The Need To Know When Buying A Bathroom Sink

If you are considering renovation your bathroom or just plan on replacing a broken or old sink for a stylish new design, there are a few things you should know before you dive in head first.

1) Consider if you want to keep your existing faucet and attach it to the new sink or not. If so, then you will need a sink with the same faucet specification or holes for installation as the previous one.  The different kind you can get are single hole sinks, four inch three hole sibathroom-sinknks and widespread or eight inch three hole sinks. There is also a host of other specialist facets that require very specific installations and some may require their own sink.

2) The faucet specification aside, there are many different kinds of sinks and vanities you can get: wall mounted sink, pedestal sink, vessel sink and vanity, framed sink drop-in sink, under-mount sink, and cabinet style vanity.

  1. Wall mounted sinks speak for themselves, literally fastened to the wall. This is a very common compact design of sink.
  2. A pedestal sink has a central column that supports the main weight of the sink while simultaneously hiding the plumbing inside of it. The sink is also oftentimes fastened to the wall using silicon for extra support and stability.
  3. A vessel sink and vanity combo is a relatively recent arrival in the bathroom scene. It has a sink that stands atop a countertop with a vanity cabinet for storage and to hide the pluming. They come in many shapes and design, but the basic premise is that the sink is a floating vessel to hold water above the counter top. Most commonly seen with a class vessel.
  4. Framed sinks also commonly come with a vanity, but instead of being on top of the counter they are sunk in, so that they fit in flush with the counter top. This also allows for most water faucets to be placed on the counter top for ease of use. There is normally as frame where the sink connects to the countertop to hide the seam. This is also where the name comes from because most framed sink designs will have a frame.
  5. Drop-in sinks are basically framed sinks except, instead of a frame a drop-in sink has an oversized lip for the hole in the countertop allowing them to just drop in. you can install these in just about any counter top.
  6. Under-mount sinks have the sink mounted just underneath the countertop so that there is a gap between the sink and the width of the countertop. This is a very sleek and modern design. However, they can only be fitted to solid type countertops such as stone, granite or some synthetic composite types such as laminate. Like framed and drop-in sinks the pluming is hidden within the vanity.

Ideas for Bethesda Home Improvement

Thinking of making some changes or fixes to your Bethesda home? Improvement can be large or small. But each time you tackle something,  it can add value to your home, as well as peace of mind. Consider choosing a contractor that specializes in more than one aspect of remodeling and repair for the best value. That way, everyone is on the same page with the planning, overall ideas, and construction. Read more

Ideas for Bethesda Home Improvement

Thinking of making some changes or fixes to your Bethesda home? Improvement can be large or small. But each time you tackle something,  it can add value to your home, as well as peace of mind. Consider choosing a contractor that specializes in more than one aspect of remodeling and repair for the best value. That way, everyone is on the same page with the planning, overall ideas, and construction. Read more

Benefits of Seamless Gutters

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Of the different types of gutter systems available, seamless gutters are considered by many to be the best. There are a wide variety of benefits to seamless gutters versus traditional sectional gutter systems. Seamless gutters help to keep the rainwater away from basements, patios and walls, which is good news for the foundation of your home. Excess moisture can weaken a foundation. It also is good news for your patio. Seamless gutters can prevent concrete slabs from slipping and cracking.

 

Benefits of Seamless Gutters

Some gutter systems are more prone to leaks, due to the cracks (or seams) in the sections. This can cause drip lines or discoloration on the bricks or concrete of the structure, driveway or patio. These leaks also can cause other problems such as a weakened foundation.

Seamless gutters can help prevent land crop erosion, which means that gardening and landscaping could be made simpler just by choosing seamless gutters. Wooden doors have a tendency to buckle when there is too much moisture. The same is true for wooden stairs and hardwood floors. Seamless gutters can prevent this by guiding the moisture away from those entry areas and into the sewage system.

By sending water into the sewage system, seamless gutters prevent runoff damage. Runoff damage can lead to wildlife endangerment, landscape erosion, slippage of concrete slabs on patios and walkways, and more.

Seamless gutters also benefit homeowners in that mud splashes on garage doors, entry doors and other areas can be prevented with their use. Seamless gutters generally are sold and installed by professionals. When inquiring about seamless gutters, be sure to ask for details and quotes from multiple vendors. By comparing vendors, it will be easier to find the best quality seamless gutters for the fairest price.

 

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What To Do When You Have Water Damage

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Water can be one of the most damaging things to a home. Not only can it ruin walls and floors, but it can also cause serious structural damage, as well. If your home is the victim of water damage, it must be dealt with right away. Immediate repairs are important not just for the good of your house, but for your own health, too. There are serious health risks can be associated with water damage like mold, mildew, and bacteria growth.

The first thing that must be done with any water damage is to dry the area out as quickly as possible. Not only do you need to dry out the surface, or anywhere else you can see, but you have to get deeper. Also, even if your home appears perfectly dry, damage can still exist inside of walls, wood, carpet and furniture. Insufficient drying can lead to mold and mildew growth, as well as harmful bacteria. In extreme cases, there can be structural damage to the home.

The best thing you can do is to call a licensed water damage restoration specialist to evaluate the damage. Professionals have access to the tools and technology to dry out your home, which prevents harmful fungi and bacteria from growing.

Water damage restoration professionals will typically use dehumidifiers, air purifiers, blowers, fans, and special floor driers and cleaners. If the damage is extreme, wall driers could be required, as well as sanitizers. There all also other mold and mildew remediation techniques that may be necessary to perform. In this case, always call the professionals, because you would always rather err on the safe side when it comes to your home and your family’s health.