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Painting your cabinets is the newly affordable fix to revitalizing your kitchen!

Kitchen renovations are high on the list of most expensive home-improvement projects, but it is entirely possible to give your tired kitchen new life without breaking the bank. At the most basic, new paint and cabinet hardware freshen the look; while at the high end, upgraded cabinets and appliances within the original framework save the expense and hassle of moving plumbing and electrical lines. So, if changing trends or normal wear and tear means it’s time for a “kitchen -lift," here are a few simple and affordable upgrade ideas from thisoldhouse.com:

Cabinets

Sturdy wood cabinets are often worth saving. To change the look:

Change hardware: Replacing knobs, pulls, and hinges cost as little as a few dollars per door. Make sure the new hardware matches the existing hole locations.

Paint: A coat of paint can brighten up old cabinets and cheer up the whole room. (Metal cabinets can be sent out to an autobody shop for a durable refinishing.) The cost of a professional paint job: about $35 to $85 per linear foot.

Reface: Refacing can make cabinets look brand new. First, doors and drawer fronts are removed, and all exterior surfaces are covered with a veneer of prefinished wood in whatever species and finish you prefer. Then new doors and drawer fronts are made to match. Make sure to hire a reputable company, and only after you've seen examples of its work. Cost: approximately $125 to $325 per linear foot, depending on the type of veneer and the method of installation.

Change doors: It's possible to replace just the panels on cabinet doors. Decorative filler panel options include glass (clear, etched, tinted, patterned, stained) and metal (stainless steel or punched or patterned tin). Simply use a router to cut away the existing panel and rout a lip on the back of the door to hold the new panel. Replacement panels typically cost from $100 to $250 per door. Other options include removing the doors altogether (free!) for an open-shelf look or replacing them with new doors ($100 to $400 per door).

Add moldings: Wood moldings and trim add character to plain cabinet fronts. If your old cabinets don't go to the ceiling, adding a crown molding or soffit around the top will make a room look more elegant. Cost: about $15 per linear foot, unfinished.

Signs of a major leak under your home

plumbing leak ocalaIf you’ve noticed unexplained cracks in your home and office that appear to be growing larger every day, it’s likely these cracks in your walls or pavement are only a small sign of a much bigger problem - below your feet. Foundation problems can  undermine the infrastructure of a home or commercial building.  Foundation plumbing leaks or slab leaks have been known to literally tear building structures apart slowly over the course of years before an owner suspects anything.

Symptoms of foundation or slab leaks include:

  • Foundation movement
  • Cracking walls
  • Buckling floors
  • Floor damage
  • Doors Sticking

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How did my foundation reach this point?
    Unstable soil conditions can account for a huge portion of your foundation problems. Land movement shifts loose sand and dirt that causes stress on fresh water and drains line systems. This causes sub-slab pipes to stress, separate, snap, or leaks underground allowing water to seep through and unsettle the foundation. Root intrusion from surrounding large trees can also cause unnecessary stress and pressure to underground plumbing.
  • Why should I care about a foundation problem?
    Foundation problems can create detrimental complications to your entire building structure. Left untreated, symptoms grow more and more destructive to entire residential or commercial infrastructures. These problems cost thousands of dollars in foundation restoration for homes or businesses. Health risks for building occupants also occur due to contamination from broken sewers and leaking drain pipes.
  • How can you locate a foundation problem?
    A thorough inspection of your underground plumbing can avoid continuous slab movement orto rule out plumbing leaks as a culprit for your shifty foundation. We specialize in diagnostic testing of sub-slab plumbing for residential and commercial properties. Our electronic listening and hydrostatic pressure tests find all breaks, leaks, and clogs in water systems and sanitary sewer systems. We can even determine the exact amount of fluid lost beneath slab during normal conditions.

Home Improvements To Tackle This Summer

ocala house sidingSummer is the perfect time for grilling out, taking a dip in a cool refreshing swimming pool, and (of course) home improvement projects. If you’re wondering where to start on that last issue, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Pressure Washing: In all of its glorious splendor of the sunshine and refreshing dips in the pool, Summer also brings with it the downside of moisture, mildew and a stark reminder that it’s time to pressure wash. A good pressure washing at the beginning of summer eliminates months of buildup, residue, dirt, and grime that find their way into the exterior walls, ground surfaces, roof, and paint. Professional pressure washing addresses these issues at their source - preventing lots of potential future issues.
  • Siding Replacement: Even with regular pressure washing, sealing, and maintenance, your home’s siding can break down and needs replacement. Weather, wear and tear, and just general use understandably take their toll on your home’s siding, and there’s no better time than Summer to take a good look at your siding and determine what needs to be replaced.
  • Drain your Water Heater: Regularly draining your water heater not only prolongs the life of your tank but also increases the ability of your water heater to heat up water to the right level. Draining your water heater gets rid of built-up sediment and decreases the amount of heat transfer needed to reach the heat exchanger.
  • Prepare for Winter: Preparing your plumbing, walls, roof and any other home improvement project for winter is best done in Summer. Regardless of where you live, the damage caused by winter freezes wreak havoc not only on your plumbing, wiring or structures but also on your bank account - in the form of repair costs that you could have prevented by performing Summer maintenance.

Break ground on your home improvement projects this summer and enjoy your peace of mind for the rest of the year! 

When Drano just doesn’t work on that clogged drain

plumber snake ocala floridaLiquid-Plumr and Drano contain caustic ingredients that eat away at your pipes and irritate your lungs. They’re also terrible for the environment. The chemical smell drifting from your drain is a dead giveaway that tells your plumber you’ve been using these products. So, what’s the solution when Drano just doesn’t do the trick for clearing your clogged drain?

The most effective and long term solution for unclogging drains and pipes is snaking. This physically breaks up the clog and gets the water to properly flow through. A plumber's snake is a slender, flexible auger used to dislodge clogs in plumbing. The plumber's snake is often reserved for difficult clogs that cannot be loosened with a plunger. It is also sometimes called a toilet jack.

The most powerful form of snaking is performed by a drum auger. A drum auger is a motorized auger with modular blades designed for various gauges of pipe. A drum auger is powerful enough to cut through tree roots. Used unskillfully, they can also damage plastic pipework and even copper tubing. Plumbing snakes with the capacity of a drum auger should always be left in the hands of a professional plumber.

Please contact Kost Plumbing today for all your plumbing needs!

How to tell if that foundation crack is a minor or major deal

foundation crack concreteAny leak is a bad leak when it comes to plumbing, so when in doubt, it’s safe to assume that if you find a foundation crack, there may be a slab leak behind it. While the best route is  always to assume a crack should be addressedorder to prevent a bigger problem, here are some tell-tale signs that your foundation crack is the sign of a slab leak:

  • Hissing, splashing noises with no open taps:  If you hear water is running somewhere, check your house thoroughly inside and out to see if someone left a tap dripping. If all taps are tightly closed, and youre still hear the sound, try to find the exact location of the sound and call a plumber to come to perform a slab leak video inspection.
  • Your floor is warm without a floor heater: this could indicate that a warm water line is leaking beneath your slab - which can mean there is a much bigger problem. A warm spot on the floor usually means that water has started to gather. This water causes moisture, mildew and dangerous mold to form beneath your carpets.
  • If you notice cracks in your tile floors or bubbles in your linoleum floors: these may indicate a leaking pipe.
  • Ruptures in the walls: a slab leak can trigger the entire wall to move. If the wall moves, your entire house is affected, including walls and floors nowhere near the leak.
  • Swimming pool consistently losing water - there may be a leak.
  • If your water pressure suddenly drops to low, could be an indicator of a slab leak. It is common for slab leaks to occur where the water enters your home from the outside. Even a tiny leak in your water line can significantly lower your water pressure.
  • Sudden increase in water bill  - Small holes from slab leaks are capable of leaking more than 10,000 gallons of water in just one month, causing your water bill to rise significantly. .Check to be sure that all of your taps (as well as your washing machine and toilet) are tightly shut off and take a look at your water meter. If the dial is still moving, you most likely have a leak.

What Others Say About Kost Plumbing

I do now know where to start, your prices and plumbing expertise are exceptional. I also appreciate your deck building and carpenter skills, not to mention that outstanding kitchen remodel. With your card I do not need anybody's "List" or any "Referral Program". Keep up the good work!

Chuck F., Reddick, FL

Thomas has done numerous jobs for me, and his work is always exceptional. He is very dependable and is willing to go out of his way to make sure the job is done right. In my opinion you could not hire a more professional or honest person.

Barbara A., Ocala, FL

Thank you so much for all the help and support you provided when we had that leak! I couldn't have asked for a better job or price and the fact that you got it fixed so quickly that we were able to keep up our busy schedules without hardly missing a beat was AWESOME!!! Thanks again.

John D., Citra, FL

We had Kost Plumbing come out on weeknight when we had no water and he fixed the problem THAT NIGHT! We were amazed at his great work ethic and honest prices that he will be our Plumber for Life!!

Susan J., Ocala, FL

Kost's Korner

Painting your cabinets is the newly affordable fix to revitalizing your kitchen!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kitchen renovations are high on the list of most expensive home-improvement projects, but it is entirely possible to give your tired kitchen new life without breaking the bank. At the most basic, new paint and cabinet hardware freshen the look; while at the high end, upgraded cabinets and appliances within the original framework save the expense and hassle of moving plumbing and electrical lines. So, if changing trends or normal wear and tear means it’s time for a “kitchen -lift," here are a few simple and affordable upgrade ideas from thisoldhouse.com:

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Signs of a major leak under your home

Thursday, August 3, 2017

If you’ve noticed unexplained cracks in your home and office that appear to be growing larger every day, it’s likely these cracks in your walls or pavement are only a small sign of a much bigger problem - below your feet. Foundation problems can  undermine the infrastructure of a home or commercial building.  Foundation plumbing leaks or slab leaks have been known to literally tear building structures apart slowly over the course of years before an owner suspects anything.

Read more...