Summertime Plumbing Tips

summer plumbing tipsThe almost perfect spring temperature will soon give way to excessive heat. Here in Central Florida it is not uncommon to have 95 degrees heat with 75-100% humidity. It is basically a human blast furnace.

Kids will be out of school and much more time will be spent indoors in the nice cool AC. This mean your plumbing will be getting plenty of use.  So, what can you do to protect your plumbing in the summer months? Continue reading

Sewage Coming Up Through Bathtub

snake drainThis is a conundrum that is never anticipated, nor much thought about, until it actually happens to you. One day, while using your restroom, you may catch a whiff of sewage and think nothing of it. But then some time goes by and the next thing you know you have sewage liquids showing up in your bathtub.

A sewage backup caused by a block is not the end of the world but it is not a pleasant experience by any means. Don’t panic. Here are some steps of what you need to do: Continue reading

Garbage Disposal Problems

garbage disposal problemsA garbage disposal is a handy tool in the kitchen. As the name implies, this device helps you dispose of bits of matter in the kitchen that may be considered garbage. Of course, it has its limitations. Only degradable materials should be put into your disposal. Materials other than food may cause you major problems, if not now, then down the road.

There are a number of things that can go wrong with your disposal. Here is a list of symptoms and the possible cause for your garbage disposal: Continue reading

Variety of Faucet Types for Your Bathroom and Kitchen

types of faucetsA faucet was originally the name given to the apparatus that you stuck into a cask or barrel that allowed the liquid inside to flow. As you can imagine, this was particularly popular with beer casks in old England. Now the name applies to the apparatus in which water flows at your kitchen or bathroom sink.

There are multiple types of faucets for both bathroom and kitchen. In this article we wil list those types and give a a brief explanation of each. Continue reading

Disposable Wipes Increase Chances of Drain Clogs

disposable wet wipes It may surprise you that disposable wet wipes have been on the market since the 1970’s. The product was much more expensive to make in those days which drove up the retail price as well. For that reason, many stores didn’t carry them. Over time the costs associated with producing the disposable wipe came down and by the 1990’s you started the see them popping up in stores. Flash forward to the 2000’s and you can find disposable wipes in almost any store.

They have become quite the staple for many people who enjoy that “extra clean” feeling. Parents love them as well to use when their kids get messy, something kids are very good at doing. The wipes usually say “disposable” which mean you can throw them away. They may even say “flushable”, which means they will fit in a toilet drain. However, these terms are misnomers and the disposable wipes of today should not be flushed, most of them anyway. Continue reading

Plumbing Tips for the Laundry Room

Laundry room plumbing tips

Plumbing tip for your laundry room

Laundry rooms use just as much plumbing as other rooms in the house, yet people tend not to think about it that way. You have both hot and cold water inputs and a main drainage line. Often times, when a problem is recurring with the main sewage drain, the problem can be traced back to the laundry room.

People often use way too much laundry detergent. They also use additives that soften clothing or adds fragrances to it. Many of these products, along with your standard detergent, can create a residue in your main outgoing drainage line. The result is that you have to call the plumber to snake the line and get things moving again.  Continue reading

What is that Banging Noise When I Use My Faucet?

plumbing fixIf you have ever turned on a faucet in your house and you get a thumping noise or a noise that almost sounds like a jackhammer is in the other room, you have what is called “water hammer”. The problem may be easy to fix but there may also be some underlying problems that need serious work.

Air chambers that are probably already installed in your plumbing have kept this phenomenon from happening until now. But, water can back up into these chambers, nullifying their effectiveness. There is a simple fix you can start with: Continue reading

Hard Water, What is it? And do I have it?

hard water testHard water is a topic that many people know little about. We often get asked about what hard water is. And people want to know how it can hurt them. The natural follow-up question is how they can fix it.

People with sensitive skin will often recognize hard water right away. They can feel it on their skin. It can feel abrasive and leave their skin dry and irritated. People with less sensitive skin can take a shower in hard water and not even know it. But the damage hard water can cause does not stop at the surface level.  Continue reading

It May Be Time to Replace Your Toilet

replace toilet new toiletHow do you know if your toilet needs replacing? I mean it still flushes right? A toilet that flushes does not necessarily mean that it doesn’t need replacing.

Cracks

If there are cracks in the the toilet itself, it probably needs replacing. Cracks can cause leaks. And even if you dont see the leaks it is causing, that doesn’t mean they dont exist. Water from tiny leaks can get down in the floor beneath the toilet.  Continue reading

Tips for Efficient Utility Bills

household tipsAs a person who pays for utility bills, you want your system to be as efficient as possible. With that in mind we have assembled these simple tips that can help keep your house plumbing running efficiently.

Bathroom and Kitchen

-Check your faucets for leaks and drips. Besides being annoying, drips and leaks cause the sink to run water and this can end up being costly. One customer recently told us that a leaky faucet had cost them over $30 in increased water bills because they put off fixing it for so long.

-Check toilet for leaks as well. Put a few drops of food coloring into the back tank and wait 30 minutes. If you see the coloring in the bowl, you have a leak.  Continue reading