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Wouldn’t You Prefer A Durable, Appealing Privacy Fence? The 101 On Your Vinyl Fence

Posted by on Nov 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wouldn’t You Prefer A Durable, Appealing Privacy Fence? The 101 On Your Vinyl Fence

From creating an enclosed backyard space for your children and pets, to increasing your home’s value and appeal, the benefits of a privacy fence are easy to see. Unfortunately, choosing from the various fencing materials can be overwhelming. Thankfully, investing in a vinyl fence is a smart decision for your family’s privacy, safety, and home’s overall appeal. Using this guide, you will understand vinyl fencing and learn the proper techniques to keep your privacy fence clean and appealing. Construction of Vinyl Fencing PVC was a common material used to create vinyl fence panels in the past. While the material is durable, it discolored easily due to various environmental conditions, such as the sun’s rays and basic weathering. Today, the outer layer of the vinyl material contains titanium oxide. This ingredient prevents discoloration without inhibiting the durability of the vinyl material. Lifespan of Vinyl Fencing An aluminum or chain-link fence may be an attractive option for your home and budget, but creating privacy with these materials can be difficult. Many homeowners opt for wood fencing, which is not only appealing, but also readily available in a variety of sizes and installation designs for privacy in  your backyard. Unfortunately, wood fencing has an average lifespan between 10 and 15 years. Although a good investment, proper cleaning and maintenance is essential to prolonging the lifespan, durability, and appeal of wood. To achieve appeal, durability, privacy, and a longer lifespan, opt for vinyl. While virtually maintenance free, a simple cleaning each year will uphold the appeal, durability, and value of your vinyl fencing panels. Annual Cleaning While your vinyl fence is able to withstand light discoloration and staining, dirt, dust, and debris can build up on the surface. Each year, consider washing the entire length of your fence using a light-duty pressure washer. Light-duty pressure washers offer a maximum of 2,000 PSI, or pounds per square inch of water pressure. This is a sufficient amount of water pressure for removing dirt, dust, leaves, straw, and other debris from your fence. After connecting the pressure washer hose to your outdoor spigot, stand a few feet away from the fencing surface. Hold the sprayer nozzle at an angle and begin spraying your fence using side-sweeping motions. Work your way across the entire length of your vinyl fence, rinsing away all debris. If you notice stubborn patches of mud on the bottom of your vinyl panels, consider a more involved cleaning solution. Add the following to an outdoor pump sprayer: 3 gallons of warm water 3 cups of baking soda Shake the container to dissolve the baking soda into the water. Then, pump the handle to create pressure in the sprayer nozzle. Douse the baking soda solution on the muddy areas of your fence and allow it to sit and soak for a few minutes. Rinse the remaining solution and leftover mud off with your pressure washer. If you live in warm, moist climates, you may notice patches of dark green or brown growth. These patches may be mold, mildew, or algae, which is unhealthy and unappealing. To remove this growth, consider a simple solution containing 1 gallon of warm water and 1 gallon of white vinegar. Prevent the mold spores from contacting your skin, eyes, and airway by wearing rubber gloves, safety goggles, and a...

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Expecting A Baby? Here Are 3 Health Risks To Be Aware Of In Your Home

Posted by on Oct 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Expecting A Baby? Here Are 3 Health Risks To Be Aware Of In Your Home

If you are expecting a baby, you’ve probably spent countless hours preparing the nursery and your home for the arrival of your bundle of joy. However, it’s important to also pay close attention to your home’s water supply and indoor humidity levels as well. Here’s what you need to know about how water and low humidity can affect your baby’s health and what you can do to reduce your baby’s risks.  Regulate water temperature to reduce risk of burns According to statistics, out of all hospitalizations of children due to scalding burns, 17% of them were from hot tap water. Sometimes, parents get too preoccupied while preparing a bath for their babies, but even the most careful of parents can run into problems with water getting too hot for their baby’s tender skin. Sometimes the plumbing in the home runs in series rather than in independent branches. A series plumbing set-up is what causes the water in a shower or tub to get too hot when someone flushes a toilet or runs water from a faucet somewhere else in the house, which could burn your baby. One way to prevent this type of situation from happening is to install a separate tankless water heater for the bathtub where you will be bathing your baby.  It’s important that you pay close attention to the temperature setting of your hot water heater to prevent burns to your baby’s skin. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends setting your hot water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit for the safety of your baby. Contact a professional plumbing service, such as First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc., for help with the settings and any necessary repairs or upgrades on your water heater. Filter water to reduce risk of food allergies Yes, you read that right. Researchers have found that 90% of food allergies are linked to a chemical called dichlorophenol, which can be found in your drinking water. Dichlorophenol is a byproduct of the chlorine that is used by municipalities to disinfect water in their water treatment facilities.  Dichlorophenol is made up of one molecule of phenol (carbolic acid) and two molecules of chlorine. Fortunately, most water filtration systems for home use can filter out these molecules. Ask your plumber for more information about the types of water filters you can use to reduce your baby’s risks of developing a potentially life-threatening food allergy due to exposure to dichlorophenol from your water supply.  Since you’ll be shopping for a water filtration system, it’s a good idea to get a better understanding of what exactly is in your home’s water supply. Send out samples of your water to your local health department for testing. Show the results of the tests to your plumber so he or she can pinpoint the type of filtration system that would work best for your home.  Use a humidifier to reduce risks of infantile eczema & asthma Infantile eczema is a painful skin rash that can be triggered by dry skin, allergens, and irritants. As many as 15% of children are diagnosed with infantile eczema. The most important thing to understand about this condition is that 50-70% of children with infantile eczema develop asthma when they are older.  Researchers believe that thymic stromal lymphopoietin is produced by the skin when the skin is damaged by infantile eczema. This substance courses through...

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What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

Posted by on Oct 5th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Wood Pellets & What Are Their Advantages & Disadvantages?

When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of alternatives that you can take to the traditional gas burning route. One can go the traditional route, such as that of a wood burning stove, or you could jump on the solar powered band wagon. However, there are numerous alternatives to the traditional gas burners; one of those is a wood pellet burning heating system. Throughout the course of this article, you will learn what exactly wood pellets are and a list of the advantages and disadvantages you’ll have to live with if you so decide that a wood pellet burning heating system is right for you. What Are Wood Pellets? Becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe, wood pellets are an amazing source of biofuel that have been proven to effectively heat your home or place of business. Wood pellets are a condensed form of wood and biodegradable debris that serve to heat your home with all of the comforts of a normal gas based system, such as hot water heating and comfort control for individual rooms. Wood pellets are a form of biodegradable fuel and are a renewable resource, which makes them appealing to certain environmentally conscious individuals. What Are the Advantages? First and foremost, what most people like to hear: wood pellet burning heating systems are incredibly cost-effective. If you have a gas burning system, then take into consideration that if you switched over to a wood pellet burning system, you could save as much as 25% on your yearly fueling bills. With both oil and propane undergoing a lengthy inflationary period, this is even more of a financial incentive to switch over to a wood pellet burning system. Wood pellets are inexpensive to manufacture, and are a renewable resource, which means it is less likely that scarcity will ever cause their price to skyrocket, unlike oil and gas. Wood pellet burning systems can also be retrofitted to your existing heating system, which means that you can enjoy all of the same comforts as your gas based system, but at a much lower price. Wood pellets are not an esoteric form of biofuel, but rather are readily available, which means they can easily be delivered right to your front door. Not only that, but wood pellets are a far more environmentally conscious form of energy burning than other forms. It’s even far cleaner than burning regular firewood. Not only can wood pellets increase the ecological safety of your area, but they can also serve to create a robust local economy. What Are the Disadvantages? This is not to say that wood pellets are without their disadvantages. Pellet fuel is larger than its gas equivalent and storage of wood pellets can become quite inconvenient. It is also not quite as convenient of a way to heat your home as oil and gas. Wood pellets must be delivered to your home, as opposed to having gas simply pumped into your house, and must often times be delivered in large quantities, which can create potential storage issues with those individuals without the adequate amount of storage space. Cleaning can also be a problem: the ash that collects during the burning process must be emptied regularly in areas delegated to be adequate ash dumping zones. In other words, ash can...

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4 Things Electricians Check During Home Electrical Safety Inspections

Posted by on Sep 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things Electricians Check During Home Electrical Safety Inspections

The two most common months for electrical fires in the home are December and January, but electrical fires are not just limited to those two months. Electrical fires can start for a number of different reasons, but most of them could have been prevented. If you want to keep your family and home safe from electrical fires, you may want to hire an electrician to perform a home electrical safety inspection. This is a comprehensive type of inspection that will identify and repair all potential risks involving your home’s electrical system. Here are four important areas the inspection will cover. Ground Fault Interrupter Outlets Ground fault interrupter outlets (GFCIs) are special outlets your home should have by all water sources. GFCIs automatically stop electricity from flowing to an outlet if an appliance that is plugged into it gets wet. Water does not mix well with electricity. When you are using electrical appliances or devices near water, you could get an electric shock if the appliance gets wet. This is why GFCIs are important. If the electrician finds that you do not have GFCIs in the proper places, he or she will recommend replacing your standard outlets with GFCIs. Light Bulbs Electricians also typically check the light bulbs in all your lamps and fixtures. The purpose of this is to make sure you are using the right sizes for the fixtures. If you use a wattage of bulb that the fixture is not designed for, it could overheat and cause an electrical fire. You should always make sure you carefully read your lamps and fixtures to find out what wattage is recommended. You can then choose that particular wattage, or lower, when selecting bulbs for your fixtures. Outlet Hazards Your home probably has dozens of electrical outlets throughout the rooms, and an electrician will make sure you are using them correctly. If outlets are not used properly, they can become overloaded, which can lead to an electrical fire. One hazard involving outlets occurs when too many things are plugged into one outlet. If you have several power strips plugged into an outlet, and if the power strips are full, you are probably overloading this particular circuit. The electrician will suggest you even out your power load by plugging some of your things into a different outlet. Another outlet hazard involves the use of extension cords. Extension cords are commonly used in older homes when there are not enough outlets present, but they can pose dangers to your home, including: Overloading circuit – If you are using a thin, cheap extension cord, you should not have a lot of things plugged into it. You can easily overload these thin cords, which can lead to a fire. Tripping – You should also carefully place your extension cords in areas where they are not a tripping hazard. Tripping over a cord can cause injuries to the person who tripped, but they can also cause other types of damage, such as damage to your home. If you are relying on a lot of extension cords in your home, the electrician may recommend adding more electrical outlets to your home. This will help you cut back on the number of extension cords you use, and it could help reduce your chances of an electrical fire...

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How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

Posted by on Sep 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make French Patio Doors Safe For Kids

French patio doors, which are hinged patio doors that typically feature large glass panels, have a reputation of being unsafe for homes with children. Parents worry that their children may fall through the glass, throw a toy through the glass, or become injured when they lean on the door and it swings outward. These are all legitimate concerns, but there are ways to avoid these risks without having to give up the doors of your dreams. If you’re considering French patio doors for your home, follow these tips to choose the safest ones and install them in the safest manner possible. Choose doors with shatterproof glass. Some French doors are made with glass that is similar to the glass in your car’s windshield. Marketed as shatterproof glass or laminated glass, it consists of two layers. Down the middle of the two layers of glass, there is a sticky material. If the glass does break, instead of pieces flying everywhere, they will stick to this sticky material. If your child runs into shatterproof glass or throws a toy at it, you might have to deal with a broken door and a few scrapes — but you won’t have to deal with extensive glass wounds. Look for a door style that does not have glass at the very bottom. To make your door even safer, choose a style in which the glass panels don’t come all of the way down to the floor. This will further reduce the risk of injury if your child bumps into the door. By the time he or she is tall enough to reach glass that starts two or three feet up the door, your child will have more control of his or her body and will be less likely to crash into the door. Mount your doors so that they swing into the home. It’s often most convenient to have your patio doors swing out, so you don’t have to leave space clear in your home for them to swing in. However, when you have kids, sometimes you have to sacrifice convenience for safety. Mount your doors so that they swing into the room. That way, if a door is accidentally left unlatched, your child won’t go tumbling to the ground if he or she leans on it. Also, make sure you don’t leave your child alone on the patio, since he or she could go flying inwards if the door is left unlatched. It’s typically easier to avoid leaving a child alone on the patio than in the room where the doors open. Use curtains or blinds to cover the doors when you’re not home or in the room. Some homeowners are concerned a thief may look into the large windows of their French doors, see what is inside, and take this an an opportunity to break in. While nobody wants a break-in, they’re even more worrisome when you have kids. If your yard and patio as positioned in such a way as to allow passersby to see into your home, mount some curtains or blinds on your patio doors. When you’re leaving the house or even just leaving the room, you can close them to ensure nobody takes advantage and looks into your home. Make sure the hinges are covered. Getting fingers caught...

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4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

Posted by on Aug 17th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Construction Fencing Problems & Solutions For Downtown Areas

If you are the project manager of a downtown construction site, there are a lot of things you’ll need to consider regarding public safety. In many locations, construction fencing is required to section off the dangerous areas of a construction site. However, in downtown areas, this usually involves encroachment into areas that the public uses. Here are a few things to consider. Will the local businesses be affected? Problem – The construction site encompasses areas that are used by local businesses, which means they may lose business since the construction fencing will also cordon off their main entrances. Most businesses cannot afford closing their doors during the time you and your crew will complete the construction project. Solutions – Be sure to take the main entrances of the businesses that will remain open into consideration when you install the construction fencing. This likely will mean that you’ll need more fencing than you had originally planned. You’ll need to provide access to each doorway for the employees and customers. If it’s too dangerous to allow entrance to the businesses, such as if your project involves tuckpointing a brick façade, you may want to consider scheduling your project during the weekends, early mornings, and late nights so you don’t interfere with the local businesses your community relies on. Will the construction fencing interfere with parking spaces and sidewalks? Problem – If the construction fencing has to be placed where there are parking spaces and sidewalks, it’s important to speak with the municipal authority to develop a plan to compensate for the lost areas the public needs. Solutions – Most municipalities require temporary sidewalks be cordoned off and protected from the construction site. Depending on the construction site, this may include installing overhead barriers on top of the construction fencing to protect pedestrians in the sidewalk from falling debris. If the sidewalk is temporarily moved to the side of the street, you’ll need to provide an additional barrier to prevent vehicles from driving on the temporary sidewalk. The strength of this barrier will largely depend on the amount of traffic that is typical for the affected street, as well as the municipality’s regulations regarding public safety in construction zones. Will any city and/or school bus stops be affected? Problem – The construction fencing may be in the way of normal public transportation for city buses and school buses. The public and children who use these buses may get confused as to where to wait for their buses. Solutions – Municipalities and school districts typically handle the rerouting of buses and the establishment of other bus stops. However, to prevent confusion, signs may need to be placed directly on your construction fencing to direct people to the alternative bus stop. If there are no other possible alternatives for the affected bus stop, then perhaps you can consider relocating some of your construction vehicles and equipment if that will help reduce the amount of space that is taken up behind the construction fencing. Will the fencing block the field of vision of drivers? Problem – Fencing that is placed directly alongside the corner of the street may block drivers from being able to see traffic approaching the intersection, which may lead to vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, this could cause your construction company to be sued...

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5 Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Commercial Roof

Posted by on Jul 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips For Your Commercial Roof

As a commercial enterprise, you know how imperative it is to maintain the appearance of a good business – an appearance that matches the actual quality of your business. As such, you want your building to look in as good of a shape as it possibly can be in. There are plenty of things that people immediately think to invest in: a beautiful store front, an interior that matches your company’s MO and a great quality commercial roof. Maintaining a commercial roof, however, can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. In order to ameliorate the difficulty in maintaining a commercial roof for you, here are 5 preventative maintenance tips you can take to improve the quality of your commercial roof. Remove Debris Access to a commercial roof is, thankfully, much easier than roofs that are considered private property. There is usually easy walk up access. This is usually in place so you can thoroughly remove any debris that has made its home on your roof. Leaves, twigs and dirt can make your rooftop their home. Let these inanimate objects know that you’re a tough customer and you don’t want them there. Debris can cause serious damage to your gutters and drainage system as well potentially becoming damaging to the roof itself. This is especially the case during winter months when debris can freeze to the roof or add weight to snow, of which your roof is already bearing the load. Shut Doors Tightly People often tend to forget that along with maintenance comes security. Although the walk up stairs and doors combo is a definite convenience to you for your roof, it’s also a convenience to potential robbers. People who can make their way to the top of your roof – and thieves can be quite acrobatic – can access the inside of your building through these walk up doors. Remember to always make sure the door is always shut tightly and locked. If your roof is quite large and you have multiple access points, make sure that each door is shut tightly and locked. For extra security, consider installing a security system with security grade locks on each of said doors. Look For Holes Holes in the roof can spell trouble. Roof holes can be especially damaging for one of several reasons. First and foremost, they are the first sign that your commercial roof is suffering from serious wear and tear. If your roof is older, this is a sign that it needs an inspection. During the inspection you might find that you need either a sealant replacement, which is not a serious issue, and should be performed on your roof every few years, or you might find many holes that means the entirety of the roof needs a thorough repair or replacement. Secondly, if your roof has holes, this can be a serious breach of security. Through holes, potential burglars can make their way into the interior of your building and bypass those security locks for which you paid dearly! Watch For Vegetation Vegetation can be another serious issue if you’re not particularly cognizant of it. Vegetation is usually a sign that your roof has not been adequately cleaned in some time and has created conditions where flora can flourish. Unfortunately, these are not usually particularly...

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How to Build a Stylish Pallet Fence for Your Yard

Posted by on Jul 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Build a Stylish Pallet Fence for Your Yard

Are you looking for inexpensive and eco-friendly ways to fence in your yard? Building a pallet fence is an excellent solution. You’ll be recycling old pallets, which you can often get for free from shipping companies and warehouses, and the result will keep your yard secure and stylish. Making a Pallet Fence Start by determining how many pallets you’ll need. Measure the length and width of the area you wish to enclose (in inches), and then divide each number by 40 inches to determine how many pallets you’ll need for each side. Standard pallets in the United States are 40 inches by 48 inches. You’ll need to round the measurements down to the nearest 40 inches, which may mean that your fence ends up slightly inside of your property line, depending on the exact size of your yard. Once you know how many pallets you need, start asking around at hardware stores, nurseries, and warehouses in your area to see if they have any spare pallets. The type of pallet that is reversible and has wooden panels on both sides is the ideal choice. However, single-side pallets can also be used; they just result in a less finished-looking fence. Make sure the pallets you obtain are in good shape. They should not have any large missing pieces or show any signs of rot. You can sand out a few rough spots and nicks, but too many rough spots will mean you spend months sanding before you even get to start building the fence. Once you’ve accumulated the panels, give them a good spray down with the hose to ensure they’re clean. Give them a few hours to dry, and then apply a generous coat of primer. Next, apply a coat of latex paint. Make sure you use a latex paint that’s made for outdoor use so that it stands up to wear and tear. Let the pallets dry, and then give them a second coat of paint. You may need to use a sponge brush to reach into any cracks and crevices. After the pallets are completely dry, it’s time to start making the fence. Start in one corner of your measured-off area. Have your friend hold the first pallet up. The shorter (40-inch) side should be on the ground, resulting in a fence panel that is 48 inches tall. Have a second helper hold a second pallet up directly against this first one. The frames must be lined up perfectly. Using an electric drill, insert four deck screws into the frame of the second pallet, and extending into the frame of the second pallet. When you’re finished inserting these screws, have a helper hold up a third panel next to this second one, and attach it in the same manner. Keep going, all of the way around the yard, until you’ve fenced in the entire yard. There are two ways to create a gate in your fence. Simply leave a space between two panels, or mount a pair of hinges to two pallets and create a swinging gate. You’ll want to install a gate latch on the swinging pallet and the neighboring one so you have a way to keep the gate shut. Hinges and latches can generally be attached with just a few screws. The Advantages and...

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Fiscally (And Physically) Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

Posted by on Jun 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fiscally (And Physically) Protecting Your Home From Water Damage

If you live on the peak of a hill, or are located far from any bodies of water, you may not spend much time worrying about your home flooding. However, any home can suffer water damage — from a burst pipe to a tree branch through a window, to the aftermath of a house fire, water may enter your home in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, several types of water damage aren’t covered by the typical homeowner’s insurance policy. You may need to be proactive in ensuring you’re fully protected against water damage. Read on to learn more about what types of water damage are covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, as well as what you can do if your home does suffer water damage. How can you ensure you’re adequately insured against water damage? There are a variety of problems that can lead to water damage in your home. Although your homeowner’s insurance should cover some of these events, others will be excluded unless you’ve specifically added them to your policy through a “rider.”  Damage that should be covered by your homeowner’s policy The general rule is that if the water hits (or enters) your home before it touches the outside ground, the damage is covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This can include water entering as a result of roof damage, a broken window, a burst or leaking pipe, or a broken sump pump.  Your homeowner’s insurance should also cover any expenses related to water remediation. For example, if a tree branch goes through your roof, allowing water to enter your home, and you and your family must vacate the home while your roof is being repaired, your insurance will cover the construction and labor costs as well as any hotel bills or other lodging expenses you paid out of pocket. Damage that is usually excluded from a homeowner’s policy Any damage due to flooding must be covered under a separate flood insurance policy. This includes not only the damage from water entering the home as flood waters rise, but sewer backups or burst pipes directly caused by flooding.  If you suffer interior home damage from a burst pipe or overflowing toilet during a rainy time of year, your insurance company may send inspectors to your home to determine whether the damage was flood-related (and therefore excluded from traditional policy coverage).  What should you do if water enters your home?  Whether you’ve suffered flood damage or a frozen pipe, there are a few things you can do before the cleanup crews arrive that may help you preserve your belongings and limit the damage to your home. If you’re unable to stop the flow of water into your home, move any soft-surfaced items (like upholstered furniture, clothing, and bedding), along with any electronics, to a safe location, like an upstairs or interior room. Because many insurance policies will only give you the depreciated value (rather than the replacement cost) for certain items, avoiding damage to costly electronics or furniture can save you a lot of hassle later. You’ll also want to immediately contact an experienced water damage cleanup company. The longer this water remains in your home, the more damage it may potentially cause. By first pumping out any standing water and stopping further water from entering your house,...

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Don’t Let Pressure Cripple Your Water Heater: What You Should Know About Expansion Tanks

Posted by on Jun 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Let Pressure Cripple Your Water Heater: What You Should Know About Expansion Tanks

When the water in your plumbing system is heated, that heat causes it to expand. In hot water systems that use storage tanks, the expansion can cause added pressure in the system. With nowhere to go, the pressure buildup may ultimately damage the hot water lines and tank. One of the best ways for you to protect your home’s water heater system is to add an expansion tank. This will serve as an overflow for the water as it is heated. Here are some tips to help you with adding an expansion tank to any water heater system. Adding an Expansion Tank to New Hot Water Systems Adding the expansion tank to a new installation is typically the easiest option, because you can plan out the hot water system to fit the tank. Invest in galvanized pipe to connect the expansion tank, because it is versatile and cost-effective. Installing the Tank Locate the small nipple that sits on the top of the water tank you’re getting ready to install. It is a pipe piece that sticks out of the top of the tank. There will be two – a long one and a short one. Start with the short one. Coat the top of the nipple with plumber’s tape and pipe joint compound, then secure a galvanized pipe tee on it. If you’re not familiar with what a pipe tee is, they are the small pipe pieces that are shaped like the letter “T.” Tighten the pipe tee and make sure that the open ends of the pipe are facing the direction where you’re going to run the plumbing line. Use a pair of pliers on the tank fitting and a pair on the tee for leverage if you need it to turn the pipe. Follow the same steps to connect an elbow pipe on the longer nipple that sticks out from the top of the water tank. Prepare the threads on the expansion tank’s pipe with plumber’s tape and joint compound. Then, screw the pipe elbow to the threads on the expansion tank’s pipe. Then, connect the expansion tank to the “T” and connect your water lines. Adding an Expansion Tank to an Existing System When installing an expansion tank in a new system, you can map out the placement to fit everything. You don’t have that freedom with an existing system – instead, you have to fit the expansion tank where you can find room. Check both the hot and cold sides of the water tank to see where the expansion tank will fit. You need enough space for the pipes to run directly to the expansion tank, so measure carefully to account for the pipes as well as the dimensions of the tank. Tips for Existing System Installations Remove the flex line before installing the galvanized “T” on an existing water tank. You’ll probably have to replace that flex line with a longer one to fit between the expansion tank and the nipple on the tank. Make sure that your connections are tight so that you don’t risk any leaks. If you’re not comfortable with integrating the tank into your existing water heater system, consider having it professionally installed. Expansion tanks are a common sight in most new construction now, but older homes don’t typically have...

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