What it takes to install a Waste Disposal Unit

Is there a one-size-fits-all installation procedure for waste disposal units?  Unfortunately not.  The method of installation can vary distinctly depending on the type of unit you buy.  This is why every model sold in the market comes with detailed instructions specific to the model.  If you are not quite sure on how to do it, your best bet is to have it professionally installed.

Why?  Waste disposal units are significant investments and you would want them to remain efficient and functional for as long as possible so you have to make sure that they are installed properly.  Here are some things you need to know.

 

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Careful Planning

Before starting with the installation process there should be ample time dedicated to planning the plumbing.  You cannot discount the possibility that some of the pipes when fitted may prevent access not only to the unit, but more importantly, its controls.

As much as possible, when doing the installation, try to avoid complicated configurations like too much tee junctions, bends, and kinks;  these can have a substantial effect on the efficiency of the waste disposal unit.  It is equally important to remember that the waste pipe must be a dedicated one so it cannot be shared by other plumbing appliances in your home.  Never make the mistake of placing the waste outlet above the gully grating.

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The Motor

Majority of waste disposal units in the market today come with a half-horsepower motor.  This type of motor does not have any commutator or carbon brushes, only a solid rotor.  This means that it is comparatively strong and durable.  Likewise, the seeming simplicity of the design limits the need for periodic maintenance and less possibility of failure.  In most cases the unit motor can give efficient service life of about 20 years on the average.

There are also units that have motors with lower power.  Of course, these consume less electricity, resulting in lower monthly bills.  But, before you jump out of your seat and get these, you have to consider if they have adequate power for your needs; otherwise, you may be spending more than you should.

Some motors have been designed to run in forward and reverse motion.  This is a feature to help you remove jammed particles in the unit.  Some can even do forward and reverse cutting action alternately for more efficiency.  Motors that provide dual direction action are known to last longer than those with single direction cutting.

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The Actuator

The actuator that is responsible for controlling the mechanism of the unit is either surface-mounted or flush-fitted.  With no electrical connections, the actuator is operated using gas or pressurized air with a cover housing the light guide and a compressed embedded tubing for flush-fitted units.

It is important to understand that there should be a dedicated socket for the waste disposal unit.  This prevents the socket from lying around while the electric outlet is used for another appliance.  This will also limit potential damage to the unit through its socket.

Always make use of the socket nearest to the point of installation.  If you do not have one, get one installed together with the unit.  This prevents cable from running around too much in your work area and allows for easier access.

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Cost of Installation

Now that you have an idea of how to plan the installation, how much will it cost you?  First off, the waste disposal unit itself would be priced around $150 to $175 depending on the brand, model, and features that come with it.

If you have it professionally installed, which is the best and suggested choice, it would take a little over 2 hours to complete the job including setup, cleanup, and verification of the operation cycle.  This amount of work would normally be charged about $130 to $220 by a licensed professional plumber.

Other related costs like supplies and materials to be used during the actual installation should be in the neighborhood of $25 to $28 only from your local hardware store.  All-in-all you would be spending anywhere from $311 to $428 for an up and running waste disposal unit in your home.

This should give you a pretty clear idea what it takes to have a waste disposal unit professionally installed in your home. Contact rancho-santamargaritaplumbing.com, a professional plumber that know what they do to help you install a waste disposal unit in your home with no worries.

Are You Killing Your Septic System?

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Did you know that when well-constructed and properly maintained, the septic system can be reasonably maintenance-free?  Well the operative words are “well-constructed” and “properly maintained” of course.  If you cannot guarantee those two conditions, then you are probably headed for some plumbing disasters in the not so distant future.

How would you know if you are unconsciously killing your own septic system and sabotaging your otherwise healthy home plumbing?  Let’s take a look at some possibilities.

Water can be bad

Everybody uses water to flush down whatever waste matter there is down the drain in the hopes that it will reach the septic system.  Unfortunately, what many do not understand is that too much water can also be bad and in effect you are inadvertently killing your septic system.

The use of too much water will upset the very delicate biological balance that exists inside the septic tank.  This in turn will prevent it from carrying out its designed function of handling wastewater and waste matter.  Are you aware that there is also a possibility that your septic system will back up if you force too much water into it?  This is not a very desirable scenario to entertain.

While we are still in the issue of water, make sure that all the water coming from your land and your roof drains are directed away from the drainfield of the septic system.  This will ensure that the additional water will not hamper the system and prevent it from properly working.

Household chemicals

Whether we accept it or not, almost every product we use in our households contain a certain amount of chemical.  When used excessively, it will have a negative impact on the ability of your septic system to function properly.

It is safe to use normal amounts of detergents, drain cleaners, bleaches, and other types of household chemicals without affecting the bacterial action in the septic tank.  However, if you dispose of water that contains enormous amounts of household chemicals into the drain and down the septic tank, it will kill off the bacteria that takes care of waste disposal.  So make sure you dispose of everything properly and not just force it down the drain.

Household Items

Are you one of those homeowners who has a penchant for just flushing everything down the drain?  You know, the type who just disposes of coffee grounds, cooking oils, and even heavy duty paper towels down the drain or toilet bowl?

If so, then you should know that these household items do not easily dissolve or worse will not decompose when they reach your septic tank.  This means that these household items will simply keep on filling your septic tank until the entire plumbing system (not just the septic system) becomes clogged up.

What is the most frequent household item that gets thrown into the septic tank that should not be there?  According to most plumbing professionals, it is toilet tissue.  For one reason or another, a lot of people have the habit of flushing the toilet tissue down the bowl instead of putting it into the trash bin.  Now, if you find this practice difficult to control, the best solution is to buy high quality tissue.

What is a high quality toilet tissue?  It is one that will easily break up when it gets wet.  To test if the toilet tissue is ideal for your septic system, take a handful and put it in a fruit jar that is half-filled with water.  Shake the jar and if you observe the tissue breaking up then you should no longer have any problems with toilet tissue being flushed down the bowl.

As for grease and other oils, the best solution is to have a separate container specifically for these household items to make sure that they do not build up along the sewer line and cause blockage.  Dispose of these along with your regular garbage.

Keep in mind that it is fairly easy to put the biological balance in your septic system out of sync, so be careful of what you throw down your drains and always have your septic tank pumped every 3 to 5 years by a professional.  This way, you will not be killing your own septic system.

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How to Buy the Right Showerhead for Everyone

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Is there a one-size fits all showerhead that can please everyone in your home?  You can take all the time you want to go around the hardware and home improvement stores in your locality and you may fail to find one.  However, you do not have to lose hope, all you need to do is to understand the needs of the users and what can work best for all your needs.  Let us take a look how.

The Needs

There is no question that the needs of people can vary substantially; not to mention that the needs of men can be quite different from that of women.  When shopping for the right showerhead, do you take this into consideration?

Women mostly would enjoy a shower that has a gentle water flow.  Most of the time women are after the relaxing experience that every shower brings.  This means that you would need a showerhead that can give a soothing and pampering stream of water while enhancing the beauty of the bathroom.

Men in general are more concerned with the efficiency of the showerhead.  This means opting for a stronger water flow and consistent water pressure more than anything else.  Design and beauty of the showerhead may be relegated to the back of the priority list.

Water Efficiency

The different showerhead models also have various features that make them attractive to users.  There are many features that can be so enticing that customers may forget one of the most basic considerations – water efficiency.

How is efficiency measured?  Usually, factors like flow rate, water temperature, and other settings are accounted for.  For example, showerheads that were produced before 1994 had a flow rate of about 5.5 gallons a minute.  Compare this with newer models that have a flow rate of 2 gallons per minute and you get a more efficient showerhead without sacrificing the pleasure of your showering experience.

Would you be able to tell if the showerhead is using too much water?  Yes.  If your showerhead can fill a gallon-bucket with water in less than 24 seconds, then you can do better with a low-flow version showerhead.

Types of Showerheads

The showerheads being sold in the market typically fall under 3 categories:

  1. Multi-setting – these are showerheads that give users the comfort of changing the flow pattern of the water. Some of the more flexible models can provide as much as 12 different settings to give you a more pleasurable showering experience.
  2. Single-setting – as the name implies, there is no other option available. Once you open the water control, the stream of water flows through the nozzles.  The advantage of this model is that it costs comparatively less than the lowest priced multi-setting showerhead in the market.  This is ideal for those who just want a no fuzz showering experience.
  3. Shower Tower – this type of showerhead can deliver a showering experience similar to what you can get when going to a spa. There are several body jets mounted on the shower’s vertical strip to deliver a unique experience.  This type of shower is limited by federal regulations to limit the water flow rate to about 2.5 gallons per minute for every outlet.  Therefore, if there are 4 outlets, the shower tower can legally use up to 10 gallons per minute, which can translate to lower water efficiency.

As you can see, the price of showerheads should not be a priority consideration when buying the right showerhead for everyone in your home.  The above suggestions, should you choose to follow them, will help you to find the right showerhead that will give everyone in your home the showering experience they want without drilling a hole in your pocket. Contact plumbers in Corona by visiting our website at www.plumbingcorona.biz.

Do You Know Your Plungers?

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What is the one tool that plumbers can never be without?  The plunger!  But did you know that there is more than one kind of plunger?  Yes, surprise, surprise!  Normally, when homeowners complain that plungers do not work for them, the reason is that they are using the wrong type of plunger.  Let’s make it clear, all types of plungers work excellently, but you need to use the right type of plunger for the job.  So, are you ready to know your plungers?

Cup Plunger

Without a doubt, this is the most popular among all the plungers.  It is the one with the cup that has a flat tip so that it can create a tight seal with almost any type of flat surface.  This design of this type of plunger makes it effective when dealing with clogged sinks or tubs.

The half spherical shape helps to create a vacuum that would dislodge the blockage down the drain and restore the normal water flow.  Every time you plunge, the air pressure increases and forces the blockage to move down the drain.  The cup plunger helps to resolve majority of the plumbing problems you may encounter at home.

It is ideal to have both the cup plunger and the flange plunger handy in your home.

Flange Plunger

This is also more commonly known as the “toilet plunger” because its design works perfectly well with most toilets in use today.  Unlike the cup plunger which features a flat-mouth cup, the flange plunger has an extended cup mouth to allow it to create a seal with the bottom of the toilet.

As the cup mouth of the flange plunger comes in contact with the bottom of the toilet, it creates a seal that will introduce a vacuum.  This in turn generates pressure that normally would be sufficient enough to restore the normal function of your toilet.  It can be easily distinguished from the cup plunger because of the inverse rubber tip that reaches down the bowl rim.

Taze Plunger

First time you heard of it?  That is not surprising.  The taze plunger is also known as the plumber’s plunger and is made completely of steel.  Unlike the cup plunger and the flange plunger, which creates a vacuum with the surface, the taze plunger works within your pipes.

It is considered as a last resort in battling serious clogs that cannot be solved by other means.  The size of the taze plunger is designed in a way that it barely fits in the pipe.  This is done to create a blockage that will pressurize the water within the pipes to dislodge or break the clogging so that it flows down the drain.

Many will never see or own this type of plunger because majority of plumbers now prefer to use the plumber’s snake instead.  However, the taze plunger is excellent when dealing with clogs in larger pipes or blockage that a cup plunger, flange plunger, or even a plumber’s snake cannot breakdown.  More practical solutions for taze plungers is for clearing sewer pipe clogs because it can provide the necessary power even when you consider the enormous size of sewer pipes.

It is amazing how such a simple device that is extremely affordable can flush away almost every type of plumbing problem you can encounter on a daily basis.  Because they are so affordable, you don’t even have to worry if you are getting the most out of your money.  However, you should be aware, that even if plungers can save you lots of money, there is no substitute for a good plumbing inspection done by a professional plumbing service.

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What are the Essential Skills of Plumbers?

When we talk about essential skills of plumbers, the first thing that normally comes to mind is the ability to fix leaks, repair pipes, remove clogs, and other similar skills.  However, are you aware that plumbing skills go way beyond the actual work they perform?  Yes, there is more to hiring plumbers than just knowing that they are good at fixing leaks and other plumbing problems.  Before you get all confused, read on and see what skills you should look for when hiring plumbers.

Yes, there is more to hiring plumbers than just knowing that they are good at fixing leaks and other plumbing problems.  Before you get all confused, read on and see what skills you should look for when hiring plumbers.

Working with Others

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This focuses on the relationship skills of the plumber.  This particular skill set defines how the plumber can work not only with the customer, but also with other plumbers.  You have to establish that the plumber can work with a partner or helper whenever necessary.  This however should not take away the ability of the plumber to work independently.

How do you establish this?  The easiest way is to personally talk to the plumber who will do the work.  Ask different questions about the services being offered or the scope of work to be done.  Be very conscious of the answers given to your questions and establish on how keen the plumber is to fix the problem you are faced.

Why do you need to do this?  Keep in mind that the plumber will be working in your home, and definitely, you do not want to suddenly find out that the plumber you hired has an emotional problem or cannot work with other people around.  Establish this and you will have peace of mind regardless how long the work will take.

Educational Skills

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What is the value of hiring a plumber with great math skills?  Imagine how much you can save with a plumber who can give you accurate estimates and measurements.  Advanced math skills helps the plumber to compute how to make the most with the materials at hand and save you from unnecessary expenses with very little spoilage if any.

Oral and written communication skills are also a must.  You want to look for a plumber with these set of skills because it would be easier to get an explanation and more information about the work at hand.

Plumbers with good communication skills more often than not are also good team leaders because of the ability to effortlessly communicate what needs to be done to get the job done right.  The ability to talk and write well are valuable skills in resolving conflicts and documenting the scope of work.

Educational skills speak a lot about the efficiency of plumbers that you hire.  Can you imagine the difficulty of not being able to communicate with the plumber or get the information you need?  Do you have a limited budget to work with?  Undoubtedly, a plumber with good math skills will be able to help you maximize whatever amount of budget you have to get the work done right and on time.

Technical Skills

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These are the skill sets that we are all familiar with.  Did you know that although these skills are learned through studying and training they are honed through experience?  Why is this important to emphasize?  All plumbers usually have the same set of technical skills, but, it is their experience that makes a difference on the quality of workmanship they can present.

More experienced plumbers are likewise expected to find solutions that are out of the plumbing books.  They can be expected to combine theory and practicality in ensuring that the plumbing solutions to pay for will be effective and efficient.

Why do you need to hire technically skilled plumbers like plumbinglongbeach.us?  For the obvious reason that you can get the most for what you pay form.  Bottom line is that you would want to get the best value for your money, and having a highly skilled and experienced plumber can give you just that.

Now that you are aware of the essential skills of plumbers, there is no reason why you should have any problems finding the right plumbing service for you.

How to Protect Your Plumbing while on Vacation

We all need a break some time, right?  However, before you get all carried away with excitement with that planned vacation, make sure that you protect your home plumbing system.  This will ensure that you do not come home to a flooded property or something worse.

Taking some time to look after your plumbing before going on vacation will allow you to enjoy it even more.  Here are some tips that you must consider before you get out of the house.

Laundry Hoses

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It is important to regularly check the hoses of your laundry machine, more so before you head off to a vacation.  Did you know that the service life of a laundry machine hose is around 3 years?

Make a visual inspection of the hose and look for cracks, calcium deposit buildup, or any type of breakdown that can cause plumbing problems while you are on vacation.  Replace the hose if necessary.

Keeping the Heat

The common thinking is that since no one will be in the home, there is no need for the water heater to be turned on.  Unfortunately, this is not true, because even if you think that the weather is getting warmer, nights will remain to be relatively cold.

This means that there is still a possibility for your pipes to freeze.  The only way to prevent this is to leave your water heater on, but at a lower temperature of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  This will help protect your pipes without jacking up your energy bill while you are away.

Do not forget to do a visual inspection of the water heater as well.  Any sign of water outside the unit should be a cause for alarm.

This is normally a sign that the water heater may need repair or even replacement.  If you really want to make sure, place a service call to have the water heater checked by a professional for your peace of mind.  If the unit has a vacation mode setting, leave it at that until you return.

Sump Pumps

Will it flood?  It is hard to assume that it will not.  That is why it is better to be on the safe side by making sure that your sump pump is in working condition before you leave.  Simply test it by pouring some water into the inlet valve and see if the pump would automatically activate.  Another thing to consider is if you have any backup system in case your sump pump fails while you are on vacation.

If you have a backup system, make sure that you test it as well.  If not, then consult a professional plumbing service for your options.  Check how you can get a battery backup system up and running before you go on your trip.  This can spell the difference between going back to a dry home and a flooded one.

Odor Protection

What causes odor to come up from your drains?  One is food particles clinging to the sides of the pipe lining, and the other is that the trap has gone dry allowing odors from the septic system to creep into your home.

Now that you know, the first thing to do is to pour in about a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes.  Wash it down with a kettle of hot water to flush away any food particles.

For dry traps, make sure that you do this not only with seldom used drains, but with all the drains in your home as a precaution.  Pour about a cup of water into the drain followed by a about a spoonful of cooking oil.  Since the oil floats on top of the water, evaporation will not happen to allow the drain to hold the water in the trap for a longer period.

These are pretty easy to follow tips that will help protect your home plumbing system while you are on vacation.  If you want better protection, have a professional plumber like www.plumbinglosangeles.us check your system before you go on your trip.

Using Creative Lighting and Color to Improve Your Home

Using Creative Lighting and Color to Improve Your Home

One of the best ways to improve the overall look of your home is to use colors and lighting.  Changing the color of a room or how light is used can make a huge difference on its appeal and the atmosphere it produces.  The great thing with using lighting and color is that you can make it work even with a small budget.  Here are some tips on how to maximize the use of lighting and color to change the look of your home.

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How can painting the ceiling white improve your home?  Darker colors on ceilings or putting dark-colored wooden beams will give the room a gloomy ambience.  About two cans of white paint can give a fresher look not only to the ceiling but the entire room in general.  Bright white will also be able to reflect light to make it look bigger.  Even if the walls are white, using white on the ceiling will still have a positive effect.

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Limit Accents

Most of us have our favorite colors and would want to use it as the theme for our rooms.  However, when playing with colors, it is important to remember that bold and bright colors work better when used for walls or trimmings.  Rooms that have a dark color will have a feeling of space or emptiness.

Do you really want to use dark colors?  Settle for green, red, dark blue, or some rich color and use it for a smaller wall.  Use lighter colors on the other walls.  Incorporating colors will eliminate the feeling of darkness especially if the accent trim is placed along the ceiling.  For a more festive mood, use contrasting colors for the door trim and the baseboards.

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Natural Light

Working with a dark room means dealing with limited amounts of natural light.  Windows are the best sources of natural light, but, if they are blocked with blinds or dark shades, you have to find other ways of brightening the room.

One way to brighten the room is to choose light-colored and airy window covers.  This allows for ample amounts of light to enter the room without sacrificing its ability to filter it.  You can also use blinds, but stick with cloth blinds made from light fabrics and not totally opaque.  Wooden and plastic blinds will completely block out all natural light.

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Overhead Lighting

Opt for soft perimeter lights for your overhead lighting.  Harsh overhead lights will only emphasize the natural dark characteristics of the room.  Be careful in choosing the type of artificial lighting you use.  Do not overdo it with fluorescent lights, you want to preserve a pleasant and natural look as much as possible.

Track lighting is an option you can explore because of its ability to brighten the room without the harsh atmosphere effect.  Strategically place floor lamps fitted with light-colored shades to allow light to be diffused to the entire room.

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Brighter Bulbs

Another way to brighten and liven the room is to replace your current bulbs with higher intensity ones.  There was a time when CFL (Compact Fluorescent bulbs) were the choice because of their lower wattage and significantly higher light output.  However, today, LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting are more preferred because even with a lower wattage, it can still produce higher intensity light levels compared to CFL bulbs.

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Dark and Cozy

If you truly and really must or want to go dark, at least make it dark and cozy.  Adding a more natural feel will make the room more comfortable.  Use deep and rich colors with heavy decorations will give it that old-fashioned appeal.

With a bit of creativity, you can actually mix and match these tips to find what works best for you.  Home improvement after all is still a matter of preference.

How to do Home Improvement for Spring

How to do Home Improvement for Spring

It is not surprising that some homeowners may find spring cleaning challenging.  Considering you are coming off a cold weather and looking forward to a relaxing season, doing home improvements are not really a priority.  However, it is necessary to do some home improvements to make sure that you are not faced with problems as spring passes.  Here are some tips on how to make your spring home improvement efforts easier.

Locks

The common problem with locks coming off winter is that they normally become sticky.  The good thing is that you really do not have to replace them.  All you need is a bit of lubricant and you are all set to go.  However, before you get carried away spraying those locks with lubricant, make sure that you put a piece of cloth underneath to prevent the lubricant from staining your floors.  Test the locks a couple of times before moving to the next one.

Mold Formation

During spring, it is not surprising to see thick mold forming in the area of the shower stall.  Undoubtedly, it is not a very attractive sight.  In case you are not sure how to deal with the mold, here is a relatively easy solution.  Mix 2 parts of ammonia with 1 part of baking soda and 1 part of white vinegar.  Prepare 30 parts of warm water and place it in a bucket.

Take a sponge and scrub the mixture all over the mold formation.  You will be surprised at how easy it comes off.  Rinse it all away and let it go down the drain.  Throw that sponge in the garbage after using it to avoid causing cross contamination.  This mixture is almost as strong as any solution you can buy commercially.  The only difference is that this mixture is safer for you and your family.

While you are in the bathroom, take a look if the grout is already dirty and needs cleaning.  You can buy a detergent that can be sprayed directly to the grout and works almost instantly.

Kitchen Issues

In the kitchen, there are actually two areas that you want to check; the sink and the fridge.  Make sure that you clear the fridge of any leftover food and other items that may be going stale.  These items are responsible for leaving a bad odor in the fridge.  An excellent way to deodorize the fridge is to keep an open box of baking soda inside.  This will absorb all that unwanted odor.  You can also wipe down the walls of the fridge using a cloth dampened with a mixture of water and baking soda.  Make sure that the fridge is unplugged as you do this.

Make sure that the kitchen sink is not clogged.  It is never a good practice to dump greasy food down the sink or anything that does not really belong there.  Not only will it ruin your drains, but the clogging can also cause backflow that is very unhealthy.  Sometimes small pieces of jewelry tend to fall into the sink.  To prevent this from happening, always keep a small jewelry box near the kitchen sink to store your jewelries as you wash the dishes or prepare food.

If your kitchen sink does not have a drain strainer, buy one for about $10 from your local hardware store.  If there is already a drain strainer, make sure that it is clean and does not need replacement.  Pour boiling water down the sink drain to make sure that greasy residue does not cause a problem for you.

Air Conditioning

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You may find yourself using the air conditioning more during spring.  That is why it is important to make sure that it is in proper working order.  Dirt will eventually accumulate and affect your air conditioning unit.  If you find yourself sneezing when the unit is on, then it is possible that it is very dirty and needs cleaning.

Remove the cover and take out the filter.  Check with the manual on how to do this if you are not familiar.  The filter can be found just behind the grill of the air conditioner.  Once you have the filter, clean off any dirt and grime on it.  Scrape it off if necessary before putting the filter back.  Use a vacuum cleaner for the rest of the air conditioner.

These few steps will do wonders for your efforts of improving your home during spring.

3 Common Questions on Water Pressure

3 Common Questions on Water Pressure

When it comes to issues of water pressure and water flow, the problems can often be puzzling.  This is where the services of highly trained, skilled, and experienced plumbing technicians really become handy.

Would you really want to challenge yourself why the water flow is weak or why water pressure in some rooms is strong while almost non-existent in other parts of your home?

However, it is good to have an idea of the problem before calling for professional help. You can contact www.valleyglenplumbing.com if you need one. They has skillful team to help you.

So here are some of the more common concerns when it comes to water pressure and water flow.

  1. Why is it that there is no water flowing anywhere in the home except for a single area?

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This is the rule of thumb, when it comes to no or low water flow, always look at the simplest solution.  Remove and clear the strainers of the faucets.  Remove top of toilet fill valves, flushed, and replaced.  This is done to compensate for the flushing being done by the local water district that breaks debris and eventually ends in the pipes of many homes.

In this instance the debris are scattered all over the plumbing system of your home clogging up the faucets and valves resulting in this condition.

  1. How can calcium buildup be removed and prevented?

Calcium buildup

Did you know that calcium buildup in copper pipes is a very rare condition?  This does not mean that it is impossible.  Calcium buildup can happen when excessively high calcium levels are present in the water.  Having said this, the best way to remove and prevent calcium buildup is to have water softeners installed in your system.

The water softener will treat the water, save your pipes, and other plumbing appliances like dishwashers, washing machine, and toilets.  There is no way to remove the calcium in the pipes using any commercial or industrial solution that will not endanger your potable water supply. In fact, government regulations prevent plumbers from treating the insides of copper pipes because of the potential dangers.

Is it hopeless?  Not exactly!  Vinegar is often used for treating pipes, but this translates to huge amounts of vinegar that must be allowed to sit in your pipes overnight at the very least.  All the water in the pipe must also be flushed out.

Does this work?  Presumably yes, because of the ability of vinegar to dissolve calcium and minerals.  After this treatment you have to flush the pipes and you would have to live with the harmless vinegar-like taste of your water for some time.

Is there an easier solution?  For one, you can replace the copper pipes with PEX plastic ones.  This material is totally resistant to mineral buildups and has comparatively higher water pressure and flow rates compared to copper piping.  Seek professional advice before going through with this solution for proper evaluation of your plumbing pipes.

  1. Why is the inside water pressure poor even if the outside pressure is at normal level?

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When you are fairly certain that the outside pressure is roughly around 60 psi, there are some things that you must check in your home.

  • Verify all faucet strainers are not blocked;
  • Check for mineral buildup in aerators or strainers;
  • Make sure that the main valve is not halfway open; and
  • The meter valve should be completely turned on.

Are your pipes made from galvanized metal?  If so, the cause of the low inside pressure can be calcium and mineral deposits.  You have to be aware that galvanized pipes that are 30 to 50 years old can cause calcium to leech into the water and attach to the inside lining of the pipes.

The ion exchange will take place over time and will coat the entire length of the pipe causing the inner diameter to drastically reduce until water flow becomes almost impossible.

Did you know that deposits are almost as hard as the bones in your body making it difficult to remove them?  Using tools or liquid treatments can make the water dangerous for drinking afterwards.

4 Easy Ways to Fix Pipe Leaks

4 Easy Ways to Fix Pipe Leaks

It is a given that somehow, somewhere down the line, our plumbing pipes will spring a leak.  When simply brushed aside, small leaks tend to get bigger and waste more water.  The result, higher water bills and quite possibly more damage as well as repair costs.  This is why it is important to know what to do if your pipes are leaking.

  1. Waterproof Tape

Waterproof Tape

Do you have a leak that is small enough to be taped over?  If so, one of the quickest and easiest solutions is to use a waterproof tape and wrap the damaged portion of the pipe.  When using this quick fix, it is important to make sure that the pipe is completely dry; so you need to turn off the water supply first.

Taping should begin approximately 2 to 3 inches from the damaged portion and extend the same length beyond it.  If there is a hole on the pipe instead of a crack, get a material that can be plugged into the hole before taping over it.  This will ensure that the plug is kept in place and the leak is temporarily addressed.  Remember that this is a temporary fix and should never be taken as a long-term solution for any type of leaks.

  1. Patch Kits

patch kits

Another option that can help in addressing pipe leaks in your home are patch kits that can be bought from your local hardware stores or home center.  These kits come with a rubber pad that should be placed over the damaged portion of your pipe.  It will be held in place by metal plates that are screwed and tightened to ensure that the rubber does not get displaced.

If you have a spare inner tube or an old hose, you can cut out a piece from these and use them in place of the rubber pad.  You would need C-clamps to make sure that these materials hold and stay in place.  Make sure that there is adequate pressure applied to the rubber to maintain the pressure inside the pipes and ensure that this temporary solution works.

  1. Putty or Compound Sticks

epoxy putty

For many homes, epoxy putty and compound sticks have become popular remedies for leaky pipes.  This is primarily because they are widely available and easy to use.  Simply follow the direction on how to apply them on the leaky pipe and you are almost done.

You have to make sure that the damaged portion is completely dry before applying the solution and you must leave it there for a substantially long time.  This means that your water supply will also be turned off for quite some time depending on how big the damaged portion is.  For almost pinhole-sized leaks, you can use the compound stick and still allow the water to run.  However, over time, there is a huge possibility that the pinhole-sized leak can suddenly balloon into something huge, especially if the water pipe condition is no longer sound.

  1. Professional Plumber

professional plumbing

Did you notice anything about the first 3 ways to stop pipe leaks?  Yes, they are all temporary fixes for a considerably serious plumbing problem!  Keep in mind that there are several types of plumbing leaks that can occur on your pipes; and there is no one-size fits all solution for these.

What does this mean?  What do you do if your pipes are leaking?  You can use the abovementioned temporary fixes as you call on a professional plumber and wait for them to arrive.  It is entirely possible that the leaks you are seeing are merely symptoms or offshoots of something bigger just waiting to burst.  Professional plumbers will also give you an accurate assessment on the condition of your water pipes.

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