Do You Need a Water Heater Tune Up?

water heater tune upHaven’t heard of this before? Don’t feel ashamed, many people do not know that you could tune up your water heater. But this maintenance can save you money and time down the road. So, what exactly is done during this tune up?

Flush

Flushing out the water heater basically get rid of any sediment that has built up within the unit. The sediment makes the heater less efficient and taints the water you are using. I saw a water heater unit that was half way full of copper colored sediment. This was in an area of Palm Bay that still had well water. The water heater was not salvageable. Continue reading

Whole Home Water Filtration – Is It For You?

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When the water comes from the city water treatment plant it is highly chlorinated. This is to prevent bacteria from forming on its way to your house. And although the chlorination levels are safe to drink, it can cause the water to taste bad and be hard on the skin.

Many folks already have a water filter on their faucet for their drinking water. But, have you ever considered a whole-home water filter? This filter treats the water before it enters your home’s main pipe system. Continue reading

Think Twice About Liquid Chemical Drain Cleaners

drain clog remedyThe liquid chemical drain cleaner has been around for some time. We have all seen the commercials. Pour in the liquid or the gel and the clog goes away in minutes. This may be true some of the time but what exactly is going on when you use these products?

Firstly, we cannot overstate how dangerous these chemicals are to have around the house, especially when you have kids or pets. They are highly corrosive and will kill skin on contact. With that said, what else are they harming? Continue reading

Keeping Your Dishwasher from Clogging

dishwasher tipsThe modern dishwasher is a luxury for sure. Anyone who has had an electric dishwasher then moved to a home without one knows what a luxury they can be. But dishwashers can have their bad times too. They are not without their own problems.

Up to 75% of homes have an electric dishwasher.  So, you could say that people believe in the power and effectiveness of it. But, anyone who has had major dishwasher problems knows they can be a headache. Continue reading

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