Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

4 Plumbing Jobs That Are Best Left to a Professional, and Why


Not all plumbing problems in a home require a visit from a professional plumber, as a homeowner can often unclog a kitchen sink or change the washer of a faucet on their own with a few simple tools. However, a homeowner should avoid becoming overly ambitious when it comes to plumbing repairs, as poor workmanship can lead to greater plumbing problems down the road, and an even more expensive repair bill. Note a few plumbing jobs that are best left to a professional, and why.

1. Low water pressure

Changing out the faucets in your sink or shower may sometimes give you more water pressure, but low water pressure may be caused by any number of other problems. This can include a leaking pipe behind your walls or a leak in the pipes outside your home. Rather than simply trying for a quick fix of the problem, it's best to have a plumber examine all possible causes so that you know any such leaks are properly repaired.

2. Toilets that don't flush properly

If a toilet doesn't seem to actually empty after one or two flushes and this happens consistently, you may have a problem with the sewer lines leading out from your home. They may be choked by tree roots which have caused cracks. Pulling on tree roots with a sewer snake, a common solution most homeowners try, can actually cause more damage to those pipes.

3. Frozen pipes

Holding a heat source over a frozen pipe seems like a quick fix, but you can easily damage the pipe itself if you try to do this on your own. Depending on where the pipe is located, you may even put your home at risk for a fire. Rather than addressing frozen pipes on your own, it's best to have a plumber note if they can even be repaired or if they should simply be replaced.

4. When gas or power lines are involved

Mistakes made in handling your own plumbing repairs can be messy and expensive to fix, but making a mistake in handling anything that involves gas or electricity can be dangerous. If you need to install a new hot water heater or run a gas line to an outdoor kitchen, it's best to call a professional. This will ensure your safety during the work being done and also reduce the risk of mistakes that might cause a gas leak or electrical short down the road.


9 June 2015