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Things That Plumbers Don’t Want You To Do

clock May 30, 2014 07:46 by author Chris Vigna

We have all flushed things down the toilet, which we know shouldn’t be flushed and sometimes, they have caused some serious plumbing issues in our homes. Not doing these things will help you prevent plumbing problems and it will also make your plumber’s work easier. 

So here are some things you should be careful about:

·         Reaching for the Drano – Most people tend to go for chemicals and similar drain cleaning solutions when they experience a plumbing problem, but these may not always be the best choice.   Chemicals can be a hazard to your health and you may not have the proper equipment, so think twice before applying chemicals to your pipes. 

·         Don’t use your toilets as trash cans – There are things that can be flushed down your toilet and there are things that can’t, so don’t treat your toilets as trash cans and you will not have as many plumbing problems throughout your life.  Even things like personal cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products and toilet scrubbers, which are labeled as “flushable”, should not always be thrown into your toilets.

·         Trying to do everything on your own- making yourself believe that you can solve anything, does not always work and sometimes diagnosing plumbing problems on your own, is not your best decision.  Sometimes, you can even make things worse if you are not certain of what you are doing. So calling a professional plumber may be your best choice. 

·         Know more about your plumbing system – If you are not familiar with your plumbing system at home, you should really find out things like where the main water valve is located and where the entire emergency shut off valves are as well.  This will allow you to shut off the water, if there are any problems and it will help you when the plumber gets there, as you will be able to guide them to these valves. 

·         Don’t keep your old hoses – It is not uncommon for hoses to burst suddenly, so replacing your hoses every now and then can help you to prevent some plumbing problems as well.  Washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances, all have hoses, which can burst at any moment, so check them regularly and you will avoid these problems. 

·         Make sure you have a leak protection system – Having one of these systems installed in your home can really save you from some problems and it is one of the best things that you can add to protect your home. 

·         Make sure your water heater is not outdated – Having an old water heater can cause more problems than you can imagine, so try and keep it up to date and you will also save yourself a lot of plumbing problems. 

·         Don’t overload your garbage disposal - If you treat your garbage disposal kindly, it will also treat you kindly.  Just be careful with the things and how much you use your garbage disposal and you will keep this working better most of the time.

·         Don’t play with the water heater’s pressure valve – If you are not familiar with how your water heater’s pressure valve functions, you should really not mess with it.  This could just make things worse and make you spend more in plumbing repairs.   

So remember these things and you will not have as many plumbing problems in your home.  You can also read some of our past blog posts and learn more about plumbing systems and protecting your own.  

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Cold Weather Can Cause Costly Plumbing Problems

clock January 13, 2014 04:46 by author Chris Vigna

Protect Yourself And Your Home

As we have mentioned in the past the cold and freezing temperatures can really affect your home’s plumbing. These problems can lead to some great repair expenses.  Many people know about opening cabinet doors and letting faucets drip in order to prevent frozen pipes, but there are still many who do not know how to prevent pipe problems caused by cold weather. 

While many people recommend letting your faucets drip when it is very cold, plumbers know that this only works for indoor faucets. Outside plumbing is completely different from indoor plumbing, as the cold temperatures can freeze your pipes.  What really happens with outdoor plumbing is that water freezes so fast it turns into ice cubes and this can cause some severe damages to your pipes. 

According to some experts, spending a few dollars on outdoor faucet covers is one of the best investments that any house owner can make.  These simple methods for protecting your outdoor faucets can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs and they are also very easy to install. 

Plumbers recommend homeowners to inspect their attic pipes and to see if they are well insulated.  Although, many homeowners are now choosing hot water recirculation pumps, having well insulated pipes in your attic can also improve your home’s hot water system, which is very necessary during the cold winter months.

These tips should be enough to protect your home’s plumbing system from freezing when it is really cold, but you should also beware of the hot weather months, which will soon arrive too. Being alert about running water inside your home’s walls or moisture appearing in unexpected places is one of the things that plumbers also recommend homeowners to do.

As soon as the weather starts to heat up, you may start noticing things that are beginning to unfreeze all over your house.  Some pipes may take a few weeks or months to split, which is why inspecting your plumbing system every few months is a very smart choice.    

So as you can see, cold temperatures can really be dangerous for your home’s plumbing and this is why you should always try and prevent these sorts of problems.  Try following some of the tips described here or give All About the Pipes a call and we will be glad to help you solve all of your plumbing system doubts.  

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How To Keep Your Garbage Disposal Clean

clock October 16, 2013 05:42 by author Chris Vigna

Keeping Your Garbage Disposal Clean, With Salt & Ice

We all know how important garbage disposals are for modern life and keeping them clean and odor free is one of the things we need to worry about.   In this article, you will learn how to keep your garbage disposal clean, with salt and some ice.  This is a very simple strategy, which will help you to keep your kitchen in excellent condition and prevent some health hazards as well. 

Many people believe that inserting some pieces of lemon into their garbage disposal is an excellent way to keep it clean, but the truth is very different, as this will not really cleanse your garbage disposal, but only make it smell nice. If you really want to get rid of bacteria and germs in your garbage disposal, you should clean it with some salt, some ice and some cold water.  This will get rid of mostly everything and it will also help to keep your garbage disposal odor-free and smelling nicely.

While you could also fill in the sink with water and then just flush it down your garbage disposal, you would still not get it sufficiently cleaned, which is why adding some ice and salt, will do the trick.      

You should also remember not to drop some eggshells, peels or hard things down your garbage disposal, as these can really affect the cleanliness of your kitchen and could in fact harm your garbage disposal system in the long run.  These sorts of things can also stink up your kitchen and you would need to clean your garbage disposal a lot more often.

It is also important to remember, that using hot water instead of cold water to clean your garbage disposal is a bad idea, as grease and other such substances, will clog up further into your drains, if you use hot water.  Cold water will not cause this and salt will also help to dissolve grease and other substances, which means that your pipes will not clog up and that you will have a very useful garbage disposal system.

According to some people, once you have cleaned your garbage disposal with some cold water, some salt and some ice, you can in fact use some lemon juice, to make it smell nice and this will not affect the cleanliness of your garbage disposal, as it has already been cleaned and most of the grease has been flushed down.  If you follow some of these tips, you will be able to keep your garbage disposal a lot cleaner and you will also have a kitchen that smells very nice.    

 Don’t forget to take a look at some of our other blog posts, so you can learn more tips for improving your home and keeping all of your appliances working to perfection.  You can also sign up for our free newsletter, so you can stay informed about our latest articles and learn more tips for making your home a better place to live in.    

 

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What Are High-Efficiency Toilets

clock October 16, 2013 05:08 by author Chris Vigna

If you have no idea what a high-efficiency toilet is, then you have come to the right place.  Here at All About the Pipes, you will be able to learn about the best sewer and septic solutions for your home and business, which is why you should continue reading. Some toilets can take more than one flush to work properly and this is certainly not one of the most efficient things to have.  Today, there are many high-efficiency toilet models out there, but learning more about how  these work, will help you to pick the right one for you.

The main purpose of high-efficiency toilets is to reduce the amount of water that is wasted in every flush.  Today, some of the best high-efficiency toilets can save up to 20% of the water that normal toilets use, which is certainly an important amount that will add up overtime. 

These types of toilets, are also very efficient, because they do not make as much noise as normal toilets do when flushing, which is certainly a nice thing to have in any household and why so many families are installing some this year.

High-efficiency toilets were designed to harness the power of gravity and water at its most.  This makes them the best of its kind and they are certainly a great option for any household, because they will help to reduce water bills and even some energy bills.  High-efficiency toilets are also cleaner than normal toilets are and because they flush differently, they help to keep the bowl less contaminated than other toilets do. Bacteria and dirt are less likely to accumulate in these types of toilets, which is also one of the reasons that every household should have at least one of them.  The method for getting rid of waste is also a lot different in high-efficiency toilets, than it is in normal toilets, as the trap ways of these modern toilets are now glazed, which helps to optimize how the waste flows through the passage.    

High-efficiency toilets, also come with a different flushing system or buttons, than normal toilets do.  These systems allow you to select the right amount of water to use when flushing and they also allow you to have a dual flushing service,  which makes it simple to keep your toilet clean at all times.           

Most high-efficiency toilet models are now certified by the Water Sense standards, which guarantee that you do not misuse the water in your toilet and that you keep everything as clean as possible.   

According to some experts, high-efficiency toilets can help you save up to 20000 gallons of water per year, which is certainly a very important amount and will lower your water bills every single month.  High-efficiency toilets are without a doubt the way of the future and more households will be installing some of these in the months to come.  If you have not yet looked or installed some of these toilets in your home, it is time for you to consider them and here at All About the Pipes, we are always ready to help you find yours.  

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Draining Pipes for the Winter Season

clock December 28, 2012 03:01 by author Chris Vigna
There are several reasons that a dwelling may need the water pipes drained to prevent freeze damage in the winter. The structure may be a vacation property, a house on the market for sale or even an unoccupied apartment. Most unoccupied structures at least maintain minimal heat in the winter. However, heating systems can fail, and some unoccupied structures have all utilities off. Water in the plumbing system stays unless it is drained.
 
It is best to have a plumber purge water lines in structures that are going to be left unoccupied. Homeowners and landlords attempting to do the work themselves have to rely on gravity alone and may miss a water line. The usual method is to shut off the water at the main, and then open the faucets that are at the highest point followed by ones at the lowest point to allow gravity to drain the system.
 
Any water left in a line can freeze and cause a pipe to burst, and not every water line in every structure has been installed according to code. There may be a low spot that prevents gravity from fully draining it, and flexible lines at toilets, dishwashers and clothes washers may not drain completely. Toilet tanks are another place where water is often overlooked. Additionally, traps in drains to prevent sewer gas from backing up always have water in them. Without a special type of non-toxic antifreeze being added, drains and toilets can freeze and burst.
 
A cold snap can come on quickly before the season gets into full swing. If there is the slightest chance that temperatures can drop to freezing, have a plumber prepare the plumbing system of an unoccupied structure for exposure to winter's cold. Professional plumbers have the experience and tools to drain pipes and protect the system with appropriate non-toxic antifreeze. All About the Pipes Plumbing, Inc. is ready to get any plumbing system ready for the winter whether it is draining pipes of unoccupied structures or fixing plumbing problems in occupied homes and businesses. Give us a call for any of your plumbing needs.

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Plumbing Tips to Ensure Your Vacation Property Pipes Survive the Winter

clock October 15, 2012 03:58 by author Chris Vigna

 

Frozen and broken water pipes are among the most claims and the highest claims paid by insurance companies in the U.S. With the winter chill full steam ahead, here are just a few tips to keep you vacation property plumbing systems in tip -top shape: 

• Insulate your pipes - Foam sleeves are an excellent way to avoid having your pipes accumulate frost or even worse having them split from the expansion of ice.

• Disconnect hoses from outside faucets - This prevents hoses from freezing, expanding, and leaking. If your house has interior shut-off valves for outdoor faucets, shut them off and drain the water from the faucet. If you don't have interior shutoffs, the installation of a shut-off valve or a frost-proof faucet may be a great investment to prevent water damages.

• Flush your water heater - Since your water heater works harder during the colder months, by flushing your water heater, you can remove deposit build-up that shortens the life of your water heater. A typical water heater last between 8 to 12 years.

• Make sure your main shutoff valve is in good operating condition - This allows you to turn off your water in a timely manner in case of an emergency. Locating and turning off shutoff valves in your vacation property can save you thousands in case of an emergency.

• Check to ensure snow and ice are not restricting water drainage or vents from your vacation home - This is important because if the water discharge (i.e. sump pump) is blocked by snow or ice, freezing could occur as well as water backing up in your home. Also, make sure your water heater vent is clear of any restriction of snow or ice to maximize the efficiency of your water heater.

By utilizing these tips for your vacation home during winter, you can save time, money and energy for costly repairs. If you are still experiencing frozen and broken water pipes, it may be best to contact plumbing professionals like All About The Pipes Plumbing to do the job for you.

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Cleaning Plumbing Pipes

clock October 15, 2012 02:24 by author Chris Vigna

Most home owners spend little time thinking about their drains, but when a stoppage occurs, it can be frustrating. You don’t know how it happened, nor do you know how to fix it.

There are a variety of reasons that a drain can become clogged, and much of it depends upon where the stoppage occurs. Unlike plumbing pipes, drain pipes have no pressure. They are slightly inclined and use gravity to move the waste. They begin at a specific point such as the kitchen or bathroom sink. The drain pipe then extends to the main drain line that extends out to the street. This is where the main sewer line of the city is located.

When you see only one drain clogged, it is because the stoppage occurs before the drain pipe connects to another pipe. Sometimes all the drains will be clogged. This will mean that there is a stoppage that occurs in the main line to the street.

There are different ways to clear the stoppage. The most common is the use of a drain cleaning machine. These consist of long flexible rods that rotate as they are pushed through the drain. They have cleaning fixtures on the ends to ensure the drain is cleaned as well as the cleared of the stoppage. 

There are large versions of these machines designed to clear the main line. Often this line is clogged because of the roots of trees nearby. Over time the roots grow through small seams in the piping connections and debris collects on the roots causing a stoppage. These drain cleaning machines can be equipped with cutting blades to break through the roots.

Most stoppages occur simply because drains need to be cleaned from time to time. Build up of waste in the line will occur, and you will need the drain pipe cleaned. The main line, however, is another issue. A persistent problem can be from trees and other vegetation. If this is the case, the trees will have to be removed, or a cleanout can be installed.

If you are experiencing a slow or clogged drain, do not attempt to clear it yourself. Simply contact All About The Pipes Plumbing, and they can clear the drain as well as make future recommendations for your drainage system.

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Charlotte Plumbing... at it's Best!

clock October 21, 2009 06:33 by author Chris Vigna

Charlotte Plumbing FamilyWelcome to the source for local Charlotte information related to plumbing in the queen city. With over 15 years behind my belt in all kinds of plumbing related installation jobs and services, I'm hear to answer your charlotte plumbing questions. Looking forward to talking more. 

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