Common Plumbing Issues May Increase with Use

Just like any other system in your home, the more you use your plumbing the more likely problems are to arise. In fact, your plumbing could already have issues, but they may not become apparent until they worsen over time. 

Right now everyone is staying home, and that means that there is more of a demand on your plumbing system than usual. If you have underlying plumbing problems, they could worsen more quickly simply because you are using it more often. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems that may arise during this time. Continue reading “Common Plumbing Issues May Increase with Use”

What to Do in Emergency Plumbing Situations

In these troubling times, hygiene is more important than ever. That’s why we want to make sure that everyone has working plumbing, especially at this time. Whenever you have a clog or a leak, it is important to take a few important steps before you call a plumber and while you are waiting for them to arrive.

Clogged Drain/BackUps

If you have a drain backing up on you, it is important to not try to do anything about the clog on your own. Try to contain the liquid and matter coming up out of the drain, as any area it touches will need to be completely disinfected before touching or using the surface. Continue reading “What to Do in Emergency Plumbing Situations”

No Toilet Paper? Warning of What Not to Flush

It seems whenever there is a national crisis, panic buying ensues. This month, we have seen a panic buy of toilet paper. If you are one of the unlucky few that is out of toilet paper and can’t find any to buy at a reasonable price, you’re probably using substitutes. Using substitutes for toilet paper is fine, but flushing them is not. Here’s what you need to know.

Wipes Are Never Flushable

Yes, some wipes tout claims of being flushable, but the fact of the matter is that these wipes do not break down. They can cause serious clogs in your drains and sewer line, especially if a smaller clog was already forming. Never flush any kind of adult or baby wipes. Continue reading “No Toilet Paper? Warning of What Not to Flush”

What to Do in Case of a Water Leak

Having a pipe burst, become punctured, or wear a hole can be devastating to your home. If you do not act quickly, broken water pipes and their leaks can cause structural damage to your home. It can also ruin your belongings and home décor. Having a water leak is also dangerous for your family, especially if you have small children in the house.

So in the case of a water leak, you have to act fast. As soon as you notice the leak, you should shut off water to the area. If you don’t have individual shut offs, you’ll need to shut off the water to the house from outside. You may need to get assistance from your water company to do so, but make sure that it is done quickly. Continue reading “What to Do in Case of a Water Leak”

How to Keep Your Drains Clean and Unclogged

Drains do clog from time to time, and it may seem as though there is nothing you can do to ensure that doesn’t happen. Yet there are some things that you can do to keep your drains clean and make it less likely that they will clog. These methods will also help keep your drains free from bad odors. 

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda is a great substance to put down your drains on a regular basis, especially if you have poured something with a foul odor down the drain. Baking soda cleans and completely neutralizes odors so that they don’t come back up out of the drain. Vinegar is another natural substance you can put down your drain to clean it. If you use vinegar and baking soda at the same time, it will cause a foaming chemical reaction that will clean the drain thoroughly. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Drains Clean and Unclogged”

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”

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”

Unclog Your Drains the Chemical-Free Way

43082449 - happy woman using plunger in kitchen sink at homeHave you ever purchased a bottle of Drano and poured it down your sink to eliminate a clog, only to shudder at the thought of how many chemicals you just directly poured into your pipes? Slow-running and completely stopped-up drains are very common in households, especially those with young children, but there are quite a few natural solutions to unclog those drains without relying upon dangerous chemicals. Continue reading “Unclog Your Drains the Chemical-Free Way”

The Relationship between Water Heaters and Emissions Limits

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A Bay Area plumbing company has sent an important reminder to the nation that homeowners need to carefully select the plumbers that they hire and trust. Value Plumbing Co. Inc., located in Oakley, is being charged $310,000 in air pollution penalties. The company sold and installed hundreds of water heaters from uncertified sources, which led to excess nitrogen oxides being released into the air.

The Bay Area imposes very strict limits for smog-producing chemicals and toxins, and Value Plumbing did not adhere to those limits when using the uncertified water heaters. Between 2008 and 2013, the plumbing company blatantly violated air pollution policies and competition laws. As an executive officer in the area explained, “When compliance with the regulations is disregarded, significant financial penalties are justified to deter future violations.” Continue reading “The Relationship between Water Heaters and Emissions Limits”

The Thieves Who Forego Jewelry for… Plumbing!

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As a home or business owner, you most likely make it a priority to keep your valuable belongings protected. You may often worry about intruders stealing the items that are worth money, like televisions and jewelry, but have you ever stopped to consider the value of your plumbing?

Copper Theft in Closed School

A school in Ohio, which shut down in 2005, has been purchased by United North Inc. to transform into a 44-unit apartment complex for low-income senior citizens. Though the $9.6 million project successfully received federal tax credits worth $886,631 for ten years, the project hasn’t come to fruition yet, and thieves in the area are taking full advantage of the vacant building. Continue reading “The Thieves Who Forego Jewelry for… Plumbing!”