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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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Renovating Your Home Before Having Kids: 4 Tips

by Jacob Reed

If you plan on having children in the next couple of years, you will want to make sure the living space you have is well suited to their needs. This might mean moving, but it could also mean renovating your current home to make it more suitable for kids. If you choose the second approach — renovating your current home — here are some tips that should come in handy.

Don't invest too much in finishes for the kids' rooms.

If you want nice finishes such as high-end carpets and the best tile, save them for spaces like the kitchen and dining room. In kids' rooms, the finishes tend to get ruined the moment someone brings out paint or forgets to take their muddy shoes off. If you stick with less expensive finishes in the kids' rooms, you can replace them after a few years when your kids are a little older and better able to enjoy the quality.

Choose no-VOC and low-VOC products.

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are gaseous compounds that are released by a lot of paints and finishes. They aren't really great for the planet or for anyone's health, but kids may be even more affected by them. Talk to your renovation team to make sure they plan on using no-VOC or low-VOC paints and finishes in your space.

Keep the layout in mind.

The layout is even more important when you have kids. You want to make sure the floor plan of your home is compatible with your kids' needs and your parenting approach. Do you want your kids' bedrooms next to yours so you can monitor them more closely, or do you want them further from yours so you don't keep each other awake at night? Maybe you want a bigger kitchen so the kids can eat at the island as you cook. Consider these and other layout options as you plan your renovation.

Make sure the electrical is safe.

If you still have older wiring, make sure you update it as a part of your renovations. If your outlets are low and uncovered, have them covered. Also, ensure lights are protected by shades so the bulbs cannot burn tiny hands. If you tell your renovation team you're planning for kids, they can often recommend the best lighting and electrical updates to suit your needs.

With the tips above, you can do a better job of renovating your home prior to having kids. A few updates go a long way.

Contact a home renovation contractor to learn more.