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Signs Of A Faulty Septic System

I thought I had a septic problem when my toilet and sink wasn't draining properly. This suspicion was confirmed when sewer water started backing up in my bathtub. I figured that this was a job for a professional, so I called a local sewer service company. Sure enough, my septic tank was full and this was causing the problem. After having my tank pumped out, my drains run freely and my toilet flushes better than it has in a long time. My name is Wesley Hammond and the experience that I had with my septic system is the reason that I'm writing this blog. Since sewage backup in the house is very unhealthy, everyone should be aware of the signs of a faulty septic system. As you read these articles, you'll learn about the different types of septic system problems and how you can keep them from happening.

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3 Advantages Of Timber Construction

by Jacob Reed

When it comes to building materials, some people are guilty of overlooking timber. It's widely agreed that timber is one of the most aesthetic building materials available; however, for some reason people seem to fall back on old favorites such as concrete and masonry. If you're one of these people, then the three advantages of timber listed below are designed to change your opinion:

Speed of Construction

Undoubtedly, one of the most attractive things about timber is the speed at which timber frames can be constructed. The reason for this is that the majority of modern timber-framed homes come prefabricated, meaning components are made off-site and delivered. Although there are restrictions on how large these components can be, they are typically erected on-site by carpenters in a matter of days. 

By erecting the structural frames quickly, tradesmen can get to work on the house's interior. You can't hire an electrician or a plumber until the interior is protected from the elements, so having a quickly-constructed home is key to keeping costs down. 

The ease of timber construction as opposed to masonry is largely influenced by masonry's drying time. Timber is, on the whole, a dry construction process, meaning there is no lead time to wait for the material to dry out. Once the frames and roof have been constructed, it's entirely up to the tradesmen to get your house up and running! 

Sound Insulation

There's no doubt about it, noise pollution is a very real thing. With television screens and speakers growing ever larger, neighbors are becoming noisier than ever. As such, it's important to have a suitable defense against this sound pollution to avoid sleepless nights and morning headaches. 

The simplest way to protect your home against noise pollution is to introduce a solid barrier between your room and the source. Generally, dense materials such as concrete and masonry have the edge here; however, that doesn't mean timber is useless. 

The key to insulating your timber home against excessive noise is to make use of timber's ease of construction and introduce a partitioned wall into your home. This wall is effectively two separate walls with a void between them. This void can be thought of as your insulation layer, which you should pack full of thick, sound absorbent material such as acoustic felt or mineral wool. Whichever material you choose, you should ensure that its sound absorption is ample enough to keep outside noise from infiltrating your home. 

When placing this material, make sure you cover all possible entry points. This means filling the space between the walls, installing a layer under your floorboards and even adding another one over the floor joists. If you find this isn't doing the trick, you may have to thicken your timber joists; however, this isn't usually required. 

Environmentally Friendly

Since the turn of the millennium, society has become much more environmentally friendly. With the threat of global warming looming over the horizon, many people are choosing to construct their homes from environmentally friendly materials. Thankfully, timber is one of the best (if not the best) materials for this purpose. 

Although oftentimes not referred to as such, timber is a "renewable" material. This is because every time a tree is felled, another one is planted to replace it. Provided this process is continuous, the supply is infinite. This has a major advantage to the environment, as man does not have to infiltrate the earth to obtain a finite amount of materials. 

Additionally, trees are great at "sucking up" all of the CO2 in the air. This CO2 is locked away within the timber's grains, and is thus unable to penetrate the often talked about O-zone layer. Over time, as more and more trees are planted to meet increasing demand, this will have a significant impact on reducing global warming. 

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