Why Slab Leaks Are Dangerous

slab leaks why we need to bother for it

A minor space in the direction of the water flow leads to its seepage or leaks. Most of the time, these leaks go unnoticed until a major destruction happens. In this post, Saksham Plumbing, specialists in turnkey plumbing solutions, will discuss about the most common and most unnoticed water leak location: slabs

What do you mean by slab?

What do you mean by slab

Here, slab doesn’t mean a kitchen slab. It is the base of the ground where the whole house is erected. This slab is not placed underground, but on the ground level. It can easily be seen if you have a basement or underground parking. If the water starts to seep through the ground unnoticed, this may lead to major distraction on the building.

How to identify slab leaks
Hot or cold spots: Due to water movement under the ground you may notice a hot or cold spot on the ground floor. This may be due to slab leaks.

Sound of running water:The sound of running water under the ground or small leaks are signs to watch for to check slab leaks. If you notice any catch, call the plumber immediately to prevent any unrecoverable damage from happening.

Effects of Leaks

Effects of LeaksWater seepage or leaks under the slab area causes the soil to loosen its hold and a continuous leak may lead to complete displacement of the soil, which means the slab will expand both horizontally and vertically. Initially, this displacement is horizontal and thus goes unnoticed, but if this movement bursts vertically, it starts to take a different turn.

As the water seeps through the soil and makes it move upwards the soil bulges up thus disturbing the level of the foundation. As the foundation becomes unbalanced, the impact moves towards the walls by rising the wall from one side. This rise leads to the pressure on the walls leading to cracks in the same. When the foundation moves further, the cracks gets longer and wider. This can be identified if there are cracks in the ceramic tile. Keep a watch, there may be a leak within.

Causes

There can be many reasons for slab leaks.

The most common is weather. Due to water movement under the ground you may notice a hot or cold spot on the ground floor. This may be due to slab leaks.

Old pipe fittings:The old and rusted pipe fitting under the ground can also be the reason for slab bulges and leaks.

Improper construction: mproper construction: Improper construction or poor fittings may also lead to these slab leaks and cracks.

It is very crucial to keep a check on the plumbing issues that may come up in our building or homes. May it be a minor change, leak, sound or smell, it has to be dealt with seriously and urgently before it takes on the form of a disaster. At the initial stage, the repair may cost pennies but at disaster stage, it can cost fortunes and may burden to the pockets. The rule of thumb we can follow here is – “the earlier, the better”

12 Initiatives To Save Water

The importance of water in life is known to everyone and we all understand the need for its conservation. It is the need of the hour to stand together and join hands in its conservation. Along with simple habits of saving it, we can also opt for smarter solutions like rainwater harvesting, greywater management system and convert our homes into zero water buildings, which are environment-friendly and water efficient.

Some Temporary Solutions To Change Habits
Let us see what we can change in our habits to save it :

Check the leaks

Leaks in the toilets

Keep a check on the faulty leaks from flush, faucets and pipes. Imagine even if the leak is merely a drip, you can fill a bucket in three hours, eight buckets in a day and 240 buckets in a month.

Use it wisely

Use Water Wisely While brushing

Simply keep the tap off  while brushing or washing your face or hands. You can turn it on when the cleaning is done and you actually need to use the water.

Washing clothes
We can opt to wash a full load in washing machines rather than few clothes at a time. Even if you opt to wash clothes with your hands, hold water in the bucket and turn the tap off when the bucket is full.

Flush only what is meant to be there

Flushing

We usually treat the flush as a replacement of the trashcan. Insects, hair, papers are flushed in it off and on. This not only wastes water but can also choke the drain, which will make you incur extra time and cost in repair.

Reduce shower spanShower

Everyone loves to wash all the tiredness under the shower. A long shower with temperature controlled water is all that we need. You may choose to lower shower heads along with the time in the shower in a step towards reducing water wastage.

Outdoor wastage
The wastage should be controlled even outside the house. You may be guessing that there is no place where we are using water outside but rethink.

 Washing carWhile washing car

Prefer washing cars with a bucket rather than running splash. You may even use laundry water to wash your car.

Pavement wash:
A shining pavement at the entrance gives great impressions to the visitors, but you actually do not need to wash it regularly rather, try mopping the pavement and use laundry or mopping water for the same.

Check the sprinklers and pipes:

Keep a check on the sprinklers and pipes to avoid leak and sprinkler directions to ensure that it is watering the garden and not the road or pavement. Also do not use sprinklers working for long. This will damage the plants. Prefer using drip irrigation method.

Watering the plants:
Do not over water the plants. This will not only ruin them but also accounts for wastage. You can also recycle water from kitchens and laundry, rich in nutrients, for the garden.

Permanent Solution or Smarter Option Rainwater harvesting with
wastewater management:
There is another smart and permanent solution to rectify the problem of wastage due to our non-changeable habit. We can convert our homes into Zero Water Building (a building that doesn’t take any drop of water from municipal corporation neither discharge any), which simply closes the loop to save water completely.

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3 ways you can reutilize grey water at home

Types Of Water

Types Of Water

Typically speaking, we can see three types of water at our places. Fresh water or tap water is good water that can be used for drinking. The fresh water when utilized can be categorized into two types. The used water after washing dishes, laundering, or bathing is called grey water. Any other water that is discharged from toilet wastes or kitchen is known as the black water. The grey water usually contains soap, oil, food particles, dirt, hair etc. but it can be reutilized after removal of the same. This has twofold benefits. First, it reduces the demand for fresh water required in a household for non-potable activities, and second, it minimizes the amount of wastewater entering the sewer, drains or septic systems.

Uses of grey water

This water can be used in many ways in homes or commercial building. Usually, commercial buildings may not generate grey water from the shower but sink water can be utilized further.

Indoor use:

 

Indoor Use Of Grey Water

Indoor Use Of Grey Water

It can be the best option for apartments or houses where the water consumption is high for non-potable activities. The water generated from the bathroom sink or the water wasted while warming the shower or bathing is not too dirty and can be reutilized. It can be collected in a bucket and can be used to flush the toilet instead of using the flush tank. A little change in the fittings of the bathrooms can help achieve the same and save the cumbersome activity of using the bucket. For example, the bathroom sink can be connected with the flush tank to collect the water in the flush tank every time the sink is used.

Laundry to landscape:

Grey water from laundry

Grey water from laundry

Another simpler way to reutilize it is using the laundry water to water the plants.  The water generated after laundry, provided you are not using chlorine, bleach or other harsh chemicals to wash clothes, can be collected in a bucket to replenish the water needs of the garden plants or even the plants on your balcony. The washing machine hose can be connected to a pipe that ends directly in the garden to send the laundry water to the garden every time the laundry is done. In case, you do not have gardens, the water can be collected to water the plants on the balcony or the terrace. If chemicals are used for washing, then this needs to be treated to remove the same so that it may not harm the plants.

Grey water generated from the bath tub:

Grey water from bathtub

Grey water from bathtub

Love taking a bath in the bathtub and ready to reuse the water, then that is the best place to start with. We usually need a good quantity of water for such activities which can be utilized further. This may require some changes in plumbing. The bath tub and the water drain that carries the shower water, are connected to the pipe that carries the water to the tank set up in the garden, to collect the water and reuse it to water the plants. Grey water stored in the tanks needs to be treated to remove the chemicals or soap from the water for further use.

These simple and smart methods of re-utilizing the water can help us combat water crisis in an economical manner.

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3 Common Plumbing Issues in the Bathroom.

Bathrooms are an integral part of homes, They serve lots of purposes, from the start of the day to the end. The fittings in the room must be properly maintained to keep them running and free from many issues. At times we tend to ignore minor issues until they become major ones and bring our life to grinding halt. In which case, you might need advice from plumbing repair service specialists like Saksham Plumbing. Here are some common plumbing issues found in our bathrooms.

Leaks and drips

Leaking faucets
Leaking faucets

A leaking pipe, a dripping faucet or a shower head, all call for prompt attention before they lead to serious problems other than water wastage. The leaking pipes can lead to water seeping into the walls providing perfect conditions for moulds to grow or the paints to come off or even worse, ruin the foundation. Dripping faucets lead to damaged gaskets or washers.

Issues with the toilet:

Leaks in the toilets

Leaks in the toilets

Other than the above, there are certain issues that may crop up with the toilet. At times you may notice that there is always a pool of water around the toilet. This may be due to the lip seal connector getting damaged or getting displaced from its original position. Even minor leaks in the bowl or faulty toilet seat of pipes can be the cause of water leakage.

The other problem you may encounter is the water leaking in the toilet bowl. This may be due to a faulty flapper in the flush tank. Or the worst can be blocked toilets that we never wish to face. This may be due to dumping of lots of stuff, treating it as a trash can. If you ever notice a slow water flow in the bowl get it repaired before you face this blunder.

Water pressure:

The water flow from the shower heads and taps must be consistent. The low pressure not only challenges our patience but also acts as an alarm that something is blocking the flow. Most of the time it happens due to high lime content in your water or due to solid particles. Unclog your shower heads and faucets periodically, depending on water quality the period may vary.

No matter the issue, seemingly minor or negligible, it must be addressed timely to save guard against future blunders or disasters that may crop up at any unwanted time.

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How good are sustainable homes for owners and nature.

Benefits Of Sustainable Homes

Benefits Of Sustainable Homes

A sustainable home is the one that is simple on both the environment and the pocket. A “green” or “sustainable” home is not only natural and environment-friendly but also durable and healthy. They may look similar to regular homes from outside but has a lot more difference in their construction and functioning. While they are nature-friendly, they offer numerous benefits to the home owners as well. It can also be an investment and end up saving you money in the long run.

Benefit to nature:

The sustainable or green homes are build up using fewer natural resources in the construction of a green home. Numerous green building materials are made of a lot of reused substance which leaves less destructive impact in the earth. The use of less polluting materials and minimum landfills minimizes the waste and saves the land.

The green homes make use of renewable energy like solar energy for meeting its demand for power supply. The use of solar panels, solar heaters, energy star rated appliances leads to minimum carbon emission and saving of fuel.

Also, efficient plumbing and bathing fixtures, waste water management, drought-tolerant landscaping, rainwater harvesting and water-conserving irrigation systems helps in minimum use of fresh water as compared to standard homes.

Benefits to the owners:

The green homes are cost effective. The high-quality building material and advanced construction methods leads to reduction in monthly maintenance costs. The use of energy saving appliances, natural solar panels and solar heaters low flow fixtures and water saving techniques minimizes the burden on the utility bill without compromising on the luxury of the home owners.

These offer a higher resale value as compared to the standard homes while it gives a natural and healthy environment to the residents

The use of Toxin-free building materials, paints and other products will give healthy and pure environment and fight air pollution. The natural ventilation mechanism channelize and bring natural air inside and vent stale air outside to keep germs and moisture away that cause respiratory diseases linked with molds and stale air.

A sustainable home is intended to fit the residents’ necessities and adjust to their evolving prerequisites. The green homes of today are smart, perfectly completed, perpetually with warm and light spaces for living – and by and large they look simply like a standard house with added benefits.

 

Rainwater harvesting gains ground, residents launch awareness drive.

Rainwater harvesting gains ground, residents launch awareness drive

Aurangabad: Hit by four consecutive droughts, some residents of the city have come together to install a variety of rainwater harvesting systems in their respective homes and private townships.

Credits:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Rainwater-harvesting-gains-ground-residents-launch-awareness-drive/articleshow/52969692.cms

Plumbing DIY Guides and Tips

Plumbing DIY Guides and Tips

Plumbing is a system of fitting, pipes, tanks etc. that is needed for water supply, heating and sanitation in a building.
Plumbing specify the requirements for its design, composition, management, training and practices of plumbers as well as operators, who build and maintain it.

Credits: http://www.examiner.com/article/plumbing-diy-guides-and-tips