Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Plumbing Jobs You Should Never Do Yourself


Simple jobs like unclogging sinks and toilets, changing out faucets or cleaning out your aerator filters are fine DIY projects for homeowners, but when it comes to more complicated repairs, it's best to leave it to the pros. Trying to do it yourself can end up costing you more in the long run if you cause damage to your house and have to pay to have it repaired.

Repairing and Replacing Old Piping

Plumbing in old houses often become clogged over time with deposits that not only cause lower water pressure, but can cause pipes to burst during freezing temperatures. Old galvanized iron pipes can even leach dangerous amounts of lead into your drinking water.

Repairing and replacing these pipes often requires tearing out walls and welding with an acetylene torch, which is a job for which it is always best to hire a professional. Even replacing small sections with another material can pose problems, because all materials do not marry well without specialized knowledge of how to join them correctly.

Repairing and Replacing Septic Systems

Any work on a septic tank and system is a job for the pros. A bad septic system can create methane gas which poses a risk of explosion or asphyxiation.  Septic tank leakage can erode the underlying soil, causing dangerous collapses that have been known to swallow children playing over the area. Septic tank professionals are equipped to deal with these hazards and toxic materials as well as evaluating and removing any contaminated soils.

Replacing or Repairing Sewer Lines

A major sewer line repair or replacement involves digging trenches and moving large quantities of soil. This is best done using heavy equipment operated by a professional, or you may end up with a large pond of raw sewage in your yard.

Plumbing Involving Gas Lines

It should go without saying that no homeowner should tackle any job involving gas lines. Even the tiniest leak from a loose connection can have deadly or disastrous consequences. When hiring a professional plumber to tackle this job, always ask for someone with experience dealing in gas-powered appliances.

While doing home repairs yourself can save you money, your mistakes can be costly to repair or even have disastrous consequences. Many plumbing jobs are more complicated than they may first appear, and involve specialized knowledge, tools and materials.When faced with a major plumbing job you are unsure of, it's always best to call in an experienced and reliable plumber.

To learn more, contact a company like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning with any questions or concerns you have.


23 February 2015