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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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Leftover Spray Foam Insulation? Five Fun And Functional Uses For It

by Jacob Reed

Spray foam insulation has the power to cut your energy bills in half, make your entire home quieter and even reduce the dust in your house. However, once you are done improving and insulating your house with spray foam, you don't have to throw your leftover cans of foam away. Instead, you can save them and use them for a range of home projects.

Looking for uses for leftover spray foam? Here are five fun and function uses for spray foam insulation you will love:

1. Pest Control

Keep old cans of spray foam insulation in your utility closet and pull them out when you have an infestation. Spray foam can be used to effectively deter a number of pests.

If you have mice coming into your home, find their access holes. Then, shove a bit of steel wool in the holes and spray foam insulation around them. When the spray foam dries, it blocks the hole, and the wire prevents the mice from chewing through it.

If you've got wasps, ants or termites setting up a colony in your wall, find their access point. Then, spray pesticide through it, and close their door permanently with a few shots of spray foam insulation. The bugs in the wall will die from the pesticides, and the bugs outside won't be able to get back in.

2. Insulated Light Switches and Outlets

Light switches and outlets are one of the few areas of a home that doesn't normally get insulated, and they can release a surprising amount of hot or cold air. To insulate these small areas, remove the outlet or switch plate, spray foam on it, wait til it dries and then replace the plate. If needed, chisel the foam until the plate fits back into the wall easily.  

3. Tightening Loose Elements

Leftover spray foam insulation can be an easy way to help tighten loose elements around your home. If you have loose knobs on a cabinet, dresser drawer or closet drawer, remove the knob and fill its hole with spray foam insulation.

When the insulation has dried, replace the knob. The insulation crates enough new surface that the screw of the knob should now fit tightly rather than loosely.

You can create a similar effect around loose washing machine hoses. Simply, spray the areas around their loose junctions, and when the foam dries, you won't hear as many knocks and clatters during your spin cycle.

4. Shipping Molds

Need to ship something for business or pleasure? Then, use your spray foam insulation to customize your own shipping molds. Spray the insulation into a gallon-size plastic bag. Seal the bag, and gently press the object you want to ship into the side of the bag.

The foam should take the shape of the object, and when it dries, you will have a shipping mold that is perfect for shipping breakables or other fragile items. Make two so you have one for either side of the object you are shipping.  

5. Crafty Creations

In lieu of using spray foam for useful tasks around the house, you can just have fun with it. Spray piles of spray foam insulation on pieces of newsprint, let them dry and then, let your kids practice their carving skills or skip the carving and just create the shapes you desire. Then, decorate and paint them.

The number of things you can craft out of spray foam insulation is virtually endless. You can even take an old junk car, cover it with layers of spray foam, and then chisel and artfully paint the foam until the car looks like a brand new sports car.

For more information on what spray foam insulation can do, contact a company like Northwest Sprayfoam Ltd insulation in Vancouver.

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