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Austin Watering Rules

If you’ve got questions about the newly implemented Austin watering rules, what you can do and what you can’t, better to ask than risk running foul of the water police. If you receive a citation and you do not make efforts to change the situation you could be faced with a $475 fine.

After this second week of the new watering rules, there were 675 complaints made to the city by neighbors and homeowners against their own neighbors. This is up from the 586 from the first week, up just over 15%.

It can be confusing to know what’s OK and what’s not and getting used to our neighbors perhaps watching what we do.

If your address is an odd number – you can water on Saturdays between the midnight and 10am and between 7pm and midnight.

If your address is an even number – you can water on Sundays with those same time restrictions.

You can hand water anytime – but you can not leave a sprinkler at the end of a hose and just let it run unless its on your day of watering and not between 10 am and 7 pm.

So if you’re thinking about all that water you use to wash dishes and clothes – you could be interested in some grey water options. Grey water is water that you wouldn’t drink but still could serve a purpose such as watering your lawn and trees or washing your car. Its a ways off but at some point the City of Austin could offer fresh and grey water to homes in the city.

But until that time, you could collect up water leftover in glasses or washing in the sink – even with a little soap in it, and save that in a bucket to water roses or trees or potted plants.

So in the meantime watch your usage. If you have more questions contact waterwiseaustin.com

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Evolution of the toilet

The Development of Restroom Fixtures

The Evolution of Lavatory Fixtures

People who experimented with to set up bathrooms inside homes and buildings found there were many technical as well as attitude challenges. Decisions on how the wastewater was disposed required as much efforts as what it took to make sure the unit had enough water. And to add to a public that already believed a theory of disease, which held that illnesses stemmed from “bad air” that was readily identifiable by its offensive odor. Consequently this led to an early and abiding distrust of early indoor plumbing that had a tendancy to leak and the fear of sewer gas that escaped in the leaks. Its no wonder than that most people believed that elimination was for the outdoors – not inside.

Of the working mechanism that is a part of toilet plumbing, the advancement of a trustworthy and trouble-free bathroom posed the most problems. There were several options but each had its own drawbacks. They were difficult to flush and quite easy to clog. The worst one of all was the pan water closer. It was called that because there was a waste-collecting sheet metal pan that was designed to close off and seal the bottom of the closet bowl. When the unit was flushed the pan tipped aside, opening the drain at the same time water rinsed the bowl and the pan. It was so intricate and poorly built that is often performed poorly and required regular attention. The most glaring problem of them all was that all of them had a poor seal between the bathroom and the pipe that carried the waste away.

When water-retaining traps or seals were introduced in the 1850s, and the common use of “U”-shaped traps in the 1870s, were major steps forward. The design of the trap ensured that enough water remained in it to effectively block the passage of sewer gas back through the plumbing fixtures. In the 1970s an even more innovative pipe was introduced – the vent pipes. They were able to move the sewer gas through the system, but also broke the suction created by movement of liquid in the pipes and eliminated the possibility of siphoning water that sealed the traps.

One of the most important improvements was the development of the siphon toilet, patented in 1890. This new type of toilet was highly efficient because it had no moving parts to get out of order and it flushed perfectly every time. It also had another advantage in that is created a siphonic action (swirling motion) that made it self-cleaning. And thankfully, the sewer gas leaks were eliminated by its interior design. Water that stayed in the toilet made a perfect seal between the bathroom and the sewer.

Plumbers love holidays!

When a plumber smells a holiday in the area they know odds are they are spending it with family – just not their family.

The house is full of people who get hungry and a bunch of other things as well. There’s lots of cooking and cleaning and pouring all sorts of things down the drain without a thought. And that means the chances of a drain or toilets getting stopped up are very high.

While I won’t deny that its in my best interest for you not to know this information, I feel it my duty, the duty to my family that I do what I can to spend the day with them as well as to my fellow plumbers who also have families.

No matter where you live – don’t pour grease down your drain. That turkey fat in the bottom of the pan? Find a can and pour it off.

Take a few moments to scrap off those plates in the garbage can – those bones will NOT easily go in the disposal.

For more tips – check out what not to throw down your disposal in more detail.

Emergency Plumbing Repairs

Emergency Plumbing Repairs

Author: Cristian Stan

One type of repair kit is based on a two- part epoxy resin plastic putty supplied as two strips of differently-colored putty in an airtight pack. When the strips are thoroughly kneaded together the putty is packed firmly round the pipe, where it will harden to form a seal.

However, this hardening process takes up to 24 hours and the water supply will have to remain off for this period. (If you don’t need to use all the pack in one go, reseal it immediately).

Equal amounts of putty should always be used and mixed together thoroughly until a uniform color results, otherwise it won’t harden properly. It’s also essential that the pipe or joint is scrupulously rubbed down and cleaned with methylated spirit or nail polish remover. This will ensure a good bond between the putty and the metal.

One of the most valuable aids is a multisided pipe repair clamp which has the added advantage of being reusable. It consists of a rubber pad which fits over the hole (for this repair it’s not necessary to turn off the water) and a metal clamp which draws the rubber tightly against the pipe when it is screwed in place.

Position the pad and one side of the clamp over the hole, and link the two parts of the clamp together, making sure that the pad is still in place. Tighten the wing nut fully. If the position of the hole makes this difficult, use blocks of wood to hold the pipe away from the wall. This method of repair cannot, of course, be used to mend leaks occurring at fittings.

Another proprietary product uses a two- part sticky tape system which builds up waterproof layers over the leak in the true sense this does form an instant repair. The area round the leak should be dried and cleaned and then the first of the tapes is wrapped tightly round the pipe, covering the leak and 25mm either side of it.

Then 150mm (6in) strips of the second tape, with the backing film removed, are stuck to the pipe and stretched as they are wound round, each turn overlapping the previous one by about half the width of the tape. This covering should extend 25mm (1 in) beyond either end of the first layer of tape. The job is completed by wrapping the first tape over the entire repair.

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