Signs You Need a New Sump Pump

All the mechanical things start losing their service quality with time. After serving owners for many years, they demand repair or replacement. One of the biggest mechanical accessories for every home is sump pump and it must be always good for health so that owners can have a trouble-free service routine.

Sump pumps have limited life cycle, after that, they must be replaced with new one. But most homeowners are not experienced to know when their sump pump demands attention. Professionals reveal few signs of decaying health of sump pump; once you start noticing them, it is good to think about a replacement.

Here are few signs to know if you need a new sump pump:

  • Frequent Switching:

In case if you observe that your sump pump is switching on and off again and again then it is suffering from some trouble. It might be due to the reason that the float switch is incorrectly adjusted in the basin so whenever even a very small amount of water gets accumulated in the basin it initiates instant switching of the pump. If your pump suffers frequent cycling then it may be due to the small size of sump basin as in this condition water will soon reach higher levels.

  • Longer Operation:

Observe the duration of the pump; if it keeps on running for a long run then it means the pump is underpowered. In this condition, either pump is not able to handle water volume or not able to adjust for the height to which its pumping operation is desired. If such kind of mismatches occurs then pump keeps on running so long.

  • It Makes Unwanted Noise:

Although all sump pumps make some noise, it should be within the certain limit. If the noise starts becoming too louder then probably the motor unit is suffering from some mechanical issue. In order to locate the exact problem, it is good to check thuds, grinding, rattles and other possible abnormal noises.

  • Excessive Vibrations:

When sump pumps keep on cleaning hard debris for a longer time, the impellers can lead to some damage or bent. Note that, generally impeller helps to draw things out. Now in case if this impeller gets damaged then it will lead to some stress on the shaft. The unwanted wobbling may cause pumping issues in future so it is good to replace the impeller on time to bring your sump pump into working condition once again.

  • Rusting:

You may observe some brown stuff on battery terminals with corrosion but professionals reveal that this discoloration can sometimes also happen due to bacteria. This iron bacteria can also lead to clogging issue or may cause some serious trouble in operation of a sump pump.

  • Motor Failure:

Sometimes, sump pump stops working just because of the failure of internal wiring. In case if the pump is getting electrical power properly still it is out of operation then probably it is suffering some issue within internal electrical wiring. If it is not repairable then you may need a new sump pump.

How to Clean Air Ducts

Improving the quality of air for a healthy home is something which we all aim for! This is why it is necessary to keep the air ducts clean as they are one of the major components of indoor pollutants.

Dust, pet hairs and different type of allergens rest into home via dirty air ducts and pollute the atmosphere of the home which can impact your family.

There are many benefits of cleaning the air ducts apart from improved air quality. It improves the heating and cooling system and also proves to be a welcome improvement for those who suffer with allergies.

Cleaning air ducts is not a difficult job if you have the right tools and know the methodology. It will also save you lot of money as professional cleaners charge too much sometimes for this service.

It is fairly acceptable if you are able to clean 80-85% of the air duct all by yourself as sometimes ducts are installed in attic and underground and are thus not in reachable area.

So here are some tips as to how to clean the air ducts and make your home sweet home fresh and healthy!

  1. Cover up the supply registers: The first and foremost step is to cover the openings that open up in your rooms so that the dust doesn’t drift into your rooms as they are cleaned. You can cover them with paper towels as they are easy to apply and remove. You might have to lift them and clean it with a vacuum cleaner after the vent is cleaned to remove the dirt at the surface.
  2. Turn the fan on: As you clean, the dust becomes loose and thus if the fan is on then it will help you in getting rid of that dirt. You can just turn on the fan option of the duct and switch off cool/heat mode!
  3. Check the furnace filter: Although this filter would be at its place but it is better to check so that the dust which you are cleaning doesn’t get stuck in the motor of the fan. If that is not the case then the dust would rather damage your fan. Also you need to clean the furnace filter so that the dirt is not pumped back from your dirty furnace.
  4. Clean dust in ducts: Now is time to bang and brush the dust from the accessible regions of the duct. You may just tap off, wipe off or vacuum out the air depending upon the area. The only motive is to ensure that there are no piles of dampened dust that stay inside the duct.
  5. Clean supply registers: Pull off the paper towels from the supply registers and sweep away the dust. You may attach the vent brush to your dryer and feed into the duct so as to clean the walls of the duct. If any dust settles at the surface of the duct then just give it a quick vacuum at the end again.

If the air ducts are clean and unclogged then it improves the performance of a HVAC system of your home and would lower down your energy bills too!

Power Up With Power Saws

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Whether you’re trimming down your decking to size, or cutting a hole out from your bench-top for fixing in a sink or slicing through a metal, there is a power saw to handle such jobs.

But if you don’t know which power saw to choose, you can quickly go through our list of varieties. All are available for purchase at local hardware stores or retailers like

Types of Power Saws

Here are common types of power saws for home repair:

Circular Saw

Far from what its name implies, a circular saw is used to perfectly make a straight cut in timber. The circular saw, the most renowned power saw we have listed, can easily slice through decking, MDF, plywood and more. There are different blade sizes which depend on the type of job- the blade type determines how deep cut will be.

Use: It’s best used to trim decking boards, slice timber boards to size and make a rough cut from timber.

Mitre Saw

The mitre saw is used to make quick and precise cross, mitre and bevel cuts (typically ranging from 45 to 90 degrees). Though it is mostly used on timbers, it can also be used to cut through some metals and plastic.

Use: It’s best used for architraves and skirting, framing timbers, picture frames and general carpentry.

Reciprocating Saw

Though the reciprocating saw has much power, but is not as precise as a circular or mitre saw. Compared to most other saws, it is quite heavier and needs to be operated with both hands. Hence, it is mostly used for jobs that are not easy to reach, gardening and demolition projects.

Use: It’s best used in tight spaces, demolition and lopping branches.


This saw is ultimately an all-rounder. It is mostly used to make decorative curves, shapes and angles in variety of materials such as plastic, plaster, glass, timber and more. The jigsaw can also be used for making round cuts, creating cut-outs and straight cuts.

Use: It’s best used to decorate timber pieces and cut in holes in bench-tops for sinks.

Scroll Saw

This is a perfect choice for serious woodworkers and hobbyists. It is used for creating intricate joints and curves. Even when used on thinner woods, scroll saw cuts are so neat that there will almost be no need for sanding.

Use: It is best used for model making, woodwork and hobby work.

Band Saw

The band saw is used to make a curved cut on bigger materials. This tool is incredibly versatile which makes it standout – unlike most saws; there is room for adjustment to cut bigger materials, yet it can still cut special patterns and odd angles.

Use: Bigger decorative pieces, furniture making.

Tile Saw

As the name implies, tile saws can be used for making straight cuts on marble, porcelain and ceramic tiles. With a blade that is water-cooled, the wet cut reduces dust and produces precise and fast results.

Use: It is best used to cut floor tiles and trim bathroom tiles to wanted size.

Table Saw

This tool is designed to cut large portion of timber to size. Usually mounted on bench-tops, they can easily handle straight cuts and make different rip cuts (created parallel to the grain direction) and cross cuts.

Use: It is best used for ripping whiteboard or melamine to size for bench-tops and shelving.

Metal Cut-Off Saw

The metal cut-off saw is the best option for those who work with metals.  It is mostly used for making straight cuts through all types of metals, especially steel.

Use: It is used to make straight cuts through steel and metal fabrication.

How to Grout a Tile Floor

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A remodel project in your home often includes new flooring. Homeowners remodeling their bathroom or their kitchen will want to install new tile for their floor. Our last post covered some of the benefits of tile floor.

The good news is that the installation of tile is much easier than carpet or hardwood floor. An amateur handyman can tile a floor over the course of a weekend.

You then need to grout the tile floor. This post from Home Care Services will explain how to grout a tile floor for the best results for your kitchen or bathroom remodel.

The last step to installing a tile floor in your home is to apply grout. This is one of the easier steps in the entire project but you do not want to rush it. Be precise and careful throughout the project for the best results.

The Tools You Need:

  • Grout
  • Mortar paddle
  • Grout sealer
  • Rubber grout float
  • Grout bag
  • Sponge w/ Scrub Pad
  • Cloth
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Knee pads
  • Bucket

You need to decide what color of grout you want for the floor. You have two choices. You can either choose a contrasting color to help the color of the tiles really stand out on the floor or choose the same color or a similar color for a consistent appearance across the surface of the tile floor.

If the grout you purchase is not pre-mixed you will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix the grout prior to applying it to the tile floor.

We recommend wearing knee pads throughout the project for comfort. You should also wear rubber gloves and safety goggles for protection over your eyes.

Now use the rubber grout float on a shallow angle to spread the grout along the surface of the tile. Do this in a diagonal pattern, pressing down as you sweep over the cracks between the tiles.

You can remove the excess with the grout float. Just sweep it across the excess grout in a 45-degree angle for the best results. Don’t let the excess grout dry or it will be much harder to remove.

After you grout the entire floor, wipe it down with a damp sponge to remove residue from the surface of the tile. You will need to use the scrub pad for more difficult residue. This process will need to be done a few times. After you scrub the floor, buff it with a dry cloth.

Now you need to damp cure the grout for three days. This is a simple process of lightly misting water over the grout one or two times each day.

Then after three days of damp curing the grout, it is time to apply a sealant over the grout in the gaps. The sealant will help to prevent dirt, bacteria and other contaminants from permeating the grout and tile.

This completes the project. You now should have a beautiful tile floor in your home including grout. You should mop and sweep the floor one time every week and schedule professional tile cleaning once each year to remove bacteria and germs that due build up in the grout. Learn more about the importance of professional tile and grout cleaning from Champion Chem-Dry.

Carpets or Tiles? Which One Should You Consider

tile floor

You are planning to do home improvements, but you can’t decide if you should install carpets or tiles. This can be a hard choice, because if you are making the wrong one, it can cost you a lot of money to redo it. This is why you should make sure that you are considering everything before you make your final decision. Here are a couple of things that you should consider, before you can decide if you want carpets or tiles:

Small children

When you have small children, you might want to consider tiles. It is easier to clean than to clean a carpet. But, on the other hand if you have a toddler that is still crawling and falling a lot, then the carpets might be a safer bet.

It can be hard to know which one to choose with children. Most people recommend the tiles and to put loose carpets over it in the areas where the toddler is playing a lot. Making it also easier to clean that full carpets. Learn how to install tile floor.

Different rooms have different needs

You need to know that you can’t install carpet throughout the home without even thinking twice about it. Installing a carpet in the bathroom or kitchen isn’t recommended. Then, tiles might be a better choice.

And, if you are considering tiling the whole home, then carpets in the bedroom might be the better choice. It is warmer and making the room more comfortable.

The area where you are living

The area and country where you are living is also playing a part in the choice that you need to make between the carpet and the tiles. If you are living in a country where it might be colder than other areas, then a carpet might be the best choice.

With a hot and humid country, tiles are more recommended and will keep the home cooler. Especially, during the summer time.

Your budget for the floor

The last thing that you should consider is your budget. Installing carpets can be a lot more expensive than installing tiles. It just depends on the type of carpet that you are going to purchase. If you have a limited budget, it is more recommended that you should consider tiles. But, you can always purchase the floor of one room at a time, if you have a limited budget and looking for carpets in your home.

Carpets or tiles? This is one of the hardest questions that you might have when you are doing some home improvements. You should consider these things, before you make your final decision. It is also important that you make sure that you can afford the carpets when you have decided on it instead of the tiles. By taking some time and making sure that you are making the right choice, you will not regret your decision and be satisfied with your new and improved home.