Often times drainage problems are hard to spot. We tend to assume that everything is going smoothly unless there is an obvious sign to make us aware there is a problem. Dealing with repairs down the line can be extremely costly, so it is best to know what the signs are for drainage problems and deal with them immediately.
1. Wet spots in your lawn or irregular lawn growth
If you see wet spots in your lawn when it hasn’t been raining, or when some of your lawn is greener and growing faster than the rest of your lawn, that area is probably receiving water which was drained improperly.
2. Water stains in the basement
Your first sign might be discolored walls. Depending on where you spot the stain you can gauge the severity of the stain. If the stain is on the wall it could be as simple as surface water, which is an easy fix. However, if you notice a stain that extends around the basement you could be looking at a more extensive repair.
3. Cracks in the foundation of your home
Some cracks are normal, as houses settle over the years. But keep an eye on them, and if they are growing you should probably call an expert as they could damage the structure of your house. If the crack becomes larger than 1/8-inch it may be a sign that a drainage problem is ruining your foundation – so don’t wait to call in the pros.
4. Sluggish or belching drains
If you have more than one drain running slowly, chances are its not a hairball clogging your drain. A drainage problem can cause a vacuum in your pipes, making it hard for water to drain properly.
5. Sewer odors
The stagnant water from a malfunctioning drain can cause some pretty gruesome smells, These not-so-pleasant smells combined with the poor ventilation in your air pipes could often causes negative air pressure, letting sewer gas in.
Finding a drainage problem can be tricky but with these handy tips and the help of the professionals at WP Law we can find a solution! If you have any questions we would be happy to help, contact us today.
A clogged filter can cause your fountain to become an embarrassing buildup of debris. Consistent light maintenance can reduce the number of times your water feature requires a thorough cleaning, but the filter still needs to be checked regularly.
#2: Preventative Treatments
There are products on the market specifically designed to protect your fountain from stains and algae growth. Most of these are biodegradable and safe if your pet takes a taste.
Don’t use bleach products to clean your fountain. These can corrode the outer layer of the fountain and can be harmful.
#3: Regular Refilling
You’ll want to get into a routine of adding water periodically, based on the rate of evaporation for your area. If the water level gets too low, it can cause an unattractive ring where the water level used to be.
More importantly, if the water is too low and the water pump brings in air, this will affect the life of your pump. And you want moving water to prevent bacteria growth.
If you’d like professional help installing or maintaining your fountain, give us a call today. We’d be delighted to help you extend the life of your fountain!
Are you invested in beautifully trimmed trees and shrubs in your manicured yard? Do you enjoy a magical glow surrounding your home at night? Do you just appreciate having a well-lit path to your front door after dark? If so, this blog post is for you!
Here, we’ll take a look at 3 tips you can use to get the most out of your landscape lighting.
Tip #1: Know Your Vision
When putting up landscape lighting, it is best to dedicate time to deciding exactly what you’d like to accomplish. Are you looking for security purposes or perhaps to create an entertaining atmosphere?
Tip #2: Get Creative
Landscape lighting is an excellent way to showcase particular areas of your outdoor space. Directional lights can be adjusted to spotlight trees, gazebos, and the architecture of your home. These lights are perfect for creating a more positive and inviting outdoor atmosphere.
Tip #3 LED or Halogen
LEDs are rapidly becoming the light of choice for landscape lighting. If you’re looking for adaptability and endurance, go with LEDs. They are known to shine brighter during wind, rain or snow. LEDs can also be dimmed or brightened for added effect, based on your preferences.
If you’d like help choosing your landscape lighting, call us today. We’re here to support you in all of your lighting needs!
Water is imperative for life — and for the farmer, the environmentally conscious individual or merely the prudent person, water conservation is a must.
Here, we’ll take a look at three water conserving tips to help you save money and decrease the water that can fall through the cracks during the irrigation process.
Conservation Tip #1: Collecting Water
One way to save on water costs and decrease wastage is to capture and store water in designated containers, such as rain barrels, man-made ponds or other receptacles. Rainwater is also better for your plants and the soil because it is highly oxygenated and clear of salts and fluoride that often accompany tap water.
Tip #2: Working with the Weather
In order to avoid using unnecessary water and risking over- or under-watering crops, you can monitor the weather forecast and schedule your irrigating only when the rain is scarce for several days. You can also use a rain sensor that detects rain and automatically shuts off the irrigation system at the first sign of a sprinkle.
Tip #3: Smart Irrigation Controllers
Smart controller technology helps you program your irrigation system to perform in the most efficient and conserving way possible. This device literally chooses when it is the best time to water based on how much water it detects in the soil. For this type of advanced technology to function properly, it must be installed to industrial specifications.
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If you’d like further support in your water conserving efforts, or if you want help installing an irrigation system of your own, contact us. We’ll be delighted to help you with all of your irrigation needs!