Plumbing Myths, Part Four

It is hard to tell where they originate, but there are a lot of plumbing myths that homeowners seem to cling onto. This is the fourth in a series of posts debunking some of the more common plumbing myths. MYTH: YOU CAN CLEAN PLUMBING FIXTURES WITH HAND SOAP In reality, hand soap may actually damage the surface of your fixtures. It all depends on what the fixture is made of. Brass faucets, for example, needs a more gentle solution, and toilet bowls need something with a good disinfectant. Before you start cleaning, take a minute to research the type of material, and the best way to clean it. Brass and other sensitive metals can be cleaned with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. Just use a clean cloth to apply the paste and then rinse it off. Buff with a soft towel (microfiber or flannel work great) to prevent water spots and really get that shine. For toilets, consider using something with bleach or another strong disinfectant. Cleansers like Comet, or toilet bowl cleaner work well for inside the bowl. For outside the bowl, consider wiping it down with a Clorox wipe or using a disinfectant spray. Again, if you take a minute and dry the bowl when done, it will give the toilet a nice shine. Contact us today for all of your plumbing or air conditioning...

Plumbing Myths, Part Three

It is hard to tell where they originate, but there are a lot of plumbing myths that homeowners seem to cling onto. This is the third in a series of posts debunking some of the more common plumbing myths. MYTH: AS LONG AS THINGS ARE GOING DOWN THE DRAIN, MY PIPES ARE NOT CLOGGED. In reality, there are a few red flags that pop up before things stop going down the drain at all. Much like with arteries, your pipes can develop clogs without having a complete blockage. A clog is simply the buildup of material along the edges of the pipe, narrowing the amount of space for water/waste to travel through. So know the early warning signs! It is easier (and less expensive) to fix a clog early on, rather than waiting until it is a full-fledged blockage. Is the water (or waste) draining slower than usual? Are these gurgling or other noises that follow the flushing of a toilet or draining of a bathtub? Is the water level in the toilet, bathtub or sink draining slowly? Is there a bad smell that you cannot find a source for? If you are encountering any of these things, contact us today. You likely have a clogged...

Plumbing Myths, Part Two

It is hard to tell where they originate, but there are a lot of plumbing myths that homeowners seem to cling onto. This is the second in a series of posts debunking some of the more common plumbing myths.   PLUMBING MYTH: IF YOU RUN THE WATER WHILE USING THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL, YOU CAN PUT ALMOST ANYTHING DOWN IT.   In reality, there are some things that just do not belong down a garbage disposal—even if the garbage disposal packaging itself says that it can handle it, and no matter how much water you run down the disposal. Just because it can handle it does not mean that it should have to.   Avoid putting hard food or thick food down the disposal. Things like banana peel, eggshells, and similar things can actually damage your garbage disposal. Instead, throw them in the trash can. If it is something that you worry about smelling up the kitchen, put them in a plastic bag and throw them into your outside trash can.   Another thing to be aware of is whether or not you have a septic tank. If you do, there are certain foods that will just build up in yout tank; the tank cannot break them down. Eggshells, carrot peels, apple peels and potato peels are examples of some of these things.   If you have any questions about how to maintain your disposal, or if you need it serviced, call us...

Plumbing Myths, Part One

It is hard to tell where they originate, but there are a lot of plumbing myths that homeowners seem to cling onto. This will begin a series of posts debunking some of the more common plumbing myths.   MYTH: LEMONS CLEAN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL   Running a lemon or orange rind through your garbage disposal is a great way to end your kitchen cleaning routine, but the effect is solely a fragrant one. Your kitchen will smell great, but it the rind did nothing to clean your disposal.   To clean your garbage disposal, start by unplugging the unit from the power source. Then, spray a mixture of mild soap and warm water into the disposal. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then use a cleaning brush to scrub the disposal itself. Rinse the disposal with water. Plug the disposal back in and run it for a few seconds.   So, do lemons or oranges clean your garbage disposal? No. Not at all. But that does not mean they do not have a purpose. After you clean your kitchen, running a lemon or orange rind down the garbage disposal will create a subtle citrus fragrance—the smell of clean and fresh. Call us today for all of your plumbing or air conditioning...

FAQs

We get asked the same questions frequently, so we are taking some time here to answer a few of them in this blog post. If you have any other questions (or follow up questions), or need to schedule a service, just give us a call.   Why is my toilet so noisy? The main cause of loud noise when the toilet’s tank is refilling is the water pressure. There is a valve usually under the toilet and to the left. This controls the water flow to the toilet. If it is turned up high, the tank fills fast, sometimes noisily. You can safely turn down the flow by turning the valve clockwise. Keep in mind that the lower the flow, the slower the tank will fill.   What’s the difference between hard water and soft? Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals—mostly calcium and magnesium—in it. Soft water is treated water in which the only ion is sodium. While hard water is the preferred drinking water, it does a number on our homes. It is the culprit behind clothes that seem a little dingy, water spots and residue on dishes that were just washed, the feel of our hair after washing it. That is why so many people in Las Vegas have water softeners. If you have any questions, need any clarification or are ready to install a water softener in your home, give us a call! We would love to hear from...