Journey Through Septic Maintenance and Repair

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Journey Through Septic Maintenance and Repair

Hello! I'm Alfred Alena. While living on a farm, we had to get our water from the well and process waste with a septic system. In the early years, that septic system caused us a boatload of trouble. The cause was a combination of user error and undeveloped parts. As we started to learn how to treat the septic system right, it clogged less often and ran much better. We also upgraded our septic parts to bring it into the modern era. The combination gave us a septic system that worked just as good as the sewers. I feel that sharing this information with the world will help people struggling with septic systems. I hope that my readers can use the information I share to end their struggles with septic cleaning and maintenance. I will also share information about hiring professionals to get the job done. Welcome!

What To Do About Damp Plywood Cabinets

It's necessary to dry out plywood cabinets that have become wet (from flooding or leaks in your home) so that the cabinets will keep their proper shape and remain attractive. Plywood cabinets are made from impact resistant, thin veneer wooden sheets that are normally quiet durable. Plywood is used in the construction of functional and decorative furniture, including bookcases, tables and cabinets. While managing wet plywood can be time consuming, it's well worth it to avoid further costs.

What You Will Need

  • Soft Towels

  • Screwdriver

  • Mineral Spirits

  • Garden Hose

  • Cleaning Cloths

  • Bucket

  • Wood Glue

  • Clamps

  • Wood Cream Restorer

  • Household Ammonia (Non-Sudsing)

Step 1. Use a screwdriver to remove the plywood cabinets if they were submerged during a flood. Wash mud and debris off the cabinets using your garden hose. Dry them off with towels.

Step 2. Place the cabinets in a storage building with good ventilation and away from direct sunlight and direct heat. Allow them to dry out. Remember that either direct heat or sunlight can cause warping.

Step 3. The cabinets should remain in storage to dry for at least a few weeks (and up to several months). To ensure that drawers and doors are still working properly, periodically open and shut them.

Step 4. Use mineral spirits on a damp cloth to remove mold or mildew that may have grown onto your cabinets. Also check the top and bottom areas of the cabinets for possible mildew. It's a good idea to check your cabinets for mildew several times while they are drying out over the coming weeks.

Step 5. Use your wood glue and clamps to repair loose veneers and to clamp them back together. If the cabinets have sustained significant damage and your efforts to repair them fail, you should hire a professional who can restore the cabinets. Many people prefer this approach (especially when the cabinets are of sentimental value) rather than throwing them away.

Step 6. Fill your bucket with equal amounts of water and ammonia (non-sudsing) to remove white areas or cloudy films caused by water damage. Using a cloth, wipe down any area where you see white or cloudy film residue.

Step 7. Use a wood restorer to bring back the luster and shine of your plywood cabinets. The best choice for a restorer is one which is a cream formula and that contains lanolin. Always adhere to the instructions provided by the manufacturer, like Leon Supply