Monday, March 2, 2009

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Scottsdale AZ Slab Water Leak Repair Tips:

This specialized repair is becoming more and more prevalent as more and more houses are built on a concrete "slab" foundation. Water and sewer leaks under the slab of a home can go undetected for long periods of time. We are experts at locating these leaks, removing the concrete, digging out the affected areas, repairing the piping, then putting it all back together.
If you think you might have a slab leak, please save yourself the pain and suffering - Call 602-745-8375 today for free advice on any water leak you may have! The longer you wait the worse the damage, the more the damage the longer it might take to repair.
How to Determine if You Have a Water Leak
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1. Your Pipelines
incorrectly made pipelines or insufficient support could lead to water leaks. Excess numbers of pipelines could also be a reason because the base may not be able to handle the pipes weight. Second, be concerned about the materials of your pipelines. When buying these materials, make sure to purchase the appropriate supplies without defects because failing to do so could lead your pipe to rust. Lastly, make sure not to use equipment that may harm your pipelines. Too much pressure caused by hammers could bring about water leaks. Depending on your geographic location, you may want to make special precautions for your pipes to ensure they can withstand very cold temperatures such that, during the winter months, water does not freeze within the pipes and expands, causing pipes to burst.

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2. Learn How To Read Your Water Meter

Being able to use this could very well be the absolute easiest way to detect leaks on your own. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a water leak! This could be something as simple as a leaky bathtub, or as horrendous as a leak inside a pipe deep within one of your walls, causing untold damage to your home.

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3. Leak Detection Tips

In detecting water leaks, make sure that all of your appliances inside your house that make use of water are turned off. Then inspect the status of the meter dial and wait for 20 minutes. If the dials didn’t shift, you have a home with water pipes that are stable. But if the dials shift, check all of your appliances that makes of use water. If all are turned off, there might be a leak in your underground pipes. The reading on your meter should be greater than your bill from the time when you have used your water since the meter was read.

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4. The Lawn Method

Another method to check water leaks is by opening lawn water. If you have a hose, or a water sprinkler, open it and start to watch the water meters movement for a minute. The whole rotation of the meter hand stands for 7.5 gallons of water. Add up the number of rotation the hand meter completes for each minute and multiple it by 7.5 to know how much gallons of water you consume every minute, every hour, every day and every week. If you know how much water you use up, you will know whether you are paying the correct bills or not. If your bills exceed the computation, you may be having water leakages.

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5. Statistics

The average water used in each household is 60 to 200 gallons per person for a day. You will be surprised on how much water you consume every day. By being aware of these causes of water leaks and how to detect them, you will conserve water everyday.
- Remember that every drop of water counts- Bathrooms take up almost 70% of water used- Ensure all pipes and faucets are leak-free

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6. Food Coloring Technique

Make it a routine to check toilet tanks. By adding a small amount of food color, you will be able to know if the toilet is leaking. Add food color to the tank. After 20 minutes or so, if the color appeared on the tank, it may be leaking. Try to replace the parts as soon as possible to prevent rust. Conserve water by being aware of water leaks. Learn to save water by checking your own pipes. It will benefit your financial needs. It will benefit your family’s safety. And it will benefit the people of the future who would be able to make use of the wonders of water.
Water leaks are costly. A “typical” toilet leak at today’s rates can add three hundred dollars ($300) to a single water bill. Our information is provided as a courtesy with hopes of action on your part, which may minimize an unnecessary waste of water and expense to you.

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Some possible locations to look:

Close to an outside hose bib where the water supply enters your home. The valve will be located inside a box or pipe in the ground several feet from your home.
Near your water heater or under a vanity cabinet or kitchen sink, particularly if you live in a condominium, townhouse or apartment.

On the wall in your garage, particularly in newer homes. New homes will also have a visible valve box or pipe next to the front edge of the house. To find it, locate your meter box at the curb and walk a straight line toward your home. The valve box is usually located a few feet from the house in line with the meter box. (Normally it is a black box with a green lid.)
If your shutoff valve is located in front of your house the box or pipe may have been knocked over or covered with mulch or dirt.

A pair of pliers or an adjustable wrench is usually all that is needed to turn off the water cutoff valve. Turning the curb stop located on the street side of the meter will shut off the water. Most of the time you may need a meter key to open the meter box . A meter key can be purchased at most hardware stores.

Air Conditioner AC Disconnect Switch Repair Phoenix Scottsdale

By Barry Stone
Dear Barry,
An inspector in my area faulted an air conditioner for not having an electrical disconnect switch. I called an air conditioning contractor to repair the condition (not a free service call, I might add) and he found that the disconnect switch was not missing: It was simply installed inside the air conditioner. If the home inspector had taken time to remove the exterior panel, he would have found the switch. What do you think about this situation? - Jan
Dear Jan,
Your question brings up a safety issue which may not be fully understood by some inspectors and contractors, but which is familiar to most licensed electricians.
Air conditioners, by code, must have a disconnect switch that is visible and readily accessible. Additionally, the code allows the switch to be on or inside the fixture, as stated by your air conditioning contractor. That seems simple enough at first glance and, seemingly, should bring finality to the debate. But the simplicity ends as we begin to explore the matter further.
Most air conditioning contractors express strong disapproval of internal switches on air conditioners, regardless of the code. In fact, the majority of A/C contractors have never installed an inside switch and would strongly advise others against doing so. To understand this position, we should consider the purpose for requiring a disconnect switch.
The primary intent of the National Electric Code "is the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity." In keeping with this intent, the power to an air conditioner should be turned off when the fixture is being serviced or repaired. If a disconnect switch is installed on the outside of the unit, a contractor or technician can turn off the power before commencing work on the system. But what happens when an A/C system has a short circuit, and the switch is installed on the inside? The contractor then must handle the system with the power turned on. The outer casing must be removed in order to gain access to the switch, with the possible result of injury (or worse) to the workman.
Recognition of this hazard is common among air conditioning contractors. That is why external disconnect switches are the standard of the industry. Internal switches are extremely rare and are regarded by home inspectors everywhere as a significant "red-flag" condition.
In those instances where inside switches are installed, strict electric code requirements apply, and violations of these are common. In some instances, switches are installed in relay boxes, a condition that voids the manufacturer's warranty. Additionally, a switch must be compatible with the horsepower rating of the motor and must be rated to open if the motor is drawing "locked-rotor current." Esoteric, to say the least; requiring the expertise of a qualified electrical specialist.

For us non-specialists, the bottom line is this: Internal switches are unusual and are often installed in questionable ways -- good reasons for home inspectors to wave the proverbial red flag wherever inside switches are suspected. Conditions cited by home inspectors may not always prove to be truly defective, but when electrical compliance is in doubt, a wise inspector will always err on the side of safety.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Air Conditioner Defect Goes Undisclosed During Sale of a Home Phoenix AZ

By: Barry Stone
Dear Barry,
Since selling our home, the buyers have complained about the air conditioner. Before the sale, we had the system serviced and it was working fine. During the escrow, the buyers' home inspector said the system needed repair because of a leaking coil. We told the buyers the system had just been serviced, so they chose not to follow the inspector's advice. After closing escrow, the system began to malfunction. At that point, the buyers requested a copy of our service receipt. That's when we noticed the contractor's written recommendation. The bill says the coil should be replaced and will cost $600. Verbally, he had said the coil would need eventual replacement. Now the buyers want us to buy a new coil. We weren't trying to hide anything when we sold the property and are unsure about what we should do now. -- Mike
Dear Mike,
Although you were not trying to conceal a defective condition, nevertheless an inherent defect went undisclosed during the sale of the property. If it had come to light during the escrow, the buyers would probably have insisted on its repair, and you probably would have consented, rather than holding up the escrow. Therefore, as unpleasant as the loss of $600 may be, I'd recommend paying for replacement of the faulty A/C coil. However, in meeting this responsibility, you should request that the buyers sign a release form, freeing you of liability for any future problems with the A/C system.

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