Best Kitchen Remodel Tips & Trick

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

Do you have a dream kitchen in mind? Before you put your money into remodeling your kitchen, make sure that you have all the essentials covered. Here are some tips that you may want to consider.

Professional Help

Instead of going from one showroom to another, try to get professionals involved. Keep in mind that kitchen remodeling is a huge thing so you cannot just rush into it. You will get great advice on how to create the kitchen space you have always wanted.

More importantly, it will help you allocate your budget properly. It does not matter if you have a budget of $5,000 or $50,000, here is how it is commonly allocated:

  • 29% goes to cabinets and hardware;
  • 22% is allocated for design and installations;
  • 16% is reserved for walls, floors, doors, windows, and ceilings;
  • 114% of the budget is for appliances and ventilation; and
  • 9% for electrical and plumbing.

Making Money Count

To make the most of your kitchen remodel, make sure that the every cent is placed where it should be. Here are some of the things that you may splurge on:

  • A second sink for prepping food, bartending during parties, and washing hands;
  • Decorative panels with oversized doors to give your kitchen that custom-built look;
  • Drawer glides that pull out completely from the cabinet to make it easier to reach everything.

You can hold on the spending when it comes to:

  • Repairing crackled, distressed, and glazed finishes;
  • Pot fillers because it does not serve much purpose aside from filling pasta pots; and
  • A wine fridge.

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Saving on Cabinets

To reduce your spending on your kitchen cabinets, it would be wise to consider choosing manufacturers that can give you the style and finish that you want as part of the standard options. You also do not need to spend on custom organizers, after all, aftermarket dividers, rollout trays, and spice racks are cheaper to buy.

You should also limit or completely avoid customized configurations for your kitchen. There is no shame in sticking with cubby units, stock wine organizers, and appliance panels to close out awkward spaces in the kitchen.

Cabinets and Lighting

Factory made to order cabinets can be quite beautiful and affordable at the same time. This is quite true when you consider that most carry a maximum of 25 years of warranty for the workmanship, accessories, and internal hardware.

Under a controlled environment, the wood becomes more stable and lessens splitting and warping. Baked on finishes is also more durable than the air-dried ones you find. To enhance the look of your kitchen cabinets, pair it with the right lighting.

Wide beam and dimmable lights can look nice, but it can set you back anywhere from $25 to $125 on the average. For more savings, opt for LED bulbs that are energy efficient. Newer technology lights costs from $75 to $190 and can reduce your energy bills in the long run.

Blind Corners and Shelving

There are a couple of options to make blind corners more attractive. Here are some things that you can consider:

  • Half-Moon Lazy Susan – these slide out and move to one side to give you the luxury of tucking it to the corner. This costs $660 on the average.
  • Pull-Out Shelves – these can fully extend to allow you to reach inside for items that are placed on the rear. You can get this for about $790.

When storing on exposed shelves, make sure that the items are frequently washed because these can collect dusts. You should only consider open shelving if you have plenty of cookbooks, oversized items like serving platters, and wine racks.

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Faucets and Sinks

The right combination of faucet and sink will truly enhance the appearance of your kitchen. Usually a gooseneck that has a pull-down sprayer would be the best choice as it can be used even for huge pots and trays. The good thing with this faucet is that you can use it even with a traditional kitchen design.

In choosing a sink, select the biggest single basin you can find. Make sure though that it is not deeper than 10 inches. A flat bottom works best so that glasses would not tip over. Select a basin with a drain positioned toward the back so that the dirty dishes will not stack over it.

These are just some of the things you can consider when you remodel your kitchen. For more information, consult with a professional.

Outdoor Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

What do you do with your hot tub when winter comes? Most of us would think that because of the cold, it would be the busiest time of the year for the hot tub. This is not necessarily true because some homeowners opt to go away during the winter season. So whichever case it may be, the best thing to do at this point is to understand how to properly maintain the hot tub during winter. How do we do it?

Changing the Water

Make sure to check on the water level regularly. It is important to ensure that the level of the water is never too low. You cannot just refill the water to bring it to appropriate level. You must do a complete water change to clean it before the temperature becomes too cold. This practice will maintain the optimum performance of the hot tub so you don’t have to face costly repairs. Doing this before the weather becomes extremely cold is simply practical and less difficult. Aside from the water level, also check on the chemical levels to ensure that they can work properly. By regularly checking these levels you can also verify whether water in the hot tub has frozen.

The Cover

Before you remove or open the cover of the hot tub, make sure that it is completely clear of ice. It is a good idea to invest in a good quality cover because majority of temperature losses happens from the water surface. This means that getting a good cover should be done even before winter comes in. Make sure as well that the hot tub cover is in good condition so that you can replace it if needed. This investment will save you a lot of money from your energy bills as it helps to maintain the heat of the water longer. If you want to increase the efficiency of the cover, get a floating thermal blanket as well. This works in combination with the hot tub cover and sits right on top of the water surface. The intention is to efficiently reduce heating costs during winter.

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Not Functioning

If you feel that the hot tub is not functioning properly, do not make the mistake of draining it immediately. Instead, position a small water heater or an equivalent of a 100-watt service light in the equipment area; you may also use a heavy blanket if none of these are available. This is to stop freezing or keep ice from building up. When doing this, make sure that there is no direct contact with the surface or any part of the hot tub to prevent other potential damages from happening. If the problem persists, call an authorized service agent immediately.

Close or Not

Personal preferences can vary substantially, that is why the decision to close or not to close your hot tub during the winter season is a personal one. It is easy to understand how sitting in a warm hot tub can bring pleasure during the cold weather. But, if the temperature outside is colder than inside, then heating up the water will take a longer time to happen. This translates to higher energy bills for you. In case you are not planning on using your hot tub during winter or simply going away on vacation, then you would have to drain it properly before it cools off. Keep in mind that most of the damages happen during the cold season primarily because of the freezing or improper draining of the hot tub. Such damage will be very costly on your part so observe proper procedure when closing out your hot tub.

The good news is that if you have a high quality hot tub in your home, maintenance would not be that difficult and necessary to do regularly. Of course, it is different if you are planning to be away for an extended time. How long is extended? Generally this would be for six weeks or longer. You have two options at this point, either to properly drain and close the hot tub or have someone look after its weekly maintenance.

Proper maintenance and preparation for the winter is usually found in the manual. Should you have problems, contact the manufacturer or a licensed professional immediately.

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Hydrotherapy Tips to Overcome Stress

Posted on: April 24th, 2018 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

Stress is an invisible issue that could affect the daily routine, happiness, and even health of all people in the world. Most of them also feel that they did not do much to overcome their stress. Besides the number of people suffers from this condition, the suggestions to navigate the stress itself are often contradictory and confusing.

Meditation and seeing a therapy might be the two most common suggestions for them who suffer from stress. Diet change and exercise are kind of the next common options. But do you know if hydrotherapy is the most effective way to overcome the stress level?

Through this article we are going to give you several tips related to hydrotherapy to manage your stress.

Water immersion

Pain can be the biggest factor when it comes to stress in someone’s life. As the age flies, pain is getting a common issue that should be faced by people. So, if you want to relief the pain to reduce stress, you may ask the therapist to conduct the water immersion or using method with different temperature of water.

Some experts would suggest the patients to take cold shower since the benefits are so many, especially when the day is really hot.

Warm or hot water for hydrotherapy will be recommended as well. It helps your body to recover or managing the chronic stressor. Hot water is also great to calm down the muscles. Combining both hot and cold water can be another option too.


Aquatic exercise

Exercising is one of the suggested methods to manage your stress. It can be much better if you do the aquatic work out to ease your body stress. The goodness about aquatic exercise is that you increase your body movements without have to strain your muscles and joints. Pool can be the good place to start this exercise anyway.

Water basically gives the natural resistance to the body. Working out inside the water will help to tone your body and build leaner muscle without tearing your muscles and joints apart as well as the bones.

Some popular water exercises are such as deep water walking, water weight exercise, law swimming, and aqua aerobic.

Massage therapy

Besides exercise, massage therapy will be a good combination to reduce your stress. Massage could release the endorphins, which are in charge of calming the peripheral nervous system. Hydro massage is also a great treatment that could be effective to overcome the venous deficiency due to the hydrostatic pressure of water, the chemical, and also the thermal property.

Jets that are equipped in high-quality hot tubs are placed to reach the same points with the same pressure. Those are good for acupressure and reflexology as well.

Steam treatment

Steam treatment has been proven to reduce stress and optimizing the relaxation. Steal could detoxify your body and help to overcome high blood pressure, muscle spasm, and also seasonal disorders. Sauna in a special or dedicated steam room will be a great idea to relax and reducing stress.

What Type Plumbing Pipe Do I Have?

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

Understanding the basic information about the plumbing is a must. Even though you are going to hire a plumber anyway, knowing the basics will help you a lot when your plumbing is not working properly.

So, here are the most common plumbing pipe types that may be staying behind your wall. (more…)

7 Top Home Improvement Trends for 2018 – Must Look

Posted on: March 6th, 2018 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

It seems great to welcome 2018 with a little change in the home interior decoration. Well, despite it is to prevent the bored feeling, change somehow gives more positive vibes. Interestingly, there are some great ideas that can be applied for your house in this New Year. In general, the 2018 home improvement trends are more focused on the unique looks. What are they? (more…)

Things to Know about the Tankless Water Heater

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments


What is actually tankless water heater? Tankless water heater is surely functioned to heat up the water. But different from other types of heater, it doesn’t have any tank to load the water. So, in general, it works by utilizing the acceleration of stream that is higher than the heating device. There are two types of tankless water heater; they are using gas and using electricity. The difference is only about the power source but the way it works is just the same, in general. (more…)

Do You Need to Strap Your Water Heater?

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

There are some homeowners who are not quite sold on the idea of securing their water heaters.  Why strap water heater, they say.  It is not like someone is going to walk in and take it away, right?  However, the strapping of water heaters is based on the premise of safety.

After all, you wouldn’t want the water heater to fall over and rupture water and gas connections.  But, are there other reasons why strap the water heater? (more…)

Signs to Replace Your Water Softener

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

There could be times that you are wondering if it is a good idea to replace your water softener. Of course if you just recently installed this unit, you don’t want to have it replaced. If it experiences some problem, have it repaired by an expert. So when do you call for a replacement? Learn more below. (more…)

Signs you need Professional Water Leak Detection

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

Most plumbing systems experience leak but only a few homeowners are able to detect it on time. If homeowners fail to do water leak detection early, it could mean high expense on repair and severe damages in the property. Below are some signs that there is leak in your home so you could act fast. (more…)

Make your Home Energy Efficient with Tankless Water Heater

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by newportbeach-plumber No Comments

If you are looking for a way to save money with your electricity bill, it would be ideal that you replace your conventional tank type heater to tankless water heater. This tankless type is definitely made to be energy efficient so you could be sure that it would help decrease your electricity bill. (more…)

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