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Spring Time Electrical Tips

SPRINGTIME is a great time for yard work, swimming and many other outdoor activities. No matter what's on your agenda, electrical safety should be an important part of your plans. Tucson Electric Power offers 10 spring time electrical tips to help you play it safe around electricity when you're outdoors this spring. 1. Always keep power cords and electrical equipment away from water or other wet areas. 2. Look up and look out for overhead power lines. Be sure you're aware of any nearby lines before you climb a ladder or extend the handle of a pool-cleaning tool. 3. Call before you dig. 4. Keep materials, tools and all parts of your body at least 15 feet away from any overhead power lines at all...

Sewer and Drain Cleaning Emergency Tips

Every drain line is susceptible to clogging. Get sewer and drain cleaning emergency tips here from Lovett. Certain drain pipe materials, plumbing codes and excellent plumbing practices can keep clogs to a minimum, but few people ever have the opportunity to specify the piping material and possess the knowledge to determine if a plumbing drainage system has been installed to the highest levels of workmanship. PVC, ABS, HDPE plastic and copper drain lines have very smooth interior surfaces. These are least likely to clog. Older homes often have drain pipes made with galvanized or cast iron pipe. Smaller diameter drain lines made with these materials are prone to blockages. The galvanized and cast iron drain lines over time begin to corrode. A scale of rust...

Winter Weatherization for your Home or Business

What do you do before temperatures drop below freezing? The following are some basic winter weatherization steps one can take to prevent an expensive and stressful plumbing emergency. 1. Caulk around pipes where they enter the house. 2. Close all foundation vents. Open foundation vents are probably the biggest cause of frozen or split water lines and pipe bursts. Cut wood or Styrofoam blocks to fit vent openings, then slide them into the vents. Styrofoam is available at hardware stores or from insulation suppliers. Open the vents again in the spring to prevent dry rot. Protect outside pipes and faucets. Most houses have water shut off and drainage valves that you can use to drain all of the water from your water supply system. Secondly,...

Emergency Plumbing Tips for the Fall Season

The Oregon rain and stormy weather is upon us. Don't procrastinate stay ahead of the curve and help prevent costly repairs. Here are 10 DIY tips to help protect your home and save you during the winter months! 10 FALL PLUMBING TIPS: 1. Gutters and Downspouts -Cleaning your gutters and downspouts should be done at least twice a year to help prevent clogging and flooding.  If you are going to clean the downspouts and gutters be sure to have the right tools for the job. 2. Garden Hoses -Unhooking and draining your garden hose is an important task before the winter months arrive. To drain the hose yourself you can blow on one end of the hose and drain the remaining water in the hose...