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Quick Steps of Hot Tub Safety for Kids

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

It is a good rule of thumb to make sure that toddlers and infants should not be left alone in hot tubs. The lack of control over their bodies make them susceptible to accidents. True, that hot tubs can be extremely fun for the entire family, but everyone should be aware of safety issues surrounding kids at the hot tub. The good news is that with a bit of practicality, the risks can be managed. So what should we do?

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Hot Tub Covers

Obviously, the easiest way to make hot tubs safe is to make sure that kids do not find their way into it on their own. In this instance, one of the most effective ways is to have a hot tub cover installed to keep kids out. There are many high quality tubs that already have locking covers, which means that a key will be needed to have it opened.

In case your tub does not come with one, you can always purchase one. Make sure though that the locking mechanism is one that a kid will not be able to easily open. Opt for locks that require a key, just make sure that it is beyond the reach of the kids.

You can never be too careful so you may also want to install a pool fence to go with your tub cover. This will restrict access to the tub and will provide more privacy as well. Ensure that the fence has the appropriate height to keep the kids out. Mesh pool fence is a wise option as well.

Safety for Babies

Generally, the appropriate age for kids using the hot tub should be at least 6 years, which means babies should be safely kept away. This is because their small bodies can be affected by the temperature of the water. Considering that babies do not have the ability to communicate their discomfort effectively, this can be quite dangerous.

Babies can also crawl, walk, and allow their natural curiosity to take over. This can lead to accidents that can have dangerous consequences.

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Drains

Usually, tubs will have a suction drain at the bottom. This may seem quite harmless for an adult, but for babies, this can mean potential danger. For the small-bodied infant, the force of the suction can be powerful enough to trap hair, limbs, or other body parts that can prevent kids from reaching the water surface.

This can be prevented though by simply using appropriate drain covers to prevent anyone from being stuck. You may also opt for a tub model that features a dual drain system to decrease the suction power and lower the risk of kids getting sucked into it.

Be aware as well of the emergency off switch of the tub drain. This is extremely helpful when an emergency arises.

Safety Tips

Let’s say that kids are already in the tub, to make sure that it remains an enjoyable moment with the least worry for safety, here are some suggested safety tips you can try.

  • Make sure that you keep the temperature of the water in the tub under 95 degrees;
  • Kids should not be allowed to stay in the water for more than 15 minutes, but you may allow them to dangle their legs in the water;
  • Teens and adults must also refrain from staying in the tub for more than 30 minutes; and
  • Pregnant women must consult with their physicians before using the hot tub.

Maintenance Tips

Keeping a well-maintained hot tub is another way to ensure the safety of its users. If proper maintenance is not observe, it is possible for users to get rashes and even infections. Using sterilizing systems should help you keep infectious diseases away from your tub.

Make sure that the filters are replaced regularly to keep the water clean. You may perform the minor maintenance work yourself, but make sure that a professional checks it regularly to evaluate the efficiency of the system. Preventive maintenance work also helps identify potential problems early so that the life of the tub is extended.

By following a few simple steps and establishing rules on hot tub usage with your kids, the potential safety risks can be prevented. Contact us for assistance whenever you want to install one.

Kitchen Cabinet Ideas You May Try in 2018

Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

It does not matter whether you have a huge kitchen or a small one, creating an efficient design supported by the right color will definitely increase its value. When you put in beautifully designed cabinets, then you are virtually creating a masterpiece.  Here are some kitchen cabinet ideas you may want to ponder on.

Simple and Patterned

There is a notion that simplicity is beauty, and this is not lost when it comes to kitchen cabinet designs. This is ideal for airy, open, and flooded with natural light kitchens. The simple kitchen cabinets provide the contrast to the bright atmosphere of the kitchen including its countertops.

If you want to put a bit of twist to it, then you can also opt for patterned kitchen cabinets. These are classic designs that boast of added details that are not immediately visible. You can opt to install reduced transparency glass on the cabinet door to enhance its appeal.

Grey and Black

Can there be anything more classic? With inspirations drawn from 20th century designs, kitchen cabinets that possess the tweaked salt and pepper look become even better when paired with stainless steel.

If you are going for the black look, then complement it with a brass countertop to create a dramatic kitchen cabinet appeal. This does away with boring kitchen designs that are adorned with shelves, panels, and other oddities.

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Soft, Glossy, and Accented

As far as elegance is concerned, accents like gold and marble would do the job. This is especially true if you can design it in such a way that the cabinets and drawers would be able to keep appliances out of sight. It would be best if soft lines are maintained for the kitchen cabinets.

Details obviously improve the value and look of kitchen cabinets, so colors, finishing, patterns, and designs all come to play. Creating that glossy look can be achieved in a number of ways, but, gold accents always are the best. More magic is created when you have dark colored cabinets that are accented by glossy gold trims. You may feel that this is a bit opulent, but, this gorgeous design can actually exude comfort and warmth.

Classic and Rustic

When we talk about classic kitchen cabinet designs, we are referring to the way how it adds dimension to your available space. Normally, neutral colors are used to create this visual appeal. Sometimes darker shades of white are combined with bright marble countertops to achieve just the right amount of contrast.

For kitchens dominated by stainless steel appliances, white cabinets can do the trick. With the clean lines delivered, the cabinets can give your kitchen that rustic feel especially if you have fieldstone walls. Somehow you will get that reserved moment while working in your kitchen.

Creative and Functional

For those who demand a more functional kitchen, raised cabinets would be the order of the day. This allows for easier cleaning of the base cabinets as well as maximizes areas for smaller kitchens. There is also less concern for crumbs accumulated from the kick plates.

Functional does not mean letting go of your creative side. Imagine designing a kitchen that looks like a galley boat for example; naturally, the cabinets should be consistent with this theme. It may sound whimsical for some, but, what’s the use of having a kitchen that you cannot be happy in? You can also use mixed materials for your cabinets to unleash your creativity. Try matching the material for your cabinet drawers with that of your appliances.

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Alternative Materials

There are many different types of materials being used for kitchen cabinets today. Some of these materials have been around for ages, while others are the product of continuously evolving technology. For example, using Euro laminate for your cabinet panels can be both beautiful and functional as it will allow the light to bounce around the room.

Have you ever considered using chicken wire for your cabinet doors? It may sound rustic, but with the proper design, you will be surprised how sophisticated your kitchen can become. In fact, this material is often said to bring a modern touch to a farmhouse kitchen design.

All of these are bright kitchen cabinet ideas worth considering. If you do not know how to properly implement them, contact a professional immediately, and if you have kitchen problem and water leak, feel free to contact us.

Home Improvements Tips that would Help Every Homeowner

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Owning a home is a big step of investment, despite it is a condo or a newly built house. But having your own home also brings the home improvement issues that will require you to do some maintenance or even repair tasks. So, in this article we are going to show you some useful tips when it comes to home improvements

Choose improvements that give highest value to your home

Let’s say that you won a gambling prize USD 100,000, what would you choose for the home improvement? The possibility is a very long list that could change your mind so many times ranging from refinishing your wooden floor up to having one new bathroom. However, some home improvements could be increasing the value of your home than other options.

Even though you should not take your home as investment in that way, it is highly recommended to think whether a home improvement project could give a decent return on your investment.

DIY or not DIY

You may have a workshop with full stock of supply and weekend would be great for some DIY projects. But basically, not all home improvements can be your DIY project. Help from professional will be needed for sure. You should know the limit of yourself. If you are still a beginner then starting small will be highly recommended.

And if you have decided to DIY then do not rush it. It could give bad impact on the value of your house.

Strengthen your skill on home improvement

Whether it is a big or small project, you need to learn some basic home improvement or home repair skills. You will see how many things that could help you to save some dollars because there are a lot of things in your home that you can repair your own. You do not even need to pay someone to fix it.

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Get the right equipment

Improving your home means you need to get some tools and other equipment. You need to get the right tools like the essential ones both for minor and major repair. Basic plumbing tool will be a great investment for your equipment. Smartphone is also a great investment, since you will need many DIY guides and you may find a lot of tutorials in your smart phone. When something went wrong or failed you can simply put duct tape on it.

Get the money for home improvements

Your home improvements will not pay for themselves. If the project finance cannot be afforded by you in full cash then you can learn another way to finance the improvement without have to risking your home itself. Talk to some experts about this point anyway.

Choose the right contractor

Contractor is like a dentist when it comes to home improvement project. So, it is highly important to get the responsible contractor and handyman. Scamming is not a new thing in nowadays and you really do not want to get scammed by your contractor when all you want is giving improvements to your home.

The Right Pipe for the Right Life

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Choosing a pipe can be a tricky thing, especially if you do not know anything about what kind of pipe is useful for what kind of operation. Using the wrong pipe can lead to consequences that are anything but happy, and it will also increase your maintenance cost if something goes wrong. If you want to know the type of pipes available in the world or you are just plain curious about the pipes because you have nothing better to do, do read this article to the very end because this article will tell you all you need to know about all the pipes types. (more…)

2018 Best Party Plumbing Tips for Your Super Bowl Party

Posted on: March 6th, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Do you want to have a big party at home? Make sure that you have prepared everything needed. It includes a plumbing system. Moreover, if your held party is super bowl party, of course, you will need a well-ordered plumbing system to make your party run successfully. There are some party plumbing tips that can be conducted for your super bowl party. (more…)

Safe Drain Cleaning Methods for Plumbing Contains Bacteria

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Have you ever experienced your pipe and distribution system smells really bad? There are some reasons for this. If it is not obstructed, there is a high possibility that it has been full of bacteria. Of course, you need to do some actions to sanitize it as soon as possible. Since water is essential for our life, it must always be hygienic to keep our health also. More than that, delaying cleaning the plumbing system just makes the bacteria grow and multiply uncontrollably. There are actually many ways to solve this problem. What to be explained here are them that are the safe drain cleaning methods. What are they?

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Can Water Heaters Explode?

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Based on the statistics of Insurance for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), exploding water heaters is one of the five leading reasons of water damage in residences. The average cost of damage is roughly about $4,000 per incident. This is a scary scenario that you cannot readily dismiss. The possibility is real for all types of water heaters, so what can you do to prevent or at least minimize the likelihood of an exploding water heater. (more…)

Common Water Softener Repair and Issues

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Since installing water softener at home is necessary, you need to be familiar with some water softener repair and issues. The same as with other parts of your plumbing, this water treating unit could also experience some problems. Calling the experts even with simple issues could really be expensive. (more…)

Reliable Kitchen Sink Plumbing Repair Tips

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Doing some simple kitchen plumbing sink repair is possible especially when you have the interest. It will not only make you a skillful plumber wannabe but above all, it could help you save money since you don’t need to pay for professional service.

There are just some simple problems in your kitchen sink that you could perform personally. But, when the problem is serious, it is still best to call the experts. (more…)

Tankless Water Heaters: Energy Efficient Option for Homeowners

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Today, water heating system at home is very important since everyone in the family needs hot water for various reasons. If you are still using the traditional tank type heater, it’s time to try tankless water heater.

Issues with Traditional Water Heater

In order to have a good idea regarding the usefulness and benefits of using tankless water heater, it is necessary that you also have some knowledge about how the traditional tank type works. (more…)

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