S.A.K. – Electric, Plumbing, Concrete http://sakepc.com Our family has been providing the East Valley with the best service in our industry for more than 25 Years. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:45:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.8 Leaky Toilet or…? http://sakepc.com/blog/leaky-toilet-or/ http://sakepc.com/blog/leaky-toilet-or/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:45:23 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1805 Stepping into a puddle as you visit the toilet for the first time in the morning is an unpleasant way to wake up. But don’t rush to assume that water pooling around the base of your porcelain throne is coming from the fixture itself. Depending on the design of your bathroom, there could be four […]

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Stepping into a puddle as you visit the toilet for the first time in the morning is an unpleasant way to wake up. But don’t rush to assume that water pooling around the base of your porcelain throne is coming from the fixture itself. Depending on the design of your bathroom, there could be four other likely sources of the water that don’t come from a leaky toilet.

Leak in Water Supply

The water line connecting to the toilet is a common cause of leaks. No amount of replacing the wax seal and internal flappers will fix a leak that starts before the water even enters the toilet. Of course, shutting off the water supply will make the leak stop whether it’s the line itself or the toilet. Only a plumber from S.A.K. can determine if it’s the tank or the supply line.

Condensation

In hot weather, the cold water inside a toilet causes moisture to gather on the exterior surface of the tank and bowl. This water drips down to the floor to create the look of a leaky toilet when nothing’s actually wrong. If you only experience moisture issues during hot weather, you most likely don’t need the help of a plumber at all.

Shower and Sink Problems

Don’t forget about leaky pipes and drains in the rest of the bathroom. Tiled walls and floors often force moisture to travel great distances before it visibly rises to the surface, which means a pipe leaking behind the shower wall could be the reason there’s a puddle under your toilet. Toilet repairs can’t fix a problem that is six or seven feet away and hidden behind another fixture.

Kids and Pets

Finally, don’t overlook the fact that someone in your home may be creating the puddle by playing around in the toilet bowl. Too many people have called plumbers out over and over again for mysterious leaks that turn out to be caused by dogs or toddlers instead. Just to make sure, you may try keeping the bowl locked for a day or two before calling us here at S.A.K. just to rule out this possibility.

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Clogged Kitchen Sink in Older Homes http://sakepc.com/blog/clogged-kitchen-sink-in-older-homes/ http://sakepc.com/blog/clogged-kitchen-sink-in-older-homes/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:29:17 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1801 A clogged kitchen sink is annoying no matter how it occurs, but the age of your home’s plumbing could be playing a big role in clog development. If you keep noticing sluggish draining that recurs, you may need the help of a plumber from S.A.K. to finally put an end to the problem. Old Pipe […]

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A clogged kitchen sink is annoying no matter how it occurs, but the age of your home’s plumbing could be playing a big role in clog development. If you keep noticing sluggish draining that recurs, you may need the help of a plumber from S.A.K. to finally put an end to the problem.

Old Pipe Types

First, older homes feature copper, lead, or clay tiles that have far rougher interior surfaces than modern PVC replacements. This is especially true as the pipes corrode due to years of constant water exposure. All that corrosion and roughness catches debris that floats by like hair and soap residue, creating clogs much faster. The layout of older pipes can also exacerbate the problem if the original plumber had to add a lot of bends and twists to work around the rest of the structure. Also, years of build up on the pipe walls tighten the diameter of the pipe, allowing smaller clogs to create bigger problems.

Ongoing Damage

Older pipes are also more likely to be damaged by tree roots or shifting soil, leading to a serious blockage that can only be repaired by a plumber. Failing to fix these big sewage line problems will leave you with a clogged kitchen sink that doesn’t drain no matter how many times you have it snaked. You can’t remove tree roots or even tell if they’re the cause of your drain problems on your own, so leave the major repairs to the professionals to protect your older home from damage.

If you’re not sure whether it’s the age of your pipes causing your clogged kitchen sink or something else, call us here at S.A.K. We’ll send out a plumber who is well equipped to inspect your plumbing, determine its age and condition, and make recommendations on how to replace the damaged pipes without having to re-plumb the entire house at once.

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Electrical Outlet Wiring | Outlet Issues http://sakepc.com/blog/electrical-outlet-wiring-outlet-issues/ http://sakepc.com/blog/electrical-outlet-wiring-outlet-issues/#respond Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:47:26 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1795 Most electrical issues are beyond the realm of DIY, even basic troubleshooting, because of the risks of dealing with live voltage. However, there are some very obvious signs of damage that anyone can recognize. If you notice black marks around an outlet after using it or before you plug something in, you should have the […]

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Most electrical issues are beyond the realm of DIY, even basic troubleshooting, because of the risks of dealing with live voltage. However, there are some very obvious signs of damage that anyone can recognize. If you notice black marks around an outlet after using it or before you plug something in, you should have the electrical outlet wiring inspected immediately.

Signs of Scorching

Black marks that don’t rub off and which feature bubbles or melted areas are signs that the outlet sparked at some point while being used. This is often caused by a damaged power cord on a vacuum, television, or other appliance. If the item plugged in malfunctions and overloads its usual power demands, the resulting surge can also create a lot of heat in the cord and transfer that damage to the outlet. Try taking the outlet cover off and checking for other signs of scorching and burning on the back of the cover and the wall opening around the receptacle.

Damaged Wiring

Aside from power cord issues, outlets can also become damaged in this way due to faulty wiring. When the contact between the wiring and the outlet connectors is loosened by age or the nibbling of mice, the resulting damage allows the metal to arc together. All that live electricity creates a serious fire hazard. Continuing to use an outlet that is turning dark around the openings or releasing a faint burning odor can lead to an electrical outlet wiring fire. Stop using any outlet that develops black marks, shows signs of scorching, or releases any odor or visible smoke. If you’re not sure what kind of dark marks are appearing around your outlets, it’s best to have an electrician tell you if it’s a heat problem or something else like mold.

Letting an electrician from S.A.K. perform an annual outlet inspection is the best way to prevent a house fire and keep your appliances safe. Malfunctioning electrical outlet wiring can also damage sensitive equipment like laptops and modems, so make sure every power source is working properly before you plug your phone in for charging.

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Certified Electrician | Kitchen Lighting Trends http://sakepc.com/blog/certified-electrician-kitchen-lighting-trends/ http://sakepc.com/blog/certified-electrician-kitchen-lighting-trends/#respond Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:06:37 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1789 When designing a new kitchen, don’t stop at the countertops and flooring. Considering the lighting of your space can make a big impact on how it looks, how easy it is to cook, and what kind of return you get for your renovation investment when you decide to sell the house. Work with a S.A.K. […]

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When designing a new kitchen, don’t stop at the countertops and flooring. Considering the lighting of your space can make a big impact on how it looks, how easy it is to cook, and what kind of return you get for your renovation investment when you decide to sell the house. Work with a S.A.K. certified electrician to work in a few of these hot kitchen lighting trends.

Undercabinet Lighting

A few handsome LED light strips and your countertops are bright enough for chopping vegetables without losing a finger. Big wall cabinets add extra storage, but they also block light from reaching the counters below them. Integrated undercabinet lighting fixes this problem in an elegant way.

Rustic Fixtures

While brushed steel and the ultra modern commercial kitchen look reigned for a few years, designers are returned to woven linen and jute rope again to add natural touches to kitchen lighting. Try a more rustic iron bird cage pendant lamp approach for a dining nook instead of the glass and polished metal designs of last year.

Clustered Lights

Instead of the perfectly spaced can lights or formulaic track lights of the past, call in a certified electrician to wire clusters of hanging or ceiling flush lights over task areas like an island or the dining table. Clustered lights look more organic and provide more concentrated light at the same time.

Go Bigger

Don’t be afraid to add an eye-catching chandelier or vintage schoolhouse ceiling fan to the kitchen for a little glamor. Many people save the big fixtures for their dining and living rooms, but dramatic lights often work better in a kitchen, especially in open floor plans that leave a lot of empty space between the cooking and dining areas. A large light fixture can center a room that feels too open.

No matter what trends you try this year, make sure a certified electrician from S.A.K. checks all the wiring before you swap out any lights. Call us when you need helping wiring a brand new connection for a light or ceiling fan.

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Concrete Architecture for Accessibility http://sakepc.com/blog/concrete-architecture-for-accessibility/ http://sakepc.com/blog/concrete-architecture-for-accessibility/#respond Mon, 07 Mar 2016 15:27:08 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1781 Adding a new patio to your backyard is a great way to get the entire family to spend more time outdoors. But it needs special design considerations if you have a family member with limited mobility. A few concrete architecture changes may be all you need to make a patio accessible by people using wheelchairs, […]

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Adding a new patio to your backyard is a great way to get the entire family to spend more time outdoors. But it needs special design considerations if you have a family member with limited mobility. A few concrete architecture changes may be all you need to make a patio accessible by people using wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistance devices.

Include a Ramp or Walkway

First, aim to either create a level path from the home to the patio from concrete or add a ramp to cover the height between the ground and the patio. Even the lowest poured patios made with modern concrete architecture will still rise an inch or two above the rest of the surface. This can be too much for a wheelchair or scooter user to cross. The ramp shouldn’t rise more than one inch for every foot of length, so a three-inch-high patio will need a three-foot-long ramp.

Add Surface Friction

Don’t forget about how slick finished concrete can be and how that increases the likelihood of a fall for all family members. Some attractive decorative tricks for increasing surface friction for safety include:

  • Embedding river stones or pebbles in the surface for a bumpy finish that’s easier to stay balanced on
  • Sweeping or brushing the concrete while it’s still wet for a rough texture
  • Stamping grooves and patterns into the patio surface that are ridged enough to improve friction.

Prevent Pooling

Controlling how water gathers on the surface is also essential for preventing slips and falls. Adding drainage in the form of covered trench drains, a crowned surface that slopes outward from the center, or using previous concrete that lets water flow through all prevent puddles from pooling on the patio.

If you’re looking for expertise on how to alter your concrete architecture for greater accessibility, let S.A.K. help with both the design and implementation of ramps and other patio upgrades. Contact us here.

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Pouring Concrete http://sakepc.com/blog/pouring-concrete/ http://sakepc.com/blog/pouring-concrete/#respond Fri, 04 Mar 2016 15:16:47 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1775 When you’re dreaming of a bigger patio or a cleaner driveway, you may not realize that the weather has a big effect on how strong your new concrete is after it cures. Concrete doesn’t just dry, it undergoes a complex chemical reaction that makes it so durable and strong when the curing processes slowly and […]

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When you’re dreaming of a bigger patio or a cleaner driveway, you may not realize that the weather has a big effect on how strong your new concrete is after it cures. Concrete doesn’t just dry, it undergoes a complex chemical reaction that makes it so durable and strong when the curing processes slowly and carefully. Find out how pouring concrete when it’s too hard, cold, dry, or wet could affect the end results of your project.

Warm and Damp

Concrete cures best when it’s kept above 40 degrees F and with a relatively high water content for at least 14 days. This means Phoenix homeowners can have their concrete projects¬† done throughout most of the winter without any issues. However, it should be noted that dry days still make it hard to keep moisture in the concrete and on the surface of the slab.

Managing Moisture

Dry air, temperatures that rise above 80 degrees F, high winds, and direct sunlight all make it hard to keep the moisture levels even in the concrete as it cures.  But not to worry. Our concrete specialists here at S.A.K. utilize numerous techniques after pouring concrete to manage humidity for the hardest and strongest possible finished product. Some techniques include

  • Soaker hoses and sprayers to routine add extra water to the concrete
  • Plastic sheets and tarps that create a greenhouse effect to recycle evaporating water
  • Burlap sheets that are soaked regularly to hold water at the surface
  • Shade tarps to keep direct sun off of the slab as it cures.

Heat Effects

Aside from removing moisture, high ambient temperatures also speed up the chemical reaction in the concrete that gives it such strength. Curing a slab at 88 degrees F can reduce the total strength by 10% when compared to concrete cured at 78 degrees F. Since it gets hot early here in Phoenix, you’re best off scheduling your visits with S.A.K. for pouring concrete as early as possible in the spring. If this time frame does not work for you, however, we still have techniques to make it work at any time of the year.

So, if you’ve been thinking about a new patio or driveway, conntact us at S.A.K. for more information.

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Mobile Electrician | Outlet or Appliance Repair? http://sakepc.com/blog/mobile-electrician-outlet-or-appliance-repair/ http://sakepc.com/blog/mobile-electrician-outlet-or-appliance-repair/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:56:30 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1768 It’s hard to get your day started off on the right note when you’re ready to make breakfast and discover your refrigerator has been off for hours and your food is on the verge of spoiling. When there’s a problem with an appliance shutting off completely, it can be hard to tell if you should […]

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It’s hard to get your day started off on the right note when you’re ready to make breakfast and discover your refrigerator has been off for hours and your food is on the verge of spoiling. When there’s a problem with an appliance shutting off completely, it can be hard to tell if you should call a mobile electrician for help or an appliance repair specialist instead. If you do a little troubleshooting on your own first, you may be able to determine where to call for help first.

Test the Outlet

First, unplug the appliance from its outlet and examine the plate for signs of sparking or arcing, like melted plastic or black scorch patterns around the outlet. Feel the plate and see if it’s warm or hot, two signs of electrical issues inside the wall. If other appliances plugged into the outlet also fail to work, you need help from a mobile electrician from S.A.K. If you notice melted insulation or other damage on the electrical cord of the appliance, you will want to call an appliance repair technician for help rewiring the unit instead.

Try Another Power Source

If you’re still not sure whether it’s your blender or the outlet that’s acting up, try a different outlet in a nearby room. This isn’t possible with big refrigerators and electric stoves that require a larger plug, but it’s a quick test for any smaller appliances.

Look For A Larger Pattern

Is the problem intermittent and obviously electrical? For example, electric ovens that switch off at relatively low temperatures may be overloading their outlets. Even if it’s a faulty sensor or control unit causing the appliance issue you’re struggling with, it’s worth it to call in a mobile electrician because unusual power draw from a malfunctioning appliance can also permanently damage the outlet and wiring.

Protect your electrical system (and ultimately your appliances) with regular inspections from a reliable S.A.K. team member.

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Plumber Help For Your Pipes http://sakepc.com/blog/plumber-help-for-your-pipes/ http://sakepc.com/blog/plumber-help-for-your-pipes/#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:56:48 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1751 In many cases when you need to call a plumber, there is nothing you could have done to prevent the leak or clog from developing. However, a few small behaviors add up in a big way when it comes to damaging the plumbing. Avoid these common practices to keep your plumbing in the best shape […]

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plumberIn many cases when you need to call a plumber, there is nothing you could have done to prevent the leak or clog from developing. However, a few small behaviors add up in a big way when it comes to damaging the plumbing. Avoid these common practices to keep your plumbing in the best shape possible:

Using Caustic Chemicals

From clog removers to drain odor treatments, it’s never a good idea to pour strong chemicals down your drain. No matter what the bottle claims about safety and plumber approval, these chemicals are no substitute for genuine treatment handled by a plumber.

Flushing Food and Incorrect Waste Items

Cooking grease, feminine products, and leftover paint don’t belong in your drains. Aside from creating serious clogs that require a plumber’s help to repair, these unwanted deposits can damage the entire sewer system and leave you with a serious bill for the repairs.

Letting Pipes Go Too Long Without Replacement

Investing in an older home can help you save a little money in crowded and high demand real estate markets. Unfortunately, the money you save may not outweight the cost of having every pipe removed and replaced with modern materials. Old-fashioned cast iron, copper, and lead pipes all eventually corrode to create serious leaks and may effect your family’s health as metals leach into the drinking water. Make sure your pipes are up to date or you’ll end up spending a lot more on water damage mitigation after a major flood.

Overusing Certain Appliances

In a busy house full of kids, it’s easy to keep the dishwasher or washing machine running for hours on end. However, all that demand can wear out the plumbing connections for these appliances. Invest in pipe upgrades on any equipment you use more than usual.

Need a plumber to check the damage you’ve already done to the pipes? Call S.A.K. today to schedule a visit. We’ll give you an honest evaluation and help

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Clogged Disposal? http://sakepc.com/blog/clogged-disposal/ http://sakepc.com/blog/clogged-disposal/#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:14:56 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1757 Garbage disposals are a modern wonder that are constantly mistreated. If you have ever complained about your clogged disposal or the unpleasant smell rising out of it, you’ll be excited to find out that it’s most likely how you’re using it rather than problems with the model itself. Adjust your habits to keep your disposal […]

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clogged disposalGarbage disposals are a modern wonder that are constantly mistreated. If you have ever complained about your clogged disposal or the unpleasant smell rising out of it, you’ll be excited to find out that it’s most likely how you’re using it rather than problems with the model itself. Adjust your habits to keep your disposal running properly for years without the need for major repairs.

Clean It Every Three To Four Days

After a few days of use, grab some ice from the freezer and little table salt. Load a cup of cubes and a quarter cup of salt into the disposal, then run it until the ice is gone. This technique cleans off food deposits that cause odors without the use of chemicals that can damage pipes. Follow up by grinding a lemon or orange peel for a sweet smell.

Break Up Food

Some people try to force large food items down their disposal without thinking of the consequences. Unless you’ve invested in a unit that specifically claims to grind up anything, you’re putting a lot of wear and tear on the unit motor. Break large and hard pieces of waste into smaller pieces before grinding it to keep the disposal running properly.

Limit Fats and Proteins

If you just can’t prevent a clogged disposal or dirty unit with the usual tips, it’s time to change what you’re putting down the drain altogether. Fats and meat scraps are the most damaging to disposals because the material sticks to the sides of the pipes and accumulates quicker than other residues. The simple switch of putting grease and meat into a separate garbage container instead can make it a lot easier to keep your garbage disposal working. Pasta, rice, and eggshells are also no-nos for putting down your kitchen disposal.

When nothing seems to work for your drains, call S.A.K. We can help you determine what’s wrong with your garbage disposal as quickly as possible.

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Electrical Inspections for Your New Home http://sakepc.com/blog/electrical-inspections-for-your-new-home/ http://sakepc.com/blog/electrical-inspections-for-your-new-home/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:31:46 +0000 http://sakepc.com/?p=1740 Buying a new home is a great investment in your family’s future. But you may end up spending far more than the purchase price if you don’t have the electrical system inspected before signing the purchase contract. Major electrical problems can cost quite a bit to fix, and many homes aren’t safe to inhabit until […]

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electricalBuying a new home is a great investment in your family’s future. But you may end up spending far more than the purchase price if you don’t have the electrical system inspected before signing the purchase contract. Major electrical problems can cost quite a bit to fix, and many homes aren’t safe to inhabit until the wiring and outlets are updated and replaced. Hiring an electrician from S.A.K. to inspect the wiring and fixtures pays off in multiple ways,

General Home Inspections Aren’t As Focused

A home inspector has to inspect everything from the roof to the foundation in just a few hours. This inspector doesn’t have time to dedicate an hour just to testing every outlet or chasing damage to mouse-chewed wiring. On top of time constraints, most general home inspectors don’t want to remove wall paneling or send cameras deep into wall cavities to map every inch of the wiring. An electrician hired to check the electrical system alone will have the time and equipment for addressing all of these situations and more.

Meeting Building Code And Zoning Requirements

You might get away with buying a house that doesn’t fit your area’s current standards on safety and building standards, but you’ll run into trouble when you try to sell the home to someone else. Checking that the power system is modernized and meets all the various requirements for the city, state, and federal rules means you won’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make the home ready for the market.

Dangerous Situations

Some homeowners do their own electrical repairs, or install wiring and circuit breakers rated well below the amount of power that’s running through them. All of these issues increase the risks of a serious house fire. Call S.A.K. for a complete, tailored inspection, and get immediate help in fixing any potential issues that your new home may have.

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