Garbage Disposal Etiquette with the Atlanta Home Inspector

 

Garbage Disposal  Are you using your garbage disposal properly? What foods do you consistently flush down the drain, and which foods do you pitch elsewhere?  The Atlanta home inspection crew has created a list of consumables that need to avoid garbage disposal territory. Make sure that the disposal stays clog-free, and that the trap does not become blocked.  Even though a plumber could help in this situation, why pay for a service call if you can educate your family ahead of time and avoid the situation if possible!

Here’s that short list of food waste that’s better suited for the garbage

  • Rice and pasta : Small particles can never be completely pulverized, and will swell in the presence of water. This can clog pipes and traps.
    • Egg shells : Tiny, granular waste can get “bound” with pipe sludge, creating a thick clog.
    • Coffee grounds : Same as for egg shells. As a clog thickens, it’s harder for water to pass through.
    • Grease : Liquid fats turn to solid when in contact with cold water. Over time, this creates a clog like plaque on an artery.
    • Potato peels : Once ground, peels turn starchy like mashed potatoes. This can clog a drain pipe instantly.

With kitchen garbage disposals, the general rule for flushing food should be “when in doubt, leave it out”. Use your disposal for convenience, not for a trash chute substitute!

On a side note, The Atlanta home inspector takes pictures of every garbage disposal and submits the model and serial numbers to RecallChek to ensure that your disposal has not been recalled for issues. There could be an underlying issue with the disposal if you are experiencing issues, yet using the appliance properly.

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Tips on drawing up a will from the home inspector in Atlanta

It’s difficult thinking about death and dying and about wills and estate planning when you’re young and starting a family or when you feel in perfectly good health. That might explain why nearly 60 percent of Americans do not have a will, according to a recent national survey conducted by FindLaw.com, the nation’s leading online resource for legal information.

The process of drawing up a will and an estate plan is not like it’s often portrayed in the movies or on TV. It can involve a number of complex decisions, ranging from how to distribute a lifetime of assets to giving specific directions to your legal guardian about end-of-life decisions, such as whether extraordinary medical care should be implemented to keep you alive, or whether you’d like to donate your organs for medical research.

Consider these tips from FindLaw.com on how to write a will and create an estate plan:

Get professional help. It’s best to get the assistance of an attorney who specializes in wills and estate planning. Writing a relatively straightforward will, with the assistance of an attorney, will cost between $750 to $1,500. Obviously, the more assets you own, the more complex the process will be. After drawing up your will, you should update it every couple years or whenever there is a significant change in your life.

Legal guardians. Most people will consider drawing up a will when they have children. One of the most profound decisions you will ever make is who will care for your children in the event of your untimely death, and this decision is expressed in a will. Along with this decision comes the decision of passing on assets to your legal guardians to provide financial support to care for your children. Over time, you may decide to choose different legal guardians to care for your children based on any number of reasons, from your meeting the needs of your child to your personal relationship with the designated legal guardians.

Who to include in your will. In your will, you will name someone you trust (the executor) to carry out the directions in your will. It’s imperative that you leave very clear and precise instructions for your executor to follow. You also will name the beneficiaries who will receive your specific bequests, which may include real estate, personal property and capital (stocks, bonds and money). People will often designate alternate beneficiaries in the event that their elected beneficiaries do not survive.

What to include in your will. Some people give their personal assets directly to another person, while others will have their assets sold – with the value divided among the beneficiaries. A beneficiary also can include an organization, such as your church, a school or a non-profit. Funeral arrangements are not included in a will.

Internet passwords and PIN numbers. To make it easier for the person you designate to fulfill your will, FindLaw.com recommends writing down and storing passwords and PIN (personal identification number) numbers of important accounts in a safe deposit box, or with the law firm with which you file your will. This is important because some online services will not grant anyone access to a deceased person’s account due to privacy laws.

Health care directives. As you draw up a will, you should also write up an advanced health care directive, which protects your right to refuse any medical treatment that you do not want, or to request treatment that you do want, in the event that you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.

Health care power of attorney. The person you designate to execute your will may be different from the person you designate to make health care decisions for you in the event that you can’t. If this is the case for you, ensure that you also draw up a health care power of attorney.

Beneficiary forms with banks. File beneficiary forms with banks and brokerages to ensure that your assets are payable upon death.

Passing ownership.  If you own a business, it’s important to create a plan for the transfer of ownership of the business in the event of your unexpected death.  There are two key decisions to consider: Do you want your ownership position in the business to remain in your family or do you want to have the business sold to another party (those who may own a share of the business)? Second, who do you want to operate the business if you’re not there – a member of your family or a professional manager who is not related to your family?

Don’t wait; discuss your estate plans with your heirs. It’s an awkward conversation to have, but it’s essential to making sure your heirs and beneficiaries understand your intentions for the dispersal of your estate upon your death. This is also a good time to talk about your wishes for your funeral (cremation or burial), as well as your feelings about organ donation.

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How to create your perfect shower

From an invigorating spray that kick-starts the morning to an enveloping waterfall that washes away a long day, today’s showers offer luxurious experiences to meet every desire. With a little planning and the right products, you can create a personal oasis. Even small choices, like showerheads and accessories, can instantly upgrade any bathroom.

“Showerheads have become increasingly sophisticated,” says Rob Larson, director of business development for Danze, a manufacturer of decorative plumbing products, fixtures and bath furniture. “Whether it’s water conservation, functionality or a spa-like experience that is your priority, you can easily customize the experience by mixing and matching different accessories and sprays.”

A green stream
For homeowners looking to conserve water, new showerhead technology is offering a variety of efficient water flows without sacrificing performance. Creating a luxurious spray no longer translates into wasted water.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to design showerheads that push water out with greater force, maximizing water flow regardless of water pressure,” Larson says. “It’s now possible to save water and energy without sacrificing your shower experience, but you do need to do your homework. Not all efficient showerheads have the technology needed to deliver on performance.”

Larson recommends pressure-equalizing showerheads and novel spray patterns, each of which can provide optimal performance at flow rates up to 40 percent lower than the 2.5 gallon-per-minute federal mandate.

More flexible flow
When functionality is top of mind, handheld showerheads with slide bar mounting systems on the wall offer a great solution as they cater to a variety of needs.

“Slide bar shower systems are a versatile option for any homeowner because the spray direction is so easy to manipulate,” Larson said. “You not only have the ability to pair a wide variety of handheld showerheads with them, but they also cater to diverse heights and accommodate physical limitations. Often paired with a wall- or ceiling-mounted showerhead, handheld showers are particularly useful when washing your hair, rinsing off legs, bathing children or even cleaning the shower.”

Slide bars come in a variety of styles, finishes and sizes to accommodate every shower enclosure. Danze, for instance, offers 24- and 30-inch systems with multi-function showerheads to ensure the perfect custom combination.

The H2Oasis
If you’re hoping to create a spa-like experience, today’s custom shower systems often combine wall-mounted body sprays, handheld sprayers and high-performance showerheads to transform the shower into a relaxing getaway.

“For those days when you want to escape and truly wash it all away, custom systems are the ideal shower solution,” Larson said. “Adjustable, wall-mounted body sprays added to a shower allow you to direct the water flow in your preferred position to complement the other elements of your shower.”

Many custom systems offer a variety of styles and finishes that also coordinate with bathroom faucets and accessories to create a cohesive decor. The sleek, sculptural Sirius Collection from Danze, for instance, includes a shower system, faucets, and accessories like towel bars and shelves to carry your unique style beyond the shower walls.

For more information on the variety of new shower systems, accessories and technology, visit danze.com.