How to Winterize a Car Wash

Regardless of where you are in the country, you may have experienced a freeze already this year. Freezing temperatures are not great for a car wash. Here are some tips to winterize your car wash before the next one hits.

Leak Check

This is the perfect time of year to check all the pipes and equipment for leaks. When you find a leak, car wash repair services can help you fix it saving you money on water and solutions. A small leak can cost hundreds of dollars in water alone. Fixing leaks also prevents the pipes and tubes from freezing which can lead to bursting.

Equipment Inspection

Now is a good time to check the exhaust and emissions of the equipment. Perform pressure tests, test the water heaters, test all units, check burners, inspect boilers and look at all piping. Now’s a good time to look at your electronic systems in place. Make sure all the connectors are properly connected and there are no warning lights.

Utility Usage

If you only check your electric and gas usage once a year, now is a great time to do that. You can see where you can cut back on usage. High output may mean a piece of equipment is not properly functioning. An undetected gas leak or high usage can increase your overhead while the car wash isn’t used much. This can decrease your yearly profits.

Heat System

Many car washes come with a built-in de-icing system. Make sure it properly functions before the first freeze. The last thing you need is to be shuttered for business because they failed to work. While you may naturally close while the temperatures drop below freezing, you don’t want to be closed for days because the lines take longer to thaw. While you’re at it, make sure the burners have nothing blocking them and the valves work properly.…

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4 Ways to Reduce Indoor Allergens

Allergens are a problem for millions of Americans ranging from dust mites to pet dander to plant pollen. Those with asthma may find it more prudent to take steps to reduce the allergens in their home. Here are some tips that can help improve the air quality in your home.

Air Filters

Inside the HVAC air filter housing, you can put some high-end air filters that provide maximum allergen filtration. The air passes through the filters on its way through the unit to be cooled or warmed again. The filters trap a certain number of airborne particles including mold spores, dust, pollen, bacteria and viruses. Regularly changing the filters can help keep clean air circulating.

Avoid Carpet

Carpet tends to collect all sorts of allergens in the fibers. While you can regularly vacuum the floor, some of the particles stay trapped. Even regular vacuuming can inadvertently lead to dust moving into the air due to dirty vacuum filters. If you do have carpet, consider having it cleaned regularly by a company specializing in allergen removal.

Limit Chemicals

Many people who suffer from allergies also have issues with many types of chemicals. Where you can, limit the types of chemicals you use to clean the home. This includes spraying for insects and keeping cockroaches away. By keeping out pests you limit allergens but using chemicals can also irritate. Boric acid and traps are effective ways to limit the number of insects in the home without unwanted chemicals.

Reduce Clutter

Clutter allows dust and other irritants to accumulate. The less clutter in your home, the easier it is to keep things clean. A clean home has fewer allergens that can trigger a reaction. Focus especially on keeping the bedrooms clutter-free. Since we spend most of our time in our home sleeping, the bedroom should be a priority for allergy sufferers.…

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How To Check Your Plumbing for Leaks

Your plumbing is both everywhere and hidden from sight, making leak detection difficult. Something like an increased water bill or accumulated water in your home may have tipped you off, but now you need to find exactly where the problem lies.

Smoke Test

Smoke tests can be performed on indoor plumbing lines, outdoor plumbing lines or sewer lines. It is a quick, easy and safe way to detect even the smallest leaks. Basically, smoke filled air is forced through the system, so that you can see wherever it may escape. You can rent smoke machines yourself or call in a professional to perform your sewer smoke test.

Pressure Test

If you are at least a little bit familiar with your plumbing, you can conduct a pressure test yourself with some guidance. However, it is never a bad idea to allow a professional to do it. You can buy a pressure gauge from almost any hardware store that you can attach to your outdoor hose bib. Make sure that no appliances are running inside, and turn the water on full blast. It should not be below 30 or above 75 pounds per square inch.

Color Test

This test is specifically for your toilet. Put a few drops of food coloring into the water of the tank. If it shows up in the bowl, or anywhere else for that matter, you’ll know that you have a leak. Water shouldn’t flow between the tank and the bowl when you aren’t flushing, and this type of issue is best handled by a plumber. If you find water on the floor where the toilet connects to the ground, you may have a wax gasket leak, which you can fix yourself without any training.

It may seem intimidating at first, but finding a leak in your plumbing is easier than it seems. If you’re unsure, consult with your plumber about which method is best for your situation.…

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