Posts made in December, 2014

How To Make Sure Your Garage Door Is Secure Before Going On Vacation

The garage door allows you to have quick and easy access to your home with just a touch of a button. When you are away on vacation, it may be an easy way for potential burglars to get into your home, as well. In order to ensure that burglars are not able to get into your home through the garage door, you need to take the time to lock it in two different ways.

The system locks on its own, when the garage door closes, but if the burglar has the remote or knows to fish the cord that opens the door, he or she will be able to unlock the door and get into your garage. The following guide walks you through the steps to ensure your garage door is totally secure when you leave for vacation.    

Find the Right Location

You will be locking the track of the garage door so that someone cannot open it. You need to look on the side of your track and find a spot directly above one of the rollers located near the bottom of the track. Make a mark with a marker on the side of the track exactly two inches above the roller.

Drill a Hole

Use a drill to drill a hole on the mark that you made. You want to be sure that the hole is large enough for a lock to fit through the hole. When you are drilling the hole, be sure that you hold onto the track with one hand, while you are drilling with the other so that the track does not move too much during the drilling process. This track will vibrate during the process.

Place the Lock

Insert the lock through the hole that you created and lock it. The lock will stop the roller from rolling up the track, when someone tries to open the door, while you are gone on vacation.

Test the Door

Unlock your garage door and try to lift it. It should not open. Press the open key on your garage door remote. The door should roll slightly and then hit the lock and close again.

This simple locking approach will keep your garage safe from burglars and give you peace of mind. When you get back from vacation, all you will need to do is go into your garage through your house and remove the lock before opening the garage door. If you are uneasy about this procedure, contact a garage door specialist like Shank Door for help or advice.

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3 Reasons To Call The Emergency Plumber

Sure, there might be some plumbing issues that can wait for the next business day. However, there are some plumbing issues that simply cannot wait and therefore need to be addressed by an emergency plumber. Check out the following reasons to call an emergency plumber instead of waiting.

Prevention Of Further Water Problems

Let’s say you have a pipe that is leaking water. You might think that it can wait a few days because it is not gushing water everywhere. However, in that short amount of time you could see major damages done to the floors or walls. So instead of just having the pipe to repair, you will now have a floor and wall to repair. To stop yourself from having more problems than you need to deal with, you will want to call an emergency plumber (such as one from Puget Sound Plumbing).

Stops The Increased Water Bill

Allowing a broken pipe or toilet run water for even just a few days can cause a serious increase in the water bill. Sure, a few extra dollars might not matter much, but you might find yourself looking at a bill that is double or triple the size that it normally is. Therefore, by calling in the emergency plumber, you are potentially saving yourself a lot of money. Of course, even if you get to the problem right away, you might still notice a few extra dollars on your water bill, which is to be expected. Just know that by acting quickly you will prevent that couple of dollars from turning into multiple dollars.

Peace Of Mind

Not knowing just what it is that you are going to have to deal with once the plumber comes could be enough to drive you up the wall. Therefore, for some people, no matter how big or small the problem may seem to be, it is always better to call the emergency plumber so the issue can be addressed immediately. By doing this, you will not have to worry about dealing with a substantial amount of stress that can be caused by a plumbing problem that is simply sitting there waiting to be addressed.

As you can see, there are many reasons to go ahead and call in the emergency plumber when you are having some issues in the house. The sooner you make that phone call, the sooner the problem will be resolved and you can go back to your normal routine in the house.

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