Day: May 23, 2020

Spot the Warning Signs of Aging Plumbing

Learn to identify the signs of aging plumbing by examining your water quality and being on the lookout for pinhole leaks and pipe corrosion. While it is a costly project to install new piping throughout a home, it is even more expensive to repair water damage and broken pipes.

What Type of Pipes Are In Your Home?

The age of your home will most likely determine the condition of your pipes, along with the type of piping material. Brass pipes can last 40 to 70 years, copper pipes can last more than 50 years and galvanized steel pipes can last from 20 to 50 years. It’s important to note that the time frames are completely subjective. For homes located in regions with hard water, pipes may break down much sooner than expected, as the high calcium and magnesium levels cause scale deposits to form inside pipes, and eventually cause clogs.

If your pipes are made of lead, you must completely replace each one as soon as possible. Though lead pipes have a life span of up to 100 years, the compound can poison your water supply. If your pipes are made of polybutylene, a popular piping material choice in the 1970s, your plumbing is at high risk for breakage. Polybutylene is inexpensive, but has proven unable to handle long-term contact with water treatment chemicals such as chlorine.

Observe Water Quality and Usage

Pay attention to the taste and color of your water. If you spot orange-tinted water in any bathtub or sink drain, it could signal pipe corrosion. Pipe erosion is inevitable – high-powered water flow will eventually wear down any pipe. However, pipe corrosion occurs when the water chemically reacts with the pipe’s makeup, eating away at its interior and causing premature disintegration. Corroded pipes not only give water an unpleasant taste, but could cause the water to pose a serious health hazard when ingested. Corrosion is a clear indication of outdated, unfit plumbing systems.

If you notice a recent water bill increase even though your normal routine has not changed, this could be a sign of a pipe leak. Even the smallest leak can create widespread water and mold damage, and if it goes undetected it may worsen. Experienced plumbers can use techniques to pinpoint the source, replace the leaking pipe section and search out any other weak spots in the system.

Inspect Exposed Piping Regularly

Two obstacles work against homeowners who are dedicated to keeping their plumbing functioning properly. First, new homeowners may not know if the pipes were well-maintained by the previous property owner or what previous plumbing issues, if any, existed. Second, plumbing lines are commonly hidden from view inside walls and ceilings.

Homeowners can obtain a copy of the home inspector’s report conducted before the sale of the property to discern the age and type of pipes in the home and if any plumbing concerns were noted. They can also inspect the sections of exposed piping, such as those located in a garage or …

Must-Try Vegetarian Recipes for Healthy Snacking

Starting a healthier lifestyle means adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. While meat isn’t completely off the table, most healthy eaters prefer greens and grains in their daily meals. You can start small by snacking on nutritious dishes made out of fresh fruits and vegetables only. So clear your fridge and kitchen of all things junk and start making these quick vegetarian recipes you can enjoy as snacks:

All-Veggie Delicious Nachos

What you need:

  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 3/4 cups refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup jalapeno salsa
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives

In a saucepan over medium heat, stir refried beans and salsa together for 5 minutes or until well-blended and heated through. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foild then arrange tortilla chips on the sheet. Pour refried beans mixture over tortillas then top with green bell pepper, onion and cheese. Bake on a re-heated oven broiler for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Garnish with lettuce and olives before serving.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

What you need:

  • 2 cups reduced fat ranch salad dressing
  • 2 cups reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups hot buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 cup seasoned chicken-style vegetarian strips, diced
  • 1 cup Colby-Moneterey Jack cheese blend, shredded

Mix together ranch salad dressing, cream cheese, hot buffalo wing sauce and vegetarian strips in a slow cooker. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 hours or when cheese has completely melted. When ready, stir in shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese. Best served with whole wheat bread slices or vegetable sticks.

Butter-Garlic Mushrooms

What you need:

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup tarragon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 small packet dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 6 drops hot pepper sauce

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat then cook mushrooms for 5 minutes or until browned. Place in a bowl. On a separate bowl, whisk together garlic, vegetable oil, tarragon vinegar, water, white sugar, Italian-style salad dressing mix and hot pepper sauce. Pour mixture over cooked mushrooms. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving. Serve with toasted bread slices.

Look forward to snack time with these delicious vegetarian snack recipes!…