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You never appreciate indoor plumbing as much as you do when something breaks and can no longer function. Unfortunately, most of us have had our fair share of plumbing problems we've had to deal with every once in a while. But with the help of a Plumber Long Island professional, you can usually get your plumbing back up and running before too long. But before you call in the pros, there are a few things you can do to try and get your indoor plumbing back in order.

A common problem that people experience is a clogged showerhead. When this happens water flow from the shower is thin and weak. A build up of water deposits on the showerhead and pipe usually causes this. A standard cleaner you can buy at the store will usually take care of it. Another solution is soaking the shower head in vinegar. Vinegar is a powerful natural cleaner. Noisy and continuously running toilets are another common Long Island Plumber problem. Noisy toilets are often caused by a damaged fill valve. Continuously running toilets may be the result of a defective flapper. Although you can attempt to repair these problems yourself, it may be wise to call in a plumber. Another problem is a constantly smelly toilet. A faulty wax seal at the base of the toilet usually causes this. This is another problem that can you can do yourself or call in a pro. If the problem isn't fixed by trying these home remedies, make sure to call in a trusted plumber.

When I moved into our newly constructed house there was a naive side of me that expected everything to work perfectly for at least the first five years. In hindsight, it seems to me that the best house to move into is a four to six year old home, after all the kinks have been worked out.

In the last month we have had a burst water pipe, cracked marble counter tops, halogen pot lights that seem to burn out the minute you change the bulb and a stubbornly clogged toilet (okay, so this last one may not have anything to do with the actual house). Currently our hotwater heater is making a strange humming noise and I'm waiting for the repair man to come and take a look.

On the positive side, I've learned a lot about lighting, marble, and plumbing which I thought I'd share with you so you can avoid the problems we've had.

Halogen potlights:

Angelo Bossi from Brak-Glan Electrical Service paid me a visit last week to take a look at my pot lights. Here's what he told me:

  • 130 volt lights are better than 120 volt lights. Power to your home is supplied at 120 volts, but sometimes you get a power surge and that can burst a bulb. The 130 volt bulbs are more expensive, but they last longer because they can absorb the surge.
  • If you're looking to lower your electricity consumption, there is a 9 Watt compact fluorescent bulb on the market that replaces your 50 Watt halogen. We have 17 potlights on our main floor alone which all tend to be on from from 7-9 in the morning and 4 to 10 at night. I did the math:
  • 17 halogen pot lights at 50 Watts each burning for 8 hours a day uses 6.8 kilowatt hours of electricity.  At $0.05/kilowatt hour the total cost works out to $0.34 per day or $124 per year.  If you used the 9 Watt bulbs instead, you use 1.224 kilowatt hours of electricity per day which would cost $0.06 per day. The total annual cost per year is $22.34. You'd save about $100 per year, so switching to CFL bulbs would pay for itself in about two years, less time if your lights are on longer or if electricity prices rise.
  • The plumbing is a vital part of the home. Although the plumbing pipes are essential, they do not offer much in the way of attractiveness. Sometimes they can draw attention away from the design and appeal of a room. Whether it is exposed pipes, ceiling pipes, or wall pipes, there are a number of ways that you can hide the pipes.
  • 1. If you have pipes running down the side of the wall, consider a decorative curtain. All that you need to do is install a curtain rod and acquire a stylish curtain to attach to the curtain rod. The appealing curtain will drop down over the pipes. Another way of covering pipes running down the side of the wall is to wrap ribbon all the way around the pipe moving from the top to bottom. Make sure you wrap it tight as you work your way down the pipe and secure it at the bottom. Then, you can add decorations on the pipe such as vines and silk flowers.
  • 2. When hiding fixture pipes such as the pipes coming from the bathroom sink to the wall, there are many stylish cabinets that can be installed under the sink that will completely hide the pipes until you open the cabinet door. The exposed pipes can also be painted with an attractive colour.
  • 3. Another method of hiding pipes is to build a box around the pipes. You can then paint or drywall and decorate the box so that it matches the design of the room. You can even build a box that goes all the way up to the ceiling for pipes that run down the side of the wall. You can use either wood or sheet rock. To build a box, you just have to first cut four pieces of plywood or sheet rock. Then, cut four pieces of 1x2 furring strips to correspond with the height of the box. Screw the furring strips to the edges of two of the box sides. This will allow you to secure the entire box. Screw the back of the box into the wall studs. Attach the two sides of the box into the furring strips. Attach the front piece of plywood. For bigger areas that have a lot of piping such as the basement, you can add some hinges to top of the panel so that it can be lifted up and moved when you want to access the pipes.
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I am Mohan read mathematics at Stanford and remained there for his MS. From 1998-1999 on researched in Evolution and in Animal Behavior in  Camrbidge, UK. I was was then a professor in the departments of Anthropology and Biology, New Jersy College, USA. Now teaches at the department of Zoology. Carried out research in several areas of evolutionary biology, particularly in sexual selection and the comparative method.

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This article was published on 2010/09/23