Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Friday, 12 May 2017 16:26

3 Reasons to Use Your Hot Tub in the Summer

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Summers here in Michigan tend to be really warm during the day and very cold during the evening. Late night summer activities usually revolve around a camp fire or bundling up. If you have used your hot tub over the winter months and are considering retiring it during the summer, you may want to reconsider. It turns out that there are a few activities that you can do with your hot tub during the summer. These activities will help you get your money’s worth out of your hot tub while, at the same time, have you enjoying the summer breeze.

1.       Hot Tubs Make Great Mini Pools for Your Kids

You can take the worry of having your children swim in large pools away from your mind. When you cool a hot tub down, it can easily be converted to a small pool for younger kids. If you clean it as often as you did when you used it during winter, the water will be just as safe cold as it would be warm. All you have to do is reduce the temperature setting to 85F or less! Then, you can have your kids splash around in there to cool off from the heat and you won’t have to worry about them swimming in a large pool.

2.       Your “Cool Tub” Can Help You Relax After a Long Day Outside

If you don’t have kids or your children left the nest, this is also an effortless way for you to relax and unwind. Turning your hot tub into a cool tub can be an easy way to cool off after spending your day outside in the heat. Whether you were planting a garden, doing yard work or at an outdoor party, you can beat the heat by cooling off your hot tub! With the cover off and the air jets running, your water temperature will drop quickly and give you the cool off you need.

3.       Use Your Hot Tub to Warm Up in the Cold Summer Nights

Summer nights in Michigan can get pretty cold. The winter weather here never really leaves us. One way to warm up on cold nights like those is to use your hot tub! Keep your hot tub heated throughout the day, grab a cup of coffee and warm up. This also helps with relaxing your muscles if you’ve been running around all day. The steam from the hot tub can open your pores and help you breathe easier if you have bad allergies during the summer months.

AJ Danboise has expert electricians who excel at hot tub hook ups and repairs. We have all the necessary equipment and tools to install, repair or replace any hot tub models. If you're looking for home electrical service in Southeastern Michigan that you can depend on to get the job done right, give AJ Danboise a call today! We're a family owned and operated business and have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925.


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Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:11

Why You Need to Upgrade to a Smart Toilet

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Bathroom talks are considered taboo here in the American household. You get in, do your business and don’t think about it. The idea of researching a toilet that would be beneficial for your bathroom time has probably never crossed your mind. If you are planning to replace your toilet, you may want to consider investing in a smart toilet. A smart toilet may sound strange at first, but there are a lot of benefits that can come out of investing in one. They are expensive but they can save you money down the road and keep you feeling clean. Nothing feels better than being clean and refreshed as you go throughout the day.

Automatic Flushing

Smart toilets can flush without being touched. If you live in a household of people who always forget to flush the toilet, this feature could save you the pain of being greeted with an unwanted surprise as you are stumbling into the bathroom in the early morning. A smart toilet can either sense when a body has moved away from the toilet and flush or activate a flush by waving your hand in front of its sensor.

Whichever one you pick, the perk of having a sensor instead of a handle is that germs won’t get transferred from hands to the toilet and then to the next person who flushes. So, not only is there the convenience of not having to flush, you get to protect your family and yourself from bacteria.

Reduced Plumbing Issues

Traditional toilets can be subject to multiple plumbing issues. Clogged toilets, sewer smells and toilet leaks are among the common issues that traditional toilets will always face. Smart toilets are equipped with technology that can greatly reduce these types of plumbing issues. They not only prevent clogs, but they can also sense them before you overflow the toilet.

Smart toilets will also stop you from flushing the toilet if it’s clogged. This helps keep water levels in the bowl low until you’ve fixed the problem – ultimately getting rid of overflow.

Automatic Cleaning

This feature is definitely a favorite. Smart toilets are made up of a smooth ceramic that has a non-stick coating preventing mineral and waste buildup. These toilets also feature ultraviolet lights that kill odor-causing bacteria and have automatic cleaning cycles that keep things fresh and clean. You won’t have to clean your smart toilet as much and it will be an easy task to accomplish when you do. Throw away those harsh toilet cleaning materials – you won’t need them when you have your smart toilet.

Water Savings

Smart toiles use as little as 0.6 gallons per flush, which is one gallon less than what a traditional toilet uses. They sense how much water is needed and flush using just the right amount. This will greatly reduce the water consumption in your household and cut back on utility bills.

Other smart toilet features include:

  • Water spray and air dryer
  • Nightlight
  • Slow closing lid
  • Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities for music while you go
  • Foot warmer
  • Remote control
  • Emergency flushing system for power outages
  • Massaging bidet wash
  • Heated seating
  • Built-in sensors that alert you of plumbing issues

Getting a smart toilet is a big decision but the payoff will be worth it down the road. If you need help installing one, give AJ Danboise a call today and we can help with the plumbing aspects that come along with a smart toilet. You’ll be able to enjoy your new smart toilet sooner by giving us a call at 1-248-236-5999.


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 19:30

Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes

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We at AJ Danboise understand the importance of saving money and cutting back on costs. Most of us are still recovering from holiday shopping, traveling and vacations. It seems that, for every expense you tackle, there are more surprise costs that come around the corner. Now, you are planning for summer vacations, birthdays and anniversaries. All of these costs are adding up and you are trying to cut back on spending too much money. Suddenly, you have unexpected plumbing issues to deal with.

While there are significant issues that need to be left to the experts, there are some plumbing fixes that you can do yourself. The “do-it-yourself” method has taken the internet by storm and has saved many people a lot of money. You can easily unclog sinks, fix the water pressure in your showers or clear stopped-up toilets by looking up a few YouTube videos or gathering information on Pinterest or Angie’s List. Fixing a few plumbing issues can help save you money if you are trying to cut back on costs. However, it is important to know how to prevent bigger issues down the road while fixing these mishaps by yourself. Be aware of common mistakes you could make while fixing your own plumbing issues. Check out these common “do-it-yourself” plumbing mistakes below and learn from them so you are not facing bigger costs down the road.

Failure to Turn Off the Water:

This one is the most common mistake when it comes to fixing a plumbing issue by yourself. It’s the first step you need to take for the majority of plumbing projects but it is often the one that is neglected the most. If you are trying to remove a plumbing fixture or fix a pipe before shutting off the water, you’ll have water spray all over you and your home. Suddenly, this quick plumbing repair has now turned to water damage and a huge mess to clean up.

Most shut off valves for plumbing fixtures can be found beneath the fixture itself. Using a plumber’s wrench to turn of the valve is the most efficient way of shutting it off – especially if you haven’t used it in a while. If you are having a tough time finding these shut off valves, it is easier to just shut off the water from the outside. Keep in mind that this will shut off the water for the entire house.

Overusing Drain Cleaner:

Using drain cleaner to unclog your drain each time it gets clogged can damage your drains. They are great to use every once in a while, or if there is a huge clog that just won’t clear. Drain cleaners usually have harsh chemicals that are used to break up solid waste and scrub pipes clean. The harsh chemicals in them can eat away at the walls of both metal and PVC pipes. Overuse of a drain cleaner could cause you to replace your pipes because of the deterioration overtime. This DIY plumbing mistake can set you back on finances and add yet another expensive project to your list.

You could substitute a heavy-duty drain cleaner with an eco-friendly alternative. Mixing ½ a cup of vinegar with ½ cup of baking soda to pour down the sink is an easier method. Follow the mixture with a pot of boiling water after the mixture has set for an hour. Using a pipe snake to clear out clogs will also help reduce the wear and tear on your pipes.

 

Mismatching Your Pipes:

Replacing leaky pipes can be a tricky process. It is important to know the size and type of pipes you need for the job. Many DIY plumbers make the mistake of trying to make the right size fit with the wrong connectors. Trying to connect galvanized metal pipes with copper, for example, is a common mistake people make when trying to fix their own plumbing. This causes corrosion and your pipes will leak again. Just because pipes seem tight and seem like they fit, it doesn’t always mean they’ll hold water.

Not Hiring a Professional Plumber:

Some plumbing jobs are easy to take on by yourself. Saving money is important and it seems difficult to try and not spend as much as possible. Fixing plumbing issues around your home by yourself can save you money in the long run but you need to know where your strengths and weaknesses are when fixing these issues. Any project that seems beyond your ability or requires accessing main water lines or cutting into walls and floors needs to be handled by a professional plumber. If you were to try and do these repairs by yourself without the proper training or equipment, you’ll end up being out of pocket more than if you just called a plumber the first time.

If you are having plumbing issues that are beyond your control, give AJ Danboise a call or schedule your appointment online. We have been serving homeowners throughout Southeast Michigan since 1925. We provide an upfront, flat rate pricing so you won’t be left in the dark with how much a project is going to cost. Give us a call today at 1-248-236-5999 and have peace of mind knowing that you are getting the best plumbers to get the job done right.

 

Friday, 21 April 2017 17:32

4 Signs Your Water Heater Is on the Fritz

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How to Know When It's Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Let’s face it – we would all be lost without water heaters in our homes. Day in and day out, this vital household appliance provides us with hot water at the press of a button. So the next time you’re taking a hot bath or shower, washing a load of laundry, running the dishwasher, or brushing your teeth, thank your lucky stars you have a water heater that takes care of you and your needs. There will come a time, however, when your water heater will fail. It’s far better to have it replaced before it completely fails so that you don’t have to be without hot water. Here are four signs that your water heater is on the fritz.

Age

The average lifespan of a water heater is between eight and 12 years. If you aren’t sure how old your water heater is, you can find the age by looking up the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker, which should be located on the upper portion of the appliance, near the warning label. It can be a little tricky determining the age using the serial number. The serial number doesn’t plainly state the date the water heater was manufactured. Instead, it reads more like a code. There are numerous manufacturers, and each of them uses a different format. Check out this article on how to de-code a serial number.

If your water heater is within the eight to 12-year age range, it might behoove you to have a licensed professional inspect it. This will give you a better idea of when you need to replace it. If your water heater is 10 years or older, you will most likely need to replace it sooner rather than later due to the potential of it springing a leak.

Rust & Pools of Water

Complete a thorough visual inspection of the outside of your water heater tank. If you come across pools of water, sludge or corrosion, it’s a good indication that there is a leak and that you a replacement is in order. Have a professional come take a look to determine where the leak is coming from. It could be that a leak is coming from the fittings or connections to the tank.

Rust-Colored Water

If your water heater is emitting rust-colored water from the hot side piping in your home, it could mean that the inside of your tank is rusting and could begin to leak. If you have galvanized piping, it could also be your pipes rusting and not your tank. In this case, you will want to schedule an appointment with a trusted plumber as soon as possible so that the issue can be resolved.

Strange Noises

Toward the end of your water heater’s lifespan, sediment will buildup on the bottom of your tank. Eventually, it will harden with continuous reheating. You can tell that this is occurring when you hear a loud rumbling noise. Should this symptom be present, it’s a sign that your tank will need to be replaced soon. When you have sediment buildup, your tank will lose efficiency and begin to leak. Avoid damage to your home by having it replaced in a timely manner. An inefficient water heater only wastes energy, costing you more. In most cases, the cost-effective thing to do is replace rather than repair.

High Energy Bill

Between old age, corrosion and leaks, it’s no wonder your energy bill has seen an increase as of late. As we mentioned earlier, an aging water heater is less efficient, so pay attention to your monthly energy costs. For many homeowners, a hot water account for nearly 25 percent of energy usage. By installing a new water heater, you can expect to see those costs decrease.

If you're concerned about the state of your water heater, schedule an appointment with AJ Danboise today! Our fully trained and certified technicians can inspect your water heater to determine the best course of action. If your tank does need to be replaced, we can help you find the best one for your needs and budget. We can install a variety of makes and models.


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Make Your Bathroom Sparkle with a Good Scrubbing

The spring season is all about new beginnings, which is why now is the perfect time to address your poor bathroom habits. We know – we know. When it comes to spring cleaning, this is probably the last place you want to touch because of all the harbored germs; however, that’s precisely why you need give your bathroom a deep clean! Face your bathroom routines head on and make the necessary changes so that you can keep a sparkling clean space. Follow these tips on how to thoroughly clean your bathroom.

If you can’t recall the last time you really cleaned your bathroom, you may be in for a wild journey. Hold on tight, but don’t worry too much because we’re here with you every step of the way. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to do it all at once. You want to make sure that you hit every point, so if needed, don’t hesitate to spread the tasks out over a few days. 


Shower

Showerhead: Grab one of your many plastic grocery bags that you’ve been meaning to recycle and fill it generously with white vinegar. Submerge your showerhead into it and let it soak overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and run the water to rinse it.

Curtains and liners: If you have plastic shower curtains and liners, run it through a load in the washing machine along with a few towels. Mold and mildew tend to grow and accumulate on curtains and liners, so this task is especially important.

Shower door: Take a cup of baking soda and add a few drop of white vinegar to form a paste. Apply it directly to the door and allow it to sit for an hour. Once the hour is up, rinse the area and wipe clean using a microfiber cloth.

Shower walls: Soap scum can also accumulate on shower walls, so don’t forget to clean these areas as well. Apply your preferable bathroom cleaner to the wall and let sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly after.

Bathtub

Cleaning a tub isn’t as time-intensive as a shower. Spray your preferable bathroom cleaner into the tub and wait 15 minutes before scrubbing clean.

Grout

Using an old toothbrush, dip it into bleach and scrub the areas where discoloration has occurred. After a thorough scrubbing, rinse the area and keep the room well-ventilated.

Countertops, Tile, Walls & Ceiling

Spray your preferred all-purpose cleaner on the countertops, tile, walls and ceiling, and turn on the shower. Make sure the temperature of the water is hot enough to steam up the room, and wait five minutes. Turn the water off, close the door and allow the steam to build up for 20 minutes. Make sure you get out first! After 20 minutes has passed, start wiping all the surfaces. For higher spots you can’t reach, use a dry microfiber mop.

Pro Tip: The floor should be the last place your clean. After wiping all the walls, ceilings and countertops, the floor is bound to collect more dirt. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

Toilet

This seems to be everyone’s least favorite chore, and for good reasons. It’s one of the dirtiest places in your bathroom. First things first: pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Using a toilet brusher, wipe the bowl thoroughly and flush.

Toilet Brush: How often do you clean the toilet brush itself? Never? The truth is, you should be cleaning your toilet brush after each use. After you’ve cleaned the toilet seat, place the brush over it in such a way that it’s secure. Pour bleach directly onto the bristles and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing it with water.

Toilet Brush Holder: Fill the holder with warm, soapy water and let sit for a few minutes before pouring the dirty water into the toilet.

Sink

The sink itself: Wipe clean using your preferred bathroom cleaner.

Drain: Pour one part white vinegar or baking soda along with one part hot water down your drain.

Faucet: Wipe clean using your preferred disinfectant wipe.

Ventilation Fan

For many homeowners, this is uncharted grounds. Before cleaning your fan, make sure the flip the circuit breaker attached to it to prevent hazards. Remove the cover and place it in a container of warm, soapy water. Clean the fan blades using your vacuum’s nozzle attachment; this will allow you to get all the built-up gunk that’s been sitting there for…well, ages probably. Then wipe the blades clean using a damp cloth.

Dishevel all the dust and debris from the motor and other small openings with a stiff, unused paintbrush and vacuum it up. Once the area has completely dried, you can place the covering back over the fan.

If you come across any plumbing problems during your deep-clean such as a leaky faucet, slow drain or clog, the trusted professionals at AJ Danboise have the skill, knowledge and tools needed to restore functionality back to your bathroom.


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Thursday, 09 February 2017 23:56

How to Prevent & Treat Frozen Pipes

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With unrelenting winter weather comes the potential for frozen pipes. To prevent your pipes from freezing, it’s important to take precautionary measures ahead of time. A frozen pipe is more than just a nuisance; in the case that it bursts it can cause extensive and costly damage to your home. As we continue trekking our way through this miserable affair we call winter, make sure to follow these tips on preventing frozen pipes!

Like you, your pipes need comfort and warmth to survive the bitter temperatures. Imagine if you had to live outside with no jacket or blanket of any kind, even if just for a few days, with temperatures reaching no higher than 20 degrees. By the end of it all, you’d be so cold your body probably wouldn’t function all too well. Exposed, non-insulated piping wouldn’t function that well either.

Wrap Your Pipes

It’s best to insulate your pipes well before the temperatures reach freezing. A well-insulated pipe is less likely to freeze and burst. Inspect your home’s piping for exposed and vulnerable areas that could potentially freeze, and wrap them up. We recommend using foam tube insulation, as it’s much more reliable. For basement and attic pipes, you can also use newspaper, since these areas do receive at least some heat. Should the temperatures reach extreme cold, it’s best to use heated tape that’s designed for pipes.

Open Cabinet Doors

You want to circulate all the warm air you can around your pipes. When the outside temperature is particularly rough, simply keeping the doors open can make a significant difference.

Run Water Continuously

Another measure you can take is to keep the faucets running continuously on a lukewarm setting. You don’t need to run the water on full blast by any means; a simple drip will do. You will want to run all your faucets, including those in bathrooms as well as in your kitchen.

How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe

Check on your pipes periodically to prevent further damage from occurring. If part of your pipe has frozen, all might not be lost. You can attempt to thaw a frozen pipe using a variety of methods. First, wrap your pipe in a wet hot towel. Then, using a space heater or a hair dryer, direct heat onto the affected area of the pipe. We DO NOT recommend using a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or any other type of open flame device.

Begin the thawing process at the area closest to the faucet. If you cannot thaw your pipe, we recommend calling a licensed plumber as soon as possible.

If Your Pipe Bursts

Keep a patch kit on hand in case your pipe bursts. These can be purchased at your local hardware store. A patch kit provides only temporary alleviation; by no means is this a permanent solution! You should always leave repair work to a licensed professional.

You will also want to shut off your water’s main valve. Should the burst occur in a hot water pipe, close the valve on top of your water heater.


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Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank. Did you know each time your toilet is flushed, it uses five to seven gallons of water? In five minutes, you can save one or two gallons per flush! A small plastic juice bottle or laundry soap bottle works well. Soak off the label, fill the bottle with water, put on the cap, and place it in the tank. Be careful that the bottle doesn't interfere with the flushing mechanism.

The availability of clean water is one of the central issues of our time, and we all need to do our part to use this resource wisely. Saving water is simple. Try:

  • Turning the water off while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and washing dishes
  • Taking shorter showers (you will save water and energy to heat it, reducing your carbon dioxide emissions)
  • Getting a low-flow shower head
  • Doing only full loads of laundry and dishes
  • If your washing machine has a setting for the amount of clothing you're washing (small to extra-large load), choose a low setting—you'll use less water and your clothes will get just as clean
  • If your dishwasher has an option to run a "full" or "short" cycle, choose the short cycle
  • Watering your lawn only in the morning or evening. (Water evaporates four to eight times faster during the heat of the day.)
  • If you really want to reduce the water needed to maintain your yard, consider xeriscaping—a landscaping technique that uses native, drought-tolerant plants in favor of ever-thirsty grass
  • Install a rain barrel to capture rain from your downspout
  • Washing your car less often
  • Fixing all of the leaks in your home
  • Avoiding bottled water and instead using a reusable water bottle. It takes millions of gallons of water to produce the plastic for single-use water bottles, and millions more to purify the water that goes into them

Hosting a Thanksgiving Day party at your home this year? If you are, you'll probably be inviting family and friends to join you in celebrating the Holiday. There is often one additional person that gets invited to Thanksgiving parties you may not expect to see... An AJ Danboise Plumber! In fact, Turkey Day is one of the busiest days of the year for AJ Danboise Plumbers because of the increased work that your plumbing system experiences from a house full of party-goers.

Check out these tips from AJ Danboise Plumbers that can keep your plumbing system running smoothly:

  • Your garbage disposal is not invincible! Many of the delectable foods we enjoy on Thanksgiving can clog your disposal. Throw scraps of potato's, turkey skin, carrots and anything fibrous in the trash.
  • It doesn't hurt to take a moment and make sure your garbage disposal is in good working condition before the holiday arrives. Contact AJ Danboise today at (248) 477-3626, if you would like one of our helpful plumbers to assist you with a pre-holiday checkup.
  • Did you know many garbage disposals are equipped with a reset button? If your disposal abruptly shuts down, it could just have over heated. Allow the disposal to cool down for a moment and then press the reset button (if available) on the disposal and try running again.
  • Never pour grease down any drain. Pour grease into a container until it solidifies and then dump it in the trash.
  • To minimize the chances of a toilet clog, put single ply toilet paper in any bathroom that will be used by guests.


In the event you run into an issue with your plumbing system during Thanksgiving, or your heating system, one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives will be available 24 hours a day to assist you. One call to (248) 477-3626 and an AJ Danboise Technician will be on the way to get your holiday party back on track!

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