“Okay, honey…we agree, let’s remodel the kitchen!”

Statements like that are heard throughout the Eastern Hills more than any of us can imagine.  Here’s what else we don’t know and only you can answer for yourself:  is it an impulsive decision to plow into a project or has it followed a very careful and meticulous planning process?

For your sake, we hope it’s the latter.  Otherwise you could be looking at cost overruns, decisions you’ll live to regret, and things you wish you had factored into the newly remodeled kitchen (or whatever room or space you’re tackling).

To help you avoid the heartache and added expense of a home remodel gone wrong, here are some questions to ask yourself before you delve too far into the process.

  1. How do we use that space now? Consider your family’s day-to-day routines, what’s working, and what you’d like to improve upon. If you have young children, you may want a defined space to keep toys or backpacks organized. Perhaps your entryway lacks proper storage space for shoes and coats, or maybe you could benefit from a home office vs. a guest bedroom. If storage and organization is currently an issue, consider hiring a professional to help make the most of the space you have or want.
  2. Will the new space accommodate everyone’s needs? Let’s get back to the kitchen for a moment. What’s wrong with what you have now? Is it just the look but you have no functional limitations?  Then maybe a simple make-over is the answer with new cabinets, countertops, back splash, and other contemporary touches.  Or, if you feel cramped, lack adequate storage space, need more prep room, etc., then you need to sit down with a builder or architect and carefully plan the space as step #1.
  3. How will your family change in the near future? While there are some things we can’t plan for or control, others are highly predictable. Perhaps an aging parent will soon be moving in or your teens or ready to set sail for college. Or, at the other end of a spectrum, a new baby is on the horizon? If your home isn’t already set up for these and other lifestyle changes, don’t wait for the last minute to figure it all out.
  4. Do you use or enjoy the spaces or features you have now? If you plan to stay in your home for the long run, don’t be afraid to alter spaces or features to suit your needs. Maybe that sun room, while nice to have, could serve you better as a guest suite. Or perhaps you’d prefer an open layout to tight sectioning from one room to another. While it’s prudent to consider what future buyers might want, there’s something to be said for having a home that works for your lifestyle.

At Kalamunda Plumbing, we can new beauty and functionality to your home with any number of plumbing upgrades, including:

For more information and a free in-home consultation and new plumbing proposal, contact us today.

One thing you never expect or hope to see is water leaking from your gas or electric water heater. Especially if you already know that a leak could require system replacement.

At the same time, most water leaks can be repaired and are usually caused by one of three primary factors:  condensation forming at the bottom of the tank, a leaking valve, or internal rust and corrosion.

time, keep in mind that once a water heater starts to leak, it’s not going to stop on its own.  So, if you see a leak in progress, or evidence of a leak, here’s what to do:

Turn off the power
If you have a gas water heater, find your thermostat, one that should have three settings: ON, OFF and PILOT. Switch it to OFF or PILOT to shut off the gas and ensure system safety. If you have an electric water heater, locate your breaker panel and shut off the water heater breaker switch.

Shut off the water supply
Simply locate the cold-water pipe leading to your water heater, one that should have a valve attached to it.  Turn the valve to the right (clockwise) until it can no longer be turned. If you’re not sure which pipe and valve belongs to your cold-water supply, Kalamunda Plumbing can readily locate and tag it for you.

Drain the water from your storage tank
First, locate the drain valve near the bottom of your hot water storage tank and attach a garden hose to it. Run the hose to a floor drain, sump pit, or out a window or hatchway. Once the hose is in place and pointed where the water can damage anything, open the valve. If the water doesn’t flow, turn on any faucet in your home to break the vacuum that has been formed.  That allows air into the tank and will cause the water to flow.

Of course, you can always leave draining the storage tank to the professionals at Kalamunda Plumbing, but if shutting off the power and water supply haven’t stopped the leak, it’s least worth trying.

Once we arrive on the scene, we’ll determine the exact cause of the leak and your best course of action.  From simple repairs to complete system replacement, we do it all, and always with a guaranteed upfront price quote for your added peace of mind. Kalamunda Hot Water:  your local hot water service professionals.

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