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Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Outdoor livable space is a popular trend. You can set up an outdoor seating area, outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining space. This allows you to entertain guests outside or host a larger party than what your home can hold. This trend inspired my wife and I to build our own outdoor livable space. However, one of the biggest decisions we faced was what the base for our space would be. We could use concrete, lay pavers or construct a deck. After doing a lot of research, we decided on a deck. It was a challenging decision, but we are pleased with the outcome. In fact, we are so happy we decided to start this blog and help educate other people on decks and livable spaces. Learn the benefits, learn the downside, learn how to care for your and learn what kinds of wood are best for an outdoor deck.


Create a Livable Outdoor Space by Adding a Deck

Four Reasons Why Your Hot Water Taps Are Producing Only Lukewarm Water

by Kelly Simmons

If you're a homeowner who has been getting only lukewarm water after turning on the hot water tap, you might be frustrated. After all, it shouldn't be difficult to get hot water in a home with modern plumbing. However, numerous issues can make hot water harder to get, and your home's boiler is ground zero for many of these issues. Here are four common boiler problems that can cool your home's water a little too much.

Bad Thermostat

If the thermostat on the boiler goes bad, you're not going to get the temperature you think you should. You'll set the thermostat for a certain temperature, but the boiler won't heat the water to that temperature because the thermostat won't be sending the correct signals to the rest of the boiler. A new thermostat should solve the problem.

Defective Heating Element

If you have an electric boiler that has heating elements inside the water tank or storage area, one of the elements could be broken. That would mean the water wasn't being heated enough even though the rest of the boiler was working. Replacing the element is not that simple a task, though, and is something that should be left to a professional boiler repair company.

Incorrect Size

You may simply have the wrong size boiler given the demand for hot water in your house. If you, your family, your washing machine, your dishwasher, and other appliances are all clamoring for hot water at the same time, and you have a small boiler that either doesn't hold much water or that is an on-demand system, the demand for hot water is going to draw water away from the boiler before the water can be adequately heated. You'd need to look at getting a bigger water heater with a large storage tank if there's a lot of demand in your house.


A similar problem occurs when sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank, effectively reducing the size of the water storage area. So, you could have a boiler that's a perfect size for your home, but there could be so much sediment built up inside that there's not enough room to hold all the hot water that your household wants to use. Sediment can be cleaned out, however, so you would not have to worry about getting a new boiler or water heater.

If you think one of these issues is what's causing your lukewarm-water problem, call a boiler repair company or a plumber who can work on boilers and water heaters. You don't have to settle for lukewarm water. Contact a business, such as Vowel Plumbing & Heating, for more information.