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Why Use a Garbage Disposer? by Go Green Plumbing

 

Why Install a Garbage Disposer?

Do you have a garbage disposer installed in your kitchen sink? Garbage disposer units are in about 50% of American homes.   If you don’t you might be wondering why you should think about installing one in your home.

The garbage disposer fits into the sink between the drain and the trap to capture food waste and shred it to tiny bits that can be washed down the drain to the municipal sewer system or the septic tank. In homes without a disposal unit, food waste can create blockages in pipes that require a plumber. Since 10-20% of household trash is food waste and scraps, this significantly reduces the amount of trash that you place in your waste receptacle. Chicken bones, coffee grounds, egg shells and vegetable peels can all be ground up in the garbage disposer. In addition, some municipalities use these foods scraps to produce methane gas that is then used to meet energy needs.

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Spring Fertilization by Go Green Plumbing

When and How to Fertilize

Spring is a great time to think about fertilizing your lawn to ensure you have a lush, thick green carpet in the spring and summer. So, what do you need to know about your options? First, you’ll need to make some decisions about what products to use – liquid versus granular. Liquid fertilizers will give you a quick burst of energy, but have to be reapplied frequently. Granular fertilizer on the other hand will last up to 12 weeks, but will take longer to show results. Depending on what your goal is, you will have to select one type.

Next, wait for it to rain, or commit to completely watering your lawn for several days. Granular fertilizer that is applied without being watered in can burn a lawn. Water your freshly applied fertilizer well. You may also want to consider a weed control product in the spring to prevent broadleaf weeds from ruining the look of your lawn. They can easily be applied in early spring and reapplied later in the season to control weeds.

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Save $ on Your Hot Tub or Pool by Go Green Plumbing

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If you have invested in a hot tub or pool for your enjoyment you know how good it can feel to slip into the water after a hard day at work. But, aside from the initial cost, what is it costing you to operate that hot tub or pool? Chemicals to maintain the water including shock, water softener and pH increase and pH decrease, filters and water costs are just one part of the equation.

Energy costs can rack up quickly between the cost of running the filter pump and the heater. So, how can you reduce your costs?

  • Maintain clean filters. By keeping your filters clean and free of debris that blocks the air flow, you reduce the amount of energy required to push the water through the filter.
  • Check your hot tub cover. If you have a hot tub, check the cover to make sure that the vinyl is not cracked and the insulation is intact. While a cover is expensive, the energy savings will make up for the expense fairly quickly.
  • Turn down the temperature. Turning down the heater just a couple of degrees will make a significant difference in operating expense.
  • Use a thermal pool cover. If you are not using your pool for an extended period of time, use a thermal pool cover to keep out debris and keep the water warmed.
  • Use a windbreak. If you find that you have prevailing winds, set up a fence or windbreak. In addition to privacy, you will save money by keeping those winds from cooling down the water.

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Saving Water with Every Flush by Go Green Plumbing

Saving Water with Every Flush

Want to save water? About 45% of your total water usage is in the bathroom, and nearly 27% is in the toilet alone! Older toilets can use up to seven gallons per flush, while the most efficient ones use only 1.28 gallons per flush. That is an annual difference for per person of a little more than 10,000 gallons per year. That’s a lot of water that can be saved.

So what can you do to save water? First, if you know you have older toilets that use a lot of water consider replacing them with new, lower flow units. If you live in an area served by a municipal water supply and pay for water you can recoup your investment fairly quickly. If you depend on a well for water, you just may save yourself from a dry well during a drought.

If you don’t want to replace fixtures, consider ‘bricking’ your toilet. You can use any item with sufficient weight to sink in the water, but bricks are cheap and don’t corrode the toilet parts. Place a brick in the back tank of your toilet to displace water. This reduces the water that flows through the toilet with each flush. And, as always fix any leaks, including flappers that don’t seal as soon as possible to reduce waste.

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Cleaning Woodwork by Go Green Plumbing

Cleaning Woodwork

Baseboards and intricate wood trim just seem to be a magnet for dust and dirt in even the cleanest homes. Given that white is a popular trim color, it is not that surprising that it shows every little speck of dust. Do you ever wonder if there is an easier way?

While it will take additional time in the beginning, here is how you can make cleaning your baseboards and woodwork easier in the future. Begin by cleaning the baseboards thoroughly with an appropriate cleaner. Stained wood or unfinished wood should be cleaned with a detergent made specifically for those type of finishes that can be found at your local hardware store. You want to be sure not to apply any extra oils or waxes that will attract dust and dirt in the future. Painted surfaces can be cleaned with a light soap solution. Allow to dry thoroughly. Especially dusty or intricate woodwork should be vacuumed in advance of cleaning to remove excess dirt. This is the hardest part of maintaining your woodwork, but luckily only has to be done every year or even every other year.

The secret to easy cleaning it to keep it maintained. Each month use a dryer sheet to wipe down woodwork to remove dust. High traffic areas may require more frequent ‘wet’ cleaning to maintain. Dryer sheets will attract the dust more easily that cloth and not leave additional lint.

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1 Ply or 2? by Go Green Plumbing

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At the most basic level, the difference between one-ply versus two-ply or even three-ply toilet tissue is pretty basic. Each ply of paper adds pulp, and therefore weight and absorbency. Therefore, the single ply toilet paper would typically not absorb as much moisture or provide the softness of a triple ply paper. However, recent innovations in toilet paper technology have allowed many of the single ply papers to mimic the characteristics of the double and triple ply papers.

From a plumbing standpoint, the single ply toilet paper offers the best protection for pipes and septic systems. The bacteria in your septic tank that are responsible to cleaning out debris like toilet paper and waste, are best able to manage the smaller pulp content of single ply paper, as long as users don’t compensate by using more paper. Research suggests that users use the same amount, regardless of ply, so that by switching to single ply, you can save the environment as well as a your wallet.

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What to Flush, What Not to Flush by Go Green Plumbing

What to Flush, What Not to Flush

I think we’ve all had that same question at one point in our life – is this really flushable? So many products now claim to be flushable – baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc. But what should you do to protect your pipes? Rest assured, we have answers.

First, while many products sat they are ‘safe’ to flush, limit your flushes to simple waste and toilet paper. Anything else should go in the trashcan. If you are concerned about odors, simply sprinkle some baking soda in the trash can liner to help absorb odor or empty trash daily. Particularly strong odors can be mitigated by disposing of them in the main trashcan outside the home (used diapers, any dog/cat clean up items).

No feminine hygiene products should ever be flushed down the toilet. In public waste systems they can build up and cause a blockage, which the homeowner may have to pay to repair. In private septic tanks, they can quickly fill the tank to capacity. Baby and cleaning wipes are other products that are frequently flushed. Remember that while one or two of these a year may be OK for the system, regularly flushing either of these can lead to disastrous consequences for your septic tank.

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Adjust Your Water Heater Temperature by Go Green Plumbing

 

Adjust Your Water Heater Temperature To Save Money

Do you know what temperature your water heater is set to maintain? Most manufacturers will set them to about 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but that can pose a scalding danger and can cost you big money in the long run.

One concern about lowering the temperature of your water heater is that harmful bacteria will have a chance to flourish at the lower temperature. However, except for pipes that are rarely used where water has an opportunity to stagnate, this is not a concern for most people. Unless someone in your household has a compromised immune system or suffers from chronic respiratory problems, lowering the temperature to 120 should be fine. Another concern is that the dishwasher requires a higher temperature to operate efficiently. This is true, but most dishwashers have a booster heater to get the temperature of the water up to the correct range. You can expect to save $10-30 dollars annually for every ten degree reduction in temperature.

If you choose to keep your water heater at 140 degrees consider adding mixing valves at any point where people will come in contact directly with the water like sinks and showers. This will reduce the likelihood of scalding.

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Water Taste Funny? by Go Green Plumbing

Does Your Water Have a Funny Taste?

The taste of your water is determined by a number of different factors including mineral and sodium content, as well as the composition of your pipes and even your personal preferences based on past experience. Some people who grew up with chlorinated city water supplies may find water from a well unpleasant, and likewise those raised on well water may find chlorinated water repulsive.

Outside of personal preference, water that doesn’t taste pleasant can indicate other issues. A good analysis of your water should be conducted if you suspect there is an issue. The water analysis can tell you what minerals and metals are in your water, and help you determine what you can do to make it taste better. Some people find that by simply adding a water softener system they can improve the taste of their water.

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