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Keeping Your Drain Clog-Free (Part One)

 

Preventative maintenance can go a long way in avoiding a clogged drain. And it can pay huge dividends down the road. Fortunately, it’s not that hard. There are just a few key things to remember when it comes to keeping your drain running freely.

Use drain-cleaning bacteria on a regular basis. The most common clogs are caused by organic matter like hair, grease and food. To break down this organic matter, bacteria-based drain cleaning products are one of your best choices. You can find these types of drain cleaners at your local hardware store.

Dump the grease in the trash or a jar. If you are ever tempted to pour that dirty cooking grease down the sink drain, don’t do it! Pouring grease down your pipes is one of the worst things you can do for your drains. When the grease is warm, it will run through your pipes but eventually it will cool and congeal. And wherever there is congealed grease, you have a trap for every other thing that runs by, creating a serious drain clog.

Stop the hair and food before it hits the drain. To keep hair and food from creating a clog, mesh screens designed and suited for kitchen sinks and tub or shower drains are available in most home improvement stores. Another option to consider is a drain stopper that includes a screen. These are made to replace the screw-in drain stoppers. These too can be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store.

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2018 Bathroom Design Trends

With each new year comes a round of new design trends for consumers to embrace. If you’re looking for a few ways to upgrade your bathroom, whether you’re planning to sell your home, or you just want to change things up a bit, this blog series is for you. To learn what 2018 holds with regard to bathroom design, read on.

Monochromatic colors? Yes please. Are you someone who has a hard time determining what colors to mix for an attractive room palette? Worry no more. Design on a single color and choose varying shades to use in your bathroom and you’re on trend. From white to indigo blue to gray, go grab some paint chips-your life just got easier.

Bring on the Color. While monochromatic color is in, so is color itself. While there will always be those who enjoy the subtlety of organic tones, 2018 has arrived giving those who love bright, colorful baths and even kitchen permission to give it a go. Green, indigo, orange, yellow? whatever your pleasure, grab that paint brush and get to it

Stand-alone tubs? Perhaps the days of claw foot tubs are not completely back, but they’re getting pretty close. Stand-alone and sunken tubs are the way homeowners are creating a spa-like environment in their own homes. Whether in the bathroom or in the master bedroom, you’ll begin finding stand-alone tubs creeping back into homes this year.

Black is back. So brass managed to make a come-back, and now black fixtures have too. Especially with the monochromatic trend in play, black fixtures add a nice crisp pop and contrast to keep things interesting.

Ledge storage for the win. While storage has been making a comeback for a while, the ledge storage that we’ve all been using to lean photos and artwork on in our living rooms and bedrooms has made its way to the bathroom. Install it over your sink or toilet, whatever you please. But more storage options are reason to be excited.

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Plumbing Myths

Webster’s defines a myth as “a popular belief that is false or unsupported”. While myths may seem harmless, when it comes to your home and the systems that run it, it’s important to be certain you are making decisions based on reality and not myths.

So, the natural question to ask is, “What are common plumbing myths?” Below you’ll find a few of the most popular ones debunked for you.

MYTH: Ice cubes sharpen garbage disposal blades.

TRUTH: Ice cubes don’t sharpen disposal blades, but they can help clean them. Experts recommend using ice cubes once a month as preventative maintenance for your disposal.

MYTH: Lemon peels will clean my garbage disposal.

TRUTH: They may make it smell good, but the skins can clog your disposal while the corrosiveness of the citric acid can wreak havoc on the disposal’s mechanisms.

MYTH: Cat litter is flushable.

TRUTH: In theory, yes, it is possible to flush cat litter, but don’t do it! Cat litter can carry a parasite called Toxoplasma, that can cause a condition called toxoplasmosis, which can be harmful to pregnant women and marine life.

MYTH: Lightening can’t travel through plumbing pipes.

TRUTH: If your home still has metal pipes as part of your plumbing system, then you possess the perfect conductor for lightening (if it were to hit your plumbing system outside). If you have PVC pipes, then you are much better off. However, water can be a great conductor of electricity especially with a little help from various impurities that are commonly found in public water systems.

MYTH: Toilet bowl tablets are safe for my toilet.

TRUTH: In reality, if the toilet bowl tablets contain bleach this can me very harmful to your toilet and the mechanisms supporting it over time. While using bleach to clean your toilet is ok, the fact that these tablets are designed to stay in your toilet bowl 24/7 is the issue.

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Home Holiday Prep: Your Plumbing System (Part 3)

 

So your kitchen appliances are ready to roll when guests arrive next month. What’s next? Your plumbing system. The reality is that with additional guests in your home, your plumbing system will endure added stress during the holidays. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure a problem-free holiday.

Toilets. Have your toilets been flushing slower than normal? Have you noticed an atypical odor or slight wetness around the base? These are signs that there may be trouble on the way. Have your toilet, pipes and system thoroughly inspected immediately. In addition, if you have a toilet handle or small issue that needs repairing, now’s the time to take care of those issues.

Sinks. If you have a slow draining sink, it may be as simple as a hair clog, but it may be more complicated. You can pull out the drain to see for yourself or have a professional inspect it for you.

Garbage Disposal. If not properly maintained, your home’s disposal can be a source of serious plumbing problems, not to mention an unpleasant odor. Especially during the holidays monitor what you are putting into your disposal. No-no’s include bones, celery, coffee grounds, egg shells, fruit pits, grease, pasta and potato peels.

Ice Maker. It’s never a bad idea to dump your ice maker and give the ice bin a good cleaning. Just make sure it’s rinsed thoroughly before returning it to your freezer.  As it reloads, monitor it to make sure it’s loading properly and in a timely manner. If it’s slow or not functioning properly, you’ll need to do some investigating (or have a professional do it for you) to find the source of the problem. You can never have too much ice with several guests in your home!

Tubs/Showers. With multiple guests come multiple showers. Carve out some time to clean your shower heads and inspect it for clogged holes. And while you’re there, unscrew the drain cover and inspect your drain for unwanted debris, including hair.

Once you’re done, your home will be closer to providing a stress-free holiday season (at least with regard to your plumbing) for you and your guests.

 

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Hard Water  – What’s the Big Deal?

Hard water, by definition, is water that has a high concentration of minerals like calcium and magnesium. And according to the US Geological Association, more than 89 percent of Americans have hard water in their homes. In contrast, the softest water can be found in parts of New England, the South Atlantic and Gulf regions, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

While the taste of hard water is preferred by many Americans, the damage that hard water can do to a home and its systems has not been lost on many homeowners. Consequently, the popularity of in-home water softeners continues to rise. While these in-home systems may seem extreme to some, there are reasonable arguments for installing a softener in your home. Due to significant mineral build up, there are real challenges that long-term hard water use can have in and on your home:

Washing your clothes in hard water can harm the fibers while making the clothes feel scratchy and looky dingy.

Mineral build up in your shower head can eventually cause clogs and reduce water pressure.

Soap scum on tubs, showers and other surfaces can sometimes cause permanent damage if not treated.

Build up in your coffeemaker and washing machines can make these appliances much less efficient and ultimately affect their valves and seals which can trigger leaks.

Damage to plumbing fixtures. Not only is the buildup unsightly around drains and faucets, the minerals can damage the internal mechanisms, causing potential leaks down the road.

Years of hard water use will cause build up, especially in steel pipes, resulting in increased water pressure and potential damage.

So what should you be doing if your home uses hard water? First, know that there are ways to minimize the harm of hard water on your appliances, clothes, etc. And second, develop a routine of preventative maintenance to reduce the damage to your home. In the next post on “Hard Water,” several of these options will be discussed for you to explore.

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Is That Rust In Your Water?

 

So you turn on your faucet for a refreshing glass of water and after your first sip, you realize the water tastes metallic. Upon further inspection, you see small orange particles floating in your glass. What is it? In most cases it’s rust. And while it’s an annoyance and something that needs to be addressed, fortunately, it’s not harmful to most people. The only exception would be for people who have hemochromatosis, which allows the body to accumulate excessive iron levels.

Rust can truly happen to anyone, depending on the age of your pipes and water heater, as well as your local water supply system. And while some people may go a lifetime and never deal with rust in their water supply, others will face this challenge. So what should you do if you think you have rust in your water supply? Find its location.

The potential source of rust is one of three locations: Your pipes, your hot water heater or your local water supply system. To help identify the location, you can run your own test. First, turn on the cold tap and fill a glass of water. Second, turn on the hot water tap and take a second sample. And lastly, let the tap water run for a few minutes and take a third sample.

If you see rust in either the cold tap or the hot water tap, then the problem is potentially in your home’s water system. The cold tap would signal rust in your piping, while the hot water tap would point to the hot water heater. However, if the rust is in all three samples, then the source may be your local water supply system.

Regardless of where the rust is, to identify the exact location you’ll need a professional plumber to help you. Once you’ve found the culprit, the only solution is to replace materials in question to get you on your way to rust-free water again.

Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!