According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) 2,400 children in the U.S. are treated for injuries caused by electrical outlets. To gauge the level of risk in the average home with small children, the ESFI conducted a survey of mothers with young children regarding the importance of Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs), which have been required by the National Electrical Code since 2008 to prevent these injuries. The results show that much more education is needed.
Why are TRRs preferred over other outlet protection devices such as caps or sliding outlet covers?
If your concerned about the safety of your electrical outlets, give Maitz Home Services a call, we can help upgrade your outlets to tamper resistant receptacles.
The type of sewer pipe material your home has will depend on its age. Older homes often have clay or cast iron pipes, while newer homes are most likely to use plastic. However, as older sewer lines are replaced, it's becoming more common to find plastic lines in oder homes.
As with clay pipe, cast-iron sewer pipe is more commonly found in older homes, although it is still commonly used today. The main advantage of cast iron is it's long lifespan and strength. A 4" diameter sewer pipe can withstand almost 5,000 pounds of pressure per linear foot. By comparison, a plastic sewer pipe can be damaged by a person standing on it! Cast iron's main disadvantage is weight.
Plastic sewer pipe is made from either ABS and PVC. Its smooth surface provide excellent carrying capacity of waste and makes it resistant to tree root intrusion. It must be installed carefully however, as plastic is not as strong as other materials and can bend or collapse if not sufficiently supported with sand or gravel.
Orangeburg is a pipe material you're unlikely to encounter these days, and for good reason. Made from celulose wood fiber held together with adhesive and impregnated with liquefied coal tar, Orangeburg pipe was lightweight and easy to work with, but was also weak and prone to failure, which has resulted in many sewer lines being replaced over the years.
Have question about your sewer line? Call Maitz Home Services, we can help.
If you're suddenly noticing a sewer odor in your home, there are several possible causes ranging from minor and easy to fix, to more serious problems. Here are some things to check first:
1. Check the floor drain trap. Without water to block the sewer gas from escaping, odors will enter the room. Pour water down the floor drain to refill the trap.
2. Check the clean-out plug inside the floor drain. Remove the grate that covers the drain and make sure there's a plug inside the drain bowl. If the plug is missing, sewer gas will be able to bypass the water trap. A replacement plug can be bought at most home supply stores.
3. Unused toilets. When toilets are unused for a long period of time the water in the trap will eventually evaporate. Flushing the toilet will refill the trap.
4. Worn toilet wax ring. The wax ring seals the toilet flange to the toilet base. If the wax ring cracks, sewer gas can escape from the pipe beneath the toilet. If the ring is worn or broken, the toilet will need to be removed and a new wax ring installed. If the toilet is loose on the base, shims can be used to ensure the toilet doesn't shift and break the new wax ring.
Other possible causes of sewer odors include a broken or cracked sewer line or, less often, a loose connection joint in an interior wall. If you've checked the other possibilities above, it's time to contact your plumber to hunt down the cause.
Have sewer and drain line questions? Call Maitz Home Services, we can help will all your sewer and drain problems.
It's a hot, humid summer day and you're all ready to fill the kid's inflatable pool with water, but the outside spigot is not working or has low water pressure. Here are some things to check when the outside faucet stops flowing.
Check to see if the rubber washer has worn out. Sometimes the washer will disintegrate and block the flow of water. Replace the washer if necessary.
Need help with outdoor plumbing? Call Maitz Home Services, we can help.
Fans play an important role in maintaining comfort and indoor air quality in your home. The several types of fans that serve different roles, they are:
Also called an attic ventilator, attic fans regulate the heat level of a home's attic by exhausting hot air. They are usually controlled by a thermostat that automatically turns the fan off and on, or less frequently by a manual switch. An attic fan can be gable mounted or roof mounted.
Need a fan for your home? Give Maitz Home Services a call. We're here to help.