If your kitchen sink tends to become clogged often, and breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, then it may surprise you to hear that the two could be related. If you love to prepare and cook large breakfasts for your family and friends, then some small habits you engage in to cut time in the midst of the morning rush may be leading to your clogged drain. Pay attention next time you prepare a morning meal to make sure you are not sabotaging your plumbing in the process.
1. Rinsing Coffee Grounds Down the Drain
The proper place for used coffee grounds is inside the trash can and not down your drain. The same goes for tea leaves. Plumbers actually report that coffee grounds are one of the most common culprits when investigating clogged pipes. While you may not dump a lot down the drain at once, …Read More
If you turned on the water in your home today only to discover that you have no water pressure, then your well’s pressure tank may not be functioning correctly. While pressure tanks are wonderful for increasing your home’s water pressure, they come with a lot of very common problems. Learning how to troubleshoot and fix these problems can save you a lot of time and frustration.
Follow these simple steps to get the water flowing from your well to your house again:
Step 1: Visually Inspect Your Tank
The first step in fixing your home’s water pressure is to visually inspect your pressure tank for leaking water. Inside of the tank’s cylinder is a rubber bladder that is surrounded with pressurized air. The rubber bladder is often a point of failure due to its constant contact with pressure, water, and air.
If there is water shooting out of the air valve …Read More
When you are ready to pick out a water heater for your future summer cabin, you’ll have a variety of types from which to choose from. Start by understanding what you really need and then narrow the list by ease of use and costs. Here is what you’ll find when searching for the right water heater.
Establish Your Selection Criteria
Before you start shopping, set the parameters that limit the types of water heaters you could have in your summer cabin.
- Fuel type and availability – How available are the most common fuels, electricity and natural gas? Are propane gas and fuel oil available locally and can they be delivered to your cabin? Is there enough sunlight available to make solar an option?
- Capacity – How much hot water do you need? If the cabin will be used by you and a buddy for fishing trips, you will likely need
If you’ve started to notice a mineral taste to your home’s water, or have observed a white film on the outside of your dishes after a dishwasher cycle, you may be considering the purchase of a water softening system. However, what you really need may be a descaler. How can you know the best way to reduce the amount of minerals present in your household’s water? Here is the difference between these appliances.
How is a descaler different from a water softener?
Most water softeners are one of two types — ion exchange softeners or reverse osmosis softeners. Ion exchange softeners operate by replacing mineral ions (like calcium and magnesium) with sodium ions (in the form of salt nuggets). This “softens” the water and allows the minerals to be removed. Reverse osmosis softeners operate by forcing the water through a permeable membrane and keeping the larger mineral ions behind. You’ll …Read More
Basements can have many problems with water damage. Many of these problems start with bad or outdated plumbing installations. Your basement may not have a sufficient sump pump and well or it might lack the one-way drains to protect your home. A plumbing contractor can do improvements to these areas to prevent many of these problems in your basement. If you want to avoid costly repairs to your basement, here are some improvements that you may want to consider having done:
1. Improve Exterior Drainage To Reduce Strain On Basement Plumbing
Many basements have a sump well pump, as well as interior foundation drainage systems. The excess water from rain goes into the well to be pumped out with wastewater. Poor drainage outside of your home can add extra strain on these systems. You want to have rain runoff drain away from your foundation, as well as gutter downspouts with …Read More
Garbage Disposal Eat Something That Didn’t Agree With It? 4 Steps To Remove The Clog And Clear The Problem
You’d think that a garbage disposal could handle anything you send down. Unfortunately, that’s just not true. There are many things that can clog up your disposal. Some of the things you should never feed to your garbage disposal include chicken bones, grease and potato skins.
If you didn’t found out about that list until it was too late, you might be dealing with a clogged disposal right now. If you are, you’ll want to get it unclogged as soon as possible. Before you contact a plumber, you might want to try to take care of the problem for yourself. Here are some step-by-step instructions for clearing a clogged garbage disposal.
Shut Off the Electrical Power to the Garbage Disposal
Before you start working on your garbage disposal, you’ll want to turn off the power to the unit. Look under the sink. You should see a power cord that runs …Read More