Two Custom Home Building Tips

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Blog, Construction & Contractors |

For many people, building a dream home is a once in a lifetime investment. Not surprisingly, the process of planning and executing these projects can seem somewhat overwhelming to many people. If this is a project that you are considering undertaking, it should be noted that there are a couple of tips that you can follow to make sure that this investment and building project goes as smoothly as possible.

Buy Property That Has Existing Infrastructure

It is common for people to want to put their new home in the perfect location. As a result, it is a common choice for people to purchase property that may not have ever been developed before or that is located in a remote area. While this may seem like an ideal setting, it can significantly increase the cost and time needed to complete your building project.

To minimize these complications, you should always consider investing in real estate that has existing infrastructure for the utilities that your home will need. By buying property that already has access to water, power and gas connections, you can drastically lower the difficulty of your project.

Invest In Low Maintenance Materials For The Home

Some people will want to keep the cost of their home as low as possible. While this is an understandable concern, it should be noted that it can cause some problems if you go too far. In an attempt to save money, it is common for people to invest in lower cost materials that have higher maintenance needs. For example, wood is often used for its low cost, but it can actually result in higher ownership costs because it will need to be painted and protected against weather and insect damage.

Sadly, you may not understand the maintenance needs of the various materials you are wanting to use in the home. Luckily, your designer will be able to provide you with this guidance, and you should make sure that you discuss the need for low maintenance materials in the home. While this will cost marginally more to build the home, it can drastically lower the cost of owning it.

Having a custom home built is a major undertaking for anyone to start, but it does not have to be a completely overwhelming experience. If you make it a point to build on real estate that has existing utility lines in place and choosing low maintenance materials for the house, you can help ensure that some of the more routine issues with home construction are mitigated. For more information on custom home building, check out a company like Don Field & Sons Construction Ltd.

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Two Things You Might Experience In The Winter If You Have A Well

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog, Construction & Contractors |

When you use a well for your water supply, it is easy to forget about it as long as you have no problems with your water. However, when temperatures drop, you may experience a few things that you need to take care of in order to keep water flowing inside your house. Here are two things to watch out for.

Weak Water Pressure 

Low or weak water pressure can mean that one or more of your pipes has frozen water inside and is preventing proper water flow. This can be inconvenient for your family, but it can also destroy your well pump. The pump may overheat and warp as a result of pressure in the system. That’s why you have to turn off power to the pump if you’ve got a frozen pipe.

You’ll need to warm the pipes if they have managed to freeze. Small heaters and blow dryers might be enough to do the job. To test whether your attempts at warming the pipes are working, turn the pump on and check whether water pressure has improved. 

To prevent frozen pipes altogether, wrap them with pre-cut foam sleeves or insulation tape. It is also a good idea to let water trickle out of the faucets to keep water flowing from the well pump into your home instead of freezing.

No Water from Any Faucet

If you don’t get any water at all from any faucet, the well pump may be the reason why. If you look at it, you might see cracks on the pump and it may still be humming as if it is working.

You may not realize this, but your well pump may actually freeze when the temperature drops, because it is always full of water. The pump might expand and crack if the water inside has frozen, in which case you may need to replace it. However, if you are monitoring it on a regular basis, you can disconnect power to the pump if you suspect water is freezing and wait for the pump to thaw out.

To keep this problem from happening, make an effort to keep the air surrounding your pump as warm as possible at all times. For example, you might build a small house for your well and put a ceramic heater with a thermostat control in there to keep the air warm enough for your pump to work well.

Use the information laid out here to help you avoid well problems during winter. To be more confident that your well and well pump are in good condition, consult a well drilling contractor such as Field Drilling Contractors Ltd who can assess your equipment and make any repairs.

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