people will call on a professional plumber in order to go about installing their plumbing or drainage system, there are those people out there that will attempt to do it for themselves. While this is a fairly large task ahead of them, they get a supreme amount of satisfaction when they have seen their job all the way through.

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If you are one of these types of people that enjoy the thrill of doing things like this on your own, then there are a few things you should know about before you get started. These little tips will help you to make your plumbing job a success.

The very first thing you will need to do is contact your local building authority to make sure that you have all the permits that they will require for you to get your job done. This may seem a bit odd to some people, but there are rules and regulations that you have to go through in order to be able to add a drainage system and some types of plumbing.

The building authority will probably need to see a complete plan set or blueprint of all the remodeling that you are going to be doing. Once they have had a chance to go through everything, and you get your permits, you will be free to jump in with both hands and start getting to work on your new project.

Once you get started on your new system, you will have to have it inspected from time to time as you progress. This will make it easier for you to make sure that everything you are doing is up to code and that you won’t be getting any fines for having an unsafe system.

Each area is different so make sure you have everything you need taken care of ahead of time. Another good reason to have your system inspected as you are working on it is that if you do mess up, you won’t have to tear a bunch of things apart to fix it. The inspector will catch it before you are done and you can fix it right away without too much hassle on your part.

Now that you have all of your paperwork and inspections taken care of, it’s time to get all your supplies and materials that you are going to be needing in order and laid out, so that you can see how it’s all going to fit together.
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Replacing a water heater in your home may sound rather scary at first. You most likely assume that you have to not only pay for a new water heater, but also for someone to install it.

That could not be further from the truth. When your hot water heater sings its swan song, go ahead and buy a new one. Then, come home and install it yourself. It really is not that hard to do and plumbing experience is not required. Follow the steps below and you will feel a lot more confident about taking on this task by yourself.

Step One:

Obviously, the first thing that has to be taken care of is the removal of your old hot water heater. This is simple. Just turn off the gas or electricity that is powering it. Make sure you drain all of the water out of it. Keep in mind that the water will be hot so take care to not get burned. When that is completed, remove it from the gas or electric as well as the water pipes. These pipes may still contain hot water, so handle them with care. Now, you simply set it aside.

Step Two:

Put your new hot water heater in place. Do not handle it roughly as it has parts within it that can easily break if you do. Get it close to the pipes so you can hook it to them, and connect it. There will be an owner’s manual you can check if the water heater is hooked up differently from your old one. Recognizing an incorrect hook up is simple as the hot water will run cold and the cold water will run hot.

Step Three:

The last thing you will do is connect the gas or electricity. When it has been connected, turn your power back on. This is another area that may send you looking at the owner’s manual to make sure it is done correctly.

Do you see how simple it is? You are basically just reversing the steps you performed when you unhooked your broken water heater. Of course, if you run into any problems, the owner’s manual will have the solutions. This should be a task that you can complete in only a few minutes.

There is no need for any odd tools, although you will need a dolly in order to haul away the old water heater and bring in the new one. Finally, you will need to check with your local authorities to find out how the correct method of disposing of the old water heater.

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One of the more important rooms in your home has to be the bathroom for obvious reasons. When something goes wrong in the bathroom, specifically with the toilet, life as you know it changes drastically. Calling a plumber may not be an option a lot of times.

For one thing, plumbers are at all-time shortage right now so you may find out it will be DAYS before he can make a visit to your home. Or you may not have the money to have your toilet professionally repaired. Take heart, as there are a couple of toilet problems you can fix by yourself.

The first of these is the running toilet. This is a problem that happens frequently. Most of the time, it can be remedied easily by buying a new flapper or ball assembly to replace broken ones. To fix the flapper, turn off the water to the toilet. Remove the lid from the toilet’s tank. Disconnect the flapper and go buy a new one. Nothing is easier to fix and the price is right at about $5. Sometimes you’ll have to clean mineral deposits from the tank but it’s not difficult. Use boiling water, vinegar and baking soda and you’re all set.

The second common toilet problem is the backed up toilet. This can be one of the most annoying and momentarily frightening things you’ll experience. Besides the ick factor, it puts your toilet out of commission for as long as it takes to unclog it.

Remember this: If you flush a toilet once and water rises rather than drains, DO NOT FLUSH AGAIN! Instead, remove the tank lid as fast as possible. Push the tank ball down so the flush valve closes. This stops rising water.

Most clogged toilets come from toys, sanitary products, or plastic items. If this is your problem, try removing the item instead of forcing it along. Clogs from regular flushed waste can be fixed by using a plunger or closet snake.

Try the plunger first. Wear rubber gloves, and drape a large towel over the toilet bowl and under the seat. For an empty bowl, add water to put it about half full. If it’s full, empty until the water is halfway. Use the plunger to seal the hole in the toilet bowl.

Push down slowly and quickly pull back. Begin slowly and work up to faster. If something is stuck in the opening of the drain, use a stiff wire to retrieve it. After dislodging the item, put a gallon of water into the bowl and flush.

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With a tankless water heater, there’s no question that hot water is slower to appear than through the old storage tank water heater. Waiting on the water to heat also forces you to waste water. Something’s not right when you must waste water in order to save on energy. However, there’s a way to fix this.

Demand systems is a pumping system that allows you to have hot water quickly without having to run it down the drain as you wait. If you shop around, you’ll find that there are quite a few manufacturers of these systems. Research may convince you to try it.

Years ago, there were not any low flow fixtures, and hot water was ready quickly. However, less water was not used. The difference was that the water came out a lot faster, thus producing hot water faster. For instance, a pipe ½ inch around and 63 feet in length contains 1 gallon of water.

If your faucet is set to release 5 gallons a minute, within 12 seconds you’ll have water. With a slower flowing faucet that releases only 1 gallon a minute, the water needs 60 seconds to arrive. In addition, the pipe will be cold unless recently used, and will absorb the water’s heat as it makes its way to you. In cold pipes, it takes longer for the heated water to appear.

With tankless heaters, there’s not a full tank of water waiting to heat. It’s more like a piece of pipe over a burner. To get the water hot, it has to stay over the burner for set amount of time. The water in the center of the pipe won’t be over the burner long enough for heat. First, it has to move through the entire pipe for maximum heat.

This can be remedied by pumping water in a circle from the heater’s outlet through the pipe and cold pipe back to the heater. Turn off the pump just prior to the hot water reaching the faucet and you won’t have hot water entering the cold pipes. Since no water is wasted running down the drain, you now have a green water heating system.

“Demand” systems work through placing a small pump at the faucet furthest away from the heater. These are connected between the cold and hot lines. A device senses temperature increase in the pump that shuts it off. The heated water won’t get into the cold line.

The price tags on the Demand systems range from around $180 to over $500, depending on what your needs are. However, a family of 4 has been shown to save over 10,000 gallons of water annually with this system. So the cost could be worth it.

This article was written by Michael, who owns the best microwaves and panasonic microwave blog.
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Nothing is more frustrating than finding a leaking faucet or a toilet that won’t stop running. The worst thing about it is the amount you feel you are going to have to pay in order to get a professional plumber to come in and fix them.

The good news is that not every plumbing issue requires you to fork over your hard earned cash to someone that will spend, ultimately, 10 minutes in your home fixing your plumbing issues.

Basic plumbing issues will pop up from time to time, and most home owners have found this out the hard way. The best thing you can do is gain some knowledge on these basic plumbing issues, and how you can solve them on your own. This will not only save you money, but give you a feeling of confidence and self-reliance that you may not have ever had before.

Many things, such as a leaking faucet can be fixed by simply tightening a nut or replacing a faulty washer. The first thing you should do, however, is turn off your water from the main line that comes into your home. If this stops the leaking, then the water pressure is causing the water to overpass the faucet in some way, and can usually be fixed fairly easily. There is no reason that you would have to call in a professional to fix something as small as this, and your wallet will thank you for that decision.

If you find yourself getting into too much, then you probably should go ahead and call in someone that knows what they are doing. There is no reason that you should have to repair the entire toilet because of a simple running float. But accidents happen all the time and, let’s say, you tighten the overfill tube too tight, you could end up cracking the porcelain tank, causing a minor issue to turn dramatically into a major issue. At times like this, calling in a professional can end up saving you a bit of money instead of you having to replace the entire toilet on your own.

Just remember that having the proper tools is a necessity for any plumbing fixes you may find yourself having to take care of. Making use of the right tools will make your plumbing fixes go much easier for you and all those involved.
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Leaky commodes could be bothersome since there are numerous different reasons they can be leaking. If any of the commodes in your Chesapeake house are leaking, please let us learn about it. We do not desire property owners to endure any type of water damage to their houses and throw away any sort of water over something that is normally an easy plumbing repair. In this post we will be reviewing some of one of the most usual reasons for a toilet leakage. The function of doing so will certainly be to have Chesapeake property owners not allow it end up being a bigger issue, and so homeowners recognize exactly what are the sign that a leak is occurring.

According to Conserve H2O,

Water leaks account for approximately 14% of all water use in the average American home, and the toilet is one of the most likely places to find them. http://www.conserveh2o.org/water-lost-toilet-leaks

Worn Washers/Bolts
The washers and bolts on a toilet could become worn and will be the reason for a leaking toilet. A toilet has 2 large bolts that affixed the tank to the bowl. If typical indicators old age create these bolts to fall short, the toilet will certainly leak water on the flooring.

Tank-Bowl Gasket
There is a three-inch gasket that functions along with the 2 large bolts and washers to maintain the bowl affixed to the toilet tank. This gasket can begin to wear away as a result of age or an unwanted chemical buildup, which can trigger a leak to begin.

Corrosion
Corrosion is the leading danger, and one that is one of the most damaging problem to impact plumbing components and water pipes. One can have no idea where it will start to develop in ones water pipes. Pipe rust will result in impurities in the water, aging of the water pipes, chemical reactions or a combo of all 3.

Rusty Pipe
Rust results from the corrosion process we just talked about. In terms of the toilet itself, it will only impact the metallic pieces of it. Given that the interior parts of the toilet are continuously in water, the advancement of rust is something that will not be stopped.

Cracked Tank
This is not one of the most usual thing that can occur, however it is feasible for the toilet tank itself to develop a fracture. It obviously would definitely leak if it is was fractured. Be careful setting anything on the tank, or dropping anything on it. Given that they are usually made from porcelain, they break easily.

Cracked Bowl
Similar to the toilet tank, the bowl itself could develop a crack, and for the exact same reasons. There will be no other way of replacing the toilet bowl if it becomes cracked. This kind of leak will definitely be significant and it will certainly have to be replaced quickly.

Float
The float is the large plastic sphere attached to a rod that floats in the tank. This, in addition to a toilet flapper, are two of the parts that will possibly have to be changed eventually in the life of ones toilet. If either are not functioning properly, they will leak water into the bowl. This is a waste of water, for the toilet will be constantly running. It most likely will not occur, yet it might overflow.

Feed line
The feed line is the tube or piping that provides water to the toilet when it is flushed. It is very easy to see if this tube has a leak. They may come to be used in time and even loosen up. First ensure it is affixed snugly with a wrench. If it is still leaking, it may quickly be changed.

Overflow Tube
The overflow tube’s job is to relocate water if the tank were to overflow. If this tube is obstructed water will spill on ones floor.

These are excellent first troubleshooting tips for homeowners to help locate the source of a toilet leak, and actions that will certainly help us with any sort of type of needed toilet repair that may be required for ones Chesapeake residence. Learn a lot more concerning our toilet and various other plumbing repairs here.
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March 11, 2009

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Modern bathroom designs in 2009

Bathroom remodeling ranks number one among America’s most commonly performed home improvements. This is because today, many individuals consider their bathroom to be some kind of personal retreat, a separated space from the noise outside, where they could relax with complete privacy.

The bathroom is no longer just a space for one’s personal hygiene. Today’s design possibilities for bathrooms are limitless.

The standard rules do not apply anymore. Function, openness, performance as well as easy to clean and maintain materials usually top bathroom requirements. When designing your bathroom, take into consideration layout of bath pieces, cabinet placement and your choice of finishes.

Bathroom remodeling cost depends on how much or how little you opt to put in it. A simple improvement that includes a new bath vanity top, accessories and light fixture will cost under 1000 dollars, while a major bath remodeling, taking everything out then begin from scratch can cost 10,000 dollars or more.

With all available new materials, innovative products and design styles of today, your dream bathroom can actually turn into much more than a toilet, shower and sink combo.

Bathroom design Ideas

1.Set a realistic remodeling or makeover budget. When establishing a budget, take into account your bathroom design ideas that you want and if you can afford them.
Also, take note that it is less expensive when you do not anymore relocate the plumbing fixtures like the sinks or toilets; if you have a small budget, consider incorporating the present layout of your bathroom into your new design.

2.Think of function first. Always take into account functionally in mind as your bathroom is your workstation for getting ready for your day ahead as well as your place for recovering and resting after a hectic day. So keep these in mind when selecting your shower, tub, toilet, sink and other bath pieces.

Furthermore, think about what other needs you have that you can include into your bath, with some clever and careful planning; maybe you want to put a seat into your shower or a linen storage space or a “steam room”. Think what you really want, but give prime importance to your needs first, then second, your wants.

3. Collect bathroom models and design ideas. These will be a big help on your project as you can visualize your finished project as well as your remodeling professionals can have an idea on what your requirements are.

Here are some ideas:

– If your bathroom is large enough, you can either a wicker chair or display case.
– Mix and match colors for your bathroom. This is fun alternative to a white or gray bathroom. Have fun cool and relaxing colors such as you can turn your bathroom into a beach-like retreat investing in cool shades of blue towels, rugged or distressed antique shelf, a series of colorful picture frames, etc.
– Introduce fresh flowers, potted plants or cut tree branches and arrange them in vase. These can liven up your bathroom.
– Bring the outside into your bathroom. Put some sea shells, candles, instead of tiles, you can choose to have lime stones in one wall as your focal point with an iron vanity, large plants and wind metal chimes.
– Get inspiration from your friend’s house, from an expensive restaurant, a spa or a hotel room.

4.Look into popular design trends in bathrooms.

– Second sinks now are getting to be very popular and trendy in bathroom remodeling because they permit two individuals to use their bathroom together.
– Separating your toilet from all other bathroom needs is another trend nowadays.
– If you include a shower only in your bathroom, think of replacing it with a “bathtub” that can serve as both a shower also. Whirlpool tubs are becoming popular in bathroom designs today.
– A spa-like bathroom is the most popular trend today. So aside from whirlpool baths, natural stone walls and wood flooring, try to open up your bathroom with large windows so you can see nature’s beauty outside as you relax.

Designing your bathroom space must not be just another remodeling project. The focus today has to do with your overall pampering needs and self rejuvenation in your bathroom.

About the Author

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Faucets are a vital part of your kitchen or bathroom and need to be just as exclusive as the rest the room and should match well with the surroundings. Even when you are remodeling the kitchen or the bathroom the faucets are one of the first things that you will want to change in keeping with the aesthetic beauty of the whole house.

Today there is such a wide variety to choose from when it comes to faucets when compared to the days gone by. Those were the days when you were absolutely thrilled if you even had a faucet in the kitchen so that you did not have to go out for water. Then came the heater that gave you hot water. That was considered a Godsend! But now not only do you have a whole variety you also have them in different colors to suit the color of your soap dispenser too!

1. Kitchen Faucets

There are so many types of kitchen faucets to choose from today and the different kinds are increasing day by day. Some of the modern and high tech versions can turn on simply with the help of a sensor, avoiding dirt and germs. If you are looking for an antique look for your kitchen then the wall mounted faucets might just be the right ones for you. There are many finishes to choose from such as the brushed nickel kitchen faucet and this is available in many styles and designs. There are many types to choose from but you have to purchase the one that will be right for your kitchen.

2. Bathroom Faucets

Although there are hundreds of styles to choose from bathroom faucets can usually be broken down into several distinct categories. Wide Set – A wide set faucet has separate handles for cold and hot water mounted either side of a central spout. The three elements are spaced further apart than other fixtures and are perfect for a spacious, contemporary bathroom sink. Center Set and Mini Spread – Smaller versions of a wide set faucet; these fixtures can be used with smaller sinks to impart the same feeling of simple elegance that a wide set does. Single Hole – The simplest of faucets, with a single mixing handle attached to the water spout. This style works very well in smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. Basin Faucets – Hot and cold water handles are located on separate sides of the sink, each has its own spout and water only mixes in the sink. Basin faucets are great for a Bathroom Design that is vintage in feel. Wall Mounted – Wall mounted faucets can be very dramatic as they are usually installed with a bowl sink.

When looking for faucets ensure that you really do some research before finally settling for one. You have to see that what you buy will not start a leak within months of having purchased it. Insist on quality, finish and class even if it means paying just that little bit more for a good branded one. You can select one that gives you hot and cold water separately or choose one where they could be mixed to the temperature that you would like.

You will find many faucets in the market but some of the better and more reputed brands are Moen and Price Pfister and you are certain to get discounts on them if you look for them online.
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Going Green and Protecting the Environment
If you have come to this page you may know little or nothing about tankless water heaters, but you may have heard that they are eco-friendly, and can help protect the environment. The available evidence suggests that this is true, and because they are more efficient they are probably less costly in the long run for both your pocketbook as well as the enviornment. That is especially good news considering most plans to protect the enviornment wind us costing us a lot more.

This is because water heaters are ranked very high on the household energy consumption list. With conventional water heaters the water is kept at a high temperature inside a storage tank and held there for your use when you need it to shower, and wash dishes or clothes. If you are on vacation you probably don�t even think about the fact your conventional hot water heater is absorbing a lot of energy.

The Good News for On Demand Tankless Water Heaters
Hot water that never runs out (mostly). With a tankless water heater, cold water runs into a unit and a heating element (electric) or gas burner heats the water as fast as it is needed. The heating rate is likely to be 2 to 5 gallons a minute. Gas appliances tend to be more efficient (supply hot water at a faster rate) than electric models.

Tankless water heaters can save your family utilities since they are 24%-34% more efficient. They can also be used as a water heater booster for items that are long way from their heating source, such as pool showers, hot tubs, or remote bathrooms.

The Not So Good News for On Demand Tankless Water Heaters
If your family is fairly large, and you have people showering while someone else is washing clothes the tankless water heater may not be able to supply hot water at a fast enough rate. This can be overcome by installing more than one tankless water heater, but that could require additional expenses for gas lines and venting outlets.

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Everybody knows it: it’s ‘conventional wisdom,’ passed down generation to generation. It applies to anything and everything and unfortunately, in many cases, it’s oversimplified or just plain wrong.

The conventional wisdom in plumbing is no different; there are many myths. Freshen your drain with lemon? Run water with the garbage disposal? Good ideas? Find out as we explore the top 10 plumbing myths that cost you money!

Myth #1: Putting Lemons in Your Disposal to Make It Smell Fresh Is a Good Idea

When life gives you lemons, don’t put them down your disposal! You might succeed in briefly creating a fresher aroma, but the citric acid from lemons corrodes the metal inside your disposal.

The Better Alternative:
Use ice to polish your disposal up inside, which works just like a rock tumbler polishing rocks; it’s noisy, but it works. Power wash the scum causing the odor from the drain without ruining your disposal.

Myth #2: “In Tank” Cleaners Will Keep Your Toilet Sparkling and Smelling Like Roses

Spending money on “in tank” cleaners marketed to make your chores easier and decrease the time you spend scrubbing your toilet is one cost you can cut.

These products bleach smelly build-up white, but don’t get rid of it. Eventually, the build-up can ruin your toilet.

The Better Alternative:
Use vinegar down the overflow tube. Vinegar removes smelly build-up that can damage the flow of your toilet for a fraction of the cost.

Myth #3: Lifetime Warranties on Bad Products Are Really Useful

When you buy something cheap and it breaks, don’t expect to get it replaced with the latest and greatest product on the market.

What you buy is what you’re stuck with. Plus, you’ll be spending time and money to keep reinstalling it.

The Better Alternative:
Buy good quality products the first time around and avoid trading in junk for junk.

Myth #4: Running Water While Using the Garbage Disposal Helps the Waste Travel Smoothly

Sure, it seems like the perfect combo: letting the faucet run while using the garbage disposal to help wash waste down the drain. It’s something we’ve all done.

And inevitably, we’ve all had to reach our hands down the drain to unblock whatever leftovers got jammed in the pipes.

Following waste with water doesn’t help if the blockage has already happened before the water shows up.

The Better Alternative:
Fill the sink basin with a 4:1 ratio of water to waste so that the waste is separated and flows with ease down the drain.

Myth #5: As Long as Stuff Is Going Down the Drain, Everything Is Working Correctly

Out of sight, out of mind doesn’t really apply to the plumbing world.

Even if you can’t see it, food like pasta and rice will bloat in pipes causing clogs, blocking the passage for other waste to peacefully pass through the pipes.

Without the proper amount of water to rinse it down, waste builds up in the pipes and makes drainage inefficient.

The Better Alternative:
Prevent blockage and clogging problems by using sinks, toilets, and showers correctly. Make sure to fill basins with water before draining. For showers, place a hair screen in the drain to reduce the human hairballs that rival anything your cat coughs up.

Myth #6: Water Pressure Regulators Are Always Dependable

Water pressure regulators do give important information about water pressure, but don’t place all of your trust in the readings they provide.

The Better Alternative:
Personally check your water pressure! Doing so can save you a ton of hassle and money.

How? Well, high water pressure is a major cause of floods, leaks, and that annoying sound your toilet makes as it continuously runs to relieve pressure.

Myth #7: Water and Soap on Bathroom Fixtures Makes Them Just as Sparkly and Clean as Your Hands

You wash your hands at the sink and when you turn off the faucet, you leave a bit of soapy water on it. No big deal, right? Wrong!

Water and soap cause faucets and fixtures to corrode, making them peel and bubble.

The Better Alternative:
Wipe the fixtures off after use. This takes an extra second, but it will help prevent your fixtures from corroding.

This will also protect your lifetime warranties on products, which are void when soap has rotted the finish.

Myth #8: Users Manuals Are Only For People Who Don’t Know What They Are Doing

User manuals aren’t just full of fancy labeled pictures and lists of parts. They actually contain some useful information as well.

While they may not be the most entertaining read in the world, they can save you money and time in the long run.

The Better Alternative:
Read the manual. Twice. User manuals contain information on warranties and proper usage that will increase the lifespan of the product.

Myth #9: Plumbing Fixtures Are Low Maintenance

Ignoring plumbing fixtures because they are hard as stone and cold as steel is not only mean, it’s detrimental to their performance.

Lack of use allows a p-trap to evaporate, allowing dangerous sewer gas to smell up the house.

If an electric water heater sits unused, it can create highly explosive hydrogen gas. In this case, you definitely want less bang for your buck.

The Better Alternative:
Don’t let your plumbing fixtures and equipment sit for long periods of time. Use them periodically to ensure health risks aren’t created.

The time it takes to turn them on every once in awhile could save you a fortune if you prevent your home from exploding.

Myth #10: Every Plumber Knows Exactly What to Do and How to Do It

Just because a plumber holds that title doesn’t mean that they are educated in their field and licensed.

Every plumber has opportunities to get continued plumbing education, certificates, and special cards to install some products.

If a plumber installs something poorly or chooses the wrong fixture, you’ll just have to spend more calling another plumber.

The Better Alternative:
Use state boards and the BBB to ensure the plumber you are hiring is well qualified and well educated in the field.

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August 21, 2014

When it comes to learning plumbing skills, there’s no time like the present. You’ve thought about it often, but setting aside time to do it has just never happened. Online resources are available to help you figure out how to repair your plumbing problems.

Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. You simply have to securely fasten any pipes that are exposed. If pipes are located in the floor, ceiling or walls, you might want to have a professional help you complete the project.

Knowing about the tools and how you’re supposed to use them may greatly help with your plumbing jobs. Read the instructions, which many people overlook, and check out the internet which has many resources to help with plumbing issues. Before attempting any repairs, plan ahead, or you may make a costly mistake.

You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. You may need to pay some money in the beginning, though you should not pay the full cost until you can be certain that the job was done correctly. Knowing the job was completed in a timely and high-quality manner is essential before paying for a plumber.

TIP! Learning the basics is important with plumbing problems, including how to use the common plumbing tools. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing.

Toilet discs and odor removers should never be used in your toilet. Both of these may help to eliminate odors from your toilet, but it can also damage the rubber parts of your toilet, causing it to not function probably, or even to break down completely.

Don’t put oil, grease or fat into your drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. Oils are especially damaging to garbage disposals. Dispose of your oils in a coffee can or other suitable container instead of your sink.

You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. By regularly using a mixture of dish soap, cherry pits and citrus rinds, you can ensure that your disposal runs smoothly and smells as fresh as one that is brand new.

A strainer positioned over a drain can prevent stoppage by collecting food particles as they try to enter the drain. Kitchen sink strainers should be cleaned every time they collect large food particles. Kitchen filters should be changed often, while bathtub filters can be changed as needed.

TIP! Orange or pink discoloration on your bathroom fixtures is a solid indication that your water contains too much iron. You can use water softener that you buy at the store to remedy this situation, or you can have a professional do it for you.

If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. You might be tempted to contact a plumber every time you face a small problem, but if you have problems repaired all at once, you will have time to save money for the fixes. You can save money by only paying a single service call fee instead of ending up with multiple hours being billed from multiple visits.

As you can see, it really helps to understand your home’s plumbing system. The knowledge you learn on it will make you an essential resource for your family and your friends, potentially saving you and them substantial amounts of money. With any luck, the information and tips provided here will soon prove to be useful.

Be sure that the overflow holes are free of debris. These passages allow your sink to fill up without overflowing onto your floor, and if they’re blocked that can cause you a major headache. Periodically clear out the overflow holes when doing your other checks for things that may need repaired.

TIP! You should always put plenty of cold water through your garbage disposal while it is running. Cold water will allow for the food particles to be properly disposed of while keeping the blades sharp.

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August 10, 2014

Although water is the main source of life, in plumbing it can be the most detrimental and frustrate every homeowner. Nothing except for a natural disaster will cause more harm to a home than a serious plumbing problem. This article will give you some great tips to help you avoid a plumbing disaster.

Wait until a job is done before you pay for it. It is customary for many companies to require you to put money down before they begin the job, but always wait to pay the rest of the balance until the job is totally finished. You will feel better paying the bill when you are completely satisfied with the job.

If you aren’t having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water into it from waist high. Do this every time the water level gets too low.

If you don’t want plumbing in your home frozen, then don’t let the inside temperature go under the freezing mark, and make sure any pipes that have no protection from the elements are thoroughly insulated. Obviously, if it is below freezing outdoors, the pipes will be subjected to the same temperatures. At best, it can take time for them to thaw and for you to be able to have running water. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.

TIP! Do not use harsh chemicals to clean or treat your toilet. These products can be great when it comes to getting rid of odors, but unfortunately, they can cause significant damage to the rubber portions of your toilet.

Give all drains strainers to gather particulate matter that can clog pipes. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. Clean out the bathtup strainer every few days before it becomes clogged.

Keep the garbage disposal clean to make sure it will last as many years as your house does. By regularly incorporating a routine using a combination of dish soap, lemon rinds, and even cherry pits, you can keep your disposal running smoothly and smelling as fresh as the day it was installed.

Schedule one plumber to take care of all your issues in one single visit. You might be tempted to contact a plumber every time you face a small problem, but if you have problems repaired all at once, you will have time to save money for the fixes. Most plumbers have an hourly rate and a flat rate for the trip: asking a plumber to fix multiple problems in one trip is cheaper than calling them more than once.

If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. After the water level in the toilet bowl has gone down, you can repeat the procedure until the blockage is cleared.

TIP! Use filters on all drains to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from getting through. The strainer in the kitchen sink should be cleaned each time you have large particles trapped in it.

Keep your bathtub drain running well by pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain each month. Cover it with a plug or rag, since a chemical reaction should happen in the pipes. Wait for a little while, and then pour boiling water down the drain. This method clears out soap scum buildup and accumulated hair that gets caught in the pipes.

Becoming educated on plumbing and preparing beforehand can help prevent future issues. When a homeowner knows a few things about plumbing, he is going to make smart decisions when dealing with plumbing problems. Also, homeowners who dig up information about a problem beforehand are much more likely to solve the problem faster and easier.

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August 29, 2014

Welcome to the interesting world of plumbing! Plumbing involves a variety of specialized techniques, knowledge and equipment. Plumbing is a personal issue when dealing with home improvement, oftentimes making it seem somewhat difficult to find a solution that works for you. The tips laid out here can provide you with some suggestions.

To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. At best, it can take time for them to thaw and for you to be able to have running water. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.

Septic Tank
If you possess pipes that are alive with the sound of squeaking or hammering, you have an issue that is easily corrected. Exposed pipes will have to be anchored. If these pipes on the ceiling, or in the floors or walls, it might be a good idea to hire a professional to help you finish the project.

TIP! If any water pipe that you have freezes, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. This can prevent damage to your house because it lets the pressure that is in the pipe out, and keeps it from bursting.

Pump out your septic tank at least every five years to keep it in proper working condition. Doing so will help to avoid septic tank problems by ensuring that the tank does not become clogged with sediment. Pumping a septic tank might cost a lot of money, but it will cost your more money to clean any back up in sewage you may have had, and replacing your septic tank costs even more!!

Knowing all your different tools and how they are used will be a great help when you work on a plumbing job. Read the instructions, which many people overlook, and check out the internet which has many resources to help with plumbing issues. Make sure that, before you jump in and start taking things apart, you plan your plumbing repair first.

If you discover a problem with the garbage disposal, don’t ever reach into it with your hands to attempt to fix it. Garbage disposals always pose a possible threat, even when powered off or non-working all together. Locate your garbage disposal manual, or do an Internet search for troubleshooting advice and a diagram that illustrates your model.

Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. Septic systems can back up when the septic tank builds up sediment. This can even result in the septic system failing altogether. Getting your septic tank drained occasionally may be expensive, but it’s dirt cheap compared to the cost of repairing a damaged septic system or the cleanup cost when raw sewage backs up into your home.

TIP! Do not put any oil, fat, or greasy foods or products in your sink. Oils will eventually harden and clog up your drain.

There are many skills and techniques to learn to become an accomplished plumber. The plumbing world has something for everyone, but what is workable for one system might not be for another. Hopefully, the plumbing tips mentioned here gave you a place to start with your own system.

August 27, 2014

Welcome to the plumbing world! Plumbing involves many methods, techniques, supplies, specialized types of equipment, and more. The fact is, plumbing is extremely complex which can make it a difficult home improvement task. The ideas and insights in the following paragraphs are going to fill your mind with good ideas.

If a pipe freezes, make sure you turn the closest faucet to allow the thawing water to exit. This will relieve pressure and might prevent the pipe from bursting, preventing further damage.

Avoid septic tank problems by having your tank pumped out in five year intervals. Having your septic pumped will keep sediments from settling to the bottom of the septic tank and causing the tank to malfunction or backup. In this case, the cost of prevention definitely outweighs having your septic backing up into your house or failing.

To prevent pipes in your house from freezing, do not let the temperature in the house dip below freezing. Also, any pipes exposed to the cold should be insulated. Pipes have the potential to freeze if the surrounding temperatures are below the freezing mark. In the very least, you could lose running water inside while waiting for the pipes to unfreeze. The other option is the pipes may burst, which would result in significant repair costs and a mess to clean up.

TIP! When it gets very cold, your pipes may freeze. If it does, relieve the pressure in the pipe by turning on the tap so the water can be released as the pipe thaws.

You never want to pay for a job until it is complete, and this goes for a plumber as well. A plumber might ask you for part of the money before starting the job but you should never pay more than half. You need to know the plumber did what he promised before he is reimbursed for the entire amount.

Get the appropriate tools, and know exactly how to use them before you start working on your plumbing. Be sure you read everything you can from the manuals, and use different things like the library and internet to learn all the projects that are do it yourself. Before undertaking repairs on your own, you should have a plan; otherwise, a mistake could make repairs even more costly.

If your garbage disposal is having problems, don’t give in to the desire to attempt a fix by reaching down into the disposal. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Hire a professional, or at least find your owner’s manual to look at a diagram of the disposal. Many owner’s manuals are available online, and may even contain interactive troubleshooters.

Never try to fix a garbage disposal by putting your hand down into it. Garbage disposals are not healthy places for hands to be, even if they are not running. Go online and search for sketch of your disposal, or a troubleshooter.

TIP! Clean your garbage disposal regularly to prolong the life of your disposal. You can prevent annoying odors and promote smooth operation by setting up a regular cleaning routine with lemon rinds, dish soap, and even cherry pits.

Garbage Disposal
To ensure garbage disposal lasts long in your home, be sure you keep it cleaned regularly. Create a routine that uses both normal soaps and natural materials like cherry pits of lemon rinds. With this, you’ll be able to keep your garbage disposal running and smelling like new.

As you can see, you have different options available to you to make your plumbing projects a breeze. As you are now aware, in the area of plumbing there is something anyone can do for every home. However, not every strategy works for every system. Hopefully, these tips have given you a starting point for your own system.

If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. While you may be tempted to call the plumber whenever you have a slight problem, scheduling it all at once gives you the opportunity to save money to pay for the repairs. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour–they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.

TIP! Keep the drains in your bathtub working properly by pouring a cup’s worth of baking soda and than a cup’s worth of vinegar directly down your drain every month. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper.

August 26, 2014

We all have questions on plumbing on occasion. If a problem occurs, most people want to have the ability to fix it ourselves. We’d also like to know some more general maintenance hints. These tips and hints will give you a little enlightenment on both ends of the spectrum, thus giving you the choice to proceed as you need with your plumbing demands.

If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. This helps to relieve the pressure in the pipe and may prevent bursting, which can prevent further damage to your home.

Toilet Bowl
Noisy pipes are actually a lot easier to fix than you would imagine. Exposed pipes need to be properly anchored. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.

TIP! If any water pipe that you have freezes, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. Letting the water drain out will relieve pressure in the frozen pipe, which will reduce the chances of it bursting and damaging your home.

If you have a clogged toilet with the water level very low, and plunging it isn’t working, it’s possible to resolve this by pouring warm water from a bucket directly into the toilet bowl from about waist level. You could repeat this process again if the water in the toilet bowl gets low.

You should put a strainer over your drains to catch anything that could clog your drain up. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. The ones in your bathtub should also be cleaned frequently, as needed.

Keep grease, fat and oil out of your kitchen drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. This can make your garbage disposal run slower. To keep your drain running efficiently, dispose of fats and oils in other ways besides pouring them down the drain.

Having your septic tank pumped out on a regular basis will keep it functioning properly. Deposit and debris build up in your tank can result in major problems. The cost to have your tank pumped might be a little steep, but it sure beats the alternative of dealing with sewage in your home or on your property.

TIP! Feel the floors around the toilets to see if they are soft; this will help you know if you have any damage. You can check for softness or weakness in the floor by placing one foot on each side of the toilet and rocking back and forth.

If you have multiple plumbing problems, schedule all of them to be fixed together. Rather than calling a plumber every time there is a minor problem, taking care of everything at once allows you to save money for additional repairs down the road. You’ll save a ton of money by not having to pay a professional to come out multiple times, instead only paying them to show up once to handle different problems all at once.

Make sure you do educate yourself ahead of time before situations arise. In addition, routine maintenance work can help prevent problems before they come up. Apply these tips and take the time to inspect and maintain your system to save money.

August 25, 2014

Working on the plumbing in your home can seem like a daunting task, and you might not know where to begin. There are lots of rules and regulations, tools to buy and many different procedures that need to be followed. These tips will give you the information you need to be a better plumber!

Noisy pipes are actually a lot easier to fix than you would imagine. Exposed pipes need to be properly anchored. If the pipes are in the walls, floors or ceiling, you may want to call a professional to come and help complete the project.

If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.

If you discover a frozen water pipe, turn on a nearby faucet so that thawed ice has a place to go. This will relive some of the pressure, and could prevent cracks from appearing.

TIP! Never pay for a plumbing job completely until they have finished the job. Although you might be required to pay a down payment before the job is initiated, never pay the bill in full until you are certain that the job is completed to your satisfaction.

Avoid bleach tablets, blue toilet deodorizers or the other odor removers inside your toilet. While these tablets may be an easy way to clean your toilet and hide odors, they also contain chemicals that can break down the rubber fixtures in your toilet. Long-term use of these products can slow or even stop the functioning of your toilet.

Sifting drainers are available for any size drain to prevent items larger than a grain of sand going into your pipes. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. Bathtub drains should be cleaned regularly as well.

If you have well water and discover orange or pink discoloration on your bathtub or sink, you probably have iron in your water supply. This is something that needs to be taken care of by water softener, which you can buy at a store, or have a company come out to your house and take care of it for you.

Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. These products will reduce the smell, but they will also cause problems with the rubber gaskets. Over time, the damage will accumulate and could eventually stop the toilet from functioning at all.

TIP! If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Garbage disposals pose a serious risk, even when flipped off.

Plumbing should not seem as complicated now. It just has a lot of basics to cover. You must simply study, use your head, and try hard to determine exactly what must be done to deal with your plumbing problem.

August 24, 2014

From time to time, we all have plumbing questions. We would like to know how to fix something ourselves if a problem comes up, and we would like to learn some general maintenance tips. Read on to learn the answers to these questions so that you can handle plumbing problems yourself.

Pump your septic tank about once every five years, to make sure it is working well. Regular maintenance will keep sediment from backing up inside of the tank. Sediment can not only cause the sewage in the tank to back up into your house, but it can cause the tank to fail completely. The cost to have your tank pumped might be a little steep, but it sure beats the alternative of dealing with sewage in your home or on your property.

Never pay for a plumbing job completely until they have finished the job. A plumber might ask you for part of the money before starting the job but you should never pay more than half. Knowing the job was completed in a timely and high-quality manner is essential before paying for a plumber.

Knowing what tools are what and the proper way to use them will make you much better at plumbing. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing. Before attempting any repairs, plan ahead, or you may make a costly mistake.

TIP! If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. If one attempt doesn’t solve the problem, you can do it again once the water level stabilizes.

Garbage Disposal
If your garbage disposal is not working correctly, you should not try to fix it by putting your hand in through the drain. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.

Don’t put oil, grease or fat into your drain. These materials may be liquid when you pour them in, but they will solidify and cause problems. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. Keep a container in your kitchen that is used specifically for discarded grease.

Iron will cause orange or pink stains in and on your fixtures if you have a well. A water softener will take care of the issue. This can either be done by yourself, or you can hire a professional to come and take care of.

TIP! It is important to clean your garbage disposal often to keep it functioning for many years. You can use dish soap, lemon peels, and cherry pits to get your garbage disposal clean and fresh and running well.

Make sure that you’re always cleaning your garbage disposal regularly. Doing this will save you from having to repair or replace an expensive piece of equipment in the future. Keep your garbage disposal fresh and running by using dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds regularly.

Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. Wait for a little while and then allow boiling water to go down the drain. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.

Being prepared will be of assistance, should a plumbing issue arise. If you keep an eye on your plumbing system regularly, you’ll notice issues before they become major concerns. Apply the tips provided in the above article, and you’ll be prepared for all plumbing needs you’ll have in the future.

Check overflow holes to make sure there’s no clog. Overflow holes divert water when a sink starts to fill up. That doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it can be a big problem if there is a clog. As you routinely look for things needing attention, check to be sure that the overflow holes are clear and unblocked.

TIP! Flush your drain with a constant stream of cold water when operating your drain mounted disposal unit. Cold water will allow for the food particles to be properly disposed of while keeping the blades sharp.

August 23, 2014

While it’s the source of life, water is the enemy of a homeowner facing plumbing problems. Nothing except for a natural disaster will cause more harm to a home than a serious plumbing problem. Luckily, people who own homes can do many things to prevent major plumbing problems and to control the damage that does happen.

If you possess pipes that are alive with the sound of squeaking or hammering, you have an issue that is easily corrected. You simply have to securely fasten any pipes that are exposed. You might want to contact a professional when the pipes are hard to access.

If a pipe freezes, make sure you turn the closest faucet to allow the thawing water to exit. This will relieve pressure and might prevent the pipe from bursting, preventing further damage.

You can easily fix noisy pipes. Those pipes will need to be anchored if they are exposed. For pipes that are situated inside walls, or the floor or ceiling, you should hire a professional.

TIP! If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This will relieve pressure and might prevent the pipe from bursting, preventing further damage.

Septic Tank
Pump out your septic tank at least every five years to keep it in proper working condition. This will stop any buildup in your septic tank and prevent any horrible issues. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.

Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. An easy way to test for floor softness is by straddling the toilet and shifting your weight. If the floor feels soft when you do this, you have floor damage. Identify any damage and repair it before it gets worse. In the long run, you are likely to save money by not putting off the repair.

Make sure the job gets done by not paying your plumber until you are satisfied, and the work is completed. You might have to give them a deposit, but do not give them the entire sum of money until you are sure they have done a good job. You want to make sure that the plumber completed everything that they said they would before they get your money.

TIP! The areas of floor around your toilets are particularly susceptible to water damage; here’s how you can check them. Straddle the toilet, so you can rock from one leg to another to determine whether there’s weakness in the floor.

You should make sure not to put oils down the drain, such as grease and fat. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. To keep your drain running efficiently, dispose of fats and oils in other ways besides pouring them down the drain.

Good education and preparation are the key to avoiding plumbing woes. A homeowner is likely to make good decisions and avoid plumbing disasters if he bothers to learn some things about the subject. Also, homeowners who dig up information about a problem beforehand are much more likely to solve the problem faster and easier.

August 21, 2014

When it comes to learning plumbing skills, there’s no time like the present. You’ve thought about it often, but setting aside time to do it has just never happened. Online resources are available to help you figure out how to repair your plumbing problems.

Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. You simply have to securely fasten any pipes that are exposed. If pipes are located in the floor, ceiling or walls, you might want to have a professional help you complete the project.

Knowing about the tools and how you’re supposed to use them may greatly help with your plumbing jobs. Read the instructions, which many people overlook, and check out the internet which has many resources to help with plumbing issues. Before attempting any repairs, plan ahead, or you may make a costly mistake.

You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. You may need to pay some money in the beginning, though you should not pay the full cost until you can be certain that the job was done correctly. Knowing the job was completed in a timely and high-quality manner is essential before paying for a plumber.

TIP! Learning the basics is important with plumbing problems, including how to use the common plumbing tools. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing.

Toilet discs and odor removers should never be used in your toilet. Both of these may help to eliminate odors from your toilet, but it can also damage the rubber parts of your toilet, causing it to not function probably, or even to break down completely.

Don’t put oil, grease or fat into your drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. Oils are especially damaging to garbage disposals. Dispose of your oils in a coffee can or other suitable container instead of your sink.

You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. By regularly using a mixture of dish soap, cherry pits and citrus rinds, you can ensure that your disposal runs smoothly and smells as fresh as one that is brand new.

A strainer positioned over a drain can prevent stoppage by collecting food particles as they try to enter the drain. Kitchen sink strainers should be cleaned every time they collect large food particles. Kitchen filters should be changed often, while bathtub filters can be changed as needed.

TIP! Orange or pink discoloration on your bathroom fixtures is a solid indication that your water contains too much iron. You can use water softener that you buy at the store to remedy this situation, or you can have a professional do it for you.

Save Money
If you have any plumbing work that needs to be done, schedule it all to be done concurrently. You might be tempted to contact a plumber every time you face a small problem, but if you have problems repaired all at once, you will have time to save money for the fixes. You can save money by only paying a single service call fee instead of ending up with multiple hours being billed from multiple visits.

As you can see, it really helps to understand your home’s plumbing system. The knowledge you learn on it will make you an essential resource for your family and your friends, potentially saving you and them substantial amounts of money. With any luck, the information and tips provided here will soon prove to be useful.

Be sure that the overflow holes are free of debris. These passages allow your sink to fill up without overflowing onto your floor, and if they’re blocked that can cause you a major headache. Periodically clear out the overflow holes when doing your other checks for things that may need repaired.

TIP! You should always put plenty of cold water through your garbage disposal while it is running. Cold water will allow for the food particles to be properly disposed of while keeping the blades sharp.

August 20, 2014

Many say that doing plumbing yourself is hard. However, it becomes much easier if you are properly educated and have the proper advice to do the job. This article is full of plumbing tips that will help get your project completed.

To keep your pipes from getting frozen, always maintain a temperature in the house above freezing and make sure all pipes exposed to outside elements are insulated properly. If the temperature surrounding the pipes is anywhere below freezing, this can cause the pipes to freeze. If pipes do freeze, the best possible scenario would include taking time for the pipes to thaw and any frozen water to drain. However, frozen pipes commonly break or crack pipes, leading to flooding and costly repairs.

It is a advisable to have a septic tank pumped every five years to keep it in peak condition. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup. Although it could cost a good deal of money to pump out your septic tank, it will cost a lot more having to clean sewage backup or having to fix or replace a septic tank.

If your water pipe freezes, switch on the nearest faucet tap to that pipe so that water can exit when the pipe thaws. This assists you in relieving pressure within the pipe, and could stop any bursting from occurring, which can prevent additional damage to your home.

TIP! Do not pay your plumber until they finish the job. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work.

Do not pay anything until the problem is fixed. Some plumbers may require a deposit, but don’t fork over all the dough until the job is completed to spec. Knowing the job was completed in a timely and high-quality manner is essential before paying for a plumber.

If your house uses well water and there are orange or pink stains in tubs or sinks, it’s because of the iron level in the water. A water softener will take care of the issue. This can either be done by yourself, or you can hire a professional to come and take care of.

Garbage Disposal
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. The water should go down, and you can pour another bucket of water if the toilet is still clogged.

TIP! Do not attempt to fix your garbage disposal by reaching in with your hands. Even while turned off, the garbage disposal is still a dangerous place for your fingers.

To keep your garbage disposal lasting for a long time, make sure you clean it on a daily basis. Keep your garbage disposal fresh and running by using dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds regularly.

Use baking soda and one cup of vinegar per month to keep the bathtub drain clear and running well. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. Wait for a little while and then allow boiling water to go down the drain. Doing this will probably void your pipes of hair accumulations and soap scum.

As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.

Water that leaves behind pink or orange tinged stains has an excessive amount of iron. You can use water softener that you buy at the store to remedy this situation, or you can have a professional do it for you.

TIP! However, if you mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and send them down your tub’s drain each month, the flow will keep going smoothly. Use a plug or rag to cover the drain, because there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes.

August 20, 2014

Is your plumbing giving you a headache? Are you ready to educate yourself and improve your abilities? If you are open to learning these things, the following article is for you. These tips have tips that can help you make your plumbing work correctly.

If you have pipes that make hammering and squeaking noises, you have one easy repair. Anchor any pipes that are exposed. If pipes are located in the floor, ceiling or walls, you might want to have a professional help you complete the project.

If any water pipe that you have freezes, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.

If your pipes are making a racket, there is a simple way to quiet them down. Anchor any pipes that are exposed. You may need to hire a professional to help with any projects involving pipes that are hidden in the floors, ceiling or walls.

TIP! To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures.

You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. You may need to make a small down payment before the job has begun, but you never want to pay the entire amount until you are certain the job was completed to your satisfaction. You will feel better paying the bill when you are completely satisfied with the job.

If your home has a well for water and there are pink or orange stains in the sinks and tubs, this could be due to high iron content in your water. You can deal with use by using a water softener, which is something you can get on your own at a local retailer, or by hiring a professional to come out.

Try to have all your plumbing repairs done at once. It might be tempting to call up a plumber every time you have a small problem, but if you will save all the plumbing issues for one time, it can be helpful. It will allow you save the money for the repairs. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour–they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.

If you have a pipe that freezes, you should turn on the faucet that is close to the pipe; this way, the water has a place to go. This relieves the pressure contained in the pipe as it also prevents it from bursting, which would reduce the damage done to your house.

TIP! Do not pay anything until the problem is fixed. Sometimes it is required to put a little money down before the job starts, but don’t ever pay the whole amount before you know the task is done correctly.

To keep things flowing smoothly through the drain of your bathtub, each month you should feed it baking soda, one cup’s worth, with a cup of vinegar to chase it. The combination will cause a chemical reaction, so just place a cloth or other object over the drain after pouring. Wait for a bit, then flush with boiling water. Doing this periodically should keep your pipes free of hair and soap scum.

Now that you’ve checked out this article, you are probably chomping at the bit to either fix an existing plumbing problem or improve your plumbing system. Hopefully, the techniques that you have read about will give you the results that you are looking for. If you have other plumbing issues not covered here, there is a wealth of additional information at your fingertips, just by performing a few web searches.

August 19, 2014

If your plumbing is giving you issues and problems, then it is advisable to be certain you are approaching the situation in the most optimum way. If you are not sure how to do this, perhaps some advice to point you in the right direction is all you need. This article provides several tips that can serve as a great starting point.

You can prevent frozen pipes within the home, by ensuring the temperature does not fall below freezing. Another important step is insulating pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing. If they do freeze, you are looking at some time before they can thaw out, thus you will have to wait for running water. However, they could burst, which would cause a huge mess and an extremely big repair bill.

Septic Tank
Noisy pipes are actually a lot easier to fix than you would imagine. Those pipes will need to be anchored if they are exposed. Enlisting the aid of a professional may be necessary if any of the pipes are located in the floors, walls, or ceiling.

TIP! You need to know your plumbing tools as well as how they are used so your plumbing efforts are always positive. Read manuals and do some research on the internet before starting a plumbing project.

Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. Doing this prevents any sediment from getting built up within the tank, which causes a backup in your home or causes your entire septic system to fail. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.

Do not pay your plumber until they finish the job. You might have to give them a deposit, but do not give them the entire sum of money until you are sure they have done a good job. It will make you feel better knowing that your problem has been solved before parting with a large sum of money.

If your toilet gets clogged, there is a low level of water in toilet, and the plunger is not working, you may fix the problem by dumping warm water from a bucket into your toilet from about waist level. This procedure can be repeated if the water level again returns to a level that is too low.

Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Kitchen sink strainers should be cleaned every time they collect large food particles. Bathtub drains should be cleaned regularly as well.

TIP! Don’t put oil, grease or fat into your drain. These substances will clog the drain as they cool and harden.

Never reach into your garbage disposal with bare hands, even if there is a serious problem with it. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even if they are powered off. Troubleshooting techniques and schematics of your garbage disposal are available on the Internet.

You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Sit on your toilet and sway across both feet to feel if there are any spots less firm than the others. Picking up on any problems now will definitely work to save you money later. It’s the difference in a little maintenance and total floor replacement.

Plumbing Issues
Iron will cause orange or pink stains in and on your fixtures if you have a well. A water softener can filter out unnecessary minerals, and leave you with clean, usable water.

TIP! Clean your garbage disposal regularly to prolong the life of your disposal. Cleaning can be done with a variety of things you may already have in your home, such as dish-washing soap, the rinds of lemons, or the pits of cherries.

When you’re ready to take on plumbing issues, use the information in this article to help you along the way. You want to take care of plumbing issues the right way in order to protect yourself financially. Think about using these tips to help yourself.

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October 17, 2009

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The need for plumbing repairs can arise at the most inopportune hours. It could be due to a burst pipe in the basement at the dead of night, or a choked drain in the kitchen, or just a leaking pipe in the bathroom or a dripping tap. No matter what is the nature of the emergency, it always pays to have an expert plumber handy.

So what do you do when you are faced with a plumbing crisis? Do you despair a bit and then reach out for the Yellow Pages hoping to find somebody who could help you with your plumbing problem? Good plumbers can be hard to come by if you are just groping in the dark. The Internet, like so many other things in life, is an excellent means of finding expert services for plumbing repairs in your locality to take care of all your plumbing problems. Here’s how to go about.

Try with searching for plumbing repairs (preferably from your locality) on your favorite search engine. After you’ve found them (usually in plentiful abundance), try short-listing a few of them and visit their web pages on the Internet. Check their credentials and past projects. Read through the testimonials left by their earlier clients. Get an idea about what people are generally saying about them. Checking some external consumer forums might also help. Comments on such forums are usually unbiased and would give you a truer picture about the company.

So, do you think you’ve found the right expert service to call to take care of your plumbing requirements? Good, the rest is easy. Just go ahead and call them. Expert plumbing services may not come as cheap as other plumbing services (of dubious repute). But rest assured, your plumbing problems will be better taken care of than if you were to get somebody less qualified to deal with them. With expert and professional services, you’d have fewer recurrences of the same problem, a quick and clean service and of course, great overall satisfaction.

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Stopping the drip of a compression valve

Fittings and valves connected to flexible copper pipe are subject to bumps, so they can leak. Tightening the compression nut slightly can usually stop the leak — see the figure below. The leak may also come from the valve — tightening the packing nut around the valve stem should stop this leak. If none of these quick-fixes work, replace the fitting or valve with a new one.

1. Make a second cut on the other side of the leak and remove the bad section.
2. Clean each end of the pipe, and the ends of the short replacement pipe.
Also clean the inside of the slip couplings. Apply flux to all pipe ends and to the inside of the slip couplings.
3. Slide the slip couplings completely onto the new piece of pipe, and place the pipe in the gap left by the pipe that you cut away. Slide the slip couplings onto the old pipe.
4. Solder the new piece of pipe in place.
5. Close the faucets. Turn the water on to test for a leak.
Open the upstairs faucets to let the air out of the system, and you’re back in business.

Watch out for any water that may drip out of the pipe while you’re soldering — it’s boiling hot. Also, solder won’t adhere to pipes with water on them.

If getting all of the water out of the line is a problem, and small amounts of water keep dripping out of the pipe, soldering the replacement piece will be difficult. In this case, use a copper union. Solder the union nuts to the end of one section of pipe. (Don’t forget to slip the union nut over the pipe before you begin soldering!) Solder the other half of the union to the short piece of copper pipe. Then, solder the pipe to the existing section with a slip coupling. The open union allows the water to drip out while you’re soldering the repair together.

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Water Heater Service in Austin. Same day service open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Welcome to Austin Water Heater Service. We are a locally established Plumbing repair company specializing in any types of Water Heater repairs and services. Austin Water Heater Service has more to offer than other local contractors. Call us 24 hours 7 days a week at our toll free number:

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Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters can present a number of problems. Their thermostats can go bad, the tanks can leak, the heating elements can burn out, relief valves can pop off, and all sorts of related trouble can come up. Gas and electric water heaters are very different in the ways they work. They both do the same job, but they don’t do it the same way. Let’s begin our troubleshooting lesson with electric water heaters and close it with gas units. I think it goes without saying, but beware of the electrical wires and current involved when working with electric water heaters. As you probably know, there is a lot of voltage running through the wires running of a water heater. Once the access cover of an electric water heater is removed, you must be extremely careful not to touch exposed wires and connections.

Relief valves that pop off

Relief valves that pop off signal one of three problems: the relief valve is bad, the water heater is building excess pressure, or the heater is building excess temperature. The problem is usually just a defective relief valve. In such cases, replace the relief’ valve and monitor it to see that the new valve works properly. If the new valve releases a discharge, investigate for extreme temperature or pressure in the tank. The temperature of water in the heating tank can be measured with a standard thermometer. Discharge a little water from the relief valve into a container and test its temperature. If it is too high for the rating of the temperature-and-pressure relief valve, check the thermostat settings on the water heater. Turn the heat settings down and test the water again after the new temperature settings have had time to work. If the reduction on the thermostat settings does not lower the temperature of the water in the tank, replacement of the tank is usually the best course of action. If you suspect the water heater is under too much pressure, you can test the pressure with a standard pressure gauge. The easiest way to do this is to adapt the gauge to a hose-thread adapter and attach it to the drain at the bottom of the water heater. As long as the drain is not clogged, you can get an accurate pressure reading. You could also adapt the gauge to screw into the relief valve and test the pressure by opening the relief valve. Appliance repairs tips and info

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Toilet Plumbing Service in Austin. Same day service open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Welcome to Austin Toilet Plumbing Service. We are a locally established Plumbing repair company specializing in any types of Toilet Plumbing repairs and services. Austin Toilet Plumbing Service has more to offer than other local contractors. Call us 24/7 at our toll free number:

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At Austin Toilet Plumbing Service we want to help you manage your busy life by allowing you to schedule your Plumbing repair appointment as conveniently as possible. You can call us at:

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Toilets That Fill Slowly

Toilets that fill slowly are usually in need of a new ballcock. It is sometimes possible to adjust an existing ballcock to increase its flow rate, but replacement is usually the most logical course of action. A crimped supply tube can cause a toilet to fill slowly. Every now and then a supply tube is hit with a mop or kicked to a point that it crimps. These occasions are rare, but they do happen. Don’t neglect to inspect the closet supply when troubleshooting for the reason a toilet is filling slowly. The cutoff valve under a toilet should always be checked to prove that it is in a full-open position. It is possible that debris has gotten into the stop valve or the supply tube. To check for this, disconnect the ballcock nut and check the water pressure at the top of the closet supply tube. If it is inadequate, remove the supply tube and see what the pressure is like at the valve. If you are still experiencing low pressure, look to the water distribution piping.

If a toilet is supplied with water from a galvanized steel water pipe, there is a good chance the water distribution pipe will need to be replaced. Galvanized pipe tends to rust and clog up with age. To determine if the problem is in the distribution pipe, all you have to do is remove the stop valve and check the pressure at the end of the water pipe. Be careful not to flood the bathroom when conducting this test. To avoid flooding, have an assistant standing by the main water cutoff to quickly turn the water on and off’. You won’t need much time to see how much water shoots out of the pipe. If you have to work alone, you can loosen the stop valve until water sprays out around the connection between the valve and pipe. By doing this you can tighten the connection quickly and keep the water spillage to a minimum.

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Water and Gas Leak Service in Austin. Same day service open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Welcome to Austin Water and Gas Leak Service. We are a locally established Plumbing repair company specializing in any types of Water and Gas Leak repairs and services. Austin Water and Gas Leak Service has more to offer than other local contractors. call us 24 hours 7 days a week at our toll free number:

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Finding water or gas leaks in copper pipes

Finding leaks in copper pipe and tubing is not usually difficult. By the time plumbers get called in to fix a leak, someone normally knows where the leak is. There are times, though, when the location of the leak is not known. Big leaks are easy to find. You can either see or hear them. It is the tiny leak that does its damage over an extended period of time that is difficult to put your finger on. With these leaks it is sometimes necessary to start at the evidence of the leak and work your way back to the origin of the water. This can mean cutting out walls and ceilings, but there are times when there just isn’t any other way to pinpoint the problem. Copper leaks often spray water in many directions. This can also make finding the leak difficult. If a solder joint weakens to the point that water can spray out of it, the water may travel quite a distance before it splashes down. These leaks are not hard to find when they are exposed, but if they are concealed, you can find yourself several feet away from the leak when you cut into a wall or ceiling that is showing water damage. The good thing about spraying leaks is that you can usually hear them once you have made an access hole. This is a big advantage over trying to find a mysterious drainage leak. The spraying water will lead you to the leak in a hurry. Copper pipe and the joints made on it can leak for a number of reasons. Pinholes in the pipe can occur from acidic water. The pipe can swell and split or blow out of a fitting if it has frozen. Stress can break joints loose, and sometimes joints that were never soldered properly will blow completely out of a fitting. Bad solder joints can also begin to drip slowly.

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By Byron Gram

While more and more homes have switched to hot air heating, in the last 50 years, many older homes still use a boiler system. Actually, there are two types of boiler heating , those that convey heat through steam, and those that convey the heat through hot water.

The two forms of heating are very different. The steam heat, is generated when water in the boiler reaches the boiling point. The released steam then flows through the closed loop heating the house and after circulating returns to the boiler. By necessity, the steam remains at a temperature at or slightly above the boiling point. Hot water, on the other hand, is heated to below the boiling point. It is driven through he closed loop via a pump, and it can be used at a variety of temperatures.

Because of the structural differences between hot water heating and steam heating, there are certain advantages and also disadvantages to using hot water heat. The advantages include the following.

1) Since the hot water heater runs at lower temperatures, it is more fuel conservative than steam boilers.
2) Since the temperature of the hot water is not fixed, the heat coming out of the radiators can vary depending on the need, which is not the case with the steam boiler. When the steam flows, it is coming out at boiling point, and is thus subject to the two extremes of too much heat when it is on at night, and too little heat, when the system is off.
3) Hot water boilers can be maintained on a low flame at night, as opposed to steam boilers which must be kept at a high flame to boil the water.
4) The hot water boiler is small and more durable than a steam boiler.
5) Because they run at lower temperatures, hot water boilers are considerably safer than steam boilers

Heating systems using hot water also have some disadvantages.

1) A direct hot water heating system, provides no ventilation.
2) Because the water temperature is lower than steam , the size of the radiator is proportionally larger.
3) There is a danger of the water in the hot water system freezing, although keeping the boiler on all night can prevent that.
4) A hot water boiler requires more fittings than a steam boiler, and thus more parts that can break. These breakable parts include: a flow check valve, a circulator, an expansion tank and most importantly, a pump.
5) Additional problems, that can occur with both hot water boilers, and steam boilers include: insufficient heating surface, insufficient boiler power, and imperfect circulation.

Thanks to A-1 Plumbing of Baltimore a Baltimore plumbing company for providing this information. The licensed plumbers at A-1 fix heating plumbing problems.

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Only experts can deal with situations like electrical system fault finding and repairs

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Trying to find a decent W3 electrician can be like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. Rather than trawling through the Yellow Pages or searching online for electricians in Ladbroke Grove or W8 electricians, contact Aspect Maintenance first for all your electrical repairs and servicing.

Aspect Maintenance is one of London’s top maintenance and servicing organisations with a comprehensive network of electricians in Westminster and across the whole of west London. All of our electricians are highly qualified and experienced and are able to deal with most domestic and commercial electrical requirements. Our experts can deal with a wide range of situations including circuit breakers, electrical system fault finding and repairs, socket outlets, switchgear, contactors and resistors, fused spurs, light switches and electric oven and shower installations.

Not only are our W7 electricians experienced they get to you fast. Aspect Maintenance has a network of rapid response units across the capital that ensures that we respond to your call as quickly as possible, often within two hours of your initial call. No more waiting in for days for the electrician to arrive particularly important if you’re running a business. We know how much of an impact an electrical fault can have on a business so we get to our commercial customers as quickly as possible to ensure that the problem has the minimum impact on your day to day operations. To do this we have fully qualified W4 electricians, electricians in Hammersmith and other specialists across the capital.

We operate a strict transparency policy which means there are no hidden extras or unexpected additional costs. Our coverage includes all west London postcodes W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, W8, W9, W10, W11, W12, W13 and W14 so no matter where you are, you’re never more than a couple of hours away from one of our electricians. For further details, contact Aspect Maintenance today.

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Water Heaters
At Certified Plumbing we offer outstanding water heater service whether you are considering a conventional water heater with a 30 to 80 gallon tank or an On Demand Tankless Water Heater. In recent years, more and more people have been considering the tankless models based on Google Internet Search histories.

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Going Green and Protecting the Environment
If you have come to this page you may know little or nothing about tankless water heaters, but you may have heard that they are eco-friendly, and can help protect the environment. The available evidence suggests that this is true, and because they are more efficient they are probably less costly in the long run for both your pocketbook as well as the enviornment. That is especially good news considering most plans to protect the enviornment wind us costing us a lot more.

This is because water heaters are ranked very high on the household energy consumption list. With conventional water heaters the water is kept at a high temperature inside a storage tank and held there for your use when you need it to shower, and wash dishes or clothes. If you are on vacation you probably don�t even think about the fact your conventional hot water heater is absorbing a lot of energy.

The Good News for On Demand Tankless Water Heaters
Hot water that never runs out (mostly). With a tankless water heater, cold water runs into a unit and a heating element (electric) or gas burner heats the water as fast as it is needed. The heating rate is likely to be 2 to 5 gallons a minute. Gas appliances tend to be more efficient (supply hot water at a faster rate) than electric models.

Tankless water heaters can save your family utilities since they are 24%-34% more efficient. They can also be used as a water heater booster for items that are long way from their heating source, such as pool showers, hot tubs, or remote bathrooms.

The Not So Good News for On Demand Tankless Water Heaters
If your family is fairly large, and you have people showering while someone else is washing clothes the tankless water heater may not be able to supply hot water at a fast enough rate. This can be overcome by installing more than one tankless water heater, but that could require additional expenses for gas lines and venting outlets.

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We believe that the evidence shows there are many good reasons to consider a new tankless water heating system. They are environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient and you can save considerably on your utility bill. Before you make any decisions, please contact our experts to discuss your choices since every situation tends to be different.

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Water heater difficulties normally become very clear very quickly! A hot water faucet fails to summon hot water, you see dripping or puddles near the water heater, or the tank emits strange gurgling or popping sounds.

Though many gas utility companies will make a free house call to solve difficulties with a gas water heater’s burner or the gas supply to the tank, it helps to know how to solve basic outages yourself. For more difficult issues, contact a qualified local hot water heater repair person.

Typical water heater complications include a leaking tank, not enough hot water, water that is too hot, water that is not hot enough, strange noises in the tank, and discolored water. Most water heater problems are easier to diagnose and relatively easy to handle if you understand how they work. For more about this, see How a Storage Water Heater Works.

Note: Leaking natural gas can be dangerous. If you smell natural gas (it smells a bit like garlic) near the water heater, shut off the pilot light, close the gas shutoff valve, and call a plumber or your gas utility company for assistance. See our information on gas leaks.

How to Flush & Drain a Water Heater

Before draining and flushing your water heater, turn off the gas or electric power (depending on whether it is a gas or electric water heater) and let the water cool a little. Close the incoming water valve and attach a hose to the drain valve to run the water into a large bucket or to a drain or the outdoors.

Open the drain valve and open one hot water faucet somewhere in the house to let in air. When all water has drained from the water heater, turn the cold water valve on and off until the water from the drain runs clear. Then close the drain valve and the hot water faucet, open the cold water valve, and turn the water back on.

This is also a good time to test the temperature-pressure relief valve, which keeps pressure in the boiler from building up too much. Lift or lower its handle. Water should drain from the overflow pipe.

Water heater tips

* Always disconnect power to an electric water heater before working on it.

* Set the temperature control to about 150 degrees F. or lower if you have no dishwasher or if you have small children or elderly people in the home who might scald themselves for safety reasons.

* Do not work on an electric water heater if there is standing water pooled on the floor near the appliance. Shut off the circuit to the water heater and call a professional plumber..

* To minimize the energy it takes to heat the water, insulate your water pipes if they run a long way from your heater to your faucets. Also consider installing a point-of-use water heater.
==================Professional Plumber’s guidance on the way to troubleshoot and take care of a electric or gas hot water heater

Water heater difficulties normally become very clear very quickly! A hot water faucet fails to summon hot water, you see dripping or puddles near the water heater, or the tank emits strange gurgling or popping sounds.

Though many gas utility companies will make a free house call to solve difficulties with a gas water heater’s burner or the gas supply to the tank, it helps to know how to solve basic outages yourself. For more difficult issues, contact a qualified local hot water heater repair person.

Typical water heater complications include a leaking tank, not enough hot water, water that is too hot, water that is not hot enough, strange noises in the tank, and discolored water. Most water heater problems are easier to diagnose and relatively easy to handle if you understand how they work. For more about this, see How a Storage Water Heater Works.

Note: Leaking natural gas can be dangerous. If you smell natural gas (it smells a bit like garlic) near the water heater, shut off the pilot light, close the gas shutoff valve, and call a plumber or your gas utility company for assistance. See our information on gas leaks.

How to Flush & Drain a Water Heater

Before draining and flushing your water heater, turn off the gas or electric power (depending on whether it is a gas or electric water heater) and let the water cool a little. Close the incoming water valve and attach a hose to the drain valve to run the water into a large bucket or to a drain or the outdoors.

Open the drain valve and open one hot water faucet somewhere in the house to let in air. When all water has drained from the water heater, turn the cold water valve on and off until the water from the drain runs clear. Then close the drain valve and the hot water faucet, open the cold water valve, and turn the water back on.

This is also a good time to test the temperature-pressure relief valve, which keeps pressure in the boiler from building up too much. Lift or lower its handle. Water should drain from the overflow pipe.

Water heater tips

* Always disconnect power to an electric water heater before working on it.

* Set the temperature control to about 150 degrees F. or lower if you have no dishwasher or if you have small children or elderly people in the home who might scald themselves for safety reasons.

* Do not work on an electric water heater if there is standing water pooled on the floor near the appliance. Shut off the circuit to the water heater and call a professional plumber..

* To minimize the energy it takes to heat the water, insulate your water pipes if they run a long way from your heater to your faucets. Also consider installing a point-of-use water heater.
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Selecting the wrong plumber happens occasionally. While they may not have destroyed your home, it is extremely likely that they are taking way too long with your project or are otherwise making a job that should not have taken a few days last an entire month. In some cases, they will drop the project altogether and expect to be paid for the work that has been completed. The trouble is finding someone to take over the sloppy workmanship that they left behind. What is the best way to remedy the situation? Read on to discover exactly how to do that, all at the courtesy of Austin plumbing repair.

For starters, call up the plumbing company and explain the situation. Ask to speak to the top level people if possible, at the least someone other than the receptionist. Give a well argued complaint about the project, but do not go overboard as that causes more harm than good during most situations. It may be hard to repress that feeling, but letting it slide will make things easier in the long run.

Explain your disappointment and demand an explanation for the problems with the work performed. If it is a time issue, explain the agreed upon deadlines and insist that they complete the work immediately and at a discount. If they will not budge and continue to give the run around, then it is time to pull out the big guns.

Call them up once again and tell them that you have decided to no longer honor the terms of the contract. They voided it when they decided to do the same. Furthermore, let them know than an attorney will be filing the appropriate papers for the abandonment of a project, and that it will be completed by a third party contractor at the expense of the plumbing company that messed up in the first place.

At this point, one of two things will happen. They will either apologize and take care of the project immediately, or they will explain that they cannot fix the project but will drop the fees associated with the work and issue you a full refund. If they do not, insist that they do. The worst case scenario is that you proceed with the filings and get the work completed.

You are the consumer in charge, and it is up to you to make sure that agreements are met as they were designed. Do not take the B.S. that some companies will try to throw around you. It is your money, so make sure that you get the most out of it. If you need Austin plumbing repair, contact us first, and we will make the entire experience smooth and headache free. Thanks for reading.
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If there is any type of service you can quickly hire out, it is definitely a plumber. Just look in the Yellow Pages and you will find dozens, maybe even a hundred professionals in your area. However, the one thing that you cannot get from just looking at an advertisement is the type of service that you can expect to receive. You are the one in charge, not the plumber. After all, is that not the reason that you are paying them? Next time you need an Austin plumbing repair service, use the tips below to make sure you get the best of the best.1. Speak To A Representative

When you call to arrange a dental, salon, etc., appointment, do you expect the professional’s children to answer the phone? Of course not, you would assume that they have a representative or receptionist of some type ready and waiting. You should not be put on hold or otherwise treated like a number. A professional will make sure that you speak to either themselves or an individual who knows exactly what needs to be done. If they are passing the phone back and forth asking one another what they should do, if there are any service people in the area, etc., then hang up. If they cannot handle their own office efficiently, you can expect the same delays with your service.

2. Ask For Pricing

A reputable plumbing service company will give you a fair estimate regarding how much the service will cost. Whether it is over the phone or after visiting your residence / business property. If you are dealing with amateurs or just plain shady companies, they will attempt to give you the run around. Think of it this way, a plumber who gives a good estimate has the mark of someone who knows the business extremely well. Get the price upfront, or get out of the deal altogether.

3. Be Sure Of Licenses

It might seem a little silly to say, but you would be surprised with the things that go on with some plumbing companies. There is no need to request copies of a license, state paperwork, etc. Just plainly ask for their plumber’s license number. The State of Texas requires them, and so should you. Even if the firm looks professional, be sure to ask anyway. A reputable firm will have no problem giving you the information, because they will see the license as a symbol of their commitment to top quality work. If they do not have one or refuse to give it to you, pass them on.

4. Get A Reliable Time Frame

The type of plumber that you want working on your property is the one that has a strong system of arranging and meeting appointments, deadlines, etc. Why? Because if they are requiring you to select a time frame, that means that their services are in demand across the city, most likely for a good reason. If you have a plumber that can go anytime and fails to meet the agreed upon times, that means that they are not in demand, another reason for you to select a different agency.

5. Take Appearance Into Consideration

Like any other type of professional, a plumber should look like the work that he or she performs. If there is a sloppy look to the individual, their vehicle / equipment, or their place of business, that is not a good sign for you. It is a direct reflection of the type of work you can expect. Of course, many people will say that they are gritty, but their work is extremely well. This may be the case, but there are dozens of other Austin plumbing repair professionals that do the same quality of work and have a better appearance. To be on the safe side, go with the latter.

We hope the tips were useful, and we look forward to working with you sometime in the near future. Have a great day and check back often for more information about the services we provide and how you should be protected as a consumer.

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Plumbing is one of those skilled professions we all have to turn to at some time in our lives. Whether we pay for the initial installation of plumbing pipes and equipment, or the maintenance of our existing fixtures, we are all going to have to pay the piper, or the plumber in this instance, at some point. And as is the case with many household items, making sure our original install of plumbing fixtures and appliances is correct can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the years. But if you do have to turn to a plumber for some type of maintenance, it’s a good idea to consider installing new equipment. But new install, or simple maintenance, although you may be able to handle some small jobs yourself, at some point in your life you will have to employ a professional plumber.

And as a desirable profession, plumbing is definitely an evergreen skilled trade. Water lies at the center point of our existence, so we will always need plumbers. Washing machines, faucets, hot water heaters and dishwashers all rely on water to be effective, and this will always be the same regardless of any advances in technology. Certainly reliability will be improved over time, but these items will always need installation and maintenance. And any corner-cutting or use of substandard equipment by builders to save money will only further guarantee the need for plumbers moving forward. For those seeking a good paying career, plumbing is guaranteed to be in demand for the foreseeable future.

And unlike becoming a doctor or lawyer, learning the plumbing profession does not take years of schooling, tons of money and expensive universities. Also, plumbers make well above the national average salary. Some on-the-job training and a trade qualification, coupled with a plumbing apprenticeship, and a determined student can become a professional plumber in very little time. You obviously need the ability to work with your hands, but this is a knowledge-based job. Once you learn certain crucial tasks, you can perform them for years, as the basics change very little.

As far as the basics are concerned, many Do-It-Yourselfers and homeowners with a basic grasp of plumbing and some basic tools can perform their own money-saving plumbing jobs. But don’t kid yourself. If you are unsure what you doing, you could turn a very small job into an expensive nightmare repair for a professional. And you should definitely locate and use the water shut-off or stop-cock before you start any job, large or small. This not only limits the amount of damage an untrained plumbing hopeful can do, but also gives you plenty of time to get a professional on the job should something go wrong.

Basic installation and maintenance jobs can be handled by just about anyone with a rudimentary grasp of plumbing. This often involves simply unscrewing an old faucet or fitting and installing the new one. But if there are underlying problems, even this simplest of plumbing repairs and get out of hand quickly. Plastic pipes are a favorite for rats and mice to chew on, and this is just one example of the many considerations you should take before beginning even a simple job.

Of course, whenever your level of expertise is in doubt, calling a professional is definitely the way to go. And with the power of the World Wide Web, there are online resources, streaming videos and How To instructionals which can help you acquaint yourself with the job in question. This then allows you to speak intelligently with any plumbing tradesman you hire. Certainly, most professional plumbers are hard-working, honest and scrupulous individuals. But there are some shysters out there, and it is very important that you know what each job entails, including labor, materials and overall expense, so you don’t get taken to the cleaners.

When you do decide to contact a professional plumber, it’s a good idea to ask about upgrades instead of repairs. Sometimes the repair is just a band-aid that needs to continually be replaced. In this case, paying for new fixtures or appliances now saves you time, money and frustration down the road. If you simply patch cheap materials, you’ll be calling your plumber back. But having made the replacement now, as opposed to repair, you’ll sleep better at night, and keep more money in your pocket over the long run.

And now that almost every reputable plumber has a presence online, finding a good professional plumbing service in your area is as easy as turning on your computer. Plumbers understand that if they can’t be found, they can’t work. That is why reputable plumbers join online business directories, and the sites invite customer feedback. Checking the reviews of previous customers is an outstanding way to ensure your satisfaction is high, and your cost is low. And with the increasing proliferation of smartphones, many plumbing websites and directories have even been optimized for mobile, which is a big help when you need to make an emergency call.
============= Plumbing problems are an eventual and guaranteed situation as long as human beings need water piped into our homes and businesses. We all take for granted the wonderful and simplistic technology that delivers water into our homes daily, and luckily, most repairs are small, simple and inexpensive. However, sometimes a larger replacement or repair is required. And in many cases, it makes sense to consult a professional to affect the quickest and most efficient repair. In any case, big or small, your plumbing problems can be dealt with efficiently and speedily if you know the right people to contact.

The physical nature of the typical plumbing application virtually guarantees problems will arise. Because of the massive amount of pressure involved, and the need for joints and unions, leaks will occur. A pipe may be made of the strongest material available, but eventually there is a need for connecting multiple pipes, or changing the angle of those pipes. That is when the above-mentioned joints and unions are employed, and is generally where leaks develop. And even though the standard faucet is the most basic of water delivering devices, it has moving parts which will need to be replaced or repaired over time. Even the incredibly durable plastic is not impervious to damage by outside sources such as gnawing rats and mice, and therefore their benefits over traditional copper pipes is offset by those negatives.

Generally, the most common plumbing problems involve simple leaks. This is really no mystery when you realize the sheer quantity of pressurized water that moves through your pipes on a daily basis, and it truly is a testament to our current plumbing technology that more leaks don’t develop. It only takes one part in the complex system of piping infrastructure to go bad, and problems arise. And if the leak is minimal, or hidden by a wall, the need for repair is often not noticed until extensive damage has been done, or until the leakage extends to your living space.

As hinted at above, the next most common plumbing problems involve non-plumbing materials. Water damaged drywall, wood and carpet can be the result of a simple leak or hungry rodents. But when you have actual physical damage to property, fortunately it is usually instantly noticeable. You may even notice the appliances connected to a faulty pipe performing erratically. This makes it easy to locate the problem, and a replacement of materials, parts or appliances is almost always necessary and preferred, even when a simple patch may do the job.

A talented Do-It-Yourselfer can handle many of these smaller problems with the right tools and supplies, but should always check local building code regulations and comply accordingly. Obviously, the simple replacement of the washer on a leaky faucet is something you would not contact a professional for. But check the overall unit first, and all pipes and other plumbing supplies involved, as it may make more financial sense to replace the entire faucet rather than simply having to repair it again down the road.

In almost all cases, and whenever you’re unsure, your plumbing problems should be handled by a licensed professional. An accurate diagnosis is available quickly, any work done is insured so you are protected, and a professional can tell if the problem is more extensive than you first thought. As is often the case in home repair, spending more money up front usually pays off handsomely in the long run. A professional can also suggest whether or not replacement or repair is the best answer.

And while the majority of issues that arise will only affect a single home or apartment, multiple dwellings are sometimes hit by plumbing problems that arise from a single issue. For instance, the main water supply line to an entire housing complex or apartment building can burst. Obviously, interrupting the regular supply of water is going to be required. It would certainly be nice to give advance warning to residents in every situation, but in emergencies this is simply not possible. Having access to a contact list from multiple plumbing contractors in advance of any problems is a great way to keep frustration, stress and hard feelings at a minimum.

And in most cases, you’ll need to match the appropriate plumber to your unique situation. Because plumbing companies differ in the services they offer, as well as size and specialty, researching your emergency plumbing options now is an excellent way to minimize cost and speed up the solution in the future. It will also make you a hero to all those involved, and this is no small side benefit. Almost everyone has a cell phone these days, and some smartphones can even store the actual website of a plumbing company as well as just their phone number. Of course, you can use the instant information power of the Internet to find the most suitable plumbing service provider for your particular dilemma, and having all that research done before plumbing problems arise just makes sense on several levels.
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choosing a toilet

Toilet-installation, to many folks, seems like a daunting task with a high “ick” factor! Actually, installing a toilet is quite simple and not “icky” if you take certain initial steps.

The first step in toilet-insallation, obviously, is to take off the old one! First, turn off the water supplyat the angle stop. Then flush the toilet completely to get the water out of the tank. Then clean the toilet all around with Lysol or Pinesol to lower that “ick” factor!

Remove the water supply from the underside of the tank where it connects to the fill valve. Check the condition of the water supply line. If you even think it may be old or in bad shape, install a new one. Make sure it is the “no-burst” type.

Look at the above left picture. This is a bolt cap. If you see them on both sides of the floor, just pop them off with a small screw driver. Then remove the nuts from the bolts on both sides of the bowl. Now the old toilet is ready to pull off the floor.

Here is an important thing to pre-consider before your toilet-installation. Before you pull off the toilet, know where you are going to discard it. Do you have a dumpster you can put it in? Are you going to take it to the dump? Are you going to put it in your backyard and make a flower pot out of it? (You’d be surprised how many folks do that!)

Now, THIS IS IMPORTANT!I do not want to see you get hurt during your toilet-installation! Any fixture made of ceramic can turn into sharp shards of ceramic pieces if shattered. You can suffer severe cuts if you drop the toilet and it shatters! I strongly recommend that you have somebody help you to lift the toilet and take it to its final resting place. You should also use an old absorbent towel or rag to “mop” out the water that remains in the tank and bowl. This takes away a little weight and keeps water from splashing out all over your beautiful carpet as you carry it. The water that remains in the bowl, if the toilet is tipped while your carrying it, will flow out of the bottom opening of the bowl. This will p__s off your wife/hubby/roommate to no end! Avoid it! You want this toilet-installation to be a happy event! Mainly, BE CAREFUL!

Once you have removed and disposed of the old toilet, you will see the closet flange, as in the picture above right. The old bolts will still be in it. A new set of bolts and a wax ring should have come with your new toilet. If not, buy ’em. Remove the old bolts, scrape the old (icky!)wax off the flange with a wide scraper and install the new bolts. The bolts should tighten down on both sides in the flange slots with a washer and nut. They should be centered at the middle of the flange and directly across from each other. Now take the wrapping off the new wax ring and lightly place it on the center of the flange between the two bolts.

Unless you purchased a one piece toilet, which we will cover on this page, you’ll need to install the tank onto the bowl, as described on the tank to bowl page.

Once your new johnie is assembled, install the new seat. New toilets rarely (if ever) come with seats. So, unless you just plain want to use your old seat, don’t forget to buy one. They come in “elongated” and “round” sizes, so make sure the seat matches your new toilet. The seat will come with the hardware necessary to attach it to the two holes by the tank on the bowl.

Now, carefully (again, with help!) pick up the new toilet and set it straight down on the pre-installed bolts. Press firmly down on both sides of the toilet and make sure it’s straight and doesn’t “rock”. If it rocks, go get a common item known as toilet (closet) shims. Any decent plumbing supply store or even hardware store will have them. Rock the toilet and notice where the low spot is. This is where the shim(s) will be placed. Try to get the type of plastic shims that are “graduated”, or “stepped up” from thin to thick. Push the shim into the low spot until it “sets” and keeps the toilet from rocking. Then pull it out, take off the part that you don’t need (the part still sticking out from under the toilet)and reinsert it so that its tight and hidden from view.

Now put your plastic cap flange on each bolt (it will say which side goes up), then the metal washer and then the nut. Hand tighten both nuts alternately and then snug them down until you see the plastic cap flange start to “squeeze” out. Check the toilet for firmness to the floor. If you must tighten more, do it on both sides and a little bit at a time.

Once the toilet is firmly set, use a hacksaw (a mini-hack is easier) and cut the bolts straight and about two threads above the top of the nuts. Now your new bolt caps will “snap” right into place with a firm push onto the plastic bolt flange.

Now, turn your water on at the angle stop (first installing a new water supply if you determined you need one!) and carefully check for leaks on the supply. Then, after your tank fills, check for proper tank level and adjust if necessary (see fill valve). Flush the new toilet two or three times and make sure your tank to bowl connection is leak free.

If you want to caulk the bowl of the toilet to the floor, I will return here soon to add a link to a “how to caulk” page.

Wow! Are you a DIY plumber or what?! You performed a sucessful toilet-installation! You deserve a break. Go grab the newspaper or a good magazine, sit on that new throne and break the thing in!

Above is a picture of a one piece toilet, sometimes called a “toilet in a box”. The toilet-installation is the same as a two piece. You just don’t have to connect the tank to the bowl.
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Nothing interferes with my reading time like a toilet-clog! This is true, at least, for an older guy like me. Maybe for you younger men it’s merely a necessary device. Or, do you bring your laptop?!

Ick Factor= from 6 to 10.
Anyway, if you tried to cure your toilet-clog with your plunger but couldn’t get it to clear, then it’s time to break out the trusty closet (toilet) auger. The picture above left illustrates a typical and inexpensive toilet auger. You can purchase one at most hardware stores, home improvement centers and plumbing supply stores. This tool is widely used by plumbers for toilet-clogs.

These augers come in 3 foot cable lengths and 6 foot cable lengths. The three footer will cost between $30.00 $40.00 and the six footer between &40.00 and $50.00. They also come with either a “bulb head” or a “drop head”. Get the drop head style.

The 3 footer will go through the toilet, yet just barely. The six footer will go through the toilet and then through the “closet bend” and into the vent behind the toilet. The closet bend is a piece of 3″ or 4″ sewer pipe with a long sweep 90 degree turn in it. It is the section of pipe that carries the sewage from the toilet to the sewer line. The advantage of the six footer is that sometimes what you think is a toilet-clog is actually a closet bend clog. So I suggest you get the 6 footer since it will almost always be less than a plumbers fee and, of course, you’ll have it for future use.

Look at the picture above right. You can clearly see the path the auger takes to work its way to the toilet-clog. Once it reaches the flange, which is connected to the top of the closet bend, you will notice a small metal “button” right below the turning handle on the cable slot. If the toilet-clog hasn’t cleared by this popint, push on that button (you may need to use a pair of channel locks) and while pushing down on the auger, pull up on the handle until that button “snaps” into place in the opening at the bottom of the cable slot. This is how you get your extra 3 feet and can continue into the closet bend.

When taking on a toilet-clog with an auger there are several things to consider:

Using The Auger The first thing to do is take the tank lid off and gently set it aside. This is a precationary measure in the event you think you cleared the toilet-clog but didn’t, then flushed it. In this case you can quickly pull up on the fill valve or float rod to prevent overflow of the toilet. (i.e., ick factor = 10!). That gives you time to reach down and turn off the angle-stop.
When you start with the auger, pull the handle as far as you can so the the first three feet of cable come out of the slot. Bottom the auger head in the toilet and make sure that the drop head is started into the discharge opening. Then push down on the handle while using your other hand to hold the auger up close to the handle. Now start turning the handle as you push down on it. Frequently the stoppage will be at the top of the inverted trap, as shown on the toilet above right. If the toilet clears as you go, continue to push and turn until you’ve used the first three feet of cable. The stoppage will occasionally be at the discharge point at the base of the toilet where it connects to the flange. If, at this point, the toilet clears, then gently pull the cable back while flushing the toilet.

If the toilet hasn’t cleared, then use the final three feet of the auger, as instructed above.

Is it a Toilet-Clog or a Sewer-Clog? If your toilet “gurgles” when you are using water somewhere else in your house then you have a main line stoppage. In this case the auger will do you no good. Other symptoms are sewage coming up in your tub and/or shower. Remember that water always seeks the lowest possible level. Therefore, if you run water anywhere in your house and it comes up in that lowest point, i.e. shower, sunken shower, bathtub or toilet, then you have a sewer stoppage. Also, when you tried plunging and the water just rocks back and forth with little resistance, you probably have a sewer stoppage. More on that soon.

Do You Know What’s in the Toilet? This is valuable information and can save you a lot of frustration. Did a toddler drop a toy in it? Did Grandpa use half a roll of paper towels? Did your cell phone fall out of your pocket and into the Johny? The toilet-clog could be lots of things.
A “soft” stoppage is usually easy to clear. The auger should do its business and, hopefully, push the clog into the sewer where it most likely will do no harm. A “hard” stoppage can be more difficult. The idea here is to try to get the drop head on the auger to grab onto the hard object and pull it out. Sometimes it does…sometimes it doesn’t.

SAFETY…SAFETY…SAFETY

If you have a hard stoppage and your auger keeps getting “hungup” tight on it, DO NOT keep “cranking” on the auger. Work it a few times, yet don’t let the tension build up so high that you can barely turn the auger. If you do that and then suddenly let go of the handle, that handle will spin viciously and potentially harm you!
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When to “Pull” the Toilet If you have made several attempts to clear a hard stoppage and are getting nowhere, it may be time to pull the toilet, as explained in the first part of the toilet installation page.
Follow the removal instructions, including the safety issues, and carefully take the toilet outside. Gently turn the toilet over so that it rests on the tank and the front of the bowl. Set it on a soft surface, not concrete! The water will drain, including any “ick” that is in the toilet. To prevent that I always used a wet vacuum and pulled all the fluids and solids out of the toilet prior to pulling it. Then I would try the auger a couple more times before pulling the toilet. Sometimes the stoppage will fall down into the bowl when there’s no water holding it up. But this happens only if your lucky!

You can shine a flashlight up through the bottom opening and maybe see what the stoppage is. A small inspection mirror really helps with this. You can try running the auger backwards through the toilet. That will often push the hard stoppage back into the bowl.

There are rare occasions when a hard stoppage gets so tightly wedged in a toilet that you can’t get it out without breaking the toilet. Like I said, it’s rare.

Once you get the toilet-clog out of the toilet, go back to the toilet installation page and follow those directions. Always remove the old wax ring (a good 3″ putty knife will help you) and install a new one to insure a proper seal.

The last thing you want to do, after you have reset the toilet and turned the water on, is to flush it several times and check for leaks. Pay special attention to the tank to bowl gasket. It can get jarred and then leak, especially on an older toilet, when you turn it upside down. That’s why I suggest you be gentle with the toilet.

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My dad is a periodontist

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I grew up with a dentist for a dad, and not even just a general dentist but a periodontist. That meant that any time we ever ate candy or popcorn, he would pull out the floss and make us all take care of our teeth. It was really embarrassing as a child, but now that I look back on it I am really grateful that he gave me such great habits to take me through life with. I am the person who always takes care of my teeth, and I floss and brush and swirl every morning and every night. I have never even had a cavity, though my dad always says that is really more genetic than anything. But either way, I know that my dad goes to work every day and does oral surgeries and puts indental implants for patients, and so there are a lot of people out there who don’t have good teeth. I am happy for the benefit of growing up with those great habits, because it has kept me out of his dentist chair. While I do go to the dentist at least once a year for the annual check up and cleaning, I have never had to visit a periodontist for any reason, thank goodness. I know that my husband did not grow up with the same dental habits that I did, and so he has had to have many different procedures done in his adult life on his teeth. They have all been painful and long lasting, and they are not things that I want to go through with my own mouth.

I am raising my kids just like my dad did with me, to always floss after a meal and to brush and rinse and swish their mouths every night and every morning. I hope that I can instill in them the same things that he did with me. That I like going to the dentist and that the dentist is fun and helpful and keeps your teeth clean. But that you don’t want to be in a position where you need the services of a periodontist, because that means that you have not really been taking care of your teeth, and they are going to need outside help if they are going to stay strong and in your mouth. We don’t want cavities and gum disease or any other reason for a dental implant. We want strong and healthy teeth that are going to last for the entirety of their lives. I hope that I am able to get that across to them, because it is going to be very important to them when they are adults, that they kept up with their teeth. And that they never had to visit their grand father in his place of work, and get into that periodontist chair. I want them to keep all their teeth, just like my dad taught me how to do when I was growing up. It wasn’t a bad thing to have a periodontist for a father.

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My aging mother is sensitive about needing a dental implantFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

My mother is getting into her late sixties now, and is close to retirement. After getting divorced nearly ten years ago, she realized she was going to have to work longer than she had planned, and retire later than she wanted to, but she was in pretty good health and I figured at least this would keep her mind able and occupied. I had been nervous about her being alone for so long, but at least I knew she would keep busy with her job for several more years.

Now, here we were, at the several more years point. She was close to wanting to retire but figured she had better get a couple more years in so that her salary would be hiring and her retirement fund would be padded a little bit more. I knew she would get social security at a decent rate and she would be covered by Medicare for her health but I worried about her anyway. And I worried with good reason, apparently. She called me last week with a toothache. She would not even have mentioned it I don’t think, except she was nibbling on a snack while we were on the phone and said “ouch” loudly at one point. I pestered her to tell me what was bothering her and she finally admitted she had a toothache. She had at least made an appointment to see her dentist but it would not be for several days still. I asked her if she had been lately and she said she still abides by her doctor’s preventive dentistry recommendations, with cleanings twice per year, but that she usually skips the exam part because they charge so much for two minutes of the dentist glancing at your teeth.

I told her to call me as soon as she was done with the dentist, which she did. I am pretty sure she waited a couple of hours but I was glad she called regardless. I had a feeling she was going to lose a tooth but I had not wanted to tell her that ahead of time or freak her out at all. I was right. The dentist wanted her to have at least one tooth extracted and a dental implant put in in its place. This did spook my mother a bit, but I talked her down after a while, explaining that it was no big deal. I knew she felt sensitive about getting old, so I tried to explain to her that they do this for anyone who has to lose a tooth, no matter their age. He also wanted her to have a root canal on a different tooth, and he would be able to do both at the same time.

I promised mom I would go with her so I could drive her to and from the appointment, and take care of her afterwards. I knew she was nervous but oral surgery is not a big deal, and I did my best to keep her calm and convince her that it would be best for her health in the long run if she removed unhealthy teeth and replaced them.
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Have Your Dental Problems Fixed Early to Avoid Bigger Problems LaterFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Dental problems can be very painful. If you wake up with a bad toothache you will need to call your dentist and get in to see him immediately. Most of us experience some kind of tooth pain sometime during our lifetime. If we have seen our dentist on a regular basis, we will most likely catch problems before they develop into something more serious. Serious dental problems such as swollen gums, painful teeth, receding gums, missing teeth or something else, can lead to serious health problems if not taken care of. Receding gums can cause other problems such as bacteria getting underneath the gums that can cause infection. This can lead to serious health problems such as problems with your heart. People often don’t realize why it’s so important to take care of your teeth to protect the rest of the body. It’s always a good idea to see your family dentist every six months or more oftenif he suggests, to make sure that your mouth stays healthy. The mouth is the window to the rest of the body. Infections in the mouth can lead to infection in the rest of the body which can lead to heart problems or other problems in the body.

Having missing teeth or crooked teeth can also lead to other problems. If your teeth aren’t properly aligned they can cause your other teeth to move which can throw off your whole bite which can lead to pain and even bacterial problems. If you have missing teeth the other teeth may start to move and this will lead to braces in the future. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist is you have missing teeth. There are different things that they can do to fix the problem of missing teeth. Sometimes a bridge can work where fake teeth will be placed to bridge the gap and held by wire that attaches to the permanent teeth. A bridge does not need to be taken out to brush your teeth but can stay in permanently. Every time you go to see you family dentisthe will check it out to make sure that it is okay and doing its job. It will feel so good to have your teeth taken care of and cleaned on a regular basis. By properly maintaining your mouth care, you are taking care of the whole body.

At Refresh Dental, they will tackle almost any kind of problem. They have the means to replace teeth with implants and they can help you with dental veneers. It depends on which kind of problem that you have as to what they will need to do to correct your missing teeth. They can give you back your gorgeous smile and your confidence. Having missing or crooked teeth can not only make your feel inferior or insecure but can affect the health of your whole body. Let the dental crew at Refresh Dental help you with all of your dental needs. They want you to look and feel your best!

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Invisalign Braces Won’t Hurt Your MouthFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

I am sold on the value of orthodontics. I really am. I believe that it is more than just a way of making your teeth look straight and beautiful, although they do that. I think that it is important for children to get braces early so that they are able to correct any problems that they might have before the problem gets out of control. But with all of that said, I hated my braces. I hated them so much. In fact, I hated them with such a fiery passion that I wore by rubber bands every single day and most of the day. These are the rubber bands that most people wore only at night. They were painful and uncomfortable and no one could understand me. I didn’t care. I knew that this was righteous suffering that had to be endured in order to get these braces off in a shorter amount of time.

For me, it was not about not liking the way I looked. I frankly did not care about the way that I looked. It was not that I spoke funny. I have been a bit of a mush-mouth all of my life anyway. What I hated so much was the discomfort that this caused me and my mouth. I was in pain daily. It was the pain of the roots that was caused by the tension on the teeth, but this is normal and just the way that orthodontics goes. What really go me about my braces was the way that the brackets on the braces poked my cheeks and the inside of my mouth. I am prone to canker sores as it is. So when there were all of these little pointy brackets in my mouth causing little cuts and sores, I was particularly annoyed by all of these canker sores. I wish that I had worn invisalign braces.

Invisalign braces are transparent braces that can hardly be seen by others. Teens and adults alike love them for this reason. The embarrassment associated with having a mouth full of braces goes away when you have invisible braces. This is particularly advantageous for working adults who go to an office. Should someone care about the way that they look? No. But they probably do and that is just the realities of life. But invisalign braces help.

But I think that the greatest benefit is the fact that they do not hurt your mouth because there are not brackets. Instead, they look a bit like thin mouth guards. They will never poke your cheeks in the way that my kinds of braces did. They are gentle to the mouth and easy on the eyes. Furthermore, you do not have to abide by any dietary restrictions when you wear these braces, like you might when you are wearing the regular kinds. Invisalign braces offer a ton of benefits to teens and adults, and I think that chief among these is the fact that they do not hurt your mouth in the way that the brackets do.
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It Was Time To Focus On Cosmetic DentistryFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

I talk with a lot of people who want to take shortcuts that don’t even exist when it comes to their oral hygiene. I try to explain that it isn’t that complicated and to think about your teeth like you hopefully think about your car, your teeth need routine maintenance to keep them in working order just like your car does. I went to school for a long time to learn how to fix issues that could only be caused by years of neglect, I also learned how to prevent those issues. I didn’t understand how so many people neglected their teeth, like they weren’t going to have to personally deal with the damage eventually. I got into cosmetic dentistry because I wanted to make a good living and I wanted to be a doctor, but I didn’t want to go to more than 10 total years of school. Now, my practice was doing well and I was thinking about taking on a partner to help with all of the business, it would also give me the opportunity to focus on marketing our invisalign and other cosmetic services. We obviously made money on general dentistry but there was honestly better money in aesthetics like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, bonding and invisalign so I wanted to find a way to maximize our profits.

It was important for me to still provide a full array of general dental services for the entire family, I just wanted to make it known that we were also completely capable of servicing their cosmetic needs as well. I thought that it might be a good idea to bring in an old, traditional dentist to take over all of the general dentistry so I could focus on cosmetic side of the dentistry business. I felt like I was a lot better at fixing people’s smiles than I was filling in their cavities but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that I was just more motivated to work on people’s smiles than I was their crowns and root canals. I wondered if it had anything to do with the fact that people who came in to see me to improve their smiles actually wanted to be there whereas everyone else was there because they felt they had to be. This was probably how a lot of public school teachers felt, I thought as I drilled into a patient’s molar. I was done being altruistic and fighting the good fight, if people didn’t want to take care of their teeth then fine, I didn’t feel it was my job to try and convince them that they should anymore. I was just going to focus my energies on providing the services that people wanted, I felt like it would probably help me feel better about coming into work everyday as well. I needed to talk to my wife about it though before I made any major decisions but I didn’t anticipate any issues, I’m sure that she’d be supportive of anything that made me feel better about my job.
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Orthodontics Combines Health and Good Looks

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When I was younger, I used to think that braces were only about looks. I thought that braces were tools used to make your teeth straight and neat-looking. But as I got older, I began to realize that it is far more complicated than that. Braces are also about health. And there are ways that bad teeth can harm you, more than just your image. You want your teeth to fit together neatly. Your teeth are like little gears that fit together neatly. When they do, you are able to chew effectively but you are also able to speak more clearly. People sometimes forget that speech has more to do with the tongue than other parts of the mouth. If the tongue is crowded by misplaced teeth, then you child could develop speech patterns indicative of a speech impediment. But problems can be even more severe. Some people end up needed surgery on their jaws. There can be deeper problems related to the jawbone that needs adjustment. Left untreated, these can produce agonizing migraines and other problems. If you are having migraines, you first guess might not be that it has to do with your jaw. The first person you see would probably not be an orthodontist. And yet these are the far reaching problems that a lack of orthodontic care can produce. On the other hand, who are we kidding? It is also very much about aesthetics, as well. We want straight looking teeth that are neat and beautiful. We could say that straight teeth are the epiphenomenon of dental care. Like a lack of bad breath from using mouthwash is just the indirect consequence of killing all of the germs, we could also say that straight beautiful teeth is just the after-effect of straight, properly functioning teeth. But I think that this would be somewhat disingenuous. Good looking teeth is a lot of people’s primary goal, which is fine. As long as they have proper dental health, what does it matter? And there are ways that you can have a great smile while you still have your braces on. Invisalign braces are all the rage right now. They are transparent braces. No one will even know that you are wearing them. Invisalign braces are great for adults that do not feel comfortable donning the trappings of a junior high student. They will feel great, look great, and you will be well on your way to a beautiful smile and good dental health. Orthodontics combines both of those in one swift motion. Because of this, you do not have to choose. It is not always the case, but braces are an instance in which the thing that makes you look good is also the best thing for you. This point can be overstated in other fields, like exercise. You can certainly over-do it with exercise. But with braces, a beautiful smile is an indication of a healthy smile. So go take your kid down to the orthodontist’s office and get an inspection today.
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Like Invisalign, Orthodontics Technology Is ChangingFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

What must it have been like to be an orthodontics patient in the late 19th century or the early 20th century? Sometimes, I have the tendency to idealize the past as rustic and idyllic, but I am less inclined to do so when I think about early American orthodontists. We have certainly come a long way in terms of our orthodontics technology. Not only does this make the process more comfortable and less prone to injury or medical mistakes, I have to imagine that it makes the entire process more effective. So there is no reason not to harness the advantages of our modern era. While there may be some virtue in adhering to tried and true methods, there is also virtue in not fearing technology and novelty. Consider invisalign braces. These are transparent braces. They are hard to see, and they save teens and adults alike from the embarrassment of those big, gaudy metal braces crammed into our mouth. Furthermore, you do not have to adhere to any dietary restrictions. That means that you can eat popcorn, caramel, gum, and all of the other things that are normally prohibited by the normal braces of brackets and wires. The best part of invisalign braces, in my humble opinion, is that they do not scratch your mouth. These braces look like small mouth guards. They set right over the faces of your teeth. There are no pointy edges of brackets. When I had my braces, the worst part was the scratches to the inside of my cheeks or my gums. These scratches would sometimes turn into canker sores. Then the brackets would continue to exacerbate the sore. It was as bad as it sounded. Invisalign braces completely sidestep this feature of orthodontics. So these braces do not hurt your mouth, let you eat whatever you want, and they are invisible so that you do not have to declare to the world at large that you are wearing braces. It must be too good to be true. They must not work properly. They must take considerably longer than brackets and wire braces, right? Nope. They work just as well. It is not a trick. It is just a technological advancement. I notice in older generations the tendency to think that a certain level of discomfort or effort is necessary for something to be good. This can preclude them from taking advantage of the tools at their disposal. Orthodontics is just the same. We have just come a long way. Can you imagine if we transported an orthodontist from the year 1890 to the present day and showed him our brackets and wire braces? He might also think that it were just a trick or a charlatan sham. We would also think that he is naïve. It is exciting to think of the possibilities for medical technology in the future. And this extends beyond just orthodontics. Orthodontics, however, will also be on the receiving end of these innovations. Invisalign is just one example of how technology innovation has made dental health easier to achieve.

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How To Build Your Self ConfidenceFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone. Has your self-confidence taken a plunge due to a comment regarding your teeth? Your own observation regarding a less than perfect smile, or suggestions by anorthodontist to fix your teeth? If so, don’t worry. This situation is temporary and can be fixed in no time – and without anyone even knowing!

By the time you’re done straightening your teeth, you’re likely to get comments asking what exactly has been done.

Here’s how invisalign works:

It’s an invisible plastic braces that is naked to the any onlookers’ eye – unless it’s a dentist of course. In addition, the braces are usually tailored to the customer’s mouth structure, as the orthodontist will usually form these from an x-ray or the patient taking a bite into a mold. There are several formations done over a series of one and a half to every two years. In addition, the orthodontist will typically check in with the patient to determine if any discomfort is being experienced, or if there need to be any changes made.

The cost of invisalign can vary from one provider to a next, but this can usually be found out easily online. In addition, some dental insurance may cover all or part of the procedure – so check in with the insurance company to see.

Invisalign braces are also very portable, which means it’s not affixed to the actual teeth in a permanent sense. It acts as a cover over regular teeth – which means you can wash your own teeth properly as well as the invisalign braceseach and every day.

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Invisalign and contact lenses can help teenagers who worry about their appearancesFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Being a teenager is a difficult period in everyone’s life. Hormones are raging and social cliques are forming and everyone just wants to fit in. Being different as a teenager is torturous for many, and most teens report just striving to fit in and be like their peers. This includes the activities they do, their appearances, and anything else that makes them more like their classmates. Having glasses, braces, or being overweight can add to a teen’s discomfort during an already uncomfortable period in their life.

Luckily, technology has come quite a long ways since the old days of mouths full of metal, which is what most adults picture when they envision their child getting braces. They might recall their own years as children or teenagers with painful metal braces that needed regular, painful tightening. They undoubtedly look back on childhood pictures and see the braces in school pictures and scrapbooks. Today’s kids have more options, however. Contact lens technology has evolved to the point of it being easy and affordable for almost anyone to wear contacts instead of glasses. Orthodontics have evolved to the point of invisible braces now in existence, a viable option for any teenager that needs braces or any adult who never made a cosmetic correction to their teeth for not wanting to wear the ugly metal versions.

Technology has also made it easier and sneaker for teenagers to bully one another, using social media and the internet to torment classmates and hide behind a facade while very publicly humiliating whoever the victim is. Being the parent of a teenager is just as difficult, because you have to navigate all these new ways in which teenagers can express themselves that never existed when you were growing up. While certain things like contact lenses or nearly invisible braces can make certain aspects of being a teenager less awkward, there is still the inevitable fact that some students are better at school than others. Some are better at sports than others. Everyone looks and dresses differently, and somewhere along the line, teenagers will grow into adults who also look and dress differently.

By then, it is a good thing to be unique. It is just a very trying time for teenagers in middle and high school. The pressure can be intense to fit in, perform well academically and athletically, and be a social butterfly. Many do not fit into this norm, and many are happy to not fit in. Still others struggle, however, and are among the many students who look to minimize awkwardness about their appearance such as glasses or braces. Parents can only do so much, as it is peers who have the most influence on teenagers at this point in their lives. Parents need to be the adults, set the boundaries, and be there for their children when things are tough. If they can also afford to get them contact lenses or braces, then all the better. Their kids might not recognize the significance of it in the moment, but they will surely remember when they look through school pictures later in life!
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I didn’t have Invisalign but my kids sure will.Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

I never had the chance to get my teeth straightened when I was a kid. If you look at my mouth, it is a disaster area of crooked teeth, some of them so slanted that they almost appear to be horizontal. It isn’t that my parents did not want me to have good teeth – far from it, my mother often lamented that she was not able to provide me with good care from a pediatric dentist. The simple fact is that she could not afford to have braces put on my teeth, and because of that I am left with a mouth that has a lot of issues.

For starters, I have a lot of trouble with keeping my teeth healthy. Because my teeth are at such funny angles, it gets really hard to clean them. Bits of food get stuck all of the time, and flossing is a thing of nightmares for me. I have had to have a lot of fillings because I just can’t get my teeth as clean as they need to be to prevent tooth decay. As it stands now, I have gotten too old to fix many of my oral issues without resorting to pretty major surgery. That is something that I am not prepared to do from a financial standpoint, so I just have to suffer through it. Even still, I am probably going to have to have a bridge installed soon just so I can keep what teeth I do have that chew correctly.

When I have children, though, they will not have to live through the same suffering that I have. Dental offices that specialize in children’s care are easy to find now, and – let’s be honest – I am in a much better position than my mother was when I was young. If my children have any dental issues – and I really hope that they do not – I am going to make sure that they get straightened out as soon as possible. Hopefully it won’t take much convincing; after all, all I’ll need to do is show them how messed up my own teeth are to encourage them to brush! I never thought I would be one of those dads that says, “Do it or you will end up like this!” But I guess that is exactly what is going to happen.

Anyway, it is a lot easier to get a kid to accept wearing the newInvisalign style braces than the old metal grin kind. Heck, I think it is really cool that technology finally caught up to dentistry – generations of kids went through the awful decision of “messed up teeth or three years looking like a freak.” I’m happy that my kids won’t have to do that, that there is an option that can fix their teeth without making them feel ostracized. But I can assure you, they won’t have a choice as to whether or not they get the braces: dental health is not an option in my family now!
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Going to the Dentist Regularly is a Vital Aspect of a Healthy Lifestyle.Family Dental Care: Helping everyone. Most people know that it is important to take care of their teeth, but many people do not know how far-reaching the effects of your oral hygiene habits are. For one thing, your oral health is directly related to your overall health, which means that if your mouth is not healthy, it is unlikely that the rest of your body will be. Since your mouth is the means by which all nutrients enter your body, it is not hard to see why this is the case. If your teeth are coated in bacteria, you are swallowing all that bacteria when you eat and drink. This puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and a bunch of other common chronic conditions. This means that going to the dentist regularly is a vital aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Your dentist can let you know if your oral hygiene regimen is doing the trick or not. If your regimen is lacking in some way, your dentist can tell you what you can do differently. Also, your dentist can let you know if you have any cavities or any signs of gingivitis. These are both conditions that are common and easy to treat, but they can both get very out of hand if you do not treat them soon enough. In extreme cases, you can even lose teeth to both cavities and gingivitis. To make matters worse, you can even develop both conditions at the same time, since they both result from improper oral hygiene. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have the beginning stages of gingivitis. Dentists recommend brushing your gums thoroughly to prevent the condition. Going to the dentist on a regular basis is not only a good idea for hygienic reasons. Your dentist also keeps track of the alignment of your teeth. Teeth can shift over time. If your teeth are misaligned or are becoming misaligned, you should consider treatments that will shift them back. Braces are one example of this sort of treatment. Braces utilize very thin wires and metal brackets. They have been used for quite awhile, though the techniques have become a little more advanced over the years. Nonetheless, the basic premise has remained the same. Though braces are one of the most effective treatments of tooth and jaw alignment issues, they are fairly inconvenient and uncomfortable. Plus, many people are reluctant to get them because they are worried about how they look. The braces of today are less noticeable than the braces of the past. They can still be uncomfortable, though. Especially when they are adjusted, braces can leave your mouth feeling sore. This is almost unavoidable, though, since your teeth need to be physically moved into the proper position. This is an inherently uncomfortable process. Nonetheless modern cosmetic dentistry has become quite advanced, so the discomfort is minimal. Besides, it is far better to get the treatment you need than to allow your teeth to continue to shift out of place.
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Getting help from my orthodontistFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

I recently discovered that I have some kind of degenerative disease in my gums, and if I don’t deal with it quickly and swiftly, it is going to have an affect on my teeth in the near future. Teeth are something that you only have one set of, and it is really important to be sure to take care of them as much as possible. So that is why I was so surprised when my orthodontist told me that I am going to be facing this, because I have always taken very good care of my teeth my whole life. From the time I was old enough, I always flossed and brushed, every morning and every night, and often somewhere else in the middle of the day. As an adult, I have always used mouth wash as well, because I know there are germs that aren’t removed from just the flossing and brushing alone. And I suppose that I was lucky because my teeth were always straight and I never had to worry about needing to get braces or anything else like that. So when the dentist referred me to the orthodontist, it was the first time I had ever been in to see on of those types of doctors. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, but I knew that my gums just weren’t as they used to be. They were more sensitive than before, and they seemed to bleed often when I would floss. I have never had my gums bleed when flossing before, so I decided I should probably make an appointment and go in to see the dentist.

It was the dentist who decided that a specialist was necessary to check out my gums, and he made a referral for me to the orthodontist office. When I got in there he was very surprised that I was there to see him with such straight and clean teeth, but after he ran the tests he informed me that there was a disease in my gums that was not going to simply go away. All the prep work I have always done with my mouth was good because it kept me in the clear longer than I would have been otherwise, but it still didn’t prevent me from getting this gum disease that I am now having to deal with. It essentially just means that I need to rinse with a different mouth wash that is actually a prescription strength and filled with medicine that will kill the disease, and I also need to go in for more regularly scheduled dentist and orthodontist appointments than is usual for me, but this is okay as long as I’m not going to lose my teeth. If we can stop the gums from degenerating, then my teeth will be fine, or so I have been assured by the dentist. But I’m not as convinced and I’m still really worried about the health of my mouth and gums. I just want this to be over and to be back with healthy teeth.
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Fixing my smile again with InvisalignFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

My teeth seem to have a mind of their own and that mind has decided to be remarkably defiant. Growing up I had braces a few times, each time with the focus being on a different set of teeth, trying to move everything around like a puzzle to get it to where my teeth would finally look nice. After every set of braces, one thing would be fixed but then there would always be another problem. I went through all of the different spacers and expanders and some truly weird stuff stuck in the roof of my mouth to first get me to stop unconsciously sucking my thumb when I slept and then to try and repair some of the damage that was probably actually caused by the unconscious thumb sucking. Years passed and I got fitted with more and more different metal contraptions until finally when I was fourteen or so they said it was as good as it was going to get. My teeth were quite ok for a while but it did not take very long for them to rearrange themselves back to their former twisted state. By the time that it got bad enough for me to really start to care and feel self conscious about it I was already in my late teens and really not willing to go back to having metal braces again. In my head I was pretty much an adult, out in the dating world, going to college soon and I was going to be doing none of that with metal braces. I decided that Invisalign would be the best possible option for me. I knew it would be rather expensive since my insurance policy did not cover it but I did not care. I was working and had some money saved up so I called the orthodontist and made an appointment to have then poke around my mouth and check out all my teeth. The orthodontist said that Invisalignwould not be the best choice for me but since I was extremely adamant about not having metal braces again, it was either Invisalignor nothing. The next week I went back to get my mouth molded so that they could get started designing and making my trays. A few weeks after my first appointment where they shoved my mouth full of pink bubblegum flavored goo to get the mold, they called and said my first Invisalign tray was ready. After that I just had to wear each of the three trays for a few weeks until my teeth were ready for the next one. Every once and awhile I would have to go in to get something tweaked or adjusted so that it would be more comfortable but overall it seemed that the process was quite simple and much less painful than I remember the metal braces of my past being. Sometimes they were not terribly comfortable, but at least the weird pressure only lasted a few days before my teeth moved to a place that felt more comfortable.
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Getting Your Teen to Wear BracesFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Parents find it difficult to convince their teenage children to wear braces. These devices are usually recommended by an orthodontist to straighten and align a person’s teeth thus correcting the bite and improving the person’s overall dental hygiene.

One main problem of braces is its use of wires and ligatures. These are used to put pressure on the teeth to correct any problem and are very effective. They also do not require that much in terms of maintenance. Patients, however, have been found out to develop mouth sores due to the brackets and in the first few days of being attached, braces are often very uncomfortable.

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The good news is that there are now a lot of alternative products that your teenager can use. Some orthodontists suggest the use of Invisalign. Unlike other products out in the market, this deviceuses aligners that slowly move your teeth to the correct position. The aligners are easy to remove and very much comfortable to wear. The most interesting thing about it is that it is clear or near invisible.

Their newest product is the Invisalign Teen. Compared to other product available, this one takes into account the fact that teenagers still have to get all their adult teeth. Depending on the age of the person, there are stages of teeth development as well.

It uses the same technology as with the original but with some nifty additional features. This new product has a color compliance indicator. What this simply means is that the device gives you an idea if it is time to replace it. When the color starts to fade, then it may be time go back to your orthodontist and have it replaced.

The Invisalign has already been known for being customized. This product takes it a step further. It now includes special features that are designed to correct different types of teeth be it canine, or second and third molars. The product does not only suit the lifestyle that your teenager has but the customized way of treating dental problems make it more effective.

How good is the product? One example often cited is about a patient that not only had a crossbite on one side of the mouth but also had a gap in between the front teeth. The patient’s option included possible jaw surgery. Through the use of this product, not only was the crossbite fixed but the gap between the teeth was closed. The patient therefore was able to avoid spending too much through surgery. Not yet convinced? There was also the case of a patient that had crowded teeth. Through this product, the problem was solved and with the addition of a whitening gel, the teeth became whiter.

Some parents though may find the Invisalign a bit pricier compared to other methods but the results and comfort of using one outweighs the cost. To be able to make a better decision for your teenager as to what method to use, consult with your family orthodontist.
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Find a family dentist near you!Family Dental Care: Helping everyone. When it comes to finding a new dentist there is nothing more important than finding a dentist that you feel comfortable with. So many people have fears about the dentist or just straight up hate going to the dentist. Sometimes that fear or dislike is so great that people will just avoid going to the dentist all together. This is a problem because healthy teeth are a huge part of your overall health. When someone neglects going to the dentist there can be some major consequences for your overall physical health. When you find a dentist that you can trust and feel comfortable with, you are much likely to show up for your regular appointments and cleanings. Loveland Family Dental in Loveland, Colorado has been providing excellent service for more than fifteen years. Their friendly and professional staff is committed to providing you with dental services that will change your mind about the dentist. When you choose Loveland Family Dentalyou won’t have to worry about being judged or reprimanded for having not been to the dentist in such a long time, they will just be happy that you showed up. The staff at Loveland Family Dental is committed to giving each and every one of their patients a healthy and beautiful smile.

Loveland Family Dental offers a wide variety of dental services, from general cleanings to cosmetic dentistry procedures. They take great care to ensure that each of their procedures is completed in a way that is as pain and stress free as possible for their patients. Loveland Family Dentistry is run by female dentist, Doctor Rhonda Krause. Doctor Krause started her practice in Loveland Colorado after completing her doctorate in dental surgery in 1996. One of the greatest things about Doctor Krause is her dedication and commitment to continuing to expand her education and knowledge of the dental field. With new technologies coming in to the field all the time, it is important to stay on top of the latest discoveries that can help to provide the best possible services to each patient. Doctor Krause is also very committed to staying involved in her community and giving back. It is wonderful to know that there is a dentist in your area that not only cares deeply about her patients, but also cares deeply about her community.

If you are in the Loveland area and are looking for a new dentist, look no further than Loveland Family Dental. The new patient exam at Loveland Family Dental is a comprehensive exam that will set the foundation for the rest of your dental treatments and procedures. The team at Loveland Family Dental wants to make sure that no stone goes unturned when it comes to your overall oral health. Whether you are looking for a dentist to schedule your routine cleanings, or you are in need of a restorative dental procedure, Loveland Family Dental is here to help. They also offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call today to schedule an appointment!

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Every parent should know what to look for in a pediatric dentistFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone. Choosing a dentist for your child isn’t easy. There are a lot of practices out there and there are also a lot of dentists that don’t have specific pediatric experience, so you need to know who you can weed out. At the right pediatric dentistry practice, your child won’t be just a patient but they will be considered family. We all know that going to the dentist is not the most fun, especially for children. So it would be great to find a place where your child can receive top rated dental care without the normally associated childhood trauma.Experienced pediatric dentistry practices will start getting to know your child early on, and can begin preventative treatments beginning at 12 months and up. This relationship can last all the way up until your baby is no longer a baby but a teenager or early adult. Sticking with the same dentist throughout childhood will help better ensure that problems are detected early and healthy habits are instilled early and often. An extra plus would be that visiting the dentist would turn out to be a positive experience for your child, not a scary one. Getting to know the dentists and dental hygienists early on will establish great relationships early on and will make each visit feel like just that; a visit. And the more frequently your child visits their pediatric dentist, the more likely they are to build and maintain a healthy smile with minimal issues along the way.

Only the best pediatric dentistry practices make sure to remain full-time advocates of your child’s dental health. To do this, they provide personalized care that is different for each patient and level of oral development. You should make sure to find a practice that regularly schedules cleanings as well as preventative screenings so that any problems can be caught and treated early. Pediatric dentists have more specialized training than other family dentists who might unknowingly overlook the early signs of trouble in pediatric patients. These types of specially trained dentists know the dental needs of children, and have taken additional boards and passed certifications for just that.

So why should you choose a pediatric dentist over a family dentist for your children? In a nutshell, pediatric dentists have received more training on the subject. They are required to complete additional advanced courses in this specialty, and they also usually work is specially designed offices that make children feel more comfortable and more welcome. Pediatric dentists make sure to stay current on the latest advanced in dentistry practices and research for children, just like any family dentist would for adults. This provides a little more peace of mind for parents who worry that they children are getting the best possible dental care. With pediatric dentists who will focus on your child’s care and make it a point to develop lasting relationships, you can rest a little more. Just don’t be afraid to ask questions and remain proactive in your child’s care. After all, your pediatric dentist will expect that!

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Don’t go to just any cosmetic dentist in Denver; go to one who understands smiles!Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

When it comes to your smile, you really cannot afford to mess anything up. After all, your smile is often one of the first things that someone notices about you. When you meet someone and open up your lips to reveal those pearl whites, people are coming to come to conclusions about you, whether these conclusions are accurate or not. For that reason alone, you cannot afford to make any mistakes when it comes to your teeth. There is nothing better than a smile that really makes other people smile; a smile that you feel confident enough to give freely and widely to all. A smile can really spread joy and happiness and if you feel confident in your smile, you will give it more freely to the world around you. That’s what the professionals at Levin Family Dental believe about your smile and why this cosmetic dentistry group works so hard to get you that winning smile that you have always dreamed of. They think that everyone should have the opportunity to smile at the world with freedom and assurance that their smiles will be returned. That’s why they have become one of the top cosmetic dentists in Denver, working hard to get you that smile that you have been dreaming of your whole life.

Levin Family Dental really is the best place to go to get that smile that you have been dreaming of. Not only are they committed to getting you the very best smile you have ever had, they also work hard to make sure that you are getting the kind of treatment and comfort that you deserve. They want you to feel comfortable with them and they are ready to help you achieve that smile that everyone will be talking about! With the best cosmetic dentistry technology around, Levin Family Dental provides the highest quality in patient comfort as well as patient satisfaction in the Denver area. One really fun way that Levin Family Dental has taken the patient experience up a notch is through their technology that allows patients to listen to music or their favorite movie while having dental work done. It makes the whole experience a lot less painful and a lot more relaxing! It doesn’t matter what treatment you are planning on receiving, Levin Family Dental can make the experience easier for you so that you truly do feel comfortable!

At Levin Family Dental, there are a number of services that you can have done to make your smile better. The best treatments to achieve your cosmetic dentistry goals include everything from simple whitening or teeth cleaning to dental crowns or other procedures. Many people like to get dental veneers placed to really brighten their smile in a new and powerful way. The beauty of cosmetic dentistry is that while the procedure is often important aesthetically, it also will likely have hidden benefits for the health of your teeth and your bite, so you will know that the treatment you are getting really is good for you. There’s no reason to wait; visit Levin Family Dental today!
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Family dentistry during hockey season is getting easier.Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

When was the last time you took your children to the dentist? I know that it has been a while for my kids, I like to wait until the end of hockey season before I set up appointments for my children. The simple truth of it is that if I don’t wait, then at least one of the high school teams (my son and my daughter both play varsity hockey) will make it into the playoffs and at least one of my children will wind up knocking out their freshly straightened incisors by blocking a shot late in the third period. Last season my son Steve took a puck to the chin and had all of his lower front teeth broken. After the game I brought him to Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry for emergency work to cap his broken teeth and prevent any further damage from being done. At the end of the season I made sure to bring him right back to Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry and have brand new, sparkling white caps put on so that he could look great in his school photos. And wow, you should see that brilliant smile! There is an old joke about having a grin like a hockey player, but I know that I wouldn’t mind having a grin like my hockey playing son has now. My daughter also needed work done after the season, but nothing so extreme. All that happened was she chipped one of her front teeth when a stick came up on her; she needed to get seven stitches on her chin but it barely touched her teeth at all (and no penalty on the play!). We were definitely lucky it wasn’t worse. We were also lucky to have a good dentist like Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry to help us out. How did sports parents deal with the gaps in their kids’ smiles before family dentistry was easily available? Especially back before things like helmets, mouth guards, and face shields were made requirements to participate in high school sports? I know that I can’t imagine taking my son to a dental office that uses the old, terrifying methods of yesteryears’ dentists. The new, modern dental equipment – like they have at Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry – makes it so much less traumatizing to bring your kids to the dentist and get the quality care that they deserve. Even my youngest – she is only just turning ten this month – has no problem with going because the dentists and hygienists are so kind and friendly to her. She is always really proud when she comes home with no cavities. The way in which Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry helps build positive associations with dental health for my children has been amazing. I wish that I had grown up with such a good impression of dentists instead of the fear of them I have that persists to this very day. Maybe I would have been able to do that if Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry had been around in those days!
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Dentists Advocate Brushing and Flossing for Good Reasons.Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

From the time you are a child, everyone tells you to always brush and floss your teeth. Like washing your hands and looking both ways before crossing the street, it is something that should be utterly ingrained in your mind by the time you are an adult. Unfortunately, a lot of adults still do not practice good oral hygiene. Not taking good care of your teeth and gums has a negative effect on your mouth, but also on your overall health. Bad hygiene habits have been linked to higher rates of a bunch of common chronic conditions. Dentistsadvocate brushing and flossing for good reasons. If you are not brushing at least twice a day, you could be increasing your risk for various health problems, in addition to cavities and gingivitis. The other half of maintaining good oral hygiene is seeing a dentist regularly. If you have at least two dentist appointments per year, you will be less likely to develop gingivitis or a serious cavity. Both of these conditions can be treated if you catch them before they get out of hand. If you are not keeping up with your dentist appointments, though, you may be allowing these conditions to develop or progress. Having a dentist that you go to regularly is often the best way to go about things. That is one problem with moving to a new city. You have to find new doctors and dentists. If you live in downtown Denver and do not want to drive far, you should look for a dentist in downtown Denver to save yourself the inconvenience of driving.
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Cosmetic Dentists Can Give You that Perfect SmileFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

These days, everyone seems to be looking for a cosmetic dentist who can give them a perfect smile. There are many cosmetic procedures that your dentist can offer to address different needs. These procedures include teeth whitening or bleaching; enamel shaping and contouring, bonding, veneers, crowns, braces, bridges, and dental implants.

Depending on your habits, your teeth can acquire stains and show discoloration. Most smokers and people who are fond of consuming caffeine-rich beverages such as tea and coffee are prone to having yellow teeth. Any dentist can provide teeth whitening services.

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Your dentist will use a chemical process to bleach stained teeth, which can be done either in the dental office or in your own home. Since many patients find whitening procedures done at home more convenient, dentists create personalized mouthpiece trays for patients to use. These trays ensure that the right amount of peroxide solution is applied to the teeth. However, in-office procedures offer faster results compared to whitening at home, which can two or more weeks depending on the strength of the solution.

For people who have gaps between their teeth or have chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, a cosmetic dentist will recommend undergoing a bonding procedure. The materials used for bonding can also be used to fill cavities and protect an exposed tooth root. Bonding can last for several years but it is prone to staining, chipping, and wearing down.

Veneers, on the other hand, last longer than bonding. These are custom shells applied on the front sides of the teeth to change either its shape or color. They are usually made from ultra thin porcelain but there are also veneers made of plastic. This cosmetic procedure can improve teeth with gaps in between, chipped or worn teeth, poorly shaped teeth, and slightly crooked teeth. If your teeth are permanently stained, your dentist may also recommend veneers.

Dental implants are recommended for patients with missing teeth. This is a quite costly cosmetic dentistry procedure but it offers a long-term solution to replace teeth. Implants are alternatives to bridges and removable dentures. An implant has three essential parts, specifically titanium metal, an abutment, and the crown.

A cosmetic dentist can create a crown with a natural, tooth-like appearance. The crown completely covers the tooth. It is also used to restore a tooth to normal shape. In addition to covering dental implants, a crown can be used to cover a misshapen tooth, a stained tooth, a tooth with a large filling, and a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure. You may also need a crown to protect a weak tooth, restore a broken tooth, and hold a dental bridge in place.

Cosmetic dentistry has a lot to offer individuals who want to improve their physical appearances, especially their smiles. Still, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are both benefits and risks that you should be informed of before you decide to undergo any of these processes. It is best to talk to your dentist regarding these pros and cons, along with clarifying all possible fees, special maintenance requirements, and professional expertise.
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Busting my front tooth and needing a cosmetic dentist to fix itFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone. Posted on April 21, 2014 by Shauna

The last few months I have gotten really into gymnastics and partner acrobatics, it is a really fun way to get into shape and meet new people. Because most of the stuff we are doing is quite a bit off the ground I have seen a few people fall or hut themselves in one way or another. Of course we all try to be as careful as possible but sometimes accidents happen. Unfortunately I experienced my first accident a week ago when I was trying to learn a few things on something called a hand-balancing stand. Try to imagine, it is essentially a piece of wood on the ground with two poles coming upward with little wood blocks on each end. The idea is that you grab the two little blocks of wood and can do handstands or whatever other kind of maneuver holding your weight with your arms. I may have been a little ahead of myself given that I have almost no upper body strength and was trying to use this thing anyway. I made it for a few seconds before my arm gave out under me and I came crashing to the floor. It wouldn’t have been so bad except on my way down my face fell right on one of the wood blocks. Specifically, my mouth hit right on the block, launching half of my tooth away from its happy and content place in my mouth. At first I was just shocked that I had fallen and then the intense pain of hitting my mouth hit me. It took me a minute to realize that half of my tooth was gone but as soon as I realized I freaked out. I have never done something like this before and it was a little shocking to my system. I really don’t want to go around with only half of a tooth so I called the cosmetic dentistas soon as I got home. I told the dentist that it was a bit of an emergency and that I would really like to get in for an appointment as soon as possible so he was nice enough to schedule me in. I am not really sure what he will have to do, if it would be possible to add on some sort of fake half tooth to the stub that is remaining or if I will have to get the remaining tooth piece removed and get some sort of fake tooth. I am trying not to be too panicky about this but it is hard to keep calm. I know that this isn’t really that big of a deal, worst case I have a fake tooth, but I still can’t help but be nervous and freak out a bit. I guess that all I can do is wait until I meet with the cosmetic dentistnext week and see what he says and what my options are. As much as I don’t want a fake tooth if it is my only option than it sure is better than going around with only half of a front tooth.
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Cosmetic dentistry can help return your smile.Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

One of the most moving nonprofits on the planet is called Smile Train. Smile Train works with kids in developing countries that are born with cleft palates. A cleft palate is when the top of the mouth is not fully formed and as a result, children are born with a marked split upper lip. It is difficult to breathe and eat and there is often a lot of social stigma around the problem. To fix this problem, Smile Train goes into these areas and helps the kids by performing the surgeries free of cost. Considering that many of these kids often do not go to school, due to the fact that many of these kids receive so much harsh stigma, the economic benefits of this program are immeasurable. This sort of procedure happens here, in the United States, as well.

It is worth keeping an eye on these kids of procedures and acknowledging the impact that they can have on people’s lives. Nevertheless, there are also a number of other procedures that many of these cosmetic dentists perform. Many cosmetic dentists also do dental implantsand oral surgery in addition to the cleft palate surgery. These surgeries, while they are all different, do a great job for when it comes time to improving someone’s smile.There was a recent survey of human resources generalists around the first impressions they get when they are interviewing someone. By far and away the most common response was the smile. People often see the smile before anything else and as a result, they are able to make a decision based off of their entire impression. People that do not have the ability to fully smile are losing out on this benefit and that often comes with taking care of your teeth and medically being comfortable with your smile. One of the best ways to ensure that you are going to be comfortable with your smile is to take care of your teeth. This sounds like an easy enough process, but it rarely is. Cosmetic dentistry allows for all people to be comfortable with their smiles. This, again, is something that is immeasurable for when it comes to putting the economic impact in a frame of focus.

If you are someone that is looking at getting some kind of cosmetic dentistry work done, then look no further than Devaney Dentistry right here in North Carolina. Devaney Denistry specializes in making sure that people are contentwith their smile. They can do a number of different procedures that will make people all over the area happy with the results. By carefully selecting staff that have the ability to be precise, efficient, and happy, the dentist office is able to be successful in many of its endeavors to ensure that people are repeat customers and are able to come back with a positive outlook on what they have experienced. Word of mouth is the best form of marketing and that is what the office is able to rely on and promote.

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Avoiding Dental Care can Cause More Harm in the FutureFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Do you find that you are constantly covering your mouth when someone makes you laugh? Perhaps you don’t even realize how much this actually affects you when you are in social settings. A persons mouth is often the first thing we notice about one another when we meet new people and smiling is always the best opportunity to catch someone when they are at their best. If you are constantly covering up your best features, how are people going to really get to know you. In a perfect world, we would all be able to smile with ease no matter how crooked our teeth are or how smelly our breath gets. Unfortunately, that is not the reality we are dealing with today. More and more people are seeking cosmetic dentistry to straighten out their problem mouths. But little do people realize, cosmetic dentistry can also be very much about your overall dental health. Don’t avoid your regular visits to the dentist and certainly don’t avoid seeing a specialist for options that might be able to help with your overall dental health and also your confidence.

So many of us are prone to shove the whole dentist idea to the back of our minds so that we don’t have to deal with it. Some of us are holding onto our irrational childish fears we had of the dentist at a young age. Others are constantly dealing with cavities and other expensive problems and for the sake of their bank account would rather not go back just to find out more bad news. Thanks to the newest advances in dental technology today, dentists are able to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Instead of those awful sharp little picks and the constant sound of drilling and sucking, you will actually be exposed to different machines and tools to ease the anxiety around those sounds. Who knows, you might even be able to relax a little bit in that big cushy chair.

You can schedule a completely free consultation with Riverfront Dental and have a dentist take a look at your mouth to let you know if anything is in jeopardy to your dental health. Professionals here are the lead in the field of dentistry and are specially trained in the newest dental technologies. They are able to focus 100 percent on your specific needs and concerns whether they are embarrassing problems that make you feel vulnerable or they are issues reaching a point of being so painful that it changes your eating habits. Whatever end of the spectrum you might find yourself on, they are seen as equally problematic and can dentists at Riverfront can diagnose you with the same sense of urgency that you are feeling about the issue.

Feel free to read all about the array of services Riverfront Dental offers before you decide to schedule an appointment for your free consultation. Your dental hygiene is more important to you than you realize and proper oral care is crucial for so many aspects of your life.
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races Make a Beautiful Smile a Healthy SmileFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

A beautiful smile can be a game-changer. When you seek out an orthodontist in Charleston, you are making an investment in a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. And this seems to be the primary association with braces. Most people seem to think about braces being a means to a beautiful smile, and they are. Braces allow you to correct mistakes (like unconsciously pushing your teeth with your tongue, as I did as a child) or straightening up the teeth that just came in as they did. But as much as people associate orthodontics with beauty and aesthetics, the health benefits are just as pronounced. There is a tight relationship between the beauty of your teeth and the health of them, and the relationship tends to be a positive one. I do not mean that it is a good relationship but that that as one variable (beauty) increases, the other variable (healthiness) increases by the same margin. So the healthier your teeth are, the better they are going to look. Straight teeth have healthy gums. Your teeth fit together in nice, neat little rows, and the roots are doing the same thing underneath the surface. Your baby teeth do not sink in deep roots, but the teeth that you have as an adult depend greatly upon the health of those gums. If you catch crookedness early, you will be able to correct gums gone awry and fix them more easily. Beyond the straightness of the gums, braces also help you chewing motion. For people with relatively straight teeth, it may seem like a silly thing, but consider how important chewing is for your health. I think that someone that has ever had mouth surgery, such as getting their wisdom teeth removed, can appreciate the importance of being able to fully chew your food. Your teeth are supposed to fit together like the cogs of a gear. When they are not straight, this chewing motion is not properly done. Braces improve your ability to fully chew your food, thus, digesting it fully and extracting the maximum nutrients out of it. The last reason that it is good for your overall health to have straight teeth also has to do with straight teeth. You teeth are easier to clean when you have straight teeth. Flossing and brushing is done more easily when you have a straight path between teeth. But the most interesting thing (to me, at least) with the relationship between beautiful teeth and healthy teeth is that one is an epiphenomenon of the other. I find it interesting to reflect upon the idea that where you find one, you are bound to encounter the other. This increases the urgency that one might have to take care of their teeth. You want to make sure that you teeth are healthy so that they yield an attractive smile. In this case, the immediate benefit and the long-term benefit are inextricable. Braces help you achieve both with one in the same route.
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Bride to be, Nearly Panics Over News That She Needs Braces.
Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful. Jamie had been so excited and surprised when her boyfriend, Greg, had proposed, but she had not thought about everything that needed to go into planning their wedding. Immediately after telling their families the good news, the questions started rolling in: When were they going to have it? How many people could the venue hold? Would each set of parents be able to invite all of the friends they wanted to bring?

Jamie and Greg were stunned. They had no idea how much their families were going to weigh in on all of their decisions, and how long the guest list would get. They had a specific budget in mind but it was clear they were going to have trouble staying under it if all of their parents’ friends and their kids were invited. It was starting to seem like they did not have any control over their own wedding.

Adding to Jamie’s stress was her most recent appointment with her orthodontist. After years of having perfectly healthy teeth and not even a cavity, he was recommending that she consider getting braces as her teeth had started to shift ever so slightly. She pointed out that she was planning on getting married in the next year, and he reminded her that if her teeth continued to shift, she might have a gap in her front teeth she did not want on her wedding day. Frustrated, Jamie had gone home and complained to Greg about the position she felt she was being put in. One more expense, and one more decision she would have to make about their wedding day with everyone else’s input.

Greg suggested that she look into alternatives such as Invisalign, and that seemed to make the most sense to her. She consulted with her orthodontist who agreed it was the perfect option for her, and she ended up making the appointment to have them put on. She consulted with the photographer as well, knowing that she would still have them on during her wedding day, and the photographer assured her that even if they were slightly visible in the pictures that she would be able to edit them out. Jamie was relieved she would not have to look back on her wedding day and see the braces that she knew were there.

Once all of the family members calmed down and the guest list was narrowed down to only close friends and family, Jamie felt like she could finally relax and get to enjoy the planning. She loved design and party planning, and was deeply interested in her color scheme and decorations. Relieved at the thought that her teeth would be straight and at least look braces-free in pictures, she was able to sit back and relax, and ultimately enjoyed the rest of her wedding planning. It is coming up in just a couple of weeks, and she and Greg cannot wait to see how all of their hard work has turned out!
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November, 2014 | Family Dentist Reviews: Great DentistsFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

When most people think about preventative care for their teeth, they think about brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing just as frequently. Many people imagine that this is sufficient for keeping your teeth and gums in the best health. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. There are a lot of other preventative periodontal measures that you should take in order to make sure that your teeth are in the best possible shape. After all, we rely on our teeth for quite a bit. From chewing to expressing emotion to other more functional things, we need our teeth in good health in order to live our lives in the way that we are currently accustomed. Without good oral and dental health, this just will not be the option that we want it to be. That’s why the periodontists and dental health experts at Boulder Periodontics have worked so hard to make your dental and oral health a priority, both when you visit their office in addition to when you go home and begin handling your own dental care.

Perhaps the most important part of dental health that folks often forget to pay attention to is the close monitoring of their gums. If you do not take good care of your gums, you are definitely at risk for gum disease and other diseases of the mouth. We often forget that in order to protect against the many diseases that seek to assault our mouths, we must always be looking out for the best way to do more for our teeth. Boulder Periodontics does this really well by helping you not only get the consistent teeth cleaning you need, but also by helping you identify possible problem areas. One thing that you should do to ensure that your teeth in are good health is to consistently screen for oral cancer, especially if there is a history of oral cancer in your family. Indeed, this is an important part of a dental visit for any patient. There have been so many advances in periodontal technology that it can be easy to see markers of a potential issue much earlier than ever before. This is the kind of promising treatment that people with oral cancer can hope for as it will allow treatment before the problems are irreversible.

Oral cancer screenings are easy to perform and can save you a lot of issues in the long term. By using a device that employs ultraviolet light, periodontists are able to see abnormalities that would not usually be able to be seen under normal conditions. Additionally, your overall health has a big role to play in your periodontal health, and talking with your periodontist about the health and lifestyle conditions that could impact your risk of oral cancer can also help you avoid oral cancer. The most important thing to remember is that undergoing frequent screenings in order to detect any possible problems early on will lead to a higher likelihood of stopping issues in their tracks.
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There are a bunch of horror stories out there involving going to the dentist. We have heard how afraid people are, heard about the blood, the gas, the awful pain. But that is not something that we have to buy into. Those certainly are not the only dental experiences that are out there. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be an awful experience. You can find an educated and experienced family dentist that is committed to making your dental experience one that feels empowering and educational as opposed to stressful and overwhelming. There is no need to take calming medicines before going to the dentist if you are going to the right dentist.

So who is the “right” dentist. That is a great question.

1. The right dentist is someone that understands they are there to work for you. They don’t have their values out of line in the sense that they put your dental hygiene and dental health first.

2. It’s not about making money to them, it’s about being a healer for people. The right family dentist is someone who goes into this field wanting to help people feel better and take better care of themselves.

3. The right dentist is also someone who is able to offer pediatric dentistry as a part of their work. Little one’s teeth need to be cared for immediately as it can set the tone for their life’s dental health.

4. Finding the right dentist means finding someone that will also offer you educational opportunities. Be that helping you to teach your child how to properly brush their teeth or to inform you of ways that you are can better care for your specific dental situation.

5. You know you have found the right dentist when they customize their services to you. If you are someone who has sensitive gums then they will make sure to be gentle with you and also give you tools to help care for your gums.

6. Something that no one should ever underestimate is the power of a compassionate dentist. A lot of people feel stress about going to the dentist and it doesn’t have to be that way if you have found a family dentist is willing to be patient with you and make you feel comfortable no matter what.

7. A good dentist is someone who is educated and experienced. If you are someone who has complex mouth issues or intense emotional responses to a dental visit than going to a dentist that has a lot of education and experience can make you feel safer and more confident.

All of these reasons and more are why you should choose Refresh Dental for your dental office. The dentist at Refresh Dental fit the above list and each dentist has their own special personality to add something unique to your experience. Refresh Dental is located in Edmonton, AB. They offer you a free 10-minute consultation so you can find exactly what you are looking for in a dentist. The power is yours when you choose Refresh Dental.
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Smiling is the universal sign of happiness. It is a language we are able to speak no matter where we are in the world and being able to flash those pearly whites at others should be a fun way to communicate. Psychologists are saying that smiling can even boost your mood and improve your attitude. Unfortunately for some, smiling isn’t always easy because they feel self conscious about their teeth. In a modern world where flawless features are highly valued, a crooked smile can often lead to issues with poor self esteem. As a result, the world of orthodontics is a constantly growing and changing field offering convenient solutions for many to feel empowered to make choices about their teeth in order to change their smiles. Orthodontists from all over are helping thousands of people better their self esteem with varying orthodontic solutions.

In this day and age, it is more normal than not for kids to have braces put on their teeth once they reach middle school or high school. But what about adults? Thanks to new dental technology, more and more people today are having their smiles adjusted with orthodontics and can do so without other people even noticing.Invisalign is a fairly recent development in cosmetic dentistry that aligns the teeth and bite similarly to dental braces. This method has become extremely popular because clear, plastic retainers are used instead of metal brackets that are adhered to the teeth. The Invisalign treatment is often utilized by adults working in the professional world who do not necessarily want to change their image with traditional dental braces. Even though Invisalign orthodontics tend to be a slightly more expensive solution for tooth alignment, there are many more perks that come with using Invisalign.

1. This method is far less painful than dental braces because the smooth retainers used to re-adjust and align will not rub against the cheeks or gums. Also, the step by step process of switching out retainers every two weeks moves the teeth slower and more comfortably.

2. We are all too familiar with insults such as “Brace Face” and “Metal Mouth” and no one should be subject to those kinds of insults. Invisalign comes with a much less negative connotation than traditional metal braces. The clear plastic is able to shift the teeth without anyone being able to notice along the way.

3. The Invisalign retainer can be removed at will allowing those in the process of correcting their teeth to go about brushing and flossing the same way they would normally do so. Orthodontists recommend leaving the retainers in for 22 hours everyday so that proper movement can occur, yet still allowing for some flexibility to remove and clean after meals.

4. Playing sports and other physical activities come with less risks when you have Invisalign versus metal brackets that can scrape your mouth or break off upon impact.

When considering alternative options for straightening your smile, a proper consultation is always recommended. Many service providers can be researched online and contacted in order to answer all the questions you may have.
Posted in dentist4, invisalign, orthodontics | When it comes to finding a new dentist there is nothing more important than finding a dentist that you feel comfortable with. So many people have fears about the dentist or just straight up hate going to the dentist. Sometimes that fear or dislike is so great that people will just avoid going to the dentist all together. This is a problem because healthy teeth are a huge part of your overall health. When someone neglects going to the dentist there can be some major consequences for your overall physical health. When you find a dentist that you can trust and feel comfortable with, you are much likely to show up for your regular appointments and cleanings. Loveland Family Dental in Loveland, Colorado has been providing excellent service for more than fifteen years. Their friendly and professional staff is committed to providing you with dental services that will change your mind about the dentist. When you choose Loveland Family Dentalyou won’t have to worry about being judged or reprimanded for having not been to the dentist in such a long time, they will just be happy that you showed up. The staff at Loveland Family Dental is committed to giving each and every one of their patients a healthy and beautiful smile.

Loveland Family Dental offers a wide variety of dental services, from general cleanings to cosmetic dentistry procedures. They take great care to ensure that each of their procedures is completed in a way that is as pain and stress free as possible for their patients. Loveland Family Dentistry is run by female dentist, Doctor Rhonda Krause. Doctor Krause started her practice in Loveland Colorado after completing her doctorate in dental surgery in 1996. One of the greatest things about Doctor Krause is her dedication and commitment to continuing to expand her education and knowledge of the dental field. With new technologies coming in to the field all the time, it is important to stay on top of the latest discoveries that can help to provide the best possible services to each patient. Doctor Krause is also very committed to staying involved in her community and giving back. It is wonderful to know that there is a dentist in your area that not only cares deeply about her patients, but also cares deeply about her community.

If you are in the Loveland area and are looking for a new dentist, look no further than Loveland Family Dental. The new patient exam at Loveland Family Dental is a comprehensive exam that will set the foundation for the rest of your dental treatments and procedures. The team at Loveland Family Dental wants to make sure that no stone goes unturned when it comes to your overall oral health. Whether you are looking for a dentist to schedule your routine cleanings, or you are in need of a restorative dental procedure, Loveland Family Dental is here to help. They also offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call today to schedule an appointment!

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Do you find that you are constantly covering your mouth when someone makes you laugh? Perhaps you don’t even realize how much this actually affects you when you are in social settings. A persons mouth is often the first thing we notice about one another when we meet new people and smiling is always the best opportunity to catch someone when they are at their best. If you are constantly covering up your best features, how are people going to really get to know you. In a perfect world, we would all be able to smile with ease no matter how crooked our teeth are or how smelly our breath gets. Unfortunately, that is not the reality we are dealing with today. More and more people are seeking cosmetic dentistry to straighten out their problem mouths. But little do people realize, cosmetic dentistry can also be very much about your overall dental health. Don’t avoid your regular visits to the dentist and certainly don’t avoid seeing a specialist for options that might be able to help with your overall dental health and also your confidence.

So many of us are prone to shove the whole dentist idea to the back of our minds so that we don’t have to deal with it. Some of us are holding onto our irrational childish fears we had of the dentist at a young age. Others are constantly dealing with cavities and other expensive problems and for the sake of their bank account would rather not go back just to find out more bad news. Thanks to the newest advances in dental technology today, dentists are able to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Instead of those awful sharp little picks and the constant sound of drilling and sucking, you will actually be exposed to different machines and tools to ease the anxiety around those sounds. Who knows, you might even be able to relax a little bit in that big cushy chair.

You can schedule a completely free consultation with Riverfront Dental and have a dentist take a look at your mouth to let you know if anything is in jeopardy to your dental health. Professionals here are the lead in the field of dentistry and are specially trained in the newest dental technologies. They are able to focus 100 percent on your specific needs and concerns whether they are embarrassing problems that make you feel vulnerable or they are issues reaching a point of being so painful that it changes your eating habits. Whatever end of the spectrum you might find yourself on, they are seen as equally problematic and can dentists at Riverfront can diagnose you with the same sense of urgency that you are feeling about the issue.

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A Dentist Office Should Be ComfortableFamily Dental Care: Helping everyone.

Some people just dread the dentist’s office. They think that it is this terrible place. Personally, I do not know what they are talking about. I mean, it is not the same thing as going out for a steak dinner or winning the lottery. I do not get particularly excited about seeing the dentist, but I do not have this same kind of intense dread that some people seem to have picked up from who knows where. And yet, this perception of the dentist as this malicious wielder of implements of destruction that is some kind of morbid toothfairy that is after your teeth persists. If I were a dentist, I would go to great lengths to dismiss this somewhat absurd notion of the dentist as a villain. I would try to undo these misperceptions that the dentist’s office is a place to avoid.

The first thing that I would do is to make my office as comfortable as possible for the patients. At some dentist’s offices that you go to, they have a few chairs lining the walls and some outdated magazines of idiosyncratic tastes. But I have been to other dentist’s office in which the waiting room is a seriously relaxing and comfortable place. The place where I used to get my braces adjusted had video games for the kids, but they also have coffee and TV for the adults. I routinely heard kids protesting when their names were called to see the dentist, not because they dreaded this dentist boogeyman, but because they were too busy having fun in the waiting room. They were having fun in the waiting room? That’s right. And I can imagine that the parents probably protested a bit when they had to leave their nice, comfortable chairs with the TV and coffee to get back to the humdrum of life.

The other thing that I would want to ensure in order to make my dentist’s office a comfortable place for the patients would be to hire friendly, approachable people. The staff can make the difference between a cold, distant experience and one that resembles the bar from “Cheers!” This was like the dentist’s office that I went to as a kid. I liked the dentists, but I also felt very positively about the staff that worked at the dentist’s office. They always knew me personally and would ask me questions about what was going on in my life. It was a great environment for me to end up fostering positive feeling about the dentist’s office. I like to believe that this has somehow altered my attitudes and dispositions about the dentist, thus making me more inclined to practice good dental health practices now.

But this dentist’s office is not just a made up thought experiment. This is not me just imagining an ideal place. Note that I have also made many mentions of place that I had personally visited. Be diligent in your hunt for a Highlands dentist that can offer you all of things that can make your experience at the dentist comfortable.
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