Are Flushable Wipes Really Safe to Flush?

Spoiler alert: The answer is no.

What are Flushable Wipes?

Flushable wipes are flat cores of wood pulp that have been treated with a variety of chemicals and plastics to make them more durable and absorbent. They are then moistened and packaged in a water-proof container designed with a convenient opening to pull out one wipe at a time, very similar to the well-known baby wipe. Flushable wipes are marketed as biodegradable and septic-safe, and as a result, millions of people use flushable wipes and toss them down the toilet when finished. Continue reading “Are Flushable Wipes Really Safe to Flush?”

Reasons for Clogged Drains

If you have a sink, bathtub, or shower that drains slowly, or suddenly not at all, you’re probably dealing with a clog. Clogs are very common in homes and businesses alike, but they are also very preventable! With just a few changes to your habits, you can keep substances that promote clogs out of your plumbing. 

The most common causes of clogs that we see on service calls include: Continue reading “Reasons for Clogged Drains”

Signs of a Busted Pipe

Regardless of if you own or rent your home, you’re likely going to deal with a busted pipe at some point in your life. While the pipes in your home are built to withstand constant water pressure, they are still vulnerable to flaws and external forces that can cause unforeseen damage. If you notice any of the signs below, you may have a busted pipe:

Water sounds you exactly can’t locate

Depending on the size of the break in your pipe, you may hear anything from a slow drip to a loud, roaring rush of water. If you ever hear water running in your home, but can’t locate the source, you should cut off the outside water valve (or call your landlord if you rent your home) and call a plumber immediately. Continue reading “Signs of a Busted Pipe”

Slow Draining Sink

Causes of a Slow Draining Sink

Whether you own or rent your home, you will eventually have to deal with a slow draining sink. A slow draining sink is caused by a partial clog, which is a clog that doesn’t completely stop the entire flow of water down the drain, but instead slows it down significantly. Partial clogs almost always build up over time. You may notice that the drainage slows slightly at first, but becomes slower and slower over time.

So what is actually causing the blockage? Well, it’s usually a slimy, disgusting mix of personal care products, soap scum, mildew, and maybe even solid debris. Continue reading “Causes of a Slow Draining Sink”

Plumbing Leaks

Most Common Causes of Plumbing Leaks

An unexpected plumbing leak is sure to make any homeowner feel helpless. In addition to repairing the cause of the leak, you may also have flooring or structural damage to your home. Finding leaks early and identifying their cause is critical in keeping your home safe and structurally sound. Most household leaks are caused by:

  • Pipe corrosion

While older homes are more susceptible to pipe corrosion, it can happen in any home, even if your home is new. Environmental factors such as highly acidic soil can play a role in pipe corrosion. You may notice a change in your water’s color if corrosion is the culprit. Continue reading “Most Common Causes of Plumbing Leaks”

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Why You Should Never Flush “Flushable” Wipes

It was the early 2000s when the toilet paper industry decided we all weren’t…ahem…quite clean enough. By 2005, supposedly flushable wet wipes were flying off the shelves, marketed as the miraculous, biodegradable cure for our toilet hygiene woes. Fast forward 15 years and flushable wipes are costing US cities millions of dollars per year to keep sewer systems clear. New York City alone spends around $19 million per year just dealing with wipes!

So why are they labeled as “flushable”? The short answer is so you will buy them. The long answer is a little more complicated. While it is true that wipes labeled as “flushable” or “biodegradable” will break down eventually, this doesn’t happen nearly as fast as traditional toilet paper in your home’s sewage lines. Just go to Youtube and search “wipes clog pipes” if you don’t believe us. Some flushable wipes hardly break down at all between your home and the sewage plant, adding to the daily list of tasks sewage maintenance personnel must deal with and increasing monthly sewage costs for everyone. Continue reading “Why You Should Never Flush “Flushable” Wipes”

Tips on keeping your garbage disposal in peak condition

Did you know that your garbage disposal was never designed to eat everything you ever wanted to put down your sink? You might think that having a disposal means that you are able to rid yourself of all food waste. But if you treat your garbage disposal with that amount of carelessness, it won’t last long. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your disposal in good condition.

There are so many things you should never put down a garbage disposal.

And most of them are not anything you would think twice about. Some common food items that should not be put down garbage disposals are: Continue reading “Tips on keeping your garbage disposal in peak condition”

What Is Hard Water, and Why Is It a Problem?

Have you heard the term “hard water” and wondered what it was actually referring to? Water hardness is just one of the things that are measured and quantified when looking at water quality. Although hard water is usually safe to drink, it can cause other issues. Here is why hard water could be causing problems in your home.

What is hard water?

When water is considered “hard,” it means that the water has significant amounts of calcium and magnesium, as well as other potential minerals. These minerals occur naturally and are not toxic in reasonable amounts, but a concentration of minerals can cause issues with health and home maintenance. Continue reading “What Is Hard Water, and Why Is It a Problem?”

Minor Plumbing Issues that Lead to Big Water Bills

Sometimes plumbing issues seem really minor and not worth the time or money to address. After all, a steady drip or the sound of running water may be slightly annoying, but they aren’t a major inconvenience and can easily be ignored. Ignoring these problems can actually cost you a lot of money in excess water bills.

Dripping Faucets

Do you realize that dripping faucets can raise your water usage by as much as 20 liters per day? This is at a rate of one drip per second, and many faucets drip much more often than that. A dripping faucet is also usually fairly easy to repair. The fixture itself may be degraded and need to be replaced, but you might just need to replace a washer or seal. Continue reading “Minor Plumbing Issues that Lead to Big Water Bills”