Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions You Need Answered

Plumbing is very easy to take for granted until it malfunctions and causes a headache for you and your family. While some plumbing issues can be fixed on your own, others require the professional attention of a plumber. These frequently asked plumbing questions are explained to help you determine your best plan of action when disaster strikes!

What Is Safe For My Garbage Disposal?

We all know the cringe-worthy sound of a garbage disposal that has hit something it can’t handle. It’s important to only place the food items into your garbage disposal that won’t cause harm.  Nearly any biodegradable food waste can be ground in your garbage disposal, but high-fiber content items should be avoided since they can become wrapped around the blades. Of course, never place non-food items down your garbage disposal like paper, rubber bands, plastic, or glass. Continue reading “Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions You Need Answered”

In the Middle of Basic Repair Jobs, Plumbers Can Work Miracles

Drains are only meant for water, but any plumber knows that a variety of other objects end up down drains as well. From toys to coins and hair, it’s very common for drains to become the final destination of many different household items. Nobody knows this better than Nicole Wade, who lost her wedding ring down a drain in 2007. Continue reading “In the Middle of Basic Repair Jobs, Plumbers Can Work Miracles”

Tips to Keep Commercial Plumbing Flowing

slide6Plumbing is important enough in residential settings where families rely on sturdy pipes to run water to showers and sinks, but plumbing becomes even more integral in commercial settings like restaurants and hotels, where customers will become incredibly disgruntled and inconvenienced if the plumbing fails. Since the quality of a commercial building’s plumbing is integral to its ability to do everything from provide clean utensils and wash the sheets to provide functioning bathrooms, plumbing prevention is key. Continue reading “Tips to Keep Commercial Plumbing Flowing”

One Year After Flint’s Water Crisis, Have Things Improved?

44187959 - toxic water running from sewers to the environmentIt’s hard to believe, but more than one year has now passed since President Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, Michigan in regard to the lead poisoning crisis. A town hall held in early January 2017 aimed to shed light on Flint’s most recent water quality data. So the question is, in the year since Flint’s struggles were unearthed, has the city been able to more efficiently protect its residents from lead poisoning? Continue reading “One Year After Flint’s Water Crisis, Have Things Improved?”

Working Toward Lead Plumbing Clarity

lead-pipesWater safety and accessibility are major issues around the world, even in the United States where most people assume such problems have been resolved. As the Flint Water Crisis proved, lead is still a leading concern when it comes to water safety. Now, the EPA is working to implement regulations that will help minimize lead poisoning and keep drinking water safe for families across America.

Dangers of Lead

Humans have used lead for thousands of years. In fact, the first known mining of lead occurred nearly 8,000 years ago. However, Greek physicians discovered its danger, with Nicander of Colophon describing it as “deadly” with crippling effects on the human body. A different Greek physician, Pedanius Dioscorides, even noted, “Lead makes the mind give way.” Despite this and the fact that the Occupation Safety and Health Research Institute determined that, “Lead poisoning is one of the earliest identified and most known occupational disease. Its acute effects have been recognized from antiquity,” it took the United States Congress until the 1980s to formally ban lead as an ingredient in plumbing pieces. Continue reading “Working Toward Lead Plumbing Clarity”

Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

water-childRegardless of the source of your water, contamination is a real threat in today’s world. Pollution, discarded chemicals, and so many other made-man components all threaten the health of the water that we use and drink. It’s important to remain aware of the potential contamination present in your drinking water, as well as the methods available to purify your water and protect your health.

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Tips and Tricks to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

hot-water-heaterThrough all of life’s daily chores, like washing dishes and showering, you trust your hot water heater to faithfully do its job and provide a continual supply of nice hot water to all parts of your home. It’s only when your hot water heater breaks or suddenly becomes inefficient that you realize just how much harder your life is without automatic hot water. Since most hot water heaters work fine with minimal maintenance for at least a decade, it’s all too easy to neglect it a few years too long. If you can work these simple maintenance tricks into your yearly routine, you will extend the life of your water heater and save yourself money in the long run. Continue reading “Tips and Tricks to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater”

Your Winter Weather Plumbing Guide

34269224 - a pipe showing freeze damageLiving in the south, you are largely shielded from many of the unpleasant effects of intense winter weather, but that doesn’t mean winter weather can’t impact you. The south has seen its fair share of unexpected weather, so you can never rule out the possibility of a snow or ice storm on your area. There are many precautions to take when preparing for winter weather, including on your household plumbing. Follow these tips to keep your plumbing running smoothly all winter long. Continue reading “Your Winter Weather Plumbing Guide”

These Holiday Plumbing Tips will Save the Day

43082449 - happy woman using plunger in kitchen sink at homeBelieve it or not, Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the busiest times of the years for plumbers. These holidays bring together large family gatherings and robust amounts of food, which places great strain on household pipes in a number of ways. Countless showers, toilet flushes, hand washing, and food disposals have the potential to cause disaster, so follow these holiday plumbing tips to keep your pipes as happy as your guests. Continue reading “These Holiday Plumbing Tips will Save the Day”

The Plumbing Profession Commands Many Benefits

45779729 - plumber with plumbing tools on the kitchen. renovation.It’s been documented in the news lately that America risks a plumber shortage in the near future. Many plumbers have been working in the profession for 30 or 40 years and are ready to retire, leaving them in need of younger plumbers to take over their responsibilities. Men and women contemplating their career paths would be well-served to become plumbers, as the plumbing profession comes with many surprising benefits. Continue reading “The Plumbing Profession Commands Many Benefits”