Drainage drama – when the water don’t do you right

Drainage drama – when the water don’t do you right

Ah, drainage issues. I could write a book about them and still only cover the surface – but really, who wants to read a book about plumbing leaks? I certainly know that I, for one, don’t want to be the guy writing it. So. We’ll try to somewhat kinda sorta cover it in a few hundred words. Basically, and this won’t be a surprise to anyone, but there are a few basic rules with inspecting and maintaining your plumbing system. They go something like this: Water runs downhill. Water that runs downhill that stays in your house causes problems. I know this is very technical stuff, and hard to wrap a person’s brain around, but with a little study, we can all begin to imagine its ramifications. Let’s start with exhibit one for the prosecution. Water runs pretty well through pipes, especially when the pipes run downhill, but add electrician’s tape to the mix? Yeah, things stop working so well. This is like trying to fix a broken arm using a stapler and screwdriver. And if you’re not guilty of this? Well, your grandpa did it. I see it everywhere. Don’t. Just don’t. Exhibit B. Have you ever had one of those real juicy whiffs of sewer smell? I know that stuff in the toilet smells bad when you flush it, but what exactly happens to it to make it so nasty after it’s been fermenting in the sewer lines? By the way, those gases not only smell bad, but they’re not good for you. If you have sewer smells, look for a trap that might have evaporated water...
How to finish your furnace – without doing anything at all

How to finish your furnace – without doing anything at all

I inspected a house the other day – very nice home in one of Utah’s best cities to live. It was one of those million dollar plus sort of homes – the kind that makes you wonder what the guy does. Turns out that this particular breadwinner was really good at buying and selling businesses, but not so outstanding at changing his furnace filter. There’s a filter in there? He had been in the home for 7 years, and never thought to consider that there might be a furnace filter in there somewhere. So after 7 years of use on one filter, I show up. I go to the furnace, and there it is – oddly located – about seven feet up off the floor and above the furnace. Needless to say, when I pulled it out, it was a tad dirty. The guy was all kinds of embarrassed, but perhaps he didn’ t need to feel quite so bad – I see filters in that sort of condition commonly. Maybe once or twice a month. Renters are especially bad at completely forgetting about their furnace until it doesn’t work. If you’re a landlord, there’s something to learn from that – but I won’t belabor the point. TheĀ $10 / $10000 rule So how does the $10 / $10000 rule work here? This one’s pretty obvious. A furnace filter costs a few bucks – I like the cloth ones you can get at home depot or most other hardware stores. Yeah – the 30 day mesh ones are pretty lame – don’t use those at all. Ideally, you’ll use the...