Leakage

Cracks, Downspout, Home improvement, Leakage, Waterproof

Install Downspout Extensions to Preserve the Foundation of Your Home from Leaks and Cracks

Downspout Extensions Prevent Damage to Foundation

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The most important part of any project is the foundation. And preserving and protecting the foundation of your home is also an excellent place to start with home repair. Water runoff from gutters that end directly next to your home can mean water seeping into the ground there and creating cracks in your home’s foundation. To avoid this you can easily and quickly install several different kinds of downspout extensions depending on the location of your downspout and what your needs are. Choose which one is best for you and your home and follow the steps below.

There are several options that you have when it comes to choosing which extension to use to channel water away from the end of your downspout and the foundation of your home. The easiest one is simply a splash block. You simply purchase the splash block and then position it under the elbow of the downspout to direct water away from the bottom of the downspout.

Another option is to purchase a downspout extension that comes equipped with a clip that you attach with a screw, higher up on the spout. You remove the elbow at the bottom of the downspout and attach the extension with screws on either side of where it attaches to the downspout. Then you screw the clip on the side of the downspout so that you can raise or lower the extension should you want to mow or work close to the house.

You can also purchase an accordion downspout extension. It is attached exactly the same way you would in step two. The advantage of this option is that it is very flexible and can be cut to at the end where the overflow comes out. You can easily direct it around shrubs or anything else close to your home.

You can watch this short video below to get a better sense of which extension you might get and how to install them following the steps above.

Keep In Mind

  • Measure and look carefully at  your downspouts and decide which extension will suit your needs best. Take into account what you will be doing around each downspout, such as yardwork. Not all of your spouts will necessarily need the same solution.
  • There are other options besides the three listed above so before you  go for the least expensive or quickest option make sure you will get the results you  want.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
DIY, Home improvement, Leakage, Toilet

Fix That Leaky Toilet, Save Your Money and the Environment

Fix Toilet Leaks-Save Money and Environment

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Fix your leaky toilet. You can save money on your water bill and help to protect the environment by easily and quickly fixing your leaky toilet.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency the average household’s leaks  can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. The negative impact of that on the environment is disturbing, to the tune of nearly 1 trillion gallons nationwide in an estimated 11 million homes. That doesn’t even take into account the cost to consumer, which can not be overlooked. Simple home repair can help save you money and help save the environment at the same time. There are several potential causes for leaks in your toilet, however the most common is a faulty or worn flapper valve. I have included a link to a video for how to repair/replace that, as well as information about what else might cause this problem. To repair/replace the flapper valve in your toilet follow the simple steps below.

  1. Shut off the water supply valve behind your toilet. Remove the lid and flush the toilet to remove as much water as possible from the tank.
  2. Remove the lid on the tank of your toilet. Inside there is a lever and chain attached to the flapper valve at the bottom of the tank. Remove that chain from the lever, then disconnect the flapper valve from the drain that it is covering.
  3. Wipe around the drain before replacing the flapper valve to make sure there is no build up and you can get a tight seal with the new valve. Attach the new Flapper Valve directly over the drain and reattach the chain to the lever.
  4. Push on the flush mechanism to make sure that the flapper valve is aligned properly over the drain to create a seal.
  5. Then turn the water supply for your toilet back on, allow the tank to fill, listen and check to make sure there is no water leaking in the tank. Replace the lid and discard the old flapper valve. 

This video can give you the confidence to and know how to successfully replace your Flapper Valve.

Other Things to Keep In Mind

  • This link gives some of the most common causes of a leaky toilet, in addition to a faulty  flapper valve. If your toilet continues to leak check these other parts.

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-fix-a-running-toilet/

  • It’s particularly important, before refilling the tank, to check and readjust the chain that connects the new flapper valve to the lever to make sure it is raising and lowering the flapper valve right over the drain in order to get that proper seal once the tank is refilled.
  • It is helpful to have a few rags or work towels on hand in case something should happen or there are drips of water anywhere. Best to be prepared and not have to go search for them when you need one.