The 3 Biggest Problems You Will Encounter in Your Home Plumbing

Nov 14

Even though plumbing is overlooked in home maintenance, it’s one of the most important aspects of keeping your home clean and sanitary. However, there will be problems that you will run into that will need the help of professional plumbing services to fix.

These are the biggest plumbing problems you’re most likely to encounter at home:

1. The faucets leak.

When you install a sink the first time, you always make sure that the drain or the faucet doesn’t leak or drip water. But this won’t mean that your plumbing will stay that way – they can easily wear over time and cause all kinds of damage to your home’s structure.

One reason for this is that cheap plumbers can sometimes make poor quality services despite the plumbing cost, either because of a lack of oversight or to get things done quickly.

A leaking faucet, drain, or pipe could indicate a problem somewhere in your home’s pipelines. If the problem is too complicated for you to handle, your best option is to call a water technician based in Singapore to keep your sinks and pipes watertight. A professional plumber can help you fix broken pipe or even install a new plumbing system from scratch in the safest and most efficient way for your home.

2. Not enough/too much water pressure.

While this doesn’t seem like too much of a problem at first, not having the right water pressure in your HDB flat could be a disaster waiting to happen – and you want a reliable plumber to get the job done safely.

This is because having too much water pressure could end with a burst pipe, which can cause serious damage to your HDB unit and even affect other neighboring units.

The good news is that you can call a 24 hours plumber service in Singapore to fix this problem before it gets any worse, whether it’s early in the morning or late at night when other plumbers aren’t usually available.

3. The toilet is clogged/running.

The biggest plumbing problem that would require an HBD plumbing contractor in Singapore ASAP is when your toilet bowl cannot flush down. After all, having a choked toilet bowl is unsanitary and embarrassing especially if you have guests around.

You want to fix toilet bowl clogging before it gets worse, but because using a plunger won’t always work (or that you don’t want to unclog it yourself), calling a PUB licensed plumber to fix your problem would be your best option.

Toilets aren’t the only ones that get clogged – sink and bathroom drains also experience this problem because of leftover food bits or stray hair that clump at the bottom. However, these are much easier to clear because of their size (you can use metal coat hangers or a drain snake for these problems).

Call A Plumbing Service Now!

Problems with your home’s drainage and water pipes can happen at any time of day, and because you don’t want to be caught off guard when this happens, it’s best to be prepared with regular maintenance for even small problems that could go big later on.

So when you’re having problems with the pipes in your home, trust only the best plumbing services to provide the best plumbing workmen who can get the job done as quickly as possible.

What are you waiting for? Call a professional plumber service today!

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The Importance of Keeping Your Aircon Clean

Oct 24

With the hot and humid climate of Singapore, you’d be craving for the coolness and comforts of an air-conditioned room in no time. Whether in your home or at the office, you should always try to take care of your AC so you won’t have to face sweltering heat all the time.

However, there are always some circumstances when our AC will end up inoperative. And there can be many reasons behind an air conditioner not cooling. So, never hesitate to call aircon servicing when you find that your AC isn’t functioning well or has stopped functioning completely.

Some problems you may encounter

The compressor is one of the most important parts of an aircon. But even so, ending up with a defective compressor is a common problem with most air conditioning units.

The compressor facilitates heat transfer by sucking the warm air of the room, then pushing it into the AC’s coils where cool air is then blown out. The evaporator and condenser coils are important parts for the cooling process. It will be easy to avoid common aircon problems if you’re able to clean dirty coils as soon as possible.

If a compressor is damaged, the unit will pump out warm air even when you turn it up. Overall, the aircon’s performance will definitely be affected negatively.

A clogged air filter will also affect your aircon’s performance. Filters serve to keep the insides of the AC unit free from dust, dirt, and even avoid the possible buildup of allergens. There are a lot of simple ways that you can do to keep a clean AC. But if you want to ensure maximum sustainability of your appliance, finding a good repair guy for aircons here in Singapore is crucial. Working with a certified aircon servicing company means that your air conditioning system is in good and expert hands.

Another common problem with air conditioning units is having insufficient coolant. Coolant passes through the compressor and is converted to cool air (hence the name), and functions to absorb and remove heat inside the air conditioner.

Lastly, there can be issues with the thermostat. The thermostat basically controls the AC unit as it is used to adjust the temperature and turn the unit on or off. Even though at times, a faulty thermostat won’t be much of a problem, you might still face major difficulties.

Aircon maintenance and cleaning

Air conditioning services offer more than just AC installation in commercial buildings here in Singapore. These companies provide maintenance, cleaning and repair works for your centralized aircon. They have the most seasoned technicians who know very well how to clean central AC and conduct thorough inspection to ensure safety of the equipment and all its functionalities.

Aircon repair, also, isn’t something that you can easily do yourself. You might not thing of it highly at first, but air conditioners are complicated machines. Sure, you can do cleaning on your own, but when it comes to repairs, it’s still ideal to seek professional help. Sometimes, or depending on the damage, repairs can get pretty expensive. So, to cut the cost of aircon servicing and repair, as much as possible, try to maintain an upkeep AC.

That is why air conditioner cleaning is an important aspect in preserving the efficiency and lifespan of your aircon unit.

Just like the appliance itself, you could say that aircon servicing is a need in Singapore. There are many ways for us to keep our air conditioners functioning well. Even if we are successful in doing so, there will always be that time when we will have to call aircon technicians eventually. Maybe it’s just a matter of maintaining and keeping the lifespan of our air conditioning units with proper care.

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Oct 09

Type 1 diabetes affects not just children, but also adults and will appears suddenly, requiring the person to inject insulin for the rest of his/her life. It is a type of autoimmune disease caused by the pancreas’s inability to produce insulin because the cells that produce the hormone are destroyed.

Insulin is responsible for the use and storage of glucose or sugar from the carbohydrates in your food. Diabetes cannot be cured and it is not caused by your diet or lifestyle, but it is life-changing, that is why there is a need for medication and lifestyle overhaul.

Insulin Injections
The body can no longer produce insulin in type 1 diabetes, that is why those who are affected must be dependent on insulin injections or insulin pump for the rest of their lives. It is also equally important to monitor the blood glucose levels everyday. Your doctors and the members of your family will have to work as a team to help you so you can still love a long, productive life.

Diet Plans
Even if type 1 diabetes is not caused by an unhealthy lifestyle (like eating food rich in carbohydrates), those affected by this condition will have to change their diet drastically to avoid complications (especially in the kidneys), blindness, and amputation. Ideally, your blood glucose level should be from 4 to 6 mmol/L, but other patients might be required to maintain a higher blood glucose level as per doctor’s instructions.

There is not one diet plan for all diabetes patients, so you will need to consult a dietician to come up with a diet that is right for you. As a rule, however, both children and adults have to limit intake of food with added salt, saturated fat, added sugars, and alcohol. You will be encouraged to eat vegetables in different colors, beans or legumes, fruits, grain or cereal food, lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, and seeds.

Proper Exercise
Along with a healthy diet, exercise can help balance the insulin in your body, depending on the duration and the intensity of the activity. However, you always must remember that strenuous activities can also greatly lower your blood glucose level, something you must avoid as much as having a high blood glucose level. If your blood glucose is too low (hypoglycemia), you also must treat it. The key is to monitor what each physical activity does to your glucose level.

Prevent Complications
Type 1 diabetes exposes you to risks such as heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, depression and/or anxiety, and amputations. You will have to learn the methods for proper foot care, eye health, bladder and kidneys health, and blood pressure. Check your feet for swelling, ulcers, blisters, bruising, and ingrown nails and get treated within seven days if there are abnormalities. Your eyes should be checked regularly and seek treatment if there are changes in your vision. Monitor your blood pressure and your urine for any changes as well.

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What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Oct 09

The name might sound fancy to you, but deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is more common than you think. So, what are the DVT symptoms and who is at risk?

Blood Clot Formation
DVT is characterized by the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins, which are usually found near the artery and within the leg muscles that carry most of the venous return to your heart.

Most DVT cases occur in the legs in one of the following deep veins: femoral vein, common femoral vein, popliteal vein, profundal femoris vein, and the calf veins. However, DVT can also occur in other parts of the body. When a blood clot occurs, the blood will clump together and thicken in a specific area. Symptoms of DVT in the legs, if there are any, might include leg cramps, swelling and discoloration, gradual onset of pain, warmth, redness, and tenderness in the leg.

Pulmonary Embolus
When the clot in the veins break off, it can travel up the bloodstream and block blood flow. The clot that is loosened is called embolus, and this can travel to the lung artery and block the flow in a condition called pulmonary embolism. When this happens, the lungs and other organs are damaged and it can even lead to death. Unfortunately, most people who experience this do not show symptoms, but if there are any symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Some symptoms may include chest, pain, shortness of breath, and coughing up of blood.

Even if there is no pulmonary embolism, DVT can still damage the vein valves and cause long-term swelling, pain, and sores in the affected leg.

Causes of DVT
DVT is a result of one of the following conditions:

1. Injuries in the lower body
2. Hip or leg surgery
3. Damages in the inner lining of the veins
4. Slow or sluggish blood flow
5. Medical conditions that cause blood to thicken or clot

Number 4 is a common cause of DVT, especially when the person spends hours without moving during travel or while sleeping in bed after a surgical procedure. If you have had surgery on your fractured knees or hips for example, your doctor must take precautions against DVT because you will not want to move much. You are also at risk if you have heart or respiratory problems (including hypertension), have medical conditions that affect the veins, or if you are obese.

Treatment of DVT
DVT is often treated as a medical emergency and the doctor must stop the clot from getting bigger, prevent it from breaking off, and reduce the chances of having another incident.

You will be prescribed the following medications: anticoagulants and thrombin inhibitors to decrease clotting and thrombolytics to dissolve large blood clots or vena cava filter if you can’t have blood thinners. You will also have to wear graduated compression stockings to reduce swelling in your leg.

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5 Ways to Find Your Next Job

Sep 14

Every year graduates flock from different school, each one seeking for jobs. If you are a fresh graduate or maybe just wanting some fresh perspective from another job, looking through ads has a slim chance of finding a good one.

Nowadays, it’s a normal trend to find competition among job seekers a bit higher than they did a few years back. But keep a positive outlook in life since there are still effective ways to land a good one. Start updating your curriculum vitae and don’t forget to indicate what makes you special. After that, you’re good to go for the job hunt.

1. Attend job fairs and events
If you have written your resume and profile with extra care, there are chances that you may be hired on the spot. Big companies attend these kinds of events as well as charities and professional organizations. Prepare a generous number of copies of your CV and during the event, hand it over to employers whom you think will consider hiring you depending on your qualifications.

2. Connect with alumni
Join meetings or gatherings in your area or region. Having a common vision, the same values, the same hobbies or having gone to the same school is a solid approach or even better if these are in your industry.

3. Enlarge your network
Meet people. Have an activity. Everybody knows somebody. Touch base with these people. Connect with old buddies and friends. You may want to buy them a cup of coffee sometime and just brainstorm. They may know somebody that you might want to meet later. Identify a number of most influential people in your network and meet with them. Ask for referrals. In a week, meet with three new referred friends of your circle.

4. Check job bulletins
In most government offices for example, they do display their vacancies either outside their offices in a board or at their websites. Define the top job openings for your skills, talents and qualifications. Update your resume. Indicate your skill and specialty.

5. Get references
If you happen to know somebody in a high ranking position in a good company or even your head of school if you are a fresh graduate, it is wise to ask them to refer you to a company of your choice where you intend to apply. Whether we accept it or not, sometimes whom we know makes a difference nowadays plus of course the skills we have.
These are but a few ways to help you get ahead of your job-hunting game. It’s always best to prepare yourself for the tedious job-hunting process but don’t fret; there’s always a good company just waiting for your application.

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