Posts by Tony Steward

How To Choose A Range That’ll Keep Your New Kitchen Humming

When planning a kitchen remodel project, few people give much thought to the configuration and choosing of the oven and stove. But choosing the right style and amenities in your new kitchen range can make a big difference in how well your kitchen functions. Here are 3 steps to choosing the right overall unit. 

Together or Separate?

Although a traditional single unit — with 4 or 6 burners on top and an oven inside — is still a simple and popular choice, there are other options these days. Separating the cooktop and the oven makes it easier for more than one person to cook at a time. This is a great idea for people who have large families or entertain regularly. It can also reduce the visual footprint of your range, allowing you to blend in the cooktop where it fits best and then place the oven under the counter for a more seamless look across the kitchen’s landscape. 

Gas or Electric?

Electric ranges remain the least expensive type, and they come with new technology and style that makes them easier to maintain and clean than past models. For example, smooth-top surfaces which house the electric or halogen coils underneath an easy-to-clean surface are growing in popularity. However, gas stoves are preferred by many cooks due to their quick heating and cooling times as well as better precision. You can even find units that provide the best of both worlds, featuring gas burners and either an electric or convection oven. Convection ovens are less popular, as they may leave food dried out due to their heated air method. 

How Can It Be Cleaned?

Smooth-top surfaces, modern technology and things like touch controls make many modern ranges easier to keep clean than earlier types. For the easiest cleaning, look for features such as:

  • Ceramic glass cooktops over electric burners
  • Self-cleaning features (either continuous-clean or a high-heat cycle clean)
  • Sealed gas burners
  • Fewer or simpler knobs and handles
  • A seamless (one-piece) backsplash

Choosing your new stove or range should be something you create time for during the early stages of your kitchen remodel. With so many options, it’s important to have a style firmly in mind before deciding on the kitchen layout, the wiring and the look of your other appliances. And having enough time to decide what works best for your family ensures that you will be able to make the wisest choice. 

For kitchen remodeling specialists, contact a company such as Olson Cabinets & Woodworking Inc.

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Attempt Your Own Garage Door Repairs

Your garage door is probably an important and often-used part of your home, so when it stops working as it is supposed to, you might find yourself tinkering with it to get it back working. However, it’s never a good idea to work on your own garage door; instead, you’ll need to hire a garage door repair professional to perform a full inspection on your garage door and to make necessary repairs. These are a few reasons why.

1. You Won’t Know if You’re Better Off Replacing

Garage doors can typically be repaired, but there are some situations in which it’s actually smarter to completely replace them. If your garage door has multiple problems, it might be cheaper to replace it. If your garage door is too old, you and your family will be safer if you replace it. Your garage door professional will be able to look at your garage door and determine if you are better off repairing or replacing it.

2. You Could Put Yourself in Danger

The truth is that working on a garage door can be quite dangerous, particularly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Standing on a ladder and working on a garage door can be dangerous enough in itself, but the moving parts of your garage door could hurt you, or your garage door could come crashing down if you tinker with the wrong part. A professional will know how to work on your garage door safely, and you’ll be able to prevent potential injury to yourself.

3. You Might Not Repair it Properly

Failing to repair your garage door properly can put you and your family at serious risk. It can also cause your garage door not to function properly or to fail before it normally would have. A garage door repair professional will be able to find the source of garage door problems and can fix your garage door in the right way. This can help your garage door last a lot longer and can help prevent serious problems that could put you, your loved ones, your guests and your vehicles in danger.

As you can see, it’s actually best to hire a professional (take a look at the site here for more information) to inspect and repair your garage door. Even though you might be tempted to tinker with it yourself, you’re sure to be glad that you did if you hire a professional instead of trying to handle it the DIY way.

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Restaurant Owners: Don’t Let One Of These Common Fire Safety Issues Lead To Destruction

In any restaurant kitchen, there is a risk of a fire. Fire safety systems and protocols are put into place in an effort to prevent fires and to ensure that if one does break out, it is dealt with promptly. However, common fire safety issues in kitchens compromise these efforts. If you want to reduce the risk of your restaurant going up in flames, make sure you look for and address these issues.

Uncovered extinguisher nozzles.

Whether you have a water sprinkler system or an Ansel system, you need to make sure the nozzles that emit the water or chemical extinguisher product are kept covered. The rubber caps will blow off automatically if the system must be used — don’t take them off thinking they will block the flow. When the nozzles are left exposed, they can become clogged with grease, which may keep them from spraying effectively if there is a fire.

If you notice that your nozzles are missing caps, it is a good thing to have them properly cleaned, and then to invest in new caps to put on them. Ensure that all of your staff members know never to remove the caps from the sprinkler nozzles.

Fire suppression systems that don’t cover all appliances.

It is common for kitchens to accumulate new appliances and to simply set them next to the others, not realizing that they extend out from underneath the fire suppression system. Before you get a new fryer, cook top, or other appliance, make sure there is room underneath the sprinkler system for it. If there is not, you will need to make changes to your kitchen layout or have the sprinkler system extended to cover it.

If you have appliances that are not currently located underneath your sprinkler system, stop using them until you can have your sprinkler system extended. If a fire breaks out in a fryer or stove that is not under the sprinklers, the whole building could be up in flames by the time the fire department arrives.

Failure to have the fire suppression system serviced regularly.

In many jurisdictions, you must have your fire suppression system inspected on a regular basis (once a year or once every few years) to ensure it is working properly and does not have any developing issues. If you fail to do this, you may find that when a fire breaks out, your system is of little to no use. Always pay close attention to your records and have your fire suppression system inspected as soon as it is due. If the inspector finds anything wrong with the system, have repairs made as soon as possible to avoid emergencies.

For more information, visit http://www.nwfireinc.com or a similar website.

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3 Tips To Keep Your Septic In Good Working Order

Even though many homes have garbage disposals installed in them, that doesn’t mean they are in the best interest of your septic system. Sure it chops all of the food you put into it into tiny pieces, but those pieces are actually quite harmful to your septic system. They aren’t going to end up breaking down in the tank. Over time, they cause clogs in the leach field. If you are dead set on using your garbage disposal, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you don’t cause problems with your drain field that could have been avoided in the first place.

Monitor Your Disposal

While no one can monitor every single thing that goes into their garbage disposal, you can try to keep the trash to a minimum. Anything from grease to coffee grounds, leftover food, cigarettes, and paints shouldn’t be put into your drain. If at all possible, take all of the food scraps and put them in compost. Fewer toxins in your system will keep it running better for longer.

Refrain from Using Harsh Cleaners

A garbage disposal is going to end up smelling at some point in time or another. When they do start smelling, you don’t want to throw a bunch of cleaning agents or deodorizers in them. All of these common products that people tend to use are going to kill off your good bacteria that your system needs to operate properly. Use a safe cleaner made of vinegar and baking soda. Spice it up with a hint of lemon juice for a clean, fresh scent.

Pump Your System More Often

By using the garbage disposal, you are letting more solid matter into your tank. Because of that, you will need to have someone come out to your home and empty your tank more often. All of those food particles are going to cause the sludge to build up quickly. The last thing you want is the sludge going into your leach field. Stop it in its tracks by having someone come out and drain the system on a regular basis. In doing so, you prevent your system from backing up and keep your leach field clean and clear.

By taking the information above and putting it to use in your everyday life, you can keep your system working better for longer. It saves your system and saves you a lot of hassle and headache along the way. For more information, talk to a sewer service like DBR Plumbing.

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Boiler Maintenance Inspection Guide For New Home Owners

If you just purchased your first home with a boiler in it, you need to know how to take care of this expensive piece of equipment. Boilers are intricate pieces of equipment, which is why you should have a licensed plumber do a boiler inspection at least once a year. Here is a quick rundown of the type of service and maintenance you should expect your plumber to perform when they inspect your boiler.

Inspect The Controls

The first thing that should be inspected is the controls on your boilers. All of the controls should be easy to move. If it is difficult to move any of the control, they may need to be cleaned and sprayed with a lubricant.

Additionally, your boiler inspector will need to make sure that the reading on the controls make sense. If the reading is way off, something may be wrong with that system, or the controller may just need to be replaced.

Check For Leaks

Next, your boiler inspector should check out your boiler and see if it is leaking water. This should be pretty obvious and easy to spot; if there is a puddle on the floor around your boiler, you probably have a leak.

However, a thorough inspection will be able to detect small leaks that have not grown so large that they are obvious. Your inspector should carefully look at all the seams and seals in order to detect any small leaks.

Watch Out For Corrosion

After inspecting for leaks, your boiler inspector should inspect for corrosion. Since your boiler has to heat up water and use it to heat up your home, it is common for boilers to develop corrosion. If any rusted areas are spotted, they should be cleaned up and treated by your inspector to stop the spread of rust.

Clean All Parts

Once the three tasks above are completed, your inspector should clean your boiler. They should clean all external parts and all removable parts. You should leave cleaning your boiler to an expert; they know exactly what to move and how to clean each part of your boiler.

Test The Gas Pressure

Finally, the inspector should test the gas pressure in your boiler and make sure that it meets manufacture recommendations. In order to operate efficiently and for an extended period of time, the right pressure has to be maintained. If the gas pressure is off, your inspector should correct the pressure and follow up in a week or so to make sure that your boiler is maintaining the right level of pressure.

As a new owner of a home with a boiler, you should hire an inspector to come and look at it every year. During this yearly inspection, the inspector should check all controls and readings, and clean your entire boiler. Call a plumber  and schedule an annual inspection.

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