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Very little is more frustrating than a malfunctioning plumbing system. The inconvenience and cost of a leak or piping issue can be debilitating to your building.

Lightning Plumbing Chicago and Backflow Testing has the know-how and experience to get your plumbing system up and running as quickly as possible. Whether you own a commercial or residential building, our knowledgeable staff can handle any need. From new construction to remodeling; leaking pipes to dripping faucet, no problem is too much of a challenge for our seasoned plumbers.

We have a wide-reaching service department that is available for backflow testing in Lombard, plumbing in Glen Ellyn, plumbing in Downers Grove, backflow testing in Naperville, and everywhere in between. Contact us today for information and to set up an appointment!

How to Start a Successful Blog Site

The internet is a powerful place. People search for history, they go to the internet. They look for shoes, they go to the internet. They look for news and current events, they go to the internet. They look for love, guess where they go – yes, the internet. The world wide web has been a game changer in the past two decades, and we, as consumers, are enjoying every bit of it.

Blogs are one of the simplest information sources there is in the world wide web. Because there are a lot of blogging platforms available that people can use for free, anyone can actually start their own little blogging site and put whatever they want on it. There are blogs about current events, Hollywood, movies and television, food, makeup, business, gaming, home management, pets, travel, etc. There are even blogs about blogs. How apt, right? The point is, a blog can be about anything, and that anything depends on what the author wants it to be. While it is easy to start a blogging site, as anyone can actually do it, wanting to make it big in blogging is a different story. You will have to take a few considerations to commence a blog, and be successful at it.

1. Find your niche.

Focusing your blogging site on a particular niche will build your profile. Once established, you will be known as a credible source for that topic. For example, when you have built a reputable amount of blog posts about commentaries on recently released movies, or TV series, your audience will most likely come back to your blog site to check for a new review. Google will also treat your site as an authority on that topic. It will also pool your readers towards that topic, hence more and more silver screen fans will mostly likely visit your site.

2. Update your blog site regularly.

You should treat your blog like a TV channel, where audience would tune in at a particular time for their favorite show. Just like a TV channel, posting a new content on your blog on a regular schedule will keep your readers tuned in. If you publish an entry three times this week, and nothing on the following week, and then ten new ones the week after that, your readers will be confused as when to expect something new from your site. They may even think you have abandoned your blog site and may not even know you’ve posted new contents. Posting new content on a regular schedule makes your readers excited to come back to read more.

3. Let people find your blog site.

When you have a blog site, optimize your search keywords so when people look for particular topics on search engines, your blog will rank. Now, this is something that you develop overtime as the more hits your site receives, the better it’s ranking will be. On a simpler note, you can always advertise your blog site through social media, or link them to other more popular websites. For example, if your niche is household, and you wrote about carpet cleaning, you may link to the best professional carpet cleaner company in Franklin TN to rank better in search engine results. This technique will help you make your blog site more search friendly.

The most successful blog sites, big or small, follow these three simple things in making their blog more appealing to their readers. The good thing is, you can start your own too.

Top 3 Plumbing Problems and Solutions

Plumbing fixtures for every home malfunction or wear out with age at some point. Knowing how to address problems that crop up with the piping system in your home without seeking help from businesses that offer plumbing services can help you save some money. With that in mind, here are some of the most common plumbing problems along with DIY tips on how to fix them.

#1: Dripping Faucets

A dripping faucet leads to unnecessary wastage of water. However, this problem is very easy to fix when detected early. All you need to do is replace the worn out sealing part also known as a washer. There are different kinds of washers such as the stem, ball spring, cartridge and modular types. If you don’t know what type of washer to buy, a good idea is to carry the current one installed on your faucet when visiting the local hardware store and replace it with a matching part.

#2: Leaks 

In addition to increasing your water bill, leaking pipes can cause other costly problems. For instance, plaster or sheetrock that soaks up creates the ideal habitat for mold to thrive. Leaking pipes that go undetected may cause wooden floors or porous tiles to warp or discolor due to water damage.

In most cases, pipes leak at connecting joints. A temporary fix may involve reapplying Teflon tape and other commercial joint filers then tightening pipes at leaking joints with a wrench. You may also use pliers to tighten nuts that hold pipe joint together. For more permanent plumbing repair, you should consider replacing a section of the leaking pipe or its fittings, especially if corrosion is present. 

#3: Slow Drains

Partial or complete clogs cause water from your skin or tub to drain slowly. This common plumbing problem is simple to fix since all you need is a plunger. A plunger uses air pressure to dislodge a clog closer to the drain hole. If you suspect that hair is clogging your drain, consider using the infamous Zip-It drain-cleaning tool. An alternative option involves pouring special drain cleaners into your sink or tub. These liquids contain a mix of caustic potash and lye, which easily dissolve clogs into a soap-like liquid that flushes down the drain. However, use this method sparingly because commercial drain cleaners contain chemicals that can damage some pipe materials if used too frequently.

When to Call a Plumber

While the ‘handyman in you’ might want to forego professional plumbing services, keep in mind that some issues are too complex to tackle alone. For instance, you may not have adequate knowledge and skills to handle water heater problems, water pressure issues, septic tank leaks, running toilets, sewer line breaks or installation of new plumbing fixtures. If you lack the tools or know how to address a plumbing problem, make sure to call a certified plumber. Trying to fix complex plumbing problems that you don’t understand might just make things worse and lead to repairs that are more costly.

5 Skills Every Traveler Should Learn

 

Every traveler needs to be equipped with certain awareness and safety skills when traveling across the word. This is even more necessary for those who travel alone to new destinations. There are so many skills every traveler should learn but adaptability is the main one.

Here are some of the skills every traveler should learn:

1.   Learn the local language

It is great to know a language other than English. Always keep trying and your efforts will give you the confidence to navigate new territory and the locals will appreciate it. Learn the basics such as greetings and how to order in a restaurant.

2.   Acquire basic survival skills

Whether you are traveling alone or with someone, it is essential to know life-saving skills like knowing how to use a first aid kit. It is best to take a CPR class to feel more confident and ensure you are getting up-to-date procedures.

Additional seemingly skills include knowing how to swim, learning how to stop yourself or someone else from bleeding, self-defense moves or treating shock. Always make sure that you are comfortable with backcountry emergencies.

Cold and heat injuries, wound management, and altitude sickness should be situations you are familiar with. These skills can save your life if you are miles off road.

3.   Read a map

In the age of GPS, it is still important to know how to read a map. This skill is essential in places where there is no cell phone service. It’s also an essential tool for hiking, for road trips and for navigating a city center where you may want to save data for emergencies.

Level up your skill by teaching yourself how to use an old-fashioned compass. Studying maps of where you are traveling to beforehand can also help you acquaint yourself with unfamiliar places.

4.   Approach strangers

On the road, strangers can help you locate the best restaurants, local shops, and other attractions. They can also help to point you in the right direction when you are lost. Approaching someone you have no idea about can be intimidating but you can always try. Start by talking with shop owners or hotel staff.

Going to a local bar and starting to chat with people is also a great move. After some practice, you will feel more comfortable and you can start a conversation with extremely anyone.

5.   Estimate conversions

The world deals in kilometers, liters, Celsius, miles and many other units. You need to know the metrics and currency of the destinations you intend on visiting so that you can comfortably order drinks and food in a restaurant, obey speed limits, know which side of the road to drive etc.

Also, familiarizing yourself with the local currency and exchange rates can help you a big deal while dealing with your expenditure. Being able to quickly estimate how much a meal or a train ticket will cost you will help you avoid purchases excess of your budget.

Conclusion

These are great skills every traveler should learn for safety and security in your journeys.


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