Five Ways To Take A Hot Shower Or Bath If Your Hot Water Heater Is Broken

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

If your hot water heater breaks, you will be without a hot bath or shower until the repair professional arrives to fix it. Luckily, however, there are ways to get a hot bath or shower even without a working hot water heater. Here are five ideas you should try: 1. Camping Shower A camping shower features a bladder of water attached to a shower head. Allow the water to warm up in the hot sun, and then, for privacy, take the camping shower into your house and stand in your bathtub or shower while you use it. If you don’t have a camping shower, make your own. Use an old plastic bottle for the bladder, and attach a length of garden pipe to the bottle’s opening to create a shower. 2. Barrel of Boiling Water Instead of panicking that your hot water heater is broken, get excited about the fact that you now have the chance to bathe like the early Australian settlers. To do so, simply, boil big pots of water on your stove and pour it into your bathtub. If you want a more authentic old-timey bath, use an actual rain or pickle barrel instead of your bathtub. 3. Neighbourly Assistance If you are comfortable with the idea, ask a neighbour if you can use their shower. It’s better than feeling greasy all day long.  4. Gym Membership If you can’t get your hot water heater repaired or replaced for a few months, you need to look for a long-term showering option, and the gym is a fabulous idea. Join one or look for one that offers a free week or month trial membership. In the morning, go hit the treadmill for an hour, and then jump in the hot showers in the locker room. If you only need hot water for a day or two, buy a day pass to a rec centre and shower there. 5. Embracing the Cold If you don’t want to use a camping shower, boil water, talk to the neighbours or join a gym, it may be time to embrace the benefits of cold showers. Cold showers can improve your circulation, help you sleep better and encourage weight loss. Unfortunately, however, they won’t get you as clean as a hot shower. However, you can enjoy cold showers for at least a couple of days while you wait for a repair or replacement. For more information on fixing a hot water heater, contact a company like Affordable Hot Water....

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Things You Should Know About Ducted Vacuum Hoses And Maintenance

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Purchasing and having a ducted vacuum system installed is a simple solution for many homeowners. One aspect of the system you may not consider is the maintenance. In fact, you may think that the entire system is as easy to clean and maintain as the main collection unit. But there are certain things you should know about ducted vacuum hose maintenance. Avoid Certain Items The first step to proper ducted vacuum hose maintenance is to avoid certain items. Make sure you aren’t picking up any sharp items like toothpicks or hair pins. These can cause blockages and can rip or tear the hose. Also try to avoid large pieces of paper or hair that can cause blockages. Any type of blockage can lower the suction of the hose, and it can also cause the system to work harder during cleaning. Remove the Hose for Cleaning If you do need to clean the hose and remove a blockage, or perform routine maintenance, make sure to remove it from the wall. If you leave it connected to the wall, you can risk damaging not only the hose, but also the wall connection as well. If you feel that the blockage or issue requires deep cleaning or maintenance, make sure to contact your ducted vacuum servicing technician. Use the Proper Hose Length If you want to avoid pulls, snags and rips in the hose, make sure you are using the right length for the room you are cleaning. You can do this by marking on the hose what rooms it can be used in effectively. If the hose doesn’t reach the farthest corner you are trying to clean, then find a hose that does. Remember, if you pull the hose to try and make it reach, you could end up damaging the wall duct as well as the hose. This will cause a much higher repair cost and possible wall repair. Know Your Limits One of the key things to remember when you are dealing with ducted vacuum systems, hoses and maintenance is to know your limits. If you feel that you can’t fix an issue, remove a blockage or clean the unit properly, call a professional. They can ensure that your system is cleaned and maintained, but they may also offer a warranty on their maintenance services as well. These are just a few things you should know about ducted vacuum hoses and maintenance of those hoses. If you have any questions, contact your service technician. They can offer answers, help and services to make sure your ducted vacuum runs...

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